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The Juice - Jan. 22

See what's happening on campus this week.

Monday, Jan. 22, 2024



The Bridge: Interfaith at Wartburg.

Interfaith housing opportunity offered for 2024-25

The Bridge is an intentional living and learning community meant to build bridges of cooperation and understanding across religious difference. Residents of The Bridge will be leaders in interfaith engagement on the Wartburg campus and will teach their peers about the importance of religious literacy and interfaith understanding. If selected, residents at The Bridge will receive training in interfaith dialogue and cooperation from Interfaith America and may also have the opportunity to travel to Chicago in August to attend the Interfaith Leadership Summit.


Applications are open to Wartburg students of all religious affiliations and secular worldviews. You may apply as an individual, a group of four, or a group of eight; applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Feb. 15.

Try new items in Mensa this term

Mensa has added new options to the menu rotation for each meal:


Vegan Chorizo Sausage Crumbles added to Breakfast Taco Bar
Vegan Bacon and Turkey Bacon added to Breakfast Sandwich Bar



Clam Chowder
Southwest Quinoa
Korma (Deconstructed)
Bacon replaces Roast Beef at the Deli
Creamy Coconut Lime Chicken
Pad Thai Bowls
Butter Tofu
Vegan Kaima Bona Gatoi
Coconut Curry (Deconstructed)
Vegetarian Brown Butter Pumpkin Wild Rice
Build-Your-Own White Chicken Enchiladas


Makahani with Rice (Deconstructed)
Vegan Jackfruit Korma
Mongolian Beef Noodle Bowl
Vegetarian Ricotta and Almond Squash
Butter Sauce Bar with Chicken and Shrimp
Tikka Masala (Deconstructed)

Check out days and times these items will be available on the online menu and Mensa menu board. Faculty and staff, remember that you can now get a takeout container in the Dining Services Office to try these new offerings!

Board plans meant for student owner only

Board plan meals are only to be used by the student owner of the plan and not for any additional guests. As stated in the board plan guidelines posted on the InfoCenter: "Students dining in the Mensa will be asked for their student ID, which is swiped at each meal period. This is a nontransferable transaction, and no credit is given for missed meals. Students with guests on campus are welcome to pay for their guests’ meals with Bonus Meals."

Vogel Library Strategic Plan available online

Following the January College Conversation, Vogel Library has made the 2024-2025 Strategic Plan publicly available. Thank you for a productive discussion last week!

Nominations sought for outstanding faculty, staff

Students, please submit your nominations for your favorite Wartburg College faculty and staff for the following awards:

Outstanding Advisor Award
Outstanding Non-Administrative Staff Award
Outstanding Administrative Staff Award
John O. Chellevold Award for Excellence in Teaching and Professional Service

STAS initial meeting set Jan. 29

Please note that the date given for the first STAS meeting in the last Juice was incorrect. The group will meet at 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 29, in the Faculty Resource Room.

Student Senate seeks speakers for 2024-25

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

Help yourself to free books

Dr. Kuni Terasawa has placed more than 100 books in Grossmann Hall that are looking for a good home. Stop by and browse before Jan. 31, when the remaining books will be collected and donated.

Volunteers sought for NSTA Valentine’s event

Wartburg College's NSTA Chapter will host Science of Love for children in the Waverly area ages pre-K through sixth grade from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 14. Different science-related activities involving Valentine’s Day will be available. If you are interested in volunteering for this event, please email emma.true@wartburg.edu.


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

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

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.

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

Hundreds perform MLK Day service

Nearly 300 students plus additional faculty and staff participated in activities, events, and service off campus and on during our Day of Service on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Volunteers served in numerous nonprofit organizations across the Cedar Valley, including Bartels Retirement Community, the Waverly Senior Center, the Waverly Area Veterans Post, The Meadows Retirement Community, World Grace Project, and House of Hope. Ten tie blankets were made for Cedar Valley Friends of the Family, 200 toiletry kits were packed for homeless shelters in the Des Moines area, and a 2,000-piece mailing was assembled for the Riverview Center. Thank you for serving so that all may flourish, and thank you to Knights Who Serve for organizing the volunteer opportunities.

Vogel Library publishes next newsletter

The latest edition of The Searching Squirrel, Vogel Library’s newsletter, is now available. It includes information on the upcoming citation seminar event, building hours around Winter Break, and the Future of Library Services and Spaces presentation celebrating the work the library staff and library vision board have done.

Staff Council launches new website

The Wartburg Staff Council has a new website where questions, suggestions, applause, and appreciation can be submitted. Please check it out!

On-campus job opportunities available

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

Student Facilities Technician, Operations & Maintenance
Join a team of dedicated employees that clean and maintain our campus buildings and grounds. Positions available in various buildings on campus.

