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The Juice (Faculty/Staff) - Aug. 28

Aug. 28, 2017

Special events to kick off Fall Term

Mark your calendars for several events that will kick off Wartburg’s 166th academic year:

  • All faculty and staff are invited to a continental breakfast Tuesday, Aug. 29, at 8 a.m. in the McCaskey Lyceum lobby. At 8:30 a.m., new faculty and staff will be introduced prior to President Colson’s opening year remarks in the Lyceum. 
  • Opening Chapel service will be Tuesday, Aug. 29, at 10 a.m. in the Chapel.
  • All are encouraged to participate in two professional development opportunities on Wednesday, Aug. 30, in the Saemann Student Center Ballrooms. No RSVP is necessary. Detailed information was included in an Aug. 8 e-mail invitation from President Colson.
    8-10 a.m.: Recruitment, Advising, and Retention Conversation – Ballrooms.
    10:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Gender Bias in Academia: What It Is and What You Can Do About It – Ballrooms.
  • The annual faculty-staff picnic, hosted by President Darrel and Christy Colson, will be Wednesday, Aug. 30, at 6 p.m. at their home, Greenwood, 902 12th St. NW. 
  • Opening Convocation will be Tuesday, Sept. 5, at 10:15 a.m. in Levick Arena. Welcome the Class of 2021 and hear remarks from the Rev. Louise Johnson, president of Wartburg Theological Seminary and honorary degree recipient. An all-campus lunch will follow in Mensa.
Summer hours have ended
Summer office hours officially ended Saturday, Aug. 26. Office hours have now returned to regular hours of 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
KnightTime upgrade in progress
Wartburg's KnightTime system is implementing a software upgrade to be more accessible and user-friendly. The KnightTime upgrade will continue Monday, Aug. 28; the web application will not be accessible and timeclocks may have sporadic functionality. All employees, including student employees, should manually document their work hours on Monday and have their managers verify or manually enter them into KnightTime when the system has been fully upgraded, which should be by 8 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 29. If you have any questions, please contact Abbie Raum (319-352-8350), Erica Sadler (319-352-8766), or Jamie Hollaway (319-352-8418). 
Bremer Avenue construction to affect campus entrance
The college has been informed that starting Monday, Aug. 28, the normal route to Wartburg's south entrance will change due to ongoing construction along Bremer Avenue in Waverly. The only places along this stretch where vehicles can cross Bremer Avenue will be at First Street (near the river) or at 10th Street (Joe's Knight Hawk and First National Bank). Traffic will NOT be allowed to cross or take left turns at Eighth Street/Wartburg Boulevard to get onto campus. This will affect mainly those traveling from the south and west. Click here for details about the construction project. The next phase of work is expected to last until late November.
Be a Chapel Ambassador
Would you like to become a more visible faith mentor for students, combat the culture of busyness on campus, and be more intentional about living out our calling as a college of faith and learning? If so, it’s fairly simple to do. Close your office door or tell your supervisor that you want to attend Weekday Chapel. Attend Chapel as often as you are able, and put up a small sign (provided by Spiritual Life and Campus Ministry) that identifies you as a Chapel Ambassador who is open to talking about faith with students, faculty, and staff. Interested? Email slcm.office@wartburg.edu. Questions? Contact Pastor Brian or Pastor Ramona.
Faculty, staff invited to join STAS
Are you interested in regular, informal discussions with other faculty about teaching and advising? Sharing Teaching and Advising Strategies is an informal group of Wartburg faculty and staff interested in solution-driven discussion of questions and strategies for teaching and advising among a productive, positive, and supportive group of peers. STAS will meet 4-5 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month, beginning Sept. 13, in the Faculty Development Room on the first floor of Vogel Library. All are welcome; come as your schedule allows. If you have questions or want to be added to the my.wartburg resource page for STAS, contact Michaeleen Golay.
Required training for college 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 Science Center 102 (updated location) 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 mobile capabilities 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.

Meet candidates for Director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness
The search committee for the position of Director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness has invited four candidates for on-campus interviews. Faculty and staff are invited to a "Meet and Greet" session in The Den for each of them.
  • Monday, Aug. 28, 2:30-3 p.m.—Dr. Greg Myers
  • Tuesday Aug. 29, 2:14-2:45 p.m.—Mr. Kim Oren
  • Thursday, Aug. 31, 1:45-2:15 p.m.—Dr. Narren Brown
  • Friday, Sept. 1, 10:15-10:45 a.m.—Dr. Michael Fleming

The curriculum vitae for each candidate is available for review in the Enrollment Management Office, Luther Hall 206. If you have any questions or input, please contact any member of the search committee: Chairperson Edie Waldstein, Gary Wipperman, Shaheen Munir, Brian Ernsting or Cassie Hales. 

