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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Friday, January 16, 2015

College News - Week of Jan. 16

The Accelerated Learning Program in Writing, or ALP, recently posted data showing its progress through the program's second year. Previous to offering ALP, students moving through the traditional sequence of WR95, WR115, and WR121 showed a 27 percent pass rate through WR121. In its first year, ALP helped raised the pass rate for that population through WR121 to 72 percent. This year, after doubling the size of ALP and teaching a population that included both WR95 and WR115 students, the data shows that 80 percent of ALP students passed WR121 with a C or better. The numbers also indicate that ALP students persisted from fall to winter term at a three percent higher retention rate than regular WR121 students. Information from Chris Riseley, ALP/English/Writing faculty member.

The Lebanon Center showed the highest increase in reimbursable FTE for winter term. At 101.00, that's an increase of 93.9 percent, up from 52.08 from the same time last year. Most of the gain is due to higher enrollment in various Diagnostic Imaging and Occupational Therapy Assistant courses, and the redesigned Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) program, the new Coding/Reimbursement Specialist program, and the new two-credit medical terminology class, Allied Health 111 (AH111). The data may be a bit skewed, however, with the first two programs not actually seeing an increase, but rather due to Banner now crediting the programs to the Lebanon Center instead of the Albany campus. However, AH111 does show very high enrollment, around 98 students total over four sections, and the new CMA program is offering more courses in Lebanon this term. Data courtesy of the “Better Know Your Data” team - Justin Smith and Justene Malosh.

The Business Office is now offering a Job Shadow program designed to help students grow professionally while experiencing a day on the job in a professional office environment. The one-day program is open to all students. While observing a typical day on the job of an office professional, the idea is that students will be able to hone-in on their career focus while learning the skills and attributes needed to succeed in an office environment. For more information, contact Son Le Hughes, Business Office Director, ext. 4320. Interested students should contact Karen Green in the Business Office, ext. 4307.

Andrew Wynings
Andrew Wynings has joined the college Foundation Office as the new development officer effective Jan. 12. Andrew comes to LBCC with 15 years of professional development and fundraising experience with Western Oregon University, Family Building Blocks in Salem, and the Willamette Cancer Foundation in McMinnville. Andrew will work under the supervision of John McArdle, Foundation director of Development and Government Relations, and will specifically focus on expanding relationships with existing donors and establishing new relationships with alumni and friends.

Two new propane-powered shuttle buses have been added to the Linn County Shuttle fleet, in partnership with LBCC and AmeriGas, with one bus sporting a vinyl wrap-around showcasing photos of LBCC students working on vehicles at LBCC’s Advanced Transportation Technology Center in Lebanon. The new buses will primarily be used on the Linn Shuttle, which stops at LBCC campuses in Sweet Home, Lebanon and Albany.

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Friday, January 9, 2015

College News - Week of Jan. 9

LBCC's new online campus, LB iLearn, is set to launch Wednesday, Jan. 14. LB iLearn is a completely online campus with a flexible schedule that students can start on any Wednesday during the year. Currently, iLearn campus programs include Business Administration, Medical Coding and Reimbursement Specialist, and Social Media Specialist. Additional programs will be added soon, including Accounting Clerk and Veterinary Technician. Students can enroll by calling 541-917-4887. Learn more at:

The President’s Winter Forum will be held Thursday, January 15, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Forum. Topics of discussion will include budget, performance packages, and an update on the bond measure and capital projects, among others. Bring your questions, join in the discussion.

Get your nominations in early! Nominations are now open for the Distinguished Staff Award and the Pastega Classified Excellence and Pastega Faculty Excellence awards. Nomination forms and guidelines are available online in the Staff Paperless Office under Forms at:, or by contacting Dale Stowell in the Advancement Foundation Office, CC-105. Nomination deadline is Friday, Feb. 27. Awardees will be recognized at Spring Inservice April 17.

Nominations are also being accepted for LBCC's Distinguished Alumnus Award. The award is open to former LBCC students who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in their profession or through service to their community, and who have completed at least 36 credits at LBCC. Deadline for submission is Friday, Feb. 27. Nomination forms are available online at, or by contacting Dale Stowell in the Advancement Foundation Office, CC-105. Nomination deadline is Friday, Feb. 27. Nominees will be honored at a reception held April 22 at the college.

The roof on White Oak Hall is leaking, which means the college’s green roof will be temporarily displaced so the problem underneath it can be repaired. Athletes from the Roadrunner baseball team will be helping to remove the roof over the next two Saturdays, so roofing experts can determine how to fix the leaks. The bins containing the plants on the roof will be saved and the plant material and soil reused by the agricultural program. Once roof repairs are made, the college plans to design and install an improved version of the green roof that can be better utilized for teaching. Due to the weight of the current green roof, there are strict limits on the number of people who can be on it at one time, which significantly hinders its use for group learning.

Gwen Cox
Congratulations to Gwen Cox, Benton Center registration and enrollment coordinator, who was recently honored with the 2013-14 Excellence Award from the American Association for Women in Community Colleges. Gwen was praised for her positive and uplifting approach to her work and her patience and thoughtful interactions with students and staff. 

Joyce Thompson Graham has been hired as the new ESOL Faculty/ABS Coordinator. Joyce comes to us from Lincoln County Schools, where she served as a Program Director in Newport. She brings 25-plus years of ESOL/ Adult Basic Education teaching and coordination experience from community colleges, public schools, and nonprofits in Oregon, Minnesota, and Kentucky. Joyce's official start date is January 21. Stop by the Luckiamute Center to wish her well.

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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!

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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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