WAYS TO GIVE

Your donations “Open the Door to Opportunity” for individuals in need. Support of the Southwestern Oregon Community College Foundation benefits all ages of people in our communities and helps ensure a productive future for the college.

When considering a charitable gift, first think about what you want your gift to accomplish. The Foundation will work with you to explore options. We’ll help you decide the type of asset you want to gift, when to give, tax deductibility and how your gift is valued.

GIVE NOW!

Make a gift to the SWOCC Foundation online!

 

Welcome to the Southwestern Oregon Community College Foundation

Our mission is to support Southwestern Oregon Community College through promotion of philanthropy to improve people’s lives – socially, culturally, economically and educationally – through Friend-raising and Fundraising.

Thanks to continuous annual support by generous donors and endowments, the SWOCC Foundation awarded more than $78,000 in scholarships this year. We’ve been able to invest $5,000 annually in faculty innovation and collaboration on campus. And we’ve been able to grow interest among young people in the arts through our Visions art exhibits and competitions in partnership with the Coos Art Museum.

 

 

The Southwestern Oregon Community College Foundation is a tax-exempt 501 (c) (3) public foundation organized exclusively for the purpose of supporting higher education in connection with Southwestern Oregon Community College.

The Foundation was incorporated in 1962 and has assets of approximately $3 million, including endowments, temporarily restricted funds and unrestricted funds. A volunteer Board of Trustees leads the Foundation and assets are managed by a team of financial professionals. 

The Foundation is actively involved in engaging charitable contributions and long-term gift-giving to support: 

  • scholarships for our students
  • the arts
  • college construction projects
  • academic excellence and programs

   

These volunteers give their time and talent to benefit the communities of the college district and individuals of all ages who engage in the programs the college provides.

Mark Wall

Mark Wall

Roseburg Resources Co.

Vice Chairman
Jean Kyle

Jean Kyle

Retired Educator

Secretary
Dr. Patti Gates

Dr. Patti Gates

Coos Bay Vision Center

Treasurer
Brenda Brecke

Brenda Brecke

Brecke Enterprises LLC

Dr. John Flaxel

Dr. John Flaxel

Bay Eye Clinic, Retired

Judy Mogan

Judy Mogan

My Yarn Shop

Terri Porcaro

Terri Porcaro

The Mill Casino Hotel & RV Park

Randy Rema

Randy Rema

Reese Electric

Bridgett Wheeler

Bridgett Wheeler

Coquille Indian Tribe

Jim Young

Jim Young

Oregon Department of Forestry, retired

Becky Conary

Becky Conary

US Bank Brookings

Dora Daniels

Dora Daniels

Education Advocate

Carolyn Thompson

Carolyn Thompson

Carolyn D. Thompson, CPA LLC

  

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Visions High School Art Competition 

The Southwestern Foundation supports the expansion of the campus’ permanent art collection in collaboration with the Coos Art Museum. Through the Visions art program, the museum and Foundation sponsor a competition among high school students in southwestern Oregon. The event promotes the arts with purchase award and two-year SWOCC tuition waivers for the three top artists. The winning pieces are added to the Foundation’s permanent collection and displayed in the Hales Center for the Performing Arts and in offices throughout campus.

Expressions West

For a limited number of years, the Foundation partnered with the Coos Art Museum on the Expressions West juried exhibition featuring the works of hundreds of painters throughout the western United States. The Foundation acquired the top three pieces of art for display in the lobby of the Hales Center for the Performing Arts and the Oregon Coast Culinary Institute building on Southwestern’s Coos Bay campus. 

  

 

Your donations “Open the Door to Opportunity” for individuals in need. Support of the Southwestern Oregon Community College Foundation benefits all ages of people in our communities and helps ensure a productive future for the college. Support not only benefits students directly, it can build programs and bring improvements to the campuses in Coos Bay and Brookings.

When considering a charitable gift, first think about what you want your gift to accomplish. The Foundation will work with you to explore options. We’ll help you decide the type of asset you want to gift, when to give, tax deductibility and how your gift is valued.

