Bulletin Board: Jan. 21, 2015

Here’s a quick look at what’s happening at LBCC and around the area this week.

FBI Warns of Fictitious ‘Work-from-home’ Scam Targeting University Students

IC3 Public Service Announcement

College students across the United States have been targeted to participate in work-from-home scams. Students have been receiving e-mails to their school accounts recruiting them for payroll and/or human resource positions with fictitious companies. The “position” simply requires the student to provide his/her bank account number to receive a deposit and then transfer a portion of the funds to another bank account. Continue reading →


The Commuter: Jan. 21, 2015

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

This week, The Commuter covers MLK Day. Take a look:


Commuter Online: January 7, 2015

Welcome to the first edition of The Commuter in 2015. This week, we cover more fallout from the Jamaal McGinty incident last April, a timeline of events from 2014, the Corvallis protest from Dec. 6 and more.

(Or read this edition of The Commuter as a plain .pdf.)


Bulletin Board: January 6, 2015

Last updated Jan. 7, 2015.

Here’s a quick look at what’s coming up this week at LBCC and around our area. Keep an eye on this spot for updates and additions. Continue reading →


The Commuter: November 19, 2014

In this week’s edition we talk about a white supremacist hate letter distributed at the Albany Veterans Day Parade, review “Interstellar,” discuss racism, show you the choir students heading off to the ACDA performance, and more.

(Or read this week’s edition of The Commuter as a plain .pdf.)

Katharine Dunigan, Courtesy LBCC

LBCC sends students to American Choral Director’s Association 2015 National Conference

LBCC received the honor to send students to the American Choral Director’s Association (ACDA) 2015 National Conference in February. Three students from the choir will attend.

To be qualified to attend the conference students competed from colleges all over Oregon. Only five in total were selected.

ACDA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to choral music education. At the annual conference students, teachers, and well-known conductors gather for the opportunity to learn and inspire each other.

Attendees take part in learning sessions, educational clinics, exhibitions by representatives from the music industry, and concerts performed by honored choir groups. The convention provides students with expertise and practical skills for the profession.

From LBCC, Katharine Dunigan was selected to perform. Alyson Stewert and Kenneth McGill will accompany Dunigan for support, but are not performing.

Katharine Dunigan

Out of 3,300 applicants, ACDA selected Katharine Dunigan to be one of the 27 First-Sopranos of the 2015 National Collegiate Honor Choir to perform at the conference in Salt Lake City in Utah from Feb. 25-30.

Her director, Dr. James Reddan encouraged Dunigan to apply for the anonymous audition process. Each applicant was numbered and required to send an mp3 demo of assigned notes. Without any physical presentation, ACDA chose Dunigan’s voice.

“It just felt unreal,” said Dunigan.

When Dunigan received the email with the invitation, she was shocked by the result and screamed out loud at a dinner gathering with LBCC peers from the chamber choir.

“This is a good learning experience. I’ll be around different choir members and work with world famous conductors,” said Dunigan.

Dunigan grew up in a family that loves music. Her mom plays clarinet and dad used to sing for the Corvallis Repertory Singers.

“My dad has always been my inspiration and I want to live both of our dreams.”

Singing is always Dunigan’s priority, but she’s passionate in teaching. As a musical education major, she wants to teach children to sing.

“I want to teach children in the future and bring them the joy that singing brought me,” said Dunigan.

Her musical journey has been diverse.

Dunigan joined the community choir in Lebanon during her junior year of high school. In her senior year, Dunigan decided to change her career plan from physical therapy to choir. Then she was in the Oregon State Marching Band for five year after high school.

During her senior year Dunigan’s class was asked to write a report of the career they wanted to pursue and she chose physical therapy. But near the end of the year, a choir trip with Conductor Kevin Wong to Carnegie Hall in New York overthrew her original idea.

The choir concert experience amazed Dunigan, and the emotional reactions from both the performers and audience made her realize the power of choir. Her eyes immediately became watery when she recalled this memory.

“I cried. Singing a beautiful song brings out emotions, and when you are that passionate, you think it’s beautiful even when you watch it.”

Her senior report still said physical therapy was her career goal because it was too late to change, but in Dunigan’s mind, she knew she was going to make choir her career.

In Dunigan’s second term at LBCC in 2010, Director of Choral Activities Dr. James Reddan encouraged her to join the Chamber Choir.

“The choir is the best it’s ever been. We traveled, we won trophies, we even sang at the London Olympics. It keeps getting better and it’s the best I’ve ever been,” said Dunigan.

As an instructor and conductor, Reddan couldn’t be more proud of her.

“This is the first time and she’s the first student ever selected [from LBCC]. This shows her determination and hard work,” said Reddan.

However, after Dunigan received the busy schedule, she joked: ”I didn’t know I have to work this hard. I thought I just need to sing.”

Dunigan has been practicing every day since she received the songs she’ll perform. She not only needs to remember the notes, but also the lyrics which is in Latin.

The honor choir concert at the conference will be on Sunday, Feb. 28. Dunigan is going to be in rehearsal sessions nine hours per day for five days.

