Students sit and talk together above the reflecting pool at the estate gardens.

L&C Selected for Equity in Mental Health on Campus Initiative

In September, in collaboration with the Steve Fund, Lewis & Clark will begin an 18-month process to improve its racial climate, policies, and practices to prioritize the mental health and emotional well-being of students of color.

Class of 2025 Glade photo

Welcome, New Students!

Incoming first-year and transfer students share why they chose L&C.

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Monica Lewinsky BS ’95 Returns to Campus

In her personal, vulnerable narrative, Lewinsky celebrated compassion; destigmatized asking for help; and revealed her hope for a legacy of emerging from the unimaginable to add value to the world.

Rogers Science Research summer 2022

Whether in the Lab or Among the Trees, Summer Means Science

Over the summer, the Rogers Science Research Program offers L&C students the opportunity to work directly with professors on a variety of research projects. These paid summer positions provide valuable hands-experience usually reserved for graduate students.
Start Seeing Melanoma campaign graphic

Can You Spot Skin Cancer? L&C Psychologists Bring Their Expertise to Public Health Campaign

In collaboration with Oregon Health & Science University and the University of Oregon, psychology professors Jerusha and Brian Detweiler-Bedell conduct research to help Oregonians identify and respond to the risk of melanoma.
Damien Geter, composer of the Requiem, receives a hearty round of applause from the performers an...

‘An African American Requiem’ Confronts Racial Violence Through Music

Portland’s Resonance Ensemble, led by L&C’s Kathy FitzGibbon, worked with artist-composer Damien Geter to present a bold, thought-provoking musical response to violence against African Americans in the United States. The Requiem premiered in Portland and was performed at the Kennedy Center in late May.

Liz LeJeune BA ’22 Receives AAUW Senior Woman Recognition Award

Liz LeJeune BA ’22 is this year’s recipient of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Senior Woman Recognition Award, which honors outstanding scholarship as well as significant contributions to campus and community life.

Fulbright Winners to Circle the Globe as Researchers and Teachers

As recipients of prestigious Fulbright awards, four members of the L&C community will work abroad next year: Meredith Stinger BA ’19 (India), Mila Wolpert BA ’19 (France), Amelia Madarang BA ’22 (Taiwan), and Alex Webb BA ’22 (Colombia).
Paige Underwood BA ?22

Scholar, Dancer Prepares for Yale Law After Winning College’s Highest Honor

Paige Underwood BA ’22, a political science and mathematics double major, received this spring’s Rena J. Ratte Award, the undergraduate college’s highest honor. Named for an esteemed professor, the award recognizes a senior whose abilities and commitment have combined to produce work of the highest distinction.

Lewis & Clark Offers First-of-Its-Kind Gender Diversity Certificate

The nine-month intensive program prepares individuals to better support trans-spectrum children, youth, and adults, and to educate those within the PK-12 education system and other youth-serving organizations.
Hope Smothers BA ?22

Speech and Debate Squad Excels in National and Regional Competition

With three members earning national titles in the last year, Lewis & Clark’s speech and debate squad is proving that its foundation in the liberal arts—along with the varied backgrounds and interests of its members—translates into success.
Portrait of Professor Reiko Hillyer

From Stumptown to Portlandia: Students Explore Portland’s History

Reiko Hillyer, associate professor of history, teaches a course about Portland’s multifaceted history, which encourages students to develop a deeper sense of place.
Portrait of Drew Blauth BA ?23

Drew Blauth BA ’23 Wins Goldwater Scholarship

Blauth is one of 417 students selected from a pool of more than 5,000 nationwide for the Barry Goldwater Scholarship, the preeminent award for undergraduates in the natural sciences, engineering, and mathematics.
Associate Professor of Physics Michael Broide

Longtime Physics Professor Named Teacher of the Year

Michael Broide, associate professor of physics, is the 2022 Teacher of the Year. The award caps off a 30-year career of instilling a love of physics in Lewis & Clark students. 

NEH Grant to Support Bilingual Materials for Narrative Medicine

Lewis & Clark, in collaboration with the University of Iowa, will create a digital database of course materials and other resources for developing and teaching courses in narrative medicine and health humanities in English and in Spanish. The effort will be funded by a three-year $149,999 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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Festival of Scholars and Artists Celebrates Student Achievement

Lewis & Clark’s full-day celebration of student scholarship and creativity returned to its in-person format on April 8.
Portrait of Shalini Hanstad BA ?22

Senior Speaker: Shalini Hanstad BA ’22

Shalini Hanstad BA ’22 will address graduates at the College of Arts and Sciences commencement on May 7.
Stacks of journals for Narrative Scribe Training participants.

Bringing Empathy to Health Care Through Narrative Scribe Training

L&C’s Center for Community and Global Health offers Narrative Scribe Training, which emphasizes the importance of listening and storytelling to health care teams.
Tiny House Club members

Tiny House Emerges From Big Vision

L&C’s student-led Tiny House Club is building a sustainable dwelling for a Portland-area nonprofit.
Students sitting by the reflecting pool in Estate Gardens.

Climate Action Plan Extends L&C’s “Green” Leadership

Lewis & Clark is updating its Climate Action Plan, with the goal of reducing the college’s carbon footprint to near zero by 2040.
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International Affairs Symposium Tackles “The Blame Game”

Lewis & Clark’s International Affairs Symposium, which turns 60 this year, is the oldest student-run symposium in the country. This year’s event, which runs from April 4 to April 6, is titled The Blame Game: Reimagining Fault and Responsibility on the Global Stage.
Jake Longstreth BA ?99 Weed, 2021, Oil on canvas, 80x120 in.

Painting the Landscapes and Cityscapes of California

Using humor and unexpected imagery, Jake Longstreth BA ’99 paints the natural and architectural world of Southern California.
Maria Hristova, assistant professor of Russian

Professor of Russian Recognized for Teaching Excellence

Assistant Professor of Russian Maria Hristova has received the Arnold L. and Lois S. Graves Award. The grant will allow her to pursue research and develop courses on post-Soviet environmental studies.

Burned Beast, by Jess Perlitz, 2017. Burned basswood, 48 x 30 x 54 inches.

Portland Art Museum Acquires Art Professor’s Sculpture

A sculpture—titled Burned Beast—by Jess Perlitz, associate professor of art and studio head of sculpture, is now part of the Portland Art Museum’s collection.

Portrait of Kim Stafford

Former Poet Laureate Shares Treasure Trove of Poems, Early Writings

Fans of former Oregon Poet Laureate Kim Stafford can get a never-before-seen look at early drafts of his poetry—and the folk art and Americana that informed them—at an exhibition devoted to the Kim Stafford Archive. The exhibition, located in Watzek Library, will be on view from March 18 to August 20, 2022.

The gap between the two flags, Russia and Ukraine, as a concept of political confrontation.

An Interdisciplinary Look at the Russia-Ukraine Crisis

A panel of Lewis & Clark professors recently gathered to discuss the historical, political, and cultural underpinnings of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Two students taking measurements in Tryon Creek.

New Minor Focuses on Earth’s Interrelated Systems

Lewis & Clark students will soon be able to pursue a new interdisciplinary minor in Earth system science.
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41st Annual Gender Studies Symposium Focuses on Fantasy

This year’s Gender Studies Symposium will examine how gender and sexuality affect the dynamics of fantasy, exploring questions of intimacy, pleasure, and politics. The symposium runs from March 9 to 11.
Portrait of Andrea Lewis BA ?20

Alum’s Online Art Gallery Empowers Emerging Artists of Color

Andrea Lewis BA 20 recently launched Plural, an online art gallery representing emerging artists of color with work across a range of mediums. The gallery was founded with the mission of celebrating the plurality of experiences, identities, and styles of artists worldwide.

Promoting Social Change and Community Involvement

Lewis & Clark’s new Center for Social Change and Community Involvement ​​helps students create meaningful impact in their local and global communities.
Ellie Miller BA ?20

Recent Alum Prepares for Foreign Service as a Pickering Fellow

Ellie Miller BA ’20 has been awarded a 2022 Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship. Funded by the U.S. Department of State, the fellowship attracts and prepares outstanding young people for careers in the Foreign Service.
   Portrait of Sarah Lind-Macmillan

Supporting Equity and Inclusion in the U.S. Foreign Service

Sarah Lind-MacMillan BA ’22, an international affairs major and current student body president, is Lewis & Clark’s latest Rangel Fellowship winner. The Rangel, awarded annually to just 45 students nationwide, is designed to help diversify the ranks of the U.S. Foreign Service.
Portrait of Robin Holmes-Sullivan outside the Manor House.

Dr. Robin Holmes-Sullivan named the next president of Lewis & Clark

The Lewis & Clark Board of Trustees announced today it has selected Dr. Robin Holmes-Sullivan as the institution’s 26th president. The appointment of Holmes-Sullivan follows a rigorous nationwide search that attracted a strong pool of over a hundred applicants.

Students presenting their business ideas at Winterim, an entrepreneurial workshop hosted by the B...

New Partnership With Babson Collaborative Expands Entrepreneurship Opportunities

Members of the Lewis & Clark community can now benefit from streamlined admission to graduate programs at Babson College, the leader in entrepreneurship education, through a new 4+1 pathway program.
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Entrepreneurial Mindset on Display During Winterim

From January 9 through January 14, nearly 30 Lewis & Clark students immersed themselves in the study of entrepreneurship and leadership through Winterim, a fast-paced and supportive experience that culminated in a pitch competition with $6,750 in cash prizes.
Mila Wolpert BA ?19

Designing a Career in Cultural Heritage

Mia Wolpert BA ’19 put her history experience to work for the Althorp Estate in England, the childhood home of Princess Diana.
Paloma González BA ?04

Working at the Intersection of Diplomacy and Diversity

Paloma González BA ’04 seeks to diversify the U.S. Foreign Service at home and abroad.

From “A Maze” to “Amazing”: The Renovation of L&C’s Student Center

During 2022, L&C will revitalize Templeton Campus Center, transforming it into the “heart of campus.”

Warm Up to the Music of Hot Buttered Rum

Led by the songwriting talents of Erik Yates BA ’00 and Nat Keefe BA ’00, the five-member band Hot Buttered Rum brings their unique mix of bluegrass, folk, jazz, and soul to audiences in the U.S. and abroad.
Portrait of Ochuko Akpovbovbo

Creating an Online Community for Young Women and Nonbinary People of Color

During the pandemic, Ochuko Akpovbovbo BA ’21 used her time in isolation to create Parachute Media, a growing digital publication and community organization created by and for Gen Z and millennial women and nonbinary people of color.
Hannah Crummé, project director and head of Watzek Library Special Collections and college archivist

Building Humanities Collections for the Community

The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded Lewis & Clark $331,000 in American Rescue Plan funds for Building Humanities Collections for the Community. These funds will help rebuild and reinvigorate Watzek Library’s Special Collections program, which was interrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Kellan, standing in front of trees in a green long-sleeve top, smiling and looking at the camera.

Tasting Success With Plant-Based Chocolate Mousse

Kellan Navarre BA ’20 works to make life a little bit sweeter for all. Her plant-based chocolate mousse company, Goddess Mousse, was born out of a Lewis & Clark classroom and has grown into a favorite of farmers markets and grocers throughout Portland.
Illustration by Nancy Flecha

Annual Ray Warren Symposium Explores Joy and Justice

The annual Ray Warren Symposium on Race and Ethnic Studies engages attendees in conversations about race, ethnicity, and identity. This year’s event focuses on the theme of Joy & Justice. The symposium runs from November 10 to November 12.

Environmental Affairs Symposium Focuses on the Notion of Facts in Our Time

The 24th annual ENVX Symposium–titled “A Post-Truth Environment?”–will take place October 19–21. The symposium will offer a combination of in-person, online, and livestreamed events. All are free and open to the public.

Peer to Peer: The Pioneer Support Network

In small-group meetings, trained student leaders support their peers’ mental health and well-being.
Aerial photo of Griswold Stadium.

Coming Soon: Women’s Lacrosse and Men’s Soccer

Lewis & Clark is adding two new varsity sports teams to its roster.

Kim Stafford posing outside, wearing a brimmed hat, green vest, and long sleeved blue shirt.

Renowned Portland Poet Gifts Personal Archive to Watzek

Kim Stafford, founding director of Lewis & Clark’s Northwest Writing Institute and former Oregon poet laureate, has gifted his personal archive to Watzek Library Special Collections and Archives. It will be available to the public in 2022.
Peter Drake

Computer Science Students Tackle Real-World Problems

In Professor Peter Drake’s software development course, computer science students apply the skills they have learned to real-life problems, such as earthquake preparedness and biology research.
Mila Pruiett ?22, in front of a massive tree, a subject of her studies.

Biology Student Explores the Forests of the Future

Mila Pruiett BA ’22 has earned funding from the American Conifer Society to support her senior thesis on regeneration in urban and rural parks. The research will grow out of Pruiett’s prior lab work related to old-growth conifer forests.

Welcome to Lewis & Clark, Class of 2025!

Incoming students share why they chose L&C.
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Reaching the Moon Thanks to Physics, Theatre, Math, and Dance

The supportive liberal arts community Ben Kolligs BA ’18 found at L&C provided him opportunities to discover his passion in robotics and to advance his career, even before he graduated. Next up, graduate studies in robotics at Carnegie Mellon University!
2021 Rena Ratte Award recipient Jordan Gonzalez

First-gen student-athlete is UCLA bound

Jordan Gonzalez BA ’21 is this year’s winner of the Rena J. Ratte Award, Lewis & Clark’s highest academic honor. This fall, Gonzalez will begin a five-year PhD program in chemistry at the University of California at Los Angeles.
Sean Richardson BA ?20

National Science Foundation Honors Two Alumni

Two recent Lewis & Clark alumni have been awarded National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships. Three other L&C alumni have been given honorable mentions.

Helen Cecile Nowatka BA 21

Students Take First and Third Place at State-Wide Japanese Speech Competition

Helen Cecile Nowatka BA ’22 and Armando Montoya Rodriguez BA ’22 both earned awards at this year’s Toyama Cup Japanese Speech Contest, an annual competition cosponsored by the Toyama Prefectural Government of Japan and the Japan-America Society of Oregon.

Five Lewis & Clark Students and Alumni to Participate in Highly Competitive Fulbright Program

Emily Hayes-Rich BA ’19, Stephen Holden Jones BA ’18, and David Manicke BA ’21 have recently been awarded Fulbright research grants, while last year’s winners, Noah Foster-Koth BA ’19 and Cole Harris BA ’20, are now hoping to begin their postponed fellowships. The Fulbright Program was particularly competitive this year, with applications up 12 percent.

Tuse Mahenya

Senior Speaker: Tuse Mahenya BA ’21

Tuse Mahenya BA ’21 will address graduates at the College of Arts and Sciences commencement on May 8.

A scene from the Lewis & Clark production of The Secretaries. Photo by Owen Carey.

Theatre Department Explores Gender and Performativity in The Secretaries

The Secretaries, a campy horror-comedy that exemplifies feminist, queer theatre took performativity to extremes by showing violence and intimacy while remaining six feet apart.
United States Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield to Speak at 148th CAS Commencement Ceremony

Lewis & Clark College is proud to announce this year’s speaker at the virtual 148th commencement ceremony of the College of Arts and Sciences will be the Honorable Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations. The Ambassador was nominated by President Joe Biden and confirmed by the United States Senate on February 23, 2021.

Lizzy Acker BA ?05, with Roy.

Lewis & Clark Alumna Launches Advice Column at The Oregonian

Lizzy Acker BA ’05 is the pen behind The Oregonian’s new column doling out sharp, honest advice on the big and small problems in life. Acker is a trending news reporter at the paper, covering a range of issues relevant to the Oregon community.

New Data Science Minor Builds from Interdisciplinary Foundation

Through strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills, data science engages individuals in computing, statistics, interpretation, and communication. The new minor will reflect the strength of a liberal arts curriculum above all else, thanks to the diligence and passion of faculty members across the college.

The co-chairs and steering committee of the 2021 International Affairs Symposium.

59th Annual International Affairs Symposium Searches for Clarity in Controversy

For almost 60 years, Lewis & Clark’s International Affairs Symposium has been nationally recognized as a hub for discussing the most pressing matters in foreign affairs. From April 5 to April 7, the symposium will focus on controversy and emphasize opposing viewpoints on environmental degradation, the conflicts of multiculturalism, and the structure of the future international system.

Lewis & Clark Welcomes First Class of Posse Scholars

In 2010, President Barack Obama donated a portion of his $1.4 million Nobel Prize award to the Posse Foundation, one of 10 organizations he chose to recognize. Lewis & Clark is partnering with the Posse Foundation to provide mentoring and full-tuition scholarships to exceptional students from diverse backgrounds. The inaugural cohort—10 students from the Washington, D.C., area—will arrive on campus this fall.

40th Annual Gender Studies Symposium explores Lack and Absence

For 40 years, the Lewis & Clark College Gender Studies Symposium has fostered timely and thoughtful academic discourse on gender and sexuality. From March 10–12, this year’s theme of “Lack and Absence” used what is missing, overlooked, excluded, or invisible to find what it might mean to uncover, include, illuminate, amplify, or recuperate what has been absent or lacking.

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Computer Science’s New Concentration: Cybersecurity

Starting in the fall of 2021, Lewis & Clark’s Department of Mathematical Sciences will begin offering a new concentration within the computer science program: cybersecurity. The new concentration in cybersecurity provides students an interdisciplinary approach, bringing together technology, people, information, and processes through the creation, operation, analysis, and testing of secure computer systems.

