Friday, December 12, 2014

College News - Week of Dec. 12

In 2013, the Oregon Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development brought together representatives from Oregon’s 17 community colleges to form the Oregon Development Education Redesign Group to evaluate state developmental education policies and practices aimed at improving student retention and completion. Meeting monthly in Salem, LBCC's work group (Virgil Agnew, Vikki Maurer, Charles Madriaga, Bryan Miyagishima, and Chareane Wimbley-Gouveia) considered state and national research and promising innovations, including a number underway at LBCC such as the Accelerated Learning Project in Writing (Chris Riseley), Math Bootcamp, Math Fast Track, and and the Alternate Math Path (Bethany Pratt, Hollis Duncan, and Vikki Maurer), and RD 90 College Success and Reading Strategies (Jeanee Reichert and Sandy Fichtner).The work group's effort culminated in recommendations accepted by the Higher Education Coordinating Commission and the Oregon Community College President’s Council. The second phase is now under way, with individual colleges working on institution-specific projects. LBCC's second phase team (Mary Campbell, Victoria Fridley, Paul Hibbard, Jason Kovac, Justene Malosh, Carol Raymundo and Chareane Wimbley-Gouveia) has chosen to focus on student testing and placement. National research shows that students do not prepare for placement tests or understand the high-stakes implications of their results. Studies also show that students who are accurately placed spend less time and money in developmental classes and are more likely to finish college. Over the rest of this academic year, the team will work on developing tools, policies and resources to increase students' and advisors' awareness that placement matters.

Dale Moon, director of the Regional Perkins Program, has successfully defended his doctorial dissertation at Oregon State University. Dr. Moon’s dissertation, titled "Oregon Industrial and Engineering Teachers' Perceived Professional Development Needs," researched the need for professional development for educators, with a focus on CTE programs.

Mechatronics faculty member Denis Green was selected to lead a session presentation at the Cesar E. Chavez Leadership Conference March 6 at Western Oregon University. Attended by more than 1,500 students from more than 65 high schools, the conference is the largest Latino student leadership conference in the Pacific Northwest. His presentation, titled “Competence in the Technical skills: A Pathway to Acceptance,” will show the technical skills needed in automation, welding, diesel mechanics, machining and computers, along with the idea of teaching personal competence as applied to most trades and occupations.

On Dec. 12, LBCC Phi Theta Kappa students delivered a workshop in building eco-friendly rain gardens to fourth and fifth grade students at Tangent Elementary School, part of the Honors in Action community service project. PTK members prepared a lesson for the elementary students about how toxic urban rain water can be diverted into the soil to help filter out impurities before it finds its way back to streams and lakes, and each student was able to build a model rain garden to take home.

Phi Theta Kappa students teaching at Tangent Elementary School.

The Albany campus courtyard is now home to five handcrafted poetry birdhouses transformed by paint, ceramics, metal, or collage by local artists. Each birdhouse will have a poem on the inside of the door and a small journal for viewers to write a poem of their own, comment, or draw a response. Local poets and artists have contributed to this project, coordinated by the chair of New Art for the Arts & Aesthetics Resource Team, M'Liss Runyon, with funding through a grant from the Linn County Cultural Coalition. In February, the theater will celebrate its 40th anniversary of providing children's plays to our communities by holding a play about the Oregon Trail, Follow Coyote. Approximately 2,000 grade school students from throughout area will attend, with many schools planning to tour the poetry birdhouses after the play.

Birdhouse (right) by artist Rachel Urista
Poetry inside by J.D. Mackenzie

by J.D. Mackenzie
Corvallis poet

Small gods are felt
before they’re seen

With an ethereal whoosh
that could only be my old friend
he appears out of nowhere
like a Jedi lightsaber

He wears his bling on his throat
which would look vain on anyone else
but it works on this guy

Hovering in place
where his feeder used to be
he hums a little U2
and glances at his watch

He’s come early this year
so I hurry to fix his meal
because I don’t neglect my friends

He darts off
hoping for a better offer
but he’ll be back
once the sweet red nectar cools
because the memory of being loved
is the strongest memory of all

