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Class of 2002

    • 06/27/2017

      Jeff Auxier BA ’02 was named district attorney for Columbia County, Oregon. Auxier was previously a deputy district attorney in Multnomah County.

    • Global: An Extraordinary Guide for Ordinary Heroes

      Lyla Bashan BA ’02 offers a guide to help the change makers of tomorrow translate their passion for social justice into global careers of conscience. Her book discusses the elements of international relief, development, and diplomacy; the key problems and players; and steps to “kick-start your do-gooder career.”

      Posted 11/07/2017
    • 01/28/2019

      Lisa Blee BA ’02 and Jean M. O’Brien have coauthored Monumental Mobility: The Memory Work of Massasoit (University of North Carolina Press, 2019). The book examines the complex history of Cyrus Dallin’s statue Massasoit, originally conceived as a memorial to the landing of the pilgrims in Plymouth, and investigates the bizarre duplications and proliferations of the work that later occurred. The statue’s history is used to draw parallels to the ways in which the historical memory of Indigenous people is commodified and consumed.

    • Monumental Mobility: The Memory Work of Massasoit

      Lisa Blee BA ’02 coauthors a text that examines the complex history of Cyrus Dallin’s statue Massasoit, which was originally conceived as a memorial to the landing of the pilgrims in Plymouth, and investigates the bizarre duplications and proliferations of the work that later occurred. The statue’s history is used to draw parallels to the ways in which the historical memory of Indigenous people is commodified and consumed. University of North Carolina Press, 2019. 288 pages.

      Posted 01/28/2019
    • 10/21/2019

      To Andrew Cody BA ’02 and his wife, Erin Elizabeth Cody, son Owen Michael Cody, August 15, 2019.

    • 07/08/2019

      Valisa Higman BA ’02 is an artist in Seldovia, Alaska. She works with cut and layered paper and is inspired by the natural world and her community. Higman was the featured artist for the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival in May 2019. She was also chosen as the 2019 Voices of the Wilderness Artist in Residence by the Chugach National Forest in Alaska. As a resident artist, Higman will travel and work alongside a forest ranger, assisting with their duties, stewardship projects, and public education.

    • 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
    • 10/14/2016

      Morgan Law BA ’02 and Noah Manos BA ’03 founded Paper Airplane, a sustainability-focused design/build firm in Denver. The pair recently completed their first major project, a 3,450-square-foot environmentally sustainable family home in Denver’s trendy Five Points neighborhood. Upon completion of the project, Law and Manos were featured in the Denver Post and 5280 magazine.

    • 11/01/2019

      Morgan Madison BA ’02, a glass artist, taught an eight-day master class in fall 2019 at Claudia Borella Glass Design in Whanganui, New Zealand. Madison says he made the “wonderful discovery” of the art form after holding a job in a glass factory following his graduation from Lewis & Clark.

    • 06/12/2018

      Kimo Nelson BA ’02, a Portland-area artist and organizer, is a recipient of the 2018 Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program Award. Nelson paints landscapes from the American West. His work has been shown nationally, including in New York City, Washington D.C., and Boston. Nelson received his MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design.

    • 10/14/2016

      Matthew “Buzzy” Nielsen BA ’02 is the new director for the Crook County Library in Prineville, Oregon. In a piece in the Central Oregonian, he discussed his plans for the future of the library, including increasing outreach and offering more community programs.

    • 02/08/2019

      Sam Perkins BA ’02 spoke at the theatre department’s recent “Exits and Entrances” event, which featured L&C theatre alumni who are part of the Portland performance community. Perkins is technical director at Michael Curry Design, where he oversees the mechanical and technical aspects of all the firm’s projects.

    • 09/28/2017

      Thu Truong BA ’02, MAT ’03 is the new principal at Ron Russell Middle School in Portland.

    • 12/12/2019

      Neil Weare BA ’02 is founder and president of Equally American, a nonprofit dedicated to equality for all Americans. In December 2019, his organization obtained a significant victory when a federal judge ruled that denizens of the territory of American Samoa are U.S. citizens. Weare, attorney for the plaintiffs, expressed his satisfaction with the ruling but stated it was “the first step in what will likely be several more steps.” Unlike people born in the territories of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and the Northern Marianas, those born in American Samoa, a territory of the U.S. since 1900, are not granted citizenship at birth. “It doesn’t feel very good when the federal government says you’re American but not quite the same as other Americans,” said Weare to CNN.

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