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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.


NOTICE OF BUDGET COMMITTEE MEETINGS

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

A public meeting of the Budget Committee of Chemeketa Community College, Marion County, State of Oregon, to receive the budget for the fiscal year July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018 will be held at Chemeketa Community College, Building 2 Boardroom, 4000 Lancaster Drive NE, Salem.  The meeting will take place on the 12th day of April at 6:00 p.m.  The purpose is to receive the budget message and document of the district.  A copy of the budget document may be inspected on or after April 12, 2017 at the Chemeketa Community College Library, second floor of Building 9 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

An additional Budget Committee meeting will take place on April 19, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. to receive additional budget information, deliberate and take public comment.  The meeting will be held at Chemeketa Community College, Building 2 Boardroom, 4000 Lancaster Drive NE, Salem.  This is a public meeting where deliberation of the Budget Committee will take place.  Any person may appear at the April 19th meeting and discuss the proposed programs with the Budget Committee.  The notice of Budget Committee meetings is also published at:  http://www.chemeketa.edu.

 

Julie Huckestein

Budget Officer


Chemeketa named EarthWISE Business of the Year

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa was honored at this year’s EarthWISE Business of the Year during the Mid-Valley Green Awards on March 11.

The award is given to a local business that best continues its efforts to reduce their environmental impacts and improving their progress on the criteria that gave them EarthWISE certification. EarthWISE is a program though Marion County that gives certification to businesses that have adopted environmentally-friendly practices.

Among the efforts noted in Chemeketa receiving the award include–

  • Dedicating more than 7,000 square feet to housing surplus property, which is repaired, repurposed or recycled
  • 19 bottle filtration stations at the Salem Campus water fountains which has kept over half a million plastic water bottles out of landfills
  • LED lighting remodels, including in parking lots

 


Scholarships for Oregon Latinos alumni honored

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

A reception honoring former recipients of Scholarships for Oregon Latinos (SOL) was held at the Chemeketa Center for Business & Industry the evening of March 1. Participants shared stories and the audience was updated on the need to replenish the scholarship fund.

“Our SOL alumni described how they overcame their struggles because of support they received from the scholarship and mentoring,” said Chemeketa Foundation Director Nancy Duncan. “It was incredibly inspiring,” she added.

SOL was funded in 1995 when community members The Hon. Joseph V. Ochoa, George Puentes Sr., Lydia Muñiz, Michael Muñiz, Ricardo Baez, and Daniel P. Santos pooled resources to honor the memory of George Puentes Jr.

The scholarship involves a mentoring component and requires community service which many of the former students spoke about having changed their lives. The scholarship is for full-time students transferring to a university to obtain a Bachelor’s degree.

SOL co-founder Lydia Muñiz made a $5,000 matching pledge at the reception. She will match any donation up to $5,000 through March. Email or call the Chemeketa Foundation at 503.365.4747 for more information.


Chemeketa to increase tuition and fees for 2017-2018 year

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa to increase tuition and feesThe Chemeketa Board of Education voted unanimously at its February 22 meeting to increase the cost of taking classes in the 2017-2018 school year.

Starting summer term, Chemeketa students who are Oregon residents will pay either $4 or $5 more in tuition and $1 more in fees per credit based on the state Legislature’s funding of community colleges.

Chemeketa’s in-state students currently pay a total of $94 per credit in tuition and fees. Should the Legislature fund community colleges at $550 million or less, Chemeketa’s in-state students will pay $100 per credit in tuition and fees. If the State appropriation exceeds $550 million, students will be charged $99 per credit in tuition and fees.

International and out-of-state students will see comparable tuition hikes.

The college has not raised its tuition and fees for four years which places Chemeketa as the lowest-priced community college in Oregon. The Governor proposed a community college budget of $550 million which does not address increased operating costs, so Chemeketa will use the tuition and fee increase to maintain current service levels.

“I always hate to burden our students but with the anticipated shortfall from the State, we don’t have other options,” said Diane Watson, Board of Education member.


Grant provides STEM exploration day for high schoolers

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

On February 16, U-STEM, Chemeketa’s first STEM exploration day, welcomed nearly 100 students from 12 area high schools. Students attended interactive workshops in computing, machining, robotics and drafting. Workshop demonstrations included–

Machining: Precision metal parts production
Students received hands-on experience with manual milling, lathe and Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machining as well as a demonstration of the virtual machining software designed by Chemeketa’s partner DMG MORI Academy.

Drafting: Design, scan and 3D print

Students participated a hands-on lab with 3D modeling and printing and learned how Computer-Aided Drafting & Design (CADD) professional use it in their line of work.

Robotics: Robot hydraulic arm build

Students learned how robotics mixes engineering and computer science and the field’s applications in many of today’s industries. In addition to a hands-on demo with Baxter, teams built hydraulic robotic arms and received a kit to take home to build their own.

