Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Tuition Billing Goes Electronic

Is LBCC taking another step to going green, or are electronics the new big thing for billing and ways to send and receive information?

As of summer of 2011 LBCC will no longer send paper billing to homes for tuition. Now tuition will be paid via Gmail. This is an aspect that has people worried, and also has some relieved.

According to LBCC there are several reasons for electronic billing rather than recieving it through the post office. One is that it is sustainability. There will be no more paper bills. Second is that recieving it through your email makes it instant. Third is that with it being electronic it is now accurate. There will be no worries about late fees, or out of date balances. Lastly it is a better use of resources, aka also helping into going green.  Electronic communication is more cost effective and frees up resources for other uses.

So looking at all of the benefits that the campus believes are true what are some of the opinions on the people it actually affects?

The students at LBCC should be the people who decide how they pay for the college they attend.

Kelsey Dunkle of Corvallis, was amazed by the news, but was not worried to the fact of tuition going wrong because she is graduating this spring.

"The ways I see it is if it isn't broken don't fix it." Says Dunkle

"I just hope that all of the 'bugs' get all sorted out before the time for tuition comes about" Says Burdette, a OSU dual enrolled student "I do not want to be charged with late fees, and have to try and fight something that was never broken in the first place."

Some of the opinions of students also differ from what has been recently said.

Emily Hendricks of Jefferson was perfectly fine when she found out about electronic tuition. She finds it easier to pay all of her bills if she can just make a folder on her email account, rather than to fumble through papers every month.

So whether students approve or dissaprove the new way of billing there will always be contoversy of whether the system is working or not. Just hopefully everything will run smoothly, and it creates a new effective way to run the system at Linn Benton Community College.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Q & A with Analee Fuentes

Kacey: Out of all of you art work what is you favorite piece?

Analee: My most recent favorite piece is called Mi Compeñera (Which means my companion in Spanish). I like it because it communicated what i was feeling at the time.

K: Which piece of art do you believe is the most successful?

A: My most successful pieces in terms of sales and mass appeal, was the fish series.

K:Who is your role model when it comes to art?

A: My role model in art is my mother. She was extremely creative, and was a potter.

K:What it something you want to learn or improve on in your artwork?

A: I want to improve on my watercolor paintings. It is a medium I use in the summer, is really fun, but is also difficult

K: Why did you decide to teach art?

A: I decided to teach art because I believe that art has the power to change lives, and because I truly enjoy students! Both art and teaching are creative acts, and I just got lucky enough to be able to mend the both.

Friday, May 13, 2011

LBCC Art Teacher Analee Fuentes

Walk through an LBCC art gallery and you will be sure to find some art work from the one and only Analee Fuentes.

Analee is a typical American who has accompanied her inspiration for her art through her family members, and close personal friends. She first got interpreted and interested in art by her maternal grandfather who was a painter in his spare time. Her inspiration is from her mother, who herself was a potter, and had a level on creativity skills.

As a young child living in San Diego, California Analee got to see all the different aspect of ethnic diversity on a community. She saw the graffiti on the streets, to the different murals of the community.

Analee became more aware of art in the 1960's when feminism, and civil right were always in the media. The Vietnam war was also a major impact. Even though she didn't have any family or people of close relation in the war she still saw the affects  that the war has on families. This had her thinking about the nature of Art, war and politics. It was right then that she started to become more associated with art.

In 1981 Fuentes moved to Oregon and in 1990 she attended Lane Community College. In 1994 she earned her B.F.A in painting at the University of Oregon, and later on earned her M.F.A in painting and drawing at the University of Arizona.

Her education has lead her through teaching at different schools from Arizona back up to Oregon. She started out in an internship with painter Robert Colescott in Tucson, Ariz. was also a part time instructor at Western Oregon University in Salem, and Lane Community College in Eugene, and eventually resides here at Linn Benton Community College here in Albany.

