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  • Mary Szybist, associate professor of English, wins the 2013 National Book Award in Poetry.


  • Lewis & Clark renovates Fields Dining Hall, the largest dining facility on campus.
  • Lewis & Clark launches the Center for Entrepreneurship, an initiative to help students translate their liberal arts education into action.
  • Lewis &  Clark students conduct “situated research” in southern Africa.
  • Among the Lewis & Clark alumni ranks are many graduates who have pursued entrepreneurial ventures. The Chronicle caught up with four of them who have forged their own paths in the for-profit and nonprofit worlds.
  • New Common Core State Standards bring greater coherence to K-12 mathematics—but how are teachers adapting?
  • An increasing number of law school students and alumni look to Alaska for career opportunities.
  • Students arrive on campus with a variety of objects from home. What do they bring and why?
  • Lewis & Clark announces the winners of its first Venture Competition, a key element of the college’s entrepreneurship initiative.

President's Letter

  • A Lewis & Clark education creates vital and lifelong networks. That’s the thought I had after reading this issue’s stories about some of the many ways our alumni are expanding opportunities for current students and increasing the reach of Lewis & Clark in the world.


  • The wind howled and snow fell fast and hard, making it difficult to see the road. Paramedic Victor Hoffer J.D. ’92 plowed through the storm, intent on helping a pregnant woman in labor in a nearby hotel.
  • Nestled in a rustic campground at the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies in New York state, Susan Kirtley BA ’95 fiddled with her tape recorder. The hot, still air seemed to magnify her nervousness as she sat down to interview noted comic artist Lynda Barry.
  • As the sun began to set on a balmy summer day in Southern California, an Electra cruise ship motored past luxury yachts, sailboats, and multimillion-dollar homes in Newport Harbor. On deck, a wedding ceremony was in progress. Philip Bradley B.S. ’59 pronounced the happy couple husband and wife, smiling as they sealed their union with a kiss.
  • In November, Patty Cassidy M.S. ’94 led a group of senior citizens outside to put their raised gardens to bed for the winter. Standing or working from wheelchairs, they pulled up old perennials, raked and turned the dirt, and planted a crop of Austrian winter peas to infuse the soil with nitrogen.


Faculty Books

  • Rishona Zimring Social Dance and the Modernist Imagination in Interwar Britain

    Rishona Zimring, associate professor of English, brings to light the powerful figurative importance of popular music and dance, both in the aftermath of war and during Britain’s entrance into cosmopolitan modernity and the modernization of gender relations.

    Ashgate Publishing Company, 2013. 229 pages.

  • Ruth Shagoury Home Is Where the Books Are: Creating Literate Spaces, Choosing Books, and Why It Matters

    Ruth Shagoury, Mary Stuart Rogers Professor of Education, and her daughter, Meghan Rose, offer “a guide for creating the kind of home atmosphere and stance toward reading that will help families build reading into their lives.”

    Choice Literacy, 2013. 190 pages.

Alumni Books

  • Corey Long Angela James: The First Superstar of Women’s Hockey

    Corey Long B.A. ’02 coauthors a biography about Angela James, the “Wayne Gretzky of women’s hockey” and the first woman ever to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

    Three O’Clock Press, 2012. 200 pages.

  • Cynthia Robertson Haden Run Girl Run

    Cynthia Robertson Haden B.A. ’61, who writes under the name “Robbie Haden,” pens a novel about a runaway teen who heads to Hollywood to make it big but encounters tough realities along the way.

    Balboa Press, 2013. 116 pages.

  • The Culinary Cyclist: A Cookbook and Companion for the Good Life

    Anna Brones B.A. ’06 shows how cooking and bicycling “come together to define a life where the company is high-spirited, the food is flavorful, and good health is within reach.”

    Taking the Lane/Elly Blue

    Publishing, 2013. 95 pages.

  • Carrie Wilson Wil of God: Embracing the Relentless Love of a Special Child

    Carrie Wilson Link M.A.T. ’92 structures her narrative around the Four Noble Truths of the Buddhist tradition, taking readers on her spiritual journey as a mother of an autistic son with “an endless ability to love.”

    BookBaby, Kindle edition, 2012. 237 pages.

  • Marni Bates Invisible

    Marni Bates B.A. ’12 pens a young adult novel about a low-key teen who suddenly gains notoriety due to an article she wrote for her high school newspaper. Now her well-ordered life is in upheaval.

    K-Teen, 2013. 288 pages.

  • David Michael Slater Fun & Games

    David Michael Slater M.A.T. ’94 writes a 1980s coming-of-age story about Jonathan Schwartz’s progress from school to college and adulthood. It’s a “heartbreaking and hilarious story of faith, family secrets, betrayal, and loss—but it’s also a tale of friendship, love, and side-splitting shenanigans.”

    Library Tales Publishing, 2013. 226 pages.

Of Special Interest to Educators

  • Rethinking Elementary Education, edited by Linda Christensen, director of the Oregon Writing Project at Lewis & Clark, and Dyan Watson, assistant professor of teacher education. The book took gold in the Education category of the Independent Book Publishers Association Benjamin Franklin Awards, which recognize “excellence in independent publishing.”

    Rethinking Schools, 2012. 360 pages.

  • Real World of Writing for Secondary Students: Teaching the College Admission Essay and Other Gate-Openers for Higher Education, coauthored by Jessica Singer Early M.A.T. ’97.

    Teachers College Press, 2012. 144 pages.

  • Join the Club! Bringing Book Clubs Into Middle School Classrooms, written by Katie Doherty Czerwinski M.A.T. ’07.

    Choice Literacy, 2013. 108 pages.

  • Teaching to Exceed the English Language Arts Common Core State Standards: A Literacy Practices Approach for 6-12 Classrooms, coauthored by Allen Webb M.A.T. ’85.

    Routledge, 2012. 320 pages.


  • By Barbara Allen Burke B.A. ’83, M.A. ’87
    I first came to Oregon way back in the fall of 1979. I was about to start school at Lewis & Clark, and my parents drove me on the 1,300-mile trip from Colorado.
       I sat in the backseat along with my navy blue metal locker, a large-ish suitcase, and my electric typewriter. I was dreaming about moving into my dorm room, worried about whether my roommates would like me, and trying to fathom what college life would be like. I was pretty quiet on the trip, as I remember.

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