|ampus activism is spreading, as students seek to change the world. The Education Club at Walla Walla University created "Operation Mustard seed" to start aliteracy center and provide reading materials to children and adults on the Island of Tobago. More than $43OO was raised through avariety of creative means, such as selling mustard seeds, fruit cups, and even scrap material. in addition to an oversiZe donation "cup" with the slogan: "Today, give up a latte and help a latta people.”
Those participating in the project hope that the materials "will not only provide the necessary tools to improve the one-out-offour Illiteracy rate, but also bring those on the Island closer to Jesus," accordlng to Duane Hoori, vice president of the Education Club.
At Oakwood University where students "enter to learn and depart to serve," there is ample opportunity to put service into practice.
Every Friday students visit the local Juvenile Delinquent center, where they sing, give BIble studies, and talk about how to make better life choices. "The kids write letters to the students thanking them for taking the time from their busy schedules to come to visit them," says Rupert Bushner, Jr., campus chaplain.
Reaching out to students at secular universities is another long-standing activity at Oakwood. Each week students visit the Alabama A&M University campus where they lead out In Bible study groups. A few years ago Theodore Brown, an A&M student, regularly attended this Biblestudy group and decided to become a Seventh-day Adventist and pursue his education at a Christian institutlon.
Leavlng A&M and his scholarship behind, he transferred to Oakwood, where he graduated with an M.B.A. degree. He went on to serve as treasurer for the Southwest Region and Lake Region conferences before returning to Oakwood, where he now serves as a professor in the Business Department.
Students at Union College in Nebraska have the opportunity to join the Peace and Social Justice Club and make adifference in their community. The club, sponsored by professors Chris Blake, Tanya Cochran, and Katie Lechler, was an outgrowth of an honors class in conflict and peacemaking taught by Blake. The club recendy sponsored aspecial September 11 event featuring two young Palestinian women from the Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT). The CPT's goal Is to "bring a Christian presence of reconciliation and dialogue into tigh conflict areas," according to Blake. Union College also boasts the state's largest Amnesty International chapter.
*References to Amnesty International do not imply an endorsement of all the organization's activities or philosophy. –Editors.