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The Juice (Faculty/Staff) - April 19

Dr. Survilla Celebration of Life service, living classroom project 🌾

April 19, 2021

Dr. Paula Survilla Celebration of Life service

The Wartburg College Department of Music will host a Celebration of Life service for Dr. Paula Survilla on Saturday, April 24, at 10 a.m. in Neumann Auditorium. This is a ticketed event open to current Wartburg faculty, staff, and students. Admission is free, but limited to 250 guests, in accordance with current social distance guidelines. Pick up your free ticket at the music office in the Bachman Fine Arts Center, FAC 118. Masks are required for all participants, even if fully vaccinated. Wartburg community members and the general public may also watch the service live via Knight Vision.


Living Classroom project to honor Paula

Dr. Penni Pier and Dr. Mike Bechtel have launched a Fund the Fortress campaign to honor Dr. Paula Survilla. As we approach the one-year anniversary of Paula’s passing, the college plans to create the Paula Survilla Living Classroom. In order to complete this project, we need your help to reach our goal of $13,000. Your gift will support an outdoor classroom in the McElroy Center courtyard where faculty, students, and staff will connect with nature while engaging in meaningful learning opportunities. Learn more about the project and make a gift of any size at this link. Drs. Pier and Bechtel are doing a 1:1 match, up to $500, for any new donor to the college.

Vaccines and face masks

A reminder for all on campus: Those who are fully vaccinated must still mask up, per our campus policy. The only change for fully vaccinated individuals is that they are exempt from contact tracing. If you have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, please email a picture of your vaccine card to covidresponse@wartburg.edu.


COVID-19 leave extended

In March 2020, the college provided 80 hours, or 10 days, of additional paid time off to eligible full-time staff (pro-rated for eligible staff less than a 1.0 full-time equivalent) to be used for any COVID-19 related absences, including:

Recovery from COVID-19
Caring for another person with COVID-19
Self-isolation for others’ protection
Concerns about being exposed to COVID-19
Caring for children when child care or school plans are disrupted because of COVID-19
Resting following a COVID-19 vaccine

This time was set to expire on May 31, 2021. Following a recommendation from the Personnel Advisory Committee, the President's Cabinet has agreed to extend that leave through May 31, 2022. Additional time will not be provided for those who have already used their hours. As a reminder, this time is being tracked in a separate "bucket" on the Kronos time system and will not be paid out if an employee leaves employment of the College prior to May 31, 2022.

If an employee has used all of their COVID-19 time off, has additional time-off needs associated with COVID-19, and is not able to work from home during that time, they will need to use their PTO bank to cover any additional absences.


Senior capstone documentaries on Knight Vision today

Seniors in the Wartburg College Department of Journalism & Communication capstone course will premiere their final documentaries on Monday, April 19. The films will be livestreamed on Knight Vision:

Beginning at 1 p.m. is “Letters from a Young State,” which tells the story of Fredrika Bremer, a Swedish author, feminist reformer and namesake of Fredrika, Iowa, and Bremer County.
At 1:30 p.m. will be “Changing Hearts and Minds: The Ruby Sutton Story.” Sutton, of Dubuque, was a champion of social justice who worked to make her hometown more welcoming during some of its most divisive years.
Wrapping up the afternoon will be “My People’s Bones: The Life & Fight of Maria Pearson” at 2 p.m., which showcases the impact Pearson had on the Indigenous communities of Iowa and beyond.

The Drag Show is back!

Alliance is hosting its Annual Drag Show on Saturday, May 15, at 7:30 p.m. in Neumann Auditorium. There are two ways you can participate:

1. You can be in the show! If you do not want to do a solo performance, get one or more of your friends together for a performance. If interested in performing, please complete and submit this form.

2. Support Alliance and our performers by attending the show! Appropriate federal, state and college guidelines will be followed (e.g., wearing masks and social distancing). To reserve your tickets, please complete and submit this form.


Business, Financial Aid, HR offices closed April 30

On Friday, April 30, there is a planned system outage for Jenzabar. As a result, the Business, Financial Aid and Human Resources offices will be closed to take advantage of the opportunity to hold staff meetings and trainings. Normal business hours will resume on Monday, May 3. Please plan accordingly to meet your business needs.


Accounts payable deadline change

Due to the Jenzabar migration on April 30, invoices, payment vouchers, and request for payments need to be in received in Accounts Payable by noon Tuesday, April 27. Payments will be completed on Thursday, April 29. If questions, please contact Jodi at accountspayable@wartburg.edu.

May Term Senate election results

The election results are in, and following individuals will serve as May Term Senators:

Katelyn Berglund
Nicholas Bockenstedt
Grace Coffman
Natalie Flugrad
Grace Greving
Sabrina Moody
Anna Ohman
Ryleigh Parrack

Thank you to everyone who participated in voting! Please reach out to Olivia Hobson with any questions.


Become a volunteer DJ at KWAR

This May Term, play your music and have a show on the radio! This is a nice opportunity if you always wanted to be part of KWAR but didn't want to commit to it during a long term. Students, staff and faculty can become a DJ, and training will be provided! Share your voice, share your music! Contact madison.freeland@wartburg.edu for more information.


