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Monthly Archives: November 2014

Sculpture installed at Yamhill Valley campus

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Sculpture installed at Yamhill Valley campusIt’s an albatross, the bird you see in Devin Laurence Field’s sculpture “Inner Strength”.

Field picked the bird because of its ability to travel long distances, representing the idea of “having the strength to go on a journey by yourself”

Now the albatross of Inner Strength has a new landing place – the plaza of Chemeketa’s Yamhill Valley campus.

A crew from the City of McMinnville, members of the McMinnville Downtown Association’s Committee for Public Art, and Field himself worked on Nov. 25 to relocate the 18-foot galvanized steel sculpture from its previous location at the Oregon Mutual Insurance building in downtown McMinnville.

The sculpture is first piece of outdoor art on the campus that opened in 2011, said Holly Nelson, the campus’s dean, joining over 40 pieces of  regionally-created art that decorate the inside of the campus’s two buildings.

Having that first outdoor piece come from a sculptor as accomplished as Field, whose work is on display in places including the Seoul Art Center and the Beijing Olympic Park, is an added plus.

“It’s incredible to think it’s going to be here,” Nelson said, “and to have it from someone that renowned.”

The addition of the sculpture also puts the campus on a literal map – the Downtown Association’s Art Walk map, which provides visitors the locations of more than two dozen works of public art throughout McMinnville.

Nelson said that provides another way for the college to connect with the community of McMinnville and bring visitors to the campus.

Work on getting a sculpture to Chemeketa has been going on for over two years, said Steven Rupp of the Committee for Public Art. The city and the college are both contributing toward the costs of the display, which included installation of a concrete pad and an honorarium payment.

Inner Strength is a good fit both in its design and color matching the campus architecture and its inspirational theme, Rupp said.

“It conjures concepts of honor and integrity,” Rupp said. “And that’s what education is about.”

An event celebrating the sculpture’s addition is planned for the future, Nelson said.

Chemeketa presidential search committee announced

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa presidential search committee announcedThe Chemeketa Board of Education has appointed 15 people to the committee that will screen applicants for the Chemeketa district president position.

Members of the Chemeketa Presidential Search Advisory Committee are –

  • Christy Perry, Superintendent, Salem-Keizer Public Schools
  • Alex Sanchez, Emeritus Professor, Oregon State University, Community College Leadership Program
  • Kevin Angulo, student
  • Maricruz Reyes, student
  • Elias Villegas, dean
  • Tim Rogers, associate chief operations officer
  • Yolanda Martinez, faculty
  • Patricia Antoine, faculty
  • Charles Sekafetz, faculty
  • Terry Rohse, instructional coordinator
  • Kathy Saunders, department assistant
  • Linda Kaufmann, student services specialist
  • Ron Pittman, Chemeketa Board of Education
  • Ed Dodson, Chemeketa Board of Education
  • Diane Watson, Chemeketa Board of Education

“We are so grateful for the interest and commitment of these committee members,” said Andrew Bone, Chemeketa interim vice president.

College-wide communications invited nominees, and senior executives also reached out to employee and student associations asking them to recommend candidates. The college executive team forwarded recommendations from that pool of candidates to the Board of Education.

The application period for the district president position is scheduled to close January 5, 2015, and the advisory committee will recommend finalists for further consideration to the Chemeketa Board of Education.


Chemeketa hosts Indigenous People’s Day

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Indigenous People's Day 2014From Bolivia to Canada, the Dakotas to the Southwest to right here in Oregon, Chemeketa’s annual Indigenous People’s Day event, held in the Student Center on the Salem campus on Nov. 19

This annual event is a collaboration between the college and the Performing Arts Club of Chemawa Indian School. Located a couple miles north of campus, Chemawa  is the oldest continually-operating boarding school for Native American students, beginning in Forest Grove before relocating to Salem in 1885.

That students are continuing to practice the traditions and arts of their culture is a testament to the “resiliency of the human spirit,” said Warner Austin, the Chemawa club’s adviser.

“They said our ways would be dead,” Austin said. “Our music and dancing would be gone.”

And there was music and dancing, Chemawa students demonstrating the arts of their cultures, with students naming their tribe and Austin explaining the history of the dancing and music.

Along with the students, the musical group Chayag was on hand, sharing the folklore and music of the indigenous people of the Andes.

Susan Murray receives Crystal Apple

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Susan MurrayDr. Susan Murray’s significant contributions to the community were recognized in Woodburn this month with a Crystal Apple award. The Woodburn Chamber of Commerce hosted the event which was also sponsored by area businesses.

Murray was recognized for 33 years of service that include bold and inclusive initiatives to improve student achievement, timely graduation and increasing access for under-represented students during her tenure as a faculty member, director of high school programs and now as executive dean for academic progress and regional education services.


Chemeketa students Trick or Treat for Hunger

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Trick or treat for hunger 2014Aren’t Chemeketa students a little old to be going out trick-and-treating?

