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.”
Distinguished Alumnus Award
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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.
Outstanding Young Alumnus Award
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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.
Donald G. Balmer Citation
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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.
Pioneer Alumni Leadership Award
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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.
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.
Distinguished Alumna Award
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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.
Don Balmer Citation
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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.