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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.

 


Chemeketa to increase tuition and fees for 2017-2018 year

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa to increase tuition and feesThe Chemeketa Board of Education voted unanimously at its February 22 meeting to increase the cost of taking classes in the 2017-2018 school year.

Starting summer term, Chemeketa students who are Oregon residents will pay either $4 or $5 more in tuition and $1 more in fees per credit based on the state Legislature’s funding of community colleges.

Chemeketa’s in-state students currently pay a total of $94 per credit in tuition and fees. Should the Legislature fund community colleges at $550 million or less, Chemeketa’s in-state students will pay $100 per credit in tuition and fees. If the State appropriation exceeds $550 million, students will be charged $99 per credit in tuition and fees.

International and out-of-state students will see comparable tuition hikes.

The college has not raised its tuition and fees for four years which places Chemeketa as the lowest-priced community college in Oregon. The Governor proposed a community college budget of $550 million which does not address increased operating costs, so Chemeketa will use the tuition and fee increase to maintain current service levels.

“I always hate to burden our students but with the anticipated shortfall from the State, we don’t have other options,” said Diane Watson, Board of Education member.


Grant provides STEM exploration day for high schoolers

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

On February 16, U-STEM, Chemeketa’s first STEM exploration day, welcomed nearly 100 students from 12 area high schools. Students attended interactive workshops in computing, machining, robotics and drafting. Workshop demonstrations included–

Machining: Precision metal parts production
Students received hands-on experience with manual milling, lathe and Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machining as well as a demonstration of the virtual machining software designed by Chemeketa’s partner DMG MORI Academy.

Drafting: Design, scan and 3D print

Students participated a hands-on lab with 3D modeling and printing and learned how Computer-Aided Drafting & Design (CADD) professional use it in their line of work.

Robotics: Robot hydraulic arm build

Students learned how robotics mixes engineering and computer science and the field’s applications in many of today’s industries. In addition to a hands-on demo with Baxter, teams built hydraulic robotic arms and received a kit to take home to build their own.

Students play fetch with Baxter the robot

 

Computing: Smartphone application production

Computer Science and Computer Information Systems teamed up to show students software that reveals hidden information contained in photos taken and shared from their phones and got the opportunity to build their own app.

 

Students learn about the hidden information contained in their smart phone photos

 

This event was made possible by a $152,236 grant from the Higher Education Coordinating Commission in cooperation with the Oregon Department of Education. This grant will continue to fund increased recruitment, retention and support efforts for females and other underrepresented students interested in STEM programs and careers.


Artist-in-residence Oran in gallery through March 17

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Roberto Oran in art galleryThe Gretchen Schuette Art Gallery is a long way from making sculptures on a brother’s dining room table.

But Roberto Oran made that journey, and the gallery’s 2016 Artist in Residence is now showing off his work in the show Microcosmus Marinus, now showing in the gallery through March 17.

“This is my way to give back,” Oran, who is also a Chemeketa graduate, said during a reception Feb. 15.

Oran grew up in a small town in the Mexican state of Oaxaca, where as a child he had to share pencils with his siblings because his family could not afford otherwise.

“The only way for me to draw was inside my head, with my imagination,” Oran said in his artists statement.

Oran came to the US when he was 16 and was further inspired by ceramics class at West Salem High.

Microcosmus Marinus featured drawings, paintings, and ceramic sculpture pieces focused around aquatic life and the environment. Oran used recycled clay from his pieces, which was tougher to work with.

“Some of my best pieces didn’t make it,” he said.

Oran is working on many projects in the area showcasing the journey of the Latino immigrant community and to give voice to its part in the Willamette Valley’s culture.

“I am honored to represent a people who have worked so hard to accomplish their dreams, and who inspire me to do the same,” he said.

The hours of the Gretchen Schuette Art Gallery can be found on its website.


Chemeketa, DMG Mori enter educational partnership

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa signs partnership with DMG MoriFurthering educational opportunities for students through technology was the theme when Chemeketa Community College signed an agreement for an educational partnership between itself, the college’s machining technology program and DMG Mori at the Salem campus on Feb. 2.

DMG Mori is a global manufacturer of machines, tools and software used in the machining field.

