Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Lebanon Center - GED/Adult Basic Education

GED and Adult Basic Education classes will be held starting in July at Linn-Benton Community College Lebanon Center, 44 Industrial Way.

Improve your skills in reading, writing or math to improve your score on the Computerized Placement Test or to prepare for the GED test.

Free orientations will be held at the Lebanon Center June 10 and 11 or July 1 and 2 from 9 to 11:50 a.m. or from 6 to 8:50 p.m. It is mandatory to attend both days of orientation before registering for classes.



A $30 enrollment fee is due at registration. Class will meet on Monday and Wednesday beginning July 8 at the LBCC Lebanon Center. 



For more information, contact the LBCC Lebanon Center at 541-259-5801.

Benton Center Pottery Sale & Show

The LBCC Benton Center Pottery Show and Sale will be held Friday, June 7 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the center ceramics studio, 757 NW Polk Avenue, Corvallis.

LBCC ceramic faculty members and students will showcase their work and offer for sale raku, high fire, salt fire and wood fire pieces. Selection includes vessels, vases and a wide variety of decorative items, tableware and sculptures.

A portion of all sales will be used to purchase studio equipment. For more information, contact the LBCC Benton Center at 541-757-8944.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

LBCC Driver Education Class

Drivers Education class will be offered this summer through Linn-Benton Community College’s Lebanon Center.

This ODOT approved program includes parent/student orientation at first meeting, 30 hours of classroom instruction, plus 12 hours on the road.

Registration packets are available online at http://www.linnbenton.edu/driver-education and at all LBCC registrations counters.

This five-week class meets Mondays and Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 11:50 a.m., beginning June 24 at the LBCC Lebanon Center, 44 Industrial Way. Your completed packet and fee, along with your original drivers permit and one copy, are due at registration. For refunds, class must be dropped 24 hours prior to start date.

Cost for students with a permit who are under 18 is $259. For students over 18, cost is $429. For more information, visit the LBCC online schedule at www.linnbenton.edu or call the LBCC Lebanon Center at 541-259-5801.

Friday, May 24, 2013

LBCC Parenting Education Names Educator of the Year

Joanne Hunter, left, named Parenting Educator of the Year.
Cyrel Gable, Parenting Education, presented the award.
The Parenting Success Network and Linn-Benton Community College has named Joanne Hunter as Parenting Educator of the Year.

Hunter, from Corvallis, received the award during LBCC’s annual Parenting Educator Celebration held Thursday at the college.

Hunter teaches Live and Learn with Your Preschooler classes at LBCC’s Benton Center, and has provided parenting education for more than twenty years. She is known for using a wide variety of techniques to create an environment that meets the needs of diverse families.

Hunter says that she works to “awaken a sense of awe and wonder in both parents and children, whereby families can simply ‘be’ and ‘enjoy’ the moment together, and for parents to know that they will always be their primary educator.”

There is little formal training available to learn the skills and abilities that make parenting easier and more successful, so the work of parenting educators frequently goes unrecognized, said Cyrel Gable, LBCC Parenting Education faculty.

The Parenting Educator of the Year Award was established to honor educators during Oregon Parenting Education Week, which runs May 19-25 this year.

Parenting educators are professionally trained in child development, family relationships, individual coaching and group facilitation. They work with families in home visits and in classroom settings, guiding parents in developing positive ways to nurture and discipline their children, with a goal to work in partnership with parents to help them be the best they can be.

LBCC has operated parenting education classes throughout Linn and Benton counties for almost 40 years. For the past three years, LBCC’s Parenting Education Department has facilitated a multi-agency collaborative, the Parenting Success Network, intended to expand and coordinate services and make them more accessible to families. The partnership operates a website that includes parenting tips, resources and a calendar of classes.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

LBCC Summer Term Fitness Classes

Start or continue a fitness routine by taking a fitness class through Linn-Benton Community College this summer.

LBCC offers a variety of exercise classes in Lebanon, Scio, Sweet Home and Brownsville each term.  Classes include: Aquatic Fitness, Better Bones and Balance, Body Toning & Aerobics, Boot Camp, Cardio Strength and Balance, Cardio Strength and Tone, Easy Cardio, Easy Does It Exercise, Power Yoga, Rock'n to the Core, T'ai Chi, Yoga, Yoga Warriors, Zumba and Zumba Toning.

Open registration begins on May 28. Classes start the week of June 24.

For a complete description and start dates, visit the LBCC online schedule at www.linnbenton.edu or call the LBCC Lebanon Center at 541-259-5801, or the Sweet Home Center at 541-367-6901.

Tractor & Farm Machinery Safety Training

There is still time to register for Tractor and Farm Machinery Safety training at Linn-Benton Community College, which begins June 13.

