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The Juice (Faculty/Staff) - Feb. 22

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Presidential forum — Faculty and staff are invited to the Presidential Forum on Friday, Feb. 26, at 7:30 a.m. in the Hagemann Castle Room. Agenda items include: revenue enhancement update, enrollment update, and Board of Regents meeting highlights.

NEW ANNOUNCEMENTS

Student body treasurer — A total of 534 votes were cast for the Student Senate treasurer run-off election Friday. Here are the results:

  • Blake Shipman (216 votes) — 40.45%
  • Seth-Jobes Ryan (318 votes) — 59.55% (winner)

Service Trip blessing – Join us for a blessing of Winter Break Service Trip participants during Friday’s Chapel service, 10:15 a.m. Feb. 26, in Wartburg Chapel. Message by Molly Astarita '18 and music leadership by Hope Overflow.

Cindy Carlson benefit fund — A benefit fund account for Cindy Carlson, executive assistant to the president, has been set up at First National Bank in Waverly. Shirley McKenzie is the personal banker in charge of the account, which is called the Cindy J. Carlson Cancer Fund account.

Seeking student stories — The Marketing & Communication Office is hosting its second annual Casting Call to find real Knights willing to let us feature their Wartburg story with others through the college’s website, social media, and advertising. If you know a first-, second-, or third-year student with a great story to share, please encourage him/her to register in advance for the Casting Call, which will be Tuesday, March 8, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., in Sandra Rada Recital and Orchestra Hall. You may also contact Emily Christensen, news director, with any names. 

Vocation reading groups — Faculty and staff can participate in one of two vocation reading groups this winter: At This Time and In This Place: Vocation and Higher Education, edited by David S. Cunningham, or Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead, by Brene Brown. To participate, register here by Friday, Feb. 26. Books will be provided to participants. Each group will meet two to three times throughout the remainder of the term. For more information, contact TJ Warren, Pathways Center associate for vocation and mentoring. The reading groups are funded through a $10,000 NetVUE grant from the Council of Independent Colleges and the Lilly Endowment.

Offices close for Lenten Chapel services — During the Wednesdays of Lent, college administrative offices will close during chapel time, 10:15-10:35 a.m., to allow staff and faculty the opportunity to attend the Lenten chapels. (The W, Security Office, and Information Desk will remain open.)

Submissions for Knightline — Send in your news/events for the next edition of Knightline, our monthly e-newsletter that goes out to Wartburg alumni, parents and friends. The March edition will be going out on Thursday, March 3. Please complete the “Knightline Submission Form” (click here) by the end of the day Monday, Feb. 29, or contact Stephanie Boeding.

Math Lab can help — Encourage students to work on their math homework in the Wartburg College Math Lab, open Sunday-Thursday, 7-10 p.m., in Vogel Library Classroom 1. Trained student tutors provide mathematic assistance for the following courses:

  • MA 90 – Intermediate Mathematics
  • MA 106 – Mathematics in Modern Society
  • MA 107 – Finite Mathematics
  • MA 110 – Structures of Mathematics I
  • MA 190 – Precalculus
  • MA 214 – Statistical Methods
  • MA 250 – Applied Calculus
  • MA 251 – Foundational Differential Calculus
  • MA 252 – Foundational Integral Calculus

Supplemental Instruction (SI) WInter Term session — Supplemental Instruction is a peer-facilitated program coordinated through the Pathways Center that offers regularly scheduled sessions for targeted courses. SI sessions are free to all enrolled students and offer an opportunity to learn course concepts in a relaxed environment. Click here to find SI session times and locations, SI course offerings, and SI leader information. For more information about the SI program, click here or contact Whitney Baker, Pathways associate for Supplemental Instruction, Math Lab supervisor, and career adviser. 

R.J. McElroy Student/Faculty Research Fund — Email Roy Ventullo for an application and cover page. The cover page and proposal (as a Word document) are due March 18 to Sally Malcolm. Proposals will be pre-reviewed by a panel of faculty members, and up to four proposals will be forwarded to the McElroy/Iowa College Foundation for consideration. Students can major in any department. Applications require dual authorship by the proposing student or teams of students (two or more) and a sponsoring faculty member. Research in credit courses is not eligible. The research fund will cover any expenses necessary to support activities defined in a credible research proposal (supplies, travel, student stipends). Maximum award will be $2,000. 

Wartburg undergraduate research fellowships — Application deadline is March 18. Click here to find the online application on the Wartburg Info Center. Program information can be found here. Proposals are reviewed by a panel of faculty members. Students can major in any department. Applications require authorship by the proposing student and a letter of support by the sponsoring faculty member. Funds may cover student stipends, supplies, equipment, or travel for research. Limit $2,500 per student in summer, $1,000 during the academic year. Research conducted in credit courses is not eligible. 

Candlelight Prayer Vigil for Peace –– Wartburg’s Students for Peace & Justice and Spiritual Life & Campus Ministry invite you to a Candlelight Prayer Vigil, which will be a part of Eucharist on Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 9 p.m. in Wartburg Chapel. We will join with neighbors across the world in the International Prayer Vigil for Peace in Palestine and Israel. This vigil takes place on the 24th of each month as Christians, Muslims, Jews, and people of every faith and creed pray together for justice and peace. Wartburg’s SPJ group has committed to provide leadership as we join this monthly peace vigil. For more information, click here or email Hannah Creed.

