Thursday, July 17, 2014

Summer Update, July 17

Board of Education member Keith Frome, Corvallis zone 6-7, was elected as board chair for the coming year at the recent board meeting. Board member Shelly Garrett, Lebanon zone 4, was elected as vice chair. The board also recognized Dick Running, Albany zone2-3, for his service as chair last year. The board also approved a revised policy that provides tuition waivers to the dependents of service men and women killed in the line of duty. The board revised that policy to expand the number of credits covered by the waiver from 90 to 135, to ensure that any LBCC program could be completed using the waiver. They also approved a revision that ensured that, in addition to tuition, any student fees would also be waived. 

Triathlon Training instructor Angela Smith was featured in a Gazette Times article July 12, which highlights her triathlon experience and the new Triathlon Training clinics she’s teaching this summer for Community Education in Albany, Corvallis and Lebanon. Read all about it here: http://www.gazettetimes.com/lifestyles/health-med-fit/local-triathlete-helps-others-excel-in-her-sport/article_d92e490a-097e-11e4-8390-001a4bcf887a.html

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Weekly Update, June 19

The LBCC Board of Education approved a resolution at its board meeting June 18 to place a $34 million bond measure on the November ballot. The bond will pay for improvement projects that include construction of a health care occupation center in Lebanon, the second and third phases of the Advanced Transportation Technology Center in Lebanon, improvements to existing buildings on the Albany campus, and an expansion of the Benton Center in Corvallis.  If approved by voters, the general-obligation bond measure would replace a $19 million, 15-year bond measure that voters passed in 2000. The new bond measure would have the same cost of 18 cents per $1,000 of assessed value as the previous bond. Although college staff can answer questions about the measure, it is against state election law to advocate for or against the bond. As such, a political action committee (PAC), LBCC For The Community, has been formed to work in support of the bond measure, which will be co-chaired by LBCC Foundation board members Dan Bedore and Doris Johnston. You can get involved by using your personal email from a non-college computer on non-work time by emailing: LBCCforCommunity@hotmail.com

Friday, June 13, 2014

Weekly Update, June 13

Find out how many students are currently enrolled for fall term, the stats on cats vs dogs or cake vs pie, the percentage of LBCC students who say they are academically prepared to succeed in college, and more in the final season episode of Better Know Your Data at: https://infogr.am/better-know-your-data-season-one-finale?src=web (From the Institutional Research team of Justin Smith and Justene Malosh).

Faculty voted last week to adopt a one-year compensation plan for the LB iLearn Campus. The plan is based on a per student, per week model, and will allow the LB iLearn Campus to launch sometime this summer. The iLearn team hopes to learn what works and what does not using this model, and will use that data as they move forward in creating a more permanent compensation plan.

LBCC’s choir is the only community college choir in the US to qualify for the 8th World Choir Games to be held in Riga, Latvia in July. The choir, under the direction of James Reddan, will represent the US in three categories: Mixed Chamber Choirs, Musica Sacra a cappella, and Musica Contemporanea, adjudicated by an international jury. While there, the choir also will attend workshops with composer Morten Lauridsen and the King Singers. Choir departs July 10 for a performance tour through Helsinki, Finland and Tallinn, Estonia prior to arriving in Riga, Latvia. They also will participate in the parade of nations, which is televised on national television in Latvia on July 15. The choir is still in need of funding for the up-coming competition. To donate, contact James Reddan, 541-917-4550, or reddanj@linnbenton.edu.

Several retiring faculty and staff members were honored at a group reception Wednesday. Retiring in April-June are: Barbara Schafer, Mo Ableman, Karla Swiger, Audrey Perkins, Mike McKinney, Greg Jones,Virginia Brittsan, Jay Widmer, Debby Wood and Steve Pearson. Happy retirement!


Friday, June 6, 2014

Weekly Update, June 6

LBCC’s 46th annual Commencement Ceremony will be held Thursday, June 12.  1,140 degrees and certificates will be awarded to 875 candidates this year, and approximately 100 students will receive their General Educational Development certificates at the event.

