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Winema launches robotics program

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Early last September, Joe Shepard sat parked in his car outside Chemeketa Winema watching as backhoes hauled furniture and debris from the abyss.

He was interviewing to be the instructor for Winema’s newly minted Robotics program all while witnessing the transformation of Building 51 – dubbed ‘the abyss’ by staff – from a dingy surplus storage area to a hands-on learning environment for high school students.

Vision, advocates and months of hard work from facilities turned the pipe dream into a possibility and Chemeketa Winema is now well on its way to supporting students interested in engineering, manufacturing, prototyping and product development and design.

“There is now a pathway for Winema students to enter career tech programs at Chemeketa,” says Susan Murray, Executive Dean of Academic Progress and Regional Education Services. “We are so appreciative and have so many people to thank.”

Joe praises the Robotics program for helping students not only learn problem solving, teamwork and creativity, but for igniting a passion for learning. “These students say ‘I’m here to get this done’.”

“There are many plusses to this program,” mirrors Abby Hoffar, Dean of High School Partnerships. “Students have to work on design and assembly as a team. There’s brainstorming and dissonance, and they have to work it out together so the program is teaching soft skills too.”

“And they are really proud of their accomplishments,” she says.

Four students who’ve risen to the role of team leaders for Winema’s robotics team, the Winema Wattmasters, demonstrated their VEX creations for Chemeketa’s Board of Education, staff and program supporters at the Robotics Open House on May 18.

VEX is a highly regarded international STEM activity for middle and high school students that releases a new parts kit and engineering challenge game each year.

The Wattmasters, along with teams from Dallas, West, South and North Salem highs and the Jane Goodall Environmental Middle School, will start developing robots based on the 16-17 VEX kit and challenge game starting in September and take to the road for weekend tournaments mid-November.

To level the playing field, Winema plans to host 2-3 teams on weekdays for area students who can’t travel out of town on weekends.

Winema Robotics has many additional goals for the future, including

  • Organize the College’s robotic teams
  • Develop a maker lab that includes 3D printing, laser cutter and machinery to work with iron, aluminum, vinyl and wood
  • Develop a CADD lab
  • Use robotics to experiment with innovative horticulture and agriculture techniques
  • Host a VEX Robotics State Championship

For now, students will enjoy a wide variety of experiential opportunities to foster and support their imagination, innovation and ability to collaborate. Abby adds, “What could be better for their education, workforce or life?”

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Workshop on college resources for DACA students May 27

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

DACA & Allies United Student Club invites current and future students and their families to a DACA workshop to be held Friday, May 27 from 3-5 pm.

Guests will have the opportunity to learn about resources to help DACA students (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) attend and find success at Chemeketa, including academic program information, student support services, immigration information and paying for college.

DACA workshop
Friday, May 27, 3-5 pm
Bldg. 3, Rm. 116 (Salem campus)
Dinner provided


Visual Communications Portfolio Show set for June 2

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

All are welcome to join us for the 21st annual Visual Communications Portfolio Show – an opportunity to view the culmination of projects created by talented emerging artists and designers graduating from Chemeketa’s Visual Communications program.

Eighteen students will be showcasing their work at the event including logos and product packaging developed for local nonprofits such as Marion-Polk Foodshare, Salem Audubon Society and the Silverton Poetry Festival as well as various Chemeketa programs.

Visual Communications Portfolio Show
Thursday, June 2 from 4 to 7 pm
Building 4, Room 225
Free parking will be available during the event; guests can follow signs to park in the purple and yellow lots.

For more information call 503.399.5070 or visit vc.chemeketa.edu.


2016 Graduation set for June 14

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa’s 60th annual graduation ceremony will be held Tuesday, June 14 at the Oregon State Fairgrounds Pavilion (2330 17th Street NE, Salem). Free parking is available in the lot off Sunnyview Road near 17th Street NE. Tickets are required.

