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The Juice - Jan. 9

See what's happening on campus this week.

Monday, Jan. 9, 2023


New year, new Juice! We've made some changes that are hopefully helpful in getting you information about what's going on around campus. All items in the general edition of the Juice will appear here, along with specific news for faculty and staff. Be sure to check out the expanded Upcoming Events section!


Classes shortened Jan. 16 for MLK Day

There will be a condensed class schedule Monday, Jan. 16, so students, faculty, and staff can participate in MLK Day of Service activities (see Campus Calendar below for details).


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.-12:35 p.m.
Period 6 (2:30 p.m.) will be 12:45-1:35 p.m.
Take-out meals available from Mensa

Free reusable take-out containers are available to be used in Mensa for students with a board plan. To participate, pick up your first container in the Dining Services Office between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Menstrual products available in residence hall bathrooms
Residential Life has supplied free menstrual products in all female bathrooms within residence halls. There are a variety of different products for students to choose from. There is an additional box of products inside the Hub (near the games). If you notice supplies are running low, please contact your RA for them to be refilled.
Request event and classroom space online

Event space and classroom reservations can now be submitted at www.wartburg.edu/conferences. Submissions go directly to Kayla Seppelt, event planning manager. Please note that submitting a request does not automatically guarantee the space; confirmation will come from the Astra system.

Books chosen for winter Hearthside Project

The Hearthside Project offers faculty and students the unique opportunity to connect outside the formality of the classroom by reading and discussing a book together. Students receive their books free of charge. Reading groups consist of one book leader and three students. To apply, email the leader of the book you’re interested in discussing:

“A History of the World in Six Glasses” by Tom Standage, led by Amy Pilcher.
“Atlas of the Heart” by Brené Brown, led by Lindsey Leonard.
“Band of Sisters” by Lauren Willig, led by Penni Pier.
“Blood, Water, Paint” by Joy McCullough, led by Kristin Wendland
“A Vindication of the Rights of Woman” by Mary Wollstonecraft, led by Andrew Szarejko
“A Field Guide to Climate Anxiety: How to Keep Your Cool on a Warming Planet” by Sarah Jaquette Ray, led by Amy Nolan
“The Joy of Abstraction: An Exploration of Math, Category Theory, and Life” by Eugenia Cheng, led by Mariah Birgen.


Email Dr. Zak Montgomery with questions.

Win free travel for service trips

Sign up now to participate in a service trip during Winter Break. A free trip will be given away for every 15 people who sign up this week! Service Trips will table in the Student Center from 8 to 10 a.m. today with Pop-Tarts and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday with stickers. There will also be a pizza party in the Hub from 8 to 9 p.m. Thursday. Stop by any of these events to learn more about service trips and win giveaways.

Postal rates to increase Jan. 22

USPS will charge more for stamps, package shipping, certified mail, meter mail, and other bulk mail services beginning Sunday, Jan. 22. Please contact the Mail Center by Thursday, Jan. 19, if planning to purchase more than 100 stamps in advance of the rate increase to ensure inventory to meet your needs. General rate increases are:


Regular first-class letters up to 1 ounce ("forever" stamps): $0.60 to $0.63
Metered first-class letters up to 1 ounce: $0.57 to $0.60
Postcard rate (meter or stamped): $0.44 to $0.48
First-class international letters and postcards up to 1 ounce: $1.40 to $1.45
First-class large envelopes up to 2 ounces: $1.24 to $1.50


Please contact the Mail Center or check usps.gov for more information.

Impress, thank campus guests with Alumni swag

The Alumni & Parent Engagement Office would love to know when you invite alumni back to campus to engage with students. They would be happy to provide Wartburg swag for speakers, conferences, or events — simply email alumni@wartburg.edu with a description of your event at least two days in advance. If you are requesting swag bags for alumni speakers, please include their first and last names.

New vendor selected for business card orders

The Plus is now the selected vendor for Wartburg business cards. Office coordinators and administrative assistants can place orders now. Please note that admission and athletic recruiters should continue to work through their account executives.


All other stationery products like letterhead will continue to be ordered through PrintShop Pro and the Print Center. Letterhead can be printed as needed or on demand with a letter at the same time. In either case, please do not assume product is available at any given time. Supply chain issues continue to be a challenge, so planning ahead in these matters is appreciated.

Winter vehicle tips from Wartburg Security
Cold winter weather can wreak havoc on your engine, battery, and tires. Proper precautions need to be taken for your safety. Check the air level in your tires, have your battery recharged if needed, and keep your car refueled so you can run the engine and stay warm in an emergency.
Journalism graduate fellowship available

Wartburg is accepting applications for the Robert C. Gremmels Journalism Graduate Fellowship stipend. The $10,000 stipend is awarded to a Wartburg Department of Journalism & Communication graduate who is enrolled in graduate school in journalism or an appropriately related discipline. The application deadline is March 1.




10:15 to 10:35 a.m., Wartburg Chapel

Message by Dan Black. This month's prayer focus: social sciences; humanities; social work; operations and maintenance; institutional assessment, accreditation, and planning; dean of faculty; academic affairs; ITS; and winter student-athletes.


10:15 to 10:35 a.m., Wartburg Chapel

Service with Holy Communion to which all are welcome and message by Pastor Halcyon Bjornstad.


9 p.m., Chapel Commons (lower level)

Sanctuary is a casual service where all are welcome to relax and center themselves around God’s word in the midst of their busy weeks. Snacks are served at 8:45 p.m.

Deadline: Last Day to Drop First Seven-Week Course Without a ‘W’

Test of Wartburg Alert

If you are not registered, log in here with your Wartburg credentials. Follow the instructions to create an account.

Service Trip Pizza Party

7 p.m., The Hub



10:15 to 10:35 a.m., Wartburg Chapel

Senior chapel message by Brittney Shipman.

