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The Juice - Sept. 4

See what's happening on campus this week.

Monday, Sept. 4, 2023



No mail delivery today

There will be no incoming or outgoing mail or packages today due to the federal Labor Day holiday. The Mail Center will be open for package pickup for the convenience of those students returning to campus. There will be no campus delivery run today, with delivery resuming Tuesday as staffing and volume allows.

Members sought for Homecoming Committee
Homecoming and Family Weekend is right around the corner from Oct. 12-15, and we need your help to make it happen for the thousands of alumni, parents, and friends of the college. Join Homecoming Committee and be part of the magic this year through one of our seven committees. Apply to be a part of the best week of the year!
Mail preview service coming to campus

The Mail Center is piloting a new mail service that provides a preview of physical mail slated for delivery on campus. Users may request that mail be recycled in the Mail Center or forwarded to another user, with regular delivery as the default action. Please watch for an email from no-reply@receiveddigital.com today for login information. This email may go to the junk folder and will need to be moved to your inbox if that happens.


As this is a pilot program, feedback is welcome from those who opt to make use of the service. Campus delivery will continue as usual if no action is taken. Please send questions and feedback regarding the service to kory.figura@wartburg.edu. Questions? Check out this digital mail guide.

Takeout containers available from Dining Services

Takeout containers will be available during Fall Term for any student with a food plan. If you would like a takeout container, stop in the Dining Services Office on the first floor of the Saemann Student Center to pick up a carabiner. The carabiner can be exchanged at the checker station in Mensa for a takeout container.


When you return the empty container, you will be given the choice of a clean container or a carabiner to bring back the next time you would like a takeout container. The container is free of charge unless you received one last year and did not return it. The cost of a replacement container is $5, which can be paid by cash, check, or your student account.

Parking enforcement begins Thursday
Students will need to be in their assigned lots Wednesday, Sept. 6, as ticketing will begin Thursday, Sept. 7. If you have any questions, please come to the Security office. Complete parking regulations are available online.
Fall Book Club to explore disability in religion

Join Chaplain Maggie Falenschek and Professor Rachel Clark for Fall Book Club and a discussion of disability in Christianity and religion more broadly. The group will use the book “My Body Is Not a Prayer Request: Disability Justice in the Church" by Amy Kenny as a guide. All students participating will receive a free copy of the book. The book club will meet in Dr. Clark's apartment on Clinton 2 at 7:30 p.m. on the following Mondays: Sept. 11, Sept. 25, Oct. 9, and Oct. 23. Expect snacks and open conversation!

Friendship Families needed for international students
Friendship Families are an integral part of an international student’s Wartburg College experience, as well as their American experience. The Friendship Family program is an important way the Cedar Valley learns from these students and how these students share with our community. We need host families to support our international students. If you're interested in learning more about the Friendship Families program and potentially signing up to be a host, please email elisa.holmes@wartbug.edu for more information.
Title IX online training coming soon
Wartburg will soon launch online Title IX training via email to all employees. Completion of the training is mandatory and should be completed within 60 days. If you have questions, contact Title IX Coordinator Karen Thalacker at karen.thalacker@wartburg.edu. If you have trouble accessing the online training, contact Jackie Chouinard in Human Resources at jackie.chouinard@wartburg.edu.
Faculty STAS meetings set for term
All faculty and staff are invited to a peer-led discussion of teaching and advising strategies. The Sept. 18 discussion will be centered around artificial intelligence, while topics have not yet been chosen for the Oct. 2, Oct. 16, and Nov. 6 meetings. A date will also be set in December. Meetings will be held in the faculty resource room, Vogel Library. Please contact Kristin Wendland or Sean Coleman with questions.
Read with students for Hearthside Project

Read a book of your choice with up to three students in an informal environment as part of the Hearthside Project. How often you meet and the choice of book are up to you, though the text is encouraged to relate to the key role of the humanities in contemporary thought.
Hearthside is sponsored by the Harry and Polly Slife Professorship in Humanities and the McCoy Family Distinguished Chair in Lutheran Heritage and Mission. If you would like to run a group or if you have questions, contact Dr. Zak Montgomery.



