Showing posts from April, 2018

“OneVibe Diversity Day” Celebration May 9, 10-2

The annual “OneVibe Diversity Day” celebration will be held at Linn-Benton Community College Wednesday, May 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the college courtyard, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany.
The event includes musical performances by Portland’s The Urban Shaman, Gerencia Elegante of Albany, bagpiper Mark Mullaney, also from Portland, and LBCC’s own a capella group Blue Light Special.
Close to thirty campus and community groups with information on diversity and cultural engagement will surround the courtyard.
Courtyard lunch will be available for $5, or $4 for students, with proceeds benefiting LBCC’s Global Connections Club.
This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the LBCC Diversity Achievement Center at 541-917-4461.
Direct questions about or requests for special needs or accommodations to the LBCC Disability Coordinator, RCH-105, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany, Oregon 97321, Phone 541-917-4789 or via Oregon Telecommunications Relay TTD at 1-800-735-…

LBCC to hold tailgate, special field dedication Saturday, April 28, Noon

A special pre-game celebration and dedication of the new infield turf will be held this Saturday, April 28 at Linn-Benton Community College’s baseball field.

A pre-game tailgate starts at noon, hosted by Steve Carothers, 1993 NWAC Hall of Fame and former player on LBCC’s first baseball team in 1971.

A special ceremony dedicating LBCC’s new infield turf will take place at 12:40 p.m., and will feature a surprise special guest.

LBCC Roadrunners will take on Southwestern Oregon Community College for a double-header starting at 1 p.m., with Coach Ryan Gipson and the Roadrunners currently in first place in the NWAC South, with a 9-1 mark and a 26-2 overall.

League of Women Voters Holds candidate forum May 1

The League of Women Voters will hold a candidate forum for the position of Linn County Commission Position 1 Tuesday, May 1 from 1 to 2 p.m.  at Linn-Benton Community College in the Fireside room, CC-211, Calapooia Center.

The forum will feature Commission candidates Larry Johnson, John Lindsey and Stephanie Newton.

The event is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by the League of Women Voters and the American Association of University Women

LBCC students named to All Oregon Academic Team

Three Linn-Benton Community College students were named to the Oregon Community College Association All Oregon Academic Team.

Benjamin Hauser of Albany, Joshua James of Albany, and Mark Bzik of Salem will be honored by Governor Kate Brown at the State Capitol April 23.

The students will receive a plaque from the OCCA and a scholarship to the university they plan to attend if completing their bachelor’s degrees.

In addition, Hauser was named as Oregon’s Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Bronze Scholar, and Bzik was named New Century Scholars Workforce Pathway Scholar.

The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation sponsors the Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team, which provides scholarships to gold, silver and bronze scholars. The Workforce Pathway program recognizes 100 scholars each year who are planning to enter the workforce after completing a certificate or associate degree

Hauser will graduate in June with an associate degree in bio-health sciences with a pre-medical option, a…

Roadtrip Nation coming to Tripp Theater April 26, 3 p.m.

Roadtrip Nation, an educational traveling program, is coming to Linn-Benton Community College Thursday, April 26 in the Russell Trip theater, Takena Hall.

Roadtrip Nation empowers individuals to explore who they are and what they want to do with their lives through a public television series, online resources and educational curriculum designed to help them discover pathways that are aligned with their interests.

This traveling event features Roadtrip Nation representatives called “Roadies” who drive a big green RV onto campus to share inspiring stories and to create a conversation around careers that is exciting, thought-provoking and student-driven.

The event includes activities designed to give students self-assurance and skills to reach out to people in the community and beyond who are doing jobs that align with their interests and foundational self.

Roadtrip Nation goes from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. The event finishes with an interview of a local leader to help participants learn the art …

Benton Center Acoustic Showcase features Wild Hog in the Woods

Wild Hog in the Woods will perform at the LBCC Benton Center Acoustic Showcase from Noon to 1 p.m. Friday, April 20 in the student lounge, 757 NW Polk Ave., Corvallis.