Fuentes considers herself lucky. She believes that "art" and "teaching" are both creative acts, and she is just on of the lucky ones that get to mend the two together.

"I decided to teach art because I have always believed that art has the power to change lives," says Fuentes, "I also teach because I truly enjoy students!"

Her students that take her classes all seem to gain a new inspiration for art, and what Analee takes personally to her lifestyle.

Sydney Altson of San Francisco, Calif. was a student of hers last fall in Drawing 115. She took her class to explore the aspects of art that she had never experienced before.

"I like how kind Analee is, and how passionate she is about her teaching." says Altson, "Due to Analee's teaching I almost changed my major to art."

Some of Analee's artwork that she has done has been put into many different places. She has had articles in newspapers like the Albany Democrat Herald, The Corvallis Gazette-Times, and the Oregonian. She has also had some interviews with the KLCC radio station, and Cable 97.

Some of the bigger projects that she has done are some of the photographs from "Teatro Milagro" or "Day of the Dead". This invitational occurred in Portland. Some of the pictures she does for her interpretation of Day of The Dead include "Bona Lisa" and "Santa Muerte".

One of her most recent photos that is her personal favorite is called called "Mi Compañera", meaning my companion in Spanish.

 "I like Mi Compañera because it really communicated what I was feeling at the time." says Fuentes.

For sales Analee's most successful painting would have to be the Fish Series, they include the Brook Trout, and the Rainbow Trout. These painting are up close to the scales of fish. They are colorful to the extent that most people don't see the real beauty of these creatures.

With arrays of pinks, and greens and focused on the scales of differnt fish in different seasons, the fish series have captured the attention of artists all over Western Oregon.

For improvements in her art Fuentes would like to work on her watercolor medium. This is one of the mediums that she enjoys to do in the summertime, but it is also very difficult.

With Analee's creations there is always something unique to see. In the future we will probably see more of her heritage, and of course her honor to her art.

Brook Trout
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Bona Lisa
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Two of her successful paintings to the left. "Brook Trout", and to the right "Bona Lisa"                                                       

At a Glance:
Who: Analee Fuentes
What: LBCC Art instructor
Contact Information:
Office: NSH 116
Phone: 541-917-4540

Friday, April 29, 2011

Earth Day Climatologist Speech 2011

We may only be one person, but know matter what you do or who you are we can all make a difference in awareness of climate change, and help Mother Earth.

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LBCC had a special guest this Earth Day that made us all aware of climate change, and how we as people can get involved. Daniel Brown is a climatologist from Oregon State University that seems to know his stuff.

There was quite the turn out of interested people to Brown's speech last Friday on April 22.

Michelle Zink a LBCC student was one of many who was in for a listen to what climate change is. She is a student enrolled at OSU, and told me she would like to more about what goes on at OSU.

"I'm curious as to what the difference is between what they say on the news, and what he is going to tell us today." says Zink.

In Brown's presentation he first started out  fundamental points on what climate change is and the difference between the climate and the weather. The main points as to the difference is that climate is the long term factors of what green house gasses are doing and weather is the short term.

"Climate is something we can measure", Says Brown, "But it is very difficult to feel".

One of the main point that Brown was trying to configure is that the signals of climate change are on the increase all over the world. There is an increase in the average global temperature, and a rise in the sea level. There are already signs of coastal impacts. We see flooding, larger waves, and some erosion along homes and buildings along the beaches. There is also a higher signs of increased wildfire activity.

One of the most drastic changes in Oregon over the next years will probably be the projection of vegetation by 2070-2099. There will be minimal rain forest like vegetation like there was in the past and in the current years.

Oregon is one of the states in America that is making a difference. We are following Portland and making better transportation decisions.

Oregon's total fuel consumption was only .25% while the population increased by about 10.4%. That was a 9.2% decrease in consumption per capita. If we can learn to ride bikes, or carpool and take a bus, then every one else can see what a difference it makes around the world.

