Stargazing opportunity — Platte Observatory will be open to the public Friday, Sept. 18, 8-10 p.m., weather permitting. Last Friday's open house was postponed due to cloud cover. It is located between the soccer and football practice fields. By car, take 20th Street north past Bartels Lutheran Retirement Community and enter a driveway on the right, near the railroad tracks. Park on the grassy area between the railroad tracks. Please keep these tips in mind:
- You may need a flashlight to get across the field. Red lights and lenses, or a red film over a normal light, will help preserve night vision.
- Bathrooms are not available.
- Dress as if it will be colder than you think.
- If you apply bug repellent, do so away from the observatory.
For more information, contact Dr. Charlie Figura, Platte Observatory director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Presidential forum series — President Colson invites faculty and staff to a series of three presidential forums in Fall Term. The forums are designed to be an exchange of information across campus constituencies. The first agenda will consist of a budget update, an enrollment report, highlights from the roundtable discussions recently held, an overall campus review, and a question-and-answer session. A more detailed agenda will be communicated closer to the date of each forum. Successive one-hour forums are designed to afford opportunities to explore timely topics in depth, and all will provide an occasion for employees to continue bringing forth expense-saving and revenue-enhancing ideas. The forums will be in Hagemann Castle Room of Saemann Student Center Friday, Sept. 25, 7:30 a.m.; Wednesday, Oct. 21, 4 p.m.; and Tuesday, Dec. 8, 11:30 a.m.
Math Lab changes — Pathways Center is excited to announce the relocation of the Math Lab to Vogel Library Classroom 1. The lab is open Sunday to Thursday, 7-10 p.m., and is staffed by trained student tutors who provide assistance for the following classes:
- MA 90 – Intermediate Mathematics
- MA 106 - Mathematics in Modern Society
- MA 107 – Finite Mathematics
- MA 110 – Structures of Mathematics I
- MA 190 – Precalculus
- MA 214 – Statistical Methods
- MA 250 – Applied Calculus
- MA 251 – Foundational Differential Calculus
- MA 252 – Foundational Integral Calculus
Track and field rummage sale — The track and field program will sell apparel Friday, Oct. 2, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m., in the Canfield Strength & Conditioning Room of The W. Cash or checks will be accepted. Items include T-shirts, sweatshirts, sweatpants, hats, and more.
Poverty simulation — The Volunteer Action Center will hold a poverty simulation Saturday, Sept. 20, 2 p.m., in Knights Ballroom, Saemann Student Center. To take part or help staff the event, email email@example.com.
2015 Iowa Hunger Summit — Kristin Teig Torres, Center for Community Engagement assistant director, invites faculty and staff to join her at the Iowa
Hunger Summit Oct. 13 in Des Moines. The event gathers leaders from across the state to fight hunger and poverty. The summit is free, but pre-registration is required. The event is a chance to discover service-learning opportunities ideal for course projects. For more information, contact Teig Torres at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Latino Heritage Festival — Wartburg is a sponsor of and exhibitor at the Latino Heritage Festival, held on the downtown bridges of Des Moines Saturday, Sept. 26-Sunday, Sept. 27. The 15-year-old event attracts between 10,000 and 20,000 people annually.
Information available — The U.S. Department of Education requires institutions receiving federal funding to provide notice regarding the availability of consumer information and voter registration information. The consumer information regards general college facts and statistics, financial aid assistance, an annual security report, copyright infringement, family educational rights, and Privacy Act policies. Click here to access this information. Contact the Financial Aid Office at ext. 8262 with questions or requests for a paper copy. Click here to register to vote.
WartburgAlert test — The college's emergency notification system, WartburgAlert, will be tested today, Sept. 17, around noon. The campus community is encouraged to register for automatic notifications by clicking here. WartburgAlert is tested at least once per term. The system allows up to two numbers for text notifications and four numbers for voice messages; text notification is encouraged. For assistance registering, visit the Security Office Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Contact email@example.com with questions or to verify previous registrations.