Savage and Lokey Awards Celebrate Outstanding Faculty

Both the David Savage Award and the Lorry Lokey Awards prioritize and celebrate inspirational leadership, rigorous scholarship, and creative accomplishments in the classroom and in the broader academic community. This year’s awards recognize four Lewis & Clark faculty members from the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities for their excellence.
ASLC President and newly named Rangel fellow Mikah Bertelmann ?21.

International Affairs Major and ASLC President Earns Rangel Fellowship

ASLC President Mikah Bertelmann BA ’21 has been awarded a Charles B. Rangel Graduate Fellowship, designed to prepare outstanding individuals for careers in the foreign service with the U.S. Department of State. The Rangel Program supports new graduates through two years of graduate study and professional development.
The Winterim 2020 cohort.

Winterim Bridges the Liberal Arts and Entrepreneurship

From January 11 through January 15, 21 Lewis & Clark students immersed themselves in the study of entrepreneurship and leadership through Winterim, a fast-paced and supportive experience where students collaborate in small groups to research, create, develop, and pitch a venture. After four days of virtually learning, brainstorming, prototyping, debating, networking, and rehearsing, students presented their start-up ideas at Winterim’s annual pitch competition.
Rory Bialostosky BA ?22, newly elected member of the West Linn City Council.

International Affairs Major becomes West Linn’s Youngest City Councilor

Rory Bialostosky BA ’22 will become the youngest City Councilor for the city of West Linn, Oregon. He received the most votes in a field of ten candidates, securing one of the two open positions for a four year term. He plans to continue his undergraduate studies while serving on the city council.

Jordan Gonzales

Mathematics and Chemistry Double Major Named Rhodes Finalist

Jordan Gonzalez BA ’21 advanced to the final round of interviews for the Rhodes Scholarship, widely regarded as the most prestigious international scholarship program in the world. The scholarship allows exceptional, leadership-driven students from around the world to pursue higher degrees at the University of Oxford. Gonzalez is the fourth Lewis & Clark student to be named a Rhodes finalist in the last five years.

Cabaret in the Time of Coronavirus

From November 4–7, the Lewis & Clark Theatre Department, along with the Music Department presented the musical Cabaret. Taking place in socially lively 1930s Berlin, this musical is a sharp political commentary told through provocative characters and musical numbers. Battling circumstance and technology, the performance could be seen both in-person and virtually while following health and safety guidelines.

Annual Ray Warren Symposium Addresses Race and Movement

This year’s Ray Warren Symposium on Race and Ethnic Studies, which will run from November 11 to 13, focuses on the concept of movement and the systems of power that determine our mobility. For the first time, the symposium will be held entirely online, free and open to all, including those living outside of Portland.
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Oregon’s small colleges, universities managing COVID-19 successfully - so far

Lewis & Clark President Wim Wiewel led a group of Oregon private college and university presidents in a column that appeared in The Oregonian on Sunday, Oct. 25. The topic: how schools like Lewis & Clark have managed a return to in-person learning during the time of COVID-19.
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Environmental Affairs Symposium Highlights Local and Global Conservation

The 23rd Annual ENVX Symposium, titled Conservation Conversations, will provide a forum to discuss biodiversity conservation on a local and global level. Taking place virtually from October 20–22, all events are free and open to the public.

Matt on left, Ramez on right

Students Win Big at the Invent Oregon Collegiate Competition

Ramez Attia BA ’21 and Matthew Brown BA ’21 were named the winning team at the annual Invent Oregon Collegiate State Finals, earning $10,000, plus an additional $2,000 as People’s Choice winners. Their invention is a cost-effective and tech-savvy device programmed to stop drunk driving before it happens.

“Spiderwoman” Sits Down with Big Biology Podcast

Biology professor and spider expert Greta Binford is the featured guest on the latest Big Biology podcast! Listen to the episode to hear Greta answer the question of whether venom use is based on body size, and how venom from Spiderman applies to this question.
Ela Pencl

Students Present Original Research Alongside Faculty at Annual Rogers Presentations

Each year, undergraduate students across departments have the opportunity to participate in the John S. Rogers Science Research Program, which supports collaborative scientific research with Lewis & Clark faculty. At this year’s virtual presentations, projects ranged from an interactive game on earthquake preparedness to analysis on ideologies surrounding color blindness and racial passing.

National Science Foundation Awards Physics Professor $135,000 Research Grant

The National Science Foundation recently awarded Assistant Professor of Physics Mohamed Anber a $135,000 research grant to support the development of novel mathematical techniques in nuclear physics. This is Anber’s second NSF grant in his four-year tenure at Lewis & Clark.

TIME Magazine’s TIME 100 Talks Series Features Alumna, Disability Rights Advocate

TIME Magazine’s TIME 100 Talks, a video series highlighting influential people, has included alumna and disability-rights advocate Haben Girma BA ’10 in its line-up. Girma, a recipient of Lewis & Clark’s 2016 Outstanding Young Alumna Award, is the first deaf-blind person to graduate from Harvard Law School. In her talk, Girma expands upon the article she wrote for TechCrunch, “The Robots Occupying Our Sidewalks.”

Community Response

We caught up with seven Lewis & Clark graduates to learn how they are helping those in need during the pandemic.

Chemistry Professor Awarded $297,000 NSF Grant

Professor of Chemistry Nikolaus Loening was recently awarded a $297,000 research grant by the National Science Foundation to support studies related to the “molecular underpinnings of life.” Loening’s combined grant efforts have aided the college in purchasing a new 600 MHz NMR Spectrometer, built to study a wide range of chemical and biological processes.
Clockwise, from bottom left: Cristin Kladis JD ?20; Delcianna Winders, assistant clinical profess...

The Fight for Farmed Animals

Students in the law school’s new Animal Law Litigation Clinic face off against industry and government to prevent animal suffering and protect the food supply.

Alumnus-Produced Podcast Earns Webby Award

“Stay Tuned With Preet,” a podcast produced by alumnus Sam Ozer-Staton BA ’17, has earned a Webby Award for News and Politics based on public vote. The podcast, hosted by the former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara, dissects the politically charged legal issues facing the nation each week.
Robin Gropp BA ?16, Mason Wordell BA ?15, Assistant Professor Metz, and Ina Waring-Enriquez BA ?1...

Seeing the Forest and the Trees

Every summer, Assistant Professor of Biology Margaret Metz travels to eastern Ecuador, where she gathers data about trees in the Amazon. The days are steamy and often tedious as Metz and her team of undergraduates carefully search for seedlings, which they’ll track from year to year…

Letter from President Wiewel

In response to a message we sent last week from Executive Council about the murder of George Floyd, I received many replies from students, alumni, faculty, and staff. Some were appreciative, others were critical. I heard stories of racism and microaggressions experienced on our own campus and in the wider world. And I heard calls to do better: exhortations to an institution committed to the global good.
Cole Harris BA ?20 undertaking research in Zanzibar.

Recent Alumnus Awarded Fulbright Grant in Uganda

Cole Harris BA ’20 is Lewis & Clark’s most recent alum to receive a Fulbright award following his undergraduate degree. Next year, Harris will travel to Kampala, Uganda, to conduct original research on the effects of Pentecostalism on community development.

Making the Liberal Arts Case in The New Republic

The New Republic magazine has published an op-ed by President Wim Wiewel in which he argues for the unique importance of liberal arts colleges in instilling civic values.
Ryan Lockard BA ?07 and Ben, the inspiration behind Specialty Athletic Training.

Alum’s personal training company serving athletes with special needs goes virtual

(KPTV) – While gyms remain closed, more and more groups have turned to virtual workouts that might be more of the norm after the virus subsides.

Ryan Lockard found his career calling while playing, then coaching at Lewis & Clark…

Lewis & Clark’s Updated Test-Optional Policy

A national leader in test-optional admissions, Lewis & Clark has updated its long-standing policy. Starting with the fall 2021 incoming class, applicants who prefer not to submit standardized test scores will no longer be required to submit a portfolio of academic work in their place.

Two Alumni Complete Arctic Expedition, Produce Short Film “AREA 11”

Brothers and alumni Stein and Thor Retzlaff trained for years to survive one of the most remote areas in the world. The expedition to the Atomfjella mountain range in Norway tested their survival skills, while also allowing them to ski incredible peaks and couloirs (steep mountainside gorges). They captured the experience in their short film, “AREA 11.”

Lewis & Clark Awarded $750,000 Mellon Foundation Grant

Lewis & Clark has been awarded a $750,000 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant for the interdisciplinary project “Healing Social Suffering Through Narrative,” which will address circumstances such as inequitable access to higher education and physical and mental illness in the Portland area using a liberal arts lens. The project will extend over four years, beginning this fall, engaging students and faculty in a series of community-wide partnerships.
Asia Wooten BA ?20 and Zafar Ali BA ?20.

Senior Speakers: Asia Wooten BA ’20 and Zafar Ali BA ’20

The two outstanding students addressed their classmates at the 2020 virtual commencement.
Bryan Miller BA ?20 and Hanna Merzbach BA ?20 edit their groundbreaking podcast series.

Historic Vietnamese Portland Podcast Now Available Online

Portland has one of the highest per-capita Vietnamese populations in the country, yet Lewis & Clark is the first academic institution to develop an archive documenting their history. Two Lewis & Clark students organized scores of interviews from the Portland Vietnamese population into a five-episode podcast series about coming to America, finding a home in Portland, education, making a living, and social activism.

Two Students Awarded 2020 Goldwater Scholarships

Two undergraduate students have received the prestigious Barry Goldwater Scholarship for excellence in the fields of natural sciences, engineering, and mathematics. Students are recognized based on a commitment to intellectual intensity and dedication to future research.
Mia Eichel and Hanna Merzbach (Photo by Jo Tabacek)

Student Journalists Continue Coverage of COVID-19

While many students were finalizing last-minute travel plans to return home and exchanging unexpected goodbyes, Hanna Merzbach BA ’20 and Mia Eichel BA ’20 were hunkered down inside a Templeton conference room, laying out The Pioneer Log’s final print issue in the wake of COVID-19. For many students, the newspaper was their go-to source of information on many changes that the pandemic brought about.

Faculty Approve Health Studies Minor

Faculty of the College of Arts and Sciences have approved the creation of a new health studies minor. Drawing upon Lewis & Clark’s strong culture of interdisciplinary learning and current course offerings, the new minor recognizes the growing interest students have in public health and the value of a liberal arts approach to solving the world’s current and future public health challenges.
Professor Magali Rabasa speaking at the Ray Warren Symposium on Race and Ethnic Studies in 2017.

Hispanic Studies Professor Recognized for Teaching Excellence

Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies Magalí Rabasa has received the Arnold L. and Lois S. Graves Award. The grant will allow Rabasa to pursue research on feminist economies of knowledge in the Americas over a two-year period. This summer, she will travel to New York to conduct research in the Interference Archive, a space that catalogues the cultural production of social movements.

Faculty Approve Entrepreneurial Leadership and Innovation Minor

The faculty of the College of Arts and Sciences voted unanimously on March 3 to approve the creation of a minor in entrepreneurial leadership and innovation. The strong support for the new program underscores the fact that the liberal arts and entrepreneurship share a common interdisciplinary approach rooted in understanding people, systems, and methods of creating positive change.

2020 Gender Studies Symposium cochairs.    From left to right: India Roper-Moyes BA ?20, Rayce Sa...

39th Annual Gender Studies Symposium Explores the Tensions of Possibility

For almost 40 years, the Lewis & Clark Gender Studies Symposium has been fostering cutting edge academic discourse on gender and sexuality. From March 11–13, this year’s theme, Tensions of Possibility, transcends traditional scholastic boundaries and takes an interdisciplinary approach to research on gender and sexuality.

Lewis & Clark Named Top Producer of Peace Corps Volunteers

In new rankings released by the Peace Corps, Lewis & Clark is in the top 10 on the list of volunteer-producing colleges and universities. With 12 alumni currently serving around the world, Lewis & Clark ranks seventh among small schools in the past year.

Alexander String Quartet Returns to Palatine Hill

The Alexander String Quartet is returning to the Lewis & Clark campus for another eagerly anticipated performance on February 13, in the Agnes Flanagan Chapel. The quartet has performed in the major music capitals of five continents, and is best known for its interpretations of Beethoven, Mozart, and Shostakovich. Prior to the performance, the quartet will be on campus holding interdisciplinary workshops for undergraduate students.

Special Collections Acquires First Italian Illuminated Manuscript in the Portland Area

Watzek Library’s Special Collections and Archives has recently added another rare book, an Italian book of hours, to its growing collection of archival materials. The book, valued at more than $45,000, was acquired thanks to a highly competitive grant from the B.H. Breslauer Foundation. Starting next spring, students will have the opportunity to examine the text in depth in Professor Karen Gross’s manuscript analysis course.

Alumni-Founded Podcast Production Company Adds Another L&C Alumnus

Annie Fassler BA ’11 and Jonah Geil-Neufeld BA ’11 met at Lewis & Clark and began working together with the emerging medium of podcasting right after graduation. In 2017 they founded Puddle Creative LLC, and this past fall they hired Sam Peers Nitzberg BA ’19.

Hoffman Gallery Examines “Making a Better Painting”

The exhibit will provide context for the presentations, panel discussions, and hands-on workshops at the Making a Better Painting: Thinking Through Practice Symposium, held on March 6 and 7. The symposium’s keynote speaker is Molly Zuckerman-Hartung, a painter and writer living and working in New York. Zuckerman-Hartung teaches in the low-residency MFA program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

The Winterim 2020 cohort

Winterim Immerses Students in Entrepreneurship and Leadership

From January 12 to 17, 33 Lewis & Clark students from around the United States and across the globe immersed themselves in the study of entrepreneurship and leadership. A perennial favorite offering of the John E. and Susan S. Bates Center for Entrepreneurship and Leadership, Winterim is a weeklong experience bringing students, speakers, and mentors together to explore what it means to be an entrepreneur. 

Anne McHugh receiving her award from the EPA.

Alumna Awarded EPA Award for Environmental Educators

Anne McHugh BA ’10 has been awarded the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2019 Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators for her work as a science teacher at Portland’s Franklin High School. One of only 11 winners nationally of the highly competitive award and the only winner selected from the Pacific Northwest region, her teaching spans from arachnid biodiversity to aquaponics systems, allowing students to collaborate in innovative research with NASA.
Greater Portland Hillel staff receive the Susan Rudd Cohen Outstanding Campus Award in Atlanta.

PDX Hillel Takes Top Honors

Recently, Hillel International presented awards to individuals and campuses for creating innovative experiences and meaningful connections for students to develop stronger ties to their Jewish identities. The Greater Portland Hillel—which serves Lewis & Clark College, Portland State University, and Reed College—received Hillel International’s highest honor, the Phillip H. and Susan Rudd Cohen Outstanding Campus Award.

Students bring ancient artisans to life through archaeology and chemistry

A pair of 600-year-old religious paintings that hang in the Church of St. James in Alcúdia, Spain, have seen their share of history. Even centuries after their creation, the paintings, which depict events in the life of Mary, are striking. With the help of determined Lewis & Clark researchers—and some 21st-century technology—their secrets are being coaxed into view. The new issue of The Chronicle takes a look at how faculty and students are researching at the nexus of art and science.

Highlights of 2019

Check out some of our top stories of the past 12 months.
Professor Bennett presenting on her research.

International Affairs Professor Studies Ethical Consumerism in the Portland Cannabis Market

Associate Professor of International Affairs Elizabeth Bennett studies how the political/ethical consumerism movement can promote environmentally and socially responsible products. For the last three years, she has applied her research to the nascent Portland cannabis market. Bennett describes the ways in which consumer activism and sustainable supply chains have emerged in the context of the American and Canadian cannabis markets.

Kray (L) and Rose (R) at the grand opening party of Hydra's offices at General Industry.

Physics Alumni Cofound a 3D Printing Startup

After building a 3D printer for a class during his senior year, John Kray BA ’17 enlisted the help of Zach Rose BA ’18 to build and sell innovative desktop 3D printers. Their most recent model is so easy to use that Lewis & Clark purchased one for the physics lab.

Christopher Baily

Cooking Up Business

On any given summer evening, the Portland Mercado is a swirl of activity: families eating Cuban sandwiches, Mexican tamales, or Puerto Rican mofongo at nearby food trucks; bands playing on the patio; people doing their evening shopping at the meat market and grocery store. The Mercado in Southeast Portland is home to dozens of businesses. And Chris Bailey BA ’08 has had a hand in launching many of them.

Resonance Ensemble Awarded $100,000 Creative Heights Grant

The Oregon Community Foundation has awarded the Resonance Ensemble $100,000 to enable them to pursue an ambitious collaboration with the Oregon Symphony and several independent artists to put on the world premiere of Damien Geter’s An African American Requiem. Lewis & Clark’s Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities Katherine FitzGibbon serves as Resonance Ensemble’s Artistic Director.

Divesting from fossil fuels: A progress report

In February 2018, Lewis & Clark’s trustees voted unanimously to divest from fossil fuel holdings in the endowment. Following the first year of our divestment process, we reduced the exposure to publicly traded fossil fuel companies by over 50 percent. Read the full progress report to learn more.

Ray Warren Symposium Asks What Comes After Resistance

The 16th annual Ray Warren Symposium on Race and Ethnic Studies continues to challenge our dominant ideas of power and liberation. This year the symposium goes a step further with the two high schoolers behind the recent Youth Climate Strike addressing how we might move toward a green, sustainable future for all generations. The symposium runs from November 13 to November 15.
A bauhaus-inspired chess set is one of the pieces on display at the new special collections retro...

German Studies Curates Retrospective Special Collections Exhibit on the Bauhaus

The Staatliches Bauhaus, an art school founded in 1919 in Weimar, Germany, was a pioneer in arts education. On the 100th anniversary of its founding, two German studies majors collaborated with faculty and Watzek Library’s Special Collections to curate a collection featuring replicas of iconic Bauhaus furniture, art, and photographs.

