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The Juice (Faculty/Staff) - Nov. 8


Nov. 8, 2021

Wartburg Players presents 'Peter/Wendy' Nov. 12 & 13issing table ban

“Peter/Wendy” is an adaptation of the story of Peter Pan and pays homage to the darker themes of J. M. Barrie's original story of the boy who never grew up. “Peter/Wendy” strips the familiar story down to its emotional essence. Peter lures Wendy away from her home to join him in Neverland. The pair, joined by Tinkerbell, Tiger Lily and the Lost Boys, face adventures and run-ins with Captain Hook and Smee. The play will mesmerize audiences of all ages. Show dates are Friday, Nov. 12, and Saturday, Nov. 13, at 7:30 p.m. in McCaskey Lyceum. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are sold only at the door: $10 general admission, Wartburg students free with student ID.

James Leach Chair Lecture on Tuesdayervice trip advisers needed

The Department of Business, Accounting and Economics will host its inaugural James Leach Chair Lecture Series this Tuesday, Nov. 9, at 11:30 a.m via Zoom. Dr. Samuel Schulhofer-Wohl, senior vice president and director of Financial Policy and Outreach at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, will speak about "Central Banking, on average and in detail." He plans to discuss how the Fed’s work on the national economy considers local communities’ experiences and the substantial individual variation underlying aggregate economic statistics – including, for example, his work on inflation at the household level. Please register in advance for the webinar at this link. The lecture series will occur twice every academic year, is open to faculty and students, and is presented by scholars from both the public and private sector in the field of economics.

SAFE Day of Remembrance on Thursday

On Thursday, Nov. 11, SAFE will host a Day of Remembrance in honor of those who have died from suicide. Wear black on that day to honor the people who are impacted by suicide. There will also be a stress-free zone available at 7 p.m. Thursday in GRO 131 with games and coloring to give time to debrief. Throughout the week, there will be flags in front of Old Main representing the 130 people in the U.S. who die from suicide each day. If you have any questions, please email safe@wartburg.edu.


Life updates to Alumni & Parent Relations office

The Alumni & Parent Relations Office reminds employees to encourage alumni to notify the college of life updates (milestones, job changes, etc.) and address changes at www.wartburg.edu/update-our-records or by emailing alumni@wartburg.edu.

Searching Squirrel, the library newsletter, November edition

This month, the library newsletter highlights our ambush makeover of the Faculty Development Collection, our Witchipedia display, some new world instruments, and more at this link.


Looking for McElroy Fellowship recommendations

Do you have upcoming May 2022 graduates who intend to pursue a Ph.D. following graduation? The very generous McElroy Fellowship provides $36,000 to two Northeast Iowa graduates who are “people of accomplishment, intelligence, and integrity” with strong leadership abilities and the drive to pursue challenging academic careers. Eryn Perry was a recipient in 2021 – help find our 2022 candidate! Please send recommendations to kathleen.sihler@wartburg.edu by Nov. 22.


Service Trip leader applications are now open!

Service Trip applications for student leaders are now open to lead a service trip during Winter Break. We had three amazing trips during Fall Break and now looking ahead to Winter Break in February! If you are interested in being a leader, please fill out the application at this link or find the link on our social media pages. Applications close on Dec. 1. If you have any questions please contact servicetrips@wartburg.edu.

Math, Computer Science & Physics Seminar on Tuesday

The next Math, Computer Science & Physics (MCSP) Department Seminar will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 9, at 11:30 a.m. in room 134 of the Science Center. Brandon Bloebaum (4Y Actuarial Science major) will speak about his Summer 2021 experiences as an actuarial intern at Northwestern Mutual. He will discuss the COVID-19 corporate work environment, the technical skills he used in his pricing analyses, and his project development on the annuity pricing team. All are invited to hear his presentation, entitled "Annuity Pricing with Northwestern Mutual." Masks are required.

Accounts Payable notices

Due to the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, the deadline to receive payment requests (invoices, expense reimbursements, payment vouchers, etc.) in the Business Office for the week of Nov. 15 has been extended to noon Friday, Nov. 19. We will process these payments on Nov. 22-23. Please send your payment requests at your earliest convenience to ensure we have plenty of time to enter them.

Expense Reimbursement Requests – Reminder that effective Sept. 1, expense reimbursements are to be submitted within 60 days of the later of the date of the expense or the last day of your trip. November is the grace period to submit your expenses 60 days or older. In December, expenses greater than 60 days will NOT be reimbursed. Please use the current Expense Reimbursement Request – Employee/Student (fillable PDF) form found on the Accounts Payable website.

Remember to complete the Dining Services survey

Dining Services is currently conducting an online Customer Satisfaction Survey. Information was sent in an email last week including a link to the survey, and a reminder will be sent this week. We are seeking feedback from students, faculty, and staff on several topics including quality, variety, and taste of food, as well as rating service, cleanliness, and 21 other attributes. You can provide feedback for one or multiple locations including the Den, Konditorei, Zesty Orange, and Mensa. Please be as specific as possible when adding suggestions for improvement to improve the chances of accurately implementing recommended changes. If you have not received the email or have questions about completing the survey, please contact Renae Johnson at ext. 8604.



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, Nov. 8: Interfaith Chapel, Namleng Sina

Wednesday, Nov. 10: Morning Prayer Service

Friday, Nov. 12: Senior Chapel, Makayla Schluter '22




James Leach Chair Lecture
Nov. 9

MCSP Seminar
Nov. 9

STAS meetings
Nov. 10; Dec. 1

SAFE Day of Remembrance
Nov. 11

Wartburg Players presents 'Peter/Wendy'
Nov. 12-13

Presidential forum (11:30 a.m. in Buckmaster)
Nov. 30


Service award nominations now openissing table ban

Nominations are now open for the St. Elizabeth Award for Service and Pastor Larry Trachte Award for Service!