Ren Faire registration — Registration for the Renaissance Faire ends today Sept. 17. Click here to reserve a booth. If your campus organization needs a cash bag, contact Sherri Mennenga, financial services coordinator, at ext. 8411 or stop by the Business Office before noon Wednesday, Sept. 23. All student organizations must have a form, available in the Business Office, signed by their adviser. Bags can be picked up Friday, Oct. 2.
Phil & Lit — Drs. Kathryn Kleinhans, professor of religion; Kim Eversman, assistant professor of education; and Lizbeth Gehring, assistant professor of English education, will present A Little Knight Reading: Why You Should Care What the Class of 2019 is Reading (The Other Wes Moore) for the Wartburg Philosophical and Literary Society Friday, Sept. 18, 4 p.m., in McCoy West of Saemann Student Center. The society meets most Friday afternoons during the academic year for presentations by a colleague in an informal, convivial setting. Beverages and snacks are available. To be sent speaker and topic updates, email Dr. Fred Waldstein, professor of political science, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Back-to-school sale — The Wartburg Store will have a back-to-school sale with items 40-60 percent off today, Sept. 17, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m., in the McCoy rooms of Saemann Student Center. Click here for more information.
Wartburg Women to meet — Wartburg Women will hold its annual fall brunch Saturday, Sept. 19, 9:30 a.m., in the Castle Room in Saemann Student Center. Anne Duncan, sustainability coordinator, will present. Click here to read more.
College calendar — Stay up to date with campus events by following the college's official calendar.
Homecoming Court — Congratulations to the 2015 Homecoming Court. Voting will be Monday, Sept. 28 through Wednesday, Sept. 30. Coronation of the King and Queen will follow Kastle Kapers Thursday, Oct. 1. King candidates include Robert Anstoetter, Tyler Gosnell, Sean Lancaster, Avery Mason, and Andrew Tubbs. Queen candidates include Bobbie Burrows, Libby DeJardin, Kalyn Ertz, Carly Sis, and Angela Zook.
God’s Work, Our Hands Sunday — God’s Work, Our Hands Sunday begins with a worship service Sept. 27, 10:30 a.m., in Wartburg Chapel. The service includes Holy Communion and music led by summer camp staff members. Service projects begin at 11 a.m., and lunch will be provided. Register for a service project outside Mensa during lunch and dinner today, Sept. 17. For more information, or to register by email, contact Anna Askegaard ’17 at email@example.com.
Survey results available — Did you know nearly 90 percent of Wartburg alumni say they would re-enroll? Or that Wartburg faculty members are far more likely than faculty at peer institutions to meet with their advisees informally rather than on a scheduled basis? Such insights were learned through the 2013 Wartburg Alumni Survey, 2014 Triennial Faculty Survey, and Advising Module for the Triennial Faculty Survey. Summaries of these surveys are available for review under "Institutional Research Reports" on the InfoCenter.
Scholarship Day volunteering — Volunteers are needed to assist with interviews on Scholarship Days being held Sundays, Nov. 15, Jan. 17, and Feb. 21. Volunteers will attend a brief session at 11:45 a.m. and a luncheon at 12:15 p.m., with interviews following until about 4:45 p.m. Click here to register. For more information, contact Mallory Luensmann, assistant director of admissions, at firstname.lastname@example.org ext. 8686.
Daytrotter promotion — Wartburg is excited to announce a promotion with Daytrotter, the world-renowned, Quad Cities-based music studio and website that recorded Mumford & Sons and many other Gentlemen of the Road artists in Bachman Fine Arts Center during the June festival. Daytrotter is offering all Wartburg faculty and staff a free one-year membership. To sign up, email email@example.com with Wartburg in the subject line. Daytrotter records artists in genres from electronica to country. Members have full access to the site and can download any session.