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The Juice (Faculty/Staff) - Oct. 25

Cemetery tour, enrollment report & more 🎃

Oct. 25, 2021

History Club cemetery tour on Halloween

Come join the Wartburg History Club this Halloween for a tour of Harlington Cemetery! Enjoy walking around the cemetery while Dr. Terry Lindell, history professor, gives a tour of the many people who once called Waverly home. The tour is Sunday, Oct. 31, at 4:30 p.m. at the cemetery, located at Eighth Ave. SW in Waverly. The entrance is on the north side of the cemetery (down the street from Burger King). Admission will be $5, and be sure to wear good walking shoes!

Business Office update

The Business Office is currently undergoing construction, and some of our staff have been temporarily relocated within our office. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Please continue to use the main entrance, Luther Hall Room 212, and our office personnel can direct you as needed. As a friendly reminder, masks are still required upon entry into the Business Office and Financial Aid Office.


A drop box continues to be available just inside the office’s main entrance; invoices, receipts, and completed forms may be placed in it. Monetary deposits should continue to be submitted directly to our office personnel.


Inquiries may also be directed to our respective office email addresses:

Business Office, businessoffice@wartburg.edu
Accounts Payable, accountspayable@wartburg.edu
PNC P-cards, pcard@wartburg.edu
Financial Aid Office, finaid@wartburg.edu
Student Employment, studentemployment@wartburg.edu
New art exhibit: 'The Environment Calls for Action'

The new exhibit in the Waldemar A. Schmidt Art Gallery, “The Environment Calls for Action: Margaret Whiting and Renata Sack,” will run Oct. 25-Dec. 17. Global warming is a very real thing. Ocean waters are rising, wildfires are raging, and species of plants and animals are going extinct at an alarming rate. Artists Renata Sack and Margaret Whiting bring attention to the policies and practices in society that must be changed to preserve life and the earth. Through the use of photographs and mixed-media installations, the artists encourage viewers to comprehend the magnitude and urgency of the climate change crisis and draw conclusions to what desperately needs to be done to save the earth. The time to act is now—future generations depend on it. An opening reception will be held Friday, Oct. 29, from 6 to 8 p.m. with a short gallery talk by the artists at 7. This event is free and open to the public.

Fall enrollment and retention reports available on InfoCenter

The Institutional Research and Effectiveness department has posted the 2021-22 Fall Enrollment as well as the 2020-2021 Fall to Fall Retention reports on the InfoCenter. There is a new location on the report site at this link.


2022 SOAR dates

Mark your calendars for the 2022 SOAR (Summer Orientation, Advising & Registration) dates:

Saturday, May 14
Monday, June 13 (overnight on Sunday)
Monday, June 20 (overnight on Sunday)
Friday, June 24

The college is planning for in-person, on-campus SOAR experiences for the class of 2026! Direct inquiries to lindsey.leonard@wartburg.edu.


Medicare noticeervice trip advisers needed

Please click here to see important information from the college about your prescription drug coverage and Medicare.


Benefits open enrollment meetingservice trip advisers needed

Open enrollment is upon us! Please join one of the meetings below to learn about any changes to Wartburg College’s benefits plans for 2022. Our annual benefits open enrollment meetings are scheduled as follows:

Tuesday, Nov. 2, 11:30 a.m. – Science Center room 102
Wednesday, Nov. 3, 9 a.m. – Heritage Ballroom
Thursday, Nov. 4, 2:30 p.m. – Science Center room 102
Friday, Nov. 5, 7 a.m. – Heritage Ballroom
Seeking outstanding student candidates for national scholarships

National Scholarship/Fellowship season has begun! Please read the Fall 2021 Scholarship Spotlight overview at this link, share the news, and send nominations to kathleen.sihler@wartburg.edu. This spotlight highlights the Goldwater Scholarship, for promising undergrad researchers in the sciences; McElroy Fellowship, for outstanding seniors headed to Ph.D programs; FAO Schwarz Fellowship, for seniors ready to work for social justice and change; and the Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship, a fully funded international summer program for students of color invested in leadership. Application cycles now open, with deadlines from January-March 2022.


Do Your Part, Be Cyber Smart – Week 3: Explore. Experience. Share.

