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.

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
Opportunity
Excellence
Inclusiveness
Learning
Engagement

College Core Themes:
Economic Vitality
Cultural Richness
Educational Attainment




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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: 

http://www.gazettetimes.com/news/lbcc-livestock-students-hatch-poultry-project/article_7bda6bab-d96a-581c-92bd-3e536dcb28bd.html

http://democratherald.com/news/local/initiative-seeks-to-lower-lbcc-student-costs/article_5e6670c7-f81b-5728-8f2a-9dedaf46557d.html

http://democratherald.com/news/local/lbcc-honors-diversity-inclusion-and-social-justice-at-unity-celebration/article_099d68de-3b97-5e0e-96d0-cfb19a7e7a22.html

http://democratherald.com/news/local/women-speak-on-working-in-the-criminal-justice-system/article_501e7dbe-becc-54b5-afa6-5b249195843b.html

http://www.kgw.com/story/features/2015/03/02/wounded-warrior-marine-shane-kohfield/24284955/

http://www.opb.org/news/article/oregons-opportunity-grant-has-limited-reach/

http://democratherald.com/news/local/lbcc-choirs-host-wander-in-song-event/article_b0aa5c0d-f4a3-5317-a65d-f730d8f60308.html

http://democratherald.com/news/local/ruby-boots-on-display-at-lbcc/article_7eaee978-25b3-5fc1-bd5c-c069bc1f899a.html


Our College Values: 
Opportunity
Excellence
Inclusiveness
Learning
Engagement

Our College Core Themes:
Economic Vitality
Cultural Richness
Educational Attainment



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

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: http://linnbentoncommunitycollege.blogspot.com/2015/02/lbcc-unity-celebration-awards-presented.html

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: 
Opportunity
Excellence
Inclusiveness
Learning
Engagement

College Core Themes:

Economic Vitality
Cultural Richness
Educational Attainment




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Friday, February 20, 2015

College News - Week of Feb. 20

The Board of Education approved several new certificates and degrees at the board meeting Feb. 11. A new Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair Technician certificate (49 credits) is equivalent to the first year of the AAS Automotive Technology degree, and will provide entry-level training as well a pathway to the two-year degree. Two new certificates in business management, along with a third already offered, are designed for current retail workers, and also can be used to enhance CTE degree programs. The Retail Management certificate (already offered, 37 credits), new Event Management certificate (32 credits) and new Small Business Management certificate (19 credits) are fully embedded into a new AAS degree in Practical Business Management, providing a pathway for students to earn the two-year degree. In addition, a new AS degree in Religious Studies was approved, providing closer alignment with OSU’s program to create a smoother transition for students pursuing their bachelor’s degree.

The Grow Oregon program, part of the Oregon Small Business Development Center, and of which LBCC is a part, has helped small businesses in Oregon generate $47 million in direct economic impact since its beginnings in July 2011. In a recent article for the Oregon Economic Development Association newsletter, Marc Manley, director of LBCC’s Small Business Development Center and client advisory services field leader for Grow Oregon, wrote that the program has worked with 50 businesses throughout Oregon to date, with significant growth seen in areas of manufacturing, high tech, lumber products and the wine, beer and cider markets. Grow Oregon focuses on businesses with $1,000,000 to $50,000,000 in annual gross sales and 10 to 99 employees. LBCC’s SBDC is one of four Grow Oregon teams covering the state, along with teams in Portland, Bend and Grants Pass. For more information on Grow Oregon, contact Marc Manley.

A wait list has been established for those interested in attending the free Estate Planning Seminar being held March 10 through the college Foundation office. Although this seminar is full, an additional seminar is being planned for sometime in May. Those who are added to the wait list will be first in line for the May seminar. Watch your email for date and time. To be added to the wait list, contact the Foundation office at foundation@linnbenton.edu, or 541-917-4209. Please include your contact phone number.