Mensa Student Assistant, Dining Services
Be a part of a hard-working crew of employees that are responsible for setup, production, service, and cleanup in the Mensa. Various roles available in the facility.

Both positions have a starting wage rate of $12 an hour and offer flexible work schedules.
To apply, check out these positions and more on Handshake.





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

Service featuring Prayer Around the Cross.

Meistersinger Honor Choir Festival Finale Concert

5 p.m, Neumann Auditorium



7 to 8 p.m., Bremer Brewing Co.

MathsJam is a monthly opportunity for like-minded, self-confessed maths enthusiasts to get together in a pub and share stuff they like: puzzles, games, problems, or anything you think is cool or interesting. The Waverly MathsJam is sponsored by Wartburg College KME.



MCSP Department Seminar: ‘Probabilities on a Poker Run’

11:30 a.m., Science Center 134

The featured speaker will be Dr. Brian Birgen, professor of mathematics. He will discuss the probabilities for certain hands in an event called a poker run and how they differ from traditional poker in "Probabilities on a Poker Run." Refreshments will be provided, and this event is open to anyone. Email ben.bousquet@wartburg.edu with questions

Graven Award Presentation

11:30 a.m., Wartburg Chapel

The 2023 Graven Award will be presented to composer Craig Hella Johnson. In addition to being in residency with our students this week, he was the featured artist at the Meistersinger Honor Choir Festival, working with more than 450 high school students.


Considering Matthew Shepard with Craig Hella Johnson | In collaboration with Alliance, a panel and Q&A event with Johnson will be held where he will discuss his powerful work, Considering Matthew Shepard. Orchestra Hall, Bachman Fine Arts Center, Tuesday, Jan. 23, at 8:15 p.m.

‘Considering Matthew Shepard’ Panel and Q&A with Craig Hella Johnson

8:15 p.m., Orchestra Hall

In collaboration with Alliance, Grammy Award-winning conductor, composer, and singer Craig Hella Johnson will discuss his work "Considering Matthew Shepard." Johnson created an innovative choral work that blends classical and contemporary music to tell the story of 21-year-old Matthew Shepard, who was murdered over his sexual identity as a gay man.



10:15 to 10:35 a.m., Chapel Commons (lower level)

Breakfast Club. Please note this service is in Chapel Commons!


Graduate School Preparation for Pre-health Majors

6 p.m., Science Center 128

The Pre-Veterinary Club will go over prerequisite classes, extracurriculars, job/internship opportunities, and tips for applications for graduate school. Upperclassmen will be available for advice and to help develop four-year plans. This meeting is for all pre-health majors.


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

Guided Meditation

11:30 a.m., Lilly Reflection Room

Faculty Meeting

11:30 a.m., Science Center 102


Track & Field: Friday Knight Lights

All day, Hoover Fieldhouse


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

Senior message by Brianna Carroll.


Photographs and a pair of white gloves rest on a cardboard work surface.

Lecture: Careers in the Arts

Noon, Waldemar A. Schmidt Art Gallery

Hear from Alyss Vernon, a contemporary art gallery director and adjunct professor of photography, about her career in the arts. Vernon is the artist behind the current gallery exhibition, Not Home: Photographs by Alyss Vernon. 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.


A photo of Alyss Vernon, a white woman with long brown hair wearing a green jacket.

Meet the Artist Reception & Gallery Talk

6 p.m., Waldemar A. Schmidt Art Gallery

Meet Alyss Vernon, the artist currently exhibiting in the gallery. Refreshments will be served during the reception at 6 p.m., with Vernon’s talk starting at 6:30.



Women's Wrestling vs. Augsburg

1 p.m., Levick Arena

Women's Wrestling vs. William Penn

2 p.m., Levick Arena



Deadline: 2024-2025 Off-Campus Housing Application

As a four-year residential college, living on campus is required for all students. Those wishing to move off campus for the 2024-25 academic year must obtain approval in accordance with the off-campus policy. Applications are due no later than Jan. 31. Email questions to residential.life@wartburg.edu.


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.


Retirements and departures

Join us in wishing Dr. Q Richardson farewell at a reception in his honor from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31, at Joe's Knight Hawk. Stop by to thank Q for his service and wish him the best in his new endeavor!

Achievements and accomplishments

Harrison Sheckler, visiting professor of piano, recently premiered a music video of “Talkin’ ’Bout Jesus” with Grammy Award winner Gloria Gaynor. Sheckler’s contributions included a virtual choir, which brings together vocalists from around the world.



Wednesday, Jan. 24

JV Men's Basketball: Depart 1 p.m.

Men's & Women's Basketball: Depart 2:20 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 26
Men's Wrestling: Depart 1 p.m. (potentially earlier)



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.

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.

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.

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. 29: 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.

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.


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