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Distinguished Alumni

Established in 2005, LBCC's Distinguished Alumni Award honors alumni who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in their profession and/or through service to their community.

Recipients should have:

  • Made a significant contribution to LBCC, the community, the nation or education over a period of time
  • Completed a minimum of 36 credits at LBCC

Nominations are accepted year-round, with a yearly deadline at the end of March. Applications are reviewed in April, with approval by LBCC's president and the Board of Education. An award reception will be held in May for recipients.

To nominate, please submit the Distinguished Alumnus Nomination Form (PDF), along with supporting documents, to:

Dale Stowell
Institutional Advancement
Linn-Benton Community College
6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany, OR 97321

On-campus submissions:
Dale Stowell, CC-105

Phone: 541-917-4784
FAX: 541-917-4405


2013 Distinguished Alumni
Ethan Bergman & Mitch Coleman

Ethan Bergman

Ethan Bergman earned his LBCC associate degree with a focus in biology and zoology in 1972, and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in biology from Eastern Oregon University, a master’s in biology from the University of Oregon, a master’s in interdisciplinary studies from Western Oregon University, and a doctorate in nutrition from Washington State University. Mr. Bergman has made substantial contributions to his field through his teaching and research work in the area of school meal research, and has written grants to fund research on the health effects of school lunches on children, the effects of caffeine on calcium levels of women, and to evaluate diabetes in central Washington farmworkers. He currently serves as president of the American Association of Dietetics.



 Mitch ColemanMitch Coleman, a former Philomath resident who resides in Dayton, earned his LBCC associate’s degree in agricultural science in 1987, and went on to earn his bachelor and master degrees in agricultural education, with a minor in agriculture business and economics, from Oregon State University. Over his years of teaching, Mr. Coleman has been named teacher of the year by the Oregon Vocational Agricultural Teachers Association, and has received the Milken Family Foundation National educator of the Year award and has coached numerous state and national champion agriculture teams, with his agricultural sales teams winning back-to-back national titles in 2011 and 2012.



Alum Reception 2013

2013 Distinguished Alumni Reception, left to right: Dale Stowell, Foundation director, Mr. Coleman, Mr. Bergman & LBCC President Greg Hamann.