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The Juice (Faculty/Staff) - Jan. 17


Jan. 17, 2022

MLK Day details for Jan. 17

Monday, Jan. 17, is Martin Luther King Jr. Day; Wartburg alters the class schedule on this federal holiday to free students and faculty to participate in afternoon activities (see below). Class periods one through six will meet for 50 minutes with a 10-minute break between each. Weekday Chapel will not be held. Evening classes will meet at their regularly scheduled time.



Period 1 (regularly starting at 7:45 a.m.) will be 7:45-8:35 a.m.
Period 2 (9 a.m.) will be 8:45-9:35 a.m.
Period 3 (10:45 a.m.) will be 9:45-10:35 a.m.
Period 4 (noon) will be 10:45-11:35 a.m.
Period 5 (1:15 p.m.) will be 11:45 a.m. to 12:35 p.m.
Period 6 (2:30 p.m.) will be 12:45-1:35 p.m.

The entire Wartburg community is invited to join in the afternoon activities. This year's MLK Day theme is "What Are You Doing For Others?".


Opening Event, 1:45-2 p.m., McCaskey Lyceum
Social Media Dialogue: #MLKWartburg, all day
Vogel Library Social Justice Display, second floor Vogel Library
Off-campus service to the community, 2:15-4:15 p.m.
Social Justice Fair/Poster Exhibit, 2:15-4:30 p.m. (Knights Room)
Stop & Serve, 2:15-4:30 p.m. (Heritage & St. Elizabeth Rooms)
New Imaginations of the Beloved Community: A Conversation on the Potentiality of Reconciliation, 5-6 p.m., McCaskey Lyceum
Evening MLK Stop & Serve, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Chapel Commons

The Immigrant Experience in Iowa

Nick Wuertz and Derma Rivera-Aguirre from Lutheran Services in Iowa will address the Waverly Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) on Thursday, Jan. 20 at 7 p.m. "The Immigrant Experience in Iowa" will be presented over Zoom. Faculty, staff, and students are invited. Please contact Kim Folkers at kimberly.folkers@wartburg.edu for the Zoom link.


Mail Center MLK Jr. Day notice

The Mail Center will be open normal hours for MLK Jr. Day. There is no mail service for the federal holiday, so mail and packages expected for Monday will arrive Tuesday, and there will be no outgoing mail. There may be processing delays and service interruptions as a result of the abbreviated class schedule.


Three student loan scams to watch for

The pandemic created a perfect breeding ground for scammers to take advantage of student loan borrowers. In a CNBC article, Kristen Evans, chief of the students and young consumers section at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, said “Scammers really prey on the financially vulnerable, and so with the pandemic, many people have been struggling financially and they are looking for financial relief.”


There are three main types of student loan scams to watch out for:


Student Loan Consolidation Scam

A company promises (for a fee) to consolidate your student loans and lower your monthly payments.

What you should know
The only official student loan consolidation is through the federal government. Check out studentaid.gov or call 800-557-7394.
There is no fee for student loan consolidation.


Student Loan Forgiveness Scam 

A company promises (for a fee) to forgive your student loans.

What you should know:
No private company will "forgive" your student loans, no matter how much you pay them.
Public Service Loan Forgiveness is a legitimate federal program for public servants with federal student loans, but it does not charge an upfront fee.


IRS Student Tax Scam 

You receive a phone call from someone claiming to be an IRS agent who says you owe a "federal student tax." If you don't make immediate payment, the caller threatens arrest or a lawsuit.

What you should know:
The IRS will always contact you by mail before calling you.
The IRS will never demand immediate payment, request a specific form of payment, or threaten you with arrest or deportation.
The IRS will not request personal or financial information by email.



Student organizations garage sale

Students UKnight, Wartburg College Dance Marathon, and Service Trips are hosting a garage sale in the Student Center outside The Wartburg Store on Thursday, Jan. 20, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Organizations will have old shirts and other swag items for sale. Come check it out and get new old merch!


Students UKnight Service Trip fundraiser

Students UKnight is headed to North Carolina on a service trip during Winter Break and is fundraising through CAUSE TEAM. This page is a great way to buy gifts and donate to the service trip! Click here to browse the catalog. If you have questions please contact StudentsUknight@wartburg.edu.

MCSP Department Seminar: Secrets to Writing Math

The next Math, Computer Science & Physics (MCSP) Department Seminar will be Tuesday, Jan. 18 at 11:30 a.m. in Room 134 of the Science Center. Dr. Mariah Birgen, professor of mathematics, will share information about how to typeset mathematical equations using Overleaf, a web-based text editor for the LaTeX language. All are invited to hear her presentation, "Introduction to Writing Math with Overleaf." Masks are required.


Stories wanted for senior exhibition project

Lura Ajdini ’22 is working on her senior art exhibition and looking for survivors of domestic violence who would be willing to have their story included in a magazine she is producing. If you or anyone you know is a survivor of domestic violence, you can share your story with her here. Please be aware that the link includes questions about domestic violence.


College weather-related closure policy
This time of year, the chance for severe winter weather grows more likely. For such situations, the college has a weather-related closure policy posted here. The policy also is linked from the front page of the Student Handbook page and the Academic Affairs website.
Campus snow removal map

Please remember to use caution when snow and ice are present on sidewalks and steps. Operations & Maintenance will remove snow and add salt or sand to icy spots on sidewalks and steps on campus according to the priority snow removal map. Parking lots will be cleared and salted or sanded as needed by a third party.

