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Monthly Archives: March 2012

Chemeketa Scholars application information

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa scholars applicationThe application period for the 2012 Chemeketa Scholars program is upcoming.

Applications must be delivered in person to the Counseling Center on the Salem campus (Building 2 Room 110) between the hours of 8 am to 5 pm from Monday, April 16 to Friday, April 20. Applications delivered after 5 pm on April 20 will not be accepted.

Chemeketa Scholars can receive a full tuition scholarship for up to two years in any field of study at Chemeketa Community College, including career technical programs.

The application period has changed significantly from previous Chemeketa Scholars applications, in that applicants will have a five-day window to submit their application.

Detailed information on eligibility requirements and application process (and the downloadable application) can be found on the Chemeketa Scholars webpage.

A special application day will be available for Yamhill Valley area students from 8 am to 5 pm on April 13 at Student Services in Building 1 on the Yamhill Valley campus.

For additional questions on Chemeketa Scholars, please call 503.399.5129 or email.

A garden grows for Chemeketa Food Pantry

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa gardenManure. Straw. Compost. Repeat.

Skye-Hibbard Swanson, Chemeketa Community College’s AmeriCorps VISTA food relief and service learning coordinator, compared this “sheet composting process” to building layers in a lasagna. But this lasagna won’t be for eating; instead it’s for growing things to eat.

Dozens of Chemeketa students took advantaged of a rare sunny day in March to build garden beds on the east end of the Salem campus. And from those garden beds will come fresh vegetables to be disturbed through Chemeketa’s student food pantry.

“The idea is to provide more nutritious food and food that may be a little more difficult to afford sometimes,” Hibbard-Swanson said.

The food pantry, located in the Student Life office, is available to those with Chemeketa ID cards to discretely access basic food and toiletry items.

The pantry gets regular use. Hibbard-Swanson said the pantry is used by 3 people on a typical class day. By the end of spring term, at the current rate, the food pantry will have given away more than 500 boxes of food this school year.

Hibbard-Swanson tested putting fresh produce in food pantry boxes to see if it be worthwhile. The results showed there would be interest in receiving fresh produce, and so the project moved forward.

Among the crops planned to be grown in the garden include strawberries, beets, cucumbers, onions, tomatoes, cabbage and potatoes.

“I did a survey through the food pantry and asked people if we were able to provide fresh fruit and vegetables, what would you be most interested in getting and then used those results to make decisions about what we are going to plant,” Hibbard-Swanson said.

The reasons for providing fresh food are numerous.

“It may provide a lot of variety,” Hibbard-Swanson said. “It’s something more affluent people may enjoy, so it’s a food justice issue…it tastes a lot better, I think. That’s a subjective thing, but I think it tastes better than canned or frozen food, to have it fresh. It’s also nice to know it was grown right here on campus, to have it hyper-local.”

Students working on the garden also feel it’s going to be beneficial.

“I see students coming to Student Life every day getting food, and it’s great that we have that available for students because it really helps them out,” student Ashley Anderson said.

Continued work in the garden will be done by a 2-credit spring term course, CG123, Community Service Leadership, taught by Hibbard-Swanson.

In addition to the new garden, Chemeketa students have taken on additional projects to keep the pantry stocked, including the Trick or Treat for Hunger project on Halloween. College staff and faculty also regularly donate food items or donate cash to Student Life for purchasing items.


By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Notice of Budget Committee Meeting

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, 2012 to June 30, 2013 will be held at Chemeketa Community College, Building 2 Boardroom, 4000 Lancaster Drive NE, Salem.  The meeting will take place on the 11th day of April at 7:00 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, 2012 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 18, 2012 at 4:30 p.m. to receive additional budget information including the achievement compact, 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 meeting and discuss the proposed programs with the Budget Committee.

The first notice of Budget Committee meetings was published in the Statesman Journal on March 16, 2012 as a legal notice.

