Wednesday, April 30, 2014

LBCC English Faculty Present Spring Light

“Spring’s Light,” a reading and fundraiser , will be held at the LBCC Benton Center Friday, May 16 at 7 p.m., 757 NW Polk Street, Corvallis. 

Enjoy readings by LBCC’s English department faculty and students, and a no‑host bar of wine, beer, non-alcoholic beverages, savory treats and desserts. Suggested donation is $5-$10.

Proceeds benefit the LBCC English Endowment Fund, which supports arts and literature in the valley.

For more information, contact Karelia Stetz-Waters 541-917-4556.

Benton Center Holds Ceramics Lecture, Workshop

Chris Baskin, Goodoak Leaf bowl.
Portland ceramic artist Chris Baskin will hold a slide lecture and workshop May 16 and 17 at the LBCC Benton Center, 757 NW Polk Ave., Corvallis.

Originally from New Jersey, Baskin has a long and varied background in the pottery world, and has taught at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, and at colleges and universities in Arizona and Louisville, Kentucky.

His pottery provides an apt vessel to express his belief that beauty resides in the ordinary, the everyday, and the human. Baskin feels that making ceramics enables him to reach across categories and boundaries and to celebrate a common sense of humanity.

Baskin will share his work at an evening slide lecture, which is free and open to the public, Friday, May 16 from 7 to 8 p.m. at the LBCC Benton Center ceramics studio.

Saturday, May 17 Baskin will demonstrate his pottery techniques in a workshop from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the centers’ studio. Cost is $40.

For more information or to register for the workshop, contact the LBCC Benton Center at 541-757-8944.

Benton Center Art Installation Dedication "inspired"

The LBCC Benton Center will hold a dedication for the new art installation “inspired” Friday, May 16 from 6 to 7 p.m. in the centers’ south hallway, 757 NW Polk Ave., Corvallis.

Designed and created by LBCC ceramic instructor Cynthia Spencer's winter term “Site Specific and Multi-Part Ceramics” class, “inspired” welcomes viewers with a dance of color.

The piece will be dedicated in honor of Jay Widmer, retiring LBCC ceramics faculty member.

For more information, contact LBCC Benton Center at 541-757-8944.

Monday, April 28, 2014

LBCC NSH Gallery Exhibits Annual Art Student Juried Show

Nearly 50 art works by 43 student artists are on view at the Annual Art Student Juried Show in the North Santiam Hall Galleries at Linn-Benton Community College, 6500 SW Pacific Blvd.

A reception and awards ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday, May 7 from noon to 1 p.m. in the NSH second floor atrium.

Juror Cynthia Spencer, a ceramic artist and director of the Corvallis Arts Center, will be on hand to confer more than $2,000 in cash prizes from donors and gift certificates from area merchants.

The exhibit was open to students who have taken art classes at the college during the past year. Media on exhibit include paintings in oil, watercolor and acrylic; drawings in graphite, colored pencil, and charcoal; photography; ceramic sculptures and mixed-media.

The show runs through June 6. NSH Gallery is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

LBCC Professional Development Workshops

LBCC Business and Employer Services is offering the following workshops in May and June, part of the “Developing World Class Employees” series.

All workshops held at the LBCC Albany campus, Calapooia Center building, room CC-211, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW. 

Giving and Receiving Feedback will be held May 6 from 8 a.m. to noon. Feedback is a critical supervisory skill and, like most learned skills, our effectiveness can be improved with practice. In this interactive workshop, learn specific ways to take advantage of opportunities to give and receive feedback and ways to enhance coworkers’ performance by providing them with specific, timely feedback.

Finance for Non-Finance Managers held May 9, 8 a.m. to noon. Have you ever wished you understood the numbers better? Do you have a desire to improve your communication with the accountants and financial managers at your firm or workplace? Learn financial awareness, a key success factor in your career, including understanding income statements, balance sheets, cash flow statements, net income versus cash flow, common financial ratios and aging schedules.

