Jessica Howard recognized the following colleagues for recent contributions to Chemeketa and to their professions at the October Board of Education meeting-
Ryan West, director of Financial Aid, earned the designation of Certified Financial Aid Administrator (CFAA) from the certifying body of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA). This certification indicates Ryan possesses the foundational knowledge and skills to effectively administer Title IV federal student aid and has demonstrated industry-related experience, successfully passed a comprehensive exam, and affirmed commitment to the standards for ethical behavior that have long been a hallmark of the financial aid profession.
Terri Jacobson, graphic designer and photographer for Marketing and Public Relations, received a gold medallion for a firefighting photo from the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR). The photo will be advancing to the nationals. Also, the 50th anniversary logo created by Visual Communications graduate Josh Anderson earned a bronze medallion.
Thanks to Zachary Yamada, systems analyst in Information Technology (IT), for arranging a presentation by Theresa Masse, cybersecurity advisor to the Department of Homeland Security, on October 24, in the Building 6 Auditorium. Following her presentation, Theresa joined panel members Grisha Apernas, Jessica Howard, J.D. Wolfe, and Zachary Yamada for a question and answer session. October was National Cybersecurity Awareness month and Chemeketa’s Information Security team engaged the college in a number of activities and shared tips to promote a safe and secure environment for our students, staff, and faculty
November is Career Development Month. Thanks to Counseling & Career Services for offering some career-related workshops. Blanca Aguirre, counselor, presented two workshops, “Find Your Path! How to Choose a Career” and “Introduction to Oregon Career Information System;” and Lori Gillespie, career coach, presented “Stop Thinking . . . Start Doing”.
Thanks to Phillip Hudspeth, foundation director, and Jon Terrazas, veterans coordinator, for organizing the first veterans recognition luncheon on November 5. Paul Evans, communications instructor and House Representative for District 20, was the guest speaker. Over 30 veteran college employees were honored and thanked for their service to our country and our college
The Oregon Community College Association (OCCA) annual fall conference, “Finding Your Why, Personalizing the Community College Mission” was held on November 6–8 at Salishan.Vivi Caleffi Prichard and Alice Sprague presented a breakout session on “So You are Not in Portland: A Practical Guide for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Work Outside of the Metro.
Diane Watson, board chair, and Besty Earls, board member, received Dedicated Service Awards from OCCA for their eight years of service on the Chemeketa Board of Education at the Howard Cherry Awards on November 7.