Social Action Leadership Team

The Social Action Leadership Team (SALT) is the Spirit-led social justice ministry of the Chapel of the Resurrection at Valparaiso University in which students in community seek to embody the Christian call to be the ‘salt of the earth’ (Matthew 5:13).

Saturday, August 30, 2014

[Salt-l] Fwd: FW: Popcorn Festival Float Work Day

Hi SALTers! 

There's a service opportunity this coming Monday, September 1st at Kids Alive International! 
Kids Alive will be in the popcorn festival next Saturday and are looking for help decorating things for it. So anytime between 10 and 6 on Monday there will be people in their office working on crafting various things and could use some help. They're offering free pizza to anyone who shows up, and everyone there is really nice! 

So if you're free on Monday, like pizza, crafting, and hanging out with fun people who work for an amazing organization, you should stop by! 

Feel free to get ahold of me with any questions you have about this! 

Sarah Slothower

From: Cindy Hicks
Sent: Friday, August 29, 2014 11:18 AM
To: KAIValpo
Subject: Popcorn Festival Float Work Day


Hi Everyone!


I bet you are all wondering why our favorite receptionist, Breanne, has been spending so much time playing with cardboard and popcorn. Well, she is diligently working on components of our 2014 Popcorn Festival Parade entry! The parade is next Saturday and that means it's finally time to put popcorn to cardboard and "get our Glue on". I know you are all super excited to be part of such an exciting experience and I would not want to rob anyone of the chance to play with corn products and adhesive. So, we have a couple of float decorating sessions scheduled.


The first one is Monday, September 1. What better way to celebrate the Labor Day holiday than gluing and painting assorted CORN PRODUCTS? That's right, the fun is not limited to popcorn. Join the Hicks family here at the KAI office from 10am to 6pm for an exciting day of playing with corn flakes, Kix, popcorn, corn cobs, corn husks, corn stalks, corn leaves, corn tassels, corn kernels, ground corn, and ears of corn all to create a fabulous visual representation of "A Loving Home and A Promising Future"! But wait, it gets better. Not only do you get to spend quality time with me and my family, we will also have FREE PIZZA. No need to pull out those fancy party clothes, come as you are, for as much or as little time as you can spare.


Our second decorating extravaganza will take place Thursday, September 4. Several members of your crack Development staff will be working at the Valparaiso Public Schools bus barn on Washington St to pull this gorgeous creation together and we are inviting you to join us Thursday evening to help. We want to make sure we are sharing the fun with all of you.


I don't want to keep all this excitement to myself, so please feel free to share this information with you friends, families, neighbors, church groups, youth groups, sororities, and anyone else you can think of. Many hands make light work and it will be tons of fun.


You won't want to miss it!





Cindy Hicks

Assistant Director of Development

2507 Cumberland Drive | Valparaiso IN 46383

(800) KIDS-330 | (219) 462-5611 FAX




Sunday, August 24, 2014


Hey everyone, 

So I don't know about you all, but I am excited for Tuesday. No, not because it is the first day of classes, but because it is the first SALT meeting of the year!

First SALT Meeting
Tuesday, August 26th
9:30 pm
Alumni Room, 2nd floor of the union

Oh, and there will be food. Thank you and see you there! 



Friday, August 22, 2014

[Salt-l] SALTy Music

What's Up SALTers,

We are hoping to build a playlist of songs to play at different SALT events. They should be uplifting, linked to social justice and service if possible, from any kind of genre you can think of, and of course fun.

If you have any ideas, email the tracks to with the subject line SALTy Music. Thanks so much and enjoy these last precious days of summer. 



In case you forgot our first meeting is on the first day of classes, Tuesday, August 26th at 9:30 pm in the Alumni Room of the Union. See you then! 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

[Salt-l] Fwd: Share info about English Conversation Partner Program

Hey SALTers,

Our friend Prof. Goss in the Language Resource Center shared this amazing opportunity with us. Basically you get class credit to meet new people, learn about other cultures, and help international students learn English. Sounds like a win-win-win-win to me. Thanks and see you all soon!

