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The Juice (Faculty/Staff) - April 11

Note: There will be no Juice during Tour Week; the next edition of the Juice will be Monday, April 25. The deadline for submissions is 4 p.m. Thursday, April 14.


Celebration, blessing of retirees today – Take time today (Monday, April 11) to celebrate and bless the 28 staff and faculty members retiring this year from Wartburg at 10:15 a.m. in Wartburg Chapel. Festeburg will provide special music. Following worship, treats will be provided in the Narthex. 


Incomplete grade information — Please remind students that an incomplete grade is not valid unless it is supported by a “Student Request for Incomplete Grade” form. The completion of the form should be initiated by the student to confirm that the student and instructor have been in communication regarding the incomplete grade policy. The form is available in the Forms section on My Wartburg or in the Registrar’s Office (LH 216). Any incomplete grade submitted by the instructor without support of the form will be changed to any F. Please refer students to the incomplete grade definition in the 2015-16 academic catalog, which can be accessed online. Incomplete grades should only be issued for students who are passing the course when final grades are due. With permission from the Registrar, instructors can complete the form for a student whose circumstances prevent them from submitting the form. Please note that the form is encouraged, but not required, for internships, field experiences, or Venture Education courses.

Staff Retreat —
 The Staff Retreat will be Wednesday, April 20, at the Heritage Methodist Church. Lunch and social time start at 11:30 a.m., with games following (weather permitting). At 2 p.m. David Lindner will speak on protecting yourself from identity theft. Prize drawings (must be present to win) will be held around 3 p.m. Once the retreat ends, all hourly staff will be allowed to go home and still record their “normal” time for the day. Salaried staff also are not required to return to work, but can do so using their own judgment.   

Update to employee break clarification –
Information was shared in the March 18 edition of the Juice about employee breaks. We have recently received additional information that smoking is allowed on the sidewalk and the space between the sidewalk and the street, when the college property is adjacent to a public street (click here to see a map). This means that an individual smoking during his/her break time or lunch period would NOT need to punch out if he/she smoked on the space from the sidewalk to the street on college property that is adjacent to a public street (marked in green on map). Smoking is prohibited along the sidewalks/easements bordering PRIVATE streets (marked in red on map). Please check with the Security Office if you have any questions about where smoking is allowed.

PRSSA officers —
 The Wartburg College Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) chapter has elected its officer team for the 2016-17 school year. Officers are:

  • President: Molly Schmitt
  • Vice president: Jesse Smith
  • Secretary: Dani Gordon
  • Treasurer: Katie Kreis
  • Social media: Meg Harper

Concert and clinic —
 The Stan Kenton Legacy Orchestra will be on campus Wednesday, April 13, performing at 7 p.m. in Neumann Auditorium. Click here for tickets and details. Orchestra members will host a clinic for all ticket-holders (jazz, trumpets, trombones, saxophones, piano, bass, and drums) at 3:30 p.m. in Neumann.

Student vehicle registration — Currently, 264 students have registered their vehicles for next year. Online registration continues through June 24. After that, you’ll have to register in person in the security office and incur a $25 late registration fee in addition to the regular registration fee. Any student enrolled in any classes must register any vehicle they bring to campus or to the parking enforcement area, regardless of the duration. If you want a parking lot other than D Lot, you should register now. Log into InfoCenter, click on “Offices” then “Parking Registration.” If you are bringing the car you currently have registered, select the “load existing registration” option. If you registered correctly, you’ll receive a confirmation email. If you have any other questions, contact Campus Security.

Planned power outages — The following electrical upgrades will take place April 18 and 19:

  • Science Center, April 18 (rain date is April 19). Power will be off between 8 and 10 a.m. for about an hour. (The generator will operate the sub-zero freezers.)
  • Knights Village, Afton Manors, Waverly Manors, Clinton Hall, and Walston-Hoover Stadium, April 18 (rain date is April 19). Power will be off from approximately 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Campus dining during Tour Week —
 The Mensa will be closed during Tour Week, April 16-23. All other dining locations will be open during this time but with limited hours. Click here to see the dining hours for Mensa, the Den, Konditorei and Zesty Orange during Tour Week.

Den closing early — The Den will close at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 20, for the Staff Retreat. The Zesty Orange will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Offices closed during retreat — The Business and Financial Aid offices will close at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 20, for the Staff Retreat. They will reopen at their normal time Thursday, April 21. 

Former NFL player to speak on campus — Aaron Kampman, former NFL football player and Aplington-Parkersburg alumnus, will speak Monday, April 25, at 8 p.m. in Levick Arena. The event, hosted by the Wartburg FCA, is free and open to public.

