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Gallery launches Chemeketa Makes workshop Feb. 20

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Art is deeply personal and learning the techniques to draw from your own life to create unique and meaningful work takes practice.

When you take a day to join the Gretchen Schuette Art Gallery’s first ever Chemeketa Makes workshop, you’ll be doing just that.

On Saturday, February 20, Gary Westford will lead the Chemeketa Makes workshop Finding a Voice: Where do ideas come from? to accompany his upcoming exhibit Time Transfixed. Gary, who has worked as an artist and arts educator for 30 years, produces work that examines environmental and social issues.

“For our inaugural year, we have invited an artist whose work embodies the humanitarian vision and interest in the human condition that Gretchen Schuette supported when she was president at Chemeketa,” says art instructor Laura Mack.

Participants of Finding a Voice will explore the use of personal experiences and interests – heritage, military service, travel, favorite books or films – to brainstorm, collaborate and work independently to create a monument to a loss or triumph, recreate a masterpiece, or illustrate a favorite poem or piece of music.

Finding a Voice: Where do ideas come from?
Workshop with Gary Westford
Saturday, February 20, 9 am-3:30 pm
Bldg. 3, Rm. 121
$15 – Register using CRN 61098
Click here for class flier


Award-winning author hosts writing workshop

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

This week, Chemeketa welcomes award-winning author Karen Karbo as host to a book reading and Chemeketa Writes workshop.

Karen is author of fourteen award-winning novels, memoirs and works of non-fiction including the best-selling “Kick Ass Women” series: Julia Child RulesHow Georgia Became O’KeeffeThe Gospel According to Coco Chanel and How to Hepburn.

Her 2004 memoir, The Stuff of Life, written about the last year she spent with her father before his death, won awards from New York Times, People Magazine and Oregon Book Awards. Her short stories, essays, articles and reviews have appeared in ElleVogueEsquireOutside, the New York TimesSalon.com and other magazines and she was recently one of 24 writers awarded an Amtrak Residency.

For more information on these event, e-mail magdalen.powers@chemeketa.edu.

Reading
Thursday, Februrary 4, 11:30 am-12:30 pm
Gretchen Schuette Art Gallery
Free

Chemeketa Writes
Workshop with author Karen Karbo
Saturday, February 6, 10 am -2:50 pm
Building 9, Room 111
$15- Register using CRN 55848 or bring your checkbook


Workshop on applying for jobs at Chemeketa

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Looking to take the next step in your career at Chemeketa? Brush up on your job search skills at a workshop this January.

Each workshop will cover-

  • The job application process at Chemeketa
  • Optimizing your application, resume and cover letter
  • Interview skills demonstration

Workshop: Understanding the Job Application Process at Chemeketa
Wednesday​, ​February 10
5:30 pm – ​7:30 ​pm
Building ​9​, ​R​oom 11​7​

 


You’re invited to Chemeketa Reads book discussions

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Students, staff and community members are welcome to join Chemeketa Reads book discussions and share their experience reading Spare Parts by Joshua Davis, an inspiring tale of four undocumented high school underdogs competing in a robotics competition against some of the nation’s brightest and wealthiest college students.

Since 2006, Chemeketa Reads has served as a community reading project, allowing its participants to enjoy a shared experience of reading, thinking and enjoying the same book. Each year a central theme with core and supplemental titles is chosen, a model of community reading projects offered through public libraries and institutions of higher learning nationwide.

Additional Chemeketa Reads discussions on Reaching Out and Breaking Through, both by Francisco Jimenez, are planned for winter and spring terms. All Chemeketa Reads books are 30% off in Chemeketa’s Bookstore.

Book discussions

  • Wednesday, February 3, 10:30-11:30 am – Library lounge, Bldg. 9 second floor
  • Thursday, February 11, 3:30-4:30 pm – Multicultural Center, Bldg. 2, Rm. 176 (Salem)
  • Friday, February 26, 1:30-2:30 pm – Library lounge, Bldg. 9 second floor

Book list

Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream
by Joshua Davis

The Distance Between Us: A Memoir
by Reyna Grande

Reaching Out
by Francisco Jimenez

Breaking Through
by Francisco Jimenez


College Goal Oregon in Salem Jan. 9

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

College Goal Oregon at Chemeketa

Students working on getting money for college can get free help this weekend at Chemeketa Community College to navigate federal student aid and scholarship paperwork.

