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The Juice (Faculty/Staff) - June 10

Professional development, new staff photos, and more.
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June 10, 2022

RSVP for professional development by June 13

Dr. Shuaib Meacham, an associate professor at the University of Northern Iowa, will facilitate professional development from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, June 17, in Knights Ballroom. A light breakfast will be served beginning at 8:30 a.m. Please RSVP by Monday, June 13, so enough food can be ordered for the breakfast.

 

Before the session, President Colson will share some timely and exciting news about our shared commitment to strengthening community on campus. Dr. Meacham will then present “Black Panther and Black Excellence,” which will challenge preconceptions that associate blackness with a deficit, and “Ubuntu, Interdependence in an Era of Pandemic and Preparation for Global Leadership,” which will include group discussions about college practices.

Get a new professional photo
Julie Drewes, visual media manager, will hold open studio time from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 15, in FAC 52 for any faculty or staff who wish to have a new studio portrait taken. Please email julie.drewes@wartburg.edu if you plan to attend.

Directions to the photo studio in FAC 52:
Enter the main lobby of the Bachman Fine Arts Center via the east entrance (windows side, facing the Chapel).
On the right, take the staircase down to the basement.
Turn right, follow the long hallway about halfway and turn left (fire extinguisher on the wall for reference).
The studio is the first door on the right.
Mail Center closed for professional development
The Mail Center will be closed Friday, June 17, for professional development. Some postal items may be processed for campus residents and placed in the lockers for pickup, but couriers will not be received and there will be no delivery runs to campus offices. Campus offices with outgoing mail should contact the Mail Center prior to the 17th to make arrangements for that day.

UPCOMING EVENTS

SOAR Day
Monday, June 13

SOAR Day
Monday, June 20

SOAR Day
Friday, June 24

PROFESSIONAL NEWS

Achievements and accomplishments
Scott Leisinger completed his service on the board of directors of the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago, including a two-year term as chair of the board from 2018-20.

PREVIOUS ANNOUNCEMENTS

Get your Homecoming event on the official schedule
Is your department or group hosting a reunion, reception, or open house during Homecoming & Family Weekend 2022? Alumni & Parent Engagement needs to hear from you about those plans to ensure they are included on the schedule. Please email alumni@wartburg.edu by June 24 with details.
Flexible work schedule proposal clarified

Earlier this year, President Colson provided information about steps the college is taking to help address our employee hiring and retention challenges. Since then, there have been questions about the flexible work schedule piece. In the original communication, he stated that:

For positions where a flexible work schedule is possible (e.g., working four 10-hour days per week in the summer, instead of five 8-hour days) while still providing appropriate service, allow more individuals to follow a flexible schedule if desired and include this option in the job posting when appropriate. This can start immediately, but all schedule changes must first be approved by your supervisor.

This benefit was intended to apply only to hourly staff, as salaried staff already enjoy great flexibility in their schedules based on the nature of salaried positions. For example, if a salaried individual needs to leave at 3 p.m. for an appointment, they do not need to take any PTO for leaving early. On the flip side, there are often times where a salaried person must work before and after office hours as well as on the weekends but will not receive additional compensation.

If you are a salaried individual and believe you have an unusual situation that would allow you to complete your work while following a nontraditional schedule, guarantee the same level of service to others, and not create additional burdens or disruptions for others, you may discuss options with your supervisor/manager and appropriate Cabinet member. If all are supportive, such a proposal should be shared with Jamie Hollaway, director of human resources, to determine if such a schedule would be feasible.

Food donations sought on first and third Mondays
The St. Elizabeth Bread Basket is seeking donations from faculty and staff for the college’s student food pantry. Items needed include soups, pasta, pasta sauce, ramen noodles, bread (white, wheat), granola bars, rice, cereal, snacks (chips, cookies, popcorn), fresh fruits (apples, oranges, bananas), potatoes, onions, half-gallons of milk, eggs, yogurt, and microwaveable frozen pizzas. Donations are accepted in the Student Success Center every first and third Monday in June, July, and August.
Vogel Library publishes summer newsletter
The latest edition of The Searching Squirrel, Vogel Library’s newsletter, is now available. It includes news about staff departures, information literacy, and a new equity project.
Encourage alumni to stay in touch
Alumni & Parent Engagement reminds employees to encourage alumni to notify the college of life updates (milestones, job changes, etc.) and address changes through the Alumni Update Form.
Achievements and accomplishments
Dr. Zak Montgomery, professor of Spanish and Harry & Polly Slife Professor in Humanities, published translations of two poems from Portuguese into English in the new collection “Raízes – Brazilian Women Poets in Translation” (Venas Abiertas, 2022), edited by the Mulherio das Letras feminist collective. The translated poems are “No espelho / Into the Mirror” by Beth Fernandes and “Brasa / Burning Ember” by Mahe Silva.
Kuni Terasawa, associate professor of religion, presented “What can religions provide as a solution in the context of the rapid changes and conflicts of global affairs?” at the conference of the International Association for Religious Freedom in Tokyo, Japan, on May 21. The presentation included discussions of religion and nationalism in Russia and Ukraine as well as the peace activities of Terasawa’s brother, the Rev. Junsei Terasawa, a Buddhist monk.
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