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NOTICE OF BUDGET COMMITTEE MEETINGS

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Notice of budget committee meetingsA 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, 2015 to June 30, 2016 will be held at Chemeketa Community College, Building 2 Boardroom, 4000 Lancaster Drive NE, Salem.  The meeting will take place on the 8th day of April at 7:00 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 9, 2015 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 15, 2014 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 meeting and discuss the proposed programs with the Budget Committee.

Julie Huckestein
Budget Officer


Renee Couture featured in gallery March 31-May 5

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Renee Couture in art gallery

“When They Fall, They Always Make Noise”, a exhibit featuring the works of southern Oregon artist Renee Couture, will be on display at Chemeketa Community College’s Gretchen Schuette Art Gallery from March 31 to May 5.

An artist’s reception will be held on April 8 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., with an artist’s talk at 1:30 p.m.

Couture, who is a fine arts instructor at Umpqua Communtiy College in Roseburg, mixes sculpture, photography and installation in her pieces, examining the interconnectivity of capitalism, environment and one’s community.

“Using my own rural community as a starting point, I articulate the complexity and range of the public with their nearby landscape,” Couture said in her artist’s statement.

Couture received her bachelor’s from Buena Vista University in Iowa and her master’s from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Before moving to Oregon, she spent four years working throughout North and South America in various jobs including a camp counselor, wildland firefighter and artisan goat cheese maker. She uses a converted 20-foot travel trailer in her garden as a studio.

The gallery is located in Building 3 on the Salem campus and is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday when classes are in session.

Contact the gallery at 503.399.2533 for more information.


Chemeketa saves taxpayers millions in bond financing

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa saves taxpayers millions

For the second time Chemeketa Community College has refinanced general obligation bonds for capital construction and saved property taxpayers millions of dollars. The college paid off $23,905,000 from bonds issued in 2011 with a bond purchased on March 10 at a lower interest rate.

Taxpayers will net a savings of $1.3 million on a present value basis and $2.2 million over the life of the loan.

Just last May, Chemeketa refinanced its original debt from 2008 to save taxpayers $2.3 million.

The college informed its Board of Education of the most recent refinancing at its Wednesday, March 18 meeting. The Board had authorized such a transaction at its January 21 meeting.

A majority of voters in Marion, Polk and Yamhill County supported assuming a property tax liability totaling $92 million when they approved a 2008 bond levy authorizing Chemeketa to construct  -

  • The new applied technology building opening in fall of 2015 on the Salem campus
  • The new welding building on the Salem campusThe addition to  Building 8 that houses our health science classroom complex on the Salem campus
  • The remodel to Building 4 to improve our electronics and visual communication programs on the Salem campus
  • The new life safety building at Chemeketa Brooks
  • The new building at the Chemeketa Yamhill Valley campus

 


Green talks open resources at Chemeketa, Capitol

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Cable GreenDr. Cable Green had every faculty member in the audience at Chemeketa Community College’s Salem campus auditorium raise their hands.

Then, he told them to lower their hands if they had never had a student who skipped on buying an assigned textbook for their class.

Needless to say, there wasn’t much movement.

There’s a lot more to the cost of higher education than tuition. The average college student spends more than $1,300 per year on textbooks. And that’s what brought Green, director of global learning for Creative Commons, to Chemeketa on March 4.

Green asked the audience to consider the possibility of open educational resources, or OERs. OERs are classroom materials such as textbooks, supplemental instructor materials and multimedia than are released under open licenses that allow creators to maintain their copyrights while giving those creators the ability to allow others to use their works if they wish.

In his keynote, Green pointed to surveys showing that two-thirds of college students have not purchased a required textbook at some point. Half of students say they take fewer classes during a term or semester in order to afford books. A third of students said they have purposely avoided classes or majors in order to reduce book costs.

“How are your students supposed to learn with materials they can’t afford and are not buying?” Green asked the audience.

In addition to the cost savings to students, Green also proposed OERs as a way for faculty to have additional control over the materials in their courses. A course instructor would be able to edit and modify OERs, share those materials for others to also use or review and even involve students in the continual updating of material.

“Nobody knows better what your students need than you,” Green said.

Green encouraged instructors who are not already using OERs in their classes to look at some before placing their next textbook order and told college administrators to figure out how to best support faculty who want to build OERs for their courses.

In addition to his presentation at Chemeketa, Green joined President Julie Huckestein and Associate Vice President/Chief Information Officer Tim Rogers at the State Capitol to testify before the House Committee on Higher Education, Innovation and Workforce Development.

The presentation sparked plenty of questions from the legislators on the committee.

Huckestein told the committee the college has formed a Textbook Sticker Shock Committee to both bring greater awareness of textbook costs to college staff and also provide opportunities for faculty and staff to collaborate on reducing the costs of textbooks.

She also pointed out that textbook costs add even more financial burden to a student having to take pre-college courses.

“For some students, that can add eight more courses,” Huckestein told the House members.

