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Mock trial hosts showcase after strong season

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa Mock TrialTheir court was well in order.

Chemeketa’s mock trial team celebrated the conclusion of its second year, and the increase in success that came with it, with a showcase and reception on April 20 in the Salem campus auditorium.

Students acted as prosecuting attorneys, defense attorneys and witnesses, with coach and political science instructor Maria Cruse acting as judge. The showcase ran through the defense portion of State v. Bancroft, the case used this year in competition by the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA), the governing body of collegiate mock trial. Chemeketa is one of only two community colleges in the country that is a AMTA member.

In the case, a casino owner in the fictional state of Midlands has been charged with attempting to bribe the chairperson of the state’s gaming commission in order to receive a new casino license. The defense team attempted to argue the casino owner was entrapped by an overzealous police officer working for the gaming commission.

The team has been competing in invitation tournaments throughout the year at locations including Eugene, Seattle and Berkeley. The primary competition of the year, the AMTA’s regional tournament, was held in early February in Boise. Chemeketa fielded both an A and B team in the tournament this year due to the increase in participation.

Chemeketa’s A team had the most competitive schedule of the 22 teams in the tournament, facing off against the likes of Cal, Gonzaga and Stanford. The team rose to the challenge, by beating Stanford’s A team in their opening matchup. The B team was an honorable mention for the tournament’s Spirit of AMTA award. Suzanne Johnson, the B team’s captain, received an individual award for Outstanding Witness.

David Hallett, the college’s executive dean of general education and transfer studies and a former practicing attorney, praised the work the students put in throughout the year in preparation for their tournaments.

“I can tell you that I could easily be the president of the fan club of the mock trial team,” Hallett said.

Dean of Social Sciences R. Taylor told the friends and family of the team members they should be proud of the team’s accomplishments this year.

“I hope what you just saw explains to you all the hours they spent (working),” Taylor said.

Taylor also highlighted the Stanford win as a key accomplishment.

Cruse introduced all the team members and also pointed out success in mock trial was more than just knowing the case.

“They have to learn legal procedure,” Cruse said. “They have to learn so much, and we have such a short amount of time to teach it to them, but they do such a great job picking those things up.”


Horticulture announces plant sales dates

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa’s expert horticulture students have lovingly cared for an abundance of quality bedding plants, hanging baskets and vegetables. Now we want to share our bounty with you.

Come to our greenhouse for one of our special sales to fill your spring with joy –

Earth Day Open House
Wednesday-Friday, April 20-22 11 am-3 pm
Saturday, April 23 10 am-3 pm

Mother’s Day Celebration
Wednesday-Friday, May 4-6 11 am-3 pm
Saturday, May 7 10 am-3 pm

(Enter the Salem campus and follow the signs to the Red parking lot)

Barrel Tasting
Northwest Wine Studies Center
215 Doaks Ferry Road NW
Thursday, May 19
5 pm-7:30 pm


Sign up for new college alert system

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Sign up for emergency alertsOur new system for college closures and emergency notifications requires everyone to sign up even if you recently did so. The reason we are switching messaging systems is that we want to bring you the best and most reliable messaging possible. This has required a switch from our current text messaging system to a new one.

We are not moving your cell phone or email information from the old system to the new one. Both the old system and the new system will be in use for several weeks, but starting winter term we will only send messages via the new system.

Follow these steps so you don’t miss out on college closure or email alerts–

  1. Log in to My Chemeketa
  2. Open the “Services” tab
  3. Click on the “Notifications” tab
  4. Follow the directions on the page

If you have questions about this new system, please contact the IT Help Desk at 503.399.7899.


Meet Caleb: Part-time custodian, part-time poet

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

To Caleb Stratemeyer, poetry is a way of leading by example.

“Everybody wants to learn,” he says, “but at the same time, how does someone learn if they’re too embarrassed to ask questions or if they don’t have someone they trust enough to give them the right answer?”

That’s where Caleb believes he can make a difference. “My poetry is a way of teaching us all how to get along better without pointing fingers.”

Caleb discovered his talents during his seventh grade LRC class where a poetry assignment and a helpful teacher gave him confidence as a writer.

