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The Juice - Jan. 15

See what's happening on campus this week.

Monday, Jan. 15, 2024




No mail delivery today due to holiday

There will be no mail or UPS delivery today. This will affect most Amazon deliveries and all postal packages marked for delivery the preceding weekend. Please allow extra processing time tomorrow to process the extra items. Email mailroom@wartburg.edu with questions.

Postal rates increasing

The USPS will increase stamp and shipping rates Jan. 21. Package shipping will increase by an average of 6%. Forever stamps for letters will increase to 68 cents; forever postcard stamps will increase to 53 cents. International stamps increase to $1.55. Large envelope minimum postage will be raised to $1.39, with 24 cents for each additional ounce. Stamps are available at USPS rates from the Wartburg Mail Center; please contact the Mail Center if large quantities are desired in advance of the rate increase to ensure inventory.

UKnight Day Champions sought in each office

Support UKnight Day 2024 by becoming a UKnight Day Champion! Your duties would include participating in the day, encouraging your peers to be one of 1,500 donors, and proudly wearing your exclusive Champion T-shirt. Advancement is also looking for one person in each department/office to be a Champion and encourage those in your area to participate on UKnight Day. Areas that achieve 100% participation will get shouted out on social media. Sign up by Friday, Jan. 19, and be sure to put UKnight Day on your calendar for March 21!

Recommendations sought for student leaders

Student Life is seeking faculty and staff recommendations for resident assistants, orientation leaders, and peer mentors. Fill out this form to recommend any student for those positions.

Auditions set for short film

Knight Vision Films is looking for talented actors to fill a large cast for a short film. Auditions in McElroy Center 225 will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19, and 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 20. Preparation is not needed. Filming will take place Jan. 26-28 in Waverly.

Nominations open for prestigious Wartburg awards

Nominations are now open for the Wartburg Medal, Graven Award, and honorary degrees. All nominations are due March 1, and recipients will be recognized during the 2024-25 academic year. These awards are three of the most prestigious honors the college bestows and honor individuals for their contributions and commitments to the college, church, community, and society.


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

Homecoming Committee Executive Team

Join the team that makes one of the biggest events of the year happen.

Applications due: 11:55 p.m. Jan. 28

Contact: Alex Buchheim

Winter Break Service Trips

Teams will volunteer from Feb. 24 to March 3 in Denver, Colo.; Washington, D.C.; Albuquerque, N.M.; and Oaks, Okla.

Applications due: Midnight tonight

Contact: Kristin TeigTorres

FAO Schwarz Fellowship

May 2024 graduates who can legally work in the U.S. can apply for a two-year paid position with nonprofit organizations focused on environmental justic, education access, food security, or arts education and outreach. Register for a Jan. 17 informational session by emailing kathleen.sihler@wartburg.edu.

Applications due: Feb. 5

Contact: Kathleen Sihler, scholarship and fellowship adviser


Leadership Challenge Event

Be a part of Wartburg’s team for this live leadership simulation at Washburn University on Feb. 29 and March 1. Cost will be covered by the Institute for Leadership Education. To apply, email michael.gleason@wartburg.edu with your name, year, and major; why you’re interested in participating; and what you hope to learn.

Applications due: Jan. 15

Contact: Michael Gleason

National Conference of College Women Student Leaders

Apply to attend this conference from May 30 to June 1 at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Applications due: Jan. 17

Contact: Michael Gleason

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

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

University of Iowa Summer Undergraduate Program

Study cancer at the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center from May 18 to July 26. 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 due: Feb. 1

Contact: Dr. Shawn Ellerbroek

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. Feb. 2

Contact: Student Life Office

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

Robert C. Gremmels Journalism Graduate Fellowship

This $10,000 stipend is awarded to a Wartburg Department of Journalism & Communication graduate who is enrolled in graduate school in journalism or an appropriately related discipline.

Applications due: March 1

Contact: Dr. Penni Pier

Experience more.

Branding toolkit now available

You should have received an email last week with information about the new Experience More branding toolkit. That kit is available online and includes logos, colors, and templates for PowerPoint and email signatures. Please reach out to your account executive in Marketing & Communication with questions.

