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MLK Celebration to be held at Chemeketa Jan. 29

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

MLK Celebration at ChemeketaAn annual event honoring civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be held at Chemeketa Community College.

The MLK Celebration, sponsored by the college’s Multicultural Student Services, will take place from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, January 29 in the Student Center of Building 2 on the Salem campus.

The event will feature the following two speakers –

Keynote speaker Millie Harmon holds the distinction of being the first full-time African-American instructor hired at Chemeketa. Harmon is also an Army veteran reaching the rank of captain and was honored in October at the Freedom Fund banquet of Salem-Keizer NAACP Branch 1166.

The second speaker, Wilma Marchbanks, is a local community leader. Marchbanks earned her degree from Chemeketa and is now a drug and alcohol counselor in Salem.

In addition to the speakers, popular Salem musician Rich McCloud and Chemeketa student Anthony Dixon will provide music.

For additional information on the event, contact Linda Ringo-Reyna at 503.399.5143.


Oregon Transfer Days coming to Chemeketa campuses

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Oregon Transfer Days 2012

Chemeketa students can explore the offerings of more than 20 public and private universities during the annual Oregon Transfer Days events at both the Salem and Yamhill Valley campuses.

Started in 2007 to assist community college students in transferring to four-year schools, Oregon Transfer Days brings admissions and recruitment professionals from all seven of Oregon’s public universities along with private and out-of-state universities to all 17 of the state’s community colleges.

In addition, information on the Ford Family Foundation Scholarship program will be available.

The tour of colleges is organized by a task force from the Oregon Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (ORACRAO).

Event dates and times are as follows-

  • Yamhill Valley Campus: 10 am – 1 pm Wednesday, January 21, Building 1.
  • Salem Campus: 10 am – 1 pm Thursday, January 21, Student Center (Building 2)

For more information on Oregon Transfer Days, visit the event’s page on ORACRAO’s website at http://oracrao.org/oregon-transfer-days.

 


Nicole Hernandez featured in gallery through Feb. 13

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Nicole Hernandez featured in art galleryThe works of Chemeketa Community College’s artist-in-residence Nicole Hernandez are now being featured in the Gretchen Schuette Art Gallery on the Salem campus.

“Extensions” will be featured in the gallery through Feb. 13. An artist’s reception will be held from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 21 at the gallery, with a talk from Hernandez at 1:30 p.m.

Hernandez is a 2010 graduate of Chemeketa who went on to receive her Bachelor’s in Fine Arts with honors from Oregon State University.

The pieces of “Extensions” are drawn out of Hernandez’s interest in culture’s obsession with hair and its contribution to the female identity in society, she said in her artist’s statement.

“ ‘Extensions’ questions the feminine ideals that are imposed on girls and women, and those which we often inflict on ourselves,” Hernandez said.

The Gretchen Schuette Art Gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For additional information, contact the gallery at 503.399.2533.


Financial aid & scholarship help in Salem & McMinnville Jan. 10

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

From 9 am to 2 pm on Saturday, January 10, Chemeketa Community College will host a free event to help students attain money for college.

Experts will be available to help returning college students and high school students fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and scholarship applications at both the Salem (Bldg. 6, 4000 Lancaster Drive) and Yamhill Valley (Bldg. 1, 288 NE Norton Lane, McMinnville) campuses.

High school students are encouraged to have a parent accompany them, if possible. Students do not have to be planning to enroll at Chemeketa to get help.

All the following documents should be brought to help complete applications-

  • 2014 federal tax return. If you haven’t filed taxes yet, you can estimate
  • Social Security numbers of student and parents (if any)
  • Other financial records
  • Driver’s license (if any)
  • Alien registration card (if you are not a U.S. citizen)

Find more information on College Goal Oregon at www.collegegoaloregon.org.


Apply now for fall term 2015

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

It’s a new year and you’re on your way to enrolling as a college student. Not sure where to start? Now is the time to begin Chemeketa’s admission process if you plan to attend fall 2015.

 

 

Here’s how to get started-

January-

February-

March-

April-

May-

June-

  • Check your My Chemeketa account and submit any additional requirements for financial aid

July-

August-

  • Register for classes in My Chemeketa
  • Accept your financial aid award letter

September-

  • Attend new student preview day
  • Classes begin late September

Additional enrollment details are available online for transfer and international students.

For more information about admissions call 503.399.5006 or e-mail getstarted@chemeketa.edu.

 


Library offering drop-in sessions to learn new system

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Big changes have come to the Chemeketa Community College Library.

