School navigation

Alumni & Parent Programs

Alumni News

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

  • 2018
    Distinguished Alumna Award
    Meet Ruthe in this video!

    Ruthe is an activist and advocate for diversity in technology. She is currently the chief evangelist at CSforAll. Previously, she was senior policy advisor for tech inclusion at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and led strategy and K–12 programs at the National Center for Women and Information Technology. She has an MBA in social entrepreneurship from the University of Oxford.

  • 2018
    Outstanding Young Alumnus Award
    Meet Jeff in this video!


    Jeff is the cofounder of SAY, a technology platform that transforms stock ownership by opening communication between companies and their owners. The idea was born at Jeff’s first company, Acorns, which he cofounded with his father, Walter, to radically simplify and democratize investing.
  • 2018
    Don Balmer Citation
    Meet Joann in this video!

    Joann profoundly impacted many lives as a faculty member of the Institute for the Study of American Language and Culture (ISALC)—now known as Academic English Studies (AES). Since retiring in 2016, she remains engaged with the college, serving on the L&C Dallaire Scholarship Committee, the Fulbright Scholarship Screening Committee, and as an advisor to the students organizing the Middle East and North African Studies Symposium.

  • 2018
    Pioneer Alumni Leadership Award
    Meet Edgard in this video!

    Edgard’s involvement with L&C alumni runs deep. He’s volunteered for Black and Orange Parties, Alumni Weekends, class reunions, Homecoming, and more. He is also a member of the Alumni of Color Advisory Group and participated in three L&C Alumni Hood to Coast teams as both a driver and a runner. In the fall of 2018, Edgard joined the Board of Alumni.
  • Becoming a finalist for the Rhodes and Marshall scholarship requires outstanding academic prowess and character. Katie Kowal BA ’17 interviewed for both scholarships following an endorsement from the college and much support from faculty who believed Kowal was a perfect candidate for these distinguished awards.
  • President Wim Wiewel announced today that Bruce Suttmeier, associate professor of Japanese, has accepted the offer to serve as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Suttmeier has been interim dean since March 2017. Suttmeier, who earned his PhD at Stanford University, has been at Lewis & Clark since 2001.
  • Warren Kluber BA ’12 arrived at Lewis & Clark unsure of what he wanted to study. An English degree, a passion for the power of theatre, and a summer research project studying oral traditions in West Africa clarified his path. Now a PhD candidate at Columbia University, he has published his scholarly insights in three leading academic journals. We caught up with Kluber to learn more.
  • Cailin O’Brien-Feeney BA ’07 has been selected from a competitive pool of applicants to serve as the first associate director of the State of Oregon’s new Office of Outdoor Recreation. His charge: preserve Oregon’s environment and promote widespread access to the state’s abundant natural beauty.
  • Bradley Davis BA ’18, Caia Jaisle BA ’18, and Kelley Koeppen BA ’18 have been chosen to participate in the Fulbright program, a highly competitive award which fosters international scholarship and understanding through travel and research.
  • Kim Stafford, associate professor and founding director of the Northwest Writing Institute, has been chosen to serve as Oregon’s ninth poet laureate, Governor Kate Brown JD ’85 announced this morning. Stafford will serve a two-year term as “an ambassador of poetry across the state.”
  • Matthew Nelson BA ’08 has turned a passion for language and literature into a career as an English language fellow with the U.S. Department of State in Nepal. Going beyond the traditional framework of language instruction abroad, Nelson incorporates filmmaking, digital storytelling, and coding into his teaching.
  • Andrea Dean BA ’17 fell in love with mathematics and computer science at Lewis & Clark and is now using her knowledge at Amazon. She’s solving problems in machine learning at a new prototype store. Our Chronicle magazine caught up with her in Seattle for this profile.
  • The Lewis & Clark College Board of Trustees has voted unanimously to divest from all fossil fuel holdings in the endowment.
  • 2017
    Distinguished Alumnus Award
    Meet Brian in this video!

    Brian’s award-winning films reduce stigma and reveal the humanity of people living on the
    margins. His recent film, Mothering Inside, helped inspire the Oregon Legislature to fund the Family Preservation Project and to make Oregon the first state in the U.S. to pass a bill of rights for children of incarcerated parents. Last year, he was awarded the Media Arts Fellowship by Portland’s Regional Arts & Culture Council.
  • 2017
    Outstanding Young Alumnus Award
    Meet David in this video!

    After graduating from Princeton Theological Seminary, David was ordained in 2014 to work at Broad Street Ministry, a progressive faith community, in Philadelphia. He started a spirituality group for LGBTQ+ youth, along with creating an LGBTQ+ Fellowship. He is currently pastor of Maryland Presbyterian Church in Towson, Maryland.