On-campus positions available for student employees

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

Ambassador, Admissions Office
Assist with the daily operations of the Admissions Office and provide campus tours to prospective students and families.

Peer Success Coach, Student Life & Career Services
Help students navigate campus resources and provide support with setting and attaining goals. Assist with staffing the Student Life reception area.

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

STAS sets meeting times for term

STAS will meet the following Mondays at 4 p.m. in the Faculty Resource Room, Vogel Library, on the following topics:


Jan. 22: Balancing stress and workload 
Feb. 19: Microaggression: How to avoid and deal with student issues 
March 18: TBA
April 8: TBA


Other possible topics include final exam/project ideas, managing and preventing instructor burnout, and a yearly debrief about what’s working and what’s not. As always, there is room for other conversations as things arise during the term.




Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Time, Location

Today’s shortened class schedule and service activities are listed online. Weekday Chapel service will not be held.


Deadline: Food Plan Changes

4 p.m., Dining Services

College Conversations

11:30 a.m., Heritage & St. Elizabeth rooms

Sarah Voels, director of Vogel Library and college librarian, will present "The Future of Vogel Library Services and Spaces." She will discuss the results of a recent survey and explain the 2024-2026 Vogel Library Strategic Plan. A floor-by-floor conversation on the library spaces and visioning for its future will follow.

National Day of Racial Healing

7 p.m., McCaskey Lyceum

Guest speakers Shari Seifert and Felicia Boone ’93, ’23 M.A. will present “Relationship Rather Than Rules: Starting the Journey to Racial Reconciliation, Preparing Yourself for Civil Conversation.” Learn more about the National Day of Racial Healing and email krystal.madlock@wartburg.edu with questions.



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

MLK Jr. Day service.

Women's Basketball vs. Coe

5:30 p.m., Levick Arena

Men's Basketball vs. Coe

7:30 p.m., Levick Arena


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.


Keep on Learning: Lost Towns of Iowa

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

Group C Meeting

11:30 a.m., Luther Hall 330

Guided Meditation

11:30 a.m., Lilly Reflection Room or Chapel Garden


Vision Boards

4 to 7 p.m., Kreativwerkstatt, Vogel Library

Create a vision board to represent your dreams and desires using images, words, and symbols to inspire and motivate you to reach your goals. Bring your goals for the year and, optionally, a photo of yourself or inspirational quotes to put on your board. All other materials will be provided (including snacks).

Knights Connect: Omaha

5:30 to 7 p.m.

Alumni & Parent Engagement will welcome area friends of the college for this networking event.



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

Senior message by Laura Hovenga.


Men’s & Women’s Wrestling: A-R-C Duals

Levick Arena

Rosenchor & Festeburg Concert

7 p.m., Wartburg Chapel


Mesitersinger Honor Choir Festival Finale Concert

5 p.m, Neumann Auditorium



Calendar Entry Only

Time, Location

Graven Award Presentation

11:30 a.m., Wartburg Chapel

The 2023 Graven Award will be presented to composer Craig Hella Johnson.



‘Not Home’ Artist Talk

Noon, Bachman Fine Arts Center

Alyss Vernon’s solo exhibition, “Not Home,” is the culmination of an 8-year photographic project about family, memory, time, and belonging. Join Vernon as she discusses her career path in visual arts, what led her to making this work, and how she balances a personal art practice with her day job as an art gallery director. Along with learning more about the many ways one can be a professional artist, come ready to ask questions and have an informal chat with the group.


The Waterloo Black Hawks logo, a stylized black bird in a circle.

Wartburg at the Waterloo Black Hawks

7:05 p.m., Young Arena, Waterloo

Come out for a USHL matchup between the Waterloo Black Hawks and Madison Capitols. Tickets are $10. Make sure to wear your Wartburg gear! Email alumni@wartburg.edu with questions.


