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Launching Another Successful Day of Giving

Perhaps Interim President Ellis said it best, “On March 15, our community expressed its love for Lewis & Clark thousands of times over.”

2,099 times, to be exact. That’s how many gifts alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff, and friends from all three schools made in a 24-hour period, topping the ambitious goal of 2,000.

Gifts totaled more than $279,000 and unlocked $115,000 in matching funds from trustees, the president, deans, executive officers, and others. In an especially poignant tribute, the community’s generosity endowed the Shannon O’Leary Award, which will provide at least $2,000 each spring to a promising female student in physics or math. The award honors the beloved physics professor who, along with her husband, Adam Clausen, was killed in a traffic collision last December. The first recipients were Irene Duba BA ’17 and Katie Kowal BA ’17.

The annual Day of Giving rallies the community around the vital importance of supporting Lewis & Clark’s students, faculty, and many distinctive programs. This year’s highlights included Associate Professor of History Susan Glosser making a presentation on “Giving the Gift of Education”; students handing out 720 motivational cookies; seven furry friends tugging heartstrings and purse strings via social media; and the physics department rolling out its trebuchet, flinging 15 gourds in the name of philanthropy.

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