Homecoming, Family Weekend join — Two Wartburg traditions are merging this fall. Homecoming and Family Weekend each will be Oct. 1-4. The Alumni & Parent Relations Office is excited to bring all Wartburg constituents together at once. In 2016, Homecoming and Family Weekend will be Oct. 13-16. The dates will be Oct. 19-22 in 2017. With questions, please contact Renee Voves, director of alumni and parent relations and annual giving, at email@example.com or 352-8499.
Lenten schedule reminders — The class schedule changes Feb. 18 to provide time for Ash Wednesday worship, 10-10:50 a.m., in Wartburg Chapel. Classes starting at 9 a.m. will dismiss at 9:50 a.m. Classes regularly beginning at 10:45 a.m. will begin at 11 a.m. Campus offices, the Den, and the Konditorei will close from 9:50 to 11 a.m. On the five following Wednesdays, administrative offices will close during chapel time, 10:15-10:35 a.m., to allow staff and faculty the opportunity to attend Lenten chapels. The W, Security Office, and Information Desk will remain open. All students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to use these morning class breaks during Lent as time for rest, reflection, and rejuvenation.
Convocation series changes — Convocations will be limited starting in academic year 2015-16. While annual events such as opening convocation will continue, those featuring guest speakers will be less frequent. This change is one of the measures recently identified to help reduce institutional expenses.
Employee health screen — The Wartburg employee health screen is Tuesday, March 24, 7-8:30 a.m., in The W. Wartburg College will cover the cost of the basic health screen for full-time/benefit-eligible employees. The cost of basic screening also will be covered for spouses participating in the wellness program and on Wartburg health insurance. Additional testing is available at the expense of the participant. Sign up is required. For available times contact Sheila Kittleson, director of The W, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 352-8249.
Phil & Lit — The Wartburg Philosophical & Literary Society will meet Friday, Feb. 20, 4 p.m., in McCoy West of Saemann Student Center. Allan Bernard, assistant professor of business administration, will speak on The Relationship between Servant Leadership Style, Information Technology Project Success, and Organizational Strategy Alignment.
Science seminar — A Math, Computer Science & Physics Department seminar will be Tuesday, Feb. 17, 11:30 a.m., in Science Center 134. Mario Barela, a mathematics graduate student at the University of Iowa, will present Modeling RLC Circuits with Ideal Diodes: A Complementarity Approach using Runge-Kutta Methods.
Title IX contact — All educational institutions receiving federal financial assistance must designate at least one employee to coordinate their responsibilities under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits sex discrimination in education programs and activities. Wartburg's Title IX coordinator is Jamie Hollaway, director of human resources and payroll. With questions, contact Holloway at email@example.com or 352-8418.
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.
Find your direction — The W is partnering with Waverly Health Center and Hy-Vee to provide a healthy living program beginning Thursday, Feb. 26. The Compass program will meet at 5:30 p.m. at The W. The five-week program will help participants establish and maintain long-term, healthy behavior changes. It includes a personalized exercise program and nutritional guidance. Register by Thursday, Feb. 19 by calling 319-483-1361. There is a fee to participate.
LGBTQ book night — Children can enjoy LGBTQ-friendly books read by Wartburg students Thursday, Feb. 19, 6:30-7:30 p.m., at the Waverly Public Library. Direct questions to Cassie Hales, assistant director of residential life, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gayla Week 2015 — Join Alliance in Gayla Week 2015, themed gaY2K–Party like it's 1999! Events run Monday, Feb. 16-Saturday, Feb. 21. Highlights include bingo on Monday, 8-9 p.m.; in the McCoy room of Saemann Student Center; game night on Wednesday, 7-10 p.m., in Whitehouse Business Center's Buckmaster Room; a panel discussion Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., in the McCoy rooms; and a drag show on Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Neumann Auditorium. Drag show tickets will be available for $5 at the door. Find more information on the Alliance Facebook page.