Geared for farm workers ages 14 to 18, the course is developed and operated with the assistance of the OSU Extension Service in accordance with federal regulations. Students and parents must sign a Liability Waiver/Indemnification form within 24 hours of registration.

The three-day class session runs Thursday through Saturday, June 13-15, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:50 p.m. on the LBCC campus, Forum building room F-113, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany.

Cost for this non-credit class is $76.50 plus a $20 lab fee. Preregistration is required. Students must be at least 14 to register. Classes meet on the

For more information or to register, contact LBCC Albany Community Education at 541-917-4840. Registration and waiver forms are available online at www.linnbenton.edu/go/tractor-safety.

Spring Choir Concert "Voices United in Song!"

The Linn-Benton Community College choirs will perform their spring concert  “Voices United In Song!” on Thursday, June 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the LBCC Russell Tripp Performance Center, Takena Hall, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany.

LBCC Director of Choral Activities James Reddan will conduct the performances of the Concert Choir, Re-Choired Element Chamber Choir, Women’s Ensemble, Blue Light Special and the Sirens. Diana Hancock will accompany on piano. 

The concert will feature songs from across the choral repertoire performed by LBCC's award-winning choirs, including: Prayer of the Children (Bestor/Klouse), Lacrimosa (from Requiem, W. A. Mozart), Loch Lomond (Jonathan Quick), I’m Gonna Sing ‘til the Spirit Moves in My Heart & Elijah Rock (Moses Hogan), Tambur (Hungarian Folk Song).  The LBCC vocal a cappella ensembles will present favorites including: Cowboy Casanova, Magic, I Knew You Were Trouble, and Don’t You Worry Child.

The concert will also feature many different exciting additions as the choirs celebrate another award winning year.  The choir will perform the world premiere of a new version of Wade In the Water, composed and accompanied by LBCC Music Major James Moursund. 

Student conductors Elise Hermes and Serena Lodes will lead the choirs in Come Away (Mark Hayes), and Tambur (Hungarian Folk Dance). In addition, there will be many student solos and the first ever presentation of the Lee M. Westford Scholarship in Music.

Tickets are $10 general admission, $7 for students and seniors, and $5 for under 18 with an adult admission. Purchase tickets online at www.linnbenton.edu/go/tickets, at the Russell Tripp Performance Center Box Office, by phone at 541-917-4531, or two hours prior to the performance. Box Office hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 8 to 10 a.m. and 2 to 4 p.m. 

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.

Friday, May 17, 2013

5th Annual "Albany Sings!" Choir Concert

Celebrate choral music in the Willamette Valley at the 5th annual “Albany Sings!” choir concert Thursday, May 30 at 7 p.m. at the Linn County Expo Willamette Hall Event Center, 3700 Knox Butte Road, Albany.

Approximately 350 singers from Calapooia, Memorial, and North Albany Middle Schools, Timber Ridge School, West and South Albany High Schools, and the Linn-Benton Community College choirs will perform a plethora of choral works sure to knock your socks off!

After individual performances, the ensembles will combine to perform Baba Yetu, a Swahili piece.

Conducted by James Reddan, LBCC; John Kluttz, Calapooia Middle School; Julie Buchert, Memorial Middle School; LeAnn Wind, North Albany Middle School; Frank Craig, Timber Ridge School; Brett DeYoung, South Albany High School; and Cate Caffarella, West Albany High School.  

The concert is free and open to the public, no tickets required. Come out and celebrate music, singing, and the many award-winning Albany choral programs and show your support for choral music education and the students whose lives these programs impact.

Sponsored by the LBCC Vocal Music Program and the GAPS Choral Music Programs.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

LBCC Volleyball Players Sign Letters of Intent

Lindsay Verboort
Miah Boeder
Whitney Hightower

Linn-Benton Community College will send three of its volleyball players to the next level of play this fall after the players signed letters of intent Monday.

Whitney Hightower, elementary education major and 2011 Santiam Christian High School graduate, will play libero for Minot State University.

Miah Boeder, elementary education major and 2011 West Albany graduate, will play opposite for Corban University.

Biology major Lindsay Verboort, 2011 South Salem High graduate, will be a setter for Southern Oregon University.

Four additional players have been accepted to attend Oregon State University: Teague Teece, agriculture sciences major; Emma Richards, animal sciences, pre veterinary major; Katie Swayne, interior design major; and Kayla Swayze, graphic design major.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Free Seminar “Unraveling the Affordable Health Care Act: What Small Business Owners Need to Know Now”

A free seminar “Unraveling the Affordable Health Care Act: What Small Business Owners Need to Know Now” will be held Wednesday, May 22 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Linn-Benton Community College Albany campus, Forum building room F-104, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW.

