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The Juice (Faculty/Staff) - March 29


UKnight Day is Thursday — Be "1 of 852" on Thursday, March 31, when the whole Wartburg community comes together for the second annual UKnight Day! Be part of the day by using #UKnightDay and sharing Wartburg pride on social media (follow Wartburg College on FacebookTwitter and Instagram) as we share memories, celebrate being a Knight, and come together to support the college. And don't forget to wear your orange and black!

You're also invited to a Happy Hour event at the Dirty Dog in Waverly from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday to celebrate UKnight Day! Registration is free and includes appetizers; cash bar will be available. 


Presidential Forum — Faculty and staff are invited to this month’s Presidential Forum on Wednesday, March 30, at 4 p.m. in the Hagemann Castle Room. Agenda items include: enrollment update, revenue enhancement update, Clinton Hall update, and the new Des Moines Urban Studies Program. Notes from the Feb. 26 forum are now posted on the Info Center under President’s Reports — Campus Communication. 

Seeking pets for event — Wartburg's Suicide Awareness for Everyone (SAFE) and Counseling Services will hold a "Stress-free Zone" on Monday, April 11, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on the campus mall. Rain location is in Chapel Commons. If you would be willing to bring your pet to play with students during part of that time, please email kaitlyn.behnken@wartburg.edu.

Midnight Breakfast volunteers — To help our students prepare for their finals, Wartburg will hold the Midnight Breakfast on Monday, April 11, from 11 p.m. to midnight. Volunteers are needed to help serve this special breakfast and wish our students well on their finals.

Send an email to Laura Davis if you are able to volunteer. Volunteers need to report to the Mensa by 10:45 p.m. April 11.

Wind Ensemble spaghetti dinner —
Come enjoy a free spaghetti dinner hosted by the Wartburg College Wind Ensemble at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Waverly on Saturday, April 2, from 4 to 7 p.m. As you eat, ensemble members will talk about the upcoming European tour. Donations will be accepted to help cover equipment transport costs.

Phil and Lit — The next Winter Term meeting of the Wartburg Philosophical and Literary Society is Friday, April 1, at 4 p. m. in McCoy West of Saemann Student Center. Ariel Ford Loosier '16, a psychology major, will present Rape Myth Acceptance: Its relationship to gender, gender role beliefs, social dominance orientation, and individualism/collectivism. Mullohoji Juaraev '16, an international relations and economics major, will present A Hope and a Future: Providing a Healthier Opportunity for a Better Future. 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.

Submissions for Knightline — Send in your news/events for the next edition of Knightline, our monthly e-newsletter that goes out to Wartburg alumni, parents and friends. The April edition will be going out on Thursday, April 7. Please complete the “Knightline Submission Form” (click here) by the end of the day Monday, April 4, or contact Steph Boeding with questions.


Stampede the Stigma 5K — Wartburg's Suicide Awareness for Everyone (SAFE) and UNI's To Write Love on Her Arms will hold the Stampede the Stigma 5K color run/walk beginning on UNI's campus in Cedar Falls on Saturday, April 9, at 10 a.m. Registration begins at 9 a.m. Rain date is Sunday, April 10, at 2 p.m. Cost is $7 for students and $12 for community members and includes a t-shirt. Click here to register. This event is to spread mental health awareness and decrease the stigma associated with mental illness. Contact safe@wartburg.edu with questions.

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


Employee break clarification — Breaks or rest periods for non-exempt (hourly) staff are available for the welfare of employees. Human Resources has had some questions, so we are providing the campus community with a few clarifications to the existing policy in our handbook. Click here to see the current policy from the staff handbook and to see the clarifications. 


Reformation May Term in 2017 — The 500th anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation is coming in 2017. Sign up for RE 277: Reformation Then and Now and see where it all began! Travel to historic Reformation sites in Germany and Eastern Europe. Meet with contemporary leaders. Course fulfills a Faith and Reflection requirement. Contact Dr. Kit Kleinhans for additional information.

