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Lewis & Clark to 
Host Alumni Awards

Each year, the Lewis & Clark Board of Alumni honors members of the College of Arts and Sciences community for their outstanding accomplishments and service. We’re proud to announce the 2014 honorees, who will receive their awards at the Alumni Honors Banquet on February 20.

Usman AllyUsman AllyOutstanding Young Alumnus Award

Usman Ally BA ’04

Award-winning actor Usman Ally, an ensemble member of Chicago’s American Theater Company, has starred in award-winning theatre premieres around the country, including an adaptation of Disney’s The Jungle Book, The Invisible Hand, Disgraced, and The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity. His television work includes roles on Damages, Boss, and Madam Secretary.

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

Arleigh Dodson, Professor Emeritus of Chemistry

For the past 54 years, Arleigh Dodson’s combined passion for teaching, leadership, and community involvement has placed him in the front ranks of those who have positively impacted life at Lewis & Clark. Since retiring, he has served as a volunteer and can be found at many Lewis & Clark games, concerts, and other events, along with his wife, Marion.

Paula HayesPaula Hayes
Pioneer Alumna Leadership Award (for leadership service to the college)

Paula Hayes BS ’92

Paula Hayes has served on Lewis & Clark’s Board of Trustees and Board of Alumni, and she has volunteered with the Office of Admissions and the Office of Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement. She is the founder and owner of Hue Noir, a cosmetic manufacturing company specializing in the formulation and development of cosmetic products designed specifically for women of color.

Thomas NeffThomas Neff
Distinguished Alumnus Award

Thomas Neff BA ’65

Between 1991 and 2013, Thomas Neff proposed, created, and shepherded the Megatons to Megawatts Program, a $17 billion deal under which Russia destroyed more than 20,000 nuclear weapons, recycling the bomb-grade uranium into fuel for U.S. nuclear power plants. The deal eliminated a third of the global nuclear arsenal and prevented proliferation from a dangerously bankrupt Soviet weapons program.

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