Nearly 800 students of post-secondary degree and certificate programs, Winema High School and high school equivalency and general equivalency programs will be awarded diplomas.

More information on the 2016 graduation can be found here or by calling 503.399.6588.


Pacific Islands Celebration May 4

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Get a taste of the tropics without the sunburn and TSA body scan at the Pacific Islands Celebration on May 4.

Hosted by the Mix’d Nesians Club and Student Retention and College Life, this drop-in event will feature live music, dance performances, a Pacific Islander student panel and a culture fair.

Food will be provided and the event is free and open to the public.

In its second year, the Pacific Islands Celebration originated from student interest in holding a luau and grew into an opportunity to educate the community on the robust culture of Islanders.

“We wanted it to be more than entertainment,” says student organizer Armillia Lamoray. “We hope that our event fills our guests with some knowledge of the island culture and our goal is to create solutions for some of the issues islander students face in education.”

Pacific Islands Celebration
Wednesday, May 4, 4:30-7:30 pm
Auditorium in Bldg. 6
Free and open to the public


Wendy Chin-Tanner poetry reading and workshop Apr.28 & 30

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa Writes presents Turn author Wendy Chin-Tanner for a reading and writing workshop on April 28 and 30 respectfully.

A 2015 Oregon Book Award finalist, Turn is a poetry collection that celebrates and philosophizes the contradictions of living, wrestling with our conceptions of race, gender, abuse, love, sex, motherhood and death.

Born and raised in New York City, Wendy was educated at Cambridge University, UK and now lives in Portland.

Chemeketa Writes is a program provided by Chemeketa’s English Department that encourages individuals to write and gives them the opportunity to meet and work with various published authors.

Chemeketa Writes

Reading
Thursday, April 28, 11:30 am-12:30 pm
Gretchen Schuette Art Gallery, Bldg. 3, Rm. 122

Writing Workshop
Saturday, April 30, 10 am-2:50 pm
Bldg. 9, Rm. 111
$15; Register using CRN 75280


Salem Sleeping Bag Project branch opens at Chemeketa

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

One man’s trash is another man’s dignity.

That’s the concept behind the Salem Sleeping Bag Project, the local faction backing the national movement to make simple sleeping bags and mats from recycled fabrics and distribute them free to people who need them.

The newest branch opened this March at Chemeketa’s Salem campus and has ambitiously dived into processing thousands of plastics bags into plarn, or plastic yarn.

Student organizer, Eric Duvall-Winscher has been participating in the Salem Sleeping Bag Project for more than two years. “It started as a spring break activity at a DIY crocheting studio. I fell in love and I’ve been doing it ever since.”

Chemeketa’s branch is seeking a steady group of volunteers to process all current donations so the college can transition to a full service branch, taking on crocheting mats and handing them out to people in need.

“Because of the amount of extra bags we process, we will quickly back up the Salem Branch,” says Eric. “It is important for us to be able to process bags from donations to handing out actual sleeping mats.”

How you can help

  • Five volunteers each week to make plarn from bag donations
  • Additional bag donations once all the current bags are processed
    • It takes 800-900 bags to make one mat

“We’re helping the homeless and the environment at the same time,” says Eric. “We don’t care why they are homeless, but we hope this one act of kindness can change their life.”

Salem Sleeping Bag Project
Meets Thursdays from 6-8 pm
Bldg. 2, Student Center (Salem)


Keeping his bearings – Student juggles school and wild career

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

It’s well known that many students have competing responsibilities during their time in college, but what happens when those responsibilities take them around the world on a regular basis?

That’s the situation Brandon Desjarlais found himself in when he became the social media manager for Moonshine MFG, a skateboard company based in Hood River.

A third year student studying business, Brandon has been skateboarding since he was little, seriously since 14 and professionally for a year. And at only 20, he’s achieved something most of us could only dream of– get paid for his top two talents and interests.

