SWOCC ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
Membership in the Alumni Association is free and there are no annual dues to all former students who have passed at least one class at Southwestern. Being a member of the Laker Alumni Association entitles you to free admission to all Association events. The Association also strives to keep members informed of Southwestern news and events, and gives members an opportunity to connect with other alumni.
Our 2018 Distinguished Alumna
"I believe none of us make it to our goals alone,
and I feel when we succeed at our goals,
we should pay that forward by advocating
in our own communities. I am an activist for
the vulnerable and disenfranchised. Whether
that’s abused children, battered women or
neglected animals, I try to be a voice for
those who have no voice.”
The Laker Alumni Association will provide opportunities to promote, support, serve, reconnect and celebrate Southwestern’s students and community.
The purpose of the Alumni Association is to develop a network to honor the College’s history, to instill pride and to create a legacy.
Each year during the annual Homecoming celebration, Southwestern Oregon Community College's Alumni Association honors former athletes, teams, coaches and those who have had a large impact on the school, its athletes and athletic program.
To nominate someone, submit a nomination form.
Hall of Fame Members
2018. First Tennis Team (1971-72)
2018, First Men's Wrestling Team (1963-64); Greg Haga (Wrestling)
2017, First Men's Track & Field Team (1962-63); Joy (Moore) Hall, Southwestern's first national track champion
2016, First Men's Basketball Team, Dr. Stephen Kridelbaugh, Sara Eckfield Price (Volleyball), Greg Barreto (Wrestling) and Steve Puckett (Track & Field)
2015, Fran Sichting (Track & Field) and Sam Scott (Basketball)
2014, Tom Nicholls (Coach)
2013, Stacey Evoniuk (Basketball)
2012, Emily Matekel (Softball) and Dustin Rogers (Wrestling)
2011, Lamont Swinson (Basketball) and Angie Hill (Volleyball)
2010, Kati See (Volleyball)
2009, Doron Perkins (Basketball)
Legacy Bricks are available for alumni, former staff and college supporters to commemorate their experiences on campus and with Oregon's first community college district. The bricks are permanently placed in the Henry Hansen Union Square in the center of campus. Proceeds support the Association's activities and the annual Laker Legacy Alumni Scholarship. GET YOURS TODAY!
Reserve a permanent brick for a minimum donation of $200.
Reserve a permanent brick for a minimum donation of $100.
1988 Newmark Ave.
Coos Bay, OR 97420
- John Breuer, president
Southwest Physical Therapy, Owner
- LaMont Swinson, vice president
First Community Credit Union
- Deb Nicholls, treasurer
SWOCC, Executive Assistant to the President/Board of Education
- Mike Herbert, secretary
SWOCC, Director of Athletics
- Kyle Croy
SWOCC, Student Life Coordinator
- Elise Hamner
SWOCC, Foundation Director
- Stephanie Kilmer
- Tina Woodworth
SWOCC, Administrative Assistant to the Athletic Director
- Jim Young
SWOCC Foundation Board of Trustees
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.
Hough, MacAdam, Wartnik Fisher & Gorman
"As I continue on my journey, I am often reminded that some of the best instructors I have had were right here at SWOCC. I am just one small bit of proof that the community college experience provides opportunity and is critical to the future of our community."
Don Grotting, Superintendent Beaverton School District
"I would not be where I am today without the support, academic expertise and high expectations of the Southwestern Oregon Community College teaching faculty, support staff and administration."
Dean A. Huard, United States Army Lieutenant Colonel
“The positive academic and extracurricular experiences I encountered at SWOCC better prepared me for the leadership challenges that I would encounter in my professional life. A small college life allowed me to accomplish big and meaningful achievements. The memories and friendships I remember from SWOCC will last a lifetime.”
Boyd Bjorkquist, Retired Educator, Coach and Athletic Director
“The academic and athletic opportunities I enjoyed at Southwestern helped shape my future. Southwestern provided a great experience for me.”
Stan Goodell, Retired Educator/Retired Cross Country and Track & Field Coach
“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.”
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).”
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.”
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.”
Mary Stricker, Retired Library Director, Southwestern Oregon Community College
“Southwestern gave me confidence to continue my education, which ultimately changed my life.”
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.”
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.”
Chuck McKay, Former 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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
Mary Miller, Executive Director and CEO of the Oregon, Idaho, Montana Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
“Southwestern has become a Miller family tradition.”
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.”