The St. Elizabeth Award for Service was established in 1994 to recognize members of the Wartburg community that have exemplified a commitment to service. We invite you to nominate one or more current students whom you feel lives out a commitment to service in, with, and for the community at this link.

The Pastor Larry Trachte Award for Service is given during St. Elizabeth Week to staff and/or faculty. You are invited to nominate one or more staff or faculty members at this link whom you feel embody Pastor Trachte's enthusiasm, support, involvement, dedication, and overall commitment to Wartburg's mission of service.

Schedule appointments with Noah Campus Clinic onlineervice trip advisers needed

Faculty, staff, and students now can schedule an appointment with the Noah Campus Health Clinic online at this link.

Are you using your own list of alumni and donors?

Faculty, staff, offices and departments are reminded that when sending out a mailing to college constituents, please use an updated list of addresses from Advancement each time, and do not use old spreadsheets. The college has recently had quite a few returned e-mails, angry phone calls, and messages from people whose spouse has died, but they are still receiving mailings in their deceased spouse’s name. Institutional Advancement tracks alumni and donor information and keeps up-to-date records. Requests for email and mailing lists should be directed to the Alumni office for the most updated data. Please send your request to alumni@wartburg.edu.

Support United Way through payroll deductionissing table ban

Consider supporting the United Way through payroll deduction during benefits enrollment. Our community needs us now more than ever, and no other organization is better positioned to do this work than United Way. As the COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath continues, so does United Way’s work for an equitable, stronger, and better future for us all. Now more than ever, every person in every community must do their part to make our communities places of safety, equity and opportunities for everyone.

When 99% of all donations to the Waverly-Shell Rock Area United Way remain local, EVERY dollar matters!

There are two ways to make your donation to United Way:

Say yes to a payroll deduct donation during Wartburg benefits enrollment!
Make your pledge online (credit card or invoice) or learn more about United Way online at http://wsrunitedway.org/pledgewartburg/. Please note you should only pledge online if you do not intend to indicate payroll deduction for your gift during the open enrollment period.

Contact director@wsrunitedway.org or 319-352-2582 with questions. You can also follow the Waverly-Shell Rock Area United Way Facebook page.

Presidential and Board reports posted to InfoCenterervice trip advisers needed

The October President’s Report to the Board of Regents, the Summary from the October Board of Regents meeting, and the Oct. 26 Presidential Forum notes are now posted on InfoCenter under Institutional Reports/President’s Reports.

Check your passport for international travelervice trip advisers needed

Is it possible that you will travel internationally this year? Check your passport now! Passport renewals and applications are taking at least five months to process, and the U.S. State Department recommends that a passport be valid as least six months AFTER the expected date of return AND have at least two blank pages. If you need to renew or apply, click here or contact the Recorder’s Office in the Bremer County Courthouse at 319-352-0340 for information and an appointment.

Beat Luther shirts available

Students UKnight will be tabling outside the Student Center to sell more Beat Luther shirts!

Tuesday, Nov. 9 at 5-7 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 11 at 11a.m.-1 p.m.

The shirts are $15. You don’t want to miss out on one of Wartburg's many traditions! If you have any questions, email @studentsuknight@wartburg.edu.


WELCOME (new arrivals):

Deatra Buchholz, Mail Services Specialist, 10/1/21

Miranda Hoey, Assistant Director of Annual Giving, 10/11/21

Hunter Brouwer, Groundskeeper, 11/1/21

Jim Nelson, Alumni & Development Communications Associate, 11/1/21



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

Jane Roose, Admissions Assistant for Recruitment, Data, and Analytics, 11/1/21

Tod Schulz, Director of IT Application Services, 11/1/21

Karen Koupal, Director of IT Infrastructure Services, 11/1/21

June Rieck, Director of IT Desktop Services, 11/1/21

Jami Dare, Food Production Manager, 11/1/21

Crystal Menter, Cleaning Staff, 11/8/21


FAREWELL (departures and retirements):

Kayla Johnston, Admissions Counselor, 10/8/21

Tom Hallman, Maintenance, 10/13/21

Brandon Rodriguez, Cleaning Staff, 10/22/21

Joshua PeterSmith, Senior Graphic Designer, 10/15/21



Professor Eric Sommermeyer, assistant professor of accounting, presented his paper, “The Effect on Stock Price from Pfizer Receiving Emergency COVID-19 Vaccine Authorization,” at the Midwest Academy of Management 2021 Conference on Oct. 16 in Davenport. Dr. Nana Quaicoe and Dr. Allan Bernard were co-authors.


Dr. Kuni Terasawa, associate professor of religion, published an article in the fall 2021 newsletter by the Society of Buddhist-Christian Studies of North America, “Report on the 39th Annual Conference of The Japan Society of Buddhist-Christian Studies, the theme of ‘Religion and Literature.’”


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.




Wednesday, Nov. 10: Depart at 1 p.m. to Simpson.


Cross Country

Friday, Nov. 12: Depart at 2 p.m. to Augustana.


JV Men’s Basketball

Wednesday, Nov. 10: Depart at 1:30 p.m. to Cornell


Varsity Men’s Basketball

Wednesday, Nov. 10: Depart at 3:45 p.m. to Cornell


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