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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 2016 awards are due April 1, 2015. Award winners will be announced in July and honored at the Alumni Honors Banquet in February 2016.

The 2015 Alumni Honors Banquet was held on Friday February 20, 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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    2014
    Between 1991 and 2013, Thomas Neff proposed, created, and shepherded the Megatonsto Megawatts Program, a $17 billion deal under which Russia destroyed more than 20,000 nuclear weapons, recycling the bomb-grade uranium into fuel for U.S. nuclear power plants.  The deal eliminated a third of the global nuclear arsenal and prevented proliferation from a dangerously bankrupt Soviet weapons program.
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    2013
    Meet Meg Coker in this video!
    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.

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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    2014
    Award-winning actor Usman Ally, an ensemble member of Chicago’s American Theater Company, has starred in theatre premiers around the country, including an adaptation of Disney’s The Jungle Book, Disgraced, and The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity. His film work includes roles in Star Trek Into Darkness and his television work includes roles on Damages and Madam Secretary.

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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.

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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    2014
    For the past 54 years, Arleigh Dodson’s combined passion for teaching, leadership, and community involvement has placed him in the front ranks of those who have positively impacted life at Lewis & Clark. Since retiring, he has served as a volunteer and can be found at many Lewis & Clark games, concerts, and other events, along with his wife, Marion.

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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.

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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    2014
    Paula Hayes has served on the Board of Trustees and Board of Alumni, and she has volunteered with the Office of Admissions and Office of Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement. She is the founder and owner of Hue Noir, a cosmetic manufacturing company specializing in the formulation and development of cosmetic products designed specifically for women of color.

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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.