Friday, April 11, 2014

Weekly Update, April 11

Former LBCC head coaches Dave Dangler (1977-1983), left,
Dick McClain (1971-1976), center, and Greg Hawk (1984-2013).
LBCC plans to re-establish its baseball program next spring, with a focus on student success and community support. The decision came after months of discussions and work with community members to create a program structure that fosters high completion rates among student athletes and generates significant involvement of the community in supporting the program. A yet-to-be determined women’s sport will be added by the 2015-16 season. The measurements chosen for baseball will guide other LBCC programs, both athletic and academic, as the college continues  to strive for a 50 percent increase in its completion rate and increased community support and involvement.

Students in LBCC's Site Specific Ceramic Sculpture Class completed an installation at the Benton Center called "inspired" - a 55-piece ceramic sculpture on display in the Benton Center’s south wing. Student potters included Pat Berman, Trish Browning, Annclaire Greig, Dawn Jones, Becca Lemon, Deb Sether, Gundege Snepste, and Alexis Spakoski. The ten-week class challenged students to design, construct and problem solve installation of a multi-part sculpture. After looking at several student design concepts, the class chose Alexis Spakoski's "inspired" as the best design to fit the space. The design allowed for the variety of construction styles for each student's technical capabilities. The project was approved by Benton Center Director Jeff Davis and the LBCC Arts and Aesthetics Resource Team.

Pictured, left to right: Cynthia Spencer and students Annclaire Greig, Becca Lemon, Gundega Snepste and Trish Browning,

Friday, April 4, 2014

Weekly Update, April 4

LBCC Phi Theta Kappa students honored business and accounting faculty member Jack Stone at their annual Induction Ceremony held Feb. 21. The students honor one LBCC staff each year at the ceremony.

Rich Bergeman, former journalism instructor and current LBCC Art Gallery coordinator, has published the book “Exphrasis II: A collaboration of poets and artists from LBCC." Images and poetry from the book are on display as part of an exhibit in the South Santiam Hall Gallery through May 2. LBCC's Poetry Club will sell copies of the book for $20 during the exhibit reception Tuesday, April 15 from 3-4 p.m. in the gallery, or purchase online for $19.79, plus approximately $8 shipping, at:

"Better Know Your Data" statistics show that 61 percent of LBCC students who started fall term 2013 are currently re-enrolled for spring term, with an average of 11 credits apiece. Stats from “Better Know Your Data” and the Institutional Research team.

Plan to attend the president's forum Thursday, April 10 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Forum, room F-104. Hear from President Hamann on LBCC directions, opportunities and challenges. Come prepared to ask questions.

LBCC’s landscape is a bit “greener,” thanks to grounds manager George VanKeulen and his team. The college has not used any pesticides or herbicides to combat weeds and bugs for more than a year. Instead, George's team focuses on keeping the grass cut and laying down copious amounts of wood chips to suppress weed seeds. But, you may see a few more dandelions in the grass, says George, which, by the way, are edible and quite good for you. His team also is working to remove a large number of plants around campus and at the Benton Center that died over the winter due to freezing temperatures. Those plants will be chipped and used around campus to help suppress weeds.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Weekly Update, March 20

At the recent Initiative Leaders meeting faculty and staff shared news of the progress on various projects. Most notably, Math Fast Track, the Accelerated Learning Project in Writing and the Destination Graduation and Advising initiative have seen promising results. All three programs will be expanded for fall term 2014 to benefit more students.

During spring term, the college will again participate in the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE). Research shows that the more actively engaged students are, the more likely they are to persist in their college studies and achieve at higher levels. The survey will be administered between April 21 and May 2 in randomly selected classes to ensure a representative sample and to preserve the integrity of the survey results. Faculty members whose classes are selected for survey administration will receive more specific instructions in early April. Learn more and see results from our three previous surveys, visit the CCSSE webpage.

