Showing posts from March, 2011

LBCC Winter Term Honor Roll

The following students at Linn-Benton Community College earned a grade point average of 3.5 or higher for 12 or more graded credits during winter term, January to March 2011. These do not include pass/no pass or incomplete credits.

Adair Village, OR
Nathan T. Knight, Carla K. Nolen, Jonathan J. Vedamuthu

Alameda, CA
Toby M. Gay

Albany, OR
Robert A. Adam, Theresa A. Aguilar, Misty R. Aldama, Michelle L. Alexander, William J. Allen Jr, Isaac J. Ambruso, Ian B. Amen, Jordanne M. Amerling, Shawnee D. Amos, Daniel L. Anderson, Janet Anderson, Kellie D. Anderson, Troy A. Anderson, Juan C. Andrade, Evelyn L. Arjmandi, Delmer P. Ayers, Alicia M. Baca, Meghan L. Badeau, Travis H. Bakke, Eleojo S. Baley, Josh I. Baley, Jessica L. Ball, Maria L. Ballard, Archell M. Banta, Cheryl Y. Barber, Wade E. Barker, Peggy J. Barr, Emma Barry, Kyle M. Beaver, Jordan E. Beckstead, Robert M. Beckstead, Shawna J. Beckstead, Mary L. Berg, Shawn C. Bleeker, Andrew S. Blymiller, Jacob Bonnesen, Brandi R. Brazil, Steve…

LBCC 2nd Annual Culinary Arts Chefs’ Show-off Cooking Competition

Ten Rivers Food Web and Linn-Benton Community College Culinary Arts will host the 2nd Annual “Chefs’ Show-off” cooking competition on Sunday, April 10 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the LBCC Commons dining hall, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany.

Four chefs from the Ten Rivers region, which covers Linn, Benton and Lincoln counties, will compete in a timed cook-off, each using the same ingredients from local farms, ranches and food producers.

Competing chefs include Michael Walliser of Saffron Salmon in Newport, Nathan McClure with OSU Catering, Jason Devrouax of Clemenza’s in Albany, and Chad Pope of Cappies Brewhouse in Albany. OSU soil scientist and former chef James Cassidy will emcee the event.

The chefs will be presented a table of produce, meat, herbs, eggs, dairy products, grains and other items donated by local farms, ranches and food processors from which to chose from to prepare a complete entrée. The chefs, assisted by culinary arts students, will have 75 minutes to complete their dis…

LBCC’s SSH Gallery Show “Words & Pictures”

The Willamette Valley PhotoArts Guild and the LBCC Poetry Club are celebrating National Poetry Month in April with an exhibit at the South Santiam Hall Gallery at Linn-Benton Community College, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany.

“Word & Pictures,” which features 17 pairs of photographs and poems, will be on view from April 4 to 29. A reception and poetry reading will be held in the gallery on Wednesday, April 13, from noon to 1 p.m.

During the run of the show, a silent fund-raising auction of arts and crafts donated by LBCC faculty and staff will be held in the adjoining SSH Gallery B to benefit The Valley Writers Series, a non-profit group that sponsors local workshops and readings by prominent authors. Bidding will close on April 29 at 1 p.m.

In her artist’s statement for the exhibit, Whitney Smith, LBCC’s student poet laureate, writes:“You cannot write from the heart unless you first see from the heart, and so several local artists and poets have collaborated efforts into a display t…

LBCC Dance Club Performs “Inspirations”

The Dance Club at Linn-Benton Community College will perform “Inspirations” on Friday, April 8 and Saturday, April 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the LBCC Russell Tripp Performance Center, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany.

The performance will be a showcase of jazz, hip-hop, modern, ballet and Tahitian dance under the direction of LBCC dance instructor Katherine Sanders, with special guests Legacy Ballet and East Dream Chinese Dance Group.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased online at in connection with Box Office Avenue, or at the Russell Tripp Performance Center box office Tuesday –Friday, 8 a.m. – 11:45 a.m., and 1– 2 p.m., or by phone at 541-917-4531, or one hour prior to curtain.

