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Chemeketa hosts vigils supporting UCC on Oct.7

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Vigil for Umpqua Community CollegeCommunity colleges statewide are holding vigils in support of Umpqua Community College students, faculty and staff on Wednesday, October 7 starting at 5 pm.

Chemeketa will gather at 5 pm at each location below. The program will start at 5:05 and end at approximately 5:30 pm.

The ceremonies will include lighting of candles, reading the names of those who perished and a moment of silence. There will also be time for individuals to write cards and sentiments to be sent to Umpqua.

Vigil locations (All vigils start at 5:05 and end at approximately 5:30 pm)

  • Salem: Native American Healing Garden (between Buildings 8 and 9–watch for signs)
  • Brooks: Outside Building 1 by flagpole
  • Dallas: Outside front entrance, under the overhang
  • Woodburn: Grassy area off of the Commons/Dining Room
  • Yahmill: Outside

This program is intended for the Chemeketa community of students, faculty, staff, board members and supporters; all are welcome to join in honoring and supporting Umpqua.

President Julie Huckestein says, “I realize that this may be a difficult time for all of us as we continue to hear stories of the victims, their loved ones and the Roseburg community. It is unsettling and sad. Please seek out support through our advising and counseling department or through human resources. Please continue to be in support of each other. That is how we are at Chemeketa.”


“Objects of Wonder” in gallery through Oct. 30

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

When calling artworks “Objects of Wonder”, an artist had better be able to back up their work.

Silverton artist Josh Kinsey does just that.

“I believe that creating a bespoke object that is uncompromising in both quality and timeless design is a noble pursuit,” Kinsey said in his artist’s statement.

Many of those works are now on display in J.W. Kinsey’s Objects of Wonder, now showing in the Gretchen Schuette Art Gallery through Oct. 30.

Kinsey’s background includes time as a Silicon Valley interface designer and digital artist. That was followed by owning and operating a high-end custom cabinet shop. where he nurtured his wood- and metal-working skills.

The pieces in the exhibit have hand-made parts and convey a steampunk feel, a style Kinsey has used since the mid-1990s. He also eschews the use of adhesives to put the pieces together.

“Every sculpture can be disassembled in its entirety with a screwdriver, Allen wrench, and socket set,” Kinsey said.

An artist’s reception will be held on Oct. 7. Two sessions will take place, the first from 12:30 to 2:30 pm and the second from 5 to 7 pm.

The gallery is open from 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday in Building 3 on the Salem campus.

Building 20 Grand Opening is Oct. 8

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Building 20 on Salem Campus

Please join us in celebrating the culmination of a historic period of community support – the completion of Building 20, the final building funded from our 2008 bond levy.

The event will include music, refreshments, a ribbon-cutting ceremony, demonstrations from career technical programs and tours of new and renovated buildings.

Building 20 Grand Opening
Thursday, October 8
5-7 pm
Program begins at 5:30 pm

New Student Preview is Sept. 25

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

New Student Preview September 26Students new to Chemeketa Community College, along with family members, are invited to attend New Student Preview  Sept. 25 on the Salem campus.

The day will begin at 9 a.m. in the Building 6 auditorium, with check-in and a presentation designed to give new students tips for being successful in the transition to higher education.

The remainder of the morning will offer a number of different student success workshops, focusing on topics such as studying abroad opportunities, finding jobs, library and tutoring services, college life and beyond.

Following lunch, students will have the ability to purchase textbooks, get their student ID, check out student clubs and more.

For more information on the New Student Preview, call Advising & Counseling Services at 503.399.5120 or email

Artist in residence Matthew Boulay displays work July 13-Aug 13

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Matthew Boulay is no stranger to the stories of war. Having served six years as a reservist before being activated as a Marine in Iraq, Matthew became sensitive to the way our country reflects on its history and its wars.

“My passion lies in using art to tell stories, and I am particularly interested in the stories that we tell ourselves about war, and about the men and women who fight our wars.”

Working primarily in painting and large-scale installations, Matthew plans to work on four pieces during his residency, two of which require viewer participation.

The series of paintings, American Timeline, American Lethe, invites audience commentary and reaction which is then incorporated on the artwork.

We Think We Gave in Vain, is a large-scale living instillation which invites its viewers to take a telegraph and plant grass seed as a demonstration of how we both honor and forget our own history.

As an emerging artist who recently completed a doctoral program in sociology and education, Matthew has experience teaching and mentoring at all levels of K-12 and post-secondary education and places a high value on accessible education.

“I plan to maintain an open door policy for all Chemeketa students, faculty and staff and hope to work closely with Chemeketa student-veterans who are interested in using art to tell their own stories.”

Matthew plans to have another exhibition an artist talk at the Gretchen Schuette Art Gallery in January 2016.

Matthew Boulay, artist in residence
Gretchen Schuette Art Gallery (Bldg. 3, Salem)
July 13-August 13, 2015
9 am-5 pm

Chemeketa planning 50-year reunion for fire program

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Fire program reunionChemeketa Community College has been educating firefighters since 1965, and graduates of the program serve in fire departments throughout Oregon.  Former students, graduates family members and anyone else associated with the program are invited to attend a three-day celebration scheduled for September 11-13.

The festivities begin with a Friday evening wine and beer tasting at the Chemeketa Eola Northwest Wine Studies Center. Saturday’s fun will include a golf tournament at the Santiam Golf Club, a motorcycle poker run and a barbecue. Sunday will conclude with an open house at the Chemeketa Brooks Regional Training Center.

All proceeds from the reunion will support emergency service scholarships at Chemeketa. Registration and additional information can be found at or on Facebook at Chemeketa Emergency Services 50th Anniversary Weekend.

Event information details

Visual Communications Portfolio Show June 4

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

All are welcome to join us for the Visual Communications Portfolio Show – an opportunity to view the culmination of projects created by talented emerging artists and designers graduating from Chemeketa’s Visual Communications program.

The Portfolio Show will be held Thursday, June 4 from 4 to 7 pm in Building 4, Room 2225. Free parking will be available during the event; guests can follow signs to park in the purple and yellow lots.

For more information call 503.399.5070.


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

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?”