Chemeketa Courier

New bins make recycling easier for students

By Sydney Agee
A new chapter of the Chemeketa recycling program has been making its presence felt throughout the campus.

More than 40 new recycling stations are in the process of being added to the hallways of Bldgs. 1 through 9 and in Bldg. 22. Each station includes an organization of white paper, mixed paper, cans and bottles, trash, confidential information, and corrugated cardboard.
Chemeketa President Cheryl Roberts said, “Sustainability is one of our major goals at the college, and one where each of us can make a difference. Participating in this effort will help the college move toward zero waste coming from our classrooms and offices.”

Staff and students are asked to remove trash and recyclables from classrooms and offices and deliver it to the appropriate recycling container.
In 2011 alone, Chemeketa reached a high level of commitment to recycling. The school recycled more than 116,684 pounds of paper, 20,360 pounds of electronics, 1,863 pounds of plastic, aluminum, and glass containers, and diverted more than 2,970 pounds of plastic from the waste cycle since the introduction of the filtered water refilling stations.

Spring craft fair warms Chemeketa

By Devin Swift
Chemeketa expressed its creative side May 9 in its Spring Craft fair.
The craft fair in the new Quad had booths from local craft vendors, students, and staff.
The fair began at 8 a.m., and anyone could buy pottery, wood crafts, jewelry, shirts, belts, and more until 4 p.m.
Art Gwinup, the adviser of the Ceramic’s Club, the organizers of the event, said, “One of our goals is to bring art to the school to let students and staff be exposed to art.”
Carolyn Guthrie, who does graphics for Chemeketa staff, said, “It’s fun for me to be here as part of the staff and because I enjoy interacting with both staff and students.”
The American Sign Language club hosted a barbeque to fundraise at the craft fair.
Club member Katy Bigs said, “It’s a beautiful day to have an event, and it’s a very good way to get people familiar with sign language on campus.”
Student-grown plants from Chemeketa’s greenhouse greeted everyone as they entered the fair from Bldg. 2.

Student dies after collapsing in class

By Devin Swift
In May 11, Chemeketa student Harold Castillo died from an apparent heart attack.
Castillo, 51, was playing basketball in a conditioning class when he collapsed on the court.
According to Greg Harris, the dean of public relations and marketing, a call went out to 911 at 8:45 a.m. and paramedics were dispatched within 42 seconds. Public safety also was called, and officer Dennis Kirk arrived on the scene at 9 a.m. The paramedics arrived at 9:05 a.m.
Bill Kohlmeyer, the college’s director of public safety, said, “He was breathing when we arrived, and we were relaying the information to the 911 center.”
Defibrillators are located on campus for heart attacks, and there is 1 in every public safety patrol car. Public safety officers are trained in CPR and how to use defibrillators.

Venezuelan students add power to the Storm

By Tyler Ross and Erick James
The Chemeketa baseball team has announced the addition of four new players from Venezuela.
These are the first international players that Coach Nathan Pratt has coached in his four years here at Chemeketa.
Armando David Cenvantes Molina is a shortstop from Maracaibo, Venezuela.
“It is very different here; it’s very cold,” Molina recently said about Oregon’s weather.
Hector Jose Ferrer Zanbrano and Oscar Barreto also are from Maracaibo. Zanbrano is a catcher; Barreto is a pitcher.
“It’s another life, a different new experience,” Barreto said about his time so far in Oregon.
“It’s hard to play baseball and get an education. It’s either you play baseball or you go to school,” he said.