December Commencement and Sunday worship — Thirty-seven graduates will receive diplomas during midyear Baccalaureate and Commencement Sunday, Dec. 14, 10:30 a.m., in Wartburg Chapel. The Rev. Brian Beckstrom, campus pastor, will give the message. Music will be provided by the Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Daniel Kaplunas, assistant professor of music. A reception will follow in the lobby of Bachman Fine Arts Center. The service will be live streamed on Knight Vision.
State of the College Address — Faculty and staff are invited to hear remarks from President Colson on the state of the college, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., in McCaskey Lyceum.
Incomplete grade policy — With the arrival of finals week, remind students an incomplete grade is not valid unless it is supported by a Student Request for Incomplete Grade form. Form completion should be initiated by the student to confirm communication with the instructor regarding the incomplete grade policy. The form is available on My.Wartburg or in the Registrar’s Office, Luther Hall 216. Refer students to the incomplete grade definition from the academic catalog. An incomplete grade submitted without support of the form will be changed to an F. Incomplete grades should only be issued for students who are passing the course when final grades are due. With permission from the Registrar's Office, instructors can complete the form for a student whose circumstances prevent them from submitting the form. The form is encouraged, but not required, for internships, field experiences, or venture education courses.
Campaign reminder — Those who have participated in the Faculty, Staff, Emeriti, and Retirees Campaign can use the Advancement Division thank-you card in the Konditorei Wednesday, Dec. 10. Visit www.wartburg.edu/transform to learn more about the campaign and to participate.
New arrival — Congratulations to Dr. Wes Brooks, assistant vice president for Student Life and director of Residential Life, and his wife, Kelly, on the birth of a boy Oct. 26. Webber Hayden Brooks weighed 8 pounds 2 ounces and measured 21.75 inches at birth.
Broadcasting archive grant — Wartburg has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support the preparation of a preservation assessment for the Archive of American Broadcasting in Vogel Library. Curtis Brundy, college librarian and director of Vogel Library, will serve as the project director.
Morning Mentor hosts Rock – TJ Warren, Pathways Center associate for vocation and mentoring, will interview Missy Buttry Rock ’05 on his weekly KWAR 89.9 FM show, The Morning Mentor, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 9:30 a.m. The three-time cross country national champion, who was recently featured on espnw.com, will discuss her journey as a stay-at-home mom and professional runner.
Retirement celebration — A retirement celebration for Dr. Vicki Edelnant, Pathways Center director, will be Tuesday, Dec. 9, 1:30-3 p.m., in Saemann Student Center's Hagemann Castle Room. A brief program begins at 1:45 p.m. Those unable to attend can relay gifts and well wishes through Jan Simpson, Pathways Center office coordinator, at email@example.com.
Represent Wartburg — Help promote Wartburg by participating in a video shoot Tuesday, Dec. 9. The Marketing & Communication Office seeks at least 200 students, faculty, and staff. Pack The W's Hall of Champions at 11 a.m. Expect the shoot to take up to an hour. No specific attire is needed; just don't wear a Luther shirt! Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Holiday symphony concert — The Wartburg Community Symphony's holiday concert is Tuesday, Dec. 9, 7 p.m., in Neumann Auditorium. Enjoy the symphony’s rendition of music from Peter and the Wolf by Sergei Prokofiev with life-sized puppets from Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre acting out the story. The symphony also will be joined by 62 members of the Waverly-Shell Rock Middle School Orchestra. The show will include two holiday carols, and a reception will follow the performance. Tickets, $16.50 for adults and $6.50 for children, can be ordered online, by calling 800-772-2085 ext. 8691, or at the door starting 45 minutes before the performance. Tickets also can be purchased at the Ticket Office in Saemann Student Center 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Keens welcome a son — Congratulations to Jeff Keen, assistant director of Annual Giving, and his wife, Ashley, on the arrival of Noah Henry Keen Sunday, Nov. 30. Noah weighed 7 pounds 15 ounces and measured 20.5 inches at birth.
Lunch 'n' Learn — Waverly Health Center will offer a Lunch 'n’ Learn event Wednesday, Dec. 17, noon-1 p.m., in The W's Wet Classroom. Brian Pins '05, community health specialist, will present Healthy Holiday Tips, covering practical tips for the holidays, such as stress management, scheduling, and meal preparation. Those attending the free event are invited to bring a lunch. Call The W at 352-8249 for more information.