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Food for Fines collects donations each term

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

From now until Friday, December 9, Chemeketa’s Library is sponsoring Food for Fines to benefit the Chemeketa Food Pantry.

This event invites students, staff and community members to exchange one food item for $1 in fines up to $10. This includes CCRLS fines, but not items that are lost or damaged

Simply bring your donations to the library to participate.

“Just before the holidays and cold weather, it is nice to have more food in the Chemeketa Pantry for those in need,” says Teresa Bell, co-organizer of the event.

Food for Fines is also held during winter and spring terms each year. Donations can be made to the Chemeketa Food Pantry at the Salem and Yamhill Valley campuses year-round.

Most wanted items

  • Boxed meals (mac and cheese, Hamburger Helper)
  • Canned soup and instant noodles
  • Canned chicken or tuna
  • Baby formula, food and diapers
  • Shampoo and toilet paper
  • Canned fruit and vegetables
  • Powdered or canned milk
  • Rice and beans
  • Cereal

Consulate of Mexico awards grant for bilingual education

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa receives award from Mexican ConsulateA delegation from Chemeketa received a grant from the Consulate of Mexico in Portland to increase the number of bilingual and bicultural teachers in Oregon. The $5,000 award is to support Mexican or Mexican-American students with an emphasis on Dreamers in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

The funds will help students in Chemeketa’s Bilingual Education program. Chemeketa’s goal for 2016-2017 is to provide tuition assistance to help 12-20 students. Often, students in this program are enrolled less than full-time, so amounts of tuition assistance vary according to enrollment and need. Eligible full-time students  receive up to $500 per term, part-time students may receive up to $350 per term, and students enrolled in one class may receive up to $200 per term.

The infusion of new funding from the Consulate of Mexico will allow for a match of this student tuition assistance for winter and spring terms. Details regarding this program are available here.


LGBTQ+ advocate speaks Nov.30

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa remains a place of inclusiveness for people and ideas and extends a warm welcome to guest speaker and civil rights lawyer Lake Perriguey.

On Wednesday, November 30, Lake will present “Busting the Binary and Gender Fluidity — It’s not Y2K” and lead a discussion about gender identity and equal protection, among other issues and groundbreaking cases affecting the LGBTQ+ community.

Lake chose a legal career after an arrest protesting laws that discriminated against gay and lesbian people.

After attending Lewis and Clark Law School, he has represented queer and transpeople in family law cases and in work, government and public accommodation discrimination cases, including the first person in the United States to be legally recognized as nonbinary.

Busting the Binary and Gender Fluidity — It’s not Y2K
Featuring guest speaker Lake Perriguey
Wednesday, November 30, 2-3 pm
Bldg. 2, Student Center (Salem)


Art exhibit celebrates affordable textbook collaboration

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Art for Everyone is not your standard exhibit in the Gretchen Schuette Art Gallery. Yes, it is an exhibit featuring works from a number of local artists. But the art is also visible somewhere else, in particular, the Chemeketa Press textbook of the same name.

Chemeketa’s textbook initiative, which began publishing its own textbooks last year, will publish nine textbooks via Chemeketa Press this fall — three are revisions of last year’s books and six are new textbooks. The full catalog of books will save Chemeketa students about $360,000 and return sales revenue of $75,000 to support Chemeketa Press projects.

In producing Art for Everyone, the new textbook for the college’s ART101 course, the work of more than two dozen local artists was volunteered to be included in the textbook. The end result was a $28 textbook produced by Chemeketa Press that replaced a commercial textbook selling for $214.

Based on ART 101 enrollment, Art for Everyone is expected to save Chemeketa students over $90,000 during the 2016-17 school year, according to a Chemeketa Press update.

At a reception for the gallery show, art program chair Laura Mack thanked the artists for allowing their work to be included in the textbook.

“We needed you bad, and you came to our rescue,” Mack said.