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Friday, December 5, 2014

College News -Week of Dec. 5

Statistics for Linn and Benton Counties are out for Oregon’s 40-40-20 initiative, which is to ensure that of all adult Oregonians, 40 percent have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher, 40 percent have earned an associate’s degree or post-secondary credential, and 20 percent have earned a high school diploma, modified high school diploma or the equivalent of a high school diploma by 2025. Statistics from the American Community Survey from 2011-2013 for our district show, for Oregonians 25 years or older: 10 percent of Linn County residents and 7 percent of Benton County residents have earned an associate's degree; with 17 percent of Linn County residents and 51 percent of Benton County residents earning a bachelor’s degree or higher. See the full Better Know Your Data Roadshow video on 40-40-20 at:

The LBCC RockSat-C Team has been selected for funding through the NASA Oregon Space Grant Consortium’s Student Research Award Program. The $8,000 award will be used to purchase supplies for the team to participate in the RockSat-C 2015 program. LBCC’s team, consisting of 11 students in various branches of engineering and physics, had its first Critical Design Review teleconference with their mentor at the University of Colorado this week, resulting in their project being approved for competition. Computer science faculty member and RockSat team mentor Parker Swanson wrote that the team’s project will provide a robust challenge for the students as they move ahead. Their project will be launched on a rocket, along with other team projects from across the country, in June 2015. Among the teams that Parker knows of, only one other is from a community college, with the rest being from four-year institutions. LBCC’s team participated in RockSat for the first time last year, launching data-gathering instruments about 100km into space from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. 

LBCC's Thanksgiving Food Drive raised $4,899.93 and furnished 121 boxes for students and staff in need. The Food Drive Committee would like to thank the LBCC community, which came up with some great ways to help, including: Lebanon and Sweet Home Centers ran a competition between the classes, getting students involved; the STEM division ran a competition between areas, raising money and food; the Hot Shot Cafe donated their tips; Miriam Edell's horticulture students helped collect food around campus, then sorted and counted the food; Leta Howell's son, a Boy Scout, and Amanda Kleiver's son, a Young Marine, collected change; and many individuals including Classified, Faculty and AAWCC members contributed money and manual labor. Thank you!

Friday, November 21, 2014

College News - Week of Nov. 21

Now that the college bond has passed, what’s next? Lou Tarnay, bond program manager, will oversee the bond projects for the next three years, developing a program management plan to be used by the newly-formed Capital Construction Advisory Committee to select contractors and designers. The architect selection process has already begun, with eight Oregon firms submitting proposals. A selection committee will review the proposals and make a recommendation for hiring. Additional details can be found in the Nov. 19 Board of Education report in Staff Paperless Office:

Advisory Committee member Pat McNeely is this year’s recipient of the LBCC Pat Atteberry Award, given at the advisory dessert Nov. 20. The award, established in 1992 in honor of Dr.  Atteberry, honors a LBCC Career Technical Advisory Committee member for his or her outstanding contribution to career technical programs. McNeely, an office supervisor with Internal Medicine at Samaritan Health Services in Corvallis, has served on the college's Medical Assistant Advisory Committee for more than 14 years, and is a key supporter of the Medical Assistant program, helping students learn skills that employers are looking for. Approximately 300 community and industry leaders serve on 33 advisory committees for LBCC’s career technical programs. Dr. Atteberry served on the Vocational Education Committee from 1977 to 1992.

Pat McNeely (center) receives the Pat Atteberry Award from
Beth Hogeland and Kathy Durling at the Advisory
Committee dessert held Nov. 20.

Kudos to the Lebanon and Sweet Home Centers for their efforts toward the college Thanksgiving Food Drive. The centers held a contest to see which class could bring in the most food. Kathy Durling’s 1 p.m. Basic Clinical Office Procedures class at the Lebanon Center, and Gretchen Schaleger's Calligraphy class at the Sweet Home Center, were the winners, with each earning a pizza party. The contest generated more than 14 boxes of food for the drive, and brought the campus communities together for a common good cause. 