The library has moved to a new search system. This is part of a major cooperative effort of the Orbis Cascade Alliance, a consortium of 37 academic libraries in Oregon, Washington and Idaho that includes Chemeketa.

Having a single shared system will radically change the way Chemeketa patrons search for books, movies, and more.

The library is offering drop-in sessions from 8:30 to 9 a.m. and noon to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday the first two weeks of winter term to help patrons learn to use the new search system.

The library web site has additional information on the transition along with answering frequently asked questions for students, staff and community members.


Chemeketa holiday closure information

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Winter break closuresDuring winter break, all Chemeketa Community College locations will be closed on the following dates:

  • December 24-26 (Wednesday/Thursday/Friday)
  • December 31 and January 1 & 2 (Wednesday/Thursday/Friday)

The Chemeketa library is fully closed through January 4 to move over to a new system.

All college operations will resume normal operation on the first day of winter term, Monday, January 5.


Chemeketa instructor named Wine Person of the Year

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Al MacDonaldAl MacDonald is getting one heck of a retirement gift.

And that’s not referencing his new wine-colored hat.

MacDonald, who is retiring from Chemeketa Community College after 15 years of guiding the college’s viticulture program from its roots, has been named 2014’s Wine Person of the Year by Oregon Wine Press magazine.

A deserved award, as noted by the wine industry reception held at Chemeketa’s Northwest Wine Studies Center in Eola on December 15 to honor MacDonald both for the award and his retirement.

“I’m not sure I can think of anyone else who has had more influence on the practices in our vineyards than Al,” said Betty O’Brien, the chair of the college’s Wine Studies program advisory committee.

MacDonald was the first instructor hired by Chemeketa in 1999 to begin what was then called the Vineyard Management/Winemaking program. Back then, the program was based out of Building 50 on the Salem campus.

Over the last decade and a half, MacDonald has taught numerous students in the management of wine grapes who have gone on to take on roles in the booming Willamette Valley wine industry and beyond. He also saw the program move beyond Building 50 with the development of the Northwest Wine Studies Center, which now houses Chemeketa’s programs in vineyard management, winemaking and wine marketing.

Beyond the classroom, MacDonald is noted for his role as a founding member of the Low Input Viticulture and Enology (LIVE) program, which provides education and input on how to grow wine grapes and produce wine sustainably by reducing the amount of pesticides, fertilizers, chemicals and fuel used in production.

His accomplishments were credited along with his humor and personality, which came to the forefront of when Keebler showed him the gift of a new hat picked up from a Portland haberdashery. MacDonald quickly put it on and gave the audience ample opportunity to snap photos.

In addressing his well-wishers, MacDonald said he “learned more from the students than they ever learned from me” and also put his humor on display once more.

“I’ll still be around,” he said, “but I might not answer e-mail as quickly as I used to.”

 


Funds sought for childcare scholarship match

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Funds sought for childcare scholarshipsThe Chemeketa Community College Foundation is hard at work seeking to raise funds to get the most of a major fund-matching opportunity for scholarships benefitting students with children.

Local philanthropist Larry Tokarski of Mountain West Investments has generously offered to match $35,000 in new donations for childcare scholarships this calendar year.

“Helping our students pay for childcare is our biggest fundraising priority,” Chemeketa Foundation Executive Director Nancy Duncan said.

Some large donations have already come in. Jay Hansen of C. J. Hansen Heating and Air Conditioning is providing a $5,000 donation toward the match.

“We know how important it is to help students overcome barriers to getting a college education,” Hansen said.

With a $15,000 contribution from Bob and Nancy Emrick of McMinnville, the Chemeketa Foundation has raised $25,000 toward the match, leaving another $10,000 to go.

If you are interesting in helping the Foundation reach Tokarski’s matching offer, contact the Chemeketa Foundation before the year ends to discuss your contribution.

Want to learn more? View this brief video of Chemeketa students describing the importance of their Chemeketa Foundation scholarships.


Enroll today – winter term begins Jan. 5

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Winter term registration is open to all current starting December 2 and to new students December 9.

The winter class schedule is available online or search and register for classes in My Chemeketa. Classes begin Monday, January 5.

If you’re a new student, follow these steps before registering –

Other important things –

  • Textbooks are available at Chemeketa’s bookstore starting December 2
  • 2014-15 parking permits are available and are required at the Salem campus. Permits are available at My Chemeketa and the Public Safety window (Bldg. 2, Salem campus)
  • Review the financial aid deadlines for 2014-15

For more information or help getting started, call 503.399.5000.