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Chemeketa hosts vigils supporting UCC on Oct.7

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Vigil for Umpqua Community CollegeCommunity colleges statewide are holding vigils in support of Umpqua Community College students, faculty and staff on Wednesday, October 7 starting at 5 pm.

Chemeketa will gather at 5 pm at each location below. The program will start at 5:05 and end at approximately 5:30 pm.

The ceremonies will include lighting of candles, reading the names of those who perished and a moment of silence. There will also be time for individuals to write cards and sentiments to be sent to Umpqua.

Vigil locations (All vigils start at 5:05 and end at approximately 5:30 pm)

  • Salem: Native American Healing Garden (between Buildings 8 and 9–watch for signs)
  • Brooks: Outside Building 1 by flagpole
  • Dallas: Outside front entrance, under the overhang
  • Woodburn: Grassy area off of the Commons/Dining Room
  • Yahmill: Outside

This program is intended for the Chemeketa community of students, faculty, staff, board members and supporters; all are welcome to join in honoring and supporting Umpqua.

President Julie Huckestein says, “I realize that this may be a difficult time for all of us as we continue to hear stories of the victims, their loved ones and the Roseburg community. It is unsettling and sad. Please seek out support through our advising and counseling department or through human resources. Please continue to be in support of each other. That is how we are at Chemeketa.”


“Objects of Wonder” in gallery through Oct. 30

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

When calling artworks “Objects of Wonder”, an artist had better be able to back up their work.

Silverton artist Josh Kinsey does just that.

“I believe that creating a bespoke object that is uncompromising in both quality and timeless design is a noble pursuit,” Kinsey said in his artist’s statement.

Many of those works are now on display in J.W. Kinsey’s Objects of Wonder, now showing in the Gretchen Schuette Art Gallery through Oct. 30.

Kinsey’s background includes time as a Silicon Valley interface designer and digital artist. That was followed by owning and operating a high-end custom cabinet shop. where he nurtured his wood- and metal-working skills.

The pieces in the exhibit have hand-made parts and convey a steampunk feel, a style Kinsey has used since the mid-1990s. He also eschews the use of adhesives to put the pieces together.

“Every sculpture can be disassembled in its entirety with a screwdriver, Allen wrench, and socket set,” Kinsey said.

An artist’s reception will be held on Oct. 7. Two sessions will take place, the first from 12:30 to 2:30 pm and the second from 5 to 7 pm.

The gallery is open from 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday in Building 3 on the Salem campus.

Building 20 Grand Opening is Oct. 8

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Building 20 on Salem Campus

Please join us in celebrating the culmination of a historic period of community support – the completion of Building 20, the final building funded from our 2008 bond levy.

The event will include music, refreshments, a ribbon-cutting ceremony, demonstrations from career technical programs and tours of new and renovated buildings.

Building 20 Grand Opening
Thursday, October 8
5-7 pm
Program begins at 5:30 pm

Changes to Chemeketa Wi-Fi network

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Changes coming to Chemeketa Wi-FiTo provide better service to wireless users, Chemeketa’s Information Technology will be turning on user authentication for the college’s Wi-Fi network during the weekend of Aug. 21-23. After this change, students and employees will be required to log in through a webpage with their My Chemeketa username and password to use college Wi-Fi.

To connect to Chemeketa’s Wi-Fi network after the change:

  1. Connect to the Wi-Fi network of your choice (CCCEmployee for employees, and CCCStudent for students)
  2. Enter the Wi-Fi network passphrase
  3. You should get redirected to a login page
  4. Use your My Chemeketa username and password
 to log in
  5. You are connected

Note: Most devices will either redirect you automatically to the login page, or alert you that additional actions are necessary to connect to the Internet. If this does not happen, browse to a non-secure site and you should be redirected to the login page.

Should you have any issues getting connected, please contact the IT Help Desk at 503.399.7899.

Information about college tuition and the Oregon Promise

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

The Oregon Promise is a new, state-funded program to help pay the costs of a community college education beginning in the 2016-17 academic year. It has been publicized as free tuition, though that isn’t completely accurate.

Chemeketa has a web page with information available so far on the Oregon Promise.

Since all information being provided to Oregon’s community colleges is coming from the state, questions about the Oregon Promise are best directed to the Office of Student Access and Completion.

Chemeketa wine added to Mahonia Hall cellar

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

If you ever find yourself at dinner in the home of Oregon’s governor, you can now request Chemeketa Community College’s finest vintage.

Chemeketa donated six cases of wine to the wine cellar of Mahonia Hall, the official Salem residence of the state’s governors.

