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The Juice - Oct. 9

See what's happening on campus this week.

Monday, Oct. 9, 2023




Editor’s note: Homecoming & Family Weekend events will be featured in a special edition of Juice sent later this week. Keep an eye out!

Voting open for Study Away Photo Contest

Vote now for your favorite entry in this year's Study Away Photo Contest! Entries are on display in the second-floor hallway of Luther Hall. You can vote online through Oct. 23. Winners will be announced in early November.

Give your feedback on Outfly

If you have any feedback you are willing to share about Outfly, both positive and negative, please fill out this form. We want to hear from the students to improve each year.

No postal delivery today

There will be no mail or postal packages today, including most Amazon packages, due to the federal holiday. This includes any packages that arrived in Waverly on Saturday, Oct.7, and Sunday, Oct. 8. Please allow time for processing before attempting to pick up items on Tuesday. Outgoing mail may be given to the Mail Center on Monday but will not go out until Tuesday, Oct. 10.

Faculty, staff: You’re invited to Tuesday Pep Rally

The Homecoming Committee extends a special invitation to faculty and staff for the Pep Rally, which begins at noon Tuesday in Levick Arena. Come support our athletic teams as they gear up for big games — a packed house would be amazing!

Emeritus professor Frick marks 100th birthday

An open house to celebrate the 100th birthday of Arthur Frick, professor emeritus of art, will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, in the Narthex at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and School, 301 1st St. NW. Friends and colleagues are invited to attend this milestone event or to send cards to 212 2nd Ave. NW.

Actors needed for short film

Nick Van Laningham is looking for volunteer actors to film a short film, “In a Fugue.” Time commitment if casted is one weekend. Auditions will be from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, McElroy Center 134; sign up for a 15-minute audition slot.

Retrieving Freedom foster policy updated

Students who are trained through Retrieving Freedom and apply for approval through Residential Life are now eligible to foster if they live in a suite-style or single room. Previously, fosters were only allowed in the Residence and Knights Village. Additionally, there have been some minor policy updates to be eligible to weekend foster. Email residential.life@wartburg.edu with questions.

Apply to fill Student Senate vacancies

The Student Senate Rolling Application is now live. When a Senate seat becomes vacant, this form will be used to elect and assign a new senator. Each vacancy will be filled as soon as possible, with applicants considered in the order they apply (first-come, first-served). Reach out to Ryleigh Parrack with concerns.

Sign up to speak in Student Senate

Student Senate holds full meetings every Thursday at 11:30 a.m. in Buckmaster, WBC 214. Guest speakers are welcome to talk about any topic of their choosing. Students, faculty, staff, and community members are welcome. Please fill out this form if you are interested in being a guest speaker. Email Ryleigh Parrack with questions.

On-campus positions available for student employees

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


STEM Tutor, IINSPIRE Program

Tutors and peer mentors are needed to provide an inclusive and supportive learning experience to individual or small groups of IINSPIRE students enrolled in Wartburg STEM classes. IINSPIRE is a program with the goal of supporting students from racial and ethnic groups traditionally under-represented in the STEM fields.


Lifeguard/Swim Instructor, The W

Already a certified lifeguard? Apply today to work at the pool at The W! Lifeguards are responsible for ensuring the safety of all participants in and around the pool area and assisting with the maintenance of the facility and equipment. Proof of your current certifications is required when applying.


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

Vogel Library publishes October newsletter

The latest edition of the Searching Squirrel, Vogel Library’s newsletter, is now available. It includes information on the upcoming citation seminar event, a spotlight on the Mental Health Awareness two-floor book display, information about the interlibrary loan service, Homecoming and Fall break hours, and an upcoming announcement.

Annual Medicare notice available

The annual Medicare notice is now available.





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

Service will celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day.

MBK Literary Symposium: An Evening with Sarah Cypher

6:30 p.m., McCaskey Lyceum

Join a reading and discussion with Sarah Cypher, a queer Arab American writer of Lebanese descent and author of the 2023 novel “The Skin and Its Girl.” The event will be followed by a book signing, with books available for purchase.

Fall Book Club

7:30 to 8:30 p.m., Faculty-in-residence apartment, Clinton 2


Society of Physics Students Meeting

8 p.m., Science Center 345

SPS will hold its first meeting of the year, and it's open to all students to join. The group will have demonstrations and snacks for people to enjoy.



