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COMMUN N O T N E B LINN ITY COLLEGE - 50 YEARS IN T HE MAKI N G “It doesn’t feel like 50 years of teaching. It sneaks up on you because you’re having a great time,” said Ross. “I can’ can’t imagine a better life. By Becky Howell LBCC student As LBCC’s first full-time employee and faculty member hired in June 1968, biology instructor Bob Ross shares a significant milestone with LBCC. One might even say the two grew up together. Ross’s philosophy was, and still is, all about teaching students how to be curious, to observe and to make connections in their learning. Ross and his students have explored and studied Ross remembers LBCC’s early days plants and animals in Oregon’s and compares them to being wetlands, coasts, forests, streams, a pioneer arriving in a new, mountains and fields. One class uncultivated land. “There was so watched elk swimming in the much excitement and creativity at ocean. Another hiked with Ross that time. W We were asking, ‘What and other instructors into the are the students asking for? What crater of Mt. St. Helens. do they need?’ We were listening. It was fun to hear the feedback.” Although he officially retired in 1998, Ross continued to teach fullOver the next five decades, Ross time for a few years after, donating taught courses in biology, botany, his salary to the Peace and Justice natural history, foods and nutrition, zoology, vegetable garden ecology, Institute. He now teaches part-time, and still believes his best work is reproductive strategies, Oregon ecology and photography. helping students grow at LBCC. Content Sponsored by: “College is about folks who blossom into the futures they envision for themselves. My greatest honor comes from LBCC, that allows me to continue to share the wonders of life with students so that they can be more successful people,” said Ross.