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Issue 3: September 25, 2018

A Coalitional Newsletter Focusing on Social Equity, Sustainability, Wellness, and Community Service


Hi there! "The Spark!" is an effort committed to streamlining campus communication regarding the environment, wellness, equity, and social justice. In these newsletters, expect to find information, events, and activities from clubs on campus and the Salem community.

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Social Equity

The social equity section is dedicated to promoting events, workshops, and opportunities for student activism and involvement concerning issues of equity and justice that are prevalent in the Willamette community.

CTCA's Mid Autumn Festival

Join CTCA as they host their 5th annual Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration (Mooncake Festival) in the Kremer Room of Ford Hall from 1pm-3pm on Sunday, September 30th! There will be free food, entertainment, games, and best of all, prizes! 
Facebook Event!
Indigenous Peoples' Day
This week-long celebration of Indigenous Peoples' Day from October 8th to October 12th will include the introduction of the institutional land acknowledgement, celebratory cake, a research presentation on Willamette's early history, a lecture by Professor Rebecca Dobkins about their work with local Indigenous artists and nations, a Convocation presentation on land and landscape in Willamette's history, and a film screening of First Daughter and the Black Snake. This week is sponsored by NISU, The Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclulsion, Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Native American Programs, and Native and Indigenous Student Union.
Getting Ticked Off: Presentations on Lyme Disease
Join us for presentations on Lyme disease and discussion on why it matters for the local Salem community! These presentations will be held on October 1st in the Ford Theater. Bistro snacks will be provided!

Contact: <cdeonis>


This section of "The Spark!" focuses on accessibility to wellness and the general well-being of individuals in our community. This section is composed of everyday tips and information aimed at increasing mental and physical wellness in the Willamette and Salem community.
Your Busy-ness Doesn't Define Your Success
          As many students know, living in academia's environment can be very taxing on your body and mind. Most students feel like they should be constantly busy because the amount of labor they exert increases their productivity, which leads to a sense of heightened self-worth. Time pressure, or busy-ness, however, could lead to mental instability and other health issues. Kent State University's Professor Susan Roxburgh studies the gendered effects of time pressure and their correlation to mental health in "'There Just Aren't Enough Hours in the Day': The Mental Health Consequences of Time Pressure." She finds that time pressure affects people differently based on the tasks they are expected to complete based on gender. If the tasks are repetitive and don't have a definite start or finish, they are more likely to correlate with depression, whereas tasks that seem more discrete and straight-forward cause less disease and stress, but is still present, nevertheless (Roxburgh, 2004). As students, we experience both kinds of stress, which is why we may not notice at first how slowly we overload ourselves, until we become machines, expected to produce without fatigue.
          Along similar lines, the On Being columnist Omid Safi talks about human interactions and experiences seeming more mechanical than normal in "The Disease of Being Busy." Safi points out that we are "human beings, not human doings" (Safi, 2014). Yet, we revel in the idea that we are always needed somewhere at all times by committing ourselves to tasks to fill up spare time. As students, we always feel the need to be doing more than our peers or at least "catch up," making us feel guilty for time we spend for ourselves when we could be working. This mindset is incredibly detrimental to our sense of self-worth and stability. Taking time to enjoy a conversation with a friend, go for a walk, cook, or even nap shouldn't come with the baggage of itching for something "productive" to do, even though those experiences can have just as much value, if not more, than our work or academic-related activities. Taking breaks when needed and leaving time for leisure should be encouraged more. Enjoy time to yourself because your well-being should be at the top of your busy schedule

Roxburgh, S. (2004). ‘There Just Aren’t Enough Hours in the Day’: The Mental Health Consequences of Time Pressure. Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 45(2), 115-131.

Safi, O. (2014, November 6). The Disease of Being Busy. Retrieved from

Easy Recipes for the Busy Student: Chia Seed Pudding

Great for students with little cooking experience looking for an easy overnight recipe for breakfast or a snack the next day!

6 tablespoons chia seeds, 2 cups milk (alternative milk recommended: almond, soy, or coconut)

Toppings/Add-ons (optional):
Honey (reccomended), ground cinnamon, blueberries, yogurt

1. Find a container, preferably with an air-tight lid, to put your pudding in.
2. Fill it with 6 tablespoons of chia seeds (or 2 fifths of the container) and the rest with milk
3. Mix the seeds and milk well so there are no clumps
4. Place container in the refrigerator overnight (or at least 2 hours) to allow the chia seeds to absorb the milk and make it a pudding consistency.
5. If you have add-ons you can put them in before refrigerating overnight or after, right before you eat it!



The Sustainability section focuses on connecting and supporting environmental efforts and outdoor access to the world!

Looking for Compost Representatives

Students for Sustainability is looking for compost representatives in each residence hall. This responsibility requires you to check out a compost bin and empty it whenever it is full. Sign-ups will be Tuesday, September 25th 5pm-7pm in Goudy. The disposal location and other details will be shared during sign-ups. Additionally, you can contact for more information. 

Contact: <compost-info>

WU Unplugged: Energy Competition

Students for Sustainability is putting on the second annual WU-Unplugged Energy Competition. Each residence hall will compete against one another for the highest percentage of energy reduction during the month of October. Even if you do not live on campus, there are plenty of ways to get involved with sustainability this month, such as signing the sustainability pledge for chances to win prizes. Connect with Students for Sustainability on Facebook and Instagram to stay tuned for updates,  events, and tips for saving the planet and your wallet.

Contact: <imass>
Facebook Event!

Green Fund: Call For Proposals!

The Green Fund is now accepting mini-grant proposals ranging from $500 to $3000. This is a unique opportunity for students, staff and faculty to develop their own projects that contribute positively to the campus community. Funded proposals will clearly demonstrate direct and indirect benefits to undergraduate students of Willamette University, specifically in the areas of equity, social justice and environmental sustainability. The deadlines for applying for mini grants this semester are Sept. 27, Oct. 11, Oct. 25, and Nov. 8. Visits our website for more information about the Green Fund program and committee.
Apply Now!
Community Service
The Community Service section is a place for students to find opportunities to make a difference in the surrounding community, Willamette and beyond.
We currently do not have any community service events, but check back next issue for local opportunities or contact us at <la-chispa> to submit events!
The SOAR Center
This section of "The Spark!" is dedicated to The SOAR Center. The SOAR Center is a space on campus where students have access to the Bearcat Pantry, First Generation Book Drive, and a Clothing Share. It is located in Shephard Hall and is open to all students Monday-Friday 9am-5pm. All resources are free with no questions asked.

Salem Harvest

Join the Bearcat Pantry in harvesting surplus produce with local non-profit, Salem Harvest! The food that is harvested will be taken to Bearcat Pantry and donated so that other students can enjoy it too! This event will be held on September 29th from 8:30am-11:30am. Transportation will be provided.

Contact: <txhershman>
Thank you for reading our newsletter! We are excited to hear from you!
With love from the The Spark! team.
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