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.

Distinguished Alumnus Nomination Form (PDF)

Send nomination form 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, Advancement Office, CC-105

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



2014 Distinguished Alumni
Suzanne Gaulocher & Dale Stowell


Suzanne GaulocherSUZANNE GAULOCHER ~ Director, Community Engaged Learning, Stanford University

Currently living in Menlo Park, California, Suzanne Gaulocher attended LBCC from 1992 to 1994, and transferred to Oregon State University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in cultural anthropology. She went on to earn a master’s in Public Health and Interdisciplinary Studies and a doctorate in Environment and Resources from the University of Wisconsin. Suzanne’s work includes guiding faculty, students and community partners to increase service learning opportunities and public service internships for Stanford undergraduates. Her work history includes both research and activism that has improved health and community engagement in the U.S. and throughout the world, with a focus on the intersection of human health, the environment, community engagement and equity. Prior to her work at Stanford, Suzanne worked for the University of Wisconsin’s University Health Services as a researcher and evaluator. Most recently, she worked on the Center for Disease Control’s Community Transformation grant, and served as part of a team providing support and evaluation nationwide for Communities Putting Prevention to Work, in which storytelling was used as a tool to improve health policy and communication.


Dale StowellDALE STOWELL ~ Executive Director, Institutional Advancement and Foundation, LBCC

Dale Stowell grew up in Philomath and attended LBCC from 1977 to 1979 as a journalism major. He transferred to Portland State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in English. Dale has received more than a dozen state, regional and national awards for his work as a journalist and in marketing and public relations. He worked as part of a team that helped a Catholic hospital losing $500,000 a month to gain net revenues of $1 million a month, expanding the hospital’s ability to fulfill its mission of providing health care for the poor. Prior to LBCC, Dale worked in the Washington community college system for 17 years, implementing systems that better connect and prepare incoming students for a strong start to their educations. Dale was hired at LBCC in 2012, and oversees efforts to inform the community about LBCC, to increase private and public support of the college and its students, and to connect people with LBCC programs and services that help them participate in, contribute to and benefit from the cultural richness and economic vitality of our area.


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2014 Distinguished Alumni Reception, left to right: Mr. Dale Stowell and Ms. Suzanne Gaulocher, with LBCC President
Greg Hamann. Suzanne could not be at the reception in person, but was skyped in.