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Chemeketa photographer wins international award

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Photographer wins international awardA Chemeketa Community College staff member took the best original marketing photograph for any community college in the United States or Canada.

Terri Jacobson, a publications specialist in the Marketing & Student Recruitment office, received first place for original photography at the Paragon Awards of the National Council for Marketing & Public Relations (NCMPR) March 12 during the organization’s annual conference in Chicago.

NCMPR is an organization for marketing and public relations professionals at community and technical colleges. NCMPR has 1,550 members from 650 colleges in the United States, Canada and other countries.

“Terri has worked hard to hone her craft and this award validates that she is an exceptional talent,” said Greg Harris, Chemeketa’s dean of marketing. “I’m grateful that she is so dedicated to putting her skills in service to Chemeketa and our students.”

Jacobson’s award-winning picture was taken at Chemeketa’s Brooks Regional Training Facility and shows a group of fire suppression student training to extinguish a propane fire.

“My entry was judged among those submitted by my peers across the United States and Canada, and to win is truly an honor,” Jacobson said.

In October Jacobson’s photo took first place in NCMPR’s regional District 7 competition. The district includes all community and technical colleges in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and the Yukon Territory.

Jacobson has been at Chemeketa since 2000 and started taking up photography seriously about three years ago. She regularly takes promotional photos as part of her work in the college’s marketing office.

Outside of her work at Chemeketa, Jacobson is heavily involved in pet photography, including in volunteer work. She takes pictures of adoptable dogs twice a month for the Marion County Animal Shelter and recently partnered with local business Nature’s Pet to shoot a Pets of Salem calendar, with proceeds from the sales going to the Willamette Valley Humane Society. Her work in this field was recently featured by the online news magazine Salem Is.

View a larger version of Jacobson’s award-winning photo.


“Finding Normal” screening at Chemeketa April 5

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Finding NormalA special screening of a documentary highlighting the battles in recovering from drug addiction will highlight a 40th anniversary celebration of Chemeketa Community College’s Human Services program.

“Finding Normal” will be shown at 6 p.m. Friday, April 5th, in the auditorium (Building 6) at the college’s main campus in Salem. After the screening, the film’s director/producer, Brian Lindstrom, and David Fitzgerald, who is a recovery mentor featured in the film, will hold an open discussion with the audience.

Tickets to the screening are $5 and can be purchased at the door on in advance at the campus bookstore in Building 1 on the Salem Campus. Ticket proceeds will go to the George Buttles Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded annually to a second-year Chemeketa student enrolled in the Human Services program. Due to language and content, the film is not recommended for children.

In “Finding Normal”, Lindstrom spent five months in 2006 following recovering addicts as they left prison or detox and tried to rebuild their lives. It profiles the relationships between the recovering addicts and their mentors from the Central City Concern Recovery Mentor program in Portland.

Oregonian film critic Shawn Levy praised “Finding Normal” in his review of the film, grading it an A-minus and calling it “incredibly engrossing.”

“Lindstrom puts us in a place that’s rarely comfortable but is never anything less than real, meaningful and true,” Levy wrote.

In addition to celebrating the Human Service’s program 40th anniversary, the event will also recognize Donna Hirt, who is retiring from the program this June after 25 years at Chemeketa.

Children’s Art Show March 18-21

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Children's Art Show March 19-22The children of Chemeketa Community College’s Child Development Center will be displaying their art skills for the entire community to enjoy during the 5th Children’s Art Show at the Gretchen Schuette Art Gallery (Building 3, Room 122) on the Salem campus.

All students in the center will have pieces on display, encompassing a number of different forms of art, from crayons to painting to sculputre and more.

The show will be hosted in the gallery from March 18th through the 21st from 9 am to 4 pm. An artist’s reception will take place on March 18th from 4:30 to 6:00 at the gallery.

The show is co-sponsored by the Child Development Center and the art gallery.


Chemeketa men’s basketball wins NWAACC championship

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Men's basketball champions

Photo by Tracy Swisher/NWAACC

No second place in Kennewick this year.

Last season, Chemeketa Community College’s men’s basketball team finished as the runners-up in the  Northwest Athletic Association of Community College’s (NWAACC) basketball tournament.

“They were happy they accomplished that, but they didn’t like the feeling of finishing second,” head coach David Abderhalden said. “So it was a huge motivator for them in the off-season. I didn’t need to do a whole lot of motivating.”

Apparently not. During this season’s tournament at the Toyota Center in Kennewick, Wash., the Storm rallied from behind multiple times, including from 21 points with less than seven minutes to play in the semifinals, to claim the 2012-2013 NWAACC championship.

Unlike the NCAA’s championship tournament, the entire NWAACC basketball postseason is held in a tight timeframe. To win the tournament, Chemeketa had to win four games in four consecutive days. Abderhalden said the Storm’s depth — with nine or more players playing double-digit minutes each game — is benefical with the physical demands of the championship tournament.

“That mentality, actually, I think is very conducive to four games in four days,” Abderhalden said. “We’re not relying on three or four guys to carry the load.”

The teamwork came into play in the semifinal game on March 4, when the Storm trailed the Big Bend Community College by 21 with 6:30 to go.  But back came Chemeketa. Aggressive defense, clutch shooting, and bench players helping to keep the team focused in timeouts all resulted in the Storm rallying for a 66-65 win.

“In a situation like that, so many things have to just fall into place,” Abderhalden said. “There wasn’t any one thing.”

The championship run was completed with a 84-79 win over Edmonds Community College on March 5. Chemeketa finished the season with a 21-8 record.

“They really had a singleness of purpose,” Abderhalden said. “They were all about winning. They really didn’t care who scored or who did this or who got headlines. As long as we won, everyone was truly excited…they learned how to face adversity head-on and attack it.”

In individual player honors, forward Trevor Phillips (Freshman, Hermiston) was named the NWAACC Southern Region’s Most Valuable Player, wing Gavin Kauffman (Sophomore, Foster) was named a first-team all-star and guard Jacob Begin (Sophomore, Tillamook) was named to the all-defensive team. Abderhalden was named the region’s Coach of the Year.

It was also a successful season for the women’s team. The Storm made the NWAACC Final Four and finished with a record of 18-13. Chemeketa was the only college to have both its men’s and women’s team make the Final Four.

Guard Jordan Klebaum (Sophomore, Oregon City) was named a Southern Region first-team all-star and Hannah Frederick (Sophomore, Dallas) was named a second-team all-star and named to the all-defensive team.