Friday, May 27, 2016

LBCC Benton Center Pottery Show and Sale

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

Handcrafted pottery by LBCC ceramic instructors, students and volunteers including raku, high fire, salt fire and wood fire pieces. A portion of all sales supports the ceramics studio. Great gift ideas!

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

Monday, May 23, 2016

LBCC American Heart Association CPR/BLS

Earn your CPR certification card through Linn-Benton Community College’s CPR training class.

The CPR certification is good for clinical placements up to two years. Classes are held from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at LBCC’s Albany Campus. Next available sessions are: June 4, July 9, and August 6. Cost is $95, supplies included.

This CPR class qualifies for LBCC’s requirements in the following programs:
Dental Assistant, Diagnostic Imaging, Nursing/CNA, Occupational Therapy, Medical Assistant, Polysomnography, Phlebotomy, and Pharmacy Technician.

For more information or to register, call 541-917-4923 or email ottor@linnbenton.edu.

LBCC Real Estate Broker Pre-License Exam course

A Real Estate Broker Pre-License Exam course will be offered through Linn-Benton Community College starting June 29.

Designed to prepare you for the Oregon Real Estate Broker License Exam, this 150-hour course is the fastest way to qualify to take the state exam.

This 10-week course will meet on Wednesdays from 6 to 9 p.m. beginning June 29 through Sept. 7 at the LBCC Albany campus, 6500 Pacific Blvd SW in room CC-212.

The course content will be mostly Internet based. Students are expected to have online capability, to self-study and attend all class sessions. A mandatory study session will be held on Saturday, the last week of the class.

Cost for this non-credit course is $600. For more information or to register, contact Business and Employer Services at 541-917-4923, or Sue Stone, 541-917-4926 or email at stones@linnbenton.edu.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

LBCC Spring Choir Concert “The Language of Song”

The Linn-Benton Community College award-winning choirs will perform their spring concert “The Language of Song” Thursday, June 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the LBCC Russell Tripp Performance Center, Takena Hall, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany.

LBCC Concert Choir and Chamber Choir will explore the relationship between text, music and emotion. Also performing are the vocal a cappella ensembles Blue Light Special, The Sirens and Remixed.

The concert will feature an array of works including: Adiemus by Karl Jenkins, Dirait-on by Morten Lauridsen, O My Luve’s Like a Red Rose by René Clausen, Stars by Eriks Esenvalds, Tykus Tykus by Vaclovas Augustinas and Past Life Melodies by Sarah Hopkins.

Vocal a cappella ensembles will present a wide variety of popular favorites including music by Kimbra, Taylor Swift, Panic at the Disco, Beyonce, and Katy Perry.

Tickets are $10 general admission, $7 for students, seniors and veterans. Purchase online at www.linnbenton.edu/tickets or at the theater box office 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 LBCC 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.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Insider Staff News

Time-lapse cameras have been installed at both the Advanced Transportation Technology Center and the new Health Occupations Center construction sites, providing a daily view of the construction compressed into a brief video. On the building projects site, click on either the ATTC link or the HOC link. The site also includes the latest updates on all upcoming LBCC bond related projects. The ATTC project includes a new building for the Heavy Equipment Diesel program and the creation of an Innovation Center to provide space for worker and industry training. Expected completion date is end of summer 2016. The new 42,000-square-foot Healthcare Occupations Center, located adjacent to COMP-NW Medical School in Lebanon, will consolidate LBCC’s medical programs in a single location. Expected completion date is spring of 2017.
Construction under way at the new
Health Occupations Center in Lebanon.

Bruce Clemetsen, vice president, Student Affairs, shared the following information on the College Coach program at LBCC: The College Coach program connects current LBCC students with K-12 students in their local communities. The program was started by an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer who was able to get the program off the ground and create a solid foundation from which the program continues to grow. Members of the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society are taking the lead in making sure College Coach continues to grow and thrive. Both PTK members and other LBCC student volunteers devote time from their busy schedules in local schools in two different formats. The first is tutoring, which is offered to local schools in a variety of subject areas (elementary, middle and secondary schools). The second is College Club, an after school program for elementary school students that is facilitated by LBCC students and engages participants in learning more about what it means to go to College, the wide range of opportunities available to them, and helps them build a relationship with a College mentor who can show them that College is an option. PTK students have been committed to offering these services in some of our local schools with the highest level of need to try to instill a college going culture from early on in a youth's education. As a capstone experience, College Club students take a field trip to the Albany campus to get a first hand look at what college life is like. K-12 students are not the only ones who benefit from the College Coach program, as the LBCC student volunteers also express learning a lot and building their own leadership and teaching skills in the process.


Randy Falk
After 25 years leading LBCC Men's Basketball and serving as the college athletic director in a part-time capacity, Randy Falk has been promoted to the position of athletic director on a full-time basis. Randy’s focus for the Athletic Department will continue to be on student academic success, competitive excellence and community outreach and engagement. Assistant coach Everett Hartman will assume the role of interim head basketball coach for the 2016-17 season. Everett has taught high school for the past 33 years and is retiring at the end of this year. He has 29 years of coaching experience, with 23 years at Philomath and West Albany High Schools. He also served as assistant coach for the Roadrunners in 2004-05 season and most recently in 2015-16 season.

