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Wartburg News
03/20/2017

The Juice (Faculty & Staff) - March 20


 
March 20, 2017
Celebrate Culture Week

Nearly 60 countries will be represented during Wartburg College’s annual Culture Week, March 19-24. The theme for the week is #WeAreWartburg. Join Wartburg's International Club for the following events:

  • International Cooking Workshop, 6:30-8 p.m. Monday, March 20: New this year, students will be invited to the faculty-in-residence apartment in Clinton Hall to learn how to prepare international dishes with Ashley McHose, information literacy and user experience librarian at Vogel Library. Samples of the dishes also will be available.
  • Faculty panel on “The Importance of Effective Intercultural Understanding,” 7 p.m. Thursday, March 23: Join us in Whitehouse Business Center Room 214, for the panel, which is open to the public. Bret Billet, professor of political science and co-coordinator of international relations; Joyce Boss, professor of English and co-director of multicultural and diversity studies; and Shaheen Munir, professor of psychology, will represent their research areas within the context of intercultural understanding to underline some factors that might obstruct finding common ground and explore strategies on how to overcome them.
  • Culture Show, 8 p.m. Friday, March 24: The week ends with the Culture Show, an engaging collection of performances representing countries from around the world in Neumann Auditorium. A $5 donation is suggested. 
 
NEW ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
Faculty congratulations
The Board of Regents recently granted tenure and emeritus status to several professors. Please join us in congratulating:
  • Dr. Rachel Clark, English and modern languages, who was awarded tenure and promoted to associate professor;
  • Dr. Kelly Faga, education, who was awarded tenure;
  • Dr. Roy Ventullo, biology, who was approved for emeritus status;
  • Dr. Brian Jones, religion, who was approved for emeritus status; and
  • The Rev. Dr. Judith Jones, religion, who was approved for emeritus status.
Health screening
Waverly Health Center will offer a health screening for Wartburg employees Tuesday, March 28. Sign-up is required through Amy Wilson, 352-8278. More information is available on the InfoCenter. 
Game Knights
Invite a friend to join you for Game Knights on Thursday, March 23, from 7 to 10 p.m., in the McCoy rooms. Whether you like social, strategy, competitive, cooperative, or card games, we’d love to play with you! No prior game experience necessary. Hosted by The Wartburg Store.
Milestones event May 26
Mark your calendars for the 16th annual Milestones event Friday, May 26. Faculty and staff will gather as a campus community at 8 a.m. in the Saemann Student Center ballrooms for breakfast and conversation. At 8:30 a.m., we will recognize those celebrating employment anniversaries and retirements, along with other faculty and staff awards. Individuals observing work anniversaries this year include:
  • 45 years: Pat Melver
  • 35 years: Dennis Delp
  • 30 years: Jean Schloemer and Tod Schulz
  • 25 years: Denis Drolet and Lynn Peters
  • 20 years: Mariah Birgen, Joel Holthaus, John Myers, Dick Peth, Jennifer Sassman, Rich Seggerman, Ken Sommerfeldt, Kathy Traetow, and Rick Willis
  • 15 years: Sheree Covert, Danise Flood, Stephanie Huff, Dalissa Larson, Sherri Mennenga, Scott Sharar, and Derek Solheim
  • 10 years: Eric Berns, Christine DeVries, Julie Drewes, Jill Eckenrod, Sheila Kittleson, Jennifer Larson, June Rieck, Natalie Smith, Stephanie TeKippe, Renee Voves, and Heather Zajicek

Please contact Amy Wilson if your name was omitted from this recognition list.