Some people would like to make a substantial donation to support our mission, but feel they’re not in a position to give up a large portion of their income. It’s always good to consult with your attorney, accountant and other financial professionals as we work through this process, particularly in creative gift planning to identify “hidden assets” that allow you to fulfill your charitable intentions without harming cash flow.

Within this web site, we’ve provided information to introduce you to the possibilities for giving. Also, you are welcome to discuss opportunities with the Foundation. Please contact:

Elise Hamner, Executive Director
1988 Newmark Ave.
Coos Bay, OR 97420
541.888.7211
foundation@socc.edu


Cash and In-Kind Gifts

 

You may give the gift of cash in the form of a check or by way of credit card at any time. Gifts to the Foundation’s Annual Fund are unrestricted and give the Foundation more flexibility to allocate funds to the areas of highest need. Donations can be made online or by mail to:

SWOCC Foundation
1988 Newmark Avenue
Coos Bay, OR 97420

You can contribute to annual scholarships through a direct gift annually for the exact amount needed for an award. The scholarship may be renewed on an annual basis by the donor.

  

Many companies will match an employee’s charitable contribution to the Southwestern Foundation. Check with your company’s policy to explore the possibilities. In addition, Southwestern’s staff and faculty contribute to scholarships and programs funds through monthly payroll deductions. This is an opportunity for staff and faculty to support students in need and fund innovative programs and equipment needs. 

Payroll Deduction Form

 

The Southwestern Foundation accepts in-kind gift donations. If you are planning to donate an item to the College, please contact the Foundation to ensure it will benefit the College. These donations go toward assisting our faculty in delivering an excellent education, while helping our students reach their educational goals.

Corporate Donations

  

The Southwestern Foundation encourages corporations to partner with us to improve people’s lives – socially, culturally, economically and educationally. Corporate donations can strengthen programs that build a more educated and skilled workforce. They create opportunities for community members of all ages to participate in and experience the arts, educational and recreational endeavors.

Corporations also have the ability to achieve long-term recognition and naming opportunities by partnering with the college in equipment investments and capital construction projects. These partnerships can bring lasting community benefit for decades.

Corporate donors also receive public thanks and recognition in annual publications.

Planned Gifts

  

The Foundation is deeply appreciative of these kinds of investments in our students and programs. There are many flexible options for individuals, families, organizations and businesses to support students and programs through endowments.

When an individual, organization or group of individuals creates a named endowment scholarship, it is established in perpetuity. It is a very special way to honor a family member or friend and ensures a person’s values and interests are preserved into the future.

An endowment can be started with a single gift or a combination of gifts over four years totaling at least $10,000. The principal of the fund is never spent. It is invested for income and growth, with annual distributions paid from the endowment growth to support the interests of the donor.

  

Some donors find it convenient to make an Outright Gift of stock to the Southwestern Foundation.  This may make good financial sense and there can be tax advantages. 

Tax laws allow a donor to deduct the entire market value of the stock, including capital appreciation. This works because a charitable organization is able to liquidate the stock for its full value. As a result, your donation is counted at the full stock value at the time of sale and the income tax is lower since you deduct the gift amount from your income. You also are not subject to capital gains on the appreciation. 

Another option is to fund a Life-Income Gift with stock. In this instance, a donor may need continued income from investment. A donor can establish a gift now that will pay an income to the donor and a beneficiary for the rest of his or her life. At the donor’s end of life, the asset is transferred to the Foundation. 

Make a Bargain Sale 

Say you want to sell a home, either your main residence or other property. You certainly can exclude part of the capital gains tax on your main residence’s appreciation in value if you meet certain qualifications. What about a home that’s not your residence? A Bargain Sale may provide a way to contribute to Southwestern and receive tax advantages.

