Daily Update

Wildfire smoke and remote classes

President Steve Thorsett

We have been heartbroken to see the rapidly-expanding wildfires in the mountains east of Salem, which have damaged and threatened the communities of the Santiam Canyon. More than a dozen Willamette employees live in areas under evacuation watches or warnings, and many more of us have friends and relatives whose lives have been disrupted. Our thoughts are with them.


Smoke from the wildfires has created air quality concerns across the state, including in Salem. Willamette’s campus is far from the fires and not in danger, but because of the deteriorating air quality we have decided to switch to remote instruction for all classes today (Wednesday, Sept. 9). 


Supervisors are encouraged to be flexible in allowing employees to work remotely and to reach out to Human Resources with any questions.


Please take care to protect yourselves from the health hazards associated with smoky air. You can check the Air Quality Index in your area at the Environmental Protection Agency’s AirNow website. This website includes a search box to check air quality by zip code, as well as maps identifying what protective actions are advised.


Among the recommendations are: 

  • Avoid strenuous outdoor activity.
  • Keep windows and doors closed to reduce the smoke that enters your room or home.
  • If you have an HVAC system with a fresh air intake, set the system to recirculate mode, or close the outdoor intake damper.

More information, including recommendations for people with health conditions can be found in the DEQ’s “A Guide to Air Quality and Your Health”.

Stay safe, Bearcats.

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Health Law and Policy Society first meeting for 2020/21

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Student Organizations, College of Law

Mindfulness meditation online

4:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Religious/Spiritual Life, General

Academic Success Workshops

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
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Academic Success Workshops

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Ford 301 - Classroom

Convocation - Reckoning with Oregon's History - Part 1: Whiteness, White Supremacy & Resistance

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BLSA First General Meeting

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Values & Worldviews: Ecological Civilization as Mutual Flourishing

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