Cheryl Roberts

Budget Officer


Chemeketa librarian receives national honor

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Michele BurkeA reference librarian at Chemeketa Community College has been recognized by a national trade publication as one of the most influential and innovative librarians in the country.

Michele Burke was named a 2012 “Mover & Shaker” by Library Journal magazine. In particular, Burke’s work at collaborating information literacy between college libraries in the state of Oregon was highlighted.

“Her attitude of respect and willingness to listen has made her a major player among Oregon’s academic librarians in their statewide effort to create shared information literacy standards and desire to improve consistency across varied institutions and curricula,” the magazine profile said.

Burke, who is also the incoming president of the Oregon Library Association, was one of 53 librarians from across the country recognized by Library Journal in six different categories. Burke’s work was noted in the “Community Builders” category.

“I’m honored that our statewide work between librarians and other faculty members in Oregon is being recognized in this category,” Burke said. “The desire to build strong communities drew me to librarianship and is at the heart of Chemeketa and our mission as a community college.”

Library Journal was founded in 1876 by Melvil Dewey, the creator of the Dewey Decimal system of categorizing library books. This the 11th year the magazine has done the Movers & Shakers award. Each of the Movers & Shakers was prominently featured in the March 15th issue of Library Journal and will be celebrated at a special luncheon in June during the American Library Association’s annual conference in Anaheim, Calif.

Click here to read Burke’s profile.

Horticulture Program plant sale May 1-June 8

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Please join us for our annual plant sale, a fundraiser to support hands-on learning opportunities for Chemeketa’s Horticulture program. The plant sale will be held in the greenhouse at Chemeketa’s Salem campus unless otherwise noted.

Community members are invited to attend each Wednesday when free parking is reserved for plant sale customers; guests can follow signs to the red lot and park near the greenhouse.

May 1-31
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays
9 am-4 pm
Cash sales only

May 2, 16, 23 & 30
8 am-3 pm
Debit and credit accepted

May 9
8 am-3 pm
Between the Bookstore and Building 2
Debit and credit accepted

June 4-8
9 am-noon
Cash sales only

For more information call 503.365.4692.

Chemeketa safety: Video/Q&A from forum, message from President Roberts

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Message from President Roberts

President Roberts

A message from President Roberts:

Three threats of violence against Chemeketa Community College have raised concern, frustration and questions about the security of college students and employees. Many students have had their schedules changed without notice and classes canceled. The time spent investigating these calls has interrupted our ability to educate students who are investing energy and money to improve their lives. Students are outraged that selfish individuals are thwarting their education.

We hear from students and alumni all the time how Chemeketa has improved their lives. We have profound experiences of the community coming along side to support us when we need help. Now we are in a predicament and need you in a different way. The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is devoting significant resources to the case. Anyone with information helpful to solving the case can contact the Sheriff’s Office anonymously at 503.588.5112.

I wish we had a magic wand to protect us all from danger, but that is not possible, and it would be naive to pretend we will always be completely immune from risk.  I refuse to accept that these situations will derail us from our mission to transform lives. We are well-prepared to anticipate and respond to threats, and I want to share some of the steps we’ve taken to make Chemeketa as safe as possible –

  1. Our Director of Public Safety has over 30 years of law enforcement experience. He has forged partnerships with local law enforcement professionals with whom we collaborate on matters of crime prevention and emergency response.
  2. We have a threat assessment team in place that works closely with law enforcement to provide early warning of potential dangers.
  3. Our emergency management committee has been rigorous in organizing and training staff to respond to emergencies effectively. This includes quarterly training sessions where personnel practice responding to simulated emergency situations.
  4. We practice clear and open communications, so we have established a text message alert system which currently notifies over 5,000 students and staff of emergencies and closures affecting Chemeketa.
  5. We have in place a crisis response team that is prepared to help us address our emotional needs should a traumatic event occur.

We will continue to respond swiftly to any threat and ask the community to join us in cooperating with law enforcement to bring this unprecedented situation to a close. Again, if you have any information that may be helpful, please contact the Sheriff’s Office anonymously at 503.588.5112.