Welcome to the second issue of LBCC Connects, the official e-newsletter of Linn-Benton Community College, where we bring you stories about LBCC empowering passionate, purposeful growth in the lives of individuals thereby strengthening our entire community. Please share this publication widely! If you received this from a friend, sign up to receive future issues directly from LBCC.
Monica Juarez-Hurtado: "Never give up"
Growing up in Mexico, Monica Juarez-Hurtado dreamed of someday being a teacher. When she moved to the United States at age 22, she knew accomplishing her dream meant first learning English. With the help of Linn-Benton Community College, Juarez-Hurtado is accomplishing both goals.

Childers and Selker give $20K: “This is in honor of Ariel”
It’s been nearly 600 days since Laurie Childers fell, shattering two vertebrae, and breaking 16 ribs and 10 spinous processes. Her back and legs spasmed constantly. On the first night in the hospital, her nurse Ariel cared for her "with extraordinary tenderness," according to Laurie.

Michael Lopez: “They're welcome and they have a place here”
Michael Lopez almost didn’t make it through his first day of community college. He was already older than most of his classmates and hadn’t had the world’s greatest academic experiences growing up.

Collaborating on Contemporary Families
“We’re not just saying to our students ‘you’re supposed to be a sponge,’ we’re telling them ‘you’re a thinker.’” Liz Peace said with a smile. She recently wrapped up her work with 13 other students on Contemporary Families: An Equity Lens, an open-source textbook for Difference, Power and Discrimination courses taught at Linn-Benton Community College and Oregon State University.

Open Educational Resources
Save Students Money
Since the fall of 2015, Linn-Benton Community College's Textbook Affordability Steering Committee has been working to reduce textbook costs by developing low-cost or no-cost options, including Open Educational Resources (OER) and Library ebooks. These resources have saved LBCC students an estimated $6.5 million over the past five years. in 2020 alone, student savings increased 12% over the previous year.

50+ Years of Service: Thank You Dr. Bob Ross!
After more than 52 years of continuous service to LBCC, biology instructor Dr. Bob Ross is celebrating another milestone – for the first time since 1968, he is no longer teaching at LBCC.

Bob was the first full-ime employee and faculty member hired at LBCC in June 1968. Over the course of five decades, he taught courses in biology, botany, natural history, foods and nutrition, zoology, vegetable garden ecology, reproductive strategies, Oregon ecology, and photography.

He arguably only failed at one thing: retirement. After an “official” retirement in 1998, he continued to teach – full time for a few years, then part-time – donating his salary to a Peace and Justice endowment that he established through the LBCC Foundation. This endowment is just another indication of his dedication to the college and commitment to students.

In late December 2020, President Lisa Avery was fortunate to have a long walking meeting with Bob. To celebrate the end of his tenure at LBCC after 52 years, they walked at Albany's Talking Waters Park.

“On our journey, Bob and I discussed his lengthy service to LBCC and his commitment to civic engagement, especially the study of peace and justice,” described Avery. “I am in awe of Bob's lifelong commitment to the college, and to the service of these critical topics, and I feel honored to have learned from him as we walked and talked.”

LBCC is a much better place because of Bob's 52 years of dedicated service, and the college will continue to advance his efforts in peace and justice studies in the future.
LBCC In the News
A Word from Roadrunner Athletics:
Featuring updates from our head coaches, student-athlete clips, and an Alumni Spotlight on Carol Menken-Schaudt.
Alumni Spotlight
Each edition of "Beaks Briefing" features an interview with a former LBCC athlete. January's Alumni Spotlight features Carol Menken-Schaudt, one of seven players on LBCC’s first women’s basketball team. Carol later took her patented turnaround jumper to Oregon State University and eventually to the 1984 USA Olympic Team. Hear how LBCC played a pivotal role in her journey as an athlete.

Community Calendar
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In Memoriam
Richard Carter, former department chair of LBCC’s Machine Tool Program, passed away on Christmas Day at the age of 90. Richard worked most of his life as a machinist before joining LBCC as a faculty member; a decision he always said he wished he made earlier because he absolutely loved teaching and enjoyed every moment at LBCC. He is survived by his four children. A future memorial is being planned. Those who are interested are welcome to contact his daughter.