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Honors Banquet

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

Friday, February 9, 2018, 6:30 p.m.
Stamm Dining Room, Templeton Campus Center
Reception followed by dinner and awards program

Event cost: $47. Event cost includes reception, dinner,
awards program, and open bar for the night.

*Registration is now closed for the Honors Banquet. If you are interested in attending, please call the Alumni and Parent Programs office at 503-768-7950 to see if there is space available.*

Meet the Awardees

Stephen Dow Beckham
Donald G. Balmer Citation

Stephen Dow Beckham came to Lewis & Clark in 1977 to help the college build its curriculum on its name and location. Beloved by hundreds of students during his tenure as professor of history, he was named “Oregon Professor of the Year” in 1994.

At the request of the Board of Alumni in its planning for the 125th anniversary of the college, Steve researched and authored the nationally recognized and CASE award winning Lewis & Clark College in 1991. That book served as a centerpiece for the college’s celebration. In 1992, he traveled to 10-12 alumni chapter gatherings around the country to tell our history.

During the college’s four-year bicentennial commemoration of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, 2002-06, Steve served as volunteer chair of the planning committee; wrote the essays included in the Literature of the Lewis and Clark Expedition: An Annotated Bibliography (2003); and was the prime mover in mounting and traveling the exhibit of those materials that graced premiere museums around the country.

Most recently, Steve authored of Fortune and Friendship: Lewis & Clark’s Heritage Properties (2009), telling the story of the Frank Estate, Corbett Estate, and the Cooley Estate.

Carol Timm ’87
Pioneer Alumni Leadership Award

Carol Timm was born and raised in Baker City, Oregon. From an early age, her parents encouraged her to “try everything,” “do her best,” and actively support things that were important to her. These are lessons Carol has carried throughout her life. While at L&C, Carol studied in Scotland, graduated at the top of her class, and was selected as Outstanding Senior Woman. She played volleyball for four years, and also received the Paul Barney Award – for academic excellence, participation in sports and campus life, and sense of humor.

Since graduating, Carol has had the honor of serving and representing L&C in a variety of capacities. She was a member of the Board of Alumni and served admirably as its president. As a member of the college’s Hall of Fame, she was proud to serve as a member and chairman of the Hall of Fame committee. Carol has helped organize multiple class reunions, athletic reunions, overseas reunions….even a reunion of Outdoor School counselors….and loved every minute of it! She has spoken at convocation, graduation celebrations, honors banquets, Hall of Fame inductions, reunions, fundraisers, career center events, Albany Society events, and Black and Orange parties, just to name a few. Carol and her family have recently relocated to Westford, Massachusetts where she continues to be involved on behalf of the L&C alumni community.


David Norse-Thomas ’08
Outstanding Young Alumnus Award

David grew up in Sherwood, Oregon, exploring the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest. A religious studies major at L&C, David delved deeply into Biblical Studies, and the liberating legacy of the Reformed Christian Tradition. Studying abroad in Scotland with Kim Stafford, David traveled to the Isle of Iona, a remote western Isle, and learned about the peace and justice work, and radical hospitality towards queer people by the Iona community. After graduating from L&C, David volunteered at the Communities Camas Outdoor Center, creating community in a wild, ecologically minded place with high-risk, high-promise youth. That fall he began his studies at Princeton Theological Seminary, focusing on Pastoral Care and Counseling, Community Organizing, and Adaptive Leadership.

In 2010, David began worshiping at Broad Street Ministry (BSM) in Philadelphia, a broad-minded, progressive faith community that, through creative worship and radical hospitality, welcomes congregants dedicated to transforming our world. During the week BSM welcomes guests experiencing poverty and homelessness to a heavenly banquet prepared by superb chefs and served at round tables to foster community. BSM also offered a variety of services delivered using a trauma-informed, harm reduction model.

David was ordained to work at BSM in 2014, and began a “faith and doubt spirituality group” for LGBTQ+ young people, along with creating an LGBTQ+ Fellowship. In 2015, David began studying as a Couples and Family Therapist with the Council for Relationships, and in September of 2017 moved with his husband, R. Eric Thomas, to serve as the Pastor of Maryland Presbyterian Church in Towson, Maryland, a progressive, revitalizing faith community.

<em>Photo credit: Andy Batt</em>Photo credit: Andy BattBrian Lindstrom ’84
Distinguished Alumnus Award

Brian Lindstrom’s award-winning films reduce stigma and reveal the humanity of people living on the margins. Alien Boy: The Life and Death of James Chasse explores police accountability in the brutal death of a non-violent man with schizophrenia. Finding Normal follows longtime heroin and crack addicts trying to rebuild their lives with the help of recovery mentors.  Mothering Inside focuses on the Family Preservation Project at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville, Oregon which helps inmate moms develop and maintain loving relationships with their children. Mothering Inside helped inspire the Oregon legislature to fund the Family Preservation Project and to make Oregon the first state in the US to pass a Bill of Rights for the Children of Incarcerated Parents.

Last year, he was awarded the Media Arts Fellowship by the Regional Arts & Culture Council. The award helped to fund his current documentary on the marathon at MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility in Woodburn. In February of 2017, Brian received the Civil Liberties Award from the ACLU of Oregon for his work to protect and advance rights for everyone. Lindstrom is also making a documentary on the late singer/songwriter Judee Sill and collaborating with his wife, Cheryl Strayed, on a pilot for a TV series on HBO.

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, 2018. 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.