Fulbright Scholar opportunities — Faculty are encouraged to review Fulbright Scholar opportunities at this link. Dan Walther (previous Fulbright award recipient) or Gloria Campbell can be contacted for more information about the application process.

BSU Hoops for Hope Fundraiser —
 Black Student Union's annual Hoops for Hope, a student vs. faculty/staff charity basketball game, will be Saturday, April 2, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Levick Arena. All students, faculty, and staff members are invited to support this cause by making donations and attending the event. This year, all money raised will go to The Boys & Girls Club of Cedar Valley in Waterloo. Anyone interested in playing in the game can stop by the Hub to sign up or contact the Black Student Union. All players are asked to contribute a $5 donation by Friday, April 1. Please contact Dajuan King with any questions.

Newspaper stands —
 Due to increased costs for the Readership Program, the Student Senate will no longer be providing the New York Times. Additionally, all residence hall newspaper stands except for Cardinal Commons will be removed. The Student Senate is committed to serving the Student Body effectively and allocating student funds responsibly. These changes were necessary to remain within our budget. This year, USA Today significantly raised its rates, and lower enrollment has decreased the available funds for the Readership Program. The Student Senate decided on these specific changes because the New York Times is the least-used paper and the residence hall locations are the least-utilized stands on campus. These changes are only intended to last for the remainder of the current academic year. Please direct any questions or concerns tosenate@wartburg.edu.

Math, Computer Science & Physics Department Seminar —
 The next Math, Computer Science & Physics Department Seminar will be held Tuesday, March 29, at 11:30 a.m. in SC 134. Mr. Richard Ligo, a graduate student in mathematics at the University of Iowa, will deliver a presentation entitled, "More Than Meets the Eye: Geometry and Our Perception of Reality." Refreshments will be provided.

President's board summary —
 President Colson's summary of the recent Board of Regents meeting has been posted on the Info Center under "President's Reports."

Perceptions of Spiritual Life and Campus Ministry —
 Pastor Brian Beckstrom is conducting a survey for his Doctor of Ministry research regarding perceptions of Spiritual Life and Campus Ministry’s purpose. This information will also be used by SLCM in its planning process and to reformulate its mission statement. Student, faculty, and staff participants are being randomly selected for this short 10-question survey. We would really appreciate input from as broad a range of participants as possible, particularly those not involved with campus faith life. Survey deadline is Wednesday, March 23. 

Wartburg employee health screen — Wartburg College will cover the cost of the basic health screen for all full-time/benefit-eligible employees Wednesday, March 30, 7-8:30 a.m. in the West Classroom at The W. The cost of the basic health screen will also be covered for any spouses covered by Wartburg's health insurance. Click here for screening details and costs for additional tests. Lab results are mailed directly to participants. Sign-up is required through Sheila Kittleson at (319) 352-8249.

Visit the InfoCenter for details on the following:

  • Operations & Maintenance restructuring
  • Wartburg West fall classes
  • Dining Services changes
  • Vogel Library reorganization


The Rev. Brian Beckstrom made a presentation entitled “Forming the whole person; vocation, leadership and young adults" and participated in the annual Covenant Cluster consultation March 16-19 in Ashland, Neb. The annual event brings together ministry professionals from many ELCA ministries. 

Dr. Kit Kleinhans, McCoy Family Distinguished Chair in Lutheran Heritage and Mission, led a seminar on “Reformation and the Empowerment of Women” in Wittenberg, Germany, March 12-19. Seminar participants were 16 women church leaders from nine countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and South America.

Dr. Mariah Birgen, professor of mathematics, has been elected to a three-year term as the governor of the Iowa Section of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), starting July 1. The MAA is the largest professional society that focuses on mathematics accessible at the undergraduate level. Dr. Birgen will serve on the MAA Board of Governors, the body that makes decisions for the future of the entire MAA.

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