Friday, April 24, 2015

College News - Week of April 24

Accommodations are being made for students who have been negatively impacted by the inclusion of the Visual Communications/Graphic Design major in the 2014-15 Catalog. The college is providing individualized support to students who have indicated their intent to earn the AAS in Visual Communication/Graphic Design, to ensure a pathway for them to earn the degree. This includes students who started this year under the mistakenly listed program. We are prepared to do whatever is necessary to enable all of these students to complete, including extending the availability of classes in the program beyond Spring 2016. College administration will continue to monitor our progress with regard to these commitments. The college will continue to offer graphic design classes.

Living Our Values: Dorthy Moran - Excellence, Engagement, Learning
IACE President Tammi Drury presents
Dorothy Moran (right) with the Outstanding Classified Award.

Dorothy Moran was selected as this year’s Independent Association of Classified Employees Outstanding Classified of the Year. An employee of the college for more than eight years, Dorothy continuously takes on added responsibility and duties in her job, and challenges herself to be the best employee she can be for our students, her division and the college. Dorothy is an active member of IACE and the college, having served on the IACE Bumping Sub-Committee and Social Committee, and on College Council and Merit teams. In addition, she has participated in the President's Leadership Retreat, LBCC Leadership, Navigating Differences, Foundations of Excellence and the Multicultural Fellowship. Dorothy is currently working on a degree through OSU, and continues to strive to do more, learn more, and achieve more. Congratulations, Dorothy!

President Hamann has been elected to serve on the American Association of Community Colleges National Board of Directors. Dr. Hamann will serve a three-year term, from July 1, 2015 through June 20, 2018.  Founded in 1920 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., AACC is governed by 32-member board of directors elected by membership representing nearly 1,200 two-year associate degree-granting institutions in the US, as well as a growing number of international member institutions. AACC is the primary advocacy organization for community colleges at the national level, and works closely with directors of state offices to inform and affect state policy. The association collaborates with a wide range of entities within the higher education community to monitor and influence federal policy and to collaborate on issues of common interest, and is the leading proponent and the national "voice for community colleges.

Two new sections have been added
to the college web site: “About LBCC” and “Building Projects.” About LBCC is a new link that will provide information on the college mission, vision, goals and people. The site provides sections including “What Matters to Us,” “Our People,” and “Our Progress.” The link is located at the top of the navigation bar, which follows each web page. The “Building Projects” site will serve as a place to keep us informed on the progress of building projects, providing updates and information on the capital bond projects. The site will include descriptions of each bond project, periodic progress updates, and links to past updates. Once construction begins, images will be included showing the progress. You can find this link at

New hires, separations, promotions and transfers:

College Values

Core Themes
Economic Vitality
Cultural Richness
Educational Attainment

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Friday, April 17, 2015

College News - Spring Inservice - April 16

Spring Inservice: Awards, Recognitions, Inspiration and Some Fun

This year, there were a few new twists for Spring Inservice. Traditionally, employee recognitions and awards have been presented throughout the year. This year, it was decided to try a different approach, presenting the awards all at once in a bigger and better way. Hence, the creation of the "Employee Award Show" designed to recognize all our great employees at one time, including outstanding part-time faculty (a first for Inservice), and the creation of a new award: the "Part-time Faculty Excellence Award."

The Inservice Committee brought us more than 20 workshops to help Inspire and inform us to continue to do the great work that we do each day. Faculty and staff gave their time and knowledge in workshops including several advisor training workshops, what's new in Microsoft Office, Turnitin Assignment training, new student pathways in Math, Collaborative Classroom introduction, Google course management training, Speak to a Geek computer advice, how to reduce textbook costs, and Digital Storytelling. We even got a sneak peak at the new online Smart Catalog!

Special "Thank You" to the Inservice Committee: Mark Weiss, Richard Gibbs, M'Liss Runyon, Paul Tannahill, Vickie Staffelbach, Shelly Ellingson, Bryan Miyagishima, Justin Smith and Beth Hogeland. Thank you for all your hard work and time spent to bring us this "Inspiring" day.