College Goal Oregon is set to take place from 9 am to 2 pm on Saturday, Jan. 9 at the Salem campus (Bldg. 6, Rms. 202 and 217)

Experts will be on-hand to help students and their families fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and other scholarship applications.

All are invited, whether you are a high school student or non-traditional student returning to school. You do not have to be planning to enroll at Chemeketa to get help.

Students are encouraged to have a parent come along, if possible. All the following documents should also be brought to help fill out the forms:

  • Federal tax return. If you haven’t filed taxes yet, you can estimate.
  • Current value of assets (cash, checking, savings, investments, etc.)
  • Social Security numbers of student and parents (if any)
  • Driver’s license (if any)
  • Alien registration card (if you are not a U.S. citizen)

For more information on College Goal Oregon, check out their website at www.collegegoaloregon.org.

 


Meet alumna Fabiola Regla Ramos

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

When you think of reasons that might prohibit one from reaching their educational potential, what comes to mind? Do language barriers, domestic violence, family obligations or homelessness make your list?

For Fabiola Regla Ramos, it wasn’t one but all of these setbacks that slowed her progress—but she refused to let them break her spirit. Now Fabiola is a role model for those experiencing similar obstacles and, perhaps more importantly, for her son and daughter.

Born and raised in Comala, Colima Mexico, Fabiola was brought to the U.S. against her wishes at the age of 14. Though she spoke no English, she was placed into mainstream classes due to a lack of school resources. It wasn’t long before she failed her classes, dropped out of high school and ran away to elope with her boyfriend.

But life didn’t turn out how she had hoped. “I suffered domestic violence for many years,” Fabiola recalls. “First at the hands of my own father, then in foster care and finally at the hands of my husband.” When her ex-husband turned his physical abuse to her son, Fabiola gained the courage to leave and take a chance at a better life for her children and herself.

For nine months, Fabiola and her kids were homeless, living in a shelter while her divorce was finalized. She took this time to find a job and a place to live, finding work as a waitress. While she enjoyed the job, she quickly discovered it couldn’t support the needs of her family.

“I started thinking of ways in which I could improve my opportunities,” says Fabiola. “I wanted something more, but I wasn’t sure what exactly. I only knew I wanted a job that had a purpose. My drive was to create a better future for my kids.”

Her local Worksource office changed her life, helping her build a resume and connecting her with a program that paid for her GED classes and a CNA certification at Chemeketa. She took the leap and returned to school 10 years after she had dropped out.

“When I started taking GED classes I had the choice of taking them in Spanish, but I wanted to challenge myself and took the classes and the exams in English,”says Fabiola. “I knew that learning how to write and read in English was essential in order to provide my kids with a better future.”

It took nine months for Fabiola to obtain her GED and CNA through Chemeketa. She credits the support of counselors, staff, tutors and teachers for helping her change her life.

“I had a wonderful experience and felt like I was a part of something big for the first time,” Fabiola recalls. “I had tasted knowledge and I was hungry for more.”

She went on to earn her associate degree and is now enrolled at Western Oregon University planning to earn her bachelor’s degree in psychology in the spring of 2016.

“I was once an adolescent who felt out of place and had no hope or dreams for the future,” Fabiola recalls. “Now I have become a better parent and I have a job that serves a purpose, a job that allows me to help people in a position I once was.”

Fabiola works as a teacher assistant for the Spanish GED for Chemeketa’s Dallas center and volunteers as an advocate for equality and human rights at Voz Hispana and she was selected as a guest speaker for Oregon’s 2015 GED Summit. Her five-year plan includes getting a master’s degree in Social work, buying a home and starting a savings account for her kids’ college education.

“I am thankful and proud of the opportunities I seized and I look forward many more to come,” she says. “I will never forget that all it took was to take a chance, a chance to go back to school to obtain a GED. Knowledge set me free—and there’s no stopping me now.”