Opening Convocation & Lunch

10:15 a.m., Levick Arena

Nick Arp ’19 will speak. Lunch will follow in Mensa.

Men’s Soccer vs. St. Scholastica

3 p.m., Salzwedel Field

Women’s Tennis vs. Loras

4 p.m., Meirink Family Tennis Facility

Fall Classes Begin


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

Women's Soccer vs. St. Olaf

6 p.m., Salzwedel Field


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.

Keep on Learning: Protest and Music

9 a.m., Heritage & St. Elizabeth rooms


Cotton Candy

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Campus Mall

Student Life will serve cotton candy to say, “Welcome back!” Stop by, say hello, and enjoy a treat.

Men’s Soccer vs. Macalester

7:30 p.m., Salzwedel Field


Women’s Golf: Wartburg Invite

All day, Prairie Links Golf Course

Women’s Soccer vs. Dominican

11 a.m., Salzwedel Field


Back to School Games & Puzzles

2 to 4 p.m., second floor, Vogel Library

Vogel Library and the Waverly Public Library are co-hosting a back-to-school afternoon of board games and puzzles. Snacks provided! Bring your roommates, orientation group, team, or just yourself for fun at the library.

Women’s Soccer vs. Illinois Wesleyan

2:30 p.m., Salzwedel Field



Indian Food Sample Lunch

11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Mensa

Rapid Rasoi, an Indian food product manufacturer, will hand out samples of their products:


Dal makhani, a vegetarian, protein-rich dish designed to complement rice.
Chicken tikka masala, a renowned Indian dish featuring chicken.
Samosas, a kind of Indian-style Hot Pocket, stuffed with a blend of potatoes, peas, and spices.
Paneer makhana, which features a milk-derived protein.
Tomato Soup.


Please come to sample and give feedback to the representatives and Chef Jami.


Dance Marathon 16 Kickoff Event

7 to 9 p.m., Campus Mall

There will be games, snacks, early registration, and the opportunity to meet the morale teams! Rain site is the McCoy Rooms.


New arrivals
Nancy Lopes, area coordinator, 8/1/23
Jackie Chouinard, human resources and payroll assistant, 8/1/23
Brandon Runk, assistant bowling coach, 8/1/23
Ethan Hayes, director of sports performance, 8/1/23
Maggie Falenschek, dean of spiritual life and Moehlmann chaplaincy chair, 8/7/23
Heidi Keller, office coordinator, humanities and music, 8/14/23
Frankie Voyek, cleaning staff, 8/14/23
Amy Tucker, assistant director for career and alumni engagement, 8/14/23
Jeffrey Cornforth, part-time security officer, 8/21/23
Vivyan Wei Yan, assistant professor of physics, 8/28/23
Timothy Donat, accounting assistant, 8/28/23
Randy Thomas, associate professor of accounting, 8/28/23
Michael George, security officer, 8/28/23
Lia Snead, assistant professor of music, 8/28/23
Amy Johnson, visiting assistant professor of education, 8/28/23
Shanta Karki, visiting assistant professor of biology, 8/28/23
Brett Mommer, assistant professor of biology, 8/28/23
Clifton Ross, visiting assistant professor of business, 8/28/23
Kathie Sloan, visiting assistant professor of education, 8/28/23
Ashley Heck, visiting assistant professor of psychology, 8/28/23
Jennifer Beck, director of institutional research and effectiveness, 8/28/23
Marwa Elkashif, visiting assistant professor of art, 8/28/23
Troy Decelles, cook, 8/28/23
Philip Spitzer, visiting assistant professor of health and human performance, 8/28/23
Promotions and new job titles
Jessica Albright, assistant athletic trainer, 8/1/23
Steph Key, maintenance and operations office manager, 8/1/23
Dean Cockerham, director of campus safety and security, 8/7/23
Henrique Donati, director of IT application services, 8/7/23
Joel Holthaus, assistant registrar-systems, 9/1/23
Matina Clark, assistant registrar for transfer and articulation processes, 9/1/23
Retirements and departures
Carol Perdomo Sarabia, cook, 8/3/23
Laura Davis, maintenance and operations office manager, 8/15/23
Rebecca Baird, pastoral intern, 8/31/23

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