Tuesday, November 23, 2010

LBCC Choir CD Release “Music is My Refuge”

The choir program at Linn-Benton Community College recently released its first music CD entitled "Music is My Refuge."

The CD features the LBCC Re-Choired Element, Concert Choir and Blue Light Special's award winning performances, including the American Prize in Choral Performance under the direction of conductor and LBCC music faculty James Reddan.

“Music is My Refuge” CD is available for purchase for $15 through the theater box office ticket line at www.linnbenton.edu/go/tickets. Online CD orders will have an additional charge for postage. The CD is also available for purchase at the Russell Tripp Performance Center Box Office in Takena Hall, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany.

For more information, contact the LBCC theater box office at 541-917-4531.

Texas Hold Em’ Tournament and Fund Raiser

Join in for a game of Texas Hold Em’, a fund-raiser to benefit the Linn-Benton Community College Democracy Club student trip to Egypt next spring.

The tournament will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 30 at 4 p.m. in the LBCC Commons cafeteria, 2nd floor of the Calapooia Center, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany. Entry fee is $15 per person payable at the door.

A silent auction will be held during the tournament, with handmade glass ornaments on auction. All proceeds will benefit the student’s trip costs.

Tournament prizes include gift certificates for tanning, tattoos, and to Gamestop, Ixtapa Mexican Restaurant, and Air Thai.

For more information or to purchase advance tickets, e-mail Robert Harrison at harrisr@linnbenton.edu or call 541-917-4571.

Monday, November 22, 2010

LBCC Benton Center Pottery Sale

The LBCC Benton Center Pottery Sale will be held on Friday, Dec. 10, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Benton Center Ceramics Studio located at the Benton Center, 757 NW Polk Ave., Corvallis.

Buy your holiday pottery gifts and help support the ceramics studio. Ceramics faculty, students and instructional assistants from LBCC will showcase their work and offer raku, high fire, salt fire, and wood fire pieces for sale. Selection includes vessels and vases, a wide variety of decorative items, useable tableware, small sculptures and more.

A portion of all sales is used to purchase wheels, kilns and other ceramic studio equipment. For more information, contact Lin Olson at 541-757-8944

LBCC Board Approves Tuition Increase

Oregon’s November revenue forecast offered little relief to Linn-Benton Community College’s $2.6 million shortfall in the 2010-2011 fiscal year.

The current year shortfall is a direct result of a reduction in state support from the originally appropriated $450.5 million to the current $416 million in support for Oregon’s 17 community colleges.

“I, along with many others, had hoped that the $60 million increase in the recent forecast might provide us with some relief from this current year’s fiscal challenges,” stated LBCC President Greg Hamann. “But this increase amounts to less than one-half of one percent of total state revenue, so we do not anticipate any increase in state funding for LBCC.”

The LBCC Board of Education approved a tuition increase of $7 per credit hour beginning winter term 2011 at its Wednesday, Nov. 19 meeting. The board has directed the college to make reductions in personnel costs and operations in addition to increasing tuition.

“This tuition increase is the student’s share of the effort to close the funding gap,” said President Greg Hamann. Forty percent of the gap will be covered by the tuition increase, while 60 percent will be addressed through the college’s projected general fund ending balance and reductions in personnel costs through concessions, compensation and/or personnel reductions, Hamann added.

In-state students – defined as those from Oregon and bordering states of Washington, Idaho, Nevada and California – will pay $84 per credit in tuition and fees up from $77 fall term.

As a result of this increase, tuition will now cover 50 percent of the cost of the student’s education, up from 31 percent three years ago.

“It is a sad statement that lower- and middle-income students have to pay 50 percent of their education while state support continues to decline,” noted LBCC board member Penny York.

Students were included in the process at a series of public forums held prior to Wednesday’s board meeting to gather input on the recommended increase.

Registration for winter term begins Dec. 6, with classes starting on Jan. 3, 2011.

Friday, November 19, 2010

ESOL Program Offers Medical Terminology Classes for Non-Native Speakers of English

The ESOL department at Linn-Benton Community College is offering Medical Terminology Classes for non-native speakers of English starting winter term.

Introduction to Medical Terminology 1 (ENL130) is a two-credit class that introduces the word-building skills and pronunciation needed to understand and use basic medical terminology. Students need to have intermediate to advanced English proficiency.

Class will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:30 to 1:20 p.m. on the Albany campus starting Jan. 4.

