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Monthly Archives: April 2016

Pacific Islands Celebration May 4

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Get a taste of the tropics without the sunburn and TSA body scan at the Pacific Islands Celebration on May 4.

Hosted by the Mix’d Nesians Club and Student Retention and College Life, this drop-in event will feature live music, dance performances, a Pacific Islander student panel and a culture fair.

Food will be provided and the event is free and open to the public.

In its second year, the Pacific Islands Celebration originated from student interest in holding a luau and grew into an opportunity to educate the community on the robust culture of Islanders.

“We wanted it to be more than entertainment,” says student organizer Armillia Lamoray. “We hope that our event fills our guests with some knowledge of the island culture and our goal is to create solutions for some of the issues islander students face in education.”

Pacific Islands Celebration
Wednesday, May 4, 4:30-7:30 pm
Auditorium in Bldg. 6
Free and open to the public

Mock trial hosts showcase after strong season

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa Mock TrialTheir court was well in order.

Chemeketa’s mock trial team celebrated the conclusion of its second year, and the increase in success that came with it, with a showcase and reception on April 20 in the Salem campus auditorium.

Students acted as prosecuting attorneys, defense attorneys and witnesses, with coach and political science instructor Maria Cruse acting as judge. The showcase ran through the defense portion of State v. Bancroft, the case used this year in competition by the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA), the governing body of collegiate mock trial. Chemeketa is one of only two community colleges in the country that is a AMTA member.

In the case, a casino owner in the fictional state of Midlands has been charged with attempting to bribe the chairperson of the state’s gaming commission in order to receive a new casino license. The defense team attempted to argue the casino owner was entrapped by an overzealous police officer working for the gaming commission.

The team has been competing in invitation tournaments throughout the year at locations including Eugene, Seattle and Berkeley. The primary competition of the year, the AMTA’s regional tournament, was held in early February in Boise. Chemeketa fielded both an A and B team in the tournament this year due to the increase in participation.

Chemeketa’s A team had the most competitive schedule of the 22 teams in the tournament, facing off against the likes of Cal, Gonzaga and Stanford. The team rose to the challenge, by beating Stanford’s A team in their opening matchup. The B team was an honorable mention for the tournament’s Spirit of AMTA award. Suzanne Johnson, the B team’s captain, received an individual award for Outstanding Witness.

David Hallett, the college’s executive dean of general education and transfer studies and a former practicing attorney, praised the work the students put in throughout the year in preparation for their tournaments.

“I can tell you that I could easily be the president of the fan club of the mock trial team,” Hallett said.

Dean of Social Sciences R. Taylor told the friends and family of the team members they should be proud of the team’s accomplishments this year.

“I hope what you just saw explains to you all the hours they spent (working),” Taylor said.

Taylor also highlighted the Stanford win as a key accomplishment.

Cruse introduced all the team members and also pointed out success in mock trial was more than just knowing the case.

“They have to learn legal procedure,” Cruse said. “They have to learn so much, and we have such a short amount of time to teach it to them, but they do such a great job picking those things up.”

Horticulture announces plant sales dates

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa’s expert horticulture students have lovingly cared for an abundance of quality bedding plants, hanging baskets and vegetables. Now we want to share our bounty with you.

Come to our greenhouse for one of our special sales to fill your spring with joy –

Earth Day Open House
Wednesday-Friday, April 20-22 11 am-3 pm
Saturday, April 23 10 am-3 pm

Mother’s Day Celebration
Wednesday-Friday, May 4-6 11 am-3 pm
Saturday, May 7 10 am-3 pm

(Enter the Salem campus and follow the signs to the Red parking lot)

Barrel Tasting
Northwest Wine Studies Center
215 Doaks Ferry Road NW
Thursday, May 19
5 pm-7:30 pm

Wendy Chin-Tanner poetry reading and workshop Apr.28 & 30

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa Writes presents Turn author Wendy Chin-Tanner for a reading and writing workshop on April 28 and 30 respectfully.

A 2015 Oregon Book Award finalist, Turn is a poetry collection that celebrates and philosophizes the contradictions of living, wrestling with our conceptions of race, gender, abuse, love, sex, motherhood and death.

Born and raised in New York City, Wendy was educated at Cambridge University, UK and now lives in Portland.

