Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Create the Perfect Schedule with New Student Scheduler Tool

There is a new tool to help students plan their LBCC course schedules inside WebRunner. It's called Student Scheduler and it helps students, staff, and faculty save time looking for courses by allowing a student to enter the courses they need and the times that they cannot take classes and gives them all of the options that are available.

This was created as a senior project by one student at Chico State University. He created such an impressive product, Chico State became his company's first client.

Here is a quick tutorial that shows how to use this great new tool:

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Benton Center Annual Potters Sale & Show

The LBCC Benton Center annual Potters Sale and Show will be held on Friday, Dec. 9, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Benton Center Ceramics Studio, 757 NW Polk Ave., Corvallis.

Buy your holiday pottery gifts and help support the ceramics studio. Ceramics faculty, students and instructional assistants from LBCC will showcase their work and offer raku, high fire, salt fire and wood fire pieces for sale. Selection includes vessels and vases, a wide variety of decorative items, useable tableware, small sculptures and more.

A portion of all sales is used to purchase wheels, kilns and other ceramic studio equipment. For more information, contact Lin Olson at 541-757-8944.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

LBCC 41st Annual Children’s Winter Festival

The 41st annual LBCC Children’s Winter Festival will be held at Linn-Benton Community College on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Commons cafeteria, second floor of the Calapooia Center, 6500 SW Pacific Blvd., Albany.

The festival is free to children ages 12 and under. An optional donation of new or gently used winter clothing for all ages will be accepted to benefit the people of Linn and Benton counties.

Children can participate in activities featuring everything from cookie decorating to pictures with Santa. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information, contact LBCC Student Life and Leadership at 541-917-4459. 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 this event.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

LBCC Performing Arts Play “A Christmas Carol”

LBCC’s Performing Arts Department will present “A Christmas Carol” starting Thursday, Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. at the Russell Tripp Performance Center, Takena Hall, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany.

A contemporary take on the classic Charles Dickens tale, the play is set in America where Ebenezer Scrooge, a successful businesswoman, has built her money-making empire.

Adapted by John Mortimer and directed by LBCC theater director Dan Stone, the play features puppetry, mask performance, original music and dance. For a behind-the-scenes peak of the puppetry work, check out the link on the college home page at www.linnbenton.edu.

Performance dates are Dec. 1, 2, 3, 8, 9 and 10 at 7:30 p.m., and Dec. 4 at 2 p.m. The Dec. 4 performance is ASL interpreted and is also a benefit performance for the Performing Arts Foundation Scholarships.

Meet the cast for an Opening Night social in the lobby after the play on Friday, Dec. 2. Hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served.

Tickets are $9 for adults, $7 for students (with student ID) and seniors age 60 and over, and $5 for those under 18 accompanied by an adult.

Purchase your tickets online for no fee in connection with Box Office Avenue, by phone at 541-917-4531, or at the Russell Tripp Performance Center box office two hours prior to the performance. Box Office hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Cash, check, Mastercard, Visa or Discover cards are accepted.

For more information, contact the LBCC theater box office at 541-917-4531. 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 this event.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Stefan Seiter Aims to Make Agriculture Program a National Leader

What does it take to become a sustainable farmer? How do we grow biofuels for a sustainable future? And just what do these two things really mean?

Ask agriculture instructor Stefan Seiter. In his eighth year of instruction at the college, Seiter is working to teach students all they need to know about sustainability in agriculture, and he’s doing it in a big way.

Last year, Seiter began a nine-month professional leave of absence that would take him to some of the most innovative ecological farming education programs in the world, bringing back the best of the best ideas from college and intensive training programs across the United States, Germany, England, Denmark and Costa Rica.

His goal: To gather as many ideas as possible about teaching sustainable agriculture and ecological practices, and to integrate those ideas into a long-term vision for LBCC’s programs to help make the college a national leader in the field.

With those ideas in hand, Seiter is developing a new sustainable food systems option for LBCC’s agriculture and horticulture programs, possibly in combination with an intensive small-farms training program.

“The University of California, Santa Cruz has the closest training program in the Pacific Northwest,” said Seiter. “Currently, students who to participate in a sustainable farming program in a college setting may have to travel as far away as North Carolina.”

The success of the “buy local” food movement creates new challenges as well, and Seiter points out that farmers and agriculture workers need to develop a variety of skills to reach out to customers and be successful. Courses on how to market farm products, how to start a Community Supported Agriculture business, or CSA, and how to set up and operate a farmers market stand are a must.

“Small farmers need entrepreneurial skills to help them run their business,” said Seiter. “My hope is to develop a Farm to Table type of program that incorporates the many skills students will need to be successful.”

Besides helping students to become good entrepreneurs, Seiter learned that other institutions are teaching various practical skills such as how to run a tractor and tractor-drawn implements, or how to do small repairs on the farm, and even how to construct small farm buildings.

“These skills have a real world value for our students,” said Seiter. “I would like to see our program go beyond production and soils and really focus on how our food system works as a whole, including how to connect with customers and the community these farmers serve.”

Along with those skills, Seiter would like to include courses that teach students and growers how to add value to the food they produce, such as basic food processing and preservation. Not only does this knowledge provide additional avenues for selling the farm products, but it also provides training in marketing and sales.

“These are skills that agriculture students and small scale sustainable farmers need to develop, but which we have not taught in our programs so far,” said Seiter. “Although only about 10 percent of the students in many agriculture training programs become full-time farmers, most stay connected to the food system in their careers through jobs in agricultural production support and food and farming education, as well as food processing, distribution and marketing.”

For more information on LBCC’s agriculture and horticulture programs, contact Stefan Seiter, faculty and program advisor, agricultural sciences, at 541-917-4765 or at Stefan.seiter@linnbenton.edu.

LBCC Volleyball Coach Named NWAACC Coach of the Year

The Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges named Jayme Frazier, Linn-Benton Community College head women’s volleyball coach, the 2011 Volleyball Coach of the Year for the Southern Region.

Frazier is in her 18th season as coach, with the team in the running for the NWAACC conference championship this year. Frazier also teaches Health and Human Performance at the college.

In addition, the following players were selected for the Southern Region All-Stars team: Sophomore’s Hannah Bell, Julianna Evola, Mona Goudarzian and Lacy Wood. Honorable mentions went to freshman players Whitney Hightower and Lindsay Verboort.

The LBCC team begins its quest for the NWAACC volleyball championship this Thursday, Nov. 17 at 4:30 p.m. when they play Lower Columbia College at Mt. Hood Community College.