Rogers noted work already done at Chemeketa includes offering price comparisons at the bookstore, making more titles available to rent or buy as an e-book, more aggressively negotiating directly with publishers for lower prices, increasing internal audits of course material in some departments whether the material is an OER or not, and also making preparations at the library to house increased OERs.

“This is not an area where anybody seems to be digging their heels in,” Rogers told the committee.

Watch the House of Representatives informational hearing.

 


Chemeketa Scholars applications due March 2-6

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa ScholarsChemeketa Scholars, the scholarship that provides up to two years of full tuition to qualifying high school seniors, is accepting applications March 2-6, 2015.

Chemeketa Scholars is available to-

  • Graduating high school seniors who attended a high school in Chemeketa’s service district
  • Homeschool students who live permanently in Chemeketa’s service district
  • Military members who joined within three months of graduating a high school in Chemeketa’s service district and are enrolling within one year of their military discharge.

For more information on Chemeketa Scholars and eligibility requirements, please visit the Scholars website.

 


Julie Huckestein named Chemeketa district president

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Julie Huckestein, Chemeketa presidentThe Chemeketa Board of Education voted unanimously to appoint Julie Huckestein president of the college district during its Feb. 18 meeting. Huckestein has served as interim president since June of 2014.

“I would do this job with or without interim in the title,” said Huckestein. “I care so much about the college but I can only do part of the work here. Our staff does so much more than I do. I’m looking forward to us accomplishing exciting things together.”

Huckestein has worked at Chemeketa since 2001. She served as vice president and chief financial officer before being appointed interim president. She holds a master’s degree in education policy and administration from Portland State University, a bachelor’s degree in management and organizational leadership from George Fox University and an associate degree in business administration from Linn-Benton Community College.

Chemeketa concluded a nationwide search February 10 when the board voted in a special public meeting to accept the recommendation of its Presidential Search Advisory Committee that none of the 21 applicants move forward for further consideration.

“We had a strong pool of qualified candidates,” said Dodson, who chaired the search advisory committee. “It was the consensus of the committee that no one was a complete fit for our needs at this time.”

The 15 members of Chemeketa’s Presidential Search Advisory Committee included representatives from the community, college board members, employees and students –

  • Christy Perry, Superintendent, Salem-Keizer Public Schools
  • Alex Sanchez, Emeritus Professor, Oregon State University Community College Leadership Program
  • Kevin Angulo, student
  • Maricruz Reyes, student
  • Elias Villegas, dean
  • Tim Rogers, associate chief operations officer
  • Yolanda Martinez, faculty
  • Patricia Antoine, faculty
  • Charles Sekafetz, faculty
  • Terry Rohse, instructional coordinator
  • Kathy Saunders, department assistant
  • Linda Kaufmann, student services specialist
  • Ron Pittman, board member
  • Ed Dodson, board member
  • Diane Watson, board member

“Practice What You Teach” features faculty art

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Practice What You Teach

The talent of Chemeketa’s art and visual communications faculty will be on display for the next month in the Gretchen Schuette Art Gallery on the Salem campus.

“Practice What You Teach: Chemeketa Faculty Art Show 2015” will be on display in the gallery starting February 18 through March 13.

An artist’s reception will be held at the gallery on the 18th from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

The gallery, on the ground floor of Building 3, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

 


Chemeketa presidential search produces no finalists

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa presidential search produces no finalistsThe Chemeketa Community College Board of Education voted in a special public meeting today to accept the recommendation of its Presidential Search Advisory Committee.  The recommendation of this committee was that none of the applicants for the position who had been interviewed by the committee move forward to a second round of interviews.  By accepting this recommendation, the board has ended the current search for a new president.

The board will discuss next steps during its regular February 18 board meeting.

“We had a strong pool of qualified candidates,” said Ed Dodson who chaired the search advisory committee. “It was the consensus of the committee that no one was a complete fit for our needs at this time.” Dodson also serves as chair of the Chemeketa Board of Education.

The search advisory committee screened twenty-one applications for the position. The advisory committee then interviewed five candidates from the applicant pool.

“The committee’s work reflected exactly the kind of collaboration that makes Chemeketa a great community resource and I am grateful for their willingness to assist the college.” said Dodson.

Members of Chemeketa’s Presidential Search Advisory Committee included representatives from the community, college board members, employees and students.

Committee member Christy Perry said she appreciated the opportunity to participate in the process.

“Our partnership with Chemeketa is really important, and I respect both the process and the determination that the right fit for Chemeketa was not evident in this pool of applicants.”


Chemeketa mock trial team holding own with universities

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa mock trial team“Chemeketa Community College goes up against the University of Washington.”

“Chemeketa Community College faces Oregon State University.”

“Chemeketa Community College will square off with the University of Oregon.”

A community college in any sort of competition with large, prominent universities of the Northwest is not common. But a group of Chemeketa students have been doing just that and have been holding their own against their university counterparts.

Meet the mock trial team of Chemeketa Community College.

“They’re the underdogs, and they know it,” said Maria Cruse, a political science instructor at Chemeketa and the team’s adviser.

