Commencement 2015 — The 163rd Spring Commencement ceremony is Sunday, May 24, 1:30 p.m., in Hoover Fieldhouse & Track. The expected 347 May and August graduates include 30 international students from 22 countries. President Darrel Colson will give the charge to the Class of 2015; Nicole Harrison, a psychology major from Rochester, Minnesota, will offer the student response. Other Commencement weekend activities include:
- Senior Art Exhibit — 9 a.m.-7 p.m., daily, Waldemar A. Schmidt Art Gallery
- May Term Band Concert — Saturday, May 23, 6:30 p.m., South Campus Mall (rain location McCaskey Lyceum)
- Baccalaureate — The Rev. Ramona Bouzard will deliver the message Sunday, May 24, 10 a.m., Hoover Fieldhouse & Track
- Pre-Commencement Concert — May Term Band, Sunday, May 24, 1 p.m., Hoover Fieldhouse & Track
Click here for more information about the events.
VP for Student Life open forums — The search committee for the vice president for student life and dean of student has selected three candidates to interview: Dr. Arthur Sunleaf, Dr. Daniel Kittle, and Dr. Daniel Dentino. All faculty, staff, and students are invited to the following open forums:
- Sunleaf - Today, May 18, 3 p.m., WBC 214 (Buckmaster)
- Kittle - Tuesday, May 19, 3 p.m., WBC 214 (Buckmaster)
- Dentino - Wednesday, May 20, 3 p.m., WBC 214 (Buckmaster)
Feedback on the candidates and their qualifications for the position is due by noon the day after each interview.
Summer hours — College offices will begin to observe summer hours, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., the week of May 24. Regular hours will resume with the week of Aug. 22.
Coca-Cola coming to campus — Beginning June 1, Coca-Cola will become the main beverage supplier for the college. The change applies to all parts of campus, including Dining Services, athletics, vending, and events held on campus. Questions about this change should be directed to Dr. Margaret Empie, assistant vice president for dining and retail services, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Marty Johnson, associate director for retail and dining services, at email@example.com.
Reception for Marnie (Margaret) Hubbard — Join the Vogel Library staff in honoring Marnie Hubbard, technical services associate, for her service to the college since 1979. A reception will be Friday, May 22, 9:30-11 a.m., on the third floor of the library. Light refreshments will be provided.
Service blessing and thanksgiving — All are invited to a service of blessing and thanksgiving for the Class of 2015 Saturday, May 23, 5 p.m., in Wartburg Chapel. Dr. Daniel Black, Department of Biochemistry, Chemistry & Engineering Science chair, will give the message, and Paris White '15 will give the testimony. Hope Overflow and Dr. Karen Black will provide music. Communion will be offered, and the attire is casual.
Trust gift establishes scholarship — The college recently received a $1.9 million estate gift to establish the Edward W. Jesse Jr. Endowed Scholarship and support the Transforming Tomorrow campaign. The gift, provided by the Edward W. Jesse Jr. Trust, is one of the five largest estate gifts the college has received. The scholarship will be awarded to rising sophomores and juniors majoring in elementary education. Click here to learn more.
Tokyo Outfly — Dr. Kunihiko Terasawa, assistant professor of world religions, will host the third annual Tokyo Outfly Saturday, Aug. 1., 6-9 p.m., at the Ivy Hall, Filia Restaurant in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan.
Gold star for sustainability — Wartburg is Iowa's first private institution to earn a Gold rating from the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS), the leading authority on sustainability in higher education. The college is the second private school in the Midwest and ninth in the nation to achieve the designation. STARS 2.0 ratings are based on scores in nearly 75 categories encompassing academics,
engagement, operations, and planning and administration. Learn more about the honor here.
FNB supports campaign — First National Bank has committed $25,000 to the college's Transforming Tomorrow campaign. Click here to learn more about the gift.
Students honored — Sho Kawashima ’15 and Nothizile Ncube ’17, both international relations majors, received peer reviewed honors at the 24th annual Midwest Political Science Undergraduate Research Conference, March 27-28, at Truman State University. Sho's research paper, The Environmental Effects of Foreign Direct Investment in Developing Countries: Time-lagged Analyses of CO2 Emissions and Ecological Footprint, received first place and Nothi's paper, The Impact of European Union Membership on Economic Development, received third place in Best Paper Awards. Dr. Richard Witmer, associate professor of political science at Creighton University, intends to publish the papers in the Journal of Political Research. The students are advised by Dr. Bret Billet, professor of political science. Their papers emanated from research conducted in Billet's PS302 International Relations course in fall 2014.
Holiday calendar online — The 2015-16 holiday calendar is now available online.
CCE reception — Join the Center for Community Engagement in wishing Mandie Sanderman and Gail Sexton good luck and best wishes as they leave Wartburg. The CCE, on the second floor of Vogel Library, will host an informal reception open to all faculty, staff, and students, Thursday, May 21, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
New picnic tables — Have you noticed the new recycled plastic picnic tables on campus? Please thank Student Senate for authorizing the purchase and the volunteers (including representatives from Student Senate and the Earth Committee) for assembling them in time for May Term enjoyment.