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Earn Payroll Certificate in Saturday Classes

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Student Abby RichardsonBeginning fall term, 2017 Chemeketa’s accounting program will offer students the opportunity to earn a certification in payroll in Saturday classes.

“This is a great opportunity for employed professionals to add a payroll specialty to their professional skill set,” said instructor Lana Tuss, CPA.

Student Abby Richardson completed the program this past year, “My employer is already benefitting from my education,” she said.

The three-term sequence of classes feature two hours of in-class instruction on Saturdays with coursework completed online. Courses to earn the credential are –

Fall Term 2017

BA 211 Financial Accounting 1 Saturday, 9-10:50 am

Winter Term 2018

BA117 Payroll Saturday, 9-10:50 am
BA228 Computer Accounting Applications Saturday, 11 am-12:50 pm

Spring Term 2018

BA224 Human Resource Management Saturday, 9-10:50 am
BA276 Advanced Payroll Saturday, 11 am-12:50 pm

Completion of the certificate prepares students to compete for jobs as a payroll specialist or start their own payroll service.

All of the classes may be applied to the AAS Accounting degree and are transferable to Oregon Universities.


Chemeketa holds 61st commencement

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

They believed. They achieved. They did it.

Chemeketa held its 61st commencement ceremony June 20 at the Oregon State Fairgrounds Pavilion, awarding degrees and certificates to 688 graduates.

“I urge you to use your new knowledge and skills to continue to open your mind to new possibilities,” President Julie Huckestein told the graduates. “Education is power. Use it wisely and no matter what else you do in life, no one can ever take your education away from you.”

Board of Education Chairperson Ron Pittman compared education to his background in insurance sales.

“Insurance helps us manage the risk of uncertainty,” Pittman said. “I can’t say that your education will safeguard you completely, but I have no doubt it will strengthen you ability to respond to hard times and uncertainty.”

You can view the Facebook photo album by Terri Jacobson by clicking this link.

Below you can view a commencement highlight video provided by AO Films along with the student highlight video shown during the ceremony.


Prepare for the Great Eclipse

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Solar EclipseChemeketa is offering special showings of “Eclipse: The Sun Revealed” to help the community appreciate the total eclipse of the sun on August 21.

The showings will be in the Building 6 auditorium on the Salem Campus on: Sunday, July 23, Monday, August 7 and Thursday, August 17.

All shows start at 7:30 pm. Admission is $5 per person with children under 12 free.


Theatre Classes Return to Chemeketa

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Jay Gipson KingActing and theatre appreciation classes return to Chemeketa fall term. Local theatre veteran Jay Gipson-King authored the curriculum for the classes.

Gipson-King knows his way around the footlights. He wrote, produced and acted in his first play for a seventh grade talent show. Since then Gipson-King has been very active in the Salem theatre scene and taught theatre at Chemeketa before classes were suspended in 2011.

The Acting 1 class (CRN:TA141) focuses on using the instruments of body, voice and mind. Gipson-King maintains acting is easy until we have to stand on stage and say words in front of people, “That’s when we get the sweats and forget what to do with our hands.”

Gipson-King intends to create a safe place for acting students to take risks, “We’ll play lots of games and fun exercises.”

Intrinsic benefits for students taking the acting class according to Gipson-King include increased self-confidence, better public speaking skills, improved teamwork, stronger trust and deeper empathy.

The Theatre Appreciation Class (CRN: TA110) will provide opportunities to read, watch and discuss plays.

 

“It will help students appreciate all forms of performance, like TV and movies, and not just the stage,” says Gipson-King.

 

Both classes fulfill arts and letters requirements for transferring to Oregon universities.

 

For more information, email jay.gipson.king@chemeketa.edu.


“Make yourself a safe place”

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Nicole MainsThere is an uncommon rapport between Nicole and Wayne Maines that you might not expect at first. The long-legged young woman in strappy heels and the dad-bodied man in ill-fitting khakis don’t appear to be a pair until you sense their love for each other and hear their story. The Maines spoke in the Chemeketa Auditorium on Thursday, June 8. Their talk reinforced the message of the book about their family, Becoming Nicole: the Transformation of an American Family.

Nicole was designated male at birth and started expressing a feminine identity at the age of three. Her father Wayne had very rigid expectations for how boys should behave, and he struggled to accept this family dynamic.

“I was the one who needed to transition,” Wayne told the crowd. “Nicole always knew who she was.”

Nicole as a young adult is grounded and forthright in telling her story. She’s had years to practice. Since childhood she would introduce herself as “a boy who wants to be a girl.” She paid all the prices, such as bullying and alienation, but her spunky spirit and the support of her family pulled her through the dark times.