Weekday Chapel services

All are welcome at Weekday Chapel services from 10:15 to 10:35 a.m. each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in the Wartburg Chapel. Chapel time is a brief opportunity to gather with students, staff, and faculty to reflect on God and faith. Interfaith chapels will be held the last Wednesday of each month during the semester. Chapel services are streamed live with Knight Vision, so you can watch from anywhere.

This week's Chapel services:

Monday, April 19: Litany of Thanksgiving for Faculty & Staff

Wednesday, April 21: Healing Litany/Space for Finals

No Chapel services during Finals and Tour Week


Upcoming events

Free Essentrics fitness classes
April 19, 26 & May 3, 10, 17

Department of Journalism & Communication senior capstone documentaries
April 19

Leadership and Service Award nominations due
April 19

Late Knight Study Breakfast
April 21

Final Exams/Activities
April 22-27

Dr. Paula Survilla Celebration of LIfe service
April 24

Tour Week
April 28-May 2

Business, Financial Aid and Human Resources offices closed
April 30

May Term begins
May 3

ETK Large Event: Eli Young Band
May 6

Alliance Drag Show
May 15

May 30


Due today: Leadership and Service Award nominations

Leadership and Service Award nomination forms are available and due by Monday, April 19. Click here to nominate someone you know for one or more of the following awards:

Nobility Award
Debbie Heida Award
Outstanding Organization
Outstanding International Senior
Dell Awards for Peace and Justice
Peacemaker Award
Outstanding Organization Service Award
Outstanding Organization Adviser Award

The awards ceremony will be Tuesday, May 11, in the Chapel, in conjunction with the National Society of Leadership & Success induction of new members. A live stream will be made available. Direct questions to lindsey.leonard@wartburg.edu.


Kim Sprain retirement in ITS

Congratulations to Kim Sprain, Business Analyst in ITS, as he retires April 30 after 10 years of employment with Wartburg College.


Free Essentrics classes on Mondays

The W will be hosting a free Essentrics fitness class every Monday, from April 12 through May 24, 5:30-6:30 p.m. in The W’s multi-purpose room. Essentrics is a dynamic, full-body workout suitable for all fitness levels that combines stretching and strengthening while engaging all 650 muscles. This class will increase flexibility and mobility for a healthy, toned, and pain-free body. Direct any questions to clay.cook@wartburg.edu.


HealthPartners Well-Being Program and Health Risk Assessment

The College recently rolled out the HealthPartners Health Risk Assessment (HRA). This is free to Wartburg College employees and spouses who are insured through HealthPartners. This is a voluntary program, designed for employees to recognize areas of improvement; it also allows HealthPartners to get a better sense of our overall group health and can target certain educational programs (diabetes, for example) if our group appears more at risk. Click here for log-on and registration information.

**The employee's/spouse's individual data is confidential, and Wartburg will not have access to it. Wartburg will only get aggregate data.**

Once the HRA is complete, employees will have a better idea of areas they want to improve on. The system will unlock relevant Well-Being activities based on their known health needs and interests. Examples include: smoking or vaping cessation, step challenges, and healthy eating challenges.


Participation Incentives

If you completed the HRA assessment by April 1, you will get a free Wartburg T-shirt!

Additional incentives can be won, too! Any participants who complete a Well-Being activity by Nov. 1 will be entered into a drawing for the following: free massage at The W, free specialty class at The W, Kwik Star gift card, The Den gift card, or The Wartburg Store gift card, to name a few (items are taxed).

Meet Winter Term new staff

The list of new hires during Winter Term 2021 has been posted to the InfoCenter at this link.


Late Knight Study Breakfast volunteers still needed  

The Late Knight Study Breakfast for students in the Mensa will be held on Wednesday, April 21, starting at 10 p.m. Faculty and staff volunteers are needed to help serve this traditional meal. As with the Outfly breakfast, Dining Services will offer take-out meals for students who prefer that option while observing social distancing and safety protocols for all diners and volunteers. Please contact Shelly Geweke via email or x8303 today if you can help. Thanks for your assistance with this special Wartburg tradition.


Student Senate updates

Congratulations to those appointed to serve on the 2021-22 Student Senate Executive Team:

Academic Ombudsperson – Eric Recker
Administrative Ombudsperson – Bryce Butler
Executive Assistant for Diversity – Carrington Bush
Public Relations Director – Mila Iushkova


Students can become Faith in the Vaccine ambassadors

A select cohort of Wartburg College student leaders will work in their home and/or chosen communities, particularly faith communities, throughout the summer months to advocate for and educate about the COVID vaccine. Vaccine hesitancy remains an issue in many places, for many reasons, and we need you to leverage your existing connections to spread faith in the vaccine. If you are interested in earning $1,500 for your service and leadership in this bridge-building role, contact Dr. Caryn Riswold as soon as possible for more information about this opportunity, funded and offered in partnership with the Interfaith Youth Core. Training begins in May, and the cohort will be selected before the end of April. Click here for more information.


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