The Bargain Sale rule in tax law applies when you sell a property to a qualified charitable organization, such as the College Foundation, at a price below market value. The difference between the market value and sale price qualifies as the charitable contribution. The key benefits are:

  • Income tax savings on the difference between market value and final sale price.
  • Capital gains tax reduction – The long-term appreciation in the gift property is prorated between the sale and gift portions. You only pay capital gains tax on the “sale” part, not the “gift” part. Plus, the savings on your income tax deduction on the “gift” portion may offset the capital gains on the “sale” portion. 
  • Less worry – You receive cash promptly and don’t have to worry about selling the property.

Gift a home, commercial real estate or property

For some donors, a present or future real estate gift offers the opportunity to greatly benefit the college, but also qualify the donor for valuable income tax and estate tax savings. It also can free the donor of the burdensome tasks involved in selling the property or leaving it to estate liquidation. 

  • Tax considerations – If you make an outright real estate gift, you would avoid capital gains tax on a property sale. You also would receive an income tax charitable deduction equal to the property’s full fair market value instead of the low cost basis. The deduction lets you reduce the cost of making the gift and frees cash that otherwise would have been used to pay for taxes and upkeep. Also, you avoid the tax on the property’s appreciation, the transfer isn’t subject to the gift tax and the gift reduces the size of your taxable estate. The real estate gift deduction generally is limited to 30% of a donor’s gross income, with a five-year carryover of the unused deduction.
  • When to give – If you’d like to occupy and enjoy the full use of your home for life, you can still secure a current charitable deduction by deeding a remainder interest in the property to the College Foundation. The personal residence rules also apply to a farm, vacation home, condominium or stock in a cooperative housing corporation – if used by you. A farm may include acreage with or without the house.

Donate your home as a Retained Life Estate

You can gift your home, receive a charitable deduction for it and avoid being subject to capital gains tax – even though you plan to continue living there. This is called the “Retained Life Estate.”

  • Immediate tax savings – While you can live in your home the rest of your life, you also could consider retaining the right to rent it or allow a survivor to enjoy life occupancy. By deeding your home to the Foundation now, subject to any of these rights, you can still obtain a sizable income tax deduction this year. The amount depends on the property value and your age or the age of a person given life use. The same deduction opportunity is available for a farm, vacation home, condominium, or stock in a cooperative housing corporation if the property is used as a personal residence.
  • Estate tax savings – When you leave the home to your spouse through a will or joint ownership, it’s generally not subject to federal estate tax. However, if you want one of your children, relative or friend to live in the home after your lifetime, you would pay a substantial tax to leave them the property. The Retained Life Estate provides a way to let someone other than your spouse have occupancy without associated tax payments. 
  • Partial use tax savings – If you have a home you don’t occupy year-round, such as a vacation home, you can make a deductible gift to the Foundation of an undivided interest, allowing the Foundation exclusive use of the property for part of each year. As a result, you would be entitled to an income tax charitable deduction based on the use percentage of the property’s fair market value. 

Many people would like to make a substantial donation to support the Foundation and College, but feel they’re not in a position to give up a large portion of their income. A gift of life insurance can be the best way to make a large gift to the Foundation at a small cost to a donor. Here are benefits to consider:

  • Decrease taxes – through an income tax charitable deduction when you name the SWOCC Foundation as the beneficiary and assign the Foundation ownership. 
  • Increase spendable income  – when you no longer have to pay the policy premiums. Or, make the gift and continue paying the premiums and you’ll be able to claim the premium amount as an annual tax deduction. 
  • Reduce estate taxes – when the proceeds are completely removed from your taxable estate, as long as you do not retain any ownership.
  • Easier to arrange – Transferring policy ownership does not require the legal expense of preparing a will or codicil.

If you’re still building your estate or have a young family, you may need to keep your life insurance for your children’s financial protection until they are on their own and or until there are sufficient assets to protect your spouse. There still may be ways to leverage a life insurance policy to benefit the Foundation. Options include:

  • Name the Foundation as one of the beneficiaries by percentage.
  • Name the Foundation as a contingent beneficiary. That means the Foundation would receive the proceeds should a primary beneficiary die before the donor.
  • Create a trust to receive the policy proceeds. Then the funds are invested for a family member’s support after the donor’s lifetime. When that person dies, the trust remainder is paid to the Foundation.

