Showing posts from April, 2012

LBCC Offers Forklift Safety Training

Forklift Safety Training will be offered through Business and Employer Services at Linn-Benton Community College on Saturday, June 2, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the LBCC Albany Campus, Industrial C building, room IC-106, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW.
This eight-hour course will provide four hours of classroom training and four hours of practice on the forklift. Training includes forklift safety, handling and moving loads, principles of lifting, stacking and unstacking loads and driving with a load.
Cost for the course is $149 and includes all materials. For more information or to register, contact LBCC Business and Employer Services at 541-917-4923.

LBCC Annual Juried Art Student Exhibit in NSH Gallery

More than 60 works by nearly 40 student artists are on view at the annual Juried Art Student Exhibit in the North Santiam Hall Galleries at Linn-Benton Community College, 6500 SW Pacific Blvd. A reception and awards ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday May 9 from noon to 1 p.m. in the NSH second floor atrium, when over $2,000 in cash prizes from donors and gift certificates from area merchants will be announced. Jurors for the show were artists and educators Diane Tarter of Adair and Becca McCannell of Salem. Both are professors of art at Western Oregon University in Monmouth. The exhibit was open to students who have taken art classes at the college during the 2011-12 academic year. The media on exhibit include paintings in oil, watercolor and acrylic; drawings in pencil, ink, charcoal and pastel; photography; ceramics and mixed-media sculpture. The exhibit runs through June 8. The North Santiam Hall Galleries are open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Public Notice: Budget Committee meetings May 16 and 23

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, pursuant to ORS 294.426, that two meetings of the Budget Committee of Linn-Benton Community College District of Linn and Benton counties, State of Oregon, will be held on the 16th day of May, 2012, at 5:00 p.m. Albany campus, 6500 SW Pacific Blvd., Albany, Oregon, and on the 23th of May, 2012, at 6:00 p.m. at the Albany campus, 6500 SW Pacific Blvd., Albany, Oregon, for the purpose of receiving the budget message and proposed budget document of said district for the fiscal year 2012-13.

These are public meetings where deliberations of the Budget Commit¬tee will take place, and any person may appear and discuss proposed programs with the Budget Committee at that time.  A copy of the budget document will be available at 6500 SW Pacific Blvd., Albany, Oregon, in the Board Rooms, Calapooia Center Building at the time of the meeting.

LBCC Theater Presents The Agamemnon: Conquest-Revenge-Ritual

LBCC Performing Arts will present its unique take on the Greek tragedies of war in the play “The Agamemnon: Conquest-Revenge-Ritual.”

Sneak peak here:

Set 60-years into a post-apocalyptic future in a society that needs rebuilding, The Agamemnon is a retelling of the Trojan War and the tragedies of war, reverting to the old ways and religions.
LBCC theater director Dan Stone aims to produce Greek theater such as it was in ancient times, but with relevance to today’s audience.  In this production he explores the world of myth and ritual by producing five traditional Greek tragedies: Iphigenia at Aulis, Hecuba, The Trojan Women, Agamemnon and Electra.
These five plays show the progression of the effect of Agamemnon’s killing of the sacred stag, to the sacrifice of his daughter Iphigenia, to the sufferings of the Trojan women brought about by Agamemnon’s war, to his fatal homecoming where revenge is taken by his wife Clytemnestra, to finally the return of A…

Linn-Benton Opera Guild Preview: Candide

The Linn-Benton Opera Guild will preview the opera Candide, by Leonard Bernstein, on Tuesday, May 8 at 7:45 p.m. at 303 Benton Hall, Oregon State University campus, Corvallis.
Angela Carlson, OSU Music Department, will tell the story of the opera and play recorded excerpts from the score. Admission is free to Linn-Benton Opera Guild members, students of Linn-Benton Community College and OSU. Cost for the general public is $5.
Performance dates will be May 11, 17 and 19, at 7:30 p.m. and May 13 at 2 p.m. at the Keller Auditorium, 222 SW Clay, Portland. The opera will be sung in English with projections above the screen.
Linn-Benton Community College and the Linn-Benton Opera Guild will host a bus ride to the closing performance on Saturday, May 19 for those interested. Round-trip coach fare is $35 per person per opera. Cost for opera tickets is not included, and seating reservations are required.
The bus will leave LBCC’s Benton Center parking lot–757 NW Polk Avenue, Corvallis–at 4:30 p.m…

