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Chemeketa hosts Indigenous People’s Day

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Indigenous People's Day 2014From Bolivia to Canada, the Dakotas to the Southwest to right here in Oregon, Chemeketa’s annual Indigenous People’s Day event, held in the Student Center on the Salem campus on Nov. 19

This annual event is a collaboration between the college and the Performing Arts Club of Chemawa Indian School. Located a couple miles north of campus, Chemawa  is the oldest continually-operating boarding school for Native American students, beginning in Forest Grove before relocating to Salem in 1885.

That students are continuing to practice the traditions and arts of their culture is a testament to the “resiliency of the human spirit,” said Warner Austin, the Chemawa club’s adviser.

“They said our ways would be dead,” Austin said. “Our music and dancing would be gone.”

And there was music and dancing, Chemawa students demonstrating the arts of their cultures, with students naming their tribe and Austin explaining the history of the dancing and music.

Along with the students, the musical group Chayag was on hand, sharing the folklore and music of the indigenous people of the Andes.

Susan Murray receives Crystal Apple

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Susan MurrayDr. Susan Murray’s significant contributions to the community were recognized in Woodburn this month with a Crystal Apple award. The Woodburn Chamber of Commerce hosted the event which was also sponsored by area businesses.

Murray was recognized for 33 years of service that include bold and inclusive initiatives to improve student achievement, timely graduation and increasing access for under-represented students during her tenure as a faculty member, director of high school programs and now as executive dean for academic progress and regional education services.


Chemeketa students Trick or Treat for Hunger

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Trick or treat for hunger 2014Aren’t Chemeketa students a little old to be going out trick-and-treating?

Not when those students were out trick-or-treating not for a personal candy stash, but to help their fellow students who don’t have enough food to eat.

Trick or Treat for Hunger is a regular event organized in Chemeketa’s Office of College Retention & Student Life.  Students go out on Hallowen night, in costume, and collect nonperishable food items for the college’s food pantry.

Last year, students collected a little over 300 food items, said Yesica Navarro, the office’s student success project coordinator.

Students collected 957 food items this year, more than three times the amount they collected on Halloween in 2013, said Yesica Navarro, the student success project coordinator in the Student Life office.

Navarro highlighted the increased participation of student groups this year. Those groups, and the areas they visited, were—

  • Multicultural Student Services (Keizer)
  • Associated Students of Chemeketa (Chemeketa area)
  • Student Retention Assistants (Bush Park area)
  • Storm men’s and women’s soccer (West Salem)
  • Phi Theta Kappa (South Salem)

PTK alone collected 414 items, Navarro said.

If you would like to donate money or food, or donate on an ongoing basis, contact Navarro at 503.399.5147.

Veterans honored at Chemeketa event

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Veterans Day 2014Graciela Tiscareno-Sato’s son saw her in her flight suit the night before a Veterans Day event at his preschool and began asking her what all the different patches meant.

After she went about explain what all the different patches meant, he headed off and left with the words “I love you, Captain Mama.” That interaction inspired Tiscareno-Sato to write, “Good Night, Captain Mama” , the first bilingual children’s book about women serving in the military.

Tiscareno-Sato was the keynote speaker at Chemeketa Community College’s Veterans Day event, held in the Student Center at the Salem campus on Nov. 6.

In her presentation, Tiscareno-Sato talked about her background as the child of Mexican immigrants and entering the Air Force, eventually reaching the rank of captain and flying a KC-135 refueling tanker, including being part of an all-female KC-135 crew while stationed in England.

Along with Tiscareno-Sato, the event featured the All-Nations Native American Color Guard presenting the flags of the United States, POW-MIA, and branches of the military.

Chemeketa student Anthony Dixon sung the national anthem, and student Gennifer Walker presented a traditional Native American honor song.

The event was sponsored by Multicultural Student Services, Veterans’ Services, Veterans’ Club, the President’s Office and the Office of Diversity & Equality.

In observation of Veterans Day, the college will be closed on Tuesday, November 11.

Chemeketa hosts “College Nights” Nov. 13

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

From 6 to 8 pm on Thursday, November 13, Chemeketa will host “College Nights,” a free informational event aimed at educating prospective college students on how to choose, apply and pay for college.

Organized by the Educational Credit Management Corporation, “College Nights” will be held in the Building 6 auditorium on Salem’s campus and will include free pizza and soda and a chance to win a $500 scholarship. Free parking will be available; guests can follow signs to park in the purple lot.

More information is available here.

Meet the interim president

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Julie HuckesteinChemeketa Interim President Julie Huckestein not only has extensive community college experience on her resume, she also knows firsthand the challenges many of her students face.

At the age of 18 Huckestein started taking classes towards a legal secretary degree at Linn-Benton Community College,

“I remember being anxious as I navigated financial aid and found my way to classes.”

Life interrupted her education and she never finished that program. Eventually she returned to school, and at the age of 37 she received her associate’s degree then went on to get a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in education policy and administration.

“My beginning at a community college gave me everything I needed to prepare for furthering my education.”

Huckestein started her community college career in the accounting office of her alma mater, Linn-Benton where she worked for 14 years before taking a post in 2001 as director of business services at Chemeketa. She was promoted to Assistant Chief Financial Officer in 2004 and became Vice President/CFO in 2010.

The Chemeketa Board of Education appointed Huckestein interim president this past July. She replaced Cheryl Roberts who took over the presidency of Shoreline Community College in Seattle.

Huckestein says this new role is a chance to put her personal motto into action –

“You must do those things you think you cannot do. You can’t grow if you only do the things that keep you comfortable.”

Huckestein has made a great impression in her new role. In the Chemeketa Faculty Association’s monthly report to the College Board of Education, association president Traci Hodgson wrote –

“She is communicating well… and her respect for faculty is evident in those communications.

With such strong leadership, faculty is looking forward to his academic year as one that will be productive and positive.”

Huckestein’s empathy and rapport come from at least two sources. One source is how she values being kind and careful with other people’s feelings. Another source comes from her life experience. She pointed out in her welcome message to students that the college is made up of many stories and everyone has his or her own to tell.

“My story has two beginnings, one where it ended before I achieved my educational goal and another where I succeeded.”

As she enters the next chapter of her story, Huckestein uses her life experience as ongoing inspiration; telling the Chemeketa Courier student newspaper,

“Every term there’s this general sense of excitement. And that’s what’s great about working at a community college: Every term you get to be with people who want to do something with their lives.”

Veterans Day event scheduled for Nov. 6

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Veterans Day 2014Giving respect and honor to all who have served in the military is the emphasis of a special Veterans Day observation event happening at Chemeketa Community College.

The event is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 6 from noon to 2 p.m.  in the Student Center of Building 2 at the Salem campus.

The program will include presentation of the colors by the All Nations Native American Color Guard and the singing of the National Anthem and the Native American Honor Song by Chemeketa students.

The keynote speaker will be Graciala Tiscareno-Sato, a retired United States Air Force captain who is now a STEM consultant to K-12 school districts and a speaker on environmental entrepreneurship, leadership, innovation and Latino educational issues. Tiscareno-Sato also published “Good Night Captain Mama”, the first bilingual childrens’ book about why women serve in the military, and was honored by the White House in March as a Woman Military Veteran Leader Champion of Change.

This event is co-sponsored by the Chemeketa’s Veterans’ Club, Veterans’ Services, Multicultural Student Services, Presidents Office and the Office of Diversity & Equity.

The college will be closed in observation of Veterans Day on Tuesday, Nov. 11.


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.