Elise Hamner
Foundation Director
Kelsey Guenther
Foundation Developer

(541) 888-7211 or (541) 888-7209
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Celebrating students and community

The Laker Alumni Association provides opportunities to promote, support, serve, reconnect and celebrate Southwestern's students and community. We also work to develop a network of people to honor the college's history and instill pride to create a legacy.

Currently, we are taking nominations for 2020 Distinguished Alumni through April 1. We are committed to honoring individuals who have contributed selflessly to improving their lives, the lives of others and their communities.

Know a person who studied at Southwestern and fits this description? Let us know. Nominate someone!

LaMont Swinson/Class of 2000
Meet our 2019 Distinguished Alumnus

The college is pleased to announce 2000 graduate LaMont Swinson of Coos Bay is our 2019 Distinguished Alumnus. LaMont continuously helps young people and gives back to students in an uplifting way.


Drew Jones, Class of 2000

Inspiring Students

Soccer ruled Drew Jones’ life in high school and ultimately led him on a path to teaching. He came to Southwestern to play soccer and have fun and learn. And more, he became student body president and found he really enjoyed school.


Sara Kidd, Class of 2002

Saving salmon

Meet Research Scientist Dr. Sara Kidd. She started her journey at SWOCC. She fell in love on our campus with science and went on to earn a doctoral degree at Portland State University in Environmental Science and Management.