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The Juice (Faculty/Staff) - Feb. 8


Lenten schedule — As has been the practice at Wartburg, the Christian season of Lent (six weeks) provides the opportunity for all on campus to take a break and practice a time of rest/Sabbath in the middle of the morning. Whether you attend worship in the chapel, gather for conversation with friends, or take a break by turning off the lights for a few moments of quiet, you are encouraged to use this pause as a time for reflection and a chance to stop and be still.

On Ash Wednesday, Feb. 10, students, faculty, and staff are invited to Ash Wednesday worship (10-10:50 a.m.) with the Imposition of Ashes, Holy Communion, and special music by the Wartburg Choir. The schedule for the morning of Feb. 10 is as follows: 9 a.m. classes dismiss at 9:50 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. classes begin at 11 a.m. Campus offices, the Wartburg Store, the Den, and Konditorei will close from 9:50 to 11 a.m. 

During the remaining Wednesdays in Lent (Feb. 17, 24, and March 9, 16, 23), college administrative offices, the Den, and the Konditorei will close during weekday chapel time (10:15-10:35 a.m.) for a series of Wednesday Lenten chapels (The W, Security Office, Information Desk, and Mensa will remain open). 


Hourly student wage increase — Beginning with the March 15 payroll, dining and maintenance operational student employees will receive pay increases. This program is intended for college students who work in operational aspect of these departments. The base pay will increase from $7.25 per hour to $7.50 per hour. The goal of this program is to encourage student employee retention in these departments and thus improve quality of services and numbers of employees. The student wage budgets for these departments will NOT be increased. Details of the plan are posted here.

Library survey — Take this brief survey to give your feedback on the utilization of space in the library. This survey from the Library Student Advisory Board is open through Monday, Feb. 22.

Alumni updates — The Alumni and Parent Relations Office reminds college employees to encourage alumni to notify the college of life updates (milestones, job changes, etc.) and address changes through the online form or by emailing alumni@wartburg.edu.

Valentine's service project — For anyone who wants to spread Valentine's cheer, join the social work club on Tuesday, Feb. 9, from 7 to 9 p.m. (come and go as you please) in Old Main 200 for a special Valentine's service project. There will be treats, so bring your friends. Email Abigail Schaper with questions.

Lynes Lecture in History — Marlys Svendsen, a historic preservationist, will present “A Career in Historic Preservation: Waverly Projects,” highlighting her career in public history and showcasing her numerous projects with the city of Waverly, at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, in Science Center room 134. Light refreshments will be served. Click here to read more about the James W. Lynes Jr. Memorial Lecture in History.

Phil and Lit – The next winter term meeting of the Wartburg Philosophical and Literary Society is Friday, Feb. 12, at 4 p.m. in McCoy West of the Saemann Student Center. Dr. Timothy Ewest, associate professor of business administration, will present Chick-Fil-A, Starbucks and Tyson Foods, Corporate America’s Struggle with Religious Faith. 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. 

Service Trips shoveling — Service Trips is providing volunteers to help shovel driveways and sidewalks during this snowy season for free-will donations to support Winter Break and Tour Week service trips. Please contact Angela Zook if you would like help with shoveling.

igKnight Mentoring Program – Last fall, the igKnight Mentoring Program kicked off for any and all students, no matter where they are in their college experience. This peer mentoring program is designed to help students pursue and meet their academic, personal, and professional goals by partnering students in a mentoring relationship. Faculty and staff are encouraged to invite students to be a part of the program. Students may join this program at any time and can sign up for the program here. For more information on igKnight, visit the igKnight website or contact TJ Warren

Triathlon class at The W — Join the nine-week Triathlon Training class starting Wednesday, March 2. Cost is $70 for students. Only a few spots remain; sign up online or turn in this form at The W front desk. And don't forget to sign up for the TriByKnight Triathlon on May 7 at Wartburg! This sprint tri (300-yard swim, 15-mile bike, 3.1-mile run) is perfect for those just getting started in the sport. 

