September President’s Recognition Report

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Jessica Howard recognized the following colleagues for recent contributions to Chemeketa and to their professions at the June Board of Education meeting-

Congratulations to the Chemeketa Polk Center who won First Place and Best in Show for their “Buzz into Chemeketa” bee-themed float at the annual Dallas Krazy Dayz parade. Chemeketa employees who created the float and/or participated in the parade were Michelle Carlson, Dennis Crepeaux, Nancy Harper, Cy Hill, Brad Johnson, Glen Miller, Holly Nelson, Alice Sprague, Kelli Stahr, Emily Sygney, and many family members.

Elias Villegas, director of the Woodburn Center was selected as this year’s Grand Marshall to lead the 2019 Fiesta Mexicana parade and represent the Woodburn community and Chemeketa.

Rebecca Hillyer, general counsel, participated in a Women’s and Success Leadership Program at Tokyo University in Salem on July 30. This is part of a two-week camp for 15-year old girls from Japan. The goal is to teach leadership and empowerment.

The Chemeketa Completion Program (CCP), coordinated by Yesica Navarro, received national recognition as one of the “Programs to Watch in the West” by Excelencia! In Education. Excelencia! In Education is the nation’s premier authority in driving change to accelerate Latino success in higher 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, 2018. 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, Brad Tedrow, the entire Business Services Accounting Unit and the many others who contributed.

Patrick McElligot, part-time wine studies instructor, served as a judge at the Amateur Wine Competition at the Oregon State Fair. The event featured 91 wines submitted by amateur winemakers from Oregon, Washington, Louisiana and Ohio. Winners were revealed on August 16 at the Oregon State Fair’s 40th annual Pairings event.

Thanks to Corrections employees Sandra Aguinaga, Jordan Bermingham, Michael Budke, Linda Lacy, and Helena Najar, for organizing two College Inside and GED graduations for the Santiam Correctional Institution (SCI) on July 26, and the Oregon State Penitentiary (OSP) on August 9. Thirty-four (34) students received degrees/post-secondary certificates and 60 students earned GEDs. Chemeketa is the only institution in Oregon to offer a complete two-year degree to students currently housed in correctional facilities.

Michael Budke, coordinator in Corrections Education, spoke at the Vera Institute of Justice Conference in Washington DC this past July to help train other schools on getting incarcerated students through the financial aid process. Vera Institute of Justice is an independent nonprofit national research and policy organization with a mission to tackle the most pressing injustices of our day–from the causes and consequences of mass incarceration, racial disparities, and the loss of public trust in law enforcement, to the unmet needs of the vulnerable, the marginalized, and those harmed by crime and violence.

Megan Cogswell, director of Apprenticeship, had an article published in the September 2019 edition of Techniques Magazine. The article was entitled “Planting Seeds: Recruiting Strategies and Barriers for the Skilled Trades”. A copy of the article is in the board folder. 

The Chemeketa Storm Chasers Hood-to-Coast running team participated in the 38th Annual Hood-to-Coast Relay run on August 23–24. The team of 12 runners finished the 197- mile race in 34 hours, 21 minutes and 36 seconds. Chemeketa runners were Becky Beggs, Aileen Collins, Meemee Crossler-laird, Kala Garibay, Ben Gort, Brian Keechle, Jon Mathis, Julie Schonbachler, Monica Valdivia, Saul Vallejo, Ricky Whitaker, and Jessica Wright; van drivers were Garth Fleming, Adam Mennig and Bryan Rollins; course volunteers were Terry Christenson, Maria Solis, and Cindy Wright; Liz Goulard (retired) provided a rest stop for Van 1; and Cleo Alvarez and Irma Guzman were the support crew at Seaside. 

Kerry Burtis, Alexis Butzner, Jonathan Christie, Peter Davis, Heather Goldblatt, Benjamin Gort, Heidi Grew, Herbert Grotewohl, Genevieve Halkett, Jonathan Hiatt, Matthew Hodgson, Mary Hughes, Matthew Keeling, Leslie Maksun, Dana Nolan, Shannon Othus Gault, Nancy Stephens, and Kathleen Torresdal were honored at the 12TH annual Faculty Celebration on September 12. This event recognizes probationary faculty moving to regular status. Thanks to Jeannie Odle for organizing the event.

The theme for this year’s fall kickoff was “Looking Back, Moving Forward”. Thanks to the Fall Kick-off Committee for putting together two weeks of events, sessions, and gatherings to start off the new academic year. Members included Sheila Brown, Dee Dixon, Sage Freeman, Danielle Hoffman, Lynn Irvin, Johnny Mack (co-chair), Kristine Medyanik, Sherrie Osborn, Amanda Patrick, Mary Schroeder, Meredith Schreiber (co-chair), Denise Thompson, and Gary West. Also thanks to the many staff in Northwest Innovations, Media Services, and Facilities. Special thanks to Doug Moxley for spending countless hours combing through all the old videos clips and photos to develop the historical montage of the college facilities and faces that was shown at the fall kickoff!

Thanks to employees who submitted artwork for the 6th Annual Employee Art Show. The 27 employees who participated were Teresa Bell, Stacie Clark, Jason Collman, Mike Dahl, Nancy Espinosa, Minna Gelder, Heidi Grew, David Hallett, Teka Harp, Rebecca Hillyer, Marie Hulett, Lynn Irvin, Terri Jacobson, Kimberly Jensen, Aaron Marling, Rett Matti, Amy McKinley, Michael Milhausen, Bryan Monson, Doug Rogers, Terry Rohse, Jason Ross, Sheila Runkle, Colin Stapp, Allison Stewart-Hull, and Joyce Vaughan.