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    • 10/09/2017

      Usman Ally BA ’04, an Obie Award-winning actor, has, in addition to his role on the Netlix miniseries A Series of Unfortunate Events, appeared in the television shows Suits, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and Veep.

    • 02/01/2018

      Eric Atcheson BA ’08 recently stepped down as pastor of First Christian Church in Longview, Washington, after more than six years of service. He is continuing his doctor of ministry studies at Seattle University. His book, Oregon Trail Theology: The Frontier Millennial Christians Face—And How We’re Ready, is slated for release in fall 2018 by the publishing arm of the Episcopalian Church.

    • 10/09/2017

      Eric Atcheson BA ’08 recently signed a contract for his first book, Oregon Trail Theology: The Frontier Millennial Christians Face–And How We’re Ready. It is tentatively slated for distribution in fall 2018 by the publishing arm of the Episcopalian Church. He continues in his work as pastor of First Christian Church in Longview, Washington, and as a doctor of ministry candidate at Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry.

    • 12/04/2018

      To Eric Atcheson BA ’08 and his wife, Carrie Atcheson, daughter Sadie Lou Atcheson, October 17, 2018.

    • Oregon Trail Theology: The Frontier Millennial Christians Face—And How We’re Ready

      Eric Atcheson BA ’08 discusses the generation known as millennials and their unique approach to religion and faith. Born in the 1980s and 1990s, and often described as an inexplicable enigma by the media, millennials come across to some as a frustrating cadre of narcissists. Though likely to check the “none” box when asked about religion, they have entered into adulthood with a great deal of thought devoted to God, faith, and organized religion. Many also crave spiritual richness and inclusive community and are willing to move heaven and earth to find a place—online or in real life—to feel at home, much like the pioneers who set out on the original Oregon Trail. In this book, the iconic Oregon Trail computer game from MECC—and absorbing pursuit and a highly influential game for millennials born in the decade of the 1980s—is used as a template throughout to illustrate the journey of faith in which they, “the Oregon Trail generation,” now find themselves engaged as adults. While books have been written about ministering to millennial Christians, the perspective of Atcheson, a millennial pastor whose life story spans the gamut of the historic Oregon Trail, offers a fresh take on an oft-written-about concern for the wider church. Church Publishing, 2018. 160 pages.

      Posted 12/04/2018
    • 02/15/2017

      Ward Plummer BA ’62, Lewis & Clark’s 2007 Distinguished Alumnus and a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Louisiana State University, received the Award for International Scientific Cooperation from the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He is one of only three non-Chinese recipients of the award and the only one from the United States. Plummer is currently working on establishing a dual-degree PhD program with Louisiana State and Chinese institutions.

    • 07/08/2019

      Dan West BA ’07 is a legislative advocate for the Natural Resources Defense Council. Previously, he worked as a congressional liaison at NASA.

    • 12/13/2019

      Charles Joseph Wiseman III BS ’70, JD ’73 died April 21, 2019, at the age of 76.

      Charles was born in Tillamook, Oregon, on October 30, 1942, to Charles and Lucille Wiseman. He grew up largely in nearby Garibaldi.

      From a young age, Charles was devoted to sports of all kinds. He was an all-star Little League baseball player who continued to play through high school and his time as an undergraduate at Lewis & Clark. As teens, he and his brother would hitchhike from Garibaldi to Portland to watch their beloved Portland Beavers baseball team play; later, he became an avid fan of the Seattle Mariners. A star high school football player, Charles loved fishing, scuba diving, canoeing, golf, skiing, and camping. As an adult, he followed the Seattle Seahawks and all Northwest high school and university sports. He was also a general aviation pilot.

      Charles joined the Portland Police Department in 1965 and worked in the Crime Lab until 1967. He then became a patrol officer for the department, where he served until 1970–the same year he earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry. In 1971 Charles became an investigator for the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office, working in that capacity as he pursued his JD. He then served as a trial attorney for that office from 1973 until 1976, when he joined the Lane County District Attorney’s Office as a trial attorney.

      In 1977, Charles went into practice for himself as a criminal defense attorney. He would run his own law firm for 42 years. Licensed in both Oregon and Washington, he was well respected in the profession and known for his quick wit, honesty, and compassionate spirit.

      Charles was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Robert. He is survived by his brother Thomas and his two nephews, Eric Wiseman and Kyle Wiseman.

    • 02/15/2018

      Mary Dakin BA ’88 visited campus in December 2017 for the college’s holiday reception and is on the planning team for the class of 1988 reunion. She is looking forward to seeing her classmates at Alumni Weekend in June.

    • 02/15/2017

      Sol Hill BA ’95 works as a contemporary mixed media and photographic artist in Santa Barbara, California, with his wife, Cleo, and his son, Luca. He splits his time between operating the FNK ZN ART SPC, a venue for local contemporary art exhibitions; creating lyrical and mysterious mixed-media “metagraphs” from digital artifacts, Japanese paper, and acrylic; and creating large-scale art installation projects that deal with social justice issues. His website is www.solhill.com.

    • 10/14/2016

      Sharl Azar BA ’05, after completing his residency and fellowship training, took a position as assistant professor of hematology and medical oncology at Oregon Health & Science University. Azar’s research and clinical interests include bleeding disorders, hemoglobinopathies, and end-of-life care.

    • 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

      Adrienne Inglis BM ’82 composed two choral pieces that were performed in February 2017 in Austin, Texas, by the Inversion Ensemble, a group dedicated to performing innovative choral works and encouraging the creation of new music. On the Mystery of the Incarnation for chorus and strings is inspired by a setting of a Denise Levertov poem of the same name. In Heaven and on Earth for chorus, flute, and clàrsach (Scottish lever harp) is based on Philippians 2:5–11.

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