‘The Christians’ Engages With Modern Insurmountable Clashes of Conviction

Lewis & Clark’s theatre and music departments present The Christians, a play about devotion, communication, and faith that challenges the nature of convictions. The production—featuring a 23-member choir and a full band—opened November 1 at Fir Acres Theatre. 

Chemistry professor Anne Bentley helping students with their summer research.

Pioneering Research

Student-faculty research is central to a Lewis & Clark education.

Student Spends Summer Advancing Research on Usher Syndrome

Biology major Brendan Creemer BA ’21 worked this summer as a research intern at Oregon Health & Science University. There, he helped research the problem of immune rejection caused by stem cell transplantation. The research could lead to a treatment for Usher Syndrome.  

First TEDx Event Asks Audience to Deconstruct What They Know

Lewis & Clark’s first TEDx event gave three undergraduate students and three local speakers the opportunity to take the stage and “deconstruct” the topic of their choice. The success of the event can be credited to the student-run team of organizers, headed by coleaders Tuse Mahenya BA ’21 and Ariel McGee BA ’21.

22nd Environmental Affairs Symposium Tackles Climate, Environment, and Uneven Development

This year’s Environmental Affairs Symposium analyzes the environmental impact of uneven development with the help of environmental scholar and climate activist Sunita Narain. Her keynote address, titled “The New Green Deal for a Global Compact: Learning to Do Things Differently for Inclusive Futures,” will discuss solutions to combat global climate change. 

Lewis & Clark Students Vote at Much Higher Rates Than the National Average

A recent study by Tufts University’s Tisch College of Civic Life found that Lewis & Clark students voted at a much higher rate than the national average for the 2018 midterm elections. Opportunities for civic engagement on campus could factor into the increase. 

Recent Alumna Joins The New York Times

Emma Grillo BA ’17 has gone from features editor at the student-run Pioneer Log to a staffer in the The New York Times newsroom, harnessing skills from her time in the classroom and on off-campus student programs. Her freelance work covering tech, arts, and culture regularly appears in national publications.

Trustee Paula Hayes Profiled on OPB

Paula Hayes B.S. ’92—a Board of Trustees member and recipient of the Pioneer Alumna Leadership Award—was recently profiled by Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) for her innovative cosmetics company. Hue Noir’s beauty products are designed for an underserved market of darker-skinned women whose skin colors and tones aren’t readily compatible with mainstream products.

Professor Emerita’s Acclaimed Play To Premiere in New York

Phyllis Yes has worked as a multimedia artist for years, with materials ranging from jewelry to a hand-painted Porsche. Her first play, Good Morning, Miss America, is based on her own experiences caring for her aging parents. It made its New York premiere on October 2 at Theatre 80 St. Mark’s Place.

International Student launches Lewis & Clark’s first TEDx event

Tuse Mahenya BA ’21, an English major and political economy minor from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, is organizing Lewis & Clark’s first TEDx event, “Deconstruct.” Scheduled for October 9, the event will give students a platform to share their ideas and hear from others about times their preconceived notions were challenged.

Alumna Combines Entrepreneurship, Tech, and Equity to Win Biz Competition

Renee Allums BA ’18 won the fifth annual PitchBlack business competition with her idea #tag that aims to highlight and compensate digital content creators who have previously gone unrecognized and uncompensated.
The Class of 2023 says hello!

Welcome Home

Lewis & Clark welcomes new students to campus.

New Scholarship Aims to Foster Oregon Entrepreneurship

A new merit scholarship being offered aims to encourage Oregon high school students to study entrepreneurship as part of their liberal arts experience. Scholarships will be available to selected students who apply to begin school in the fall of 2020.

Senior Completes Competitive Ambassador Fellowship

Ellie Miller BA ’20 was chosen as one of only six undergraduate students in the nation to participate in the Council of American Ambassadors (CAA) Fellowship program in Washington, D.C. A French and psychology double major with a focus in Arabic, Miller stood out in a field packed with international affairs and political science majors. 

Internship Expands Diversity in Arts Leadership

This summer, Andrea Lewis BA ’21 participated in the Diversity in Arts Leadership (DIAL) program. Administered by Americans for the Arts, DIAL matches undergraduate students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds to leadership positions at arts nonprofits. As one of only 24 students selected in a nationwide application process, Lewis spent 10 weeks working for Free Arts NYC. 

Don’t Fear the Pholcid

After years of specimen collecting, venom milking, and proteomic sequencing, arachnologist and Lewis & Clark Professor of Biology Greta Binford and her team have published evidence to put to rest a longstanding urban legend: the venom of the daddy long-legs spider won’t hurt you. Their research appears in the new issue of Frontiers in Evolution and Ecology.
Grace Starling BA '20 taking in the sights during her time in Oman.

Mastering One Year of Arabic in Eight Weeks

Grace Starling BA ’20 is spending the summer in Oman intensively studying Arabic through the Critical Language Scholarship Program. The highly immersive eight-week program is equivalent to one year of college language studies. 

Sculpture Professor Chosen as Hallie Ford Fellow

Associate Professor of Art and Studio Head of Sculpture Jess Perlitz was selected as one of just five Hallie Ford Fellows in the Visual Arts this year. The Ford Family Foundation awards $25,000 to Oregon artists at pivotal point in their careers through this fund.
The project team's faculty and student members.

Interdisciplinary Team Lands $500K for Earthquake Preparedness Research

It’s a persistent question: How do you prepare large populations for an emergency? Funded by a grant of more than half a million dollars from the National Science Foundation, an interdisciplinary team of Lewis & Clark faculty and students is creating a video game to educate and enlist young people in that critical process.

Rethinking Buddhism and Socrates With NEH Support

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) seeks to stimulate new research through their highly competitive Summer Stipend program, which receives more than 800 applications a year. This year, NEH awarded 82 grants—and 2 of the 4 Oregon recipients are Lewis & Clark professors for their scholarly examinations of Buddhism and Socrates respectively.
Julia Huggins BA '13 at the Lynn Canal, Alaska.

Biogeochemist Julia Huggins Awarded Vanier Scholarship

Julia Huggins BA ’13 has been awarded the Vanier Scholarship to continue her PhD in biogeochemistry at the University of British Columbia, where she is the chief scientist of the oceanography research program. The scholarship will fund her research on oxygen loss in the oceans and the environmental impact of marine microorganisms.
Chemistry Professor Anne Bentley, in the lab with undergrads.

Better Learning Through Chemistry

How do you teach an introductory course to a field that is both vast in content and fundamental to understanding inorganic chemistry? Associate Professor of Chemistry Anne Bentley is helping lead an innovative study funded by the National Science Foundation that unites a group of 20 professors and researchers from across the country to develop a groundbreaking inorganic chemistry course.

Biology Professor’s Inspiring Scientific American Essay

“In my own lab, I have witnessed a powerful impact on students when they look directly into the zebrafish brain for the first time. It opens a window of curiosity that can inspire undergraduate scientists, who will ultimately develop new approaches and become the next generation of cutting-edge researchers,” Weissman writes in Scientific American. Read the whole essay.

Sophomore Nick Lombardi Competes on American Ninja Warrior

Nick Lombardi BA ’21 will appear on the upcoming season of NBC’s American Ninja Warrior, which airs at 8pm on Wednesday, May 29. Lombardi, a student-athlete and entrepreneur, talks about his experience, his shave-ice food truck business, and how his love of Lilo and Stitch helped him get noticed in a sea of applicants.

A Storyteller at the Top of His Game

Aron Phillips BA ’07 shapes athletes’ stories with the latest digital media tools. Read more about Aron’s journey in the newest issue of The Chronicle.
Physics professor Bethe Scaletter with Cyan Cowap BA '19 and James Abney.

Bringing Imaging to Life: Professor and Student Collaborate on Textbook

Watzek Librarian Parvaneh Abbaspour recently presented new alumna Cyan Cowap BA ’19 with an intriguing opportunity to illustrate the biomedical imaging textbook that Professor of Physics Bethe Scalettar and Lewis & Clark law school alumnus James Abney are writing.

Peter Bradley BA '19. Photo by Ben Ritter Photography .

Graduating Senior Earns Fulbright Scholarship to Argentina

Lewis & Clark has been a top 10 producer of Fulbright scholars in recent years. Peter Bradley BA ’19 has received an English Teaching Fellowship to Argentina and adds to the long list of Lewis & Clark recipients aiming to improve intercultural relations.

Diana Leonard

Psychology Professor, Student Collaborate on Intergroup Apology Research

Assistant Professor of Psychology Diana Leonard is working with students in her Emotions and Social Identity in Psychology (ESIP) lab to build upon her intergroup apology research and helping students develop their own research.

Talia Lichtenberg BA ’20 Named 2019 Goldwater Scholar

Talia Lichtenberg BA ’20 is the recipient of a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, the preeminent award for undergraduates in the sciences, engineering, and mathematics. A native of West Linn, Oregon, Talia is majoring in biochemistry and molecular biology with the intent of pursuing a PhD in molecular biology, specializing in Alzheimer’s disease and related neurodegenerative diseases.
Aaron Lutz and Ally Knighton

Lewis & Clark’s Knighton and Lutz Are National Champions

Ally Knighton BA ’22 is the National Forensic Association’s national champion in Informative Speaking and Aaron Lutz BA ’21 is the national champion in Extemporaneous Speaking.
Renewable energy intern and chair of the REFF committee Jane Almeida.

Students Power the College’s Larger Sustainability Efforts

When Lewis & Clark undergrads choose to pay the voluntary student “green fee,” the money goes into a fund that allows the college to buy renewable energy certificates and promote sustainability. The Renewable Energy Fee Fund Committee, comprised of students, is responsible for choosing the energy certificates, and awarding grants for student projects, internships, and research.
Senior Speaker Aria Ballance '19

Senior Speaker: Aria Ballance ’19

Aria Ballance BA ’19 will address graduates at the College of Arts and Sciences commencement on May 11.

Professor Karen Gross Named Teacher of the Year

Associate Professor of English Karen Gross is the 2019 Teacher of the Year
Dallaire Scholar Fabrice Sibomana was among the commemoration's speakers at Kwibuka 25.

Kwibuka 25: Lewis & Clark Marks the Rwandan Genocide

Twenty-five years after the 1994 Tutsi genocide in Rwanda, Lewis & Clark joined communities around the world in commemorating the tragedy, with Kwibuka 25. Fabrice Sibomana, the current L&C Roméo Dallaire Scholar and a survivor of the genocide, spoke at the event alongside fellow students and dignitaries.

International Affairs Symposium Challenges the Status Quo

The oldest student-run symposium in the country, Lewis & Clark’s International Affairs Symposium runs April 8 to 10 this year. The event brings prominent scholars from around the globe to debate on the forces challenging the “status quo” worldwide.

Oscar-Winning Costume Designer Ruth Carter Speaks on Campus

Oscar-winning costume designer Ruth Carter spoke to a full house on March 20. She made history as the first African American woman to win the Academy Award for Best Costume Design for her work on Black Panther. She regaled the audience with stories from her career and how she approaches telling stories through costume design. 

Welcome, Future Pioneers!

Incoming members of the Class of 2023 share why they chose Lewis & Clark.
Grace Mehlhaff BA '16, on assignment as an education volunteer in Namibia.

Lewis & Clark Among Peace Corps’ Top Volunteer-Producing Schools

For the seventh time in the last 10 years, the Peace Corps this week named Lewis & Clark to the agency’s 2018 Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list. Nine Lewis & Clark alumni currently volunteer worldwide. Since the Peace Corps’ founding in 1961, nearly 400 Lewis & Clark alumni have served overseas.

Discover the World

Our overseas and off-campus programs are among the best in the nation.

Sociology Professor Shares Microfinance Research in The Baffler

Associate Professor of Sociology Maryann Bylander’s article “A Conflict of Interest” was recently published in The Baffler, a cultural and political journal. Focusing on the flaws of development and microfinance in Cambodia, the article is one of many ways Bylander is bringing her research findings to audiences beyond the academic sphere.

Who Cares? This Year’s Gender Studies Symposium

The 38th Gender Studies Symposium digs into essential questions regarding the practice of care, gender politics, and the effect the two have on each other by asking “Who Cares?” The student-organized symposium will include three days of lectures, workshops, performances, and panel discussions.

Symposium Explores Art and History in the Middle East and North Africa

Lewis & Clark’s fifth annual student-run Middle East and North Africa Symposium explores how art and history intersect in the region. Running March 6 through 8, the symposium is free and open to the public.
Kundai Chirindo, associate professor of rhetoric and media studies, is serving as faculty directo...

Pacific Northwest Race, Rhetoric, and Media Symposium Comes to Palatine Hill

From February 28 to March 2, Lewis & Clark will host the fourth annual Pacific Northwest Race, Rhetoric, and Media Symposium. Featuring guest keynotes and student research presentations, this year’s theme is politics in sports and popular culture. The event is a collaboration with the University of Puget Sound, Whitman College, and Willamette University.

Wim Wiewel leads a community bike ride on his first day as president.

President Wiewel Calls on Higher Ed to Lead Climate Change Battle

President Wim Wiewel attended the 2019 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit, where he and fellow college and university leaders made a public pledge to work harder, faster, and smarter to drive climate action forward. In an op-ed in the Portland Business Journal, President Wim Wiewel discusses the work we’ve done and the work ahead.

Ambassador Marquardt Named First Diplomat in Residence

Lewis & Clark President Wim Wiewel has appointed former United States Ambassador Niels Marquardt BA ’75 as the college’s first diplomat in residence. In the volunteer role, Marquardt will work to enrich the experience of students interested in international affairs, entrepreneurship, foreign language, and all other fields of study with global aspects.
Glick and colleagues after their first run on the BLT.

Bringing a High-Performance “BLT” to Life

Lewis & Clark’s high-performance computing (HPC) system has been propelled by a collaborative initiative driven by professors, staff members, and students. Although many are unaware of this HPC system—named BLT for its worker nodes “bacon, lettuce, and tomato”—it is paving the way for current and future research opportunities.
Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Rasha Soliman

Visiting Fulbright Scholar Teaching Courses on Ancient Egypt

Rasha Soliman is teaching courses on Egyptian archaeology and history this semester as part of the college’s Middle East and North African studies minor. A world traveler born in Cairo, Soliman holds a faculty appointment at Egypt’s Misr University for Science and Technology.
Winterim 2019 cohort

Winterim Applies the Liberal Arts To Entrepreneurship

From January 13 to 18, 30 Lewis & Clark students from all corners of the globe took a deep dive into entrepreneurship and leadership. The flagship program of the John E. and Susan S. Bates Center for Entrepreneurship and Leadership, Winterim is a weeklong experience bringing students, speakers, and mentors together to explore what it means to be an entrepreneur.

Highlights of 2018

Reviewing the achievements made by our community.
Assistant Professor of Biology Norma Velazquez-Ulloa in her lab.

New Biology Grant Provides for More Faculty-Student Research

Assistant Professor of Biology Norma Velazquez-Ulloa has been awarded a competitive New Investigator grant from the Medical Research Foundation, funded by OHSU. With the funding, she will continue her research: identifying genes that mediate the effects of developmental nicotine exposure.

Assistant Professor of History Reiko Hillyer.

History Professor Secures Grant to Expand “Inside-Out” Course

Assistant Professor of History Reiko Hillyer has been awarded a grant from the Whiting Foundation to support the expansion of her interdisciplinary project, “Theatre From the Inside-Out: Illuminating Mass Incarceration.” Specifically, the grant will enrich Hillyer’s course Crime and Punishment in U.S. History, which she teaches at the Columbia River Correctional Institution in Portland.

Student Research Illuminates Manuscript Mysteries

At first glance, chemistry and English have little in common. Yet two courses from these disciplines are now intertwined, thanks to a rare tome acquired in 2014 by Watzek Library’s Special Collections: an illuminated 15th-century book of hours.
Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology Jennifer Hubbert

Analyzing Public Diplomacy Through Portland’s Sister Cities

Following a worldwide competition, the University of Southern California Center on Public Diplomacy has awarded Associate Professor Jennifer Hubbert one of three research fellowships. Her research will analyze the Sister Cities International program, including Portland’s vibrant sister city program.

“Science translator” Katie Kowal wins Rhodes Scholarship

Becoming a finalist for the Rhodes and Marshall scholarship requires outstanding academic prowess and character. Katie Kowal BA ’17 interviewed for both scholarships following an endorsement from the college and much support from faculty who believed Kowal was a perfect candidate for these distinguished awards.
Sherlock Ortiz BA ?20, Adriana Rogers BA ?19, and Anna Schall BA ?20

Students Return from Collaborative Project to Combat Gerrymandering

After spending the summer working with students and professors from around the country, three Lewis & Clark students return to campus with new skills and perspectives on how to use mathematics to create a solution to partisan gerrymandering. The six-week program is a collaboration of Tufts University, Harvard University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

New Course Examines Intersection of Sustainability and Entrepreneurship

As sustainability becomes increasingly relevant in all academic and professional arenas, a new course offered in conjunction with the Bates Center for Entrepreneurship and Leadership gives students of any major an introduction to the challenges of running a sustainable business and the laws and technicalities of sustainability in the business world.
Simran Handa BA '19

Simran Handa BA ’19 Awarded Healthline-NORD Scholarship

Healthline, in partnership with the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD), has awarded scholarships to four undergraduates nationally who have demonstrated dedication to the advancement against a rare or chronic disease. Handa talks about her win and why she’s drawn to the field.  

