An outstanding alumnus is selected each spring from nominations we receive from the community. Each year's award recipient is honored at the annual President's Circle Reception.
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 has gone on to give back to the community. Nominations for 2019 are open!
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:
- 2018 Jennifer Harlow
- 2017 Dan Petersen
- 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 many alumni who 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 alum 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.
2019 Recipients: Eric and Amy Walport
Owners of Walport Family Cellars in Applegate
This year the Outstanding Alum Award is granted to not just one individual, but a married couple—Eric and Amy Walport, owners of Walport Family Cellars in Applegate.
Eric and Amy met at RCC, where Amy earned a pre-med transfer degree and Eric took classes in math and science. Both transferred to four-year universities to further train for their careers. Today, in addition to running the family vineyard, Amy works as an optometrist in Medford, and Eric maintains a demanding career with CIRCOR Aerospace, Inc. At home, the couple is busy raising a young daughter.
“RCC has had a foundational impact on our careers and our decision to pursue the creation of the winery here in the Applegate Valley,” Eric said. “The college not only provided us with an education that we would leverage to complete our degrees in mathematics and optometry, but also allowed us time to understand what educational and career objectives we wanted to pursue long-term.”
The Walports were nominated by RCC staff member Amy Durst, assistant to the vice president of Instruction. She said, “I truly believe that the Walports are excellent role models for our students. They have fantastic careers and came ‘home’ to start their own business. They prove the sky is the limit!”
Eric and Amy are avid supporters of RCC and its value to students and the community as a whole. “RCC provides an array of educational opportunities to a diverse set of students and is able to do so at a substantially lower cost than a four-year university, while also being flexible to student schedules and needs,” Eric said. “This allows more people better access to education and supports individual students’ goals. The return on investment is not just realized at the individual level but within the community as well, by providing the benefits of an educated workforce.”
The Foundation will present the Outstanding Alum Award at RCC’s annual fall in-service and President’s Circle events in September. The college is proud to recognize Eric and Amy Walport as two of our richly deserving and inspiring alumni.