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Veterans recognized at event

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Veterans Day 2015A message of the community stepping up to take care of war veterans was the key takeaway from Chemeketa Community College’s annual Veterans Day observance event on Nov. 5.

In his keynote address, Oregon Rep. Paul Evans, a veteran and Chemeketa communications instructor, said every person has a stake in how veterans are treated in America.

“Every time a veteran is dishonored, all of us are dishonored,” Evans said.

America is currently a nation with five distinct generations of war veterans, from World War II to the current conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan, Evans said. Many veterans have not received suitable post-war assistance to adjust back to civilian life, with 22 veterans a day committing suicide.

“We need systems and support in place if veterans are to go to war,” Evans said.

The event also included the presentation of colors by the All-Nations Native American Color Guard. The singing of the Star Spangled Banner and additional music was provided by Chemeketa student Anthony Dixon.

The annual event is sponsored by the Chemeketa Veterans Club and Multicultural Student Services.

Meet Selina: Helping students and families

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa advisor Julio Cortez gave a small bit of advice to a struggling CAMP student seven years ago that ended up making a big difference.

The CAMP student was Selina Ramon Sanchez. She was part of the first Chemeketa Scholars cohort in 2008, and she was dismayed to find herself struggling in a Chemeketa math class. Math and science had always been Selina’s strength as student at North Marion High. She even considered becoming a doctor until she realized the burden that years of medical school would place on her family. She came to Chemeketa looking for other ways to help her community and that tough math class caused her to question whether she even belonged here.

“I was afraid and didn’t think anyone would help me,” she recalled. “Julio told me to speak up and be my own advocate. So I talked with the instructor and he was really helpful.”

Ramon Sanchez transferred to Western Oregon University where she earned an interdisciplinary studies degree combining studies in everything that interested her: Spanish, accounting and psychology. Her intent for her education was to help members of the Latino community improve how they manage their personal finances. While at WOU she kept a part-time job as a registration assistant at Chemeketa Woodburn where she advocated for the economic benefits of education.

She started work for the Oregon Department of Human Services but kept an eye on job openings at Chemeketa.

“I feel like I belong to Chemeketa,” she says.

Her chance to act on that sentiment came when Chemeketa opened a position in financial aid to help with the workload anticipated from implementing the Oregon Promise. Selina was hired to help students and families navigate the complexities of paying for college. She is currently the only Spanish-fluent employee in Chemeketa’s financial aid department.

“The Oregon Promise is totally going to open the doors for so many students,’ she exclaims.

Many of them will have some idea of how Selina helped them. Maybe they’ll get some advice from Julio along the way too. What they may never appreciate is how their conversation seven years ago created an advocate for college access.


“Drawing Deeper” featured at art gallery

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Drawing Deeper at art galleryWhile most Gretchen Schuette Art Gallery exhibits feature a single artist, the latest presentation will instead focus on a specific medium to draw you in.

“Drawing Deeper” will run from Nov. 4 to Dec. 4 in the gallery. The exhibit will featuring five different artists focused on the artistic discipline of drawing. The pieces were curated by Laura Mack, chair of Chemeketa’s art department.

“The work is rich because the way the marks are made is as forceful as the subject matter,” Mack wrote in her statement. “The quality of their approaches reflects the quality of their observations as they question, explain, or simply present.”

The artists featured in the drawing exhibit are Debra Beers, Elaine Green, April Coppini, Megan Vossler and Samantha Wall.

A reception will be held on Nov. 4 from 12:30 to 2:30 pm at the gallery, located on the first floor of Building 3 on the Salem campus.

The gallery is open from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays, or by appointment.

Grand opening of Applied Tech complex celebrated

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Applied Tech Grand OpeningIt began seven years ago when Mid-Willamette Valley voters approved $92 million in general obligation bonds for Chemeketa Community College.

It culminated on the evening of Oct. 8, with the official ribbon cutting of a state-of-the-art complex for Chemeketa’s applied technology programs on the Salem campus.

“We’re committed to providing skilled technicians for our regional workforce,” President Julie Huckestein told a gathered crowd of hundreds at the ceremony. “Chemeketa will meet with employers, anticipate their needs and provide students with the skills to step into a job and produce.

“We see these projects as symbols of community support,” Huckestein said.

Betsy Earls, chairperson of Chemeketa’s Board of Education, said the buildings were constructed with vision and collaboration.

“They represent places where students bring their dreams of becoming professionals,” Earls said. “The resources we provide in these buildings, along with the dedication of faculty and staff, will turn all of these students into skilled technicians who are able to contribute productively to all the industries of our region.”

Student Meghan Fleming also spoke to the crowd about what the new construction means to her. Fleming was once homeless, and is now studying at Chemeketa with the goal of building high-tolerance airplane parts.

“I believe (the new construction) will help me thrive in today’s industries…all the graduates I believe will be well-prepared for the next workforce, and I will be one of them,” Fleming said.

The applied technology complex incorporates two new buildings and a major renovation of another. Building 20 houses the college’s computer-assisted drafting, engineering and machining technology programs. Building 21 houses the lab space for welding. A renovated Building 4 is home to the automotive technology, electronics, robotics and visual communication programs.

The complex is the fourth and final major project from the bond. The previous three – the Building 8 health science complex on the Salem campus, a new Yamhill Valley campus, and new classroom buildings at the Brooks Regional Training Center – all opened in 2011.

Events planned for National Campus Sustainability Month

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa sustainability

While the leaves may be brilliant shades of orange, there’s lots of reasons to be green this October as staff and students collaborate with community organizations to celebrate National Campus Sustainability Month.


Upcycle Drag Show
Wednesday, October 21, 12-2 pm
Building 6, Auditorium

Chemeketa’s Facilities department, Sustainability and Triangle Clubs and ASC team up to host the Upcycle Drag Show. Dresses made from upcycled materials by art students and local artists will be on the catwalk. Come for the fashion, stay for the pizza and cake.

Repair Fair and Share
Wednesday, October 21, 5-7 pm
Building 2, Student Center

Chemeketa will host local repair gurus during the Repair Fair and Share. Bring in your bike, small appliance, instrument or fabric item to learn how to troubleshoot basic repairs.

Click here for the event flyer.

Make a Difference Day
Thursday, October 22

Chemeketa students will hit the parking lots to paint storm drains with “No Dumping, Drains to River” stencils, which promote watershed health.

College and career fair Oct. 26

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Student at college and career fairSalem area students and their families are invited to attend the annual college and career fair held at Chemeketa Community College on Monday, October 26. This event is presented by The Inspire Foundation.

To be held from 6 -8 pm in Building 7 on the Salem campus, the college and career fair is a free event with free parking.

This event, which has taken place for more than 25 years, welcomed more than 2,000 visitors in 2015. Chemeketa and more than 80 other colleges and industries will be on display to 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.

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.