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Following are the 2012 alumni honorees, who will be recognized at this year’s honor’s banquet February 23, 2013 on the Lewis & Clark Campus.

Award Recipients


Outstanding Young Alumnus/a Award

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    2013 Outstanding Young Alumnus Award. A cofounder of social enterprise Medic Mobile, Holeman has earned wide recognition for the company’s innovative work using communication technologies to improve the health of underserved communities. A member of the Pamplin Society of Fellows, he has also been recognized as a Compton fellow, Echoling Green fellow, mHealth innovator of the year, and a member of Forbes magazine’s 30 Under 30: Social Entrepreneurs list. He is earning a Ph.D. in management studies at University of Cambridge on a highly competitive Gates Cambridge Scholarship.

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Distinguished Alumnus/a

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    2013 Distinguished Alumna Award. Coker has been a foreign correspondent since 1996, with postings in the former Soviet state of Kazakhstan, Moscow, Afghanistan, Jerusalem, and Baghdad. She has covered events and trends including the transformation of former Soviet bloc states into independent nations, the rise of globalized finance, and the American invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. She earned a nomination for the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting in 2011. In 2012, she was part of a team at the Wall Street Journal whose reporting earned the Edwin M. Hood Award for Diplomatic Correspondence.
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    Lisa Grill Dodson is the director of the Oregon Area Health Education Center and associate professor of medicine at Oregon Health & Science University. A tireless advocate for healthcare education and for developing care for rural and other underserved populations, she has received a number of awards, including the 2010 OHSU Alumni Association Dean’s Award and the 2009 Oregon Family Physician of the Year Award. In 2009, Lisa launched the Oregon Rural Scholars program, which gives medical students a rotation in rural areas to experience firsthand the rewards and challenges of rural practice.

 See previous Distinguished Alumni


Donald G. Balmer Citation

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    2013 Donald G. Balmer Citation. Smith’s tenure with Lewis & Clark began in 1967 when he started as professor of health and physical education, head wrestling coach, and assistant football coach. During his time at the college, he has held a variety of positions, including assistant dean of faculty, head of the natural sciences division, director of a Murdock grant in the sciences, and registrar for the College of Arts and Sciences. Since retiring, Smith has remained a fixture on campus, serving in a variety of formal and informal volunteer positions and leading overseas study programs.

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Pioneer Leadership Award

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    Amelia Wilcox served several terms on the Board of Alumni starting in 1982 and was president of the board from 2009 to 2011. Her efforts to reach out and connect alumni with the college—whether they had just graduated or were members of the Albany Society—have brought a new era of alumni reengagement and participation. Amelia has also volunteered for the Lewis & Clark student-alumni career network and the admissions office. She is currently an assistant professor with term in the psychology department at Lewis & Clark.

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Learn more about the Alumni Honors Programsee a list of past honorees, and nominate an alumnus or alumna for an award or citation.