Is cyber security something that intrigues you? This week we highlight Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week, led by the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE). This is a week-long campaign that inspires and promotes the exploration of cybersecurity careers. The dynamic field of cybersecurity is rapidly growing and has something for everyone. Learn more about Cybersecurity Career Awareness week at this link.


Advising Week is here!Volunteers needed to take care of animals

All students, and particularly first-year students, are encouraged to schedule an appointment to meet with their academic adviser during Advising Week, Oct. 25-29. This is the time to confirm or adjust your Winter Term and/or May Term schedules, review your academic progress, and get to know your adviser. You can access your Advising Worksheet by following these steps:

1. Log onto your My Wartburg home page.
2. Select the Advising tab.
3. Select Advising Worksheet.
4. Select View All Details.
5. Select Recalculate Student Progress.
6. Select Advising Worksheet (PDF file).

If you are unable to access your Advising Worksheet or have questions, email the Registrar at regoffice@wartburg.edu, or stop by the Registrar’s Office located in Luther Hall 216.

Volunteer opportunity with Retrieving Freedomervice trip advisers needed

Retrieving Freedom is looking for dedicated individuals to help us raise the next generation of future Service Dogs! If you love dogs, have great communication skills, looking for a supporting and welcoming community, this is the perfect volunteer opportunity for you and your family. For more information on how to become involved with Retrieving Freedom, please send an email to sara@retrievingfreedom.org. Retrieving Freedom has been partnering with students involved in the Social Work Department and the Institute for Leadership Education for several years.

Study Abroad Photo Contest winners announcedervice trip advisers needed

Congratulations to the winners of our Study Abroad Photo Contest: Alumni Edition. Judges picked the top three entries, and the People's Choice was decided by a popular vote on the college's Facebook page. You can view all of the entries on the second floor hallway of Luther Hall:

First place: #2 “Untitled” protest from Faro, Portugal
Second place: #4 “Just a Taste” camel from Morocco
Third place: #3 “Delicacy” from Tanzania
People's Choice: #11 "Unfiltered Top End" from Australia


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, Oct. 25: Dr. Debora Johnson-Ross, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty

Wednesday, Oct. 27: Morning Prayer Service, Rebecca Baird, pastoral intern

Friday, Oct. 29: Senior Chapel, Lydia Hobby ’22


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:

Oct. 31
Nov. 21
Dec. 12


Advising Week
Oct. 25-29

Presidential forums (11:30 a.m. in Buckmaster)
Oct. 26, Nov. 30

STAS meetings
Oct. 27; Nov. 10; Dec. 1

Art exhibit gallery talk
Oct. 29

History Club cemetery walk
Oct. 31

Open enrollment meetings
Nov. 2-5

German Institute funding applications due
Nov. 5


Searching Squirrel, the Library Newsletter, October editionervice trip advisers needed

This month, the library newsletter highlights our FREE TRIAL of ProQuest Dissertations & Theses database (until Oct. 29), our revamp of the DVD collection shelving, and more at this link.  

Attention Thrivent members – Holiday Shoppe seeks fundingervice trip advisers needed

The Holiday Shoppe is seeking funding for blankets to be included with our Family Game Night Bundles each family can choose from. Thrivent Members are encouraged to apply for an Action Team to support this project. Please contact Erin by Oct. 18 at holidays@wsrunitedway.org for the details and support needed to complete the Action Team Application. Questions? Contact Tammy Faux in the Department of Social Work.

Wartburg Community Symphony concert Oct. 30

Wartburg Community Symphony will have the season's first concert Saturday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m. in Neumann Auditorium. Tickets are free for Wartburg students and youth age 18 and under, and $17 for adults. Click here to purchase tickets. "Pillars of Faith" will celebrate a return to togetherness while welcoming faithful change in preparation for Reformation Day. The concert has something for everyone, from R. Vaughan Williams’ English Folk Song Suite and Haydn’s Horn Concerto No. 1, to Respighi’s Suite in G Major and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 5 (“Reformation”). Featured soloists will be Dr. Jordan Redd on horn and Dr. Karen Black on the organ.

