Showing posts from May, 2011

LBCC Offers Statewide Online Basic Nursing Assistant Program in Partnership with SOCC

Basic Nursing Assistant Online Training will be offered through LBCC Business and Employer Services beginning Monday, Sept. 26 at the LBCC Albany Campus, Willamette Hall, room WH-120, 6500 Pacific Blvd. S.W., Albany, Oregon.

This course will provide 51 hours of lecture online hours (5 credits) through Southwestern Oregon Community College which includes instruction in bedside nursing skills, basic restorative skill, mental health and social service needs, personal care skills, and knowledge of client’s rights.

The course also includes (4 credits) through LBCC as 24 hours of skills lab and 75 clinical rotation hours. Training includes knowledge and skills necessary to care for clients in long-term care and acute care facilities that are under direct care of a licensed nurse.

The course runs through December 15. Application deadline for the program is July 21. There is a $100 non-refundable deposit due at registration, which will be applied toward LBCC tuition. Cost for the course is $8…

Sweet Home Center Calligraphy Class

Learn how to improve your calligraphy in the class Calligraphy II offered at the Linn-Benton Community College Sweet Home Center this summer.

This 6-week class is a continuation of Calligraphy I, exploring more of the formal or cursive lettering system. Additional calligraphic styles will be introduced according to student interest.

Class will meet on Tuesdays from 1 to 3:50 p.m. at the Sweet Home Center. Cost for this non-credit class is $54 plus a $3 lab fee.

For more information or to register, visit the LBCC online schedule at, or call the LBCC Lebanon Center at 541-259-5801 or the Sweet Home Center at 541-367-6901. Adults age 62 and above receive a 25 percent reduction in tuition. Reduction does not apply to fees.

Lebanon and Sweet Home Center Exercise & Fitness Classes

A variety of exercise and fitness classes are being offered through the LBCC Lebanon and Sweet Home Centers beginning June 20.

Classes offered in Lebanon and Scio for the summer term include Step Boot Camp, Easy Cardio Fitness, Pilates, Zumba Gold, Zumba, Better Bones and Balance, Body Toning and Aerobics, and Yoga.

Classes held in Brownsville include Cross Training, Stability Ball, Boot Camp, Zumba, Rock'n to The Core, Weight Training, Better Bones and Balance, T'ai Chi, and Yoga.

For more information about these classes or to register, visit the LBCC online schedule at, or call the LBCC Lebanon Center at 541-259-5801 or the Sweet Home Center at 541-367-6901. Seniors age 62 and above are eligible for a 25 percent reduction in tuition.

Lebanon Center Offers ABE/GED Basic Skills Class

Earn your Adult Basic Education/General Education Diploma (GED) through classes offered at Linn-Benton Community College’s Lebanon Center this summer.

Classes will help you prepare to pass your GED test and help you to improve your skills in reading, writing or math. Improving your skills can help you be ready to fill job requirements or help you prepare for college.

A free two-day orientation will be held at the LBCC Lebanon Center on June 6 and 7, and again on June 20 and 21 from 9 to 11:50 a.m. each day. You must attend both days of the orientation before you are eligible to attend the ABE/GED class.

ABE/GED class will meet on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 11:50 am beginning June 20 at the Lebanon Center, 44 Industrial Way. Cost for the class is $30. Scholarships are available.

For more information or to register, visit the LBCC online schedule at, or call the Lebanon Center at 541-259-5801.

LBCC Pharmacy Technician Information Sessions

LBCC is offering two free Pharmacy Technician Program pre-application information sessions for those interested in training to work as a Pharmacy Technician.

Information session dates will be on Tuesday, June 7, from 2 to 4 p.m. and again on Monday, Oct. 24, from 9 to 11 a.m. at Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital, conference rooms B/C. No need to register to attend. Attendance at one of the sessions is mandatory in order to take the program.

The 17-week Pharmacy Technician Program will be offered starting February 6, 2012 through June 8, 2012. Skill areas covered in the training include customer service, pharmacy math, pharmacy laws and rules, pharmaceutical vocabulary, prescriptions, billing, insurance, industry software, pharmacology and on the job training.

