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Monthly Archives: October 2015

Grand opening of Applied Tech complex celebrated

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Applied Tech Grand OpeningIt began seven years ago when Mid-Willamette Valley voters approved $92 million in general obligation bonds for Chemeketa Community College.

It culminated on the evening of Oct. 8, with the official ribbon cutting of a state-of-the-art complex for Chemeketa’s applied technology programs on the Salem campus.

“We’re committed to providing skilled technicians for our regional workforce,” President Julie Huckestein told a gathered crowd of hundreds at the ceremony. “Chemeketa will meet with employers, anticipate their needs and provide students with the skills to step into a job and produce.

“We see these projects as symbols of community support,” Huckestein said.

Betsy Earls, chairperson of Chemeketa’s Board of Education, said the buildings were constructed with vision and collaboration.

“They represent places where students bring their dreams of becoming professionals,” Earls said. “The resources we provide in these buildings, along with the dedication of faculty and staff, will turn all of these students into skilled technicians who are able to contribute productively to all the industries of our region.”

Student Meghan Fleming also spoke to the crowd about what the new construction means to her. Fleming was once homeless, and is now studying at Chemeketa with the goal of building high-tolerance airplane parts.

“I believe (the new construction) will help me thrive in today’s industries…all the graduates I believe will be well-prepared for the next workforce, and I will be one of them,” Fleming said.

The applied technology complex incorporates two new buildings and a major renovation of another. Building 20 houses the college’s computer-assisted drafting, engineering and machining technology programs. Building 21 houses the lab space for welding. A renovated Building 4 is home to the automotive technology, electronics, robotics and visual communication programs.

The complex is the fourth and final major project from the bond. The previous three – the Building 8 health science complex on the Salem campus, a new Yamhill Valley campus, and new classroom buildings at the Brooks Regional Training Center – all opened in 2011.

Events planned for National Campus Sustainability Month

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa sustainability

While the leaves may be brilliant shades of orange, there’s lots of reasons to be green this October as staff and students collaborate with community organizations to celebrate National Campus Sustainability Month.


Upcycle Drag Show
Wednesday, October 21, 12-2 pm
Building 6, Auditorium

Chemeketa’s Facilities department, Sustainability and Triangle Clubs and ASC team up to host the Upcycle Drag Show. Dresses made from upcycled materials by art students and local artists will be on the catwalk. Come for the fashion, stay for the pizza and cake.

Repair Fair and Share
Wednesday, October 21, 5-7 pm
Building 2, Student Center

Chemeketa will host local repair gurus during the Repair Fair and Share. Bring in your bike, small appliance, instrument or fabric item to learn how to troubleshoot basic repairs.

Click here for the event flyer.

Make a Difference Day
Thursday, October 22

Chemeketa students will hit the parking lots to paint storm drains with “No Dumping, Drains to River” stencils, which promote watershed health.

College and career fair Oct. 26

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Student at college and career fairSalem area students and their families are invited to attend the annual college and career fair held at Chemeketa Community College on Monday, October 26. This event is presented by The Inspire Foundation.

To be held from 6 -8 pm in Building 7 on the Salem campus, the college and career fair is a free event with free parking.

This event, which has taken place for more than 25 years, welcomed more than 2,000 visitors in 2015. Chemeketa and more than 80 other colleges and industries will be on display to showcase their offerings to students and their families.

Workshops on applying for college, searching for scholarships and applying for financial aid will be offered. The Inspire Foundation, Salem-Keizer Public Schools and Chemeketa will offer door prizes for elementary, middle and high school students. Currently enrolled Salem-Keizer high school seniors will have a chance to win one of several scholarships toward college tuition.

To learn more about the event, contact Kathy Moore of The Inspire Foundation, at or 503.581.1466 ext. 316.

Chemeketa hosts vigils supporting UCC on Oct.7

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Vigil for Umpqua Community CollegeCommunity colleges statewide are holding vigils in support of Umpqua Community College students, faculty and staff on Wednesday, October 7 starting at 5 pm.

Chemeketa will gather at 5 pm at each location below. The program will start at 5:05 and end at approximately 5:30 pm.

The ceremonies will include lighting of candles, reading the names of those who perished and a moment of silence. There will also be time for individuals to write cards and sentiments to be sent to Umpqua.

Vigil locations (All vigils start at 5:05 and end at approximately 5:30 pm)

  • Salem: Native American Healing Garden (between Buildings 8 and 9–watch for signs)
  • Brooks: Outside Building 1 by flagpole
  • Dallas: Outside front entrance, under the overhang
  • Woodburn: Grassy area off of the Commons/Dining Room
  • Yahmill: Outside

This program is intended for the Chemeketa community of students, faculty, staff, board members and supporters; all are welcome to join in honoring and supporting Umpqua.

President Julie Huckestein says, “I realize that this may be a difficult time for all of us as we continue to hear stories of the victims, their loved ones and the Roseburg community. It is unsettling and sad. Please seek out support through our advising and counseling department or through human resources. Please continue to be in support of each other. That is how we are at Chemeketa.”


“Objects of Wonder” in gallery through Oct. 30

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

When calling artworks “Objects of Wonder”, an artist had better be able to back up their work.

Silverton artist Josh Kinsey does just that.

“I believe that creating a bespoke object that is uncompromising in both quality and timeless design is a noble pursuit,” Kinsey said in his artist’s statement.

Many of those works are now on display in J.W. Kinsey’s Objects of Wonder, now showing in the Gretchen Schuette Art Gallery through Oct. 30.

Kinsey’s background includes time as a Silicon Valley interface designer and digital artist. That was followed by owning and operating a high-end custom cabinet shop. where he nurtured his wood- and metal-working skills.

The pieces in the exhibit have hand-made parts and convey a steampunk feel, a style Kinsey has used since the mid-1990s. He also eschews the use of adhesives to put the pieces together.

“Every sculpture can be disassembled in its entirety with a screwdriver, Allen wrench, and socket set,” Kinsey said.

An artist’s reception will be held on Oct. 7. Two sessions will take place, the first from 12:30 to 2:30 pm and the second from 5 to 7 pm.

The gallery is open from 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday in Building 3 on the Salem campus.

Chemeketa emergency & safety resources

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

After the tragedy at Umpqua Community College, we want to remind you about resources available at Chemeketa-

  • The college has an emergency notifications system. You can sign up for text/e-mail alerts at
  • Counseling services are available at Salem 2/115 and at Yamhill Valley, Dallas and Woodburn
  • If you ever see, hear or notice anything suspicious or concerning regarding safety at Chemeketa, no matter where, please notify Public Safety, a staff person or faculty member
  • Also, take time watch the college’s emergency preparedness video