Friday, January 28, 2011

Physical Science Department Receives Donation of Vernier LabQuest Tools

Linn-Benton Community College's Physical Science Department received a donation of two Vernier Software and Technology LabQuest measuring tools for use in its new physical science project room in Madrone Hall.

The LabQuests were donated by second-year LBCC computer science physics student and Corvallis resident Nathan Murrow and LBCC physical science faculty member Greg Mulder, who won them through a competition on Facebook held by Vernier Software and Technology.

The company awarded their 500th Facebook fan, Murrow, and the fan’s referrer, Mulder, the LabQuest Quick Start Package as part of the social media competition.

The LabQuests will be part of the scientific equipment inventory kept in the project room for student use only. Acting a little bit like a "tricorder" from Star Trek, the LabQuests allow students to take measurements of anything from light to sound, magnetism to radioactivity, force, motion and much more, said Mulder.

"The project room space was designed to give students a place to work on scientific projects of their own design and construction," said Mulder. "The Vernier LabQuest acts as a "lab-on-the-go" and makes for a perfect addition to the student project room, allowing students access to dozens of measurement tools in one small, easy-to-use package."

Murrow is also a member of the LBCC "Remotely Operated Vehicle" (ROV) team. As an example of the usefulness of the LabQuests, Murrow noted that, "The day we got the LabQuests we immediately used them to measure the temperature of our underwater ROV's environment and water flow rate from a damaged pipe."

Thursday, January 20, 2011

NSH Gallery Reception for Three Northwest Artists

A public reception and gallery talk will be held for Northwest artists Carol Hausser, Cynthia Herron, and Beverly Soasey on Wednesday, Jan. 26, from 2 to 3 p.m. in the North Santiam Hall Gallery second floor atrium, Linn-Benton Community College, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany.

Hausser has been teaching art at Chemeketa for the past 30 years under her married name, Carol Bibler. She works in watercolor to create colorful, complex geometric abstract paintings, some as large as four feet by five feet.
Hausser’s work is in the art collections of the State of Oregon, Hallie Ford Museum of Art and the Microsoft Corp., and has been widely exhibited in the Northwest over the years.

Herron’s colorful acrylic paintings express the mood and atmosphere of the Willamette Valley landscape, tracing a fine line between representation and complete abstraction. Herron moved to the Pacific Northwest in 2004 after living, studying and painting in the Southwest for 25 years. She currently teaches art foundation classes at Chemeketa Community College in Salem as well as at LBCC

Soasey creates mixed-media assemblages that combine painting, drawing, collage and found objects to tell a story. She has exhibited widely in the Northwest and beyond over the past three decades. As the coordinator of the Jacobs Gallery in Eugene, she is also known for her jurying and curatorial work in the area.

The three artists will be exhibiting on both floors of the NSH Gallery through Feb. 25. Gallery hours are weekdays from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

LBCC Holds College Night Event

Are you thinking about college or looking to improve your job skills? Plan to attend College Night at Linn-Benton Community College on Monday, Feb. 7 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Commons Cafeteria on the Albany campus, second floor Calapooia Center, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW.

Take a campus tour from 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Visit with faculty advisors to learn about LBCC programs and to explore your career options. Learn how to finance your college career and how you can earn college credits while still in high school. Discover the LBCC/OSU Degree Partnership program and find out why more than 9,000 students have enrolled in the program. An LBCC student panel will be available to answer questions.

LBCC’s College Night is free and open to the public. Register online at www.linnbenton.edu/go/college-night, or call the LBCC College Night hotline at 541-917-4490.

For more information, contact LBCC Admissions at 541-917-4811. For special needs and accommodations, contact the Office of Disability Services at Phone 541-917-4690 or via Oregon Relay TDD at 1-800-735-2900 at least 72 hours in advance of the event.

LBCC Equestrian Team Hosts Annual IHSA Horse Show

The Linn-Benton Community College equestrian team is hosting the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association Hunt Seat and Western Show on Jan. 29 and 30 at the Linn County Fairgrounds in Albany.

Ten schools will be participating with approximately 150 riders competing. Participating riders hail from LBCC, the University British Columbia, University of Victoria, Seattle University, Western Washington University, Central Washington University, Washington State University, University of Washington, Oregon State University and University of Oregon.

Competition will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, with two hunt seat shows and two western shows.

This event is free and open to the public and is a fundraiser for the LBCC Equestrian team. For more information, visit the IHSA web site at www.zone8region4.com or contact Jenny Strooband, LBCC IHSA faculty advisor, at 541-917-4767.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Resolving Workplace Conflict Workshop

Learn how to resolve conflicts at work in a way that enhances the workplace in the workshop Resolving Workplace Conflict offered through Linn-Benton Community College.

Whether you are an organizational leader who deals with problematic situations with employees, a supervisor dealing with employees in difficult situations, are faced with upset customers, or want to work more effectively with your co-worker, this workshop will help you.

Professional mediator Chris Sheesley will lead the workshop. This one-day workshop will meet on Thursday, Feb. 10, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the LBCC Fireside Room, Albany campus, second floor Calapooia Center.