Cost for the program is $4,000, which includes all books and supplies. The program is eligible for financial aid. Check the LBCC web site for program prerequisites at For more information, contact L…

LBCC Benton Center Pottery Sale & Show

The semi-annual LBCC Benton Center Pottery Sale will be held on Friday, June 3 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on the north patio outside of the center's ceramics studio, 757 NW Polk Avenue, Corvallis.

LBCC ceramic faculty, instructional assistants and students will showcase their work and offer raku, high fire, salt, and wood fire pieces for sale. Both functional and one-of-a-kind pieces range from very affordable to collectible. Help support the Benton Center Studio.

A portion of all sales is used to purchase wheels, kilns and other studio equipment. For more information, contact LBCC’s Benton Center at 541-757-8944.

LBCC Names New Editor-In-Chief of The Commuter

Linn-Benton Community College student Jill Mahler has been named as the next editor‑in‑chief of the college student newspaper, The Commuter.

Mahler, a staff writer for the newspaper, was appointed Wednesday by the Student Publications Committee to lead the newspaper staff during the 2011‑12 school year.

From Sweet Home, Mahler served as editor of the Sweet Home High School newspaper. She will succeed Justin Bolger, who will conclude his term as editor‑in‑chief with publication of the last issue on June 1.

Mahler is working toward earning her transfer degree at LBCC before enrolling in the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon.

LBCC Choir Concert “Music Down in My Soul!”

The Linn-Benton Community College choirs will perform “Music Down in My Soul!” on Thursday, June 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 Re-Choired Element Chamber Choir, LBCC Concert Choir, Women's Ensemble, The Blue Light Special, and the Sirens. Diana Hancock will accompany on piano, with Jason Caffarella conducting the Men’s Ensemble.

The concert will feature many works celebrating the joys of music and singing together. Works include Good Night Dear Heart by Dan Forrest, O Mistress Mine by Gyorgy Orban, Music Down in My Soul by Moses Hogan, How Can I Keep from Singing by Gwenneth Walker, Ode to Krispy Kreme as performed by Take 6, Lullaby Good Night My Angel, A New Day, and much more.

There is something for everyone as the choirs celebrate another awarding winning year of choral music at LBCC, in addition to launching their journey to the O…

LBCC Veterans Clubs Holds Vigil Honoring Memorial Day

The Veterans Club at Linn-Benton Community College is sponsoring a vigil in honor of Memorial Day on Wednesday, May 25 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the college courtyard, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany.

Displays will include a Soldier's Cross and flags placed in honor of the MIA’s and POW’s from wars from the American Revolution to the most current conflicts. The club will host several speakers and bagpipes will be playing at times during the vigil.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Vet Club advisor Lewis Franklin at 541-917-4542.

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1971 Baseball Team Inducted into NWAACC Hall of Fame

Linn-Benton Community College announced the induction of the 1971 LBCC Men’s Baseball team into the Northwest Athletic Association of Community College’s Hall of Fame.

The college also announced the recognition by NWAACC of staff member Teresa Thomas and former staff member Edwin Watson for Outstanding Service to the college athletic program.

The awards will be given at NWAACC's 24th Annual Hall of Fame Banquet held June 2 in Vancouver, Washington. The event honors this year's class of Hall of Fame inductees, Outstanding Service Awards, coaches and administrators.

Coached by former staff member Dick McClain, in the team's first season of intercollegiate play, 17 players were molded into a winning team, winning more than 30 games and capturing the Southern Division Oregon Community Athletic Association League Championship title.

Hired in 1980 by McClain, Teresa Thomas has provided invaluable support to coaches and student-athletes for more than 30 years. Thomas has served…

3rd Annual Albany Sings! Choir Concert

Come celebrate choral music in the Willamette Valley at the 3rd Annual Albany Sings! Concert on Thursday, May 26 at 7 p.m. at the First Assembly of God Church, 2817 Santiam Highway, Albany.

