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Pacific Islands Celebration May 4

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Get a taste of the tropics without the sunburn and TSA body scan at the Pacific Islands Celebration on May 4.

Hosted by the Mix’d Nesians Club and Student Retention and College Life, this drop-in event will feature live music, dance performances, a Pacific Islander student panel and a culture fair.

Food will be provided and the event is free and open to the public.

In its second year, the Pacific Islands Celebration originated from student interest in holding a luau and grew into an opportunity to educate the community on the robust culture of Islanders.

“We wanted it to be more than entertainment,” says student organizer Armillia Lamoray. “We hope that our event fills our guests with some knowledge of the island culture and our goal is to create solutions for some of the issues islander students face in education.”

Pacific Islands Celebration
Wednesday, May 4, 4:30-7:30 pm
Auditorium in Bldg. 6
Free and open to the public

Barrel tasting event set for May 19

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 19 at the Northwest Wine Studies Center at Chemeketa Eola, 215 Doaks Ferry Rd NW.

There will also be an award ceremony honoring local wine industry leaders 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.

Wendy Chin-Tanner poetry reading and workshop Apr.28 & 30

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa Writes presents Turn author Wendy Chin-Tanner for a reading and writing workshop on April 28 and 30 respectfully.

A 2015 Oregon Book Award finalist, Turn is a poetry collection that celebrates and philosophizes the contradictions of living, wrestling with our conceptions of race, gender, abuse, love, sex, motherhood and death.

Born and raised in New York City, Wendy was educated at Cambridge University, UK and now lives in Portland.

Chemeketa Writes is a program provided by Chemeketa’s English Department that encourages individuals to write and gives them the opportunity to meet and work with various published authors.

Chemeketa Writes

Thursday, April 28, 11:30 am-12:30 pm
Gretchen Schuette Art Gallery, Bldg. 3, Rm. 122

Writing Workshop
Saturday, April 30, 10 am-2:50 pm
Bldg. 9, Rm. 111
$15; Register using CRN 75280


By Chemeketa Public Affairs

notice of budget committee meetingsA public meeting of the Budget Committee of Chemeketa Community College, Marion County, State of Oregon, to receive the budget for the fiscal year July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017 will be held at Chemeketa Community College, Building 2 Boardroom, 4000 Lancaster Drive NE, Salem. The meeting will take place on the 13th day of April at 7:00 p.m. The purpose is to receive the budget message and document of the district. A copy of the budget document may be inspected on or after April 13, 2016 at the Chemeketa Community College Library, second floor of Building 9 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

An additional Budget Committee meeting will take place on April 20, 2016 at 4:30 p.m. to receive additional budget information, deliberate and take public comment. The meeting will be held at Chemeketa Community College, Building 2 Boardroom, 4000 Lancaster Drive NE, Salem. This is a public meeting where deliberation of the Budget Committee will take place. Any person may appear at the meeting and discuss the proposed programs with the Budget Committee.

Julie Huckestein
Budget Officer

“Most Likely to Succeed” free showing Apr. 21

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

America’s school system was designed in 1893 – that’s before plastic, television and light bulbs were even invented. Isn’t it about time we build an educational system that meets the needs of the modern world?

That’s the topic explored in “Most Likely to Succeed,” a documentary offering a hopeful look at what students and teachers are capable of if we have the courage and vision to transform our schools. A free showing will be held in the Bldg. 6 Auditorium on Thursday, April 21 from 4-6 pm.

Directed by Greg Whiteley, the film has been featured at several film festivals and education conferences including Sundance and SxSWedu.

Advocates of “Most Likely to Succeed” are embarking on a nationwide movement to empower all schools to move forward through re-imagining their purpose and creating learning that prepare kids for life in the 21st Century.

“Most Likely to Succeed” free showing
Thursday, April 21, 4-6 pm
Bldg. 6, Auditorium
Refreshments provided

Click here to watch the trailer

“Line It Out” featured in gallery

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

The line is a fundamental aspect of all forms of artistic expression, and the Gretchen Schuette Art Galley is presenting a quarter of artists in an exhibit focusing on the line.

“Line It Out” features works from Kate Simmons, Gigi Conot, Heather Goodwind and Deborah Bouchette, and is intended to highlight the importance of line as an artistic tool.

The exhibit is showing now through May 4. An artist’s reception is scheduled for 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6 at the gallery, with an artist talk at 1:30.

The works include sculpture, painting and sewing. The artists twist and reshape the basic element of line into unique forms, demonstrating the diversity and quality of line utilized in modern art. Their artwork pushes line beyond its foundational uses and in doing so emphasizes its higher potential.

The Gretchen Schuette Art Galley is located on the ground floor of Building 3 on Chemeketa’s Salem Campus. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays.


Listen to Her Town Hall April 12

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Did you know laws affecting women are being recommended and passed based on 20 year old reports?

The Women’s Foundation of Oregon knows you’re more than an outdated statistic and invites you to join Listen to Her, an interactive town hall meeting discussing the challenges and issues facing area women and girls today.

On a statewide tour, Chemeketa is proud to host the Salem-area Listen to Her stop on Tuesday, April 12 at Winema (Bldg. 48, Salem).