Creating a Positive Work Environment held May 15, 8 a.m. to noon. Explore the 85:15 ratio and the power of attitude, the five elements of organizational culture, ways to assess the health of workplace environment, key job satisfiers, and attitudes in action.

Communicating When You Want to Avoid It: Difficult Conversations held June 3, 8 a.m. to noon. Learn methods for having difficult conversations in ways that are constructive for everyone involved, and take away a practical process that you can use for any difficult conversation.

Cost for each course is $79 per person, or $69 each for three or more from one company. For more information or to register, contact LBCC Business and Employer Services at 541-917-4923.

Friday, April 25, 2014

LBCC Honors Distinguished Alumni

Suzanne Gaulocher and Dale Stowell have been named 2014 Linn-Benton Community College Distinguished Alumni.

They will be recognized at the annual Alumni Reception at LBCC’s Albany campus May 7 at 7 p.m.

Gaulocher, of Menlo Park, Calif., is currently the Director of Community Engaged Learning at Stanford University. With a focus on health, she works across Stanford’s seven schools, guiding faculty, students and community partners to increase community engagement and service learning opportunities, along with public service internships for Stanford undergraduates.

Gaulocher’s work history includes both research and activism that has improved health and community engagement in the U.S. and throughout the world. Her work has focused on the intersection of human health and the environment with a focus on community engagement and equity.

Prior to Stanford, Suzanne worked at the University of Wisconsin’s University Health Services as a researcher and evaluator. She also worked on the Center for Disease Control’s Community Transformation Grant, and was part of a team providing support and evaluation nationwide for Communities Putting Prevention to Work, in which storytelling was used as a tool to improve health policy and communication at the local level.

Gaulocher attended LBCC from 1992-1994. She transferred to Oregon State University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in cultural anthropology, and she earned a master’s degree in Public Health and Interdisciplinary studies and a doctorate in environment and resources from the University of Wisconsin.

Stowell, of Albany, is the Executive Director of Institutional Advancement and Foundation at Linn-Benton Community College. He oversees efforts to inform the community about LBCC, to increase private and public support of the college and its students, and to connect people with LBCC programs and services that help them participate in, contribute to and benefit from the cultural richness and economic vitality of our area.

Stowell has received more than a dozen state, regional and national awards for his work as a journalist and in marketing and public relations. He worked as part of team that helped a Washington Catholic hospital losing $500,000 a month reverse its fortunes to realize net revenues of $1 million a month, expanding its ability to fulfill its mission of providing health care for the poor.

Stowell also worked in the Washington community college system for 17 years, implementing systems that better connect and prepare incoming students to get a strong start on their educations, increasing their success and completion.

Stowell grew up in Philomath and attended LBCC from 1977-79, studying journalism. He transferred to Portland State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in English. He was hired by LBCC in 2012.

The Distinguished Alumni Award started in 2005 to recognize former LBCC students who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in their professions and/or through service to their communities. Gaulocher and Stowell join 26 others who have received the award.

“The Parenting Doctor” Coming to Corvallis

The Parenting Success Network will host a free seminar “Pocketful of Feelings” with nationally recognized speaker Dr. Ann Corwin Monday, May 19 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Linus Pauling Middle School, 1111 Cleveland Ave., Corvallis.

Known to many as “The Parenting Doctor,” Corwin uses decades of experience in parenting consulting and child development education to help thousands of families around the world.

Parenting questions on how to help children manage their feelings often arise. How do we teach a three year old they can’t hit another child? How do we respond to a preschooler’s tantrums? How do we handle teen sulking?

Research shows that emotional literacy helps children succeed in school and become more productive members of society. Corwin teaches a three-step process to help parents lead their child to take charge of their feelings, with a focus on emotional literacy, defined as the nurturing of a child’s emotional and social skills that ultimately ensure overall health, academic achievement and well-being.

Free onsite childcare is available by calling 541-917-4899 by 5 p.m. Thursday, May 15. Sign-ups after that date will be first-come, first-serve.

