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Chemeketa awarded state STEM grant

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa receives STEM grantChemeketa Community College has been awarded a $152,236 grant from the Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Council (HECC) to increase the number of women and under-represented students of color earning a degree or certificate in a STEM field. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Increasing the quantity and quality of professionals in STEM fields is an important national and regional priority.

The target audience for the grant activity will be new or admitted students who are female or students of color intending to enroll in a computer science, engineering or high-tech manufacturing program at Chemeketa. Enrollment in those programs does not reflect the college as a whole. Only 9% of Chemeketa students in those fields are women and 22% are minorities. Total full-time enrollment at Chemeketa in fall of 2015 was 53.8% female and 34.6% ethnic or racial minorities.

Grant funded activities are expected to include –

  1. One-on-one advising and mentoring
  2. Strategic tutoring
  3. Opportunities for presentations and recognition
  4. Career planning
  5. Consistent tracking of student progress to allow for early intervention

The grant will also fund a two-day STEM event to recruit new students. The event will provide a platform for current students to partner with faculty in presentations and workshops for potential students. Participants will work in a robotics lab where they will build a functioning robot, create a 3-D print and explore how to develop their own smartphone application. The date of the event has not yet been determined.

 


Winema launches robotics program

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Early last September, Joe Shepard sat parked in his car outside Chemeketa Winema watching as backhoes hauled furniture and debris from the abyss.

He was interviewing to be the instructor for Winema’s newly minted Robotics program all while witnessing the transformation of Building 51 – dubbed ‘the abyss’ by staff – from a dingy surplus storage area to a hands-on learning environment for high school students.

Vision, advocates and months of hard work from facilities turned the pipe dream into a possibility and Chemeketa Winema is now well on its way to supporting students interested in engineering, manufacturing, prototyping and product development and design.

“There is now a pathway for Winema students to enter career tech programs at Chemeketa,” says Susan Murray, Executive Dean of Academic Progress and Regional Education Services. “We are so appreciative and have so many people to thank.”

Joe praises the Robotics program for helping students not only learn problem solving, teamwork and creativity, but for igniting a passion for learning. “These students say ‘I’m here to get this done’.”

“There are many plusses to this program,” mirrors Abby Hoffar, Dean of High School Partnerships. “Students have to work on design and assembly as a team. There’s brainstorming and dissonance, and they have to work it out together so the program is teaching soft skills too.”

“And they are really proud of their accomplishments,” she says.

Four students who’ve risen to the role of team leaders for Winema’s robotics team, the Winema Wattmasters, demonstrated their VEX creations for Chemeketa’s Board of Education, staff and program supporters at the Robotics Open House on May 18.

VEX is a highly regarded international STEM activity for middle and high school students that releases a new parts kit and engineering challenge game each year.

The Wattmasters, along with teams from Dallas, West, South and North Salem highs and the Jane Goodall Environmental Middle School, will start developing robots based on the 16-17 VEX kit and challenge game starting in September and take to the road for weekend tournaments mid-November.

To level the playing field, Winema plans to host 2-3 teams on weekdays for area students who can’t travel out of town on weekends.

Winema Robotics has many additional goals for the future, including

  • Organize the College’s robotic teams
  • Develop a maker lab that includes 3D printing, laser cutter and machinery to work with iron, aluminum, vinyl and wood
  • Develop a CADD lab
  • Use robotics to experiment with innovative horticulture and agriculture techniques
  • Host a VEX Robotics State Championship

For now, students will enjoy a wide variety of experiential opportunities to foster and support their imagination, innovation and ability to collaborate. Abby adds, “What could be better for their education, workforce or life?”

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Workshop on college resources for DACA students May 27

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

DACA & Allies United Student Club invites current and future students and their families to a DACA workshop to be held Friday, May 27 from 3-5 pm.

Guests will have the opportunity to learn about resources to help DACA students (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) attend and find success at Chemeketa, including academic program information, student support services, immigration information and paying for college.

