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Earn Payroll Certificate in Saturday Classes

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Student Abby RichardsonBeginning fall term, 2017 Chemeketa’s accounting program will offer students the opportunity to earn a certification in payroll in Saturday classes.

“This is a great opportunity for employed professionals to add a payroll specialty to their professional skill set,” said instructor Lana Tuss, CPA.

Student Abby Richardson completed the program this past year, “My employer is already benefitting from my education,” she said.

The three-term sequence of classes feature two hours of in-class instruction on Saturdays with coursework completed online. Courses to earn the credential are –

Fall Term 2017

BA 211 Financial Accounting 1 Saturday, 9-10:50 am

Winter Term 2018

BA117 Payroll Saturday, 9-10:50 am
BA228 Computer Accounting Applications Saturday, 11 am-12:50 pm

Spring Term 2018

BA224 Human Resource Management Saturday, 9-10:50 am
BA276 Advanced Payroll Saturday, 11 am-12:50 pm

Completion of the certificate prepares students to compete for jobs as a payroll specialist or start their own payroll service.

All of the classes may be applied to the AAS Accounting degree and are transferable to Oregon Universities.


Prepare for the Great Eclipse

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Solar EclipseChemeketa is offering special showings of “Eclipse: The Sun Revealed” to help the community appreciate the total eclipse of the sun on August 21.

The showings will be in the Building 6 auditorium on the Salem Campus on: Sunday, July 23, Monday, August 7 and Thursday, August 17. The August 17 show will feature a special guest from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory)

All shows start at 7:30 pm. Admission is $5 per person with children under 12 free.


Theatre Classes Return to Chemeketa

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Jay Gipson KingActing and theatre appreciation classes return to Chemeketa fall term. Local theatre veteran Jay Gipson-King authored the curriculum for the classes.

Gipson-King knows his way around the footlights. He wrote, produced and acted in his first play for a seventh grade talent show. Since then Gipson-King has been very active in the Salem theatre scene and taught theatre at Chemeketa before classes were suspended in 2011.

The Acting 1 class (CRN:TA141) focuses on using the instruments of body, voice and mind. Gipson-King maintains acting is easy until we have to stand on stage and say words in front of people, “That’s when we get the sweats and forget what to do with our hands.”

Gipson-King intends to create a safe place for acting students to take risks, “We’ll play lots of games and fun exercises.”

Intrinsic benefits for students taking the acting class according to Gipson-King include increased self-confidence, better public speaking skills, improved teamwork, stronger trust and deeper empathy.

The Theatre Appreciation Class (CRN: TA110) will provide opportunities to read, watch and discuss plays.

 

“It will help students appreciate all forms of performance, like TV and movies, and not just the stage,” says Gipson-King.

 

Both classes fulfill arts and letters requirements for transferring to Oregon universities.

 

For more information, email jay.gipson.king@chemeketa.edu.


‘Becoming Nicole’ speakers coming June 8

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

On Thursday, June 8, Chemeketa welcomes Wayne and Nicole Maines, the father and daughter featured in this year’s Chemeketa Reads book Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family by Amy Ellis Nutt.

Becoming Nicole highlights the true story of a transgender girl, her identical twin brother and one family’s journey of understanding and compassion.

Because of her landmark discrimination case ruling, Nicole and her family have become activists for transgender rights, being featured on the HBO documentary The Trans List, NPR’s Fresh Air and the 27th GLAAD awards, among other programs.

Wayne and Nicole join us for both daytime and evening presentations, book signings and Q&A sessions at the Salem campus. These events are free and open to the public.

  • Becoming Nicole: Guest speakers Nicole and Wayne Maines
    Thursday, June 8, 2017
    Bldg. 6, Auditorium (Salem Campus)

    • Guest speaker Nicole Maines
      11:30 am-12:30 pm- Presentation and Q&A
      12:30 pm-1 pm- Book signing and photos
    • 1:30-2:30 pm- Presentation and Q&A
      2:30-3 pm- Book signing and photos
    • Guest speaker Wayne Maines
      6:30-7:30 pm- Presentation and Q&A
      7:30-8 pm- Book signing and photos

NW Wine Studies Center open house

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Ken WrightOver 200 hundred wine lovers gathered at Chemeketa’s Northwest Wine Studies Center May 18 to sip and savor the fruits of student and alumni labor. The event was a celebration of the natural bounty of our region, the professionals who craft these resources for our benefit and the education that makes our joy possible.

Kevin Green, who studied in Chemeketa’s program over a decade ago was showcasing his first bottling, La Randonnee, praised the networking opportunities associated with Chemeketa, “I contacted an old classmate who has a vineyard, and was able to make my first wine with his fruit.”

Current Chemeketa student Ben Martin is the co-founder of Dauntless Wine. He is a former member of the Marine Corps and will donate the annual net revenue of his company to veteran services. His dream is to buy a vineyard where he could employ disabled vets. Martin was honored at the event with the Emerging Leader award.

Two Student of the Year awards went to Jacob Sembler and Danny Jaffer.

