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Monthly Archives: February 2012

Art sought for Health Sciences building

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Art submission needed for Health Sciences buildingThe new Health Sciences building at Chemeketa Community College’s main campus in Salem needs art, and local artists have the opportunity to fill that need.

A Chemeketa Art Acquisition Committee (CAAC) has been convened to acquire art from regional artists for the new building. Artists, including Chemeketa students and staff, are invited to submit a favorite photographic image for consideration. The committee will select a limited number of entries for display in the new building. Selected images will be printed at the college’s expense to a minimum of 8×10 inches for display in the new building.

Please submit one digital image with a minimum resolution of 6 megapixels to submissions@chemeketa-art.org by no later than March 30, 2012. Please include with your submission:

  • A title
  • A statement addressing when and where the image was taken
  • Your name, street and email addresses.

If your image is selected, you will be contacted by the end of April or beginning of May; if you do not receive an email before then, your image was not selected.

If you have questions, please contact Don Brase, Chemeketa’s dean of humanities & communications.


Part-Time Faculty Recruitment Fair on March 6

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Part-Time Faculty Recruitment Fair March 6People interested in opportunities to teach college courses are invited to explore what options are available at Chemeketa Community College during the college’s 4th annual Part-Time Faculty Recruitment Fair.

The event is scheduled for 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 6, in Building 7 of the college’s Salem campus. Refreshments will be provided.

At the fair, those interested in potentially teaching courses for Chemeketa will have the opportunity to meet with college faulty, deans and program direction to learn about what teaching at the college is like and what options are available. Information on the employment application process will also be included.

The event will also feature workshops related to getting employment in college teaching. Subjects covered will include:

  • Teaching community education classes
  • Employment applications that get noticed
  • Online teaching
  • Teaching First Year Experience classes

A list of workshops will soon be available on the job fair’s website, hr.chemeketa.edu/jobfair.html.

Teaching options at Chemeketa include all Chemeketa campuses and centers, along with our online, community education and high school programs.

For information on the fair, call Chemeketa’s human resources office at 503.399.5009 or visit the fair website.


Yamhill Valley campus officially dedicated

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Yamhill ribbon cuttingChemeketa Community College officially celebrated becoming Oregon’s second multi-campus community college with a ribbon cutting event at the Yamhill Valley campus in McMinnville Feb. 21.

“This is a place and a moment we’ve been awaiting for a long time,” said Ron Pittman, Yamhill County’s representative on Chemeketa’s Board of Education. “It’s been a dream to have a better location, and now a full campus here in McMinnville. It’s really wonderful to be able to come to completion and especially to have a building that’s this beautiful.”

Pittman, who is the board’s chairman this year, officially cut the ribbon provided by the McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce.

In 2008, voters approved a bond levee for several new construction project at multiple Chemeketa locations. A combination of $14.3 million from this bond, $6.2 million in construction funds allocated by the state Legislature and $1 million in auxiliary services funding went into the construction of the new Yamhill facilities. Work began at the former Tanger Outlet Mall location on Norton Road with a wine-pouring event in May 2010 and classes began in the new facilities during the 2011 fall term.

“We started this journey about 2007, and now we’re living it…it’s a courageous moment, it’s a historic moment, it really speaks to the generosity of this community to believe in the competence of Chemeketa to say yes to us,” Chemeketa president Cheryl Roberts said at the ceremony.

The new facilities boast features such as library services, study areas, computer labs and food services.

The college also worked with McMinnville Water & Light staff on finding energy-saving opportunities in the new construction. Those efforts are expected to save 500,000 kilowatt hours of energy consumption per year – enough to power almost 30 average homes.

The ceremony was also the official debut installation of nearly 50 pieces of art produced entirely by Yamhill Valley-area artists on display throughout the facilities. Many of the artists attended the ceremony to discuss their work.

Several technical education options are offered only at Yamhill Valley, including hospitality & tourism management, speech language pathology and the only hemodialysis technician program in the state of Oregon.

Hemodialysis student Penny McCloskey stepped out of class to tell those in attendance about the new facilities.

