President’s May recognition report

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

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) held their annual “Speech Trek” speech contest for high school girls at Chemeketa on Saturday, March 16. Julie Huckesteinwelcomed the group and the speeches were recorded and were broadcast on the radio station KMUZ. Lynn Irvin is the campus AAUW liaison and helped coordinate the event.

Chemeketa Press staff and faculty attended, staffed a booth, and presented at two panels to promote our faculty authors, editors, and their books at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Conference, North America’s largest literary conference, March 27–30 at the Portland Convention Center. Chemeketa faculty authors who participated were Daniel Couch, Michele Dishong McCormack, Matthew Hodgson, Magdalen Powers, and Jeremy Trabue.

Thanks to Liliana Landa-Villalba, CAMP director, and the planning committee ofRosalba Aguilar, Laura Leon-Cipriano, Yesica Navarro, Denisse Lopez Rodriguez And Pilar Torres-Barrera who organized the second annual Chemeketa Migrant Resources Network meeting which met on April 9. Seventy-three (73) migrant liaisons (migrant specialists, recruiters, program directors, program coordinators, education specialists, counselors, graduation and specialists/coach) from school districts in Clackamas, Newberg, Central, Salem-Keizer, Gervais, McMinnville, Woodburn and Willamette ESD were invited. College staff highlighted programs that support migrant students including HEP, CAMP, Chemeketa Completion Program, STEP, HSI and other Chemeketa resources in order to raise awareness and strengthen partnerships with community members.

The 5th Annual Stop Violence Against Women event was hosted and organized by Vivi Caleffi Prichard, Diversity and Equity Officer, and Linda Ringo-Reyna, coordinator of Multicultural Student Services (MSS). Kim Martin from the Counseling Center engaged the audience in a Healthy Relationships workshop. The MSS team of students who assisted with the event are Farah Abuelkhair, Keterinne Camey Raquec, Lillyana Herrera,Busola Olofin, and Brisia Reyes.

Thanks to Kathleen Silva for organizing the college-wide evacuation drill on April 19, along with Barbara Cowlishaw, Anthea Knapper, Elaina Martushev, Exec Team, Facilities, Public Safety, and the many building captains, communication leads, floor monitors , and building evacuation coordinators (BECs). It was a quick and orderly evacuation and the lessons learned from the exercise will improve the processes in the future to make the college a safer place to work and study.

Chemeketa’s AAWCC chapter partnered with Student Retention and College Life for an event, which was called Equity, Period. The event was to raise awareness for the need for feminine hygiene products and to accept product donations to make hygiene kits. Peggy Greene andGrecia Garcia Perez coordinated the event. They were able to collect enough products to make 162 kits that will be available at the food pantry and plan to make this at least an annual event.

Thanks to Nette Abderhalden, Mike Evans, Renato Feijo, Grecia Garcia Perez, and Linda Ringo-Reyna for working with Marion County Board of Commissioners to hold their East Salem Board session and Town Hall on April 30, in the Building 2 Student Center. Approximately 80 people attended.

William Velez and Paco Hadley hosted a group of 18 international agents from 16 countries around the world at the Salem Campus on May 1 to learn about educational opportunities at Chemeketa and ten other colleges and universities. Thanks to faculty and staff in the Visual Communications, Electronics, Robotics, ESOL, Japanese, Languages, Education, and Business Technology who shared program information. The group also visited the Machining lab where they each received a special coin made by the students; the Pottery lab where they painted some tiles fired in our kiln; and the Barrel Tasting event at Eola where they visited with wine studies alumni and enjoyed the wine tasting. During the visit, the agents experienced the excellence of Chemeketa’s campus, faculty, and facilities available for international students.