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The Juice - May 13

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The Juice: The Official Wartburg College Campus Newsletter, Faculty/Staff Edition.

Monday, May 13, 2024




Dining sets hours for Commencement weekend

Dining Services has announced hours for campus eateries over Commencement weekend:

Thursday, May 23

Mensa: 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The Den: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Konditorei: 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Zesty Orange: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Friday, May 24

Mensa: 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Den: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Konditorei: 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Saturday, May 25

Zesty Orange: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Sunday, May 26

Senior Breakfast: 8 a.m., Mensa
Konditorei: 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Zesty Orange: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Please note food plans end after lunch on Friday, May 24, and meal transfers end at 1:15 p.m. Thursday, May 23.

Called Beyond Ourselves: Vocation and the Common Good, edited by Erin VanLaningham.

Attend regional conference on vocation, common good

The Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education is launching the latest Big Read at a special event at Loras College from Sept. 12-14. Any interested Wartburg staff or faculty can attend for $100, which includes registration, lodging, and all meals. The event will focus on the newest volume from the NetVUE Scholarly Resources Project, "Called Beyond Our Selves: Vocation and the Common Good," edited by Erin VanLaningham, professor of English at Loras. If you plan to attend, let Amy Tucker or Caryn Riswold know so they can help you make connections and answer questions.

Sign up for Diers House storage

If you need summer storage, sign up for Diers House storage or reach out to Lindsay Bienemann in the Student Life Office. Items can be moved into storage in the afternoon from May 22-25.

Performance appraisals due July 31

Performance appraisals and self-appraisals are due by July 31. Examples of completed forms can be found on the Info Center. Once appraisals are complete and signed by all parties, please drop these forms off at the Human Resources Office. Email hr@wartburg.edu with questions.


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


Gilman International Scholarship for U.S. Pell Grant Recipients

U.S. Pell Grant recipients are eligible to apply for the Gilman International Scholarship to receive up to $5,000 toward expenses for an international May Term 2025 travel course or study abroad experience.

Deadline: Oct. 10

Contact: Kathleen Sihler


Summer Jobs for Students

The following open student employment positions are available for this summer:

Admissions Office, Ambassador
Alumni & Parent Engagement, Event Planning Assistant
Business Office, Accounting Assistant I
Career Services, Research & Development Student Intern
Digital Print Center, Operator I
Digital Print Center, Business Assistant
Dining Services, Student Assistants in the Den, Zesty Orange, Mensa
Dining Services, Truck Unloader & Inventory Assistant
Journalism & Communication, Office Assistant
Library, Circulation Desk Assistant I
Meistersinger All-State Camp, Head Counselor/Counselors/Assistant Camp Coordinator
Meistersinger Music Camp, Counselors
Operations & Maintenance, Student Facilities Technician
The W, Lifeguard / Swim Instructor
The W, Child Care Attendant

Contact: Handshake


Research & Development Intern

Student Life and Alumni & Parent Engagement are hiring an intern for fall 2024 to enhance internship opportunities for Wartburg students in seven metro areas. Students can view the position description and apply on Handshake.
Deadline: May 15, with interviews conducted during May Term

Contact: jo.dorrance@wartburg.edu





Service Trips Committee Information Meeting

6 to 7 p.m., Whitehouse Business Center 116

This is an open meeting for people who are interested in joining the Service Trips team as a committee member. Service trips and what the roles entail will be discussed, and a pizza dinner will be provided.


Mortarboard Decoration

10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., McCoy Rooms

Decorate your cap for Commencement with tools and supplies from the library’s Kreativwerkstatt. Help yourself to glitter and non-glitter cardstock paper, sticker letters, flowers, butterflies, yard, ribbon, decorative scissors, iron items, sewing items, buttons, and much more.


Root Beer Floats and Beaker Mugs Sale

5 to 6:30 p.m., Campus Mall near Old Main

Join Chemistry Club for its May Term sales event featuring $1 liquid nitrogen root beer floats, beaker mugs for $10 or $15, and shot glasses for $5. Please email chemistryclub@wartburg.edu with questions.

UnClobber: Scripture Study on the 'Clobber Passages'

6 p.m., Wartburg Chapel


Wartburg College Pre-Health Club.