Students play fetch with Baxter the robot

 

Computing: Smartphone application production

Computer Science and Computer Information Systems teamed up to show students software that reveals hidden information contained in photos taken and shared from their phones and got the opportunity to build their own app.

 

Students learn about the hidden information contained in their smart phone photos

 

This event was made possible by a $152,236 grant from the Higher Education Coordinating Commission in cooperation with the Oregon Department of Education. This grant will continue to fund increased recruitment, retention and support efforts for females and other underrepresented students interested in STEM programs and careers.


Chemeketa, DMG Mori enter educational partnership

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa signs partnership with DMG MoriFurthering educational opportunities for students through technology was the theme when Chemeketa Community College signed an agreement for an educational partnership between itself, the college’s machining technology program and DMG Mori at the Salem campus on Feb. 2.

DMG Mori is a global manufacturer of machines, tools and software used in the machining field.

“We are partnering with a world-class company,” said Johnny Mack, Chemeketa’s executive dean of career and technical education.

Sheldon Schnider, machining instructor, said in conjunction with the partnership, Chemeketa has been recognized by DMG Mori as one of only five regional education centers of excellence in the country.

Also, Chemeketa now has the company’s 3-D simulation software, which will allow students to test out the code they’ve written before getting onto actual machines, reducing machine crashes.

The excellence of Chemeketa’s program and the workers it is turning out was recognized during the ceremony by Marlow Knabach, DMG Mori’s chief technology officer.

“What you have through these doors is what drew me into the industry,” Knabach said of Chemeketa’s machining labs.

President Julie Huckestein said one of the proudest moments for the college outside of graduation is when partnerships like the one with DMG Mori can be celebrated.

“It’s pretty easy with this (machining) program to be proud of it,” Huckestein said.


Stream the Storm and never miss a home game

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Cheer on our Storm volleyball, baseball and men’s and women’s basketball teams from the comfort of your own home. Live streaming and on-demand videos of all athletic home games are on Chemeketa Media Space thanks to a partnership between the Chemeketa Studio, Library and Online departments.

Streaming home games has been particularly helpful for athletes’ families and friends who can’t travel to games. The Chemeketa Studio hopes to grow its coverage to include softball and soccer.

For more information on this and other activities, visit Chemeketa Studio’s Facebook page. Access the live-stream, on-demand and athletics schedule below.

Live streaming

Games on-demand

Athletics schedule


Urton family establishes re-entry scholarship

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Urton family establishes scholarshipTed and Jan Urton have established a scholarship fund with the Chemeketa Foundation to support educating students who are ex-criminal offenders. They contributed $25,000 to launch the Urton Family Re-entry scholarship fund.

This is not their first act of generosity. The Urtons worked in South Korea as Peace Corps volunteers and adopted their first child there. They subsequently adopted two more children upon their return to Oregon.  One of them, Zachary, came to live with the Urtons when he was two. By middle school Zachary was in trouble with the law and was incarcerated in state juvenile detention facilities.  When he turned 18, Zachary finished up his juvenile sentence in adult jail and was released.

He was not prepared to succeed outside. Jan Urton describes a beloved son seldom able to stay out of trouble. Now 35, Zachary has spent almost 17 years of his life behind bars.

“His longest stretch out was 4 years,” said Jan.

Zachary is one of 14,655 inmates in an Oregon corrections facility. The average number of inmates released each month is 434. In Oregon, 26% of released offenders are convicted of a new felony within three years according to data supplied by the Oregon Department of Corrections.

The Urtons suggest there are many structural and societal challenges that make it difficult for ex-offenders to succeed outside.  It’s hard to find a job or a place to live. Sometimes the terms of their release makes it tough for them to have a normal life. There are undiagnosed drug dependency and mental health issues that can come into play. The Urton’s personal experience led them to fund the scholarship.

“We asked ourselves,” said Ted, “what is the primary source of hope in a community? It’s the community college. A Chemeketa education can get these people back on the path of hope.”

The Urtons urge anyone interested in contributing to the re-entry scholarship to contact the Chemeketa Foundation at 503.365.4747.

“If one or two people can get out and make it because of this scholarship, that would be very gratifying,” says Ted.


Consulate of Mexico awards grant for bilingual education

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa receives award from Mexican ConsulateA delegation from Chemeketa received a grant from the Consulate of Mexico in Portland to increase the number of bilingual and bicultural teachers in Oregon. The $5,000 award is to support Mexican or Mexican-American students with an emphasis on Dreamers in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

The funds will help students in Chemeketa’s Bilingual Education program. Chemeketa’s goal for 2016-2017 is to provide tuition assistance to help 12-20 students. Often, students in this program are enrolled less than full-time, so amounts of tuition assistance vary according to enrollment and need. Eligible full-time students  receive up to $500 per term, part-time students may receive up to $350 per term, and students enrolled in one class may receive up to $200 per term.

The infusion of new funding from the Consulate of Mexico will allow for a match of this student tuition assistance for winter and spring terms. Details regarding this program are available here.