L&C Magazine | Winter 2019

Featured Stories

  • Ending the Hunt

    An influential legal opinion published by the International Environmental Law Project could lead to the end of Japan’s high-seas sei whaling.
  • Learning + Teaching + Race

    Associate Professor Dyan Watson works to ensure Black lives matter in the classroom.
  • Trading Places

    As part of the Teaching Excellence Program, undergraduates give feedback to professors on how to improve the classroom experience.
  • Taking Flight

    Ella Bock BA ’19 submits a winning entry for the Washington Post’s Annual Travel Photo Contest.
  • Learning to Fly

    Assistant Professor Norma Velazquez Ulloa uses tiny fruit flies to understand big issues in behavioral genetics.

President's Letter

Curiosity as Power

The “confidence to be curious.” That’s one of many things that Katie Kowal BA ’17 learned from her physics professor, Shannon O’Leary. Working with Shannon, Katie told the Oregonian, “completely changed how I see myself as a student, how I see myself as a person. In my day-to-day job now, I use curiosity to disrupt power structures— because I’m not afraid to be curious.”

On Palatine Hill


President’s Holiday Open House

Leadership Society and Heritage Society

On December 13, more than 150 revelers descended on the Cooley House, the president’s residence, to celebrate the season. President Wim Wiewel and his wife, Alice, hosted the special gathering for those in the college’s Leadership Society and Heritage Society.

The Leadership Society recognizes donors giving $1,867 or more each year, while the Heritage Society and the law school’s Elliott Circle recognize donors who remember the college in their estate plans. These donors receive members-only invitations to special events—such as the President’s Holiday Open House—throughout the year. For more information, contact Stephen LeBoutillier BA ’00, director of annual giving, at sgl@lclark.edu or 503-768-7940.

Celebrating Pioneer Spirit

Homecoming and Family Weekend

Nearly 1,000 people gathered on Palatine Hill to attend Homecoming and Family Weekend in October. We kicked off the weekend with the inauguration of Wim Wiewel as Lewis & Clark’s 25th president. The celebration continued as we cheered on Pioneer football; chowed down on alumni-made clam chowder at the tailgate; listened to student and alumni a cappella groups; and expanded our knowledge during faculty lectures. We also welcomed six new members to the Board of Alumni. Save the date for this fall’s Homecoming and Family Weekend, October 25–27.

On the Road in D.C.

On October 10, alumni, parents, and friends of Lewis & Clark enjoyed an evening with President Wim Wiewel at Busboys and Poets in Washington, D.C. Attendees, including Trustee Kent Swanson Sr. and his wife, Patricia (photo at left), also mingled with students currently in D.C. for the college’s off-campus study program.
Instead of ice and snow, several Lewis & Clark students enjoyed fun in the sun during a College Outdoors trip to central Florida over winter break. Led by Ken Clifton, professor of biology and department chair, they explored Florida’s Everglades and subtropical rivers while honing their paddleboarding, canoeing, and snorkeling skills. Ken Clifton