About 35 years ago, long-time LBCC Biology faculty member Bob Ross and two of his nature photography students started what became known as the Bob Ross Nature Photography Show, held each fall at the college. The final show was held Nov. 14, which over the years went from showing slides made from 35mm film images, to images created digitally. Although the shows were well attended by people from all over the state, in a recent email to campus, Bob put the reason for no longer running the show in perspective: “Where are the young people that could benefit from the wisdom of the years? Are they not interested in nature and nature photography?” he asks, then answers his own question: “Yes they are. And they are doing what we first did 35 years ago: they are sharing their knowledge, enthusiasm, insights, technologies and places to go with each other, but via social media. They are doing it on a daily basis and see no reason to wait until fall to show their images just once a year.” 

Public Safety Office would like to remind staff who decorate during the holiday season to keep these safety tips in mind:

•    No open flames. Please use the flameless candles
•    Check light cords to ensure there are no cuts or breaks, and unplug them when you leave
•    Don't overload outlets with electrical devices
•    No daisy-chaining electrical strips
•    Make sure cords are not trips hazards and won't have office chairs rolling over them
•    If space heaters are used in your area, make sure they are unplugged when you leave and that they have a tip over safety feature (turn off if tipped or knocked over).

New hires, promotions, transfers, retirements and separations from Human Resources report to the Board of Education:

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Friday, November 7, 2014

College News - Week of Nov. 7

The English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program is returning to LBCC starting winter term. As the program launches, the goal is to create opportunities for ESOL students not only to improve their English language skills, but also to pursue a degree or certificate through LBCC. The English Language and Culture Institute (ELCI) has partnered with LBCC as interim caretaker of the ESOL program since spring 2013. ELCI staff expertise has been invaluable in creating a new vision for ESOL opportunities in our service district, and LBCC and ELCI will continue to work together to offer intensive English programs for international students. Current ESOL students will transition to LBCC starting winter term, with a variety of classes being offered in Albany, Corvallis and Lebanon. The ultimate goal is to build pathways for ESOL students in upper-level ESOL classes to engage in degree and certificate programs in ways that leverage their bilingual ability. Instruction would be delivered in context with the student’s program of study, with supplemental instruction that builds upon their foundational English language skills. Part of the funding for the ESOL program comes from the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act of 2104, under Title II, which provides funding through the State of Oregon for GED and ESOL programs. The state will be monitoring our progress with our ESOL students and their college progression. Future federal program funding will be based on whether or not the data shows the progression is successful. The new ESOL program will be housed under Academic Foundations, and will work to help students cultivate goals that extend beyond the ESOL sequence, in support of a meaningful future for themselves, their families, and their communities.

Son Le Hughes has been named director of Budget and Accounting, and will serve as Chief College Budget and Financial Officer, replacing Betty Nielsen. Son Le comes to LBCC from the University of Oregon, where she served as director of Student Affairs Financial Services. She has over 17 years of financial management, business administration, and teaching experience. In addition to her position at LBCC, Son Le is a professor at Northwest Christian University, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, and she is an active member in the Comprehensive Doctoral Research Institution of the National/Western Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO/WACUBO). Son Le holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from UO and a master’s degree in business administration from Northwest Christian University. She lives in Corvallis with her husband, Patrick. Her hobbies include walking, yoga, playing string instrument and piano, and golfing and traveling with her husband.

LBCC’s Re-Choired Element Chamber Choir has achieved a ranking of 137 of the top 1,000 choirs worldwide by Interkultur, sponsors of the World Choir Games and official keepers of the World Choir Rankings. Rankings are based on more than 16 years of competitions and global rankings with many different factors.  A successful competition in the 8th World Choir Games this past summer landed the Chamber Choir a world champion title. The updated ranking moved the choir up over 400 places, and also placed the choir at 21 of the top 50 chamber choirs in the world. In addition, LBCC’s Concert Choir is now ranked in the top 1,000 choirs worldwide, at 963, a first for the concert choir to be officially ranked globally.

