LBCC students named to All Oregon Academic Team

Three Linn-Benton Community College students were named to the Oregon Community College Association All Oregon Academic Team.

Benjamin Hauser of Albany, Joshua James of Albany, and Mark Bzik of Salem will be honored by Governor Kate Brown at the State Capitol April 23.

The students will receive a plaque from the OCCA and a scholarship to the university they plan to attend if completing their bachelor’s degrees.

In addition, Hauser was named as Oregon’s Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Bronze Scholar, and Bzik was named New Century Scholars Workforce Pathway Scholar.

The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation sponsors the Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team, which provides scholarships to gold, silver and bronze scholars. The Workforce Pathway program recognizes 100 scholars each year who are planning to enter the workforce after completing a certificate or associate degree

Hauser will graduate in June with an associate degree in bio-health sciences with a pre-medical option, a…

Roadtrip Nation coming to Tripp Theater April 26, 3 p.m.

Roadtrip Nation, an educational traveling program, is coming to Linn-Benton Community College Thursday, April 26 in the Russell Trip theater, Takena Hall.

Roadtrip Nation empowers individuals to explore who they are and what they want to do with their lives through a public television series, online resources and educational curriculum designed to help them discover pathways that are aligned with their interests.

This traveling event features Roadtrip Nation representatives called “Roadies” who drive a big green RV onto campus to share inspiring stories and to create a conversation around careers that is exciting, thought-provoking and student-driven.

The event includes activities designed to give students self-assurance and skills to reach out to people in the community and beyond who are doing jobs that align with their interests and foundational self.

Roadtrip Nation goes from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. The event finishes with an interview of a local leader to help participants learn the art …

Benton Center Acoustic Showcase features Wild Hog in the Woods

Wild Hog in the Woods will perform at the LBCC Benton Center Acoustic Showcase from Noon to 1 p.m. Friday, April 20 in the student lounge, 757 NW Polk Ave., Corvallis.

Wild Hog in the Woods started playing their unique combination of swing, rag, tin-pan alley, and old-time music 20 years ago.

The band includes Hershel Olmsted, of Hank Homestead and The Rainbow Wranglers, founder of the band, teller of tall tales, vocalist, and player of five-string banjo, guitar, and musical saw; Sid Beam, of Magpie, Vanilla Syncopators, and Gumbo, songwriter, vocalist, guitar player; John Simonds, vocalist, player of upright bass, Dobro, and guitar; and John Donoghue, of JD Ruse and the Little Big Band, songwriter, player of mandolin, guitar, tenor guitar, banjo-uke, washboard, bodhron kick-drum, harmonica and kazoo.

Benton Center Acoustic Showcase is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the LBCC Benton Center at 541-757-8944.

Direct questions about or requests for special needs …

LBCC Names 2018 Distinguished Alumni

Linn-Benton Community College has named Rachel Bristol and Michael Quiner as this year’s Distinguished Alumni.

They will be recognized at a Scholarship Honors Reception on Wednesday, April 25 at 7 p.m. in the LBCC Commons, 2nd floor Calapooia Center. 

Bristol, a Portland resident, attended LBCC from 1977 to 1979 before transferring to the University of Oregon where she earned a bachelor’s degree in community service and public affairs.

Bristol joined the Oregon Food Share as a VISTA volunteer in 1983 and rose to acting executive director. In 1988, she helped merge that statewide organization with Portland Interagency Food Bank to form the Oregon Food Bank.  She was named executive director in 1990 and CEO in 1995.

An outstanding leader in efforts to alleviate hunger throughout Oregon, Bristol led two fund-raising campaigns that expanded the food bank from a 10,000-square-foot site serving 200,000 people per year to four facilities totaling more than 155,000 square feet and serving m…
International Culture Night will be held Friday, May 4 at Linn-Benton Community College’s Russell Tripp Theater, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany.

The event starts at 6 p.m. with cultural activities and food samplings from around the world, with a global talent and fashion show starting at 7 p.m.

Performances include a fashion show with traditional clothing from many countries, singing, magic, martial arts, dancing and incredible talent on a variety of instruments including piano and Chinese flute.

Admission is free, with door prizes and drawings. For more information, contact Kim Sullivan, LBCC International Students, at

Direct questions about or requests for special needs or accommodations to the LBCC Disability Coordinator, RCH-105, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany, Oregon 97321, Phone 541-917-4789 or via Oregon Telecommunications Relay TTD at 1-800-735-2900 or 1-800-735-1232. Make sign language interpreting or real-time transcribing requests 2-4 we…

SSH Gallery Exhibits: Sea, Earth & Heavens

LBCC South Santiam Gallery presents Sea, Earth, and Heavens: Artistic visions in metal, fiber and glass with artwork by Rinee Merritt, Dan Mckenzie, and Wadell Snyder on display through May 4.

An artist’s reception will be held Thursday, April 12 from 4 to 5 p.m. in the SSH Gallery. Light refreshments will be provided.

Contemplate the textures of fabric kelp and jellyfish that tie the themes of Sea, Earth, and Heaven together throughout the exhibition. Experience the energy and beauty in the form of fiber work, glass sculpture, and metal works. Get lost in a display of color, shape, and light as glass corals and salmon shimmer in the space.

View the contrast of metal mediums with organic subject matter as each piece leads you around the gallery.

LBCC South Santiam Hall Gallery is open to the public 8 a.m-5 p.m., Monday through Friday, while the exhibition is on display.

Space Exploration Club Students land NASA Internship

Computer science graduate Levi Willmeth and mechanical engineering student Delphine Le Brun Colon head to NASA for 10-week internships.

In a small work room about the size of a walk-in closet at Linn-Benton Community College, Levi Willmeth and Delphine Le Brun Colon fire-up their laptop. Electrical wires, test equipment, homemade components and spare parts cover the work benches. There’s little room for error. The device they are building is going for a ride to the top of the atmosphere, almost 20 miles above the Earth.

Their endeavors will pay off on August 21. Willmeth, Colon and a team of Linn-Benton and Oregon State University students launch a high-altitude balloon from an OSU research vessel, the Pacific Storm, about 30 miles off the coast to view the first solar eclipse to run from the Pacific to Atlantic since 1918.

“Our goal is to be right on the coastline to get video of the shadow on the water and as it first touches down on land. It’s pretty exciting,” says Willmeth, who g…