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The Juice (Faculty/Staff) - Aug. 30

First day photos, Presidential forums, library update

Aug. 30, 2021

'First Day of School' photos

Just because you’re at college doesn’t mean those “first day of school” photos are over! Faculty, staff and students are all welcome to take part in this fun tradition at Wartburg. Sir Victor will be available 8 to 10 a.m. and 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday to take photos with you outside Old Main. Photos will be inside the Student Center if the weather is rainy.

SAFE to host candlelight vigil Sept. 5

Suicide Awareness for Everyone (SAFE) will host a candlelight vigil for Suicide Awareness Week on Sunday, Sept. 5, at 8 p.m. on the campus lawn in front of Old Main. All are welcome to participate in this night of remembrance, and the SAFE Exec Team will be available to provide support afterward for anyone who would like it. Email any questions to safe@wartburg.edu.

Fall Term Presidential Forum dates announced

The forums will take place at 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays in the Buckmaster Room (WBC 214) on the following dates:

Sept. 28
Oct. 26
Nov. 30
Labor Day schedule and Mail Center reminder

Monday, Sept. 6, is Labor Day. A reminder that Wartburg does hold classes on Labor Day, but the federal holiday does affect the Mail Center. There is no mail or courier delivery on Sept. 6. The Mail Center will still be open for package pickup, but any packages reaching the Post Office or courier after Friday, Sept. 3, will not be available until Tuesday.


Pick your book for Hearthside Project

This year marks the 11th year that students and faculty/staff have enjoyed the Hearthside Project. Started as an initiative through the Slife Professorship in the Humanities by the late Dr. Paula Survilla, the program provides faculty/staff the opportunity to read a book of their choice with up to three students in an informal environment. Dr. Zak Montgomery facilitates Hearthside as the Slife Professor and invites you to participate in this program. Many of our colleagues have deeply enjoyed the experience and participate yearly. Not only does Hearthside create the context for the reading of part of that “to-read” stack we all have, but the program is a form of advocacy for valuing what we do, as thinkers, as educators, and as citizens swept up in the culture and business of higher education. This is one reason why we have enjoyed participation from different disciplines and departments.


Hearthside is sponsored by the Slife Professorship in Humanities and the McCoy Family Distinguished Chair in Lutheran Heritage and Mission and involves three students and one faculty/staff member. The reading model (how many times you meet and when) and the book choice are yours. Please let Zak Montgomery know if you have any questions or would like to participate this academic year.

Searching Squirrel, September edition

Vogel Library’s Searching Squirrel newsletter summarizes faculty-oriented library news each month. For September, the school year begins with new collections, new staff, and a few reminders, including mediated Kanopy access and ILAC updates. Click here to see the newsletter.

Sign up for Wartburg Alert

With severe weather season upon us, the Security Office reminds you that you can sign up for Wartburg Alert or see if your account has expired. To register your phone to receive alerts, log into the InfoCenter, select "Parking & Safety," and select "WartburgAlert" (or click here). Then follow the instructions to create or update an account.

Art exhibit opens Wednesday, reception Friday

“Wartburg Collects: Art from the Collections of Wartburg Faculty, Family, and Friends” will be in display in the Waldemar A. Schmidt Art Gallery on the first floor of Bachman Fine Arts Center from Sept. 1 to Oct. 15. Many of the college’s walls are decorated with artworks shared or gifted by the school’s faculty, friends and alumni. “Wartburg Collects” is a survey of what drives art lovers to collect art in their own homes and what visual elements inspire them. The exhibit will feature artwork from the collections of Barbara Fedeler, William and Lynne Fruehling, William Hamm, Lindley and Joanne Jones, Robert Knox and Amy Nolan, Johanna Kramer-Weston, and Michael and Marge McCoy. An opening reception will be held Friday, Sept. 3, 6-8 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Guests are also invited to join the gallery on Instagram for exclusive exhibition information and gallery content. The gallery is open daily 9 a.m.-7 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Untitled, Bart Vargas


God's Work, Our Hands worship & serving

All students, faculty and staff are invited to be part of the God’s Work, Our Hands event on campus Sunday, Sept. 12. Redeemer Lutheran Church and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church & School, both in Waverly, will join together with Wartburg to celebrate the ELCA’s nationwide God’s Work, Our Hands event with worship at 9 a.m. in Wartburg Chapel, followed by a variety of service events around the community at 10:30. Participants will receive a t-shirt. Please sign up at bit.ly/GWOHWaverly and choose your service event.

