News from President Wiewel

Faculty and Staff Holiday Extravaganza

A week of celebration for faculty and staff. RSVP required by December 7. No exceptions! Planning for this event is crucial to safety.

Letter from President Wiewel, November 17, 2020

As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, I can’t express enough the gratitude I have for every member of our community. We have reckoned with great uncertainty during the pandemic, and the support of our wide community has buoyed our efforts.

Letter from President Wiewel, Oct. 29

With the general election just a few days away, and COVID-19 at crisis levels in many places, it is a good time to reexamine briefly why what we do at Lewis & Clark matters.

President Wiewel in the Oregonian: “Oregon’s Small Colleges, Universities Managing COVID-19 Successfully - So Far”

President Wim Wiewel led a group of Oregon private college and university presidents in a column that appeared in The Oregonian on Sunday, Oct. 25. The topic: how schools like Lewis & Clark have managed a return to in-person learning during the time of COVID-19.

Institutional Commitments Update, October 2020

In June, President Wiewel outlined nine Institutional Commitments the College would pursue as we work to diversify the campus and create an environment where all members of our community are seen, heard, and valued.

WeB4Me@LC: A Necessary Commitment to Community Health

We need your help to ensure the Lewis & Clark community remains healthy. Our Fall 2020 Reopening plan is designed to safeguard all of us. To succeed, everyone in the community–faculty, staff, and students–must act responsibly and follow rules and guidelines on healthy behaviors.

Sharing Professor Healy’s Protest Story with Congress

Last week, Associate Professor of History and Department Chair Maureen Healy was shot in the head by a “less lethal” round fired by a law enforcement officer.

Letter from President Wiewel, July 21

Our perception of time is elastic. When I note that more than 125 days have passed since we de-densified the campus and moved to online education, I have a sense of both, “That’s all?” and “Wow, that was fast!”

Statement on ICE Change Impacting International Students

The surprise proposed action announced earlier this week from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) would force international students to leave the United States if the colleges they attend are providing exclusively online or remote instruction. We vigorously oppose the new policy.

Important Guidance for the Fall Semester

We are incredibly eager to welcome you back to campus! To that end, we are working diligently to put a plan in place that will keep our community safe during on-campus, in-person instruction this fall.

Letter from President Wiewel, June 9

In response to a message we sent about the murder of George Floyd, I received many replies. Some were appreciative, others were critical…

A Message of Solidarity

The current unrest and uprising in our country, as well as our own backyard, has revealed with greater clarity than ever the divisions of race that continue to harm us. We are compelled to offer a statement to our community that recognizes this moment and calls on us to work together in support of a collective response.

Highlights of the May Board of Trustees Meeting

On May 7 and 8, due to COVID-19, the Board of Trustees held its first-ever virtual meeting via Zoom.

Letter from President Wiewel, May 21

We’ve reached a turning point, a time of natural transition from a semester as far from routine as most of us could imagine…

Letter from President Wiewel, May 7

My weekly letters have sought to keep you—our students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents, donors, and friends—informed about the ways we are responding to the impact of COVID-19 on our community…

Letter from President Wiewel, April 30

In the immortal words of Yogi Berra, “It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”

Letter from President Wiewel, April 23

“This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.” I’m reminded of Winston Churchill’s words…

Letter from President Wiewel, April 17

“The contagion of hope.” On Easter Sunday, Pope Francis used this phrase in his address to an empty St. Peter’s Basilica. It resonates with me in multiple ways.

We’re ALL IN

President Wiewel committed L&C to the ALL IN Campus Challenge. Do you know your registration status?

Letter from President Wiewel, April 9

Are we settling into a new normal? No one can answer with confidence. But for most of us, I think, each day is no longer built entirely from scratch…

Divesting From Fossil Fuels: A Progress Report

In February 2018, Lewis & Clark’s trustees voted unanimously to divest from fossil fuel holdings in the endowment. Following the first year of our divestment process, we reduced the exposure to publicly traded fossil fuel companies by over 50 percent. Read the full progress report to learn more.

President Wiewel Joins Business and Civic Leaders Standing Against Hate, Violence

President Wiewel joined with a coalition assembled by Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler ahead of the planned Aug. 17 “alt-right” rally in downtown Portland.

Eric Staab Named Vice President for Admissions and Financial Aid

President Wim Wiewel announced today that Eric Staab will become vice president for admissions and financial aid. Staab, who currently serves as Dean of Admission and Financial Aid at Kalamazoo College in Michigan, will begin on October 7.