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The Juice (Faculty/Staff) - May 17


May 17, 2021

Milestones celebration May 28, RSVP today!

Mark your calendar and plan to celebrate the many MILESTONES you and your colleagues have achieved at Wartburg College during this historic academic year. The celebration will be held on central campus in front of Old Main with a brief program at noon. Boxed lunches will be available from noon to 1 p.m. Please RSVP today and select sandwich choice at this link.


Mask requirement lifted

On Saturday, May 15, President Darrel Colson announced that the mask requirement on campus would be lifted; however, everyone should still carry a mask with them as some individuals on campus may still require them in their classes or in their office. In addition, all unvaccinated individuals are strongly encouraged to continue wearing a mask and distancing from others. Read the full announcement here.


Chris Knudson to speak on "Poverty, Race, and Gender in the Digital Economy"

Chris Knudson, director of marketing and communication, will speak to the Waverly chapter of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) on Thursday, May 20, at 7 p.m. His talk, "Poverty, Race, and Gender in the Digital Economy," will be available to faculty, staff, and the general public via Zoom. Please email Kim Folkers for the Zoom link.


Shining Armor awards

Every year the Ambassadors nominate faculty and staff who were outstanding for the year for the Shining Armor Award to celebrate their accomplishments. Thank you to all Wartburg faculty and staff for their continued hard work and dedication to students during a year that was very unconventional. Wartburg faculty and staff are out of this world and prove every day that Wartburg is Worth It. Click here to view the full list of recipients.


Summer specialty classes at The W

The W is offering two summer specialty classes: Summer SWAT and Athlete Within.


SWAT is an outdoor class designed to make you sweat. Test your abilities being challenged by tire flips, battle ropes, sleds, and more!

Dates: June 7 to Aug. 12

Days: M/T/Th

Time: 5:15-6:15 a.m.

Cost: $75 member, $115 guests, $100 each if two or more guests register together


The Athlete Within is a strength-and-conditioning-based program that focuses heavily on learning new skills and mastering the proper technique of all barbell, kettlebell, and dumbbell lifts to build usable strength and endurance.

Dates: June 7 to Aug. 13

Days: M/T/Th/F

Time: 5-6 a.m.

Cost: $100 members, $155 guests, $140 if two or more guests register together


OER grant funding available for faculty

OER supports access, affordability, and student success. The IPAL OER Project Applications for fall funding for the usage or creation of OER are due June 1 (Winter/May Term funding deadline is Nov. 1). If you already use an OER in one of your fall courses and want to enhance that practice, this would be a perfect incentive to support your time on that project. Check out the Faculty Resources Guide for some helpful resources. Reach out to Aj Nolte or Barb Schultz if you have any questions or need any support!


Free lilies and phlox

Groundskeeper Dave Carlson removed several lilies and phlox from campus and has left them in buckets by the Bachman Fine Arts Center dumpsters. Any plants remaining are available first come, first served.


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

Faculty-Staff End-of-Year Celebration
May 21

Northeast Iowa Food Bank volunteering
May 22

Wartburg Scholarship Club meeting
May 22

May 30


Awards ceremony recognizes students, faculty, staff

The following students, faculty, and staff recently were honored for their outstanding leadership and service and students were inducted into the National Society of Leadership & Success at the 2021 Leadership & Service Awards and Induction program. The event was 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


Food bank volunteers needed

There is still time to volunteer at the NEIFB with different tasks.

Saturday, May 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.”

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.


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.



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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