Showing posts from January, 2016

LBCC SSH Gallery Exhibits Motion Photography by Kurt Norlin and Jeff Hess

An exhibit of motion-based photography entitled Dancing with Light, Painting with Time by Kurt Norlin and Jeff Hess will be on display at South Santiam Hall Gallery at Linn-Benton Community College, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany, February 3 to March 17.

The artists for this exhibit of colorful abstract photography both use motion blur as the basis for the mark-making in their imagery. However, they create their images in distinctly different, even opposite ways.

Norlin, retired LBCC photography instructor and Albany artist, creates his painterly photographs using a technique called “ICM,” or Intentional Camera Movement.

Using a digital camera and pinhole lens, combined with deliberate, subtle camera movement, Norlin creates visual elements which he then layers and combines in Photoshop to create his final image. As Norlin says of his own process, “Part science, part art, and part ritual, the process allows me to literally draw with light.”

Hess is a Corvallis photographer who does al…

LBCC AARP Drivers Safety Program

A two-day AARP Driver Safety Program course will be held Monday, Feb. 1 and Tuesday, Feb. 2 from 8:30 to 11:20 a.m. at the Lebanon Senior Center.

The program is designed to help develop and reinforce safe driving skills and techniques. Completion may qualify you for reduced auto insurance premium.

Cost is $15 for AARP members, or $20 for non-members due at the first class.

For more information, see the LBCC online schedule at, email at, or call the Lebanon Center at 541-259-5801.

LBCC Valentine’s Day Classes

Celebrate Valentine’s Day in style with homemade chocolate treats and your own expressive words, with a little help from LBCC Community Education classes.

The class "All Things Chocolate" provides hands-on skills working with chocolate to make a variety of chocolate desserts, garnishes and confections. Class meets Saturday, Feb. 6, from 12 to 4:50 p.m. at the LBCC Albany campus, Calapooia Center kitchen classroom. Cost is $59. 

Learn to write poems that express varying realities of love and romance in the three-week poetry class "Savory or Sweet" held Thursdays from 6 to 7:50 p.m. starting Jan. 28 at the LBCC Albany campus. Cost is $29. 

Learn how to write letters that share your sincere thoughts and feelings on Valentine's Day or most any occasion in the one-day workshop "A Letter to Your Loved One" held Tuesday, Feb. 2 from 9 to 11:50 a.m. at the Albany Senior Center. Cost is $29. 

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

LBCC Insider Staff News, January 22, 2016

The LBCC Board of Education approved a $3 million agreement to purchase property for the Benton Center project to provide 20,000 square feet of additional classroom space and increase parking to meet current and future demand at the center. The property, at 931 NW Reiman St. in Corvallis, includes about two-and-a-half acres and a 12,000-square-foot building.  The property is currently leased by First Student, which uses it for parking and maintenance of school buses. Contingencies of the deal include working with First Student to find an acceptable place to relocate their operation, and for LBCC to work with the City of Corvallis to determine possible zoning issues. If either of those issues is insurmountable, the sale could be canceled. The college estimates the site will allow for more than double the parking space for the center, and the existing building also provides new options for expansion of classroom space.

A welding student and the college Arts and Aesthetics Resource Team …

LBCC Board approves property purchase for Benton Center expansion

Linn-Benton Community College has agreed to purchase a property near the Benton Center in Corvallis that will allow it to build 20,000 square feet of additional classroom space and increase parking to meet current and future demand.

The LBCC Board of Education approved a $3 million sale agreement for the property, which includes about two-and-a-half acres of land and a 12,000-square-foot building, at its Wednesday, Jan. 20 meeting.

The land is currently leased by First Student, a school transportation company, which uses the land and building for parking and maintenance of school buses. The property includes a small frontage on 9th Street and its address is 931 Reiman Street Northwest.

The deal includes contingencies. LBCC must work with First Student to find an acceptable alternative to relocate their operation. The college must also work with the City of Corvallis and determine if there are any stumbling blocks related to zoning that cannot be resolved. If either of those issues ar…

LBCC 41st Annual Children’s Theater Production: “The Cat in the Hat”

The 41st annual Children’s Theater at Linn-Benton Community College presents “The Cat in the Hat” Feb. 13, 19 and 20 at LBCC’s Russell Tripp Performance Center, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany.

This adaption of Dr. Seuss’s famous story brings the notorious and mischievous Cat in the Hat to LBCC for some hilarious, outrageous fun.

Performances are Friday, Feb. 13 at 2 p.m., Friday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m., and Saturday, Feb. 20 at 2 p.m. The Feb. 20 performance is an ASL performance.

Tickets are $8, or $5 for groups of five or more, and can be purchased online, or at the door one hour prior to performance.