Meet Selina: Helping students and families

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa advisor Julio Cortez gave a small bit of advice to a struggling CAMP student seven years ago that ended up making a big difference.

The CAMP student was Selina Ramon Sanchez. She was part of the first Chemeketa Scholars cohort in 2008, and she was dismayed to find herself struggling in a Chemeketa math class. Math and science had always been Selina’s strength as student at North Marion High. She even considered becoming a doctor until she realized the burden that years of medical school would place on her family. She came to Chemeketa looking for other ways to help her community and that tough math class caused her to question whether she even belonged here.

“I was afraid and didn’t think anyone would help me,” she recalled. “Julio told me to speak up and be my own advocate. So I talked with the instructor and he was really helpful.”

Ramon Sanchez transferred to Western Oregon University where she earned an interdisciplinary studies degree combining studies in everything that interested her: Spanish, accounting and psychology. Her intent for her education was to help members of the Latino community improve how they manage their personal finances. While at WOU she kept a part-time job as a registration assistant at Chemeketa Woodburn where she advocated for the economic benefits of education.

She started work for the Oregon Department of Human Services but kept an eye on job openings at Chemeketa.

“I feel like I belong to Chemeketa,” she says.

Her chance to act on that sentiment came when Chemeketa opened a position in financial aid to help with the workload anticipated from implementing the Oregon Promise. Selina was hired to help students and families navigate the complexities of paying for college. She is currently the only Spanish-fluent employee in Chemeketa’s financial aid department.

“The Oregon Promise is totally going to open the doors for so many students,’ she exclaims.

Many of them will have some idea of how Selina helped them. Maybe they’ll get some advice from Julio along the way too. What they may never appreciate is how their conversation seven years ago created an advocate for college access.

 


“Drawing Deeper” featured at art gallery

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Drawing Deeper at art galleryWhile most Gretchen Schuette Art Gallery exhibits feature a single artist, the latest presentation will instead focus on a specific medium to draw you in.

“Drawing Deeper” will run from Nov. 4 to Dec. 4 in the gallery. The exhibit will featuring five different artists focused on the artistic discipline of drawing. The pieces were curated by Laura Mack, chair of Chemeketa’s art department.

“The work is rich because the way the marks are made is as forceful as the subject matter,” Mack wrote in her statement. “The quality of their approaches reflects the quality of their observations as they question, explain, or simply present.”

The artists featured in the drawing exhibit are Debra Beers, Elaine Green, April Coppini, Megan Vossler and Samantha Wall.

A reception will be held on Nov. 4 from 12:30 to 2:30 pm at the gallery, located on the first floor of Building 3 on the Salem campus.

The gallery is open from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays, or by appointment.


Events planned for National Campus Sustainability Month

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa sustainability

While the leaves may be brilliant shades of orange, there’s lots of reasons to be green this October as staff and students collaborate with community organizations to celebrate National Campus Sustainability Month.

 

Upcycle Drag Show
Wednesday, October 21, 12-2 pm
Building 6, Auditorium

Chemeketa’s Facilities department, Sustainability and Triangle Clubs and ASC team up to host the Upcycle Drag Show. Dresses made from upcycled materials by art students and local artists will be on the catwalk. Come for the fashion, stay for the pizza and cake.

Repair Fair and Share
Wednesday, October 21, 5-7 pm
Building 2, Student Center

Chemeketa will host local repair gurus during the Repair Fair and Share. Bring in your bike, small appliance, instrument or fabric item to learn how to troubleshoot basic repairs.

Click here for the event flyer.

Make a Difference Day
Thursday, October 22

Chemeketa students will hit the parking lots to paint storm drains with “No Dumping, Drains to River” stencils, which promote watershed health.


College and career fair Oct. 26

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Student at college and career fairSalem area students and their families are invited to attend the annual college and career fair held at Chemeketa Community College on Monday, October 26. This event is presented by The Inspire Foundation.

To be held from 6 -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 scholarships toward college tuition.

To learn more about the event, contact Kathy Moore of The Inspire Foundation, at kathy@salemchamber.org or 503.581.1466 ext. 316.