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The Juice (Faculty/Staff) - Nov. 15

Festival of Trees 🎄, Mail Center news, more

Nov. 15, 2021

Decorate a tree for Festival of Treesissing table ban

The annual Wartburg-Waverly Festival of Trees will brighten the halls of Wartburg’s Classroom Technology Center Dec. 1-14. If your office, academic department, or group/organization would like to decorate a Christmas tree to display, please sign up by Friday, Nov. 19. For more information and/or to sign up, go to www.wartburg.edu/trees. Contact beth.sinnwell@wartburg.edu with questions. The festival is open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and attracts more than 5,000 guests each year. There is no entry fee or admission charge.

Saint Elizabeth Week events

In honor of St. Elizabeth, who devoted her life to service in the 13th century, the campus community devotes a week in November to focus on service. Click here to read more about the history of St. Elizabeth and her connection to Wartburg Castle in Germany.

Through Tuesday, Nov. 16
Change for a Change
Donate your loose change to make a change within our community. There will be three jars located in the Student Center, which will be donated to the Northeast Iowa Food Bank, a local child advocacy center, and the Saint Elizabeth Bread Basket. Choose an organization and put in your change to make a change.


Monday-Tuesday, Nov. 15-16
Buy a Rose for a Friend
Continue the magic of the Saint Elizabeth roses and purchase roses for your friends for just $3 each.


Wednesday, Nov. 17
Saint Elizabeth Chapel Service
10:15 a.m., Wartburg Chapel
Join us for Chapel while we detail the history of Saint Elizabeth and award the Saint Elizabeth and Pastor Trachte service awards.


Friday, Nov. 19 (6 and 8 p.m.) and Saturday, Nov. 20 (2, 4, 6:30 p.m.)
Basketball Tournament at Levick Arena
Donate nonperishable items during the basketball tournament to help us fill the Saint Elizabeth Break Basket (campus food pantry) before break starts. Items include, but are not limited to, mac and cheese, granola bars, and canned goods.

Mail Center update for upcoming holidaysissing table ban

The Mail Center will be open Wednesday, Nov. 24, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and closed on Thursday, Nov. 25, and Friday, Nov. 26, for the Thanksgiving holiday. Mail and packages marked for delivery to campus from Nov. 25 through Nov. 28 will be processed by the Mail Center on Monday, Nov. 29. The Mail Center will be open during finals week, and closed from Dec. 24 to Jan. 2, in conjunction with office closures on campus. Please contact mailroom@wartburg.edu with further questions regarding hours and accessibility.

OSHA testing mandateissing table ban

On Thursday, Nov. 4, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) mandating vaccination or weekly testing for all employees at organizations employing 100 or more individuals. Under the new rule, beginning Sunday, Dec. 5, unvaccinated employees must mask when indoors or when sharing a vehicle with another person. Beginning the week of Jan. 4, 2022, unvaccinated employees must be tested for COVID-19 at least once per week. The rule already faces lawsuits, one of which has prompted a federal judge to stop implementation temporarily while courts can consider matters. Because we do not know what the final decision will be, we will continue to prepare to implement the rule on time.

OSHA’s order requires that we determine each employee’s vaccination status so that we know who must test regularly. Please, if you haven’t already, let us know if you have been vaccinated by:

Presenting your vaccination card in the Human Resources Office,
Presenting your vaccination card in the Student Life Office,
Presenting your vaccination card at Noah Campus Health Clinic, or
Uploading a photo of your vaccination card at this link.

May Term course: American Politics in Filmervice trip advisers needed

Dr. Travis Endicott, assistant professor of political science, will offer a new course — PS 295: Special Topics – American Politics in Film. The course is now available for students to register. This course will give students an opportunity to view the political process through a new and unique lens! Course Description: The goal of this course is to apply messages from individual films about specific subjects in American politics to our own education, the application of political theories in government, and our own personal experiences with government. The films we will watch will be used to assess and understand different topics in American politics including but not limited to: public opinion, political behavior, legislative behavior, presidential politics, campaigns, elections, interest group influence, foreign policy, and war.