Pre-Health Club Kickoff Event

6 to 8 p.m., Sand Volleyball Courts behind the Manors

Learn more about Wartburg’s newest club, aimed to help all those interested in a pre-health profession. Spike ball, volleyball, and bags will be available.


Kaffee & Kuchen: Coffee, Pastries & Conversation

3 p.m., Campus Mall

Editor's note: This is sponsored by Spiritual Life & Campus Ministry, but there is no sermon or message — it's just a chance to get out of your room or away from your desk and spend a little time in community with the rest of campus while enjoying a snack!


8 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.


Krystal Colbert.

Speaker: Krystal Colbert, Iowa Teacher of the Year

10 a.m., McCaskey Lyceum

Krystal Colbert, Iowa's 2023 Teacher of the Year, will discuss GRACE, an acronym that describes her approach to teaching.


Mental Health Action Day

11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saemann Student Center

Wear green today to help Counseling Services promote the “Be Seen in Green” challenge to support mental health awareness. Stop by the tabling area in the Student Center for resources, giveaways, and a drawing to win a diffuser and essential oils. You can also work on healthy coping tools with these online resources. For more information, contact Counseling Services at 352-8596 or counseling@wartburg.edu.

Mindfulness Meditation

12:30 a.m., Chapel Garden or Lilly Reflection Room

Join us for Burgapalooza, 5 to 8 p.m. May 16, behind the Manors. Enjoy free hot dogs, burgers, dessert, yard games, and sand volleyball.


5 to 8 p.m., behind the Manors

Wartburg Student Senate will host the traditional May Term grill-out. Enjoy free hot dogs, burgers, dessert, yard games, and sand volleyball.


Puzzles & Games in the Sun

1 to 3 p.m., Campus Mall (rain site: Vogel Library first floor)

The Waverly Public Library and Vogel Library invite you to an afternoon of games and puzzles on the lawn. If you like jigsaw puzzles, form a team of two to four people for our jigsaw puzzle competition to see who can complete a 750-piece puzzle first! Not into puzzles? Play a board game or two with friends. Snacks will be provided!



5K Glow Run/Walk

7 to 9 p.m., Rolling Prairie Trail

This run hosted by the Wartburg Department of Journalism & Communication and Tower Agency will begin at the Lions Shelter behind Kwik Star (400 E. Bremer Ave.). The run is free; sign up to participate.


Citation Seminar

5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Vogel Library Classroom 2 (room 233)

Drop in for snacks and to visit with librarians about resources and citations for your research papers, presentations, and projects.


Knight Crafting

7 to 9 p.m., Vogel Library second floor

Come to the Kreativwerkstatt for an evening of sewing, knitting, button making or papercraft to create a graduation gift for a friend! Instructions will also be provided to make Grad Cap Gift Boxes to hold small gifts. Snacks, as always, will be provided.


New arrivals
Dana Peralta, Den retail associate, 4/22/24
Deana Owens, catering manager, 4/22/24
Sam Leal, head men's basketball coach, 5/6/24
Jared Feigenbaum, Admissions CRM and communication strategist, 5/6/24
Richard Everhardt, senior programmer analyst, 5/1/24
Promotions and new job titles
Brenda Cummer, HR and payroll assistant, 3/11/24
Christopher Shafer, deputy director of Campus Security, 4/1/24
Brandon Everding, Den retail supervisor, 4/1/24
Retirements and departures
Karolina Achirri, assistant professor of education, 2/23/24
Landon Williams, assistant men's wrestling coach, 4/12/24
Colton Marlette, cleaning staff, 4/27/24


Our thoughts are with President Becky Ehretsman on the death of her mother, Lucia. A memorial service will be held Sunday, May 19, in East Dundee, Ill. See the obituary.
Our thoughts are also with Dr. Shawn Ellerbroek on the death of his father, Greg. A private memorial service will be held later this summer. See the obituary.



Thursday, May 16
Track and field: Depart at 11 a.m.




Second-Year Summit planned this fall

Wartburg will host a Second-Year Summit this fall to give you the chance to jump-start your academic year with leadership and service experiences:


Early move-in and time to get settled in your new living space.
Free breakfast, lunch, and dinner out in the community.
Deep dives into academic exploration, alumni/mentor connections, service-learning, spirituality, and more.
A morning of service in the Waverly community.
Mini-golf and other games, giving you time to socialize with friends.


