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 March 15, 2019. To be eligible, nominees must have graduated with a degree or certificate, or have completed a minimum of 60 credits from Southwestern. 

Past recipients have included teachers, leaders in business and finance, a fitness champion, medical professionals, a poet, a human rights advocate, athletes and a U.S. Army colonel. Southwestern’s graduates have distinguished themselves in professions and efforts around the globe. The College is committed to celebrating individuals who have contributed selflessly to improvement.

This year’s distinguished alum will be invited to speak at the commencement ceremony on June 14, 2019 and will be recognized at the Southwestern Foundation Distinguished Alumni Celebration the evening before (June 13). To read more about the Distinguished Alumni nomination process, including who the past recipients have been, visit the Southwestern Foundation’s webpage at

Nomination form and guidelines can be found here:

Distinguished Alumni Award Guidelines

Distinguished Alumni Award Nomination Form

Please submit nomination forms by March 15 to:


Distinguished Alumni Selection Committee
c/o Southwestern Oregon Community College Foundation
1988 Newmark Ave.
Coos Bay, OR  97420

Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College announces the names of students who excelled fall term 2018-2019. These students are being recognized with placement on the college’s Dean’s List (DL), Honor Roll (HR) and Academic Excellence (AE) list.

  • •    Academic Excellence – students must receive a GPA of 4.0 in at least 12 credits
  • •    Honor Roll – students must receive a GPA between 3.5 and 3.99 in at least 12 credits
  • •    Dean’s List – students must receive a GPA between 3.0 and 3.49 in at least 12 credits

Southwestern Academic Honors List Fall Term 2018

Dr Lucy Jones   THE BIG ONES book cover

Coos Bay, OR  –  Southwestern’s geology lecture series continues when Dr. Lucy Jones will be with us for the Fourteenth Annual Cascadia Anniversary Lecture on Friday, January 25, 2019 at 7:00 pm. Dr. Jones will present a lecture on “The Big Ones: Preparing for Increasing Risk from Natural Disaster”. Dr. Jones is the founder of the Dr. Lucy Jones Center for Science and Society, with a mission to foster the understanding and application of scientific information in the creation of more resilient communities.

She is the author of The Big Ones a riveting history of natural disasters and their impact on our culture, which also offers new ways of thinking about the ones to come (available for purchase and signing at the lecture). Working with both the public and private sectors, Dr. Jones seeks to increase communities’ ability to adapt and be resilient to the dynamic changes of the world around them. The aim is to understand and communicate where the greatest vulnerabilities lie and what actions can be taken to reduce the risk that are the most cost-effective. 

As one of the world’s most recognizable seismologists, Dr. Lucy Jones has a unique talent for making even the most complicated of scientific concepts accessible to all audiences. In her 33 years as a seismologist for the U.S. Geological Survey, she was often deployed after earthquakes to comfort, counsel, and inform a rattled public. Through her decades of research and public advocacy for risk reduction, she has dramatically changed the way Californians prepare for and react to disasters.

Much of Dr. Jones’s work stems from this question: “What good is scientific knowledge if people don’t use it?” When she joined the California Seismic Safety Commission in 2002, she realized that crucial infrastructure decision-makers were ignoring the realities of potential earthquake damages. She also found herself explaining scientific facts over and over again to the same officials. From then on, she made it her mission to translate complex disaster science into clear scenarios and actionable steps for both the public and officials. To that end, Dr. Jones published the ShakeOut report, a 308-page study on the ramifications a massive earthquake on the San Andreas Fault would have for Southern California, from months without water to pipeline explosions. The report convinced policymakers to invest in earthquake-resilient infrastructure across the state. She also created the first American major earthquake drill, the Great ShakeOut, which by 2016 had expanded to over 53 million participants across the world.

As one of the most prominent public voices for earthquake resilience, Dr. Jones has appeared on most major news programs, as well as NPRPBS, and numerous television specials about earthquakes and disasters. Dr. Jones has a Bachelor of Arts in Chinese Language and Literature from Brown University and a Ph.D. in Geophysics from MIT. Dr. Jones’s scientific achievements have been recognized with the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal, the Ambassador Award from the American Geophysical Union, the William Rodgers Distinguished Alumni Award from Brown University, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Western States Seismic Policy Council, and the 2017 Distinguished Lecture Award of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute

Geology Lecture Series talks are free and are held in the Hales Center for the Performing Arts on Southwestern’s Coos Campus, 1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay.  For those not able to attend in person, this lecture will be Livestreamed but not archived, with access from the College's web site at  Additional talks in the series for this academic year include:  Dr. Shannon Kob (Idaho State) on undersea volcanoes and the search for extraterrestrial life on March 2, 2019; Dr. Julia Reece (Texas A & M) an Ocean Drilling Program distinguished lecturer on April 13, 2019; and Dr. Stephen Palumbi (Stanford) on extreme life in the sea on May 17, 2019.  Lecture series sponsors include DB Western, The Mill Casino, the Southwestern Foundation and the College. 

For additional information, please contact Ron Metzger at 541-888-7216.



Southwestern to host Community Resource Fair

photo of group of students at resource fair 

Coos Bay, OR  Southwestern Oregon Community College will host a Community Resource Fair on Friday, January 18, 2019 from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm in Empire Hall, on Southwestern’s Coos Campus, 1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay. The event is free and open to the public. Local businesses and community resource providers are encouraged to participate. Table space and a banner with your organization’s name will be provided. There is no registration fee to join; however, reservations are required and we are almost full, so save your space by contacting Sierra Kasney at Businesses and resource providers are encouraged to bring handouts, gifts, coupons, games, and other entertaining ideas to this fun, interactive event.

Students and the public are welcome and encouraged to attend and participate in this fun and exciting way to learn what our community has to offer. Please share and bring your family and friends!

We are excited to bring our businesses, resources, students, and community together on January 18th

Questions?  Please contact Sierra Kasney at or Genavieve Sharkey at

Community Resource Fair Poster