Wild Hog in the Woods started playing their unique combination of swing, rag, tin-pan alley, and old-time music 20 years ago.

The band includes Hershel Olmsted, of Hank Homestead and The Rainbow Wranglers, founder of the band, teller of tall tales, vocalist, and player of five-string banjo, guitar, and musical saw; Sid Beam, of Magpie, Vanilla Syncopators, and Gumbo, songwriter, vocalist, guitar player; John Simonds, vocalist, player of upright bass, Dobro, and guitar; and John Donoghue, of JD Ruse and the Little Big Band, songwriter, player of mandolin, guitar, tenor guitar, banjo-uke, washboard, bodhron kick-drum, harmonica and kazoo.

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

Direct questions about or requests for special needs …

LBCC Names 2018 Distinguished Alumni

Linn-Benton Community College has named Rachel Bristol and Michael Quiner as this year’s Distinguished Alumni.

They will be recognized at a Scholarship Honors Reception on Wednesday, April 25 at 7 p.m. in the LBCC Commons, 2nd floor Calapooia Center. 

Bristol, a Portland resident, attended LBCC from 1977 to 1979 before transferring to the University of Oregon where she earned a bachelor’s degree in community service and public affairs.

Bristol joined the Oregon Food Share as a VISTA volunteer in 1983 and rose to acting executive director. In 1988, she helped merge that statewide organization with Portland Interagency Food Bank to form the Oregon Food Bank.  She was named executive director in 1990 and CEO in 1995.

An outstanding leader in efforts to alleviate hunger throughout Oregon, Bristol led two fund-raising campaigns that expanded the food bank from a 10,000-square-foot site serving 200,000 people per year to four facilities totaling more than 155,000 square feet and serving m…
International Culture Night will be held Friday, May 4 at Linn-Benton Community College’s Russell Tripp Theater, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany.

The event starts at 6 p.m. with cultural activities and food samplings from around the world, with a global talent and fashion show starting at 7 p.m.

Performances include a fashion show with traditional clothing from many countries, singing, magic, martial arts, dancing and incredible talent on a variety of instruments including piano and Chinese flute.

Admission is free, with door prizes and drawings. For more information, contact Kim Sullivan, LBCC International Students, at

Direct questions about or requests for special needs or accommodations to the LBCC Disability Coordinator, RCH-105, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany, Oregon 97321, Phone 541-917-4789 or via Oregon Telecommunications Relay TTD at 1-800-735-2900 or 1-800-735-1232. Make sign language interpreting or real-time transcribing requests 2-4 we…

SSH Gallery Exhibits: Sea, Earth & Heavens

LBCC South Santiam Gallery presents Sea, Earth, and Heavens: Artistic visions in metal, fiber and glass with artwork by Rinee Merritt, Dan Mckenzie, and Wadell Snyder on display through May 4.

An artist’s reception will be held Thursday, April 12 from 4 to 5 p.m. in the SSH Gallery. Light refreshments will be provided.

Contemplate the textures of fabric kelp and jellyfish that tie the themes of Sea, Earth, and Heaven together throughout the exhibition. Experience the energy and beauty in the form of fiber work, glass sculpture, and metal works. Get lost in a display of color, shape, and light as glass corals and salmon shimmer in the space.

View the contrast of metal mediums with organic subject matter as each piece leads you around the gallery.

LBCC South Santiam Hall Gallery is open to the public 8 a.m-5 p.m., Monday through Friday, while the exhibition is on display.

Space Exploration Club Students land NASA Internship

Computer science graduate Levi Willmeth and mechanical engineering student Delphine Le Brun Colon head to NASA for 10-week internships.

In a small work room about the size of a walk-in closet at Linn-Benton Community College, Levi Willmeth and Delphine Le Brun Colon fire-up their laptop. Electrical wires, test equipment, homemade components and spare parts cover the work benches. There’s little room for error. The device they are building is going for a ride to the top of the atmosphere, almost 20 miles above the Earth.

