Thursday, November 16, 2017

College Closed Nov. 23 & 24 for Thanksgiving Holiday

LBCC and all centers will be closed Thursday, Nov. 23 and Friday, Nov. 24 for the Thanksgiving holiday. Normal operations will resume Monday, Nov. 27.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Dr. Robert Harrison offers guided tour to Florence, Italy

Robert Harrison, social science instructor at Linn-Benton Community College, will give a two-week guided tour of Florence, Italy June 21 to July 6, 2018.

Open to LBCC students and interested community members, the tour will explore Florence, Rome, Naples and more.

An informational meeting will be held Tuesday, Nov. 21, Noon to 1 p.m. in the LBCC Library, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany.

Total estimated cost including round-trip airfare, lodging and meals is $2,820 per person. A non-refundable sign-up fee of $200 will be due by December 31.

For more information, contact Robert Harrison at or at 541-917-4571. 

Fall Choral Concert “Whispered and Revealed” Nov. 30, 7:30 p.m.

The fall choral concert “Whispered and Revealed” will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, November 30 at Linn-Benton Community College Russell Tripp Performance Center, Takena Hall, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany.

Performances include LBCC’s award-winning concert and chamber choirs conducted by Raymund Ocampo, director of choral studies, and accompanied by Kristin Rorrer, and performances by the vocal a cappella groups Blue Light Special and The Sirens.

Featured choral works include Silent Night and Friendly Beasts, with the a cappella groups performing works including River and Human.

Tickets are $10 general admission, $7 for students, seniors and veterans. Purchase online at 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, call 541‑917‑4789 or Oregon Relay TDD at 1‑800‑735‑2900.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

President Greg Hamann receives the first “Chair’s Award”

Greg Hamann
Greg Hamann, president of Linn-Benton Community College, was selected to receive the first “Chair’s Award” from the Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments at its Celebrate Linn Benton Lincoln event held Nov. 2 in Corvallis.

The award recognizes the recipient for their outstanding service to the Linn, Benton and Lincoln county regions.

Hamann was nominated by Albany Mayor and OCWCOG Board Chair Sharon Konopa for his work at local, state and national levels to reduce barriers and increase access to education, his support of student success and completion, and his work with community development and community engagement. 

"As the chair of COG's board, it was a pleasure to choose a citizen for the award within our three-county region. Many citizens stood out in my mind for this award. When I thought of Dr. Greg Hamann, he rose to the top of my list. I have enjoyed working with Greg since he came to LBCC, and his vision for our region clearly shines by collaborating education with employers to strengthen our regional economy," said Konopa.

Hamann has served as LBCC’s sixth president since February 2010, and serves on a number of local, state and national boards and committees including the Quality Education Commission, the Boys and Girls Club of Corvallis, Albany Chamber of Commerce, Mid-Valley Mid-Coast Partnership, American Association of Community Colleges, Governor's Re-Entry Council, and the National Coalition of Certification Centers.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

LBCC South Santiam Hall Gallery exhibits conceptual art by Alex Krajkowski

An exhibit titled “Knots” by artist Alex Krajkowski will be on display through December 1 at Linn-Benton Community College’s South Santiam Hall Gallery, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany.

An artist reception will be held Thursday Nov. 16, from 4-5 p.m. in the SSH Gallery. The reception is free and open to the public. Light refreshments provided.

A visual arts instructor at LBCC, Krajkowski’s art redefines photographic tradition, conceptualizing ideas about control and exploring the reactive processes of image capture.

The undulating forms of Krajkowski’s works give an abstract twist to the practicality of film. By forcing changes with the use of chemicals, water and physical manipulation, the audience is asked to question elements of depth, design and function when face to face with his artwork.

LBCC Galleries are free and open to the public Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

LBCC & Downtown Associations Promote Small Business Saturday

LBCC Small Business Development Center is partnering with downtown associations in Albany, Corvallis and Lebanon to promote this year’s Small Business Saturday Shop Small event November 25.