Underdogs still have their days. At the Emerald City Open tournament in early December, Chemeketa received judging victories against teams from Oregon State University and the University of Washington and finished ahead of OSU and University Of Oregon teams in the final standings.

“It definitely puts us in a position where we feel we need to work that much harder to earn the respect of the judges and the other teams,” student Trey Dean of Keizer said. “When it comes down to competition, we hold our heads high and do our best and know we’re at the same level as our university competitors.”

The team showed off their skills to the Chemeketa community during a showcase in the Salem campus auditorium on Jan. 28, a warm-up for the spring national championship season. The team’s regional tournament is scheduled for Feb. 7 & 8 in Boise.

This is the second year of Chemeketa’s mock trial team, birthed out of Cruse’s background as an attorney and what she saw as a need for students taking her courses.

“My idea behind it was I saw students that were exceptionally bright and wanting some kind of extra activity to challenge themselves outside of class,” Cruse said.

In the case of many of those students, including team captain Jesse Thompson of Silverton, participating in mock trial was a completely unplanned experience.

“When I came to school, I came to school because I had nothing to do,” Thompson said. “Then I go to my first class, political science, and Maria Cruse started to bring up these ideas of mock trial and things beyond just school and why you should be in school.”

Delia Rivera, who came to Chemeketa from Southern California, wound up on the team after she walked into the wrong classroom.

“So I just told myself, ‘you know what, let’s try it out one day and see how it goes’,” she said. “And I actually liked it, so I stuck around.”

Mock trial teams at the community college level are extremely rare. Cruse noted Chemeketa is the only community college with a team in the American Mock Trial Association’s local region, which includes northern California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Utah.

Part of the reason for that is simply a matter of the amount of time students are in school compared to universities. Cruse notes teams from four-year schools often have junior and senior students competing, putting Chemeketa at a regular experience disadvantage and having to learn the policy and procedure aspects of mock trial competition in a tighter time frame.

Thompson literally started from scratch last year.

“I remember not even knowing where to begin, like ‘what do I read first?’ None of it made any sense, “ Thompson said. “I hardly knew the difference between defense and prosecution.”

Dean of Social Sciences R. Taylor said another challenge the Chemeketa team faces is the time demands on the team outside of school.

“Many of them have to work, sometimes even more than one job, to support themselves and pay for school,” Taylor said.

Competition is rigorous, and begins in August, when the case students will be using in competitions for the year comes out. The case consists of over 130 pages of documentation and depositions that student will spend months pouring over.

The team spends hours developing theories to be able to prove each side of the case. That’s important, since competitions consist of multiple rounds of head-to-head competition against other schools where the students will take on the roles of both plaintiff and defendant, developing questions for examination, cross-examination and acting as witnesses.

“You have to know your affidavit,” Cruse said. “You have to be able to articulate your team’s position. You have to stay with your team’s theory.”

Thompson said the team meets as a whole or in smaller groups at least four times a week, for several hours at a time. Preparation close to a tournament can include all-day meetings.

“It’s a little more than a part-time job, sometimes,” Thompson said.

But after competition day, Cruse points out, there are important skills students take out of mock trial. These include public speaking and critical thinking. Students are also choosing to stay at Chemeketa to complete their associate’s degrees instead of transferring early to a university, she said.

Dean called mock trial “practice for life”.

“It’s definitely helped increased my active listening skills,” he said. “It also really highlighted my weaknesses as well. I’ve learned areas to put more focus on to become a more successful student.”

College administration have also been strong backers of the team. Taylor traveled up to Seattle to watch the team compete. Executive Dean David Hallett, who like Cruse comes from a law background, said during the showcase having Chemeketa compete in mock trial with the largest universities in the Northwest is a privilege and honor.

“I have deep love and respect for what our students are doing here,” Hallett said. “It means a lot to me personally.”

Personal meaning is seen in Thompson, as competing in mock trial has changed his educational path. He started at Chemeketa without a major and simply wanting to maintain the minimum grades to keep his financial aid, but now wants to either pursue a Ph.D in political science or attend law school.

“It changed every reason why I was in school, let alone where I was going,” he said. “It gave me direction.”

 


Accreditation committee visiting Chemeketa April 8-10

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Accreditation committee visiting ChemeketaThe Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities is conducting its year 7 evaluation of how Chemeketa Community College is fulfilling its mission. A committee representing the Commission will visit Chemeketa April 8-10, 2015 to gather evidence to evaluate whether Chemeketa’s accreditation should be renewed. The Commission’s most recent visit to Chemeketa was in 2012.

Members of the public are invited to send comments regarding Chemeketa’s qualifications for accreditation directly to the Commission by March 8, 2015 –

NW Commission on Colleges and Universities
8060 165th Avenue N.E., Suite 100
Redmond, WA 98052
425.558.4224 (Voice)
425.376.0596 (Fax)

Signed statements will be forwarded as received to the Commission, Chemeketa and its
evaluation committee. You may obtain instructions on the website www.nwccu.org under
Standards and Policies and then Operational Policies or you can call the commission at
425.558.4224.

Previous accreditation reports are published on our website.