Volunteer at library — The Denver Public Library is seeking volunteers for its annual Dr. Seuss Birthday Party on Saturday, March 5, 10-11:30 a.m., to serve green eggs and ham, assist children with crafts, and run carnival games. Those interested should contact Elizabeth Lavenz or Kelly Platte by March 3.

College calendar — Stay up to date with campus events by following the college's official calendar.


PREVIOUS ANNOUNCEMENTS

Election results — Below are the winners from the recent Student Senate election. Note: Totals do not add up to 100 percent due to small vote deductions from minor campaign rule violations. Please contact Molly Zmudka, student body vice president, with any questions. 

  • Recorder: Ashlee Henderson, 91.46 percent of 749 votes.
  • President/Vice President: Tyler Vogel/Hannah Creed, 51.5 percent of 751 votes.

PAC news — The Personnel Advisory Committee (PAC) recently held an online vote to fill the vacant hourly seat. Patty Franzen will join the group at its Feb. 25 meeting. Contact any PAC member to provide feedback or concerns regarding general college policies or benefits as they relate to administrative and support staff members. Current PAC members are Patty Franzen, Sheila Kittleson, Kristi Ladage, Wendy Mohlis, Stephanie Newsom, and Renee Voves. The following items will be discussed at the Feb. 25 meeting: 

  • Holiday calendar for 2016-17
  • Summer hours for 2016
  • Staff Retreat: Wednesday, April 20
  • Exemplary Staff Award nominations
  • Retirement update
  • Performance appraisal process

Career fair — The Winter Career, Internship & Graduate Fair will be held Tuesday, Feb. 23, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in The W's Hall of Champions. Dress for success, polish your resume and come meet with potential employers or graduate schools. For more information, contact Jo Dorrance, internship coordinator. The fair is co-sponsored by the Center for Community Engagement and the Pathways Center. 

Wartburg website gets a facelift — The Marketing & Communication Office will launch a redesigned Wartburg College website during Winter Break. The new website includes responsive web design, allowing all content to automatically adjust to any device’s display (desktop, laptop, tablet, or phone). This overhaul, a nine-month process, focuses primarily on prospective students, parents, alumni, and visitors, though all audiences can access content through a universal navigation on all pages. All existing content and links have been converted to the new site design and structure. For any changes or concerns post-launch, please contact Chris Knudson, director of creative strategy. We appreciate your patience as you get accustomed to the new structure and design.

The 2017-2018 Fulbright Competition — The Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program offers teaching, research, or combination teaching/research awards in more than 125 countries for the 2017-18 academic year. Fulbright continues to offer Flex Awards, which allow grantees to complete a grant in two or three shorter segments. View the nearly 500 Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar awards by visiting the online Catalog of Awards, or be part of a webinarDr. Dan Walther is a past Fulbright Scholar and current external reviewer who is willing to answer questions of anyone preparing for the Aug. 1 deadline.

Important updates to GET — Here are some tips for using the GET food-order website: To set up your account use Firefox or Chrome. When creating an account on GET, you must use your full Wartburg email address and your entire ID number (including all of the zeroes). Your user ID is your full Wartburg email address. The GET mobile app is still under development and may not work correctly all of the time. If you are having problems, try using a laptop or PC. Click here to see more tips! 

Do you like us? — Have you "liked" the Wartburg College Facebook page? Don't miss out on campus information and fun posts, like our free Dairy Queen coupons and our Wartburg-themed valentines last week. Click here, and invite your friends to like Wartburg on Facebook, too!

German film series — The last film in the German film series "Crossing Boundaries with Geman Film" will be screened with English subtitles on Tuesday, Feb. 23, in WBC 116 at 7:15 p.m. "Kokowääh" (Coq au vin), 2011, a comedy set in Germany, centers on the relationship of a free-living journalist, played by the German heartthrob Til Schweiger, and his 8-year-old daughter, the previously unknown product of a past indiscretion. Free admission. Open to the public. Sponsored by the German Institute at Wartburg College.

Wartburg Players survey — Wartburg Players is conducting a market survey to ask your input in improving our program. Survey deadline is April 4.

 

Visit the InfoCenter for details on the following:

  • Alumni Board nominations (due March 1)
  • Enrollment reports posted
  • German Institute application for funds
  • Wartburg West fall classes


PERSONNEL CHANGES 

Farewell (departures and retirements)
Paula Hemingson, assistant to college librarian and interlibrary loan supervisor, Jan. 28.
David Herwaldt, assistant professor of art, Jan. 31.


PROFESSIONAL NOTES

Dr. Bill Withers, professor of journalism and communication, led a keynote address and workshop on customer service and patient satisfaction at a Regional West Health Services leadership conference in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, on Feb. 15. Withers also was selected as one of nine All-State critics at the Iowa High School Speech Association All-State Festival held at Iowa State University on Feb. 20. 

The Rev. Brian Beckstrom wrote an article, "Needing confession, repentance," posted on the Living Lutheran website.  


CONDOLENCES

Condolences to Dr. Brian Jones, professor of religion, and the Rev. Dr. Judith Jones, professor of religion, at the loss of Brian's mother. The funeral for Ruth Jones is Saturday at 10 a.m. at Atwater Church of the Nazarene in Atwater, California. The viewing is Friday from 7 to 9 p.m.



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