“I’m a pretty good skateboarder but my passion is business and making connections,” says Brandon, who, based on Moonshine MFG’s 11.2 thousand followers on Instagram alone, appears to be well-equipped for his position.

In addition to presenting the image of Moonshine MFG across social media, Brandon attends events and trade shows, manages a team, films videos and skates. His job has sent him to Munich, Toronto and Whistler Canada, Orlando, New York City and most recently, the Dominican Republic.

But it seems twenty-somethings aren’t the only ones paying attention Brandon’s work with Moonshine MFG.

Thanks to widespread footage of him skating, movie producers found Brandon and invited him to play Vin Diesel’s stunt double in the upcoming release of xXx: The Return of Xander Cage.

But how did he ever get that gig?

“I answered my phone.”

You see, it also seems that skaters his age aren’t too eager to respond to phone calls and voicemails, but Brandon’s natural inclination to socialize and network served him well yet again.

Now he has the distinct pleasure of shaving his head and donning a custom-fitted Vin Diesel replica chest piece as he spends two weeks filming an explosion-packed, downhill jungle ski-skating chase scene.

“The nature of my job means I’m out of town a lot and miss a lot of class. It’s really hard to stay motivated to be a student, but I love learning,” Brandon says.

To cope with his absences, Brandon sets aside a few hours each week to work in the study skills and tutoring centers and keeps in constant contact with his professors.

“There’s been many times where terms and concepts in my economics and accounting courses come up in meetings or general discussions and it really helps bring key business concepts full circle,” says Brandon.

He sees his work as a real-life internship and appreciates every opportunity he can take. “Eventually, I’d love to use the skills I’m learning now to start my own business,” he says.

No word yet if that involves jungle ski-skating.


Award-winning author hosts writing workshop

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

This week, Chemeketa welcomes award-winning author Karen Karbo as host to a book reading and Chemeketa Writes workshop.

Karen is author of fourteen award-winning novels, memoirs and works of non-fiction including the best-selling “Kick Ass Women” series: Julia Child RulesHow Georgia Became O’KeeffeThe Gospel According to Coco Chanel and How to Hepburn.

Her 2004 memoir, The Stuff of Life, written about the last year she spent with her father before his death, won awards from New York Times, People Magazine and Oregon Book Awards. Her short stories, essays, articles and reviews have appeared in ElleVogueEsquireOutside, the New York TimesSalon.com and other magazines and she was recently one of 24 writers awarded an Amtrak Residency.

For more information on these event, e-mail magdalen.powers@chemeketa.edu.

Reading
Thursday, Februrary 4, 11:30 am-12:30 pm
Gretchen Schuette Art Gallery
Free

Chemeketa Writes
Workshop with author Karen Karbo
Saturday, February 6, 10 am -2:50 pm
Building 9, Room 111
$15- Register using CRN 55848 or bring your checkbook


Help paying for college

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

It’s scholarship season at Chemeketa so don’t miss getting your share of free money for college.

Chemeketa Foundation scholarships

Any student admitted to Chemeketa is eligible to apply for a Chemeketa Foundation scholarship. Last year nearly 500 scholarships were awarded, and one in four students who applied received money.

The application process is easy. Fill out one form and you’re eligible for over 100 scholarships. Lots of applicants finish in 30 minutes, so there is no reason to put off making your case for cash.

The application deadline is March 31, 2016. Visit the Chemeketa Foundation website to find out how to apply.

Oregon Promise grant

March 1, 2016 is the deadline for submitting your application to have the State of Oregon pay some or all of your community college tuition. High school students graduating this spring or anyone completing their GED in spring or summer are eligible. Visit the Oregon Promise website for more information.

Exito scholarship

Build Exito is a Portland State University program to support students interested in pursuing research careers in –

  • Biomedical science
  • Behavioral science
  • Health science
  • Social science

This three-year program begins during the sophomore year of college.  For more information visit the Build Exito website or contact Adam Privitera.