For more information, contact the LBCC Russell Tripp Performance Center box office at 541-917-4531. For special needs and accommodations, contact the LBCC Office of Disability Services at Phone 541‑917‑4690 or via Oregon Relay TDD at 1‑800‑…

LBCC Holds 33rd Annual Career Exploration/Community Resource Fair

Students and community members seeking career opportunities are invited to attend the 33rd annual Linn Benton Community College Career Exploration and Community Resource Fair.

The fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 14 in the Activities Center Gym on the LBCC Albany campus, 6500 Pacific Blvd. S.W. The event is free and open to the public.

More than 50 businesses, industries and government agencies will provide information on careers and employment opportunities. Agencies that assist with employment, training and family needs also will be on hand to inform job seekers about their services, and LBCC will offer workshops to enhance job search skills.

Be prepared to ask questions about careers, distribute your resumes, and complete applications. Dress appropriately if you are a job seeker. Check out our website at, click “Job Seeker Links” for “Sample Questions” to ask and “Career Fair Tips.” In addition to employers, LBCC will hav…

Valley Writers Series Hosts Poet Laureate Paulann Petersen

The Valley Writers Series at Linn-Benton Community College will host a reading by Oregon Poet Laureate Paulann Petersen on Wednesday, April 6 in the LBCC Library Reading Room, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany.

A reading will take place from Noon to 12:50 p.m., and a free workshop will be held from 1 p.m. to 1:50 p.m. Petersen was named to a two-year appointment as Oregon’s sixth Poet Laureate.

Born and raised in Oregon, Petersen is a widely published poet, with four collections – The Wild Awake (2002), Blood-Silk (2004), A Bride of Narrow Escape (2006) and Kindle (2008) – and several chapbooks to her credit.

Petersen has received several awards, including Stanford University’s Wallace Stegner Fellowship in Poetry, two Carolyn Kizer Poetry Awards, and Literary Art’s Stewart Holbrook Award for Outstanding Contributions to Oregon’s Literary Life. She is a committed teacher who has taught high school English and led dozens of workshops in schools libraries, colleges, and writer’s conferences …

Beginning Swing Dance Class

Learn the basics of swing dance in the class Beginning Swing Dance offered through LBCC Albany Community Education.

This class is for those who have little or no experience dancing. No partner required. Swing dance is a fun and exciting way to get out, meet new people, and learn something new. Learn Single-Time Swing, one of the easiest and most useful forms of swing dances to learn.

Class will meet on Fridays from 7 p.m. to 8:20 p.m. beginning April 1 in the LBCC Activities Center gym. Cost for this nine-week, non-credit class is $48 with a $3 lab fee.

For more information or to register, contact LBCC Albany Community Education at 541-917-4840.

LBCC 28th Annual Free Diabetes Symposium

The 28th annual free Diabetes Symposium workshop will be held at Linn-Benton Community College on Saturday, April 2 from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Calapooia Center, Commons cafeteria, second floor, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW., Albany.

This year’s theme is “Finding Your Way: Directions to Better Health.” Join the experts as they present the latest diabetes information and conduct educational sessions. The symposium will feature a product fair featuring diabetes equipment and services, and free healthy snacks.

Keynote speakers will be Dr. David Calder with the Diabetes Wellness Assessment Program, and Adrienne Ewanchyna, owner of Indulgence Personal Chef Services.

Dr. Calder developed the Diabetes Wellness Center in Eugene, and was a cofounder of the Lane County Diabetes Association. He also served as a consultant for the Oregon Research Institute. In 1996, the Diabetes Wellness Center joined the PeaceHealth Medical Group as part of the Diabetes, Endocrine and Metabolism.

Dr. Calder was i…

Benton Center Arabic Language & Culture Class

The class Arabic Language and Culture will be offered at the LBCC Benton Center this spring.

This class will introduce students to the Arabic language, writing system and culture. Learn to recognize, write and read the Arabic letters, read and vocalize short Arabic texts and become confident making simple sentences and conversation.

This 10-week class will meet on Tuesdays from 7 to 8:50 p.m. beginning March 29 at the Corvallis High School, room CHS-232, 1400 NW Buchanan.

