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The Juice (Faculty/Staff) - Oct. 24

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Benefit Information for 2017—The HR and Payroll Office has posted 2017 benefit information to the Infocenter as noted by President Colson at the last forum. Meetings will be conducted in November with additional details and information for enrolling for 2017. Contact the HR and Payroll office with questions. Click the links below for details:
 
2017 Health Insurance Plan Comparison
 
2017 Health Insurance Summary


NEW ANNOUNCEMENTS

Got leaves? Wartburg College Dance Marathon is looking to rake in the dough for the Iowa City Children’s Hospital. WCDM participants will be raking yards in Waverly on Saturday, Nov. 5, and Saturday, Nov. 12. A monetary donation is requested for the service. If you have a yard that needs to be raked and you would love to donate to a great cause, contact Liz Rucker to get your name on the list.

Toy drive – Wartburg College Dance Marathon is hosting a toy drive for the Iowa City Children’s Hospital now through Thursday, Nov. 10. All donations will be given to the hospital in memory of Cindy Carlson. Suggested donations include children’s books, art supplies for kids, and board games; all donations must be new. WCDM will collect all donations from offices Wednesday, Nov. 9; please notify Liz Rucker if you would like your items to be picked up. Donations also can be dropped off in the Alumni & Parent Relations Office with Tony Smith. Please contact Liz Rucker with questions. 

Department of Labor changes — Several informational meetings regarding Department of Labor changes are planned. We will be discussing pay, accounting for hours worked, overtime, lunches and breaks, PTO, updated policies for travel, electronic devices, how to log in and out of Kronos, and any questions you have. All meetings will be in WBC 217. Contact the Human Resources & Payroll Office if you have questions. 

  • Tuesday, Oct. 25, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 25, 3-4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 26, 8-9 a.m.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 1, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 1, 3-4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 2, 8-9 a.m.

Title IX Resource Card – The Title IX Team at the college has been working on a Title IX Resource Card for faculty, staff and students. We are pleased to announce the card is finished and will be making its way to departments. The HR Office will be distributing these via campus mail, but if you run out or need extras, contact Karen Thalacker, Title IX coordinator, or stop by the HR Office. 

Class size report – The 2016-17 Class Size Report is available at info.wartburg.edu. If you have any questions, contact Vice President Edie Waldstein

KNIGHTtime minutes – The most recent KNIGHTtime User Group meeting minutes are available at info.wartburg.edu.

Live presentation from Wartburg West – Students in IS 101 classes will be linked up to Wartburg West students in Denver, Colo., to hear more about their classes, internships, and living in Denver for a semester. The presentation will take place Monday, Oct. 24, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., in McCaskey Lyceum in Saemann Student Center. All students and faculty are welcome. 

Math, Computer Science & Physics Department Seminar – The next Math, Computer Science & Physics Department Seminar will be Tuesday, Oct. 25, 11:30 a.m., in SC 134. Actuarial science major Leah Jungling '17 will speak about her experiences working for John Deere Engine Works in Waterloo. Refreshments will be served. Looking ahead, the Nov. 1 seminar will feature an information session for students interested in STEM graduate school programs. 

Nominate an individual for exemplary service – The Pastor Larry Trachte Service Award recognizes staff or faculty members who embody Pastor Trachte’s enthusiasm, support, involvement, dedication, and overall commitment to Wartburg’s mission of service. Click here to nominate staff or faculty. The St. Elizabeth Award for Service recognizes members of the Wartburg community who have exemplified a commitment to service. Click here to nominate one or more current students who you feel lives out a commitment to service in, with, and for the community.

Decorate a tree for Festival of Trees – The annual Wartburg-Waverly Festival of Trees will brighten the halls of Wartburg’s Classroom Technology Center Nov. 30-Dec. 15. If your office, academic department, or group/organization would like to decorate a Christmas tree to display, please sign up by Monday, Nov. 21. For more information and/or to sign up, go to www.wartburg.edu/trees. Contact Joni McDonough with questions. A partnership between the college and Waverly Chamber of Commerce, the festival is open daily from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and attracts more than 5,000 guests each year. 

Cathedrals and Castles May Term course – Consider registering for the May Term course HI 212 Cathedrals and Castles. Take advantage of visiting the remains of castles, cathedrals, churches, and monasteries, and learn how these structures were built and used. If you would like more information, contact Dr. Erika Lindgren, 352-8201.

Satellite voting site — Wartburg will host a satellite voting location in McCaskey Lyceum in Saemann Student Center on Tuesday, Oct. 25. The location, open from 10 a.m to 4 p.m., can be used by all students, faculty, staff and community members registered to vote in Bremer County. Voter registration also will be available that day.

