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The Juice (Faculty/Staff) - July 17

July 17, 2017
Transition to new credit cards

As part of the revenue-enhancement and expense-savings process, Wartburg College will be transitioning to a new credit card vendor, PNC Bank, with the goal of full implementation by Sept. 1. College faculty and staff who currently have a Wartburg-issued Wells Fargo credit card are required to attend training from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 30, in the ballrooms during Faculty Workshop. Cardholders should watch their email for additional information about the transition to a new PNC-issued card in August. This change brings several benefits:

  • An increased rebate percentage that will enhance the college’s revenues.
  • Enhanced management tools, including a mobile app for managing receipts on the go.
  • Improved security features, including fraud text alert notifications.

 If you have any questions, contact Kristina Ladage (319-352-8433), Abbie Raum (319-352-8350), or Tracy Rucker (319-352-8238) in the Business Office.

Mail Center closed July 17
The Mail Center will be closed for maintenance Monday, July 17. All incoming mail and packages will be picked up, sorted, and delivered Tuesday, July 18. There will be no transport of outgoing mail July 17; items deposited in the mailboxes outside the Mail Center will be taken to the post office in the morning on July 18. Thank you for your understanding. Please address any questions or concerns to Kory Figura.
Spiritual life survey 
Spiritual Life and Campus Ministry is undergoing a program review and is seeking input from faculty and staff. SLCM serves the whole community, so whether or not you are an active participant, we’d love to hear from you. This short survey takes less than 10 minutes to complete and will help shape the future for religious life at Wartburg: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/slcmreview. (This is different from a survey sent to some faculty/staff this spring.)
Offices closed Thursday
The Alumni & Development and Marketing & Communication offices will be closed Thursday, July 20, for a staff retreat. The Digital Print Center will remain open.
Walther named assistant VP for academic affairs
Dan Walther has been appointed to a three-year term as assistant vice president for academic affairs. The primary responsibility of this position is to work with others to recommend improvements required by the HLC and to prepare and submit the HLC monitoring reports. The assistant VPAA will collaborate with others to create a sustainable culture of improvement in academic programs, general education, and co-curricular programs that will continue beyond the submission of the final monitoring report in early 2020. 
The Juice summer schedule 
The Faculty/Staff Juice will publish every other week during the summer, with the next edition on July 31. The Juice will resume weekly emails on Sept. 5.
Wartburg Magazine online
The Summer 2017 issue of Wartburg Magazine has arrived in the mailboxes of alumni and friends across the country, but did you know you can read the stories online, too? Click here for the online version, and please share stories that you find interesting on social media to help spread the Wartburg story. If you have a story idea for a future edition of the magazine, please contact Emily Christensen.
Upcoming campus events
Please extend a warm Wartburg welcome to visitors attending the following events on campus this summer:
  • July 14-18, Snow Valley Basketball 2
  • July 17-22, Band Camp
  • July 19-23, Snow Valley Basketball 3
  • July 23-26, Cross Country Camp
  • July 24-27, Snow Valley Basketball Girls
  • July 29-Aug. 1, Meistersinger Keyboard Camp
  • July 31-Aug. 4, Iowa Private College Week
  • Aug. 1, Softball camps and Bat Demo Day 
  • Aug. 1-3, Meistersinger All-State Camp 1
  • Aug. 5-7, Meistersinger All-State Camp 2
  • Aug. 5-6, Men’s Soccer Camp
See past announcements
Visit the InfoCenter to see previous editions of The Juice for details on the following:
  • New shuttle program for student travel
  • Websites to bookmark
  • New way to make maintenance requests
  • KnightVision streaming schedule
Upcoming Events

Wartburg tent along RAGBRAI route
July 27

Iowa Private College Week
July 31-Aug. 4

Booster Club Golf Outing
Aug. 3

Wartburg Day at the Iowa State Fair
Aug. 18

Summer hours end 
Aug. 26

Homecoming & Family Weekend
Oct. 12-15

Click here to view the full Wartburg events calendar.