Cost is $109. For more information or to register, contact the LBCC Business, Healthcare and Workforce Division at 541-917-4923.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Benton Center Acoustic Showcase Features Marquette Gumbo

The LBCC Benton Center Acoustic Showcase will feature the band “Marquette Gumbo” on Friday, Jan. 21, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Benton Center student lounge, 757 NW Polk Ave., Corvallis.

Southern-rooted Marquette Gumbo, known for their lively Corvallis Farmers Market riffs, will fill the Benton Center with their style of musical genius. Sid Beam and Joe Casprowiak, musical brothers for over 40 years, comprise the base for Marquette Gumbo.

Often joined by other local artists, Joe and Sid make music that synthesizes the roots of music heard in the American South in the first half of the 20th century. Marquette Gumbo's original music draws from the heart and soul of that musical time and place, reflecting the excellent songwriting of that era in new ways. .

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

Incredible Years Parenting Class

A 10-session program to help parents enhance their parenting skills will be offered through LBCC Parenting Education starting Tuesday, Jan. 11.

The class Incredible Years is open to all Corvallis School District families with children ages 6-12. This fun and engaging class will help parents strengthen their relationship with their children.

The Incredible Years teaches techniques to use now to help prevent problems in the teen years. Through video clips, discussion and home activities, parents will learn how to promote positive behavior, set clear limits and use effective discipline.

Class will meet on Tuesdays, Jan. 11 through March 15, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Old Mill Center, 4515 SW Country Club Drive, Corvallis. Cost for the class is $25. Scholarships are available. Free child-care will be provided.

The class is made possible through a partnership of the Corvallis School District, Old Mill Center for Children and Families, LBCC’s Parenting Education Department and the Benton County Commission on Children and Families.

Pre-registration is required. For more information on scholarships or to register for class, contact LBCC Family Connections at 541-917-4899

Free Veterinary Assistant Orientation

A free Veterinary Assistant Program orientation will be held at Linn-Benton Community College for those interested in training to become a Veterinary Assistant.

For information on the mandatory orientation, call 541-917-4927. Attendance at the orientation is mandatory in order to take the program.

The 16-week LBCC Veterinary Assistant Program starts Feb. 14, 2011 and runs through June 3, 2011. Skill areas covered in the training include an introduction to hospital management, business procedures and job preparation skills. The program will also cover basic education and experience in commonly used medical and surgical techniques as well as an understanding of common disease states.

Cost for the program is $3,650. The program is eligible for financial aid. Check the LBCC web site for program prerequisites at www.linnbenton.edu/go/forms. For more information, call 541-917-4927.

Vegetarian Cooking Classes for Winter Term

Learn how to cook healthy vegetarian cuisine in two classes, American Vegetarian I and II, offered through Linn-Benton Community College Albany Community Education winter term.

In the class American Vegetarian I, learn how to make several fun, easy and elegant appetizers such as Sherry mushroom pate and trademark tapenade. Create kohirabi slaw and black bean corn-y-castus salad using fresh, local ingredients, and sample several varieties of vegetarian soups.

The second class, American Vegetarian II, will focus on main dishes such as heart-healthy tofu chili, tempeh with roasted veggies, and Southwest Seitan enchiladas as well as desserts such as velvet vegan chocolate cake, famous fruit pie, and savory hazelnut tart.

Both one-day classes will meet on Sundays from 2 p.m. to 4:50 p.m. at the Albany Senior Center, 489 Water Avenue NW. American Vegetarian I will meet on Jan. 23, and American Vegetarian II will meet on Feb. 6.

Cost for each class is $39 with a $10 lab fee for class one, and $12 lab fee for class two. Seniors age 62 and over receive a 25 percent tuition reduction. For more information or to register, contact LBCC Albany Community Education at 541-917-4840.

Turning Point Transitions Class

Have you recently experienced a major life change? The Turning Point Transitions program at Linn-Benton Community College may be able to help.

LBCC’s Turning Point Transitions is a free program designed for single parents, displaced homemakers, dislocated workers, and others who are experiencing major life transitions. Participants receive three LBCC credits.

This four-week class covers a wide range of topics including goal setting, how to identify skills, how to evaluate job opportunities, how to construct an effective resume, interviewing skills, and how to select educational and training opportunities.

Participants learn to build confidence, raise self-esteem, explore anger, manage stress, identify values and set healthy boundaries.

Space is still available in the next class, which begins Monday, Jan. 10. Class size is limited. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact LBCC Turning Point Transitions at 541-917-4876 or 541-917-4870.

2011 Class schedule options:

Winter
Jan. 10-Feb. 4
Feb. 14-March 11
Spring
April 4-April 29 (Lebanon)
May 9-June 3

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

SSH Gallery Reception for Photographer Susie Morrill

A public reception and gallery talk for Eugene photographer Susie Morrill will be held on Thursday, Jan. 13, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the South Santiam Hall Gallery at Linn-Benton Community College, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany.

“Portraits in Place,” a collection of farmers, families and colorful individuals by Morrill, will be on exhibit at the gallery through Jan. 28.

