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2015 Graduation set for June 16

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa’s 58th annual graduation ceremony will be held at 6 pm, Tuesday, June 16 at the Oregon State Fairgrounds Pavilion (2330 17th Street NE, Salem). Free parking is available in the lot off Sunnyview Road near 17th Street NE. Tickets are required.

Nearly 800 students of post-secondary degree and certificate programs, Winema High School and high school equivalency and general equivalency programs will be awarded diplomas.

More information on the 2015 graduation can be found here or by calling 503.399.6588.


Public Safety Fair is May 13

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

On Wednesday, May 13, dozens of first responders, search and rescue and special unit personnel will descend upon the Salem campus quad for the third annual Public Safety & Job fair.

 

 

The Public Safety & Job fair will feature—

  • Volunteer and job opportunities
  • Educational information
  • Patrol vehicles, fire apparatus and medical units
  • Special units, including K9, boat patrol/rescue, aerial ladder, posse
  • Information on search and rescue, emergency preparedness, and first responders

Parking is free to all guests and a BBQ lunch will be available for purchase.

Public Safety & Job Fair
Wednesday, May 13, 10 am-2pm
Salem campus quads

For more information contact Chris Cooper or Kelly Pointer at 503.399.5023 or e-mail pub-safety@chemeketa.edu.


Soapbox Poetry presents “Vernum Poesis” April 6-June 1

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Journalism Instructor Bill Florence was eight years old when he found himself an audience member of a poetry reading by four-time Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Frost.

Bill, whose inaugural Soapbox Poetry performance “Poems I learned While Mending a Wall in New England,” draws inspiration from this experience.

“The title references an experience I had traveling through New England, listening to Robert Frost recite some of his poems while sitting on a stone wall in Burlington, Vermont. I wish that I had a better recollection of the experience, but I did read a lot of Frost in the ensuing years.”

Soapbox Poetry, a series hosted by the English and Humanities department, features readings by faculty and staff from 12-12:20 pm in the Gretchen Schuette Art Gallery.

This term, Soapbox Poetry presents “Vernum Poesis” with readings by-

  • April 6- Steve Slemenda “Easter Monday: Post-Lenten Poems”
  • April 20- Bill Florence “Poems I learned While Mending a Wall in New England”
  • May 4- Donna Bernhisel “Find out why we call them animals”
  • May 18- Chrys Tobey “If only, If only, If only: longing in poetry”
  • June 1- Deborah Trousdale “Ut pictura poesis?”

 


Annual plant sale April 2-June 12

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

A succulentPlease join us for our annual plant sale, a fundraiser to support hands-on learning opportunities for Chemeketa’s Horticulture program. The plant sale will be held in the greenhouse at Chemeketa’s Salem campus Tuesday-Friday, April 2-June 12. (Bldg. 46 near the Brown lot)

An assortment of flowering baskets, succulent planters, shrubs, bedding plants, perennials and vegetable starts will be for sale.

In April, cool-crop vegetables will be available, including-

  • Kale
  • Lettuce
  • Bok Choy
  • Swiss chard
  • Cabbage
  • Spinach

Starting in May, warm-crop vegetables will be for sale, including-

  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Winter squash
  • Melons
  • Green beans
  • Peppers
  • Fresh herbs and spices

Community members are invited to attend and parking is reserved for plant sale customers; guests can follow signs to the red lot and park near the greenhouse.

Horticulture Program Plant Sale
April 2-June 12
Tuesday-Friday
9 am-3 pm
Sales outside these hours by appointment only

Special Sale Days
Plant sale located outside between the Bookstore and Building 2
9 am-3 pm on Wednesday, April 1 & 22, May 6 & 20 and June 3

For more information call 503.315.4586.


MLK celebrated at Chemeketa

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

MLK CelebrationChemeketa’s MLK Celebration on Jan. 29 was an event of music, history and challenges.

The music was courtesy of two local musicians. Rich McCloud is well known as a solo artist in the Salem music scene and provided several acoustic pieces. Chemeketa student Anthony Dixon also performed, doing an a cappella version of freedom song “O Freedom” and a rendition of Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are a-Changin’”. Student Jessica Sabrowski also read a poem.

The challenge was provided by Taylor Marrow, a history instructor at the college. Specifally, Marrow challenged of, after celebrating Dr. King, to get down to doing what he strove for in life.

“We as individuals should accept the challenge of being a leader,” Marrow said.

The event’s keynote speaker, Millie Harmon, provided the history.

Harmon, an Army veteran who was the first African-American to be hired at Chemeketa as a full-time instructor, talked about the many sacrifices women made during the civil rights movement and how many of them are not as well-known as their male counterparts. A point she demonstrated by asking people to name female civil rights leaders.

“By and large, people come up with Rosa Parks and they’re done,” Harmon said.

Harmon talked about more than ten different women who served valuable roles in the civil right movement, including Dorothy Height, Mamie Till, Daisy Lampkin and Mahalia Jackson.

“I submit there are lots of women who had they not been there doing their part, we wouldn’t be where we are today,” Harmon said.

The celebration was sponsored by Chemeketa’s Multicultural Student Services.