Presenters Kim Bishop and Lisa Lettenmaier, both licensed Health Benefits Consultants, will explain the new legislation and spell out options for business owners as well as the implications of each choice. Get your questions answered so you can make an informed decision about this new legislation.

For more information or to register, contact the LBCC Small Business Development Center at 541-917-4929.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

LBCC Honors Distinguished Alumni

Mitch Coleman
Ethan Bergman

Ethan Bergman and Mitch Coleman received
Distinguished Alumni Awards from Linn-Benton Community College at a ceremony held May 8.

Bergman, an Ellensburg, Washington resident who grew up in Salem, is an associate dean of professional studies and professor of dietetics and sports nutrition at Central Washington University. He earned an associate degree with a focus in biology and zoology from LBCC in 1972, and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in biology from Eastern Oregon University, a master’s in biology from the University of Oregon, a master’s in interdisciplinary studies from Western Oregon University, and a doctorate in nutrition from Washington State University.

Bergman has made substantial contributions to his field through his teaching and research work in the area of school meal research, and has written grants to fund research on the health effects of school lunches on children, the effects of caffeine on calcium levels of women, and to evaluate diabetes in central Washington farmworkers. He currently serves as president of the American Association of Dietetics.

Coleman, a former Philomath resident who resides in Dayton, has been an agriculture sciences instructor at Dayton High School for 23 years. He earned his associate’s degree in agricultural science from LBCC in 1987, and went on to earn his bachelor and master degrees in agricultural education, with a minor in agriculture business and economics, from Oregon State University.

Coleman has been named teacher of the year numerous times by the Oregon Vocational Agricultural Teachers Association, and has received the Milken Family Foundation National educator of the Year award. Over the years, he has coached numerous state and national champion agriculture teams, with his agricultural sales teams winning back-to-back national titles in 2011 and 2012.

Coleman currently serves on the Dayton City Council and is a member of the Yamhill County Mental Health Committee for Children, the Yamhill County Livestock Association, and the Yamhill County Auction Committee. He also serves as a junior high Sunday school teacher, and has coached McMinnville Parks and Recreation basketball teams. Past service includes the Dayton Wetland Rehabilitation Program, and the Dayton Nature Trail Construction project.

LBCC’s Distinguished Alumni Award was established in 2005 to honor alumni who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in their profession and/or through service to their community.

Nominations are accepted each spring. For more information, contact Dale Stowell, executive director of LBCC College Advancement, at 541-917-4784.
Distinguished Alumnus Mitch Coleman chats with students.
Distinguished Alumnus Ethan Bergman chats with
Commuter photographer.










Wednesday, May 8, 2013

LBCC Art Student Juried Show Winners

Eighteen students received awards at Linn-Benton Community College’s Annual Art Student Juried show at a reception held Wednesday, May 8, in the college’s North Santiam Hall Galleries.

Angela Purviance of Philomath was awarded Best of Show for here mixed-media piece “Gossip” by juror Yuji Hiratsuka, a renowned print-maker and art professor at Oregon State University. Purviance also received the Active Minds Award for another mixed media, titled “Expectations.”

The juror also bestowed Juror’s Choice Awards to Genevieve Martinusen of Springfield for her pastel titled “Pears” and to Rosalie Lingo of Corvallis for her oil painting titled “Thin Skin.” Lingo also received a Freedom of Expression Award for her oil painting titled “Oh, Hon.”

Additional award winners were:
•Johnny Beaver of Corvallis, the President’s Purchase Award and the Carol Schaafsma Award of Merit in Painting;
•Morgan Gregory of Shedd, the Carol Schaafsma Award of Merit in Photography, and also the Wise Photo Printing Award;
•David Narvaez of Albany, the Drawing Board Award and also the Food for Art Award;
•Jessica Walton of Albany, the Art Faculty Award;
•Danielle Bean of Corvallis, the Corvallis Fall Festival Award;
•Troy Zweber of Corvallis, the Hester Coucke Award;
•Annclaire Greig of Corvallis, the Carol Schaafsma Award in Sculpture;
•Audra Mote of Corvallis, the Carol Schaafsma Award in Drawing;
•David Reizes of Philomath, a Jay Widmer Award in Ceramics;
•Ginny Gibson of Corvallis, a Jay Widmer Award in Ceramics;
•Jamie Hendrickson of Corvallis, the LAHP Division Award;
•Pearl Stephens of Alsea, the Dick Blick Art Materials Award;
•Kayla West of Corvallis, the Creative Crafts Award;
•Spike Keenan of Philomath, a Freedom of Expression Award;
•Sean Carver of Alsea, the People’s Choice Award.

More than 50 works by 33 student artists are on view in the exhibit on both floors of North Santiam Hall on LBCC’s Albany campus, 6500 SW Pacific Blvd.

The exhibit runs through June 7. The gallery is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.