MCSP Department Seminar: Dr. Wei Vivyan Yan

11:30 a.m to 12:30 p.m, Science Center 134

Dr. Wei Vivyan Yan, assistant professor of physics, will discuss her research about supermassive black holes and active galactic nuclei in her presentation, "Hunting the Hidden Monsters of the Universe." Refreshments will be provided, and this event is open to anyone. Email ben.bousquet@wartburg.edu with questions.


PRSSA Meeting

6:30 to 7:30 p.m., McElroy Center 225

PRSSA welcomes speaker Travis Toliver, executive director for the Waverly Chamber of Commerce.


Tower Agency Meeting

7:30 p.m., McElroy Center 134

Tower Agency works with clients in the community to identify their needs and do videography, photography, graphic design, social media, copywriting, and event planning. Email gabby.mccoy@wartburg.edu with any questions.



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

Service with Holy Communion.

Free Student Flu Shots

11:30 a.m to 1 p.m., Neumann Auditorium Lobby

Please bring an insurance card if you have one. Contact Stephanie Newsom at stephanie.newsom@wartburg.edu with questions.


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.


Guided Meditation

11:30 a.m., Chapel Garden (rain site: Lily Reflection Room)

Group C Meeting

11:30 a.m., Luther Hall 330

Free Student Flu Shots

11:30 a.m to 1 p.m., Neumann Auditorium Lobby

Please bring an insurance card if you have one. Contact Stephanie Newsom at stephanie.newsom@wartburg.edu with questions.



Wartburg Track and Field Rummage Sale

9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Hall of Fame Room, The W

Cash, check, and Venmo will be accepted for the purchase of T-shirts, sweatshirts, sweatpants, hats, and other items. Leftover items will be available for purchase the following day at the Renaissance Faire.


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

Homecoming & Family Weekend message by Jen Bye Christy '95, Alumni Board president-elect.



Alliance Rainbow Social

6:30 to 8 p.m., Löhe Hall

Connect with fellow students, alumni, community members, and faculty at this social.



Citation Seminar

5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Library Classroom 2

Preparing for midterm papers? Need help citing your sources correctly? Drop in to get librarian support on research, editing works cited/reference pages, and in-text citations. Snacks provided.



Knights to Know: Spotlight on STEM

7 to 8 p.m., virtual event

Join President Ehretsman, current students, alumni, and other friends of the college for Knights to Know, a series that explores the amazing work Wartburg graduates are doing out in the world. This year's theme is Women of Wartburg, and the October session will spotlight work being done in the STEM field. Join a panel interview with Kerri Blobaum ’94, a materials scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; Erica Gallant ’99, technology strategy and partnerships leader for electrification of heating at Trane Technologies; and Dr. Jennifer Kurtz ’99, director of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Energy Conversion and Storage Systems Center. Register for the free event to receive the Zoom link.



Wartburg West Drop-In Information Session

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., McCoy West

Meet with Luz Navarrete, Wartburg West program director, to learn more about living and interning in Denver, Colo. Bring friends and enjoy pizza; kindly RSVP for food count purposes.



Wartburg Community Symphony: Stage and Screen

7 p.m., Neumann Auditorium

Join the symphony for a one-night exclusive concert with Waverly native John Hagen from the Emmy Award-winning Texas Tenors! He will be joined by soprano Bárbara Padilla, known for her unforgettable performances on “America’s Got Talent.” A meet-and-greet with John will be held in the Hagemann Castle Room after the concert, limited to 100 attendees. Tickets for the concert are $40-$60.


Achievements and accomplishments

Dr. Michael Bechtel and Kate Heithoff presented "Hands-on, Minds-on Aquaponics" at the Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children state conference in Des Moines on Oct. 6-7. The presentations provided history, current research, and future outreach taking place in the Midwest. Attendees left the presentation with lessons aligned with Next Generation Science Standards, links to Wartburg College supports, and models to be used with their young learners.



Friday, Oct. 13
Women's Tennis: All day

Cross Country: 2 p.m. departure




Show your support at Knight Games

The Student Athlete Advisory Committee is focused on building support and excitement across all athletic teams this year. The group is starting Knight Games with the goal to get as many students to a single event as possible. Each athletics team has designated the date they would like the most support. The team who showcases the most support for others throughout the year will be recognized at the Golden Knight Awards in May.


Upcoming Knight Games include:

Oct. 10: Soccer vs. Loras
Oct. 13: Volleyball vs. St. Olaf
Oct. 28-29: Clay target sports, Wartburg Fall Invite
Oct. 28: Football vs. Central

Use your meal swipe at Oktoberfest

The Mensa will be closed Oct. 14 for the evening meal. Even if you missed the registration link, you can still use your meal plan at Oktoberfest. Come out to the campus mall between 4 and 6:30 p.m. for grilled food, music, and a community celebration!