Reminder from registrar — The Registrar's Office reminds all students they are required to meet with their adviser to discuss and clear their proposed schedule before registering for 2015-16 classes. (Students with two advisers need to meet with only one.) Students should verify adviser information through the "Advising" tab on their My Wartburg home page; contact the Registrar's Office at 352-8272 if your adviser information is incorrect. Only an adviser listed will be able to authorize a student for online registration.
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. 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.
Film festival plays on — The fifth selection in the Tournées French Film Festival will be shown Tuesday, Feb. 17, 6 p.m., in Whitehouse Business Center 116. The Past centers on familial resentment, hurt, and regrets. Admission to the series 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.
German Institute funding — Applications are being accepted for funding from the German Institute to support activities and endeavors related to Germany or German in the 2015-16 academic year. Awarding will be on a competitive basis; applications for the full amount available ($5,000) likely will not be supported in full. Applications are due March 15 to Dr. Daniel Walther, German Institute director. Awards will be announced no later than April 1. Contact Walther at email@example.com for application requirements and details.
Agreement with MCC — As part of a “two-plus-two” agreement announced Tuesday, Feb. 10 and effective this fall, students will be able to study at Marshalltown Community College and Wartburg and earn a bachelor’s degree in four years. Iowa Valley Community College District students meeting credit hour requirements within Marshalltown Community College’s broadcasting and digital media associate’s degree — and graduates of the program — can earn a Wartburg degree in journalism and communication with a concentration in multimedia journalism or digital production. Members of Marshalltown Community College’s administration, faculty and student body visited Wartburg for the signing and announcement of the articulation agreement and to tour Department of Journalism & Communication facilities.
Student housing policy changes — Students last week received notification of updates to the college's housing policies. As a residential college, the goal is for all full-time students to live on campus every year, but in many years, the college approves a limited number of off-campus housing requests. The following steps are being taken to improve consistency and predictability in the enforcement of longstanding policies:
- The college has eliminated the $200 deposit formerly required for participation in the on-campus housing lottery. Students must have an account balance in good standing to participate.
- Applicants who are approved to live off campus will be subject to a $250 fee, the proceeds of which offset the cost of campus-wide facility maintenance normally included in room fees.
- Full room will be charged to the accounts of full-time students residing off campus without approval.
The Wartburg residential life experience is sequenced so to allow students to transition into independent living, and the college values the role of residential living in creating a vibrant on-campus community centered on the college's mission. Questions about the housing process can be directed to Wes Brooks, director of Residential Life, at 352-8260 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sustainable farming program — Faux Farm, Kaiser Farm, and Vogel Library are sponsoring a public program on sustainable farming Wednesday, Feb. 25, 6:30–8 p.m., in McCaskey Lyceum. Sustainable Farms: Bremer County and Beyond will include a screening of the documentary New Farms, Big Success, followed by a panel discussion on sustainable farming in Bremer County including Rob Faux from Faux Farms and Lindsay Kaiser from Kaiser Farms. For more information, click here or contact Curtis Brundy, director of Vogel Library, at email@example.com or 352-8462.
STEM for women — A program on attracting girls and women to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields will be Thursday, Feb. 19, in Science Center 134. A social starts at 6 p.m. and the program will be from 6:30 to 7:30. Speakers include Marcy Seavey, University of Northern Iowa STEM coordinator, and Stephani Keller, N.E. Iowa Regional STEM Hub associate.
TerraCycle changes — Waverly's TerraCycle program that Wartburg participates in has changed its policies. The following items are now accepted: cereal bags, granola bags and wrappers, ink cartridges, squeeze-food pouches, and drink pouches. Waverly-Shell Rock High School is looking for a community group to take over the program due to changes in what is accepted at the school. If your group is interested in this fundraising opportunity, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Election results — Elections for Student Senate were Tuesday, Feb. 10. Sean Lancaster ’16 and Molly Zmudka ’17 won the race for president and vice president with 95 percent of the vote. A run-off election will be Tuesday, Feb. 17 in the race for recorder, as Calyn Thompson ’17 earned 40 percent of the vote and Molly Astarita ’18 earned 26 percent. A run-off also is required in the race for treasurer, as Adam Kurt ’16 earned 38 percent of the vote and Emily Capper ’18 earned 28 percent.