Chemeketa Courier

Environmental Education Center slowly burns out

By Tavis Evans
Since 1995, the Northwest Center for Sustainable Resources has sat in a back-country office in Bldg. 6 while quietly helping educate countless students and teachers around the nation.
With funding from the National Science Foundation, the center has put together more than 52 workshops, trained more than 750 instructors, and distributed more than 21,000 instructional sections in natural resource education.
Wynn Cudmore, a Chemeketa life sciences instructor and the principal investigator for the center, said that the goal was to improve natural resource education for the two-year and technical program level.
But the center has also helped improve education at the four-year college and high school levels as well.
The center has more than 1,500 colleges and institutions on its mailing list, with more than 525 high schools and middle school subscribers as well.

Be a leader, not a stone-thrower

“Lead, follow, or get out of the way.”
Media mogul Ted Turner gave us that mantra in the not-too-distant past, and it served him well. Others have adopted it through the years: politicians, sports coaches in a variety of disciplines, and military personnel from around the globe.
We might suggest that itís time for Chemeketa students to adopt it as well: “Lead, follow, or get out of the way.”
As we enter week seven of the term, however, we feel obligated to point out that Turner’s mantra is missing a vital element – one that is sorely needed in this time of uncertainty for pending grades and the work, or lack of work, that we’ve done in our classes thus far.
We would therefore suggest a rewrite that goes something like this: “Lead, follow, or get out of the way – and keep your big mouth shut once you do.”

Storm teams are tournament-bound

By Erick James
The season is winding down for the Chemeketa women’s and men’s basketball teams.
Only one game remains before the NWAAC tournament begins.
It has been a long season, with both changes required and challenges to overcome for coaches Jesse Ailstock and David Abderhalden.
Ailstock,, who coaches the women’s team, said, “We made very little changes during the season. But down the stretch, getting rest and staying healthy will be a plus.”
Abderhalden, the men’s coach, said that his team required game adjustments more than anything else.
Both of Chemeketa’s teams are on their way to the NWAAC tournament.
The women have an 8-3 record, which puts them in third place in the southern region.
The men have a 9-2 record, which puts them into a tie for first place in the southern region with Mt. Hood.

Spotlight Player of the Week

By Erick James
This week’s spotlight player of the week is Gavin Kauffman.
Kauffman is a 6-foot, 4-inch first-year guard from Sweet Home High School.
He is leading the Storm in scoring, averaging 14 points per game. He also leads the team in rebounding with 5.45 a game.
His highest point total of the season thus far was 23 against Lane.
Kauffman said that he has been playing the game “since I could hold a ball.”
But he has other interests besides basketball. “I like to hunt and fish. I also enjoy hanging out with my friends,” he said.

Oregon’s poet laureate leads poetry workshop at Chemeketa

By Devin Swift
Thursday Feb. 23, the Chemeketa Writes program is hosting poet Laureate Paulann Petersen for readings and workshops.
“This writing series is our collegeís creative way of bringing some top notch writers to campus to read, talk, and meet with some student and community writers,”Jan VanStavern, instructor in writing/literature, said.
There will be two free readings in The Art Gallery, Bldg. 3 at 10:30 and 11:30 am.
“Paulann is a great local poet, and our other past readers, including about ten fine authors such as Lawson Inada, Fatmeh Kakraie, and Peter Rock, have all been charming, welcoming to student writers, and really fascinating at telling their stories as writers,” VanStavern said.

The workshop will be from 10-2:40 in Bldg. 9, Rm. 111. The workshop will include readings, writing exercises, sharing, craft talk, and more.

“Her workshop on Saturday should be full of humor, warmth, and a really nurturing style for student writers of all levels,” VanStavern said.

Students can register for WXR 0002G CRN 59824, at My Chemeketa or contact Jan VanStavern for paper registration. Cost of registration for the workshop is 50 dollars.