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Monthly Archives: October 2016

Horticulture student saving our rhodys

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

horticulture student saving rhodysRhododendrons and Oregon go together like springtime and hope. Unfortunately rhodys also go with a beautiful but nasty pest: the azalea lace bug. Chemeketa horticulture student Barry Finley co-authored an article in Digger, the trade publication of the Oregon Nursery Association, about biological alternatives to pesticides for controlling lace bugs.

Lace bugs suck the chlorophyll out of the leaves then excrete their fecal deposits. Nobody wants to see that happen to their shrubs. The conventional practice for controlling this mess is insecticides but that has the drawback of harming beneficial insects, and they are often applied close to people and pets. A natural predator of lace bugs would diminish the risks of using chemicals.

Finley, who is also an intern at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center, participated in testing the use of green lacewings to manage lacebugs. Their conclusion is that lacewings are a promising alternative and they intend to do more research.


Chemeketa hosting college and career fair Oct. 24

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Salem area students and their families are invited to attend the annual college and career fair at Chemeketa Community College on Monday, October 24. This event is presented by The Inspire Foundation.

To be held from 6 to 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 educational scholarships.

To learn more about the event, contact Kathy Moore at kathy@salemchamber.org or 503.581.1466 x 316.

 


Sign up for college alert system

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Sign up for emergency alerts

Chemeketa offers a system to be notified of campus closures and delays due to weather and other reasons.

Follow these steps so you don’t miss out on college closure or email alerts–

  1. Log in to My Chemeketa
  2. Open the “Services” tab
  3. Click on the “Notifications” tab
  4. Follow the directions on the page

You may also visit .alerts.chemeketa.edu to log in and sign up for alerts.

If you have questions about this system, please contact the IT Help Desk at 503.399.7899.


What is next for the Oregon Promise

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Oregon Promise Chemeketa 2016They called the legislation Oregon Promise. The headlines trumpeted, “Free community college tuition.” Chemeketa staff wondered how this opportunity will affect enrollment. How will the Oregon Promise students do in college-level classes?

Now the promise is real. We have learned a lot and there is still more to be revealed.

Chemeketa welcomed over 1,070 recipients of the Oregon Promise grant fall term. Oregon Promise students are probably the reason why Chemeketa enrolled nearly 300 more students than usual directly from high school this fall.

We have hired two new advisors to help our Oregon Promise students succeed. Rebeka Phelps comes to us from PCC where she worked in academic advising and study skills.

Jose Ceja-Garibay is a Chemeketa success story. Jose was part of the first cohort of Chemeketa Scholars and a College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) student. Jose has worked in our Academic Development department since graduating. Their enthusiasm for their work is palpable.

“We’re looking at something brand new,” said Rebeka, “and going in a direction that has never been done before.”

Jose added, “I’ve always loved how Chemeketa is a community and we want the Oregon Promise students to feel that connection and be well-informed so they succeed.”

Rebeka and Jose plan to implement innovative communication channels like Snapchat, a dedicated Facebook presence and responding to notifications from faculty when students are struggling.

What’s next?

Our OP students have to meet criteria to maintain their eligibility –

  1. Register for at least half-time (6 credits) fall term 2016
  2. Remain enrolled at least half-time for three consecutive terms each year
  3. Complete and maintain 2.0 GPA
  4. Pass at least 67% of attempted credits
  5. Complete and pass Chemeketa’s First Year Experience class Creating College Success in their first year
  6. Work toward completion of a certificate or a degree

The Legislature will consider renewing Oregon Promise funding for the 2017-18 academic year during the upcoming session.

 


“Still Talking” in gallery through Oct. 28

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Quilts are the medium in the current exhibit in Chemeketa’s Gretchen Schuette Art Gallery.

“Still Talking” features the work of Salem artists Bonnie Hull and Kay Worthington.

Hull and Worthington have been friends for years. “Still Talking” focuses on this long-term friendship and their continued conversations through the art of quilting.

The gallery is located downstairs in Building 3 on the Salem Campus. For gallery hours, visit the gallery’s web page.


Veterans College Fair is Oct. 20

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Veterans College FairRepresentatives from more than 20 veterans and community organizations and nearly 20 colleges and universities will come to Chemeketa Community College for the Veterans Services College Fair.

The fair will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, October 20, at the Student Center in Building 2 on the Salem campus.

While this is a veterans fair, it will offer information for the community beyond just those who are veterans–

  • Non-veterans can receive information about various colleges and the services available to them.
  • Veterans not currently in college can learn about the steps needed to get started with college.
  • Veterans currently in college can learn about the services local non-profits offers to veterans in college.

“We are proud to offer this event that gives support on attending college to everyone, along with providing a special emphasis to the veterans in our community,” said Jon Terrazas, Chemeketa’s coordinator of veterans services.

All veterans who attend the event will receive a voucher for a meal at the college’s food court.

The fair is organized by Chemeketa’s Veterans Services office. The Oregon National Guard is the lead sponsor, with additional support generously provided by Eagle Home Mortgage, Edward Jones, Key Bank, T-Mobile and the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace.


Early College peer mentor program launched

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

On Wednesday, September 21, High School Partnerships (HSP) held its first Mentor Mingle to kick-off the inaugural year of its student mentor program.

Twelve veteran Early College High School students are volunteering to mentor 30 of their peers transitioning from high school to college classes.

“Our goal is to provide both mentors and mentees with personal and professional development by connecting all Early College students to student services and college life,” said Alejandra Gallegos, High School Partnership department assistant. “We want our students to create a strong bond with Chemeketa as well as support their transition from high school to college culture.”

Throughout the year, mentors will lead activities such as visiting the multicultural
center, getting connected with clubs and organizations and participating in community service activities.

“I want to be a mentor because I feel I can help share with my mentees my mistakes and what I’ve learned from them so they can have an easier path to success,” says student Paula Tamayo.

Abby Hoffar, dean of High School Partnerships, applauded the efforts made by HSP staff and students, declaring the program a prime example of the department’s philosophy of ‘What can we do that best supports our students?’. “The collaboration between our peer mentors and first year students is an opportunity for support and growth for all.”