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President's Letter

President's Letter, Spring-2023
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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?”

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

   Holi Festival Celebration     On March 8, Lewis & Clark held a celebration of the Holi Festival on the Great Plat Lawn. Holi (pron...

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