The seminar is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Parenting Success Network, Mullins Charitable Funds, Linn-Benton Community College Parenting Education, the Corvallis School District, Corvallis Kiwanis Noon Club and additional organizations throughout the mid-valley.

For more information about the event, contact LBCC Family Connections at 541-917-4899.  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.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

LBCC Theater Production of “Little Shop of Horrors”

LBCC Performing Arts brings the classic sci-fi musical “Little Shop of Horrors” to life at Linn-Benton Community College’s Russell Tripp Performance Center May 15-16 and May 22-24 at 7:30 p.m., and May 17 at 2 p.m.

Devouring the hearts of theater-goers for more than 30 years, “Little Shop of Horrors” is a deviously delicious production that tells the story of Seymour, a florist who comes across a new breed of plant, which soon becomes a foul-mouthed, R & B singing carnivore, promising him fame and fortune if he keeps feeding her–in blood! Audiences have to know, can Seymour defeat her?

Performances are 7:30 p.m., with a matinee performance May 17 at 2 p.m. that is American Sign Language interpreted. 

Tickets are $12 general admission, $7 for seniors, students and youth, and $5 for LBCC students. Purchase online for no fee at www.linnbenton.edu/russelltripptheater, at the theater Box Office from 1 to 4 p.m. the week of the performance, and at the door one hour prior to performance.

For more information, contact the LBCC Box Office at 541-917-4531. For special needs and accommodations, contact the LBCC 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.




Linn-Benton Opera Guild Previews "The Pirates of Penzance"

The Linn-Benton Opera Guild will preview the opera The Pirates of Penzance, by Gilbert and Sullivan, on Wednesday, May 7 at 7:45 p.m. at 303 Benton Hall, Oregon State University campus, Corvallis.

OSU music professor Angela Carlson will tell the story of the opera and play recorded excerpts from the score. Admission is free to Linn-Benton Opera Guild members, students of Linn-Benton Community College and OSU. Cost for the general public is $5.

Performance dates will be May 9, 15 and 17 at 7:30 p.m. and May 11 at 2 p.m. at the Keller Auditorium, 222 SW Clay, Portland. The opera will be sung in English with projections above the stage.

Linn-Benton Community College and the Linn-Benton Opera Guild will host a bus ride to the closing performance on Saturday, May 17 for those interested. Round-trip coach fare is $39 per person. Cost for opera tickets is not included, and seating reservations are required.

The bus will leave LBCC’s Benton Center parking lot–757 NW Polk Avenue, Corvallis–at 4:30 p.m., arriving at Key Bank–3rd and Ellsworth, Albany–at 4:55 p.m., then to Super 8 Motel–1288 Hawthorne Avenue, near I-5 Market Street exit, Salem–at 5:30 p.m. The bus will return immediately following the performance.

Tickets to the opera must be purchased in advance through the Portland Opera Box Office, 503-241-1802 or toll-free at 866-739-6737 Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by visiting Portland Opera website at www.portlandopera.org.

For more information about the Linn-Benton Opera Guild or to make bus reservations, call Betty Miner, Opera Guild coordinator, at 541-757-8949 or visit www.linnbenton.edu/go/opera.
   

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Calling Cyclists to Join LBCC Bike Challenge Team

Calling all LBCC student and staff bicyclists (or those who have always wanted to try cycling): Join the LBCC National Bike Challenge cycling team, and log your miles for LB!

Let's see how many miles we can accumulate on bicycles for the month of May and beyond. Sign-up at https://nationalbikechallenge.org/

Have you thought - "Hey, it sure would be great to ride to LBCC on my bike but I really can't get motivated." Here's your motivation. The challenge officially starts in May, but several of us already commuting and you can too!