DACA workshop
Friday, May 27, 3-5 pm
Bldg. 3, Rm. 116 (Salem campus)
Dinner provided


Visual Communications Portfolio Show set for June 2

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

All are welcome to join us for the 21st annual Visual Communications Portfolio Show – an opportunity to view the culmination of projects created by talented emerging artists and designers graduating from Chemeketa’s Visual Communications program.

Eighteen students will be showcasing their work at the event including logos and product packaging developed for local nonprofits such as Marion-Polk Foodshare, Salem Audubon Society and the Silverton Poetry Festival as well as various Chemeketa programs.

Visual Communications Portfolio Show
Thursday, June 2 from 4 to 7 pm
Building 4, Room 225
Free parking will be available during the event; guests can follow signs to park in the purple and yellow lots.

For more information call 503.399.5070 or visit vc.chemeketa.edu.


Native American Spring Gathering at Yamhill Campus May 26

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

All are welcome to attend the 4th annual Native American Spring Gathering on Thursday, May 26.

Held at the Yamhill Valley campus, this free, family-friendly event will feature Native American artisans, kid crafts and demonstrations including a traditional salmon bake.

A fry bread taco lunch will be served at noon and the Grand Ronde Canoe Family Singers will perform from 12:30-1 pm.

Native American Spring Gathering
Thursday, May 26, 11 am-2 pm
Yamhill Valley Campus
Free


Art Student Annual runs through June 3

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Art Student Annual 2016Whether by paint or photography, canvas or sculpture, glass or wood, Chemeketa art students used many different media to express themselves.

Those expressions are now on display for the rest of us during the Art Student Annual, on display in the Gretchen Schuette Art Gallery on June 3.

Artists Josh Kinsey and Kate Simmons, who were both featured artists in the gallery this year, served as the exhibit’s jurists, determining who made it into the show and also awarding the top three prizes. Any student who had taken an art class at Chemeketa in the past two years was eligible to submit their work for the exhibit.

Those awards were as follows–

  • 3rd place: “The White Wolf” by Roberto Oran
  • 2nd place: “Magpie” by Peter Schomus
  • 1st place: “Breathe” by Kenneth McCallister

Visitors to the gallery, located in Building 3 on the Salem campus, will also have the ability to select their favorite piece among the exhibited for a People’s Choice Award, which will be given at the end of the show.

The Gretchen Schuette Art Gallery is open Tuesday through Thursday from 9:30 am to 4 pm and Fridays from 11 am to 4 pm.


2016 Graduation set for June 14

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa’s 60th annual graduation ceremony will be held Tuesday, June 14 at the Oregon State Fairgrounds Pavilion (2330 17th Street NE, Salem). Free parking is available in the lot off Sunnyview Road near 17th Street NE. Tickets are required.

Nearly 800 students of post-secondary degree and certificate programs, Winema High School and high school equivalency and general equivalency programs will be awarded diplomas.

More information on the 2016 graduation can be found here or by calling 503.399.6588.


Top community college students honored

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa All-Oregon Academic TeamThe Oregon Community College Association in partnership with the Phi Theta Kappa honors society recognized three Chemeketa students as members of the All-Oregon Academic Team.  Thirty-six of the top students from Oregon’s 17 community college were feted at a luncheon at the Salem Convention Center on May 3.

Kevin Angulo – Salem Campus

Kevin is an honor roll student who is active as a pitcher for the baseball team, vote Director for student leadership and vice president for public relations in the Phi Theta Kappa honors society.

For his statement in the event program, Kevin quoted his parents advice, “If you do not persevere, you will not reach.” He continued appreciating his folks, “They have always inculcated in my mind that greatness comes with a price, and only the ones willing to go the extra mile will attain what they are seeking.”

Kevin will transfer to the University of Oregon or Western Oregon University to study accounting.

