Chemeketa navigates a gift to Garmin
By Brad Bakke
On May 29, Chemeketa officials visited Garmin AT in Salem to offer a thank-you gift.
During the past year, Garmin has donated nearly $400,000 in electrical equipment and computer components to the college’s electronics department.
Representing Chemeketa were President Cheryl Roberts; Andrew Bone, the executive dean and the Chemeketa Foundation’s executive director; and Nancy Duncan, the foundation’s director.
Roberts said, “We wanted to thank Garmin for the support they have shown Chemeketa’s faculty and students, as well as our community.”
Roberts gave Steve VanArsdale, Garmin’s general manager, a plate featuring Chemeketa’s logo, along with a certificate of appreciation from the college. The plate was designed and made by Lynda Barrett, a member of the faculty at Chemeketa.
VanArsdan and Gerald Beyer, Garmin’s engineering support team leader, then offered the Chemeketa administrators a tour of the plant, which ended at Beyer’s office.
Beyer has developed a culture of donating.
Standing just inside of his office, next to a large stack of computer components headed to Chemeketa, Beyer said, “As soon as our people found out I was donating [excess materials] to Chemeketa, they started to bring me stuff.”
“We really want to improve and encourage education. It benefits us. We need a well-qualified pool to recruit from.”
Beyer said, “I am helping someone. I am helping them with their education.”