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Chemeketa holds 61st commencement

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

They believed. They achieved. They did it.

Chemeketa held its 61st commencement ceremony June 20 at the Oregon State Fairgrounds Pavilion, awarding degrees and certificates to 688 graduates.

“I urge you to use your new knowledge and skills to continue to open your mind to new possibilities,” President Julie Huckestein told the graduates. “Education is power. Use it wisely and no matter what else you do in life, no one can ever take your education away from you.”

Board of Education Chairperson Ron Pittman compared education to his background in insurance sales.

“Insurance helps us manage the risk of uncertainty,” Pittman said. “I can’t say that your education will safeguard you completely, but I have no doubt it will strengthen you ability to respond to hard times and uncertainty.”

You can view the Facebook photo album by Terri Jacobson by clicking this link.

Below you can view a commencement highlight video provided by AO Films along with the student highlight video shown during the ceremony.


Visual Communications Portfolio Show is June 8

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

For twenty-three men and women, the 22nd annual Visual Communications Portfolio Show is the opportunity to show staff, students, alumni and industry leaders their talent and dedication to craft.

Held in the Visual Communications studio suite, guests will enjoy refreshments and the chance to see the culmination of work created by the newest illustrators, graphic designers and multimedia specialists Chemeketa has to offer.

Visual Communications Portfolio Show
Thursday, June 8
4-7 pm
Bldg. 4, Rm. 225


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.

 


Earth Day Fair is April 20

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

On Thursday, April 20, Chemeketa will hold its annual Earth Day Fair in the new quad on Salem’s campus.

Hosted by the Associated Students of Chemeketa, International Programs and Sustainability, this event will feature an assortment of activities, including—

  • Free food
  • Bike raffle and bike repair
  • Special events from college programs, including a club fair, food drive for Chemeketa’s Food Pantry, an art project with International Programs and Sustainability’s paper crane community art-making
  • Community exhibitors, including Life Source, Friends of Trees, Habitat for Humanity and Marion Polk Food Share

In the case of inclement weather, the Earth Day Fair will be moved into the Bldg. 2 Student Center.

Want to keep your earth-day momentum rolling? Consider joining Chemeketa’s Bike More Challenge team. From May 1-May 31, you can win prizes just for riding your bike for 10 minutes a day. Learn more and register here.

Earth Day Fair
Thursday, April 2, 11:30 am-2:30 pm
Held in the new quad or Student Center (inclement weather)

 


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)


Enjoy Coffee with a Public Safety Officer Apr.13

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

On Thursday, April 13, Public Safety and Criminal Justice will host its first ever Coffee with a Public Safety Officer in the Student Center of Building 2.

Inspired by Salem’s Coffee with a Cop, this informal event is meant to open the conversation between employees, students and Public Safety staff.

Public Safety Officer Michael Wilson, event organizer and graduate of our Law Enforcement (’14), Criminal Justice (’15), Corrections (’15) and Juvenile Justice (’16) programs, hopes guests will not only learn more about Public Safety’s services but also provide his department with insight to the needs and concerns of its customers.

In the least, he wants people to enjoy the event’s free coffee and snacks.

“We want to do more stuff with the college,” says Michael. “Not many people see us unless they report a crime. It’s a good way to get our face out there.”

In addition to Public Safety, Corrections and Law Enforcement supervisors and students will be on hand to answer questions about the college’s Criminal Justice programs.

“If this event goes well, we want to plan Coffee with a First Responder and include EMT, Paramedic and Fire in addition to Law Enforcement and Corrections.”

Can’t make it? Here are five things Michael wants you to know—

  1. Public Safety provides jump starts
  2. They also provide escorts out to vehicles, especially at night or if you’ve parked far away
  3. You can report a crime through Public Safety- everything from harassment or stalking to Title IX
  4. They can help students find their class locations
  5. Don’t let the uniform and badge fool you, Public Safety isn’t just here for enforcement, they’re here to help

Coffee with a Public Safety Officer
Thursday, April 13
11am–1pm
Bldg. 2, Student Center (Salem)


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.


TRiO offers free college-prep resources for 6-12 grade students

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

It’s never too soon to start supporting your family’s college-going culture– and Chemeketa’s TRiO programs are here to help.

At Chemeketa, TRiO includes two pre-college programs, Talent Search and Upward Bound, as well as a program for college students. All programs have the goal of helping students overcome financial, class, social and cultural barriers to higher education.

TRiO’s latest resource is School Shelf, a free resources for middle and high school students and their parents which includes materials on-

  • Academic success
  • Student development
  • College preparation
  • Career planning
  • Parent involvement (in English and Spanish)

For more information on this and other TRiO services, visit Chemeketa’s TRiO site.


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.