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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

Mock trial hosts showcase after strong season

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa Mock TrialTheir court was well in order.

Chemeketa’s mock trial team celebrated the conclusion of its second year, and the increase in success that came with it, with a showcase and reception on April 20 in the Salem campus auditorium.

Students acted as prosecuting attorneys, defense attorneys and witnesses, with coach and political science instructor Maria Cruse acting as judge. The showcase ran through the defense portion of State v. Bancroft, the case used this year in competition by the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA), the governing body of collegiate mock trial. Chemeketa is one of only two community colleges in the country that is a AMTA member.

In the case, a casino owner in the fictional state of Midlands has been charged with attempting to bribe the chairperson of the state’s gaming commission in order to receive a new casino license. The defense team attempted to argue the casino owner was entrapped by an overzealous police officer working for the gaming commission.

The team has been competing in invitation tournaments throughout the year at locations including Eugene, Seattle and Berkeley. The primary competition of the year, the AMTA’s regional tournament, was held in early February in Boise. Chemeketa fielded both an A and B team in the tournament this year due to the increase in participation.

Chemeketa’s A team had the most competitive schedule of the 22 teams in the tournament, facing off against the likes of Cal, Gonzaga and Stanford. The team rose to the challenge, by beating Stanford’s A team in their opening matchup. The B team was an honorable mention for the tournament’s Spirit of AMTA award. Suzanne Johnson, the B team’s captain, received an individual award for Outstanding Witness.

David Hallett, the college’s executive dean of general education and transfer studies and a former practicing attorney, praised the work the students put in throughout the year in preparation for their tournaments.

“I can tell you that I could easily be the president of the fan club of the mock trial team,” Hallett said.

Dean of Social Sciences R. Taylor told the friends and family of the team members they should be proud of the team’s accomplishments this year.

“I hope what you just saw explains to you all the hours they spent (working),” Taylor said.

Taylor also highlighted the Stanford win as a key accomplishment.

Cruse introduced all the team members and also pointed out success in mock trial was more than just knowing the case.

“They have to learn legal procedure,” Cruse said. “They have to learn so much, and we have such a short amount of time to teach it to them, but they do such a great job picking those things up.”

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.

Horticulture announces plant sales dates

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa’s expert horticulture students have lovingly cared for an abundance of quality bedding plants, hanging baskets and vegetables. Now we want to share our bounty with you.

Come to our greenhouse for one of our special sales to fill your spring with joy –

Earth Day Open House
Wednesday-Friday, April 20-22 11 am-3 pm
Saturday, April 23 10 am-3 pm

Mother’s Day Celebration
Wednesday-Friday, May 4-6 11 am-3 pm
Saturday, May 7 10 am-3 pm

(Enter the Salem campus and follow the signs to the Red parking lot)

Barrel Tasting
Northwest Wine Studies Center
215 Doaks Ferry Road NW
Thursday, May 19
5 pm-7:30 pm

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.

“Line It Out” featured in gallery

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

The line is a fundamental aspect of all forms of artistic expression, and the Gretchen Schuette Art Galley is presenting a quarter of artists in an exhibit focusing on the line.

“Line It Out” features works from Kate Simmons, Gigi Conot, Heather Goodwind and Deborah Bouchette, and is intended to highlight the importance of line as an artistic tool.

The exhibit is showing now through May 4. An artist’s reception is scheduled for 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6 at the gallery, with an artist talk at 1:30.

The works include sculpture, painting and sewing. The artists twist and reshape the basic element of line into unique forms, demonstrating the diversity and quality of line utilized in modern art. Their artwork pushes line beyond its foundational uses and in doing so emphasizes its higher potential.

The Gretchen Schuette Art Galley is located on the ground floor of Building 3 on Chemeketa’s Salem Campus. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays.


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.”


Salem Sleeping Bag Project branch opens at Chemeketa

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

One man’s trash is another man’s dignity.

That’s the concept behind the Salem Sleeping Bag Project, the local faction backing the national movement to make simple sleeping bags and mats from recycled fabrics and distribute them free to people who need them.

The newest branch opened this March at Chemeketa’s Salem campus and has ambitiously dived into processing thousands of plastics bags into plarn, or plastic yarn.

Student organizer, Eric Duvall-Winscher has been participating in the Salem Sleeping Bag Project for more than two years. “It started as a spring break activity at a DIY crocheting studio. I fell in love and I’ve been doing it ever since.”

Chemeketa’s branch is seeking a steady group of volunteers to process all current donations so the college can transition to a full service branch, taking on crocheting mats and handing them out to people in need.

“Because of the amount of extra bags we process, we will quickly back up the Salem Branch,” says Eric. “It is important for us to be able to process bags from donations to handing out actual sleeping mats.”

How you can help

  • Five volunteers each week to make plarn from bag donations
  • Additional bag donations once all the current bags are processed
    • It takes 800-900 bags to make one mat

“We’re helping the homeless and the environment at the same time,” says Eric. “We don’t care why they are homeless, but we hope this one act of kindness can change their life.”

Salem Sleeping Bag Project
Meets Thursdays from 6-8 pm
Bldg. 2, Student Center (Salem)