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Monthly Archives: December 2014

Chemeketa holiday closure information

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Winter break closuresDuring winter break, all Chemeketa Community College locations will be closed on the following dates:

  • December 24-26 (Wednesday/Thursday/Friday)
  • December 31 and January 1 & 2 (Wednesday/Thursday/Friday)

The Chemeketa library is fully closed through January 4 to move over to a new system.

All college operations will resume normal operation on the first day of winter term, Monday, January 5.


Chemeketa instructor named Wine Person of the Year

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Al MacDonaldAl MacDonald is getting one heck of a retirement gift.

And that’s not referencing his new wine-colored hat.

MacDonald, who is retiring from Chemeketa Community College after 15 years of guiding the college’s viticulture program from its roots, has been named 2014’s Wine Person of the Year by Oregon Wine Press magazine.

A deserved award, as noted by the wine industry reception held at Chemeketa’s Northwest Wine Studies Center in Eola on December 15 to honor MacDonald both for the award and his retirement.

“I’m not sure I can think of anyone else who has had more influence on the practices in our vineyards than Al,” said Betty O’Brien, the chair of the college’s Wine Studies program advisory committee.

MacDonald was the first instructor hired by Chemeketa in 1999 to begin what was then called the Vineyard Management/Winemaking program. Back then, the program was based out of Building 50 on the Salem campus.

Over the last decade and a half, MacDonald has taught numerous students in the management of wine grapes who have gone on to take on roles in the booming Willamette Valley wine industry and beyond. He also saw the program move beyond Building 50 with the development of the Northwest Wine Studies Center, which now houses Chemeketa’s programs in vineyard management, winemaking and wine marketing.

Beyond the classroom, MacDonald is noted for his role as a founding member of the Low Input Viticulture and Enology (LIVE) program, which provides education and input on how to grow wine grapes and produce wine sustainably by reducing the amount of pesticides, fertilizers, chemicals and fuel used in production.

His accomplishments were credited along with his humor and personality, which came to the forefront of when Keebler showed him the gift of a new hat picked up from a Portland haberdashery. MacDonald quickly put it on and gave the audience ample opportunity to snap photos.

In addressing his well-wishers, MacDonald said he “learned more from the students than they ever learned from me” and also put his humor on display once more.

“I’ll still be around,” he said, “but I might not answer e-mail as quickly as I used to.”

 


Funds sought for childcare scholarship match

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Funds sought for childcare scholarshipsThe Chemeketa Community College Foundation is hard at work seeking to raise funds to get the most of a major fund-matching opportunity for scholarships benefitting students with children.

Local philanthropist Larry Tokarski of Mountain West Investments has generously offered to match $35,000 in new donations for childcare scholarships this calendar year.

“Helping our students pay for childcare is our biggest fundraising priority,” Chemeketa Foundation Executive Director Nancy Duncan said.

Some large donations have already come in. Jay Hansen of C. J. Hansen Heating and Air Conditioning is providing a $5,000 donation toward the match.

“We know how important it is to help students overcome barriers to getting a college education,” Hansen said.

With a $15,000 contribution from Bob and Nancy Emrick of McMinnville, the Chemeketa Foundation has raised $25,000 toward the match, leaving another $10,000 to go.

If you are interesting in helping the Foundation reach Tokarski’s matching offer, contact the Chemeketa Foundation before the year ends to discuss your contribution.

Want to learn more? View this brief video of Chemeketa students describing the importance of their Chemeketa Foundation scholarships.


Enroll today – winter term begins Jan. 5

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Winter term registration is open to all current starting December 2 and to new students December 9.

The winter class schedule is available online or search and register for classes in My Chemeketa. Classes begin Monday, January 5.

If you’re a new student, follow these steps before registering –

Other important things –

  • Textbooks are available at Chemeketa’s bookstore starting December 2
  • 2014-15 parking permits are available and are required at the Salem campus. Permits are available at My Chemeketa and the Public Safety window (Bldg. 2, Salem campus)
  • Review the financial aid deadlines for 2014-15

For more information or help getting started, call 503.399.5000.