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The Juice (Faculty/Staff) - Sept. 6

Homecoming sign-ups, O&M changes 🛠

Sept. 6, 2021

Labor Day schedule and Mail Center reminder

Monday, Sept. 6, is Labor Day. A reminder that even though Wartburg does hold classes on Labor Day, the Mail Center will have no mail or courier delivery on Sept. 6. The Mail Center will still be open for package pickup.


Homecoming parade sign-up

Sign up by Sept. 24 to be part of the Wartburg’s Homecoming Parade on Oct. 9! Fill out the form at this link to reserve your spot in the parade. Email sidney.baumgartner@wartburg.edu if you have any questions. Can’t wait to see you there!

Participate in Homecoming Renaissance Faire

Do you want to show off your organization, student organization or yourself? Sign up now to participate in this year's Homecoming Renaissance Faire. It’s free for campus organizations, and there is a $25 fee for any off-campus group. Click here to sign up. If you have any questions, email samuel.bast@wartburg.edu.

CHATS open forum discussion Tuesdayissing table ban

CHATS, an open forum discussion with students, Dean Dan Kittle and the Student Life staff, will be held Tuesday, Sept. 7, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Student Center ballrooms. Topics are determined by the students in attendance but may include COVID-19 policies, the start of the school year, Residential Life, student orgs, student activities and DEI efforts. All students, faculty and staff are welcome to attend. You may bring your lunch.

The W fall fitness scheduleissing table ban

The fall group fitness schedule at The W has officially begun as of Sept. 1! Pricing is $7 a month or $20 for four months for students and members for UNLIMITED classes. One free class is also offered before committing to a class more long term. Sign up can be done at The W front desk or by calling 319-352-8311. Find all of the fitness options at this link.

For any other questions please email clay.cook@wartburg.edu.

Study Abroad Photo Contest - Alumni editionStudy Abroad Photo Contest - Alumni edition

This year’s Study Abroad Photo Contest is an “Alumni Edition,” featuring photos and reflections from past study abroad participants. Please spread the word through any social media or alumni connections you maintain. Any past study abroad student who spent a Fall or Winter Term abroard is welcome to submit an entry by Monday, Sept. 20, at this link.

Check your passport now if you plan to travel

Do you anticipate and hope to travel internationally this year? If you have a passport, check your passport expiration date as soon as possible. Passports need to be current at least six months after your expected date of return, and have at least two blank pages. No passport, or have an expired passport? Passport processing now takes at least five months. Start your application or renewal now at this link or contact the Recorder’s Office at the Bremer County Courthouse at 319-352-0340. A current passport is mandatory for any international travel.

Service Trips advisers neededervice trip advisers needed

Wartburg College Service Trips is looking for advisers for Fall Break, Winter Break, and Tour Week! If you are interested in making a difference in your community, having fun, and making lasting memories, please fill out this Google Form to let us know your availability and preferences. As a service trip adviser, you will assist student leaders and fully participate in a service trip across the U.S. If you have any questions, please contact the Service Trips Team at servicetrips@wartburg.edu.

Operations and Maintenance updates

Requests to O&M should be made through the online Work Order request system (unless it is a true emergency). This tool can be found on the Info Center under “Popular Links” and is labeled “Maintenance.” This system helps to track, prioritize and communicate with you the requestor on the status of your request.

Recently, changes were made in the Operations & Maintenance organizational structure.

Scott Sharar, Director of Facilities and Special Projects

Oversees all major construction & remodeling projects
Oversees all our rental property
Works directly with Rich Seggerman, VP for Finance & Administration, on various alternative revenue projects, such as:
Service provider projects
Real estate development projects
No longer has any staff reporting to him
Continues to report directly to Rich

Keith Strand, Director of Maintenance & Cleaning

Responsible for the general maintenance, electrician, painter, plumbers, and cleaning of the buildings as well as the grounds
Other than Scott Sharar, all other O&M staff report up through him
Responsible for all purchasing for O&M, other than major construction & remodeling projects
Continues to report directly to Rich

Lisa Dominy, Cleaning Staff Coordinator

Oversees cleaning staff
Leads student employment process for the department
Coordinates team cleaning schedules & procedures for events
Reports to Keith Strand

Todd Rogers, General Maintenance Coordinator

Oversees general maintenance staff
Provides oversight of general maintenance work orders
Assists in coordinating special events
Reports to Keith Strand


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:

Monday, Sept. 6: Lindsey Leonard, assistant dean of students
Wednesday, Sept. 8: morning prayer service, Pastor Brian Beckstrom
Friday, Sept. 11: Bree Gryp '22, Senior Chapel


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




CHATS forum
Sept. 7

God's Work, Our Hands worship
Sept. 12

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

Presidential forums
Sept. 28, Oct. 26, Nov. 30

Homecoming & Family Weekend
Oct. 7-10

Fall Break
Oct. 16-24

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
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.

