Alum Stories

Aaron Fellows

Incremental Growth

Aaron Fellows, ’16, describes how the data assessment skills they learned in ENVS courses are in continued use, even in unexpected ways.
Mamelang Memela

Act Local, Think Local

Mamelang Memela, ’20, describes how her ENVS coursework prepared her for working with the Portland Harbor Superfund cleanup.
Emma Hay

Reflect and Rebuild

ENVS alumna Emma Hay, ’20, refocuses her career goals after graduating during the pandemic.
Katherine Jernigan working with students in a school garden in Chicago.

Finding Meaning and Motivation through School Gardens

Katherine Jernigan, BA ’15, works with school children in Chicago and found a way to combine her loves of the outdoors and cooking.
Liz Fehrenbach

Systems and Stethoscopes

Liz Fehrenbach ’05 describes how her work in ENVS turned her on to a nursing degree.
Charlotte Copp

Keeping the ENVS Spirit Alive

ENVS alumna, Charlotte Copp ’18, explores the field of GIS.  She is currently a GIS intern for the City of Lake Oswego.
Osamu Kumasaka

Can We Solve Wicked Problems Together?

ENVS alumnus Osamu Kumasaka ’16, describes his path to working in environmental conflict resolution.  He is a Junior Associate at the Consensus Building Institute in Boston, MA.
Gabby Francolla

ENVS Blog: Engaging Across Boundaries

Gabriella Francolla ’18 majored in ENVS. She describes her path after graduating from Lewis & Clark, where she has had the opportunity to engage with diverse populations while working as an educator.  Next year she will begin working as an Environmental Educator Volunteer with the Peace Corps in Mexico.

ENVS Blog: The Journey Shapes the Destination

Eva Ramey (’15), a Biology major and Environmental Studies minor at Lewis & Clark College, describes how her international research unfolded, beginning with her study abroad experience in Tanzania.
Julia Benford '17

ENVS Blog: Employing critical thinking skills at Tualatin Hills Nature Center

Julia Benford (’17), a graduate of the  Environmental Studies Program at Lewis & Clark College, reflects on how critical thinking and inquiry skills she gained through ENVS course studies are especially useful when teaching environmental education at Tualatin Hills Nature Center.

ENVS Blog: From L&C to the Arctic - My path to a career in international environmental law

Rachael Lipinski (’09), a graduate of the Environmental Studies Program at Lewis & Clark College, writes about her time working as an environmental attorney.

ENVS Blog: From Environmental Education to Public Health

Aly Robinson (’11) writes about her work in environmental education and public health after graduating from Lewis & Clark College’s Environmental Studies Program.

ENVS Blog: Pursuing a Career in Nursing

Erin Scheibe (’15) writes about her experiences pursuing a career in nursing after graduating from the Environmental Studies Program at Lewis & Clark College.

ENVS Blog: A Winding Road to Nuclear Engineering

Emma Redfoot (’13) describes her indirect path toward studying nuclear engineering after graduating Lewis & Clark College with a degree in Environmental Studies.

ENVS Blog: A Fulbright Year in Colombia

Laura Schroeder (’14) describes her year as a Fulbright scholar in Colombia after having taken courses in environmental studies and graduating from Lewis & Clark College with a degree in Sociology/Anthropology.

Interns in Action: Aaron Fellows ’16

Environmental Studies and Economics major Aaron Fellows ’16 talks about his summer internship with the International Economic Development Council.

ENVS Blog: Summer Internship at the USGS

Kelsey Kahn (ENVS major ’15) shares her reflections on her summer internship at the Oregon Water Science Center through the U.S. Geological Survey.

ENVS Blog: Internship Experience with a Law Firm

Haley Flora (‘14) shares her experience interning for Gevurtz Menashe Law Firm, and her exposure to working in the law field.
Dick Fink

ENVS Blog: Alum’s Transition after Graduation

Dick Fink (‘12) describes his experiences post-graduation and his transition into a new field of music and advertising.
ShopDrop+Roll video done by Laura Houlberg

ENVS Blog: Student’s Experience in the Summer Documentary Filmmaking Program

Laura Houlberg spent her summer creating a short film “Shopdrop+Roll” through the Summer Documentary Filmmaking Program provided by the Media Institute for Social Change.  Read about the experience and see her video!

