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Monthly Archives: July 2015

Chemeketa wine added to Mahonia Hall cellar

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

If you ever find yourself at dinner in the home of Oregon’s governor, you can now request Chemeketa Community College’s finest vintage.

Chemeketa donated six cases of wine to the wine cellar of Mahonia Hall, the official Salem residence of the state’s governors.

The wine, three cases each of 2008 Pinot noir and 2012 Chardonnay, was produced at the Northwest Wine Studies Center at Chemeketa Eola.

“2008 was a great vintage in the mid-Willamette and the Chemeketa Wine Studies students did a great job making a fine wine that continues to show well, representing the best of Oregon pinot noirs,” said Joel F. Keebler, Chemeketa’s dean of agricultural sciences.

Instructors and several students in Chemeketa’s Wine Studies programs presented the wine to Gov. Kate Brown during a reception held in honor of Oregon’s wine industry on July 15.


Artist in residence Matthew Boulay displays work July 13-Aug 13

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Matthew Boulay is no stranger to the stories of war. Having served six years as a reservist before being activated as a Marine in Iraq, Matthew became sensitive to the way our country reflects on its history and its wars.

“My passion lies in using art to tell stories, and I am particularly interested in the stories that we tell ourselves about war, and about the men and women who fight our wars.”

Working primarily in painting and large-scale installations, Matthew plans to work on four pieces during his residency, two of which require viewer participation.

The series of paintings, American Timeline, American Lethe, invites audience commentary and reaction which is then incorporated on the artwork.

We Think We Gave in Vain, is a large-scale living instillation which invites its viewers to take a telegraph and plant grass seed as a demonstration of how we both honor and forget our own history.

As an emerging artist who recently completed a doctoral program in sociology and education, Matthew has experience teaching and mentoring at all levels of K-12 and post-secondary education and places a high value on accessible education.

“I plan to maintain an open door policy for all Chemeketa students, faculty and staff and hope to work closely with Chemeketa student-veterans who are interested in using art to tell their own stories.”

Matthew plans to have another exhibition an artist talk at the Gretchen Schuette Art Gallery in January 2016.

Matthew Boulay, artist in residence
Gretchen Schuette Art Gallery (Bldg. 3, Salem)
July 13-August 13, 2015
9 am-5 pm


Chemeketa rescinds tuition increase

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa rescinds tuition increaseChemeketa students will pay the same amount as last year for a college credit, $94.

The Chemeketa Board of Education had approved charging $96 for the 2015-16 academic year with the contingency that if state funding exceeded $535 million dollars over the next two years, the $2 increase would be rescinded. The Legislature allocated $550 million to Oregon’s community colleges for the biennium.

Chemeketa will automatically refund students enrolled in summer term $2 per credit.