Green tip of the week
Skip the bottled water! Try these tips instead:
  • Use a water filter to purify tap water instead of buying bottled water. Not only is bottled water expensive, but it generates large amounts of container waste.
  • Bring a reusable water bottle, preferably aluminum rather than plastic, with you when traveling or at work.
  • When you do purchase bottled water, be sure to recycle the bottles when you are done.
Notes from the President’s Forum
Notes from the President’s Forum on March 25, as well as President Colson’s February report to the Board of Regents and summary report to campus, are posted on the InfoCenter under “President’s Reports.”
Title changes for Institutional Advancement
Scott Leisinger, vice president for Institutional Advancement, is pleased to announce the following title changes for select staff, effective immediately:
  • Chris Knudson, Director of Marketing and Communication
  • Emily Christensen, Assistant Director of Marketing and Communication and News Director
  • Josh Peterson, Senior Graphic Designer
  • Stephanie Boeding, Editor and Email Marketing Manager
  • Joni McDonough, Office Coordinator
  • Laurie Everhardt, Associate Director of Annual Giving
  • Tony Smith, Associate Director of Alumni & Parent Relations
Kammerstreicher spring concert
The Wartburg Kammerstreicher (“chamber strings”) will present its spring concert, A Time to Dance, on Friday, March 24, at 7:30 p.m., in the Wartburg Chapel. The program will feature dance-inspired music from around the world by Brahms, Dvorak, Piazzolla, and others. Admission is free.
The library of YOU
Visit the library during Culture Week, March 19-24, and draw anything that represents your culture and/or identity on our giant canvas! Students, faculty, staff — anyone who is part of the Wartburg family. Direct questions to jill.westen@wartburg.edu.
Phil and Lit Society
Barbara Fedeler, professor of art and recipient of the Dr. Peggy and Kendall Pruisner Scholarly and Creative Activity Award, will present her research, Landscapes of Northeast Iowa: Adjusting for the Lens of Time, during the Wartburg Philosophical and Literary Society meeting Friday, March 24, at 4 p.m., in McCoy West. All are welcome.
Special topics social work courses
The Social Work Department is excited to offer the following special topics courses during the 2017-18 academic year:
  • Fall 2017 – SW 250: Mental Health (with adjunct Kate Haberman, a clinical mental health social worker who practices in Waverly), Mondays, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
  • Winter 2018 – SW 250: Veterans and Military Families, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:35-11:15 a.m. (participation with Retrieving Freedom service dogs is part of the class).
  • May 2018 – SW 204: American Sign Language, Monday through Friday, 12:30-3:30 p.m.

Direct questions to Dr. Tammy Faux.

Change to World War I film discussion series 
The World War I film series has a minor change with the March 21 film Sergeant York, which has been moved to Tuesday, April 4. Students, faculty, and staff are reminded of the showing of Warhorse on Tuesday, March 28, at 7 p.m., in Patriots Hall, 1300 Fourth St. NW, Waverly. The film series commemorates the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. Wartburg College humanities and social work faculty members are partnering with the new Waverly-area veterans post. All area veterans and their families also are invited to view the films and discuss their reactions. Access to these films is made possible by funding from the Harry & Polly Slife Professor in Humanities, historian Dr. Terrence Lindell, and the Slife Institute for Social Work.
Posekany literacy awards
Education Department and Education Unit faculty and students accepted into the Teacher Education Program (TEP), as well as Reading Endorsement students not admitted to the TEP, are eligible for special funding to attend the Iowa Reading Association ESEA Title 1 Conference June 27-28 in Ames. Early-bird registration fees range from $30-$190, and registration is open through Friday, March 31. Wartburg registrants may request reimbursement from the Institutional Advancement Office in Luther Hall (contact Suzie Kramer, 352-8495, for information). These literacy awards are available through the generosity of Leonard and Carol Posekany, parents of Education Department emeritae faculty Dr. Susan Sherwood and Dr. Peggy Pruisner. Click here for more information on the Iowa Reading Association ESEA Title 1 Conference.
PREVIOUS ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
Curtis Brundy farewell reception
Please join us Thursday, March 23, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., on the third floor of the library (outside of Pathways), to bid farewell to Curtis Brundy, who has served as college librarian and director of Vogel Library since June 2013. He has accepted a new position at the Iowa State University Library.
Budget model open meetings
During President Colson’s Open Forum and Faculty Meeting in February, one of the topics was a high-level budget model. Since not everyone could attend, and there was limited time to change various assumptions to see the estimated impact on future budgets, we want to share the information more thoroughly. All faculty and staff are invited to attend one of the following three budget model meetings in McCoy West:
  • Monday, March 20, 4-5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 22, noon-1 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 23, 8-9 a.m.

In addition, the Business Office would be happy to come to any department or group meeting to review the budget model. Direct questions to Todd Parsons.