Shop Small is a nationwide movement to celebrate small businesses and help communities thrive.

Charlie Mitchell, LBCC SBDC director, is excited about the event. “Our job is to help small businesses succeed. What better way than to encourage consumers to shop at their local small business this holiday shopping season?”

Special events and sales will be offered in each participating downtown throughout November and December encouraging shoppers to remember their hometown businesses. Events are listed on each downtown’s association website and Facebook page.

“Let’s head to our historic downtown's to shop this season and support the hearts and souls of our communities,” said Mitchell.

In 2016, an estimated 112 million Americans shopped at small businesses and independent restaurants on Small Business Saturday, spending about $15.4 billion, or about one-third of American buying at small businesses, infusing cash into local economies.

Created by American Express in 2010, Small Business Saturday® is the cornerstone of American Express Shop Small efforts, a year-round campaign to celebrate and support small businesses every day.

LBCC Play “The Actors Nightmare” Nov. 16-18, 7:30 p.m.

Photo by Angela Scott, LBCC
Commuter photo editor.
LBCC Performing Arts will perform the play “The Actors Nightmare” at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16, 17 and 18 in the Russell Tripp Performance Center, Takena Hall, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany.

This short comic play by Christopher Durang (Beyond Therapy) follows an accountant who is mistaken for an actor’s understudy, who then finds himself forced to perform in a play even though he doesn’t know any of the lines.

Proceeds from this student-directed production support the LBCC Theater Club’s travels to a major academic conference in February.

Tickets are $10 general admission, $7 for students and seniors. Purchase online at, or one hour prior to performance.

For more information, contact the LBCC Theater Box Office at 541-917-4531. For special needs and accommodations, call 541‑917‑4789 or Oregon Relay TDD at 1‑800‑735‑2900.

LBCC Closed Friday, Nov. 10 for Veterans Day

Linn-Benton Community College and all campuses and centers will be closed Friday, Nov. 10 in observation of Veterans Day.

Learning Center: open Saturday, Nov. 11
11 a.m.- 4 p.m., Albany campus

Library: open Saturday & Sunday, November 11 & 12
11 a.m.- 4 p.m., Albany campus

LBCC to hold forums on Free Expression

A public meeting for a proposed new administrative rule on Free Expression at Linn-Benton Community College will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9 at the Calapooia Center board room, room CC-103.

LBCC has formed a Free Expression Team to help the college create policy and rules around the subject of Free Expression.

The team’s purpose is to promote free expression activities to help stimulate conversations, learning, civil discourse and engagement across diverse views. The team is comprised of college faculty and administrators and chaired by Lynne Cox, associate dean of Student Affairs and Title IX coordinator.

The new rule proposes to establish three types of spaces or forums on campus: Open Public Forum; Limited Public Forum; and Non-Public Forum; with rights to freedom of expression varying based on the time and place of the speaker. The rule may impact other administrative rules, including: The Study of Controversial Issues; Academic Freedom; Facility Use; Posting on Campus; Co-Curricular Events and Speakers; and Student Rights. 

The first forum on free expression will be held at 3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 27 in the Fireside Room, Calapooia Center, room CC-211, beginning with philosophical reflections and public input on the value and role of free expression on the community college campus.

The session will provide time for public input to discuss the importance of free expression in a college environment, the challenges and benefits of embracing free expression, the possible harm or hurt caused by some speech and where LBCC is going with free expression.

Open Q&A sessions will also be held for students, staff and the public to address questions and comments around the new Free Expression policy and administrative rule currently under development and other impacted college rules.

Q&A sessions will be held as follows:
Monday, Nov. 20, 2017:  9-9:50 a.m., Fireside Room, CC-211
Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017:  11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Fireside Room, CC-211
Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017:  10-10:50 a.m., Fireside Room, CC-211
Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017: 2-2:50 p.m., Fireside Room, CC-211

For more information, contact Lynne Cox, 541-917-4806. 

