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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.


Chemeketa hosts “College Nights” Nov. 13

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

From 6 to 8 pm on Thursday, November 13, Chemeketa will host “College Nights,” a free informational event aimed at educating prospective college students on how to choose, apply and pay for college.

Organized by the Educational Credit Management Corporation, “College Nights” will be held in the Building 6 auditorium on Salem’s campus and will include free pizza and soda and a chance to win a $500 scholarship. Free parking will be available; guests can follow signs to park in the purple lot.

More information is available here.


Veterans Day event scheduled for Nov. 6

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Veterans Day 2014Giving respect and honor to all who have served in the military is the emphasis of a special Veterans Day observation event happening at Chemeketa Community College.

The event is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 6 from noon to 2 p.m.  in the Student Center of Building 2 at the Salem campus.

The program will include presentation of the colors by the All Nations Native American Color Guard and the singing of the National Anthem and the Native American Honor Song by Chemeketa students.

The keynote speaker will be Graciala Tiscareno-Sato, a retired United States Air Force captain who is now a STEM consultant to K-12 school districts and a speaker on environmental entrepreneurship, leadership, innovation and Latino educational issues. Tiscareno-Sato also published “Good Night Captain Mama”, the first bilingual childrens’ book about why women serve in the military, and was honored by the White House in March as a Woman Military Veteran Leader Champion of Change.

This event is co-sponsored by the Chemeketa’s Veterans’ Club, Veterans’ Services, Multicultural Student Services, Presidents Office and the Office of Diversity & Equity.

The college will be closed in observation of Veterans Day on Tuesday, Nov. 11.

 


Chemeketa students to Trick-or-Treat For Hunger on Halloween

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Students Trick or Treat for Food PantryCollege students are generally above the average age of your standard Halloween trick-or-treater.

But Chemeketa Community College students will be out trick-or-treating this All Hallows’ Eve, but as opposed to asking for candy for themselves, they’ll be taking up canned goods for the benefit of the entire Chemeketa community.

The Trick-or-Treat For Hunger is an event to collect non-perishible food items for the college’s food pantry, which assists students in need out of the Office of Student Retention & College Life.

Students will be sending out notifications to neighborhoods they will be in on Halloween night. Then from 6 to 8 p.m. on Halloween students will go to the neighborhood to pick up donations.

Food items being sought are non-perishible, unopened and unexpired items such as:

  • Baby food or formula
  • Canned vegetables and fruits
  • Crackers, chips and nuts
  • Oatmeal
  • Pudding or Jell-O
  • Soups
  • Canned tuna or chicken
  • Boxed meals
  • Cereal
  • Drinks
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Canned spaghetti sauce or tomatoes

If you would like to donate money or food, or donate on an ongoing basis, contact Yesica Navarro, Student Services Project Coordinator, at 503.399.5147.


Expo Negocio at CCBI Oct. 17

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Expo Negocio at CCBI October 17Interested in starting a business, improving your business and building relationships within the Latino business community?

Attend the 5th Annual Expo Negocio 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17 at the Chemeketa Center for Business and Industry at High and Union streets in downtown Salem.

This event is a day of networking, business workshops in both English and Spanish along with more, aiming to strengthen the Latino community by providing educational opportunities to both Latino and non-Latino business owners and professionals seeking to develop their business knowledge and intercultural relationships.

The event is free to attend, however there is a $20.00 fee if you want to attend the luncheon and hear the keynote speakers.

More information is available at the Latino Business Alliance website.


Applied Tech building groundbreaking Oct. 9 in Salem

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Applied Technology building groundbreaking October 9Chemeketa Community College invites the public to celebrate the community’s investment in applied technology education at a ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 9. Food and beverages will be served and the brief program begins at 5:30 pm on the Salem campus at 4000 Lancaster Drive, NE. Guests should follow signs to park in the yellow lot.

The event will include a groundbreaking ceremony for the new building which will house machining, drafting and engineering programs. A tour is also planned for the newly completed welding building adjacent to the construction site.

This multi-phase, $24.5 million investment in infrastructure for applied technology education was funded in part by voters in 2008 when district residents approved a $92 million bond levy. Bond-funded projects on the Salem campus, Yamhill Valley campus and Brooks center have already been completed.

The specific construction costs for the new applied technology projects are -

  • New welding building: $4.3 million
  • Applied technology building: $20.2 million

Funding for the applied technology projects includes a $9 million allocation from the state Legislature which was made possible because the voter-approved bond funds facilitated the college’s ability to match the state appropriation.


New Student Preview is Sept. 26

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. 26 on the Salem campus.

The day will begin at 9 a.m. in the Building 6 auditorium, with check-in and a “College 101″ 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 newstudentadvisor@chemeketa.edu.


Chemeketa hosts college and career fair Nov.3

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Salem-area students and their families are invited to attend the annual college and career fair at Chemeketa Community College on Monday, November 3.

Held from 6-8 pm in Building 7 on the Salem campus, the college and career fair is a free event with free parking.

Presented by the Inspire Foundation, this event has taken place for more than 25 years and welcomed more than 2,000 visitors in 2013. Chemeketa and more than 80 other colleges and industries will showcase their offerings to students and their families.

Workshops on applying for college, searching for scholarships and applying for financial aid will be offered. The Inspire Foundation, Salem-Keizer Public Schools and Chemeketa will offer door prizes for elementary, middle and high school students. Currently enrolled Salem-Keizer high school seniors will have a chance to win one of several scholarships toward college tuition.

To learn more about the event, contact Kathy Moore of The Inspire Foundation, at kathy@salemchamber.org or 503.581.1466 ext. 316.


Chemeketa hosts Oregon Mission of Mercy

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Oregon Mission of MercyThe Oregon Dental Association’s annual Mission of Mercy came to Chemeketa Community College’s Salem campus on July 11 & 12.

An annual event, the Mission of Mercy provides completely free dental care to people in need. In total, 998 dental professionals and community volunteers came together to provide over $700,000 worth of dental care in 6,533 procedures for 1,255 patients.

The clinic was held in the gymnasium (Building 7) along with the state-of-the-art dental clinic in Building 8. The dental clinic was built as part of the new Building 8 funded by the 2006 bond measure.

This is the first time Mission of Mercy will be hosted in Salem. Previous events have been held in Portland and Medford.

Photos from the Mission of Mercy events are available for viewing here.