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The Juice - June 22

Strategic plan sessions, new faculty & staff

June 22, 2021

Addition for Strategic Plan Listening Sessions

Below are this week's upcoming Strategic Plan Listening Posts, including a new session (Maximizing Retention Efforts) added for Friday:


Data Infrastructure - Wednesday, June 23, 10 a.m.

Speaker: Loni Abbas, Information Technology Services
Goal 1: Wartburg College will be a leading, innovative, and effective institution in educating the whole person.
Strategy 5: Develop a responsive data infrastructure to meet needs across the institution.
Click here for Zoom link. Meeting ID: 999 6106 5250 | Passcode: 213811


Strategic Plan Overview - Friday, June 25, 9 a.m.

Speaker: Shawn Ellerbroek, Strategic Plan Co-Chair; and Dan Kittle, Strategic Plan Co-Chair
Click here for Zoom link. Meeting ID: 991 4267 1158


Maximizing Retention Efforts - Friday, June 25, 10 a.m.

Speaker: LeAnn Faidley, Engineering; and Tiffany Pins, Athletics
Goal 2: Wartburg College will create a diverse, inclusive, and culturally competent community.
Strategy 4: Maximize recruitment efforts across campus to attract prospective students through new initiatives and partnerships in support of a diverse full-time enrollment of 1,550 undergraduate students.
Click here for Zoom link.


Collaborative Advising Model - Date TBD

Speaker: Lindsey Leonard, Student Life; and David McCollough, Biology Department
Goal 1: Wartburg College will be a leading, innovative, and effective institution in educating the whole person.
Strategy 4: The college will adopt a collaborative First Year advising model that enhances student success by supporting, teaching, and connecting students on their path toward a holistic transition to Wartburg College.
Zoom Link: TBD (Check at this link for updates.)


Meet new events scheduling manager

Wartburg welcomes Kayla Seppelt as the new camps, conferences and events scheduling manager. Please visit Kayla at her office on the first floor of Saemann Student Center (in the Dining Services office area) or contact her at 352-8286 for your campus scheduling needs.



Below are faculty and staff updates from the past few months:Collaborative Advising Model - Date TBD

WELCOME (new arrivals):

Emily Ivey, 11/2/20, Human Resource & Payroll Assistant
David Canney, 11/2/20, Painter/ Maintenance Staff
Carrie Church, 12/7/20, Office Coordinator, Music
Lisa Arnold, 12/9/20, Executive Director of Business & HR
Joshua Bulten, 1/4/21, Assistant Director of Residential Life
Debora Johnson-Ross, 1/10/21, Dean of Faculty
Cristina Uhlenhopp, 1/11/21, Cook
Quinton Richardson, 1/22/21,Student Success Advisor
Gary Stone Jr., 2/8/21, Maintenance Staff
Joseph Fehrle, 3/1/21, Assistant Football Coach
Karl Grimm, 3/1/21, Cleaning Staff
Elizabeth Zweibohmer, 4/6/21, Marketing & Merchandise Buyer, Wartburg Store
Shad Paxton, 5/4/21, Service Supervisor, Mensa
Jeremy Humpal, 5/10/21, ITS System Administrator
Sarah Bouska, 6/7/21, Music Tour, Camp, & Promotional Manager
Kayla Seppelt, 6/7/21, Camps, Conferences, Front Desk Services, & Events Scheduling Manager
Kayleen Tierney, 6/7/21, Accounting Assistant



Laura Albert, 1/1/21, Senior Financial Aid Counselor
Justin Crouse, 2/1/21, Financial and Investment Reporting Manager
Courtney Tripp Stuck, 4/1/21, Assistant Director of Residential Life
Mark Dunnick, 4/1/21, Property Maintenance and Locksmith
Vicky Green, 4/1/21, Interim Manager of Campus Safety & the Security Office
Dean Cockerham, 4/1/21, Interim Director of Campus Safety and Security


FAREWELL (departures & retirements):