Patty McMenamin, left, and
Carol Raymundo
The Office of Disability Services and the Student Assessment Office welcomed new coordinator and manager Carol Raymundo at a joint open house Thursday. Carol will manage both ODS and Student Assessment, working closely with Patty McMenamin, who is the Testing Coordinator. Carol previously worked with ODS as an Instructional Specialist with Assistive Technology. The two departments both support proctored testing for students with testing accommodations. Student Assessment also provides services such as the Computerized Placement Exam, GED exams, external college and agency exams, CLEP, and Pearson-Vue exams.

LBCC has trained its first Community Emergency Response Team, or CERT. Nine LBCC staff completed the 24-hour training last week, learning basic search and rescue techniques, medical triage and basic treatment. Marcene Olson led the team training, which included a simulation disaster on the last day. CERT teams are called to respond in the case of a major disaster until local emergency responders can arrive on the scene. Future training sessions will be offered. If you’re interested in becoming part of LBCC’s CERT, watch your email for future training dates or contact Marcene Olson. (photo, back row, left to right: John Rehley, LeAnn Schamp, Duane Jensen, and Jim Wixson. Front row, left to right: Lori Fluge-Brunker, Stella McCauley, Barb Horn, Angie Klampe and Marlene Fantus.




Two LBCC staffers, Rich Bergeman and Katherine Cellerini Moore, will have their artwork displayed in the Around Oregon Annual Juried Exhibition at the Corvallis Arts Center through July 5.  Juror Martha Lee of the Laura Russo Gallery in Portland chose their pieces, along with 42 others, from 475 pieces entered.


Friday, May 30, 2014

Weekly Update, May 30

Black Friday's first trial run for early fall term registration showed good results. By midnight Friday, 2,035 students had registered for fall, exceeding the number of students registering in the whole first week of priority registration. So many students tried to register at 7 a.m. that it crashed the system. The event was open to all continuing students, regardless of credits earned or financial holds. Data should show if this early registration helps with student retention going into fall term and if so, for which students.

The latest Initiative Leader’s Team meeting included information on the new setup for new student registration. Last year, new students had four days in the summer for fall registration, grouped by meta-major, but many students seemed to end up in the wrong session. This year, there will be two days, with one session in the morning and one in the afternoon, and students can attend whichever they choose. Students will be presented with some general information, followed by group advising with faculty, and then one-on-one registration with a student ambassador. Students sign up via EventBrite, which will let them know what they need to have done before their session. In addition, new students will be required to register for Destination Graduation for the first time starting this fall. DG will become a 10-week class, and the curriculum is being revised and will include making advising mandatory. Also discussed was a draft of the new placement testing information website. A statewide committee, through CCWD, has recommended that all students should prepare for their placement exams.

Dave Becker has accepted the position of dean for the Business, Applied Technology and Industry division, replacing outgoing dean Dan Lara. Dave has been in the position as interim dean for the past six months. A faculty member in the Computer Systems department for the past 13 years, Dave has served as the Faculty Association president, Workload Task Force co-chair, and as the advisor for LBCC’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Prior to LBCC, Dave was an officer in the United States Marine Corps, where he worked with international governments and military organizations and humanitarian deployments. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel after twenty plus years of service. Dave earned a bachelor's degree in business and a master's degree in computer science from Oregon State University,

Ryan Gipson has been hired as the new baseball coach, starting June 2. The college is invited to meet Ryan at the "Baseball is Back" event Tuesday, June 3, from Noon-1 p.m. in the courtyard. There will be a brief presentation on the reinstatement and future of LBCC Baseball, games and free hot dogs. Ryan served two years as assistant baseball coach at Dixie State University in Utah. He also served as evaluator and instructor at Baseball Northwest, an undergraduate assistant coach at OSU, and as the Head Coach of the Eastern Hills Hornets of the Western Australian Provincial League in Perth. He graduated from OSU, and played for OSU on the College World Series Championship team in 2006, and was a professional player for the Eastern Hills Hornets in Perth, the Yuma Scorpions of the Golden Baseball League in Arizona, and the Rockford River Hawks of Frontier Baseball League in Illinois.