Student Wins 8th Annual Copper Chef Competition

Second-year culinary arts student Seth Baker won the 8th annual LBCC Culinary Arts Copper Chef competition, held April 25 in the college kitchen.
The 25-year-old Independence resident won for his culinary creation of steamed clams with Madeira wine, onion, garlic and bacon confit; oven-fried salmon with red potatoes, roasted vegetables and red wine; and butter sauce. 
The first-place prize included a copper Fondue pot, a jar of duck fat cooking oil, and a cookbook on sauces. 

Baker’s competition included second-year culinary students Robert Bowers, Albany; Chris Faytinger, Corvallis; Eric Lemerande, Albany and Lawson Wakeman, Albany. The annual competition is open to second-year LBCC culinary students.
This year’s list of ingredients included salmon, clams, mussels, potatoes, hazelnuts, and artichokes. Competitors could also use non-perishable ingredients, such as canned goods and wine.
Several community members served as judges, rating each dish for presentation, flavor, texture an…

LBCC Joins Achieving the Dream National Reform Network

Signifying a strong commitment to student success and completion, Linn-Benton Community College is one of 25 institutions selected to join the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network. LBCC will begin immediately to identify strategies to close achievement gaps and increase student retention, persistence, and completion rates. Achieving the Dream is the nation’s most comprehensive non-governmental reform network for student success in higher education history. “We want all of our students to finish what they start,” said LBCC President Greg Hamann. “Our purpose is to build the economic and cultural life of our community by preparing our graduates to be contributors. Achieving the Dream will guide us to find what’s working – or not – and let us improve the ways we support our students’ completion and preparation to give back to the community.”
As an Achieving the Dream institution, LBCC will develop and implement research-based policies and practices based on quantitative and qualitat…

LBCC Seeking Applicants for Board of Education Position

Linn-Benton Community College is seeking applications from local residents interested in an appointment to fill a vacancy on its seven-member Board of Education. Retired Albany businessman Claus Sass is resigning from the board effective June 30. Applicants for the position must live in Zones 2 and 3, the area that Sass represents.
Zones 2 and 3 include the Greater Albany School District, minus Linn County Precinct 019. The person appointed will complete Sass’s current term, which expires June 30, 2013.
For an application or more information, contact Renee Windsor-White at 541-917-4200 or via email at Applications also are available on the college web site at
Applications are due by noon on Monday, May 7 to the LBCC President’s Office, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany, Oregon, 97321.
Find specific information on board duties and responsibilities on the college web site at - Board of Edu…

LBCC Offers Training for the Oregon Green Technology Certificate

Training for the Oregon Green Technology Certificate will be offered through Linn-Benton Community College beginning June 25.

Oregon Green Tech is a federally funded program designed to prepare entry-level workers with foundational skills for a variety of industries associated with or that support green jobs.

Students will learn skills in green occupations 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.

Priority deadline to apply for the program is June 15. A number of full scholarships covering the cost of tuition, fees and textbooks are available through the Community Services C…

LBCC Offers Backyard Woodworking Class

The class “Backyard Woodworking Projects” will be held though LBCC Albany Community Education beginning May 1.

Learn how to make projects such as yard furniture, small garden sheds, patio planters, tree benches and more in this five-week class. An in-class safety orientation will be given prior to tool use.

Class will meet on Tuesdays from 6 to 8:50 p.m. beginning May 1 at South Albany High School, 3705 SE Columbus. Cost for this non-credit class is $54 with an $18 lab fee. Oregon residents aged 62 or older pay 75 percent tuition. Discount does not apply to material or lab fees.

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

Teatro Milagro Presents the Play B’aktun 13

B’aktun 13, a bilingual play by Portland-based Teatro Milagro Touring Theater Company, will be held Thursday, April 26 at 7 p.m. at the Linn-Benton Community College Russell Tripp Performance Center in Takena Hall, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany.

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.

B’aktun 13 follows three Latinos that are swept up in an ICE raid and deported to Mexico. They are suddenly immersed into indigenous cultural experiences, and as they are drawn into prophecies surrounding B’aktun 13 - the final era in the Mayan calendar -will the world change on December 21, 2012, or will they?

