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. Deadline is February 20, 2017. Applications are reviewed in April, and are approved by LBCC's president and the Board of Education. Award recipients are recognized at an reception held in April.
Send nomination form along with supporting documents to:
Linn-Benton Community College
6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany, OR 97321
Dale Stowell, Advancement Office, CC-105
2017 Distinguished Alumni: John Dinges & Rachel Kittson-MaQatish
John Dinges - Owner, Dinges Landscape Co.
John Dinges, of Lebanon, is a successful businessman who has worked to make his community better. He earned his associate of science degree in Turf Management in 1975. Soon after, he started John Dinges Landscape Co., and became the first landscape contractor in the Valley to earn Certified Landscape Professional designation, and one of the youngest licensed landscape contractors and nurserymen in Oregon. John established the first privately-funded scholarship for COMP-NW medical students, and provides scholarship funding for LBCC students majoring in healthcare. His community service includes Build Lebanon Trails and Cheadle Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, Lebanon Parks Committee and Tree Board, and Lebanon’s Arbor Day celebration. John is a member of Rotary, Lebanon Strawberrians, Lebanon Chamber of Commerce, and serves on Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital Board.
Rachel Kittson-MaQatish - Partner, Morley Thomas Law Firm
Rachel Kittson MaQatish is a partner at Morley Thomas Law Firm in Lebanon. She earned her associate of arts transfer degree in Business Administration in 1999. Rachel’s story of building a life of service begins with her journey as a teen mother and the support she found through her community. Rachel earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from OSU, and a doctorate degree from Willamette University. She co-founded the Willamette Street Law Program to help teen parents. Rachel’s community service also includes helping rebuild Johnson Park in Sweet Home, organizing fundraisers to support veterans, volunteering at the Sweet Home Pregnancy Center, and serving with the School Board, the Boys and Girls Club, Lebanon Optimist Club, Community Chapel, the Sweet Home Economic Development group, and as a Lebanon Strawberrian.