Friday, October 31, 2014

College News - Week of Oct. 31

President Greg Hamann will be heading to Puebla, Mexico Nov. 6 for a seven week professional development trip, where he, along with his wife, Rita, will attend the Spanish Institute of Puebla, a Spanish immersion program focusing on the region’s culture and language. As part of our commitment to becoming the “College of Choice” for the region’s growing population of college-aged people of Hispanic descent, Greg decided that learning Spanish would be a good way to use his Professional Development Leave. He will return to campus January 5.  Executive Vice President Beth Hogeland will serve as acting president in Greg’s absence. Read more about the Spanish Institute of Puebla at:

The LBCC Foundation kicked-off its “Mission Possible” Annual Fund Drive with a goal to raise $70,000 in employee contributions. Donation letters are being delivered to departments this week. Last year, employees gave $66,115 to the annual drive. Your donations helped the Foundation award $141,675 in student scholarships and aid, and provided funding for college programs including the Arts, Culinary Arts, Welding, Music, Mechatronics, Horticulture, Automotive, the Horse Management program, the ROV team and other student and college activities.

The LBCC Foundation team, left to right: Donna Mainord,
Dale Stowell, Cynthia Currin, John McArdle,
Paulette Myers and Jim Birken.

LBCC is transitioning this term from calling student email “Roadrunner Mail” to calling it “LBCC email.” The decision is based on student feedback on when we use “Webrunner” and when we use “Roadrunner,” resulting in some confusion. The goal is to make it clearer for students. The official name change will take place beginning winter term. Librarian Richenda Hawkins is leading the effort, with a request that faculty and staff review class materials for reference to “Roadrunner Mail” and change that reference to “LBCC email” for winter term materials.

The Career Technical Education Open House held Oct. 24 generated 34 new admissions applications, with 49 programs participating. Kim Sullivan in recruitment led the effort, which brought approximately 100 potential students to LBCC campuses and the horse center. The feedback has been positive, and they are looking to hold the event again.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

College News - Week of Oct. 17

The LBCC Board of Education conferred an honorary degree to former OSU administrator Bob Bontrager, Ph.D., to recognize his leadership in developing the LBCC and OSU degree partnership program, which was established in 1998.  Recently retired from AACRAO, where he served as senior director of Consulting and SEM Initiatives, Dr. Bontrager served as OSU’s director of Admission and Orientation, and as assistant provost for Enrollment Management from 1996 to 2005. He went on to develop partnership programs between OSU and all of Oregon’s community colleges. LBCC has issued just four honorary degrees in the past 10 years. The honor is given to people who have made a contribution to the college, community, nation and/or education over a period of time.

LB iLearn Campus online programs will see its first students taking courses starting January 14. To start, iLearn programs will include a two-year degree in Business Administration, a one-year certificate in Coding and Reimbursement Specialist, and a short-term certificate in Social Media. The LB iLearn team (Ann Buchele, Linda Carroll, Stacy Mallory and Steve Smith) is working on a comprehensive website which will include information on the degrees and certificates offered, as well as the structure and design of iLearn. The target audience for iLearn is past students who have some college credit but have not taken classes at LBCC for at least two terms.

Congratulations to Business faculty member Nancy Noe on being selected as the Post-secondary Teacher of the Year by the Oregon Business Education Association at its fall conference.

LBCC received a grant for $56,000 from Community College Workforce Development for student assistance and success, through June 2015. Lynne Cox will oversee the grant, along with Carol Raymundo and Carol McKiel. The grant allowed Student Affairs to hire three part-time employees: Kate Griensewic (also working with Student Assessment and Student Life); Kim Horn (also working with Student Assessment and Center For Accessibility Services/CFAR); and Emily Dray (also working with the Career Center). This team will use their knowledge of LBCC processes and their experience as prior students to support LBCC's outreach to grades 7-12, helping students develop a vision for "going to college" and "college-going behaviors." Staff will work with underserved and/or recent high school students who need help entering college and developing the skills/tools for a positive first year at LBCC. Any LBCC employee may refer eligible students to the outreach staff for assistance with navigating college processes or having positive conversations with instructors. "Eligible students" must either be currently in high school, just arriving at LBCC from high school, or from an under-served population (minorities, persons with disabilities, veterans, persons with a modified diploma, etc.). The grant allows a small amount of funds to be awarded to help students with unexpected academic financial needs. Future plans by the team include outreach to schools, parents and future students, as well as hosting Saturday conference sessions about planning and preparing for college. For more information, or if you would like to help, contact Lynne Cox in Student Affairs. Staff will be located in Takena Hall-112 (across from the Registration Counter) and Red Cedar Hall-105. You can also contact staff via their LBCC email.

