L&C Magazine | Fall 2013

Featured Stories

  • William Stafford at One Hundred

    Honoring the legacy of a beloved professor and an esteemed poet
  • Therapy Without Borders

    The graduate school adds a new international track to its Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy program.
  • A Voice for Victims

    The National Crime Victim Law Institute at Lewis & Clark Law School promotes balance and fairness in a justice system that often neglects victims.
  • Peace Seeker

    How does an emotional spark lead to transformative action? Ask Michael Graham BA ’05, a champion for Rwandan students, a campaigner against genocide, and an advocate for human rights.
  • The Rhythms of Egypt

    Cappella Nova, the college’s premier mixed choir, mounts its first tour outside North America.
  • Passages: Remembering Jack Howard

    Lewis & Clark mourns an influential leader from its past.

President's Letter

Value Beyond Words

Writing is central to an educated life. So it comes as no surprise that employers and graduate schools place a high premium on those who convey ideas through clear, compelling language. Effective scientists, teachers, attorneys, and business professionals—people in all walks of life—are effective communicators.

On Palatine Hill

  • Ratte Award Winner Puts Down Roots in Many Fields

    As a philosophy and mathematics double major, Benjamin Hoffman BA ’13 is used to going above and beyond. This passion for exceeding expectations earned Hoffman the 2013 Rena J. Ratte Award, the undergraduate college’s highest academic honor.
  • New to the Board

    Lewis & Clark’s Board of Trustees recently welcomed Ruth Sigal as its newest member.
  • Ranking Raves

    Lewis & Clark continues to receive national accolades for excellence in overseas study, public service, and sustainability.
  • Buzz

    A miscellany of the new, the intriguing, and the obscure.
  • Meet the New Managing Director of the Entrepreneurship Center

    Michael Kaplan comes to Lewis & Clark with more than 20 years’ experience in law, business, and entrepreneurship. He is also managing principal and cofounder of Revenue Capital Management, a venture capital fund. Kaplan holds degrees in economics and law and has lectured on entrepreneurship at several universities.
  • New Neuroscience Minor

    How do neurons within the brain communicate chemically? How do individuals interpret meaning verbally? How does the brain learn? These are just some of the many complex questions being explored by researchers in neuroscience.
  • Fall Events

    Fall 2013 Events
  • Philosopher, Law Prof Named Top Teachers

    Each year, students from the College of Arts and Sciences and Lewis & Clark Law School reflect on the extraordinary teaching of their respective professors and select one for top teaching honors.
  • Spring Sports Recap

    Men’s Golf, Track and Field, Softball, Baseball, and Tennis
  • Emily Thompson: A Legacy Athlete

    “Fearless competitor.” That’s how her coaches describe student-athlete Emily Thompson CAS ’16. That’s not surprising because the standout soccer forward, track hurdler, and relay competitor comes from a family of outstanding Lewis & Clark athletes.
  • Career Inspiration in Cannes

    In May, two Lewis & Clark students earned the opportunity to “walk the red carpet” at the Cannes International Film Festival.
  • Students and Grads Win National Awards

    Last spring, Lewis & Clark students and alumni claimed a bounty of national awards and honors in recognition of their academic excellence and commitment to global service. Here’s a sampling.
  • Pietrok Named Acting Director

    Mark Pietrok, a well-known figure in Pioneer athletics, has been named acting director of Physical Education and Athletics. He replaces Clark Yeager, who had served as director for seven years.

Leadership and Support

Leaving a Legacy

Arriving from Hong Kong in 1959 with $100 and a dream, Esther Lee became a barrier-breaking pioneer in computer science. In 2001, she and her husband endowed the Esther and Edward Lee Scholarship to benefit women from Asia. A bequest from their living trust will strengthen the fund.

Rocky Campbell BA ’00: An All-Star Volunteer

Volunteers are vital to the success of Lewis & Clark, and there are many ways alumni can contribute their time and talents. The Chronicle caught up with Rocky Campbell BA ’00, one of the college’s most active volunteers, to learn about his dedication to Lewis & Clark—and his stash of orange and black ties.

Major Gifts and Grants

To sustain and advance its mission, Lewis & Clark depends on transformative gifts and grants from individuals, foundations, corporations, and government programs.

Alumni News

Upcoming Events

Fall 2013 Events

Alumni Enjoy Fun-Filled Reunions

Nearly 1,000 alumni, friends, and family headed back to campus in June for a whirlwind weekend of class reunion activities, including a traditional salmon bake and barbecue plus a fun-filled carnival and more.

Alumni Weekend 2014: Mark Your Calendars!

Be sure to save the date for next year’s reunion festivities!


  • From Butte to Cairo: A Daredevil Journey

    Pauls Toutonghi, associate professor of English, will dig and delve into everything—cultures, food, slang, even copper—to find the core of a story. Then he’ll dig again.
  • Crooning the Classics for Charity

    After four decades, Rocky Blumhagen returned to the Lewis & Clark stage in June. Partnering with Susannah Mars and the Portland Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Maestro Yaki Bergman, he performed his latest fundraising revue, “Oh, Those Gershwin Boys!”
  • From Poetry to Politics

    When Barack Obama made his first presidential visit to Israel, Stephanie Beechem BA ’08 worked with Obama’s speechwriters and policy staff to help fact-check the president’s remarks.
  • Tending a Garden of Science Learners

    Two years ago, when students ventured outside Sierra High School in Fillmore, California, they encountered little more than piles of rock and bare dirt. Today, they are greeted with a variety of California native plants, including hummingbird sage, California poppies, manzanita, elderberry, yarrow, and deer grass—plus an array of local wildlife that have made this revived habitat their home.
  • Professor Makes Long List for National Book Awards

    Mary Szybist, associate professor of English, has made the long list for the 2013 National Book Award in Poetry with her latest collection, Incarnadine.
  • Balancing a Sea of Change

    A week’s sail from land, Kim McCoy was aboard a ship owned by the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. The weather worsened, tossing the vessel around like a rag doll while the captain struggled to steer clear of treacherous ice chunks called “growlers” in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary off the coast of Antarctica.

In Memoriam

In Memoriam

Honoring alumni, faculty, staff, and friends who have recently passed.


Philanthropy Leadership Dinner

The fifth annual Philanthropy Leadership Dinner was held on May 16 in the Fred and Suzanne Fields Ballroom at the Portland Art Museum. President Barry Glassner and the Board of Trustees hosted more than 200 guests to celebrate members of the Leadership Society, Heritage Society, and Elliott Circle of Friends.

Stafford Photography Exhibit

As part of the William Stafford Centennial, Lewis & Clark College Special Collections will be sponsoring a retrospective exhibit documenting William Stafford’s life and career. In addition to manuscripts, letters, artifacts, and publications, the exhibit will showcase Stafford’s lesser-known artistic work as a photographer. Between 1966 and 1993, Stafford took more than 16,000 photos— 175 of which will be featured in an interactive touch-screen exhibit in Watzek Library. (Thirty framed prints will be exhibited on the second floor of Miller Center for the Humanities.) The exhibit will open on January 21 and run through August.

Photos courtesy of the Estate of William Stafford and Lewis & Clark College Special Collections. Text by Jeremy Skinner.