V-Week is here — All are welcome to events throughout V-Week starting today, Feb. 9. Highlights include a panel discussion Tuesday, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., in Whitehouse Business Center's Buckmaster Room; speaker Alison Leonhart ’15 at Eucharist Wednesday, 9:30 p.m., in Wartburg Chapel; and a silent auction outside McCaskey Lyceum all week. A production of Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues will be Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 8 p.m., in McCaskey Lyceum. A panel discussion will follow Saturday's show. Tickets will be sold for $5 at the door and during lunch and dinner Monday and Tuesday in Saemann Student Center. All proceeds from the show and auction will be benefit Cedar Valley Friends of the Family and the global V-Day movement to end violence against women and girls. More information is available on the Wartburg College V-Day Campaign Facebook page.
Retirement plan clarification — In a letter last week to current participants in Wartburg's retirement plan, President Colson clarified a notice recently sent from the College regarding Wartburg's move to secure "church plan" status for the plan from the Internal Revenue Service. The change has no impact on how the plan is designed or administered; it was a proactive move designed to eliminate unnecessary paperwork and audit fees. Click here to access the president's letter. Those with questions remaining after reading the letter can arrange for a meeting by contacting Amy Wilson, Human Resources & Payroll Office administrative assistant, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 352-8521.
Film festival plays on — The fourth selection in the Tournées French Film Festival will play Thursday, Feb. 12, 6 p.m., in Whitehouse Business Center 214. The French Minister centers around a man and his highly capricious boss. Admission is free, popcorn will be served, and discussion will be provided by students in FR 275: Intro to French & Francophone Film. No knowledge of French is required to participate. For more information on the festival, including a schedule, visit the Wartburg French Club Facebook page.
Phil & Lit — The next meeting of the Wartburg Philosophical & Literary Society will be Friday, Feb. 13, 4 p.m., in McCoy West of Saemann Student Center. Dr. Benjamin Bousquet, associate professor of physics, will present Neutrinos: Nature’s Ghosts.
Bach's Lunch concert — Christian Stötzner of Eisenach, Germany, will be the guest organist at the Bach’s Lunch organ series Friday, Feb. 13. The 12:30 p.m. performance in Wartburg Chapel will be preceded by a noon lunch and explanation of the program in Chapel Commons. Stötzner is the music director at St. George’s Church in Eisenach, where J. S. Bach was baptized. He also was part of the St. Thomas Church in Leipzig, a famous choir school where Bach spent most of his career as cantor. Stötzner will speak about these experiences prior to his concert. Bring a lunch or order one from Den-Rittersaal by Wednesday, Feb. 11, by contacting Marcia Haugen, music department office coordinator, at email@example.com or 352-8300.
Lunch 'n' Learn — A Waverly Health Center lunch n’ learn will be Wednesday, Feb. 18, noon to 1 p.m., in The W's Wet Classroom. Michelle Litterer will present Making Small Changes Can Make a Big Difference for Heart Health. Attendees of the free event are invited to bring a lunch. For more information, call The W at 352-8249.
P.S. I Love You Day — Friday, Feb. 13, is P.S. I love You Day, created in 2011 to show support for all those who struggle with bullying, depression, and suicide. Please wear purple to join in letting those who are struggling know they are not alone. For more information, click here or contact Kelly Moeller, Suicide Prevention Program coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you or someone you know needs help, please contact Counseling Services at 352-8596 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
Wrestling with faith - Do you wonder about the problems evil causes in the world or find the concept of the Trinity confusing? A small group will meet Thursdays, 8 p.m., to wrestle with theological questions and their effects. All are welcome to the first meeting, Feb. 12, in the lounge outside the Department of Religion & Philosophy in Grossmann Hall. For more information, contact Paris White ’15 at email@example.com.
Candlelight vigil — SAFE will host a candlelight vigil and conversation Tuesday, Feb. 10, 7 p.m., in Wartburg Chapel. Students Jacob Martin ’15, Alex Shockley ’15, and Paris White ’15 will speak on their battles with mental illness and its effects. Conversation will follow in the Chapel Commons. Those interested in sharing their story should email SAFE@wartburg.edu. The event is dedicated to the lives lost to suicide and to those suffering.
Keep on Learning — A compilation of Charlie Chaplin’s career will be featured in the Keep on Learning community education series continuing Thursday, Feb. 12, 9:30-11:30 a.m., in the Heritage Room of Saemann Student Center. Scott Cawelti, University of Northern Iowa professor emeritus, will discuss Chaplin’s comic genius, which entranced three generations of filmgoers and bridged the silent and sound eras of film. Classes continue Feb. 19 and 26. Coffee will be served at 9 a.m. A $30 fee due Thursday covers the rest of the course. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.wartburg.edu/kol.
Wellness challenge coming — Wartburg employees are again invited to participate in the Waverly Area Partnership for Healthy Living Wellness Challenge. Challenges involve simple physical activity, nutrition, and stress reduction. The first challenge of 2015 is the daily mile. Participants must log the number of miles they walk, jog, run, or move on an elliptical each day between today, Feb. 9 and Friday, Feb. 27. Please contact Sheila Kittleson, director of The W, at email@example.com if you are interested in participating.
'Best of the Best' concert — The Wartburg Community Symphony will perform alongside the Valley High School Chamber Orchestra in the Meistersinger Honor Orchestra Festival's "Best of the Best" concert Saturday, Feb. 14, 7:30 p.m., in Neumann Auditorium. Under the direction of Dr. Daniel Kaplunas, the orchestras will perform crowd-pleasing numbers, including two with Dr. Simon Estes, distinguished professor and artist in residence. A reception will follow. Tickets, $16.50 for adults and $6.50 for students, can be purchased at wartburg.edu/symphony, at the Ticket Office in Saemann Student Center, or at the door starting at 6:45 p.m. For more information, call 352-8200.
Health update regarding employee — Susan Lenius, Counseling Services office coordinator and Security Office parking coordinator, was admitted to Iowa City Hospitals and Clinics early last week. She would like to thank everyone for their support and prayers throughout her hospital stay. She was to be transferred to the acute rehab unit at Allen Hospital last week.
Convocation features alumna — International humanitarian law expert Laura Olson ’92 will speak about her experiences in international law and work to protect persons from the effects of armed conflict, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 11:30 a.m., in Neumann Auditorium. Olson will highlight her 10 years as a legal adviser to the International Committee of the Red Cross and give an overview of International Humanitarian Law, including how this law protects persons, such as prisoners of war, during armed conflict and contemporary challenges the law faces. A 2013 recipient of the Wartburg College Alumni Citation, Olson is acting director of the Programs Branch of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.