Mack also said having local artists in the textbook was valuable to show students.

“Art is alive, it’s thriving, and it’s in Salem,” she said.

The Art for Everyone textbook is available for sale in the Chemeketa Bookstore. The exhibit runs through Dec. 2 in the art gallery. Open hours are available on the gallery’s webpage.


Culture Fair is Nov. 16

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa’s students come from many different countries, backgrounds and cultures. During International Programs and International Club’s annual Culture Fair, these students have the opportunity to share parts of their cultures with the entire college and Salem community.

Students representing Mexico, Guatemala, Fiji, Vietnam, Japan, Ukraine/Eastern Europe and Navajo cultures welcome you to learn about art, music, clothing, dance and customs from around the world. Expand your worldview and welcome these students to Chemeketa.

Culture Fair
Wednesday, November 16
11:30 am-3:30 pm
Student Center, Bldg. 2 (Salem)
Free & open to the public

Meet our Students

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Laura Moreno
Studying Business Management
Joins us from Mexico

Laura started at Chemeketa studying English as a Second Language on a tourist visa. She the atmosphere and classes at Chemeketa so much that she returned to Mexico to get her student visa so that she could study here full-time. She completed ESL classes in the fall of 2015 and is now working toward her ASOT in Business. Laura works as a student leader in both Marketing and Student Recruitment and International Programs and is a council member of the International Club.

When did you start at Chemeketa? Summer 2014
What do you like about hosting a table at Culture Fair? The opportunity to share my culture with other students.
Would you recommend hosting to other students? Yes, it’s a fun and great experience to see how the students get interested in learning about where you come from and the differences between your culture and theirs.

 

alpha-2Alpha Jalloh
Studying Computer Science
Joins us from Liberia

Alpha is part of a large family. He and his brother came to the U.S. to pursue dreams of an American education. Alpha is working on his ASOT in Computer Science. He works as a tutor in the computer lab to help pay for his education.

When did you start at Chemeketa? Spring 2015
What do you like about hosting a table at Culture Fair? It gave me a chance to talk about my culture and country. Not many Americans know a lot about Liberia, so I got to educate them about that part of Africa
Would you recommend hosting to other students? Yes! It is a great way to inform others about who you are and where you come from.

 

sueAhn “Sue” Vu
Studying Health and Wellness
Joins us from Vietnam

Sue was an exchange student for one year at North Salem High School. She really loved the welcoming quality of the Salem community, so she decided to begin her post-secondary studies at Chemeketa. She will complete her AAOT this spring and transfer to PSU to study Health and Wellness. Sue works in the International Programs office and is a council member of the International Club.

When did you start at Chemeketa? Fall 2015
Why are you looking forward to hosting a table at Culture Fair? It’s a great opportunity to share my culture with others.
Would you recommend hosting to other students? Yes, absolutely. It is a really fun activity for all students, whether to share your own culture or learn about a new culture.


Chemeketa hosts ROTC/JROTC Physical Training Championship

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa ROTC ChampionshipThe spirit of competition and benefitting veteran students was the focus of Chemeketa’s first ROTC/JROTC physical training championship on Nov. 5.

Teams of five, with a minimum of two women, competed in five events– push-ups, sit-ups, pull-ups, 300-meter dash and two-mile run. Divisions for teams were JROTC, ROTC, Militaryand Emergency Services. Competitors came from as far away as Brigham Young University.

All sponsor proceeds from the event will benefit scholarships for veterans in Chemeketa’s emergency services programs.

The competition was organized by Chemeketa’s Veterans Services office and the Chemeketa Foundation. The Oregon National Guard was the lead sponsor, with additional support generously provided by Eagle Home Mortgage, Edward Jones, T-Mobile and the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace.


