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A Season of Accomplishments

June 01, 2015

President’s Letter

Any college or university would be proud to claim any one of the following accolades:

  • A national No. 1 ranking for sustainability programs
  • One of only 12 schools nationally to be recognized as a top producer of Fulbright scholars among both students and faculty
  • An alumna whose pioneering work in medical ethics has earned her the highest honor in her field
  • A community celebration, founded and coordinated by students, that has been building understanding across global cultures for 50 years 
  • A public legal forum based on an emerging area of law
  • A groundbreaking collaboration between an undergraduate college and a graduate school to increase the diversity of students in the sciences

At Lewis & Clark, we don’t have to be content with just one, or even two, of these accomplishments. We proudly lay claim to them all—and more, as you’ll discover in this issue of the Chronicle.

Individually and collectively, these stories reveal the extraordinary work that students, professors, and alumni from each of our three schools do every day. Each is compelling in its own right. Taken together, they add to a larger story that tracks both our history and our continuing journey forward: We are always pioneering.

I find in these stories inspiring examples of knowledge being put into action and of partnerships that accomplish more than a single entity could. The successes we earn are the products of thinkers and doers who flourish in an environment of collaborative inquiry and learning.

This is the height of commencement season at Lewis & Clark, and new graduates from our three schools are demonstrating their readiness for careers, advanced studies, and professional endeavors. Their readiness is a result of their experiences on campus and beyond, in venues here in Portland and around the world.

Even as our newest alumni celebrate their next steps, our entire community welcomes Catherine Gunther Kodat as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Katie brings stellar credentials, a wide range of life experiences, and unbridled enthusiasm for learning, the liberal arts, and Lewis & Clark.

My congratulations to all our graduates, my heartiest welcome to Dean Kodat, and my best wishes to all for a great summer.

Barry Glassner
President

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