Friday, February 27, 2015

College News - Week of Feb. 27

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

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

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

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

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

College Values: 

College Core Themes:

Economic Vitality
Cultural Richness
Educational Attainment

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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, 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:
Distinguished Alumni forms at: 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:  - and Distinguished Alumni forms are available at: - 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, 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:

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: 

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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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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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