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The Juice (Faculty/Staff) - May 10

Leadership & Service Awards, HR update

May 10, 2021

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Awards ceremony Tuesday streamed on Knight Vision

Join us Tuesday, May 11, at 7 p.m. in Wartburg Chapel for the annual awards ceremony honoring students, faculty, and staff for their outstanding leadership and service, as well as a ceremony inducting Wartburg students into the National Society of Leadership & Success. The event will be livestreamed on Knight Vision.

This year’s award recipients of Leadership & Service Awards are:

Nobility Award – Hidaly Hernandez, Alizah Qadri, Sailor Hinegardner, Rachel Green
Outstanding Organization – Iclub
Outstanding International Senior – Rachel Ndjuluwa
Dell Awards for Peace and Justice – Emma Williams, Kellie Escovy
Peacemakers Award – Grace Greving, Hannah Dutcher
Outstanding Organizational Service – ETK
Outstanding Organization Advisor – Sam Pfab
Debbie E. Heida Award – Alex Buchheim, Jordan Flaherty
Spirit of Student Life Award – COVID Mitigation and Contact Tracers – Ryan Callahan, Danny Drees, Jessica Albright, Natalie Huisman, Kaiden Feibelkorn


May Day of Service & food bank volunteers needed

Sign up by the end of today for a shift of volunteering for May Day of Service. There will be two days (each with morning and afternoon shifts) of volunteering on campus, planting flowers and trees, along with mulching and weeding flower beds. We will meet in front of Old Main at the beginning of each shift.

Tuesday, May 11, and Thursday, May 13
Morning Shift: 10 a.m.-noon
Afternoon Shift: 1-3 p.m.
If you own a shovel, please bring it 🙂
Sign up at this link


Northeast Iowa Food Bank: There are several opportunities to volunteer at the NEIFB with different tasks.

Saturdays in May Term: May 15 and 22
9 to 11 a.m.
Sign up at this link, and let us know if you need a ride.


Human Resources updates

Summer Hours: Summer is almost here! Summer hours will begin Tuesday, June 1, and continue until Friday, Aug. 20. Office hours during this time will be 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.


Performance Appraisals Reminder: Performance Appraisals & Self Appraisals are due by June 30. Appraisal templates can be found on the Info Center under “Forms.” Once completed and signed by all parties, please drop these forms off to the HR office. Contact HR@wartburg.edu if you have any questions.


Holiday Calendar: Cabinet has approved the 2021-22 Holiday Calendar. For more information regarding these dates visit the Info Center under “Benefit Details.”

End of Year celebration – RSVP due today

Dress casually and drop in from 3 to 5 p.m. May 21 at Greenwood for an opportunity to share drinks and appetizers with colleagues as we celebrate the end of the academic year. We’ll observe COVID protocols of distancing and masking (when not eating and drinking). In the event of rain, please plan on joining the celebration in the Hagemann Castle Room. Please RSVP by end of today at this link.


Searching Squirrel, the Library Newsletter: May edition

Lots of big news this month! Click here to see a recap of the databases and periodical cuts to the collection, learn about Kanopy changing to mediated access, and get a reminder about our Collection Update and what students learn in IS 101.


Staff volunteers needed for Commencement

No public tickets will be offered to this year’s Commencement, which begins at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, May 30. Each graduating senior has been provided four tickets, and because of this, other staff and students will not be allowed to attend, unless they have been given a ticket by a graduating senior. However, because of the larger venue, many volunteers are needed to welcome and host this event. Tasks include welcomers/ticket takers, assistants for seating in the stadium and on the football field, general traffic control, and directing the processional/recessional. If you are interested in volunteering for these tasks, please contact Janeen Stewart at 352-8331 or janeen.stewart@wartburg.edu by May 12. She will follow up with further details.


Though staff and non-graduating students will not be able to attend Commencement in person unless they have a ticket or are volunteering, all are welcome to gather on the central area of campus after the ceremony, wearing masks. The ceremony also will be streamed live on Knight Vision.

Wartburg Scholarship Club spring meeting

The Wartburg Scholarship Club will hold its annual spring meeting at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 22, outdoors at Greenwood, the home of Wartburg College President Darrel and Christy Colson, 902 12th St. NW. (The gathering will be canceled in the case of inclement weather.) The spring event is free to attend, but RSVPs are requested at mphubbard14@gmail.com. The event will include social time as well as a business meeting and election of officers.


The Wartburg Scholarship Club, formerly known as the Wartburg Women’s Club, voted in 2019 to expand membership to all faculty and staff of the college, spouses of Wartburg employees, and all area Wartburg alumni, with annual dues of $15 supporting student scholarships ($25 dues for a couple). The goal of the group is to raise funds for student scholarships at Wartburg, and all faculty and staff are invited to join. Members participate in various fundraisers throughout the year, which have included student treat orders, a quilt raffle and selling vintage items during Wartburg’s Homecoming. Learn more at www.wartburg.edu/WSC.


Get your free tickets for Alliance Drag Show

Alliance will host its annual Drag Show fundraiser at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 15, in Neumann Auditorium. Tickets are free to the public, but must be reserved in advance of the night at www.wartburg.edu/dragshow. All tickets for a group should be ordered by one person, as tickets will be grouped together to allow for appropriate social distancing between groups. Donations will be accepted during the event to support the organization.
Masks will be required during the show.


