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Have your say about textbook prices

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Textbook price surveyTell Oregon’s education leaders exactly what you think about the price of textbooks.

Please take 5-10 minutes to complete this survey by Friday, November 14. The survey is being done by Oregon’s Higher Education Coordinating Commission about the impact of textbook costs.

They will use your input to develop practices that will benefit all Oregon college students.

Thank you.

Chemeketa to help diversify biomedical workforce

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa to help diversify biomedical workforceChemeketa Community College will partner with Portland State University to help underrepresented students pursue careers in biomedical research. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced today that PSU will receive $24 million to develop training programs to attract and prepare students from diverse backgrounds for careers in the biomedical workforce. Chemeketa will identify and prepare students to apply to PSU’s EXITO program. Accepted students will qualify for scholarships, mentoring, stipends, seminars and paid research experiences through PSU or a number of collaborating institutions.

PSU is also collaborating with Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU), Portland Community College, Clackamas Community College, Clark College, University of Alaska, University of Hawaii, University of Guam, American Samoa Community College and Northern Marianas College to attract qualifying students.

The NIH argue that social factors discourage ethnically and racially diverse students from pursuing biomedical careers. This funding will be used to develop training programs that will attract and sustain interest of underrepresented groups in order to prepare them for success in these biomedical careers.

Sarah Fagan featured in art gallery Nov. 5-Dec. 5

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Sarah Fagan exhibit in art galleryThe examination of everyday objects is the focus of the newest exhibit in the Gretchen Schuette Art Gallery at Chemeketa Community College.

“Surreal & Real: Recent Paintings by Sarah Fagan” will be shown in the gallery from Nov. 5 through Dec. 5. A reception with Fagan will be held from 12:30 to 2:30 Nov. 5, with an informal artist talk at 1:30.

Fagan is an artist based in Portland. Her paintings “celebrate the order and beauty inherent in manmade objects,” according to information from the gallery. The paintings are done in the tromp l’oeil style, meaning they are two-dimensional pieces that use realistic imagery to create the optical illusion of a three-dimensional piece.

“I present my subjects from an aerial perspective, sans environment,” Fagan wrote in her artist’s statement. “The resulting visual immediacy forces confrontation between object and viewer. Accordingly, I consider the sensual and visual, as well as cerebral, impacts the chosen objects may deliver.”

The Gretchen Schuette Art Gallery’s hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. You can reach the gallery at 503.399.2533.

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.

Groundbreaking held for Applied Technology building

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Applied Tech GroundbreakingTechnically, the ground has already been broken at the north end of the Salem campus. In fact, there is already a wall up.

But a groundbreaking ceremony for Chemeketa Community College’s new Applied Technology building was still a celebration of new facilities that will equip an educated workforce for well-paying jobs in the Mid-Willamette Valley.

With the already-constructed wall behind them, Interim President Julie Huckestein, Board of Education members Ed Dodson, Jackie Frankie and Diane Watson plus former Board of Education member Dan Ostlund stuck ceremonial shovels in the ground.

“We expect this investment in our educational infrastructure to make a significant contribution to the economy of our region through the graduates in our programs getting good jobs,” Huckestein said.

The $20.2 million building will be the new home of Chemeketa’s machining technology, computer-assisted drafting and engineering programs.

The faculty of those programs were present showcasing their work and tools that will be used in the new facility when it opens for the fall 2015 term.

Brandon Peters, a recent graduate of the machining program and a current welding students took the chance to check out a new piece of machining equipment – a Mori Seiki CNC lathe.

“I really want to take a class to learn this one,” Peters said.

The event also offered tours of the new Building 25, a $4.3 million project that is the new home of Chemeketa’s welding program.

The project is funded through the $92 million bond levy voters in Chemeketa’s district approved in 2008.  The state Legislature allocated an additional $9 million.

Other projects funded by the bond levy include the new Yamhill Valley campus in McMinnville, new facilities at the Regional Training Facility in Brooks and the new Building 8 on the Salem campus, which houses life sciences.


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 or 503.581.1466 ext. 316.

Andries Fourie featured in art gallery through Oct. 31

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Andries Fourie art galleryThe Gretchen Schuette Art Gallery at Chemeketa Community College will feature the works of South African mixed media artist Andries Fourie through the month of October.

The show, titled “Fabrications: Works by Andries Fourie” will run in the gallery through Oct. 31. A reception with Fourie is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 8 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the gallery in Building 3 on the Salem campus.

In his artist statement, Fourie said the pieces focus on the issues of memory, identity, tradition and cultural hybridity in South Africa culture.

From 1948 to 1994, South Africa operated under apartheid, a system of institution racial segregation enforced by the national government, which was run by Afrikaners, white South Africans of Dutch descent.

“As an Afrikaner,  I view the present through the lens of a complicated, even contradictory, past,” Fourie wrote. “After three hundred years in Africa, Afrikaners  are still torn between seeing themselves as European colonists or Africans. I see this sense of displacement and confusion as an opportunity to critically examine my ethnic identity, my people’s traditions, and their troubled history as the architects and enforcers of apartheid.”

The hybridity to South African culture is highlighted through the mixing of media in Fourie’s pieces, he added.

The Gretchen Schuette Art Gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays. For additional information, call the gallery at 503.399.2533.