While these three options will not entitle you to an income tax deduction, they will satisfy a donor’s desire to use the policy for family responsibilities and support the Foundation later.

Did you know Retirement Plan Assets face double taxation? If you leave the assets to heirs, the asset is diminished by both estate taxes and the recipient must pay income taxes on the inheritance.

Undoubtedly, a donor’s decision to donate the remainder of retirement assets depends on family members’ circumstances. Their needs come first. However, for donors who make other provisions for family, charitable gifting can be an excellent option for use of retirement assets. 

  • Types of retirement plans – There are two types of qualified retirement plans: annuity or individual account plans. Annuity plans are generally referred to as defined benefit plans.
    • They pay regular retirement income to a participant. Since these payments typically terminate upon the death of the participant or surviving spouse, there’s usually nothing available to give to a charitable organization.
    • Individual account plans resemble tax-sheltered savings accounts (individual retirement accounts, 401(k)s, money purchase plans, profit-sharing plans and employee stock ownership plans). If a participant dies before the entire account is paid out, the remaining balance can be transferred to a charitable organization or heir. 
  • Avoiding tax impact – After your lifetime, the undistributed balance in a retirement plan account is distributed and taxed to someone else, either your estate or an heir. Because a charitable organization, such as the Foundation, is tax-exempt, the deferred income in your qualified retirement account may never be taxed if you name the Foundation as a beneficiary. That way, you ensure 100% of your retirement plan assets will support your philanthropic objectives.
  • How to donate a retirement account – To leave the balance of an account to the Foundation after your lifetime, simply advise the plan administrator of your wish and sign the required form. For an IRA or Keogh plan you administer personally, notify the custodian in writing and keep a copy of the notice with your valuable papers. 
    • If you’re married, your surviving spouse is usually entitled to receive the entire amount in certain qualified plans, except IRAs. Your spouse may be willing to execute a written waiver, or after your death, a qualified disclaimer. You also could name the Foundation as a second or percentage beneficiary.

Certain life income plans, such as a charitable remainder trust, can substantially increase your income and provide significant tax savings. Plus, these trusts can allow you to support a charitable organization at a relatively low cost.

There are two types of charitable remainder trusts – The annuity trust and the unitrust.

Annuity Trust – When you create an annuity trust, you receive a fixed sum each year. You have the security of knowing that you receive the same dollar amount. When a donor dies, the Foundation receives the annuity’s remaining funds, which can be substantial.

Unitrust – Creation of a Unitrust allows you to receive payments annually until your death, when the remaining balance would transfer to the College Foundation. Payments are determined by multiplying a fixed percentage by the fair market value of the trust assets, which are revalued each year.

Benefits

  • You receive a sizable income tax charitable deduction for a portion of the fair market value of the assets placed in the trust.
  • When you use appreciated securities to fund the trust, you are not taxed on capital gains.
  • Your tax deduction for a gift-funded with long-term securities is based on their full fair market value.
  • If you or your spouse are the only income recipients, the value of the trust will not be taxable for federal estate tax purposes.

Donate to a scholarship or create your own!

Thanks to the continuous support of our generous donors, the Southwestern Foundation awarded $78,000 in direct scholarships this year to 70 students. Even with these scholarship awards, there are many additional students in need of financial assistance with tuition, fees, books and other expenses.

Many of these students are recent high school graduates. Many others are non-traditional students attending college later in life, while working and raising families. Each year, approximately 3,100 students attend Southwestern full-time. Of those students, 92 percent qualify for some form of financial aid. In addition to direct Foundation scholarships, the College also provides approximately $800,000 annually in direct assistance and tuition waivers to students attending Southwestern.

Your gifts to scholarships and programs through the Foundation most importantly support students, but gifting also demonstrates your commitment to education and ensuring our communities thrive.

