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L&C Alumni Awards

February 11, 2013

Each year, Lewis & Clark honors alumni from the College of Arts and Sciences for their outstanding accomplishments and community service. We’re proud to announce the 2013 honorees, who will receive their awards at the Alumni Honors Banquet on February 23.

Outstanding Young Alumna Award

Amber Case B.A. ’08

Amber Case is a cyborg anthropologist and a cofounder of Geoloqi, a company that developed a platform for real-time location-based services. She has been featured in Forbes and Wired magazines, has spoken on the topic of technology and humans at TED and MIT, and was named by Fast Company as one of the Most Influential Women in Technology in 2010. She studies the interaction between humans and computers and how relationships with information are changing the way cultures think, act, and understand their worlds. 

Distinguished Alumna Award

Lisa Grill Dodson B.A. ’81

Lisa Dodson is the director of the Oregon Area Health Education Center and associate professor of medicine at Oregon Health & Science University. A tireless advocate for health care education and for developing care for rural and other underserved populations, she has received a number of awards, including the 2010 OHSU Alumni Association Dean’s Award and the 2009 Oregon Family Physician of the Year Award. In 2009, Dodson launched the Oregon Rural Scholars program, which gives medical students a rotation in rural areas to experience firsthand the rewards and challenges of rural practice.

Distinguished Alumnus Award

Roger Ferland B.A. ’68

Roger Ferland is an environmental and natural resources lawyer with a distinguished career representing clients from both the private and public sectors in a number of precedent-setting matters. A veteran, Ferland lost his legs in the Vietnam War, and
he received the Bronze Star with V device (for valor in combat), the Purple Heart, and the Combat Infantry Badge for his service. In addition to his law practice, he has served on the boards of several nonprofit organizations and is working to develop resources for veterans who need legal assistance.

Donald G. Balmer Citation (for service to the college)

Dana Plautz B.S. ’82

After successful careers in the entertainment and computer industries, Dana Plautz—
an avid volunteer throughout her life—now spends most of her free time helping others. Through her service on the Board of Alumni from 2005 to 2011, and as a chair of the Events and Volunteers Committee, she worked to increase interactions between students and alumni, including at the biannual Careers for Pioneers event. Plautz serves on the Parents Council, the Alumni Career Corps, reunion committees, and the L&C Strategic Planning Work Group. She also helps select recipients of the Alumni Leadership Scholarship.

Pioneer Leadership Award

Amelia Wilcox B.A. ’81

Amelia Wilcox served several terms on the Board of Alumni starting in 1982 and was president of the board from 2009 to 2011. Her efforts to reach out and connect alumni of all ages with the college have brought a new era of alumni reengagement and participation. Wilcox has also volunteered for the Lewis & Clark student-alumni career network and the admissions office. She is currently an assistant professor with term in the psychology department at Lewis & Clark.

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