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2016 Graduation set for June 14

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa’s 59th 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.


Apply now for fall term 2016

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

It’s a new year and you’re on your way to enrolling as a college student. Not sure where to start? Now is the time to begin Chemeketa’s admission process if you plan to attend fall 2016.

 

 

Here’s how to get started-

January-

February-

March-

April-

May-

June-

  • Check your My Chemeketa account and submit any additional requirements for financial aid

July-

August-

  • Register for classes in My Chemeketa
  • Accept your financial aid award letter

September-

  • Attend new student preview day
  • Classes begin late September

Additional enrollment details are available online for students transfering to Chemeketa and international students.

For more information about admissions call 503.399.5006 or e-mail getstarted@chemeketa.edu.


Meet alumna Fabiola Regla Ramos

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

When you think of reasons that might prohibit one from reaching their educational potential, what comes to mind? Do language barriers, domestic violence, family obligations or homelessness make your list?

For Fabiola Regla Ramos, it wasn’t one but all of these setbacks that slowed her progress—but she refused to let them break her spirit. Now Fabiola is a role model for those experiencing similar obstacles and, perhaps more importantly, for her son and daughter.

Born and raised in Comala, Colima Mexico, Fabiola was brought to the U.S. against her wishes at the age of 14. Though she spoke no English, she was placed into mainstream classes due to a lack of school resources. It wasn’t long before she failed her classes, dropped out of high school and ran away to elope with her boyfriend.

But life didn’t turn out how she had hoped. “I suffered domestic violence for many years,” Fabiola recalls. “First at the hands of my own father, then in foster care and finally at the hands of my husband.” When her ex-husband turned his physical abuse to her son, Fabiola gained the courage to leave and take a chance at a better life for her children and herself.

For nine months, Fabiola and her kids were homeless, living in a shelter while her divorce was finalized. She took this time to find a job and a place to live, finding work as a waitress. While she enjoyed the job, she quickly discovered it couldn’t support the needs of her family.

“I started thinking of ways in which I could improve my opportunities,” says Fabiola. “I wanted something more, but I wasn’t sure what exactly. I only knew I wanted a job that had a purpose. My drive was to create a better future for my kids.”

Her local Worksource office changed her life, helping her build a resume and connecting her with a program that paid for her GED classes and a CNA certification at Chemeketa. She took the leap and returned to school 10 years after she had dropped out.

“When I started taking GED classes I had the choice of taking them in Spanish, but I wanted to challenge myself and took the classes and the exams in English,”says Fabiola. “I knew that learning how to write and read in English was essential in order to provide my kids with a better future.”

It took nine months for Fabiola to obtain her GED and CNA through Chemeketa. She credits the support of counselors, staff, tutors and teachers for helping her change her life.

“I had a wonderful experience and felt like I was a part of something big for the first time,” Fabiola recalls. “I had tasted knowledge and I was hungry for more.”

She went on to earn her associate degree and is now enrolled at Western Oregon University planning to earn her bachelor’s degree in psychology in the spring of 2016.

“I was once an adolescent who felt out of place and had no hope or dreams for the future,” Fabiola recalls. “Now I have become a better parent and I have a job that serves a purpose, a job that allows me to help people in a position I once was.”

Fabiola works as a teacher assistant for the Spanish GED for Chemeketa’s Dallas center and volunteers as an advocate for equality and human rights at Voz Hispana and she was selected as a guest speaker for Oregon’s 2015 GED Summit. Her five-year plan includes getting a master’s degree in Social work, buying a home and starting a savings account for her kids’ college education.

“I am thankful and proud of the opportunities I seized and I look forward many more to come,” she says. “I will never forget that all it took was to take a chance, a chance to go back to school to obtain a GED. Knowledge set me free—and there’s no stopping me now.”


Events planned for National Campus Sustainability Month

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa sustainability

While the leaves may be brilliant shades of orange, there’s lots of reasons to be green this October as staff and students collaborate with community organizations to celebrate National Campus Sustainability Month.

 

Upcycle Drag Show
Wednesday, October 21, 12-2 pm
Building 6, Auditorium

Chemeketa’s Facilities department, Sustainability and Triangle Clubs and ASC team up to host the Upcycle Drag Show. Dresses made from upcycled materials by art students and local artists will be on the catwalk. Come for the fashion, stay for the pizza and cake.

Repair Fair and Share
Wednesday, October 21, 5-7 pm
Building 2, Student Center

Chemeketa will host local repair gurus during the Repair Fair and Share. Bring in your bike, small appliance, instrument or fabric item to learn how to troubleshoot basic repairs.

Click here for the event flyer.

Make a Difference Day
Thursday, October 22

Chemeketa students will hit the parking lots to paint storm drains with “No Dumping, Drains to River” stencils, which promote watershed health.