LBCC Names Distinguished Alumni

Sara Krainik
Dan Segel
Linn-Benton Community College has named former students Sara Krainik and Dan Segel as this year’s LBCC Distinguished Alumni.

The pair will be recognized at a Scholarship and Honor’s Reception held April 27 at the college.

Krainik, of Corvallis, is coordinator of Corvallis Arts Center ArtsCare Program. She attended LBCC from 1989 to 1991, taking graphic design and art classes.

Segel, of Portland, is president and co-founder of the Corvallis Knights Baseball team, and chairman of the board of the Knights Baseball Club.

Segel attended and played baseball at the University of Washington in 1984, then transferred to LBCC, attending and playing baseball from 1985 to 1986. He transferred to NW Missouri State, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management, and earned all-Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association honors.

Krainik dedicates her time to mentoring artists and expanding the reach of art in our community. Her work includes expanding the ArtsCare program, which places artists in a medical environment to work with patients, offers workshops to cancer survivors, and utilizes artists’ talents to beautify and humanize medical environments.

Krainik also volunteers her design, production and marketing services to the Arts Center, including pro bono branding for the organization. She is a volunteer for the Arts Center “Chocolate Fantasy” fundraiser, serving five years as a board member, and has donated design work to the Corvallis Clinic’s “Puttin’ on the Pink” fundraiser to combat cancer.

Krainik has conducted countless personal fundraisers to support local non-profits in our communities, contributing to fund art and bring joy to those who need it most. She also serves as a mentor to LBCC graphic design students.

Segel has been the driving force behind the reinstatement of the LBCC’s baseball program and the redesign of LBCC athletic programs to emphasize completion and community engagement for all student-athletes attending the college.

A former member of LBCC’s baseball team, Segel now leads LBCC’s Athletics Advisory Board and has been essential in fundraising and community outreach efforts, which includes personal financial support of college programs. He has made substantive efforts in the baseball community to support LBCC baseball, and is a guide and mentor to LBCC staff in the construction and operation of effective athletic programs to support students.

Segel co-founded the Aloha Knights, now Corvallis Knights, as a semi-pro team in 1990. The team was incorporated in 2002 and renamed Knights Baseball Club, which became a collegiate baseball club in 2005. The club relocated from Gresham to Corvallis in 2007, and was renamed the Corvallis Knights.  The club has grown as one of the most winning baseball clubs in the West Coast League.

Through Segel’s leadership, the Knights are committed to providing a place for college baseball players to develop their talents, while providing the community with high-quality and affordable sports entertainment during the summer.

Segel serves as coach of Wilshire Little League and Grant Youth Baseball Club. He’s a board member of the Old Timer’s Baseball Association of Portland and the Aloha High School Baseball Alumni Association. He also is a former board member for both the Corvallis Arts and Culture Commission and Visit Corvallis. Segel was inducted into the Northwest Athletic Association Hall of Fame in 2005.

LBCC’s Distinguished Alumni Award was established in 2005 to recognize former students who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in their professions or through service to their communities. Krainik and Segel join 30 others who have received the award.

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