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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

Chemeketa Earth Day activities Apr. 20 & 22

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa Community College will feature multiple events in celebration of Earth Day.

Earth Day Fair April 20th- Join us for our 2016 Earth Day Fair on April 20th from 11 am-2 pm in the new quad. Hosted by the Associated Students of Chemeketa, this year’s theme will revolve around self-reliance and personal sustainability. Come for vendors, free food, the plant sale and student club booths.

The Sustainability program is working with the Wireless Alliance to host a cellphone recycling drive. You are welcome to donate your old cellphones, accessories and chargers. Any funds raised from this cellphone recycling drive will support future student driven sustainability events.

Service Event April 22nd Marion Polk Food Share- On April 22nd, from 10 am-2 pm consider helping construct the youth garden on the Salem campus with Marion Polk Food Share staff and volunteers. The garden is just south of the baseball field. The road to the youth garden is at the corner of South Campus Loop and Winema Place. Parking is limited.

Oregon Lottery supports STARS

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa STARSThe Oregon Lottery has signed on to be the Gold Star Presenting Sponsor of the 8th annual Chemeketa Foundation STARS reception.

STARS provides a forum for Chemeketa scholarship recipients to meet and thank their donor(s). Through their sponsorship the Oregon Lottery will award two scholarships to Chemeketa student parents striving to better their lives and the lives of their families. This the second consecutive year that the Oregon Lottery has supported the reception as its gold sponsor.

“Oregon community colleges make an important economic and social impact in their communities,” said Lottery Director Jack Roberts. “By offering the many degrees and certificates that allow Oregonians to improve their lives, community colleges are helping students of all ages acquire new skills to prepare them for a promising future.”

The STARS reception will be held on May 6 at the Broadway Commons, downtown Salem, from 3:30 to 5:00 pm. This year we anticipate over 300 people will join us. Attendees include Chemeketa Foundation top donors, college leadership and staff, community organizations, students and their families.

For more information, contact the Chemeketa Foundation at or 503.399.5148.

“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

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.

Chemeketa hosts first Winter Music Concert

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Winter Music ConcertThe evening was introduced as a historical event, an event of collaboration between Chemeketa Community College, Salem-Keizer public schools and the Salem community.

They called it historical because it was the first concert at Chemeketa that included an orchestra, a band and a choir on the same stage in one event.

They called it collaboration because somebody had an idea and shared it with President Julie Huckestein. Salem-Keizer schools graciously opened their doors for instruction and rehearsal. The result was a musical community of ages ranging from high school to retirement came to together to celebrate their love for music.

The choir, now in it’s third season is directed by Dr. Kerry Burtis. By day, he is the choral director at North Salem High School. In addition to weekly rehearsals for the Chemeketa choir, at North Salem High, Burtis also teaches Music Theory at Chemeketa.

A promising young student in class said that he had composed a piece for the cello and asked if Burtis had time to listen to it. Both impressed and amazed at the talent, he asked the student to perform a solo at the Chemeketa Winter Concert, mentioning that Surprised to hear that Chemeketa had an orchestra, it wasn’t long before he was introduced to Stephen Nelson, director of the Chemeketa orchestra. Thomas Leinonen, a budding cellist and composer, now joins community members, credit and non-credit students from Chemeketa and Salem’s high school students as they rehearse weekly at Sprague High School.

At Todd Zimbelman’s first Chemeketa band practice, he had four students attend. He looked at his four students and said “Let’s practice.” Their weekly rehearsals take place at West Salem High School.

The reoccurring theme throughout the historical winter concert was community. Each director of each discipline urged community members to join it.

“If you sang in the choir or played a musical instrument in high school or college, come to Chemeketa to play and have some fun.”


Winter Music Concert Mar. 14

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Winter Music Concert March 14Enjoy all the musical offerings Chemeketa Community College has to offer.

The Winter Music Concert will take place at 7 p.m. Monday, March 14 in the Building 6 auditorium at the Salem campus.

Chemeketa’s band, chorus and orchestra will all be performing during the concert for approximately a half-hour each. A grand finale will combine all three groups.

A $5.00 donation is requested at the front door.

The performance will be as follows–

Chemeketa Orchestra (Steven Nelson, director)

  • Romanian Folk Dances (mvts. 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 & 7), Béla Bartók
  • Clair de Lune, Claude Debussy
  • Entrance of the Queen of Sheba from Solomon, G.F. Handel
  • “Jesu bleibet meine Freude” from Cantata No. 147, J.S. Bach
  • Concerto for Two Violins in D Minor, BMV 1043, J.S. Bach


  • Elämän Meressä, Thomas Leinonen (student composer)

Chemeketa Choir (Dr. Kerry Burtis, director)

  • Eatnemen Vuelie (Fairest Lord Jesus), Frode Fjellheim
  • Dirait-on, Morten Lauridsen
  • Laureate Dominum, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Sing Me to Heaven, Daniel E. Gawthrop
  • Baba Yetu from Civilization IV, Christopher Tin

 Chemeketa Band (Todd Zimbleman, director)

  • Courtly Airs and Dances, Ron Nelson
  • Songs of Paradise, Kevin Walczyk
  • Lightning Field, John Mackey

Finale (all groups combined)

  • “O fortuna from Carmina burana, Carl Orff

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.