Pairing poetry with his interest in listening to and helping others, Caleb found the topic he was most passionate about: treating women with respect.

“I’ve had a lot of female friends give me advice on the world. Without them I would be 100% lost,” he says.

But as his friends opened up to him about their experiences with physical, mental and emotional abuse, Caleb turned to poetry as an outlet. “I’ve always tried to do what is right, but it was my friends who taught me how to do it with heart.”

Now he uses his words as a tool for presenting different perspectives, inspiring change of hearts, focusing on solutions and ending the cycle of abuse.

“I can show people how to be gentle and compassionate,” he says.

Caleb has had the opportunity to share his poetry at open mics at his church, Chemeketa’s Multicultural Center and most recently at the HVAC exhibit. Naturally one to shy away from the spotlight, Caleb has appreciated the support and feedback of his friends and colleagues.

“I don’t want to come off as some perfect person. I’ve been stubborn, overprotective and controlling, but I’ve learned from mistakes,” Caleb reflects. “And something tells me I’m not quite done learning.”

While he knows reducing divorce rates and ending abuse, rape and human trafficking is a large task to undertake, Caleb is steadfast in his calling of being a male role model.

He meets regularly with other like-missioned men as part of the group “Men for Hope and Safety” to take action and raise awareness.

“I don’t know how to go about it but I think if I get there some day that’s great,“ he says. “What I’m doing now is a good start.”

Read a selection of his poetry

Eyes into the negative

The Wings that shall Sparkle


Chemeketa emergency & safety resources

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

After the tragedy at Umpqua Community College, we want to remind you about resources available at Chemeketa-

  • The college has an emergency notifications system. You can sign up for text/e-mail alerts at http://alerts.chemeketa.edu
  • Counseling services are available at Salem 2/115 and at Yamhill Valley, Dallas and Woodburn
  • If you ever see, hear or notice anything suspicious or concerning regarding safety at Chemeketa, no matter where, please notify Public Safety, a staff person or faculty member
  • Also, take time watch the college’s emergency preparedness video

 


Students, staff face off in Smackdown

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Students vs. staff basketball game 2015A glow-in-the-dark basketball. That’s the trophy in the annual Students vs. Staff Smackdown basketball game.

And in the 11th iteration of this annual Chemeketa Community College tradition, held March 17 on Paldanius Court at the Salem campus, the crowd was entertained by two teams that came out for a bit of fun on the hardwood — and possession of a glow-in-the-dark basketball.

The game has held many different functions over the years, including scholarship fundraising. This year, halftime offered the opportunity to pay to take half-court shots, with the proceeds benefitting the purchasing of a school mascot costume.

The student team this year was organized by Ethan Chung from the Office of Student Retention and College Life. The staff team was organized by physics instructor Erik Jensen.

The staff team won the game 78-56, their third consecutive win.


New Student Preview Days Sept. 20 & 21

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Incoming students and their families are invited to Salem and Yamhill campuses for New Student Preview Day September 20 and 21. New Student Preview Day is an opportunity to take a campus tour, meet with advisors and counselors, learn about campus activities and receive transfer information in addition to getting student IDs and purchasing textbooks and parking passes.

Thursday, September 20 – 9 am to 1 pm
Yamhill Valley Campus Preview Day
Visit Yamhill Valley’s events page for more information on workshops and services available during this day.

Salem Campus Preview Day
Friday, September 21 – 9 am to 2 pm
Download the event pdf for details or call 503.399.5120 for more information.


Retired Chemeketa president donates $487,000 to the college foundation

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Gretchen Schuette may have retired from Chemeketa Community College in 2007, but the
college has not been far from her mind or her heart.

Last month the retired college president completed a $487,000 gift to the Chemeketa
Community College Foundation. It was the largest single gift in the college’s 41-year
history.

“In the middle of my presidency, I had such a positive feeling about Chemeketa and its
importance to students and the community that I decided to create a gift that
would keep working long after I retired,” Schuette said. “It’s a way for me to
give back a little of what Chemeketa has meant to me.” (more…)