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Prepare for the Great Eclipse

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Solar EclipseChemeketa is offering special showings of “Eclipse: The Sun Revealed” to help the community appreciate the total eclipse of the sun on August 21.

This show includes a journey through the historical and cultural view of eclipses, the geometry that permits them to occur and safety hints on how to see this rare event.

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

The showings will start at 7:30 pm in the Building 6 auditorium on the Salem Campus on-

  • Sunday, July 23
  • Monday, August 7
  • Thursday, August 17

Admission-
The auditorium can accommodate approximately 400 guests. Tickets can be purchased with cash or check at the door.

  • Adults: $5
  • Children under 12: Free

Parking-

  • Follow the signs to the Bldg. 6 auditorium and park in the Purple lot
  • No parking pass is required for guests during these shows
  • Download a campus map

Chemeketa holds 61st commencement

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

They believed. They achieved. They did it.

Chemeketa held its 61st commencement ceremony June 20 at the Oregon State Fairgrounds Pavilion, awarding degrees and certificates to 688 graduates.

“I urge you to use your new knowledge and skills to continue to open your mind to new possibilities,” President Julie Huckestein told the graduates. “Education is power. Use it wisely and no matter what else you do in life, no one can ever take your education away from you.”

Board of Education Chairperson Ron Pittman compared education to his background in insurance sales.

“Insurance helps us manage the risk of uncertainty,” Pittman said. “I can’t say that your education will safeguard you completely, but I have no doubt it will strengthen you ability to respond to hard times and uncertainty.”

You can view the Facebook photo album by Terri Jacobson by clicking this link.

Below you can view a commencement highlight video provided by AO Films along with the student highlight video shown during the ceremony.


‘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.”


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.


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.