Some ways that we can help as humans is to splurge for improved efficiency. If we decide in the supermarket to buy energy efficient light bulbs, and solar water heaters there is a lesser impact on the Earth.

"While not every one can buy solar panels and hybrid cars we can make little changes in our daily lives", says Deron Carter, a LBCC physics instructor, "If we decide to spend a little more on recycled paper towels rather than the cheap bargain brand we can make a difference". 

We may not all be climatologists, but we can all help create less of a carbon footprint for ourselves. So ride a bike instead of driving a car, splurge a little more at the grocery store to make better green decisions, but most of all be aware of what you can do to help.

At a Glance
Places to Recycle: Allied Waste Services of Albany-Lebanon
Location: 1214 SE Montgomery Albany, Or 97322
Phone: 541-928-2511
Hours: Monday-Friday 8a.m-4p.m

Friday, April 22, 2011

Linn Benton History Class Jumps the Pond

Picture taken by Kyle Holland
Just a hop, skip and a jump to one of the most interesting adventures of all time. A possible once in a lifetime trip that many will never encounter. LBCC had a couple lucky students that got to spend 10 days in not one but two foreign countries.

Robert Harrison, LBCC history instructor, and a group of six students got to go on a spring break trip to Italy and Greece. They were originally scheduled a trip to Egypt, and see the Nile river and the Great Pyramids, but plans back fired when the turmoil and protests proceeded in that country. The school board thought that the trip would be too risky. It was too dangerous, and they wanted to be certain that everyone would be safe. Bummed out they were able to create a last minute trip to a place that is equally impressive that also was very interesting to the students.

Throughout the six days they spent in Italy these lucky students were able to see different sites and museums.

They were able to visit the Roman Colosseum, the Sistine chapel, the City of Pompeii, and also the Vatican museum. They were able to interact with the modern culture and see some of the historical art and culture that Italy is known for.
Afterwards they got to hop in a plane and see parts of Greece for four days. They were able to see the Parthenon, also interact with some of the culture there too.

The two LBCC students that got to go this year were Kyle Holland and Amanda Wallace. They were accompanied by Kyle's wife Darleea, and OSU student, and also one of Harrison's Zumba members.

This group of people were taken by the LBCC instructor Robert Harrison. This was his second trip to both Italy and Greece. Many of the sites that they got to see this time he had seen a previous time before. He did learn some new information, and got to learn more in depth information of some of the places they went to.

One of the more difficult things about traveling to a different country is learning their language and interacting with the locals. Many of them made hand gestures to try and get their point across in conversation.

Harrison was able to talk a little bit with some of the people.

In a line for the Vatican museum he was able to understand some of what two women were speaking in front of him. He could tell that they were speak Italian, so he asked them if they knew some French, and found out that they were tourists too. These women were actually from up in the Northern part of Italy.

"The next time I travel to a foreign country I plan to learn more conversational phrases." says Harrison "I will probably spend more time learning about the language and making sure that I can communicate with the locals."

According to Harrison they had a terrific tour guide that showed them different sites that most would not know to look for on a trip to Italy or Greece.

At the Vatican museum they got to learn more information about the sites they were seeing. The students even got to see a pope that has been placed in a glass coffin. Also in the Vatican they were able to see some of history's finest art like Michelangelo's statue "David".

"Since we were not able to see any nude beaches, my favorite part of our trip would have to be Vatican City." says Holland

Harrison's favorite educational part of the trip was to see the Vesuvius crater, and learn more about the next time it may erupt and some more information on what happened.

There has been talk about the next big trip that will be taken by Harrison. He is planning on a two-week summer student trip to major Civil War battle sites along the Eastern part of the US.

The students that attend this trip will receive a school history credit towards school.

Some of the sites that would possibly be seen are Gettysburg in Pennsylvania, the Battle of Antietam site in Maryland, The Battle of Shiloh in Tennessee, and Ft. Sumter in Charleston, South Carolina.