“It’s really awesome, and the whole clinic over there is really fabulous,” McCloskey said. “It’s really teaching me a lot.”

McCloskey plans to complete her nursing degree, then take her over parents’ five-resident foster care facility for elderly women and be able to run in-home dialysis care.

The expansion of the former McMinnville center into the Yamhill Valley campus now means Chemeketa students in Yamhill County can fulfill all the requirements to receive an Associate’s degree without having to take some of those courses at Chemeketa’s Salem campus.

That ability to get a degree entirely in McMinnville was reiterated by the new campus president, Patrick Lanning.

“For the students who grew up and want to learn and work here in Yamhill County, this is a really, really wonderful opportunity,” Lanning said.


New wine to fund Foundation scholarships

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa branded wine coming outA upcoming wine release from a Willamette Valley winemaker will be used to further educational opportunities for students at Chemeketa Community College.

Vista Hills Winery in Dayton will be releasing 50 cases of their 2010 Estate Pinot Noir with a label prominently displaying Chemeketa’s logo as part of winery owners John and Nancy McClintock’s commitment to higher education. Part of the proceeds from the sale of the wine will go directly to Chemeketa Foundation scholarships for students.

John and Nancy established the Clint Foundation in the early 1990s to provide financial support to students pursuing higher education. Its approach to this support is based on one strongly-held premise: Individuals will benefit more from what they earn with their own efforts than from what they are provided as gifts. As such, students receiving support from Clint Foundation scholarships must work for a portion of their educational expenses. Chemeketa is one of 12 colleges nationwide receiving Clint Foundation grants.

Vista Hills will hold a launch and tasting of the pinot noir in conjunction with the Chemeketa Foundation from 2 to 4 pm Sunday, April 1 at the winery, 6475 Hilltop Lane in Dayton. Hor d’oeuvres and music will be included in the festivities. The event is free and open to the public 21 and over. Donations to the Chemeketa Foundation’s Clint Scholarship fund will be accepted at the event.

Chemeketa was the first community college in the state of Oregon to offer a two-year program in viticulture.


Yamhill Valley campus dedication Feb. 21

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa Yamhill Valley dedicationChemeketa Community College’s second full campus will be officially dedicated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5 p.m. on Feb. 21.

The expansion of the former McMinnville center into the Yamhill Valley campus now means Chemeketa students in Yamhill County can fulfill all the requirements to receive an Associate’s degree without having to take some of those courses at Chemeketa’s Salem campus. Chemeketa is now the second community college in Oregon to have multiple campuses.

The college, which serves Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties, has had a presence in Yamhill Valley for over 35 years, beginning the McMinnville center in modular buildings the college received from Linn Benton Community College.

In 2008, voters approved a bond levee for several new construction project at multiple Chemeketa locations. A combination of $14.3 million from this bond, $6.2 million in construction funds allocated by the state Legislature and $1 million in auxiliary services funding went into the construction of the new facilities. Work began at the former Tanger Outlet Mall location on Norton Road with a wine-pouring event in May 2010 and classes began in the new facilities during the 2011 fall term.

Yamhill Valley was officially designated a campus in September 2011 through a formal accrediting evaluation by the Northwest Commission of Colleges and Universities. This evaluation looks at the courses and services offered in order to determine whether a full campus designation has been earned.

The Yamhill Valley campus also has its own president: Patrick Lanning, Chemeketa’s chief academic officer, was appointed to the position in November by Chemeketa president Cheryl Roberts.

The new facilities boast features such as library services, study areas, computer labs and food services. Several technical education options are offered only at Yamhill Valley, including hospitality & tourism management, speech language pathology and the only hemodialysis technician program in the state of Oregon.

The college also worked with McMinnville Water & Light staff on finding energy-saving opportunities in the new construction. Those efforts are expected to save 500,000 kilowatt hours of energy consumption per year – enough to power almost 30 average homes.

The opening will also debut the installation of nearly 50 pieces of art produced entirely by Yamhill Valley-area artists. The artwork is on display throughout the facilities.