Sure - it's not as comfy as your gas guzzler but here's why it makes sense and is fun to do:
  • Saves gas - Cuts down on greenhouse gasses and wear and tear on your vehicle
  • Gets you in shape - Excercising on the way to school or work pumps-up your mental focus
  • Tracking your miles keeps you motivated - It's super easy 
  • You can win stuff - Become eligible for prizes at the bronze level, really easy to reach
Details at https://nationalbikechallenge.org/about/prize-program

To participate:

1. Sign up with the National Bike Challenge site to track your mileage.

2. Find LBCC's cycling group under Schools as part of the sign up process. Or, after you are signed up and logged in, go to My Profile and scroll down to Your Groups on the left side. Search under School for Linn-Benton Community College.

3. Have a smart phone? You can connect several fitness tracking apps to the Bike Challenge site; Endomondo, MapMyRide, or Moves.

4. Start logging your ride mileage automatically with the above apps or manually via the National Bike Challenge web site.

What about the weather? With proper clothing, you can ride any time of the year. Wind and rain are not much fun - but much of the time the weather is pretty mild around here.

You don't need really high-end cycle gear to ride, but you may want to get high visibility clothing, such as bright yellow jacket to help you be visible to cars. You can add pieces that make riding in weather much nicer - like water proof gloves, shoe covers and pants.

For all-weather cycling, following are some recommendations. Yes, it's a bit expensive initially, but you will thank yourself for spending the money down the road when you arrive dry and warm.

If you can only get one item, make it a good bike light set. If you can get two items, a good hi-viz jacket should be your second purchase.

1. A good waterproof or water resistant cycling jacket and (optionally) pants. $80 -$150 - or more
2. Wind stop gloves $20 - $45
3. Good helmet - $40-$60
4. Bike light set (both a flashing or continuous front white LED light and rear flashing red LED light) $35 - or more
5. Water proof shoe covers - $45-$60

Hope to see you join the Linn-Benton CC Team on the National Bike Challenge site.
Tailwinds to you!

Monday, April 21, 2014

LBCC QuickBooks Classes

Learn the basics of QuickBooks in classes offered through Linn-Benton Community College Small Business Development Center.

Guided Tour QuickBooks is a four-hour class designed for those with no previous experience using a computer-based accounting system. 

Class will meet May 6 and 8, from 2 to 3:50 p.m. in the LBCC Forum building, room F-202, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany. Cost for this non-credit class is $69.  

QuickBooks I class is designed to help you set up an accounting system using QuickBooks 2013. This 10-hour class will meet on May 15, 22, 29, June 5 and 12, from 2 to 3:50 p.m., in the Forum building, room F-202. Cost for this non-credit class is $195.

For more information or to register, contact the LBCC Small Business Development Center at 541-917-4929, or see our website linnbenton.edu/sbdc.

Friday, April 18, 2014

LBCC Traffic Control Flagger Certification Course

A Traffic Control Flagger Certification course will be held at Linn-Benton Community College Albany Campus Saturday, May 17, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Fireside Room, CC 211, Calapooia Center Bldg., 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW Albany.

Learn Basic visual flagging signals, appropriate two-way radio usage and signing and sign setting regulations, and how to minimize liability and road user inconvenience by making the worksite safe and by keeping traffic flowing.

Upon completion of this non-credit training course and after meeting all requirements, students will be certified to flag traffic in Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Washington. Supplemental Employment Information Guide will be provided in class.

Cost for the course is $109 and includes all materials, certification test and card.  Minimum Qualifications: Must be 18 years of age and possess a valid driver’s license.

For more information or to register, contact LBCC Healthcare, ELearning and Media at 541-917-4923

LBCC Pesticide Applicator Class

Pesticide Private Applicator class will be held through the Small Business Development Center at Linn-Benton Community College May 8 and May 9.

Designed to prepare senior agriculture workers to take the State of Oregon Department of Agriculture pesticide applicator exam, classes provide in-depth training, including extra coaching in math and calibration skills.

Pesticides Private Applicator will be held May 8, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and May 9, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at LBCC’s Calapooia Center, room CC-213, 6500 Pacific Blvd SW. Cost is $99.

