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View the stories below to read about alumni in the news and extraordinary college-wide accolades!

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    The new 2018 U.S News & World Report Best Colleges rankings identify Lewis & Clark’s Overseas and Off-Campus Programs as among the best in the nation. The peer rankings also feature Lewis & Clark on the “Best Undergraduate Teaching” list, a select group of 30 liberal arts colleges where the faculty has an unusually strong commitment to undergraduate teaching.
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    Sierra magazine has named Lewis & Clark one of its top 5 “Cool Schools” for 2017, an annual ranking that assesses 200 of North America’s most sustainability-minded colleges and universities. Lewis & Clark is the only liberal arts college on the West Coast to make the top 10.
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    For Adam Merino BA ’05, the path to the top of Forbes Magazine’s list of 500 next-generation wealth managers started with studying economics at Lewis & Clark. Merino continues to employ and sharpen his critical-thinking skills now as a managing director at Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management.
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    Lewis & Clark has selected Wim Wiewel (pronounced Vim VEE-vel) to lead the institution forward as its next president. Wiewel, who has just completed a nine-year run as president of Portland State University, will start in his new role on October 1.
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    Environmental studies majors and varsity track and cross country runners, Frances Swanson ’17 and teammate Kori Groenveld ’18 linked their passions for environmental sustainability and social justice. Their partnership yielded a project to help combat gentrification and the unequal distribution of renewable energy infrastructure in downtown Portland.
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    Saif Al Hajeri, ’00 has been appointed the Chairman of the Department of Economic Development, and member of the Executive Council of Abu Dhabi.
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    Physics graduates honored
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    Danial Afzal, B.A. ’12, and former AES student, has won sever awards for his documentary The Survivor.
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    Friends of Lewis & Clark Remembered
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    Student-athlete Katie Kowal BA ’17, winner of Lewis & Clark’s highest academic honor—the Rena Ratte Award—earned degrees in both physics and political science. As the Boulder, Colorado, native heads off to begin a two-year fellowship at the Science and Technology Policy Institute, Katie shares some of her favorite and formative Lewis & Clark memories.
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    Former AES student Mohammed Alwan wins the 2017 International Prize for Arabic Fiction.
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    For the fifth year in a row, Lewis & Clark has been named one of the top producers of Fulbright Award winners in the country, according to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. With ten Fulbright scholars in 2016–17, Lewis & Clark is in the top ten liberal arts college producers of Fulbrights in the nation, and the only top producer in Oregon.
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    In the few short years since graduating with a degree in international affairs, Matthew Rugamba ’13 has become a rising young star in African fashion. Rugamba’s Kigali-based fashion line House of Tayo was recently featured in the CNN series African Voices, with Rugamba recognized for his artistic innovation and nod to authentic African design.
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    Theatre alum Usman Ally ’04 has accumulated an impressive list of stage and screen roles since graduating from Lewis & Clark. The award-winning actor adds to that series of roles in his newest turn as the villainous Hook-Handed Man in Netflix’s new, widely-acclaimed original production, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events.
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    2016
    Distinguished Alumnus Award
    Meet Niels in this video!

    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.

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    2016
    Outstanding Young Alumna Award
    Meet Haben in this video!

    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.

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    One of just 37 selected from among 1,800 applicants, poet Corey Van Landingham BA ’08 is a recipient of a 2017 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. One of her poems was printed in the Jan. 16 issue of The New Yorker.
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    Many members of the Lewis & Clark community have shared concerns regarding the new White House administration’s proposals as they relate to Muslims and also to possible changes in immigration laws and policies. Though we do not yet know what changes in policy and enforcement will occur, Lewis & Clark has always and will always support members of our community to the fullest extent possible.
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    2016
    Donald G. Balmer Citation
    Meet Michael in this video!

    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.

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    Portland Center Stage just concluded its run of an original production, The Oregon Trail, a comedic mashup of pop culture and American history. The staging shone a spotlight not just on the popular 80s computer game and the historic route west, but also on one of Lewis & Clark’s own, Alex Leigh Ramirez BA ’10.
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    Kristina Dill BA ’16 is the latest Lewis & Clark graduate to earn a spot as a finalist for the internationally regarded Rhodes Scholarship. If she wins, she will be one of 32 students honored nationwide and Lewis & Clark’s third alumni to attain this prestigious award, which funds pursuit of a graduate degree at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.
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    In Memoriam
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    Cynthia Scharf B.A. ’84
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    Paul Zorner B.S. ’76
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    In today’s highly competitive job market, employers value internships more than ever.
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    Last spring, several Lewis & Clark students and young alumni claimed a bounty of national awards and honors in recognition of their academic excellence and commitment to global service.
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    The recipe for an award-winning documentary about Portland’s vibrant food truck scene? Take one experienced documentary film-making professor. Add two dozen students. Mix in 400 food trucks and carts. Stir consistently for 3 years. Serve at international film festival. Read the full story in the new issue of the Chronicle.
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    Rhodes Scholar Tamma Carleton BA ’09 has progressed from earning her bachelor’s degree in economics to publishing original research in the premiere global science weekly. Her newest work connects climate change to societal impacts.
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    Professors Kathy FitzGibbon, Michael Johanson, and Mary Szybist—along with Provost Jane Atkinson and Dean Anna Gonzalez—want the entire Lewis & Clark community to help in creating a new college song.
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    History major, Sam Bussan ’18 recently discovered a rare 1599 English Bible in the basement of Watzek. This Oregonian story includes some great pictures and briefly interviews him and our new Head of Special Collections, Hannah Crummé.