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The Juice - March 6

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Monday, March 6, 2023



Women's basketball advances to Sweet Sixteen

Our women's basketball team beat Baldwin Wallace 57-43 on Friday and defeated Hope College 81-67 on Saturday to advance to the Sweet Sixteen round of the NCAA Division III Tournament. The Knights will next face Christopher Newport at 4 p.m. Central on Friday, March 10. Congratulations to the team on its success so far!

May term balances due March 10

Students, a reminder that Winter Term balances were due Feb. 10, and May Term balances are due March 10. Your account balance must be $2,500 or less to register for classes for the 2023-24 academic year; registration begins March 13. If you have a monthly payment plan and your payments are current, you will be cleared to register. If you need to explore payment options, schedule a time to meet with the Financial Aid Office or Business Office.

Esports team headed to new home

Classroom Technology Center rooms 200 and 201 are being remodeled as a new practice and competition space for our esports teams. The work, funded by gifts from donors, has already started and is anticipated to be complete by the end of July. Be sure to check out the team; all their competitions are livestreamed on Knight Vision.

ITS Techline changes hours, availability
Effective today, the main ITS office will close at 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and will be closed Sunday. However, student workers will be available at Vogel Library to assist with urgent IT-related issues from 4 p.m. to close Sunday and from 7 p.m. to close Monday through Thursday. Complex issues may require help from full-time staff on the following business day. Contact the Techline at 319-353-8767 or techline@wartburg.edu with questions or concerns.
Join a service trip during Tour Week
Grab a friend and sign up for the best break of your life from April 22-29. This is a great opportunity to give back to a new community, travel, and have fun. Cost is $200 and includes all meals, lodging, and transportation. Locations will be announced soon on the Service Trips Instagram. The group will table during lunch today and Wednesday, March 8.
Equipment, tech budget requests due March 22

Requests for equipment and technology needs for fiscal year 2023-24 are now being accepted. This annual process allows faculty and staff to submit requests for funding to purchase equipment and technology in excess of $1,000. All submissions should be sent to zach.drape@wartburg.edu. The deadline for submission is March 22.

Vogel Library publishes March newsletter

The latest edition of The Searching Squirrel, Vogel Library’s newsletter, is now available. It includes news about new databases, a light therapy lamp for checkout, and mini golf in the library.



Deadline: Last Day to Declare P/D/F for Full-Term Courses


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

Message by Alex Buchheim. This month's prayer focus: art and graphic design, history, security and safety, advancement, student recruitment, Student Senate, student organizations, and faith expression groups.

History Dinner

6:30 p.m., Hagemann Castle Room

By invitation only.

Stories from Study Abroad

7 to 8 p.m., WBC 116

What is it really like to study abroad? Hear from students who went abroad in summer or fall 2022. They'll share favorite photos, stories, and advice from their experiences in Greece, Chile, Spain, Italy, and France.


Deadline: Last Day to Drop 2nd Seven-Week Courses Without a W


Professional Headshots by Phi Beta Lambda

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2:45 to 3:30 p.m., Fine Arts Center 52

Sign up for a time slot and get dressed to take a professional headshot — free and open to all majors! Email phibetalambda@wartburg.edu with questions.


‘Breaking into Tech’ MCSP Department Seminar

11:30 a.m., Science Center 134

The featured speaker will be fourth-year computer science major Towera Longwe, who will discuss her internship at VGM. All are invited to hear her presentation. Refreshments will be served.

Mini Golf in Vogel Library

6 to 8 p.m., Vogel Library service desk

Join library staff for a fun-filled evening and nine holes of golf as you explore the library spaces. Begin your tour on the second floor at the service desk. Snacks will be provided, with golf clubs generously provided by the city of Waverly’s Parks and Recreation Department.


Deadline: Senate leadership scholarship applications

Wartburg Student Senate and the Leadership Education Service Committee are taking applications for two $500 scholarships. Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, be entering their third or fourth year at Wartburg, and be a leader in a campus organization. Interested students should submit an application as well as a recommendation from a faculty or staff member. Applications are due by 3 p.m. March 8. For questions, email michael.gleason@wartburg.edu or grace.coffman@wartburg.edu.


