As new and returning students alike prepare for the start of the fall semester, Lewis & Clark is committed to providing an environment where every member of our community has the resources to be happy, healthy, and successful.
This week, Lewis & Clark was recognized for these efforts, earning distinction as one of only 25 schools on The Greatist’s 2015 list of healthiest colleges and universities in America.
“When putting together our list,” said The Greatist, an online publication focused on fresh perspectives on health and wellness, “we looked for schools that go above and beyond to create an environment where students have access to an array of healthy food, top-notch fitness facilities, and robust medical and mental health services.”
About Lewis & Clark, the article said this:
“Step foot on this campus in southern Portland, and you can’t help but want to spend time in the great outdoors. The campus includes 95 forested acres and miles of hiking trails. The school has made a name for itself with its sustainability program—it topped The Princeton Review’s list of green colleges this year.Many of the sustainability initiatives are integrally connected to helping students live healthier lives. In recent years, the school has promoted its bike-friendly campus, which includes a student-operated bike co-op to make repairs a cinch. When it comes to dining, the college ensures that at least one third of the food served is organically grown or locally sourced. The college also has dramatically reduced food waste by adding composting bins to the dining halls, and students can grab smaller bins for off-campus housing.
Speaking about the ranking, Dean of Students Anna Gonzalez said, “At Lewis & Clark, we’re constantly looking at ways to support the mental, physical, and overall health of our students, because one’s health plays a sizable role in having a positive and successful college experience. We’re proud to make this list and grateful for all the faculty and staff efforts that go into sustaining a healthy campus environment.”
The only Oregon school named by The Greatist—and one of only two institutions in the Pacific Northwest to make the list—Lewis & Clark first appeared in the ranking in 2012.
Northern side of proposed Career Center at night. Photo source: The Source of Lewis & Clark College
Roof patio for proposed Career Center on northern end of Templeton Campus Center. Photo source: The Source of Lewis & Clark College
View of proposed Career Center’s eastern side. Photo source: The Source of Lewis & Clark College
A new space for Lewis & Clark’s Career Development Center was one of the capital projects in the budget approved by the Board of Trustees on February 20. The to-be-constructed space will be built as an extension on the north end of Templeton Campus Center.
Construction of the center will begin before the end of the spring semester and finish in August, ready for occupancy in the 2015-16 academic year. The area in Albany Quadrangle currently occupied by the Career Development Center will become offices for Academic Advising.
The approximately 1,500-square-foot space will be built upon what is currently a patio outside the Trail Room and Bookstore. A roof deck, including a bioswale, will be constructed on top of the new center. The construction will also include other green features such as an earth tube for geothermal energy.
In addition to its highly visible new location, the office will gain a new, simplified name: the Career Center. But its mission will remain the same: to help students discover their goals and interests, connect to opportunities in the community that enrich their academic experience, and prepare for successful lives beyond Lewis & Clark.
The Career Center offers programs and services to students beginning with New Student Orientation and continuing through graduation and beyond. These services include workshops, visits to employers, networking events, and individual counseling.
Welcome, Tonya Daniel!
IME’s new Director, Tonya Daniel, started her role on July 13. Tonya holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies and Philosophy from The University of Alabama and a Master of Arts degree in Higher Education and Student Personnel from The University of Mississippi.
Tonya worked as the director of diversity and inclusion at Illinois College and was the assistant director of multicultural affairs at Illinois Wesleyan University. During her professional career, she has provided leadership in initiating programs related to diversity, inclusion and social justice. Tonya works to foster an inclusive and supportive environment for all students, staff and faculty. She is very passionate about and actively engaged with advancing efforts in the areas of equity, access, and social justice.