Alumni News

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

  • Oregon’s small colleges, universities managing COVID-19 successfully - so far

    October 20, 2020

    Lewis & Clark President Wim Wiewel led a group of Oregon private college and university presidents in a column that appeared in The Oregonian on Sunday, Oct. 25. The topic: how schools like Lewis & Clark have managed a return to in-person learning during the time of COVID-19.

  • In this unprecedented time, you can make a difference for students

    September 20, 2020

    Students need your help now more than ever before. Your gift today provides new technology, tools to support campus health and safety, and increased scholarship support for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, or person of color) students. You can have an immediate impact on the people in our community who need your help.

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  • “Spiderwoman” Sits Down with Big Biology Podcast

    October 20, 2020

    Biology professor and spider expert Greta Binford is the featured guest on the latest Big Biology podcast! Listen to the episode to hear Greta answer the question of whether venom use is based on body size, and how venom from Spiderman applies to this question.

  • Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s 1992 Commencement Speech

    September 20, 2020

    The passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the second woman to ever sit on the nation’s highest court, saddened the Lewis & Clark community. On September 29, 2020 from 5:00-6:00p.m. the Law School’s Alumni Board is hosting an online vigil to honor and reminisce on this amazing woman’s career and life.

  • TIME Magazine’s TIME 100 Talks Series Features Alumna, Disability Rights Advocate

    August 20, 2020

    TIME Magazine’s TIME 100 Talks, a video series highlighting influential people, has included alumna and disability-rights advocate Haben Girma BA ’10 in its line-up. Girma, a recipient of Lewis & Clark’s 2016 Outstanding Young Alumna Award, is the first deaf-blind person to graduate from Harvard Law School. In her talk, Girma expands upon the article she wrote for TechCrunch, “The Robots Occupying Our Sidewalks.”

  • Noah Foster-Koth, LC’19 - Fulbright Teaching Assistant Award in Colombia 2021

    July 20, 2020

    Noah Foster-Koth, LC’19 - double major in Hispanic Studies and English.

  • Alumnus-Produced Podcast Earns Webby Award

    June 20, 2020

    “Stay Tuned With Preet,” a podcast produced by alumnus Sam Ozer-Staton BA ’17, has earned a Webby Award for News and Politics based on public vote. The podcast, hosted by the former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara, dissects the politically charged legal issues facing the nation each week.

  • Recent Alumnus Awarded Fulbright Grant in Uganda

    June 20, 2020

    Cole Harris BA ’20 is Lewis & Clark’s most recent alum to receive a Fulbright award following his undergraduate degree. Next year, Harris will travel to Kampala, Uganda, to conduct original research on the effects of Pentecostalism on community development.

  • Two Alumni Complete Arctic Expedition, Produce Short Film “AREA 11”

    May 20, 2020

    Brothers and alumni Stein and Thor Retzlaff trained for years to survive one of the most remote areas in the world. The expedition to the Atomfjella mountain range in Norway tested their survival skills, while also allowing them to ski incredible peaks and couloirs (steep mountainside gorges). They captured the experience in their short film, “AREA 11.”

  • David Sack ’65

    February 20, 2020

    Distinguished Alumnus Award
    Meet David in this video!

    David Sack joined John Hopkins University as a fellow in 1974 and has remained on the faculty ever since. He teaches courses on tropical diseases and works with groups to promote vaccine and rehydration solutions— including oral rehydration solution, the rotavirus vaccine, and the cholera vaccine—for severe diarrhea diseases.

  • Nate Jones ’05

    February 20, 2020

    Outstanding Young Alumnus Award
    Meet Nate in this video!

    In November 2019, Nate joined the Washington Post as its first Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) director. Prior to this he served as FOIA director for the National Security Archive, a Washington, D.C., nonprofit that fights for the public release of secret historic documents where he remains a fellow. Nate has overseen thousands of FOIA requests and appeals and continues to work as a liaison with federal agencies on FOIA matters.

  • Jean Ward

    February 20, 2020

    Donald G. Balmer Citation
    Meet Jean in this video!

    During her 42 years with the college, Jean’s teaching reflected her love of rhetoric and history. She chaired many committees and held a variety of administrative posts, including cofounder and director of the Gender Studies Program. Jean’s current research is on the history of our “Cinderella College,” which she enjoys sharing with campus audiences and through publications.

  • Amal Mansour ’83, P’11, P’17

    February 20, 2020

    Pioneer Alumni Leadership Award
    Meet Amal in this video!

    Amal Mansour has been supporting the college since her days as an international student. She served as a member of the Parents Council and is the mother of two L&C graduates. She has hosted many events for alumni throughout the world, including Black and Orange parties in Qatar and California. Amal is an advocate for international students, Third Culture Kids, and Academic English Studies. She also supported the founding of the Arabic language offering and the Middle East and North African studies minor.

  • Alumni-Founded Podcast Production Company Adds Another L&C Alumnus

    February 20, 2020

    Annie Fassler BA ’11 and Jonah Geil-Neufeld BA ’11 met at Lewis & Clark and began working together with the emerging medium of podcasting right after graduation. In 2017 they founded Puddle Creative LLC, and this past fall they hired Sam Peers Nitzberg BA ’19.

  • Physics Alumni Cofound a 3D Printing Startup

    December 19, 2019

    After building a 3D printer for a class during his senior year, John Kray BA ’17 enlisted the help of Zach Rose BA ’18 to build and sell innovative desktop 3D printers. Their most recent model is so easy to use that Lewis & Clark purchased one for the physics lab.

  • Family Politics

    November 19, 2019

    Amy Beacom BA ’94 fights to make supported parental leave a reality for working parents everywhere.

  • Juggling Energy Trades in Real Time

    November 19, 2019

    Jane Almeida BA ’19

  • Cooking Up Business

    November 19, 2019

    Chris Bailey BA ’08 shares his entrepreneurial skills with Latinx start-ups at Portland’s Mercado.

  • A Man With Vision

    November 19, 2019

    Jay Owens BA ’91

  • Mary Jean Thompson Knighted in Rome

    November 19, 2019

    Mary Jean Thompson