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


SCAA winners — The winner of the Dr. Peggy & Kendall Pruisner Scholarly and Creative Activity Award is Dr. Karen Black. The winner of the Dr. Peggy & Kendall Pruisner Early Career Scholarly and Creative Activity Award is David Herwaldt. Black will present her research on March 11 at 4 p.m., and Herwaldt will present his research on March 18 at 4 p.m., both as part of the Phil & Lit series. 

German Institute applications — The German Institute seeks applications for funds to support activities/endeavors related to German and/or Germany. For 2016-17, $5,000 is available from external sources. In the past, the Institute has funded enrichments to May Term trips to Germany, the German film festival, learning materials for the faculty/staff heritage tour, and subsidized student travel to Germany for study abroad. Applications for the full amount of available funds will likely not be supported in full. Applications are due March 15. Awards will be announced by April 1. Click here to see application details. Contact Daniel Walther with questions.

Institutional Advancement restructuring — Inspired by the college’s recent review of expenses and revenues, and in an effort to better position the division to meet its goals moving forward, Institutional Advancement is announcing several changes effective on or about June 1. Click here to see details on the Info Center.

State of the College Address — Click here to see President Colson’s Jan. 26 State of the College Address, now posted on the Info Center under President’s Reports. 

Giant Heart Valentine Cookies — Order a giant heart cookie for your sweetheart through GET online ordering (use the "catering take out" store) through Monday, Feb. 15. Cookies will be available to pick up in the Den. The cookies can be decorated with your choice of message: “Be Mine,” “Hugs & Kisses,” or “My BFF.” If you have questions or want to add a personal message, call the dining office at ext. 8303.

Wartburg West fall classes — Dr. Brian McQueen will teach two classes through Wartburg West in fall 2016: The Metropolis and Crime & Deviance. McQueen will spend three weeks teaching onsite in Denver and facilitate the other portion through distance learning. For more information, please contact Jo Dorrance, Wartburg West liaison, or Brian McQueen. Deadline for to sign up for Wartburg West Fall Term is Feb. 19 for third-and fourth-year students, and March 9 for the Sophomore Program. Click here to apply.

German Film Series — The next film in the German Film Series Crossing Boundaries with German Film will be screened on Feb. 9 at 7:15 p.m. in WBC 116. Almanya: Welcome to Germany (2011) is a tragi-comedy that follows three generations of a German-Turkish immigrant family as they journey across intergenerational and cultural divides to shape, understand, and affirm their identity. Free admission. Open to the public. 

River Crossing: Storytelling & Interfaith Leadership Conference – Loras College in Dubuque is hosting a one-day interfaith conference on Saturday, Feb. 20. If you’re interested in attending with a group from Wartburg, contact Pastor Ramona.

Visit the InfoCenter for details on the following:

  • Alumni Board nominations (due March 1)
  • Enrollment reports posted


Dr. Michael Bechtel, assistant professor of science education, and Kimberly Conner '17led a professional development session on standards-based grading with staff from Ankeny High School on Feb. 4. 

Jill Westen, information literacy librarian, published the article “Music without Borders: Loaning out World Music Instruments to Expand Patron Horizons” in American Libraries. The article highlights the World Music Instrument Collection at Vogel Library.

Dr. Kunihiko Terasawa, assistant professor of world religions, was one of the organizers for the Interfaith Prayer Meeting with local Christian pastors, Jewish rabbis, and imams at the Islamic Center in Waterloo on Jan. 31 as part of Cedar Valley Interfaith Councils. Terasawa made a closing statement. KWWL covered the event, and 25 Wartburg students also attended.

Wartburg College's Marketing and Communication staff won five awards for excellence at a Council for Advancement and Support of Education regional competition. The department received three gold awards—including one for the Worth It marketing initiative and branding effort—and one bronze award in the contest for colleges, universities and independent schools in CASE District VI, encompassing Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming.

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