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The Juice (Faculty/Staff) - May 7

May 7, 2018
Alumni updates
The Alumni & Parent Relations Office reminds employees to encourage alumni to notify the college of life updates (milestones, job changes, etc.) and address changes through the form at www.wartburg.edu/update-our-records/ or by emailing alumni@wartburg.edu.
Crowdfunding at Wartburg 
Fund the Fortress is Wartburg’s crowdfunding platform used to directly impact areas of campus through online giving. Applications are now being accepted for new ideas. For more information or to apply, visit www.wartburg.edu/fund-the-fortress.
‘A Knight in Asia’ meal
Enjoy a culinary experience and support a good cause! “A Knight in Asia” will feature a five-course tasting menu planned and prepared by senior Chef William Coonradt as part of his May Term internship. The event is Tuesday, May 15, at East Bremer Diner in downtown Waverly with seatings at 5 and 8 p.m. Tickets are $40 each with limited seating. To reserve tickets, email the number of guests and dinner time to aknightinasia@gmail.com. Proceeds will go to the Northeast Iowa Food Bank.
Retirement celebration for Susan Lenius 
Everyone is welcome to attend a retirement celebration for Susan Lenius, office coordinator for Counseling Services and Campus Security, on Thursday, May 10, 9-10:30 a.m., in the Castle Room. Come wish Susan well after her many years of service to Wartburg!
Retirement celebration for Margaret Empie
Please join Wartburg College and Dining & Retail Services as we wish Dr. Margaret Empie, assistant vice president of Dining & Retail Services, a very happy retirement and thank her for all of her wonderful years of service to Wartburg. The celebration will be Wednesday, May 16, 9-10 a.m., in the Castle Room.
Dining & Retail Services structure review

Margaret Empie’s upcoming retirement will require us to review the overall structure in Dining & Retail Services and determine what changes, if any, need to be made to the existing structure. Until that review is completed, the following is the interim plan:

  • Effective June 1 – Marty Johnson will become interim director of Dining Services.
  • Wartburg Store and Mailroom operations will continue to report to Margaret through her retirement date of July 31.

We anticipate announcing any structural changes in the upcoming weeks. If you have any questions, concerns, or feedback, contact Rich Seggerman in LH 206 at 352-8215 or richard.seggerman@wartburg.edu no later than May 17. Thank you in advance for your patience during this time of transition. 

Presidential Forum notes
Notes from the April 10 Presidential Forum have been posted on the InfoCenter
Weekly security update
Go to the Security Update on the InfoCenter to see details about the recent work on door lock installation and cabling, and to see previous reports.
Showing of El Silencio de Neto
The Slife Professorship in Humanities, together with the Cinemas of Latin America class, will host a showing of the film El Silencio de Neto on Monday, May 14, at 6:30 p.m., in SC 102. The Guatemalan film by Luis Argueta has won many awards, including Best Film at the New York Latino Film Festival. Sigma Delta Pi, Spanish Club, and SALSA will be co-sponsoring the event and providing snacks. There will be an open discussion following the film, and everyone is welcome to participate. (No Spanish background is required to attend the film or discussion). Direct questions to Dr. Zak Montgomery or Jessica Mueller.
John Myers retirement open house 
A retirement open house for John Myers, director of campus security and safety, to celebrate his years of service to the college, will be Thursday, May 17, 3-4:30 p.m., in the Castle Room. There will be a short program beginning at 4 p.m.
TIAA individual sessions 

No matter where you are in life — just getting started or planning for retirement — a session with Cindy Webb can help you create a unique plan for your goals. And it’s at no additional cost as a part of your retirement plan. Register for one of the following sessions at www.tiaa.org/schedulenow to get an action plan created especially for you.

  • Wednesday, May 9, 10 a.m.-3:45 p.m., Vogel Library 353
  • Thursday, May 10, 9 a.m.-4:15 p.m., Vogel Library 353
TIAA retirement plan workshop

This workshop will teach you more about the basics of Wartburg’s sponsored retirement plan. It will touch on the advantage of a retirement plan, help you create a retirement strategy, and teach you how to update your account.