LBCC offers ODA exams at an additional cost of $58 each. For test dates, see the METRO web site at http://oregon.metrosignup.com or call 1-877-533-2900. The ODA pesticide applicators exam is optional and should be arranged with Metro.

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

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

LBCC Annual Earth Day Celebration

Celebrate Earth Day Tuesday, April 22 at the Earth Day Celebration Sustainability Fair, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., in the college courtyard, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany.

Learn about solar and wind energy, new automotive fuel technologies, bike transportation, recycling and composting.

Take a tour the college green roof and organic farm. Fresh produce from the college organic farm will be for sale, along with recycled metal yard art made by LBCC’s Welding Club students.

Community agencies with information tables include: City of Albany Parks and Recreation, Pacific Power Blue Sky Energy Program, Master Gardeners, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Ten Rivers Food Web, Earth Fort Corvallis, Ocean Blue Project, Albany Options School and more.

Bring your old or slightly worn shoes for recycle at the First United Methodist Church Green Team table.

OSU Geosciences professor Ann Nolin will give a talk on climate change at noon in Madrone Hall, room 113, and LBCC physics instructor Greg Mulder will give live demonstrations on climate change.

LBCC’s Earth Day Celebration is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the LBCC Horticulture Club and the Sustainability Committee.

LBCC Access: Intro to Databases class

The class “Access: Intro to Databases” will be held at Linn-Benton Community College’s Benton Center starting May 5.

This one-credit class covers how to enter, store and analyze data for business and personal use. Learn how to create tables, forms, and reports; how to enter, store, retrieve and print information, and work with basic templates.

This four-week class meets Mondays from 6:30 to 9:20 p.m. starting May 5 at the LBCC Benton Center, 757 NW Polk Ave., Corvallis.

For more information, see the LBCC online schedule at www.linnbenton.edu or call the LBCC Benton Center at 541-757-8944.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Forklift Safety Training

Forklift Safety Training will be offered Saturday, April 26 from 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Business and Employer Services at Linn-Benton Community College, 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.

LBCC Baseball Program to Return

LBCC to re-establish baseball with focus on student success and community support

Linn-Benton Community College will re-establish its baseball program next spring with an emphasis on the “student” in student athlete.

The decision to again field a baseball team by the spring of 2015 came after months of discussions and work with community members to create a program structure that fosters high completion rates among student athletes and generates significant involvement of the community in supporting the program.

A yet-to-be determined women’s sport will be added by the 2015-16 season to create gender equity among LBCC’s athletic programs. Currently, the college fields teams in women’s volleyball and men’s basketball.

“This plan, which uses athletics as a vehicle to promote student success and involvement, makes us very optimistic about the future of baseball and other sports at our college,” said LBCC President Greg Hamann. “We’re excited and grateful for the opportunity this represents.”

The measurements chosen for baseball will guide other LBCC programs, both athletic and academic, as the college continues to strive for a 50 percent increase in its completion rate and increased community support and involvement, Hamann added.

The major elements of the plan to reintroduce LBCC baseball include:

    •    A 50 percent college completion rate for athletes. LBCC’s current student success rate is about 22 percent, which combines the percentage of students who earn a degree or certificate or who transfer to a four-year institution – about average for Oregon community colleges.
    •     Significant numbers of local players. At least 40 percent of baseball players will be from LBCC’s service district or the district of a bordering community college. At least 80 percent will be from Oregon.
    •    Better connections to the LBCC community. Athletes will be better connected to the LBCC community to ensure it has noticeable positive experience for all students, rather than just student athletes.

Community members who led the effort to develop the plan with LBCC and gather community support include Steve Carothers, LBCC alum and the owner of Relco Truss Manufacturers, Dan Segel, also an alum and President of the Corvallis Knights Baseball Club, and Dick McClain, retired LBCC Athletic Director and a former Roadrunner baseball head coach. This group has already raised $40,000 to support the baseball team.