Our employee awards offer true examples of "Living Our Values." Nomination letters reinforce the fact that our faculty and staff exemplify opportunity, excellence, inclusiveness, learning and engagement for our students, each other, and the communities they serve, everyday. Although it's tough to choose each year from amongst the awesome nominees, the winners always inspire us to continue to do great work. For your reading and viewing pleasure, here are this year's award winners:

Jack Stone
Distinguished Staff Award: Business Management faculty member Jack Stone was named as this year's Distinguished Staff. Jack began work at the college in 1996 in the Business Division. Nominated by his peers for his dedication and commitment to LBCC, students and the community, Jack was recognized for his devotion to teaching, and his inspiring mentorship, friendship and leadership to fellow faculty, staff and students. Oh, and for his sense of humor and being the ultimate prankster at work. His photo will be forever hanging in the Distinguished Staff "Hall of Fame" in the Calapooia Center. Congratulations, Jack, and happy retirement in June!

Pastega Faculty Excellence Award: The Pastega Faculty Excellence award was presented to two of our most excellent and friendly Welding faculty members, Dean Dowless and Fred Stuewe. Dean began teaching at the college part-time in 1983, and has been a full-time instructor since 1993. Fred began teaching part-time in 2004, and became full-time in 2009. Dean and Fred were recognized for their dedication to their students and their strong work ethic, which they impart to their students. They were also recognized for helping to create customized career technical education classes that develop student’s soft skills, including technical writing in welding, math and measurements for welders, and customer service classes for welders. This awesome team is also known for connecting their students to the broader community through organizing welding projects for community members who could use the help, and through bringing in industry leaders each term to talk with the students about the type of work they may be doing and to answer their questions. Thank you and congratulations!
Fred Stuewe, left, and Dean Dowless
Victoria Fridley

Pastega Classified Excellence Award: The Pastega Classified Excellence award was presented to Writing Center Coordinator Victoria Fridley. Victoria has served as the writing center coordinator since 2008. Of the many ways Victoria has positively influenced staff and students at the college, a few that stood out in all her nomination letters were her efforts in providing equal access to writing help for students, no matter where they are in life, and in engaging students in the writing process. In addition, she was lauded for her ability to make students feel at ease with their writing abilities, and for her commitment to the LBCC community through her work bringing the arts to campus. Congratulations, Victoria!

Outstanding Part-time Faculty Awards: Presented for the very first time during Inservice, the Outstanding Part-time Faculty Awards recognizes the absolutely, positively we-couldn’t-do-it-without-you part of our LBCC team. Eight part-time faculty were nominated as outstanding in their field from their area of the college. They are:

Edie Sperling, Biology Faculty, Science, Engineering & Math
Mark Cantrell, Computer Systems Faculty, Business, Applied Technology & Industry
Kelli Wallner, ABE/GED Faculty, ABE/GED
Lou Donadio, Karate faculty, Health & Human Performance
Penny Steele, Math Faculty, ABE/GED
Bond Claire Martin, English & Reading faculty, Instructional Assistant, Benton Center
Mary Mayfield, Spanish GED, ABE/GED
Tamara VanRas, Reading & Writing faculty, Developmental Studies

Penny Steele
Part-time Faculty Excellence Award: Penny Steele was named as the first Part-time Faculty Excellence Award winner. New this year, the college established the award to recognize a part-faculty member, from the group of outstanding part-time nominees, who exemplifies excellence in their field. The winner is selected by the Academic Affairs Council. Through her student evaluations, Penny was recognized as a great teacher who always explains things in understandable ways and always works to find things each student needs to work on to reach their goals. Penny's name will be engraved in a paver stone, to be placed in the Foundation Paver Patio by the Calapooia Center. Congratulations!

Employee Service Awards: 2014-2015

30-Years (just Angie - Dave's still a newbie)
35-Years (sorry you missed it, Ron! but, you're getting
your name on a paver stone, so you'll be here forever!)

