Annual Awards

Carolyn DesJardins Leadership Award

The mission of the Oregon Chapter of the American Association for Women in Community Colleges is to inspire, champion, and celebrate the talents within each of us. To recognize and celebrate this mission, the AAWCC Board of Directors is accepting nominations for the prestigious Carolyn DesJardins Leadership Award. This award is given to someone who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and made a significant contribution to community colleges. The recipient does not have to be an AAWCC member. Criteria for receiving the award will include demonstrated ability to inspire, champion, or celebrate women as leaders.


If you know someone who deserves to be nominated for the AAWCC Oregon Chapter Carolyn DesJardins Leadership award, please complete the DesJardins nomination form.

About Dr. Carolyn DesJardins

Dr. Carolyn DesJardins’ career included twenty-six years in the Maricopa Community College District. She was the recipient of numerous awards and honors. Her greatest award, however, was knowing that over 3000 women and many men saw their lives enriched, enabled, and changed forever through the programs, scholarships, articles, and presentations she sponsored or made, as well as through her powerful hugs, deep caring, and strong advocacy for all of us to be the very best we could be. – Dr. Constance M. Carroll, NILD Newsletter, Fall 1997

2015 Winner

Fall Conference 2015

Margaret Frimoth

Community College Excellence Award

The AAWCC Board of Directors celebrates individuals, chosen by local AAWCC membership, whose accomplishments made a difference for women at his or her own community college.

The Board awards a certificate to honor each Community College Excellence Award recipient each fall at the state AAWCC conference in November. The recipient need not be a member of AAWCC to receive the award.

2015 Winners

  • Deborah Lee – Blue Mountain
  • Glenda Lantis – Central Oregon
  • Linda Herrera – Chemeketa
  • Shelley Tracy – Clackamas
  • Carolyn Cazee – Clatsop
  • Teresa Alonso – CCWD
  • Julie Murray-Jensen – Klamath
  • Lynn Nakamura – Lane
  • M’Liss Runyon – Linn-Benton
  • Sheri Mosher – Mt. Hood
  • Cindy Carlson – Oregon Coast
  • Heidi Dombek – Portland
  • Denise Nelson – Rogue
  • Dr. Patty Scott – Southwestern
  • Heidi Luquette – Tillamook Bay
  • Jan Woodcock – Umpqua


If you know someone who deserves to be nominated for the AAWCC Oregon Chapter Carolyn DesJardins Community College Excellence award, please complete theĀ Nomination Form.

Past Award Winners

  • 2014 Carolyn DesJardins Leadership Award Winner, Karin Magnuson
  • 2012 Carolyn DesJardins Leadership Award Winner, Linda Reisser
  • 2011 Carolyn DesJardins Leadership Award Winner, Cam Preus
  • 2010 Carolyn DesJardins Leadership Award Winner, Dawn DeWolf