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Earth Day Fair is April 20

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

On Thursday, April 20, Chemeketa will hold its annual Earth Day Fair in the new quad on Salem’s campus.

Hosted by the Associated Students of Chemeketa, International Programs and Sustainability, this event will feature an assortment of activities, including—

  • Free food
  • Bike raffle and bike repair
  • Special events from college programs, including a club fair, food drive for Chemeketa’s Food Pantry, an art project with International Programs and Sustainability’s paper crane community art-making
  • Community exhibitors, including Life Source, Friends of Trees, Habitat for Humanity and Marion Polk Food Share

In the case of inclement weather, the Earth Day Fair will be moved into the Bldg. 2 Student Center.

Want to keep your earth-day momentum rolling? Consider joining Chemeketa’s Bike More Challenge team. From May 1-May 31, you can win prizes just for riding your bike for 10 minutes a day. Learn more and register here.

Earth Day Fair
Thursday, April 2, 11:30 am-2:30 pm
Held in the new quad or Student Center (inclement weather)

 


Scholarships for Oregon Latinos alumni honored

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

A reception honoring former recipients of Scholarships for Oregon Latinos (SOL) was held at the Chemeketa Center for Business & Industry the evening of March 1. Participants shared stories and the audience was updated on the need to replenish the scholarship fund.

“Our SOL alumni described how they overcame their struggles because of support they received from the scholarship and mentoring,” said Chemeketa Foundation Director Nancy Duncan. “It was incredibly inspiring,” she added.

SOL was funded in 1995 when community members The Hon. Joseph V. Ochoa, George Puentes Sr., Lydia Muñiz, Michael Muñiz, Ricardo Baez, and Daniel P. Santos pooled resources to honor the memory of George Puentes Jr.

The scholarship involves a mentoring component and requires community service which many of the former students spoke about having changed their lives. The scholarship is for full-time students transferring to a university to obtain a Bachelor’s degree.

SOL co-founder Lydia Muñiz made a $5,000 matching pledge at the reception. She will match any donation up to $5,000 through March. Email or call the Chemeketa Foundation at 503.365.4747 for more information.


Grant provides STEM exploration day for high schoolers

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

On February 16, U-STEM, Chemeketa’s first STEM exploration day, welcomed nearly 100 students from 12 area high schools. Students attended interactive workshops in computing, machining, robotics and drafting. Workshop demonstrations included–

Machining: Precision metal parts production
Students received hands-on experience with manual milling, lathe and Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machining as well as a demonstration of the virtual machining software designed by Chemeketa’s partner DMG MORI Academy.

Drafting: Design, scan and 3D print

Students participated a hands-on lab with 3D modeling and printing and learned how Computer-Aided Drafting & Design (CADD) professional use it in their line of work.

Robotics: Robot hydraulic arm build

Students learned how robotics mixes engineering and computer science and the field’s applications in many of today’s industries. In addition to a hands-on demo with Baxter, teams built hydraulic robotic arms and received a kit to take home to build their own.

Students play fetch with Baxter the robot

 

Computing: Smartphone application production

Computer Science and Computer Information Systems teamed up to show students software that reveals hidden information contained in photos taken and shared from their phones and got the opportunity to build their own app.

 

Students learn about the hidden information contained in their smart phone photos

 

This event was made possible by a $152,236 grant from the Higher Education Coordinating Commission in cooperation with the Oregon Department of Education. This grant will continue to fund increased recruitment, retention and support efforts for females and other underrepresented students interested in STEM programs and careers.


Artist-in-residence Oran in gallery through March 17

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Roberto Oran in art galleryThe Gretchen Schuette Art Gallery is a long way from making sculptures on a brother’s dining room table.

But Roberto Oran made that journey, and the gallery’s 2016 Artist in Residence is now showing off his work in the show Microcosmus Marinus, now showing in the gallery through March 17.

“This is my way to give back,” Oran, who is also a Chemeketa graduate, said during a reception Feb. 15.

Oran grew up in a small town in the Mexican state of Oaxaca, where as a child he had to share pencils with his siblings because his family could not afford otherwise.

“The only way for me to draw was inside my head, with my imagination,” Oran said in his artists statement.

Oran came to the US when he was 16 and was further inspired by ceramics class at West Salem High.

Microcosmus Marinus featured drawings, paintings, and ceramic sculpture pieces focused around aquatic life and the environment. Oran used recycled clay from his pieces, which was tougher to work with.

“Some of my best pieces didn’t make it,” he said.

Oran is working on many projects in the area showcasing the journey of the Latino immigrant community and to give voice to its part in the Willamette Valley’s culture.

“I am honored to represent a people who have worked so hard to accomplish their dreams, and who inspire me to do the same,” he said.

The hours of the Gretchen Schuette Art Gallery can be found on its website.


Chemeketa offering service learning in Oaxaca, Mexico

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Service learning in Oaxaca MexicoChemeketa Community College will sponsor a trip to Oaxaca, Mexico this June. Participants with attend six classes during spring term to study and prepare for the trip. The class sessions give an overview of international development work practices. The program includes 4 college credits in humanities.

Trip leader Cecelia Monto says, “The trip is an excellent opportunity for future teachers and anyone who wants a deeper understanding of global issues.”

Participants will engage in meaningful community service with the community residing in Oaxaca’s garbage dump. There will also be four levels of Spanish classes available, from beginner to advanced.