Ray Warren Symposium Tackles Race and Medicine

Health is an issue that impacts us all, yet many struggle to receive adequate health care. In hopes of better understanding these inequities, the 15th Annual Ray Warren Symposium on Race and Ethnic Studies—titled Bitter Pills: Race, Health, and Medicine—focuses on the racialized dimensions of health, highlighting the voices of communities of color. Running November 7 through November 9, the symposium is free and open to the public.

A Modern Take on a Horror Classic: Sweeney Todd Opens November 2

Sweeney Todd, a collaboration between the music and theatre departments, opens on November 2. Director Rebecca Lingafelter has transformed the traditional setting of Fleet Street into a post-apocalyptic, subterranean world where the audience and student orchestra will sit among the actors. The musical will feature Liam Beveridge BA ’20 as Sweeney in his first-ever singing role.

21st Environmental Affairs Symposium Focuses on Crossing Boundaries

Current discourse is marked with a boundary-oriented mentality, and animosity on both sides prevents meaningful progress. Taking place October 23 through October 24, the 21st Environmental Affairs Symposium hopes to change that narrative. To facilitate this conversation, race relations expert Daryl Davis will speak on his experience engaging with members of the Ku Klux Klan and how he finds common ground with people of all backgrounds and opinions.

Pio to Pio

Senior student-athletes give advice to incoming Pioneers.

The Washington Post Selects Student Photo for Annual Travel Photo Contest

While studying overseas, Ella Bock BA ’19 captured a winning shot of her experience in Varanasi, India. The international affairs major went on the India regional area study program in fall 2017 and left with fond memories immortalized on film. One day trip on the river led to a spectacular photo that won third place in The Washington Post’s Annual Travel Photo Contest.

Student Expands Project to Bring Solar Energy to Malaysian Villages

In the summer of 2017, Ary Hashim BA ’20 put Lewis & Clark’s Renewable Energy Fee Fund to work in a rural village in Malaysia. He returned to Malaysia this past summer to double the number of lights and solar panels, and expand to an additional village in the area. For him, environmental activism complements the degree he’s pursuing in economics.

Mae Johnson BA '19 and Sydney Owada BA '19 at the opening reception for their new exhibit.

Student Curators Look Back at 500 Years of Religious History in New Exhibit

Two Lewis & Clark seniors have crafted a new Special Collections exhibit to present religious texts spanning 500 years. The students used an interdisciplinary approach to understand the impact that annotation and translation have had on how societies view and engage with Christianity. The final exhibit showcases their efforts in a detailed and nuanced analysis of how religious materials have influenced broader participation.

Bruce Suttmeier Named Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

President Wim Wiewel announced today that Bruce Suttmeier, associate professor of Japanese, has accepted the offer to serve as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Suttmeier has been interim dean since March 2017. Suttmeier, who earned his PhD at Stanford University, has been at Lewis & Clark since 2001.

Alumnus Hits Academic Article Trifecta

Warren Kluber BA ’12 arrived at Lewis & Clark unsure of what he wanted to study. An English degree, a passion for the power of theatre, and a summer research project studying oral traditions in West Africa clarified his path. Now a PhD candidate at Columbia University, he has published his scholarly insights in three leading academic journals. We caught up with Kluber to learn more.

Theory Into Practice

Students shine in a variety of summer internships.

Lewis & Clark Earns Top 10 Spot in Sustainable Campus Index

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) has recognized Lewis & Clark as a top performer in its 2018 Sustainable Campus Index, making L&C the only baccalaureate institution west of the Mississippi to make the top 10. Lewis & Clark placed second nationally in the category of Investment and Finance.

Local Alums Share Advice for Aspiring Journalists

Manufactured distrust. Underrepresented voices. Seemingly intractable problems. Industry-wide disruption. Being a good journalist requires clear writing, sharp thinking, and relentless task-juggling, all skills honed in the liberal arts. Whether covering breaking news in Portland, or chronicling trade missions to Thailand, young alumni are applying their Lewis & Clark skills locally and globally.

Chemistry Professor Unlocks Sixth NSF Grant

Professor of Chemistry Louis Kuo has been awarded a $249,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. The grant will fund Kuo’s ongoing student-supported research into environmental toxin remediation and phosphorus recovery. The research he and his students are doing aims to better degrade neurotoxins found in pesticides and chemical weapons.

Students Learn How to Tell Immersive Stories With Virtual Reality

Lewis & Clark’s Office of Educational Technology sponsored a workshop to teach students how to use virtual reality technology in film. Sabrina Cerquera BA ’20 used the technology to plan and execute an original project, taking her creative work from concept to reality.
The graduate school will welcome three cohorts of art therapy students in fall 2018.

Lewis & Clark to Adopt Art Therapy Program from Marylhurst University

Lewis & Clark’s board of trustees voted unanimously this week to adopt the art therapy program currently housed at Marylhurst University, which announced its impending closure earlier this spring. The master’s degree program in art therapy is the only one of its kind in Oregon, and one of only 34 approved programs in the country.

Rogers Science Program Gives Student-Faculty Research a Strong Foundation

At Lewis & Clark, where students learn science by doing science, collaborative research with professors is an academic hallmark. The John S. Rogers Science Program supports several such projects each summer, and this year included multidisciplinary research with an especially timely goal: create a computer game that will teach users how to act in the aftermath of a natural disaster.

Alumnus To Lead New State Office of Outdoor Recreation

Cailin O’Brien-Feeney BA ’07 has been selected from a competitive pool of applicants to serve as the first associate director of the State of Oregon’s new Office of Outdoor Recreation. His charge: preserve Oregon’s environment and promote widespread access to the state’s abundant natural beauty.

Recording Stories of Portland’s Vietnamese Community

Watzek Library’s Special Collections has been awarded a $30,100 competitive grant in support of a five-year project to interview members of Portland’s Vietnamese community, collecting oral histories that will document the region’s complex and changing urban landscape.

Theatre Department Symposium Explores Chekhov in the 21st Century

The Lewis & Clark Theatre Department recently partnered with Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble to present a four-day exploration into the contemporary relevance of Russian playwright Anton Chekhov. Free and open to the public, the event featured lectures, workshops, and staged readings by theatre professionals from across the United States.

Finding a Global Groove

Dan Caplen BA ’12 and Ian Hooper BA ’08 create chart-topping hits abroad.

Nina Oishi BA ’18 Honored With Senior Woman Recognition Award

Nina Oishi BA ’18 is this year’s recipient of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Senior Woman Recognition Award, given annually in honor of outstanding scholarship, character, personality, contributions to campus and community life, and potential for future achievement.

Three Seniors Honored With Fulbright Awards

Bradley Davis BA ’18, Caia Jaisle BA ’18, and Kelley Koeppen BA ’18 have been chosen to participate in the Fulbright program, a highly competitive award which fosters international scholarship and understanding through travel and research.

Kate Smock BA ’18 Honored With the Rena Ratte Award

Kate Smock BA ’18, is this year’s recipient of the Rena J. Ratte Award, the undergraduate college’s highest academic honor. Named for an esteemed professor, the award recognizes a senior whose abilities and commitment have combined to produce work of the highest distinction.

Professor Kim Stafford Chosen as Oregon’s Ninth Poet Laureate

Kim Stafford, associate professor and founding director of the Northwest Writing Institute, has been chosen to serve as Oregon’s ninth poet laureate, Governor Kate Brown JD ’85 announced this morning. Stafford will serve a two-year term as “an ambassador of poetry across the state.”

Lewis & Clark Student Aims High With Rocket Launch

Benno Kolland BA ’21, a rising sophomore from Santa Cruz, California, has built and launched a rocket to a height of two miles—higher than the altitude of Mount Hood. His next step? Bringing commercial space flight within reach.

Alumnus Finding Innovative Ways to Change Lives in Nepal

Matthew Nelson BA ’08 has turned a passion for language and literature into a career as an English language fellow with the U.S. Department of State in Nepal. Going beyond the traditional framework of language instruction abroad, Nelson incorporates filmmaking, digital storytelling, and coding into his teaching.

President Wiewel to Attend Climate Leadership Summit

In recognition of Lewis & Clark’s commitment to environmental awareness and sustainability, President Wiewel has been invited to attend the 2019 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit. The event is organized and hosted by Second Nature, which established the Climate Leadership Network to promote responsible environmental initiatives among colleges and universities.

Senior Speaker: Mimi Hovila

Mimi Hovila BA ’18 will address graduates at the College of Arts and Sciences commencement on May 5.


Students Present Research at Notre Dame Peace Conference

Megan Glavin BA ’19 and Sema Hasan BA ’18 were selected to present their original research at the 2018 Notre Dame Peace Conference, an event for students from around the world to share their work and discuss issues related to peace studies, social justice, and global activism.

International Affairs Professor Named Teacher of the Year

At a ceremony attended by faculty, staff, students, and friends, Elizabeth Bennett, assistant professor of international affairs, was named 2018 Teacher of the Year, a distinction based solely on student nominations by Lewis & Clark’s Pamplin Society of Fellows.

Faculty Quick Takes

Meet four of our dynamic professors.

Katherine Paul BA ’11 Talks to OPB About Her Musical Journey

“Katherine Paul’s musical journey has taken her from powwows to grunge-drenched rock clubs.… Last year, she released her solo debut, ‘Mother of My Children,’ which blends ethereal vocals and yearning melodies with stories of loss.” Paul performs at Portland’s Mississippi Studios on April 24.

On the Go With Amazon

Andrea Dean BA ’17 fell in love with mathematics and computer science at Lewis & Clark and is now using her knowledge at Amazon. She’s solving problems in machine learning at a new prototype store. Our Chronicle magazine caught up with her in Seattle for this profile.

Get Outside

College Outdoors takes students on enriching adventures outside the classroom.
Professor Samir Parikh

Entrepreneurship Center Director Awarded Fulbright-Schuman

Lewis & Clark Law Professor Samir Parikh, the Kenneth H. Pierce Faculty Fellow and director of Lewis & Clark College’s Bates Center for Entrepreneurship and Leadership, has received a Fulbright-Schuman Grant, which will allow him to spend six months of his upcoming sabbatical at various institutions throughout Europe.

Forensics Director Offers Insights into Sinclair Story

Joe Gantt, director of forensics at Lewis & Clark, spoke with The Oregonian/OregonLive about “the controversy surrounding Sinclair Broadcast Group, the Maryland-based company that owns more than 190 local TV stations around the country - including Portland’s ABC affiliate, KATU-TV.”
Symposium cochairs Samuel Stites BA ?18 and Vinaya Bharam BA ?19

International Affairs Symposium: The Scramble for Sovereignty

Lewis & Clark’s International Affairs Symposium is the oldest student-run symposium in the country. This year’s event, which runs April 9 through 11, will explore current topics intersecting with sovereignty via debates among prominent scholars.

Welcome, Future Pioneers!

Incoming members of the Class of 2022 share why they chose Lewis & Clark. 

Riley Arnold BA ’19 Selected as Truman Scholarship Finalist

Psychology major Riley Arnold is a finalist for the Truman Scholarship, a highly competitive fellowship that awards undergraduate students who show exceptional commitment to positive social change and will go on to pursue careers in public service.

Catching Up With Mathematics Professor Naiomi Cameron

Cameron, who is also associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, received a scholarship from the Clare Boothe Luce Program to attend the HERS Institute at Bryn Mawr College. We sat down with her to discuss how this opportunity will help her Lewis & Clark STEM students.

Adventures With Professors

A new College Outdoors program brings faculty and students together in the classroom of the Pacific Northwest. Lewis & Clark’s The Chronicle brings us the story.

Discover the World

Lewis & Clark’s overseas and off-campus programs are among the best in the nation.


Statement on the Christina Hoff Sommers Event at the Law School

Critical thinking and discourse are integral to our mission. Addressing ideas head-on, with reason and evidence, is what we do. We are an educational institution, and we will use this event as a learning opportunity for our students and our administration.

Gender Studies Symposium Explores (in)Security

The 37th annual Gender Studies Symposium will explore what security looks like in the face of modern dangers. Students, faculty, and guests from Portland and beyond will examine issues through the lenses of community engagement, gender politics, and misconceptions surrounding sexuality. The student-run symposium runs from Wednesday, March 7 to Friday, March 9.

Ian in Zolotoy Rog Bay, winter 2014

Lewis & Clark Named a Top Producer of Peace Corps Fellows

The Peace Corps announced this week that Lewis & Clark ranked 16th among small schools on the agency’s 2018 Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list, up 9 spots from 2016.

Students Create Nonprofit to Provide Undergarments for Homeless Women

Paige Sanders BA ’18 and Ashley Garber BA ’17  started the Portland Panty Project to address the lack of clean, size-appropriate undergarments for homeless women in the Portland metro area. Their passion project has become a social enterprise.

Symposium Explores a Complex and Dynamic Region

The fourth annual student-run symposium, History and Movement: Transition in the Middle East, explores the development of modern and historical discourse through the lens of transition. Students will discuss gender, religion, politics, and the implications of continuity and change in the region over time. The symposium kicks off on Monday, February 19.

Board of Trustees Votes to Divest From Fossil Fuels

The Lewis & Clark College Board of Trustees has voted unanimously to divest from all fossil fuel holdings in the endowment.

Entrepreneurial Spirit

Students explore how entrepreneurs think at our annual Winterim workshop.  

Alumna Cassie Franklin Takes the Reins of Everett, Washington

On January 1, Cassie Franklin BA ’93 was sworn in as mayor of Everett, Washington, a city of 108,000 residents about 25 minutes north of Seattle. Franklin is the first female mayor to be elected in the city’s 124-year history.

Students Honor Martin Luther King Jr. in Week of Service

Lewis & Clark honored Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights leaders through its annual week of service featuring a series of speakers and events. The first collaborative event kicked off January 20 with 130 students participating in volunteer service around the Portland community.

Lewis & Clark Welcomes Former National Poet Laureate Robert Hass

Robert Hass, the former United States Poet Laureate, winner of the National Book Award, and recipient of both the MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship and the Pulitzer Prize, will read his poetry at Lewis & Clark at 6 p.m. on February 6.

Students Take a Deep Dive Into Entrepreneurship and Leadership

For 5 days, 30 Lewis & Clark students joined faculty and mentors to learn about entrepreneurship from the ground up, connecting their liberal arts training with tools for identifying problems and developing solutions. The driving philosophy behind Lewis & Clark’s Winterim experience? Leadership and entrepreneurship are lifelong mindsets.

Highlights of 2017

Take a look back at some of our biggest stories of the year.

Biology Professor’s Research Featured in Nature

Assistant Professor of Biology Margaret Metz’s research explores how climate and latitude affect the coexistence of tree species in forests around the world. Her recent research on forest diversity in Ecuador is featured in the international science journal Nature.

Office of Diversity and Inclusion Releases Annual Report

Under the leadership of Dean Janet Steverson, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion has just released its 2016-2017 Diversity Report, which offers an at-a-glance look at diversity and inclusion initiatives and programs across all three of Lewis & Clark’s schools.

Young Alum’s Hometown Paper Highlights Microcredit Research

Lacey Jacoby BA ’17 (biology and sociology/anthropology) spent the summer of 2017 researching the impacts of microcredit in Cambodia. Her hometown newspaper caught up with Lacey to learn what led her down that research path, and what she plans to do next.

Alumni Advocate

Haben Girma BA ’10 fights for disability rights.

President Wiewel Champions the Value of International Students

Citing how international education is in “Lewis & Clark’s DNA,” President Wim Wiewel extolled the critical need for the international exchange of people and ideas in a guest column in the post-Thanksgiving Sunday Oregonian.

Alumna Paula Hayes Receives Small Business Innovation Award

Trustee Paula Hayes BA ’92 has been named a recipient of a Portland Business Journal Small Business Innovation Award for her cosmetics company Hue Noir, which develops makeup designed for women of color.

Critical Conversations

Symposia examine contemporary and historical issues.

Neuroscientist Tamily Weissman-Unni Recognized With Scientific Research Award

The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust has recognized Tamily Weissman-Unni, associate professor of biology and cochair of neuroscience, with the 2017 Lynwood W. Swanson Promise for Scientific Research Award.

Historian Jelani Cobb To Keynote Annual Ray Warren Symposium

The 14th annual Ray Warren Symposium, Legacy: Race and Remembrance, which ran from November 8 to 10, examined the way we view the past, reflect on the stories we tell, and delve into how storytelling can help us imagine a more equitable future.
President Wiewel with Susan Bates and Life Trustee John Bates

A Trio of $1M Gifts Announced at the Board of Trustees Meeting

Gifts Announced by John and Susan Bates, Stephanie Fowler MA ’97 and Irving Levin, and Pat Mahaffy BA ’85. And the Center for Entrepreneurship gains a new name.

Theatre Students to Stage Reading of Play About Historic Vanport Flood

On November 4, theatre students will join forces with Vanport Mosaic, an organization dedicated to preserving and honoring the legacy of Vanport, Oregon, in a staged reading of Cottonwood in the Flood. The play explores the effects of the catastrophic flood of 1948.

Alumnus’ Documentary Garners International Acclaim

Danial Afzal BA ’12, who studied theories behind the way media influences our lives, is now shaping lives himself with his award-winning short film, The Survivor. The documentary tells the story of a young student who escapes the 2014 attack on the Army Public School in Pakistan and the grief that follows.

Student Named Finalist for Oregon Entrepreneurs Network Award

Max Clary ’18 has been using his education and skills to advocate for social change throughout his time at Lewis & Clark, and now he’s secured a nomination for the 2017 Wyatt Starnes Battle of the School Award. Given by the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network, the prize recognizes young leaders committed to improving the world through entrepreneurship.

20th Annual Environmental Affairs Symposium Meets “Tough Times” With Conversation

This year’s symposium, Environmental Engagement in Tough Times, will take on pressing environmental issues with an emphasis on their social dimensions, like sustainable housing and equitable city growth. The three-day event kicks off with a keynote panel in Portland’s Pearl District on October 24.