Mark your calendars for Pep Rally

This year, the Pep Rally will be from noon to 12:45 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12, during community time. This event will happen in Levick Arena with free swag, games, and overall Wartburg spirit!

Get your Homecoming merchandise

The Homecoming Committee will table during mealtimes starting Monday, Oct. 2, with T-shirts, window clings, buttons, and so much more! Cash or card payment options are available.

Plan now for 2024-25 study abroad

Is a term abroad in your future for 2024-25? Your $1,500 Knight’s Experience funding can help! Email Study Away Coordinator Kathleen Sihler (kathleen.sihler@wartburg.edu) or stop by WBC 118 for a first advising session in October and learn more at www.wartburg.edu/study-abroad. Application deadline is Jan. 15.

Yoga barre class offered during lunch hour

The W offers a yoga barre class, a muscle-endurance-style yoga designed to improve posture and tone the body, every Monday and Wednesday from 12:15-12:45 p.m. This class is a part of the normal group fitness class schedule. Faculty, staff, and students are invited to try it once for free; after that, you can get a group fitness pass for unlimited classes for one month for $10. Contact Clay Cook at 319-352-8460 or clay.cook@wartburg.edu with questions.

Facility request forms receive update

New facility request forms for all student and faculty events are now available at www.wartburg.edu/conferences or by contacting Kayla Seppelt, events manager. Please note filling out these forms does not add your item to the Campus Calendar. Contact Kayla with questions.

Self-defense class set for November

A two-part self-defense course developed for women will be taught from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 13 and 20 in the Walker Wrestling Room. Participants will learn awareness, assertiveness, safety strategies, and how to use simple, effective techniques on vulnerable areas of the body. Wear comfortable clothes and socks. Registration deadline is Thursday, Nov. 9; participants must be at least 16 years old. Cost is $25.

On-campus positions available for student employees

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

Student Facilities Technician, Operations & Maintenance
Join our team of dedicated employees that clean and maintain our campus buildings and grounds and earn $12 per hour. Flexible hours and opportunities for advancement. Positions available in various buildings on campus.

Student Manager, Dining Services
Already work in Dining Services and have strong leadership skills? Apply for a student manager position in the Den-Rittersaal, Konditorei, or for special events. Earn $13 per hour. Flexible work hours. Great work experience to add to your resume.

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

Take steps now to reduce insurance costs

You and your insured spouse can secure lower premium rates in 2024 by completing 200 points of activities through HealthPartners. First, complete the online Health Risk Assessment to earn 100 points, then choose activities to track to earn another 100 points. Points must be earned by Nov. 30 to count toward lower premiums.

Changes announced to tuition remission process

The Financial Aid and Human Resources offices have collaborated to create an updated website for Wartburg's tuition benefit programs. Employees wishing to apply for tuition assistance for themselves, their spouses, or eligible dependents can now do so by submitting the new online form. Please note this form must be submitted on an annual basis to receive the benefit. Contact Sheryn Boos (sheryn.boos@wartburg.edu, 319-352-8646) or Amy Wilson (amy.wilson@wartburg.edu, 319-352-8278) with questions.

New arrivals
Laurie Everhardt, director of stewardship & special gifts, 9/18/23
Promotions and new job titles
Kristin Teig Torres, director of student leadership, service, and engagement, 9/18/23
Laura Davis, maintenance & operations office manager, 9/25/23
Steph Key, cleaning staff, 9/25/23
Retirements and departures
Jeff de Seriere, director of bands, 8/31/23
Tony Moton, assistant professor of journalism and communications, 8/31/23
Kristopher Blanchard, assistant professor of accounting, 8/31/23
Suleman Abdiah, assistant professor of business, 8/31/23
Eric Emmons, assistant professor of biology, 8/31/23
Veronica Reece, assistant director of Pathways Center & adjunct, 8/31/23
Thomas Payne, professor of art, 8/31/23
Michaeleen Golay, associate professor of biology, 8/31/23
Corey Hoefer, office coordinator for alumni, 9/22/23

Achievements and accomplishments

Barbara Fedeler, professor of art, is featured in the exhibition Wing & Bloom at Olson Larsen Galleries in West Des Moines. The group show features female artists whose work depicts birds or flowers. The work is as varied as the birds in the sky and the flowers that sprout from the earth. Wing & Bloom is open Oct. 13 to Dec. 2.


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