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After more than 80 years of combined service,
Paulette Myers, left, and Teresa Patterson are retiring.
Two Long-time Staff Members Retire with Combined 80-plus Years of Service
With more than 80 years of combined service, long-time staff members Teresa Patterson and Paulette Myers are retiring, capping careers of 40 and 43 years respectively. Teresa started work as part-time, non-contract in the college registration office when she was 16, working through her junior and senior year at South Albany High School. Back then, the Registration office was in the Calapooia Center, where Human Resources is today. After graduating high school, Teresa was offered a full-time position in Registration, a job she held for 20 years before moving into her current position as IT Specialist with Information Services. Some of her coworkers call her the “Banner Queen,” since she was part of the original team that helped bring Banner online. Teresa’s last day was May 31, but she will continue to work part-time non-contracted (coming full-circle) through the end of the year. Paulette came to LBCC after graduating from Albany High School (now West Albany) in 1972. She spent a year taking secretarial courses, and then landed a job with the Health Occupations program, working as support staff for the nursing program for 26 years. For the past 17 years, Paulette has served as the Foundation coordinator. She officially retired from full-time contracted work in 2011, and continued to work in a part-time, non-contracted capacity. Her last day will be July 13.  

Richenda Hawkins, left, and Lawrence LaJoie.
Lawrence LaJoie and Richenda Hawkins Recognized as OER Champions 
Campus Store Manager Lawrence LaJoie and Librarian Richenda Hawkins received the Open Oregon Educational Resources OER Champion Awards. The pair were recognized for their work on the college Textbook Affordability Committee, which resulted in $1 million dollars in student savings. Lawrence was awarded in the category of Partnership with Bookstore, which recognized his efforts to help find affordable solutions, sharing information with the library about faculty who have adopted low-cost or open textbooks, and providing data to inform the library’s cost analysis tracking. Richenda was nominated in the category of Student Savings, Mentorship and Collaboration. She established and chairs the Textbook Affordability Committee, and helped create a tracking system with the bookstore to track savings across the college. Richenda was instrumental in bringing together stakeholders, including the bookstore, students, administrators, instructors and library staff, to work in a collaborative way, and has been a leader in the movement to help other college libraries in Oregon to provide affordable textbooks for students.

Meet Jessica Winans, Coordinator, Learning Innovation Center 
Jessica Winans

Jessica Winans is the new coordinator of the Learning Innovation Center, which is currently located in the Learning Center. Jess joined the college in February, and has been working to support faculty in their efforts to implement innovative teaching practices for improved student success. Jess' previous experience includes as director of eLearning and Academic Technology at Central Oregon Community College. Prior to moving to Oregon, she led eLearning efforts at the University of Montana Western, and taught college geography, education, and outdoor skills courses, and K-12 science. Jess studied environmental geography at Colgate University and continued studies in geography, curriculum and teaching at Michigan State University. She is currently working toward a PhD in higher education leadership from Colorado State University. Originally from Pennsylvania, Jess grew up along the Allegheny River. She now lives in Springfield with her husband, Weston, and their golden retriever, Sawyer.  She enjoys skiing, trail running, and backpacking. Drop in and say hello to Jess in Willamette Hall room 228.

Student Life and Leadership Under New Direction
Student Life and Leadership will now be under the direction of Javier Cervantes, who currently directs the Diversity Achievement Center. The move will help build on the already strong relationship between the Student Leadership Council and DAC leaders. Javier’s will also have a new title, Director of Institutional Equity and Student Engagement. His strong background in student development, leadership development, and interest in connecting co-curricular learning to classroom learning will continue to strengthen student engagement.

George Van Keulen, left, and Sam Bruch.
New Signs Showcase Organic Landcare Efforts on Campus
Grounds manager George Van Keulen and grounds crew member Sam Bruch are now certified as Organic Lawn Care Accredited Professionals, and are among the first members of a newly-formed national Organic Landcare Association. George worked with the college marketing department to create signs that let students, staff and the public know about their efforts to move toward a more sustainable, natural landscape. LB grounds crew have been busy planting native, draught-tolerant plants that attract beneficial insects and wildlife native to our region, as well as substituting chemical control agents with organic natural methods, an often more labor intensive process.

Retirees Honored at Reception May 17
2016-17 retirees provided a combined 425.92 years of service!
Retirees, left to right: Mick Clark, grounds crew; Sandy Heath, Benton Center
Learning Center Coordinator; Russ Rinker, IT Manager, Teresa Patterson, IT Specialist,
Connie Lenderman,Work and Employment Specialist; John Sweet,
Engineering Faculty; Kevin Lacey, Facilities Associate Director;
and Phil Krolick, Automotive Faculty.
Not pictured: Lin Olsen, Annette Easdale, Beth Graham, Sherrilyn Sytsma,
Janet Jackson, Linda McKinney, Dave Ketler, and Elaine McDougal.

Approximately 19,000 Credits Registered on Black Friday
Black Friday early fall registration results showed students registered for nearly 19,000 credits in 14 hours. Kudos to Diana Boro-Boswell and the Black Friday team for their hard work getting students ready to return for fall term.

Students from Claggett Creek Middle School in Keizer visited the college Culinary Arts classroom May 4 as part of a middle school visit activity day coordinated by Culinary Faculty Todd Ketterman. The students learned how to decorate cupcakes, and culinary students roamed the room to help them with their technique.

Next issue out in September. Have a good, safe summer!

Insider Published by: LBCC Advancement Marketing Office
Writer/Editor: Lori Fluge-Brunker


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