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Winter Music Concert Mar. 14

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Winter Music Concert March 14Enjoy all the musical offerings Chemeketa Community College has to offer.

The Winter Music Concert will take place at 7 p.m. Monday, March 14 in the Building 6 auditorium at the Salem campus.

Chemeketa’s band, chorus and orchestra will all be performing during the concert for approximately a half-hour each. A grand finale will combine all three groups.

A $5.00 donation is requested at the front door.

The performance will be as follows–

Chemeketa Orchestra (Steven Nelson, director)

  • Romanian Folk Dances (mvts. 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 & 7), Béla Bartók
  • Clair de Lune, Claude Debussy
  • Entrance of the Queen of Sheba from Solomon, G.F. Handel
  • “Jesu bleibet meine Freude” from Cantata No. 147, J.S. Bach
  • Concerto for Two Violins in D Minor, BMV 1043, J.S. Bach


  • Elämän Meressä, Thomas Leinonen (student composer)

Chemeketa Choir (Dr. Kerry Burtis, director)

  • Eatnemen Vuelie (Fairest Lord Jesus), Frode Fjellheim
  • Dirait-on, Morten Lauridsen
  • Laureate Dominum, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Sing Me to Heaven, Daniel E. Gawthrop
  • Baba Yetu from Civilization IV, Christopher Tin

 Chemeketa Band (Todd Zimbleman, director)

  • Courtly Airs and Dances, Ron Nelson
  • Songs of Paradise, Kevin Walczyk
  • Lightning Field, John Mackey

Finale (all groups combined)

  • “O fortuna from Carmina burana, Carl Orff

Chemeketa hosts Oregon ProStart Culinary Championships

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

South Salem Culinary Crew

Whipped brie with lavender honey
Pan roasted loin chop with potato slivers and dill sauce
Vanilla bean mascarpone with pistachio dacquoise and crème anglaise

Just a few of the delicacies on the menu at the Oregon ProStart High School Culinary Championships held on Saturday, February 27.

Hosted at Chemeketa and sponsored in part by our Hospitality and Tourism Management program, the ProStart Culinary Championships boasted nearly 110 students from 21 high schools from throughout Oregon.

ProStart, a foodservice career training program, is taught in 1,700 schools nationwide. This competition is considered the yearly capstone for participants vying to demonstrate their abilities in teamwork, presentation, menu complexity, taste, knife skills and safety.

Angel Arnholtz, mother of South Salem high school senior Draven Moorehead, cheered on the Saxon Culinary Crew from the audience, just as she did when they won the 2015 Oregon ProState championship.

“I lost my voice. Everybody was jumping up and down, it was one of the best days ever.”

Draven plans to continue his education in the culinary arts and has partial scholarships to several Oregon culinary schools. However, his ambition is set on winning the ProStart nationals and receiving a full-ride scholarship to the Culinary Institute of America in New York.

“He wants to learn to do this well,” Angel said. “All the kids love this.”

The Saxon Culinary Crew’s perseverance paid off, and Draven once again has the opportunity to attend nationals and earn the chance to attend his dream school.

2016 Oregon ProStart High School Culinary Champions

  • 1st Place – South Salem High School
  • 2nd place – Sabin-Schellenberg Center
  • 3rd place – North Eugene High School
  • 4th place – Bend High School
  • 5th place – Colton High School

Winners receive academic scholarships and the state champions are invited to compete in the National ProStart Invitational in Dallas this spring.

Joshua Davis at Chemeketa Mar. 1 & 2

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Joshua DavisThe author of a book featured in Chemeketa Community College’s annual community reading project will be coming to the Salem campus next week for a series of events.

Joshua Davis is the author of the book “Spare Parts”, one of four books included in this year’s Chemeketa Reads series. Chemeketa Reads is a community reading project, providing a shared experience of reading, thinking and enjoying the same book.

Davis will participate in a number of events at the Salem campus. All events are free and open to the public–

  • 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 1: Speaking with Q & A session, Building 6 auditorium
  • 10:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 2: Q & A session, Building 3 Room 116
  • 12:30-2:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 2: Q & A session with book signing, Building 2 Student Center

“Spare Parts” profiles four undocumented high school students in Arizona who competed in a robotics competition against some of the nation’s brightest college students. The book was turned into a film by Lions Gate in 2015. Copies of the book are available for purchase at the Chemeketa Bookstore.

Davis is a writer, film producer and co-founder of Epic magazine and Epic Digital. He is a contributing editor for Wired magazine and has had writing featured in magazines including The New Yorker, GQ, Outside, Food & Wine, Men’s Journal, Men’s Health and Maxim.

His film experience includes a documentary on joining the U.S. arm wrestling team that won Best Documentary at the 2003 Telluride Film Festival.


Keeping his bearings – Student juggles school and wild career

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

It’s well known that many students have competing responsibilities during their time in college, but what happens when those responsibilities take them around the world on a regular basis?

That’s the situation Brandon Desjarlais found himself in when he became the social media manager for Moonshine MFG, a skateboard company based in Hood River.

A third year student studying business, Brandon has been skateboarding since he was little, seriously since 14 and professionally for a year. And at only 20, he’s achieved something most of us could only dream of– get paid for his top two talents and interests.

“I’m a pretty good skateboarder but my passion is business and making connections,” says Brandon, who, based on Moonshine MFG’s 11.2 thousand followers on Instagram alone, appears to be well-equipped for his position.

In addition to presenting the image of Moonshine MFG across social media, Brandon attends events and trade shows, manages a team, films videos and skates. His job has sent him to Munich, Toronto and Whistler Canada, Orlando, New York City and most recently, the Dominican Republic.

But it seems twenty-somethings aren’t the only ones paying attention Brandon’s work with Moonshine MFG.

