Thursday, October 28, 2010

Marlene Propst Named Communicator of the Year

Marlene Propst, College Advancement director and Foundation executive director at Linn-Benton Community College, received the Communicator of the Year award from the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations at its District 7 conference held Oct. 21-22.

Propst has worked at LBCC for 34 years, serving in her current position for the past seven. She also served four years as the director of Marketing and Publications and 23 years in the Career and Counseling Center in various positions including director.

The annual award honors a two-year college marketing professional who has demonstrated special leadership or ability in college communications. The award is given for each of NCMPR's seven districts. LBCC is in District 7, which includes Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and the Canadian provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Yukon Territory.

As director of College Advancement, Propst has achieved a broad consistency in image and marketing efforts, expanding marketing of the college from the traditional print medium to areas such as movie theater slides, bus ads and online advertising. Under her leadership, LBCC’s College Advancement office has won numerous Medallion Awards from the state and regional chapters of NCMPR, and she was instrumental in the development of a TV commercial that won a Paragon Award from NCMPR.

Propst, an Albany resident, has a master’s degree in counseling and a bachelor of science in business administration personnel and industrial relations, both from Oregon State University, and an associate of arts from LBCC.

LBCC Performing Arts Musical Blood Brothers

LBCC’s Performing Arts Department will present the musical “Blood Brothers” starting Friday, Nov.12 at 7:30 p.m. at the Russell Tripp Performance Center, Takena Hall, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany.

Set in Britain, Willy Russell's Blood Brothers tells the story of fraternal twins who are separated at birth. One brother is raised in a family of great privilege, and the other is raised in poverty. Even with their different socio-economic backgrounds, the two boys end up becoming best friends until a misunderstanding leads to a tragic ending.

LBCC theater faculty Dan Stone directs the show, with musical direction by James Reddan, LBCC music faculty, and choreography by Katherine Sanders.

Performances will be November 12, 13, 18, 19 & 20 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, November 21 at 3 p.m. The Sunday matinee showing is ASL interpreted and a benefit for LBCC Performing Arts Foundation Scholarships.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $9 for students and seniors. Tickets are available online through Box Office Avenue for no fee at

Tickets can also be purchased at the theater box office or by phone at 541-917-4531, or at the door two hours prior to the performance. Please arrive early to purchase tickets, show starts promptly. Box-office hours are Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 3 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.

LBCC Hosts Oregon Shakespeare Festival Actors

Linn-Benton Community College will host a pair of actors from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival on Friday, November 12 for two performances from 10 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. and from 12 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. at the Russell Tripp Performance Center, Takena Hall, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany.

The actors will hold two one-hour performance workshops. The first workshop will feature characters of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. The second workshop will feature scenes from other plays from the 2010 OSF season.

OSF actors David Kelly and Terri McMahon will lead the workshops. Kelly has been with OSF for 20 seasons. A graduate of the University of Delaware, this is Kelly’s fourth tour with the OSF School Visit Program. McMahon has been with OSF for 18 seasons. She received her bachelor of fine arts from the University of Southern California. This is her 12th tour with the program.

At the conclusion of the Festival’s 2009 season, six teams of actors
visited 127 schools and organizations, reaching more than 60,000 students in four states. The 2010 School Visit Program is funded by grants from the Helen Clay Frick Foundation, Steven and Karen Tyler, and the Bowmer Society sponsored by Bank of America.

The OSF School Visit Program is free and open to the public. For more information, contact LBCC Performing and Fine Arts department at 541-917-4537. For disability accommodations, call 541-917-4789 or TDD 1-800-735-2900.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Friday, October 22, 2010

LBCC Bookstore Shopping Spree!

Two LBCC students, Megan Maynard, a 23-year-old nursing student, and Tara Earp, early education major, were the winners of a 60-second shopping spree. The objective? To grab as much as you could from the bookstore in one minute. The bookstore’s entire inventory, excluding text books and electronics, was up for grabs. Tara turned 25 the day of the shopping spree. Her plan was to grab recreational books and stuff for her three-year-old. Megan had plans to hit the nursing items and clothing. Their items were on different sides of the store. . .and a twist revealed at the last minute meant the two had to work together to get the goods!

Check out the twist and see the ensuing challenge, courtesy of the LBCC Bookstore!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

LBCC Hosts OSU Faculty Exhibit in NSH Gallery

Left: Yuji Hiratsuka, professor of art “Jungle Gems 2010”, Intaglio
Right: Julie Green, associate professor of art “Hamawari”, Oil on Linen

An exhibit of work by more than a dozen Oregon State University art faculty will be on view at Linn-Benton Community College’s North Santiam Hall Gallery from Oct. 18 to Dec. 1.

An artist reception will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 20 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the second-floor atrium of the NSH Gallery.

This is the inaugural exhibit in what will become an annual series of shows at LBCC’s NSH Gallery featuring the art faculty from Oregon’s six state universities.

The OSU show demonstrates a dynamic diversity of styles and approaches to the making of art. Participating in the show are:
•Yuji Hiratsuka, one of the Northwest’s most famous printmakers, whose colorist talent in the rare reduction intaglio process will be on display with three pieces;
•Kay Campbell presents two series of mixed-media screen prints, Strings Attached and Closure.
•Graphic designer Christine Gallagher contributes several pieces that address lettering, design, and conceptual concepts.
•Andrea Marks’ type diptych, Type Specimen, recalls the framed and pinned butterfly collections of the 18th century.
•Nancy Froehlich will show a number of ceramic works that involve typography in their design.
•John Maul’s Genesis series of five encaustic wall sculptures typifies his broad-range experimental use of material—in this case encaustic and foam core, and once again includes the sweet smell of beeswax.
•Andrew Myers’ shows an intimate series of monotype prints.
•Jim Folts demonstrates his mastery of digital photography with a pair of ink-jet photographs.
•Nathan Langner contributes an example of his clean packaging design in a collection of boxes entitled “Drip Brew.”
•Sandy Brooke, Julie Green, Shelley Jordon and Douglas Russell show work in a variety of approaches in oil, acrylic, and mixed media paintings.

NSH Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The exhibit will be on display on the first and second floors of the gallery. For more information, contact Gallery Coordinator Rich Bergeman at 541-740-8098.