Jenny Strooband, Animal Science program faculty member, was featured in a WalletHub article on the Kentucky Derby. The online publication posed several questions to a panel of leading experts, including how to better protect the health and well-being of race horses, what would help revive horse racing as a spectator sport, and who they thought would win the Kentucky Derby. Read Jenny's answers at: https://wallethub.com/blog/kentucky-derby-facts/20836/#jenny-strooband

An addendum to the Independent Association of Classified Employees contract allows for a bilingual pay incentive compensation to classified employees who demonstrate Spanish language proficiency, effective June 1. The incentive allows for a $140 per month stipend for full-time employees, with a prorated amount for less than full-time. In return, employees receiving compensation would be required to respond to requests for bilingual translation. Additional languages may be considered if a need arises. The added compensation supports efforts around the college’s core theme of cultural richness and strategic goal of equity, as well as the college values. 

Several faculty and staff are retiring over the next few months, leaving the college with a total of 222 years of combined service! A retirement celebration and reading of the resolutions will be held Wednesday, May 18 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Fireside Room, CC-211. Happy retirement to: Joseph Bailey, Kathy Body, Glen Brumbach, Kathy Chafin, Cynthia Currin, Cyrel Gable, Pam Gordon, Denis Green, Vern Jackson, Kevin Krefft, Jan Legris, Twila Lehman and Mark Weiss.

Artist and mural painter Rip Cronk has been commissioned to create and paint a mural on the east side of the Activities Center building. The mural will feature four LBCC student athletes, one from each athletic team, each in a posed shot depicting their sport. Measuring 27 feet high by 145 feet wide, it will take approximately 100 days to complete the mural. Take a walk and watch the progress over the next few months! More about Rip and his work: http://www.westland.net/venice/art/cronk/

Thursday, May 12, 2016

LBCC Vet Club Holds Memorial Day Vigil

A Memorial Day Vigil is planned for Friday, May 27 starting at 12 p.m. at Linn-Benton Community College in the courtyard, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany.

Oregon Senator Sara Gelser will be a guest. Speakers include LBCC Veteran’s Club president and Afghanistan War veteran Steven Olson, James Franklin, retired major and veteran of the Gulf War and Hungary, and Lewis Franklin, first sergeant, retired and Iraq War veteran.

Posters for each conflict will be located around the courtyard along with a field of flags, and a soldier's cross set up with flags for each of the services.

The new LBCC Student Veteran's Center will hold a grand opening in Forum 109 during the event. The center has been over a decade in the making.

This event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the LBCC student Veteran’s Club. For more information, contact club advisor Lewis Franklin at 541-917-4542.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Notice of Budget Committee Meeting

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, pursuant to ORS 294.426, that two meetings of the Budget Committee of Linn-Benton Community College District of Linn and Benton counties, State of Oregon, will be held on the 11th day of May, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. Albany campus, 6500 SW Pacific Blvd., Albany, Oregon, and on the 18nd of May, 2016, at 5:00 p.m. at the Albany campus, 6500 SW Pacific Blvd., Albany, Oregon, for the purpose of receiving the budget message and proposed budget document of said district for the fiscal year 2016-2017.

These are public meetings where deliberations of the Budget Committee will take place, and any person may appear and discuss proposed programs with the Budget Committee at that time.  A copy of the budget document will be available at 6500 SW Pacific Blvd., Albany, Oregon, in the Board Rooms, Calapooia Center Building at the time of the meeting.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Democracy Club Holds Liberty Tree Faire event

The LBCC Democracy Club will hold its annual “Liberty Tree Faire” Tuesday, May 17 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in college courtyard, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany.

Held on Oregon’s primary election day, the fair includes information on the issues affecting students today and provides an opportunity to get involved with the primary election process.

Attending the event will be Albany Mayor Sharon Konopa, Linn County Democrats and Republicans, Libertarians of Oregon, Veterans for Peace and Corvallis Move to Amend.
Political parties, interest groups, and public service groups are invited to set up a table in the LBCC Courtyard and share their ideas and program with students.

Student participation includes a public speaking contest from Noon to 1 p.m., where students will speak on the famous Tomas Paine quote “We have it in our power to being the world again.” Contestants will be given five minutes to present their best argument.

This fourth-annual fair is inspired by the Liberty Tree in Boston, the meeting place of patriots during the American Revolution, where they met to discuss the need for independence.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact LBCC Democracy Club faculty advisor Dr. Robert Harrison at 541-917-4571.

Friday, May 6, 2016

LBCC Benton Center property purchase completed

Linn-Benton Community College has completed the purchase of property to expand the Benton Center in Corvallis, and plans to begin a community-involved process of creating plans for that expansion.

“Now we can begin to plan earnestly,” said Jeff Davis, Benton Center Director. “We have community members serving on the project steering committee, and we’ll be looking for other ways to allow for community engagement in the process.”