Testimonials

Kara Sharrai
“I am very thankful and blessed that I received a scholarship this school year. The extra money has helped me in many ways. I drive 60 miles a day to and from school. I am able to work less and spend more time on school work which is very important to me. I'm very fortunate that someone took the consideration to help me and my child, because she is going to benefit from her mother having a career. I appreciate this program and the opportunity to be one of the students who has benefited from it and its contributors. Many thanks to all of those involved, it has helped tremendously.”

Tyler Shuey
“When someone believes enough in you to invest in you, it's awesome. Without the $1,000, it would have been up to me and my parents to cover. Quite honestly I don't know how we could've done it. The contribution aided in the successful completion of my second year in college.”

Sue Mathews
“With this award, I will be able to complete my nursing degree here at Southwestern. There are no words to describe how grateful I am to donors like you who put such a high priority into helping others achieve their goals through education.”

Clayton Messerle
"The Foundation scholarship was one of my ‘make it or break’ scholarships that ended up paying for my college tuition. It's definitely a scholarship worth pursuing and I wish all those who have or will apply the best of luck."

Marya Gogoleva
"I am very thankful for the scholarships I have gotten throughout my senior year in North Bend High School and my freshman year in Southwestern Oregon Community College. I came from another country, and starting from the bottom up was a journey of a life time... Thank you for all that you have done for me."

2014 Distinguished Alumnus Boyd Bjorkquist
“Today, we know that for most young people to pursue the careers that will provide them with a reliable and financially secure future they need education beyond high school. Scholarships are vital to ensuring people can go to college and improve their future. You can help. I encourage you to take a step and support scholarships through the SWOCC Foundation in whatever way you can.” Awaiting quote

Foundation Scholarship Listing 2015-16

SWOCC Foundation Scholarship Application – Available Dec. 1, 2015

Grossman Emergency Scholarship

This scholarship is for SWOCC students who are experiencing an emergency situation that would prevent them from attending current classes. There is a $250 maximum award per student per academic year.

Grossman Scholarship

phase twoHelp SWOCC build a top-quality program

The SWOCC Foundation and Roseburg, the forest products company, have issued a challenge to individuals and the natural resources industry to fund the two-year development of the new Associate of Science (AS) degree program with a forestry emphasis.

Donors are funding the faculty position and initial equipment purchases. We are approximately halfway to the funding goal.

The college offered a forestry degree through the early 2000s, but funding cuts forced closure of the program. In the years since, regional timber industry employers have found it challenging to hire sufficient numbers of trained forestry professionals to replace retiring employees and support the growing complexities and demands of the industry. To help provide those workers, the college has worked in coordination with the industry and Oregon State University (OSU) to create a transferable forestry degree program. OSU has recently approved a course-by-course articulation – the first such agreement between the OSU Professional Program in Forestry and a community college. We are excited to be able to offer it here at Southwestern.

Program benefits

  • A student who completes Southwestern’s forestry degree program would be able to transfer to OSU as a junior directly into OSU’s Pro school forestry program ultimately leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry. The articulation agreement ensures that all credits and coursework completed at Southwestern will be accepted by OSU.
  • Graduates will have industry specific skills to obtain summer, seasonal and/or permanent employment.

Additional goals

  • Creation of a permanent faculty position for instruction, and further development of curriculum and partnerships within the industry.
  • Creation of an articulated AS degree in natural resources (wildlife, recreation, fisheries) in partnership with Oregon State University.

Long-term program sustainability

  • After two years of program development, the college will build the position into the annual budget. After two years and with a target enrollment of 20 students annually achieved, the program will be sustainably funded going forward through tuition, fees and state reimbursement on a FTE basis per student.

To help the Foundation and College benefit from this exciting opportunity, please consider making a donation toward this challenge.