“We are partnering with a world-class company,” said Johnny Mack, Chemeketa’s executive dean of career and technical education.

Sheldon Schnider, machining instructor, said in conjunction with the partnership, Chemeketa has been recognized by DMG Mori as one of only five regional education centers of excellence in the country.

Also, Chemeketa now has the company’s 3-D simulation software, which will allow students to test out the code they’ve written before getting onto actual machines, reducing machine crashes.

The excellence of Chemeketa’s program and the workers it is turning out was recognized during the ceremony by Marlow Knabach, DMG Mori’s chief technology officer.

“What you have through these doors is what drew me into the industry,” Knabach said of Chemeketa’s machining labs.

President Julie Huckestein said one of the proudest moments for the college outside of graduation is when partnerships like the one with DMG Mori can be celebrated.

“It’s pretty easy with this (machining) program to be proud of it,” Huckestein said.


Chemeketa offering service learning in Oaxaca, Mexico

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Service learning in Oaxaca MexicoChemeketa Community College will sponsor a trip to Oaxaca, Mexico this June. Participants with attend six classes during spring term to study and prepare for the trip. The class sessions give an overview of international development work practices. The program includes 4 college credits in humanities.

Trip leader Cecelia Monto says, “The trip is an excellent opportunity for future teachers and anyone who wants a deeper understanding of global issues.”

Participants will engage in meaningful community service with the community residing in Oaxaca’s garbage dump. There will also be four levels of Spanish classes available, from beginner to advanced.

The trip is affiliated with the local agency Friends of Pimpollo and is open to the community as well as students. Cost of the trip is $2,000 all inclusive (tuition, air, lodging, activities).

A free information session will be held on February 15, 6 pm, at Chemeketa Salem Building 9, Room 104.

For more information, email cecelia.monto@chemeketa.edu or call 503-399- 6564 or Chemeketa International Programs, at international@chemeketa.edu or 503-399- 5141.


Stream the Storm and never miss a home game

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Cheer on our Storm volleyball, baseball and men’s and women’s basketball teams from the comfort of your own home. Live streaming and on-demand videos of all athletic home games are on Chemeketa Media Space thanks to a partnership between the Chemeketa Studio, Library and Online departments.

Streaming home games has been particularly helpful for athletes’ families and friends who can’t travel to games. The Chemeketa Studio hopes to grow its coverage to include softball and soccer.

For more information on this and other activities, visit Chemeketa Studio’s Facebook page. Access the live-stream, on-demand and athletics schedule below.

Live streaming

Games on-demand

Athletics schedule


Safe Zone offers inclusive space for all students

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Holiday potlucks, a wall of encouragement, Friday movie nights— Chemeketa’s student Safe Zone might be the closest thing to a dorm commons on Salem’s campus.

The Safe Zone is a multi-purpose space for students, providing academic, social and emotional support for the college community. Perhaps most importantly, the Safe Zone provides a place of acceptance for our diverse student body—including our LGBTQ+ community and anyone facing personal hardships or struggling to find acceptance.

“One thing that we see all too often is that things that are outside of the schools control affect student success far more than anything else,” said one student visitor. “This space has really become a place students can use to escape that which might otherwise negatively affect their success.”

This includes student concerns regarding the Presidential election. “The staff remain politically neutral but supportive to what the students are saying and expressing,” the student said.

While the goals of the Safe Zone are serious, the atmosphere in the space is light-hearted and comfortable.

“A new person came in the other day. They were quiet and mostly listened, but they laughed a lot. We’re pretty funny,” said Riss, a second year student pursuing a transfer degree.

Another student agreed, saying the Safe Zone is a good place to relax and get to know people. “A friend dragged me in here and I never left,” he said.

If you or anyone you know feels isolated or fearful of judgement, please consider visiting the Safe Zone.


The Safe Zone & Student Resource Center

Resources available to all students—

  • Support from student leaders, including connections to college resources
  • Computer and no-cost printing for college assignments
  • Microwave and fridge

Bldg. 2, Rm. 229 (Salem campus)
Monday, 8 am-5 pm
Tuesday-Friday 8 am-7 pm

* Some names redacted to protect the anonymity of students.