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1988 Newmark Ave.
Coos Bay, OR 97420


Celebrating students and community

Donald Ivy
Meet our 2021 Distinguished Alumnus

In May 2021, the college selected Donald Ivy of Coos Bay and Chief of the Coquille Indian Tribe as our 2021 Distinguished Alumnus. Don was a true community builder, and an active leader throughout Oregon who inspires learning. He passed away in July 2021, leaving a legacy of support for education, leadership in tribal issues and development, and advocacy for caretaking this land.

Help us honor an alum ... Nominate!

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.

We accept nominations for Distinguished Alumni from January 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? Tell us more.

Use this nomination form


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.


Justin Wolf, Class of 2011

A Delicious Life

Meet Executive Chef Justin Wolf. Justin started his career journey in Southwestern's culinary program. Now he's top chef at the upscale Grants Pass wine and cheese eatery Partake Shop & Lounge.