December 03, 2009
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The Pamplin Society of Fellows has chosen this year’s seven outstanding inductees to join the ranks of 21 students, more than 70 alumni, and four endowed professors. Membership is extended to seven students each year as they begin their second year at the College.
Laura Bogar, a biology major from Seattle, Washington, is committed to sharing her passion for the outdoors while providing leadership as an environmental activist. She is a co-leader of SEED (Students Engaged in Eco-Defense) and a campus coordinator for the Cascade Climate Network. Laura worked in Professor Greta Binford’s spider lab last summer, which deepened her interest in biodiversity—a subject at the intersection of environmental activism and biological inquiry.
Katherine Erlich, from San Francisco, California, is the consummate learner, striving to extract lessons from all of her experiences. During the 2008 election season, she canvassed campus to elevate the issue of climate change. Last summer, she embraced the opportunity to gain lab experience: despite being a steadfast vegetarian, she worked to develop a natural, food-based indicator of “doneness” for use in bratwurst. Aside from her love of school, she enjoys writing, and running, drawing.
Warren Kluber, from Eugene, Oregon, is a double major in English and sociology/anthropology. Committed to helping other students, Kluber is a peer consultant for the Writing Center and leads a French conversation group. Passionate about theater as a vehicle for exploring issues, Kluber believes, “in the power of theater to educate as it entertains, inciting important dialogues that can bring about positive changes.”
Diane Murray is a foreign languages major, studying Japanese and French, with an expected computer science minor. Murray grew up in Delaware, supported by a community of Quakers and music professors. With her deep interest in cross-cultural communication, she hopes to become a translator or interpreter. In addition to her academic work, Murray is active in the Aikido club.
Nicole Myoraku is a double major in history and art from Menlo Park, California. Myoraku is interested in using her majors to specialize in some aspect of Native American culture. In her free time, she likes to offer community service, learn about different cultures, write, and spend time with friends. As a first-year student, Myoraku mentored a visiting student from Tokyo’s Waseda University.
Analise Rodenberg is a physics major from southern Minnesota who loves exploring subjects outside of her major. Rodenberg developed an interest in Chinese language and culture in grade school and continues to pursue those subjects in her studies, hoping one day to merge her academic interests. Outside of the classroom, she enjoys cooking, baking, and playing with her dogs.
Zach Holz is an environmental studies major from New Windsor, Maryland. An avid outdoorsman, Holz is dedicated to endeavors that find him blending his intellectual curiosity with his love of the outdoors. He is currently on the overseas program in East Africa where he is able to apply skills that he learned as a trip leader with the College Outdoors program. Upon his return in the spring, Holz will become a Resident Assistant in Copeland Hall.
In a ceremony this fall, the Pamplin Society of Fellows formally inducted seven new members: Laura Bogar, Katherine Erlich, Zach Holz, Warren Kluber, Diane Murray, Nicole Myoraku, and Analise Rodenberg.
Learn more about this year’s inductees in this slideshow.
The Pamplin Society brings together students and faculty of the highest caliber. Membership is extended to seven students each year as they begin their second year at the College; it is the highest honor bestowed by the College on its students. This year’s inductees joined the ranks of 21 students, more than 80 alumni, and four endowed professors.
Members of the Society demonstrate the characteristics outlined by Dr. Robert B. Pamplin, the Society’s founder: an exceptional blend of intellectual talent, dedication to the welfare of one’s community, the habit of physical fitness, and personal integrity. The Society includes members with a diversity of achievements, talents, majors and geographic representation.
Student Fellows determine, plan, and implement a number of programs that the Society sponsors to enhance the co-curricular educational environment of the College. Upon graduation from Lewis & Clark, fellows maintain their membership for life.