Cost for the class is $69 plus a $3 lab fee. For more information or to register, contact LBCC Benton Center at 541-757-8944.

Benton Center Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program

The Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program will be offered through LBCC’s Benton Center this spring.

This exercise program uses gentle, joint-safe exercises developed specifically for people with arthritis, musculoskeletal conditions, fibromyalgia, COPD, or anyone who are sedentary with limited or impaired joint-mobility.

Exercises are designed to help relieve stiffness, strengthen muscles, improve balance and decrease arthritis pain. Low-impact exercises can be done while sitting, standing or on the floor. Led by Arthritis Foundation certified instructors.

This 10-week program will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from 2:30 p.m. to 3:20 p.m. beginning March 28 at the Benton Center, room BC-130.

Cost for the class is $66 plus a $3 lab fee. For more information or to register, contact LBCC Benton Center at 541-757-8944.

International Cooking Class Spring Term

Explore the world through its cuisines in an International Cooking class offered through Linn-Benton Community College Albany Community Education.

Does the idea of learning how to make "Drooling Gnocchi," "Cassoulet" or "Doro Wat" interest you? This unique class will cover these classic dishes and much more. Attend all eight classes or just the ones that interest you.

International Cooking (CRN 46994) classes will meet on Thursdays from 6 to 8:50 p.m. in the college culinary kitchen, Calapooia Center, room CC-219. Classes offered include Italy on April 7; France on April 14; Greece on April 21; Mexico on April 28; India on May 5; Africa on May 12; Russia and Eastern Europe on May 19; and Asia on May 26.

Cost for this non-credit class is $70.50 with a $75 lab fee. Pre-registration is required. Seniors age 62 and over receive a 25 percent tuition reduction. Discount does not apply to lab fees. For more information or to register, contact LBCC Albany Communi…

LBCC Offers Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Certification Course

The course Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP), a lead-safe certification course, will be offered through Linn-Benton Community College Business and Employer Services on Friday, April 22.

The one-day RRP course will cover topics such as lead dust hazards, EPA regulations, prep work, dust containment, clean-up of work site, post work inspection, record keeping, and training non-certified workers.

This course meets all EPA requirements for contractors, property owners, managers and maintenance personnel who are involved in any activity that has the potential to disturb lead based paint.

Class will meet from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, April 22 in the LBCC Fireside room, CC-211, Calapooia Center second floor, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany. Cost for the course is $225 and includes the Certified Renovator test and certificate. This course is in compliance with the Toxic Substance Control Act, Section 402(a)(2) and qualifies for eight hours of continuing education through the CCB.

For mor…

New Snap-on Certification Program

LBCC and Snap-On, Inc. have partnered to bring the first Snap-on Certification Training Center to Oregon. The college is one of 27 nationally recognized Snap-on Certified Training Centers across the country.

Did you know that the average new car today has more computer power than the Space Shuttle? According to Greg Rintala, Snap-on National Sales Manager, today’s cars are run almost entirely by microprocessors.

“The average new car has dozens of microprocessors that run everything from the door locks to the engine systems,” said Rintala.

Knowing how to diagnose problems in these often-complex systems is a critical part of automotive repair today. LBCC’s Snap-on certification program aims to teach the skills necessary to understand the capabilities of the diagnostic tools used in the field.

As the largest mechanical tool vendor and manufacturer in the world, Snap-on holds approximately 65 percent of the aftermarket automotive diagnostic tool market.

Through the Snap-on certification …

Benton Center Writers Workshop "Fooling Around With Words"

Sharpen your writing skills with some of the region's leading published writers in the workshop Fooling Around With Words held at LBCC’s Benton Center on Saturday, April 2 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Everyone from published authors to enthusiastic emerging writers will enjoy this workshop featuring sessions in poetry, fiction, professional development and alternative media. Scheduled presenters include Paulann Petersen, Connie Eggers, Rebecca Olson, Margaret Anderson, Chris Riseley, Rob Priewe, Tim Haag, Larina Warnock, and C. Lill Ahrens.