Weekday Chapel services

Weekday Chapel services are from 10:15 to 10:35 a.m. each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in Wartburg Chapel.  Chapel time is a brief opportunity to gather with students, staff, and faculty to reflect on God and faith. Mondays will feature faculty and staff faith stories and blessings, Wednesdays will be a morning prayer service, and Fridays will have Senior Chapels. Interfaith chapels will be held during the last week each month.

Upcoming speakers:

Wednesday, Sept. 1: Rev. Dr. Brian Beckstrom, Dean of Spiritual Life
Friday, Sept. 3: Britt Avery '22, Senior Chapel
Monday, Sept. 6: Lindsey Leonard, assistant dean of students


Holden Evening Prayer services on Sundays

Holden Evening Prayer is a meditative vespers service with music, candle lighting, and prayer. All are welcome to take part on Sunday evenings at 7 p.m. in Wartburg Chapel the following dates:

Sept. 26
Oct. 31
Nov. 21
Dec. 12




New-student Orientation
Aug. 28-31

Opening Convocation
Aug. 31

Involvement Fair
Aug. 31

Fall Term begins
Sept. 1

STAS meetings
Sept. 1,15, 29; Oct. 13, 27; Nov. 10; Dec. 1

Art gallery reception
Sept. 3

SAFE candlelight vigil
Sept. 5

God's Work, Our Hands worship
Sept. 12

Homecoming & Family Weekend
Oct. 7-10

Fall Break
Oct. 16-24

Reminder: Face mask policy now in effect

As President Darrel Colson shared in an Aug. 20 email to the campus community, face masks are required in all campus buildings, beginning today (Aug. 23), with the few exceptions detailed at this link. The mask mandate will be in place until Sept. 17 and then re-examined. If someone you know did not receive the email, please have them check their spam filter first, then contact Steph Boeding to make sure we get that information to them and have them on our email list for Fall Term.


All are invited to Opening Convocation

Opening Convocation is 10:15 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 31, in Levick Arena to welcome the Class of 2025. (Faculty will receive instructions from the Dean of Faculty’s Office regarding lineup and seating. Staff are encouraged to sit in the east bleachers.) This year’s speaker is alumnus Abhay Nadipuram ’10, vice president and general counsel for Care Initiatives, the largest single operator of quality nursing homes in Iowa. Prior to this role, he served as vice president for government relations and legal counsel at the Iowa Hospital Association and as a civil litigator at Davis Brown Law Firm. A political science major, Nadipuram served as student body president, was a four-year member of the Wartburg Choir, and was a founding member of Festeburg men’s a capella ensemble.


STAS (Sharing Teaching and Advising Strategies) meetings

Are you interested in talking with your peers about teaching and advising? STAS (Sharing Teaching and Advising Strategies) will meet regularly throughout Fall Term for conversation, strategizing, and resource sharing. All faculty and staff teaching courses are welcome to participate as you are able. Meetings for Fall 2021 will be Wednesdays at 3:45 pm on Sept. 1, 15, 29; Oct. 13, 27; Nov. 10; and Dec. 1. We will be meeting over Zoom. For more information or to request the Zoom link, contact Michaeleen Golay or Kristin Wendland.

Wanted: Missing table bannersMissing table banners

The Admissions Office is missing some of its large orange Wartburg table banners. If you have ever borrowed these, please check and see if you happen to have them and return to Admissions. Below is a photo of what they look like:



Jen Sassman, Executive Director of Financial Aid, 8/1

Sheila Kittleson, Executive Director of Wartburg-Waverly Sports & Wellness Center and Senior Women's Administrator for Athletics, 8/1



Dr. Kunihiko Terasawa, associate professor of religion, presented his paper “My research activities in South Korea and Hong Kong” at the Japan Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies on Aug. 18.


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