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Alumni Honors Award Recipients

Each year the Board of Alumni honors alumni who have achieved distinction in their chosen field, have shown exceptional leadership qualities and/or have rendered outstanding volunteer service in their communities and the College. Think you know of someone who should be on one of the following lists but isn’t? Please take a moment to complete a nomination form. Nominations for 2014 awards are due April 1, 2014. Award winners will be announced in July and honored at the Alumni Honors Banquet in February 2015.

 

Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

This award honors an alumnus/a for rendering superior performance in his or her chosen field and superior service to his or her chosen community.

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    Meet Meg Coker in this video!
    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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    2012
    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.
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    2012
    Roger Ferland is an environmental and natural resources lawyer with a distinguished career representing clients from both the private and public sectors in a number of precedent-setting matters. A veteran, Roger lost his legs in the Vietnam War, and he received the Bronze Star with the V device (for valor in combat), Purple Heart, and Combat Infantry Badge for his service. In addition to his law practice, he has served on the boards of several nonprofit organizations and is working to develop resources for veterans who need legal assistance. He also serves as Chairman of the Board of Audubon Arizona and is Co-chair of the Audubon Science and Policy Committee.

 

Outstanding Young Alumni Award Recipients

This award honors an alumnus/a for rendering superior performance in his or her chosen field and superior service to his or her chosen community within 15 years of graduation.

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    Meet Isaac Holeman in this video!
    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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    Meet Nicolle Rager Fuller in this video!
    2013 Outstanding Young Alumna Award. Fuller is a science illustrator whose artwork helps the general public recognize and navigate the science inherent in our daily lives—from new medical therapies, to environmental issues, to emerging knowledge about our universe. Through her business, Sayo-Art, she works with clients including Science News, the National Science Foundation, the American Association for Cancer Research, and several universities. She recently won the Research and Knowledge Communication category in the Association of Illustrators’ annual international competition.
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    2012
    Amber Case is a cyborg anthropologist and a cofounder of Geoloqi, a company that developed a platform for real-time location-based services. She has been featured in Forbes and Wired magazines, spoken at SXSW, TED and MIT on technology and humans, and was named by Fast Company as one of the Most Influential Women in Technology in 2010. She studies the interaction between humans and computers and how relationships with information are changing the way cultures think, act, and understand their worlds.

 

Donald G. Balmer Citation Recipients

This award honors an alumnus/a, faculty or staff member, or friend of Lewis & Clark who has rendered outstanding voluntary service to the college. Originally called the “Alumni Citation”, this award was renamed in 1991 to recognize Don Balmer’s selfless support of the college and to encourage others to follow his example.

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    Meet Dell Smith in this video!
    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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    2012
    After successful careers in the entertainment and computer industries, Dana Plautz—an avid volunteer throughout her life—now spends most of her free time helping others. Through her service on the Board of Alumni from 2005 to 2011, and as a chair of the Events and Volunteers Committee, she worked to increase interactions between students and alumni, including at the biannual Careers for Pioneers event. Dana also serves on the Parents Council, Alumni Career Corps, reunion committees, and the L&C Strategic Planning Work Group, and she helps select recipients of the Alumni Leadership Scholarship.
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    2011
    John Bates joined the faculty of Lewis & Clark as an associate professor in 1975; the next year, he was voted the Outstanding Faculty Member of the College of Arts and Sciences. Over three decades later, John and his wife, Susan, are still active at Lewis & Clark. John has served the institution in numerous ways during that time, including as a member of the Board of Trustees, chair of the Board of Trustees, member of the law school’s Board of Visitors, and as a life trustee.

 

Pioneer Alumni Leadership Award Recipients

This award honors an alumnus/a for demonstrating extraordinary leadership in his or her service to Lewis & Clark.

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    2012
    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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    2010
    Jack Venables and Bill Akers have served Pioneer athletics as a team for decades. Venables took over the public address announcer job from Rick Metzker in 1970, and in 1980 he became public address announcer for both men’s and women’s basketball. Akers began to work in the press box at football games in 1976, operating the game clock and assisting with spotting the players.
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    The Minnesota Alumni Chapter serves to connect and engage alumni, parents, friends and students of Lewis & Clark College residing in the North Star State.