Snack donations for Dance Marathon
Dance Marathon is Saturday, March 25, and snack donations are needed! In the past, departments/offices have donated items such as granola bars and bananas to the big event. If you would like to donate, either by yourself or with a group, please email haley.melz@wartburg.edu. A list of needed items will be provided. Thank you for your support this year!
Upcoming PAC meeting
Here's the PAC agenda for the March 23 meeting:
  • Finalize plans for the staff retreat on April 25.
  • Suggestions for emcees for Milestones on May 26.
  • Review nominations for Exemplary Staff Awards.
Outstanding Faculty and Staff Award Reception
All are invited to attend the Outstanding Faculty and Staff Award Reception, honoring 2016-17 recipients Bernard Holland and Ramona Bouzard for their hard work and dedication to Wartburg College. This will be a come-and-go event Tuesday, March 21, from 3 to 4:30 p.m., in the Castle Room. There will be snacks and refreshments provided. Direct questions to senate@wartburg.edu.
BSU T-shirts
Black Student Union will be selling T-shirts for $5 (cash only). If you would like to purchase a shirt, email BSU@wartburg.edu.
IMpower seeks volunteers
IMpower is an empowerment movement designed to help elementary-aged girls keep their self-esteem and dignity while transitioning through childhood. IMpower is looking for more female volunteers for the last session of the year, which starts Monday, March 20, for the Waverly group and Monday, March 13, for the Charles City group. Volunteers will go into elementary schools and teach provided curriculum to a group of girls for one hour. If you are interested, email Jenna Haglund
Wednesdays in Lent
Wednesdays in Lent (March 8 through April 12), college administrative offices, as well as the Den and Konditorei, will close during chapel time, 10:15 to 10:35 a.m. (The W, Zesty Orange, Security Office, Information Desk, and Mensa will remain open.) This provides time for faculty, staff, and students to participate in the Lenten chapels or take a break from meetings, lessons, and daily work. Please note that food ordered through GET will be available as soon as the stores open, including board plan meal transfers.
Mail Center now accepts All Campus Spending
The Mail Center now accepts All Campus Spending in payment for stamps, envelopes, packaging, and metered postage. ACS funds can be added to your account in the Business Office, Dining/ID Office, or online through your personal GET account. Cash and checks also still are accepted payment methods for mail services. For information about ACS, click here
Funding opportunity for 2018 May Term in Germany
Earn a financial award for GER260/261 in May 2018!
  • Covers from one-fourth up to max of one-half of trip cost (depending on price and number of awards)
  • Eligibility: First-/second-year status (May 2020 or 2021 graduation date)
  • If you receive grant, must take and pass appropriate German course in year following May Term immersion (AY 2018-19); as proof, must register in AY 2017-18 for German course in following year (18-19).

Contact Dr. Daniel Walther with questions.

RICE Day schedule
The RICE Day schedule is posted at www.wartburg.edu/rice. A PDF of the final program will be posted in April.
See past announcements
Visit the InfoCenter to see previous editions of The Juice for details on the following:
  • New shuttle program for student travel
  • Websites to bookmark
  • New way to make maintenance requests
  • KnightVision streaming schedule
Upcoming Events
Culture Week
March 19-24

Budget model meetings
March 20, 22 & 23

Outstanding Faculty and Staff Award Reception
March 21

Curtis Brundy farewell
March 23

Game Knights
March 23

Kammerstreicher concert
March 24

Dance Marathon
March 25

Employee Health Screen 
March 28

WWI film discussion series
March 28, April 4

Castle Singers concert 
April 8

RICE Day 
April 11

Tour Week 
April 23-30

Staff retreat 
April 25

Milestones breakfast
May 26

Commencement 
May 28

Click here to view the full Wartburg events calendar.
 

ABOUT THIS NEWSLETTER
The Juice is a weekly e-newsletter sent Mondays to communicate campus news and events. Most announcements will run twice, then continue to be available in the Information Center.

TO SUBMIT AN ITEM
The deadline for submissions each week is 4 p.m. Thursday. Send items to juice@wartburg.edu. Please keep your submitted item short—no longer than one paragraph—and let us know if your item is for students, faculty/staff, or both editions of The Juice. Direct questions or comments to Stephanie Boeding, Marketing & Communication, at ext. 8760.

 
SPIRITUAL LIFE & CAMPUS MINISTRY
 
Weekday Chapel services this week
Weekday Chapel services are held each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 10:15-10:35 a.m. in the Wartburg Chapel. The service is an opportunity to gather with students, faculty, and staff to reflect on God and faith. Upcoming speakers:
  • Monday, March 20 – Christine DeVries, associate professor of chemistry
  • Wednesday, March 22, Lenten Chapel – Pastor Ramona Bouzard
  • Friday, March 24 – Anna Askegaard ’17, music by the Fort Dodge High School Choir
Lent 2017: Wholeheartedness
During our Wednesday Lenten chapel time, the worshipping community will focus on wholeheartedness and what it might look like for us to live in God’s promise of wholeness in Christ Jesus. Join us at 10:15 a.m. Wednesday, March 22, in Wartburg Chapel as we focus on the topic “gratitude.” College administrative offices will be closed during chapel time, 10:15-10:35 a.m., Wednesdays during Lent to allow staff and faculty the opportunity to attend chapel. The W, Security Office, and Information Desk will remain open.
Prayer requests
We invite you to write a prayer request to be included during our Wednesday Lenten chapels. The prayer request stations are located on the baptismal font in the narthex and on the hymnal cart on the balcony level.
Sunday worship 
Pastor Ramona Bouzard will give the message Sunday, March 26, 10:30 a.m. in Wartburg Chapel. Join us!
Sanctuary on Wednesday
Expect a relaxed time of Bible study, fellowship, worship band music, prayers, and communion. Sanctuary takes place at 9 p.m. each Wednesday in Chapel Commons (basement). Come by at 8:45 for snacks and conversation. 
ATHLETIC TRAVEL
 
Softball
Friday, March 24, depart at 6 p.m. for St. Louis.
Thursday, March 30, depart at 11 a.m. for UW-Platteville.