‘Iowa Combines’ Artist Talk & Gallery Reception

6 to 8 p.m., Waldemar A. Schmidt Art Gallery

The exhibition "Iowa Combines" by artist Russ Nordman is now on display. Nordman’s work examines machines, architecture, and technological devices and their complex metaphysical relationship with humans using photographs of each county across Iowa. This event is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served.


Track & Field: Chelsey Henkenius Open

The W’s Hoover Fieldhouse

New Year, New Me: Women’s Retreat

8:45 a.m. to noon, Chapel Commons

Attendees will share breakfast, talk about the lies social media tells us, consider the imperfections of our lives, and learn skills of self-compassion.

Scholarship Day

Deadline: 2023-24 Study Abroad Applications

Deadline: Waverly Health Center Volunteer Applications

Applications for the Waverly Health Center Volunteer/Shadowing program are now open for Winter Term. Please stop by the Student Success Center (across from The Den) to sign up and receive your volunteer packet. Orientation will be held Jan. 17. Please email jo.dorrance@wartburg.edu if you have questions.

Free Triathlon 101 Class

11 a.m. to 1 p.m., The W’s aerobics studio

Curious about the 12th annual TriByKnight Triathlon on May 6, the 12-week triathlon class starting Feb. 15, or the triathlon swim clinic on Jan. 28? This free class will focus on teaching the basics of what the TriByKnight Triathlon is all about, along with tips and tricks to better prepare yourself for the upcoming race. Participants will bike and run but not swim. Show up in workout clothes and shoes with a great attitude to learn more about triathlons. Advance registration is not required.

Exploring Majors Week

Through Friday, Jan. 20

MLK Day of Service Kickoff

1:45 p.m., McCaskey Lyceum

Classes are condensed (see schedule in New Announcements above) to provide Wartburg students, faculty, and staff time to serve their communities. This is not an afternoon off or a time to move athletic practices up — please sign up for events off campus and on! You must reserve your spot to participate, as sign-ups are limited. President Neiduski will speak before service projects begin. Please email questions to Knights Who Serve at knightswhoserve@wartburg.edu.

STAS Meeting

3:45 to 4:45 p.m., Library Room 2

STAS (Sharing Teaching and Advising Strategies), a group for teaching faculty and staff, will meet today and Jan. 30, Feb. 13, March 6, March 20, and April 17. Note the change in time and location from past semesters. Email sean.coleman@wartburg.edu or kristin.wendland@wartburg.edu with questions or to be added to the mailing list.

Deadline: Last Day to Drop Full-Term Course Without a ‘W’

Deadline: Winter Term board plan changes

Stop by the Dining Services Office and sign a board plan change form from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Off-campus students who would like a board plan must sign up for a new plan each term.

Women's Basketball vs. Loras

5:30 p.m., Levick Arena

Men's Basketball vs. Loras

7:30 p.m., Levick Arena


Meistersinger Honor Choir Festival Concert

5 p.m., Neumann Auditorium


College Conversations

11:30 a.m., Saemann Student Center Ballrooms

Kick off the academic year with College Conversations. The remaining Presidential Forums for the year will be Tuesday, Feb. 21, and Tuesday, March 14.

Men’s Wrestling vs. Augsburg

7 p.m., Levick Arena


Achievements and accomplishments
Music therapy fourth-year Hanna Peterson was one of three undergraduates in the nation to give a poster presentation at the National Opera Conference in Houston this month. Her presentation, “Analysis of 21st Century Opera Through the LGBTQIA+ Lens: An Exploration of the Operas ‘As One’ and ‘Sweets By Kate’” examines gender and sexuality within two modern operas, as well as the role they can play in enlightening the operatic community to the LGBTQIA+ experience. Peterson is advised by music professors Dr. Molly Doran and Dr. Kylie T. Gougler.
Hannah Hart, a 2020 neuroscience and biology graduate, published the research from her senior research project this fall. Stephanie Toering Peters, her faculty mentor at Wartburg, was a co-author, as well as collaborators at GlycoScience Research and the University of South Dakota. The paper, “The cytoprotective role of GM1 ganglioside in Huntington disease cells,” appeared in the September issue of Molecular Biology Reports.




Friday, Jan. 13: Depart at 4:30 p.m. to Cornell Invite

Men's and Women's Basketball

Wednesday, Jan. 11: Depart at 2:30 p.m. to Coe

JV Men's Basketball
Wednesday, Jan. 11: Depart at 12:30 p.m. to Coe


New arrivals
Cynthia Hendrickson, registrar support specialist, 11/1/22
Brooke Tudor, cook, 11/30/22
Promotions and new job titles
Lindsey Leonard, associate dean of students for community life, 11/1/22
Achievements and accomplishments
The Rev. Dr. Kristin J. Wendland presented her paper, “The Parent-Child Motif in Lamentations 4:1-10,” in the Biblical Hebrew Poetry section of the Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, which occurred Nov. 21-24.
Andrew Szarejko, assistant professor of political science, attended the International Studies Association's Midwest Annual Conference in St. Louis from Nov. 18-20. He presented a paper, "Learning Counterinsurgency: America's Indian Wars and the Occupation of the Philippines," and he chaired an author-meets-critics roundtable on a recent book, “Beyond the Wire: U.S. Military Deployments and Host Country Public Opinion.”
IINspire sent computer science major Isiana Carr-Coleman to the AfroTech conference in Austin, Texas, in November. AfroTech is the largest Black tech conference of the year with programming on emerging trends, networking opportunities with industry leaders, and conversations with top tech recruiters.
Dr. Tammy Faux, professor of social work, was elected to a three-year term as a program director for the board of the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors. A national association, BPD represents the interests of undergraduate education and practice in social work.

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