The Yakima Valley Community College Alumni Association is seeking nominations for the annual Distinguished Alumnus Award.  The award will be presented at the YVCC commencement ceremonies in June.

The deadline for nominations is March 16, 2012 and application forms are available by calling Deborah Wilson at 509.574.1932, or by email at

The award was first conferred in 1982 to Catherine May Bedell, a 1934 YVCC graduate and U.S. Congresswoman for 12 years. Since then, the award has been presented to J. Alex Maxwell, a member of the first YVCC class (1928); Sid Morrison, U.S. Congressman; James Roger Sorenson, Ph.D., research scientist; Robert F. Brachtenbach, Washington State Supreme Court Justice; E. Frederick Velikanje, attorney; Don Crook, historical artist; and last year to Lis Wiehl, former U of W law professor, Fox News legal analyst for Bill Riley, and author of Hand of Fate, Face of Betrayal, Heart of Ice, and Winning Every Time: How to Use the Skills of a Lawyer in the Trials of Your Life.

Because so many former YVCC students have used the college as a spring board and in many cases did not remain for a full two years, the Distinguished Alumnus Selection Committee has set the following guidelines for nominations:

·         any former student who attended YVCC for a minimum of three quarters;

·         attained at least 45 credits,

·         and has distinguished themselves in some positive manner is eligible for nomination.

For more information: 509.574.1932 /