For more information, contact the LBCC theater box office at 541-917-4531. For special needs and accommodations, contact the Center for Accessibility Resources at 541-917-4789 or via Oregon Relay TDD at 1‑800‑735‑2900 at least 72 hours in advance of this event.

Just for Fun Piano

The class “Just for Fun Piano” will be held this Saturday, Jan. 23 from 10 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. at the Albany Senior Center, 489 NW Water St.

Designed for absolute beginners as well as seasoned players, and taught by nationally known pianist Donn Rochlin, this class gives you the chords and tools needed to play your favorite songs and to improvise freely on the piano without years of practice.

Cost is $99 including textbook and CD. For more information or to register, email or call Linn-Benton Community College Community Education at 541-917-4840.

LBCC Insider Staff News, Jan. 15, 2016

If you missed the President’s Winter Forum on Thursday, Jan. 14, President Hamann covered several interesting topics, including the rollout of a new college budget model, which will be presented at the Board meeting Jan. 20. The new model will provide information to the board on college needs, and then guidance on how to go about funding those needs - a slightly different approach from the current budget model. A solution to the Benton Center parking and expansion project will also be presented at the board meeting. The project is projected to provide an additional 268 much-needed parking spaces at the center, along with an additional 20,000-square-feet of instructional space. President Hamann also shared that at the end of this year the college will no longer be part of Achieving the Dream, but will move instead to the new Guided Pathways partnership, which includes 30 community colleges nationwide. The new partnership will provide support for initiatives already developed in part th…

Early Learning Hub of Linn, Benton & Lincoln Counties Launches New Website

The Early Learning Hub of Linn, Benton & Lincoln Counties has launched a new website to provide resources and information to community partners in the three county region.  

The new website will have greater capacity than the previous site, and was built to be most beneficial for community partners to keep up with the rapid growth and changes that the hub has achieved during its first year.

In 2013, the Oregon Legislature passed House Bill 2013, which directed the states’ Early Learning Hubs to accomplish three specific goals: Create an early childhood system that is aligned, coordinated, and family-centered; ensure that children arrive at school ready to succeed; and ensure that Oregon’s young children live in families that are healthy, stable, and attached.

Through partner organizations, the Early Learning Hub is working to develop capacity and infrastructure to help local parents and families most impacted by educational and health inequities in our communities.

This project was…

Nominations Open for LBCC Distinguished Alumni Award

Nominations are being accepted for Linn-Benton Community College’s Distinguished Alumni Award.

Thirty-one LBCC alumni have received the college’s Distinguished Alumni award since its establishment in 2005.

If you know a former LBCC student who has demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in their profession and through service to their community, now is your chance to nominate them for this annual award.

Nomination deadline is Wednesday, Feb. 24. Nomination forms and criteria are available online at Nominees will be honored at a reception held April 27 at the college.

For more information, contact the College Advancement Foundation office at 541-917-4784. 

Benton Center Community Education Commuter Classes

Learn the basics of using a computer or how to edit your digital photos in a computer class offered at Linn-Benton Community College’s Benton Center starting Jan. 12.

Photoshop Elements will be held Tuesdays at 5 p.m. for six-weeks. Get hands-on instruction on digital photo editing including how to correct exposure, contrast and color problems, and how to resize, print, save and prepare images for email and the web. Computer experience recommended. Cost is $79.

Personal Computer Essentials will meet Tuesdays at 1 p.m. This three-week class is perfect for those who have never touched a computer before and want hands-on, step-by-step instruction in a small class setting. Cost is $49.

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

LBCC Fall 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 fall term, September to December 2015. These do not include pass/no pass or incomplete credits.

Students listed by hometown.

Abha, Saudi Arabia
Ali Ahmed Aldahish

Adair Village, OR
Lucas A. Kline, Ryan A. Lance

Adrian, OR
Madison Pendergrass

Aiea, HI
Erin M. Yabuki

Albany, OR
Julie L. Albritton, Melaina Aldama, Marjorie G. Allen, Ian R. Anderson, Alexandria L. Babbitt, Natalia C. Badge, Tyler Bayne, Alexandra Bell, Megan E. Bell, Katrina Bennett, Todd D. Bentley, Megan A. Bernards, Stephanie M. Best, Jacob J. Bewley, Jacob I. Birchard, Jared Blake, Adam J. Boll, Mitch S. Bowen, Joshua D. Boyer, Hailey P. Brant, Cynthia I. Brenner, Melvin E. Brittain, Conner L. Buchert, William R. Buck, Kaylee M. Buhrkuhl, Benjamin M. Burkley, Aaron W. Burnap, Jose Caldera-Ibarra, Matthew Q. Capellen, Ronny I. Carlson, Gary L. Chilcott, Caleb S. Chladek, Richard E. Clarke III,…

LBCC Adult Education classes winter term

LBCC Adult Education classes offer plenty to do during the winter season. Choose from a variety of non-credit, personal enrichment and fitness classes.

