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Earth Day Fair is April 20

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

On Thursday, April 20, Chemeketa will hold its annual Earth Day Fair in the new quad on Salem’s campus.

Hosted by the Associated Students of Chemeketa, International Programs and Sustainability, this event will feature an assortment of activities, including—

  • Free food
  • Bike raffle and bike repair
  • Special events from college programs, including a club fair, food drive for Chemeketa’s Food Pantry, an art project with International Programs and Sustainability’s paper crane community art-making
  • Community exhibitors, including Life Source, Friends of Trees, Habitat for Humanity and Marion Polk Food Share

In the case of inclement weather, the Earth Day Fair will be moved into the Bldg. 2 Student Center.

Want to keep your earth-day momentum rolling? Consider joining Chemeketa’s Bike More Challenge team. From May 1-May 31, you can win prizes just for riding your bike for 10 minutes a day. Learn more and register here.

Earth Day Fair
Thursday, April 2, 11:30 am-2:30 pm
Held in the new quad or Student Center (inclement weather)

 


Planetarium Total Solar Eclipse Show April 7-June 9

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

EclipseTotal solar eclipses have fascinated and frightened us since we first lifted our eyes to the sky and tried to make sense of the natural world. Fortunately we have scientists like Chemeketa planetarium host Tom McDonough to help us understand the drama when a black disk appears to devour the sun and the sky goes dark in the middle of the day.

We will have an opportunity to experience a total eclipse of the sun the morning of Tuesday, August 21, so the new Chemeketa planetarium show is especially relevant. The show, called “Eclipse The Sun Revealed” covers all aspects of the astral event –

  • Eclipse cultural history
  • Eclipse science
  • Eclipse safety tips

Tom, and astronomy faculty colleagues Chris Claysmith and Norm Friedman will add a special presentation about what to expect locally for the August 21 eclipse. They will show you the stars that may be visible when the sky goes dark that morning and conclude with a simulation of how the eclipse will appear.

Eclipse
The Sun Revealed
Chemeketa Planetarium
Fridays at 7:30
April 7 -June 9
$5 adults, $4 students and children
(Cash only)

Chemeketa astronmers are also planning to host events this summer in conjunction with the eclipse.


Stop Violence Against Women event is April 19

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

On Wednesday, April 19, the Bldg. 2 Student Center will be filled with the powerful, supporting message “you are not alone” at the third annual Stop Violence Against Women event.

Stop Violence Against Women aims to bring awareness to the campus community on resources available to those who suffer violence—including women, men and children.

Community and state agencies will be on hand to provide information about where to go and what to do if you or someone you know is in a violent situation.

From 1-2 pm, the event welcomes guest speaker Jackie Sandmeyer, campus coordinator for the Attorney General Task Force on Sexual Assault. Jackie works with colleges and universities across the state to provide assistance, training and motivation to identify advocates and create safe spaces for survivors of trauma.

To accompany the event, award-winning singer-songwriter Beth Wood will contribute a soothing, soulful musical performance.

This event is sponsored by Student Retention and College Life/Multicultural Student Services, the President’s Office and Title IX Coordinator

Stop Violence Against Women
Wednesday, April 19, 1-3 pm
Bldg. 2, Student Center (Salem)


Enjoy Coffee with a Public Safety Officer Apr.13

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

On Thursday, April 13, Public Safety and Criminal Justice will host its first ever Coffee with a Public Safety Officer in the Student Center of Building 2.

Inspired by Salem’s Coffee with a Cop, this informal event is meant to open the conversation between employees, students and Public Safety staff.

Public Safety Officer Michael Wilson, event organizer and graduate of our Law Enforcement (’14), Criminal Justice (’15), Corrections (’15) and Juvenile Justice (’16) programs, hopes guests will not only learn more about Public Safety’s services but also provide his department with insight to the needs and concerns of its customers.

In the least, he wants people to enjoy the event’s free coffee and snacks.

“We want to do more stuff with the college,” says Michael. “Not many people see us unless they report a crime. It’s a good way to get our face out there.”

In addition to Public Safety, Corrections and Law Enforcement supervisors and students will be on hand to answer questions about the college’s Criminal Justice programs.

“If this event goes well, we want to plan Coffee with a First Responder and include EMT, Paramedic and Fire in addition to Law Enforcement and Corrections.”

Can’t make it? Here are five things Michael wants you to know—

  1. Public Safety provides jump starts
  2. They also provide escorts out to vehicles, especially at night or if you’ve parked far away
  3. You can report a crime through Public Safety- everything from harassment or stalking to Title IX
  4. They can help students find their class locations
  5. Don’t let the uniform and badge fool you, Public Safety isn’t just here for enforcement, they’re here to help

Coffee with a Public Safety Officer
Thursday, April 13
11am–1pm
Bldg. 2, Student Center (Salem)


NOTICE OF BUDGET COMMITTEE MEETINGS

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

A public meeting of the Budget Committee of Chemeketa Community College, Marion County, State of Oregon, to receive the budget for the fiscal year July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018 will be held at Chemeketa Community College, Building 2 Boardroom, 4000 Lancaster Drive NE, Salem.  The meeting will take place on the 12th day of April at 6:00 p.m.  The purpose is to receive the budget message and document of the district.  A copy of the budget document may be inspected on or after April 12, 2017 at the Chemeketa Community College Library, second floor of Building 9 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

An additional Budget Committee meeting will take place on April 19, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. to receive additional budget information, deliberate and take public comment.  The meeting will be held at Chemeketa Community College, Building 2 Boardroom, 4000 Lancaster Drive NE, Salem.  This is a public meeting where deliberation of the Budget Committee will take place.  Any person may appear at the April 19th meeting and discuss the proposed programs with the Budget Committee.  The notice of Budget Committee meetings is also published at:  http://www.chemeketa.edu.