Community health fair — More than 40 vendors will offer an array of wellness information and products at The W on Saturday, April 16, 9-11 a.m. Free health screenings, samples of healthy foods and a variety of health-related information will be available in Hall of Champions. Prizes, including Waverly-area business gift cards, will be given away.

Holiday calendar — Click here to see the Holiday Calendar for 2016-17 on the Info Center.

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

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.

Retirement open house — An open house to honor Ann Henninger, Jo Foster, Mary Peters, and Julie Paladino upon their retirement will be Thursday, April 14, from 10 a.m. to noon in the Castle Room of Saemann Student Center.

Presidential Forum — Notes from the March 30 Presidential Forum are now posted on the Info Center under President’s Reports – Campus Communication. The final forum of the term will be held Tuesday, April 26, at 11:30 a.m.

Wartburg Store discount policy — Shop, swipe and save at The Wartburg Store! The discount policy has been revised as follows: Faculty, staff, retirees and Eisenach Village residents are eligible to receive a 10 percent discount off every purchase when using their all-campus spending account as payment. Discounts will no longer be given when paying via cash, check, gift certificate, credit or debit card.

Staff Appreciation Reception — All are invited to attend the Staff Appreciation Reception honoring Jean Buckingham and Lori Backer for their hard work and dedication to Wartburg. This come-and-go event will be Tuesday, April 12, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Castle Room. There will be snacks and refreshments provided. Contact senate@wartburg.edu with any questions.

Student media managers for 2016-17 — Selections have been made for the 2016-17 student media leaders. Congratulations to the following:

  • Knight Vision – Jordan Thomas
  • Tower Agency – Jesse Smith
  • KWAR – Jarren Ford
  • Trumpet – Ellyn Felton
  • Circuit – Riley Cole
  • Castle – Hannah Creed

Equipment and technology requests — 
The President’s Budget Advisory Council has recommended approximately $170,000 in equipment and technology requests to be funded for 2016-17. Requests totaled mored than $535,000, and only items deemed critical were approved. Some requests were approved at a level less than the original request. Details of department requests will be received by division vice presidents by Friday, April 8, and subsequently communicated to department budget officers.

Pickle ball tournament — The W will host a doubles pickleball tournament for students, faculty, and staff during May Term. Any combination of co-ed teams is allowed. Teams will be put into pools for round-robin play, with dates TBD once pools are set. Equipment is provided. Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams. Sign up by April 15 at the front desk of The W or online at www.the-w.org; fee is $10 per team. Contact Kyle Kregel with questions.

Visit the InfoCenter for details on the following:

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


Jim Miller, coach emeritus and fitness management instructor, was the featured speaker at the Ed Thomas Leadership Academy on March 29 in Des Moines.

Karen Thalacker, senior lecturer in business law and pre-law adviser, wrote a guest essay for The Des Moines Register titled, "You can wipe acquittals, dismissals from Iowa Courts Online." Click here to read the piece.

Dr. Bill Withers, professor of journalism and communication, gave the keynote address at the quarterly conference of Meeting Professionals International (MPI) in Des Moines on March 24 at the Embassy Suites ballrooms. Withers spoke on trends in workplace culture and engagement and change-management. MPI is a regional association organized specifically for conference and event-management professionals throughout the Midwest.

The Rev. Brian Beckstrom wrote an article called “Decisions, decisions, decisions” about the difficulties facing college and high school seniors as they contemplate their futures. It can be found on the ELCA’s Living Lutheran blog. He also 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. Ann Henninger has been selected to receive the 2016 Faculty Excellence Award, given by the Iowa American Association of University Women. This award recognizes women faculty’s exemplary contributions toward creating a climate of gender equity in education in the state of Iowa. The selection committee looks for excellence in teaching, advising, scholarship, and service; continual efforts to develop new understandings and competencies in a discipline; and outstanding leadership in service that addresses the needs of students. Dr. Henninger is a longtime member of the Waverly AAUW branch, serving in almost every officer role and as a board member for a number of years. She will be recognized for this award at the Iowa AAUW state conference in Des Moines on Sunday, April 17.


Congratulations to Kendra Oswald, administrative assistant for enrollment management, and her husband, Jacob, on the birth of Hailey Jaye Oswald. Hailey was born March 17, weighing 7 pounds 12 ounces and measuring 20.5 inches long. Mom, dad and baby are doing great!

Congratulations to Seth Gage, assistant director of Financial Aid, and his wife, Jesicah, on the birth of their son Daxton James. Daxton was born Wednesday, March 23, weighing 9.3 pounds and measuring 21.5 inches long. He joins big brothers Kaiden and Tate.

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