ENVS Blog: ENVS Alum Navigates the Wind Energy Industry

Jack Murray (‘11) landed a job as an analyst a wind energy firm after graduating from Lewis & Clark.
Emily Nguyen gives a talk at the US Embassy in Vietnam.

Eco-Eco: ENVS Alumna’s Fulbright Year in Vietnam

Emily Nguyen (‘11) has spent the last year in Vietnam as a Fulbright scholar.  In this blog entry, she describes her Fulbright experience.

Curauma Mega-Project: Urban Development in Chile — A Semester Abroad

April 16, 2012 - Paige Enfinger (‘12) discusses new models of living in South America.
Feeling patriotic at the top of Cerro Bandera in Isla Navarino in Southern Chile

ENVS Blog: ENVS Alum Shares Her Story and Offers Advice to Graduating Seniors

March 23, 2012 - Megan Mills-Novoa (‘09) says, “don’t worry about it.”
Rio Muchacho Organic Farm on the coast of Ecuador

Ecotourism and Voluntourism in Ecuador — A Semester Abroad

December 12, 2011 - Emma Redfoot (‘13) writes about ecotourism and voluntourism in this reflection on her experience in Ecuador.

Reflections on My Internship at Breedom Public Sewing House

November 21, 2011 - Stephanie Levine (‘12) reflects on her internship with a local up-and-coming crafting institution.

Stay Involved

January 21, 2011 - Believe it or not, it can be hard to stay engaged once you’re out of college.
This image is from Dr. Gutiérrez's report on the presence of transgenes.  This is a visual repres...

An Independent Study In Peru: Examining The Controversy Concerning Genetically Engineered Corn

December 16, 2010 - James McKenna discusses commodities in South America.

Thoughts on a Conservation Internship

September 27, 2010 - ENVS major Sarah Bobertz on her summer internship at the Oregon Zoo.

A Response to PSU’s “Eating Animals” Rountable

March 3, 2010 - Symposium co-chairs Claire Cummings and Ben Mitzner have authored a blog post (on the official ENVS blog) on their experiences at a recent conference at Portland State.
Kelsey Kahn

A WoMan, a Plan, a Bridge, Connecticut

Kelsey Kahn, ’15, uses her interdisciplinary ENVS degree to effectively engage with her community while working for an urban planning firm.
Sara Goldstein

Save your notes!

ENVS alumna Sara Goldstein ’17, expands on the GIS coursework she learned in her ENVS courses.
Katy Yeh

Building a career without a blueprint

ENVS alumna Katy Yeh, ’14, shares her thoughts on creating a career in non-profit ecological stewardship.
Robin Zeller

From Places to Peopled Places

Robin Zeller ’15 describes how ENVS lead to a degree in medical anthropology.
Julia Huggins BA '13 at the Lynn Canal, Alaska.

Biogeochemist Julia Huggins Awarded Vanier Scholarship

Julia Huggins BA ’13 has been awarded the Vanier Scholarship to continue her PhD in biogeochemistry at the University of British Columbia, where she is the chief scientist of the oceanography research program. The scholarship will fund her research on oxygen loss in the oceans and the environmental impact of marine microorganisms.
Jules Bailey and colleagues at OBRC

Saving the Earth, One Bottle at a Time

ENVS Alumnus, Jules Bailey ’01, keeps Oregon’s bottle deposit and return program successful and relevant.  He is the Chief Stewardship Officer for the Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative.
Kori Groenveld

Opportunities at LC Lead to Career in Energy Industry

ENVS alumna, Kori Groenveld ’18, describes how her path at LC lead her to a career in the energy industry.  She is working as a Program Administrator at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center.

ENVS Blog: Learning on the Cutting Edge of Climate Change Adaptation

Hanah Goldov (’13), ENVS major at Lewis & Clark College, describes how her interest in  intentional spaces and environmental design began in her undergraduate work and will continue as she enters a Master’s Program in Landscape Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley fall of 2018.

ENVS Blog: From West Coast green building to East Coast solar

Keith Morency (’16) highlights the various jobs that led him to work for a community solar team in Boston, MA, after graduating from the Environmental Studies program at Lewis & Clark College.

ENVS Blog: Teaching Through AmeriCorps

Rebecca Kidder (’16), a graduate of the Environmental Studies Program at Lewis & Clark College, describes her time working as a reading tutor in a kindergarten classroom in Minneapolis.