Their endeavors will pay off on August 21. Willmeth, Colon and a team of Linn-Benton and Oregon State University students launch a high-altitude balloon from an OSU research vessel, the Pacific Storm, about 30 miles off the coast to view the first solar eclipse to run from the Pacific to Atlantic since 1918.

“Our goal is to be right on the coastline to get video of the shadow on the water and as it first touches down on land. It’s pretty exciting,” says Willmeth, who g…

The Art of Starting a Business workshop May 9

An exploratory workshop on whether to start a business will be held by the LBCC Small Business Development Center May 9. 

Starting a business can be a life-changing decision that produces doubts and anxieties, and poses many important questions.

This three-hour workshop helps guide you through an exploratory process leading to answers that can help you clarify your vision to make an intelligent decision before investing your time and resources in a business project.

Workshop will be held Wednesday, May 9 from 6 to 9 pm at the LBCC campus, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany. Cost is $79.  Call 541-917-4840 to register.

For more information or to register, call 541-917-4840, or see the LBCC online schedule at, email

Free "Earth Day Fair" April 19, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Courtyard

LBCC’s 8th annual free Earth Day Fair will be held Thursday, April 19 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the college courtyard.

This year’s theme is “End Plastic Pollution," featuring information on what we can do reduce our plastic use.

Community tables and college programs will be on hand with information on sustainability efforts and earth science, including the latest recycling information.

Activities include a shoe recycle for your old or slightly-worn shoes, flowerpot planting to support student scholarships, and “Earth Day Café” lunch offered for $5, $4 for students.

LBCC Earth Day Fair is free and open to the public. Event is sponsored by the LBCC Student Leadership Council.

Insider Staff News April 6, 2018

President’s Spring Forum: Plan to join President Greg Hamman for the President’s Spring Forum on Tuesday, April 24 from 12 to 1:30 p.m. in Forum 104.

Budget Information Forums: Learn all about our college budget at one of the Budget Information Forums held Wednesday, April 18 from 9 to 9:45 a.m. or 1:30 to 2:15 p.m., or Thursday, April 19 from 4 to 4:45 p.m., Cascade View Rooms, Calapooia Center, CC-203/205.

Save the date – Time Capsule Reveal!
In celebration of the college’s 50th Anniversary, a time capsule that was placed in the ground in May 1993 is due for excavation! Come see what’s in it at the unearthing Wednesday, May 16 in the courtyard. Cupcakes and refreshments start at 3 p.m., time capsule reveal program starts at 4 p.m. Watch your email for details – stay tuned!

Distinguished Staff, Pastega Faculty & Classified Excellence Awards
Awards presented during college Inservice on April 12: Jack Giles was named as this year’s Distinguished Staff. Jack has served as informati…

Advanced Transportation Technology Center Open House April 23 & 24

The public is invited to attend an Open House at Linn-Benton Community College’s Advanced Transportation Technology Center and Heavy Equipment Diesel Center.

The event will showcase the college's state-of-the-art facilities which houses LBCC’s automotive technology program and heavy equipment diesel program.

Open house takes place Friday, April 13 from 5 to 7 p.m., and again on Saturday, April 14 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 2000 Oak St. in Lebanon.

Hands-on activities and refreshments provided. For more information, call 541-917-4506.

LBCC Honors Faculty, Staff at In-service 

Linn-Benton Community College announced winners of the college Distinguished Staff Award and the Pastega Faculty and Classified Excellence awards during the college In-service Day held April 12.

Jack Giles received the Distinguished Staff award.  Giles, of Kings Valley, works as an information support specialist with Information Services at the college, a position he began in October 1988, and of which he retired from on December 1, 2017. He continues to work part-time.

Giles was recognized for his dedication and commitment to helping staff across campus, and for his mentorship, leadership and his willingness to freely share his in-depth knowledge with others.

As lead carver for the Albany Carousel project, Giles was also recognized for his work in the local community.

Mary Campbell, LBCC mathematics faculty member, received the college Pastega Faculty Excellence award.