A free one-hour “Unidad” workshop focused on the explorations of “Ourselves, Our Community and Our Future” through poetry, movement and image theatre will be held prior to the performance at 4 …

Calapooia Center Gallery Features Frossene King Photographs

“Greece: A Study in Contrasting Views,” an exhibit of photographs by Frossene King of Corvallis, is on exhibit through May 11 in the Calapooia Center Gallery at Linn-Benton Community College, 6500 SW Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany.

King’s photographs, which show the economic turmoil in contemporary Greece set against its ancient culture, were made last summer while she was in a study abroad program in Athens.

“Each day our drawing class would walk to ancient archeological sites and picturesque landscapes to sketch the beauty of Greece in the warm summer sun,” King said. “On the way home, however, I saw a much different view–one under great pressure and strife.”

The exhibit includes about 20 photographs taken with an iPhone and small point-and-shoot camera that document the demonstrations and social upheaval currently underway in a country suffering from high unemployment, government budget cuts and a depressed economy.

King is a graduate of LBCC and OSU with two bachelor’s degrees and multipl…

LBCC Hosts 6th Annual African American Youth Leadership Conference

LBCC will host the 6th annual African American Youth Leadership Conference, to be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 10 in the Forum building.

More than 250 middle and high school students are expected for the conference, including students from Albany and Corvallis.

The goals of the conference are to promote positive youth development in African-American youth and multicultural youth of African descent by:

* Raising awareness on how to achieve personal goals.
* Emphasizing the value of education.
* Empowering future leadership and encouraging responsibility.
* Establishing a sense of community.
* Increasing self-esteem and affirming cultural awareness.

The conference theme is P.R.I.D.E., which stands for Proud Responsible Individuals Dedicated to Excellence.

LBCC and PEAK Internet Offer Internet Security Seminar

PEAK Internet and Linn-Benton Community College will hold a free Internet Security Seminar on Monday, April 30, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m at LaSells Stewart Center, OSU campus, 875 Southwest 26th St., Corvallis.

Learn about security issues while being on the Internet at home from professional security advisors and law enforcement agencies from the Northwest region.

Topics covered include: wireless security; password security; virus and Trojan protection; content filtering; mobile device security and social media security.

Seating is limited, so register early. Please register separately if you plan on bringing a group. Submit your questions prior to the event, so that our panel will have a chance to answer your question during the seminar Q&A portion.

Register online at For more information, contact Peak Internet at 541-754-7325.

LBCC Offers Fire Safety Refresher Course

A fire line safety refresher course designed for wild land firefighters and forest service workers holding Incident Command System qualifications requiring fire-training certification will be offered through Linn-Benton Community College on Sunday, April 29.

The RT130 Fire Safety Refresher trains participants to recognize and mitigate risk, maintain safe and effective practices, and to reduce accidents and near misses. Students will practice deploying new generation fire shelters.

Class will meet on Sunday, April 29 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the LBCC Albany campus, Calapooia Center, room CC-211, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW. Cost is $65.

Students must have completed S-130 and S-190 training. Tender Operators need no prior training. Please refer to the June 2009 Wildland Fire Qualification System Guide for positions that require the annual Fireline Safety Refresher at

Class size is limited. For more information or to register, contact LBCC Business, Healthcare and…

LBCC Dance Club Performs “Inspirations”

The Dance Club at Linn-Benton Community College will perform their Spring Dance Concert “Inspirations” on Friday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 21 at 2 p.m. in the LBCC Russell Tripp Performance Center, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany.

The performance will showcase student and faculty in jazz, hip-hop and modern dance styles under the direction of LBCC dance instructor Katherine Sanders, with special guests East Dream Chinese Dance Group and Downtown Dance.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students and seniors. Children four and under are free. Tickets can be purchased online at in connection with Box Office Avenue, or at the Russell Tripp Performance Center box office Tuesday –Thursday, 8–10 a.m., and 2– 4 p.m., or by phone at 541-917-4531, or one hour prior to curtain.

For more information, contact the LBCC Performance Center box office at 541-917-4531. For special needs and accommodations, contact the LBCC Office of Disability Services a…

LBCC 2nd Annual Earth Day Sustainability Fair

The 2nd Annual Earth Day Sustainability Fair at Linn-Benton Community College will be held Wednesday, April 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the college courtyard, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany.