Request for Special Needs or Accommodations
Direct questions about or requests for special needs to the LBCC Disability Coordinator, RCH-105, 6500 Pacific Blvd SW, Albany, Oregon 97321, Phone 541-917-4789 or via Oregon Telecommunications Relay TTD at 1-800-735- 2900 or 1-800-735-1232. Make sign language interpreting or real-time transcribing requests 2-4 weeks in advance. Make all other requests at least 72 hours prior to the event. LBCC will make every effort to honor requests. LBCC is an equal opportunity educator and employer.

LBCC Comprehensive Statement of Nondiscrimination
LBCC prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race, color, religion, ethnicity, use of native language, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, marital status, disability, veteran status, age, or any other status protected under applicable federal, state, or local laws. For further information see Board Policy P1015 in our Board Policies and Administrative Rules . Title II, IX, & Section 504: Scott Rolen, CC-108, 541-917-4425; Lynne Cox, T-107B, 541-917-4806, LBCC, Albany, Oregon. To report:

Monday, November 6, 2017

Calapooia Center Gallery Exhibits Photographer Jennie Link

"Amanecer" by Jennie Link
Work by photographer Jennie Link will be on display at Linn-Benton Community College’s Calapooia Center Gallery through November 24.

A reception will be held Monday, Nov. 6 from 5 to 6 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided.

Link’s work is comprised of color and black and white prints ranging from landscapes to cityscapes, shot almost exclusively with her cellphone allowing her to capitalize on spontaneous compositions and interweave art with her active academic life.

Link is currently working on her associate’s degree in biology and chemistry, and plans to pursue a minor in art when she transfers to university to complete a bachelor’s degree.

LBCC Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

LBCC Livestock Judging Team has historic Saturday

Linn-Benton Community College’s Livestock Judging Team won two contests in two different state competitions on the same day, a first for the team.

The two simultaneous wins happened Saturday, Oct. 21, one at the Big Fresno Fair in Fresno, California and one at the Colorado State Ram Classic in Ft. Collins, Colorado.

In Fresno, four LBCC freshman and one sophomore, led by agriculture program faculty and team coach Clay Weber, took first place overall, and first place in the categories of beef, sheep, swine and reasons.

In Ft. Collins, eight sophomores, led by agriculture faculty member and team coach Rick Klampe, also took first place overall, and first place in beef, sheep and goats and swine.

In addition, the team had another historic win on October 14 when they defeated two university teams to win the Western Fall Classic held in Medford, Oregon, beating Fresno State and Chico State.

LBCC’s Livestock Judging team started in 1974, with 16-20 students participating each year. Coach Rick Klampe competed on the team as a student from 1979-81, winning first-place overall at the 1980 North American International Livestock Exposition. Klampe has coached the team since 1988, and Weber started coaching in 2001. 

Photo, left to right: Auguste Curtis, Coach Rick Klampe, Cecily Coleman, Nathan Johnson, Bailey Samper, Madison Morgan, Brooke Hopfer, Shaelee Barnett, Emmitt White, Maddie Griffiths, Mikayla Duchi, Breanna King, Clark Jernstedt, Katie Duggan, Hailee Patterson, Kevin Snyder, Jared Wolf, Chris Ralston, Noa Taipin and Coach Clay Weber. Not pictured: Zach Wilson and Cole Anderson

Pesticide Applicator classes in English, Spanish

Pesticide applicator classes in English and Spanish will be held at Linn-Benton Community College starting November 30.

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. Course may be used for recertification credits.

Pesticide Applicator in Spanish meets Nov. 30 from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and Dec. 1 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at LBCC’s Calapooia Center, room CC-205. Cost is $119.

Pesticide Applicator in English meets Dec. 7 from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and Dec. 8 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at LBCC’s Calapooia Center, room CC-213. Cost is $119.

LBCC offers ODA exams at an additional cost of $58 each. For test dates, see the METRO web site at 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, see the LBCC online schedule at, email or call LBCC Extending Learning at 541-917-4840.