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

Lenten Chapel: "Water from the Rock"

Peru 2024 May Term Trip Information Meeting

6:30 p.m., Science Center 128

Dr. Michael Bechtel and students that traveled to South America in 2022 will answer questions about the 2024 travel course, BI 214 Ecology and Culture of the Amazon. Presenters will explain costs, expectations, itinerary, citizen science opportunities, and service work through a slide show and question-and-answer session.


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.


Professional Headshots by Phi Beta Lambda

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2:45 to 3:30 p.m., Fine Arts Center 52

Sign up for a time slot and get dressed to take a professional headshot — free and open to all majors! Email phibetalambda@wartburg.edu with questions.


‘25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’

7:30 p.m., McCaskey Lyceum

The Opera Workshop presents a musical comedy centered on a fictional middle school spelling bee. Some audience members will be invited to the stage to compete in the spelling bee with the contestants. Contains adult themes and lyrics. Tickets are $10 at the door; students are free with ID.

Music Scholarship Audition Day

Deadline: Leadership & Service Award Nominations

Nominate someone you know for one or more of the following awards:


Nobility Award
Debbie Heida Award
Outstanding Organization
Outstanding International Senior
Dell Awards for Peace and Justice
Peacemaker Award
Outstanding Organization Service Award
Outstanding Organization Adviser Award


The awards ceremony and National Society of Leadership & Success inductions will be Thursday, April 13, in the Chapel. Email questions to lindsey.leonard@wartburg.edu.


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

Senior message by Meghan Hicks.


Bach's Lunch

Noon to 1 p.m., Wartburg Chapel

Hudson Lourenço-Feld, an organist originally from São Paulo, Brazil, will be the featured guest. Bring your lunch to the Chapel Commons at noon for conversation with Lourenço-Feld, followed by the concert at 12:30 p.m.


‘25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’

7:30 p.m., McCaskey Lyceum

The Opera Workshop presents a musical comedy centered on a fictional middle school spelling bee. Some audience members will be invited to the stage to compete in the spelling bee with the contestants. Contains adult themes and lyrics. Tickets are $10 at the door; students are free with ID.


Castle Singers & Kammerstreicher Concert

2 p.m., Wartburg Chapel


Registration for Third- and Fourth-Years

8 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Registration for Third- and Fourth-Years

8 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Brown Bag Innovation Lunch

11:30 a.m., Chapel Commons

This informal session will allow those interested in academic innovation to brainstorm ideas and consider possible opportunities for collaboration. To provide clear process information and transparency, a website has been developed on the Info Center that details the process for proposing innovative academic ideas, the feasibility study process, and a link to the status of programs that have been submitted for review. Please contact Michaeleen Golay or Michael Gleason with questions about the event or website.


Grad Finale

3:30 to 6:30 p.m., Knights Ballroom

May and August 2023 graduates are encouraged to drop by this one-stop event, which includes several campus offices that will assist you in the transition from student to graduate and clear you to order your cap and gown. Email regoffice@wartburg.edu for more information.

Deadline: Student Senate Funding Application

Student Senate is now accepting applications for next year's allocations, which are funds given to organizations. Please meet with your executive team to fill out the form in as much detail as possible. Malcolm Newell will contact applicants about hearings with the Budget Review Committee, which will be from March 27-31. No late applications will be accepted.


Self-Defense for Girls and Women

6 to 8 p.m., The W

This course will be taught in two sessions, with the second session on March 27. Attendees will learn simple, effective skills that may help you prevent or survive an assault. Participants also will learn awareness, assertiveness, safety strategies, and how to use simple techniques on vulnerable areas of the body. The class will be taught by Joe Edwards, and the cost is $30.



NetVUE UnConference

As a member of the Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education, all Wartburg faculty and staff can attend these virtual sessions for free. You must register for each session you plan to attend. The event runs through Saturday, March 25.


