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The Juice (Faculty/Staff) - Jan. 18


MLK Diversity Week lineup — Celebrate MLK Diversity Week with our lineup of events Jan. 17-22. Show your participation by using #IAMWARTBURG on social media.

  • Monday, Jan. 18: Service Projects — VAC@wartburg.edu
    Poverty Simulation, 2-5 p.m. — Ballrooms
    "An Evening With Imam Taha A. Tawil: Conversation, Fellowship, and Peacemaking," 7 p.m. — Chapel Commons
  • Tuesday, Jan. 19: Insight tabling event, #WeAreWartburg — Saemann Student Center
  • Wednesday, Jan. 20: MLK Chapel, Naomi Alene ’18, 10:15 a.m. — Wartburg Chapel
    BSU Panel #MakeItMatter, 6 p.m. — McCaskey Lyceum
    Euchie, 9 p.m. (Candlelight vigil following)
  • Thursday, Jan. 21: Diversity Card Game, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. — Chapel Commons
    Diversity Involvement Fair, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. — McCoy Rooms
    The Outlet (performances by a diverse group of students expressing social justice through dance, poetry, song, and various performances), 7 p.m. — McCaskey Lyceum, ice cream social to follow
  • Friday, Jan. 22: KWAR wrap-up event with trivia, dinnertime — Saemann Student Center


MLK Jr. Day class schedule — Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day; Wartburg alters the class schedule on this federal holiday to free students and faculty to participate in afternoon service projects. Class periods one through six will meet for 50 minutes with a 10-minute break between each. Weekday Chapel will not be held. Evening classes will meet at their regularly scheduled time. Period 1 (regularly starting at 7:45 a.m.) will be 7:45-8:35 a.m. Period 2 (9 a.m.) will be 8:45-9:35 a.m. Period 3 (10:45 a.m.) will be 9:45-10:35 a.m. Period 4 (noon) will be 10:45-11:35 a.m. Period 5 (1:15 p.m.) will be 11:45 a.m. to 12:35 p.m. Period 6 (2:30 p.m.) will be 12:45-1:35 p.m.

Recipes from Home — Alumni, students, staff and faculty are encouraged to share favorite recipes from home to be considered from the 2015-16 Mensa menu. Please email recipes for entrees, ethnic dishes, vegan entrees or sides and desserts to Shelly Geweke, Dining Services nutrition and services advisor, or drop them in the Mensa suggestion box by Monday, Jan. 25. Include your name and contact information. Recipes chosen will be taste-tested in Mensa, and the student body will vote for their favorites. Dishes that receive good feedback will be considered for next year's Mensa menu. 


Phil and Lit – The first Winter Term meeting of the Wartburg Philosophical and Literary Society is Friday, Jan. 22, at 4 p.m. in McCoy West in Saemann Student Center. Dr. Erika Lindgren, associate professor of history, will present Medieval Monasticism in the Scottish Islands. The society meets most Friday afternoons during the academic year for presentations by a colleague in an informal, convivial setting. Beverages and snacks are available.

PAC meeting agenda — The PAC meeting will be held Thursday, Jan. 21, at 1:30 p.m. in Library 353. The agenda is as follows:

  • Feedback from campus on additional holiday/office closures over holiday break
  • Open seat — ballot to go out for hourly seat
  • Performance appraisal process and recommended changes
  • Kronos update
  • Staff retreat


Doubles pickleball — This week is the last to sign up for doubles pickleball. Equipment will be provided for your own league. Play begins this week. Contact Jill Eckenrod, Wellness Center member account manager, at ext. 8716 before 3 p.m. today.

President’s Office coverage — Cindy Carlson, executive administrative assistant to the president, will be out of the office for several months due to a serious health issue. Paula Michel is filling in periodically to assist with day-to-day office functions. Please continue to direct e-mail correspondence to thecindy.carlson@wartburg.edu and president@wartburg.edu accounts. Janeen Stewart will perform these duties on days that Paula is not available. Janeen can also answer any questions needing more in-depth research or attention. Cindy continues to check e-mail as she’s able and to advise us as necessary. 


Thank a mentor for National Mentoring Month  January is National Mentoring Month. Recognize a mentor by filling out the “Thank a Mentor” form here until noon Monday, Jan. 25. Mentors will receive electronic recognition in the afternoon. Please contact TJ Warren, Pathways associate for vocation and mentoring, with any questions. For more information on mentoring at Wartburg, visit here.


Leadership and Service Award nominations — Forms are now available and due Friday, Feb. 12.Click here to nominate someone you know for one or more of the following awards: Nobility Award, Debbie Heida Award, Outstanding Organization, Outstanding International Senior, Dell Awards for Peace and Justice, Outstanding Organization Service Award, Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. Contact Ashley Lang, director of Campus Programming, with any questions.


