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  • Long before the movie “School of Rock” hit the big screen, Chris Gragg M.A.T. ’04 hit upon the power of music to motivate students.
  • 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.
  • From Mafia bosses to Enron executives, John Kroger specializes in bringing criminals to justice.

President's Letter

  • 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.


  • “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,”
  • Peter Ames Carlin ‘85 publishes a critically acclaimed biography of Brian Wilson, the troubled genius behind the Beach Boys.

  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • “Settle,” commands John Pedrick Jr. J.D. ‘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.

Faculty Books

  • Global Energy Shifts: Fostering Sustainability in a Turbulent Age

    Bruce Podobnik, associate professor of sociology, offers a timely look at key transitions in energy use over the past 100 years.

    Temple University Press, 2005. 240 pages.

  • The Promise of Progressivism: Angelo Patri and Urban Education

    James Wallace, professor emeritus of education, pens a biography of Angelo Patri, a progressive educator of the early 20th century who helped immigrants and mainstream Americans understand one another and work toward the common good.

    Peter Lang Publishing, 2006. 264 pages.

  • Native America, Discovered and Conquered: Thomas Jefferson, Lewis and Clark, and Manifest Destiny

    Robert J. Miller J.D. ’91, associate professor of law, offers important new insights into Jefferson’s Indian policy, the significance of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, and the origins of Manifest Destiny ideology in 19th-century America. 

    Praeger Publishers, 2006. 240 pages.

  • The Meaning of Military Victory

    Bob Mandel, professor of international affairs, examines the meanings, misperceptions, and challenges associated with military victory in the context of the nontraditional wars of recent decades. 

    Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2006. 190 pages.

Alumni Books

  • Breaking Murphy’s Law: How Optimists Get What They Want From Life–and Pessimists Can Too

    Suzanne Segerstrom ’90 surveys the scientific data on optimism (including her own award-winning research) to reveal that it’s not what you believe about the future that matters, but what you do about it.

    The Guilford Press, 2006. 232 pages.

  • Literary Research and the British Romantic Era: Strategies and Sources

    Jennifer Bowers ’84 coauthors this guide that discusses both primary and secondary research resources for the Romantic era.

    Scarecrow Press, 2005. 272 pages.

  • Happily Ever After: Using Storybooks in a Preschool Setting

    Katy Preston M.Ed. ’96 offers 17 creative storybook-based units for use with preschoolers.

    Butte Publications, 2006.

  • Roosevelt and the Holocaust: A Rooseveltian Remembers the Times and Explores the Policies

    Brian Josepher ’90 coauthors this book that explores the contentious subject of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s response to the Holocaust.

    Barricade Books, 2006. 320 pages.

  • Holsteins on the Serengeti: Strategies, Analogies, and Perspectives for the Biology Classroom

    Robert Orr M.A.T. ’05 draws upon 26 years of teaching experience to offer suggestions on teaching general biology.

    BookSurge Publishing, 2006. 224 pages.

In Memoriam

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

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