March 02, 2020

March Letter From Robin, VPSL and Dean of Students

March 2, 2020


Hello LC Students!

Welcome to Spring! I know you have all been hard at work in your classes and I hope you are experiencing good academic success. Believe it or not first year students, in just a few months you will have completed your first year of College. And seniors, in the same amount of time, you will be walking across the graduation stage as a newly minted graduate of Lewis & Clark College—quite an accomplishment!

There is much for you to feel good about and you should definitely take the time to give yourselves a pat on the back. And you have all been busy, too haven’t you? Our sports teams had great success this fall—Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Football and Volleyball all did very well and our Swim and Tennis teams are having great success. I hope you had a chance to attend a game to cheer on your fellow Pios.

Just last week, about 600 of you gathered in Fields and danced the night away at the Spring Fling. I heard it was a great success and it only further demonstrates that LC students love a good party and really respond to late night programming—let’s do more! We definitely want to support students creating more opportunities like Spring Fling and finding ways to balance out all of your hard studying with good social fun, too.

Speaking of fun, you are all getting ready to go off on spring break. Some of you will be travelling home while others may be heading out of the country. Remember to check with the Health Center or our Coronavirus informational page. ( Regarding international travel, the most comprehensive post is this one: If you will be traveling abroad—especially with the fast-changing news about the virus. Although it is concerning, as long as you are informed and smart, the risk remains relatively low for most of us. But definitely know before you go.

Some of you will be participating in our Alternative Break programs and heading to various spots in the United States to provide service and support and learn more about and be a part of the social justice programs that are so critical to building healthy communities. Thanks for taking time out of your schedules to represent Lewis & Clark and to serve others—it epitomizes the amazing spirit of our students.

As you wind up your semester remember—it is not too late to get involved! Line up an internship, vote in the ASLC upcoming elections or run for office yourself, attend a baseball or softball game or cheer on Track and Field; sing in the quad (I’m talking to you a capella groups!), plan the next Spring Fling—there is so much to do and I hope you will consider doing it. But most of all, remember to take time to rest and rejuvenate and take care of yourself. And congratulations to our graduating seniors—JOB WELL DONE! See you at Commencement!

Robin Holmes-Sullivan

Vice President of Student Life and Dean of Students