Approximately 300 singers from the Calapooia, Memorial, and North Albany Middle Schools, West and South Albany High Schools, and the Linn-Benton Community College choirs will perform a plethora of choral works sure to knock your socks off. After individual performances, the ensembles will combine to perform "Give Us Hope" by Jim Papoulis, Arranged by Francisco Nunez in a mass choir performance.

Performances will be conducted James Reddan, LBCC; John Kluttz, Calapooia Middle School; Julie Buchert, Memorial Middle School; LeAnn Wind, North Albany Middle School; Brett DeYoung, South Albany High School; and Cate Caffarella, West Albany High School.

This performance is free and open to the public, no tickets required. Come on out and celebrate music, singing, and the many award winning Albany ch…

Benton Center Ceramics Lecture and Workshop

The LBCC Benton Center will hold a ceramics lecture and workshop with sculptural ceramic artist Brad Mildrexler on Friday, May 20 and Saturday, May 21 at the center, 757 NW Polk Ave., Corvallis.

Mildrexler is known for his abstract expressions in textural form. He will share his work in a Friday evening slide lecture from 7 to 8 p.m. in at the Benton Center, room BC-204. The lecture is free and open to the public.

On Saturday, May 21, Mildrexler will demonstrate his techniques for hand-building sculpture and texturing pieces using natural materials in a daylong workshop from 9 a.m. to 2:50 p.m. in the Benton Center ceramic studio, room BC-140. The workshop includes a no-host potluck at noon. Cost for the workshop is $35.

For more information or to register, contact the LBCC Benton Center at 541-757-8944 or register online at

Benton Center Acoustic Showcase Presents Tom and Ellen

The LBCC Benton Center Acoustic Showcase presents “Tom and Ellen” on Friday, May 20, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Benton Center student lounge, 757 NW Polk Ave., Corvallis.

Best described as "contemplative folk music," Tom and Ellen's music is both thought provoking and reflective. It is a musical potpourri of ballads, love songs, traveling songs, and reflections on life; an excellent cross section of music of the folk era of the '50's and '60's up to the present.

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

Choirs Win Silver Ratings at American International Choral Festival

The Linn-Benton Community College Re-Choired Element Chamber Choir, Concert Choir, Blue Light Special Men's A cappella Ensemble, and Sirens Women's A cappella Ensemble received four silver ratings at the American International Choral Festival held in Reno, Nevada on May 4.

The ensembles competed in the Concert Choirs of Mixed Voices, Chamber Choirs of Mixed Voices, Men's Barbershop and Women's Barbershop categories. LBCC's Blue Light Special received a special invitation to open the Opening Ceremonies for the festival, and the LBCC Re-Choired Element Chamber Choir was one of only nine choirs to be selected to compete in the Grand Prix competition. The LBCC Re-Choired Element Chamber also qualified for the 2012 World Choir Games.

Twenty-three choirs from around world were represented at the festival including the United States, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Mexico, Singapore, Philippines and the United Kingdom.

LBCC Billing Notification Goes Electronic

Beginning summer term 2011, Linn-Benton Community College students will receive notification of their individual billing information via a college-assigned Gmail account.

The college is switching to this new billing format for several reasons: to give students immediate access to their account and balances, resulting in more up-to-date information; and to be more cost effective, saving on paper and mailing costs.

Students can access their billing information online by going to WebRunner at For more information, contact the LBCC Albany campus Business Office, LBCC registration locations, or call 541-917-4312.

LBCC Student Newspaper Wins 15 ONPA Awards

The Linn-Benton Community College student newspaper, The Commuter, won a total of 15 awards at the annual Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association (ONPA) Collegiate Newspaper Contest held at the college May 6.

Seventeen college and university ONPA members competed in this year’s annual event, submitting 603 entries in 21 categories. Editorial and advertising department staff at ONPA member newspapers judged the entries.

The Commuter staff won several first place awards including Best Special Section. Ashley Christie won first place for Best Review; Best Cartooning went to Maggie O’Reilly; and Best Website went to Marci Sischo. Second place awards included Best Review and Best Columnist by Marci Sischo; Best Design and Best Graphic by Ashley Christie; and Best Cartooning by Ben Carson.