The wine, three cases each of 2008 Pinot noir and 2012 Chardonnay, was produced at the Northwest Wine Studies Center at Chemeketa Eola.

“2008 was a great vintage in the mid-Willamette and the Chemeketa Wine Studies students did a great job making a fine wine that continues to show well, representing the best of Oregon pinot noirs,” said Joel F. Keebler, Chemeketa’s dean of agricultural sciences.

Instructors and several students in Chemeketa’s Wine Studies programs presented the wine to Gov. Kate Brown during a reception held in honor of Oregon’s wine industry on July 15.

Artist in residence Matthew Boulay displays work July 13-Aug 13

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Matthew Boulay is no stranger to the stories of war. Having served six years as a reservist before being activated as a Marine in Iraq, Matthew became sensitive to the way our country reflects on its history and its wars.

“My passion lies in using art to tell stories, and I am particularly interested in the stories that we tell ourselves about war, and about the men and women who fight our wars.”

Working primarily in painting and large-scale installations, Matthew plans to work on four pieces during his residency, two of which require viewer participation.

The series of paintings, American Timeline, American Lethe, invites audience commentary and reaction which is then incorporated on the artwork.

We Think We Gave in Vain, is a large-scale living instillation which invites its viewers to take a telegraph and plant grass seed as a demonstration of how we both honor and forget our own history.

As an emerging artist who recently completed a doctoral program in sociology and education, Matthew has experience teaching and mentoring at all levels of K-12 and post-secondary education and places a high value on accessible education.

“I plan to maintain an open door policy for all Chemeketa students, faculty and staff and hope to work closely with Chemeketa student-veterans who are interested in using art to tell their own stories.”

Matthew plans to have another exhibition an artist talk at the Gretchen Schuette Art Gallery in January 2016.

Matthew Boulay, artist in residence
Gretchen Schuette Art Gallery (Bldg. 3, Salem)
July 13-August 13, 2015
9 am-5 pm

Chemeketa rescinds tuition increase

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa rescinds tuition increaseChemeketa students will pay the same amount as last year for a college credit, $94.

The Chemeketa Board of Education had approved charging $96 for the 2015-16 academic year with the contingency that if state funding exceeded $535 million dollars over the next two years, the $2 increase would be rescinded. The Legislature allocated $550 million to Oregon’s community colleges for the biennium.

Chemeketa will automatically refund students enrolled in summer term $2 per credit.

Marijuana prohibited at Chemeketa

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Marijuana prohibited at ChemeketaWhile Oregon legalized the recreational use of marijuana July 1, the use of marijuana will remain prohibited on property owned or operated by Chemeketa Community College.

Furthermore, being under the influence of marijuana is not allowed on property owned or operated by Chemeketa.

Engineering student awarded Ford Family Scholarship

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

From groundskeeper to Ford Scholar, Jesse Ulibarri’s college experience has been one of tremendous growth – and he’s not stopping anytime soon.

A homeschooled student raised in Silverton, Jesse felt well-prepared academically and developed a deep interest in math and science. Despite his love of learning, the idea of attending a large public college was intimating and Jesse wasn’t sure he was ready.

It took two years working at water system company and as a landscaper to realize he didn’t want to be a laborer or serviceman all his life.

“I like working with my hands but I was bored. I wanted to put my math and science skills to work,” Jesse recalls. “I heard Chemeketa’s Engineering program would give me a good head start at a degree and career in the field.”

Jesse credits Chemeketa for not only surpassing his expectations but for providing experiences that prepared him for the next chapter of his educational journey – transferring to Oregon State University’s College of Engineering with a Ford Family Scholarship.

Jesse is one of 120 students selected to be a Ford Family Scholar, an honor that will pay for 90% of the cost to attend OSU. “I was really excited to hear I was a recipient. It’s quite a bit of stress release. I won’t have to work as much which means I’ll have more time to dedicate to school,” says Jesse.

He firmly believes his scholarship writing class and his job as a Chemeketa tutor set him apart from the thousands of other applicants. “Tutoring for over two years helped show the Ford Family Foundation that I enjoy working with people and that my values line up with theirs.”

Jesse will enjoy the camaraderie of other Chemeketa engineering students who’ll transfer alongside him this fall, a group he’s grown to consider his extended family. He plans to continue tutoring math, science and engineering privately, believing that the best way to learn something is to teach it.

When asked what he’d tell someone in his former position, who felt stuck or unsure of their next steps, Jesse offers encouraging words.  “Aim high,” he urges, “Pick something you’re decently good at, come up with a plan. If it’s too much it’s not the end of the world.  You just have to start.”