Searching Squirrel, the Library Newsletter, January edition

This month, the library newsletter highlights our newest librarian, Melissa Curtis (Group A liaison), and Julie Fedeler, new ILL supervisor, plus our trial access to the One Academic search interface (it includes the Dissertations & Theses Global product) and more.


Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program webinar Feb. 9

Next month, the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program will launch the 2023-24 competition! Hundreds of awards across all world regions will allow academics as well as professionals and artists to teach, research, and carry out professional projects abroad. Curious to see what awards in 2023-24 have to offer? Join our first webinar of the year to learn more about Fulbright, awards and the application process. Click here to register.



Weekday Chapel

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, Jan. 10: No chapel
Wednesday, Jan. 12: MLK Chapel
Friday, Jan. 14: Senior Chapel, Grace Becker; music by Hope Overflow



Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Jan. 17

Art Gallery Artist Reception
Jan. 21, 6 p.m.

Meistersinger Honor Choir Festival Finale Concert
Jan. 24

State of the College address
Jan. 25, 11:30 a.m.

Presidential forums
Feb. 22, March 15


Assistance needed delivering COVID-19 isolation/quarantine meals

Wartburg Knights of Service is seeking assistance again for COVID-19 isolation and quarantine meal deliveries starting this week! Meet members of the Wartburg College Security Team upstairs in the back hallway by the ballrooms (NE corner of the Student Center) at noon. Depending on volume of meals times might change slightly. Please be patient and understanding. We might even cancel your shift via email if you are not needed. Click here to sign up to help.


Call for UKnight Day Champions

Faculty and staff, we want you! UKnight Day 2022 is approaching fast, and we need you to help us Fortify the Tower and build a strong foundation. Help us reach our goal of 1,852 donors on March 24 by becoming a UKnight Day Champion. To show your love for and commitment to Wartburg College, please fill out this form and agree to the terms of being a champion.

New timeline for processing payments requests

The Business Office is changing the timeline for processing payments to vendors and faculty/staff. We will no longer use Wednesday at noon as the cutoff for payment requests to be received in the Business Office. Invoices, payment vouchers, and expense reimbursement requests received in the Business Office by 4 p.m. on Friday will be paid by the following Friday. This means payments will not be mailed out the same week that the requests are received. Payments will be made the following week, assuming the due date is within the next two weeks. To allow plenty of time for processing, please submit your payment requests as soon as they are ready so the Business Office has plenty of time to follow up on any items. If you have questions regarding this new timeline, please contact Renae Johnson at accountspayable@wartburg.edu or ext. 8433.


Hope Overflow needs interim adviser for 2022 Winter Break Tour

Hope Overflow, a Christian contemporary worship band and service group, will be going on tour from Feb. 25 to March 6 (Winter Break)! We are searching for an interim addition to our advisory team — someone who who works for Wartburg in any capacity (full-time or part-time), could serve with us this year, and is willing to travel with us for our 2022 tour. If interested, please contact ericka.frey@wartburg.edu for more information!

New student organizations approved

Over the course of the Fall Term two new student organizations were approved. The first is the Google Developer Student Club which focuses on using technology to create solutions; if you are interested in learning more, reach out to tsering.tashi@wartburg.edu. The second is the Table Tennis Club; if you are interested in learning more, reach out to tate.jones@wartburg.edu.

Guest speakers for Student Senate

Do you have information about an upcoming event, research topic, or new organization you would like the student body to know about? Student Senate is looking for guest speakers at Full Senate meetings for the Winter Term. Full Senate meetings are held every Thursday at 11:30 a.m. in Buckmaster (WBC 215). Please fill out this form if you are interested in being a guest speaker. Contact Olivia Hobson at olivia.hobson@wartburg.edu with questions.


Black releases album celebrating Chapel organ's 25th anniversary

Dr. Karen Black, Rudi Inselmann Endowed Professor of Organ, released an album in honor of the Wartburg Chapel Dobson Organ’s 25th anniversary of installation. “Ein feste Burg” features seven works that celebrate the heritage of Wartburg as an institution of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and as a college founded by German immigrants. Works on the album include pieces of the Bach circle as well as work by Pamela Decker commissioned by the college and an original composition by Black. CDs are $15 and can be purchased by emailing sarah.bouska@wartburg.edu or in The Wartburg Store. The album will be available to stream on Spotify, iTunes and YouTube in January. Read more about the project here.


Waverly Health Center Volunteer Program accepting applications

The Student Success Center is now accepting applications for the student volunteer program at the Waverly Health Center. Please visit Jo Dorrance to sign-up and receive your orientation packet. This is for students new to the program only. Deadline to sign-up is Friday, Jan. 21, and the program is limited to 12 students. For more information email jo.dorrance@wartburg.edu.



Men's and Women's Basketball

Wednesday, Jan. 19: Departs at 2 p.m. to Loras
JV men's basketball departs at 1:30 p.m. to Loras


Indoor Track
Friday, Jan. 21: Departs at 8 a.m. to UNI

Friday, Jan. 21: Departs at 4 p.m. to A-R-C Championships


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