Chemeketa Writes is a program provided by Chemeketa’s English Department that encourages individuals to write and gives them the opportunity to meet and work with various published authors.

Chemeketa Writes

Thursday, April 28, 11:30 am-12:30 pm
Gretchen Schuette Art Gallery, Bldg. 3, Rm. 122

Writing Workshop
Saturday, April 30, 10 am-2:50 pm
Bldg. 9, Rm. 111
$15; Register using CRN 75280


By Chemeketa Public Affairs

notice of budget committee meetingsA public meeting of the Budget Committee of Chemeketa Community College, Marion County, State of Oregon, to receive the budget for the fiscal year July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017 will be held at Chemeketa Community College, Building 2 Boardroom, 4000 Lancaster Drive NE, Salem. The meeting will take place on the 13th day of April at 7:00 p.m. The purpose is to receive the budget message and document of the district. A copy of the budget document may be inspected on or after April 13, 2016 at the Chemeketa Community College Library, second floor of Building 9 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

An additional Budget Committee meeting will take place on April 20, 2016 at 4:30 p.m. to receive additional budget information, deliberate and take public comment. The meeting will be held at Chemeketa Community College, Building 2 Boardroom, 4000 Lancaster Drive NE, Salem. This is a public meeting where deliberation of the Budget Committee will take place. Any person may appear at the meeting and discuss the proposed programs with the Budget Committee.

Julie Huckestein
Budget Officer

Chemeketa Earth Day activities Apr. 20 & 22

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa Community College will feature multiple events in celebration of Earth Day.

Earth Day Fair April 20th- Join us for our 2016 Earth Day Fair on April 20th from 11 am-2 pm in the new quad. Hosted by the Associated Students of Chemeketa, this year’s theme will revolve around self-reliance and personal sustainability. Come for vendors, free food, the plant sale and student club booths.

The Sustainability program is working with the Wireless Alliance to host a cellphone recycling drive. You are welcome to donate your old cellphones, accessories and chargers. Any funds raised from this cellphone recycling drive will support future student driven sustainability events.

Service Event April 22nd Marion Polk Food Share- On April 22nd, from 10 am-2 pm consider helping construct the youth garden on the Salem campus with Marion Polk Food Share staff and volunteers. The garden is just south of the baseball field. The road to the youth garden is at the corner of South Campus Loop and Winema Place. Parking is limited.

Oregon Lottery supports STARS

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa STARSThe Oregon Lottery has signed on to be the Gold Star Presenting Sponsor of the 8th annual Chemeketa Foundation STARS reception.

STARS provides a forum for Chemeketa scholarship recipients to meet and thank their donor(s). Through their sponsorship the Oregon Lottery will award two scholarships to Chemeketa student parents striving to better their lives and the lives of their families. This the second consecutive year that the Oregon Lottery has supported the reception as its gold sponsor.

“Oregon community colleges make an important economic and social impact in their communities,” said Lottery Director Jack Roberts. “By offering the many degrees and certificates that allow Oregonians to improve their lives, community colleges are helping students of all ages acquire new skills to prepare them for a promising future.”

The STARS reception will be held on May 6 at the Broadway Commons, downtown Salem, from 3:30 to 5:00 pm. This year we anticipate over 300 people will join us. Attendees include Chemeketa Foundation top donors, college leadership and staff, community organizations, students and their families.

For more information, contact the Chemeketa Foundation at or 503.399.5148.

“Most Likely to Succeed” free showing Apr. 21

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

America’s school system was designed in 1893 – that’s before plastic, television and light bulbs were even invented. Isn’t it about time we build an educational system that meets the needs of the modern world?

That’s the topic explored in “Most Likely to Succeed,” a documentary offering a hopeful look at what students and teachers are capable of if we have the courage and vision to transform our schools. A free showing will be held in the Bldg. 6 Auditorium on Thursday, April 21 from 4-6 pm.

Directed by Greg Whiteley, the film has been featured at several film festivals and education conferences including Sundance and SxSWedu.

Advocates of “Most Likely to Succeed” are embarking on a nationwide movement to empower all schools to move forward through re-imagining their purpose and creating learning that prepare kids for life in the 21st Century.

“Most Likely to Succeed” free showing
Thursday, April 21, 4-6 pm
Bldg. 6, Auditorium
Refreshments provided

Click here to watch the trailer