There’s a new sidewalk through the landscape in front of Madrone Hall, part of a geologic timeline in progress, which begins in front of the Activities Center building and ends with the walkway in front of Madrone Hall as the more "recent" end of the timeline. The timeline project was requested by a donor to the Science and Health Building Fund, and will be used as an educational tool. Signage will be added to mark the different geologic time periods and to explain significant occurrences during the Earth’s 4.6 billion year history. The Earth's age will be scaled out to cover the 230 meters (754 feet), giving perspective to the enormity of geologic time, with rocks and replica fossils placed at their correct age along the timeline. A dedication ceremony and ribbon cutting will be held in January.

Geologic Timeline walkway in front of Madrone Hall.

Human Resources board report, Oct. 6 - New Hires, Promotions, Separations

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Friday, October 10, 2014

College News - Week of Oct. 10

Christy Stevens (center) leads a discussion with
K-12, LBCC and OSU educators.
Educators from six local high schools, LBCC, and OSU held a joint meeting for the first time to identify learning outcomes for practicum classes. Students who want to become teachers take these classes as a pre-student teaching experience. The classes can be taken at the high school, community college or university level. The group initiated the process of identifying common learning outcomes for college practicum classes, called cadet teaching at the high school level. Christy Stevens, director of the Valley Coast Partnership for Student Success and LBCC faculty member, co-facilitated the meeting with Carol McKiel, director of LBCC High School Partnerships. Additionally, the team is identifying course content and course delivery with a specialized focus on math instruction - a goal of the Valley Coast Partnership. LBCC students may enroll in a special math practicum class spring term.

LBCC won a $10,000 student scholarship video contest held by College Scheduler, the software used to help students create their term schedules. Rob Priewe and the LBCC Advising Committee organized a video testimonial about how our students use College Scheduler, which was filmed and edited by LBCC student and aspiring videographer, Andrew Walpole. College Scheduler voted on the top three video submissions, and our college won in a random drawing of the top three. The Advising Committee and the college Foundation will work on how best to distribute the scholarship funds.
LBCC’s video submission:
Final drawing video:

Campus High School Programs has moved to the Career and Counseling Center. Program advisors are Larry Anderson and Tiffany Madriaga. Liliane Moynihan is support staff and Lynne Cox is managing. The High School Partnerships Program, under the direction of Carol McKiel, will remain upstairs in Takena Hall. Campus High School Programs is one way for high school students to take college classes. High School Partnerships includes College Now and Perkins, and focuses on partnerships with local schools to promote student development, college-readiness, pathways from high school to college, and student progression and completion.

LBCC’s baseball team will play its last non-conference scrimmage game Sunday, Oct. 12 against Everett Community College at 10 a.m. at OSU's Goss Stadium. Coach Ryan Gipson has a current team roaster of 33 players, with 40 percent of the players from the local area, per the initial contract agreement with the college. The team will begin its first conference season play in the spring.

LBCC Baseball Team 2014-2015

LBCC’s Foundation received a grant for $10,300 from the Oregon Cultural Trust to produce an original play, titled “Bridges,” which focuses on the lives, experiences and challenges of Latino families living in Independence, Oregon. Inspired by a request from Independence Mayor John McArdle, the play will be produced by LBCC theater instructor Tinamarie Ivey over the next year.

The college will host three information forums, open to the public, to explain the projects that will be funded by passage of Bond Measure 22-130. Below are conceptual drawings of the projects. The drawings will also be available at the forums. Forums will be held: Tuesday, Oct. 21, 5:30 p.m., Albany campus, Calapooia Center building, room CC-103; Wednesday, Oct. 22, 5:30 p.m., Benton Center, room BC-107; and Thursday, Oct. 23, 5:30 p.m., Lebanon Center Annex Building. The Samaritan campus drawing shows the LBCC Health Occupations Center building directly behind COMP-Northwest (the building is unmarked in the drawing). The ATTC drawing shows the Heavy Equipment/Diesel training building on the left.

Benton Center additions.

LBCC Health Occupations Center behind COMP-NW, in Lebanon.

ATTC in Lebanon, with Heavy Equip/Diesel building on left. 

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