Students Share Findings From Summer Research in Cambodia

Three sociology students have returned to Lewis & Clark from their research in Cambodia alongside Assistant Professor of Sociology Maryann Bylander. They presented to peers and faculty the conclusions from their fieldwork on the practical and ethical implications of microcredit in developing countries.

Global Vision, Local Engagement 

Lewis & Clark welcomes Wim Wiewel as its next president.

Alumna Pens a Guide for Tomorrow’s Global Citizens

International affairs alumna Lyla Bashan has turned an expansive career in diplomacy into a handbook for those who want to change the world for the better. Now her lessons in foreign service from Tajikistan to Armenia are in the pocket of students everywhere with the release of her first book Global: An Extraordinary Guide for Ordinary Heroes.
Physics professor Mohamed Anber and physics major Ben Kolligs '18 work through a theoretical phys...

Professors Boost Big Data Research With a New Computer Cluster

This summer Lewis & Clark acquired a computational server that will improve the speed and ease of research calculations. Researchers studying computational physics, genetic sequencing, and climate modeling have already begun to imagine how this powerful hardware will enhance their research.

New Pios

Lewis & Clark welcomes new students to campus.

U.S. News Recognizes Lewis & Clark’s Strengths in Overseas Study and Undergraduate Teaching

The new 2018 U.S News & World Report Best Colleges rankings identify Lewis & Clark’s Overseas and Off-Campus Programs as among the best in the nation. The peer rankings also feature Lewis & Clark on the “Best Undergraduate Teaching” list, a select group of 30 liberal arts colleges where the faculty has an unusually strong commitment to undergraduate teaching.

Not Just Another Roadside Attraction: Bill Will’s Fun House

This fall, the Ronna and Eric Hoffman Gallery at Lewis & Clark hosts Portland artist Bill Will’s newest site-specific exhibition, Fun House. An opening reception with the artist—complete with carnival-themed refreshments—was held at 3 p.m. on September 10.

Sierra Club Names Lewis & Clark a Top Five Most Environmentally Responsible School

Sierra magazine has named Lewis & Clark one of its top 5 “Cool Schools” for 2017, an annual ranking that assesses 200 of North America’s most sustainability-minded colleges and universities. Lewis & Clark is the only liberal arts college on the West Coast to make the top 10.

NSF Funds Physicist’s Approach to Research and Teaching

Just a year after joining Lewis & Clark, Assistant Professor Mohamed Anber is the recipient of a National Science Foundation grant in support of his work in elementary particle physics. With colleagues and students from other departments, Anber is helping build new research capabilities for asking and answering very big questions.

Students Share Their Science Research Over Lunch

Each week in June and July, students in the John S. Rogers Research Program present their original findings in front of peers and faculty at the Science Brown Bags. The program is designed to prepare students for careers in science by facilitating student-faculty collaboration on research projects.

Economics Alum Tops Forbes’ List of 500 Next-Gen Advisors

For Adam Merino BA ’05, the path to the top of Forbes Magazine’s list of 500 next-generation wealth managers started with studying economics at Lewis & Clark. Merino continues to employ and sharpen his critical-thinking skills now as a managing director at Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management.

Intern Profile: Renee Allums-D’Espyne ’18

Rising senior Renee Allums-D’Espyne talks about her summer marketing internship at Zapproved, a tech startup that is a pioneer in developing cloud-hosted software for corporate legal departments.

Alum’s Middle East Conflict Photos Shared Worldwide

Freelance photographer Kainoa Little BA ’10 spent April and May in Mosul with Iraqi forces as they tried to recapture the city, three years after its capture by the Islamic State.
A photo taken by Bylander of a vehicle packed with Cambodian migrant workers and their children a...

Sociology Professor Urges Migrants’ Rights in Cambodian Press

Assistant Professor of Sociology Maryann Bylander studies mobility and migration in the Global South. Currently in Cambodia leading a field research expedition with students, Bylander has just had a column published in the Phnom Penh Post. In it, she urges better treatment of migrant Cambodian workers in Thailand.

Lewis & Clark Selects Wim Wiewel as Its Next President

Lewis & Clark has selected Wim Wiewel (pronounced Vim VEE-vel) to lead the institution forward as its next president. Wiewel, who has just completed a nine-year run as president of Portland State University, will start in his new role on October 1.

Recent Alumna Bridges the Gap in Science Policy

Student-athlete Katie Kowal BA ’17, winner of Lewis & Clark’s highest academic honor—the Rena Ratte Award—earned degrees in both physics and political science. As the Boulder, Colorado, native heads off to begin a two-year fellowship at the Science and Technology Policy Institute, Katie shares some of her favorite and formative Lewis & Clark memories.
Rose Ngo '17

Award Winners 2017

Lewis & Clark students and alumni receive prestigious awards and scholarships.

An Iranian Revolution

Nearly 50 years ago, Lewis & Clark students embarked on a groundbreaking overseas study program to Iran. Last fall, they made a return visit. The Chronicle brings us the eye-opening story.
Geneva Karr ?17

New Alum: Geneva Karr

Classics and German studies double major Geneva Karr ’17  had “the complete Lewis & Clark experience,” from overseas studies to archeology to athletics. She now heads to the University of Oregon on a full ride, a slew of impressive accomplishments already behind her.
Franny and Kori on the roof of the Sally McCracken Building in Portland.

An Entrepreneurial Approach to Environmental Justice

Environmental studies majors and varsity track and cross country runners, Frances Swanson ’17 and teammate Kori Groenveld ’18 linked their passions for environmental sustainability and social justice. Their partnership yielded a project to help combat gentrification and the unequal distribution of renewable energy infrastructure in downtown Portland.

NSF Invests in Lewis & Clark to Diversify the Science Teacher Pipeline

Recruiting and preparing a workforce of K–12 science and math teachers for an increasingly diverse group of students is crucial to improving science education. A new $125,000 National Science Foundation grant to Lewis & Clark will help to fund its STEM Teacher Pathways Project.

Mighty Oaks Wins Over European Audiences

Ian Hooper BA ’08 (international affairs and German studies) has released a second studio album with his Berlin-based band Mighty Oaks. Their indie folk sound has found success with German audiences, becoming a staple on the charts and consistently selling out shows across Europe. Mighty Oaks will close out 2017 playing the Palladium in Köln, Germany.
Alex Jones '17

New Alum: Alex Jones

Senior biology major Alex Jones ’17 has been selected for a Play It Forward Award from the Oregon Sports Awards. Jones, a member of the men’s basketball team, has volunteered hundreds of hours over his four years as a Pioneer student-athlete and was selected for his involvement with Specialty Athletic Training, an organization that works with individuals with special needs.

Senior Speaker: Arielle Valdez

Arielle Valdez ’17 will address graduates at the College of Arts and Sciences commencement on May 6.

Students Win Grant to Work Toward Peace in Post-Conflict Uganda

A team of three Lewis & Clark students has been awarded a grant from 100 Projects for Peace, an organization committed to supporting student initiatives for conflict resolution. The students will implement a two-month vocational training program in Uganda this summer for the rehabilitation of former child soldiers and young adults affected by war.

Faculty Honors

Learn about the work being done—and recognition being received—by our outstanding faculty.

Sociology Professor and Students Head to Cambodia for Fieldwork

Assistant Professor of Sociology Maryann Bylander will travel this summer to Cambodia with three Lewis & Clark students to investigate the use of microcredit—a finance model of providing small, affordable loans to new businesses in developing areas. The expedition is being funded by an ASIANetwork Freeman Student-Faculty Fellows grant.
The 2017 International Affairs Symposium co-chairs.

Debating Issues of Population and the Global Landscape

The 55th Annual International Affairs Symposium is the oldest student-led symposium in the country. This year, attendees will evaluate how population and demographic shifts shape contemporary world issues. The program runs from Monday, April 10 through Wednesday, April 12, 2017.

10 Things to Do in Downtown Portland

Rena Wang ’17 picks her favorite spots accessible via the free campus shuttle.

Watzek Special Collections Unveils New Exhibition

The Horror of Normalcy: Katherine Dunn, Geek Love, and Cult Literature opens to the public April 4. This exhibition provides a first look at the literary archive of the cult Portland author, who arranged to bequeath her collection to Lewis & Clark before her death in 2016.

Law Professor to Lead Center for Entrepreneurship

On June 1, Samir Parikh will take the reins as the new director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at Lewis & Clark College. The center’s mix of academic and real-world offerings give students from all disciplines the chance to explore various subjects through an entrepreneurial lens.

Kori Groenveld ’18 Announced as Truman Scholarship Finalist

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation, which supports the graduate education and professional development of outstanding young people committed to public service leadership, has selected Kori Groenveld ’18 as a finalist for the Truman Scholarship. Winners will be announced in April.

Future Pioneers

Incoming members of the Class of 2021 share why they chose Lewis & Clark. 

Annual Gender Studies Symposium Finds a Point of Access

Featuring panels, discussions, and keynote lectures from Roxane Gay and Eli Clare, Lewis & Clark’s 36th annual Gender Studies Symposium, “Point of Access,” will confront how gender and sexuality interact with power. The symposium, which runs March 8 through 10 and is free and open to the public, is a student-led effort to foster conversations on the nuances of privilege and accessibility.

Honoring His Grandfather’s Journey in The New Yorker

For Associate Professor of English Pauls Toutonghi, his grandfather’s journey from Aleppo, Syria to the United States in the mid-twentieth century provides powerful inspiration. Toutonghi tells his grandfather’s story in The New Yorker in a just-published essay, “Leaving Aleppo.” 
From left: Assistant Professor Ben Gaskins, Katie Kowal BA ?17, Assistant Professor Ellen Seljan,...

Keeping Campaigns Honest

America’s voters disagree sharply on many issues, as evidenced by the contentious presidential election, but a strong majority do agree on one question: campaign finance reform. What are the best ways to enforce campaign finance laws? A team of political science researchers seeks to find out.

Lewis & Clark Named a Top Ten Producer of Fulbrights

For the fifth year in a row, 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’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. With ten Fulbright scholars in 2016–17, Lewis & Clark is in the top ten liberal arts colleges in the nation, and the only one in Oregon.

Middle Eastern Studies Symposium Explores Identity and Experience

Lewis & Clark’s third annual student-run Middle Eastern Studies Symposium explores how cultural identity interacts with religion, gender, and resistance. Beginning Monday, February 20, and running through Wednesday, the symposium is free and open to the public.

Two Poet Alums Win NEA Fellowships

Two of just 37 poets selected from among 1,800 applicants, poets Corey Van Landingham BA ’08 and Nick Lantz BA ’03 are recipients of 2017 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships. One of Van Landingham’s poems was printed in the Jan. 16 issue of The New Yorker.
Credit: Les Grands Esprits

Fashion Designer Matthew Rugamba ’13 Highlighted in CNN’s African Voices

In the few short years since graduating with a degree in international affairs, Matthew Rugamba ’13 has become a rising young star in African fashion. Rugamba’s Kigali-based fashion line House of Tayo was recently featured in the CNN series African Voices, with Rugamba recognized for his artistic innovation and nod to authentic African design.

OPB Floats the Wondrous Owyhee River with Geologist Liz Safran

Lewis & Clark Associate Professor of Geological Science Liz Safran joins the team of the acclaimed original series, Oregon Field Guide, for a trip down the geological wonderland that is Oregon’s Owyhee River. A geomorphologist, Safran studies how landscapes evolve.

Actor Usman Ally ’04 Lands a Series of Fortunate Roles

Theatre alum Usman Ally ’04 has accumulated an impressive list of stage and screen roles since graduating from Lewis & Clark. The award-winning actor adds to that series of roles in his newest turn as the villainous Hook-Handed Man in Netflix’s new, widely-acclaimed original production, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events.

A Message of Support For Our International Community

Interim President David Ellis, on behalf of the Lewis & Clark community, has issued a statement in response to President Trump’s travel-ban executive order. A community gathering of support will be held on Tuesday, January 31. For more information, click through to the story.

“Yellow Peril” Exhibit Explores 150 Years of Sino-American Relations

“When the ‘Yellow Peril’ Became Just Like Us,” on exhibit at the Aubrey R. Watzek Library, explores the complexities of the United States’ perception of China through images, artifacts, and documents from 1800 through the 1950s. Curated by Susan Glosser, Associate Professor of History and Program Director of Asian Studies, the special collection runs through February.

Community Gathers to Remember Physicists Shannon O’Leary and Adam Clausen

A Tribute of Life and Love will be held in Agnes Flanagan Chapel on Saturday, January 28, at 2 p.m. The service is open to the Lewis & Clark community as well as the family, friends, and colleagues beyond Palatine Hill who wish to gather in memory of Shannon and Adam, who died in an automobile collision in December.
Cleantech Challenge finalists Ian Dechow BA ?16,  Joshua Proto BA ?16, Blake Slattengren BA ?18, ...

A Kale Tale

Entrepreneurial students develop a promising kale-based waterproofing agent.

Rose Ngo ’17 Lands Scholarship to Cambridge

Rose Ngo ’17 has been awarded a Davies-Jackson Scholarship to study at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. Administered by the Council of Independent Colleges, the scholarship grants exceptional students who are among the first in their families to go to college the opportunity to study at the world-renowned St. John’s College.

Critical Dialogue

Upcoming events at Lewis & Clark examine contemporary and historical issues. 

Sharon Chinn

Sharon Chinn, MA ’91, receives 2016 Otis McCreery Outstanding Service Award

This award is presented annually to a student affairs professional who contributes to an outstanding SA program, provides service beyond expectation of their position, and encourages colleagues and students to pursue their own professional growth.

Lewis & Clark Adds Minor in Middle East/North Africa Studies

Lewis & Clark faculty voted unanimously to approve a new minor in Middle East/North Africa studies. Lewis & Clark is the first liberal arts college in the Pacific Northwest to offer such a program. The program formally begins in the fall of 2017.

Associate Professor of Art History Wins Prestigious NEH Fellowship

The National Endowment for the Humanities has named Dawn Odell, associate professor of art history, the recipient of a fellowship for her project, “Chinese Art in Early Modern Europe and America.” A former Fulbright Scholar, Odell specializes in Chinese and early modern European art.
Professor Kelly with students at an archeological dig site in Italy in 2014.

Classics Professor Wins International Recognition for Excellence in Teaching

The Society for Classical Studies has awarded Associate Professor With Term in Humanities Gordon Kelly a 2016 Teaching Excellence Award. Kelly is one of just three recipients to be granted this award honoring professors in the United States and Canada who have set themselves apart in the quality and innovation of their teaching.

Student’s Screenplay Attracts Film Festival Attention

Noah Foster-Koth BA ’19 heard his screenplay Red Ivory come to life during a table reading at the Seattle International Film Festival’s Catalyst Screenplay Competition. Inspired by a 2013 trip Foster-Koth made to Tanzania, his work explores that country’s blood ivory trade and the individuals who have dedicated themselves to its obstruction.

Highlights of 2016

We share a look back at some of our biggest stories of the year.
From left to right: Ben Soleim '18, Jacob Wisda '18, Claire Crossman '17, Brady Quick '19, James ...

Lewis & Clark Debate Team Caps Season With Big Wins

Lewis & Clark’s performance at the Linfield College tournament dominated the field, with the team winning three of the tournament’s five events, as well as its top individual honor. For more than fifty years, Lewis & Clark’s forensics program has trained and produced national-caliber debaters and critical thinkers.

Overseas Education

Our overseas and off-campus programs constantly rank among the best in the nation. 

Young Alum Finds Her Place on the Portland Stage

Portland Center Stage just concluded its run of an original production, The Oregon Trail, a comedic mashup of pop culture and American history. The staging shone a spotlight not just on the popular 80s computer game and the historic route west, but also on one of Lewis & Clark’s own, Alex Leigh Ramirez BA ’10.
Photo by Ted Jack ?15

Laughing Our Way Through Awkward Conversations

Comedian W. Kamau Bell believes we all need to be better at having “awkward conversations.” He sees it as a superpower, of sorts, and his powers are charged by the power of comedy. On the eve of the tectonic 2016 presidential elections, Bell “kept it 100” at the Agnes Flanagan Chapel.

President Glassner Joins in Letter to President-Elect Trump

Barry Glassner and more than 100 other college and university presidents have signed an open letter to President-elect Trump urging him to “condemn and work to prevent the harassment, hate, and acts of violence that are being perpetrated across our nation.” President Glassner was among the small group who worked together to draft the letter.

Heads in the Clouds

Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Jessica Kleiss and her students look to the clouds to improve climate change prediction.

Another Year, Another Rhodes Finalist!

Kristina Dill BA ’16 is the latest Lewis & Clark graduate to earn a spot as a finalist for the internationally regarded Rhodes Scholarship. If she wins, she will be one of 32 students honored nationwide and Lewis & Clark’s third alumni to attain this prestigious award, which funds pursuit of a graduate degree at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.

Science in Action

Lewis & Clark students bring ideas explored in the classroom to life in the lab.  

Truck Tales

The recipe for an award-winning documentary about Portland’s vibrant food truck scene? Take one experienced documentary film-making professor. Add two dozen students. Mix in 400 food trucks and carts. Stir consistently for 3 years. Serve at international film festival. Read the full story in the new issue of the Chronicle.

Rhodes Scholar Takes on Climate Change in Top Science Journal

Rhodes Scholar Tamma Carleton BA ’09 has progressed from earning her bachelor’s degree in economics to publishing original research in the premiere global science weekly. Her newest work connects climate change to societal impacts.

Critical Dialogue

Events at Lewis & Clark examine contemporary and historical issues.