2021-22 German Institute funding opportunityissing table ban

The Executive Committee of the German Institute is pleased to announce the 2021-22 call for applications to support activities/endeavors related to German and/or Germany. For 2021-22, a total of $2,000 is still available from external sources. An application is required and funds will be awarded on a competitive basis. Applications for the full amount of available funds will at this time most likely not be supported in full. Applications are due Nov. 5. Awards will be announced no later than Nov. 19. In the past, the Institute has funded enrichments to May Term trips to Germany, the German film festival, learning materials for the faculty/staff heritage tour, and subsidized student travel to Germany for study abroad.

Full application details are available at this link. Direct questions to Dr. Daniel Walther.

2022 well-being incentiveissing table ban

Employees and their spouses who are insured with HealthPartners have an excellent opportunity to secure lower rates for their 2022 health insurance premiums. Please click here to see the details and instructions from HR. Deadline to complete the steps is Nov. 30, 2021.

Dance Marathon Rake-A-Thon in November

Wartburg College Dance Marathon Rake-A-Thon is back! If you or someone you know needs their leaves raked this fall, click this link and let us help you out! Choose a weekend in November that works for you, provide the leaf bags and make a donation, and WCDM students will do all the work for you. All donations go to the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital.


Scholarship Club quilt raffle

Support student scholarships by purchasing tickets for this year’s Quilt Raffle. The quilt, pictured, was made by Donna Mueller Dreier ’60 and measures 56x72 inches. Raffle tickets are $5 each, or three for $10. You can buy tickets online at this link. The raffle drawing will be Nov. 6 during the home football game. Learn more about the WSC at this link.


WELCOME (new arrivals):

Anita Mehmen, Cook, 9/6/21
Kayla Heitland, Baker, 9/6/21
Crystal Menter, Cook, 9/20/21
Adam Murray, Senior Gift Officer, 9/22/21
Deatra Buchholz, Mail Services Specialist, 10/1/21



Matina Clark, Assistant Director of Transfer Admissions, 9/1/21
Kassy Grosser, Associate Director of Admissions, 9/1/21
Chris Knudson, Chief Marketing Officer & Director of Marketing and Communication, 9/1/21
Carolyn Hughes, Controller, 10/1/21
Emily Christensen, Chief Communications Officer & Assistant Director of Marketing and Communication, 10/1/21
Lisa Dominy, Cleaning Staff Supervisor, 10/1/21
Quinton Richardson, Academic Success and Retention Coordinator, 10/1/21


FAREWELL (Departures & Retirements):

Don Meyer, Senior Gift Planner, 9/1/21 (retirement)
Kayleen Tierney, Accounting Assistant, 9/17/21
Elisa Klope, Interlibrary Loan and Evening Supervisor, 9/23/21

Meet the new college faculty and staff hired this fall! Click here to see a PDF of new employees across campus and new titles/promotions, and extend a welcome and congratulations.


Dr. Tyler Graff, assistant professor of psychology, recently published an article in the academic journal PLOS One titled “Spousal emotional support and relationship quality buffers pupillary response to horror movies.” The publication received international media attention and featured interviews with media outlets such as United Press International, The Deseret News, and The Times (UK). With Halloween just around the corner, this is a timely academic read.


Dr. Sean Coleman, associate professor of biology, was appointed to serve as a committee member on the American Society for Microbiology Conference for Undergraduate Educators (ASMCUE) Planning Committee and the chairperson of the ASMCUE Microbrew Review Committee. It is a three-year term running from August 2021 to July 2024.


The Rev. Dr. Kristin Wendland, assistant professor of religion, authored the article “Naming Jerusalem: Poetry and the Identity of the Personified City in Lamentations 1-2,” published in Volume 46 of Journal for the Study of the Old Testament.


Genoa Gregg '23 and Hanna Schmitt '22 presented at the Iowa Academy of Science & Iowa Science Teaching Section Fall Conference on Monday, Oct. 4, in Ankeny. The Wartburg College students shared their educational research project, "Dart Frogs: A TOADally UnFROGgetable Classroom Pet," with science educators from around Iowa. Their project focuses on utilizing dart frogs and vivarium tanks as a classroom teaching tool to promote equitable and engaging science instruction. Dr. Michael Bechtel, associate professor of science eduction, also presented “Ioponics: Iowa Aquaponics in the Classroom.” For more information, visit the conference website.


Women’s Soccer

Tuesday, Oct. 26: Depart at 1:45 p.m. to Luther


Men’s Soccer

Tuesday, Oct. 26: Depart at 4:15 p.m. to Luther

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