Achievements and accomplishments
Lindsey Leonard received her NASPA Certificate in Student Affairs Law & Policy, an intensive 23-hour residential program that provides an opportunity for in-depth study to enhance student affairs professionals' knowledge and understanding of law and policy.
Dr. Sean T. Coleman, associate professor of biology, co-authored an article with a cohort of faculty as part of the HHMI Science Education Alliance on Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experiences in the journal Frontiers in Education. The article, “Models of Classroom Assessment for Course-Based Research Experiences,” presents results from a three-year, qualitative, large-scale, community-based investigation of the ways in which active faculty who teach in a shared course-based research experience (CURE) conduct their in-lab assessments. Prior research has shown that the design of a CURE presents particular challenges for instruction and assessment. The current study addresses ways in which faculty handle this challenge and presents the practices and models of assessment used by faculty.



Our condolences to family, friends, and former co-workers of Mary "Cookie" Dreesman, who worked in Operations & Maintenance for more than 20 years. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. See the obituary.



Friday, Jan. 19
Track & Field: All day




Change food plans by Jan. 16 with Dining Services

If you would like to change your Food Plan Winter Contract, it must be completed by 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16. A new contract may be filled out in the Dining Services Office in the Saemann Student Center.

Dining hours set for Winter Term

Campus eateries will be open the following hours for regular service during Winter Term:

Mensa, Monday-Friday

Continental breakfast: 6:30 to 7 a.m.

Hot breakfast: 7 to 9:30 a.m.

Lunch: 10:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Dinner: 5 to 7 p.m.


Mensa, Weekends

Breakfast (Saturday only): 9 to 10 a.m.

Lunch/Sunday brunch: 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Dinner: 5 to 6:30 p.m.



Weekdays: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Weekends: Closed


Monday-Thursday: 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Weekends: Closed


Zesty Orange

Weekdays: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Saturday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sunday: Noon to 5 p.m.

Please note these hours are subject to change. Contact Dining Services with questions.

Keep sending in professional highlights

A reminder to all faculty and staff: Please send Marketing & Communication any professional accomplishments by you or your students! We want to lift those successes up to the Wartburg community, and they’re also useful for recruitment materials. Submit your news to the Juice or contact your account executive directly.

Fill out FAFSA now for 2024-25

The newly streamlined FAFSA is now available for 2024-25! Please be aware January is considered a soft-launch period for the new application, which means the site will have occasional outages. Federal Student Aid asks that you exercise patience. If you have questions, please contact the Wartburg Financial Aid Office at 319-352-8262 or finaid@wartburg.edu.

Internship learning contracts due Jan. 16

Students completing a credit-bearing internship for Winter Term 2024 must have their learning contracts completed and returned to Jo Dorrance no later than 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16. Any late contracts will require a variance to college policy. For more information or to receive a blank contract, email jo.dorrance@wartburg.edu.

Read a book with Hearthside Project

Connect with faculty and staff outside the formality of the classroom or workplace by reading and discussing a book together. Students receive their books free of charge. Reading groups consist of one book leader and three students. To apply, email the leader of the book you’re interested in discussing. See group leaders and books online.

Community service planned on MLK Day

Classes will be on a shortened schedule Monday, Jan. 15, to allow students, faculty, and staff to participate in volunteer activities. Keep an eye out for a special Martin Luther King Jr. Day Juice later this week with details.

Employee assistance program can help with stress

While many of us experienced the joy of the holiday season, many others were met with large amounts of stress. If you’re going through family issues, grief, depression, or other concerns, call 319-235-3550 to schedule an appointment with UnityPoint Health EAP. You can schedule up to 12 visits per year for free.

Personnel Advisory Committee changes to Staff Council

The Personnel Advisory Committee is now called the Staff Council. This change is meant to make it clear this group represents all staff in the same way Faculty Council represents all faculty.

'Not Home' show opens in Wartburg gallery

"Not Home," on display in the Waldemar A. Schmidt Art Gallery through Feb. 16, features photographs by Alyss Vernon. A public reception and gallery talk will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26.

New arrivals
Lindsay Bienemann, administrative assistant to the vice president of Student Life, 12/21/23
Retirements and departures
Ryan Siefken, ITS programmer analyst, 12/15/23

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