For information and to discuss giving options please contact:

Elise Hamner, Foundation Executive Director
541.888.7211
foundation@socc.edu

The Laker Club is Southwestern Oregon Community College’s alumni association. Membership in the club is free and there are no annual dues to all former students who have passed at least one class at SWOCC. Being a member of the Laker Club entitles you to free admission to all Laker Club events. The Club also strives to keep members informed of SWOCC news and events, and gives members an opportunity to connect with other alumni.

Our Vision

The Laker Club Alumni Association will provide opportunities to promote, support, serve, reconnect and celebrate Southwestern’s students and community.

Our Mission

The purpose of the Laker Club is to develop a network to honor the college’s history, to instill pride and to create a legacy.

The Laker Club sells Legacy Bricks to help alumni, former staff and college supporters to commemorate their experiences on campus and with Oregon first Community College District. The bricks are permanently placed in the Henry Hansen Union Square in the center of campus. Proceeds support the club’s activities and the annual Laker Legacy Alumni Scholarship. 

Legacy Brick 8x8 Order Form 

Reserve a permanent brick for a minimum donation of $200.

Legacy Brick 4x4 Order Form

Reserve a permanent brick for a minimum donation of $100.

Payments can be made online at GIVE. Please submit order form by email to foundation@socc.edu or send to:

SWOCC Foundation
1988 Newmark Ave.
Coos Bay, OR 97420

  • John Breuer, president
    Southwest Physical Therapy owner
  • Jean Kyle, secretary
    Kyle Electric Inc. and SWOCC Foundation
  • LaMont Swinson, treasurer
    First Community Credit Union
  • Jeremy Jones
    SWOCC
  • Karl Kennedy
    ORCA Communications
  • Stephanie Kilmer
    K-DOCK Radio
  • Deb Nicholls
    SWOCC
  • Jim Young
    SWOCC Foundation

The Southwestern Oregon Community College Distinguished Alumni Award is given annually to a person who has graduated from Southwestern and made significant contributions to his or her profession or society in general. While each Distinguished Alumni’s story and accomplishments are unique, all recognize that their educational experience at Southwestern played a very important role in their lifetime achievements.

Distinguished Alumni Award Guidelines

2014 Boyd Bjorkquist
Retired Educator, Coach and Athletic Director
A Marshfield High School graduate, Boyd started his career teaching at Neah-Kah-Nie High School at Rockaway Beach, Ore., became North Bend High School’s athletic director for 15 years, and then co-athletic director at Marshfield during 2012-13.

Having discovered his passion early on – athletics and teaching, Boyd became a member of Southwestern’s tennis team in the early ‘70s before continuing his education at Southern Oregon University, Eastern Oregon University, and Lewis and Clark College where he completed a master’s in social studies and received his administrative license. As a teacher, coach, student activities director and athletic director for more than 35 years, Boyd has helped shape the character of many young men and women and empowered those around him to advance their careers.

“The academic and athletic opportunities I enjoyed at Southwestern helped shape my future. Southwestern provided a great experience for me.”

2013
Stan Goodell
Retired Educator/Retired Cross Country and Track & Field Coach, Hidden Valley High School
“My instructors, advisors and coaches challenged me during my two years at SWOCC. They didn’t tell me I had to be the best, but to be the best I could be. That challenge opened the door for a career that has endured for more than 37 years.”

2012
Kathy Laird, R.N. M.N./CEO Waterfall Clinic
“The positive experience I enjoyed while at Southwestern continued well past my role as student and continued for the 11 years that I was employed as nursing faculty (1990-2001).”

2011
Linda Prefontaine, Western Region Sales, Pennington Crossarm Co./Owner, Prefontaine Productions LLC
“My intentions are to set up a scholarship program to help young females who have demonstrated a talent in music, arts, or athletics but don’t have the funds to pursue their dreams.”

2010
Michael “Mick” Sneddon, Fire Chief, Charleston Rural Fire Protection District
“My education from Southwestern has meant a world of knowledge and has opened doors, giving me the skills to seek what I need to excel.”

