Friday, September 30, 2011

LBCC and Samaritan Hospital Offer Live and Learn With Baby

The class Live and Learn With Your Baby is being offered through a partnership by Linn-Benton Community College and Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital.

Live and Learn With Your Baby is for parents of infants to beginning walkers. This 10-week class will meet on Tuesdays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Samaritan Community Hospital in Lebanon. Meet other parents and their babies and learn how to support your child's amazing development.

Cost is $10. This class is open enrollment. Join anytime. For more information, contact LBCC Family Connections at 541-917-4899 or visit online at

LBCC Offers Baking Basics Class

Learn how to be a better baker in the class Baking Basics offered through LBCC Albany Community Education.

People say that cooking is an art, but baking is a science. Local chef Adrienne Ewanchyna will teach you the many different baking techniques from cookies to breads in this class designed for beginning to intermediate bakers.

This class will meet on two Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1:50 p.m. beginning Oct. 8 in the LBCC Calapooia Center, room CC-219. Cost for this non-credit class is $39 with a $27 lab fee.

For more information or to register, contact LBCC Albany Community Education at 541-917-4840.

LBCC Travel at the Tripp Film Series “Yellowstone Trails & Tales”

Join filmmaker Sandy Mortimer as she presents the first film in the LBCC Travel at the Tripp film series “Yellowstone Trails and Tales” on Sunday, Oct. 9 at 2 p.m. in the Linn-Benton Community College Russell Tripp Performance Center.

Mortimer’s film captures some of the most intimate scenes of otters, coyotes, wolves, bears, moose, fox, mountain sheep and elk in the wilds of Yellowstone National Park. 
From the springtime, with the captivating endless play and interaction of the young, through the summer adventures, and into autumn and winter, when life grows harsh, discover how and why the many families of wild creatures in Yellowstone, our first National Park, are motivated entirely by their own instincts.

Mortimer’s career has ranged from politics to television production to travel films. A former flight attendant for American Airlines, she also served as public speaker and travel consultant for the airline, traveling extensively throughout the United States and the world. Mortimer’s films have been shown on foreign television and are available on videotape in schools and libraries.

Travel at the Tripp is produced by LBCC Performing Arts and AAA Travel Services. Experts from AAA Travel will on hand along with the filmmaker to answer your travel questions, with prizes from AAA given at each show.

SafeHaven Humane Society volunteers will sell coffee, tea and homemade baked goods during intermission at each of this season’s Travel at the Tripp films. Cookies, brownies and muffins along with a variety of pies will be available for purchase. Proceeds support SafeHaven Humane Society, Albany’s non-profit animal shelter, which provides dog and cat adoptions, low cost spay/neuter, and other vital services to the community.

Ticket prices are $8 for each show, $6.50 for students/seniors, or $25 for a season pass to all four films. All films will be shown on Sundays at 2 p.m. in the LBCC Russell Tripp Performance Center in Takena Hall, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the Russell Tripp Performance Center box office at 541-917-4531. Online tickets sales available at

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.

“Travel at the Tripp” 2011-12 Calendar:

October 9: Yellowstone Trails and Tales, with Sandy Mortimer
January 15: Southern Europe: A Journey to Paris, Cannes, Barcelona, Granada, Seville, Dubrovinik, and Istanbul, with Marlin Darah
March 11: Bhutan, the Cloud Kingdom, with Tom Sterling
April 15: Burma and Cambodia. . .Lands of Conflict, with Buddy Hatton

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

LBCC Physical Science Department Holds Speaker Series

The Linn-Benton Community College Physical Science Department is offering a brown bag speaker series each Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. during fall term in Madrone Hall, room MH-113, Albany campus, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW.

The talks are free and open to everyone, are non-technical and cover a variety of topics in physics, chemistry, earth science and food and fermentation science. For more information, contact LBCC physical science faculty Deron Carter at 541-917-4745.

Wednesday, Oct. 5
Dr. Jennifer Field, Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology, Oregon State University
“Analyzing Drugs in Wastewater: A New Tool for Drug Epidemiology”

Wednesday, Oct. 12
Coquille Rex, Jacob Clarno, Sundeep Kaur, Brady Fry
“LBCC Student Undergraduate Research Experiences: From robots and deep-sea volcanism to mapping faults to modeling phytoplankton”

Wednesday, Oct. 19
Dr. Tom Olsen, Assistant Director, Society of Physics Students
“Careers in Physics and Society of Physics Students”

Wednesday, Oct. 26
Alison Koleszar, Department of Geosciences, Oregon State University
“Eruptive History of Mt. Hood, Oregon”

Wednesday, Nov. 2
Dr. Joseph Levy, Geology Department, Portland State University
“Walking to Mars: What Antarctic Permafrost Tells Us About the Climate, Geology, and Habitability of the Red Planet."