Thanks to widespread footage of him skating, movie producers found Brandon and invited him to play Vin Diesel’s stunt double in the upcoming release of xXx: The Return of Xander Cage.

But how did he ever get that gig?

“I answered my phone.”

You see, it also seems that skaters his age aren’t too eager to respond to phone calls and voicemails, but Brandon’s natural inclination to socialize and network served him well yet again.

Now he has the distinct pleasure of shaving his head and donning a custom-fitted Vin Diesel replica chest piece as he spends two weeks filming an explosion-packed, downhill jungle ski-skating chase scene.

“The nature of my job means I’m out of town a lot and miss a lot of class. It’s really hard to stay motivated to be a student, but I love learning,” Brandon says.

To cope with his absences, Brandon sets aside a few hours each week to work in the study skills and tutoring centers and keeps in constant contact with his professors.

“There’s been many times where terms and concepts in my economics and accounting courses come up in meetings or general discussions and it really helps bring key business concepts full circle,” says Brandon.

He sees his work as a real-life internship and appreciates every opportunity he can take. “Eventually, I’d love to use the skills I’m learning now to start my own business,” he says.

No word yet if that involves jungle ski-skating.

Chemeketa per credit cost to remain level in 2016-17

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa tuitionChemeketa Community College’s Board of Education voted unanimously at its Feb. 17 meeting to accept the administration’s recommendation to keep our per credit cost the same amount for the 2016-17 academic year.

$80 per credit tuition and $14 per credit universal fee made Chemeketa’s per credit cost of $94 the lowest among Oregon’s 17 community colleges this year. Other Oregon colleges have not yet determined their costs for next year.

President Julie Huckestein forecasted that this could be the last year Chemeketa is able to hold the line on costs.

“My guess is next year, we will have to ask for an increase,” she told the Board, citing the expectation that Oregon’s PERS liability will necessitate 3-5% across-the-board cut in state funding.

Gallery launches Chemeketa Makes workshop Feb. 20

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Art is deeply personal and learning the techniques to draw from your own life to create unique and meaningful work takes practice.

When you take a day to join the Gretchen Schuette Art Gallery’s first ever Chemeketa Makes workshop, you’ll be doing just that.

On Saturday, February 20, Gary Westford will lead the Chemeketa Makes workshop Finding a Voice: Where do ideas come from? to accompany his upcoming exhibit Time Transfixed. Gary, who has worked as an artist and arts educator for 30 years, produces work that examines environmental and social issues.

“For our inaugural year, we have invited an artist whose work embodies the humanitarian vision and interest in the human condition that Gretchen Schuette supported when she was president at Chemeketa,” says art instructor Laura Mack.

Participants of Finding a Voice will explore the use of personal experiences and interests – heritage, military service, travel, favorite books or films – to brainstorm, collaborate and work independently to create a monument to a loss or triumph, recreate a masterpiece, or illustrate a favorite poem or piece of music.

Finding a Voice: Where do ideas come from?
Workshop with Gary Westford
Saturday, February 20, 9 am-3:30 pm
Bldg. 3, Rm. 121
$15 – Register using CRN 61098
Click here for class flier

Award-winning author hosts writing workshop

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

This week, Chemeketa welcomes award-winning author Karen Karbo as host to a book reading and Chemeketa Writes workshop.

Karen is author of fourteen award-winning novels, memoirs and works of non-fiction including the best-selling “Kick Ass Women” series: Julia Child RulesHow Georgia Became O’KeeffeThe Gospel According to Coco Chanel and How to Hepburn.

Her 2004 memoir, The Stuff of Life, written about the last year she spent with her father before his death, won awards from New York Times, People Magazine and Oregon Book Awards. Her short stories, essays, articles and reviews have appeared in ElleVogueEsquireOutside, the New York and other magazines and she was recently one of 24 writers awarded an Amtrak Residency.

For more information on these event, e-mail

Thursday, Februrary 4, 11:30 am-12:30 pm
Gretchen Schuette Art Gallery

Chemeketa Writes
Workshop with author Karen Karbo
Saturday, February 6, 10 am -2:50 pm
Building 9, Room 111
$15- Register using CRN 55848 or bring your checkbook

Workshop on applying for jobs at Chemeketa

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Looking to take the next step in your career at Chemeketa? Brush up on your job search skills at a workshop this January.

Each workshop will cover-

  • The job application process at Chemeketa
  • Optimizing your application, resume and cover letter
  • Interview skills demonstration

Workshop: Understanding the Job Application Process at Chemeketa
Wednesday​, ​February 10
5:30 pm – ​7:30 ​pm
Building ​9​, ​R​oom 11​7​


Help paying for college

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

It’s scholarship season at Chemeketa so don’t miss getting your share of free money for college.

Chemeketa Foundation scholarships

Any student admitted to Chemeketa is eligible to apply for a Chemeketa Foundation scholarship. Last year nearly 500 scholarships were awarded, and one in four students who applied received money.

The application process is easy. Fill out one form and you’re eligible for over 100 scholarships. Lots of applicants finish in 30 minutes, so there is no reason to put off making your case for cash.

The application deadline is March 31, 2016. Visit the Chemeketa Foundation website to find out how to apply.

Oregon Promise grant

March 1, 2016 is the deadline for submitting your application to have the State of Oregon pay some or all of your community college tuition. High school students graduating this spring or anyone completing their GED in spring or summer are eligible. Visit the Oregon Promise website for more information.

Exito scholarship

Build Exito is a Portland State University program to support students interested in pursuing research careers in –

  • Biomedical science
  • Behavioral science
  • Health science
  • Social science

This three-year program begins during the sophomore year of college.  For more information visit the Build Exito website or contact Adam Privitera.