Alyson Stewert

On a faster pace than other sophomores, Stewart already started work outside of school as a music teacher in Mill City and as a conductor for the Community Chorus.

“I want to teach music. I want to start with choir and hopefully, at my current job, get a band program set up as well,” said Stewart.

Stewart signed up for workshops that are for younger voices and aging voices. She can’t wait to learn and be a better conductor when she returns.

“I’m very excited to see the Mormon Tabernacle Choir perform,” said Stewart. “I’m a Latter-Day Saint and have wanted to see them perform live ever since I can remember. Dream come true.”

The first time when Stewart sang in front of music faculty at LBCC, Dr. James Reddan, director of choral activities, was amazed. He casually asked why she wasn’t in choir. Stewart then joined the choir with a talent grant.

At the end of 2013, Stewart auditioned for the Chamber Choir and was admitted for Winter term of 2014.

“Being in the Chamber Choir is addicting. It can be frustrating at points, but it is something I couldn’t live without now,” said Stewart.

On the trip with the Chamber Choir to the 2014 World Choir Games in Riga, Latvia, the Chamber Choir sang “David’s Lamentation” in an old and sacred church.

“The song got to the climax of the peace. We sang out,” said Stewart.

She almost cried while performing, and raw emotion and the experience taught her that she would never give up on choir.

Music composing is another interest of Stewart’s.

“I’d lose hours of sleep because I’d wake up with a song in my head but had no knowledge of how to get it on paper.”

The dilemma encouraged Stewart to approach degrees in both music education and composition.

Kenneth McGill

“It’s such a great opportunity and I’m very excited,” said McGill. “I signed up for multiple sessions that will help me develop skills in choral education.”

This is McGill’s first term at LBCC. He misses his hometown of Klamath Falls and his family, but he’s happy studying in Albany.

In Junior High, McGill’s sister brought him to see a choir performance and it opened his eyes.

“That experience expanded my horizons and it was beyond music,” said McGill.

It wasn’t until his sophomore year of high school when McGill joined the school choir and found his passion for choir education. After a counselor mentioned LBCC, he researched and was intrigued by the choir program’s accomplishments. He decided to attend.

Moving away from home was a big decision for McGill. He rejected schools that offered him scholarships and this caused him to be in student loans at LBCC. But McGill has no regrets.

“I knew what I wanted and none of the schools had music majors. I just can’t do anything that’s not going to make me happy. No behind-desk jobs for me.”

McGill expressed his desire to be a successful choir teacher like Dr. James Radden, chair of music and director of Choral Activities at LBCC.

(Featured image: Katharine Dunigan, courtesy LBCC.)


Bulletin Board: Nov. 18, 2014

Here’s a quick look at some events that are coming up this week at Linn-Benton Community College. Watch this space for updates and additions.

Dates to Remember

Blood Drive
Wednesday, Nov. 19, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cascade View Rooms A and B
It is that time of the term for a Blood Drive. Since it is November, it is the “Civil War Blood Drive,” so those who donate can choose their team. Remember to sign up at or call 1-800 Red Cross (1-800-733-2767).

Photography Exhibit Reception
Wednesday, Nov. 19, noon to 1 p.m.
South Santiam Hall Gallery
Photographer Al Crane will exhibit his work titled “Scan Art and Digital Manipulations” through Dec. 4 in the South Santiam Hall Gallery. The exhibit includes more than 30 archival inkjet prints that create cohesive, visual narratives that articulate ideas related to impermanence and the passing of time, life, and love.

Crane uses the technique of scanning natural elements and found objects on a flatbed scanner, combining his own images along with vintage photographs or tintypes from photographers and subjects that are no longer known.

AmeriCorps Informational Session
Thursday, Nov. 20, noon to 1 p.m.
Fireside Room
Learn about the different projects you can do with AmeriCorps, how serving with AmeriCorps can help you with student loans, and how AmeriCorps prepares you for a job in whatever career field you’re pursuing
FREE lunch will be provided, as well as lots of information about AmeriCorps from five amazing panelists who have served with AmeriCorps, including some LBCC staff and students! If you have any questions, email Kelly at

Thanksgiving Food Drive
Now until Thursday, Nov. 20 by 4:30
Now is the time when a lot of students and employees determine they will need help providing a Thanksgiving meal for their families. We are extremely low on money and food donations at this time. We are hoping more food and money is yet to come in. All checks may be made payable to AAWCC. Money may be sent to Leta Howell or Tammi Drury. Food can be dropped in a food box location near you or brought to Printing Services directly.

SLC Turkey Bingo
Monday, Nov. 24, 6 p.m.
Commons Cafeteria
SLC invites students, families, and friends to Turkey Bingo! Each bingo card will play three games and cost only $1. (We will play around 18 games). Cards can be purchased for $1 each or six for $5.

