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Class of 1978

    • 12/14/2017

      Larry Burton BA ’78 is the new chief of staff for Alaska Senator Dan Sullivan.

    • 09/18/2017

      Larry Burton BA ’78 was appointed to the position of senior vice president of government affairs for CVS Caremark.

    • In the House of the Serpent Handler: A Story of Faith and Fleeting Fame in the Age of Social Media

      Julia Duin BA ’78 offers an intimate and engrossing look at the latest generation of Pentecostal believers who “take up” venomous snakes as a test of their religious faith. Focusing on several preachers and their families in six Appalachian states, she explores the impact that such 21st-century phenomena as social media and reality television have had on rituals long practiced in obscurity.

      As Duin reveals, the mortal snakebite suffered by pastor Mack Wofford in 2012 marked the passing of the torch to younger preachers Jamie Coots and Andrew Hamblin, who were featured in the 2013 series Snake Salvation on the National Geographic Channel. Seeing their participation in the show as a way of publicizing their faith and thus winning converts, Coots and Hamblin attempted to reinvent the snake-handling tradition for a modern audience. The use of the internet, particularly Facebook, became another key part of their strategy to spread their particular brand of Christianity. However, Coots’s own death in 2014 was widely reported after the TV series was canceled, while Hamblin, who emerges as the central figure in the book, was arrested and tried after a shooting incident involving his estranged wife. His hopes of becoming a serpent-handling superstar seemingly dashed, Hamblin spent several months in prison, emerging more determined than ever to keep to the faith. By the end of the narrative, he has begun a new church where he can pass on the tradition to yet another generation.

      Duin’s thorough, sympathetic reporting and lively style bring the ecstatic church services she witnessed vividly to life, and through interviews and quotations from the principals’ Facebook postings, she has allowed them to express their beliefs and reveal their everyday lives in their own words. She also gives the reader an up-close view of how a reporter pursues a story and the various difficulties encountered along the way. These engrossing elements add up to a unique story of the ways in which the practitioners of a century-old custom-one that strikes most outsiders as bizarre-are adjusting to the challenges of the new millennium.

      University of Tennessee Press, 2017. 227 pages.

      Posted 11/14/2017
    • 01/15/2020

      Jeffrey Forbes BA ’78 codirected the dance performance a world, a world with his wife, choreographer Linda Austin BA ’76. The show debuted at Performance Works NorthWest in January 2020. It is the product of a years-long choreographic process by Austin. Forbes also designed the lighting for the piece.

    • 12/28/2017

      Bruce Glover BS ’78 recently retired from the U.S. Air Force, where he had served as a chaplain for more than 31 years. Glover, an ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church U.S.A., served congregations in both Montana and Missouri before going on active duty in the USAF. After living in 10 states, South Korea, and the U.K., he and his wife of 34 years, Carol, are enjoying retirement in the Texas Hill Country outside of San Antonio.

    • 12/18/2019

      Ronald Marks BS ’78 was selected as the spring 2020 Sen. Robert J. Dole Fellow at the University of Kansas. In February 2020, he hosted a series of seven weekly seminars about spying in the age of the internet. Held at the Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas, the seminars focused on topics such as the influence of new technologies and players; the shattering of old privacy norms; and career opportunities in this new cyber age of information.

    • 10/14/2016

      Ronald Marks BA ’78, the president of Intelligence Enterprises, has been appointed to the board of management of the Cosmos Club in Washington, D.C. He is also an adjunct faculty member in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences at Johns Hopkins University.

    • 02/01/2018

      Paul Monheimer BA ’78, BA ’79, MAT ’86 continues to teach at Catlin Gabel, a Portland-area independent school. He splits his time between Portland and Bend, Oregon, where the skiing, hiking, and kayaking tug at his heart. Monheimer and his wife, Pam, will travel to Philadelphia this spring for daughter Noa’s graduation from Penn. Monheimer encourages members of the class of ’79 to contact him if they are passing through Portland: “Any excuse to try a new microbrew,” he says. In May 2017, Monheimer and his daughter enjoyed a 37-year reunion with Munich friends Heini, Axel, Klaus, Josephine, and Heini’s son.

    • 09/17/2018

      April Nelson BA ’78, JD ’81 retired from legal practice in 2004 after working with several legal education organizations before transferring to private practice and becoming a partner at a firm in Delaware, Ohio. Nelson then went on to develop several special projects, including the Delaware Municipal Court’s mental health docket. Currently, she serves as a staff mediator for the Delaware County Juvenile and Probate Courts and works with families to develop plans to improve school attendance for students. Nelson is the recipient of numerous community awards, including the Delaware Area Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Award, United Way Nancy Frankenberg Award for Community Volunteerism, and the United Way of Delaware County Lifetime Achievement Award, which was renamed in her honor.

    • 11/17/2019

      Toby Padgett BS ’78 was the subject of a full-page article in the November 2019 issue of The Libretto, the official journal of the American Federation of Musicians, Hamilton Musicians Guild Local 293, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Padgett, who is known professionally as DJ Toby Chicago, has been with the Kingfisher Radio Group UK for many years and is represented by 910 Public Relations. She actively supports the Bob Pedler Memorial Fund, a Hamilton Musicians Guild yearly fundraiser to support local indie musicians who can no longer perform due to illness and/or disability. Via her international radio shows and mass media pages, she helps bring awareness to this cause. Padgett says: “Indie musicians are not signed to major recording labels and usually pay out of pocket to get CDs pressed and released. As a musician myself, I know how important it is to get airplay to get your sound out there. Since my radio shows are international, I try to help indie musicians everywhere. If anyone in the L&C community knows of other causes like this one that I can help promote, please get in touch with me via my webpage contact form at: djtobychicago.weebly.com. I am always happy to help fellow Pios when possible!”

    • 06/17/2019

      Toby Padgett BS ’78 has been professionally represented for over a year by 910 Public Relations in Michigan. As a DJ and Pacific Northwest station manager with Kingfisher Radio (a British radio group), she gained 910’s attention as a long-established radio personality specializing in Beatles music and trivia. “I’m over the moon about being represented by 910, and through introductions from other 910 clients, I’ve become friendly with Beatles family members and friends I’d never dreamed of being in contact with before,” Padgett said. “910 Public Relations is one of the best things that’s ever happened to me!” She broadcasts under her professional name of “Toby Chicago” and credits her communication professors at L&C (especially Steve Hunt and Richard Hoyt) for teaching her “how to communicate with almost everyone on almost every level and to remain calm, direct, and confident when doing so.” P.S. “910” is “The One After 909”!

    • 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!”

    • 06/27/2018

      Mark Pinder BS ’78 has retired from his position as principal of Milwaukie (Oregon) High School. He will be remembered for, among other things, overseeing the school as it achieved record-high graduation rates. Pinder began his career as a teacher at Jefferson High School in Portland in 1979.

    • 07/09/2019

      Donna Roisom BS ’78, MAT ’85 was named the 2017-18 Northwest Coach of the Year for Girls Tennis by the National Federation of High School Coaches Association. Roisom heads the girls tennis program at Grant High School in Portland. While at Lewis & Clark, she played tennis, soccer, and basketball. In 1976, she was ranked No. 1 in the National Collegiate Water Ski Association with an undefeated season.

    • 04/17/2018

      Scot Sellers BA ’78 was appointed lead independent director of Milhaus, a development and property management company based in Indianapolis. Previously, Sellers was chair and CEO of Archstone.

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