Plastic Music — ETK presents Plastic Musik Tuesday, Jan. 19, at 8 p.m. in Neumann Auditorium. From Mozart to Motown, Plastic Musik puts a radical twist on the greatest hits of our time. Unassumingly armed with boom whackers, buckets, and kiddie pools, they attack profound compositions with scores of energy. 


Crossing Boundaries with German Film — The German film series Crossing Boundaries with German Film continues with the presentation of Sophie Scholl:The Final Days (2005) on Tuesday, Jan. 26, at 7:15 p.m. in WBC 116. The film presents the world of Sophie Scholl and other members of the "White Rose" student resistance movement in Hitler’s Germany. Free admission. Open to the public.


2016 Baldwin Leadership Fellows Nominations — Nominate a first-year student for the Baldwin Leadership Fellows. Nominees will ideally come from diverse academic backgrounds and be passionate about leadership and service in the context of the Wartburg mission. The ILE will select four first-year students to serve as Baldwin Leadership Fellows, which includes attendance at the Air Force Academy National Character & Leadership Symposium in Colorado during the second year in the program. For details and to nominate a student by Jan. 29, click here. Contact Ashley Lang for more information.


Become a Chapel Ambassador — Help make faculty and staff faith mentors more visible to the student body, combat the culture of busyness on campus, and become more intentional in living out our calling as a College of the Church. On Mondays, Wednesday, and Fridays at 10:10 a.m., close your office door or tell your supervisor that you want to attend Chapel. Put up a small sign on your office door (or elsewhere) that identifies you as a Chapel Ambassador who is open to talking about faith. ContactPastor Brian or Pastor Ramona if you’re interested or have questions.



University of Iowa Bridge Program — The University of Iowa College of Law is hosting “The Bridge Program," designed to introduce students of color to law school, in Iowa City on Tuesday, Feb. 19, and Wednesday, Feb. 20. Throughout the two-day program, students learn what it’s like to be a law student and factors law schools consider in applications. The College of Law will cover most of the travel expenditures, including hotel rooms and travel cost. For more information on attending, contact Karen Thalacker, pre-law advisor.

GPA report — The latest Grade Point Average Report has been posted on the Info Center. Contact Edie Waldstein with questions.

Study abroad applications — Learn in a diverse setting and gain language skills, flexibility, and independence. Submit your application for the 2016-17 year by Feb. 1.

Admissions update – A monthly newsletter goes out to Faculty/Staff as a recruitment update from admissions. Click here for January's newsletter.

Unified Sports Day — Unified Sports Day will be Saturday, Feb. 13, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in The W's Hoover Fieldhouse. Sign up to volunteer on the following dates: Wednesday, Jan. 20, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Student Center (north entrance) and 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the women’s and men’s basketball doubleheader (Hall of Champions); and Thursday, Jan. 21, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. in the Student Center (north entrance). Contact Monica Severson if you have questions.

Keep on Learning proposals — The Alumni Office is now requesting Keep on Learning proposals for the 2016-17 academic year. The Keep on Learning program offers a series of four-week courses to all residents of the Cedar Valley during seven months of the academic year. All are invited to develop a course proposal for consideration. Click here for more information. 

Keep on Learning — Wartburg College’s Keep on Learning continuing education series continues Jan. 21 with classes examining the influence of first ladies on the presidency. Graham Garner, Wartburg’s vice president for marketing and communication, will lead the discussion on “Presidential Partnerships: American Presidents and First Ladies.” A $30 fee covers the session. Classes wrap up on Jan. 28 in the Heritage Room of Saemann Student Center For more information, click here.


Open positions — Help us spread the word about these open positions at Wartburg; click here to see job information and to apply.

  • Area Coordinator
  • Academic Success Associate
  • Gift Processor
  • Dining Services Office & Business Operations Assistant
  • Circulation Services Supervisor
  • Cook

College calendar — Stay up to date with campus events by following the college's official calendar


Professor Kim Folkers facilitated a workshop in Mason City Jan. 9 for members of the Healthy Harvest of North Iowa organization. "Planning to Grow" focused on the power of marketing and a marketing plan to help local growers expand their own businesses.

Dr. Kunihiko Terasawa, assistant professor of world religions, has published his article Buddhist-Christian Double Belongings in the Dharma World, January-March 2016, vol. 43 edition Dual Religious Identity: Can One Practice Two Religions?

The Rev. Brian Beckstrom, campus pastor, had Standing Together with Muslims in Living Lutheran and Bind Us Together, Lord, in The Lutheran Newsletter

Dr. Brian Birgen
, professor of mathematics, had The Uniqueness of Rock-Paper-Scissors-Lizard-Spockpublished in the September 2015 issue of The College Mathematics Journal.

Nelson and Bonita Bock, Wartburg West co-directors, received the Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods'Tom Knorr Good Neighbor Award on Jan. 7 in Denver, Colorado. The Bocks and Wartburg West, located in Capitol Hill, were honored for involving students in the neighborhood. 

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