Started at the Curry Campus . . . headed to a master’s degree in social work

Anne Matthews News

Anna Waycott credits anthropology and sociology instructor Skip Hunter for inspiring her to pursue a career in social work. She worked, and volunteered, in the field while she attended Southwestern, and even challenged herself by teaching elementary school in Tanzania, Africa. Why pursue social work? Anna enjoys trying to figure out what makes people “tick”: what determines whether people are …

Southwestern honors Donald Ivy as 2021 Distinguished Alumnus

Anne Matthews News

COOS BAY, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College is pleased to announce the selection of Donald Ivy of Coos Bay as the 2021 Distinguished Alumnus.  Ivy is Chief of the Coquille Indian Tribe, a position he has held since 2014. In a nomination supported by educators, tribal leaders, former lawmakers, and Oregon’s governor, advocates for the award describe Ivy as …

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 …

Alum returns to build Health & Science center

Elise Hamner Alumni, foundation

If you’d asked Jesse Schade when he was a basketball playing student here from 1995-97 if he’d ever come back to SWOCC, it’s likely he would have said, “probably not.” Careful what you say. Building a better future Basketball and Coach Tom Nicholls enticed him back again in 1999-2000 and now — déjà vu. Jesse is here as a construction …