Please fill out this interest form and keep an eye out for more details this summer. Space is limited, so reserve your spot now!

Caps, gowns available for pickup, decoration

If you’re a graduating senior who ordered a cap and gown for Commencement, you may pick yours up starting today at the Wartburg Store. If you would like to decorate the top of your cap (mortarboard), ETK will have an event May 14; check the calendar section for details.

Pick up your Senior Pig Roast ticket now at the Alumni & Parent Engagement Office!

Seniors: Get your Pig Roast ticket

The annual Senior Pig Roast will be Thursday, May 23, and all graduating seniors are invited to take part in this annual tradition. Get your free ticket in the Alumni & Parent Engagement Office, located in the bottom floor of Luther Hall, by May 15. If you’re not on campus for May Term, email alumni@wartburg.edu to reserve a ticket. Faculty and staff, please register using this form if you’d like to attend.

Data sought on service projects

Did your team, group, ensemble, organization, or class provide service to the community this past academic year? The college wants to know what you did! Please fill out this form to provide details before May 17.

Input sought for Outfly events, themes

Student Senate wants your input on Outfly! Let them know the types of things you would like to see on Outfly, including theme ideas, activities, and more. If your theme gets chosen for Outfly, you will be entered in a drawing for a free Outfly shirt!

A group of people practicing yoga on a green lawn.

Outdoor yoga planned during May Term

Outdoor vinyasa yoga will be held on the campus mall from 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. every Monday and Wednesday during May Term. In case of rain, head to the aerobics room in The W.

The Wartburg Castle in Eisenach, Germany.

Spend May 2025 in Germany with RE277

This time next year, you could be experiencing Wartburg College in Germany instead! Add RE277 Reformation Then & Now to your May Term 2025 schedule and use your Knights Experience funding to immerse yourself in the heritage of Wartburg College, the life & work of Martin Luther, the legacy of J.S. Bach, the legend of St. Elizabeth, and modern social reforms in and around Germany. Includes time in Wittenberg, Eisenach, Neuendettelsau, Berlin, Leipzig, Halle, and more. Email caryn.riswold@wartburg.edu for more information.

Get tips to cope with mental health worries

Here’s another tip for Mental Health Awareness Month. What can we do when it feels like the world is weighing on us? For starters, we can find a support system, set boundaries with technology, get involved in advocacy, and learn healthy coping skills. Find more tools to get you started. For more information, contact Counseling Services at 319-352-8596 or counseling@wartburg.edu.

Counseling benefit updated for employees

Employees have access to short-term confidential counseling through Allen EAP at no cost. Employees, including spouses and dependents, get six free sessions per issue on up to two issues per year. Allen EAP can now bill your insurance for counseling services after those sessions are exhausted. This update ensures you can continue to see your counselor once your free sessions have been used. Please note that this does not change the current benefit you have as an employee. Allen EAP accepts most major insurance plans, including HealthPartners. Please contact Amy Wilson, senior benefits administrator, with questions at amy.wilson@wartburg.edu or 319-352-8278.

Vogel Library publishes special events newsletter

The latest edition of The Searching Squirrel, Vogel Library’s newsletter, is now available. It includes information on upcoming events happening in the library: puzzles and games with the Waverly Public Library, citation seminar, and crafting knight.

Remind alumni to keep us updated

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 our online form.

Consumer information available online

Consumer information is available at www.wartburg.edu/consumer-information. This information contains statistics, policies and programs at Wartburg College, which includes but is not limited to the Annual Security Report and the Annual Fire Safety Report. Please contact the Financial Aid Office with questions or to request a paper copy.

Achievements and accomplishments
Kay Grigsby, the Grant Price Endowed Archivist at Wartburg, recently assisted with a video for the 50th anniversary of KWWL anchor Ron Steele. Grigsby pulled a significant amount of footage for this public event from the archives on campus.
Katie Hirv, alumni and development communications and social media associate, and Amy Tucker, assistant director for career and alumni engagement, were recognized by the Waverly Chamber of Commerce for their participation in and completion of Project Lead 2024. Project Lead is a yearlong class of community leaders who get a behind-the-scenes look into Waverly, the topics impacting our community today, and leadership development.

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