This one-day workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $30. Sponsored by the LBCC Benton Center and Mary's Peak Poets. For more information or to register, contact the LBCC Benton Center at 541-757-8944.

Lebanon Center & Sweet Home Center Art Classes

The LBCC Lebanon and Sweet Home Centers are offering several art classes this spring for the artist in you.

An eight-week Oil Painting Workshop class for beginning or intermediate students will be held at the Lebanon Center. This class covers basic techniques including perspective and color mixing. Learn to paint landscapes, seascapes, portraits, animals or whatever you wish using your own photos, sketches or imagination.

This class will meet on Thursdays, with the first class meeting from 1 to 1:50 p.m. March 31, and subsequent classes meeting from 1 to 3:50 p.m. Cost for this non-credit class is $72 plus a $5 lab fee.

The Sweet Home Center will offer a Calligraphy class where the student will learn the use of inks, pens and paper as well as the general history of calligraphy. A variety of other arts will be incorporated. This 10-week class will meet on Tuesdays from 1 to 3:20 p.m. beginning March 29. Cost is $76.50 plus a $5 lab fee.

A truly hands-on form of artistic expression, a Wh…

Lebanon Center Intro to Facebook, Twitter & More Class

Staying in touch with friends, family and co-works has never been easier. Learn how in the class Intro to Facebook, Twitter and More offered at LBCC's Lebanon Center.

Discover the variety of uses and fun of these popular online tools for both personal and professional use. Learn how to personalize privacy settings and share only what you want to share.

This three-week class will meet on Wednesdays from 6 to 8:50 p.m. beginning March 30 at the LBCC Lebanon Center. Cost for this class is $39 plus a $2 fee.

For more information or to register, visit the LBCC online schedule at, or call the LBCC Lebanon Center at 541-259-5801. Adults age 62 and above receive a 25 percent reduction in tuition. Reduction does not apply to fees.

Lebanon & Sweet Home Center Adobe Photoshop Elements Classes

LBCC’s Lebanon Center and Sweet Home Centers will offer hands-on Photoshop Elements classes for editing your digital photographs.

Photoshop Elements I will help you learn how to correct exposure, contrast and color problems. Learn how to remove from or add to a photo; resize, print and save images; and prepare images for email and the Web. Discover how to organize and back-up all your treasured photos with confidence. Computer experience is recommended.

This five-week class will meet on Thursdays from 6 to 8:50 p.m. beginning March 31 at the LBCC Lebanon Center. Cost for this class is $54 plus a $3 fee.

A Photoshop Elements III class will help you learn advanced techniques in Adobe Photoshop Elements. Learn how to use the histogram and how to edit pictures in the RAW format. Learn techniques with layers, removing noise, dodging and burning and sharpening. This class will also cover creating beautiful panoramic photos and creating fancy watermarks to identify your photos. Learn more abou…

LBCC Dance and Exercise Classes in Scio

Several dance and exercise classes offered through Linn-Benton Community College will be held in Scio at the ZCBJ Hall, 38704 S Main St., this spring term.

Line dancing will be offered on Mondays from 6 to 7:20 p.m. beginning March 28. This 4-week class is easy and a great way to get some exercise. Learn dances and enjoy a wide variety of music. No partner needed. Cost for this class is $39 plus a $2 fee.

Body Toning and Aerobics class is designed to tone and strengthen all major muscle groups, incorporating aerobic activity for cardio fitness. Exercise bands, step platforms and light weights will be utilized to add resistance to the workout.

Class will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:30 to 9:20 a.m. beginning March 28. Cost for this 10-week class is $66 plus a $5 fee. The same class will be offered as a Monday, Wednesday, Friday class from 8:30 - 9:20 a.m. Cost for the three-day class is $81 plus a $5 fee.

For more information or to register, visit the LBCC online schedule at …

LBCC Hosts Neuro-Linguistic Programming Presentations

Neuro-Linguistic Programming Northwest and LBCC’s Business and Employer Services will hold two presentations on NLP learning on Saturday, April 2 in the LBCC Calapooia Center boardroom, room CC-103.