Not when those students were out trick-or-treating not for a personal candy stash, but to help their fellow students who don’t have enough food to eat.

Trick or Treat for Hunger is a regular event organized in Chemeketa’s Office of College Retention & Student Life.  Students go out on Hallowen night, in costume, and collect nonperishable food items for the college’s food pantry.

Last year, students collected a little over 300 food items, said Yesica Navarro, the office’s student success project coordinator.

Students collected 957 food items this year, more than three times the amount they collected on Halloween in 2013, said Yesica Navarro, the student success project coordinator in the Student Life office.

Navarro highlighted the increased participation of student groups this year. Those groups, and the areas they visited, were—

  • Multicultural Student Services (Keizer)
  • Associated Students of Chemeketa (Chemeketa area)
  • Student Retention Assistants (Bush Park area)
  • Storm men’s and women’s soccer (West Salem)
  • Phi Theta Kappa (South Salem)

PTK alone collected 414 items, Navarro said.

If you would like to donate money or food, or donate on an ongoing basis, contact Navarro at 503.399.5147.

Veterans honored at Chemeketa event

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Veterans Day 2014Graciela Tiscareno-Sato’s son saw her in her flight suit the night before a Veterans Day event at his preschool and began asking her what all the different patches meant.

After she went about explain what all the different patches meant, he headed off and left with the words “I love you, Captain Mama.” That interaction inspired Tiscareno-Sato to write, “Good Night, Captain Mama” , the first bilingual children’s book about women serving in the military.

Tiscareno-Sato was the keynote speaker at Chemeketa Community College’s Veterans Day event, held in the Student Center at the Salem campus on Nov. 6.

In her presentation, Tiscareno-Sato talked about her background as the child of Mexican immigrants and entering the Air Force, eventually reaching the rank of captain and flying a KC-135 refueling tanker, including being part of an all-female KC-135 crew while stationed in England.

Along with Tiscareno-Sato, the event featured the All-Nations Native American Color Guard presenting the flags of the United States, POW-MIA, and branches of the military.

Chemeketa student Anthony Dixon sung the national anthem, and student Gennifer Walker presented a traditional Native American honor song.

The event was sponsored by Multicultural Student Services, Veterans’ Services, Veterans’ Club, the President’s Office and the Office of Diversity & Equality.

In observation of Veterans Day, the college will be closed on Tuesday, November 11.

Chemeketa hosts “College Nights” Nov. 13

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

From 6 to 8 pm on Thursday, November 13, Chemeketa will host “College Nights,” a free informational event aimed at educating prospective college students on how to choose, apply and pay for college.

Organized by the Educational Credit Management Corporation, “College Nights” will be held in the Building 6 auditorium on Salem’s campus and will include free pizza and soda and a chance to win a $500 scholarship. Free parking will be available; guests can follow signs to park in the purple lot.

More information is available here.

Meet the interim president

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Julie HuckesteinChemeketa Interim President Julie Huckestein not only has extensive community college experience on her resume, she also knows firsthand the challenges many of her students face.

At the age of 18 Huckestein started taking classes towards a legal secretary degree at Linn-Benton Community College,

“I remember being anxious as I navigated financial aid and found my way to classes.”

Life interrupted her education and she never finished that program. Eventually she returned to school, and at the age of 37 she received her associate’s degree then went on to get a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in education policy and administration.

“My beginning at a community college gave me everything I needed to prepare for furthering my education.”

Huckestein started her community college career in the accounting office of her alma mater, Linn-Benton where she worked for 14 years before taking a post in 2001 as director of business services at Chemeketa. She was promoted to Assistant Chief Financial Officer in 2004 and became Vice President/CFO in 2010.

The Chemeketa Board of Education appointed Huckestein interim president this past July. She replaced Cheryl Roberts who took over the presidency of Shoreline Community College in Seattle.

Huckestein says this new role is a chance to put her personal motto into action –

“You must do those things you think you cannot do. You can’t grow if you only do the things that keep you comfortable.”

Huckestein has made a great impression in her new role. In the Chemeketa Faculty Association’s monthly report to the College Board of Education, association president Traci Hodgson wrote –

“She is communicating well… and her respect for faculty is evident in those communications.

With such strong leadership, faculty is looking forward to his academic year as one that will be productive and positive.”

Huckestein’s empathy and rapport come from at least two sources. One source is how she values being kind and careful with other people’s feelings. Another source comes from her life experience. She pointed out in her welcome message to students that the college is made up of many stories and everyone has his or her own to tell.

“My story has two beginnings, one where it ended before I achieved my educational goal and another where I succeeded.”

As she enters the next chapter of her story, Huckestein uses her life experience as ongoing inspiration; telling the Chemeketa Courier student newspaper,

“Every term there’s this general sense of excitement. And that’s what’s great about working at a community college: Every term you get to be with people who want to do something with their lives.”