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Monthly Archives: April 2014

Chemeketa presidential transition plan announced

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa presidential transition plan announcedChemeketa’s Board of Education decided on a preliminary plan to find the college’s next president during a special public meeting on April 29.

Cheryl Roberts will end her tenure as Chemeketa president on June 30. She has accepted a new position as president at Shoreline Community College in Washington.

Starting July 1, an interim president will take office who will serve until a permanent president is hired. The interim president will be a current Chemeketa employee with broad experience and knowledge of college operations and will not be a candidate for the permanent presidency. The Board will vote to name an interim president at its regular meeting on May 21.

The board has also approved a preliminary timeline for its presidential search:

  • October: College and community forums will be held
  • November: The position will be opened and a search committee composed of board members, faculty, staff, students and community representatives will be formed
  • January 2015: The committee will begin screening candidates
  • February 2015: Finalists will be interviewed
  • March/April 2015: New president will be announced


Chemeketa signs onto climate action commitment

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

President Roberts sign climate committmentChemeketa Community College will undertake a goal of reducing the college’s net greenhouse gas emissions to zero after President Cheryl Roberts signed a commitment document.

Chemeketa joined 680 other colleges and universities as signatories of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). The commitment was signed April 15 during a Pizza & Politics event in the Student Center on the Salem campus.

“We believe this commitment is the best way to move our college sustainability policy into operations,” said Roberts, “because it gives us clear measures and a better structure for making progress. We have reasonable benchmarks and timeframes to work with, and we are already doing much of what the commitment calls for.”

“At Chemeketa, we make promises and commitments to the community,” Roberts added.

The commitment calls on the college to initiate a comprehensive plan to achieve climate neutrality as soon as possible, take an inventory of the college’s current greenhouse gas emissions and start tangible actions to reduce the college’s greenhouse gas emissions while the comprehensive plan is under development.

The comprehensive plan, which the college will have two years to complete, will include a target date for the college’s operations to be climate-neutral, make climate neutrality and sustainability part of the college’s curriculum, and put mechanism in place for tracking the college’s progress on goals and actions.

All of these documents and progress reports will be submitted to the ACUPCC, where they will be made publicly available.

More information on the ACUPCC can be found at

Horticulture plant sale April 1-June 13

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 Tuesday-Friday, April 1-June 13.

During April, kale, lettuce, Bok Choy, Swiss chard, cabbage, spinach and other cool-crop vegetables will be available for purchase. In May and June, warm-crop vegetables like tomatoes, cucumbers, winter squash, melons, green beans and peppers will be be sold.  Also available are fresh herbs and spices including basil, chamomile, dill, cilantro, parsley, lemon balm, cinnamon and stevia.

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

Horticulture Program Plant Sale
April 1-June 13
9 am-3 pm
Sales outside these hours by appointment only

Special Sale Days
Wednesday, April 2, 9 am-3 pm &
Wednesday, May 7, 9 am-3 pm
Plant sale located outdoors between the Bookstore and Building 2

For more information call 503.315.4586.