LBCC honor roll students Alisha Haskett and Willard W. Hucks III were selected to represent LBCC as part of the OCCA All Oregon Academic Team. They will attend a luncheon with Governor John Kitzhaber and the OCCA All Academic team in Salem April 22.  Haskett is a networking and systems administration major from Sweet Home, and Hucks is an accounting technology major from Albany. They will each receive a plaque from the OCCA and a $1,000 scholarship from Oregon State University, where they plan to transfer.  

OCCA Academic Team members Alisha Haskett & Willard Hucks.

For those wondering about the progress to fix the courtyard clock or the broken fountain by the Calapooia Center, facilities are currently in the process of repairs. The fountain may take a bit longer due to the need to replace the pump, which costs around $5,000. They are currently looking at alternatives to replacement. 

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

LBCC Lands Large Business of Year Award

Bryan Schiedler, right, and Gary Price with LBCC Award.
LBCC received the Large Business of the Year award from the Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce during its Lebanon Distinguished Service Awards banquet held March 11.

LBCC has a dual presence in Lebanon with its East Linn County Center and the Advanced Transportation Technology Center. Gary Price, regional director of Linn County Centers, and Bryan Schiedler, automotive technician faculty member and department chair, accepted the award on behalf of the college.

“It was an honor to accept an award that so many of us, past and present, have contributed to,” wrote Schiedler.

Nearly 350 people attended the awards banquet held at the Samaritan Center in Lebanon. The awards recognize exceptional individuals, businesses and organizations that contribute their time and energy to Lebanon, and include: man and woman of the year; junior first citizen; senior first citizen; outstanding community group; large business of the year (49 or more employees); small business of the year (fewer than 49 employees); business leader of the year; non-profit organization of the year; and the Frankie Gray Answering a Call award.

Along with LBCC, Lebanon High School, Consumers Power Inc. and Lowe’s Distribution Center were in the running for the large business award. The award recognizes the college's efforts around its values of excellence and opportunity.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Weekly Update, March 7

Assessing Placement Testing (APT) Initiative Committee is working on ideas to reduce the percentage of students who are placed into developmental coursework as a result of taking the CPT without advance preparation. Through winter term, the APT looked at online and print information to help develop marketing strategies that insure prospective students know the importance of preparing for the CPT. The APT committee will assess whether these efforts make a difference by measuring and improving the percentage of students who report being prepared before taking the CPT. They are looking to the fall of 2014 to begin analyzing the results of the committee work.

Did you Know: 80 percent of LBCC career and technical education students responding to last year’s graduate follow-up survey report being employed within nine months of graduation. (Stats from "Better Know Your Data" Institutional Research team, Justin Smith and Justene Malosh)

The 36th annual Career Fair will be held Thursday, April 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Activities Center gym, Albany campus. More than 50 businesses, industries and government agencies will provide information on careers and employment opportunities. College advisors will available to answer questions on career and technical training programs. Employment, training and family needs agencies will be on hand to inform job seekers about their services. LBCC will offer workshops to enhance job search skills, and employment specialists will provide resume and interviewing workshops. More information at:

Friday, February 28, 2014

Weekly Update, Feb. 28

Nominations are open for LBCC's Distinguished Alumni Award, accepted through April 1. Awards honor alumni who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in their profession or through service to their community. Nominees must have completed at least 36 LBCC credits. Nomination forms are available at Nominees will be honored at a reception held in their honor May 7. For more information, contact the LBCC College Advancement Office at 541-917-4784.

It was announced at the Feb. 19 Board of Education meeting
that Dave Henderson would serve as the interim vice president of finance and operations until a replacement can be found for outgoing VP Jim Huckestein. Henderson, from Bend, comes to the position with 13 years of experience working on major programs with the state legislature, and four years with Marion County working on capital and IT projects. Henderson will work three days a week, mostly on college operations, while Betty Nielsen, director of accounting and budget, will be in charge of finance. The meeting also included discussion on the status of a potential bond measure for capital projects.