The morning presentation will be on Ericksonian Hypnotherapy with Larry Dillenbeck. A Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, Hypnotherapy Instructor, and Examiner with the American Council of Hypnotist Examiners, Dillenbeck is also a Certified Health, Master Practitioner and Trainer of NLP, and is an NLP and Hypnotherapy Trainer for Anchor Point Institute and other organizations in the U.S. and Mexico since 1995.

Dillenbeck is a graduate of Coach University and offers training, personal and professional coaching, hypnotherapy, and NLP for individuals and organizations across the country. He has an extensive background in martial arts and energy work including Reiki, Shinkiko, Twei Na and Shamanic healing practices.

The afternoon presentation will be on Changing Beliefs and Values with Maria Con…

LBCC Physics Club Holds “Life & Death of Suns”

The Physics Students Club at Linn-Benton Community College will hold a multi-media event “The Life and Death of Suns” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, March 11 in the LBCC Forum building, room F-104, Albany campus, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW.

Designed for those who are interested in how the universe works, and those who like an occasional loud explosion, the event features LBCC physics students demonstrating how suns are born and die in our universe.

Admission is free, but donations are welcome. All donations will go to support the LBCC Remotely Operated Vehicle Team in their competition at NASA this summer.

For more information, contact Greg Mulder at 541-917-4744.

Lebanon & Sweet Home Centers Offers ABE/GED Basic Skills Class

Classes to help you earn your Adult Basic Education/General Education Diploma (GED) will be offered at LBCC's Lebanon and Sweet Home Centers this spring.

These classes can help you prepare to pass your GED test and help you to improve your skills in reading, writing or math. Improving your skills can help you be ready to fill job requirements or help you prepare for college.

A free two-day orientation will be held at the LBCC Lebanon Center and the LBCC Sweet Home Center on March 14 and 15 and again on March 28 and 29. Choose to attend the morning session from 9 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. or the evening session from 6 p.m. to 8:50 p.m. at either location.

Please attend the orientation that best meets your schedule for attending class. An additional orientation will be held April 25 and 26. Once you have attended the orientation, the cost to attend the GED class is $30. Scholarships are available.

The Lebanon Center is located at 44 Industrial Way in the same building as the Employment D…

NSH Gallery Hosts “Curators Holiday” Exhibit

Four Corvallis art gallery curators are stepping out from behind the scenes to display their own artwork in an exhibit in the North Santiam Hall Galleries on the Linn-Benton Community College Albany campus, 6500 Pacific Blvd SW, from March 7 to April 15.

“Curators’ Holiday” features the work of Hester Coucke, curator of the Corvallis Arts Center; Shelley Curtis, director of the Art About Agriculture collection at Oregon State University; Tina Green-Price, curator of the Giustina Gallery at OSU’s LaSells Stewart Center; and Douglas Russell, director of OSU’s Fairbanks Gallery.

A reception and gallery talk featuring all four artist/curators will be held on Thursday, April 7 from 2 to 3 p.m.

Hester Coucke, who was born and educated in the arts in The Netherlands, is showing a collection of recent work, including collage, oil pastel, pen-and-ink drawings, and “drawings in twigs.” She calls her position at the Corvallis Arts Center, which she has held since 1995, her “dream job” because it …

Calapooia Center Gallery Exhibit Features Art Student

Naoko Machida of Corvallis will be the featured artist in the Calapooia Center Gallery at Linn-Benton Community College from March 7 to April 15.

The Corvallis resident and second-year art major will be showing a small selection of oil paintings and cut-paper work, including the piece that won the People’s Choice Award at last year’s Corvallis Fall Festival Fine Art Showcase.

Machida was born in Aichi, Japan, in 1981, and came to the states in 2001 to study English and art. She moved to Oregon in 2006 and to Corvallis in 2009, where she began studying drawing, painting and art history at LBCC.

“As an art student, I am still trying to develop my style and medium,” Machida says of her work. “For me, art is a way to recreate and relive my emotional experiences of the past. I often incorporate my childhood memories, such as reactions to storybooks and the sensation of exploring the world, through my artwork. I hope my art can touch the childhood memories of the viewer.”

The Calapooia Cente…