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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.

Chemeketa presidential search committee announced

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa presidential search committee announcedThe Chemeketa Board of Education has appointed 15 people to the committee that will screen applicants for the Chemeketa district president position.

Members of the Chemeketa Presidential Search Advisory Committee are –

  • Christy Perry, Superintendent, Salem-Keizer Public Schools
  • Alex Sanchez, Emeritus Professor, Oregon State University, Community College Leadership Program
  • Kevin Angulo, student
  • Maricruz Reyes, student
  • Elias Villegas, dean
  • Tim Rogers, associate chief operations officer
  • Yolanda Martinez, faculty
  • Patricia Antoine, faculty
  • Charles Sekafetz, faculty
  • Terry Rohse, instructional coordinator
  • Kathy Saunders, department assistant
  • Linda Kaufmann, student services specialist
  • Ron Pittman, Chemeketa Board of Education
  • Ed Dodson, Chemeketa Board of Education
  • Diane Watson, Chemeketa Board of Education

“We are so grateful for the interest and commitment of these committee members,” said Andrew Bone, Chemeketa interim vice president.

College-wide communications invited nominees, and senior executives also reached out to employee and student associations asking them to recommend candidates. The college executive team forwarded recommendations from that pool of candidates to the Board of Education.

The application period for the district president position is scheduled to close January 5, 2015, and the advisory committee will recommend finalists for further consideration to the Chemeketa Board of Education.


Chemeketa hosts “College Nights” Nov. 13

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

From 6 to 8 pm on Thursday, November 13, Chemeketa will host “College Nights,” a free informational event aimed at educating prospective college students on how to choose, apply and pay for college.

Organized by the Educational Credit Management Corporation, “College Nights” will be held in the Building 6 auditorium on Salem’s campus and will include free pizza and soda and a chance to win a $500 scholarship. Free parking will be available; guests can follow signs to park in the purple lot.

More information is available here.

Meet the interim president

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Julie HuckesteinChemeketa Interim President Julie Huckestein not only has extensive community college experience on her resume, she also knows firsthand the challenges many of her students face.

At the age of 18 Huckestein started taking classes towards a legal secretary degree at Linn-Benton Community College,

“I remember being anxious as I navigated financial aid and found my way to classes.”

Life interrupted her education and she never finished that program. Eventually she returned to school, and at the age of 37 she received her associate’s degree then went on to get a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in education policy and administration.

“My beginning at a community college gave me everything I needed to prepare for furthering my education.”

Huckestein started her community college career in the accounting office of her alma mater, Linn-Benton where she worked for 14 years before taking a post in 2001 as director of business services at Chemeketa. She was promoted to Assistant Chief Financial Officer in 2004 and became Vice President/CFO in 2010.

The Chemeketa Board of Education appointed Huckestein interim president this past July. She replaced Cheryl Roberts who took over the presidency of Shoreline Community College in Seattle.

Huckestein says this new role is a chance to put her personal motto into action –

“You must do those things you think you cannot do. You can’t grow if you only do the things that keep you comfortable.”

Huckestein has made a great impression in her new role. In the Chemeketa Faculty Association’s monthly report to the College Board of Education, association president Traci Hodgson wrote –

“She is communicating well… and her respect for faculty is evident in those communications.

With such strong leadership, faculty is looking forward to his academic year as one that will be productive and positive.”

Huckestein’s empathy and rapport come from at least two sources. One source is how she values being kind and careful with other people’s feelings. Another source comes from her life experience. She pointed out in her welcome message to students that the college is made up of many stories and everyone has his or her own to tell.

“My story has two beginnings, one where it ended before I achieved my educational goal and another where I succeeded.”

As she enters the next chapter of her story, Huckestein uses her life experience as ongoing inspiration; telling the Chemeketa Courier student newspaper,

“Every term there’s this general sense of excitement. And that’s what’s great about working at a community college: Every term you get to be with people who want to do something with their lives.”

Veterans Day event scheduled for Nov. 6

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Veterans Day 2014Giving respect and honor to all who have served in the military is the emphasis of a special Veterans Day observation event happening at Chemeketa Community College.

The event is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 6 from noon to 2 p.m.  in the Student Center of Building 2 at the Salem campus.

The program will include presentation of the colors by the All Nations Native American Color Guard and the singing of the National Anthem and the Native American Honor Song by Chemeketa students.

The keynote speaker will be Graciala Tiscareno-Sato, a retired United States Air Force captain who is now a STEM consultant to K-12 school districts and a speaker on environmental entrepreneurship, leadership, innovation and Latino educational issues. Tiscareno-Sato also published “Good Night Captain Mama”, the first bilingual childrens’ book about why women serve in the military, and was honored by the White House in March as a Woman Military Veteran Leader Champion of Change.

