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Dear Lewis & Clark Community,

As we approach the end of Fall term, I am filled with gratitude for the continued support that all of our alumni, parents, friends and donors continue to demonstrate.

We have much to celebrate. At the College of Arts and Sciences we attracted the largest class of first year students and the most students of color in our history. Our undergraduate students continue to produce outstanding work, whether in the classroom, in the studio, or on stage. Our graduate and law school students are helping improve lives and solve problems in the community every day. In June, we publicly launched the College’s first comprehensive campaign in over 20 years and have already raised over $108 million towards our $155 million fundraising goal. Alumni, Parents, and Friends of the College endowed 41 new scholarships during the campaign and we met our fundraising target to begin the renovation of Templeton this December.

Faculty and Student Achievements

Individual students and faculty also continue to amaze. Undergraduate student government president Sarah Lind-MacMillan just learned she has received a prestigious Charles B. Rangel Fellowship, providing her with support for a graduate degree and a position with the Foreign Service. And that’s on top of being student body president, finishing up her senior year and serving on the Presidential Search Committee. We are so proud of Sarah and all our other excellent students!

A few highlights from the many faculty achievements this semester. At CAS, Pauls Toutonghi just had his new novel accepted for publication by Simon and Schuster. Greta Binford was awarded a $538K collaborative NSF grant for Data Science. Sharon Torigoe, along with colleagues Greg Hermann and Norma Velazquez Ulloa, received a NSF major research instrumentation grant. And Hannah Crummé, Head of Special Collections at Watzek library, led a successful effort to land a NEH grant for Building Humanities Collections for the Community.

The law school hired three new faculty members, in criminal law, business law and lawyering, bringing innovation and new ideas to its already excellent faculty. Professor of Lawyering and director of the Criminal Justice Reform Clinic, Aliza Kaplan, earned the highest honor from the Oregon State Bar for her work with students and the community. Additional faculty and staff with honors included professor Lisa Benjamin, who received the Huffman Scholarship Award, and Director of the Indian Law program, Dr. Carma Corcoran, who was named a Native Hope Fellow.

The Graduate School of Education and Counseling also enjoyed many high points, including partnering in the award of a five-year, $8.2 million grant from the Wallace Foundation to build an equity-focused pipeline to prepare school leaders. The Teacher Education Department launched a new part-time/hybrid elementary MAT designed to enroll cohorts of students who are working in partner k-12 schools. And the Community Counseling Center expanded its footprint by adding another 3,200 square feet to the off-campus facility run by the Graduate School. The expansion will be used to provide new clinical and studio space for the Art Therapy Program. Professor Jeffrey Christensen was elected as the President of the Oregon Counseling Association.

Presidential Search

Significant progress has also been made on selecting LC’s next President, who will take over when I retire this coming summer. Three highly qualified candidates were on campus during the last few weeks for tours and interviews with campus constituencies. The Search Committee is now in the process of determining its recommendation to the full Board of Trustees, which will make the final decision sometime early in the new year. We owe a great debt of gratitude to Search Committee Chairs Paula Hayes (BS ‘92) and Patrick Mahaffy (BA ‘85) for their tremendous leadership, and to the entire search committee for its hard work and diligence over the past several months.

Challenges

Despite the many accomplishments, Fall term has had its challenges. We all came together in August with great hope that the pandemic was waning, but that has not proven true. Our high rate of vaccination has kept the number of cases at LC down, but it hasn’t eliminated them. We are all tired after two years of this - and the new variant is only adding to people’s fear and anxiety.

Covid is not our only challenge. The country remains divided, setting a backdrop of tension we all must navigate. For higher education, one of the challenges is the perceived tension between freedom of expression on the one hand, and diversity, equity and inclusion on the other. Navigating this tension in a way that preserves academic freedom and maintains a welcoming classroom environment will require continued care and diligence.

Pulling Together

What strikes me most, however, are not the challenges we face, but the way we face them. The campus is a community that has demonstrated a remarkable ability to pull together, and to treat each other with grace and compassion. You, our alumni, parents, and donors, are an essential part of this community. I am proud and honored every day to be a Pio!

As the end of 2021 draws to a close, I hope you will consider making a donation to support this remarkable community and all that we’ve been able to accomplish. Join me in showing your admiration for our resilient students, caring staff, and supportive faculty by donating today.

Enjoy this holiday season as a time of rest, renewal, peace and harmony - and in looking forward to the new year with hope and enthusiasm.

Sincerely,


Wim Wiewel
President

 
 
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