Horticulture student saving our rhodys

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

horticulture student saving rhodysRhododendrons and Oregon go together like springtime and hope. Unfortunately rhodys also go with a beautiful but nasty pest: the azalea lace bug. Chemeketa horticulture student Barry Finley co-authored an article in Digger, the trade publication of the Oregon Nursery Association, about biological alternatives to pesticides for controlling lace bugs.

Lace bugs suck the chlorophyll out of the leaves then excrete their fecal deposits. Nobody wants to see that happen to their shrubs. The conventional practice for controlling this mess is insecticides but that has the drawback of harming beneficial insects, and they are often applied close to people and pets. A natural predator of lace bugs would diminish the risks of using chemicals.

Finley, who is also an intern at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center, participated in testing the use of green lacewings to manage lacebugs. Their conclusion is that lacewings are a promising alternative and they intend to do more research.


Chemeketa hosting college and career fair Oct. 24

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Salem area students and their families are invited to attend the annual college and career fair at Chemeketa Community College on Monday, October 24. This event is presented by The Inspire Foundation.

To be held from 6 to 8 pm in Building 7 on the Salem campus, the college and career fair is a free event with free parking.

This event, which has taken place for more than 25 years, welcomed more than 2,000 visitors in 2015. Chemeketa and more than 80 other colleges and industries will be on display to showcase their offerings to students and their families.

Workshops on applying for college, searching for scholarships and applying for financial aid will be offered. The Inspire Foundation, Salem-Keizer Public Schools and Chemeketa will offer door prizes for elementary, middle and high school students. Currently enrolled Salem-Keizer high school seniors will have a chance to win one of several educational scholarships.

To learn more about the event, contact Kathy Moore at kathy@salemchamber.org or 503.581.1466 x 316.

 


Sign up for college alert system

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Sign up for emergency alerts

Chemeketa offers a system to be notified of campus closures and delays due to weather and other reasons.

Follow these steps so you don’t miss out on college closure or email alerts–

  1. Log in to My Chemeketa
  2. Open the “Services” tab
  3. Click on the “Notifications” tab
  4. Follow the directions on the page

You may also visit .alerts.chemeketa.edu to log in and sign up for alerts.

If you have questions about this system, please contact the IT Help Desk at 503.399.7899.


What is next for the Oregon Promise

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Oregon Promise Chemeketa 2016They called the legislation Oregon Promise. The headlines trumpeted, “Free community college tuition.” Chemeketa staff wondered how this opportunity will affect enrollment. How will the Oregon Promise students do in college-level classes?

Now the promise is real. We have learned a lot and there is still more to be revealed.

Chemeketa welcomed over 1,070 recipients of the Oregon Promise grant fall term. Oregon Promise students are probably the reason why Chemeketa enrolled nearly 300 more students than usual directly from high school this fall.

We have hired two new advisors to help our Oregon Promise students succeed. Rebeka Phelps comes to us from PCC where she worked in academic advising and study skills.

Jose Ceja-Garibay is a Chemeketa success story. Jose was part of the first cohort of Chemeketa Scholars and a College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) student. Jose has worked in our Academic Development department since graduating. Their enthusiasm for their work is palpable.

“We’re looking at something brand new,” said Rebeka, “and going in a direction that has never been done before.”

Jose added, “I’ve always loved how Chemeketa is a community and we want the Oregon Promise students to feel that connection and be well-informed so they succeed.”

Rebeka and Jose plan to implement innovative communication channels like Snapchat, a dedicated Facebook presence and responding to notifications from faculty when students are struggling.

What’s next?

Our OP students have to meet criteria to maintain their eligibility –

  1. Register for at least half-time (6 credits) fall term 2016
  2. Remain enrolled at least half-time for three consecutive terms each year
  3. Complete and maintain 2.0 GPA
  4. Pass at least 67% of attempted credits
  5. Complete and pass Chemeketa’s First Year Experience class Creating College Success in their first year
  6. Work toward completion of a certificate or a degree

The Legislature will consider renewing Oregon Promise funding for the 2017-18 academic year during the upcoming session.