Learn about green college programs including solar energy, alternative fuel cell technology, and college efforts on bike transportation, composting and recycling.

Tour the Green Roof on White Oak Hall and the organic farm and garden, and buy some fresh produce from the garden at a farmers market.

Meghan Dalton with OSU’s Oregon Climate Change Research Institute and Pacific Northwest Climate Impacts Research Consortium will give a presentation on "Understanding the Science of Climate Change and Impacts in the Pacific Northwest" from Noon to 1 p.m. in Madrone Hall, room MH-113.

Kim Kagelaris and Ed Hodney with the City of Albany will provide information on resource protection initiatives, the Talking Waters project, the East Thornton Lake Natural Area, water conservation, and storm wate…

Valley Writers Series Hosts Three Oregon Authors

Oregon authors Charles Goodrich, Marjorie Sandor and George Estreich will give presentations on the meaning of “home” as part of the Valley Writers Series at Linn-Benton Community College on Wednesday, April 18 from Noon to 2 p.m. in the college Fireside Room, second floor Calapooia Center building, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany.

Each has written a book that meditates extensively on the meanings of “home.” All three authors, in very different ways, set the literal, hands-on, messy aspects of taking care of home against the larger questions implicit in living and making a family in a specific place.

Charles Goodrich, in The Practice of Home, provides his account of family, gardening, and building a house. He has made a long career as a professional gardener and writer. He is the author of another volume of poems, Insects of South Corvallis (Cloudbank Books, 2003), and his poems and essays have appeared in Orion, The Sun, Open Spaces, Willow Springs, Zyzzyva and many other magazines.


LBCC Message Therapy Continuing Education Workshops

Two continuing education workshops for Licensed Message Therapists will be offered through LBCC Business and Employer Services this spring.

The first workshop “Hand, Wrist and Elbow” will be held Saturday, April 28 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Learn to identify and address specific issues such as carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow and hyper-mobility issues.

The second workshop “Foot, Ankle and Knee” will be held Saturday, June 23 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Learn to identify and address plantar fasciitis, flat fee, high arches, achillies tendon injuries, knee imbalances and patellar tracking.

Matthew Hartman, LMT, will teach the workshops. Classes will be held in North Santiam Hall, room NSH-106 on the LBCC Albany campus, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW.

Cost for each workshop is $125. For more information or to register, contact LBCC Business and Employer Services at 541-917-4923 or by email to

LBCC Offers Just for Fun Piano Workshop

A “Just For Fun Piano” workshop will held on Saturday, April 21, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Linn-Benton Community College, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany.

Instructor Donn Rochlin specializes in teaching adults a creative and unique approach to learning and re-learning to play the piano.

The workshop is designed for beginners as well as seasoned players. Learn how to play any song, any style, using chords. Rochlin’s philosophy is that when students have fun learning and see positive results from the start, they are inspired to stick with it, become self-motivated and eager to take on more advanced information.

Cost for this non-credit workshop is $90 and includes a CD and workbook. For more information or to register, contact LBCC Albany Community Education at 541-917-4840.

Travel at the Tripp Film Series “Burma and Cambodia, Lands of Conflict”

Join filmmaker Buddy Hatton as he presents the last film in the LBCC Travel at the Tripp film series “Burma and Cambodia, Lands of Conflict” on Sunday, April 15 at 2 p.m. in the Linn-Benton Community College Russell Tripp Performance Center.

Burma’s traditions are deeply rooted in the philosophy of Buddhism. The creed the Burmese live by is heart-felt goodwill to friends and strangers alike. With diversity of terrain, breathtaking beauty and charm, Burma remains one of the most mysterious and undiscovered destinations in the world. Modern Cambodia’s story is steeped in bloodshed and tragedy. The capital, Phnom Penh, has a French look about it, with wide boulevards and avenues, colonial-era French architecture, and roundabouts. In Siem Reap, Cambodians still strive to recapture a sliver of their ancestor’s glory. The breath-taking temples of Angkor are on the UNESCO Heritage Sites and Wonders of the World lists.

Buddy Hatton cannot remember a time he was not in show business. From a you…