L&C Magazine | Summer 2006

Featured Stories

  • The Lewis & Clark Wine Trail

    Starting from campus, the vinous adventurer can travel in just about any direction to discover a winery that is owned, operated, or staffed by a graduate of Lewis & Clark College.
  • Lewis & Clark’s Big Cheese

    Brandon Wiebe is the founder and president of the Lewis & Clark College Cheese Club, which hosts biannual tasting soirees that draw upwards of 100 attendees in search of cheese snacks and enlightenment. Last spring, Wiebe and a dedicated cadre of campus cheese aficionados organized the first-ever Pacific Northwest Symposium on Cheese, held at the College.
  • Family Business

    Ever Carradine ’96 came to Lewis & Clark to find her own path. In the end, her footsteps led back to the footlights of the family trade.
  • Gender Studies Writ Large

    Lewis & Clark’s Gender Studies Symposium celebrates 25 years of inquiry, activism, and leadership.

On Palatine Hill

  • ‘Tolsen’ Is Tops

    Affectionately known by his students as “Tolsen,” Associate Professor of Physics Thomas Olsen was named the 2006 Teacher of the Year for the College of Arts and Sciences.
  • Legacies of the Expedition

    As the bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark Expedition draws to a close, it’s only fitting that the College’s fourth and final symposium focuses on the legacies of this historic journey.
  • Meet the New Dean of Students

    W. Houston Dougharty, most recently associate dean for student services at the University of Puget Sound, has been named Lewis & Clark’s new dean of students.
  • Balmer Back in Class

    “We taught in some rough spots in the old days, but I can’t recall a single day I didn’t enjoy teaching,” said Donald Balmer, U.G. Dubach Professor Emeritus of Political Science, at the dedication of a classroom in his honor in Howard Hall on April 11.
  • Stargazer Wins Ratte Award

    As a child, Kasandra Jorgensen ‘06 marveled at the stars from her home amid the mountains of Pine, Colorado. As a physics major, she reached for the stars and won the 2006 Rena J. Ratte Award, the undergraduate college’s highest academic honor.
  • Congratulations, Class of 2006

    CAS, Law, and Graduate Ceremonies.
  • Yeager Dives In

    Clark Yeager brings more than three decades of athletic experience to Lewis & Clark as the new director of physical education and athletics. He joined the College on July 1.
  • Passing the Gavel

    After 13 years of outstanding service to Lewis & Clark Law School as dean, James Huffman recently announced his plans to return to a faculty position at the law school in fall 2007. He stepped down as dean on June 30.
  • Scholarship Recognition Luncheon

    On March 21, about 130 donors joined appreciative students and staff for the annual Scholarship Recognition Luncheon. Funds for endowed scholarships and annual operating gifts for student financial aid make the critical difference for more than 70 percent of Lewis & Clark students.
  • Law Audio in a Pod

    Audio from selected law school lectures, symposia speakers, and events is now available at the law school’s new podcast website. For those new to the technology, podcasts are simply online audio files that are easily downloaded to a computer or to a portable device, such as an iPod or other digital media player.
  • Indigenous Ways of Knowing

    The Oregon Center for Inquiry and Social Innovation at Lewis & Clark’s Graduate School of Education and Counseling hosted an international conference, titled Indigenous Ways of Knowing: To Teach, Lead, and Counsel, on July 19 and 20. Participants explored the question, “How can educators, counselors, and community leaders best serve Native communities?”
  • Community Action Day

    Lewis & Clark’s Graduate School of Education and Counseling, in cooperation with SOLV, sponsored a community action day to celebrate Earth Day 2006.
  • PioSports

    Crew, Track and Field, and Baseball updates.
  • A PLUS for Campus

    Lewis & Clark welcomed five students from Tunisia, Egypt, India, and Bangladesh last fall as participants in the Partnerships for Learning Undergraduate studies (PLUS), a program funded by the U.S. department of State. The students are serving as unofficial ambassadors for their countries as they participate in college life and hone their English-language skills.
  • Talk of the Irish

