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Class of 2008

    • 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
    • 01/17/2019

      Chris Bailey BA ’08 is the micro-enterprise developer for Hacienda Community Development Corporation, which operates the Portland Mercado, a hub for Latino culture. He was awarded Willamette Week’s Skidmore Prize for his work at Hacienda’s business incubation program, where he has helped over 50 small businesses owned by people of color find their footing.

    • 10/14/2016

      Amy Baugher BA ’08 and Zachary Binney, September 3, 2016, in Atlanta, Georgia. Devon Goss MS ’12 and Jessica Jobanek BA ’07 attended.

    • 12/06/2018

      Stephanie Beechem BA ’08 was recently promoted to speechwriter for the president of the University of California system, where she has worked since 2017. Previously, she spent six years in Washington, D.C., working as a political researcher in the Obama White House and the State Department.

    • 04/03/2019

      Nick Bjork BA ’08 has been named to Editor & Publisher magazine’s “25 Under 35” list for the next generation of newspaper industry leaders. Bjork is a group publisher with BridgeTower Media, which publishes the Daily Journal of Commerce in Portland and the Daily Reporter in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

    • 12/19/2019

      Amber Case BA ’08 is now a research fellow at the Institute for the Future in Palo Alto, California. She examines the ethical implications of technology’s increasing influence on the lives of everyday people.

    • 10/14/2016

      Amber Case BA ’08 joined Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society as a fellow last fall. She is researching “the transition from the industrial society to the information society and its effect on creativity, connectivity, isolation, and depression.”

    • 02/01/2018

      To Rafael Cuevas BA ’08 and Diana Freeburg BA ’08, son Milo, in December 2017. Cuevas and Freeburg were married in 2014 and live in San Francisco.

    • 01/23/2018

      Max Filter BA ’08 is co-owner and head brewer at Dual Citizen Brewing Company in St. Paul, Minnesota.

    • 12/08/2017

      Hunter Franks BA ’08 launched the nonprofit League of Creative Interventionists as an evolution of his public art practice, which he started in 2014.

    • 10/13/2017

      Lizzie Fussell BA ’07 lives in Portland with her lively 8-year-old, Nila. She works as a program manager for the Healthy Families program at the Multnomah County Health Department and is still involved with many of the same immigrant rights organizations that she first encountered as a student at L&C.

    • 12/08/2017

      Hongda Jiang BA ’08 has been working in the field of IT security automation for industrial IoT (internet of things) devices. During his free time, he travels to Central America.

    • 11/13/2019

      Jason Korff BA ’08, who earned a master’s degree in library information science at the University of British Columbia, hopes to soon become a full-time librarian. Currently, Korff works at Standard Insurance in Portland.

    • 09/17/2019

      Rosalie Moffett BA ’08, assistant professor of English at the University of Southern Indiana and an award-winning poet, shared excerpts from her new poetry collection Nervous System (Ecco, 2019) during the Southern Indiana Reading Series in September 2019. She also delivered a poetry reading at Lewis & Clark in October 2019. 

    • 09/19/2017

      Rosalie Moffett BA ’08, a poet, read from and signed copies of her new book, June in Eden last summer at BookPeople of Moscow in Moscow, Idaho.

    • 03/16/2018

      Matthew Nelson BA ’08 works for the State Department as an English language fellow in Pokhara, Nepal. He credits Tatiana Osipovich, professor emerita of Russian, for nurturing his interest in language and culture. It was on her advice that Nelson traveled to Russia to serve as a Fulbright teaching assistant after graduation.

    • 02/15/2017

      Nick Rinne BA ’08 has opened The Vine Market and Bistro, a café/bar/market/bakery in Montrose, Colorado.

    • 10/14/2016

      Mark Robinowitz BA ’08 and Todd Doram BA ’04 premiered their short film, The Deal, at Sunscreen Film Festival West last October. The film was awarded Best Short.

    • 03/14/2018

      Kelly Rogala BA ’08 has found his calling bringing play to the world: He designs and runs high-tech scavenger hunts around the country for corporate teams. Rogala recently cofacilitated a weekend retreat with Digital Detox, which focused on healthy relationships with digital technology and the importance of play for adults.

    • 10/14/2016

      Andrew Saunderson BA ’08 wrote and directed a short film titled Birthday Boy, which was produced by Zach Mann BA ’05. Currently on the festival circuit, the film has been screened at the Las Vegas Film Festival, the Utah Arts Festival, the Atlanta Shortsfest, and the Rahway International Film Festival.

    • 05/27/2019

      Sam Stigler BA ’08 writes: “I am pleased to announce that my wife and I welcomed a wonderful baby boy, Noah, in late July. He is now 10 months old and doing wellhe’s already close to standing on his own, and he enjoys making conversation with the words ‘a ba ba ba.’”

    • 04/17/2018

      To Whitney Tawney BA ’08 and Dan Fenn BA ’08, son Henry Philip Fenn, April 3, 2018. Making his entrance at 7 lbs., 20”, he is healthy and thriving. The family lives on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

    • 02/15/2017

      Corey Van Landingham BA ’08 has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the National Endowment of the Arts, which she plans to use to fund her second book of poetry and to continue her pursuit of a doctoral degree in literature. Van Landingham’s work can be found in such publications as The Best American Poetry 2014, Boston Review, and the New Yorker. Her first book, Antidote (Ohio State University Press, 2013), was the winner of the 2012 Ohio State University Press/The Journal Award in Poetry.

    • 10/23/2017

      Corey Van Landingham BA ’08 and Christopher Kempf, July 8, 2017, in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

    • 12/08/2017

      Victor Wu BA ’08 moved to Virginia after graduation to begin a career in consulting in the Washington, D.C., metro area. He enjoys physical activities and food.

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