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The Juice (Faculty/Staff) - April 25


Presidential Forum — The final Presidential Forum of the academic year will be Tuesday, April 26, at 11:30 a.m. in the Hagemann Castle Room. President Colson will provide an overview of the Campus Pulse Survey findings and offer a variety of year-end updates.


Mindfulness skills for students — Koru will be offered during May Term for students. This course, consisting of four classes, is designed to help college students learn mindfulness through the practice of meditation and other skills that facilitate relaxation and increased focus. The free classes (participants will need to purchase one book) will be held Tuesdays from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. Click here for information about Koru. Please pass the word along to students you think might benefit from this class. Students can register or get more information by contacting Dr. Cynthia Bane, professor of psychology.

Retirement open house — An open house to honor retirees from the Maintenance Department will be Thursday, April 28, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the Chapel Commons. Retirees are Matt Campbell, Pat Condon, Pam Hartzell, Mike Testroet, Carla Wubbena, Ed Wubbena, and John Wuertz. There will be a brief program at 9:30 to recognize their tenure at Wartburg.

WartburgAlert Test on Thursday — The emergency notification system for Wartburg College, WartburgAlert, will be tested around noon Thursday, April 28. WartburgAlert is tested, at minimum, once per term. You have to register to be notified; there is no charge, and you may register up to two numbers for text notification and four numbers for voice phones. You are strongly encouraged to register a SMS number to receive a text, which is the quickest and most reliable means of notification. To register, go to the Wartburg College home page, log into InfoCenter, select “Offices,” then in the drop-down select “Parking & Safety” and then “WartburgAlert.” If you have problems registering, come to the security office Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. To verify if you are registered before Thursday, send an email to campus.security@wartburg.edu, and we will confirm your registration.

May Term worship – Faculty, staff and students are invited to Sanctuary, a holy space in the midst of your busy life where you can recharge and renew. Expect a relaxed time of Bible study, fellowship, music, prayers, and communion. This will be the only worship opportunity on campus during May Term and will take place on Sunday evenings (May 1, 8, and 15) at 8 p.m. in Chapel Commons (basement). Come at 7:45 for snacks and conversation; Sanctuary begins at 8 and ends at 9.

SAFE 5K run — Join SAFE (Suicide Awareness for Everyone) in spreading awareness about mental health. SAFE will hold the Stampede the Stigma 5K color run/walk on Saturday, May 14, at 10 a.m. The route will begin and end on Warburg's campus. The cost is $10 and includes a t-shirt if you register by May 4. Click here to download the registration form. Contact Kaitlyn Behnken for more information or with any questions.

New director of undergraduate research — After many years of distinguished service by Dr. Roy Ventullo, Dr. Shawn Ellerbroek will assume duties as the director of undergraduate research beginning in the fall of 2016. Congratulations to Dr. Ellerbroek on this new responsibility and many thanks to Dr. Ventullo for his stewardship of the program.

Business plan competition — Wartburg students Krystal Graves, Andre Greene, Ashlee McGrown, Lindokuhle Simelane, and Cassie Ward competed as finalists in the Neeley Entrepreneurship Center Values and Ventures Business Plan Competition at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas, on April 8-9. The team developed its business plan, “Best Trucking Burritos,” under the guidance of Dr. Allan Bernard, assistant professor of business administration, and was sponsored by Wartburg alumnus Michael Murphy '89.

Leadership & Service Awards — Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Leadership & Service Awards, which were presented April 2. Click here to see the winners and descriptions of the awards. 

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

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.

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

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.

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

Visit the InfoCenter for details on the following:

  • Operations & Maintenance restructuring
  • Dining Services changes
  • Vogel Library reorganization
  • Employee break clarification
  • Equipment and technology requests


Todd Coleman, assistant vice president for admissions, has been invited to Fossil Ridge High School in Fort Collins, Colorado, for its Case Studies District Program and college fair April 25. The program is an opportunity for parents and students to learn how colleges make admissions decisions.

Dr. Kunihiko Terasawa, assistant professor of world religions, was one of the organizers and facilitators for “Know Your Neighbors Beyond Tolerance,” the program for an interfaith dialogue among various religious congregations at the Islamic Center in Waterloo on April 10, presented by the Cedar Valley Interfaith Councils.

Dr. Jennifer Larson, associate professor of music, and Dr. Eric Wachmann, professor of music, in collaboration with Sean Botkin, associate professor of music at UNI, performed April 14 as part of the Salisbury House Artist Series in Des Moines. They performed music by Meyerbeer, Vaughan Williams, Spohr, and Seiber, among others, including Der Hirt auf den Felsen by Franz Schubert.

Brian Birgen, professor of mathematics, passed the Society of Actuaries Certification Exam on Financial Mathematics on April 11.

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

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