The Legacy Builder Award went to Ken Wright who urged students and veterans of the industry with hard-earned lessons from experience. For example, Wright’s advice for winemakers is to take a keen interest in the vineyard. “You must control the soil and vines for the fruit to sing in your wine.”

Wright has been a big advocate for wine education supporting both Chemeketa and Yamhill-Carlton High Schools programs. He describes himself as a life-long learner, “You will never know it all, but you must try.”


Chemeketa Instructor Receives Community Educator of the Year Award

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

GwenEllyn Anderson imageThe Oregon Association of Community and Continuing Education gave Chemeketa instructor GwenEllyn Anderson its Community Educator of the Year award at a May 3 event.

 

A student from Andersons French for Travelers class nominated her for the award, citing in the entry, “GwenEllyn is probably the most creative teacher I have ever had.  She presents the material through lecture, interactive games of various sorts, videos, and dialogue, to name a few of the things she has used.”

 

Anderson has worked at Chemeketa since 1991 and was among the first faculty to teach online classes for the college. She describes herself as a brain-based educator which means she applies her understanding of how the human mind works at various life stages to create interactive, meaningful lessons.

 

Anderson says the honor is especially gratifying as she contemplates retirement, “But who am I kidding? I’ve been teaching since I was 4 years old and had younger siblings to play school with. Teaching is in my blood, and I’ll find some way to teach no matter where I go or what I do in my life.”

 

The French for Travelers class is just one of the hundreds of noncredit classes Chemeketa offers the community each quarter. For more information, call 503.399.4949.


Molleson elected PTK vice president

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Donnie Molleson imageDonnie Molleson’s mind is expansive and open. Donnie may be retired but he’s not done learning or contributing. His recent election to be regional vice president of the Rocky Mountain Cascade Region chapter of the community college honors society Phi Theta Kappa is just Donnie’s latest accomplishment.

Donnie retired after an 18 year career as a computer scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He enrolled at Chemeketa three years ago even though he already had two associate degrees and a bachelor’s degree. He is currently studying business management after exploring electrical engineering at Chemeketa.

“I’m spending my retirement learning new things,” Donnie said.

Donnie was elected vice president at the PTK’s spring regional convention. He campaigned on a platform rich with passion for the honors society and his eagerness to serve.

“I’m excited about being involved and my management studies coupled with my experience in student leadership will be a good fit for what PTK needs now,” said Donnie.

Chemeketa’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter supports excellent students striving for academic achievement and leadership opportunities.

 


Planetarium Total Solar Eclipse Show April 7-June 9

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

EclipseTotal solar eclipses have fascinated and frightened us since we first lifted our eyes to the sky and tried to make sense of the natural world. Fortunately we have scientists like Chemeketa planetarium host Tom McDonough to help us understand the drama when a black disk appears to devour the sun and the sky goes dark in the middle of the day.

We will have an opportunity to experience a total eclipse of the sun the morning of Tuesday, August 21, so the new Chemeketa planetarium show is especially relevant. The show, called “Eclipse The Sun Revealed” covers all aspects of the astral event –

  • Eclipse cultural history
  • Eclipse science
  • Eclipse safety tips

Tom, and astronomy faculty colleagues Chris Claysmith and Norm Friedman will add a special presentation about what to expect locally for the August 21 eclipse. They will show you the stars that may be visible when the sky goes dark that morning and conclude with a simulation of how the eclipse will appear.

Eclipse
The Sun Revealed
Chemeketa Planetarium
Fridays at 7:30
April 7 -June 9
$5 adults, $4 students and children
(Cash only)

Chemeketa astronmers are also planning to host events this summer in conjunction with the eclipse.


Stop Violence Against Women event is April 19

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

On Wednesday, April 19, the Bldg. 2 Student Center will be filled with the powerful, supporting message “you are not alone” at the third annual Stop Violence Against Women event.

Stop Violence Against Women aims to bring awareness to the campus community on resources available to those who suffer violence—including women, men and children.

Community and state agencies will be on hand to provide information about where to go and what to do if you or someone you know is in a violent situation.

From 1-2 pm, the event welcomes guest speaker Jackie Sandmeyer, campus coordinator for the Attorney General Task Force on Sexual Assault. Jackie works with colleges and universities across the state to provide assistance, training and motivation to identify advocates and create safe spaces for survivors of trauma.

To accompany the event, award-winning singer-songwriter Beth Wood will contribute a soothing, soulful musical performance.

This event is sponsored by Student Retention and College Life/Multicultural Student Services, the President’s Office and Title IX Coordinator

Stop Violence Against Women
Wednesday, April 19, 1-3 pm
Bldg. 2, Student Center (Salem)


Winter Music Concert March 13

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Winter Concert March 14Spend an evening with the talented students of Chemeketa’s music department during the Winter Music Concert.

The concert is set for 7 p.m. Monday, March 13 in the Building 6 Auditorium and will feature all four of the department’s musical groups–

  • Chemeketa Concert Choir
  • Chemeketa Concert Band
  • Chemeketa Strings Orchestra
  • ChemekApella

The performances will conclude with a combined work featuring all four ensembles performing “Sea to Shining Sea”, a piece based on “America the Beautiful”

Admission is free, with a suggested donation of $5.00.