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 …

Southwestern calls for Distinguished Alumni nominations

Anne Matthews News

Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College is seeking the community’s help to honor graduates who have gone on after college to improve their professions, education, communities, and/or the world. Each year since 1992, the college has considered nominations for a distinguished alum. The college is accepting nominations for 2021 through April 1. To be eligible, nominees must have graduated with a …

Southwestern calls for Distinguished Alumni nominations

Anne Matthews News

COOS BAY, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College is seeking the community’s help to honor graduates who have gone on after college to improve their professions, education, communities, and/or the world. Nominations are open through April 1, 2020. To be eligible, nominees must have graduated with a degree or certificate, or have completed a minimum of 60 credits from Southwestern.  Southwestern’s graduates …

‘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 …