  • Thursday, May 10, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Saemann Student Center ballrooms
Railroad work closes Bremer Avenue 
Bremer Avenue has closed completely in both directions for work on the railroad tracks near the Pizza Hut on the west and at the 12th Street NW intersection on the east. This is expected to take four weeks to complete and should be done by Memorial Day weekend. Wilson Avenue (north of Bremer Avenue) will also be closed at the railroad tracks, so the north detour traffic must use Fifth Avenue NW. South detour traffic must use Second Avenue SW or 10th Avenue SW. Click here to see a map of the closure and the recommended alternate routes to campus.
WELCOME (new arrivals)
Kyle Piper, Temp Retail Coordinator, 4/11

FAREWELL (departures and retirements)
Brian Zaun, Regional Assistant Director of Admissions, 4/2
Kathy Traetow, Office Coordinator, Study Abroad Programs (GMCS), 4/6
Drew Mick, Knightcaller Manager, 4/27
Women’s Golf
May 8-11, NCAA Championships, Howie in the Hills, Fla.

Outdoor Track
May 10-12, IIAC Championships, Pella

May 10-12, IIAC Championships, Cedar Rapids
Upcoming Events

TIAA sessions and workshop
May 9-10

Susan Lenius retirement celebration
May 10

Screening of El Silencio de Neto
May 14

VAC Day of Service
May 15

'A Knight in Asia' meal
May 15

Margaret Empie retirement celebration
May 16

John Myers retirement open house
May 17

Milestones event
May 25

May 27

Summer hours begin
May 29
Click here to view the full Wartburg events calendar.

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Sanctuary during May Term
Sanctuary on Wednesdays will be the only service offered on campus during May Term. Join us in the Chapel Commons (basement) for snacks at 8:45 p.m. and a service at 9 p.m. All are welcome!
Offerings given during year

Total offerings during the academic year provided the opportunity for giving to four charities:

  • $2,346.74 to Lutheran World Relief (specifically for hurricane relief)
  • $642.63 to Blankets of Love   
  • $1,068.62 to Cedar Valley Friends of the Family
  • $1,068.63 to Wartburg College Dance Marathon 

Thank you to everyone who donated!

Looking ahead to 2018-19
Anyone interested in choosing scripture or hymns or sharing a message in 2018-19 should contact Pam Moss
The Rev. Brian A.F. Beckstrom successfully defended his Doctor of Ministry dissertation at Luther Seminary on April 4. His thesis, Lutheran Higher Education in a Secular Age: Religious Identity and Mission at ELCA Colleges and Universities, is a mixed-methods exploratory case study involving five ELCA institutions.

Dr. Zak Montgomery, associate professor of Spanish and Slife Professor in Humanities, published ‘You’re Not Latino, You’re American’: Heritage Learners of Spanish Navigate Issues of Cultural Identity in Higher Education, co-authored with Dr. Sarah Montgomery, Elizabeth Silbernagel, Anne Epley Birtwistle ’15, and Yvonne Ayesiga ’13, in College Student Affairs Journal 36.1 (2018): 17-31. 
Rebecca Bennett ’18, Katie Linthicum ’18, and Blake Shipman ’18 were accompanied by Dr. Kyle Schenkewitz, visiting assistant professor of religion, to the 2018 Great Plains Undergraduate Theology Conference on April 13 at Creighton University. They presented their Religion Capstone papers and interacted with scholars from Iowa and Nebraska.

Kailas Kokare ’17, a cross country runner at Wartburg, placed second (behind his friend and roommate) in the Cherry Creek Sneak 10-Miler, as reported by the Denver Post

Ed Scharlau ’61 helped found Water to Thrive, a nonprofit that builds wells that provide clean water to rural communities in Ethiopia, Uganda, and Tanzania. The organization celebrated its 10th anniversary this year and expects to build its 1,000th well, as reported by the Austin American-Statesman.

Wartburg College has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities grant in the organization’s most recent round of funding. The two-phase grant, valued at $165,276, will allow the college to create an online catalog of the more than 28,000 audiovisual items in the Archives of Iowa Broadcasting, which is owned by and housed at the college.
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