With the help of campaign dollars, we’ve been able to make high-impact investment in our campus spaces, making sustainable decisions that prioritize adaptive reuse.

The Student Engagement Help Desk in Fowler Student Center The Student Engagement Help Desk in Fowler Student Center


Stephanie Fowler Student Center

Lewis & Clark has a new heart of campus. Previously known as Templeton, the Stephanie Fowler Student Center fully opened this spring after a year of renovations.

The bright, open building now features ample spaces for student organizations to meet, as well as covered outdoor gathering spots perfect for sunny or rainy days and a new fully ADA-compliant exterior elevator.

President Robin Holmes-Sullivan helped launch the project when she was vice president of student life and dean of students.

I’m so pleased to have played a role in creating this vibrant hub on campus. It’s a great space for students to come together and dream big.”

Stephanie Fowler, Former Chair of the Board of Trustees

“In the past, it’s been hard for our students to identify the heart of campus,” Holmes-Sullivan says. “This renovation has been a great opportunity to work on both better utilizing large space and organizing it in a way that we know is going to enhance a sense of belonging.”

Informed by suggestions from a student advisory board and a consulting group, the newly renovated building was the signature project of the college’s fundraising campaign. Templeton Campus Center, which originally opened in 1956, was renamed to honor former board chair Stephanie Fowler MA ’97. Her husband, Irving Levin, generously donated the lead gift for the remodel.

The center’s main floor saw almost 20,000 square feet of renovations. This includes a “main street” for student organizations. These groups have taken over what were previously staff offices, allowing it to feel more like a student union. This key area also now offers flexible meeting spaces for student groups.

Nearby is a student engagement help desk, where staff help students get involved in campus by connecting them to existing clubs and organizations—or by helping them start new ones. The lobby next to the Council Chamber is now known as Beth Miller Lounge, named after Life Trustee Beth Miller BS ’73. It’s a space perfectly suited for receptions and other events.

Investing in L&C’s physical campus helps us create a more vibrant and welcoming learning community. These spaces help us attract and retain students while fostering a greater sense of community.”

Heidi Hu BS ’85, Campaign Cochair and Trustee

Down the hallway is the revitalized Trail Room. This casual food venue has been transformed into a café and lounge space by day and a venue suited for everything from poetry readings to concerts by night.


  • Transformations to the Huston Sports Complex, enhancing athletic and recreational programs that build character and lifelong success
  • The new Bergman Courtroom at the law school, which gives students the opportunity to learn and practice litigation skills in a simulated courtroom
  • Enhanced studio space for art therapy and instruction in the graduate school’s Community Counseling Center on Barbur Boulevard in Portland

The Patrick and Dorris Nielson Courtyard now acts as a central pathway through the building and a student gathering space. It features a fire pit, seating, and a Japanese-inspired plant garden. A glass canopy offers protection from the elements.

And, upstairs, Fields Dining Hall—also known as “The Bon”— has grown to include covered outdoor eating areas. The Hu Media Lounge, named after Trustee Heidi Hu BS ’85, is located near The Bon and acts as the de facto living room for the student center. It’s a gathering spot for social gaming and e-sports, as well as a resource that meet students’ technology needs, from printing to group projects.

“Fowler Student Center is becoming a lively hub for residential and commuter undergraduates,” says Madeleine MacWilliamson BA ’24, last year’s president of the Associated Student Body. “Transforming Templeton into Fowler has revived our student center to be a true student union.”


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An aerial view of the Frank Manor House, which is on the National Register of Historic Places and was part of the original Fir Acres estate.

Over The Top

The Exploring for the Global Good campaign was the most ambitious in Lewis & Clark’s history. Together, we met–and exceeded–our $155 million goal a full year early.



Across Lewis & Clark, campaign funds are being invested in a variety of programs that transform a liberal arts education into real-world action.

Myryl Caccam BA '27 and Greg Caldwell


Our campaign success has enabled us to make significant investments in the people of Lewis & Clark. This translates into expanded scholarship opportunities as well as endowed faculty positions in areas such as entrepreneurship —plus, much more!

On October 19, the L&C community celebrated achieving the $155 million campaign goal in Fowler Student Center.

Thank You to Donors

More than 18,000 individual donors contributed to the success of the Exploring for the Global Good campaign. We extend our thanks to each one, including the campaign leadership who helped spearhead this landmark effort.


Campaign Stats

Lewis & Clark raised $155,224,873 during the campaign. Check out the numbers behind the campaign’s success here.