L&C Magazine | Spring 2023

Featured Stories

  • Moss Musings

    Lewis & Clark’s Natural History Club invites students to appreciate nature through a variety of creative programs and activities, including Moss Appreciation Week.

  • Counseling During COVID

    The COVID-19 era brings a tremendous need for mental health care, while transforming the way services are delivered.

  • Fighting Words

    In a time of significant political polarization, how do the first amendment’s free speech protections inform civil discourse?

  • Entrepreneurship Pays High Dividends

    Almost a decade since its founding, the John E. and Susan S. Bates Center for Entrepreneurship and Leadership has continued to flourish.

President's Letter

Dear L&C Community

As I sit down to write this letter, I am filled with a tremendous sense of gratitude. Gratitude that I am part of a community that is so strong and resilient. And gratitude that the first response of community members in times of challenge—or opportunity—is “What can I do to help?”

Campaign News


  • Purveyor of Pattern

    Melanie Nead BA ’04, founder and creative director of Lonesome Pictopia, strives to make the Pacific Northwest beautiful through wallpaper, murals, and other decorative goods.

  • The Big Red Bus Drives Outdoor Exploration

    Micah Leinbach BA ’14, founder of the Bus for Outdoor Access &Teaching (BOAT), serves community organizations interested in implementing wilderness programs.

  • Celebrating 50 Years of Friendship

    Inga Spencer BA ’73, MAT ’78 and Marie Maita Grant BS ’73, MAT ’79 earned their bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from Lewis & Clark during the same time period.

  • Spotlighting Conservation Through the Eye of the Tiger

    Tiger 24, a documentary by Warren Pereira BA ’99, was released in 2022 to strong acclaim. It’s contributing to public awareness of tiger conservation and raising questions about human relationships to large predators in their natural habitats.


A Force for Nature: Nancy Russell’s Fight to Save the Columbia River Gorge

Bowen Blair JD ’80 pens a biography of Nancy Russell and her successful campaign to establish and protect the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Bowen tells the story of the unlikely activist who fought one of the most fiercely contested conservation battles of the 1980s, interweaving it with the natural and political history of the legendary landscape that inspired her. Oregon State University Press, 2022. 320 pages.

Being Somebody and Black Besides: An Untold Memoir of Midcentury Black Life

Zeb Larson BA ’10 coedits George B. Nesbitt’s immersive multigenerational memoir that recounts the hopes, injustices, and triumphs of a Black family fighting for access to the American dream in the 20th century. University of Chicago Press, 2021. 360 pages.

Copycat: Nature-Inspired Design Around the World

Christy Hale BA ’77, MAT ’80 offers a collection of poetry, augmented by photography, that focuses on inventions and designs inspired by nature. She shows examples of how mimicry of natural strategies can lead inventors to fascinating breakthroughs in technology. Copycat was listed as one of the New York Public Library’s Best Books of 2022 and as one of the Best Science Books for Kids of 2022. Lee & Low Books, 2022. 40 pages.

Kids in America: A Gen X Reckoning

Liz Prato BA ’89 offers this collection of essays that delves into her upbringing as a member of Gen X in Denver. Her essays deal with the myriad topics affecting her generation—many of which are similar to those affecting today’s youth, although others are different. Her writing examines the roles of racism, rape culture, and mental illness in a time that predatesthe marginal progress we’ve made on these issues today. Santa Fe Writer’s Project, 2022, 210 pages.

Nightmare on the Scottie: The Maiden Voyage of a Doomed King Crabber

Stephen Orsini BA ’70 recounts his real-life voyage with L&C classmate Ross Fearey BS ’70, JD ’76, when both were college seniors, aboard the Scottie. Dreaming of a tropical cruise, they signed on as part of a small crew delivering a boat to Seattle via the Panama Canal. “What could possibly go wrong?” they reasoned. With an inept, hard-partying captain and faulty mechanics, Scottie sailed into a massive Caribbean storm. They barely escaped the nightmare with their lives—and one outrageous, thrilling sea story. Washington State University Press/Basalt Books, 2022. 158 pages.

The Carcass Undressed

Linda Eguiluz MA ’17 pens her debut poetry collection that explores the maladies of the body and their consequences. Usingfree verse and confessional poetry, Eguiluz organizes her collection into three sections addressing the body, the bones, and the heart. Atmosphere Press, 2022. 52 pages.

Wellness Counseling: A Holistic Approach to Prevention and Intervention

Abigail Conley MA ’06 coauthors a guide to wellness counseling from a holistic perspective. She is is an assistant professor of counseling and special education at Virginia Commonwealth University. She is affiliated with the Institute for Women’s Health. American Counseling Association, 2019. 340 pages.

A Panoply of Polygons

Roger Nelsen, professor emeritus of mathematics, coauthors a text that presents and organizes hundreds of beautiful, surprising, and intriguing results about polygons with more than four sides. It can be used as a supplement to a high school or college geometry course and is accessible to anyone with an interest in plane geometry. American Mathematical Society, 2023. 267 pages.

Coping With Grief: My Personal Journey of Learning to Overcome Sorrow

Ray Smythe MAT ’75 reflects on how to navigate sorrow following the death of a loving partner. He hopes to motivate readers to live a full life after loss.Self-published, 2022. 92 pages.

Disability and Life Writing in Post-Independence Ireland

Elizabeth Grubgeld BA ’74 authors the first book to examine life writing and disability in the context of Irish culture. Ranging from childhood memoir to contemporary blogging practices, the book analyzes a century of autobiographical writing about the social, psychological, economic, and physical dimensions of living with disabilities. It won the 2020 Robert Rhodes Prize for Books on Literature from the American Conference for Irish Studies.Palgrave Macmillan, 2020. 181 pages.

Mistakes Were Made

Meryl Wilsner BA ’11 authors their second novel, a modern love story that follows a woman attending a family weekend at her daughter’s college and her ensuing inadvertent romance with a student (who also happens to be her daughter’s best friend). The novel was one of the Washington Post’s Best Romance Novels of 2022 as well asone of Buzzfeed’s best books of 2022. Griffin, 2022. 352 pages.

Tax Issues for Immigrants: A Practical Guide to Understanding Tax Law for Immigrant Taxpayers

Sarah Lora, associate clinical professor and director of the Lewis & Clark Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic, coauthors this text that provides guidance for legal practitioners on tax and immigration issues. ABA Publishing, 2022. 92 pages.

The Right Thing to Do

Jeffrey Cousins BS ’85 pensa sci-fi adventure in which a cap- tured alien reveals that its fellow aliens created humans who are merely robots. The human race has different reactions to the news. What happens to human values? Should human laws remain? Should humans still have compas-sion for each other? Draft2Digital, 2022. Kindle edition.

Holi Festival Celebration

On March 8, Lewis & Clark held a celebration of the Holi Festival on the Great Plat Lawn. Holi (pronounced “Ho-li”) is a festival of colors that symbolizes the power of good over evil. Grounded in ancient Hindu tradition, the festival wel- comes the beginning of spring. Lewis &Clark celebrated Holi with color pow- der, traditional Indian snacks, music, and lots of energy. The event was sponsored by the Office of Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement, the Office of Equity and Inclusion, and the Office of Spiritual Life.

Suhail Akram BA ’24