The decision to end LBCC baseball, women’s basketball and some longstanding education programs at the end of the 2013 school year was difficult and painful, Hamann said. The college developed criteria that considered per student costs in programs relative to the college progression rates of those students to decide how to respond to a $2.9 million budget deficit.

“There were no programs we wanted to cut,” said Hamann. “The size of the deficit forced us to make excruciating choices.”

With significant community support, the plan for baseball’s return allows LBCC to re-establish a program with a long and rich history and creates opportunities for student athletes and the community. It also provides a framework for adding other programs to promote student completion as resources allow.

“I’m very proud of the direction we’ve set for ourselves with the help of our community,” Hamann said.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

LBCC Call to Artists in Linn and Benton Counties

Linn-Benton Community College invites artists in Linn and Benton counties to submit work to be considered for “Poetry Birdhouses, Building Community,” part of an upcoming visual, active art display at the college.

Five local artists will be selected to artistically embellish birdhouses made of cedar, which will be provided. No entry fee for submissions. Cash awards of $500 will be allocated to each selected artist to help cover expenses.

The poetry birdhouses will be installed as permanent exterior art for LBCC’s Albany campus. Media considered must be appropriate for exterior landscape, and able to withstand Willamette Valley weather.

Deadline for submission is May 28. Applications and instructions can be found on The Art Center’s web site at www.theartscenter.net/opportunity. For more information, contact M’Liss Runyon at runyonm@linnbenton.edu

Monday, April 7, 2014

LBCC Oregon Construction Contractors Board Education


Oregon Construction Contractors Board Education (CCB) will be offered through the Small Business Development Center at Linn-Benton Community College.

This five session course will meet on April 22, 29, May 6, 13, and 20 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., on the LBCC Albany campus, Calapooia Center room CC-213.

The course is required for CCB licensing as part of the education requirement before taking the State of Oregon CCB exam. Participants are required to attend all five of the state-approved sessions to satisfy the educational requirement for Oregon contractor licensing.

Topics include employer requirements and employee rights, Oregon lien and contract law, taxes/recordkeeping, best business practices, project and time management, estimating and scheduling, building codes, OR-OSHA requirements, job site safety, environmental laws, and test taking strategies in compliance with ORS 701-280. 

Advance registration is required by April 18. Cost for five sessions is $290 and includes a copy of the 10th Edition of the Oregon Contractors Reference Manual. 

Register at the LBCC Luckiamute building, room LM-126. Photo ID and payment due at registration.

Friday, April 4, 2014

LBCC Hosts Poet, Playwright Darrel Holnes

Poet, producer and playwright Darrel Alejandro Holnes will give a reading at Noon Wednesday, April 16 at Linn-Benton Community College’s Forum building, room F-104, 6500 Pacific Blvd SW, Albany.

An award-winning poet and playwright from Panama City, Panama, Holnes holds degrees in Creative Writing from the University of Michigan and the University of Houston.

Holnes’ poems have been featured in Callaloo, Journal of African Diaspora, Occupy Wall Street Poetry Anthology, The Paris-American, The Prague Review, The Queer South, and other prestigious journals and presses.

A writer, educator and activist, Holnes is the recipient of scholarships to Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Cave Canem, CantoMundo and the VCFA Postgraduate Writer’s Conference.

This event is free and open to the public, and sponsored by LBCC’s Gay-Straight Alliance, Diversity Achievement Center, and Council of Clubs, with a grant from LBCC’s English Endowment Fund.

LBCC 4th Annual Earth Day Celebration

Celebrate Earth Day Tuesday, April 22 at the Earth Day Celebration and Sustainability Fair at Linn-Benton Community College, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the college courtyard, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany.

Learn about solar and wind energy, new automotive fuel technologies, bike transportation, recycling and composting.

Take a tour the college green roof and organic farm. Purchase fresh produce from the farm and LBCC Horticulture Club, and recycled metal yard art, made by LBCC’s Welding Club students.