Wednesday, Nov. 9
Dr. James Osborne, Department of Food and Fermentation Science, Oregon State University
“The Scientific Art of Rotting Grapes to Perfection: Winemaking and Microbiology”

Wednesday, Nov. 16
Dr. Dudley Chelton, College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University
“Satellite Oceanography”

LBCC Hosts WOU Art Faculty Exhibit

A wide-ranging exhibit of artwork by a dozen Western Oregon University Art Faculty is on view at Linn-Benton Community College’s North Santiam Hall Galleries through Dec. 2.

This is the second in a series of annual shows at LBCC featuring art faculty from Oregon’s six state universities.

The WOU exhibit demonstrates a dynamic diversity of styles and approaches to the making of art. Participating in the show are:

•Mark Thomas Anderson, oil paintings;
•Paula Booth, acrylics;
•Jen Bracy, graphic illustrations;
•Jodie Garrison, oil paintings;
•Mary Harden, stoneware sculptures;
•Kim Hoffman, intaglio prints;
•JinMan Jo, steel sculptures;
•Rebecca Marsh McCannell, screenprints and intaglio prints;
•Gregory Poulin, oil paintings;
•Diane Tarter, collage;
•Daniel Tankersley, mixed media;
•Rachel Wolfson, oil paintings.

The exhibit will be on display on both floors of North Santiam Hall, which is open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Cutline for attached image:
Rebecca Marsh McCannell, professor of art in printmaking, Western Oregon University
“Sacrificial Jeans”
Solarplate Intaglio Print with hand-coloring

LBCC 17th Annual Art Faculty Exhibit Opens

The art faculty at Linn-Benton Community College are opening the 2011-12 fall term with their annual exhibit in the South Santiam Hall and Calapooia Center galleries on LBCC, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany.

Featured in the show are several colorful oil paintings by Department Chair Dori Bartholomew Litzer; recent watercolor paintings, photographs and mixed-media by Analee Fuentes; large-scale oil paintings by Gary Westford; and wood-fired ceramics by Jay Widmer from his 2011 Alsea Anagama firing.

Also on view are pastel concept drawings of “A Christmas Story” by performing arts instructor Dan Stone, and platinum photographic prints by gallery coordinator Rich Bergeman.

This is the 17th year for the exhibit, which runs through Oct. 28. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Caption info:
“Onramp,” oil on canvas, by instructor Gary Westford

LBCC and Teatro Milagro Present the Play Duende de Lorca

Duende de Lorca, a bilingual play by Portland-based Teatro Milagro Touring Theater Company, will be held on Thursday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. at the Linn-Benton Community College Russell Tripp Performance Center in Takena Hall, Albany campus, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW.

Duende de Lorca is written by Teatro Milagro artistic director Dañel Malan and directed by Matthew Zrebski. This original, bilingual production provides a culturally enriching evening of entertainment accessible to both the English and Spanish speaking communities.

Duende de Lorca follows the early years of Federico García Lorca, an artist celebrated for his poetry, music and plays. From the opening night of Mariana Pineda, to the printing of Gypsy Ballads and Poet in New York, the play follows Lorca’s life as a struggling young artist whose travels through New York and Cuba became a quest for cultural integration and gender acceptance. Share in his triumphs and failures and his relationships with Salvador Dali, Melchor Almagro, Emilio Aladren and others as his journey shapes his life and his art.

Rory Stitt plays the lead role of Federico García Lorca, Ajai Tripathi plays the role of literary critic Melchor Almagro and Daniel Moreno plays the role of the sculptor, Emilio Aladren.

Tickets for Duende de Lorca are $9 for adults, $7 for students and seniors. Groups of 15 or more are $5 each if booked by Oct. 11 through the theater box office at 541-917-4531. Tickets can be purchased at the theater box office in Takena Hall, Tuesday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., or two hours prior to the performance. You can also purchase online in connection with Box Office Avenue at, or by phone at 514-917-4531.

For special needs and accommodations, contact the LBCC Office of Disability Services at 541‑917‑4690 or via Oregon Relay TDD at 1‑800‑735‑2900 at least 72 hours in advance of this event.

A free “Journeys” tolerance-teaching workshop will be held prior to the performance at 4 p.m. This workshop celebrates individuality and acceptance of others through an exploration of metaphors and poetry writing, and provides an opportunity to meet and work with some of the performers from Duende de Lorca.