Now she and her father advocate for transgender individuals and their families. She urges open communication and acceptance of transgender individuals as just another flavor in the melting pot that is our culture.

The Maines note that great progress has been made. For example the appearance of transgender characters in popular entertainment is helping to reduce the stigma. They worry about slipping back though and cite the removal of federal protection for transgender individuals.

“Now that it’s left up to the states,” Nicole reported, “I could be fired or evicted in over half the country.”

“What you can do in response,” said Wayne, “is to make yourself a safe place.”

 


NW Wine Studies Center open house

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Ken WrightOver 200 hundred wine lovers gathered at Chemeketa’s Northwest Wine Studies Center May 18 to sip and savor the fruits of student and alumni labor. The event was a celebration of the natural bounty of our region, the professionals who craft these resources for our benefit and the education that makes our joy possible.

Kevin Green, who studied in Chemeketa’s program over a decade ago was showcasing his first bottling, La Randonnee, praised the networking opportunities associated with Chemeketa, “I contacted an old classmate who has a vineyard, and was able to make my first wine with his fruit.”

Current Chemeketa student Ben Martin is the co-founder of Dauntless Wine. He is a former member of the Marine Corps and will donate the annual net revenue of his company to veteran services. His dream is to buy a vineyard where he could employ disabled vets. Martin was honored at the event with the Emerging Leader award.

Two Student of the Year awards went to Jacob Sembler and Danny Jaffer.

The Legacy Builder Award went to Ken Wright who urged students and veterans of the industry with hard-earned lessons from experience. For example, Wright’s advice for winemakers is to take a keen interest in the vineyard. “You must control the soil and vines for the fruit to sing in your wine.”

Wright has been a big advocate for wine education supporting both Chemeketa and Yamhill-Carlton High Schools programs. He describes himself as a life-long learner, “You will never know it all, but you must try.”


Chemeketa Instructor Receives Community Educator of the Year Award

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

GwenEllyn Anderson imageThe Oregon Association of Community and Continuing Education gave Chemeketa instructor GwenEllyn Anderson its Community Educator of the Year award at a May 3 event.

 

A student from Andersons French for Travelers class nominated her for the award, citing in the entry, “GwenEllyn is probably the most creative teacher I have ever had.  She presents the material through lecture, interactive games of various sorts, videos, and dialogue, to name a few of the things she has used.”

 

Anderson has worked at Chemeketa since 1991 and was among the first faculty to teach online classes for the college. She describes herself as a brain-based educator which means she applies her understanding of how the human mind works at various life stages to create interactive, meaningful lessons.

 

Anderson says the honor is especially gratifying as she contemplates retirement, “But who am I kidding? I’ve been teaching since I was 4 years old and had younger siblings to play school with. Teaching is in my blood, and I’ll find some way to teach no matter where I go or what I do in my life.”

 

The French for Travelers class is just one of the hundreds of noncredit classes Chemeketa offers the community each quarter. For more information, call 503.399.4949.


Molleson elected PTK vice president

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Donnie Molleson imageDonnie Molleson’s mind is expansive and open. Donnie may be retired but he’s not done learning or contributing. His recent election to be regional vice president of the Rocky Mountain Cascade Region chapter of the community college honors society Phi Theta Kappa is just Donnie’s latest accomplishment.

Donnie retired after an 18 year career as a computer scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He enrolled at Chemeketa three years ago even though he already had two associate degrees and a bachelor’s degree. He is currently studying business management after exploring electrical engineering at Chemeketa.

“I’m spending my retirement learning new things,” Donnie said.

Donnie was elected vice president at the PTK’s spring regional convention. He campaigned on a platform rich with passion for the honors society and his eagerness to serve.

“I’m excited about being involved and my management studies coupled with my experience in student leadership will be a good fit for what PTK needs now,” said Donnie.

Chemeketa’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter supports excellent students striving for academic achievement and leadership opportunities.

 


Birth of the Chemeketa Press

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Stack of textbooksWe have so many reasons to be proud of the collaboration that is our Chemeketa Press. Chemeketa is the only community college in the nation publishing peer-reviewed textbooks with original content authored by the college’s faculty. We launched Chemeketa Press in 2015 as a way to reduce student textbook sticker shock.

The Chemeketa Press published 13 titles in 2016. By the end of spring term, we expect Chemeketa Press will have sold over 8,600 books to 12,000 students. Those students will have saved at least $500,000 by not buying new, commercial textbooks. Over 20 new titles are planned to be released for fall 2017.

Chemeketa has produced a seven minute documentary to record how and why the Chemeketa Press was born. The documentary shows that Chemeketa Press resulted in unprecedented collaboration and professional development, as well as savings for students.


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