ASC offers students an opportunity to lead
By Amanda McTiernan
The Associated Students of Chemeketa function as the college’s student government.
The non-profit student-led organization represents the interest of students as well as facilitating communication between students, student organizations, faculty, administration, and state legislation.
According to Jennifer Gale, the group’s executive coordinator, the student government organization has members who sit on and participate in several state and campus committee meetings, including the Chemeketa Board of Education, the College President’s Advisory Council, the Diversity Advisory Council, and the Oregon Student Association.
Gale said, “ASC members speak regularly for the benefit of Chemeketa students at legislative hearings, campus forums, Pizza and Politics events, board and committee meetings.”
One of the regular events on campus, Pizza and Politics, allows for open discussion of a broad range of topics. Galesaid that such events encourage students to get involved with the Oregon Legislature on topics that affect them as students on a daily basis.
The next Pizza and Politics event takes place from 1 to 3 p.m. on Feb. 18 in the Multicultural Center.
Student government representatives also lobby at the state Capitol on behalf of students on a variety of issues, including bills and legislation that involve student access and school financing.
According to Joseph Wilson, the Communications Coordinator for ASC, the group also plans community service events such as the Holiday Club Fairs and the Penny Harvest.
The Holiday Club Fairs are organized with the various Chemeketa clubs on campus and are held during Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Valentine’s Day.
The fairs are generally held in the Student Center in Bldg. 2.
“The Penny Harvest is held around Thanksgiving and is a pocket-change donation event to help Marion Polk County Food Share,” Wilson said. “The Food Share is then able to better help families in Marion and Polk counties with emergency food assistance, as well as focusing on increasing self-sufficiency with families that have limited resources.”
The student government organization also runs the Book Exchange.
The exchange allows students to bring their textbooks and try and sell them through the first week of the following term in Bldg. 2-176.
Gale said, “ASC is an invaluable resource for all Chemeketa students, those involved in student government, and those that are not.
“Students serving on ASC receive hands-on experience and training in leadership, communications/public speaking, political processes, event coordination, volunteer recruitment, voter registration, fund-raising activities, diversity/cultural awareness, and much, much, more.”
If you are interested in joining or contacting the Associated Students of Chemeketa, you can visit Bldg. 2-126, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.