For more information or to register, see the LBCC online schedule at, email or call LBCC Community Education at 541-917-4840.

New class: IPhoto ITunes IMovie Madness. Learn the tips and tricks needed to be successful with iTunes, iPhoto and iMovie. Learn how to create, edit and download using Apple's programs. Add video from iPhoto, work with sound and background music with iTunes, create visual effects, add voiceover and much more. Whether for business or home use this class will give you the tools you need.

Beginning January 12, class meets Tuesdays for 3 weeks, 6:00-7:50 pm at LBCC Main Campus in Albany, Room McKenzie Hall Room 211. Register in advance. $59.

Facebook for Beginners. Perfect for anyone, including seniors, seeking to learn the basics of connecting with friends and family online…

LBCC Hosts College Transfer Day Jan. 21

College Transfer Day Information Fair for students interested in transferring from LBCC to a four-year college will be held Thursday, Jan. 21 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Linn-Benton Community College, Takena Hall, 6500 Pacific Blvd S.W., Albany.

Representatives from public and private four-year colleges will be on hand to answer questions including: Corban University, Linfield College, Marylhurst University, National American University, National College of Natural Medicine, Northwest Christian University, Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, Oregon State University, Oregon Tech, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Pacific University Oregon, Portland State University, Southern Oregon University, The College of Idaho, University of Oregon, University of Portland, University of Western States, and Western Oregon University.

The Ford Family Foundation will be on hand with scholarship information. For more information, contact Amanda Stanley at 541-917-4842.

LBCC Professional Development Workshops

Business and Employer Services at Linn Benton Community College is offering the following Professional Development classes, part of the “Developing World Class Employees” series.

Cost for these non-credit workshops are $89 per person, or $79 each for three or more from one company. For more information or to register, contact LBCC Business and Employer Services at 541-917-4923 or 541-917-4926.

January 12, 8 a.m. – Noon
: Coaching for Success and to Improve Performance

February 9, 8 a.m. – Noon: 
Managing Performance and the 
Power of Positive Discipline

February 18, 8 a.m. – Noon: 
Personal Styles and Workplace Success
March 8, 8 a.m. – Noon: 
Lean Thinking and Office Efficiency

Community education classes winter term

LBCC Lebanon and Sweet Home Centers are offering a variety of community education personal enrichment and fitness classes over winter term.


PERSONAL COMPUTER ESSENTIALS                                                                                              
A perfect class for those who have never touched a computer before and want hands-on, step-by-step instruction.  Designed to go at an easy pace. Introduces working with Windows 7 and a brief introduction to email and the internet. Important to attend first class.
Class will start on January 13 and meet on Wednesdays from 1-2:50pm at the Lebanon Center, 44 Industrial Way. Cost is $59.

Explore popular marketplace services while learning to create ads to attract buyers and other strategies to get results and protect yourself as both buyer and seller. Basic computer skills are necessary. Class will start on January 13 and meet on Wednesdays from 6:00-7:50 pm at the Lebanon Center.  Cost i…

LBCC SSH Gallery Exhibits Tapestries by Albany fiber artist, Kathe Todd-Hooker

An exhibit of tapestries entitled “Past Narratives” by Albany fiber artist Kathe Todd-Hooker, will be on display at South Santiam Hall Gallery at Linn-Benton Community College, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany from January 4 to January 28.

The exhibit features over thirty handmade tapestries in a diverse and colorful range of styles and subjects, including many involving a complex combination of psychological symbols from the artist’s past experiences.

“My tapestries can be extremely personal,” says Kathe Todd-Hooker about her works, which she also refers to as “Momento Mori.”

Todd-Hooker, a long-time Albany artist, has been creating tapestries, exhibiting her work, and winning numerous awards throughout the last three decades. She will be sharing a little about her process and ideas at an artist’s talk and reception held at the Gallery January 12 at noon.

SSH Gallery is open Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

NSH Galleries feature Infrared Photography Exhibit

An exhibit of infrared photography by five Willamette Valley photographers will be on view in the North Santiam Hall Galleries at Linn-Benton Community College, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, in Albany from Jan. 4 to Feb. 24.

“Invisible Light” includes both color and black-and-white infrared work by Corvallis photographers Paul Barden, Rich Bergeman and Jack Larson, as well as Phil Coleman of Philomath and Sandi O'Brien of Eugene. 

The photographers will talk about their work at a reception on Wednesday, Jan. 20, from 12 to 1 p.m. in the Gallery second floor atrium.

The exhibit takes its name “Invisible Light” from the fact that infrared photography explores a world in a way that is not visible to the naked eye. Infrared light lies just above the visible spectrum, between 700 and 900 nanometers. Even though that range doesn't register with the human eye, it can be recorded with special black-and-white films and with converted digital imaging sensors. Examples of both techniques are rep…