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Class Notes - 2010s

October 22, 2013


Rina Herring B.A. was one of three volunteers honored at the 40th anniversary gala of the Pacific Center for Human Growth, the nation’s third-oldest LGBT center. Herring was recognized for her work with the center’s lending library.

Christopher Keady B.A. is organ scholar at Portland’s Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. His duties include accompanying the renowned Trinity Choir and sharing in playing music during services. A budding preservation advocate, he was also recently awarded the E. Power Biggs Fellowship from the Organ Historical Society and traveled to Burlington, Vermont, in June for the society’s annual convention.

Alex Ramirez B.A. was part of the cast of Dance for a Dollar, which was mounted by the Miracle Theatre Group in May. After an acting apprenticeship with Portland Playhouse, Ramirez has settled in Portland as an actor and performance artist.


Maia Boucher B.A. will attend Portland State University this fall. She will be working toward an M.P.H. in health promotion.

Alyssa Kent B.A. is a graduate student in ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of California at Irvine. She won a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and believes her mathematical background will be a decided advantage in her work.


Class Correspondent: Josh Cohn

Mariah Alexander B.A. works in Flagstaff, Arizona, as the production supervisor and volunteer coordinator for St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance. St. Mary’s was named one of Forbes’ top 100 charities in 2012 and holds a four-star rating from Charity Star.

Laura Bogar B.A. won a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. She plans to study the ecology of mycorrhizal fungi at Stanford University. She credits her success, in part, to the research on fungi she conducted at Lewis & Clark. April Hersey B.A. is a database assistant for Pecan Street, a nonprofit research and development organization that monitors energy usage of residential and commercial participants.

Chris Leja B.A. is one of two featured poets in the No, Regrets Tour 2013. His work has appeared in the online journals Borderline and Anatomy & Etymology as well as other journals and anthologies. Author of the chapbooks Adam Outside and A Chronology of Quiet Thefts, he has twice been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. His first full-length manuscript, Living Myths, will be published by Sparrow Ghost Publishing. Leja has represented Portland and Lewis & Clark seven times, regionally and nationally, in Poetry Slam.

Alyssa Ransbury B.A. has spent several months in Dhaka, Bangladesh, learning Bangla and teaching English to girls in grades 5 through 10 at Viqarunnisa Noon School. During her stay, she reports that events have become “very politically heated in Bangladesh.” Countrywide strikes often cripple the country, and children can’t attend schools and businesses can’t stay open. “In short, it is a very interesting time to be in Bangladesh!”

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