The trip is affiliated with the local agency Friends of Pimpollo and is open to the community as well as students. Cost of the trip is $2,000 all inclusive (tuition, air, lodging, activities).

A free information session will be held on February 15, 6 pm, at Chemeketa Salem Building 9, Room 104.

For more information, email cecelia.monto@chemeketa.edu or call 503-399- 6564 or Chemeketa International Programs, at international@chemeketa.edu or 503-399- 5141.


Stream the Storm and never miss a home game

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Cheer on our Storm volleyball, baseball and men’s and women’s basketball teams from the comfort of your own home. Live streaming and on-demand videos of all athletic home games are on Chemeketa Media Space thanks to a partnership between the Chemeketa Studio, Library and Online departments.

Streaming home games has been particularly helpful for athletes’ families and friends who can’t travel to games. The Chemeketa Studio hopes to grow its coverage to include softball and soccer.

For more information on this and other activities, visit Chemeketa Studio’s Facebook page. Access the live-stream, on-demand and athletics schedule below.

Live streaming

Games on-demand

Athletics schedule


Food for Fines collects donations each term

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

From now until Friday, December 9, Chemeketa’s Library is sponsoring Food for Fines to benefit the Chemeketa Food Pantry.

This event invites students, staff and community members to exchange one food item for $1 in fines up to $10. This includes CCRLS fines, but not items that are lost or damaged

Simply bring your donations to the library to participate.

“Just before the holidays and cold weather, it is nice to have more food in the Chemeketa Pantry for those in need,” says Teresa Bell, co-organizer of the event.

Food for Fines is also held during winter and spring terms each year. Donations can be made to the Chemeketa Food Pantry at the Salem and Yamhill Valley campuses year-round.

Most wanted items

  • Boxed meals (mac and cheese, Hamburger Helper)
  • Canned soup and instant noodles
  • Canned chicken or tuna
  • Baby formula, food and diapers
  • Shampoo and toilet paper
  • Canned fruit and vegetables
  • Powdered or canned milk
  • Rice and beans
  • Cereal

LGBTQ+ advocate speaks Nov.30

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa remains a place of inclusiveness for people and ideas and extends a warm welcome to guest speaker and civil rights lawyer Lake Perriguey.

On Wednesday, November 30, Lake will present “Busting the Binary and Gender Fluidity — It’s not Y2K” and lead a discussion about gender identity and equal protection, among other issues and groundbreaking cases affecting the LGBTQ+ community.

Lake chose a legal career after an arrest protesting laws that discriminated against gay and lesbian people.

After attending Lewis and Clark Law School, he has represented queer and transpeople in family law cases and in work, government and public accommodation discrimination cases, including the first person in the United States to be legally recognized as nonbinary.

Busting the Binary and Gender Fluidity — It’s not Y2K
Featuring guest speaker Lake Perriguey
Wednesday, November 30, 2-3 pm
Bldg. 2, Student Center (Salem)


Culture Fair is Nov. 16

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa’s students come from many different countries, backgrounds and cultures. During International Programs and International Club’s annual Culture Fair, these students have the opportunity to share parts of their cultures with the entire college and Salem community.

Students representing Mexico, Guatemala, Fiji, Vietnam, Japan, Ukraine/Eastern Europe and Navajo cultures welcome you to learn about art, music, clothing, dance and customs from around the world. Expand your worldview and welcome these students to Chemeketa.

Culture Fair
Wednesday, November 16
11:30 am-3:30 pm
Student Center, Bldg. 2 (Salem)
Free & open to the public

Meet our Students

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Laura Moreno
Studying Business Management
Joins us from Mexico

Laura started at Chemeketa studying English as a Second Language on a tourist visa. She the atmosphere and classes at Chemeketa so much that she returned to Mexico to get her student visa so that she could study here full-time. She completed ESL classes in the fall of 2015 and is now working toward her ASOT in Business. Laura works as a student leader in both Marketing and Student Recruitment and International Programs and is a council member of the International Club.

When did you start at Chemeketa? Summer 2014
What do you like about hosting a table at Culture Fair? The opportunity to share my culture with other students.
Would you recommend hosting to other students? Yes, it’s a fun and great experience to see how the students get interested in learning about where you come from and the differences between your culture and theirs.

 

alpha-2Alpha Jalloh
Studying Computer Science
Joins us from Liberia

Alpha is part of a large family. He and his brother came to the U.S. to pursue dreams of an American education. Alpha is working on his ASOT in Computer Science. He works as a tutor in the computer lab to help pay for his education.

When did you start at Chemeketa? Spring 2015
What do you like about hosting a table at Culture Fair? It gave me a chance to talk about my culture and country. Not many Americans know a lot about Liberia, so I got to educate them about that part of Africa
Would you recommend hosting to other students? Yes! It is a great way to inform others about who you are and where you come from.

 

sueAhn “Sue” Vu
Studying Health and Wellness
Joins us from Vietnam

Sue was an exchange student for one year at North Salem High School. She really loved the welcoming quality of the Salem community, so she decided to begin her post-secondary studies at Chemeketa. She will complete her AAOT this spring and transfer to PSU to study Health and Wellness. Sue works in the International Programs office and is a council member of the International Club.

When did you start at Chemeketa? Fall 2015
Why are you looking forward to hosting a table at Culture Fair? It’s a great opportunity to share my culture with others.
Would you recommend hosting to other students? Yes, absolutely. It is a really fun activity for all students, whether to share your own culture or learn about a new culture.


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.