The Juice is a weekly e-newsletter sent Mondays to communicate campus news and events. Most announcements will run twice, then continue to be available in the Information Center.

The deadline for submissions each week is 4 p.m. Thursday. Send items to juice@wartburg.edu. Please keep your submitted item short—no longer than one paragraph—and let us know if your item is for students, faculty/staff, or both editions of The Juice. Direct questions or comments to Stephanie Boeding, Marketing & Communication, at ext. 8760.

The Wartburg community offers condolences to Abriel Dixon, retail coordinator for The Wartburg Store, on the death of her father, Jim Young. Funeral services were July 13. Click here to see the obituary. 


Dr. Karen Black, the Rudi Inselmann Endowed Professor of Organ, performed two solo organ recitals recently: one at Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church in Ellison Bay, Wis., on June 17, and another at the North Central Regional Convention of the American Guild of Organists on June 21. 

KatieJo Kuhens, sports information director, spoke at the College Sports Information Directors of America national convention as part of Division III Day on June 12 in Orlando, Fla. Kuhens also was named to the CoSIDA national board of directors as an at-large representative from the college division.

Dr. Zak K. Montgomery, associate professor of Spanish, and Serena B. (Ugoretz) O’Neil ’14 published their article, “Writing our own América: Latino/a Middle School Students Imagine their American Dreams through Photovoice,” in the peer-reviewed journal Reflections: Public Rhetoric, Civic Writing, and Service Learning (vol. 17, issue 1, spring 2017). 

Dr. Michaeleen Golay, assistant professor of biology, has had two manuscripts accepted for publication. The paper “Validating the use of coefficients of conservatism to assess forest herbaceous layer quality” was co-authored with researchers from Iowa State University and will be published in the Natural Areas Journal. The note “Effects of invasive shrubs on the herbaceous community in a mixed forest” was co-authored with Rose Neumeyer Phillips as the result of a senior research project. It will be published in Ecological Restoration in September 2017.

Dr. Bill Withers, professor of journalism and communication, presented The ABCs of XYZ, a program on generational differences in the workplace, at a quarterly business consortium meeting May 23 in Columbus, Ohio. He then led two workshops on Servant Leadership for the corporate ventures branch of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe on June 5-6 in Hinckley, Minn. On June 8, he was one of three keynote speakers for this year’s Association of Business and Industry conference in Dubuque. Withers also presented Relationships in Healthcare at the annual eMD Conference in Dallas on June 19, where he was invited to conduct additional research at the corporate offices of Southwest Airlines at their Dallas-Love Field headquarters.

Dr. Kunihiko Terasawa, assistant professor of world religion, presented his paper titled “Seno’o Giro’s Buddhism, the Lotus Sutra, and the Interreligious Social Movements in Prewar Japan,” as well as responded to other scholars' papers, at the International Lotus Sutra Seminar Conference on June 28-30, Tokyo, Japan. Also, Dr. Terasawa hosted the FIfth Annual Tokyo Outfly on July 1 at Ivy Hall, Tokyo, Japan. The 13 alumni and current students who attended shared photos and videos of their time at Wartburg.


Aaron ’01 and Crystal Heins ’03 Buzza are leaving Waterloo for Macon, Ga. Aaron has accepted a job at VISIT Macon, the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reported.

Alex Olson ’07 was named principal of Fairview Elementary in Spencer, Iowa, as reported by the Spencer Daily News.

Krystal Graves ’16 has found a following for her food truck, which serves up Filipino American cuisine in the Cedar Valley, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier.

Jim Gosnell, director of the Knightliters Jazz Band, was named grand marshal of the Sturgis Falls Parade, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier.

Marty Thomae ’80, the Benton Community cross country coach, was a finalist for national coach of the year honors, as reported by the Cedar Rapids Gazette

Suzanne Behnke ’97 was named news editor at the Des Moines Business Record.

Maria Cortes ’20 talked about the immigration issue in southern Florida and her hope to help others like her, who are pursuing a college education through the DACA program, with Gulfshore Life.

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