 


MLK Celebration to be held at Chemeketa Jan. 29

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

MLK Celebration at ChemeketaAn annual event honoring civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be held at Chemeketa Community College.

The MLK Celebration, sponsored by the college’s Multicultural Student Services, will take place from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, January 29 in the Student Center of Building 2 on the Salem campus.

The event will feature the following two speakers –

Keynote speaker Millie Harmon holds the distinction of being the first full-time African-American instructor hired at Chemeketa. Harmon is also an Army veteran reaching the rank of captain and was honored in October at the Freedom Fund banquet of Salem-Keizer NAACP Branch 1166.

The second speaker, Wilma Marchbanks, is a local community leader. Marchbanks earned her degree from Chemeketa and is now a drug and alcohol counselor in Salem.

In addition to the speakers, popular Salem musician Rich McCloud and Chemeketa student Anthony Dixon will provide music.

For additional information on the event, contact Linda Ringo-Reyna at 503.399.5143.


Oregon Transfer Days coming to Chemeketa campuses

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Oregon Transfer Days 2012

Chemeketa students can explore the offerings of more than 20 public and private universities during the annual Oregon Transfer Days events at both the Salem and Yamhill Valley campuses.

Started in 2007 to assist community college students in transferring to four-year schools, Oregon Transfer Days brings admissions and recruitment professionals from all seven of Oregon’s public universities along with private and out-of-state universities to all 17 of the state’s community colleges.

In addition, information on the Ford Family Foundation Scholarship program will be available.

The tour of colleges is organized by a task force from the Oregon Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (ORACRAO).

Event dates and times are as follows-

  • Yamhill Valley Campus: 10 am – 1 pm Wednesday, January 21, Building 1.
  • Salem Campus: 10 am – 1 pm Thursday, January 21, Student Center (Building 2)

For more information on Oregon Transfer Days, visit the event’s page on ORACRAO’s website at http://oracrao.org/oregon-transfer-days.

 


Financial aid & scholarship help in Salem & McMinnville Jan. 10

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

From 9 am to 2 pm on Saturday, January 10, Chemeketa Community College will host a free event to help students attain money for college.

Experts will be available to help returning college students and high school students fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and scholarship applications at both the Salem (Bldg. 6, 4000 Lancaster Drive) and Yamhill Valley (Bldg. 1, 288 NE Norton Lane, McMinnville) campuses.

High school students are encouraged to have a parent accompany them, if possible. Students do not have to be planning to enroll at Chemeketa to get help.

All the following documents should be brought to help complete applications-

  • 2014 federal tax return. If you haven’t filed taxes yet, you can estimate
  • Social Security numbers of student and parents (if any)
  • Other financial records
  • Driver’s license (if any)
  • Alien registration card (if you are not a U.S. citizen)

Find more information on College Goal Oregon at www.collegegoaloregon.org.


Chemeketa hosts Indigenous People’s Day

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Indigenous People's Day 2014From Bolivia to Canada, the Dakotas to the Southwest to right here in Oregon, Chemeketa’s annual Indigenous People’s Day event, held in the Student Center on the Salem campus on Nov. 19

This annual event is a collaboration between the college and the Performing Arts Club of Chemawa Indian School. Located a couple miles north of campus, Chemawa  is the oldest continually-operating boarding school for Native American students, beginning in Forest Grove before relocating to Salem in 1885.

That students are continuing to practice the traditions and arts of their culture is a testament to the “resiliency of the human spirit,” said Warner Austin, the Chemawa club’s adviser.

“They said our ways would be dead,” Austin said. “Our music and dancing would be gone.”

And there was music and dancing, Chemawa students demonstrating the arts of their cultures, with students naming their tribe and Austin explaining the history of the dancing and music.

Along with the students, the musical group Chayag was on hand, sharing the folklore and music of the indigenous people of the Andes.


Veterans honored at Chemeketa event

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Veterans Day 2014Graciela Tiscareno-Sato’s son saw her in her flight suit the night before a Veterans Day event at his preschool and began asking her what all the different patches meant.

After she went about explain what all the different patches meant, he headed off and left with the words “I love you, Captain Mama.” That interaction inspired Tiscareno-Sato to write, “Good Night, Captain Mama” , the first bilingual children’s book about women serving in the military.

Tiscareno-Sato was the keynote speaker at Chemeketa Community College’s Veterans Day event, held in the Student Center at the Salem campus on Nov. 6.

In her presentation, Tiscareno-Sato talked about her background as the child of Mexican immigrants and entering the Air Force, eventually reaching the rank of captain and flying a KC-135 refueling tanker, including being part of an all-female KC-135 crew while stationed in England.

Along with Tiscareno-Sato, the event featured the All-Nations Native American Color Guard presenting the flags of the United States, POW-MIA, and branches of the military.

Chemeketa student Anthony Dixon sung the national anthem, and student Gennifer Walker presented a traditional Native American honor song.

The event was sponsored by Multicultural Student Services, Veterans’ Services, Veterans’ Club, the President’s Office and the Office of Diversity & Equality.

In observation of Veterans Day, the college will be closed on Tuesday, November 11.