Phi Beta Kappa Asks Biology Professor Greta Binford to Shine a Light on Spiders

On October 19, the national Phi Beta Kappa Society launches its (En)Lightning Talks series with Associate Professor of Biology Greta Binford, who’ll illuminate the value of spiders. The talk kicks off Phi Beta Kappa’s designation of Portland as an Arts and Sciences City of Distinction.

A Rediscovered Bible, A Journey Through Four Centuries

The Washington Posttells the story of how a student’s curiosity, and some librarian detective work, uncovered the unique and peculiar history of a 400-year old Geneva Bible. The tome is part of Watzek Library’s Special Collections and Archives.

BBC News Video Features President Glassner on Fear and the Election

The international news agency turned to President Barry Glassner to better understand fear-mongering from both sides of the political aisle in the United States. The segment will be broadcast on BBC’s “World News America” on Wednesday, October 12. Glassner is the author of the best-selling The Culture of Fear: Why Americans Are Afraid of the Wrong Things.

Faculty Excellence

The 2016 Lorry Lokey Awards honor three outstanding professors.

Rolling Stone Taps President Glassner’s Expertise on Fear and the 2016 Election

Rolling Stone Contributing Editor Neil Strauss turns to President Barry Glassner to better understand the role fear, and fear-mongering, are playing in this historic election cycle. Glassner is the author of the best-selling The Culture of Fear: Why Americans Are Afraid of the Wrong Things.

Throwback Pioneers

Senior student-athletes and recent grads share why they love competing in Division III.


Fresh Off a National Book Tour, Back to the Classroom

For Associate Professor of English Pauls Toutonghi, summer break meant a three-month national tour for his new book, Dog Gone. Now he’s back in the classroom, teaching fiction writing and encouraging his students to mine their own lives for stories.

U.S. News & World Report Recognizes Lewis & Clark’s Overseas Study Programs

For the fourth time in five years, academic leaders from around the nation have identified our Overseas and Off-Campus Programs as among the best in the nation. Lewis & Clark, where more than 60 percent of students study abroad, is the only school in the Pacific Northwest to make the list this year.

Career Development

Students shine in a variety of summer internships.
Flickr image of Oregon Supreme Court courtesy of Bob Nikkel

Young Alumni Dig Into Campaign Finance Enforcement in Newly Published Research

Campaign finance reform is not a topic for the faint of heart. But recent graduates Maya Gold BA ’14 and Walker Davis BA ’15 are intrepid researchers, and the result of their labors is an academic paper, just published in Election Law Journal, that explores the often-convoluted world of Oregon’s campaign finance laws.

Lewis & Clark Named One of Sierra Club’s Top Environmentally Responsible Schools

For the fifth year in a row, Sierra magazine has named Lewis & Clark one of its top “Cool Schools,” a list that honors America’s greenest colleges and universities.

New Pioneers

 Lewis & Clark welcomes new students to campus.

Thought Leader

Since his arrival at Lewis & Clark, President Barry Glassner has been strengthening local ties and building new connections around the globe.

Los Angeles Times Publishes President Glassner’s Essay

On August 25, the newspaper featured the commentary of President Barry Glassner and coauthor Morton Schapiro, president and professor of economics at Northwestern University. The topic of inquiry: issues of diversity and inclusion on college campuses nationwide.

Faculty in Focus

Meet four of our dynamic professors.
Professor of Biology Greg Hermann and Beverly Rabbitts '06 microinject a worm to alter its gene e...

National Science Foundation Invests (Again) in “Wormland”

Biology professor Greg Hermann has been awarded a nearly half-million dollar grant from the National Science Foundation, his third NSF grant since joining Lewis & Clark. His three-year project on the development of lysosome-related organelles in nematodes will engage between 25 and 55 undergraduates each year in mentored, investigative, and original research.

Campus Living

Get an inside look at our eleven residence halls.
Photo by Steve Hambuchen

San Francisco CBS Station Follows Student’s Journey

Since starting at Lewis & Clark, Joe Williams BA ’16 (Theatre) has had an unlikely companion on his journey – CBS affiliate KPIX. In its recurring segment, Students Rising Above, KPIX followed Williams as a first-generation college student and now as an early-career professional. KPIX spoke with Williams earlier this summer about his plans for the future.
Lily Clarke examines some of the mushrooms she studies.

From One-Room Schoolhouse in Montana to a Fulbright In Nepal

Lily Clarke BA ’15 grew up in the tiny town of Condon, Montana—population: 343. She’s now a Fulbright fellow studying ethnomycology in Nepal, pairing her interest in ecology with her passion for giving back to the communities in which she works. Clarke shared her inspirational story with the Missoulian newspaper earlier this month.

From left: Sasha Bishop, Research Associate Pamela Zobel-Thropp, Associate Professor of Biology G...

Recent Grad Wins Big Researching Small Spiders

Sasha Bishop BA ’15 has been awarded first place in a highly competitive poster presentation session held by the International Congress of Arachnology, which draws nearly 400 students from around the world to compete and share original research. Bishop heads to the University of Michigan this fall to pursue her PhD in biodiversity. 

Professors Bring Science to the Pubs, and the Public

On August 16, Associate Professor of Psychology Erik Nilsen will be the featured guest at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry’s popular Science Pub Series. Nilsen’s talk is entitled, “Melding Digital and Tangible Toys to Support Creative Play for Preschoolers.”

President Glassner Discusses Fear and the 2016 Election

President Barry Glassner joined KCRW’s Press Play with Madeleine Brand to discuss how candidates use fear in their political rhetoric and campaign strategies. Glassner, a sociologist by training, is the author of the bestselling book, The Culture of Fear: Why Americans Are Afraid of the Wrong Things.  

Lewis & Clark Secures Mellon Grant to Support Faculty Excellence in Teaching

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded Lewis & Clark $705,000 to develop a Teaching Excellence Program, a coordinated program that will support faculty in the exploration, systematic study, and targeted enhancement of their classroom teaching. The award follows a previous Mellon grant to support undergraduate research in the arts and humanities.

Students Offer Up Science for Lunch

Putting their summers to good use, Lewis & Clark’s Rogers Science fellows will present their research findings to their professors and peers at a weekly ‘Brown Bag’ session. While the program is open specifically to students of math and science, the skills they develop—tenacity, creative thinking, and strong presentation skills—are valuable across all fields of study.

Game Changer

Carl “C.J.” Appleton ’17 wins prestigious student-athlete award.
Philip McClellan B.A. ?91 at the International New York Times office in Hong Kong.

Alumni Cover World Events as International Journalists

With a renowned commitment to international education, and a focus on nurturing curiosity, social consciousness, and critical thinking, Lewis & Clark is an ideal training ground for a career as a foreign correspondent. From the latest issue of The Chronicle, meet a few alumni making the journey.

Student Inventors Head to Cleantech Challenge Finals

A team of five Lewis & Clark students have qualified for the final rounds of the 2016 Cleantech Challenge. The competition, held at Portland State University, invites student entrepreneurs to showcase their inventions and compete for a $10,000 grand prize.

Carl Appleton ’17 Wins National Student-Athlete Award

Lewis & Clark’s C.J. Appleton ’17 has been named one of only five recipients of the national Wilma Rudolph Student-Athlete Achievement Award. Lewis & Clark is the only Division III school—and the only school in the West—to be represented.

Assistant Professor of Biology Tamily Weissman-Unni Wins Major NSF Award

The pursuit of a better understanding of how the brain grows and functions is the goal of Tamily Weissman-Unni’s research laboratory. Weissman has been named a recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER award that will support her research and teaching over the next five years.

Recent Grad Wins Civil Rights Fellowship

Karissa Tom B.A. ’16 is the first Lewis & Clark alumnus to secure a John Lewis Fellowship through the international nonprofit organization Humanity in Action. She joins her colleagues from Europe and the United States in Atlanta this summer. 

Fulbright recipients Brandy Miller ?16, Emma Hoch-Schneider ?16, Scout Mills ?16, and Devon Strei...

Award Winners

Lewis & Clark students and alumni receive prestigious awards and scholarships. 

Eleven Students and Alumni Win Fulbright Awards

Five seniors and six recent alumni will spend the next year overseas after receiving prestigious awards from the Fulbright Program. Lewis & Clark is one of the top producers of Fulbright award winners in the country.

143rd Undergraduate Commencement

143rd Annual Commencement Ceremony
Saturday, May 7th, 2016
3:00 p.m. (doors open at 1:30 pm)
Veterans Memorial Coliseum

Live Stream

Los Angeles Times Publishes President Glassner’s Essay

The Los Angeles Times has published the commentary of President Barry Glassner and coauthor Morton Schapiro, president and professor of economics at Northwestern University. The topic of discussion: the continued growth of students beyond high school and college graduation.
Bob Fitch, far right, accompanied by California Highway Patrol officers. Salinas, California, 1973.

Bob Fitch ’61 Memorialized by the New York Times

Bob Fitch B.S. ’61, who died last Saturday, was recognized for his achievements in photojournalism in the May 3 issue of the New York Times. The powerful Martin Luther King monument on the National Mall is based on Fitch’s portrait of King.

Four Young Alumni Earn NSF Research Fellowships

Four biology alumni have been awarded prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships. The awards are investments in the education of outstanding students who have the potential to contribute significantly to research, teaching, and innovations in science and engineering.

Senior Signature

Student commencement speaker Joe Iliscupidez ’16 shares highlights of his time at Lewis & Clark.

Faculty Honors

Lewis & Clark professors are renowned researchers and scholars.

Women’s Tennis Team Wins Northwest Conference Tournament

The Lewis & Clark Pioneers are the 2016 Northwest Conference women’s tennis champions, ending a run of five straight titles for Whitman College. The conference title is the first for Lewis & Clark since 1979.

Students Win Grant to Promote Peace in Egypt

A team from Lewis & Clark has been awarded a grant from 100 Projects for Peace, an organization that promotes global diplomacy. The students will host a summer camp for homeless youth in Cairo, focusing on strategies for decision- making and positive conflict resolution.

Student Scholars

The annual Festival of Scholars showcases student research, art, and performance. 

President Glassner Participates in Book TV Panel Discussion

On April 9 at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, President Barry Glassner joined other authors for a panel discussion on education broadcast by C-SPAN2’s Book TV. A sociologist, Glassner wrote the best-seller The Culture of Fear: Why Americans Are Afraid of the Wrong Things.
Eve Lowenstein B.A. '17

Eve Lowenstein ’17 Wins Goldwater Scholarship

Eve Lowenstein B.A. ’17 is one of just 252 scholars selected from a field of 1,150 students nominated by 415 institutions nationwide. Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships are widely considered the preeminent awards for undergraduates preparing for science careers. Irene Duba B.A. ’17 garnered an honorable mention. 

Religious Studies Professor Wins Prestigious Fellowship

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) has awarded Religious Studies Professor Robert Kugler a grant for his project, “Discovering Legal Pluralism: Toward a New Understanding of the Jews of Hellenistic Egypt.” Competition for an ACLS fellowship is intense: just six percent of this year’s nearly 1,100 applications received funding.
Members of the 2016 IA Symposium Planning Committee.

International Affairs Symposium Explores Complex Global Challenges

Free and open to the public, the International Affairs Symposium is Lewis & Clark’s longest running and best known student-led academic conference. The 54th annual symposium runs through Wednesday, April 6.

Investing in Change

Jeff Cruttenden ’12 creates an app to help young people invest in their financial future.

The New Yorker features English professor’s essay

The most recent issue of The New Yorkerfeatures an essay by Associate Professor of English Pauls Toutonghi. The piece tells the story of a Moroccan organization’s promising new technology: CloudFisher, a system that harvests water from fog.

The Pio Family

Get an inside look at the life of a student-athlete. 

Haben at the U.S. Capitol.

Inspirational Alum Named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30

After graduating magna cum laude with a degree in sociology/anthropology in 2010, Haben Girma entered Harvard Law School as its first deaf-blind student, earning her J.D. in 2014. Now a staff attorney at Disability Rights Advocates, Girma works to provide free legal representation to people with disabilities whose civil rights have been violated.  

Lewis & Clark Named a Top Producer of Fulbright Winners and Peace Corps Volunteers

Lewis & Clark has again been named one of the top producers of Fulbright Award winners in the country. Additionally, the Peace Corps recently named Lewis & Clark one of the top 25 small undergraduate colleges.

Future Pioneers

Incoming members of the Class of 2020 share what attracted them to Lewis & Clark. 

Isabel Ball BA ’15 Wins Prestigious Luce Scholarship

Isabel Ball BA ’15 has been named a Luce Scholar for 2016–17. The highly prestigious award from the Henry Luce Foundation provides funding for young leaders to spend a year in Asia conducting research that will lead to their professional advancement.

Game on! 35th Annual Gender Studies Symposium Explores Gender in Play

Gender is a lot of things: complex, fluid, and sometimes confusing. But fun? Lewis & Clark College’s 35th Annual Gender Studies Symposium, titled “Game On! Gender and Sexuality in Play,” will explore how the concept of fun and games relates to individual experiences of identity.

Passport to Leadership

A new student-driven program builds essential skills.

Lewis & Clark Among Top 25 Schools Making an Impact

Lewis & Clark College is one of the nation’s best colleges for students seeking a meaningful education with great career preparation at an affordable price, according to The Princeton Review in its newly released edition of Colleges That Pay You Back.

Character Builder

Actor Usman Ally ’04 transforms scholarly insight into compelling characters.

President Glassner names Janet Steverson as dean of diversity and inclusion

President Glassner names Janet Steverson as dean of diversity and inclusion

Recent grad Sam Reiter tests artistic, entrepreneurial chops with a one-woman show

When Sam Reiter BA ’15 appears on stage later this month in her original one-woman show, Baba Yaga, it’ll be the culmination of years of hard work, research, and growth. It will also be the start of a new artistic sojourn.

Critical Dialogue

Events at Lewis & Clark examine contemporary and historical issues.

Science With Heart

Assistant Professor of Chemistry Casey Jones works with students in her lab to improve cardiovascular devices.

Highlights of 2015

A look back at some of our biggest successes of the year.

New York Times publishes President Glassner’s essay on fear

The New York Times has published the commentary of President Barry Glassner in its online opinion forum, Room for Debate. The topic of discussion: Are Americans’ fears legitimate?

The food diplomacy of chef Naomi Pomeroy BA ’97 highlighted in the Oregonian

Chef Naomi Pomeroy BA ’97, owner of Beast and Expatriate in Portland, has gained wide acclaim for her innovative food ever since leaving Palatine Hill. When she’s not cooking or managing her restaurants, Pomeroy works with the U.S. State Department to promote American cuisine to an international audience, according to a recent article in the Oregonian.

Two student-athletes named finalists for Rhodes and Marshall scholarships

Angie Epifano ’16, a senior majoring in art history, and Katie Keith B.A. ’15, currently serving as a Fulbright English Language Teaching Assistant in Taiwan, were both named as double finalists for the prestigious Rhodes and Marshall Scholarships.
Deschutes Rafting

Outdoor Education

The College Outdoors program takes students to the mountains, rivers, deserts, and coasts of the Pacific Northwest.


Lewis & Clark President Barry Glassner and Pomona College President David Oxtoby at the White...

President Glassner in Washington, D.C., for meetings on climate change and student aid

Joining a group of invited college presidents, student leaders, and heads of leading environmental organizations, President Barry Glassner took part in a White House roundtable on Thursday, November 19.

Brian Lindstrom BA ’84 signs development deal with HBO

Brian Lindstrom BA ’84 and his wife, best-selling author Cheryl Strayed, just signed a development deal with HBO to adapt her essay collection, Tiny Beautiful Things, into a television series.

Always Pioneering

Lewis & Clark graduates leave campus prepared for life after college.

Lewis & Clark debate team ranked first in the nation

With strong performances at their first four tournaments this year, the Lewis & Clark debate squad is ranked first in the nation, according to the November 2 rankings released by the National Parliamentary Debate Association.

Ray Warren Symposium on Race and Ethnic Studies takes on education

Lewis & Clark College’s 12th Annual Ray Warren Symposium on Race and Ethnic Studies, running from Wednesday, November 11 to Friday, November 13, will delve into a perennial-yet-timely topic: race and opportunity in the educational system.

Teaching Pioneers

Lewis & Clark professors are renowned researchers and scholars.

President Glassner reflects on “the uses of ignorance” in the Chronicle of Higher Education

President Barry Glassner’s essay on his Opening Convocation speech to first-year and transfer students and their families has been published by the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Alumnus Bob Fitch documents some of America’s greatest human rights campaigns

“I take photographs to tell important stories to people who weren’t there,” says Bob Fitch B.S. ’61, whose images document some of America’s greatest 20th-century human rights campaigns.

Student-athlete CJ Appleton has no time to waste

At 30 years old, Carl “CJ” Appleton’s age alone puts him in the nontraditional college student category. But CJ’s story­, which includes many highs and lows, defies typical labels.

Global Community

Lewis & Clark helps students develop a broader context for understanding themselves—and the world

SAAB Story

A unique student organization helps fund research, scholarship, and tutoring on campus. 

“Smell the Sulfur”: Renowned artist Eric Stotik speaks about haunting work

Eric Stotik, the local Portland artist whose work currently resides in the gallery, spoke at Lewis & Clark on September 27. Stotik’s talk gave great insight into his influences, process, and unique aesthetic.

Career Preparation

Summer internships provide Lewis & Clark students an opportunity to gain practical work experience in their fields of interest.

18th Environmental Affairs Symposium looks to cross boundaries, spark collaboration

Lewis & Clark’s 18th annual Environmental Affairs Symposium this year runs from October 20-22, and is free and open to the public. The student-organized symposium will explore how environmentalism and sustainability can be promoted in all fields of study with this year’s theme Environment Across Boundaries.

Talking life and learning with comedian Hari Kondabolu

Talking life and learning with comedian Hari Kondabolu.