Commuter staff also won several Honorable Mentions including Best Section and Best Headline Writing by staff; Best Editorial by Marci Sischo; Best Graphic by Maggie O’Reilly; Best Cartooning by Mason Bri…

LBCC Diagnostic Imaging Faculty Stacy Mallory Teaches in Haiti

Diagnostic Imaging faculty Stacy Mallory makes no bones about the fact that she cannot fix the problems in Haiti. But what she can do is help the people to help themselves.

Stacy spent most of the month of April volunteering in the only hospital in Haiti with an emergency room, Hospital Bernard Mevs. Located in Port-au-Prince, the hospital serves a population of about 3 million people, yet only has two emergency room beds, four ICU beds, and 11 medical-surgical beds. The whole hospital takes up four small buildings, with walled rooms for X-ray and CT scan equipment.

Stacy’s purpose: To train three men with no formal college education who spoke very little English to X-ray patients on machines whose instructions were in English. The challenges were many, Stacy said. She was on 24-hour call, seven days a week at the mostly-volunteer hospital, which is sponsored by Medishare and the University of Miami.

“The premise behind what we are doing is to train the Haitian people to take over ope…

LBCC Juried Art Student Award Winners

Fifteen students received awards at Linn-Benton Community College’s annual Juried Art Student Exhibit at a reception held Wednesday, May 4, in the college’s North Santiam Hall Gallery.

Johnny Beaver of Lebanon was awarded Best of Show for his acrylic painting “The Idealist” by juror Beverly Soasey, curator and director of the Jacobs Gallery in Eugene.

Soasey also bestowed Juror’s Choice Awards to Jessica Purkerson of Lebanon for her acrylic painting “Jellyfish” and to Spike Keenan of Philomath for her ink drawing “Stereotypes and Labels.” Keenan’s drawing also received the President’s Purchase Award, while Purkerson also received a second award—the Carol Schaafsma Award of Merit in Drawing, for her work in ink titled “Rock, Paper, Scissors.”

Other award winners were:
•Sarah Maddox of Corvallis—the Carol Schaafsma Award in Photography, as well as the Oregon Camera Award and the PhotoArts Guild Award.
•Janey Bevill of Albany—the Carol Schaafsma Award in Painting.
• Rinee Merritt of Albany—…

LBCC Performing Arts Spring Play "Love, Lies and Lunacy "

Tickets are on sale for the LBCC Performing Arts spring play Love, Lies and Lunacy on May 13, 14, 19, 20 and 21 at 7:30 p.m. and May 22 at 3 p.m. at the LBCC Russell Tripp Performance Center, Takena Hall, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany.

Love, Lies and Lunacy is a performance of Flaminio Scala's senario, Isabella's Jealousy. The play is devised by the student actors and performed in the style of Commedia dell' Arte. LBCC theater director Dan Stone will direct the play.

Commedia dell’ Arte, loosely translated to "comedy of craft," is a form of theatre that began in Italy in the mid-16th century and is characterized by masked "types” and improvised performances based on sketches or scenarios.

The May 22 is a benefit performance for the LBCC Performing Arts Foundation Scholarships, and is ASL interpreted. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students. Tickets are available online through Box Office Avenue for no fee at


Be the Next LBCC Student Poet Laureate!

A Poet Laureate helps us to "remember."

Laureates are practicing poets who believe in the power of reading poetry as well as writing poetry, and so are good at visioning ways to cultivate poetry reading and writing in their community.

Our nation's Poet Laureateship is a tradition which began in 1937. Our state's tradition (though not continuous) dates back to 1923. On any stage, the appointment of a poet laureate recognizes and encourages the poet's work. Equally, the appointment invests in the poet's promise to encourage and promote poetry in their community's lives.

Recognizing the vital importance of poetry, Linn-Benton Community College joins this hallowed tradition.

• Applications are available at Albany Campus Library Reference Counter
• Must return completed application by 5:00 p.m., Friday, May 20, 2011
to the Albany Campus Library Reference Counter

Student Laureate - Eligibility, Term of Award & Stipend:
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