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The Juice - Dec. 4

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Monday, Dec. 4, 2023




Football rolls on to national semifinal

The Wartburg football team notched its first-ever win over UW-Whitewater 31-28 on Saturday to advance to the semifinal round of the NCAA championship. Wartburg will once again host, facing off against defending national champion North Central at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at Walston-Hoover Stadium. The game will be televised on ESPN+.

See photos from Christmas with Wartburg

A big round of applause to all the students, faculty, and staff involved with this year's amazing Christmas with Wartburg production, "Emmanuel: God with Us." You can check out photos from the production here.

Volunteer applications open for Waverly Health Center

Applications to participate in the Waverly Health Center Volunteer Program during Winter Term are now being accepted. This is a great way to build your resume toward applying to graduate school in the medical fields. Please visit Student Life (across from the Den) to sign up and receive the volunteer packet. The deadline is Jan. 12 or when the 10 available slots are filled. Email jo.dorrance@wartburg.edu with questions.

Faculty/staff headshot slots still available

Julie Drewes, visual media manager, will take new or updated headshots of faculty and staff from 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Jan. 16. There are still a few slots available; you can claim one of them by emailing julie.drewes@wartburg.edu. No walk-ins will be accepted due to the number of signups.

Increase in vandalism, thefts reported

Wartburg Security has noticed an uptick in vandalism and thefts around campus, especially involving parked cars. Please be respectful of our community property as well as that of others, and remember to lock your car doors to prevent crimes of opportunity. If you see suspicious activity or have something to report, call Security at 319-352-9999.

Read with students for Hearthside Project

Sign up for the next cycle of the Hearthside Project and share a book off your to-read pile with three students. How often your reading group meets and the choice of book are yours. Email Dr. Zak Montgomery with questions or to sign up by the Dec. 8 deadline.

Mail Center announces hours through Christmas break

The Mail Center will operate the following hours over the holidays:

Weekdays through Thursday, Dec. 14: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 15: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Dec. 18-22: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Dec. 23-Jan. 1: Closed
Jan. 2-5: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Normal hours will resume Jan. 8. Mail and packages will not be forwarded over the holiday break. Students and staff may receive some package notifications during closure, but all packages will be held until classes resume. Students who remain on campus for break will have packages loaded to lockers as space is available. Please email mailroom@wartburg.edu with questions.

Encourage alumni to update us

The Alumni & Parent Engagement Office reminds employees to encourage alumni to notify the college of life updates (milestones, job changes, etc.) and address changes through the form at www.wartburg.edu/update-our-records.

Summer research opportunity available

Wartburg has partnered with the University of Iowa’s Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center to offer cancer research opportunities at the Iowa Summer Undergraduate Program. The program runs May 18 to July 26, and a stipend of $6,000 will be awarded for travel and housing. Applicants must be U.S. residents, and preference will be given to those from populations historically marginalized in science. Applications are due Feb. 1. Email Dr. Shawn Ellerbroek or HCCC-Summer@healthcare.uiowa.edu with questions.

Vogel Library publishes December newsletter

The latest edition of The Searching Squirrel, Vogel Library’s newsletter, is now available. It includes information on looking ahead to Winter Term as it relates to course reserves and scheduling library instruction sessions, upcoming library events, a spotlight on the second-floor display celebrating past and current faculty publications, and building hours around finals week and Christmas break.





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

Message by Dr. Joy Becker, associate professor of mathematics.

Citation Seminar

5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Vogel Library


Presidential Forum

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Knights Ballroom


S.A.F.E. Gingerbread House Competition 

7 to 8:30 p.m., McCoy East

Teams of at least two and no more than five will compete for prizes by making the best gingerbread house. Voting will be on the S.A.F.E. Instagram story (@wartburgsafe) following the event. Sign up with your team; email safe@wartburg.edu with questions.



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

Advent service with Holy Communion featuring music by the Flute Choir.

Men's Basketball vs. UW-Eau Claire

7 p.m., Levick Arena

Candles & Carols

9 p.m., Wartburg Chapel


Keep on Learning

9:30 a.m., Heritage & St. Elizabeth Rooms

New Faculty Workshop

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Faculty Resource Room, Vogel Library

Second-Year Faculty Workshop

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

Guided Meditation

11:30 a.m., Lily Reflection Room, Saemann Student Center


Christmas Cardmaking at the Library

3:30 to 6 p.m., Kreativwerkstatt (behind the circulation desk), Vogel Library

Supplies will be provided for three different card designs, or you can be creative and use the supplies provided to make your own unique cards.


Christmas Crafts and Succulents

5 to 7 p.m., Shotwell Tower Entrace, Saemann Student Center

Join EARTH and Sustainability to make Christmas garland craft kits and decorate plants.

Men’s Wrestling vs. Nebraska Wesleyan

6 p.m., Levick Arena

Women’s Wrestling vs. UW-Stevens Point

7 p.m., Levick Arena

Symphonic Band Holiday Concert

7:30 p.m., Bachman Fine Arts Center


Fall Term Classes End


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

Senior message by Ryleigh Parrack.


Secret Santa Gift Exchange

7 to 9 p.m., Cardinal Commons

S.A.L.S.A. and Alliance invite you to join their Secret Santa gift exchange. You don’t have to be part of the exchange to enjoy Santa hat decorating, a photo booth, tamales, hot chocolate, ojuelas (a delicious treat), and a special surprise during the exchange.


