Celebrating our greatest alumni

Elise Hamner History

Every year, we share many stories from throughout time about the great accomplishments of Southwestern Oregon Community College’s alumni and current students. Some of those stories from past years are put away in files and boxes to be re-discovered in decades to come. Others are yet to be told. Part of our college’s own story is highlighting and celebrating our …

‘None of us makes it to our goals alone’

Elise Hamner Alumni, foundation

Celebrating Barbara Eells, 2018 Distinguished Alumna If there’s one word that best describes Barbara Eells, it is “determined.” That mindset has guided Eells her entire adult life, starting with her first Southwestern class in 1975. She wanted a college education, no matter the barriers. Over the next decade as she worked full time in a medical office, Eells raised three …