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Alumni Honors Banquet

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

Saturday, March 9, 2019, 5:30 p.m.
Stamm Dining Room, Templeton Campus Center
Reception followed by dinner and awards program

Event cost: $49
Event cost includes reception, dinner,
awards program, and open bar for the night.

Registration is now CLOSED. If you have questions about ticket availability please contact Tara McIrvin at

The last day for refunds is Saturday, February 23rd. Please see our cancellation and refund policy for further information.

Meet the Awardees

Joann Geddes
Donald G. Balmer Citation

Joann’s first invitation to teach at L&C came from the M.A.T. program in the late 1970s. During three summers, she taught for them and for the Institute for the Study of American Language & Culture (ISALC). She joined the faculty of the ISALC, currently called Academic English Studies (AES) in 1981, and held the position of Director from 1985 until her retirement in 2016. During her tenure at L&C, Joann lead seven overseas programs in Costa Rica, the Soviet Union, Argentina, Kenya & Tanzania, Australia, Vietnam, and Morocco. She also served as Director of Summer Sessions in 1992.

Joann is proud to have taken part, along with her dedicated colleagues, in building very strong intensive English programs that have prepared international students for future study in the U.S. and brought global perspectives and diversity to L&C. This gave them the opportunity to establish the Dallaire Scholarship in 2004. She joined with extraordinarily generous students, faculty, staff, neighbors, family, and alumni in making this goal a reality.

In 2013, Joann was honored to receive the Multicultural Impact Award for Faculty and to have been nominated by Senior Matthew Rugamba of Rwanda.  Currently, she serves as a volunteer on the L&C Dallaire Scholarship Committee, the Fulbright Scholarship Screening Committee, as an advisor to the students organizing the Middle East and North African Studies Symposium, and as the liaison from L&C to the L.O. Library for its “community reads” program.

Countless students and alumni consider Joann’s commitment to their education and to them as individuals a true gift. She remains connected to many of them as a true mark of lasting friendship and respect.


Edgard Garcia ’92
Pioneer Alumni Leadership Award

Edgard Garcia is a native of Nicaragua. In 1985 he moved to the Bay Area and attended high school in San Francisco. At 17, Edgard was emancipated and worked hard to complete his high school career, graduating as one of the top students in his class.

In 1988 Edgard joined the Lewis & Clark community as a first-year student. In 1992, he co-chaired the committee for the Chairman’s Challenge (Beat Bob Challenge), the initial fundraising campaign to support the remodel of Watzek Library. Thus began Edgard’s long-term commitment to his alma mater.

For the last 20+ years, Edgard has been a very active volunteer with the L&C community. He has assisted the admissions office with prospective students; the Career Center with graduating students; and the Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement office with activities for current students. His involvement with the alumni office runs deep, having volunteered for Black & Orange Parties, Alumni Weekends, class reunions (most recently as member of the organizing committee for his 25th reunion), Homecoming Weekends, and as member of the Alumni of Color Advisory Group, and more. For the last 3 years, Edgard has been a member of the L&C Alumni Hood-to-Coast Team as a driver and a runner. In the fall of 2018, Edgard joined the Board of Alumni.

Edgard lives in Lake Oswego with his son, Evan Antonio, a future Pioneer. He drives an orange car and his license plate reads: Go Pios!

Jeff Cruttenden ’12
Outstanding Young Alumnus Award

Jeffrey Cruttenden is the co-founder of SAY, a technology platform for open communication between companies and their owners. SAY is transforming stock ownership by connecting shareholders to each other and empowering them to access their full ownership rights. The idea was born at Jeff’s first company, Acorns, which Jeff co-founded with his father, Walter, to radically simplify and democratize investing. While in college, Jeff realized that most of his classmates were not able to come up with the lump sum needed to meet minimum balance requirements. Acorns was hatched as an investment application to allow people to easily invest their spare change into diversified portfolios. Jeff graduated Magna cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in Mathematics from Lewis & Clark College, and was recently featured as a Forbes “30 Under 30.”


Ruthe Farmer ’92
Distinguished Alumna Award

Ruthe Farmer has focused her efforts on diversity and inclusion in tech and engineering since 2001 and is currently Chief Evangelist at CSforAll. She served as Senior Policy Advisor for Tech Inclusion at the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy focusing on President Obama’s call to action for Computer Science for All, and previously served as Chief Strategy & Growth Officer and K-12 Alliance Director at the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT). Over the course of her career, Ms. Farmer has launched and scaled up multiple national programs including Aspirations in Computing the TECHNOLOchicas campaign for Latinas, AspireIT outreach program, Intel Design & Discovery, Lego Robotics for Girl Scouts and more. 

Ruthe served as the 2012 Chair of Computer Science Education Week, was named a White House Champion of Change for Technology Inclusion in 2013, received the Anita Borg Institute Award for Social Impact in 2014, and the Education UK Alumni Award for Social Impact in 2015. She is a guest contributor for TechCrunch, Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls, the Shriver Report, and the Huffington Post, and has been featured in Forbes and TechRepublic for her work. Ruthe holds an MBA in Social Entrepreneurship from the University of Oxford Said Business School and is passionate about integrating innovative business strategies into social change efforts. She currently lives in Lafayette, Colorado.


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, 2019. Award winners will be announced in early fall and honored at the Alumni Honors Banquet in February 2020. 

Read detailed bios of past award recipients here.