    Meredith Price ‘07 was one of three U.S. students selected to debate a team from Ireland this spring during the National Parliamentary Debate Association’s national competition in Corvallis. The debate topic was “Give Peace a Chance: Elect Women.”
  • Women Excel in Math and Science

    Two Goldwater Scholars and an Udall Scholar
  • Costa Rican Ecoscapes

    Although it’s not a typical goal of most counseling students, I knew I wanted to study abroad in graduate school. I wanted to travel. I wanted to see as much of the planet as possible. I decided Costa Rica was a good start.
  • Out of Africa

    “My name is Romeo Umulisa, and I’m from Rwanda. When I was 14 years old, I chose a direction for my life. It was human rights teaching. I also chose cinema as my way to express what I have in mind–to be a leader for peace and freedom.”
  • 3 Science Grants

    Lewis & Clark’s reputation in science research continues to grow, and funders are taking notice. This spring, three members of the science faculty received standout awards from leading funding agencies.
  • #1 in Environmental Law

    Lewis & Clark Law School’s environmental law program is ranked first in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report’s recent annual survey of graduate programs. The school’s environmental law program was established in 1970–the same year the first Earth Day was held and the year the Clean Air Act was passed.
  • Looking for Landslides

    Tourists visit Eastern Oregon to raft scenic river canyons, find fossils in ancient volcanic deposits, and enjoy breathtaking vistas of deserts and mountains. Geologists like Liz Safran study Eastern Oregon for the same basic reasons.
  • Ethnic Studies Arrives

    Lewis & Clark College will offer a new minor in ethnic studies beginning in fall 2006.
  • Phi Beta Kappa Inductees

    In April, Lewis & Clark’s Gamma of Oregon Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa initiated more than 40 new members, including one alumna. A faculty review committee selects students on the basis of academic excellence and breadth in the liberal arts as well as good character. The committee chooses alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction since graduating at least 10 years ago.
  • Friends of Rain

    Friends of Rain, a newly formed ensemble made up of tenure-track and adjunct music faculty, held its inaugural concert on February 18. The group’s repertoire is drawn from the last 50 years and features new works by established masters, Lewis & Clark faculty composers, and guest composers in residence.
  • L&C + U = L&C2be

    Lewis & Clark’s Planning Task Force delivers its final report, outlining core values, strategic goals, and specific recommendations for the future of Lewis & Clark.


Alumni News

Around the World in 8 Days

During eight days in March, President Tom Hochstettler, Board Chair John Bates, and Director of International Student Services Greg Caldwell traveled to London, Abu Dhabi, and Hong Kong, visiting some 120 faculty, students, alumni, parents, donors, and Lewis & Clark friends, as well as colleagues in education, business, and government.

Alumni Spotlight

Each year, Lewis & Clark honors alumni from all three schools for their outstanding accomplishments and community service. These alumni distinguish themselves in a variety of disciplines by drawing on the values and skills they developed while on campus.



  • The Poet-Teacher

    Rita Ott Ramstad MAT ‘98 channeled her emotions into “A Wish for My Children,” the last poem in her autobiographical collection The Play of Light and Dark, for which she won the 2003 Oregon Book Award.
  • Former International Student Adviser Mourned

    Mary Dimond, former international student adviser at Lewis & Clark
  • Into Africa

    Niels Marquardt ’75 has traveled the world as a career officer with the U.S. Foreign Service and currently serves as ambassador to Cameroon and neighboring Equatorial Guinea in western Africa.
  • Carving Out a Legacy

    Perched on a stool in his home-based shop, Don Floren ‘53 grips a surgically sharp carving tool and begins shaping a large block of Oregon alder. Faced with the diminishing availability of Honduras mahogany, his quintessential favorite material, Floren has adopted alder–an abundant local wood that carves and finishes nicely.
  • Saving the Farm

    Delusional optimists. That’s the moniker opposing counsel gave Brenna Bell ’97, JD ’01 and her band of grassroots organizers from Tryon Life Community Farm, a nonprofit organization dedicated to sustainability education.

In Memoriam

Former International Student Adviser Mourned

Mary Dimond, former international student adviser at Lewis & Clark

In Memoriam

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