The Oregon Students Association (OSA) held a statewide Lobby Day at the state capitol on February 14. Four Chemeketa students participated: Rudy Ramirez, ASC Student Council Legislative Coordinator, Latino Representative Council Club President; Anthony Rosario Speech & Debate Club President, Video Game Club President; Martha de Jesus Student Leadership Board President and Woodburn Center Student Leader Nathali May, student.
Chemeketa hosted the first day of a two-day, grant-funded event to recruit underrepresented high school students into the STEM fields of electronics, computer science, computer information science, manufacturing, and drafting on Thursday, February 18. The U-STEM Exploration Day was attended by approximately 55 high school students from ten area high schools. Students participated in hands-on activities presented by the faculty. The second U-STEM Exploration Day will be held on April 20. Staff, faculty, and students who contributed to the event were: Edith Cardenas, Larry Cheyne, Nol Cobb, Mary Cooper, Julio Cortez, Alehandra Delgado, Lesly Escobar, Kelley Gembala, Manuel Guerra, Duane Hibbler, Mike Kelly, Jeramiah Limas, Esmeralda Lopez, Johnny Mack , Kristin McConnell, James McNicholas, Michael Milhausen, Yesica Navarro, Andrew Scholer, Mandy Reininger, Cinthia Rivera, Terry Rohse, Sheldon Schnider, Chuck Sekafetz, R. Taylor, Abrahm Vega, Roger White, Carmen Watkins, Mayra Zavala, and Dan Ziriax.
The Mexican Consulate was on campus on February 25–26, and provided a variety of services to 691 community members. Thanks to the following employees who volunteered to staff the weekend event: Ana Angel, Rosalba Aguilar de Luna, Grecia Garcia Perez, Linda Herrera, Almir Methadozovic, and Yesica Navarro.
Also, four members of the Mexican Consulate were on campus on March 2, to r eceive thanks for providing scholarships to Chemeketa students and hear from students in the Bilingual Education program.
Thanks to Kim Eitner, Paco Hadley, Teter Kapan and William Velez who organized the seventh annual International Night, “There and Back Again,” on February 24. There were over 60 international performers representing over 25 countries. Featured this year were performances by alumni and guest performers from partner institutions including the University of Oregon, Oregon State University, Linn-Benton Community College and Portland State University. Special thanks to the auditorium team of Terry Rohse, Sean Waner and helpers Curtis Clark and Michael Soto.
Thanks to Foundation staff Nancy Duncan, Otilia Morales and Jamie Wenigmann for organizing a reception honoring former recipients of Scholarships for Oregon Latinos (SOL) that was held on March 1, at the Center for Business & Industry. Approximately 20 SOL alumni shared stores and updates on how the scholarship had
impacted their lives.
Chemeketa High School Partnerships hosted the annual VEX Robotics State Championship on March 10–11 in the Building 7 gym. There were 85 teams representing 45 high schools (from Vale, Klamath Falls, Lost River, Bend, Toledo and up and down the I-5 corridor) and approximately 450 students who participated, including the Winema Watt Masters and Winema’s Best Buys Best Bots. Thanks to Abby Hoffar, Joe Shepard, Bruce Scanlon, Chuck Sekafetz, for organizing this event. Special thanks to Cassie Belmodis, Chemeketa Athletes, Facilities, Information Technology, Media and Public Safety.
Thanks to Michele Dishong McCormack for organizing a writing workshop for the College Inside program, GED, and bridge students on March 15. Seven professors who teach writing in prison settings from across the country are attending the Conference on College Composition and Communication in Portland and have graciously offered to do this special workshop for Chemeketa students. Also, Michele will be presenting a paper at the conference on the work she has been doing at the prison over the last ten years and showcasing the students’ work.