Homecoming planning — Homecoming is early this fall (Oct. 1-4), so it's already time for offices, departments, and student organizations to plan their participation. Register parade entries, renaissance faire booths, and valet parking workers by Sunday, May 10.
Campus beautification opportunity — Volunteer to beautify campus Tuesday, May 12, and Wednesday, May 13. Time slots from 10 a.m. to noon are open both days, and the 1:30-3:30 p.m shift originally scheduled for Thursday, May 14, has been moved to Tuesday, May 12. The rain date for the afternoon session is May 13. The rain date for the morning sessions is May 14. The annual event brings faculty and staff together for tasks such as planting flowers, pulling weeds, and raking. This work does not count against the half-day of volunteering available annually to employees. Sign up by contacting Ruth Hein, Operations and Maintenance Office coordinator, at email@example.com. Volunteers will be informed of where to report and what tools to bring.
Students receive Davis grants — Two student-led projects have received $10,000 Davis Projects for Peace grants. Mullohoji Juraev '16 will travel this summer to Shurab, Tajikistan, to improve learning conditions at a public school in his home country. Max Chinnah '15 and Megan Weichers '15 will use the grant to construct and test their solar-powered cookers in Ghana. Wartburg students have received a grant every year since the program’s inception. This is the first year Wartburg has received funding for two projects. Click here to read more.
Welcome an international guest — Janos Jeri, a recent university graduate from Hungary, will be on campus May Term as a guest of the Social Work Department and the Rev. Dr. Kathryn Kleinhans, the McCoy Family Distinguished Chair in Lutheran Heritage and Mission. Jeri is interested in learning about social work in the U.S. in advance of his graduate studies in Hungary.
5K cancelled — The Dash of Color 5K Walk/Run planned for Sunday, May 3, has been cancelled due to lack of participation. Refund checks will be mailed to the addresses used during registration. To change the mailing address, email Elizabeth Heying '15 at firstname.lastname@example.org by noon today, April 30.
Net Impact sponsors book drive — The Warburg Net Impact social entrepreneurship student organization is holding a campus-wide book drive during May Term. All books collected (even older, outdated textbooks and paperbacks) will be resold, donated, or properly recycled. Books can be dropped off at the Department of Business Administration, Accounting & Economics on the first floor of the WBC in care of Ana Julante/Net Impact, or e-mail email@example.com to schedule pickup. Profits from book sales are split between the club and its designated literacy partner, Books for Africa. The club will use its proceeds to provide grants for students attending the international Net Impact conference this fall.
Knightline submissions — The May edition of Knightline — Wartburg's email newsletter for alumni, parents, and friends of the college — will be sent Thursday, May 7. To suggest news for inclusion, fill out the submission form by Monday, May 4. With questions, email Stephanie Boeding, alumni communications coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Food Olympics coming May 7 — Looking for a fun May Term activity? Get your friends together for the Food Olympics on the campus mall Thursday, May 7, 5:30 p.m. Games will include macaroni art, bagel bags, a greased watermelon relay, a donut-eating contest, and the dish line slide. Teams and individuals can sign up in Mensa beginning Monday, May 4. Participate in three games for a chance to win the grand prize, a $50 Wal-Mart gift card.
What will your InnerKnight say? — Residential Life is sponsoring an artistic dialogue on values. First, share what you value using sidewalk chalk provided on the campus mall Wednesday, May 13, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Then, post your chalk display to social media using #InnerKnight. Finally, enjoy refreshments while exploring the sidewalks and reflecting on the messages Thursday, May 14, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. With questions, email Ali Roberts, residence hall director, at email@example.com.
Former Regents chair passes away — Irving R. Burling, former chair of the Wartburg College Board of Regents, died Thursday, April 16. The retired president and chief executive officer of Century Companies of America — now part of CUNA Mutual Group — was 87. Gifts from Burling and the company funded the Irving R. Burling Endowed Chair in Leadership, which the Board of Regents named in his honor.
Faculty, staff members honored — Dr. Michael Bechtel '94, assistant professor of science education, was honored with the 2015 John O. Chellevold Student Award for Excellence in Teaching and Professional Service during the Excellence in Teaching and Scholarship Convocation held on Research, Internship, and Creative Endeavor Day. Justin Crouse '08, assistant professor of accounting, received the Advisor of the Year Award. Students also selected Daniel Kittle, director of the Center for Community Engagement, and Ruth Tibbott, dining service checker, for outstanding staff awards. Click here to read more.
New service opportunity — Wartburg students are teaming up with the Waverly-Shell Rock Area United Way Thursday, May 14, for the inaugural Wartburg Day of Caring. Students will have the opportunity to volunteer with six organizations to better the community. To volunteer, or for more information, email Zach Stanley '15 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Waverly Senior Center: Eight or more volunteers needed for 1-2 hours for maintenance work, edging, and dusting.
- Helping Services for Northeast Iowa: Five or more volunteers needed for two hours for posting flyers and tabling.
- North Star Community Services: Four or more volunteers needed for two hours for outdoor furniture treatment, gardening, and maintenance. If weather is poor, volunteers will interact indoors with consumers.
- Big Brothers Big Sisters: Five or more volunteers needed from 5 to 7 p.m. for a year-end celebration of program participants.
- Trinkets & Togs: Two or more volunteers needed for two hours to paint a shed.
- Boy Scouts of America: Ten or more volunteers needed for four hours for painting, dusting, and outdoor maintenance in Waterloo.
Graduates honored for documentaries — Three documentaries produced by 2014 graduates received Crystal Pillars at the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences-Upper Midwest Regional Student Production Awards. Click here to read more.
Campaign donation — The Accel Group has committed $30,000 to the Transforming Tomorrow comprehensive campaign. The gift is part of the campaign’s $5 million Waverly Community Appeal. Local donors have pledged $4.5 million to date. The Accel Group President Mike Byl and his wife, Darcy, co-chair the community appeal along with Dave and Peggy Rathe and Lindley and Joanne Jones. Click here to read more.
Anderson awarded McElroy Fellowship — Caitlin Anderson '15 is one of two students to receive an R.J. McElroy Graduate Fellowship. Anderson, a double major in mathematics and biology, will receive up to $30,000 over three years. She plans to pursue a doctorate in cellular and molecular biology at the University of Chicago. Click here to read more.
Softball program launches kids club — The softball program recently launched Knights Kids Club for girls in kindergarten through seventh grade. Annual membership costs $25 and includes Wartburg softball apparel, a mentorship program, the opportunity to watch Wartburg softball practices, advanced registration for youth camps, club parties, and more. Click here to download the registration form. For more information, contact coach Leigh Ann LaFave at email@example.com or 352-8663.
Students earn media awards — Wartburg student media won 10 awards, including four first-place honors, at the Iowa Broadcast News Association's annual convention Saturday, April 18. KWAR and Wartburg Television staff each won five awards. Click here to read more.
Miss the premiere? — The six capstone documentaries premiered by Department of Journalism & Communication students on RICE Day are available online.
GRE webinar follow-up — Thanks to those who attended the GRE overview webinar hosted by Pathways. Additional materials available include an adviser kit, a one-page snapshot of the content and structure of the GRE revised General Test, and an introductory video. Further graduate school exam preparation resources can be found on the Pathways website. Please note the center's newest resource, Learning Express.