'Wartburg Collects' art exhibit now open

“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. 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


Welcome (new arrivals):

Heidi Parker, Information Literacy and Technology Librarian, 8/1/21

Jess Simmons, Area Coordinator, 8/2/21

Benjamin Woods, Assistant Sports Information Director Intern, 8/4/21

Ryan Wegner, Director of Campus Security and Safety, 8/16/21

Karen Grigsby, Grant Price Endowed Archivist, 8/18/21

Jami Dare, Dining Services Special Events Associate, 8/23/21

Linnea Kangas, Sports Information Director, 8/23/21

Tami Ulrich, Assistant Manager of Dining Services, 8/23/21

Kyle Squires, Retail Associate, 8/23/21

Ethan Blass, Assistant Professor of German, 8/23/21

Kristopher Blanchard, Assistant Professor of Accounting, 8/23/21

Rebecca Nederhiser, Visiting Assistant Professor of Music, 8/23/21

Molly Doran, Assistant Professor of Music, 8/23/21

Tyler Graff, Assistant Professor of Psychology, 8/23/21

Travis Endicott, Assistant Professor of Political Science, 8/23/21

Corey Hoefer, Office Coordinator for Alumni & Parent Relations, 8/23/21

Sarah Waldorf, Assistant Professor of Education, 8/24/21

Chris Parsons, Maintenance Staff, 8/30/21


Promotions/new titles:

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

Ryan Callahan, Interim Director of Athletics, 8/1/21

Matt Wheeler, Assistant Head Football Coach, 8/1/21

Rick Willis, Vice President for Student Recruitment, 8/1/21

Bethany Brooks, Interim Director of Annual Giving, 8/1/21

Matt Tschetter, Defensive Coordinator, 8/1/21

Susan Galloway, Dining Service Manager and Student Employment Coordinator, 8/2/21

Chris Fosselman, Dining Services Nutrition Advisor & Office Administrative, 8/16/21

Doug Koschmeder, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, 9/1/21

Derek Solheim, Associate Dean of Students, 9/1/21

Lindsey Leonard, Assistant Dean of Students, 9/1/21

Kristin Taphorn, Associate Director of Admissions, 9/1/21

Jay Boeding, Senior Gift Planner, 9/1/21

MaTina Clark, Assistant Director of Transfer Admissions, 9/1/21

Chris Knudson, Chief Marketing Officer & Director of Marketing and Communication, 9/1/21

Tricia Coleman-Waterbury, Assistant Professor of Social Work, 9/1/21


Farewells (departures and retirements):

Edith Waldstein, Vice President for Student Enrollment, 8/2/21 (retirement)

Samuel Smith, Cleaning Staff, 8/4/21

Rob Ruchotzke, Director of Annual Giving, 8/11/21

Lisa Arnold, Executive Director of Business and HR, 8/13/21

Katie Kreis, Communications Associate, 8/13/21

David Ralston, Security Officer, 8/17/21

Andrew Streitel, Interim Sports Information Director, 8/20/21

Amandajean Nolte, Information Literacy Librarian, 8/20/21

Carrie Poppen, Cook, 8/23/21

Greg Westendorf, Lead Groundskeeper, 8/27/21

Kimberly Folkers, Associate Professor of Business Administration, 8/31/21 (retirement)

Rita Jensen, Associate Professor of Education, 8/31/21

Lynn Peters, Associate Professor of Social Work, 8/31/21 (retirement)

Ted Reuter, Professor of Music, 8/31/21 (retirement)

Sam Stapleton, Assistant Professor of Music, 8/31/21

Matt Zart, Associate Professor of Chemistry, 8/31/21

Yvonne Losch, Assistant Professor of German, 8/31/21 (retirement)

Don Meyer, Senior Gift Planner, 9/1/21 (retirement)



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.




Friday, Sept. 10: depart at 2 p.m. Minneapolis, Minn.


Men’s Golf

Thursday, Sept. 9: depart at 9 a.m. to Galena, Ill.


Men’s Soccer

Tuesday, Sept. 7: depart at 2:30 p.m. to Luther


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