Miriam Edell
Pam Gordon
Greg Hamann
Todd Ketterman
Scott Krambuhl

Fran Beck
Lynne Cox
Deana Culbertson
Rick Durling
Lori Fluge-Brunker
Bonnie Hamby-Lassen
Keith Hashagen
John Krueger
Connie Lenderman
Robert Lewis
John McArdle
Sheri McIntyre
Sally Moore
Shay Newman
Trista Ochoa
LeAnn Schamp
Bruce Thompson
Diana Wheat
Jim Wixson

John Alvin
Bridgid Backus
Bruce Clemetsen
Karen Green
Robin Havenick
Patty McMenamin
Janeen Phillips
Gary Price
Dana Robinson
Amy Sadowsky

Larry Carter
Jan Legris
Bryan Schiedler
Lori Skarda
Sue Stone

Brad Carman
Annette Easdale
Jan Fraser-Hevlin
Rick Klampe
Kevin Lacey
Liz Pearce
Joe Sherlock
Vern Smith
Mark Weiss

Angie Klampe

Ron Sharman

(no awards presented)

26 Years:
Kathy Body
Jack Giles
Dori Litzer
Roger Maurer
John Sweet

27 Years:
Linda Dompier
Anne Green
Vern Jackson
Lorrie Peterson
Teresa Woods

28 Years:
Margi Dusek
Janet Jackson

29 Years:
Paul Hawkwood
Kathy Withrow

31 Years:
Patty Petzel

32 Years:
Mary Sue Reynolds

33 Years:
Polly Hainz
Russ Rinker

37 Years:
Teresa Patterson

And - a few extras, just for fun: 

Thanks puppeteers Dan Stone and
Leslie Hammond! You can rest your arms now.
World premier of the "Employee Awards Show" was awesome!
Great idea, Dale Stowell!
Large morning crowd. Can you find yourself?

A bit about our awards: The 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. The Pastega awards, established in 2000 by the Mario Pastega Foundation, honor faculty members and classified staff for their outstanding contributions to the LBCC community. Winners receive a $1,000 honorarium. The Part-time Faculty Excellence Award was presented for the first time this year, with the winner receiving a paver stone to be placed in the Foundation Paver Patio by the Calapooia Center. Winner is selected by the Academic Affairs Council.

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Friday, April 10, 2015

College News - Week of April 10

New for Spring Inservice is the “The Employee Awards Show,” where recipients of the Pastega Faculty Excellence and Pastega Classified Excellence awards, the Distinguished Staff award, part-time faculty awards and longevity awards will be announced. Awards will be announced after the lunch break, starting at 1:30 p.m. in the Russell Tripp theater. Be sure to come and show your support for your fellow co-workers at this awesome event!

Mark your calendar to attend the upcoming Honors and Distinguished Alumni Reception, held Wednesday, April 22 at 7 p.m. in the Commons. New for this year's program will be honoring our 2015 Distinguished Alumni Julie Huckestein and Brad Gohr, along with recognizing LBCC student scholarship recipients and scholarship donors. The Oregon Lottery has given $1,000 as an event sponsor, and will announce the establishment of two $1,000 scholarships for our students, which will be available for application through the Foundation starting fall term.

Karelia Stetz-Waters
Living Our Values: Excellence & Inclusiveness
English department chair and author
Karelia Stetz-Waters has been nominated for the Lambda Literary Award for her young adult novel Forgive Me If I’ve Told You This Before, which was published in October 2014 and has been nominated in the LGBT Children’s/Young Adult category. This is Karelia's first young adult novel. Her work also includes The Admirer, The Purveyor, Dysphoria and Something True. The Lambda Literary Awards is the pre-eminent award for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender books. Karelia has been nominated alongside writers published by Simon & Schuster, Candlewick Press, and Harlequin Enterprises. Winners will be announced at a ceremony June 1 in New York City.