Bring your old or slightly worn shoes to recycle through Albany First United Methodist Church Green Team booth. Plant some flowers at the LBCC AAWCC booth.

OSU Geosciences professor Ann Nolin will give a talk on climate change at noon in Madrone Hall, and LBCC Physics instructor Greg Mulder will give live demonstrations on climate change. Performances by LBCC choirs and poetry club.

Community information tables include the City of Albany Parks and Recreation, Pacific Power Blue Sky Energy Program, Republic Services recycling and composting, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Ten Rivers Food Web, Earth Fort Corvallis, Ocean Blue Project, Master Gardeners, and more.

LBCC’s Earth Day Celebration is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the LBCC Sustainability Committee and LBCC Horticulture Club.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Social Media Class at Benton Center

The class “Social Media” will be held at Linn-Benton Community College’s Benton Center starting April 29.

Staying in touch with friends, family and co-workers has never been easier. Learn to use Facebook and Twitter for both personal and professional use, including how to personalize privacy settings and networking.

This four-week class meets Tuesdays from 1 to 2:50 p.m. starting April 29 at the LBCC Benton Center, room 206, 757 NW Polk Ave., Corvallis. Cost is $39.

For more information or to register, see the LBCC online schedule at www.linnbenton.edu or call the LBCC Benton Center at 541-757-8944.

LBCC/OSU Degree Partnership Information Sessions

Information sessions on the LBCC and OSU Degree Partnership Program will be held April 15 and 24 at Linn-Benton Community College, 6500 Pacific Bvld. SW, Albany.

Learn about this partnership program that allows students to access classes and services at both LBCC and OSU. Financial aid information will be available.

Session one is Tuesday, April 15 at 5:30 p.m. in the LBCC Fireside Room, 2nd Floor Calapooia Center.

Session two is Thursday, April 24 at noon in the Vineyard Mt. Room, 2nd Floor Calapooia Center.

Sessions are free and open to the public. No registration required. For more information, contact LBCC Admissions at 541-917-4811. 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

LBCC Offers RT130 Fire Safety Refresher Course

A fire line safety refresher course for wild land firefighters and forest service workers will be offered through Linn-Benton Community College April 27.

The RT130 Fire Safety Refresher is for workers who have an Incident Command System qualification that requires fire-training certification. Learn to recognize and mitigate risk, maintain safe and effective practices, reduce accidents and near misses, and practice deploying new generation fire shelters.

Class will meet Sunday, April 27 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the LBCC Albany campus, Calapooia Center, room CC-211, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW. Cost is $95, or $80 per person if more than three from one company.

Students must have completed S-130 and S-190 training. Tender Operators need no prior training. Please refer to the June 2009 Wildland Fire Qualification System Guide for positions that require the annual Fireline Safety Refresher at www.nwcg.gov/pms/docs/pms310-1.

For more information or to register, contact LBCC Business and Employer Services at 541-917-4923 or visit the web site at www.linnbenton.edu/wildland-firefighting.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

LBCC SSH Gallery Features Ekphrasis II Exhibit

"Cold and Lonely in the Street" by Caitlin Little.
Students and staff of Linn-Benton Community are celebrating National Poetry Month in April with Ekphrasis II, an exhibit of poetry and paintings at the South Santiam Hall Gallery at LBCC, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany.

The exhibit, with features 27 paintings in a variety of media along with the poems that inspired them, will be on view through May 2.

A reception and book release will be held in the gallery Tuesday, April 15, from 3 to 4 p.m., when the poets will read from their work and be available to sign copies the exhibit catalog.

In her artist's statement for the exhibit, Kierra Lynn, LBCC's student poet laureate, writes: “The art of ekphrasis is the process of using grand description and rhetoric to represent a work of art. In the case of this project, the poems were created first, leaving the artist to render a visual interpretation from the words upon the page. A picture may be work a thousand words--but how many pictures are the words worth?”

LBCC’s SSH Gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.