“Your voice matters,” says event volunteer Lynn Irvin. “This is our chance to make sure leaders across the state know what matters to women and girls in our community.”

Listen to Her aims to hear from hundreds of women and girls on topics such as—

  • Health
  • Leadership
  • Education
  • Wages and assets
  • Discrimination
  • Childcare and caregiving

Input will be compiled into a comprehensive statewide review of the status of women and girls in Oregon and will be released in September 2016.

Listen to Her Town Hall
Tuesday, April 12, 6-7:30 pm
Winema Bldg 48, Rm. 210
4001 Winema Pl, Salem, OR 97305
Dinner and Spanish translation provided

For more information click here.

Salem Sleeping Bag Project branch opens at Chemeketa

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

One man’s trash is another man’s dignity.

That’s the concept behind the Salem Sleeping Bag Project, the local faction backing the national movement to make simple sleeping bags and mats from recycled fabrics and distribute them free to people who need them.

The newest branch opened this March at Chemeketa’s Salem campus and has ambitiously dived into processing thousands of plastics bags into plarn, or plastic yarn.

Student organizer, Eric Duvall-Winscher has been participating in the Salem Sleeping Bag Project for more than two years. “It started as a spring break activity at a DIY crocheting studio. I fell in love and I’ve been doing it ever since.”

Chemeketa’s branch is seeking a steady group of volunteers to process all current donations so the college can transition to a full service branch, taking on crocheting mats and handing them out to people in need.

“Because of the amount of extra bags we process, we will quickly back up the Salem Branch,” says Eric. “It is important for us to be able to process bags from donations to handing out actual sleeping mats.”

How you can help

  • Five volunteers each week to make plarn from bag donations
  • Additional bag donations once all the current bags are processed
    • It takes 800-900 bags to make one mat

“We’re helping the homeless and the environment at the same time,” says Eric. “We don’t care why they are homeless, but we hope this one act of kindness can change their life.”

Salem Sleeping Bag Project
Meets Thursdays from 6-8 pm
Bldg. 2, Student Center (Salem)

Chemeketa hosts Oregon ProStart Culinary Championships

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

South Salem Culinary Crew

Whipped brie with lavender honey
Pan roasted loin chop with potato slivers and dill sauce
Vanilla bean mascarpone with pistachio dacquoise and crème anglaise

Just a few of the delicacies on the menu at the Oregon ProStart High School Culinary Championships held on Saturday, February 27.

Hosted at Chemeketa and sponsored in part by our Hospitality and Tourism Management program, the ProStart Culinary Championships boasted nearly 110 students from 21 high schools from throughout Oregon.

ProStart, a foodservice career training program, is taught in 1,700 schools nationwide. This competition is considered the yearly capstone for participants vying to demonstrate their abilities in teamwork, presentation, menu complexity, taste, knife skills and safety.

Angel Arnholtz, mother of South Salem high school senior Draven Moorehead, cheered on the Saxon Culinary Crew from the audience, just as she did when they won the 2015 Oregon ProState championship.

“I lost my voice. Everybody was jumping up and down, it was one of the best days ever.”

Draven plans to continue his education in the culinary arts and has partial scholarships to several Oregon culinary schools. However, his ambition is set on winning the ProStart nationals and receiving a full-ride scholarship to the Culinary Institute of America in New York.

“He wants to learn to do this well,” Angel said. “All the kids love this.”

The Saxon Culinary Crew’s perseverance paid off, and Draven once again has the opportunity to attend nationals and earn the chance to attend his dream school.

2016 Oregon ProStart High School Culinary Champions

  • 1st Place – South Salem High School
  • 2nd place – Sabin-Schellenberg Center
  • 3rd place – North Eugene High School
  • 4th place – Bend High School
  • 5th place – Colton High School

Winners receive academic scholarships and the state champions are invited to compete in the National ProStart Invitational in Dallas this spring.

Joshua Davis at Chemeketa Mar. 1 & 2

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Joshua DavisThe author of a book featured in Chemeketa Community College’s annual community reading project will be coming to the Salem campus next week for a series of events.

Joshua Davis is the author of the book “Spare Parts”, one of four books included in this year’s Chemeketa Reads series. Chemeketa Reads is a community reading project, providing a shared experience of reading, thinking and enjoying the same book.

Davis will participate in a number of events at the Salem campus. All events are free and open to the public–

  • 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 1: Speaking with Q & A session, Building 6 auditorium
  • 10:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 2: Q & A session, Building 3 Room 116
  • 12:30-2:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 2: Q & A session with book signing, Building 2 Student Center

“Spare Parts” profiles four undocumented high school students in Arizona who competed in a robotics competition against some of the nation’s brightest college students. The book was turned into a film by Lions Gate in 2015. Copies of the book are available for purchase at the Chemeketa Bookstore.

Davis is a writer, film producer and co-founder of Epic magazine and Epic Digital. He is a contributing editor for Wired magazine and has had writing featured in magazines including The New Yorker, GQ, Outside, Food & Wine, Men’s Journal, Men’s Health and Maxim.

His film experience includes a documentary on joining the U.S. arm wrestling team that won Best Documentary at the 2003 Telluride Film Festival.