Emily Jaderlinich
Emily Jederlinich has joined the Community Education department as the new Coordinator for Linn County.  Emily will be responsible for developing new classes for adults in the areas of art, computer training, health, fitness, writing, recreation, woodworking, home and garden, cooking and more. Emily has been a fitness instructor with LBCC's Community Education department for several years, and owns her own business providing training and consulting in health and fitness. Previous to LBCC, Emily developed new programs as a coordinator at the Corvallis Chintimini Senior Center, and several other organizations. She has a bachelor's degree in Exercise Sports Science Pre-Occupational Therapy from Oregon State University.

Ilex Karstens, left, and Rebekah Pennington
Students Ilex Karstens and Rebekah Pennington were chosen to represent LBCC as part of the Oregon Community College Association All Oregon Academic Team. Governor Kate Brown and the OCCA will honor them, along with academic team students chosen from Oregon's 16 other community colleges, at a luncheon held at the state capitol April 30.  Both students are Albany residents and honor roll students. Ilex is a pre-dental hygiene major who serves as an executive assistant for LBCC Student Government and is an active member of Phi Theta Kappa. Rebekah is a nursing major who serves as Phi Theta Kappa LBCC chapter president, and is a member of the LBCC Student Leadership Council Judiciary Board and a CASA volunteer. The students will receive a plaque from the OCCA and a $1,000 scholarship from the university they plan to transfer to. The OCCA, in partnership with Phi Theta Kappa, yearly recognizes outstanding students from Oregon’s 17 community colleges through the All Oregon Academic Team awards. Students selected become eligible for more than $350,000 in Coca-Cola Foundation and USA Today scholarships.

College Values

Core Themes:
Economic Vitality
Cultural Richness
Educational Attainment

NEW SERIES: Living Our Values
If you have a suggestion for a story that fits this new addition to staff news, send it to either Lori Fluge-Brunker or Dale Stowell. We would be happy to include!
This new addition to staff news will feature brief stories about students, programs faculty and staff, with a focus on how we are living our college values in the things we do here each day. 

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Writer/Editor: Lori Fluge-Brunker, Communications Specialist, College Advancement   

Friday, April 3, 2015

College News - Week of April 3

Debbie Herrold
Women's basketball returns to LBCC with the hiring of Debbie Herrold as head women’s basketball coach. As many of you know, Debbie has been a part-time faculty teaching health and physical education at the college for the past 28 years. She also has served as head women's basketball coach once before, from 1987 to 1993, and as assistant coach for the basketball and cross-country track teams. In 1991, her basketball team placed fifth in the Northwest Athletic Association of Community College tournament, and in 1999, Coach Herrold was inducted into the NWAACC Hall of Fame. A reception welcoming Debbie will be held Friday, April 10 at 3 p.m. in the LBCC Activities Center gym. LBCC announced plans to re-establish its women’s basketball program last spring, with an emphasis on the “student” in student athlete. Player recruitment will begin in the coming months, with team play starting in the 2015-16 intercollegiate basketball season.

Campus Safety is encouraging employees with iPhone or Android smart phones to download the LBCC Public Safety app. The app will help you connect quickly to the college safety officer on duty, to emergency action plans, and other emergency and Public Safety resources. Knowing what to do in an emergency can help you in directing students and guests on campus in the event of evacuation. The app is available through Google Play Store or Apple App Store by searching for LBCC Public Safety, or by going to the LBCC landing page at - and scan the QR code to go directly to the app for download.

Could your students use free money for college? Free scholarships workshops will be held Wednesday, April 8, and again Thursday, April 9, from Noon to 1 p.m. in the Calapooia Center, Cascade View A&B meeting rooms. Spring term is the college’s biggest scholarship award cycle, and many of our scholarships go unawarded. This free workshop will help your students learn how to get the most out of their scholarship application, and how to get letters of reference, look up scholarships on the LBCC scholarship database and other helpful tips. You can help your students by searching the scholarship database by the term that the applications are being accepted and encourage your students to apply. You can also search by keywords and majors. Many scholarships are not GPA exclusive, and not all require FASFA. Check out the scholarship page at