There's just one week left to nominate outstanding faculty, classified staff, long-time employees and/or LBCC alumni to be recognized for their contributions and achievements. Nomination deadline is Friday, Feb. 27. Awards will be given in April. The nomination forms and criteria for the Distinguished Staff Award and the Pastega Faculty and Pastega Classified Excellence Awards are available at: www.linnbenton.edu/faculty-and-staff/hr-safety-and-other-services/college-advancement/marketing/nomination-forms
Distinguished Alumni forms at: www.linnbenton.edu/friends-and-alumni/alumni/distinguished-alumni. Form also available by contacting Dale Stowell, College Advancement, CC-105.





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Friday, February 13, 2015

College News - Week of Feb. 13

Know a coworker who deserves to be recognized? How about a former student who's done awesome things through their work or for their community? Nominate them for the LBCC Distinguished Staff Award, Pastega Faculty and Classified Excellence Award, or the Distinguished Alumni Award! Nominations are open until Feb. 27. New this year: Staff awards will be given at spring Inservice, held April 17. Distinguished Alumni Awards are given at a special reception held in May. Distinguished Staff and Pastega nomination forms are available online at: www.linnbenton.edu/faculty-and-staff/hr-safety-and-other-services/college-advancement/marketing/nomination-forms  - and Distinguished Alumni forms are available at: www.linnbenton.edu/friends-and-alumni/alumni/distinguished-alumni - or by contacting Dale Stowell, College Advancement, CC-105.

The first meeting of the LBCC Open Educational Resource (OER) Discussion Group was held Feb. 12. OERs, course materials that are freely available on the web or in the library, are currently a hot topic, as college’s and instructors seek to reduce textbook costs and increase engagement for students. Amy Hofer, Statewide Open Education Library Service coordinator, LBCC eLearning and Media department, and Steve Smith, eLearning and Academic Technologies director, recently presented to the Higher Education Coordinating Commission emphasizing LBCC’s commitment and interest in OERs and library resources as a way to reduce course material costs. Below is an excerpt from that presentation:

“At LBCC, the board and the president are very interested in OERs. As recently as last night, there was a board discussion about what role they can play in encouraging the exploration of OERs both at a local level and a statewide level. LBCC is evaluating the use of strategic funds to support course redesign around the adoption of OERs, which we hope to get implemented for next year. We have calculated that a 25 percent adoption of OERs would save students at Linn-Benton $625,000 annually. A 50 percent adoption would save $1.2 million.”

If you are interested in participating in the discussion, plan to attend one of the following OER conferences (or email Amy Hofer, hofera@linnbenton.edu): Thursday, Feb. 26, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., and Friday, Feb. 27, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at Portland Community College; Friday, March 13, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., at Blue Mountain Community College; and Friday, April 24, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at Lane Community College. Conference registration is available online at: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1UvEibymRWU2ZvnV0QdmeY8bng73i5o07tIcmwCzhGKw/edit?usp=sharing

Did you know that LBCC has a Relay for Life team? It does, and the team would like you to join them in their efforts to raise money for the American Cancer Society. There are several opportunities for staff, students, friends and family to be involved, from joining the team at the Relay for Life walk June 20 and 21, to throwing your spare change in a donation can at the Bookstore, cafeteria and café. The team also takes bottles and cans for deposit, sells cookies, and holds a scrapbooking event each year. If interested in joining or donating, contact a team member: Patti Ball, Linda Dompier, Tammi Drury, Annette Easdale, Felicia Humphries, Vickie Keith, Paulette Myers, Michelle Slay and Amanda Stanley.


LBCC Relay for Life team makes cookies for a fundraiser, with the help
of Chef Scottie Hurley. Team members, left to right: Vickie Keith,
Felicia Humphries, Linda Dompier, Amanda Stanley, Michelle Slay, Tammi Drury,
Annette Easdale and Paulette Myers.

