President’s February Recogntion Report

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Jessica Howard recognized the following individuals and departments for their contribution to Chemeketa during the February Board of Education meeting:

Sara Csaky, education faculty member, received the 2020 Dale P. Parnell Faculty Distinction Recognition. This award was established to recognize faculty members who make a difference in the classroom by demonstrating passion for students; shows willingness to support students inside and outside the classroom; and goes above and beyond what is required to ensure that students are successful in their academic endeavors. The awards will be presented at the 100th annual American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Convention on March 29, in National Harbor, Maryland.

For the third year in a row, Chemeketa Cellars received multiple wine awards in the 2020 San Francisco Wine Competition (the nation’s largest wine competition); over 6,700 wines were entered into this year’s event. The awards and categories were: a Double Gold medal for the 2018 Sauvignon Blanc; Gold for Red Table Wine; two Silvers for 2016 Pinot Noir and 2017 Riesling; and a Bronze for the 2018 Viognier.

Thanks to Tiffany Borden, counselor, who was the site coordinator for the Oregon Transfer Days on January 16. Representatives from more than 15 four-year colleges and universities were on campus to meet with students to discuss their programs, services, and admissions requirements. Approximately 140 students participated in this opportunity to learn more about the options for meeting their transfer goals.

Karen Stevens, counselor, presented a Self-Care workshop on January 28 to 46 students. This workshop featured helpful tips for student-parents (and other students) in managing stress, caring for themselves, and managing the multiple roles student-parents, working students, and other students face. Students participated in an art therapy project, learned mindfulness techniques and cognitive behavioral techniques to lower stress and meet life obligations more effectively.

The Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) held an institutional program review of the college’s athletic program on January 29. Thanks to the following faculty and staff who met with the site visitor: David Abderhalden, Cassie Belmodis, Don Brase, Manuel Guerra, Jessica Howard, Kate Hoerauf, Phillip Hudspeth, Pam Knox, Jamie Wenigmann, and Ryan West; along with a number of student athletes and coaches.

Thanks to Larry Cheyne, dean of Applied Technology and Johnny Mack, executive dean of Career and Technical Education, for helping the Oregon Community College Association (OCCA) coordinate Career and Technical Education (CTE) Day at the Capitol for the 17 community colleges in Oregon on Wednesday, February 5. A number of table displays and demos were set up inside the Capitol and outside were larger displays, vehicles, and equipment including a fire engine, medic unit, police car, maritime display, drones, ice sculpting, a portable welding display, ag sciences including our wine studies program, and a pizza oven. Thanks to Paul Davis, Megan Jensen, Natalia Erofeeff, Megan Gonzalez, and many students from the Criminal Justice, Paramedic, Fire Science, and Wine Studies programs.

The Student Success and Retention Conference was held on February 6–7, at the Sheraton in Portland. A number of employees gave presentations including Chris Kato and Adam Mennig on “Building Human Capital: Designing Curricula for Skilled Immigrant Learners”; Peggy Greene, (along with staff from other colleges around the state), on “Improving Access and Equity for Student Parents”; and James Gapinski, (along with staff from other colleges around the state), on “Open Oregon Educational Resources”.

The Nursing program was honored as the No. 2 ranked school in the West for Associate degrees in nursing by NursingProcess.org. The ranking was determined using a formula that included acceptance and retention rates, first-time licensure pass rates, school reputation, and affordability. Chemeketa was the only Oregon college to make the top five.

The Hospitality & Tourism Management degree program was ranked 27 in the Top 60 and deemed Most Affordable by Intelligent.com.