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The Juice - Dec. 11

See what's happening on campus this week.

Monday, Dec. 11, 2023


Editor’s note: This is the last regularly scheduled Juice of 2023 — how time flies! Good luck with finals, and safe travels over the holidays. Keep an eye out for extra editions as needed until classes and the Juice both resume Monday, Jan. 8.



Football ends run in semifinals

The Wartburg football team narrowly fell to North Central on Saturday in the NCAA semifinals, ending the season with a 13-1 record. Thanks to everyone for your support of the team and for help with hosting games the last four weeks — and congrats to the team on another record-breaking run!

Let out your stress at Vogel Library

Need a break? There is a de-stress station and snack basket in Vogel Library next to the second-floor circulation desk. Activities will vary throughout the week and include coloring, small puzzles, snowflake making, and origami.

Old T-shirts needed for MLK Day

Volunteers will turn T-shirts into dog toys on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. When you go home for holiday break, gather up your old, unwanted T-shirts to donate to this effort.

Esports team advances to nationals

The esports Overwatch 2 squad recently won the Heartland Regional Championships, and they will advance to nationals this May. Congrats!

Development sets year-end hours

The Development Office will be open to receive year-end gifts from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 27, and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 30. The door to Luther Hall on the south side of Neumann Auditorium will be unlocked for those dropping off their gifts in person.

Safety Penguin offers tips for winter

With winter approaching, safety is a top priority for all students, faculty, staff, and visitors on campus. Sir Victor and Safety Penguin share ways to stay safe when winter weather arrives in this video.

Dining sets hours for holiday break

Dining Services has announced the following changes to hours for campus eateries over the holiday break:


Last meal: 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14
Closed Dec. 15 to Jan. 6
First meal back: 5 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 7



Open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays beginning Thursday, Dec. 14
Closing at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 21
Closed Dec. 23 to Jan. 1


Closing at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14
Open 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. weekdays beginning Friday, Dec. 15
Closed Dec. 23 to Jan. 1


Zesty Orange

Closed Dec. 24, Dec. 25, and Jan. 1
Open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 2-5
Open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 6
Open noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 7

All locations will resume normal operating hours Monday, Jan. 8. Contact the Dining Services Office with questions.

Financial Aid, Business offices announce closure

The Financial Aid and Business offices will be closed from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13.


Scholarships, grants, fellowships, positions — you name it, we've got it.

2024-25 Student Senate Executive Team

There will be a mandatory election meeting at 4 p.m. Jan. 30 for all candidates.

President and vice president

Applications due: 4 p.m. Jan. 30 to ryleigh.parrack@wartburg.edu

Contact: Ryleigh Parrack

These positions (residential assistant, orientation staff, and peer mentor) are a great way to grow leadership skills while engaging in meaningful interactions with peers on campus.

Applications due: 11:59 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2

Contact: Student Life Office

Wartburg West: Summer 2024

Wartburg West provides students an opportunity to live and learn in Denver, Colo., while gaining professional skills through an internship, student teaching, or field experience.

Applications due: Jan. 20

Contact: Luz Navarrete, program director, 303-860-7119

FAO Schwarz Fellowship

This is a two-year paid position with select nonprofit organizations committed to social impact and change. The fellowship is open to December 2023 and May 2024 graduates who are U.S. citizens or legally able to work in the U.S. for two years following graduation.

Applications due: Feb. 5

Contact: Kathleen Sihler, scholarship and fellowship adviser

On-campus student positions available for Winter Term

There are open student employment positions for Winter Term, including these two jobs:

Event Planning Assistant, Alumni & Parent Engagement
In this role, you will be instrumental in planning and organizing Alumni & Parent Engagement events, such as Homecoming & Family Weekend and UKnight Day. Gain work experience with public relations, marketing, e-communications, budget management, networking, and more.

Peer Success Coach, Student Success Center
In this role you will have the opportunity to showcase your customer service skills by supporting the Student Life reception area and helping students navigate campus resources. Conduct and manage student outreach projects and provide ideas and feedback to professional staff regarding student needs and requests for services/programs/workshops.

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




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!


Achievements and accomplishments

MaTina Clark, assistant registrar for transfer and articulation processes, represented Wartburg as a member of a roundtable discussion on transfer partnerships during the Community Colleges for Iowa Convention and Tradeshow in Des Moines on Nov. 29. As a member of the Iowa Private Transfer Collaborative Steering Committee, Clark and other transfer champions across the state, including Dr. Daniel Walther, are working to create transfer pathways from community colleges to private institutions in Iowa.



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.

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.

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.

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