For more information on the workshop, contact the theater box office at 514-917-4531, or contact Leslie Hammond, LBCC theatre manager, at 541-917-4554. Workshop seating is limited. Reservations are suggested. Participants will meet at the theater where the room will be announced.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

LBCC Distinguished Staff Award

Linn-Benton Community College awarded Sheri Billetter with the Distinguished Staff award at fall in service held Sept. 13.

Billetter was hired at LBCC in 1996 as a faculty member of the Dental Assisting Program. Sheri served as the Program Chair from 1996 to 1998, and as Department Chair from 1998 through June of 2011. She retired in June of this year.

A Corvallis resident, Billetter was nominated by her peers for her dedication and commitment to LBCC, to students and to the community. She is credited with making the college dental assistant program one of the most successful and respected programs in the Western region.

LBCC’s Distinguished Staff Award was established in 1980 to recognize employees for their contribution of both time and energy to the college. Nominees must have completed 10 years of continuous employment with LBCC.

LBCC Announces Pastega Award Winners

Linn-Benton Community College announced the winners of the annual Pastega Awards at its fall in-service held Sept. 13.

The awards are given to honor one faculty and one classified staff for their outstanding contributions to the LBCC community.

The Pastega Faculty Excellence Award went to LBCC physical science faculty member Greg Mulder. A resident of Corvallis, Mulder has been employed at LBCC since 1997.

The Pastega Classified Excellence Award went to Sandy Fichtner, an instructional assistant in the Developmental Studies department. Fichtner, a Corvallis resident, has been employed at LBCC since 1992.

Each winner received a $1,000 honorarium and their names will be engraved on the Mario and Alma Pastega Faculty and Staff Excellence plaques in the LBCC College Center Distinguished Staff Gallery.

Mario Pastega, owner of the Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company in Corvallis, started the annual awards through the LBCC Foundation in 2000 as a way to recognize faculty and classified staff for excellence in their work.

Monday, September 12, 2011

LBCC to Provide Training for the Oregon Green Technology Certificate

LBCC is one of 10 Oregon community colleges that will provide training for the Oregon Green Technology Certificate offered through the Oregon Consortium and Oregon Workforce Alliance.

The Oregon Green Technology Certificate is designed to prepare entry-level workers with the foundational skills needed in a variety of industries that are associated with or support green jobs.

Individuals who complete the one-year Green Tech Certificate will learn to be multi-skilled system thinkers and problem solvers. Students will be prepared for a broad array of green occupations across a variety of industries including green energy production; manufacturing, construction, installation, monitoring and repair of equipment for solar, wind, wave and bio-energy; building retro-fitting; process recycling; hazardous materials removal work and others.

Through a combination of on-line instruction, hands-on labs, and, in some areas, fieldwork, students in the program will earn 36-45 credits–depending on the general education and elective courses offered at each college.

The Green Tech Certificate program is a free, federally funded program. Currently no tuition is charged for this course of study. The program is not yet eligible for federal financial aid, so students will need some form of outside financial assistance to cover living expenses.

This certificate is designed to meet the unique needs of rural Oregon, where companies tend to be smaller, many occupations may have only one or two local job openings, and employers need workers who have basic technical skills that can transfer to different kinds of work and work settings as employer requirements and labor market demands shift.

For more information on how you can earn the Oregon Green Technology Certificate at LBCC, contact Sharee Cooper at the Community Services Consortium at 541-758-2633 or visit online at

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

LBCC Offers Cyber Security Course

LBCC Business and Employer Services will offer the cyber security course Security 401: SANS Security Essentials Bootcamp Style on Fridays beginning Oct. 21 through Dec. 9 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the LBCC Albany campus.

Maximize your training time and turbo-charge your career in security by learning the full SANS Security Essentials curriculum needed to qualify for the GSEC certification.

In this course you will learn the language and underlying theory of computer security. At the same time you will learn the essential, up-to-the-minute knowledge and skills required for effective performance in securing systems and/or organizations.

This course is endorsed by the Committee on National Security Systems. For more information or to register, visit online at or call LBCC Business and Employer Services at 541-917-4923.

LBCC Summer Term Honor Roll

The following students at Linn-Benton Community College earned a grade point average of 3.5 or higher for 12 or more graded credits during summer term, June to August 2011. These do not include pass/no pass or incomplete credits.

