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The Juice - March 11

See what's happening on campus this week.

Monday, March 11, 2024





Congrats to all of our winter teams as they wrap up their seasons! Here’s some recent highlights.

The women's basketball team poses for a photo with a large banner that reads

Women’s basketball advances to Final Four

The women’s basketball team continues postseason play on Thursday at 4 p.m. Central in the Final Four against Smith College, putting them two wins away from a national championship. The Knights defeated Bates College 54-53 on March 8 in the Sweet 16 and put away Washington & Lee 68-58 on March 9 in the Elite Eight. Good luck in Columbus, Knights!

The men's wrestling team poses for a group photo after winning the regional.

Men’s wrestling sending seven to nationals

The men’s wrestling team recently won the Lower Midwest NCAA Regional and qualified seven wrestlers for nationals. Joe Pins, Kyler Romero, Charlie Dojan, Zane Mulder, Kasey Ross, Massoma Endene, and Mitchell Williamson will compete this weekend at the NCAA Championships in La Crosse, Wis. Good luck to the team!

Two women wrestle, one with her arms wrapped around the other's legs.

First female wrestlers named All-American

Kami Senlycki and Kylie Rule became the college’s first two All-Americans in women’s wrestling at the NCWWC National Championships last Saturday. Senlycki finished sixth, Rule eighth, and the team 20th in its inaugural season. Congratulations!

A female sprinter, head still lowered, takes off from the blocks in lane 6.

Track & field wraps indoor season

Six runners were named All-American after Saturday’s indoor national championships: Aubrie Fisher, mile; Lexi Brown, 3k; and Sophia Stahle, Lina Newland, Rachel Nagel, and JoJo Tyynismaa, 4x400 relay. The women’s team placed eighth overall, and the men’s team 27th. Congrats!


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

German Institute Funding

For 2024-25, a total of $7,000 is available to support activities/endeavors related to Germany and the German language. Applications for the full $7,000 will likely not be supported in full. Awards will be announced no later than April 12. This funding has previously supported enrichments to May Term trips, the German film festival, and student travel for study abroad and internships (but not individuals for May Term).

Applications due: March 29

Contact: Dr. Daniel Walther

Gilman International Scholarships for Pell Grant Recipients 

Get help with the cost of an international May Term travel course or a semester abroad. Award amounts can be up to $5,000!

Contact: Kathleen Sihler, scholarship and fellowship adviser





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

Chaplain Maggie with reader Alexa Brockmueller.



Faculty & Staff Appreciation Banquet

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (11:30 program), Hagemann Castle Room

Wartburg Student Senate cordially invites you to attend the Faculty & Staff Appreciation Banquet. An open house with small snacks and refreshments will be from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with the awards ceremony beginning at 11:30 a.m.


Dr. Brielle Frost Masterclass

3 p.m., Sandra Rada Recital & Orchestra Hal

Dr. Brielle Frost, assistant professor of flute at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, will give a masterclass featuring Wartburg student flutists Karly Daniels-Carlson, Claire Hulscher, and Mariah Schmitt.


Dr. Brielle Frost Recital

7:30 p.m., Sandra Rada Recital & Orchestra Hall

Dr. Frost will perform with collaborative pianist Camille Balleza.



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

Lenten service with Holy Communion.

Knights to Know: Women of Wartburg: Spotlight on Health Care. Wednesday, March 13, tune in at 7 p.m. CST. RSVP at www.wartburg.edu/knights-to-know.

Knights to Know: Spotlight on Health Care

7 p.m., virtual event

Hear from Lt. Linette Ewing ’02, assistant professor of pediatrics and pediatric clinician; Dr. Shannon Neale ’87, family medicine practitioner and professor; and Dr. Gia Gray ’94, also a family medicine practitioner, about the joys and challenges of working in health care.
For more information, contact the Wartburg College Alumni & Parent Engagement Office at 319-352-8491 or alumni@wartburg.edu.


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: Interacting With the World Around Us

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

Guided Meditation

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

Department Chair Meeting

11:30 a.m., McCoy East

2024 Grad Finale. Graduating in May or August 2024? One stop for all your graduation needs and questions.

Grad Finale

3:30 to 6:30 p.m., Knights Ballroom

This one-stop event is your checklist for all your graduation needs and questions, including cap and gown orders. Meet with seven different campus offices to make sure you’re ready to graduate. Email regoffice@wartburg.edu for more information.



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


Men's Tennis vs. St. Olaf

9 a.m., Meirink Family Tennis Facility

Baseball vs. St. Olaf

1 & 4 p.m., Harms Stadium at Hertel Field

Men's Tennis vs. Northwestern College

4 p.m., Meirink Family Tennis Facility


Drag Show 03-16-24: Circus Spectacular! Wartburg College Alliance, an all-ages event! Free will entrance. wartburg.edu/alliance.

Wartburg Alliance Drag Show

7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Neumann Auditorium

The theme for this all-ages event is Circus Spectacular! Freewill donations will be accepted. Go to www.wartburg.edu/alliance for more information.


Baseball vs. St Olaf

Noon, Harms Stadium at Hertel Field



Drag Show 03-16-24: Circus Spectacular! Wartburg College Alliance, an all-ages event! Free will entrance. wartburg.edu/alliance.