ENVS Blog: To Israel and Back

Darya Watnick (’13), a graduate of the Environmental Studies Program at Lewis & Clark College, describes her time spent working in Israel for three years after graduating and returning to work as a Jewish Engagement Manager in the U.S.

ENVS Blog: Outdoor Education and Naturopathic Medicine

Eva Johnson (’15) describes her trajectory after graduating Lewis & Clark College with a degree in Environmental Studies.

ENVS Blog: Remaining Cautiously Optimistic

Michaela Koke (’16) describes her work with the Merck Family Fund and her first year after graduating Lewis & Clark College with a degree in Environmental Studies and Sociology/Anthropology.

ENVS Blog: Toward Idaho and Fish

Kyle Tibbett (’15) talks about his life after graduating Lewis & Clark College with a degree in Environmental Studies and taking a position in fisheries management in Idaho.

ENVS Blog: From Liberal Arts Student to Data Analyst

Megan Coggeshall (’12) tells the story of how she ended up as a data analyst in global health research after graduating Lewis & Clark College with a degree in Environmental Studies and French Studies.

ENVS Blog: How to Get a Job Saving Animals

Chloe Waterman (’12) gives her advice and insight into getting a job saving animals and working with NGOs after graduation.
Eva Ramey - Mizawe Island

ENVS Blog: Marine Ecology Study on Maziwe Island

Eva Ramey (ENVS minor) tells about her trip to the island of Maziwe to study marine ecology.
Bicycle Transportation Alliance

ENVS Blog: My Experience as an Education Intern for the Bicycle Transportation Alliance

Tom Rodrigues (‘14) describes his experience doing an internship with the Bicycle Transportation Alliance and his task of updating old curriculum related to bicycle safety for kids.

ENVS Blog: Mobile Devices in the Swaziland Overseas Program

Alix Finnegan relates her experience traveling to Swaziland for a summer opportunity abroad as part of a digital field scholarship project.
Kelly did some traveling (pictured in Zadar, Croatia) before settling into graduate school at Cla...

ENVS Blog: Alum Tests Job Market Before Heading into PhD Program

Kelly Kay (‘09) explored the opportunities available to her before finally deciding academia was where she wanted to be.
Rosanne Wielemaker ('11) moved to Phoenix, AZ to pursue urban farming.

ENVS Blog: Alum Tackles Urban Farming in the Desert

Rosanne Wielemaker (‘11) discusses her evolving views of urban agriculture post-graduation.
Taka ni Pato or Trash is Cash has a transformative effect on Kibera.

Turning Trash into Cash in Kibera — A Semester Abroad

April 24, 2012 - Carley Matsumoto (‘13) explores methods for creating opportunities in unexpected places in Kenya.
Nearing the summit of Mt. Yamanlar, Turkey

ENVS Blog: Serendipity Follows One Alum from Place to Unexpected Place

Martin Frye (’10) learns firsthand that hard work, trying new things, networking, and being in the right place at the right time can conspire to create great opportunities.
A typical sight in Cuenca: Black clouds of exhaust emitted from city buses.

Air Pollution in Cuenca, Ecuador — A Semester Abroad

December 19, 2011 - Isabel Kuniholm (‘12) reflects on her semester abroad.
Bundy on Tap campaign sign.

Bottled Water in Australia — A Semester Abroad

December 8, 2011 - Melanie Frank (‘12) spent last spring in Australia studying the effects of bottled water consumption.

The Blue Green Alliance Hosts the Good Jobs, Green Jobs National Conference

April 3, 2011 - Mia H. reviews the February conference in Washington, DC.

So You Want A Job…

December 21, 2010 - International Affairs major (and Environmental Studies minor) Claire Cummings blogs on the value of unpaid internships.

The Proverbial Light at the End of the Tunnel

November 16, 2010 - On the ENVS blog, Andrew Coggiola ‘09 opines on post-college life.

The Challenges of Labeling

September 8, 2010 - ENVS major Tara Brown authors a blog post (appearing on the official ENVS blog) on the politics surrounding words like “organic” and “fair.”

Abroad in India: Reflections from My Fall Semester

January 14, 2010 - Emily Nguyen (‘11) writes about her semester in India.
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