The LBCC Chapter of the American Association of Women in Community Colleges is accepting donations to help Annette Easdale’s family with expenses for her grandson, who was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Feb. 14.  An anonymous donor has offered to match the donations up to $100. Donations will be taken through March 7, at which time a VISA gift card will be purchased for the family to use. If you would like to donate, please give your donation to any AAWCC Executive Board member: Linda Hobson, Vickie Keith, Karin Magnuson, M’Liss Runyon, Gwen Cox, or Jeanine Howell. Checks should be made payable to AAWCC. 

The 5th annual LBCC Unity Celebration was held at the Diversity Achievement Center Wednesday, Feb. 26. The event included presentation of the Analee Fuentes Unity Awards to honor LBCC students, staff and faculty members for their contributions to diversity and social justice. Albany Mayor Sharon Konopa and Chris Equinoa with the Albany Human Relations Committee attended along with a large group of LBCC faculty and staff. This year’s recipients were student Jordan Hagle, Admission staff member Christine Baker, and Welding and Fabrication faculty members Fred Stuewe and Dean Dowless. In addition, a new award was established in honor of former art faculty member Gary Westford. The Gary Westford Community Connection Award was presented in Gary’s name for his many contributions to our community and LBCC. The first recipient will be announced at next year’s Unity Celebration. LBCC communications faculty member Dana Emerson introduced the award, and put it best by saying “When you feel like you're having a museum experience on campus, you’re actually having a Gary Westford experience.”

Former art faculty member Gary Westford was honored with the
first Gary Westford Community Connection Award at the
recent Unity Celebration in the DAC.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Weekly Update, Jan. 31

Jim Huckestein, VP of Finance and Operations, gave his final state-of-the-budget talk last week, stating that the college is financially on-track for the next budget cycle. According to Jim, the increase in state funding helped to offset any dip in tuition that the college experienced. His near-future forecast for LBCC looks good. Jim's last day at the college was today, Jan. 31. He starts in his new position as VP of College Services at Clackamas Community College Feb. 3.

Approximately 10 LBCC students are conducting a phone-a-thon for the LBCC Foundation to reconnect alumni to the college. The project’s focus is to build a friend network and solicit support for college programs through donations to the Foundation. Results so far show a number of the calls resulting in contributions to the college.

The next meeting of College Council will be Thursday, Feb. 6 from 3 to 5 p.m. in the college boardroom, CC-103. Topics under review include revisions to Administrative Rules 1025-01, Prevention of Workplace Violence, and 6025-01, Tuition and Fee Waivers. Changes to 1025-01 include language to clarify that the on-campus preclusion to carrying firearms or other deadly weapons extends both to work hours and to on-campus time when the employee is not directly engaged in work duties, and to clarify that the preclusion to carrying deadly weapons extends to clearly defined work-time off-campus, such as at graduation, while traveling with students for teaching or learning purposes, or while coaching a college athletic team off LBCC property. Changes to 6025-01 include language changes seek to align the terms and conditions of the tuition waiver for managers / confidential staff, with those of the classified bargaining unit The cost of increasing the benefit for mangers is expected to be nominal. Also recommended are removal of volunteers from the tuition waiver benefit, per the advice of our legal counsel and the Fair Labor Standards Act.  Also up for discussion are Administrative Rules on Articulation Agreements and Grading. If you have questions or concerns, contact your employee group representative to College Council. 

Former LB baseball coach Greg Hawk was chosen to receive the American Baseball Coaches Association Ethics in Coaching award. Coach Hawk, along with an Atlanta high school coach, will receive the award in January of next year at the ABCA convention held in Orlando. Said Coach Hawk about being notified of the award: “It's an awesome award. So many others could have gotten this, and I am honored. I’ve had a great career. It was more than just the sport. Baseball was a tool that I used to teach students about life and how to live.” Greg retired from the college in June 2013.

Retired baseball coach Greg Hawk.