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Monthly Archives: September 2017

October College Fair set for Oct. 10

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

October college fairRepresentatives from more than 20 colleges and universities from four states will be at Chemeketa Community College for the October College Fair.

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

Along with the various colleges, representatives from community partners and Chemeketa student support service departments will be on hand as well.

Snacks will be available, and 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. Community partners include the Oregon National Guard, Eagle Home Mortgage, Edward Jones, Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace and Travel Salem.

Path to scholarships workshop

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa hosted 60 Salem-Keizer area high school students on Thursday, September 21 at an event titled, “Pathways to Scholarships.” The workshop focused on how to successfully compete for college scholarships.

Gerardo Ochoa, assistant dean for diversity and community partnerships at Linfield College presented the information.

“I am teaching them to write deeply,” Ochoa said. “I want them to develop a good personal narrative so they can tell a compelling story that will attract the interest of scholarship award committees.”

Ochoa urges his audience to not be bitter about the obstacles they face, but rather use challenges to make them better persons.

Paola from West Salem understands Ochoa’s advice, “When I think about what I’ve been through, I can see how those hard things have made me better, and I’m able to help my friends too.”

The event was co-sponsored by Chemeketa, Providence Health System and Univision TV.

“Invisible Light” in gallery Oct. 4 – Nov. 3

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

invisible lightA show in the Gretchen Schuette Art Gallery will let visitors see what they cannot see normally.

“Invisible Light” will feature infrared images taken by photographer Rich Bergeman.

The show will be featured in the gallery from Oct. 4 to Nov. 3. An artist’s reception is scheduled for Oct. 4 from 12:30pm-2:30 pm with a talk by Bergeman at 1:30 pm.

Cameras with either special black and white film or digital cameras with converted sensors are capable of taking photographs at the infrared range, which are wavelengths longer than light waves visible to the human eye.

In his artist’s statement, Bergeman said taking photography in infrared shows a world quite different than the one normally seen. Organic objects like plants reflect more infrared, making them appear bright in pictures while inorganic items like rock and water are darker.

“This can result in dramatic skies, deep black water surfaces and snowy-looking landscapes,” Bergeman wrote.

Using black and white film for infrared photography builds on Bergeman’s previous work in traditional black and white photography, he said, to take people viewing his work “into scenes with a surreal, dream-like, even ghostly

More information, including gallery hours, will be available on the gallery’s webpage.

Planetarium features Saturn

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Saturn is the true Lord of the Rings.  See Saturn in this full-dome presentation as we appreciate the many new images captured by the Cassini spacecraft over a 13 years period.

After a seven year journey from earth, the two-story Cassini spacecraft began orbiting Saturn in July, 2004.  This mission of exploration ended in September 2017 following a successful close-up look at the planet and a final decent into it.

All shows include a brief introduction that explores the night  sky over Salem during this season of the year.

The Chemeketa Planetarium is located in Building 2, Room 171 on the Chemeketa Salem Campus off Lancaster Dr.  Follow the signs to the Blue parking lot and enter Building 2.

Tickets are sold at the door about 15 minutes before show time.  Seating is limited to 60 and sorry, admission is not possible once the show begins.  Seat reservations are not taken at this time.  For more information, please call 503.399.5246.

Language classes taught on Saturdays

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa  will offer language classes on Saturday mornings this fall term, beginning September 30, and run through December 12.

All classes meet from 9-12:50, and are held on the Salem Campus.

Courses include –


  • Chinese 101 (CRN 41402)
  • French 101 (CRN 32820)
  • Spanish 101 (35404)

Students may enroll for credit, or audit the class if they do not want a grade. “The classes are really convenient for working folks who want to learn a language,” says Cecelia Monto, dean of education and humanities.

The classes combine a mix of speaking, reading and writing ability. For more information contact the languages department, 503.399.5140.