UKnight Day

Midnight to midnight

Help us Fly Our Colors High on UKnight Day as we try to get 1,500 donors in a 24-hour period. Make a gift (and maybe get a tote bag, if you're a student), share your Wartburg story, and follow along online!


A stylized depiction of the earth and its continents, with airplanes traveling between them.

Stories from Study Abroad

6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Whitehouse Business Center 117

Join our recent travelers abroad who will share their favorite photos, stories, and advice about their semesters in Germany, Spain, Italy, Costa Rica, and Greece. This is a great introduction from the experts about the realities and rewards of study abroad!


Achievements and accomplishments
The Rev. Dr. Kristin Wendland, associate professor of religion, co-edited and contributed to the book “Guide Me Into Your Truth,” a collection of essays on truth and the Bible. The book was published by Wipf & Stock publishers in November 2023.
Four groups of students and Dr. Michael Bechtel were accepted to present at the National NSTA Conference for Science Education in Denver, Colo., from March 20-24.
Annie Dietz and Keli Potter will present their BI 455/456 research, "The Effects of Biophilia on Secondary Science Classrooms on Motivation, Retention, and Academic Success."
Mikayla Prusha and Kaylyn Hoth will present their ED 390 research, "Understanding the Ways Physical, Audio, and Ebooks Affect Comprehension: A Qualitative Case Study."
Lexi Brown, Alex Holden, and Michael Holderness will present their yearlong research and work with Green Iowa AmeriCorps, "Composting with Cockroaches in Northeast Iowa K-12 Schools." Brown will not present as she will be student teaching in Alaska during the conference.
Kate Heithoff will present "Pineapples and Plastic" from research she has been working on personally.
Bechtel will present "Bat Houses to Reduce Malaria Infections and International Progress."



Wednesday, March 13
Men's Wrestling: Depart at 2 p.m., out March 14-15

Friday, March 15
Softball: All day


Housing Lottery: Welcome home!

Housing applications open for 2024-2025

Housing applications for Fall 2024 are now available online through My.Wartburg. Once the form has been submitted, you can begin requesting roommates. All roommates must have accepted the requests to be added to the group. The housing form will close March 18, and lottery numbers will be sent March 19. Housing selection will be March 25-26. Please note the following changes for 2024-25:


Knight's Village will be available to students going into their third, fourth, or fifth years.
Clinton, Vollmer, Slife, and Founders will be considered first-year housing. The only spaces available in these buildings for returning student selection are single rooms.

Housing costs for 2024-25 can be found here.

May Term housing extension requests due April 29

On-campus housing is limited to students who are enrolled in at least one course for credit. Exceptions may be made if you are not enrolled in a course but are pursuing academic or professional goals through activities like substitute teaching, internships, or full-time employment. Decisions are made at the discretion of a group of professional staff in the Student Life Office.


Requests to remain on campus during May Term must be submitted in writing to residential.life@wartburg.edu by 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 29. If your request is denied and you are not registered for a May Term course, you will be asked to move out by 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 3.

Wartburg College UKnight Day.

What is UKnight Day? 

Each year, the entire Wartburg family comes together to celebrate what makes this place special through an annual day of giving. Led by UKnight Day Champions, Wartburg Knights turn social media orange for 24 hours as we aim for our goal of 1,500 donors UKnighted. Save the date for this year’s UKnight Day: Thursday, March 21!

Friends of the Family Hygiene Drive.

Social Work Club seeks hygiene product donations

The Social Work Club is having a hygiene drive in March. The group will collect hygiene items such as, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, brushes, etc. There will be boxes to collect these items in Mensa, Luther Hall, Old Main, the Science Center, and the W. All items will be donated to Friends of the Family, which helps support individuals experiencing homelessness or victims of crime.

Experience the world in May Term 2025.

Travel abroad for May Term 2025

Experience the world through a May Term 2025 travel course! Destinations include Cuba, Japan, Greece, Germany, the Netherlands, Rwanda, Costa Rica, the Bahamas, and Washington, D.C. Apply to use your Knight’s Experience funding of up to $1,500!

Vogel Library publishes March newsletter

The latest edition of The Searching Squirrel, Vogel Library’s newsletter, is now available. It includes information on the upcoming Mending Monday Kreativwerkstatt event, how you can follow along with the progress of the library’s strategic plan, and a spotlight on the second-floor display for Women's History Month.

Signups open for intramural pickleball, basketball

An intramural pickleball league and a basketball tournament will be held this spring.


Pickleball: 8:30 to 10 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Sign up by 3 p.m. Monday, March 11.
Co-ed 3-on-3 basketball: 8:30 to 10 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Sign up by 3 p.m. Friday, March 29.


Put your team together and sign up today!

Achievements and accomplishments

Dr. Kuni Terasawa, associate professor of religion, presented "Interreligious and Transnational Solidarity of Religion as Resistance to Ultranationalist Populism in East Asia and the Pacific Rim" on Feb. 26 and "Nishida Kitaro: Kyoto School's Philosopher of Religion's Struggles with Secular Nationalism in Japan" on Feb. 29 at Fu Jen Catholic University, Taipei, Taiwan.


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