Baseball
Friday, March 31, depart at 2 p.m. for Loras.

Lacrosse
Wednesday, March 29, depart at 3:15 p.m. for Dubuque.
 
EDUCATION/JOB/INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
 
Apply now for new student employment opportunities
Both 2017 summer and 2017-18 academic year position openings are now being posted to Knightlink. Like and follow us on Facebook at Wartburg College Student Employment to easily see what new job openings are being posted as they become available.
VAC positions
The Volunteer Action Center is hiring for an office coordinator (whole year) and a community organization liaison (Fall Term with possibility of Winter Term as well). Applications are due by 4 p.m. Thursday, March 30. Interviews will be the following week. For an application, click here. Direct questions to vac@wartburg.edu.
See openings on Knightlink
Student employment positions are available on Knightlink. Questions regarding these positions or Knightlink can be directed to Abbie Raum, student employment coordinator, at 352-8350.
Urban Studies internships
The Urban Studies Program in Des Moines is taking applications now for internships that are a part of this program. Please contact Jo Dorrance for details.
 
PROFESSIONAL NOTES
 
Bonita Bock, director of Urban Studies, recently visited Augustana College, Rock Island, Ill., to meet with 11 Augustana students who will participate in the Wartburg West program during the 2017-18 academic year. Bonita also hosted a prospective-students gathering. This will be the fifth year Augustana has participated in the Wartburg West program.

Kristin Teig Torres, director of community engagement, has been invited to be a panelist for the Iowa Ideas Project on Tuesday, March 28, in Cedar Falls. The project addresses issues facing the state in seven key areas: K-12 and higher education, energy, environment, workforce/regionalism, health care, and transportation. Kristin will discuss the challenges and opportunities while spotlighting ideas that are taking root for positive social change.

The Rev. Dr. Kit Kleinhans, professor of religion, keynoted the ELCA Covenant Cluster Network Gathering in Ashland, Neb., Feb. 23-25. She gave two presentations on the theme Reformation: Creative Disruption Then and Now. Kit also keynoted the Northeastern Iowa Synod Day of Renewal in Cedar Falls on March 16. She spoke on the themes Luther’s Small Catechism as Gift and The Large Catechism and Daily Life.

LANDForms, an exhibit of ceramic sculpture by Rick Knivsland, lecturer in art, and an exhibit of drawings by Barbara Fedeler, professor of art, is on display at the Kirkwood Community College art gallery in Cedar Rapids through March 24. A closing reception will be held Thursday, March 23, from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Dr. Tammy Faux, associate professor of social work, was the invited closing remarks speaker at the Practical Farmers of Iowa Cooperators meeting in December. Faux also gave a presentation at the national Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors Conference in New Orleans, March 1-5, titled Defining Sustainability and Environmental Justice.

Dr. Allan Bernard, assistant professor of business administration, presented his paper, The Relationship Between Conceptual Skills and Project Success Within the Information Technology Context, at the Academy of Human Resources Development 2017 International Research Conference in the Americas on March 3 in San Antonio, Texas.

The second of four contributions to Working Preacher by the Rev. Dr. Walter “Chip” Bouzard, professor of religion, is online. Bouzard’s commentary is on Isaiah 50:4-9a, a text appointed for Passion Sunday on April 9. The essay can be viewed online.
 
WARTBURG IN THE NEWS
 
The results of the men's and women's indoor track and field teams at the NCAA DIII nationals was reported in the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier.

The wrestling team won its 13th national title, an NCAA record, and Eric DeVos '18 was crowned as national champion as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier and Des Moines Register.

The men's basketball team's run in the NCAA Tournament ended with an 80-69 loss to Augustana in the Sweet Sixteen, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier.

Wrestler Kyle Fank ’18 talked about making his national tournament debut with the Cedar Rapids Gazette.

Wrestler Andrew Steiert ’17 talks injuries and farming with the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier.

The wrestling team is considered a favorite for the team title heading into the Division III National Championships, as reported by USA Wrestling

Christopher Smith ’06 is the conductor of the Rock Valley Chapter of the Badger Chordhawks Chorus, a community-based in southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois, according to the GazetteXtra
 
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