2009
Mary Stricker, Retired Library Director, Southwestern Oregon Community College
“Southwestern gave me confidence to continue my education, which ultimately changed my life.”

2008
Fran Worthen, Co-owner, Pacific Properties/Retired Track & Field Coach, Marshfield High School
“There were so many things offered at the community college that just got you excited; all of them shape the fabric of a person’s mind and emotions and they were all relevant. The community college opened doors for lifelong learning.”

2007
Peggy Goergen, Former Curry Campus Dean, Southwestern Oregon Community College
“Southwestern made it entirely possible for me to do what I wanted to do, which was work in education. Even though I did not obtain a degree from Southwestern, I would not have been able to obtain a degree at all without Southwestern.”

2006
Chuck McKay, President, McKay’s and Price ‘N’ Pride
“I don’t think there’s an end to learning for any of us. My goal was not the credential or the diploma so much as the education and I certainly got that.”

2005
Cynthia Ball, CFO/Vice President of Administration, Coos Bay Lumber Company
“At Southwestern, I received more than just an education. I learned how to set goals and then achieve those goals.”

2004
Karl Kennedy, President and Chief Technical Officer, ORCA Communications
“Some of my fondest Southwestern memories are of science and economics classes, and being on the wrestling team.”

2003
Robert “Gray” Jones, Poet and English teacher, American International School of Vienna
“A large portion of the credit for everything that happened to me at Southwestern I owe to the professors I met there. Coming to the college was like walking into a dream that just kept on going once I left.”

2002
John D. Breuer, Physical Therapist, Southwest Physical Therapy LLC and John Breuer Rehabilitation Services
“Southwestern helped me refocus and become excited about college again. It is where my lifelong interest in science began.”

2001
Michael Hennick, Sr., Owner, Hennick’s Home Center Inc.
“Southwestern allowed me to get a job in the forestry industry with skills that were directly applicable to the job.”

2000
Peter Ruppe, Former Global Product Director, Nike Inc.
“The preparation at Southwestern really helped. The teachers were really outstanding and serious. They helped me focus and master what it took to do well in school.”

1999
Chuck Knight, Former Chief of Police, Coos Bay Police Department
“The value of the College’s program, whether it’s criminal justice or any other program, is that it’s well-rounded and you get a good education.”

1998
Tsianina Means, 1997 ESPN Fitness America Champion/1993 Miss Coos County
“I received a strong education, enjoyed the highly competitive athletic scene and made true, lifelong friendships.”

1997
Mark Nightingale, engineer, Tektronix
“Southwestern can prepare you for anything, because it’s really the person, not the job. I encourage every student to follow his or her dream.”

1996
Don Hall, CPA, managing partner, Yergen and Meyer, LLP
“The counselors and professors really care about the students and take a sincere interest in them. It really made a difference to me.”

1995
Dr. Annette McGregor, Assistant Professor in the Theatre Division of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana
“I look back on my experiences at Southwestern as critical to my development as an artist, a teacher and a human being.”

1994
Peter Sorenson, Eugene attorney and former Oregon State Senator
“I took a geography class and ended up getting a BA and MA in geography because of the good start I got at Southwestern.”

1993
Mary Miller, Executive Director and CEO of the Oregon, Idaho, Montana Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
“Southwestern has become a Miller family tradition.”

1992
Steve Greif, history teacher, North Bend High School
“I am proud of the fact that I’ve come back to the community from Southwestern and that I’ve made my contributions here.”

Coming soon...

Elise Hamner  
Executive Director of College Foundation and Resource Development
Office: Tioga, 5th FL 503
Phone: 541.888.7211
Email: elise.hamner@socc.edu  

Cathy Chisum Foundation
Office Coordinator
Office: Tioga, 5th FL 503
Phone: 541.888.7209
Email: cathy.chisum@socc.edu

Foundation Office
Southwestern Oregon Community College
1988 Newmark Avenue
Coos Bay, OR 97420
1.800.962.2838 ext. 7211 or 541.888.7211
foundation@socc.edu

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