Assistant Professor of Physics Shannon O’Leary lands major NSF research grant

The National Science Foundation has awarded Lewis & Clark $195,008 in support of Assistant Professor of Physics Shannon O’Leary’s project, “RUI: Coherence-Derived Light Fluctuations for Atomic Magnetometry.”  

Fulbright winner Daniela Jimenez BA ’14 is Brazil-bound

From strengthening her foreign-language and professional skills, to practicing the Afro-Brazilian martial art of capoeira, Daniela Jimenez BA ’14 is eager to serve as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Brazil in 2016.
Randall L. Kennedy speaking at the 12th Annual Ray Warren Symposium on Race and Ethnic Studies on...

Critical Dialogue

Events at Lewis & Clark examine contemporary and historical issues.

Munich program students get capacity crowd for alternative-career night

This past June, a group of German and American students put on the first Alternative Career Night, aimed at helping fellow students navigate the often-daunting path of choosing a suitable career. Organizers expected turnout for the Thursday night event at the University of Munich to be moderate—college students in Germany, much like those in the United States, enjoy spending their free time outside of the lecture hall. The event’s success, however, went above and beyond expectations.

New Pioneers

Lewis & Clark welcomes the Class of 2019 to campus.

Gateway to Exploration

At Lewis & Clark you will discover the world—and find your place in it.

Lewis & Clark named one of Sierra Club’s top environmentally responsible schools

For the fourth year in a row, Sierra magazine has named Lewis & Clark one of its top “Cool Schools,” a list that honors America’s greenest colleges and universities.

Competing for Success

Our student-athletes share the keys to a Lewis & Clark education.

International Destination

Lewis & Clark attracts students from around the world.

Professor Mache receives NSF grant for cybersecurity work

The National Science Foundation has awarded Lewis & Clark $166,526 to support the work of Professor of Computer Science Jens Mache.

Interns in Action: Aaron Fellows ’16

Environmental Studies and Economics major Aaron Fellows ’16 talks about his summer internship with the International Economic Development Council.

Festival of Scholars

A new annual event showcases student research, performance, and art.

Actor Usman Ally ’04 wins roles and recognition

For the award-winning Usman Ally B.A. ’04, 2015 has already been a good year.

The Oregonian shines light on student’s message to fellow grads

The Oregonian, the state’s largest daily newspaper, took to its Sunday pages to share student commencement speaker Yash Desai’s message to the Class of 2015: We must lift up those less privileged than we.

Havel’s Place

A new campus feature becomes an international destination.

Senior Signature

Student commencement speaker Yash Desai shares highlights of his time at Lewis & Clark. 

Faculty Excellence

The 2015 Lorry Lokey Awards honor four distinguished professors.
Davies-Jackson Scholarship winner Alex Kraemer '15

Deserved Distinctions

Lewis & Clark students and alumni win Fulbrights and other prestigious awards and scholarships. 

President announces Student Engagement Scholarship winners

President Barry Glassner has announced the winners of the President’s Scholarship for Student Engagement: Lewis & Clark sophomores Mariah Bellamoroso, Spencer Mackey, Ajna Weaver, and Andrew Williamson.

Lewis & Clark takes top honor in Princeton Review ranking of greenest colleges

Number one. That’s the spot Lewis & Clark earned in The Princeton Review’s ranking of 353 most environmentally responsible colleges and universities.

Leader in Sustainability

Lewis & Clark is ranked #1 in The Princeton Review’s list of Top 50 Green Colleges.

Lewis & Clark senior wins Wilson-Rockefeller Fund Fellowship

Charlie Quezada CAS ’15 is one of only nine students in the nation selected to receive a Woodrow Wilson-Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellowship for Aspiring Teachers of Color.

The Division III Advantage

Student-athletes share what’s special to them about Lewis & Clark.

National Science Foundation awards fellowships to young alumni

This week the National Science Foundation announced that five Lewis & Clark alumni were awarded Graduate Research Fellowships based on their demonstrated potential for significant achievements in science and engineering.

Catherine Gunther Kodat named college dean

Catherine Gunther Kodat will become the new dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Future Pioneers

Incoming members of the Class of 2019 share what attracted them to Lewis & Clark.

Student receives prestigious graduate scholarship to the University of Cambridge

Alexander Kraemer ’15 is awarded the Davies-Jackson Scholarship for first-generation college students.

Perfect Match

Alexe Navarro ’17 shares why she journeyed from Hawai‘i to play volleyball and study at Lewis & Clark.

Kate Brown

Kate Brown JD ’85 becomes governor of Oregon

Law school alumna Kate Brown was sworn in as governor of Oregon on Wednesday, February 18.

Lewis & Clark in nation’s top 12 for Fulbright honors

Lewis & Clark earns distinction as top producer of Fulbright student and faculty scholars.

Passport to Leadership

Life at Lewis & Clark provides ample opportunities for student growth.

President Glassner selected to national positions in higher education

President Barry Glassner has been elected as a national delegate to the board of directors of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.

New Pioneer

Meet new head football coach Jay Locey, former chief of staff for Oregon State University’s football program.

Noted philanthropist Lorry Lokey makes $2 million gift to Lewis & Clark to support outstanding professors

Portland native and Business Wire founder Lorry Lokey made a $2 million gift to provide recognition and financial support outstanding professors at Lewis & Clark.

Alumna’s cosmetics company recognized in Portland Business Journal

Paula Hayes B.S. ’92—a Board of Trustees member and upcoming recipient of the Pioneer Alumna Leadership Award—was recently featured in Portland Business Journal for her innovative cosmetics company.

Faculty in Focus

Meet three of our dynamic professors.

Photo by Jessika Chi.

New campus tour highlights history of social justice

To teach the Lewis & Clark community about its history of engagement with social justice, the Department of Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement (IME) has created a tour that highlights events in the college’s past.
Jay Locey, new head football coach at Lewis & Clark

Jay Locey named new football coach

Lewis & Clark College has hired Jay Locey, former chief of staff at Oregon State, as its new head football coach, Director of Physical Education and Athletics Shana Levine announced Tuesday.
Bill Nye, center, with President Barry Glassner and student government president Lincoln Boyd.

Highlights of 2014

Look back at 14 stories of the year at Lewis & Clark.

Lewis & Clark earns presidential honor for community service

For the third time, Lewis & Clark has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). Lewis & Clark previously landed on the Honor Roll in 2010 and the Honor Roll with Distinction in 2013.
Photo by Bruce Powell

Alumna receives prestigious medical ethics prize

Susan Willis Tolle B.A. ’73—a Phi Beta Kappa member and former Distinguished Alumna Award winner—has been awarded $50,000 and the MacLean Center Prize in Clinical Ethics for her pioneering work in end-of-life care. The award is the largest in the nation for clinical medical ethics.

Last November, Lewis & Clark hosted the 11th Annual Ray Warren Symposium.

Critical Dialogue

Events at Lewis & Clark examine contemporary and historical issues.
Samantha Robison BA '08

Alumni Profile: Samantha Robison BA ’08

Meet Samantha Robison BA ’08, a political science graduate and founder of AptArt.
Stein Retzlaff ?16

Student athletes pioneer recycling business

Football and baseball player Stein Retzlaff ’16, former football player Erich Roepke ’16, and their three business partners—Hunter Meece ’15, Kyle Roepke, and Trent Martin—were recently awarded an Incubator+Launch Seed Fund grant. They are now eligible for up to $20,000 to fund their venture.

Alumna shares new work during Poetry Press Week

New work by Natalie Garyet B.A. ’10 will be presented at Portland’s Poetry Press Week, an event modeled after the fashion industry’s semiannual Fashion Week showcase.

Wonders of Watzek

Students and Portland writers discover treasures among Lewis & Clark’s rare library materials.

Outdoor Learning

The College Outdoors program takes students to the mountains, rivers, deserts, and coasts of the Pacific Northwest.
Students participate in an overseas program to Japan to study Mount Fuji.

Department of State recognizes Lewis & Clark as top school for overseas study

Lewis & Clark has been named one of the top 10 baccalaureate institutions for semester- and year-long overseas programs.

Alumnus named Alaska governor after closely contested race

Independent candidate Bill Walker B.S. ’73 has won the Alaska governor’s race, after a contest that was too close to call until absentee and questioned voters were counted.
Brigitte Russo ?15 with her depiction of Pele, the ancient Hawaiian fire goddess.

Student artists exhibit work in downtown Portland

This fall, Lewis & Clark’s senior art majors had an unprecedented opportunity to display their work in an off-campus venue.

Professor heads to Scottish castle for prestigious writing fellowship

As the recipient of a prestigious fellowship at the International Retreat for Writers at Hawthornden Castle, Associate Professor of English Pauls Toutonghi will spend four weeks in residency working on his next book, The Lost Ocean.

Theatre department produces first musical in six years

Each year, Lewis & Clark’s theatre department produces two plays for its main stage. For the first time since 2008, one of the selections is a musical.

Erin Law '17 models the Mexican Revolution.

Students fuse history with creativity in design challenge

Deriving inspiration from the popular television program Project Runway, Lewis & Clark’s Department of History established its own annual fashion design competition in 2013. This fall, the third installment of Historical Project Runway challenged 10 teams of three students to interpret the past in creative and entertaining ways.

Champion of Change

Ruthe Farmer ’92 works tirelessly to make sure young women have the opportunity to succeed in the male-dominated world of information technology.
Michael and Emily Thompson.

All in the Family

Soccer and track star Emily Thompson ’16 follows in the athletic and academic footsteps of her parents.

Professor explores gamer identity for New York magazine

Assistant Professor of Psychology Diana Leonard recently spoke with New York magazine for a Q&A about group identity, stereotypes, and the recent Gamergate controversy.
Abigail Press B.A. ?12

Alumna uses Soundcloud, Kickstarter to launch global tour

Abigail Press B.A. ’12, an electronic musician, reflects on months spent recording and performing throughout Europe.
Alex Young ?15

Student discovers new species, auctions naming opportunity

With funding from the National Science Foundation, Alex Young ’15 spent his summer immersed in the forests of eastern Kansas. A typical day of his research internship—pursued after deriving inspiration from a book recommended by William Swindells Sr. Professor of Natural Sciences Paulette Bierzychudek—included climbing trees and collecting moss and lichen samples for later laboratory study.

Best of Portland

Lewis & Clark students share their favorite local restaurants, shops, and music venues.

Sustainable Model

One of the top 5 greenest schools, Lewis & Clark cohosts a national sustainability conference, October 26-29.

Alumni start-up featured on CNN

CNN’s African Start-Up recently visited the new brick and mortar location of House of Tayo, an accessories brand founded by Matthew Rugamba B.A. ’13.

Alumnus honored as outstanding disabled veteran

Roger Ferland B.A. ’68 was recently named the 2014 Outstanding Disabled Veteran of the Year by the Disabled American Veterans (DAV).
Photo by Daphne Yuen ?17.

Discovering Fuji

Thirteen students spent their summer studying the geology, art, religion, and history of one of the world’s most famous volcanoes.

Dean of Students honored for outstanding work in higher education

Dean of Students Anna Gonzalez was recently recognized as an outstanding member of the student affairs and higher education community by the NASPA (National Association of Student Personnel Administrators) Foundation—the leading association for the advancement, health, and sustainability of the student affairs profession.
Photo by Melina Mara/The Washington Post

Alumnus’ grassroots efforts highlighted in Washington Post

The Washington Post recently highlighted the campaign’s focus on grassroots efforts, including those of Myles Creed B.A. ’11, an Alaska native who works out of a makeshift headquarters in his parents’ home.

President Glassner refutes doomsayers in Chronicle of Higher Education commentary

In a recent commentary for the Chronicle of Higher Education, Lewis & Clark President Barry Glassner and Northwestern University President Morton Schapiro take on the doomsayers and their pessimism regarding everything from student debt to the “return on investment” of education.
Sam Shugart ?15, Nway Khine ?15, Katie Schirmer ?17, and Ira Yeap ?14 with a group of their stude...

Students head to Myanmar to build peace, teach orphaned students English

For five weeks this summer, Sam Shugart ’15, Nway Khine ’15, Katie Schirmer ’17, and Ira Yeap ’14 taught English to orphaned children in Myanmar through a self-designed project funded by 100 Projects for Peace.
Photo by Lacey Jacoby ?16

Crafters’ Collective gives students community through personal projects

For students feeling stressed by their academic schedules, the Rusty Nail Student Co-op may have the perfect solution. Led by Lauren Scott ’16, the Crafters’ Collective provides a time and space for students to come together to work on personal (crafty) projects.
Kiran Herbert B.A. '11

Alumni Profile: Kiran Herbert BA ’11

Get to know Kiran Herbert BA ’11, a sociology and anthropology major now working in the world of journalism.
Maggie Costello '16 and Sofia Knutson '16

Summer student research: Immigration and incarceration

Maggie Costello ’16 and Sofia Knutson ’16 spent the summer working with Professor of History Elliott Young to study the relationship between immigration and incarceration in the United States and Mexico. They reflect on this experience in the following Q&A.

Career Paths

Summer internships prepare students for life after Lewis & Clark.

After overseas program, student stays on at U.S. embassy in Greece

After an overseas study program in Rome last spring, Allie McRaith ’16 spent 10 weeks in Greece. But she didn’t spend her summer island hopping—she was working at the U.S. embassy in Athens.

Faculty Alter Egos

Your favorite Lewis & Clark professors share what they do outside the classroom.
Photo by Kate Hoots, West Linn Tidings

Alumna gets lesson in social justice at Library of Congress

When Willow McCormick B.A. ’02, M.A.T. ’06 learned of her selection for a teacher institute at the Library of Congress, she looked forward to furthering her passion for social justice in the nation’s capital.
Peter Drake, associate professor of computer science

Professor tells math jokes, proves geek cred

Associate Professor of Computer Science Peter Drake recently sat down with the Portland Tribune to talk about juggling fire, Lady Gaga parodies, and telling jokes in class.
Julian Harris '16, Kenzie Batali '15, Assistant Professor of Chemistry Casey Jones

Summer student research: Red wine and heart disease

Kenzie Batali ’15 and Julian Harris ’16 spent the summer working with Assistant Professor of Chemistry Casey Jones to find a potential treatment in red wine for coronary heart disease. They reflect on this experience in the following Q&A.

Alumna publishes undergraduate research in Zoology journal

A biology and mathematics double major, Kristen Crandell B.A. ’09 has published her undergraduate research as the cover story in the journal Zoology.

Chemistry professor receives $220,000 grant from National Science Foundation

Professor of Chemistry Louis Kuo has been awarded a $220,116 grant from the National Science Foundation in support of his research on the degradation of organophosphates, neurotoxins that are used pervasively as agricultural pesticides.
Bill Nye the Science Guy at Lewis & Clark.

Critical Dialogue

Events at Lewis & Clark examine contemporary and historical issues.
Pioneers wide receiver Curtis Shirey.

Throwback Pioneers

Seniors give advice to incoming varsity student-athletes.

President Glassner weighs in on the challenges of privatization

President Barry Glassner teamed up with Northwestern University president Morton Schapiro for a guest opinion in the Times of London’s higher education section, delving into why “going private” isn’t the panacea one might think.
Photograph by Hannah Prince B.A. '13.

Overseas program highlighted by U.S. News & World Report

For the third year in a row, U.S. News & World Report has recognized Lewis & Clark’s overseas and off-campus program as one of the best in the nation.
Abigail McNamara B.A. '12 with her installation, Ritual, 660?. Photo credit: Duplex Collective

Alumna brings site-specific art to Portland Building

Over the summer, artist Abigail McNamara B.A. ’12 spent 11 hours at the entrance to downtown’s Portland Building. She carefully observed and recorded all comings and goings of the day, preparing to create an intricate installation for display in the building’s lobby.

Aojie Zheng '15 and Assistant Professor of Physics Shannon O'Leary

Summer student research: Measuring magnetic fields

Aojie Zheng ’15 is working with Assistant Professor of Physics Shannon O’Leary to study how laser light can be used to detect and measure magnetic fields. She reflects on this experience in the following Q&A.

Alumni Profile: Rev. David Norse BA ’08

Meet David Norse BA ’08, a religious studies major and reverend at Broad Street Ministry.
Owen Phillips '16

Summer student research: Designing crystallographic labs

Owen Phillips ’16 is working with Professor of Chemistry Louis Kuo to design exciting lab assignments for chemistry students, while also studying crystals. He reflects on this experience in the following Q&A.

Michel George, associate vice president for facilities, leads a tour of the remodeled Juniper res...

Juniper renovation brings sustainable technology to residence hall

Outfitted with the latest sustainable technology and tailored to student feedback, a renovated Juniper Hall will open to students this fall.

Lewis & Clark welcomes Class of 2018 at New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation is an exciting time at Lewis & Clark, with new members of the Class of 2018 arriving on Palatine Hill from places around the world.
Managing Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship Michael Kaplan, Interim Dean of the College ...

Welcome Back Pioneers

New Student Orientation helps the Class of 2018 settle in to Lewis & Clark.
Joel Schooler '15, Elijah Rebensdorf, Associate Professor of Psychology Erik Nilsen, Susan Heinse...

Summer student research: Motivating healthy behaviors

Noah Callaghan ’15, Susan Heinselman ’15, and Joel Schooler ’15 are working with high school student Elijah Rebensdorf and Associate Professor of Psychology Erik Nilsen to study how our interactions with technology impact our motivation to be healthy. They reflect on this experience in the following Q&A.

Intern Profile: Miriam Karraker ’15

Meet Miriam Karraker ’15, a French studies and religious studies major and intern with Bitch Media.
One of the College Outdoors New Student Trips in 2013.

