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The Juice (Faculty/Staff) - July 27

HealthPartners update, Worth It Week info & more 🍊

July 27, 2021

HealthPartners – Bridges network update

Northeast Iowa Family Practice Center located in Waterloo has been acquired by MercyOne. As you may recall, MercyOne is NOT in the Bridges network. Effective immediately, any claims incurred at this clinic by Bridges members will be considered out-of-network. Please contact Amy Wilson, benefits administrator, at 319-352-8278 or amy.wilson@wartburg.edu or HealthPartners at 866-843-3461 with any questions.


Parking access for Worth It Week, Aug. 1-6

Wartburg will roll out the orange carpet (literally!) for high school students during Worth It Week, Aug. 1-6. Encourage high school students you know to schedule a visit to experience what it's like to be a Knight! Every student who visits in person or virtually during Worth ItWeek receives a $500 award per year if they enroll at Wartburg. Share this link with details and registration.


We'd like to make parking on the east side of campus as plentiful as possible for our prospective student visitors, and faculty and staff are asked to please leave most of E Lot (the lot closest to Neumann Auditorium and the Saemann Student Center) vacant for our visitors to use all week. Visitors will arrive M/W/F morning between 8:45 and 9:30 a.m. and T/TH between 12 and 1 p.m. Thank you for your support of this important week!

Friendship families needed for international students

The Wartburg College International Programs office is currently seeking "friendship families" for approximately 20 new international students arriving at Wartburg at the end of August. Friendship families do not house or act as advisers or financial sponsors to the students. They simply meet with their student(s) throughout the year to share meals, holidays, or participate in a variety of cultural activities. For more information or to fill out an interest form, click here, call 319-352-8745, or email Wendy Mohlis, Friendship Family Coordinator.


Retirement reception for Don Meyer

Faculty and staff are invited to a retirement reception honoring Don Meyer, senior gift planner, on Monday, Aug. 23, from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Hagemann Castle Room. There will be a brief program at 3:30 p.m.


Advancement offices closed on Thursday

Institutional Advancement, including the Alumni & Parent Relations Office, the Marketing & Communication Office, the Development Office and the Print Center, will be closed Thursday, July 29, for a staff retreat. The Mail Center will be open with limited staffing.


Sign up for Wartburg Alert notifications

If you didn't receive the tornado warning alerts earlier in July from Wartburg Alert, you can sign up for alerts or see if your account has expired. To register your phone to receive alerts, click here, or visit www.wartburg.edu, log into the InfoCenter, select "Parking & Safety" under "Offices," and select "WartburgAlert." Then follow the instructions to create or update an account. Wartburg Alert is the college's emergency notification system. By creating an account you will be notified by text, email, or phone when an emergency arises on campus.


New student orientation scheduleew Student Orientation Schedule

Wondering what our incoming students can expect from their orientation? The schedule of events (starting with move-in Aug. 28) and details is available at www.wartburg.edu/guide. Contact Lindsey Leonard with any questions.


Nominations for 20 Under 40ew Student Orientation Schedule

The search is on to honor 20 Cedar Valley business leaders who are under 40 years old! Several college staff, faculty and alumni have been honored over the years in this annual program, sponsored by the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa and the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier.

You are invited to nominate a Wartburg colleague or alumnus in the Cedar Valley who you feel meets the following criteria:

Dedication and success in their vocation
A role model in their career
Demonstrates leadership in their business/community
Active community and volunteer participation

All information will be held in confidence; nominations are due at this link by Saturday, Aug. 7.



UPDATE on services: The Wartburg community extends its condolences to the family and friends of Laurel Kurtt of Waverly, who died July 5 at age 89. Laurel worked at Wartburg for many years in the Registrar's Office, retiring in 1997. A visitation will be held at the Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Waverly from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 29. A funeral service will be held at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Waverly at 11 a.m. Friday, July 30, and will be live-streamed on the funeral home Facebook page. Private family burial will be held in the Harlington Cemetery in Waverly. Please click here to view the obituary. Her husband, John '53, is retired after working many years as Wartburg's athletic director and as a coach for baseball and cross country. The couple were awarded the Wartburg Medal in 2001, which honors those who have demonstrated a personal commitment to the College’s mission, quality, and character.


The Wartburg community extends its condolences to Scott Sharar, Director of Facilities & Special Projects, whose father, Norman Sharar, passed away recently. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Thursday, July 29, at the United Methodist Church in Sumner, and funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the church.



WELCOME (new arrivals):

Abigail Kopriva, Head Dance Coach, 6/1

Kayla Seppelt, Camps, Conferences, Front Desk Services, & Events Scheduling Manager, 6/7

Sarah Bouska, Music Tour, Camp and Promotion Manager, 6/7

Kayleen Tierney, Accounting Assistant 6/7

Thomas Hallman, Maintenance Staff, 6/14

Jayne Reed, Cleaning Staff, 6/14

John Thompson, Head Women's Golf Coach, 6/14

Shae Kerns, Zesty Orange Retail Associate, 6/29



Bethany Myers, Wellness Center Member Account Manager, 7/1


FAREWELL (departures & retirements):

Holli Gorman, Camps, Conferences, Front Desk Services and Events Scheduling Manager, 6/1

Emily Upton, IT Business Analyst, 6/4

Greg Bodensteiner, Head Women's Golf Coach, 6/30


Mail Center update: Some services unavailable

Special services such as Certified Mail, bulk mailing, and expedited international shipping will be unavailable from the Mail Center between July 26 and Aug. 6 due to staffing.


Register for Involvement Fair

The 2021-22 Involvement Fair will take place Tuesday, Aug. 31, from 7 to 8 p.m. on the campus lawn. Register your student organization or opportunity using this form no later than Friday, Aug. 20. Contact Lindsey.Leonard@wartburg.edu with questions.


College joins White House vaccine challenge

The College has accepted President Joe Biden’s invitation for colleges and universities to join him in the White House’s efforts to end the COVID-19 pandemic by encouraging vaccination for all eligible individuals.

By accepting this challenge, college administrators agree to:

Engage every student, faculty and staff member by ensuring that every member of the campus community knows they are eligible for the vaccine and has the resources to find one.
Organize the campus community by identifying champions for vaccine efforts across campus and implementing a plan to get as many members of the college community vaccinated as possible.
Deliver vaccine access to all by bringing vaccines to campus, making it easy for students, staff and faculty to get vaccinated.

Though the college is just now accepting this challenge, these priorities have been at the forefront Wartburg’s COVID-19 response since the vaccine became available. Click here to learn more.


In a July email, Dean Dan Kittle encouraged students to become fully vaccinated before returning to campus for Fall Term. Students who are unvaccinated Sept. 1:

Will be strongly encouraged to wear a mask on campus.
Must quarantine for 7 to 10 days following contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19.
Could be required to partake in regular COVID-19 testing if college leaders deem it necessary to continue safely with campus activities because of an increase in the number of cases in the community or on campus, or because of the emergence of more troublesome variants.


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