College Values

College Core Themes:
Economic Vitality
Cultural Richness
Educational Attainment

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

College News - Week of March 27

Report on student textbook affordability, from Richenda Hawkins: In January, college librarians began working on improving textbook affordability for our students. In a little over two months, it's estimated that their efforts will potentially save students $16,435 to $22,977 per year by replacing required print textbooks with an ebook edition, which is freely accessible to students through the LBCC Library Catalog and ebook databases. In addition to promoting the adoption of library resources, library staff have been collaborating with college departments and people statewide to build the necessary framework for supporting the adoption of Open Educational Resources, or OERs, at LBCC. The project is headed up by Media department manager Steve Smith and Library Department Chair Richenda Hawkins. Campus librarians have met with approximately 35 faculty, three deans, all department chairs in two college divisions, as well as student leaders and College Advancement, to explore ways to develop OER’s on campus. Several faculty members have already created OER’s, and many more are looking to adopt them for their programs. They also met with OSU to explore ways to increase OER adoption across both colleges, and are exploring a joint OER project with OSU and Central Oregon Community College this summer.

LBCC’s Board of Education approved a recommended three percent increase ($2.91) per credit hour for in-state tuition, a five percent increase ($10.20) for out of state tuition, and five percent increase ($12) for international tuition at the board meeting March 18. An increase in fees was also approved by the board, which includes a technology fee increase from $2 to $3.50 per credit hour; a student activity program athletic fee increase from $0.85 to $1.33 per credit hour; and an Associated Student Government fee increase of $0.50 for students taking 1-5 credits, and $1 for students taking 6 or more credits. The decision to increase tuition was based on the college’s current knowledge of expected state funding levels and our current budget model for the 2015-16 fiscal year. The final college budget will be approved at the June board meeting.

This year’s Distinguished Alumni Awards will be presented to Brad Gohr and Julie Huckestein, with a posthumous Alumni Award dedicated to Mary D. “Dee” Deems, who passed away Feb. 16. Each will be recognized at an Honors Reception held April 22 at 7 p.m. at the college. Brad is 1992 graduate of the animal science program. After working his way up from stocking shelves and sweeping floors, he is now president and CEO of Veterinary Services, Inc., a $175 million employee-owned animal health product distribution company with branches throughout the Western United States. Julie graduated from LBCC's business program, and was recently appointed as president of Chemeketa Community College. Her previous employment included various work in LBCC’s business office, where she served in her last position as director of Budget and Finance until 2001. Mary “Dee” Deems earned general education credits at LBCC before transferring to Willamette University to earn her bachelor’s degree. She worked in various positions at LBCC, including at the Lebanon Center, and directing the then “Albany Center." She helped to build LBCC's community education program into one of the largest community ed programs in Oregon.
Distinguished Alumni recipients Julie Huckestein and Brad Gohr,
pose with Mary "Dee" Deems sons, who accepted the award on her behalf.

LBCC Distinguished Citizen Awards will be presented to community members Bob Lowry and Doris Johnston at college Commencement in June. Bob, who will be 92 in September, is a respected and honored businessman, philanthropist, veteran and family man who is committed to making the community better for all. Bob has given generously to the Foundation over the years, and has served as a member of the Foundation Board of Trustees since 2006. His participation in the community has helped open doors for both the Foundation and the college. Doris currently serves as Board President of LBCC's Foundation Board of Trustees, where she provides vision and leadership, building strong relationships that lead to financial support for the college. As chairperson for "LBCC for the Community," Doris was instrumental in running the campaign that led to passage of the college bond measure last fall. Doris’ office at Pacific Power, where she serves as the regional community manager, became the campaign strategy site, where she organized a group of volunteers to spread the word. In addition, her list of civic involvement is long and varied, and she helps to raise funds for students and programs by serving on the college Foundation board, supporting the Boys and Girls Club of Albany, The United Way and Rotary.