College Outdoors expands offerings for incoming students

Each fall, College Outdoors organizes trips for incoming first-year and transfer students to bond with peers as they explore the mountains, rainforests, and rivers of the Pacific Northwest. This year, College Outdoors will offer 17 New Student Trips, the largest selection since the program began.

Lewis & Clark named one of Sierra Club’s top 5 sustainable schools

For the third year in a row, Sierra magazine has named Lewis & Clark one of its top “Cool Schools,” a list that honors America’s greenest colleges and universities. Lewis & Clark is the only school in the Pacific Northwest to be included on the 2014 short list.
Samuel Kelly B.A. ?14

Students honored at prestigious computing conference

John Sibandze ’15, Samuel Kelly BA ’14, Christian Dicker BA ’14, Sam Dodson BA ’13, and Danielle Fenske BA ’14 won honorable mention for their poster titled “Viability of Parallel Prefix for Sequence Alignment on Massively Parallel Graphics Processing Units.”

Alumni Profile: Ian Feis-Bryce BA ’11

Meet Ian Feis-Bryce BA ’11, a psychology major and criminal justice worker at Survivors Manchester.

Popular Mechanics, National Geographic highlight professor’s work with geckos

Popular Mechanics recently turned to Professor of Biology Kellar Autumn to describe how geckos stick to walls and ceilings, and to explain what that understanding means for the future of manufacturing.

Faculty in Focus

Meet four of our exceptional professors.

Lewis & Clark makes Princeton Review’s Green College Honor Roll

For the second year in a row, Lewis & Clark has been recognized as one of the greenest schools in the nation, according to the Princeton Review. It is among only 24 schools to make the publication’s 2015 Green College Honor Roll, which highlights sustainability-related practices, policies, and academic offerings.
Ashley Hufnagle '15 and Jessica Isibor

Summer student research: Social cognition in children

Ashley Hufnagle ’16 has been working with Assistant Professor of Psychology Jennifer LaBounty to study how children respond to the psychological states of those around them. She reflects on this experience in the following Q&A.

Forbes recognizes Lewis & Clark as among best in the west

Lewis & Clark has risen to No. 20 on Forbes’ rankings of the Top 25 Best Western Colleges 2014. This is the first time that Lewis & Clark has cracked the Top 25 Western, the result of a significant jump in Forbes’ overall America’s Top Colleges 2014 list.
PorchLight Custom Counseling gathers new ideas through Lewis & Clark's Incubator+Launch ...

Alumni break down barriers to counseling with innovative approach

After discussing counseling services that were missing in the Portland area, the founders of PorchLight Custom Counseling—Justin Cox M.A. ’12, Llew Richards M.A. ’13, Mica Richards, Holly Roland M.A. ’12, and Siddarth Venkatachalam M.A. ’12 —had an idea to offer their many counseling specialties at affordable rates, around the clock.
Claire Hinkley '15

Summer student research: Food and traditional medicine

Claire Hinkley ’15 has been working with Assistant Professor of Anthropology Sepideh Bajracharya to study food’s role in a system of traditional medicine. She reflects on this experience in the following Q&A.

Melanie Morris '15, Demi Glidden '16, Jennifer Lakeman '16

Summer student research: Flies and nicotine

Demi Glidden ’16, Jennifer Lakeman ’16, and Melanie Morris ’15 have been working with Assistant Professor of Biology Norma Velázquez Ulloa to study the biological impacts of nicotine on fruit flies. They reflect on this experience in the following Q&A.

Photo by Owen Carey

Theatre faculty, students bring contemporary translation of Chekhov to life

With help from a handful of Lewis & Clark students and alumni, as well as resources from Fir Acres Theatre, Professor of Theatre Štěpán Šimek and Assistant Professor of Theatre Rebecca Lingafelter will stage a production of Anton Chekhov’s The Three Sistersreturning to the “fierce sparseness” of the original Russian in a new English translation.

Alumni Profile: Sara Kettler BA ’08

Meet Sara Kettler BA ’08, a paralegal and former member of the women’s basketball team.

Alumni Profile: Emily Deichsel ’09

Meet Emily Deichsel ’09, a former member of the women’s basketball team and a Fulbright-Fogarty Fellow in Cusco, Peru.

Deserved Distinctions

Lewis & Clark students and alumni earn a record number of Fulbrights, among other prestigious awards.
Tate Sellers '15 and Emma Cook '15

Summer student research: Food on the brain

Emma Cook ’15 and Tate Sellers ’16 have been working with Assistant Professor of Psychology Todd Watson to study interaction between cognitive inhibition and high calorie foods.

Alumni Profile: Talerra Rich BA ’10

Meet Talerra Rich BA ’10, a political science major, member of the women’s basketball team, and current nursing student.
Joe Mitter at the Class of '74 Reunion.

Volunteers bring the fun to Alumni Weekend 2014

Volunteers Katie Weil Byrnes BA ’79, Maggie Koening Englund BA ’79, and Joe Mitter BA ’74, share their memorable moments from Alumni Weekend 2014.
Katie Keith '15

Summer student research: Socially mobile peasants

Katie Keith ’15 has been working with Associate Professor of Economics Clifford Bekar to study social mobility among peasants of medieval England.

Alumnus enters global spotlight on Pakistani news network

Danial Afzal B.A. ’12 puts his rhetoric and media studies degree to good use covering international sporting events for Pakistani television.

Intern Profile: Hunter Meece ’15

Meet Hunter Meece ’15, a religious studies major and intern at WAVES for Development in Lobitos, Peru.
Maia Erickson ?15 is creating a digital archive of documents for the Rabat Genizah Project.

Students contribute to groundbreaking Jewish history project

After working extensively with Rabat’s Jewish community leaders to determine what should be preserved, Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology Oren Kosansky received a $50,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in 2010 to create an archive of approximately 4,000 digital images.

Intern Profile: Greg Geraldo ’16

Meet Greg Geraldo ’16, a psychology major and intern at Oregon Health & Science University.

Alumnus wins scholarship from the American Library Association

Citing his academic achievement and leadership qualities, the American Library Association recently honored Sam Dodson B.A. ’13 with its 2014 Peter Lyman Memorial/SAGE Scholarship in New Media.
Professor Andy Bernstein, acting as Tim Gunn, gives one team pointers on their fashion interpreta...

Freudian psychoanalysis team wins 2013 Historical Project Runway

The history department’s Historical Project Runway event, currently in its second year, is a competition that serves as a means for style savvy historians and non-majors alike to see who has what it takes to make it in the world of fashion history.

Intern Profile: Amaya Lucas ’15

Meet Amaya Lucas ’15, a math and physics major and intern at FEI, a microscopy company in Hillsboro, Oregon.

Objects From Home

Students share the important belongings they bring to campus.
Holly Thomson '16 and Sarah Lowenstein '15

Summer student research: The making of memories

Sarah Lowenstein ’15 and Holly Thomson ’16 have been working with Pamplin Professor of Science Janis Lochner to study the science behind memory formation.

Psychology professor honored for outstanding mentorship

Brian Detweiler-Bedell, associate professor of psychology, was recently awarded the 2014 Outstanding Mentor Award in Psychology by the Council on Undergraduate Research. The award acknowledges faculty who exhibit exceptional mentorship to students and act as role models for those doing undergraduate research.

Intern Profile: Emerald Kaitryn ’15

Meet Emerald Kaitryn ’15, a psychology major and intern at Oregon Health & Science University.

Intern Profile: Zoe Abbott Boyd ’15

Meet Zoe Abbott Boyd ’15, an economics major and intern with the Oregon State Public Interest Research Group.

Upcoming book releases from history faculty

Two Lewis & Clark history professors, Reiko Hillyer and Elliott Young, have books due out this coming fall.

History faculty news

The history department is excited to welcome new visiting faculty members and announce Professor of American History Reiko Hillyer as the new tenure-track faculty member.

Intern Profile: Alicia Callejo-Black BA ’14

Meet Alicia Callejo-Black BA ’14, a psychology major and intern at the Doernbecher Healthy Lifestyles Clinic.

History professor helps deconstruct the prison industrial complex

Assistant Professor of History Reiko Hillyer challenges students to think critically on campus and within the walls of the Columbia River Correctional Institute.
Student activists in Tuscon advocate for threatened multicultural and bilingual education programs.

Tucson alternative spring break: Ethnic studies in Arizona

A student leader reflects on her experience of leading an alternative spring break trip focusing on education equity in Arizona.

Reimagining the past in Portland’s city archives

Garrick Imatani, professor of art and studio head of foundations at Lewis & Clark, has been receiving recognition for his collaboration with Kaia Sand, local poet and professor at Portland State University, on a project commissioned by the Regional Arts & Culture Council.

Intern Profile: Hannah Sima Rempel ’16

Meet Hannah Sima Rempel ’16, a biology major and intern at University of Puerto Rico’s Caribbean Primate Research Center. 

Intern Profile: Nathaniel Klimpert ’16

Meet Nathaniel Klimpert ’16, a biology major and intern at Oregon Health & Science University. 

Intern Profile: Niki Ulug BA ’14

Meet Niki Ulug BA’14, a biology major and intern at Oregon Health & Science University. 

Erica Terpening Romeo B.A. ?14

English department honors 2014 student award winners

The English department honored several students with special awards in 2014.

English faculty news and updates

When they’re not teaching Lewis & Clark students, our English faculty members are hard at work making significant contributions to their respective fields.
Photo credit: Joni Kabana

Incarnadine: An interview with Mary Szybist

Sara Balsom B.A. ’14 recently caught up with Associate Professor of English Mary Szybist to learn about her journey from teaching to winning the National Book Award.

Alumna returns for poetry reading

Corey Van Landingham B.A. ’08, a current Stegner fellow at Stanford University, captured the ears of students, professors, and friends at the Frank Manor House in February. 

Erika Terpening-Romeo B.A. '14

Harvard’s Marjorie Garber visits Lewis & Clark

Erica Terpening-Romeo B.A. ’14 reviews Harvard English professor Marjorie Garber’s lecture, “Occupy Shakespeare: Shakespeare and/in the Humanities.” 

William Stafford symposium meets with success

On March 15, the William Stafford Centennial celebration took up where it left off after February’s tribute to William Stafford at the Newmark Theatre.

Intern Profile: Emily Jochem ’15

Meet Emily Jochem ’15, a biology major and intern at a field station in southeastern Madagascar.

Intern Profile: Peter Innes ’15

Meet Peter Innes ’15, a biology major and intern with the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory.

Visiting instructor explains how immigration affects teams at the World Cup

With patriotism running high during the FIFA World Cup, Americans might forget that just over a fifth of the U.S. team is made up of German Americans. Likewise, the teams of Italy, Mexico, Honduras, Iran, and Japan include players with U.S. passports.

Pio Pride

Alumni weekend gives graduates the chance to reconnect with Lewis & Clark.

Shared Discovery

Grant-funded research by Lewis & Clark students and faculty is the focus of a new website.

Intern Profile: Neil Rutherford ’16

Meet Neil Rutherford ’16, an international affairs major and intern at the Institute for the Study of War.

Intern Profile: Raquel McNeff ’15

Meet Raquel McNeff ’15, an English major and intern at AC Portland.

Intern Profile: Jessye Lavine ’16

Meet Jessye Lavine ’16, a psychology major and intern at OHSU’s Developmental Brain Imaging Lab.

Intern Profile: Zoe Bostick BA ’14

Meet Zoe Bostick BA ’14, a biochemistry major and intern with Oregon Health & Science University’s Banker Lab.
Photo by Isabella Kindschuh ?15

Alumna’s powerful slam poem attracts attention of national media

After a man catcalled her on the street, Samantha Peterson B.A. ’14 took to the stage of the College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational (CUPSI) to deliver a poem that might change the way Americans talk about fat bodies. The piece, “Dead Men Can’t Catcall,” earned her a Best of the Rest individual award and a story in the Huffington Post.

Alumni Profile: Ian Alistair Lake BA ’13, MAT ’14

Get to know Ian Alistair Lake BA ’13, MAT ’14, a recent graduate of Lewis & Clark’s master of arts in teaching program.

Intern Profile: Bjorn Hansen ’15

Meet Bjorn Hansen ’15, an economics major and intern at Porterhouse Media/PH Recordings.

Intern Profile: Kristina Nelson ’15

Meet Kristina Nelson’15, an art and psychology major and intern at the Portland Garment Factory.

Intern Profile: Lila Woloshin ’15

Meet Lila Woloshin ’15, a history major and intern at the Oregon Jewish Museum.

Intern Profile: Yash Desai ’15

Meet Yash Desai ’15, an economics major and intern at Aginsky Consulting.

Intern Profile: Kelsey Kahn ’15

Meet Kelsey Kahn ’15, a environmental studies major and intern at the U.S. Geological Survey’s Oregon Water Science Center.

Intern Profile: Molly Sobel ’15

Meet Molly Sobel ’15, a psychology major and intern at City of Refuge Orphanage in Accra, Ghana. 

Intern Profile: Frances Mahoney-Mosedale ’16

Meet Frances Mahoney-Mosedale ’16, an English major and intern at the the Loft Literary Center.

Photo by Sam Courtain B.A. '12

Student selected as USA Ultimate player of the year

Collegiate Ultimate has evolved from a pickup game on the quad to a full-fledged sport known for spectacular leaps and a vibrant community. With Lewis & Clark’s club team Bacchus, Will Shaw ’15 has risen to the top of the game, earning the USA Ultimate Division III offensive player of the year award.

Law Alumni Profile: Haley Farrar J.D. ’11

Meet Haley Farrar J.D. ’11, who will study restorative justice implementation and facilitation strategies in New Zealand as a recipient of a Fulbright award.

Intern Profile: Julia Covell ’16

Meet Julia Covell ’16, a biochemistry and molecular biology major and an intern at Oregon Health & Science University.

Intern Profile: Claire Agosti BA ’14

Meet Claire Agosti BA ’14, a biology major and intern at SayoStudio: Science & Technology Illustration.

Intern Profile: Hannah Cohen BA ’14

Meet Hannah Cohen BA ’14, a biology major and intern at the Oregon National Primate Research Center.

Intern Profile: Seraphie Allen ’15

Meet Seraphie Allen ’15, an English major and an intern at McSweeny’s Publishing.

Professor lends unique perspective to Science Friday

Greta Binford, associate professor of biology and renowned researcher of venomous spiders, recently appeared on a special Portland edition of Science Friday. The Public Radio International program—heard weekly by more than a million listeners—first featured Binford’s arachnid expertise in 2007.

Intern Profile: Stan Fonseca ’15

Meet Stan Fonseca ’15, a history major and intern with Oregon Encyclopedia.

Alumni Weekend

Hundreds of alumni reconnect on Palatine Hill June 19-22.

Intern Profile: Emma O’Neil ’15

Meet Emma O’Neil ’15, a history major and intern at the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center.

Alumnus honored for innovation in architecture

Andrew Holder B.A. ’00 is a recipient of the 2014 Architectural League Prize, awarded to a select group of young architects whose designs have demonstrated “exemplary and provocative work.” Given by the Architectural League of New York, the annual award is one of North America’s most prestigious honors for early-career practitioners of architecture.

Intern Profile: Megom Wangchuk ’16

Meet Megom Wangchuk ’16, an international affairs major and intern at the Jackson Hole Center for Global Affairs.

Intern Profile: Grace Shaw ’17

Meet Grace Shaw ’17, a biology major and intern at South Sound Critter Care. 

Intern Profile: Lindy Colvin ’15

Meet Lindy Colvin ’15, an international affairs major and intern at HelpArgentina. 

Intern Profile: Lincoln Boyd ’15

Meet Lincoln Boyd ’15, a political science major and intern with District of Columbia Public Schools.

Intern Profile: Keean Kondo ’15

Meet Keean Kondo ’15, a biochemistry and molecular biology major and intern in Professor Arlen Johnson’s lab at the University of Texas. 

Intern Profile: Lily Clarke ’16

Meet Lily Clarke ’16, a biology major and intern at The Wilderness Society.

Lewis & Clark choirs featured on classical radio program

Lewis & Clark Cappella Nova and Community Chorale choirs will be featured on All Classical Portland (89.9 FM) on Sunday, June 15, at 1 p.m. The episode of Played in Oregon can be heard online at

Olympic gold medalist finds fast surface at Lewis & Clark

At the 2012 London Olympics, runner Mo Farah took home the gold in the 10,000-meter race. On June 15, Farah will take his mark on Lewis & Clark’s Fix Track.

Professor explores role of women in American religions

In a post for the Mormon history blog The Juvenile Instructor, Associate Professor of Religious Studies Susanna Morrill ties understandings of female roles in the Mormon church to themes in other American religions and American culture.

Alumnus honored for contributions to science education

Charlie Morgan B.A. ’08, a graduate student in the chemistry and chemical biology Ph.D. program at the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF), recently won one of the school’s public service awards for outstanding service to the community.

Law professor honored with teaching award

Jim Oleske is the 2014 recipient of the the Leo Levenson Teaching Excellence Award.
Photo by Lacey Jacoby for the Pioneer Log

Lewis & Clark to host first NEH-funded philosophy seminar

James F. Miller Professor of Humanities Nicholas D. Smith was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant to direct a five-week philosophy seminar at Lewis & Clark this summer.

The Sporting Life

Our student-athletes thrive while balancing athletics and academics.
Erica Terpening-Romeo ?14

Senior honored for playing many roles at Lewis & Clark

Erica Terpening-Romeo B.A. ’14 is a distinguished scholar, seasoned thespian, skilled writer, successful entrepreneur, and recipient of two of Lewis & Clark’s highest annual honors—the Rena J. Ratte Award and the Senior Woman Recognition Award, given by the American Association of University Women. Never before has a graduating student received both of these prestigious awards.