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Alumni Honors Celebration 2021

Date: 5:00pm - 6:30pm PST February 12, 2021

  • Alumni Honors Banquet 2020
  • Alumni Honors Banquet 2019
  • Alumni Honors Banquet 2018
  • We are thrilled to have Ted Sawyer ’92 create special glass artwork for the 2021 Honorees. Shown here are the pieces he created for the 2019 Honors Banquet.

The Board of Alumni invites you to join us for this special event to honor and celebrate four outstanding members of the Lewis & Clark community.

Friday, February 12, 2021, 5:00 p.m.
This event will take place via Zoom

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Registration is required to receive the details on how to connect to this Zoom celebration. Questions may be directed to Emily Decker -


Meet the Awardees

Judy Cockerton BA ’73
Distinguished Alumna Award

After her experience as a foster parent, Judy was moved to create the Treehouse Foundation. For 18 years, she has served as Treehouse’s executive director and has stayed true to the founding beliefs that every child deserves a permanent, loving family and families need a supportive community to succeed. The foundation leads two major initiatives: first, the award-winning Treehouse Community, a vibrant intergenerational neighborhood designed to support families adopting children from foster care and older adults who act as honorary grandparents, and second, the Re-Envisioning Foster Care in America Movement, which works to inspire widespread investment in foster care innovation.


photo by Sonny Shaikh 2017photo by Sonny Shaikh 2017Kemiyondo Coutinho BA ’12
Outstanding Young Alumna Award

Kemiyondo is the founder of a production company, a music platform, and the #fivefor5 initiative, which will grant five Ugandan female filmmakers the chance to make a short film. Her own directorial debut film, Kyenvu, won multiple international awards; additional awards and honors include John Singleton’s Filmmaker’s Fellowship, Kevin Hart’s Laugh Out Loud Filmmaking Fellowship, a Shadow and Act Rising Star Award, Forbes Africa 30 Under 30 recipient, and OKAYAfrica’s 100 Women of Africa to Watch recipient. Kemiyondo can be seen in Apple TV’s Little America, and wrote for MTV’s Undressed and Starz’s Step Up: High Water.

David Grube BA ’69
Pioneer Alumni Leadership Award (for service to L&C alumni)

David’s experience on the L&C 1968–69 Austria overseas study program inspired him to stay connected with his cohort and the college. He has organized reunions every five years since returning home from the program, and in 2018, he led the group on a return to their homestays in Sankt Veit an der Glan and then back to Vienna. David has hosted biweekly virtual reunions for the group since the start of the pandemic, and he is currently the L&C Class of 1969 correspondent.


Roger Nelsen
Donald G. Balmer Citation (for service to the college)

Roger has been involved with Lewis & Clark for 51 years, and many of his fondest memories are getting to know students outside of the classroom by leading five overseas programs, and serving as faculty advisor to the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. Roger served as Phi Beta Kappa chapter president twice and represented the college at its Triennial Council four times. After retiring in 2009, Roger served on the selection committee for the President’s Scholarship for Student Engagement for three years, and is currently the faculty representative for the Albany Society.

Call for Nominations

Do you know of someone who is deserving of an award? Please take a moment to complete a nomination form. Nominations for the next round of awards are due April 1, 2021. Award winners will be announced in early fall and honored at the Alumni Honors Banquet in February 2022.

Read detailed bios of past award recipients here.