Thursday, May 22, 2014

Weekly Update, May 22


The LBCC Board of Education heard a presentation on the capital facilities improvement package at its May 21 meeting. The board will decide in June whether to ask for voter support of placing a general obligation bond measure on the November 2014 ballot to make the capital improvements to meet community needs and support the economy by expanding student capacity in program areas where there is workforce demand. Projects include instructional and parking capacity improvements at the Benton Center, completion of the final phases of the Advanced Transportation Technology Center in Lebanon, construction of a new Health Occupations Teaching and Learning Center in Lebanon, and major repurposing of career and technical, general instruction and student support services spaces on the Albany campus. 

College Advancement Marketing office has created a program spotlight promotional web site designed to provide support for recruiting efforts in programs that have enrollment capacity. The accounting program is the first program to be spotlighted (http://www.linnbenton.edu/future-students/get-to-know-us/progam-spotlight), with a new program featured monthly as the need arises. This new support effort will be evaluated through tracking page visits using web analytics and tracking the number of inquiries to the contact person listed on the page.

Three LBCC students will be attending a NASA Rocket conference in Florida this June. Hazel Betz, Ariel Stroh and Ashley Trout will spend a week at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on the Virginia coast, June 21-26, at a RockOn workshop where they will build and launch (sub-orbital) a microcontroller-based instrumentation on a NASA rocket. Parker Swanson, computer science instructor, will accompany the team as "mentor." All expenses are paid by NASA's educational outreach program through the Oregon Space Grant Consortium (OSGC), of which LBCC is an affiliated higher-ed institution. Ashley graduates in June with her AAS in Mechatronics. Hazel is working on a physics degree, and Ariel is working on an industrial manufacturing and engineering degree.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Weekly Update, May 9

Congratulations to Suzanne Gaulocher and Dale Stowell, named LBCC’s Distinguished Alumni at the annual Alumni Reception May 7. Suzanne, of Menlo Park, Calif., is the director of Community Engaged Learning at Stanford University. She was nominated by LBCC counselor Mark Weiss. From Arizona, Suzanne attended LBCC from 1992-1994, then transferred to OSU where she earned a bachelor’s degree in cultural anthropology. She earned a master’s in public health and interdisciplinary studies, and a doctorate in environment and resources from the University of Wisconsin. Dale is the executive director of LBCC Institutional Advancement and Foundation, hired for the position in 2012. His nomination originated from the LBCC Foundation board. From Philomath and residing in Albany, he attended LBCC from 1977-79, studying journalism, then transferred to Portland State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in English. Dale came to LBCC after a 17-year stint in the Washington State community college system.  

The Destination Graduation team is currently beta-testing software changes that will help make it a mandatory class. When students register, the system will first check to see if they have the DG attribute (which all new students under 24 credits should have). If they have the attribute, but haven't picked a DG section, the system won't let them register but instead will give them a popup telling them to select a DG section. If students drop DG after registering, another popup will tell them they have 24-hours to re-add a section or they will be dropped from all their classes. Staring this fall, visiting their advisor and completing an education plan will be mandatory for students to pass DG. All DG sections are moving to ten weeks (one hour per week), and an online option is in development, but won't be ready for fall term.

Dave Henderson was hired May 1 as the new vice president of Finance and Operations, replacing outgoing VP Jim Huckestein. Dave has served as interim vice president for the past two months. He will be responsible for the college finance and budget, information technology, institutional research, facilities management, public safety and risk management, food services, bookstore and printing operations. He comes to the position with 13 years of experience working on major programs with the state legislature, and four years with Marion County working on capital and IT projects. His past experience includes directing all operations of three Oregon offices of U.S. Representative Greg Walden, directing the business services department of Marion County, and serving as the administrator for the Oregon State capitol, leading its five support units. He has extensive leadership in facilities management, facility services, financial services, human resources and risk management. Dave has a bachelor’s degree from OSU, a certificate in public management from the Atkinson Graduate School of Management at Willamette University, and a certificate in management and supervision from Portland Community College.

Carol Raymundo has accepted the position of coordinator for Disability Services and Student Assessment, a promotion from her current position as instructional support for disability services. Carol has a master's degree in Instructional Design and Technology, a bachelor's degree in Business and Organizational Leadership, and is working on her reverse LBCC associate degree. Carol has experience with the laws related to equity for our broad range of learners and disability access, knowledge of our student assessment programs, and the ability to strategize about teaching and learning design.