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The Juice (Faculty/Staff) - Jan. 24


Jan. 24, 2022

'Letters from Anne & Martin' on Jan. 25

As an extension of the college's celebration of the life of Martin Luther King Jr., the college will offer a live presentation of "Letters from Anne & Martin," from the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, on Jan. 25 at 7 p.m., in the McCaskey Lyceum. Conceived by Hannah Vaughn and developed by Alexandra Gellner, the dramatic presentation draws from the text of Anne Frank's "Diary of a Young Girl" and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "Letter from Birmingham Jail." Tickets are not needed for this free event.

ETK Large Event survey

ETK is beginning to plan a Large Event for next academic year and would love feedback on potential artists you'd like to see. This survey has a list of 10 potential artists we are looking into, and you have a chance to mark your top three that you would like to see on campus. If you have any other questions or suggestions, you can reach out to Josh Bulten.


Student recommendations for RA and O-Staff applications

Do you know a student on campus who would make a great Resident Assistant or Orientation Staff member? If you work with a student who would make an excellent candidate, please take a moment to fill out this form. Applications for both positions are open now, and are due on Feb. 25. We hold your feedback in high regard and would love to hear from you.


2022-2023 equipment and technology requests

The Business Office is in the early stages of creating the 2022-23 fiscal year budget. One important piece to this is requesting potential equipment and technology purchases from departments. Department Budget Managers across campus received information on how to make these requests in an email last week. Please contact your Department Budget Manager if you have an equipment and technology request to be considered. All requests must be received by March 9. Questions regarding the equipment and technology purchase process can be directed to justin.crouse@wartburg.edu.


Health Partners coverage for over-the-counter COVID-19 tests

HealthPartners pharmacy benefit administration is working to create two easy health plan coverage options for over-the-counter COVID-19 tests (also known as at-home rapid COVID-19 tests). This change is based on Federal Tri-Agency guidance announced on Jan. 15, 2022, requiring that costs for OTC COVID-19 tests be covered by health insurance plans.


Members can look for coverage availability details coming soon via email, HealthPartners COVID FAQ web page, and other HealthPartners communication channels. HealthPartners member services is also ready to provide support and education on the OTC COVID-19 coverage process and answer any questions members may have.


OTC COVID-19 tests health plan coverage options

Claims submission: Members can submit their retail checkout test purchase receipts for reimbursement via an online HealthPartners form.
Direct coverage: Members do not have to pay anything out-of-pocket or submit a request for reimbursement if tests are purchased at the pharmacy counter versus a retail checkout.


OTC COVID-19 tests coverage details

Coverage is for OTC COVID-19 diagnostic tests authorized, cleared, and approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that are purchased on or after Jan. 15, 2022.
Eight OTC COVID-19 tests priced at $12 or less each, per member, per month, are covered without having to meet any cost-sharing requirements, prior authorization, or other medical management arrangements.
Members must complete an attestation that states that test purchases are for personal use and not for employment purposes, reimbursement by another source, or for resale.
Members should keep all test proof of purchase receipts that include the test UPC code, date of purchase, and price.
No prescription or clinical assessment are required for test purchase and reimbursement.




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. 24: Sam Pfab ’20
Wednesday, Jan. 16: Rebecca Baird ’18, pastoral intern
Friday, Jan. 28: Senior Chapel, Jared McLey



Meistersinger Honor Choir Festival Finale Concert
Jan. 24

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

Letters from Anne & Martin
Jan. 25, 7 p.m.

Meistersinger Honor Band Finale Concert
Feb. 6, 2 p.m.

Summer Camp Fair
Feb. 9

Presidential forums
Feb. 22, March 15


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.



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.

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.


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.


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.



WELCOME (new arrivals)

Jordan Bancroft, Director of Annual Giving, 12/1/21

Cody Marlette, General Maintenance Staff - The W, 12/9/21

Halcyon Bjornstad, Interim Dean of Spiritual Life/Herbert and Cora Moehlmann Chaplaincy Chair, 1/1/22

John Cochrane, Director of Athletics, 1/1/22

Julie Fedeler, Interlibrary Loan Specialist and Evening Supervisor, 1/3/22

Melissa Curtis, Information Literacy and Student Success Librarian, 1/3/22



Henrique Donati, Institutional Research Data Analyst, 12/1/21

Bethany Brooks, Senior Advancement Association, 1/1/22

Ryan Callahan, Associate Athletic Director and Head Athletic Trainer, 1/1/22

Justin Crouse, Director of Financial Reporting, 1/1/22

Eric Keller, Director of Wrestling and Head Men's Wrestling Coach, 1/1/22

Landon Williams, Assistant Men's Wrestling Coach, 1/1/22


FAREWELL (departures and retirements)

Lori Zeschke, Technology Specialist, 12/6/21

Caitlin Hurban, Production Manager, 12/6/21

Tami Ulrich, Assistant Manager of Dining Services, 12/13/21

Jane Pepperling, Cook, 12/20/21

Anita Mehman, Cook, 12/20/21

Stephanie Boeding, Marketing Associate and Social Media Manager, 12/21/21

Brian Beckstrom, Dean of Spiritual Life, 12/31/21

Karen Miller, Administrative Assistant for Enrollment Management, 12/31/21

Fanessa Olmstead, Cook, 1/3/22



Thursday, Jan. 27: Departs at 1 p.m. to Augsburg


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