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The Juice (Faculty/Staff) - Oct. 23

Oct. 23, 2017

Benefits open enrollment meetings

It’s that time of year again when all benefit-eligible employees need to re-elect their benefits for 2018. We will be hosting Open Enrollment meetings to review the changes and rates for 2018. Please plan to attend one of the meetings below:

  • Wednesday, Nov. 1: 4-5 p.m., WBC 214 (Buckmaster)
  • Thursday, Nov. 2: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Science Center 102 (Hagemann)
  • Tuesday, Nov. 7: 7:30-8:30 a.m., WBC 214 (Buckmaster)
  • Wednesday, Nov. 8: 2:30-3:30 p.m., Science Center 134 (Voecks)
Transforming Tomorrow campaign wraps up 
Wartburg has officially announced the total raised during the five-year Transforming Tomorrow campaign: $89,582,393. Thank you for your support! To find out more about the campaign, click here.
Presidential Forum on Tuesday
President Colson's next Presidential Forum is Tuesday, Oct. 24, at 11:30 a.m. in Whitehouse Business Center 214 (Buckmaster).
PAC to meet Thursday 

The following is the agenda for the Thursday, Oct. 26, meeting of the Personnel Advisory Committee:

  • Health insurance
  • Salary pool allocation
  • Open forum

If anyone has any suggestions or feedback, contact a PAC member (click here for list of members) before the meeting.

Reports available on InfoCenter 
President Colson’s October Report to the Board of Regents and Board Summary Report to Campus have been posted on the InfoCenter under President’s Reports.
Farewell reception for TJ Warren
Faculty, staff, and students are invited to a farewell reception for TJ Warren on Wednesday, Oct. 25, 8-9:30 a.m., in the Library Learning Commons on the third floor of Vogel Library. Stop by to thank TJ for his work at Wartburg and wish him well in his new position as assistant director for career readiness and employability at the University of Northern Iowa.
Henderson is new student body vice president 
Congratulations to our new student body vice president, Ashlee Henderson. Henderson was appointed by Student Body President Naomi Alene, and Student Senate voted and approved the appointment Thursday, Oct. 12.
Annual Medicare notice 
Please review the annual Medicare Prescription Drug Notice and how it relates to your health plan offered through Wartburg College here. This notice confirms your prescription drug coverage is creditable.
Cemetery Tour benefits two student orgs
The Wartburg College History Club and Phi Alpha Theta honor society will host the annual Harlington Cemetery Tour on Sunday, Nov. 5. Participants can walk among the graves with Terry Lindell, professor of history, as he shares stories of Waverly’s past residents and points out fascinating details of bygone years. The tour begins at 2 p.m. in the cemetery parking lot, 1001 First St. SW, Waverly. Proceeds from the $5 admission charge will benefit the two student organizations. Contact the Wartburg Department of Humanities at 319-352-8333 to register, or email Tyler Amick to register or for more information.
Diploma application reminder 
The deadline for returning diploma applications was Friday, Sept. 29. At this time, more than 100 students with third-year standing have not returned the diploma application to the Registrar’s Office to initiate the graduation tracking process. Advising worksheets will be reviewed in October and November for those students who submit diploma applications by Thanksgiving. Students who fail to return the diploma application will have a registration hold placed on their account in March.
Graduation agreement reminder 
The deadline to return graduation agreements is Tuesday, Oct. 31, for pending 2017-18 graduates. Refer to the e-mail sent by Registrar Sheree Covert on Sept. 21 for more details. Thank you to the students who have already submitted their graduation agreements.
Alumni Citations presented 
The Wartburg College Alumni Board presented Tomas Lindor Griebling '87, Brenda Roman '84 and the Rev. Roger '60 and Rosemary '59 Schneider with Alumni Citations on Oct. 15, during Homecoming & Family Weekend. Click here to read more about the honorees.
IRE candidate on campus 
The search committee for the position of director of institutional research and effectiveness has invited an additional candidate for on-campus interviews. You are invited to a meet-and-greet session with Dr. Robert Wilkinson on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 10:15-10:45 a.m., in the Den. The curriculum vitae for the candidate is available for review in the Enrollment Management Office, Luther Hall 206. If you have any questions or input, contact any of the members of the search committee: Edie Waldstein, chair; Gary Wipperman; Shaheen Munir; Brian Ernsting; and Cassie Hales.
Dance Marathon plans annual Rake-a-Thon fundraiser
Dance Marathon members will be raking community members’ leaves Nov. 5 and 12, and possibly another Sunday if there is interest. Dance Marathon will provide rakes, but community members are asked to provide bags for the leaves. A freewill donation is greatly appreciated when the job is finished. If you would like to have your leaves raked, contact Bre Bader, 319-240-6941 or email, to set up a time on one of the Sundays listed.
Christmas with Wartburg tickets on sale
Christmas with Wartburg tickets are now on sale to the public. Details and links to order concert and meal tickets can be found at www.wartburg.edu/christmas.
Business Office to close for retreat
The Business Office will be closed Thursday, Oct. 26, for a staff retreat. The Financial Aid office will only be open that day from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please plan accordingly for any business you may have with these offices.
Help us celebrate the Reformation
On Oct. 31 the Wartburg campus will celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Don’t miss two opportunities to be part of the day’s activities:
  • Spirited Expression: A Reformation Celebration will be held in the chapel from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., featuring Dr. Karen Black, college organist; the Wartburg Choir with Dr. Lee Nelson conducting; and the Rev. Dr. Kathryn Kleinhans, speaker.
  • From 12:45 to 3:15 p.m., students, faculty, and staff in groups of 12-15 will gather for Reformation Table Talks, guided discussion, and honest conversation about the college’s mission of faith and learning and the future of Spiritual Life and Campus Ministry. To reserve a spot (and a lunch) at the Table Talks, click here by Friday, Oct. 20. No classes, lessons, or meetings will be held during this time and most offices will be closed so all can participate.