Albany, OR
James M. Bain, Cheryl Y. Barber, Jacob Bonnesen, Danniel R. Butler, Desiree N. Carr, Josh A. Cleveland, Cara M. Coe, Matthew A. Dunston, William J. Ekberg, Joseph D. Gilpin, ChunLiu Gong, Jaime M. Guillen, Nathanael P. Hanes, Lisa A. Hast, Kyle E. Holland, Christopher R. Hunt, Tyson A. Keene, Alex C. Kemmer, Sarah E. Kruse, Dennis M. Lilly, Santos Lima, Nicholas Macnab, Paul A. Makris, Rochelle E. McGie, Christina M. Medina, Lori A. Murphy, Melody A. Ohling, Jace T. Pedersen, Brent Pelkey, Jared D. Quinn, Lacey R. Schulte, Rosalie R. Stalford, Ryan M. Webster, Tasha E. Williams, Melissa Wyatt

Alsea, OR
Danielle C. Schreiber

Brownsville, OR
Michelle R. Jennings

Camano Island, WA
Hillary T. Swenson

Corvallis, OR
Chris Bates, Karen E. Bauer, Harold E. Brantner, Jacquelyn D. Brown, Bryan P. Calidonna, Michelle K. Carr, Adam J. Elvebak, Robert A. Gibson, Aleen T. Haddad, Marc I. Haerling, Breanna Hixson, Sean J. Hodge, Jeremy R. Hunter, Jennifer L. Kidd, Neil A. Killion, Sarah M. Maddox, Leilani L. Mehringer, Gabriel A. Miller, Angie M. Opoien, Jordan G. Schultz, Kevin L. Steinberger, Kenneth W. Steuck, Kevin E. Sylvia

Dallas, OR
Michael P. Rogers, Jeffrey M. Swale

Del Rio, TX
Ruben Moreno

Dorena, OR
Todd R. Brooks

Eugene, OR
Amber L. Pruitt, Katelyn R. Whitehead

Fall River Mills, CA
Lydia J. McDemos

Gleneden Beach, OR
Jill R. Brunelle

Harrisburg, OR
Patrick M. Anderson

Hillsboro, OR
Anthony J. Burke

Hood River, OR
Robbi S. Graham

Jefferson, OR
Daniel W. Morgan, Leslie M. Rund

Lebanon, OR
Shanda F. Cummings, Justin J. Dodge, Mike S. Fouts, Dusty D. Holler, Sarah A. Holler, Gregg J. Horn, Renee D. Howell, Joe M. Kirk, Kory L. Kleint, James W. Myrick, Jeremy P. Pressel, Mahealani M. Pressel, Brian J. Rose, Brandy L. Roth, Michelle A. Smail, Bernay M. Smith, Keith R. Steele II, Dennis L. Stoneman, John A. Taylor

Mapleton, OR
Peggy K. Pruett

McMinnville, OR
Rebecca L. Higgins

Milton-Freewater, OR
Tim J. Elliott

Monroe, OR
Levon N. Atwood

Philomath, OR
Brett O. Shannon, Lauren A. Waite, Cheri L. Williams, Gary D. Yoder

Redmond, OR
Jason E. Kandle, Jake M. Piercey

Salem, OR
Joy K. Durham, Dawna R. Koker, Jordan L. Sandau

Scio, OR
Byron F. Bose

Seaside, OR
Brian Feil

Springfield, OR
Jessica M. Hawes, Ila C. Kasper

Sweet Home, OR
Chelsea M. Baker, Gregory W. Binks, Dale S. Keene, Joel Ranua, Sandy C. Reynolds, Alissa R. Russell, Bethany N. Smith, Tamra J. Szubart

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

LBCC Holds Second Annual Welcome Day Event

“Surfin’ Safari” is the theme of this year’s Welcome Day to be held on Wednesday, Sept. 21, at Linn-Benton Community College beginning at 10 a.m. in the Russell Tripp Performance Center theater located in Takena Hall, Albany campus.

The second annual event is a chance for new and returning students to learn about all the college has to offer this school year.

The festivities begin with a kickoff in the theater featuring LBCC’s award-winning choirs “The Sirens” and “Blue Light Special,” a welcome by LBCC President Greg Hamann and a reading by LBCC Poet Laureate Ruth Krueger.

After the kickoff, more than three-dozen campus groups and community organizations will have displays in the courtyard quad offering ways for students to get involved.

Students are eligible to win prizes, including tuition credits and bookstore gift certificates as well as a chance to win a 60-second shopping spree from the bookstore and a TI-84 graphing calculator valued at approximately $100.

LBCC Welcome Day
events run until 2 p.m. Additional activities include a fashion show in the Commons cafeteria at noon and a campus scavenger hunt where students are invited to tour campus, meet their instructors and staff and get their books and school supplies. Free pizza will be available from the college’s new wood-fired oven.