The project will add 20,000 square feet of instruction spaces and more than double parking to more than 250 spaces to help address shortages in both areas that restrict offerings at the center. The new property is located just north of the Benton Center.

The specific timeline for project to begin still depends on finding an acceptable new location for the Corvallis operation of First Student, Inc. The company, which provides school bus transportation for school districts throughout the United States including Corvallis, is currently leasing the property.

A small portion of the property is already available, so some additional parking may be added in the coming months.

The Benton Center project steering committee will meet again during summer to further develop plans, Davis said.

The $8 million expansion of the Benton Center is made possible by bonds approved by voters in 2014. The building program also includes a new Healthcare Occupations Center in Lebanon, the complete of the next phases of the Advanced Transportation Technology Center in Lebanon, and the modernization of facilities on the Albany campus with a focus on trade-related programs that lead directly to jobs in the region.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

“OneVibe Diversity Day” Celebration

“OneVibe Diversity Day” celebration will be held at Linn-Benton Community College Wednesday, May 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the college courtyard, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany.

This celebration brings culture, international food and performances to campus including a Mariachi band, a Taiko drum group, college and community groups, and international food vendors.

Courtyard lunch will be available for $5, or $4 for students, with proceeds benefiting the LBCC Black Curtain Society theater club.

Free and open to the public. For more information, contact the LBCC Diversity Achievement Center at 541-917-4461. For disability accommodations, contact the LBCC 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.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Free parenting workshop “Mind in the Making”

Ellen Galinsky
Child development expert Ellen Galinsky will hold a free parenting workshop “Mind in the Making” Monday, May 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the Corvallis High School Main Stage Theater, 1400 NW Buchanan Ave.

Galinsky is president and co-founder of the Families and Work Institute, and author of more than 100 books and reports on child development, including “Mind in the Making,” “Ask the Children,” and “The Six Stages of Parenthood.”

Held during Oregon Parenting Education Week, the workshop focuses on raising children to be well rounded and to achieve their full potential, and is designed for all parents, regardless of child’s age.

Galinsky will share her extensive knowledge of child development and discuss how to use everyday moments to teach seven key skills children need to be successful, including focus and self control, perspective taking, communicating, making connections, critical thinking, taking on challenges, and self-directed engaged learning.

Free childcare is provided. Advance sign-up is required. Call 541-917-4899 by 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, or sign-up online at http://tinyurl.com/zjqs17m. Spanish interpretation is available for this event.

Oregon Parenting Education Week runs May 16-20. Galinsky is the keynote speaker at Oregon Parenting Educators’ Conference May 16 at Oregon State University.

Sponsored by LBCC, the Parenting Success Network and Corvallis School District, with major support from the Mullins Healthy Children’s Fund. For more information, contact LBCC Parenting Education at 541-917-4899.

LBCC Announces Promotion for Coach Randy Falk


Coach Randy Falk
After 25 years of leading Linn-Benton Community College Men's Basketball and serving as LBCC’s athletic director in a part-time capacity, Randy Falk has been promoted to the position of athletic director on a full-time basis.

Falk’s focus for LBCC’s Athletic Department will continue to be on student academic success, competitive excellence and community outreach and engagement.

Assistant coach Everett Hartman will assume the role of interim head basketball coach for the 2016-17 season.


HOC and ATTC Projects can be Viewed Online

The activity at two Linn-Benton Community College construction sites in Lebanon is about to increase, and anyone interested in monitoring the progress can watch it happen on the college web site.

Site prep and foundation work are being completed for the final buildings at the Advanced Transportation Technology Center and the Healthcare Occupations Center buildings. Walls will start to go up soon.

The construction progress is being recorded each day, and the progress is compressed in a brief time-lapse that can be viewed at linnbenton.edu/building-projects by clicking on either the ATTC or HOC link. The site also includes the latest updates on all LBCC building projects.

The $7.9 million, 37,000-square-foot ATTC project is being constructed by T.S. Gray Construction and Wildish Construction. It is on budget and is expected to be completed by the end of summer 2016.

New construction at the ATTC will include an improved home for the Heavy Equipment Diesel program and the creation of an Innovation Center will provide space to train working mechanics to work on alternative fuel vehicles, in addition to providing a space for meeting focused on how to increase community benefit from new propulsion options for commercial and private transportation.

The construction contract for the $16 million, 42,000-square-foot Healthcare Occupations Center was recently awarded to Triplett-Wellman Contractors. Also on budget, the project is expected to be completed by spring of 2017.

The new HOC, located adjacent to COMP-NW medical school on the Samaritan Health Campus in Lebanon, will enable consolidation of all of LBCC’s medical programs in a single location, and create opportunities for partnerships with nearby medical training and healthcare providers.

All contracts were awarded based on a competitive bid process.

The projects were made possible by voter approval of a construction bond measure in 2014. Along with state and federal grants, the construction program funded by those bonds also includes the expansion of the Benton Center in Corvallis, and in modernizing space at the Albany campus, with a focus on improving facilities for job-related programs.