To volunteer to be a facilitator or “recorder” for the Table Talks, or if you have questions, speak to Ramona Bouzard or contact SLCM.office@wartburg.edu and include “Table Talk Volunteer” in the subject line. For more information on the Reformation Anniversary, click here.

Upcoming Events

Christmas with Wartburg tickets on sale to public
Now through Nov. 30

Presidential forum
Oct. 24

IRE candidate meet and greet
Oct. 24

Farewell reception for TJ Warren
Oct. 25

LSS mentor application deadline
Oct. 30

500th Reformation anniversary celebration
Oct. 31

Benefit open enrollment meetings
Nov. 1, 2, 7, 8

Interfaith trip
Nov. 5

Christmas with Wartburg
Dec. 1-3

Presidential forum
Dec. 5

Click here to view the full Wartburg events calendar.

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Men’s Soccer
Tuesday, Oct. 24, depart at 2:30 p.m. for University of Wisconsin-Platteville.
Weekday Chapel services
Weekday services are from 10:15 to 10:35 a.m. each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in Wartburg Chapel. They are a brief opportunity to gather with students, staff, and faculty to reflect on God and faith. Interfaith chapels will be held the last Wednesday of each month during the semester. It’s a great time to put regular worship on your schedule. This week’s Weekday Chapel looks like this:
  • Monday, Oct. 23 – Lia Kampman ’08
  • Wednesday, Oct. 25 – Interfaith Chapel, Sneha Mahapatra ’18
  • Friday, Oct. 27 – No Chapel. Enjoy your fall break!
Interfaith opportunity at Islamic center 
On Sunday, Nov. 5, join Spiritual Life and Campus Ministry on a trip to visit our neighbors at Masjid-Al Noor Islamic Center in Waterloo/Cedar Falls. We will gather at 1 p.m. at the Chapel and return by 4:30 p.m. This Interfaith opportunity is in partnership with Dr. Kuni Terasawa’s World Religions class and Dema KazKaz, president of the Islamic Center. The experience will include a tour, speakers, and international treats. If you would like to participate, email Pastor Ramona. There is also a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the Chapel. Please note if you are a college-certified driver.
Dr. Bill Withers, professor of journalism and communication, presented one of two morning keynotes, joining former Wartburg Board of Regents member Pastor Mike Housholder, at the Hope Leadership Conference, Oct. 11-13. He also led a full follow-up workshop for attendees later in the conference schedule. Withers was also a guest facilitator for 400 people at Kirkwood Community College on Oct. 9, as sponsored by MidwestOne.

Jen Sassman, director of financial aid, was asked to co-lead a leadership forum sponsored by the Iowa Association for Student Financial Aid Administrators. Sassman and the assistant director of financial aid from Luther College re-wrote the curriculum, then orchestrated the first day of the two-day meeting in Des Moines, Oct. 3-4. The forum focused on personal and professional development of the attendees to better serve their college/universities, the association, and their communities. It also focused on strategic planning and best practices in financial aid management.

Amy Nolan, professor of English, had her essay, “Writing a Sacred Self: Kathy Acker and Wonder,” published in Critical Innovations: Reading and Writing Experimental Texts, Palgrave Macmillan Press, October 2017.

Ian Wass ’02 was named the Waterloo Fire Department's Paramedic of the Year for 2017, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier.

Enrollment increased in 2017-18, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier.

The football team took down the Central Dutch, 44-20, as reported by the Oskaloosa News.

Carrie Smisek ’12 was ordained as a pastor at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Rochester, Minn., as reported by the Lonsdale News Review.

Students in Dr. Zak Montgomery's "Latinos in the U.S." captstone class are partnering with high school students from Al Exito in Hampton to teach others about Latinos' importance to the United States, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier.

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