Lewis & Clark to Host Alumni Awards
February 09, 2016
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 2015 honorees, who will receive their awards at the Alumni Honors Banquet on February 19, 2016.
Chuck Charnquist BS ’58Donald G. Balmer Citation (for service to the college)
Chuck Charnquist has been a tireless Lewis & Clark advocate for decades. After graduation, he spent several years as a journalist before returning to his alma mater as public information director, a role he held for 19 years. Since 2008, he has been active with the Albany Society and served as its chair in 2011. He currently edits The Gatehouse, a newsletter that helps connect senior alumni with each other and the college.
Bob Fitch BS ’61Distinguished Alumnus Award
Bob Fitch has been documenting peace and justice work through his photography for nearly a half century. From his first volunteer assignment for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in Alabama in 1965 to documenting Luis Alejo’s 2010–11 campaign for a seat in the California State Assembly, Fitch’s photographs are about the people who drive movements for change.
Samantha Robison BA ’08Outstanding Young Alumna Award
Samantha Robison is founder and executive director of Awareness and Prevention through Art (aptART), an organization of artists and activists dedicated to sharing artistic experiences with conflict- affected and marginalized youth throughout the world. AptART coordinates workshops for youth that result in large-scale public art in countries such as Syria, Iraq, Palestine, Jordan, Cambodia, Myanmar, Turkey, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Mozambique.
Toshinobu Toyama BA ’97Pioneer Alumnus Leadership Award
For 16 years, Toshinobu Toyama served as a dedicated volunteer with Lewis & Clark’s Japan Alumni Chapter. He has organized events to build community with Japanese alumni; provided hospitality for Lewis & Clark presidents, deans, college faculty, and staff; and helped numerous students and alumni connect with other alumni with a focus on career development.