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Visual Communications Portfolio Show is June 8

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

For twenty-three men and women, the 22nd annual Visual Communications Portfolio Show is the opportunity to show staff, students, alumni and industry leaders their talent and dedication to craft.

Held in the Visual Communications studio suite, guests will enjoy refreshments and the chance to see the culmination of work created by the newest illustrators, graphic designers and multimedia specialists Chemeketa has to offer.

Visual Communications Portfolio Show
Thursday, June 8
4-7 pm
Bldg. 4, Rm. 225


‘Becoming Nicole’ speakers coming June 8

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

On Thursday, June 8, Chemeketa welcomes Wayne and Nicole Maines, the father and daughter featured in this year’s Chemeketa Reads book Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family by Amy Ellis Nutt.

Becoming Nicole highlights the true story of a transgender girl, her identical twin brother and one family’s journey of understanding and compassion.

Because of her landmark discrimination case ruling, Nicole and her family have become activists for transgender rights, being featured on the HBO documentary The Trans List, NPR’s Fresh Air and the 27th GLAAD awards, among other programs.

Wayne and Nicole join us for both daytime and evening presentations, book signings and Q&A sessions at the Salem campus. These events are free and open to the public.

  • Becoming Nicole: Guest speakers Nicole and Wayne Maines
    Thursday, June 8, 2017
    Bldg. 6, Auditorium (Salem Campus)

    • Guest speaker Nicole Maines
      11:30 am-12:30 pm- Presentation and Q&A
      12:30 pm-1 pm- Book signing and photos
    • 1:30-2:30 pm- Presentation and Q&A
      2:30-3 pm- Book signing and photos
    • Guest speaker Wayne Maines
      6:30-7:30 pm- Presentation and Q&A
      7:30-8 pm- Book signing and photos

NW Wine Studies Center open house

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Ken WrightOver 200 hundred wine lovers gathered at Chemeketa’s Northwest Wine Studies Center May 18 to sip and savor the fruits of student and alumni labor. The event was a celebration of the natural bounty of our region, the professionals who craft these resources for our benefit and the education that makes our joy possible.

Kevin Green, who studied in Chemeketa’s program over a decade ago was showcasing his first bottling, La Randonnee, praised the networking opportunities associated with Chemeketa, “I contacted an old classmate who has a vineyard, and was able to make my first wine with his fruit.”

Current Chemeketa student Ben Martin is the co-founder of Dauntless Wine. He is a former member of the Marine Corps and will donate the annual net revenue of his company to veteran services. His dream is to buy a vineyard where he could employ disabled vets. Martin was honored at the event with the Emerging Leader award.

Two Student of the Year awards went to Jacob Sembler and Danny Jaffer.

The Legacy Builder Award went to Ken Wright who urged students and veterans of the industry with hard-earned lessons from experience. For example, Wright’s advice for winemakers is to take a keen interest in the vineyard. “You must control the soil and vines for the fruit to sing in your wine.”

Wright has been a big advocate for wine education supporting both Chemeketa and Yamhill-Carlton High Schools programs. He describes himself as a life-long learner, “You will never know it all, but you must try.”


Chemeketa Instructor Receives Community Educator of the Year Award

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

GwenEllyn Anderson imageThe Oregon Association of Community and Continuing Education gave Chemeketa instructor GwenEllyn Anderson its Community Educator of the Year award at a May 3 event.

 

A student from Andersons French for Travelers class nominated her for the award, citing in the entry, “GwenEllyn is probably the most creative teacher I have ever had.  She presents the material through lecture, interactive games of various sorts, videos, and dialogue, to name a few of the things she has used.”

 

Anderson has worked at Chemeketa since 1991 and was among the first faculty to teach online classes for the college. She describes herself as a brain-based educator which means she applies her understanding of how the human mind works at various life stages to create interactive, meaningful lessons.

 

Anderson says the honor is especially gratifying as she contemplates retirement, “But who am I kidding? I’ve been teaching since I was 4 years old and had younger siblings to play school with. Teaching is in my blood, and I’ll find some way to teach no matter where I go or what I do in my life.”

 

The French for Travelers class is just one of the hundreds of noncredit classes Chemeketa offers the community each quarter. For more information, call 503.399.4949.


Molleson elected PTK vice president

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Donnie Molleson imageDonnie Molleson’s mind is expansive and open. Donnie may be retired but he’s not done learning or contributing. His recent election to be regional vice president of the Rocky Mountain Cascade Region chapter of the community college honors society Phi Theta Kappa is just Donnie’s latest accomplishment.

Donnie retired after an 18 year career as a computer scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He enrolled at Chemeketa three years ago even though he already had two associate degrees and a bachelor’s degree. He is currently studying business management after exploring electrical engineering at Chemeketa.

“I’m spending my retirement learning new things,” Donnie said.

Donnie was elected vice president at the PTK’s spring regional convention. He campaigned on a platform rich with passion for the honors society and his eagerness to serve.

“I’m excited about being involved and my management studies coupled with my experience in student leadership will be a good fit for what PTK needs now,” said Donnie.

Chemeketa’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter supports excellent students striving for academic achievement and leadership opportunities.

 


Birth of the Chemeketa Press

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Stack of textbooksWe have so many reasons to be proud of the collaboration that is our Chemeketa Press. Chemeketa is the only community college in the nation publishing peer-reviewed textbooks with original content authored by the college’s faculty. We launched Chemeketa Press in 2015 as a way to reduce student textbook sticker shock.

The Chemeketa Press published 13 titles in 2016. By the end of spring term, we expect Chemeketa Press will have sold over 8,600 books to 12,000 students. Those students will have saved at least $500,000 by not buying new, commercial textbooks. Over 20 new titles are planned to be released for fall 2017.

Chemeketa has produced a seven minute documentary to record how and why the Chemeketa Press was born. The documentary shows that Chemeketa Press resulted in unprecedented collaboration and professional development, as well as savings for students.


Barrel tasting event set for May 18

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa Barrel Tasting May 19The community is welcome to enjoy the fruits of Chemeketa’s Agricultural Sciences students’ labor at the college’s annual barrel tasting.

The tasting is scheduled for 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 18 at the Northwest Wine Studies Center at Chemeketa Eola, 215 Doaks Ferry Rd NW.

There will also be an award ceremony at 6 p.m.

Guests will get to enjoy the wine produced at the Wine Studies Center by Chemeketa students from grapes they grew themselves. Wines now being produced by Chemeketa alumni will also be on display.

Plants grown from seed by Chemeketa horticulture students will also be available for sale at the event.

RSVP to the event by May 10 by emailing ag@chemeketa.edu.