This event is co-sponsored by the Chemeketa’s Veterans’ Club, Veterans’ Services, Multicultural Student Services, Presidents Office and the Office of Diversity & Equity.

The college will be closed in observation of Veterans Day on Tuesday, Nov. 11.


Sarah Fagan featured in art gallery Nov. 5-Dec. 5

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Sarah Fagan exhibit in art galleryThe examination of everyday objects is the focus of the newest exhibit in the Gretchen Schuette Art Gallery at Chemeketa Community College.

“Surreal & Real: Recent Paintings by Sarah Fagan” will be shown in the gallery from Nov. 5 through Dec. 5. A reception with Fagan will be held from 12:30 to 2:30 Nov. 5, with an informal artist talk at 1:30.

Fagan is an artist based in Portland. Her paintings “celebrate the order and beauty inherent in manmade objects,” according to information from the gallery. The paintings are done in the tromp l’oeil style, meaning they are two-dimensional pieces that use realistic imagery to create the optical illusion of a three-dimensional piece.

“I present my subjects from an aerial perspective, sans environment,” Fagan wrote in her artist’s statement. “The resulting visual immediacy forces confrontation between object and viewer. Accordingly, I consider the sensual and visual, as well as cerebral, impacts the chosen objects may deliver.”

The Gretchen Schuette Art Gallery’s hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. You can reach the gallery at 503.399.2533.

Chemeketa students to Trick-or-Treat For Hunger on Halloween

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Students Trick or Treat for Food PantryCollege students are generally above the average age of your standard Halloween trick-or-treater.

But Chemeketa Community College students will be out trick-or-treating this All Hallows’ Eve, but as opposed to asking for candy for themselves, they’ll be taking up canned goods for the benefit of the entire Chemeketa community.

The Trick-or-Treat For Hunger is an event to collect non-perishible food items for the college’s food pantry, which assists students in need out of the Office of Student Retention & College Life.

Students will be sending out notifications to neighborhoods they will be in on Halloween night. Then from 6 to 8 p.m. on Halloween students will go to the neighborhood to pick up donations.

Food items being sought are non-perishible, unopened and unexpired items such as:

  • Baby food or formula
  • Canned vegetables and fruits
  • Crackers, chips and nuts
  • Oatmeal
  • Pudding or Jell-O
  • Soups
  • Canned tuna or chicken
  • Boxed meals
  • Cereal
  • Drinks
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Canned spaghetti sauce or tomatoes

If you would like to donate money or food, or donate on an ongoing basis, contact Yesica Navarro, Student Services Project Coordinator, at 503.399.5147.

Expo Negocio at CCBI Oct. 17

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Expo Negocio at CCBI October 17Interested in starting a business, improving your business and building relationships within the Latino business community?

Attend the 5th Annual Expo Negocio 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17 at the Chemeketa Center for Business and Industry at High and Union streets in downtown Salem.

This event is a day of networking, business workshops in both English and Spanish along with more, aiming to strengthen the Latino community by providing educational opportunities to both Latino and non-Latino business owners and professionals seeking to develop their business knowledge and intercultural relationships.

The event is free to attend, however there is a $20.00 fee if you want to attend the luncheon and hear the keynote speakers.

More information is available at the Latino Business Alliance website.

Groundbreaking held for Applied Technology building

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Applied Tech GroundbreakingTechnically, the ground has already been broken at the north end of the Salem campus. In fact, there is already a wall up.

But a groundbreaking ceremony for Chemeketa Community College’s new Applied Technology building was still a celebration of new facilities that will equip an educated workforce for well-paying jobs in the Mid-Willamette Valley.

With the already-constructed wall behind them, Interim President Julie Huckestein, Board of Education members Ed Dodson, Jackie Frankie and Diane Watson plus former Board of Education member Dan Ostlund stuck ceremonial shovels in the ground.

“We expect this investment in our educational infrastructure to make a significant contribution to the economy of our region through the graduates in our programs getting good jobs,” Huckestein said.

The $20.2 million building will be the new home of Chemeketa’s machining technology, computer-assisted drafting and engineering programs.

The faculty of those programs were present showcasing their work and tools that will be used in the new facility when it opens for the fall 2015 term.

Brandon Peters, a recent graduate of the machining program and a current welding students took the chance to check out a new piece of machining equipment – a Mori Seiki CNC lathe.

“I really want to take a class to learn this one,” Peters said.

The event also offered tours of the new Building 25, a $4.3 million project that is the new home of Chemeketa’s welding program.

The project is funded through the $92 million bond levy voters in Chemeketa’s district approved in 2008.  The state Legislature allocated an additional $9 million.

Other projects funded by the bond levy include the new Yamhill Valley campus in McMinnville, new facilities at the Regional Training Facility in Brooks and the new Building 8 on the Salem campus, which houses life sciences.


Sign up for closure alerts

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa notifies students, staff and the community of closures or delayed openings in a variety of ways, including –