Christmas with Wartburg tickets on sale — Tickets are on sale for shows Saturday, Dec. 3, at 3 and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday Dec. 4, at 3 p.m., in Wartburg College’s Neumann Auditorium, as well as Friday, Dec. 2, at 7:30 p.m., at Lutheran Church of Hope in West Des Moines. Tickets are $18 for all Waverly performances and $20 for the West Des Moines performance. Meals will be offered in Waverly on Saturday and Sunday at 5 p.m. for an additional cost. Concert and meal tickets can be purchased online at www.wartburg.edu/christmas, from 10 a.m. to noon weekdays at the ticket office in Saemann Student Center or by calling 319-352-8691 during ticket office hours.


PREVIOUS ANNOUNCEMENTS

Mandatory Medicare notice – Please go to the Human Recourses website to view your annual Medicare notice, which includes information about your current prescription drug coverage with Wartburg College and about your options under Medicare’s prescription drug coverage.

Scholarship Day volunteers needed – The Admissions Office still is looking for faculty and staff interviewers for all three Scholarship Days: Sunday, Nov. 13; Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017; and Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017. On the day of the event, interviewers will attend a brief session at 11:45 a.m. in WBC 214 (Buckmaster Room) to receive information for the day. From that session, we will head to the luncheon at 12:15 p.m., with interviews immediately following until roughly 4:45 p.m. Click here to sign up to volunteer during any or all of the days. Contact Mallory Luensmann with any questions. 

New faculty/staff list online – A full list of new faculty and staff members, as well as their pictures, is now on the Human Resources website. These new employees were introduced during President Colson’s opening remarks. An updated list, which will include anyone hired after Aug. 15, will be posted in January. 

Self-defense class – Faculty, staff and students are invited to The W’s Self-Defense for Girls and Women course 7-9 p.m. Oct. 17 and 24 in the Walker Wrestling Room. Fee is $25; sign up with class code SDG2 at The W welcome desk or call 319-352-8311. Learn simple, effective skills that may help prevent and survive an assault. Participants age 16 and older will learn awareness, assertiveness, safety, strategies and how to use simple, effective techniques to vulnerable areas of the body. Wear comfortable clothes and socks; no shoes allowed on mats.

Benefit open-enrollment meetings — Mark your calendar to attend one of the following benefit open-enrollment meetings, and watch for more detailed information regarding plan design changes and rates in the next few weeks. All meetings will be held in WBC 214 (Buckmaster Room). Contact the Human Resources & Payroll Office if you have questions.

  • Tuesday, Nov. 8, 11:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 9, 4 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 10, 10 a.m.
  • Friday, Nov. 11, 7:30 a.m. 

 Visit the InfoCenter to see previous editions of The Juice for details on the following:

  • New shuttle program for student travel
  • Websites to bookmark
  • O&M cleaning update
  • Upcoming Presidential Forums and notes
  • KnightVision streaming schedule
  • Fire safety inspections
  • Enrollment reports for fall 


ATHLETIC TRAVEL

Men’s and women’s soccer

Tuesday, Oct. 25, depart at 8 a.m. for Pella

Oct. 29-Nov. 5, TBA, IIAC Tournament


Volleyball

Tuesday, Oct. 25, depart at 2:45 p.m. for University of Dubuque

Nov. 1-5, TBA, IIAC Tournament


Cross Country

Friday, Oct. 28, depart at 2 p.m. for Storm Lake


PERSONNEL

Welcome (new arrivals):

  • Nicole Hartwig, security officer, Sept. 26
  • Joy Skinner, administrative assistant to the president, Sept. 19
  • Paige Stanbrough, Dining Services baker, Sept. 1
  • Lisa Trees, Human Resources and payroll assistant, Sept. 8

Farewell (retirements and departures):

  • Rita Gerdes, retail coordinator (The Wartburg Store), Sept. 16
  • Doug Main, security officer, Oct. 1

PROFESSIONAL NOTES

Dr. Bill Withers, professor of journalism and communication, led a midday workshop for 70 north Iowa business leaders Oct. 14 at Titonka State Bank in Forest City. The event was sponsored by Hancock County Economic Development Corp., and Withers' session focused on workplace culture and change-management for small and large businesses. 


Dr. Allan Bernard,
assistant professor of business administration, presented his Best Paper Award-nominated paper, “The Relationship Between Conceptual Skills and Organizational Strategy Alignment within the Information Technology Context,” at the 2016 Midwest Academy of Management Conference on Oct. 8 in Fargo, N.D. 


Dr. Michaeleen Golay,
assistant professor of biology, has published a paper titled “Carbon, Nitrogen, and Phosphorus Storage Across a Growing Season by the Herbaceous Layer in Urban and Preserved Temperate Hardwood Forests” in the international journal Applied Vegetation Science. The work was in collaboration with researchers from Iowa State University and the U.S. Forest Service Northern Research Station.


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