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JROTC/ROTC Physical Training Championship is Oct. 28

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

JROTC ROTCChemeketa Community College’s Brooks Regional Training Center will play host to the 2nd Annual ROTC/JROTC Physical Training Championship.

The competition will be held from 8 am to noon Saturday, Oct. 28, at the center, 4910 Brooklane Rd NE in Brooks.

More than 35 teams from four states have already signed up for the competition. In the
competition, five-member high school JROTC and college ROTC teams along with three-
member teams from the community to participate in a team contest of pushups, pullups, situps, a 300-meter dash and 2-mile run.

Proceeds from the event will go toward awards for veteran students through the Chemeketa Community College Foundation.

Team registration for the event is free and can be done at https://chemeketa.thankyou4caring.org/rotc-jrotc- physical-training- championship.

A Yellow Ribbon dinner for participants traveling from out of the area will be held the evening before the competition.

The Oregon National Guard is the commanding general partner for the event.


Chemeketa eligible for Aspen Prize

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa invited to apply for Aspen PrizeEvery two years, the Aspen Institute evaluates nearly 1,000 community colleges in the U.S. to recognize high performing institutions. This year, Chemeketa Community College is on the Institute’s list of 150 colleges eligible for the Aspen Prize. Chemeketa is the sole community college from Oregon in consideration for this prize.

The Aspen Prize is the nation’s signature indicator of community college achievement. To do its assessment, the Aspen Institute convenes a panel of education experts and uses nationally available data on institutional performance, improvement and equity in student retention and completion.

“We appreciate the recognition given our effective work in student success,” said Chemeketa president Julie Huckestein.

Chemeketa plans to accept the Aspen Institute’s invitation to apply for the prize. The college will provide additional qualitative and quantitative information, including institutional data on completion, labor market outcomes, and learning assessment, as well as describing how Chemeketa has achieved and improved student outcomes. The Aspen Prize selection committee will select 10 finalists for site visits and further review. The finalist awarded the Aspen Prize will receive $1 million.


SITE VISIT NOTICE- AMERICAN DENTAL ASSOCIATION COMMISSION ON ACCREDITATION

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa Community College LogoIn compliance with the American Dental Association Commission on Accreditation policy on Third Party Comments, this notice is to inform all interested parties that the Chemeketa Community College Dental Assisting Program is scheduled for their site visit on November 2-3, 2017.

Third-party comments relative to the Commission’s accredited programs may include comments submitted by interested parties such as faculty, students, program administrators, Commission consultants, specialty and dental-related organizations, patients, and/or consumers. Interested parties should submit comments to the Commission using the following guidelines:

  • All comments relative to the programs being visited are due in the Commission office no later than sixty (60) days prior to each program’s site visit to allow time for the program to respond.
  • Comments must be signed. Only signed comments will be considered. Signatures will be removed from comments prior to forwarding them to the program.
  • Comments must pertain only to the standards for the particular program or policies and procedures used in the Commission’s accreditation process. Comments will be screened by Commission staff for relevancy.
  • A copy of the accreditation standards and/or the Commission’s policy on third-party comments may be obtained by contacting the Commission at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611, or by calling 1/800-621-8099, extension 4653.
  • For those individuals who are interested in submitting comments, requests may be made to the Commission office.

For comments not relevant to these issues, the individual will be notified that the comment is not related to accreditation and, where appropriate, referred to the appropriate agency.

July 10, 2017


Chemeketa awarded by McMinnville EDP

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Mcminnville EDC awardChemeketa Community College was named the Outstanding Partner of the Year by the McMinnville Economic Development Partnership (MEDP) during the organization’s annual awards and events ceremony on Oct. 3.

In a release from MEDP, Chemeketa’s naming to the award was done because of the college’s long-standing work with MEDP, the McMinnville community, and manufacturers in the area.

Also, Chemeketa and MEDP are working to launch the Chemeketa WORKS internship program at the college’s Yamhill Valley Campus. The program will offer Yamhill Valley students the opportunity to intern with McMinnville-area business throughout the entire year.

MEDP also includes the City of McMinnville, McMinnville Water & Light, McMinnville Industrial Promotions, the McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce, and area businesses.


“Invisible Light” in gallery Oct. 4 – Nov. 3

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

invisible lightA show in the Gretchen Schuette Art Gallery will let visitors see what they cannot see normally.

“Invisible Light” will feature infrared images taken by photographer Rich Bergeman.

The show will be featured in the gallery from Oct. 4 to Nov. 3. An artist’s reception is scheduled for Oct. 4 from 12:30pm-2:30 pm with a talk by Bergeman at 1:30 pm.

Cameras with either special black and white film or digital cameras with converted sensors are capable of taking photographs at the infrared range, which are wavelengths longer than light waves visible to the human eye.

In his artist’s statement, Bergeman said taking photography in infrared shows a world quite different than the one normally seen. Organic objects like plants reflect more infrared, making them appear bright in pictures while inorganic items like rock and water are darker.

“This can result in dramatic skies, deep black water surfaces and snowy-looking landscapes,” Bergeman wrote.

Using black and white film for infrared photography builds on Bergeman’s previous work in traditional black and white photography, he said, to take people viewing his work “into scenes with a surreal, dream-like, even ghostly
quality.”

More information, including gallery hours, will be available on the gallery’s webpage.


Chemeketa finalist for sustainability award

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa finalist for sustainability awardChemeketa Community College’s work in teaching students leadership has resulted in the college being a finalist for a multinational award for sustainability.

The college is a finalist for the Campus Sustainability Achievement Award from the Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).

The project submitted for consideration in the award was utilizing the on-campus Marion-Polk Food Share Youth Farm for community service leadership courses offered through the college’s Student Retention and College Life office.

Chemeketa is a finalist alongside Johnson County Community College in Kansas and Red River College in Manitoba. The winner will be announced in October during AASHE’s conference in San Antonio, Texas.

 


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.

This show includes a journey through the historical and cultural view of eclipses, the geometry that permits them to occur and safety hints on how to see this rare event.

All our Planetarium shows include a brief introduction that explores the night sky over Salem during this time of year.

The showings will start at 7:30 pm in the Building 6 auditorium on the Salem Campus on-

  • Sunday, July 23
  • Monday, August 7
  • Thursday, August 17

Admission-
The auditorium can accommodate approximately 400 guests. Tickets can be purchased with cash or check at the door.

  • Adults: $5
  • Children under 12: Free

Parking-

  • Follow the signs to the Bldg. 6 auditorium and park in the Purple lot
  • No parking pass is required for guests during these shows
  • Download a campus map

Chemeketa reduces tuition for 2017-18

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa reduces tuitionChemeketa is rolling back its in-state 2017-18 tuition from $85 to $84 per credit.

The Chemeketa Board of Education approved in February a tiered approach to tuition costs. If State Legislature funding remained the same, tuition would increase by $5 per credit. If funding increased, tuition would increase $4 per credit.

The college budget approved in June was based on an assumed $550 million allocation. The actual allocation of $570 million the Legislature approved in July triggered the $1 per credit decrease.

Summer term students who were charged $85 will receive a credit or refund for any overpayment.

The $84 tuition charge combined with a $15 fee brings the per credit unit cost to a total of $99 for the 2017-18 school year.


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.


Theater Classes Return to Chemeketa

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Jay Gipson KingActing and theater appreciation classes return to Chemeketa fall term. Local theater veteran Jay Gipson-King authored the curriculum and will teach 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 theater scene and taught theater 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 Theater 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.