News from the College of Arts & Sciences

biology, collaborative research, experiential learning, faculty research, faculty, John S. Rogers Science Program, NSF, outcomes, student research
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Decoding Cellular ‘Shape-Shifters’

Biologist Sharon Torigoe and her students investigate the mechanisms that determine a cell’s fate.

FOSA, performance, photo essay, student event, student research
Two students using microscopes.

A Celebration of Scholarship and Creativity

On April 12, the Lewis & Clark community took a break from classes to enjoy the Festival of Scholars and Artists, an annual event that celebrates the scholarship and creativity of our undergraduate students.

career center, career success, international, outcomes, overseas, Peace Corps, public service, ranking
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A Peace Corps Top 10 Producer

Lewis & Clark has made the Top 10 list of small colleges and universities that have produced the highest all-time number of Peace Corps volunteers since the agency’s inception in 1961.

academics, collaborative research, experiential learning, history, outcomes, student research
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History in Action at the Southern Border

Lewis & Clark history students are putting their research skills to work for asylum seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border.

commencement, senior speaker
Cooper posing outside near a gazebo, wearing a blue button-up short sleeve shirt and glasses.

Senior Speaker: Cooper Kroll BA ’24

Cooper Kroll BA ’24 will address graduates at the College of Arts and Sciences commencement on May 4.

career success, IAS, international affairs symposium, outcomes, research, student event, symposia, symposium
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International Affairs Symposium Focuses on Control

The 62nd annual Lewis & Clark International Affairs Symposium is one of the oldest student-run symposia in the country. This year’s event, which runs from April 8 to April 10, is titled Strings Attached: Tracing the Global Systems That Bind.

green, moss week, photo essay, sustainability
A student wearing a full-body moss suit.


Lewis & Clark’s beautiful campus is home not only to lots of evergreens, native shrubs, and flowers, but also an abundance of moss. In honor of this underappreciated plant, Lewis & Clark’s Natural History Club held its sixth annual Moss Appreciation Week in mid-February. The popular campus event featured traditional favorites, like the Moss Petting Zoo and the terrarium-building workshop, as well as new events, including Moss Murmurs in L&C’s Ear Forest and a one-of-kind Gastropod Derby. Special guest Jenna Ekwealor, a bryologist from San Francisco State University, led a moss walk and delivered a lecture on the secret life of moss that grows under rocks. This year’s Moss Week was organized by club leaders Deanna Sunnergren BA ’24 and Sammy Kutsch BA ’24.

academics, concentration, dance, theatre
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L&C’s New Dance Moves

Lewis & Clark adds a dance concentration, which will be led by Tiffany Mills, the college’s new director of dance.

education, teacher education
Dr. Charlene Williams sitting with a student in a classroom.

A Champion of Equity and Excellence for Oregon’s Schools

Charlene Williams EdD ’15 leads the Oregon Department of Education as a “warm demander” of student, teacher, and educational system success.

main stage, production, theater
Wolf Play, main stage production, spring 2024

A Puppet? A Wolf? Boxing? It’s ‘Wolf Play’!

Wolf Play, which opens March 8 on Lewis & Clark’s Main Stage, is directed by Suhaila Meera, assistant professor of theatre. With the help of a puppet, boxing moves, and wolf pack metaphors, the play explores issues of family, parenting, community, survival, and love.

gender studies symposium, Gender Studies, student research, symposium
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43rd Annual Gender Studies Symposium Focuses on Digital Technology and the Internet

This year’s Gender Studies Symposium will examine the ways in which digital technology, internet platforms, and online spaces have shaped and been shaped by understandings and expressions of gender and sexuality. The symposium runs from March 6 to 8.

MENA, Middle East and North African Studies Symposium, student event, student research, symposium
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Language and Politics in the Middle East and North Africa

Lewis & Clark’s 10th annual student-run Middle East and North African Studies Symposium will explore the relationship between language and politics in the region. The symposium, which takes place February 27 to 29, provides an opportunity for students to showcase their research and hear from outside speakers and scholars.

athletics, counseling, mental health, peer support, student athletics, student life, student-athlete
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L&C Student-Athletes Score New Resources for Mental Health

Lewis & Clark’s Mental Health Validation Program (MVP) brings counseling services, mental health workshops, student-athlete peer support groups, and more to the college’s student-athletes.

academic awards, career success, experiential learning, fulbright award, Fulbright Scholar, international education, international, outcomes, overseas and off campus, overseas
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Lewis & Clark Extends Its Run as a Top Fulbright Producer

For the seventh time in 10 years, Lewis & Clark has been named one of the top producers of Fulbright Award winners in the country, according to the U.S. Department of State. With four Fulbright grants in 2023–24, Lewis & Clark is in the Top 50 baccalaureate producers of student Fulbrights in the nation.

Bates Center, entrepreneurship, experiential learning, outcomes, winterim
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Entrepreneurial Thinking, Networking, and Pitching on Display at Winterim 2024

In mid-January, the Bates Center for Entrepreneurship and Leadership hosted its annual entrepreneurial workshop, known as Winterim. The event brought 29 students to campus prior to the start of spring semester for a week of learning, networking, and mentoring, which culminated in a pitch competition for $13,000 in prizes.