The following prizes will be awarded:
(3) Turkey’s
(3) Ham’s
(3) Thanksgiving meal bags (value up to $75)


Marijuana on the LBCC Campus

Since the midterm elections on Nov. 4 three students have been found smoking marijuana in their cars because “it’s legal.” Security and administration are busy laying out the laws on campus before more students confuse the passing of Measure 91 with expected conduct on campus.

The policy remains: no use in cars, in designated smoking shelters or in vape pens. Furthermore, marijuana is prohibited in any food products on campus.

“We still absolutely ask and expect students not to come to school under the influence,” said Lynne Cox, associate dean of student development. “Technically almost nothing will change at LBCC because of this law change.”

The law is not in effect until next July, and even after that, the use of marijuana on campus will be regarded as it always has been and in the same way as alcohol consumption: it’s not welcome in a learning environment. The reasons include cognitive abilities, safety, and financial aid.

“When states decriminalize something that the feds say is illegal, the feds win,” said Cox. “For the feds to be able to provide financial aid, we have to enforce drug-free schools.”

If the college is found to be allowing the use of illegal drugs—according to the federal government—they could pull aid for LBCC and its students. The loss of such funds would be devastating.

Besides the battle of federal versus state law, mind-altering drugs can present challenges to certain programs on campus. Some trade tools are considered high-risk in classrooms. In courses requiring the use of equipment that could cause bodily harm, teachers expect students to be sober.

Conducting chemistry experiments, welding, using medical equipment in health occupations classes, knives in culinary arts, or car lifts in the auto tech department are all examples of hazardous situations for students if improperly executed. Having a level-head is important.

Concerns of marijuana use go deeper than just campus safety. Driving to or from school under the influence is considered operating a vehicle while intoxicated—illegal under all circumstances. With no on-campus housing, the school can’t regulate students’ ability to drive.
However, LBCC recognizes challenges in monitoring legal use off campus.

Staff and faculty are being advised to question suspected students about their sobriety in class. If a student is disruptive or smells of the drug, staff are asked to inquire about and assess someone’s behavior before removing them from class.

“Use of intoxicants can lead to disciplinary action at a minimum,” said Bruce Thompson, safety and loss prevention coordinator.

Discipline is decided on an individual basis. First violations are preferred as a counseling session for corrective action. Some violators may be assigned a research paper or essay in hopes of educating them further. Others may have to attend a conduct hearing on campus.

Depending on the severity of disruption or repeated infractions, marijuana use could result in consequences that vary from a two day exclusion from campus up to a year of suspension. Suspension from classes will affect attendance, potentially resulting in a student losing their financial aid.

As stated in the Student Rights and Responsibilities, LBCC is committed to a drug and alcohol free campus, despite any change in state law.

“We’ve somewhat dealt with this problem on and off for years now with medical marijuana users,” said Thompson, “It’s a serious issue and I know we’re going to have a lot of people testing the waters.”

If a student requires the use of marijuana for a medical disability, they are encouraged to contact the Center for Accessibility Resources (formerly the Disability Office) for proper instructions and declaration.

(Image credit: “Marijuana” by United States Fish and Wildlife Service – [1], specifically CASA1_LF.jpg. (If the links expire, the photo can be found by searching for “cannabis” at the GIMP photo archive.) The original file with a watermark is at Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.)


Volleyball: Linn-Benton falls to Clackamas in final match before playoffs.

The RoadRunners had their final regular season match Wednesday, Nov. 12 against division champions Clackamas CC. In a match that would have no affect on the final standings, Linn-Benton used the match as preparation for the upcoming NWAC playoffs.

In a five match set LB held tough, but in the end fell 25-20,16-25 ,25-22,16-25, and 16-14. The fifth set came down to the wire where Linn-Benton made errors on some critical serves that cost them the set.

“Two sets we won 25-16, so we have the ability to completely control the game at times,” said Coach Jayme Frazier after the defeat.

Linn-Benton also rallied as a team when freshman Amber Parker got hurt, spraining her ankle. With luck she will be healthy in time for the playoffs.

After Parker’s injury, the RoadRunners rallied to win the fourth set.

Coach Frazier knows that in order to be successful during the playoffs the team will have to execute at their best.

“It comes down to us protecting the ball and making sure we are not making it easy for the other team to capitalize on our mistakes,” said Frazier.

Although the match did not turn out as planned, the RoadRunners still had big performances from key offensive players. Freshman Malie Rube had 18 kills along with a standout performance from Sarah Brown who added 13 kills for the RoadRunners.

The defense also performed well. Katie Bentson had 25 digs and Kristen Epps made eight blocks and four service aces.

Coach Frazier is looking forward to the playoffs.

“Although it was a loss, it was a great match to prepare us for the NWAC tournament which promises to be very competitive overall.”

Looking forward to the playoffs, Linn-Benton qualified as the two seed out of the South Region. LB will face the number three seed from the West Region, which as of now, is Clark Community College. However this could change due to the result of their game Friday, Nov. 14. The RoadRunners next match will be Thursday, Nov. 20.

Linn-Benton will prepare for the tournament with the focus of cleaning up unforced errors while keeping a close eye on who their opponent will be.