Sally Moore, LBCC associate dean of Academic Development, Communication Arts and Mathematics, said of last year’s event, “The feedback from Welcome Day 2010 was so overwhelmingly positive, we’ve decided to do it again.”

Moore helped launch last year’s inaugural event with the goal of introducing students to LBCC and getting the school year off to a good start.

“Welcome Day is a perfect opportunity for students to familiarize themselves with LBCC as they start, or continue, on their road to college completion,” said Moore. “It promises to be a day filled with fun, food and festivities.”

Welcome Day, along with efforts such as Destination Graduation, are geared to help students succeed in college as well as making them aware of available resources, whether students are headed directly to the workforce, a two-year degree or transferring to a four-year university.

LBCC’s Lebanon and Sweet Home Centers will host student appreciation activities on the first day of classes on Monday, Sept. 26. The Benton Center has events planned for the first week of classes, especially for Sept. 28-29.

For a list of LBCC Welcome Day activities, see the college’s website at For more information, contact Rob Priewe, at 541-917-4563 or

LBCC Fall Term Application Deadline

The application deadline for new credit students intending to start fall term at Linn-Benton Community College is Friday, Sept. 9. Applications received after that date will be processed for winter 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 take up to 11 credits and take non-credit courses without being fully admitted to LBCC.

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

LBCC Veterinary Assistant Information Sessions

A free Veterinary Assistant Program pre-application information session will be held at Linn-Benton Community College for those interested in training to become a Veterinary Assistant.

The session will be held on Monday, Sept. 26, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the LBCC Albany campus, Calapooia Center, room, CC-212, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW. No need to preregister to attend. Attendance at the orientation is mandatory in order to take the program.

The 16-week LBCC Veterinary Assistant Program starts Jan. 9, 2012 and runs through April 27, 2012. Skill areas covered in the training include an introduction to hospital management, business procedures and job preparation skills. The program will also cover basic education and experience in commonly used medical and surgical techniques as well as an understanding of common disease states.

Cost for the program is $4,000. The program is eligible for financial aid. Check the LBCC web site for program prerequisites at For more information, contact LBCC Business, Healthcare and Workforce Division at 541-917-4923.

LBCC Offers Driver Education Classes Fall Term

Register now for fall term Driver Education classes offered through Linn-Benton Community College Albany Community Education.

The 10-week course includes Oregon state mandated 30 hours of classroom instruction, a three-hour parent/student orientation at first meeting plus 12 hours behind-the wheel practice and driver observation. Classes will be held in Albany, Corvallis and Lebanon. First class session begins Sept. 26.

Registration requirements include completed packet, fee, original driver permit and one photocopy. Registration packets are available at all centers one week prior to registration or online at

Cost for the course is $259 for ages 17 and under, $429 for ages 18 and over. Class must be dropped 24 hours prior to start date for refund.

For more information, contact LBCC Albany Community Education at 541-917-4840. Visit the online schedule at and click on WebRunner schedule of classes for specific class dates and times.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

LBCC Call for Players for Women’s Soccer Club

The newly formed Linn-Benton Community College Women’s Soccer Club is looking for female students interested in playing this season.

To be eligible to play, you must be enrolled in at one least class at LBCC during the fall term. The women’s team will compete in the Collegiate Soccer League, the same league that the LBCC men's club team competes in.

Interested students should plan to attend the next practice session held on Wednesday, Sept.7 at 6 p.m. on the Albany campus in the field west of the track outside of the Activities Center building.

For more information, visit the club's web page at or contact LBCC soccer coach Art Mota by email at

LBCC Turning Point Transitions Class

Have you recently experienced a major life change? The Turning Point Transitions program at Linn-Benton Community College may be able to help.

LBCC’s Turning Point Transitions is a free program designed for single parents, displaced homemakers, dislocated workers, and others who are experiencing major life transitions. Participants receive three LBCC credits.

Participants learn to build self-confidence, raise self-esteem, explore anger, manage stress, identify values and set healthy boundaries. In addition, this four-week class covers goal setting, skills identification, effective resume building and job interviewing techniques.

First class session begins September 26. Class size is limited. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact LBCC Turning Point Transitions at 541-917-4876 or 541-917-4870.

2011-2012 Class schedule options:

Fall: Albany Campus
Session 1: 9/26-10/21
Session 2: 10/31-11/23

Winter: Albany Campus
Session 1: 1/17-2/10
Session 2: 2/21-3/16

Spring: Lebanon, Albany Campus
Session 1: 4/9-5/4 LBCC Lebanon Center
Session 2: 5/14-6/8 LBCC Albany Campus