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