Advisers needed for Winter Break & Tour Week Service Trips

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

Be a speaker for campus TEDx event

TEDxWartburgCollege 2022 is happening, but it needs speakers! The theme is “(Re)starting the Conversation.” Now that we are coming back to a new normal, what conversations need to be restarted or need to happen for the first time? Anyone can be a speaker, including students, faculty, staff, and community members. All you need to do is have an idea worth sharing that relates to the theme. If interested, please fill out the TEDxWartburgCollege 2022 Speaker Application Form at this link by Wednesday, Dec. 8. If you have any questions, email the curator for the event, Abigail Denault, at abigail.tedx@gmail.com.

Graven Award ceremony to honor the Tomsons todayissing table ban

The College will honor O. Jay and Pat Tomson of Mason City with the 32nd annual Graven Award in a ceremony at 10:15 a.m. Monday, Nov. 15, in Wartburg Chapel. Funded by the Judge Henry N. and Helen T. Graven Endowment, the annual award recognizes outstanding laypeople whose lives are nurtured and guided by a strong sense of Christian calling and who are making a significant contribution to community, church, and our society. Through their long and generous history of supporting private, liberal arts education in the Midwest, the Tomsons have invested significantly in the lives of literally thousands of students. All are invited to attend the ceremony Monday.

Christmas with Wartburg tickets & dress rehearsal

Tickets for Christmas with Wartburg performances are still available! To purchase your tickets for the following performances and dinners, go to www.wartburg.edu/christmas:

West Des Moines: Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m. ($23)
Waverly: Dec. 4, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Dec. 5, 3 p.m. ($21)
Waverly dinners in Knights Ballroom: Dec. 4 and 5, 5 p.m. ($26)


The Wartburg community also may attend the Christmas with Wartburg dress rehearsal on Wednesday evening, Dec. 1, at 5 p.m. You may obtain up to two general admission tickets for the free dress rehearsal at the Ticket Office in Saemann Student Center so we can plan accordingly.

If you have any questions or wish to order tickets in person, please contact the Wartburg Ticket Office at 319-352-8691 during their operating hours, 10 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday.


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. 15: Graven Award

Wednesday, Nov. 17: St. Elizabeth Chapel (honoring service award recipients)

Friday, Nov. 19: Senior Chapel, Ezra Andersen '22




Graven Award ceremony
Nov. 15

Festival of Trees registration deadline
Nov. 19

Benefits enrollment deadline
Nov. 19

Thanksgiving break
Nov. 24-28

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

STAS meeting
Dec. 1

Festival of Trees
Dec. 1-14

Christmas with Wartburg performances
Dec. 3-5

December Commencement
Dec. 12

Finals Week
Dec. 13-16

Start of Winter Term
Jan. 10

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.

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.


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



Dr. Christine DeVries, professor of chemistry, and Dr. Caryn Riswold, professor of religion and the Mike and Marge McCoy Family Distinguished Chair in Lutheran Heritage and Mission, attended the annual National Conference of the Lilly Fellows Program National Network of Church-Related Colleges and Universities. The theme of the conference, held Oct. 8-10 at Boston College, was "Science, Faith, and the Common Good." Prior to the conference, Dr. Riswold attended the meeting of the LFP's National Network Board, on which she is serving a four-year term.


Dr. Kuni Terasawa, associate professor of religion, presented “Loneliness under the Pandemic and how to create solidarity with people and universe by cosmic dialogue” and panel discussions with students and professors at the Japan’s Buddhist seminary on Nov. 6.


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.’”




Friday, Nov. 19: Depart at 3 p.m. to Concordia and to Augsburg


Women’s Basketball

Wednesday, Nov. 17: Depart at 2 p.m. to UW-Stout, Menomonie, Wis.


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