Keith McClung, Professor of Biology, 2/28/2021 (retired)
Byron Mather, IT Infrastructure Analyst, 3/3/2021 (retired)
Jacqueline Phillips, Cleaning Staff, 3/3/2021
Janet Irankunda, Area Coordinator, 3/12/2021
Steven Kluiter, Groundskeeper, 3/24/2021
Tiffany Stouffer, Annual Giving Program Manager, 3/25/2021
Jay Tommasin, Director of Campus Security & Safety, 3/26/2021
Sean Carter, Maintenance, 3/26/2021
Renee Voves, Associate Director Institutional Advancement, 3/31/2021
Kassie Moen, Maintenance/Cleaning Staff, 4/8/2021
Carrie Gleason, Wellness Center Member Account Manager, 4/23/2021
Kim Sprain, IT Business Analyst, 4/30/2021 (retired)
Patricia Wayne, Production & Inventory Manager, 5/4/2021 (retired)
Nina Robbins, Cleaning Staff, 5/4/2021
Stephanie Klemetson, Music Department Tour, Camp, and Promotion Manager, 5/21/2021
Hope Elbert, Office Coordinator for Institutional Advancement, 5/21/2021
Lynn Peters, Associate Professor, Social Work, 5/31/2021 (retired)
Kim Folkers, Associate Professor, Business Administration & Economics, 5/31/2021 (retired)
Ted Reuter, Professor of Music, 5/31/2021 (retired)
Sam Stapleton, Assistant Professor of Music, 5/31/2021
Matthew Zart, Associate Professor of Chemistry, 5/31/2021



The Wartburg community extends its condolences to the family and friends of former college employee Marilyn Michaelson '75 of Coralville, who died June 10 at age 94. Marilyn was married to former Wartburg English professor Sam Michaelson, and she worked many years at Wartburg as a switchboard operator and in the bookstore until she retired. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 20, at St. Paul Lutheran Church & School in Waverly. A social hour will follow the service. Visitation will be held Sunday from 1 p.m. until the time of service. Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 21, at Harlington Cemetery in Waverly. Please click here to see the obituary.  


The Wartburg community extends its condolences to the family and friends of former college employee Liz Wuertz of Waverly, who died Wednesday at age 68. Visitation will be Thursday, July 8, from 4 to 7 p.m. at St Paul’s Lutheran Church in Waverly. A Celebration of Life service will be held Friday, July 9, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul’s; the service will be live streamed. Liz was instrumental in the development of women’s athletics at Wartburg, serving as the first head coach of both the women’s volleyball and track and field programs. She was named the Iowa Conference Track and Field Coach of the Year in 1983 and also spent several years working in Wartburg’s admissions and financial aid offices. Her husband, John '73, is retired after working many years as Wartburg's Physical Plant director. The college last year approved the naming of the Wuertz Health & Human Performance Center in The W to honor Liz and John.


Employee Assistance Program update

Wartburg’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) through UnityPoint Health is changing slightly as follows:

Provide assessment, short-term counseling and/or referral to appropriate community service providers, being sensitive to the employee’s financial status and health care benefits. Benefits include 6 EAP sessions per employee, domestic partner, and dependents per calendar year, with a limit of 2 issues/person/year.

This is a change from 3 issues/person/year to 2 issues/person/year.
The total number of visits is being reduced from 18 to 12. The average usage is between 7-10 visits per year.
This change is effective immediately.

Should you have a need for any short-term counseling services, please reach out to UnityPoint Health EAP at 319-235-3550.


Mail Center update for July Fourth holiday

The Mail Center will be closed Friday, July 2, and open Monday, July 5, though only FedEx will be delivering on Monday. There may be some limits on certain services in the week prior to the July Fourth holiday due to staffing. Please contact Kory Figura ahead of time if you have projects or special needs anticipated in that week.


New reports uploaded to Info Center

The following reports have been uploaded onto the Enrollment Management report site:

Student Credit Unit Report

2020-2021 Winter-May GPA Summary Report


Edie Waldstein retirement celebration

Please join us on Wednesday, June 23, from 2 to 4 p.m. for a celebration of Edie Waldstein’s distinguished service to Wartburg College. A reception with light refreshments will be held in her honor in the Hagemann Castle Room located in the Saemann Student Center. A brief program will take place at 3 p.m. RSVPs are not necessary.


$2 million gift helps launch residence hall renovation project

A $2 million lead gift commitment from alumni Jack and Sarah Salzwedel has inspired the Wartburg College Board of Regents to authorize a $9 million fundraising campaign to renovate Centennial and Vollmer halls, two of the oldest student residences on campus. The total cost of the renovation, including an addition to the complex’s northeast side, is estimated to be $11 million. The college will also apply for $2 million in State of Iowa Historical Tax Credits.

The college hopes to raise the full $9 million, the largest fundraising goal for a single project in the college’s history, by June 1, 2022. Early leadership gifts have pushed the initial fundraising total to $5 million. If the college can reach the goal, construction could begin next spring and be complete by the time Fall Term classes begin in 2022. Other leadership gift commitments in support of the project include $1.5 million from the Franklin I. & Irene List Saemann Foundation and $1 million from Mike and Marge McCoy. Click here to learn more about the project.


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