The class Introduction to Medical Terminology 2 (ENL131) will be offered spring term and will help develop word-building skills to describe the different body systems. Students who pass both these classes are eligible to enter directly into Medical Terminology and Body Systems 2 (MO5.631) through the LBCC Medical Assistant Program.

In addition, the ESOL department is also offering credit courses in reading, writing, grammar, college lectures and note taking, presentations, pronunciation and iBTOEFL preparation. All of these courses will help prepare non-native English speakers to reach their career goals.

For more information, contact LBCC ESOL at 541-917-4694 or visit online at www.linnbenton.edu/go/esol.

President For A Day Contest

Vice President Bruce Clemetsen and the college are inviting an LBCC student to become College President for a day! Swap places with President Greg Hamann; he will attend your classes while you run the college! Applications Due by Friday, December 10.

To apply, submit the following:
  • A copy of your detailed Winter Term 2011 course schedule
  • Your name, telephone numbers and e-mail address
  • A 100-word or less essay that responds to this question: “What would you do for the college in one day if you were LBCC President?”
Turn documents, stapled together, to the “President For A Day” drop box in the Student Life & Leadership office on the first floor of the Student Union by 5 p.m. on Friday, December 10, 2010.

You must be available on Wednesday, January 19, 2011 to swap places with the LBCC President. You will also be asked to attend an LBCC Board of Education meeting that evening and to submit a brief written report on what you accomplished and learned.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Tyler Spevacek Named Winner of Rename SIS Contest with Entry of 'Webrunner'

The winning entry for the Rename SIS contest is "Webrunner," submitted by LBCC student Tyler Spevacek. Tyler won an Apple iPod for his entry, which was chosen from more than 500 entries from students, staff and faculty.

Tyler is an exercise science major. He currently serves as president of the LBCC Associated Student Government. Congratulations, Tyler, and thanks to all who entered!

Choir Concert “The Heavens Are Telling”

The Linn-Benton Community College choirs will perform “The Heavens Are Telling” on Thursday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the Russell Tripp Performance Center, LBCC Takena Hall, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany.

LBCC music instructor James Reddan will conduct the performances of the Concert Choir, Re-Choired Element Chamber Choir, Women’s Choir, Blue Light Special, and the Sirens. Diana Hancock will accompany on piano. Jason Caffarella will conduct the LBCC Men’s Ensemble.

The concert will feature 21 pieces of music performed by over 170 voices from LBCC's award winning choirs. Selections will include Eric Whitacre's "Sleep", Brian Schmidt's "Lux Aeterna", Franz Joseph Haydn’s "The Heaven's Are Telling" from the Creation, Randall Thompson's "Choose Something Like A Star", Darmon Meader's "We Three Kings," and much, much more. There will be everything from the lively to the ethereal with almost every choral genre featured.

A special kick-off release of the choir’s first music CD will take place at the concert. Entitled "Music is My Refuge," the CD features the LBCC Re-Choired Element, Concert Choir and Blue Light Special's award winning performances, including the American Prize in Choral Performance under the direction of conductor James Reddan.

The CD will be available for purchase for $15 during the concert and online through the theater box office ticket line at www.linnbenton.edu/go/tickets. Online CD orders will have an additional charge for postage.

Performance tickets are $7 general admission, $5 for students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased for no fee online at www.linnbenton.edu/go/tickets, at the Russell Tripp Performance Center Box Office, by phone at 541-917-4531, or one hour prior to the performance. Box office business hours are Tuesday through Friday, 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 2 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.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

LBCC Winter Term Application Deadline

New credit students intending to apply for admission to start winter term at Linn-Benton Community College should submit their applications by Friday, December 3. Applications received after that date will be processed for spring term.

Students must be fully admitted to register for 12 or more credits, receive priority registration in future terms, or to be eligible to receive Financial Aid. Students can still take up to 11 credits and take non-credit courses without being admitted to LBCC.

For more information, visit the LBCC web site at www.linnbenton.edu or contact the LBCC Admissions Office at 541-917-4811.

Benton Center Acoustic Showcase Presents Marquette Gumbo

The LBCC Benton Center Acoustic Showcase presents Marquette Gumbo on Friday, Nov. 19 from Noon to 1 p.m. in the center student lounge, 757 NW Polk Ave., Corvallis.

Southern-rooted Marquette Gumbo, known for their lively Corvallis Farmers Market riffs, will fill the Benton Center with their style of musical genius. Sid Beam and Joe Casprowiak, musical brothers for more than 40 years, comprise the musical base for Marquette Gumbo. Often joined by other local artists, Sid and Joe make music that embodies the creativity and upbeat spirit of the popular music from the Great Depression era.

