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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.


“Make yourself a safe place”

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Nicole MainsThere is an uncommon rapport between Nicole and Wayne Maines that you might not expect at first. The long-legged young woman in strappy heels and the dad-bodied man in ill-fitting khakis don’t appear to be a pair until you sense their love for each other and hear their story. The Maines spoke in the Chemeketa Auditorium on Thursday, June 8. Their talk reinforced the message of the book about their family, Becoming Nicole: the Transformation of an American Family.

Nicole was designated male at birth and started expressing a feminine identity at the age of three. Her father Wayne had very rigid expectations for how boys should behave, and he struggled to accept this family dynamic.

“I was the one who needed to transition,” Wayne told the crowd. “Nicole always knew who she was.”

Nicole as a young adult is grounded and forthright in telling her story. She’s had years to practice. Since childhood she would introduce herself as “a boy who wants to be a girl.” She paid all the prices, such as bullying and alienation, but her spunky spirit and the support of her family pulled her through the dark times.

Now she and her father advocate for transgender individuals and their families. She urges open communication and acceptance of transgender individuals as just another flavor in the melting pot that is our culture.

The Maines note that great progress has been made. For example the appearance of transgender characters in popular entertainment is helping to reduce the stigma. They worry about slipping back though and cite the removal of federal protection for transgender individuals.

“Now that it’s left up to the states,” Nicole reported, “I could be fired or evicted in over half the country.”

“What you can do in response,” said Wayne, “is to make yourself a safe place.”

 


Visual Communications Portfolio Show is June 8

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

For twenty-three men and women, the 22nd annual Visual Communications Portfolio Show is the opportunity to show staff, students, alumni and industry leaders their talent and dedication to craft.

Held in the Visual Communications studio suite, guests will enjoy refreshments and the chance to see the culmination of work created by the newest illustrators, graphic designers and multimedia specialists Chemeketa has to offer.

Visual Communications Portfolio Show
Thursday, June 8
4-7 pm
Bldg. 4, Rm. 225


‘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)

 


Planetarium Total Solar Eclipse Show April 7-June 9

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

EclipseTotal solar eclipses have fascinated and frightened us since we first lifted our eyes to the sky and tried to make sense of the natural world. Fortunately we have scientists like Chemeketa planetarium host Tom McDonough to help us understand the drama when a black disk appears to devour the sun and the sky goes dark in the middle of the day.

We will have an opportunity to experience a total eclipse of the sun the morning of Tuesday, August 21, so the new Chemeketa planetarium show is especially relevant. The show, called “Eclipse The Sun Revealed” covers all aspects of the astral event –

  • Eclipse cultural history
  • Eclipse science
  • Eclipse safety tips

Tom, and astronomy faculty colleagues Chris Claysmith and Norm Friedman will add a special presentation about what to expect locally for the August 21 eclipse. They will show you the stars that may be visible when the sky goes dark that morning and conclude with a simulation of how the eclipse will appear.

Eclipse
The Sun Revealed
Chemeketa Planetarium
Fridays at 7:30
April 7 -June 9
$5 adults, $4 students and children
(Cash only)

Chemeketa astronmers are also planning to host events this summer in conjunction with the eclipse.


Stop Violence Against Women event is April 19

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

On Wednesday, April 19, the Bldg. 2 Student Center will be filled with the powerful, supporting message “you are not alone” at the third annual Stop Violence Against Women event.

Stop Violence Against Women aims to bring awareness to the campus community on resources available to those who suffer violence—including women, men and children.

Community and state agencies will be on hand to provide information about where to go and what to do if you or someone you know is in a violent situation.

From 1-2 pm, the event welcomes guest speaker Jackie Sandmeyer, campus coordinator for the Attorney General Task Force on Sexual Assault. Jackie works with colleges and universities across the state to provide assistance, training and motivation to identify advocates and create safe spaces for survivors of trauma.

To accompany the event, award-winning singer-songwriter Beth Wood will contribute a soothing, soulful musical performance.

This event is sponsored by Student Retention and College Life/Multicultural Student Services, the President’s Office and Title IX Coordinator

Stop Violence Against Women
Wednesday, April 19, 1-3 pm
Bldg. 2, Student Center (Salem)