Christmas Fairy Tales: ‘Hansel and Gretel’

2 p.m.. Neumann Auditorium

Gingerbread houses will fill the stage as the Wartburg Community Symphony and the Wartburg Opera Workshop present “Hansel and Gretel,” a fairy-tale opera first performed at Christmastime in Weimar, Germany. This will mark the 130th anniversary of the work’s debut. The cast and orchestra will be joined by students from St. Paul's Lutheran Church & School. A preconcert talk will begin at 1 p.m.

Women’s Basketball vs. Simpson

2 p.m., Levick Arena

Football vs. North Central

2:30 p.m., Walston-Hoover Stadium

Men’s Basketball vs. Simpson

4 p.m., Levick Arena


December Commencement

10:30 a.m., Neumann Auditorium

Late Knight Study Breakfast

10 p.m., Mensa


Christmas Greetings on Main

6 to 8 p.m., Bremer Avenue

Get in the holiday spirit with Waverly’s Christmas Greetings on Main. The event features live window scenes, an ice carver, hot spots featuring Nestle hot chocolate, and other holiday fun. Stop by Wartburg's booth at Young Construction, 101 E. Bremer Ave., to say hi to Sir Victor, get a cup of hot chocolate, and pick up some Wartburg swag!


New arrivals
Mary Schultz, institutional resreach data analyst, 11/6/23
Sara Paxton, baker/float, 11/6/23
Mary (Patty) Mechtel, student account specialist, 11/13/23
Mary Aissen, advancement associate donor relations, 11/15/23
Promotions and new job titles
Rebecca Cockerham, student account assistant, 11/1/23
Barbara Schultz, interim CIO, 11/13/23
Retirements and departures
Viktor Jovanovic, IT business analyst, 11/1/23
Nate Laun, IT infrastructure specialist, 11/3/23
Jayne Reed, cleaning staff, 11/6/23
Heather Brustkern, Dining Services cook, 11/17/23
Achievements and accomplishments
Dr. Sean T. Coleman, associate professor of biology, presented at the American Society of Microbiology Conference for Undergraduate Educators’ national meeting in Phoenix from Nov. 17-19. He presented twice, including the poster "A jigsaw and role-play-based open educational resource over COVID-19 tests increases student understanding of antigens, antibodies, and viral testing" and the microbrew "A Concept Map and Case Study Driven Introductory Immunology Class." He also participated in a workshop about improving inclusivity in STEM education the day before the conference.
Dr. Kuni Terasawa, associate professor of religion, reported “Activities of Buddhist-Christian Dialogue in Japan, Korea, and Taiwan” as an international adviser in the Society of Buddhist-Christian Studies at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion on Nov. 17 in San Antonio.



Tuesday, Dec. 5
Women's Basketball: Depart at 1:45 p.m.



Owen Grover, Gagliardi Semifinalist

Vote for Grover in online Gagliardi poll

Owen Grover has been named one of 20 semifinalists for the Gagliardi Trophy, which is given to the most outstanding football player in all of NCAA Division III. An online fan poll that counts toward the final award is happening, and you can vote for Grover once per device. The finalists for the Gagliardi will be announced Dec. 7, with the winner named on Dec. 15.

Wartburg-Waverly Festival of Trees begins Nov. 29

The holiday display in the CTC first-floor hallway, open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily from Nov. 29 to Dec. 12, combines the efforts of the college and the community with 30 Christmas trees and a cottage decorated by academic departments, offices, and student organizations at Wartburg, as well as community businesses and nonprofits. This year, the Waverly Public Library will bring its Tales Around Town storytelling group to the festival at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12, where they will read stories and lead songs and rhymes.

Wartburg Store changes policy on charging supplies

Previously during the start of Fall, Winter, and May terms, students were able to charge educational supplies purchased in the Wartburg Store to their student accounts. This option has been discontinued. Students will now need to pay with cash, debit/credit card, or an All Campus Spending Account. If a student uses their ACSA for purchases, they will receive a 10% discount. Please note this change does not affect textbooks and course materials.

Late Knight Study Breakfast volunteers needed

Late Knight Study Breakfast is scheduled from 10-11 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, in Mensa, and all faculty and staff are invited to help serve our students a delicious breakfast. Volunteers should report to Mensa by 9:40 p.m. Sign up to be a server by contacting Chris Fosselman at chris.fosselman@wartburg.edu or 319-352-8303.

McElroy Fellowship available for Ph.D programs

If you are a domestic or international student and plan to pursue a Ph.D. program starting fall 2024, please contact National Scholarship & Fellowship Advisor Kathleen Sihler in early December about the $36,000 McElroy Fellowship.

On-campus positions available for student employees

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

Climbing Wall Attendant, The W
Get in on the action at the climbing wall at The W! Currently seeking students to oversee the activity and equipment at the climbing wall. Inquire today on how you can become certified to work in this position.

Event Staff, Athletic Department
Sign up to work as a member of our athletic event staff and discover a whole new way to experience our home athletic events. Tasks as an event staff member may include ticket/program/apparel sales, shagging balls, moving equipment, managing the scoreboard/clock, and line judging. Work hours will vary based on scheduled home athletic events.

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


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