Living Our Values: Occupational Therapy Assistant students invaded the state capitol for a day of learning and engagement Feb. 26. The students, with faculty members Ann Custer, Mashelle Painter and Jo Shear, attended Occupational Therapy Legislative Day, where they partnered with students and faculty from Pacific University's doctoral Occupational Therapy program, lobbyists with the Occupational Therapy Association of Oregon, and board members from Oregon's OT Licensing Board to meet with legislators about their profession. Students attended legislative sessions, toured the capitol and participated in a "Blue Sticky Wall" activity with Pacific U’s doctoral students, where they discussed individual roles and responsibilities in the OT field. LBCC students also prepared handouts for legislators on the Occupational Therapy Assistant field.

An OTA student posts to the "Blue Sticky Wall" during an activity at the state capitol,
led by OTA faculty member Ann Custer (in photo at right, standing at back).

College Values

College Core Themes:
Economic Vitality
Cultural Richness
Educational Attainment

Insider published by: LBCC College Advancement Marketing Office
Writer/Editor: Lori Fluge-Brunker, Communications Specialist, College Advancement 

Friday, March 13, 2015

College News - Week of March 13

NEW SERIES: Living Our Values
This new addition to staff news will feature brief stories about students, programs, and faculty and staff, with a focus on how we are living our college values in the things we do here each day. We look forward to sharing your stories, so please - send them our way!

Can our values make a demonstrable difference in the lives of our students? Consider this story: A health occupations student was finding it impossible to secure a clinical training site because of a long-past drug-related conviction. Without a clinical site, the student could not complete the program. The student’s faculty member came to a member of the Personifying Values Committee for advice on how to proceed. Together they turned to the values in search of an answer. The faculty member would cite our values specifically as part of her advocacy case for the student with potential clinical sites -- in particular, the value of inclusiveness, which doesn't mean just mixing with those who make us comfortable. Sometimes those with backgrounds that make us uncomfortable are the most important people to mix with.  The clinical site might consider that this student's background might bring perspective that would help them and other students. With the help of faculty advocacy citing the values, the student was able to secure a clinical site.  And the faculty member reported that inclusiveness specifically was a reference point that helped her case.  Now this student has a chance to complete, and to engage with a potential future employer, at least in part due to the power of our values. And the whole process to help this student shows strong measures of excellence, opportunity, learning, inclusiveness, and engagement. A great example of how we live the LBCC values.

ATD update, from Pam Gordon: A delegation from the college attended the annual Achieving the Dream Conference, held in Baltimore, MD February 17–20. Attendees included Greg Hamann, Bruce Clemetson, Jason Kovac, Katie Winder, Justin Smith, Justene Malosh, Kathy Chafin and Pam Gordon. Besides having their tootsies frozen from the east coast arctic-like weather, the group spent time attending workshops that helped us verify that we are on the right track. It was interesting to hear from colleges that have been involved with ATD since 2006, to hear how they have changed and continue to change using ATD principles of evidence-based, student centered programs and policies based on equity and excellence. In addition to going to workshops, our own dynamite Institutional Research team of Justin Smith and Justene Malosh presented a workshop on how to make data accessible to all. They received rave reviews from all present.

Admissions News, from Danny Aynes: There are great efforts underway around Entry and communication as we try to increase our yield of new students that apply. Barriers are being removed and efforts are underway to make the process more seamless. Admissions has seen an increase of applicants for the current Winter term, and increases for Spring, Summer and Fall terms. There is still a lot of work to be done to get students admitted and enrolled, but there are many exciting things underway to improve our ability to get students through the process and communicate with them at each step along the way. Stay tuned!

Fall term 2014:
Flat in applicants

Winter term 2015:
12% increase in applications

Spring term 2015:
Last year 883
This year 1217
37% increase in applicants

Summer Term 2015:
Last year 233
This year 219
Very small increase

Fall term 2015:
Last year 664
This year 797
19% increase in applicants

Speaking of terms, we are at the end of another, and that means it's time for the End-of-Term Reception! Head to the Fireside Room Thursday, March 19 from 9:30-11 a.m. for some wonderfully delicious treats from our Conference Services people, along with great conversation and a well-deserved break. See you there.