The Acoustic Showcase is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the LBCC Benton Center at 541-757-8944.

Monday, November 15, 2010

How has LBCC Touched Your Life?

Had your car fixed lately? Or dental work done? Or maybe a check-up at the doctor’s office? Looked for an accountant? Hired someone to landscape your yard? Dropped your children at preschool? Called someone to fix your computer?

Even if you have never taken a class at LBCC, the college is deeply embedded in your community in many ways. Maybe it’s a family tradition to bring your children or grandchildren to the annual Children’s Winter Festival, now celebrating its 40th year. Maybe your child attended LBCC, or your neighbor, friend or co-worker. Maybe you’ve attended a music performance or play at the college, or a job fair.

Ask your mechanic, dental or medical assistant, accountant, local chef, preschool instructor, childcare provider, veterinarian assistant, or nurse . . . and you’ll find many will have one thing
in common: LBCC.

LBCC is in your life, helping you and your family everyday. Below are a few former students, at work in your communities. You may even know a few!

Medical Assistant: Katrina Wasson
Mid Valley Medical Group, Samaritan Health Services, Lebanon

“The medical assistant program gave me the confidence I needed to begin my career, with lots of support from my instructors and college staff. Looking back on my last year of studies, including my clinical classes and externship, I know this paved the way for a smooth transition into Samaritan Health Services. I had the chance to show the skills and work ethic that I learned, and the positive reputation of previous LBCC program graduates helped solidify my job opportunities.”

Accounting Technician: Laura Dalton
OSU Administrative Business Center, Corvallis

“After working in a temporary job for a number of years, I wanted to do something different with my life. I had multiple learning disabilities, but LBCC helped me identify them and learn how to deal with them. Because the instructors were so accessible and the class sizes were small, I was able to do well in the subjects that I struggled in. During my last year, I was named Outstanding Accounting Tech Student of the Year. With my accounting degree from LBCC, and my experience working at OSU, I qualify for continuing education through my job. I am currently working on my bachelor’s degree in accounting. I came back to LBCC for my prerequisite classes because I feel comfortable there. I feel connected, and I know where to find help when I need it.”

Automotive Technicians:
Pete Sabatino, Kevin Rooper, and Greg Adams, University Honda, Corvallis

Pete Sabatino
“I came to University Honda through LBCC’s internship program. LBCC is really a cool place. Earlier in my life, I had earned two associate degrees from LBCC. When I decided to go a different direction in my career, I turned to LBCC again to train to be a mechanic. I always had an interest in cars, and LBCC’s auto tech program turned out to be a good choice for me.”

Kevin Rooper
“I was hired on at University Honda while still in school at LBCC. I always loved taking things apart to see how they worked. LBCC has a great auto mechanic training program. While in the program, I took first place in the Oregon Skills USA competition for auto technician. I went on to place 15th in the national competition.”

Greg Adams
“I was in my second year at LBCC when I was hired at University Honda. The auto tech program at LBCC’s is really good. I went in knowing very little about cars, and came out with a really good overview of how cars work and how to fix them.”

Dental Assistant: Krystle Miller
Harris Family Dentistry, Albany

“LBCC counselors helped me find a career that I am passionate about by helping me match my interests and skills to a career path. The Dental Assistant program helped me to achieve my goal of becoming a dental assistant. After finishing the program, my instructor even helped me find a job, which was great!”

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Call for Auditions for Annual Children’s Play

Auditions for the 36th annual Linn-Benton Community College Children’s Play Nick Tickle, Fairytale Detective will be held on Monday, Nov. 15 and Tuesday, Nov. 16.

Auditions will be held at 3 p.m. or 6 p.m. on both days in the Russell Tripp Performance Center in Takena Hall, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany. Scripts will be available for viewing in the theater box office starting Nov. 5.

Directed by LBCC theater director Dan Stone, the play is a comedy by author Steph DeFerie about fairytale detective Nick Tickle who gets caught-up in trying to save the future of fairytales. As story props come up missing, Granny can’t tell her fairytales and calls on Nick, and some cleaver audience participation, to find the “Mysterious Figure” and to help solve the case.

Performance dates for local schools are Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning February 8 and going through March 3. Public performances are Feb 20 and 26 at 3 p.m. There will be 16 performances in all.

For more information, contact LBCC theater faculty and director Dan Stone at 541-917-4566 or via email at dan.stone@linnbenton.edu.