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Honors Banquet

Please join us for this special event to honor and celebrate three outstanding members of the Lewis & Clark community.

Friday, February 3, 2017, 6:30 p.m.
Stamm Dining Room, Templeton Campus Center
Reception followed by dinner and awards program

Event cost: $38 by January 15, 2017; after January 15th the price increases to $47. Event cost includes reception, dinner, awards program, and open bar for the night.

Please note: We will be serving pork as our main entree. If you prefer not to eat pork, please choose the vegetarian option on your registration.

 Registration for Honors Banquet 2017 is now closed. If you are interested in attending, please email Emily Decker at, providing information on how many are in your party. Emily will let you know asap if space is still available.


Meet the Awardees

Michael Ford
Donald G. Balmer Citation

During his influential 38-year career at the college, Michael Ford directed student activities, campus programs, alumni relations, annual giving, and residence life. He served as dean of students and as associate vice president for campus life, working with all three Lewis & Clark schools. Although he retired in 2014, he continues to chair the Dallaire Scholarship Committee and has presented a narrated history of the college at the past five Alumni Weekends. In recognition of his service to Lewis & Clark, the Michael and Mary Lynn Ford Scholarship was created at his retirement to support undergraduate students.

Haben Girma ’10
Outstanding Young Alumna Award

Haben Girma has earned recognition as a White House Champion of Change, in Forbes’ “30 Under 30” celebration, and as a subject in the BBC World Service series “Women of Africa.” The first deaf-blind person to graduate from Harvard Law School, she advocates for equal access to information for people with disabilities. She has been honored by President Barack Obama, President Bill Clinton, and many others.

Niels Marquardt ’75
Distinguished Alumnus Award

Niels Marquardt has been the CEO of the American Chamber of Commerce in Australia since 2013. This position builds on a U.S. State Department career spanning administrations from Jimmy Carter to Barack Obama and service as ambassador to four African nations and as consul general in Sydney. His career highlights include managing relations with Madagascar following its 2009 coup d’état, leading a robust anticorruption drive in Cameroon, steadying the Comoros after a brief civil war in 2008, advising Equatorial Guinea’s president on investing newfound hydrocarbons wealth in health and education, and protecting rare biodiversity everywhere he served.

His seven years in Sydney have focused on strengthening America’s role as Australia’s leading foreign economic partner. Niels also spent years rebuilding the Foreign Service in senior human resources positions, and working in our embassies in Bangkok, Brazzaville, Paris, and Bonn. He also was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Rwanda. Niels speaks German, Thai, French, passable Spanish, and a few African languages.

Call for Nominations

Do you know of someone who is deserving of an award? Please take a moment to complete a nomination form. Nominations for the next round of awards are due April 1, 2017 Award winners will be announced in July and honored at the Alumni Honors Banquet in February 2018. 

Read detailed bios of past award recipients here.