Nicholas Bradford – Salem Campus

Nicholas identifies himself as a “chronic volunteer” who has served as legislative coordinator for Associated Students of Chemeketa and membership coordinator for Phi Theta Kappa.

For his statement in the event program, Nicholas wrote, “I took college head on with a whole new attitude. Starting my first term off with 17 credits, it grew every term topping out at 23 credits in fall of 2015. I am expecting to receive three different associate degrees.”

Nicholas will study computer science at either Stanford, Massachusetts Institute of Technology or Oregon State University.

Jamie Corff – Yamhill Valley Campus

Jamie is a superb student and active volunteer at YVC and in the community. In her statement published in the event program, Jamie wrote, “As a busy thirty-something-year-old mother, I was apprehensive about going to college…Looking back, I realize that I never would have questioned my decision had I known how rewarding it would be to pursue a college education.”

Jamie was also honored as a Coca-Cola Bronze Scholar. She is transferring to Western Oregon University to study information systems or computer science.


Pacific Islands Celebration May 4

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Get a taste of the tropics without the sunburn and TSA body scan at the Pacific Islands Celebration on May 4.

Hosted by the Mix’d Nesians Club and Student Retention and College Life, this drop-in event will feature live music, dance performances, a Pacific Islander student panel and a culture fair.

Food will be provided and the event is free and open to the public.

In its second year, the Pacific Islands Celebration originated from student interest in holding a luau and grew into an opportunity to educate the community on the robust culture of Islanders.

“We wanted it to be more than entertainment,” says student organizer Armillia Lamoray. “We hope that our event fills our guests with some knowledge of the island culture and our goal is to create solutions for some of the issues islander students face in education.”

Pacific Islands Celebration
Wednesday, May 4, 4:30-7:30 pm
Auditorium in Bldg. 6
Free and open to the public


Mock trial hosts showcase after strong season

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa Mock TrialTheir court was well in order.

Chemeketa’s mock trial team celebrated the conclusion of its second year, and the increase in success that came with it, with a showcase and reception on April 20 in the Salem campus auditorium.

Students acted as prosecuting attorneys, defense attorneys and witnesses, with coach and political science instructor Maria Cruse acting as judge. The showcase ran through the defense portion of State v. Bancroft, the case used this year in competition by the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA), the governing body of collegiate mock trial. Chemeketa is one of only two community colleges in the country that is a AMTA member.

In the case, a casino owner in the fictional state of Midlands has been charged with attempting to bribe the chairperson of the state’s gaming commission in order to receive a new casino license. The defense team attempted to argue the casino owner was entrapped by an overzealous police officer working for the gaming commission.

The team has been competing in invitation tournaments throughout the year at locations including Eugene, Seattle and Berkeley. The primary competition of the year, the AMTA’s regional tournament, was held in early February in Boise. Chemeketa fielded both an A and B team in the tournament this year due to the increase in participation.

Chemeketa’s A team had the most competitive schedule of the 22 teams in the tournament, facing off against the likes of Cal, Gonzaga and Stanford. The team rose to the challenge, by beating Stanford’s A team in their opening matchup. The B team was an honorable mention for the tournament’s Spirit of AMTA award. Suzanne Johnson, the B team’s captain, received an individual award for Outstanding Witness.

David Hallett, the college’s executive dean of general education and transfer studies and a former practicing attorney, praised the work the students put in throughout the year in preparation for their tournaments.

“I can tell you that I could easily be the president of the fan club of the mock trial team,” Hallett said.

Dean of Social Sciences R. Taylor told the friends and family of the team members they should be proud of the team’s accomplishments this year.

“I hope what you just saw explains to you all the hours they spent (working),” Taylor said.

Taylor also highlighted the Stanford win as a key accomplishment.

Cruse introduced all the team members and also pointed out success in mock trial was more than just knowing the case.

“They have to learn legal procedure,” Cruse said. “They have to learn so much, and we have such a short amount of time to teach it to them, but they do such a great job picking those things up.”