"I would like to make it a camping tour," says Harrison, "We would camp out, and cook out like they would in the Civil War, and sing songs like the soldiers would at that time. We don't need hotels."

So if you are interested in a educational trip across the country that could help go towards a history credit. See Robert Harrison at LBCC today.

At a Glance:

Who: Robert Harrison
What: Information about next trips, including the future Civil War battle sites.
How to contact.
Office: SSH 203
Phone: 541-971-4571

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

LBCC Tutoring Center

Need help in school? There's an app for that. Well not really, but if you are stuck with assignments, or just need help in a subject there are people for that.

LBCC has a tutoring facility in the Learning Center that offers a wide range of subject matter.Their website on the LBCC homepage has a list of subjects of tutoring options. They can help you with math, science, writing, and even help you with your French and Spanish classes.

The tutoring program also has other subjects that can be offered for help. Those subjects include accounting, automotive, horticulture, medical terminology, human anatomy & physiology, computer science, software applications, nursing, and engineering.

Students should not be afraid to seek help. If you are serious about your college experience, and you could use a little extra push toward making the grades, sign up for tutoring. They can help you one on one.

Tutors take the time to help you develop a positive attitude about learning, and can help you become a better independent learner. They will not do your homework for you! They are there to help, but you must have an appointment first.

If you would like to sign up for tutoring it is simple. According to Sheri McIntyre if you would like to sign up for personal tutoring come to the Tutoring Center in Willamette Hall and fill out the registration form. It is quick and simple.

Sydney Altson, a LBCC student has been attending student tutoring for over the last month. She was at first skeptical, and wasn't sure if tutoring was right for her, but when her grades started to slip she sought help.

"Tutoring has helped me so much," says Altson, "They help fit my schedule, and gave me the better understanding to be able to learn the criteria".

People all over the campus attend the tutoring center daily.

"Winter term we had 1460 tutoring sessions," says McIntyre, "Fall term we had 1253 sessions".

There are benefits to becoming a tutor. Most tutors are students as well. Many of them are recommended by instructors, and have passed certain classes with content mastery.

If you are interested in becoming a tutor, talk with your advisor, and your instructors then set a meeting up with McIntyre. The starting wages for a tutor are $9.01/hour. Many of them have a 10 hours a week available.

If you are interested in signing up for tutoring, or if there is a subject that you need help in but don't see it on the list contact McIntyre. They can try and arrange a tutor for you.

At a glance:
What: Tutoring
Where: LBCC Learning Center
When: Monday-Thursday 9am-4pm
For more information contact Sheri Mclnytre at 541-917-4679

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Jennifer Moody

Jennifer Moody is an amazing person who in my 50 minutes of meeting has taught me alot.

In class she and her personal life has taught me how to be a better writer, and to follow my goals. Her columns in the Albany Democrat-Herald is just some of the ways she one on one with her readers. She gets the information out to the public and never seems to choose sides of the right or the wrong.

Some of the things I learned from Jennifer Moody are that there is no right way to write a feature story. That everyone is different and that we are to let our imaginations soar.

When writing a story we need to be accurate and fair, and always try to avoid yourself. It depletes a story when we use the words "I", "my", and "me".

Jennifer Moody has a family just like herself. Her daughter is into editing and conventions also. She told us a story about when her daughter and her were looking for ideas and her daughter freaked out about the spelling and conventions of the note cards they were looking at.

One things that helped me are that great ideas don't always come from ourselves. That some great ideas come from everyday activities and what other people want.

You can get ideas from the calendar, buisness meetings, and even what you saw on your way to the grocery store. "Don't write about the bakery, Write about the piece of pie." says Moody when it comes to writing your story try to give as much detail as possible.

In what I have heard and seen she is a person we can all look up to for following our goals and dreams.

At a Glance
Who: Jennifer Moody
What: Writer at the Albany Democrat-Herald
When: Started in 95'
Why: She has the passion for writing