-Caleb R.



Because you are involved in SALT, I want to introduce you to a program that you may find interesting -- the English Conversation Partner Program.   

The program is sponsored by the Language Resource Center and aims to provide opportunity for:
• international students to practice informal English conversation skills
• international and US native speakers to get to know each other through linguistic and cultural exchange
• US students to engage in service and reflect upon the act of service through their role as conversation partner
• all participants to cultivate intercultural connections

In this program, an international student is paired with a US/domestic student (native speaker of English) for regular conversation.  Any US student, freshman through senior year, can participate.  Only international students taking CORE this fall can participate.  
• The conversation partners meet one-on-one for weekly conversation (16 hours total over the semester).
• Partners meet according to their own availability; there is no set meeting time.
• During the first half of the semester, partners meet in the Language Resource Center.  During the second half, partners can meet elsewhere, on or off campus.
• Both students earn one academic credit: US students sign up for 1 credit of GS 180 (Civic Engagement/Service Learning) and international students sign up for a different kind of GS credit.

Basic requirements for participants:
• 16 hours of conversation
• Short written reflection (2-3 pages)
• Two or three meetings (1 hour each)

Sign up process:
• Students complete the online form now.
• The LRC pairs students during the first week of class.  Once paired with a specific conversation partner, the LRC contacts the student and explains how to register for the credit.
• The partners meet for the first time at an evening meeting, scheduled for the 2nd or 3rd week of class.

If you are interested in participating, please fill out the online interest form now:
• US students: Fill out this form  
• International students: Fill out this form  
(International students must be taking CORE this fall in order to participate)

I will begin pairing students with their partners during the first and second week of class, so it's important to express your interest early. Space is limited!

Based on the very positive feedback we received from last year's participants, you can expect to have a rich and fun experience in the conversation program. If you have any questions about how the program works, please feel free to contact me by email anytime.

Thank you.


Prof. Goss

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

[Salt-l] Leadership Conference

Hello SALTers,
Don't miss out on this awesome opportunity to improve you leadership skills. After all, we are a Leadership Team. Enjoy your last days of summer.
Our first meeting is on the first day of class, August 26th at 9:30 pm in the Alumni Room of the Union. Can't wait to see you all there!
We are very excited to be welcoming you all back to campus in a few short weeks and hope you are equally excited to be coming back to campus! The Office of Leadership Programs with Student Senate has been busy planning a great Student Leadership Conference. The conference will take place on Sunday, August 31st at 1:00PM in the Harre Union. 

We wanted to invite every member of your organizations to participate in this day. It will truly be a great opportunity to strengthen and help make your organization the best it can be! We look forward to seeing everyone back on campus!


Monday, August 18, 2014

[Salt-l] Internship opportunity

Hello SALTers! 

I hope everyone has been having a wonderful summer! 
Kids Alive International is a local non-profit organization a few of us have been interning with this summer. They are looking for another intern for this fall and asked us to reach out to other SALTers!

"Accounting is looking for an intern 10-15 hours each week. This internship would be helping to reach out to donors whose credit cards have expired and getting them to call and provide new giving information. It will be mostly on the phone, but it would be a great way to get some experience interacting with donors. I think it is an excellent opportunity for any student on the Salt team.  Accounting will provide full training and support to prepare the student to work on this project. If you know anyone who is stilling looking for an internship opportunity this Fall, can you please pass this on and ask them to reach out to me?"

Katie, Hannah and I can all vouch for the fact that it's a great environment to be in! If you would like more information or are interested, feel free to ask me, or contact Cindy Hicks-

(Assistant Director of Development

2507 Cumberland Drive | Valparaiso IN 46383

(800) KIDS-330 | (219) 462-5611 FAX

Can't wait to see you all soon!! 

Sarah Slothower 

Friday, August 01, 2014

[Salt-l] Summer photo!!

visited the Vatican City ☺️