‘Monumental Mysteries’ Artist Talk & Gallery Reception

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

The exhibition “Monumental Mysteries” by Robert Kennon is on display through March 24. Kennon explores the prehistoric monoliths, megaliths, memoirs, dolmens, and henges through sketches made during numerous trips to England. The reception is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served.



Kiddos at the Castle

1:30 to 6:30 p.m., The W

Wartburg’s women's soccer team will host a fun afternoon of activities for kids, including crafts, games, sport activities, and movies. Ages 1-11 are welcome; register in advance.


New arrivals
Colton Martlette, cleaning staff, 2/6/23
Casey Chaplin, interim head baseball coach, 2/21/23
Mary Creech, office coordinator, business administration, accounting and economics, 3/6/23
Jonathon Wolford, catering manager, 3/6/23
Katie Hirv, communications and social media associate, 3/8/23
Retirements and departures
Sara Soldwisch, cleaning staff, 2/14/23
Kelsey Winkey, graphic designer, 2/17/23
Joel Holst, head baseball coach, 2/18/23
Chantel Sisk, director of student accounts, 2/20/23
Achievements and accomplishments
Dr. Brian Birgen, professor of mathematics, will participate in the SENTRY/DIMACS Reconnect Workshop 2023 on Risk Assessment from June 18-23 in Providence, R.I.



Our sympathies to the family and friends of the Rev. Bob Gremmels, who died Feb. 28 at age 94. Gremmels was the great-great-grandson of Wartburg founder Georg Grossmann, and he graduated from Wartburg in 1952. Gremmels later returned to the college as staff in 1960, became an assistant professor of journalism in 1972, and retired in 1994. He was awarded an Alumni Citation in 1970 and the Wartburg Medal in 2014. Services are at 1:30 p.m. today in the Chapel. See the full obituary.



Indoor Track
Tuesday, March 7: Depart to NCAA Championships, Birmingham, Ala.

Thursday, March 9: Depart at 1:30 p.m. to Dubuque

Monday, March 13: Depart at 1 p.m. to Upper Iowa


Sign up for May Term 2024 travel courses

Are you ready to study away during May Term 2024? Check out the May Term website for 2024 international and domestic travel courses and contact the listed faculty leader with your questions!

Vogel Library introduces music transposition resource
A trial subscription to Art Song Transposition has been made available to the Wartburg community. This trial runs until May 15.
On-campus positions available for student workers

There are open student worker positions across campus, including these two jobs:


Help Desk Consultation I, ITS
This position is responsible for first level technical support. Students will create help desk tickets and perform daily computer lab checks.


Circulation Desk Assistant I, Vogel Library
This position is responsible for welcoming visitors to the library and providing the first line of customer service at the circulation desk. Additionally, students will assist in maintaining the library collection and help make the library's spaces and services inclusive.


To apply, check out these positions and more on Handshake.

Service Trips hiring exec team members

Service Trips is hiring new executive team members for the 2023-24 school year. Positions include director of marketing, director of finances, director of student recruitment, and director of fundraising. These are paid positions that help continue the pillar of service here at Wartburg by sending out service trips during each academic break. Email servcetrips@wartburg.edu with any questions.

Remember to claim Student Senate funding

Student Senate allocations for the 2022-23 academic year can be claimed through May Term. Go to the Student Senate Resources page to submit your claim and see receipts. Email malcolm.newell@wartburg.edu or visit the Student Senate Resources page if you have any questions.

Achievements and accomplishments

IINspire sent two students, Hidaly Hernandez '23 and Robby Munoz '24, to the IINspire Annual Conference in Iowa City to present research posters. Additionally, students Bert Cortez '25, Izzy Gomes '25, Mia Lopez '26, Jennifer Miranda '23, and Zee Naba '26 attended the conference. Dr. LeAnn Faidley and Dr. Michaeleen Golay accompanied students. Sessions on inclusive mentoring, preparing for graduate programs, and alumni panels provided professional development and community building for students and faculty.


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