Thanks to a scholarship fund established by the University’s classified employees, two students were awarded scholarships last spring. But the Willamette Classified Council wanted to cook up a way to raise more money — and that’s when they came up with the idea of a cookbook, with sales going to supplement the fund. A volunteer committee was formed, and after a year of hard work, A Slice of Willamette has made it to bookstore shelves.
The cookbook contains recipes for all types of food, from appetizers to desserts. Some are from food purists (Vegan Chai Cookies) while others call for ingredients like Cool Whip (Frozen Chocolate Mousse Squares). Contributions came from professors, alumni and classified and administrative employees across campus. Many submitted family recipes and included the family lore surrounding them.
The committee hopes the book will become a piece of Willamette and Salem history. Some of its photographs and historical information date back as far as 1842, including historical tidbits like a newspaper article from 1951: “Segregation of the sexes was not enforced at the university game last Saturday because of the presence of parents.” Photos range from the 1941 football team that assisted in the rescue efforts at Pearl Harbor to the 2005 renovation of Waller Hall.
All profits will go to the Classified Employees Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships for non-tuition expenses, such as books or housing and meal plans. If that isn’t motivation enough, “Everybody needs a new Danish Apple or Jam Bars recipe,” says Shirley Priepke, print technician, who volunteered to do the design and layout.
The cookbook is on sale for $17 at The Willamette Store, click on the “service” button and type “cookbook” in the search window.