Catalyst for Change

By Steve Dodge, Rachel Burbank '09, and Leanne Santella '09

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As a current student, Anna McGeehan '09 is seemingly a long way from the effects of the Vietnam War. However, her high school history teacher, a veteran of the war, inspired a pivotal shift in her life by reading letters from soldiers to the class. The raw emotion of the letters shook her but also inspired her to stand up and make a difference, a shift from innocence to awareness.

With the encouragement of her family, friends and professors, she has become a force in the local environmental movement. She was one of the student organizers for Pacific's participation in the national Focus the Nation global warming event this past January, and interned for The Lazar Foundation, an organization dedicated to funding innovative projects to protect the environment of the Pacific Northwest. McGeehan was also honored as the Oregon representative for the Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship Student Congress, a national event which includes top college students from every state in discussions on how to approach conflict resolution, diplomacy and negotiation. Anna intends to continue to raise awareness on environmental issues and is thinking of taking her activism to law school to continue to be an agent of change.