The exhibit features 20 of Morrill’s black-and-white prints of “ordinary Oregonians” who work and live in the southern Willamette Valley. Morrill’s approach to portraiture is direct and engaging, showing us fathers and sons, homeless families, ranchers with their dogs, and other characters she has met in her nearly three decades in photography.

Morrill is a long-time member of the PhotoZone Gallery in Eugene and chairperson of the Photography at Oregon Committee, which sponsors exhibits, workshops and lectures by photographers of national stature in the Eugene area. She also teaches photography part-time at Lane Community College.

LBCC’s South Santiam Hall Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

34th Annual Family Fun Day Jan. 22

The 34th annual Family Fun Day at Linn-Benton Community College will be held on Saturday, Jan. 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the LBCC Activities Center gym, Albany campus, 6500 Pacific Blvd., Albany.

Children ages one to six will enjoy activities such as play dough, an obstacle course, seed planting, crafts, bounce house, face painting, pirate maze and much more. There will also be a used toy and book sale.

Everyone is invited to attend this inexpensive, fun-filled event. Activity tickets are 25 cents each. All proceeds from this event go to support parenting programs and to provide tuition grants for some of the nearly 2,000 parents in Linn and Benton Counties who are involved in LBCC Parenting Education each year.

For more information, contact LBCC Family Resources and Education at 541-917-4897. For special needs and accommodations, contact the Office of Disability Services at Phone 541‑917‑4690 or via Oregon Relay TDD at 1‑800‑735‑2900 at least 72 hours in advance of the event.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

LBCC Switches E-mail to Google Apps for Education

LBCC announced that the college is upgrading its student e-mail system to Google Apps for Education.

The new system, powered by Google, is free to the college and students. The system will provide features including vastly expanded data storage and access to popular communication tools in Google Apps for Education.

Students will continue to use their existing @ml.linnbenton.edu e-mail addresses through winter term. During winter term students will be directed to a tool to help them migrate their old e-mail to their new account.

Students can login using any of the current e-mail links on the college website, including the Quick Links drop-down menu at the top of the homepage and e-mail link on Roadrunner Central at www.linnbenton.edu/go/roadrunner-central.

LBCC e-mail powered by Google has all of the features and tools of g-mail in an ad-free environment. All credit and non-credit students who have taken classes at LBCC in the 2010 calendar year as well as future students will be provided an e-mail account.

G-mail powered by Google offers users more than 7GB of free storage. Students will be able to send and receive 20mb attachments with world-class spam and virus protection.

For more information, visit www.linnbenton.edu/go/roadrunner-mail.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Three Northwest Artist Exhibit in North Santiam Hall Gallery

Three Northwest artists whose work ranges from painting to sculpture will take center-stage at the first Linn-Benton Community College Art Invitational from Jan. 3 through Feb. 25, in the North Santiam Hall Gallery, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany.

Salem artists Carol Hausser and Cynthia Herron, two painters whose abstract styles offer an engaging contrast, share the walls with Eugene artist Beverly Soasey, who works in mixed-media sculpture and assemblages.

A public reception and gallery talk with the artists will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 26, from 2 to 3 p.m. in the NSH second floor atrium.

Members of the art faculty at LBCC invited the three to exhibit because of the quality and diversity of their art, according to art department chair Gary Westford. “We want to showcase the vitality of creative work being done by artist in the mid-valley,” Westford said. “Bev, Carol and Cynthia are great examples of the incredible wealth of talent we have right here in our own backyard.”

Soasey creates mixed-media assemblages that combine painting, drawing, collage and found objects to tell a story. She has exhibited widely in the Northwest and beyond over the past three decades. As the coordinator of the Jacobs Gallery in Eugene, she is also known for her jurying and curatorial work in the area.

“Assemblage requires having inspiration and ideas around all of the time, always invading my thoughts,” she says in explaining her work. “My studio is overgrown with stuff: photos, books, bird wings, scraps of metal and ideas saved in various forms. There are boxes full of secrets and boxes waiting to be filled.”

Herron’s colorful acrylic paintings express the mood and atmosphere of the Willamette Valley landscape, tracing a fine line between representation and complete abstraction. She describes her paintings as “individual poems to the land.”

“Nature is my subject,” she says. “Experience and transformation are my subjects. I want to bring the wildness and beauty of nature to others.”

Herron moved to the Pacific Northwest in 2004 after living, studying and painting in the Southwest for 25 years. She currently teaches art foundation classes at Chemeketa Community College in Salem as well as at LBCC.

Hausser, who has been teaching art at Chemeketa for the past 30 years under her married name, Carol Bibler, works in watercolor to create colorful, complex geometric abstract paintings, some as large as four feet by five feet.

Her paintings pull the viewer into an inner universe where time and space assume a fantastical visual logic. “My typical subject might be described as mysterious, free-association movements, unfolding, and unraveling, almost tangible, yet illusory,” Hausser explains.

Her work is in the art collections of the State of Oregon, Hallie Ford Museum of Art and the Microsoft Corp., and has been widely exhibited in the Northwest over the years.
The three artists will be exhibiting on both floors of the NSH Gallery, which is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.