Dining hours for late summer and early fall
Click here to see the Dining Services hours for late summer and early fall for Mensa, Konditorei, the Den, and the Zesty Orange. 
Alumni updates
The Alumni and Parent Relations Office reminds employees to encourage alumni to notify the college of life updates (milestones, job changes, etc.) and address changes through this form or by emailing alumni@wartburg.edu.
New ITS form 
In order to better serve our clients, Information Technology Services has implemented a new process for providing security clearances for new employees. Once a new employee has had preliminary contact with Human Resources and HR has added them to the database, ITS will be notified. At that time, ITS will send the hiring supervisor and their administrative support person a form to be filled out that indicates the clearances and access needed for the new employee. Once that form has been returned to ITS, we will set up the required authorizations and security access within 48 hours. The form also will be available on the HR and ITS InfoCenter pages if you prefer to get a head start on it, but ITS still will need up to 48 hours to complete the setup after HR notifies us, regardless of when we receive the request from the hiring supervisor. Direct questions to Joni McDonough.
BOR report 
President Colson’s May report to the Board of Regents and his summary of the meeting are now posted on the InfoCenter under President’s Reports.
Friendship Families needed
Wartburg’s Friendship Family program connects faculty, staff and community members with new international students. For many of these students, this is the first time they have been away from family and friends and the first time they have visited the United States. Through the program, the students connect with someone on campus or in the community with whom they can become friends, share a meal or cultural event, and learn about U.S. traditions. Friendship Families do not house students or support them financially. If you are interested in the program and would like more information, click here. Direct questions to Wendy Mohlis, Friendship Family coordinator.
Timecard approval deadlines and paydays
Human Resources has posted upcoming timecard approval deadlines and paydays on the InfoCenter. All supervisors of staff and/or faculty members can view the “Timecard Approval Deadlines Payday Sheet” by clicking here. Direct questions to Erica Sadler, 352-8521.
Upcoming Events

President's opening remarks
Aug. 29

Opening Chapel service 
Aug. 29

Faculty Workshop sessions/credit card training
Aug. 30

Faculty and staff picnic
Aug. 30

New student arrival and orientation
Sept. 1-5

Opening Convocation
Sept. 5

Fall classes begin
Sept. 6

Homecoming & Family Weekend
Oct. 12-15

Click here to view the full Wartburg events calendar.

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The Wartburg community extends condolences to Anne Duncan, environmental sustainability coordinator, on the death of her father, Clarence, in Oklahoma on Aug. 16.
WELCOME (new arrivals):
Tim Hardy – Dining Services Baker/Float, 6/1
Zachary Wells – Data Management Analyst, 6/12
Bailey Camenisch – Admissions Counselor, 6/19
Alex Wahner – Cleaning Staff, 6/22
Zafrul Amin – Director of International Student Services, 6/26
Jim Schutte – General Maintenance Staff, 6/26
Courtney Wilson – Dining Services Office and Business Operations Assistant, 6/27
Jim Franzen – General Maintenance Staff, 7/11
Carrie Gleason – Camps, Conferences, Front Desk Services & Events Scheduling Manager, 7/24
Lori Zeschke – Technology Specialist, 7/24
Paige Stanbrough (rehire) – Dining Services Cook 7/26
Melissa Jacobs – Print Center Operator, 8/1
Conor Simcox  Assistant Director of Admissions, 8/1
Joseph Squires – Head Men’s and Women’s Bowling Coach, 8/1
Taylor Dickson  Assistant Softball Coach Intern, 8/1
Alison Schreiner – Athletic Training Fellow, 8/1
Anthony Vela – Intern Assistant Football Coach, 8/1
Added this week:
Kalyani Kannan
– Area Coordinator and Secon-Year Experience, Student Life, 8/7

Fernando Peñate-Chavez – Admissions Counselor, Admissions, 8/7
Samuel Fransdal – Temp Summer Groundskeeper, Maintenance, 8/14

FAREWELL (retirements and departures):
Curtis Brundy – College Librarian and Director of the Vogel Library, 3/31
Tracy Keller – Assistant Director of Human Resources & Payroll, 3/31
Ricardo Wallace – Football Assistant, 3/31
Helen Leong – Director of International Student Services, 4/1
Denis Drolet – Associate Professor of Chemistry, 4/19
Patrick Curtis – Interlibrary Loan and Evening Supervisor, Vogel Library, 4/25
Adam Gardner – Maintenance, 5/11
Janelle Smith 
– Cleaning Staff, 5/26
Chris Wilson – Lecturer-Communication Arts, 5/28
Drew Kleis – Athletic Trainer Intern, 5/31
Whitney Baker – Area Coordinator, Student Life, 5/31
Ashton Makovicka – Assistant Soccer Coach, 5/31
Kathy Liddle – Office Coordinator for the Chapel, 5/31
Beth Gehring – Assistant Professor of English, 5/31
Brian Jones – Professor of Religion, 5/31
Douglas Brusich – Professor of Biology, 5/31
Roy Ventullo – Emeritus Professor of Biology, 5/31
Drew Kooi – Assistant Football Coach, 5/31
Travis Duncan – Technology Specialist, 6/2
Meredith Reinhardt – Admissions Counselor, 6/14
Donald Johnson  Maintenance, 6/15
Judith Jones  Professor of Religion, 6/30
Erin McDermott – Admissions Counselor, 6/30
Jake Crosby – Dining Services Office and Business Assistant, 7/7
Richard Betts – Print Center Coordinator, 7/7
Denny Haugen – Senior Major Gift Officer, 7/14
Luc McAlpin – Admissions Counselor, 7/14
Richard Perez – Cleaning Staff, 7/28
Kara Groen – Music Therapy Clinical Instructor, 7/31
Added this week:
Jean Buckingham – Camps, Conferences & Events Scheduling Manager, Dining Services 8/11
Carmen Smith – Konditorei Supervisor, Dining Services, 8/11

