October 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 October Board of Education meeting-

Shannon Othus-Gault, physical science instructor, and Nicole Dickerson, student services specialist, at YVC volunteered for the Earth and Space Science Day at the Salem library focusing on climate change. 

Sabor Latino, a community event was held at YVC on Saturday, September 7. It focused on celebrating Latino culture and providing a resource fair to community members. The event was planned by Jorge Anaya, Hanna DeMaster, and Jose Garcia, and day of support from Cecelia Monto and our Bilingual Education Students; Aaron Baca, Nicole Dickerson, Danielle Hoffman, Hilda Ketchum, and YVC’s Media Team

New Student Preview Day was held on Friday, September 20, to welcome new students and provide a number of workshops to get them ready for fall term. Thanks to Guy Craig, Denise Galey, and Mercedes Wingo for organizing the event and to the many presenters: Blanca Aguirre, Tiffany Borden, Aileen Collins, Maria Cruse, Sara Csaky, Paul Evans, Kip Carlson, John Dedrick, Sage Freeman, Grecia Garcia Perez, Lori Gillespie, Joel Gisbert, Silvia Herman, Teter Kapan, Gary Kuhn, Ed Lazzara, Kim Martin, Cathy Martell-Straight, Kim Martin, Jon Mathis, Kristine Medyanik, Cecelia Monto, Yesica Navarro, Jennifer Sadouk, Juan Saldana, Rebecca Salinas-Oliveros, Kathy Saunders, Michie Sharpe, as well as staff in Advising and Counseling, Career Services, Chemeketa Online, College Access Programs, Financial Aid, Library, Reading, Writing and Study Skills, Student Computer Center, and Tutoring

Mental Health Awareness Week was October 7–10. Thanks to Blanca Aguirre, Tiffany Bordan, Kim Martin, and Karen Stevens for organizing the Mental Health Awareness Week activities which included Campus and Community Resources on Monday, October 7; Counseling Center Open House on Tuesday, October 8; Question Persuade, Refer (QPR) on Wednesday, October 9; and Breaking the Stigma of Mental Illness and Mindfulness Training on Thursday, October 10. Volunteers and presenters included Cleo Alvarez, Vivi Caleffi Prichard, Eusebio Herrera-Perez, Jeffrey Howard, Chris Potts, Linda Ringo-Reyna, Denise Thompson, and Mercedes Wingo

The Chemeketa Education Program was featured in the 2019 Oregon Educator Equity Report that is prepared annually for the Governor, highlighting the program as a state-wide model, and also noting the significant contribution the college made in licensing testing through the Oregon Department of Education funded “Oregon Educator Licensure Assessments (ORELA) Teacher Licensing Test Pilot Project” and the newly created opportunity for heritage Spanish-speaking students to study and receive the Oregon Seal of Biliteracy. The program has been very successful. From Pacific University alone 20 students have graduated in the last two years and now are bilingual teachers in our local area, and there are currently 32 students that will be graduating in the next 1–2 years. The Oregon Educator Equity Report reflects well on Chemeketa as a leader in building a culturally diverse teaching workforce in the state of Oregon. The link to the complete report is: https://www.oregon.gov/eac/Documents/2019 Educator Equity Report.pdf. Cecelia Monto, dean of Education, Languages and Social Sciences, sits on the Oregon Educator Equity Advisory Group and is a contributing writer of the report.

Thanks to Vivi Caleffi Prichard and the planning committee of Rosalba Aguilar, Grecia Perez Garcia, and Esthela Zendejas for organizing the fifth annual Binational Health Fair that was held on Saturday, October 12, in the Building 7 gymnasium. Volunteers included Manuel Guerra, Camp, Nursing and Dental Students, Student Leaders from Marketing and Foundation and Student Retention and College Life; and staff from Health and Human Performance, Scheduling, Northwest Innovations, Public Safety, and Facilities. In addition, over 90 volunteers from several local non-profit organizations provided information about health and social resources as well as free preventative dental screenings and exams, flu shots, vision, blood pressure, hearing, bone density, pre-diabetes, and HIV testing. ITIN renewal assistance, OHP assistance, and free immigration consultation was also available. Over 400 people attended. 

Jose Garcia, Juntos coordinator, was presented with an Early Career Service Award at the Extension Professional’s Organization (ESP) National Conference. The award is designed to pay tribute to a new Extension professional who has exhibited the potential for leadership and excellence in Extension program planning, delivery, evaluation, and/or administration during the first 10 years of their career.