LBCC in the News: Ever wonder how much news coverage LBCC gets? You can sign up for Google news alerts, which will send you an email with stories linked to LBCC. Or, if you want more control, just Google Linn-Benton Community College, then click on “News” at the very top of the results page, which gives you a page featuring LBCC news items only. You can also check our college News Blog to see what College Advancement sends each month to the local media. Below are examples of some recent stories in the news:

Our College Values: 

Our College Core Themes:
Economic Vitality
Cultural Richness
Educational Attainment

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Friday, February 27, 2015

College News - Week of Feb. 27

New Feature: Living Our Values
This new addition to staff news will feature brief stories about students, programs, faculty and staff, with a focus on how we are living our college values in the things we do here each day. We look forward to sharing your stories, so please - send them our way! 

Living Our Values - first feature story: Chickens in the House; Opportunity, Excellence, Learning, & Engagement.  I heard someone ask, "We have chickens on campus, really?" You bet! Levi Fredrikson and his students in the Small Scale Sustainable Livestock Production course, part of the Profitable Small Farms program, were caught living not one, but almost all of our college values: opportunity, excellence, learning, and engagement. For their class project, the students started a poultry-managing project with 10 chickens on the college campus. The project encompasses more than just buying some chickens and collecting their eggs. The students had to determine how many chickens would be a good number to manage based on the amount of land available and what they had learned in class about animal welfare, production considerations and stocking densities. Brain Parks of Frasier Creek Farm sold the 22- to 24-week-old chickens to the college program at a reduced rate. According to Levi, the team project gives the students hands-on training in running a small, sustainable pastured-poultry production, including coop construction, water and feed systems, pasture management and predator management. The students are planning to sell any eggs produced at their student-run farmers market on campus, and eventually want to include the eggs in the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) food basket program they are developing, with a goal to offer CSA baskets to campus by fall term.

Students with their chickens in the Small Scale Sustainable
Livestock Production course.
Staff, faculty, students and community members were honored at LBCC’s Unity Celebration held Feb. 25 in the Fireside Room. This annual event recognizes individuals and organizations whose work establishes unity and inclusivity while promoting diversity and social justice on campus and in our communities. Awards given at the celebration included the Analee Fuentes Unity Award, presented to LBCC student Kamran Ahmed Mirza, LBCC staff member Kim Sullivan, and LBCC faculty member Mary Mayfield; and the Gary Westford Community Connection award, presented to community member and former LBCC Multicultural Center Director Dee Curwen. Complete story, including nomination comments and photos, on the LBCC News Blog:

Dee Deems
A Celebration of Life for former LBCC employee and long-time community activist Dee Deems and her husband, Dr. Ted Deems, will be held this Saturday, Feb. 28, from 2 to 5 p.m. in the college cafeteria. Dee passed away six hours after Ted’s passing on Feb. 16. Because of Ted and Dee’s strong support and affection for LBCC and the LBCC Foundation, the Deems family wanted to have the public celebration of their lives at the college. Dee came to LBCC as a student in 1972, returning to college in her 40s to earn transfer credit on the way to a master’s degree at OSU. Her first job on campus was as associate director of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, which was funded by a federal grant administered through LBCC. She worked for the college in various management positions from 1979 to 1991, including as director of the Lebanon Center, director of the Albany Center, and director of the Community Education Division. She retired from the college in 1991. She was involved in myriad government planning and fund raising groups, including the LBCC Foundation. She also returned frequently to teach LBCC community education classes.

Approximately 20 former LBCC employees came to the college Feb. 24 for the annual XLB'ers Tea, put on the by college Foundation Office. Former Business faculty member Michael Houser and Foundation Planned Giving manager Jim Birken gave a slide show presentation on their recent trip to Russia, complete with Russian tea, breads and cookies for attendees. If you are planning to retire and would like to be added to the XLB’ers mailing and email list, contact Paulette Meyers in the Foundation, X4203. 
XLB'ers Tea Feb. 24.

College Values: 

College Core Themes:

Economic Vitality
Cultural Richness
Educational Attainment

Insider published by: LBCC College Advancement Marketing Office
Writer/Editor: Lori Fluge-Brunker, Communications Specialist, College Advancement