November recognition report

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Julie Huckestein recognized the following colleagues for recent contributions to Chemeketa and to their professions at the November Board of Education meeting.

Kiva Lyell and Val Codino, EMT faculty, participated in an event at Falls City High School on October 11. The event was both a teaching and recruiting event. Students in Kiva and Val’s group were taught the components of Stop the Bleed including packing wounds, direct pressure and tourniquet use. Each student received a kit with a triangular bandage, gauze, a 4 x 4, and a pair of gloves so they could use the kits in the future to control bleeding in the event they are presented with this type of incident.

In partnership with Salem-Keizer Public Schools and Dutch Bros, the annual Salem-Keizer College Fair was held in Chemeketa’s Building 7 gymnasium on October 30. It featured more than 80 college and career exhibitors, including Chemeketa and several CTE programs. The event also had presentations about financial aid, Oregon Promise, and scholarships in English and Spanish. An estimated 2,000 people attended. Thanks to the planning committee of James McNicholas, Cathy Mcinnis from Salem-Keizer, and Salem-Keizer AVID staff. Chemeketa staff who participated or helped with the event were: David Abderhalden, Eric Aebi, Cleo Alvarez, Cristina Barba, Ana Angel, Megan Cogswell, Pam Ditterick, Karen Edwards, Andrew Frank, Lynn George, Megan Gonzalez , Mike Kelly, Bret Malley, Mark Miller, Heather Misener, Moses Navarro, Yesica Navarro, Teresa Prange, Wendy Riley, Connie Riecke, Joseph Romero, Sheldon Schnider, Chuck Sekafetz, Carmen Watkins, and several Student Leaders, Emergency Services Students and Student Athletes.

David Abderhalden, Athletic coordinator and Men’s Basketball coach for the Health, Human Performance and Athletics Department, was a clinician speaker at the Oregon Athletic Coaches Association/Nike Basketball Coaches Clinic on October 14. His presentation was on the up-tempo offensive philosophy utilized at Chemeketa Community College.

The Emergency Preparedness drive was held on October 15, where staff and members of the community volunteered to put together 500 emergency kits to heighten awareness for students and community members. Thanks to Kathleen Silva who organized the event along with staff volunteers including Rory Alvarez, Tina Clarke, Nol Cobb, Bob Denherder, Nichole Dickerson, Nancy Duncan, Mike Evans, Meghan Gallop, Bryon Hall, Earlene Hickman, Rebecca Hillyer, Nancy Howard, Lynn Irvin, Terri Jacobson, Robert LaHue, Shirley Lamkey, Michelle Limas, James McNicholas, Mike Morelli, R. Taylor, Tim Rogers, Tamara Trattner, Jamie Wenigmann and Esthela Zendejas.

Raschel Larsen, full-time instructor for the Health and Human Performance department, and Wellness coordinator, gave a presentation at FitProPDX. This event was held at Portland Community College on Sunday, October 21. Raschel volunteered her time to present on “Lessons From Pilates: A Mindful Approach to Core Training.” Some of the topics discussed were applying the principles of breath, control, alignment, centering and mindfulness.

Thanks to Jon Terrazas, Veterans Services coordinator, for his leadership in organizing the Pacific Northwest Cross Country Championship at Corban University. Four hundred and eighteen (418) runners aged 5–55+ participated in eight competitions including male and female elementary, middle and high school races, a Commanders Cup for members of the armed forces and emergency services and an open division. Proceeds raised were split between Chemeketa’s Veterans’ Services and Serving Our Veterans at Home (SOVAH). 

On November 7, 2018, Linda Ringo-Reyna participated as a judge on a panel for the Chemawa Indian High School Ambassador Contest (formerly known as Miss Chemawa Pageant) at Chemawa Indian High School. This contest is an important selection process for the school because the selected student will represent the school at official governmental, local and statewide events throughout the academic year.

Linda Herrera, retired Diversity and Equity Officer, received the Hank and Martina Curl Award at the PCUN annual banquet on November 8. Linda was also honored at the PCUN/CAPACES Celebration on October 18 in Woodburn. 

The Oregon Community College Association (OCCA) annual fall conference, “Pathways to Prosperity: Empowering Communities” was held on November 7–9 at Sunriver. Adam Mennig and Holly Nelson presented a breakout session on “Increasing Access and Success in CTE: An Integrated Approach”; Mike Evans and Johnny Mack presented a session on “Bridges to Student Success;” and Don Brase and Jim Eustrom were on a panel for “Oregon Pathways Project Update from Cohort 1.” In addition, Meredith Schreiber staffed a table and sold books recommended by OCCA and had Chemeketa Press books available for sale.

Also, at the OCCA fall conference Board member Ed Dodson received a Dedicated Service Award at the Howard Cherry Awards for his 20 years of service on the Chemeketa Board of Education; and Julie Huckestein was awarded the OCCA Excellence of Service Award. (Core Theme: Community Collaborations—Instruction, training and workforce development are provided through collaboration with education partners, businesses, and community groups)