Links to New Hires, Promotions, Separations & Retirements, Board of Education Human Resource Memos - January 12 & February 6:

http://po.linnbenton.edu/boardmeeting/01_21_15BoardPacket/HR%20Board%20Memo%201-12-15.pdf

http://po.linnbenton.edu/boardmeeting/2_11_15BoardPacket/HR%20Board%20Memo%202-6-15.pdf 



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Friday, January 30, 2015

College News - Week of Jan. 30

The Albany City Council voted to fund a proposal that would provide $2,901,222 in economic development funds to LBCC to develop and enhance training programs to support Albany area businesses. The proposal came from the leaders of several major industries, and was driven in part by Jim Merryman, LBCC Board of Education member and president of Oregon Freeze Dry. The funds will help LBCC develop a skilled workforce that would directly benefit the local industry and business community through expansion of existing Mechatronics, Machine Tool and Welding programs, and development of a new non-destructive testing program.

The LBCC Athletics Advisory Board, comprised of Athletics Director Randy Falk, community supporters, and alumni, recommended to the college that it bring back Women's Basketball as a second women’s sport, citing a good recruiting pool, educational opportunity for young women in our district, a good alumni base, and reasonable start-up costs for the team. The search for a head coach will begin in the coming weeks, with player recruitment to begin this spring and official play to being in the 2015-16 basketball season.

Karin Magnuson, training specialist in the Business and Employer Services department,
recently received the Carolyn DesJardins Leadership Award from the Oregon Chapter of the American Association of Women in Community Colleges. Karin was recognized for her insight and dedication to her college, community and profession, and for her strong but gentle guidance and leadership skills, which she delivers with kindness and humor.
Karin Magnuson, right.
Former art instructor Gary Westford donated six African masks to LBCC’s permanent art collection. The masks will be on display in the glass case in the North Santiam Hall Gallery, east side, first floor.







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Friday, January 23, 2015

College News - Week of Jan. 23

President Hamann updated the college on the status of the bond initiative at his winter forum held Jan. 15. Due to state grant money tied to the project, the first initiative will be the expansion of the Advanced Transportation Technology Center in Lebanon to include the Heavy Equipment/Diesel Technology program. Plans are to break ground in June to start the first phase of the construction, with construction to be finished by the end of the 2015. The next project in line will be the new Health Occupations Center, to be built on the Samaritan Health campus in Lebanon, with construction to begin in the spring of 2016. This project also includes an $8 million state grant. The Benton Center project will begin with construction of the new parking garage, to be built in partnership with Samaritan Health. Once the parking structure is finished, work will begin on the new addition for instructional space at the center. On the Albany campus, Industrial buildings IA, IB and IC, along with Takena Hall, will be the final projects. After the Heavy Equipment/Diesel program moves to the ATTC, the IB building, along with the vacancy created by the Automotive program move from IA, will provide room to expand Machine Tool, Mechatronics and Welding programs on the Albany campus. Takena Hall renovations will include re-purposing space now occupied by the Nursing program, which will be moving to the new Health Occupations facility in Lebanon. The college also received a $1.5 million grant to use for seismic upgrade to Takena Hall.

Governor John Kitzhaber toured the Advanced Transportation Technology Center Wednesday, Jan. 21, getting a firsthand view of the new training facility for automotive students. Second-year students Jeff Pendleton and Nicholas Garber showcased a Benton County Sheriff’s vehicle, which the students helped to convert to run on propane, and various other alternative fuel vehicles that are used for training. “It’s a great example of taking the increased demand for jobs in a changing workplace and creating opportunities for students on career paths,” said Kitzhaber in a recent Democrat Herald news story.

Governor John Kitzhaber tours the ATTC in Lebanon Wednesday, Jan. 21.

At Wednesdays Board of Education meeting, board member Jim Merryman outlined an industry led request to the Albany City Council on Monday that would bring more than $2.9 million from Albany Economic Development Funds to LBCC to use for manufacturing training, education and equipment. The proposal grew out of a joint effort of Albany area businesses, Greater Albany Public Schools, Albany and Lebanon Chambers of Commerce and LBCC to provide a workforce of high-level technically skilled individuals to benefit local industry.

Renee McKitterick recently joined the Benton Center as lead ceramics faculty, replacing Jay Widmer who retired last summer. Originally from Ohio, Renee moved to Oregon from Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she earned a Master’s of Fine Art in Studio Arts at the University of New Mexico. Renee has taught a variety of studio art classes at both the university and at Central New Mexico Community College. Welcome aboard, Renee!





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