Water to Thrive hosts 'Walk to Water' event Wednesday

Water to Thrive will host the "Walk to Water" event at Waverly-Shell Rock Middle School on Wednesday, May 12, from 12 to 1:30 p.m. In this event, middle school students will carry water containers to the Cedar River, fill them, and bring them back to the school. This event raises funds and awareness for the construction of wells in rural Africa, where there is a shortage of clean water. Volunteers are needed to help guide the kids safely to the river and assist in any other tasks necessary. If you are interested in volunteering for this event, please send an email to executive member Ryan Bonthius.


Notice of Consumer Information for faculty and staff

The U.S. Department of Education requires institutions receiving federal funding to provide notice regarding the availability of consumer information. The information includes general college facts and statistics financial aid assistance annual security report, copyright infringement and Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act policies. Faculty and staff can find the information at http://www.wartburg.edu/consumer-information/. Contact the Financial Aid Office with questions or requests for a paper copy.


Tuesday Bible Study during May Term

Come to Bible Study every Tuesday during May in the Chapel Commons at 4 p.m. We’ll dive into the Word and do fun activities every week! All are welcome.

There are no Weekday Chapel services during May Term.
Pastor Brian Beckstrom and Pastoral Intern Rebecca Baird are available to the campus community on the third floor of the Chapel.


Sanctuary at 8 p.m. on Wednesdays

During May Term, Sanctuary will begin at 8 p.m. on Wednesday nights. Expect a relaxed time of Bible study, fellowship, worship band music, prayers, and communion. All are welcome! Worship begins in the Chapel sanctuary at 8, come early at 7:45 for snacks.


Upcoming events

Free Essentrics fitness classes
May 10, 17

Leadership & Service Awards
May 11

May Day of Service
May 11 & 13

Water to Thrive 'Walk to Water' event
May 12

Alliance Drag Show
May 15

Northeast Iowa Food Bank volunteering
May 15 & 22

Faculty-Staff End-of-Year Celebration
May 21

Wartburg Scholarship Club meeting
May 22

May 30


Dining hours during May Term, Commencement weekend

Please click here to see a PDF of Dining Services hours for May Term and click here for dining hours during Commencement weekend.


Mail Center update on outgoing mail departure

The deadline for outgoing mail departing campus is changing per a request from the USPS. Outgoing mail will now leave campus at 2:45 p.m., Monday through Friday. Mail brought to the Mail Center after 2:45 p.m. will not be guaranteed to leave that day, but will be brought to the Post Office the following morning. Please note that the deadline for Next Day service remains at noon. Please contact mailroom@wartburg.edu with questions.


ITS equipment for sale on Public Surplus site

ITS will periodically list electronic equipment for sale on the Public Surplus site at this link. The site is open to anyone; all Public Surplus terms and conditions will apply.


Are you fully vaccinated?

If so, please send in a photo of your completed vaccination card to covidresponse@wartburg.edu. This will help the college get an updated count of how many on campus are vaccinated and help to plan mitigation efforts for the summer and for the 2021-22 academic year.


Faculty and staff, you can pre-order Den items to take home for an easy meal! Simply go to the GET site, click on Den, choose the pick-up time you want, and the Dining staff in the Den will have your order ready to go when you want it. Burgers, calzones, appetizers, sandwiches and more are available for carry-out.



The Wartburg community extends its condolences to the family and friends of Jack Schemmel, who died May 1 at age 90. Jack was a staff member at Wartburg from 1963 to 1975, working in the departments of Admissions, Senior Placement and Alumni Relations. Jack and his wife, Marietta, were dedicated volunteers with Wartburg West in Denver, Colorado, for many years. The couple were awarded the Wartburg Medal in 2000 and served as grand marshals of the Wartburg Homecoming Parade in 2018. Jack was presented the Wartburg College Alumni Citation in 1995. A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 15, at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and School in Waverly. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, May 14, at Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Waverly. Please click here for the obituary.



The Wartburg community extends it condolences to the family and friends of Kathy Meyer-Thomas, a former faculty member in physical education, who passed away in Mayville, North Dakota, on April 27 at age 63. She also coached Wartburg women's volleyball and women's basketball in the 1980s. A public graveside memorial service will be held at a later date in the Mayville Cemetery. Please click here to read the obituary.



Wartburg faculty and staff are highlighted in the Spring 2021 issue of “Intersections,” a biannual publication by the Network of ELCA Colleges and Universities (NECU). Each issue reflects on faith, learning, and teaching with the Lutheran higher education, especially as these intersect with contemporary challenges, opportunities, and initiatives:


Dr. Abbylynn Helgevold, Board of Regents Distinguished Professor of Ethics and assistant professor of religion, and Lindsey Leonard, director of student engagement and IS 101 co-coordinator, have both published articles: “Teaching as an Expression of a Love Ethic” (Helgevold) and “Down and Out: First Year Students Encounter Lutheran Theology” (Leonard)
The Rev. Dr. Brian Beckstrom, dean of spiritual life and Accelerated Ministry Program director, authored the book “Leading Lutheran Higher Education in a Secular Age,” which was reviewed in the current issue.


Dr. Kunihiko (Kuni) Terasawa, associate professor of religion, presented his paper titled “A Japanese Social Christian Leader, Toyohiko Kagawa in the Transnational Context of Asia and the Pacific Rim” in the section of Promises of Asian Christianity at the ASIANetwork Annual Conference on April 17.


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