Campbell, a Peoria resident, began teaching at the college in November 1990. She was recognized for her inspirationa…

QuickBooks classes start April 17 in Albany

Classes in QuickBooks computer-based accounting will start April 17 at Linn-Benton Community College, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany.

A Guided Tour of Quickbooks is for those with no previous experience using a computer-based accounting system. Two-day class meets April 17 and 19, 6-8 p.m. Cost is $89.

Quickbooks I covers chart of accounts, bank reconciliations and more. Class meets Tuesdays and Thursdays for five sessions starting May 15, 3-5 p.m. Cost is $219.

Quickbooks II covers month-end and year-end closing processes, locating and fixing errors, comparing QuickBooks Desktop and QuickBooks Online functions, and more. Pre-qualification includes taking QuickBooks I and at least one year of computer-based accounting experience. Class meets Tuesdays and Thursdays for five sessions starting May 15, 6-8 p.m. Cost is $219.

Quickbooks Payroll is designed to provide you with basic skills for using QuickBooks Enhanced Payroll. Learn payroll preferences set up, employee set up, payroll process…

Social Media for Seniors starts May 9, Albany

The class Social Media for Seniors will be held May 9 through LBCC Community Education in Albany.

Learn about using social media outlets including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest and gain a broad understanding of their benefits to your personal life. Basic computer knowledge required.

This three-week class meets Wednesdays from 6 to 7:50 p.m. starting May 9 at the LBCC Albany Campus. Cost is $59.

For more information or to register, see the LBCC online schedule at, email or call LBCC Community Education at 541-917-4840.

Authenticity & Personal Power: Reconnecting with Yourself held May 9, Sweet Home

The class Authenticity and Personal Power: Reconnecting with Yourself will be offered through LBCC Community Education in Sweet Home May 9.

This interactive workshop provides tools and techniques to help connect you with who you are and what's most important to you. Discover where your personal power comes from, what you value, and what you can do you do each day to embody those values and live an authentic and meaningful life.

This one-day workshop meets Wednesday May 9 from 10 to 11:50 a.m. at the LBCC Sweet Home Center, 1661 Long St. Cost is $29.

For more information or to register, see the LBCC online schedule at, email or call LBCC Community Education at 541-917-4840.

“Scarewaves” radio drama Friday, April 13, 7:30 p.m.

The LBCC Russell Tripp theater presents a special event Friday, April 13 with "Scarewaves," a horror-comedy in the style of classic radio drama.

Recently discovered in the catacombs beneath the LBCC Russell Tripp Theater were two lost, never performed scripts from the little-known, and possibly non-existent, horror writer Meridian Welch: "The Dark Mansion's Curse" and "Captain Steadfast Meets Dr. Draculanus."

Join us for an evening of chills, creaking doors and the bizarre as we listen into the abyss. What do we hear? Our own rapid heartbeats! Footsteps behind us! A squeaking dog toy! More creaking doors!

"Scarewaves" plays Friday, April 13 at 7:30 p.m., LBCC Russell Tripp Theater, Albany. Tickets are $8 general admission, $6 students and seniors. Buy in advance at or at the door one hour before show starts.

Show proceeds benefit the 6th Annual Midsummer Arts Festival held in Albany. For more information, contact the LB…

50 Years in the Making: Livestock Judging Team

Throughout the college history, LBCC has supported the educational goals of our students by providing learning opportunities outside the classroom, including opportunities to engage in co-curricular programs and student clubs.

One of our earliest co-curricular programs is the LBCC Livestock Judging Team, which was established in 1974. Animal Science faculty member and team coach Rick Klampe competed on the team as a student from 1979 to 1981, winning first-place overall at the 1980 North American International Livestock Exposition.

Klampe starting coaching in 1988, and Agricultural Sciences faculty member Clay Weber joined the team in 2001. 

This past fall, the team had two historic wins: defeating two universities, Fresno State and Chico State, in the Western Fall Classic; and winning two contests in two different states on the same day, at the Big Fresno Fair, and at the Colorado State Ram Classic.

As an integral part LBCC’s programs, the benefits of being part of a team extend…