Friday, May 3, 2013

LBCC Offers Forklift Safety Training

Forklift Safety Training will be offered through Business and Employer Services at Linn-Benton Community College on Saturday, June 1, from 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the LBCC Albany Campus, IC building, room 103, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany.

This eight-hour course will provide four hours of classroom training and four hours of practice on the forklift. Training includes forklift safety, handling and moving loads, principles of lifting, stacking and un-stacking loads and driving with a load.

Upon completion of eight hours of training and meeting the requirements, student will receive an award of completion to take to their current or future employer.

Cost for the course is $149 and includes all materials. For more information or to register, contact LBCC Business and Employer Services at 541-917-4923.

Photoshop Elements I Class

Learn the basics of digital photo editing in the class Photoshop Elements I held through LBCC Albany Community Education.

Learn how to edit your digital photographs including how to correct exposure, contrast and color problems, and how to crop and save for the web.

This five-week class will meet on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 7:50 p.m. beginning May 14 in McKenzie Hall, room MKH-209, LBCC Albany campus, 6500 SW Pacific Blvd.

Cost for this non-credit class is $39 with a $2 lab fee. Oregon residents aged 62 or older pay 75 percent tuition. Discount does not apply to material or lab fees.

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

LBCC Valley Writers Series Hosts Author/Poet Shaindel Beers

Shaindel Beers
Author and poet Shaindel Beers will hold classroom readings and discussions at Linn-Benton Community College Friday, May 17 from 10 to 10:50 a.m. in North Santiam Hall, room 110, and from 1 to 1:50 p.m. in North Santiam Hall room 209, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany.

Beers also will hold a reading and discussion May 18 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Mennonite Village Lakeside Community Center, 2180 SE 54th, Albany, followed by a Writing Workshop, “All the World’s a Poem: Writing Using ‘Found’ Poetry from the World Around You” from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Albany Public Library meeting room,  2450 14th Ave SE.

Beers’ poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. She is currently an instructor of English at Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton, Oregon and serves as Poetry Editor of Contrary.

A Brief History of Time, Beers’ first full-length poetry collection, was released by Salt Publishing in 2009. Her second collection, The Children’s War and Other Poems, was released in February of 2013.

Beers studied literature at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama, and at the University of Chicago. She earned a master of fine arts in creative writing at Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Her awards include: first place Karen Fredericks and Frances Willitts Poetry Prize (2008); grand prize co-winner Trellis Magazine Sestina contest (2008); first place Dylan Days Poetry Competition (2007); award-winning poem published, Eleventh Muse (2006); honorable mention, Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Awards (2005); honorable mention, Juniper Creek/Unnamed Writers Award (2005); and the title poem from this collection A Brief History of Time was nominated for a Pushcart prize (2004).

These events are free and open to the public and are sponsored by the LBCC English Department, the Valley Writers Series, the Albany Public Library, and Albany Peace Seekers. For more information, contact the LBCC English Department at 541-917-4530.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Performing Arts Play: Steve Martin’s “The Underpants”


LBCC Performing Arts presents Steve Martin’s adaptation of “The Underpants” May 9-11 and May 16-18.

Theobald Maske has an unusual problem: his wife's underpants won't stay on. When her underpants fall to her ankles right in the middle of town, a public scandal ensues.

Mortified, Theobald swears to keep his wife at home until she can find some less unruly undies. Amid this chaos, Theobald is trying to rent a room in their flat, but the prospective lodgers have some underlying surprises of their own.

Steve Martin brings his comic genius and sophisticated literary style to Carl Sternheim's classic 1910 farce. LBCC theater instructor Dan Stone directs the play, which contains adult situations and humor.

Performance dates are May 9, 10, 11, 16, 17 and 18 at 7:30 p.m., and May 11 at 2 p.m. (ASL performance). Ticket prices are $9 for adults, $7 for seniors and students, $5 for under 18 when accompanied by an adult.

Purchase online for no fee at www.linnbenton.edu/russelltripptheater, by phone at 541-917-4531, or at the theater box office the week prior to the performance. Box office hours are 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

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 541‑917‑4690 or via Oregon Relay TDD at 1‑800‑735‑2900 at least 72 hours in advance of this event.

Free Medicare parts A, B, C & D Class

A free class covering the basics of Medicare parts A, B, C & D will be held by Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance (SHIBA) Thursday May 16 from 10 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. at the LBCC Sweet Home Center, 1661 Long St.

This class is designed for anyone who will be eligible for Medicare within a few months or is new to Medicare, or for current beneficiaries who would like a better understanding of their Medicare benefits and options. Spouses or caregivers are welcome to attend.

Reservations are required by calling 541-812-0849. Class is taught by a Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance volunteer. Sponsored by Linn-Benton RSVP.