An Outstanding Alumni is selected each spring from nominations we receive from the community. Each year's award recipient is honored at the Annual Scholarship Awards Ceremony held in May of each year.
We depend on nominations to learn about RCC graduates who deserve recognition for their work. The nomination form is located at the bottom of this page; please consider nominating any person in your life who has graduated from RCC and have gone on to give back to our community. Nominations for 2018 will open in January of 2018.
Please contact the RCC Foundation for any questions about this award. We look forward to receiving nominations and learning more about the outstanding alumni of RCC!
Previous Outstanding Alumni Award Recipients:
- 2016 Shana Ogle
- 2015 Casey Shaw
- 2014 Nadja B. Cech
- 2013 Dave McKeen & Flamur Vehapi
- 2012 Christine Mallette
- 2011 Rene McKenzie
- 2010 Morgan George
- 2009 Denise Olson
- 2008 Joan Momsen
Rogue Community College has a tremendous number of alums that have gone on from RCC to contribute greatly to their communities, professions, and even back to the college. The RCC Foundation is committed to honoring these RCC graduates and in 2008 began an annual award to celebrate our outstanding alumni.
The Outstanding Alumni Award is presented to an individual who exemplifies at least one of the two following criteria:
- Has achieved success in their business, profession, or other vocational endeavors.
- Has achieved success in their community, civic and/or volunteer activities through demonstrating significant contributions to the betterment of society through involvement in their community, public school systems, charitable organizations, and other humanitarian undertakings.
2017 Recipient: Dan Petersen
Fire Chief at Unified Fire Authority
“Dan Petersen’s leadership, as a Fire Captain, his ‘can do’ attitude, sense of collaboration and fairness are inspirational," said Anne Golden, who nominated Petersen. "I cannot think of another individual who has carried the banner of RCC with such impact and gratitude.”
Dan Petersen has been a collaborative and supportive partner with the RCC fire science program for many years, and he served as Fire Chief of Fire District #3 in Jackson County until January of this year, when he accepted a new position in Salt Lake City.
"We are thrilled he has been selected as the 2017 RCC Alum of Year," said Judy Basker, director of the RCC Foundation. "His degree in fire science was only the beginning of his long career of service to the community.”