L&C Magazine | Winter 2007
- Long before the movie “School of Rock” hit the big screen, Chris Gragg MAT ’04 hit upon the power of music to motivate students.
- From Mafia bosses to Enron executives, John Kroger specializes in bringing criminals to justice.
- Each fall more than 100 incoming students participate in Breakaway Adventures. College Outdoors sponsors a variety of trips and also teams up with the Office of Student Leadership and Service to offer outdoor service projects.
- A professor-turned-activist works to stop global warming.
This fall, Marcia and I sent our middle son off to college. Like many parents, we felt conflicting emotions: pride, melancholy, excitement, and, dare I say, some measure of relief. Like most 18-year-olds, he had been spending less and less time at home and was ready for more independence. Still, we miss his presence in the house. We find ourselves looking for his car in the driveway, listening for his voice down the hall, and marveling at the extra food in our refrigerator. Mostly, we hope we have provided the foundation he needs to be a happy, healthy, and successful adult.
On Palatine Hill
- Lewis & Clark’s Graduate School of Education and Counseling recently published its latest edition of Democracy & Education, a quarterly journal designed to enhance and reflect on the teaching and learning of democracy.
- “In 1992, I was in sixth grade, living a normal life in Afghanistan with my family,” remembers Mahmood Khan, a first-year student at Lewis & Clark. “But suddenly, everything changed when war erupted in Afghanistan.” The country had fallen into a period of warlordism after the withdrawal of Soviet forces.
- Some have claimed that American environmentalism has lost its intellectual credibility and political effectiveness and stands in need of fundamental change. Is there scholarly and pragmatic justification for this charge? If so, what new ideas and strategies would inform this postenvironmentalist future?
- Lewis & Clark’s campus is lauded in the new book American Places: In Search of the Twenty-First Century Campus, by M. Perry Chapman.
- Oregon Literary Arts awarded two Lewis & Clark faculty members with the Oregon Book Awards for 2006.
- Lewis & Clark’s Board of Trustees has welcomed five new members, all of whom are alumni with strong ties to the College.
- Football, Soccer, Volleyball, and Cross Country updates.
- Peter Cookson can walk into a school and instantly tell you its personality. “You can tell a lot about a place just by how it looks and the energy of the students and teachers,” says Cookson, dean of Lewis & Clark’s Graduate School of Education and Counseling.
- With 95 percent of Portland businesses employing fewer than 50 workers, small businesses are the backbone of Portland’s economy.
- The playing surface of Griswold Stadium has a new name: Fred Wilson Field, in honor of the former coach of the Pioneers. The College unveiled the name at Homecoming on October 7.
- Lewis & Clark enjoys a strong reputation in science research. This fall, two members of the science faculty received noteworthy awards from leading funding agencies.
- Total first-year applications: 4,693 (a new record)
- President Tom Hochstettler wowed audiences with his ability to speak in rhyming couplets during the theatre department’s fall production of Tartuffe, 17th-century comedy by the French dramatist Molière. Stepan Simek, assistant professor of theatre and the play’s director, scripted the lines for the president’s cameo appearance.
- On September 8, the undergraduate community kicked off the academic year with what is hoped to be a new Lewis & Clark tradition: Pio Fair. This year’s event, themed as a beach party, included a barbecue, a pep rally, music, and a pool party. Also wrapped into the event was the annual Activities Fair, in which more than 100 campus clubs, organizations, and departments shared opportunities for involvement.
Don’t miss Reunion Weekend 2012, June 21–24, which will include class gatherings for these years: 1952, 1962, 1972, 1982, 1987, 1992, 2002, and 2007. Many reunions of overseas and off-campus programs are also in the works, as well as a special celebration in honor of the 50th anniversary of Lewis & Clark’s Overseas Study Program.
- In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Catherine Mulhall ‘99 found herself at a huge family crawfish feed in Louisiana’s St. Bernard Parish. As an associate producer for PBS’s NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, she was chasing down an interview with state senator Walter Boasso. Not only did she get the story, she also learned how to shuck, cook, and eat crawfish like a native, or nearly so.
- When Verna Bailey walked into her first-year biology class, she sat front and center in the auditorium. Her peers–more than 100 of them–gave her a wide berth, leaving her entirely alone in the first three rows.
- “Settle,” commands John Pedrick Jr. JD ‘77, rolling a 7-week-old golden retriever on her back, rubbing her belly as he establishes human dominance. “Snuggle,” he says next, placing the puppy’s snout against his neck to teach her to approach people.
- Peter Ames Carlin ‘85 publishes a critically acclaimed biography of Brian Wilson, the troubled genius behind the Beach Boys.
- “About two years ago, I picked up the phone and heard the voice of Joe Yuska, my former boss and director of College Outdoors, telling me he wanted to reconnect the old office crew on a reunion trip,”
- Maggie Roberts Murdy, namesake of Maggie’s Café on campus and a member of the Heritage Society, Don Ostensoe ‘53, a friend of the College and a nationally prominent beef industry leader, Ralph Jerald “Jerry” Baum, professor emeritus of literature, Robert Flowerree, a life trustee of Lewis & Clark College, Richard Woolworth ‘63, former Donald G. Balmer Citation awardee and a life trustee of Lewis & Clark
- Ward Plummer ‘62 grew up in Warrenton, a tiny fishing and timber town hunkered at the mouth of the Columbia River near Astoria. His parents–survivors of the Great Depression and the devastating Dust Bowl days in Kansas–shared the nation’s obsession with beating the Russians in the space race
Maggie Roberts Murdy, namesake of Maggie’s Café on campus and a member of the Heritage Society, Don Ostensoe ‘53, a friend of the College and a nationally prominent beef industry leader, Ralph Jerald “Jerry” Baum, professor emeritus of literature, Robert Flowerree, a life trustee of Lewis & Clark College, Richard Woolworth ‘63, former Donald G. Balmer Citation awardee and a life trustee of Lewis & Clark
Ian Frazier, author and essayist for the New Yorker magazine, was the keynote speaker for the fourth and final Lewis & Clark College symposium commemorating the bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. The theme of the symposium, held September 29–30, 2006, was Legacies. In these edited excerpts from his talk, Frazier muses on some of the legacies of the Corps of Discovery.Read the story