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    • 12/07/2017

      Jonah Geil-Neufeld BA ’11 and Annie Fassler BA ’11, September 23, 2017, in Chicago, by Susan McBerry (instructor in voice at L&C). Attendees included Mac Cooper BA ’09, Carmelle Cooper BA ’12, Emilie Sanchez BA ’11, Kylie Della BA ’10, Walt Javins BA ’11, Terra Leifer BA ’10, Elizabeth Bartholomew BA ’11, Sophie Duba BA ’11, Andrew Erickson BA ’14, Sierra Bertolone-Smith BA ’15, Carolyn Pursinger BA ’11, Branden Pursinger BA ’12, Alison Stake BA ’11, and Dylan Peden BA ’10.

    • 02/01/2018

      Mark Peterson BA ’83 reminds himself every morning how blessed he is to enjoy early retirement, which means lots of time for family, friends, travel to Germany, and volunteering in Seattle. He is very excited about this year’s Alumni Weekend and hopes to see many classmates in June. Peterson is determined to set foot in China, Israel, Kenya, and Japan before January 1, 2020.

    • 02/15/2017

      Mark Peterson BA ’83 completed a master’s degree in Soviet history at the University of Washington in 1986. That same year, he returned to Moscow, where he met his future wife, Iris, a citizen of East Germany. Their son, Lukas, was born in 1995. From 1989 to 2016, he worked for the U.S. Customs Service. Since 2016, he has been volunteering as chair of Mwanzo Proud Farmers, a nonprofit serving western Kenya.

    • 02/15/2017

      Toby Padgett BS ’78 is Pacific Northwest studio manager for a group of three “licensed and legal” internet radio stations operating out of England. Padgett also DJs two weekly radio programs, with another coming soon. She credits her Lewis & Clark communication professors with helping her further develop her communication skills, “which really come in handy when on-air, especially when conducting interviews with recording artists in all genres of music. It’s incredible to really get to know these artists. At this point in my life, it’s all about having fun—and I am!”

    • Between Here and Home

      Matt Daly ’93 has written Between Here and Home, a collection of poems that stitches together a narrative from the soliloquies of nine characters struggling to hold onto community despite tragedy in an imagined rural town in the American West.

      Posted 06/12/2019
    • 10/14/2016

      Ruth Gregerson Tyler BS ’55 lives in Salem, Oregon, with her retired husband, oral surgeon Joseph Tyler. She still lives in the home they built 50 years ago. In June 2016, Tyler and her husband celebrated 60 years of marriage. Their five married children live in Oregon and Washington, along with 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. During the summer months, they enjoy their family cabin in McCall, Idaho. Tyler says she is proud to be an L&C alumna of 60+ years.

    • My Coyote Nose and Ptarmigan Toes: An Almost-True Alaskan Adventure

      Valisa Higman BA ’02 illustrated a children’s book about a young boy who overcomes obstacles by imagining himself as iconic Alaskan animals.

      Posted 01/23/2017
    • 02/19/2019

      Katherine Paul BA ’11 is a rock musician and the frontperson of the indie rock band Black Belt Eagle Scout. In a conversation with Pacific Standard Magazine, Paul talked about using music to explore her indigenous and queer identity in a culture that is dominated almost completely by white male artists. She was raised on the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community reservation in Washington, where she found inspiration in the powwow drumming traditions of her family and the riot grrrl scene of the Pacific Northwest. “I want to talk about my music and background, and hopefully other indigenous and queer voices can be raised up too.”

    • 06/07/2018

      Katherine Paul BA ’11, who performs as Black Belt Eagle Scout, has released her first solo album, Mother of My Children. She recently received a shout-out in Willamette Week’s “Best of Portland” issue. Since studying at Lewis & Clark, Paul has performed with various local bands, including Genders and Forest Park. Her desire to go her own way stemmed from a need to branch out creatively. “I wanted to feel fulfilled and to flourish in music,” she said in an interview with Oregon Public Broadcasting.

    • 03/02/2018

      Haben Girma BA ’10, the first deaf-blind graduate of Harvard Law School, recently received the Helen Keller Achievement Award from the American Foundation for the Blind for her work as a disability rights lawyer. In addition, Girma is also featured in Black Girls Rock!: Owning Our Magic, Rocking Our Truth, a new book celebrating the voices of black women, including Michelle Obama, Angela Davis, Shonda Rhimes, Misty Copeland, Yara Shahidi, Mary J. Blige, and more. “It’s an honor to be among so many incredible women,” says Girma. In March 2018, she was a featured speaker at SXSW in Austin, Texas.

    • 10/11/2017

      Haben Girma BA ’10 penned an opinion piece titled “Break down disability barriers to spur growth and innovation” for the September 13, 2017, edition of the Financial Times. The piece describes the various ways in which challenges can lead to invention and argues that if businesses want to thrive, they should turn attention toward making workplaces more accommodating to those with disabilities.

    • 10/06/2017

      Haben Girma BA ’10 appeared on BET network’s Black Girls Rock! awards show in summer 2017. Girma was honored with the M.A.D. (making a difference) award, alongside such names as congresswoman Maxine Waters, singer Solange Knowles, and actor Yara Shahidi.

    • 02/03/2017

      Haben Girma BA ’10 was presented with the Outstanding Young Alumna Award by the Lewis & Clark Board of Alumni. See “Lewis & Clark to Host Alumni Awards” in the winter 2017 issue of the Chronicle.

    • 10/13/2017

      Susie Brown BA ’90, recently public policy director for the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and now executive director for the Hennepin County Bar Association, was interviewed in St. Paul, Minnesota’s Legal Ledger in a segment called “Breaking the Ice.” In the interview, Brown discusses her hobbies, career highlights, and start in the nonprofit world.

    • 02/15/2017

      Linda Austin BA ’76 was one of 17 artists recently awarded a fellowship from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, which offers financial support and recognition to contemporary performing and visual artists. Austin received the foundation’s Merce Cunningham Award, a biennial grant in recognition of outstanding achievement in the arts that reflects the creativity and spirit of choreographer Merce Cunningham.

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