July-November President’s Recognition Report

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Catching up and sharing a backlog of wonderfulness from colleagues who went above and beyond in the first half of our academic year.


Eva Payne, English faculty was featured in The English Letter, a publication by the Oregon State University College of Liberal Arts, School of Writing, Literature and Film.

Michelle Dyer, department technician at YVC, and Wendy Baker, department clerk at the Bookstore, attended the Oregon Institute for Leadership Development held at Silver Creek Falls Conference Center on June 20–23. Lynn Irvin coordinated the institute.


Deborah Sipe will have a case study published next month in the International Education at Community Colleges: Themes, Practices, and Case Studies. Her case study is entitled ”Internationalization and the Influence of Environmental Factors.”

Chemeketa Polk Center staff Ann Adams, Beth Bonnet, Zelda Emmer, Nancy Harper, Brad Johnson, April Mathews, Glen Miller, Susan Murray, Fabiola Ramos and Joanna Simpson participated in the Dallas Chamber Summerfest July 22–24. Extra thanks to Joanna Simpson who created a giant Hawaiian shirt for the float.

Heather Bryan, graduation/degree audit specialist in Enrollment Services, presented two workshops in August, at the Oregon Association of Collegiate Registrars for Admissions Officers (OACRAO) on best practices for transcript evaluators, transfer articulation topics, and professional networking.

John Whitney, ESL instructor, was selected by the U.S. Department of State for the
prestigious English Language Teaching Fellowship. This is a ten-month fellowship project teaching English in Panama at the Universidad de Las Americas.

Julie Huckestein, has been appointed to a three-year term on the Marion-Polk Food Share Board of Directors.

Hector Hernandez, part-time art instructor, is leading a group of artists in creating an 82-feet by 13-feet mural designed to celebrate Woodburn’s history and multicultural heritage. The mural should be completed in October and is destined to be mounted on the Woodburn Independent offices at 650 N. First Street and is part of a planned series of murals in the city’s downtown core.

This summer Tutoring Services staff Adrienne Beebe, Ashley Dern, Kyle Katsinis and Aspen Padilla teamed up with Corrections Education staff Sandra Anguinaga, Jon Andrus, Linda Lacy and Jon Tucker to bring professional opportunities to the GED tutors at the Oregon State Correctional Institution (OSCI), Oregon State Penitentiary (OSP), and Santiam Correctional Institution (SCI). This partnership served to enhance the high-quality tutoring already taking place and gave the GED tutors at the institutions a chance to brainstorm with professional tutors about how best to serve their students.


Marshall Roache, dean of Emergency Services, and his wife Leslie, wrote an article entitled “Scenario Based Training and Evaluation in CTE Programs,” that was published in the Techniques Magazine. They will be presenting this topic at the Association of Career and Technical Education (ACTE) Conference in November.

Thanks to Vivi Caleffi Prichard, Title IX compliance director, for helping to organize the 2nd Annual Title IX Conference that was held at Eola on October 11–12. Sessions featured Office of Civil Rights (OCR) presenters on sexual violence, primary prevention on campus, Title IX athletics, guidelines for supporting transgender students, and how to conduct an investigation from beginning to end. There were over 120 participants.


Lupe Rivera, ASC Racial and Ethnic Diversity student representative, provided testimony at the Higher Education Coordinating Commission meeting on October 13.

Sandi Kellogg, dean of Health Sciences, was a panelist at the Oregon Department of Human Services Summit on October 14. The topic was “CNA Training Options and Partnerships, Nursing Facility, and Community College Partners in Training.

Thanks to Linda Herrera and the planning committee for organizing the second annual Binational Health Fair that was held on Saturday, October 15, in the Building 7 gymnasium. Volunteers included: Jim Eustrom, Yesica Navarro, Grecia Perez-Garcia, and Connie Riecke.

Thanks to Jon Terazzas, veterans’ coordinator, for organizing the Veterans’ Services College Fair on October 20. Congressman Kurt Schrader gave a brief welcome and there were a number of booths that provided information and resources for veterans.

Nancy Duncan, executive director of the Chemeketa Foundation, Foundation staff Otilia Morales and Jamie Wenigmann and IT staff T. J. Cunha, Jim Porter and Wesley Parker made a presentation to the Oregon Community Foundation Consortium on the Foundation scholarship application program developed by the college. There were representatives from 12 of the 17 Oregon community colleges that attended on October 21.

Thanks to Lynn Irvin, executive assistant for College Support Services, for organizing the first national American Association of Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC) that was held at the Lloyd Center Doubletree Hotel in Portland on October 26–28. Lynn is chair-elect for and will be the president of the AAWCC state chapter next year. Erika Coker advising specialist, coordinated the silent auction that raised over $800 for scholarships, and

Diane Watson, board member, was a member of the singing trio who opened the conference and performed again at a tribute for Mary Spilde, President of Lane Community College who organized the very first AAWCC Oregon fall conference in 1987.

Jon Terazzas, veterans’ coordinator, organized the ROTC/JROTC Physical Training Championship at Chemeketa Brooks on Saturday, November 5. Sixteen teams competed in push-ups, sit-ups, 300 meter dash, and a two mile run.

Jon Andrus, instructional coordinator in Corrections Education, received the Department of Corrections (DOC) Oregon State Correctional Institution (OSCI) Contractor of the Quarter Award.

Karl Meiner writing instructor for High School Partnerships, had an essay published in the Runner’s World Magazine. The essay was entitled “Marooned on Statin Island.”

Rebecca Bolante, Rebecca Hillyer and Bill Kohlmeyer conducted a threat assessment training at Umpqua Community College on November 9–10. Participants include staff from community colleges, K-12 from Hood River and Reedsport, Seven Feathers Casino, Umatilla tribal police, and a group from Florida.

Cecelia Monto, dean of Education and Humanities, and representatives from Western Oregon University (WOU) organized a statewide meeting and panel discussion on November 7 at WOU to discuss a community college/university partnership Education Program pathway. There were over 80 community college and university staff, students, and stakeholders who attended.

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