Lindsey Leonard – (formerly Assistant Director of Student Ambassador Programs) – Director of Student Engagement, 8/14
Added this week:
Laurie Everhardt
– formerly Associate Director of Annual Giving, (new) Major Gift Officer, 8/1

Renee Voves – formerly Director of Alumni/Parent Relations & Annual Giving, (new) Associate Director of Institutional Advancement-Alumni/Parent Relations & Annual Giving, 8/1
Julie Ladage – formerly Retail Associate-Konditorei, (new) Dining Services Retail Supervisor-Konditorei, 8/7

Information provided by Human Resources; please contact Erica Sadler if you have questions.
The Rev. Dr. Kit Kleinhans, Mike and Marge McCoy Family Distinguished Chair in Lutheran Heritage and Mission, led the sixth ELCA International Seminar for Women in Wittenberg, Germany, July 1-8. Kleinhans also attended the 13th International Congress for Luther Research in Wittenberg, July 30-Aug. 4. In addition, Kleinhans published “Thy Kingdom Come,” the cover story for the August 2017 issue of Living Lutheran, the monthly magazine of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and “When Faith Doesn’t Come Easy” in the September 2017 issue of Gather, the magazine of Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

The Rev. Irving Sandberg, adjunct professor of religion, spent January and July teaching at pastoral conferences in Ho Chi Minh City and Binh Phuoc Province, Viet Nam, and Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, Cambodia. He taught courses on the Gospel stories of Jesus, titled The Crucified Messiah: The Life and Work of Jesus, using an interpreter to translate the presentations. He also led Bible studies in English on Paul’s Letter to the Galatians and preached in numerous congregations. This is his fifth year as a teaching missionary in Southeast Asia.

Dr. Kunihiko Terasawa, assistant professor of world religions, was invited to attend the Niwano Peace Prize Award Ceremony for Dr. Minib Younan, the Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the holy land and the former chairman of Lutheran Church World Federation, on July 27 in Tokyo, Japan. The Niwano Peace Prize is a prestigious award given to individuals and organizations for their achievement of interreligious dialogue and peace. Younan has visited Wartburg College on several occasions and has close ties to members of the Religion Department faculty. 

Dr. Bill Withers, professor of journalism and communication, presented the closing keynote address for the annual Iowa Downtown/Mainstreet Conference in Sioux City on Aug. 3. Withers’ address focused on national trends in business and how Iowa communities can better leverage their assets in collaboration with one another. He also shared some of his best-practice findings from recent visits to Vermeer Manufacturing and Rockwell Collins, two lead companies in eastern Iowa, where he also recently led workshops this summer. Withers also led the Hancock County Business Executive Seminar on Aug. 17 in Britt.
Rob Rottler '18 and Chris McNutt '18 will rejoin the football team this fall following season-ending injuries in the 2017 opener, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier.

Aryn Jones' '18 contributions to the college's volleyball and basketball teams were highlighted as part of the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier's fall sports preview story.

Isabelle Warner's High School Leadership Institute project, which provided school supplies for families in need, was featured on KCRG.

Julia Evans '15 was recognized by the U.S. Army for the work she did inventorying historic guns for the Rock Island Arsenal Museum, as reported by the Carroll Daily Times Herald.

Scott Kauffman '06, a member of the Iowa National Guard's 71st Civil Support team, provided security at the Solheim Cup in West Des Moines, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier.

The football team was picked to finish second in the 2017 IIAC preseason coaches' poll, as reported by ABC 8 Eyewitness News.

Ian Coon '20, founder of the Iowa Student Learning Institute, gathered a group of students, community leaders, and legislators to talk about educational priorities, as reported by Iowa Public Radio.

The women's soccer team was picked to finish second in the 2017 IIAC Coaches' preseason poll, as reported by the Decorah Newspapers.

Derek Peth '09 returned to reality television as a competitor on Bachelor in Paradise, as reported by Reality TV World.

Charles Figura, professor of physics, helped ready the community for the eclipse at a Waverly Public Library event, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier.

Reed Pedersen ’13 talked about how his experiences at Wartburg led him to the seminary in a story in the Geneseo Republic
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