 

Julie Huckestein

Budget Officer


Chemeketa named EarthWISE Business of the Year

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa was honored at this year’s EarthWISE Business of the Year during the Mid-Valley Green Awards on March 11.

The award is given to a local business that best continues its efforts to reduce their environmental impacts and improving their progress on the criteria that gave them EarthWISE certification. EarthWISE is a program though Marion County that gives certification to businesses that have adopted environmentally-friendly practices.

Among the efforts noted in Chemeketa receiving the award include–

  • Dedicating more than 7,000 square feet to housing surplus property, which is repaired, repurposed or recycled
  • 19 bottle filtration stations at the Salem Campus water fountains which has kept over half a million plastic water bottles out of landfills
  • LED lighting remodels, including in parking lots

 


Scholarships for Oregon Latinos alumni honored

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

A reception honoring former recipients of Scholarships for Oregon Latinos (SOL) was held at the Chemeketa Center for Business & Industry the evening of March 1. Participants shared stories and the audience was updated on the need to replenish the scholarship fund.

“Our SOL alumni described how they overcame their struggles because of support they received from the scholarship and mentoring,” said Chemeketa Foundation Director Nancy Duncan. “It was incredibly inspiring,” she added.

SOL was funded in 1995 when community members The Hon. Joseph V. Ochoa, George Puentes Sr., Lydia Muñiz, Michael Muñiz, Ricardo Baez, and Daniel P. Santos pooled resources to honor the memory of George Puentes Jr.

The scholarship involves a mentoring component and requires community service which many of the former students spoke about having changed their lives. The scholarship is for full-time students transferring to a university to obtain a Bachelor’s degree.

SOL co-founder Lydia Muñiz made a $5,000 matching pledge at the reception. She will match any donation up to $5,000 through March. Email or call the Chemeketa Foundation at 503.365.4747 for more information.


Winter Music Concert March 13

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Winter Concert March 14Spend an evening with the talented students of Chemeketa’s music department during the Winter Music Concert.

The concert is set for 7 p.m. Monday, March 13 in the Building 6 Auditorium and will feature all four of the department’s musical groups–

  • Chemeketa Concert Choir
  • Chemeketa Concert Band
  • Chemeketa Strings Orchestra
  • ChemekApella

The performances will conclude with a combined work featuring all four ensembles performing “Sea to Shining Sea”, a piece based on “America the Beautiful”

Admission is free, with a suggested donation of $5.00.

 


Chemeketa to increase tuition and fees for 2017-2018 year

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa to increase tuition and feesThe Chemeketa Board of Education voted unanimously at its February 22 meeting to increase the cost of taking classes in the 2017-2018 school year.

Starting summer term, Chemeketa students who are Oregon residents will pay either $4 or $5 more in tuition and $1 more in fees per credit based on the state Legislature’s funding of community colleges.

Chemeketa’s in-state students currently pay a total of $94 per credit in tuition and fees. Should the Legislature fund community colleges at $550 million or less, Chemeketa’s in-state students will pay $100 per credit in tuition and fees. If the State appropriation exceeds $550 million, students will be charged $99 per credit in tuition and fees.

International and out-of-state students will see comparable tuition hikes.

The college has not raised its tuition and fees for four years which places Chemeketa as the lowest-priced community college in Oregon. The Governor proposed a community college budget of $550 million which does not address increased operating costs, so Chemeketa will use the tuition and fee increase to maintain current service levels.

“I always hate to burden our students but with the anticipated shortfall from the State, we don’t have other options,” said Diane Watson, Board of Education member.


Grant provides STEM exploration day for high schoolers

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

On February 16, U-STEM, Chemeketa’s first STEM exploration day, welcomed nearly 100 students from 12 area high schools. Students attended interactive workshops in computing, machining, robotics and drafting. Workshop demonstrations included–

Machining: Precision metal parts production
Students received hands-on experience with manual milling, lathe and Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machining as well as a demonstration of the virtual machining software designed by Chemeketa’s partner DMG MORI Academy.

Drafting: Design, scan and 3D print

Students participated a hands-on lab with 3D modeling and printing and learned how Computer-Aided Drafting & Design (CADD) professional use it in their line of work.

Robotics: Robot hydraulic arm build

Students learned how robotics mixes engineering and computer science and the field’s applications in many of today’s industries. In addition to a hands-on demo with Baxter, teams built hydraulic robotic arms and received a kit to take home to build their own.

Students play fetch with Baxter the robot

 

Computing: Smartphone application production

Computer Science and Computer Information Systems teamed up to show students software that reveals hidden information contained in photos taken and shared from their phones and got the opportunity to build their own app.

 

Students learn about the hidden information contained in their smart phone photos

 

This event was made possible by a $152,236 grant from the Higher Education Coordinating Commission in cooperation with the Oregon Department of Education. This grant will continue to fund increased recruitment, retention and support efforts for females and other underrepresented students interested in STEM programs and careers.