Kim Eitner and Paco Hadley were recognized for a presentation they made on Advising Technology Innovation in increasing persistence and retention at the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Region 8 Conference in April. This presentation was originally created for the NAFSA International Educators Association Region I conference where it was selected as Best of Region I. The best of regional presentations across the U.S. are then showcased at the annual conference in May.
Steve Richardson, director of the Chemeketa Press, was interviewed and mentioned in “Growing Pains Begin to Emerge in Open-Textbook Momentum,” published in the April 14, 2017, Chronicle of Higher Education: The Digital Campus.
The college hosted a second STEM Exploration Day on April 20. Over 80 high school students from Central, Chemawa, Gervais, Jefferson, Sheridan and Stayton high schools participated in various hands-on activities in machining, robotics and drafting. Staff and faculty who assisted or contributed to the event were: Larry Cheyne, Mary Cooper, Kelley Gembala, Manuel Guerra, Duane Hibbeler, Mike Kelly, Johnny Mack, James McNicholas, Chuck Sekafetz, R. Taylor and Dan Ziriax.
Gwenellyn Anderson, part-time instructor, received the Community Educator of the Year award from the Oregon Association of Community and Continuing Education on May 3. A student from GwenEllyn’s French for Travelers class nominated her for the award.
Danielle Hoffman, director at Yamhill Valley Campus, and Kathy Bushman, instructional specialist in Early Childhood Education, were selected to attend the Oregon Institute of Leadership Development (OILD) at Silver Creek Falls in June. OILD is sponsored by the American Association of Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC) which promotes the development of leadership skills and qualities at every level in community college administration and education.
Chemeketa received a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR) for fiscal year ending June 30, 2016. The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management. Thanks to Katie Bunch, Rich McDonald, Miriam Scharer and the Business Services Accounting Unit.
A massive Google Docs hack spread like wildfire across the internet and hit Chemeketa on Wednesday, May 3. Potentially harmful consequences were averted thanks to the quick work of Chris Cooper, Octavian Dum, Matt Hall, Nancy Howard, Dan Jones, Brett Matti, Jeff Moor, Doug Moxley, Johnny Quezada, Tim Rogers, April Whittle, JD Wolfe and Zach Yamada.