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Office of the Vice President of Student Life Staff

 Name: Jessica Sweeney, Program Director and Executive Assistant to the VP of Student Life

Hometown: Eugene, Oregon

Why you chose Lewis & Clark: Lewis & Clark College is  nationally recognized as an exceptional place to learn, grow,  and thrive. I admire the dedication of staff who support the  student experience; the professors who inspire and educate  our students; the students themselves, who are talented,  bright, and motivated; the beauty of the campus; and LC’s prime location in the Pacific Northwest with its close proximity to mountains, the coast, and the flourishing city of Portland. What’s not to love?!

Hobbies: Spending time with my family, hiking, backpacking,  yoga, running, writing, and skiing.

Hype song: Everything’s Coming Our Way - Santana





Name:  Dennis Kamakana - Graduate Assistant

 Hometown:  Magna, Utah

 Major(s)/Minor(s): Graduate School - Student   Affairs Administration Master’s Program

 Why you chose Lewis & Clark:  I chose LC   because of the academic opportunities, as well as to play football, and live in a state I have never been to.

 Hobbies: Listening to music,  Photography, Chillin like a Villain 

Hype song: Welcome to Jamrock - Damian Marley




 Name: Kelly Boyer, Graduate Student Worker

 Hometown: Originally Rockville MD, now Portland OR

 Major(s)/Minor(s): Graduate School - Student Affairs and   Administration

 Why you chose Lewis & Clark: I choose Lewis and Clark   because of the warm community

 Hobbies: Drawing, Music, Baking, and Video games

 Hype song: Caravan Palace - Lone Digger 






 Name: Liz Brandel - Student Assistant

 Hometown: Centennial, Colorado

 Major(s)/Minor(s): Chemistry major and Math minor

 Why you chose Lewis & Clark: I chose Lewis & Clark   because I loved the small class sizes and how easy it was   to get involved in something you’ve tried before

 Hobbies: I love to cook, bake, garden, and play the violin

 Hype song: Jolene by Dolly Parton








 Name: Amy Alvarado, Student Assistant

  Hometown: Portland, Oregon

  Major(s)/Minor(s) : SOAN major

  Why you chose Lewis & Clark:  I chose LC because of   the location and the opportunities it offered for me to   better   myself

 Hobbies: I like to sleep, go on hikes, and walk my puppy

 Hype song: CHINA- Anuel AA, Daddy Yankee










Name: Xavier Tharpe, Student Assistant

Hometown: San Francisco, California

Major(s)/Minor(s): Rhetoric and Media Studies

Why you chose Lewis & Clark: I chose Lewis and Clark to continue playing football while also challenging myself in the classroom.

Hobbies: Sleeping and music

Hype song: 4 The Record- Buddy





 Name: Violet Betters - Student Employee 

 Hometown: Santa Barbara, California 

 Major(s)/Minor(s) : English major 

 Why you chose Lewis & Clark:  I chose Lewis & Clark   because of the beautiful campus, small class size, and   fantastic faculty. 

 Hobbies:  Reading, cooking, taking long walks around   campus and writing letters to my friends.

 Hype song: Anything by ABBA 









Name: Emma Pell

Hometown: Bend, Oregon

Major(s)/Minor(s): History Major and Latin American Studies Minor

Why you chose Lewis & Clark: I chose Lewis and Clark for their incredible abroad programs and their class sizes!

Hobbies: I love to read, ski, play guitar, and write thank you notes!

Hype song: Right now, my hype song would have to be Choirs by Ashe.