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The Juice (Faculty/Staff) - April 27

Welcome to May Term! ☀️

April 27, 2020

Spiritual practices during May Term

What is a spiritual practice? How can we grow closer to God in our daily lives? Follow the Spiritual Life & Campus Ministry Facebook page during May Term every Tuesday at 10 a.m. to find out! We will worship through exercise, meditation, cooking and creating. Join us as we focus on the “I am…” statements of Jesus. Contact Rebecca Baird, pastoral intern, with questions.


COVID-19 news and resources

Go to the college’s website for updates about coronavirus and COVID-19 at www.wartburg.edu/coronavirus, including all of the college’s communications, what to do if you have symptoms, and FAQs.

Scholarship Spotlights: Fulbright, Goldwater and McElroy

Significant scholarship opportunities still continue for our most talented, engaged, well-spoken, driven and creative students, even in this time of profound disruption. As the campus scholarship contact, Kathleen Sihler needs your help to connect our capable and qualified students with these opportunities! Please click here to read the “Scholarship Spotlight #1” for a quick summary of three such scholarships – Fulbright, Goldwater and McElroy – and contact kathleen.sihler@wartburg.edu with any current, upcoming and/or recently graduated students who may fit the scholarship profile and trajectory. More Scholarship Spotlights to come in the Juice.


VAC Knights of Service: Letters to Locals

The Volunteer Action Center is issuing its Knights of Service — Four Weeks of Action event by challenging everyone in our Wartburg family (students, faculty, staff and alumni) to uplift our pillar of service. Check the Juice or VAC social media each week for instructions. VAC will provide action steps and templates to use.


Week 2: Writing Letters to Locals

Knights are challenged to write and send five letters of encouragement to those living alone or in retirement facilities (either old-school pen to paper or electronic.) Another option: making calls to those living alone and the elderly. Accept the challenge and post about where you sent the letters on social media tagging @WartburgVAC and using #KnightsofService


Our goal is to provide service to our communities while keeping everyone safe! The events will conclude the week of May 11 with a virtual celebration during the final week of classes! For more information, contact vac@wartburg.edu or kristin.teigtorres@wartburg.edu.

Student organization form due May 15

Keep your student organization registered! The time has come for Wartburg’s Recognized Student Organization Annual Report. The form collects information about your organization’s membership, leadership and activity during the 2019-20 academic year. This form, available at this link, is due Tuesday, May 15, by 11:59 p.m.

All student organizations must return this form to be recognized as official student organizations for the upcoming academic year. If you encounter any issues or have questions, please email studentorgs@wartburg.edu or kalyani.kannan@wartburg.edu.


Voter registration details

The U.S. Department of Education requires institutions receiving federal funding to provide notice regarding how to register to vote. Directions on how to register to vote are available at this link.



Over-the-counter medications and the CARES Act

The recently signed CARES Act will allow over-the-counter medications to be allowed under your flexible spending accounts or HSA accounts. Please click here to see a PDF document from Advantage Administrators explaining the update.


ITS upgrades website

Information Technology Services has worked with the Marketing & Communication Office to upgrade the ITS website to provide a more simple, streamlined presence for all technology-related resources. The website is now more mobile-friendly and easy to navigate for the campus community. The website can be found at www.wartburg.edu/its. If you have any feedback regarding the new website, please email loni.abbas@wartburg.edu.


Access to academic buildings

Effective April 17, all of the exterior doors to campus buildings will be locked, except the Student Center. After entering the Student Center, those who need to have access to the other buildings may do so via the skywalks. Faculty and staff are welcome to use their keys to enter buildings.

Student Center doors: open 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily
Skywalks: open 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday


Vogel Library adds online resources

Vogel Library is in the process of obtaining access to multiple additional online resources.

Ebooks—thousands more ebooks should soon populate your searches in OneSearch.
Streaming films—we are working on securing a subscription to Kanopy, a film database with both major motion pictures and documentaries. Once our subscription is established, check out the offerings to consider as first choices or good substitutes.
Multiple primary and secondary source databases—many academic database vendors and publishers have freed up access through the end of May. These options will begin to populate your OneSearch results, no additional clicks necessary.


See the Winter/May 2020 Remote Resources guide for more information!

Students can ride Wartburg Shuttle for free May 22

End-of-the-year shuttles will be departing on Friday, May 22, to Waterloo, Cedar Rapids, Chicago, Minneapolis and Des Moines. The deadline to sign up is May 15. We recognize that students might be experiencing financial difficulties due to unemployment or a reduction in work hours. In an effort to ensure all students are able to travel without being hindered by cost, ALL SHUTTLES ON MAY 22 WILL BE FREE TO STUDENTS! Details and registration are at www.wartburg.edu/shuttle.

If you need transportation on a date other than May 22, please contact jennifer.onuigbo@wartburg.edu. While we can’t provide rides on other dates to all locations, Student Life can assist you in making arrangements.


Fall GPA Report available

The Fall 2019 GPA Report and Executive Summary are now available on the InfoCenter. Direct questions to edith.waldstein@wartburg.edu.


Allen Employee Assistance Program

Your mental health is important, especially during this time of change and uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Allen Employee Assistance Program will continue to provide counseling services. However, all EAP counseling sessions will be conducted by phone or virtually through their video chat service called Vidyo. This is being done to practice social distancing and to minimize the number of individuals visiting them in person. Allen EAP will be reaching out directly to everyone who has a scheduled appointment to explain this process. Otherwise, please schedule appointments as normal and they can walk through any details at that time. Allen’s counselors have used technology for virtual counseling sessions for several years, but they understand it will be new for many people. If you have any questions about this or wish to schedule an appointment, please contact Allen EAP at 319-235-3550.


Pathways Center remote access guide

The Pathways Center is available and ready to continue serving students and faculty/staff remotely! Click here to download a PDF of the Pathways Center Remote Access Resource Guide. Pathways staff are available remotely for academic support, career services, disability support and accommodations, and the Peer Learning Lab.We are offering the Math Lab via an app called Discord that features chat and video for student in partnership with math faculty.

To schedule Zoom appointments: Call Jan at (319) 352-8330 or (319) 352-8615 to schedule with Pathways team members, or e-mail a specific staff member with topic(s) to discuss and times you are available. Regular hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. M-F, and evening hours are also available by appointment. More information at www.wartburg.edu/pathways.


Share your prayer requests

As life continues with COVID-19, Spiritual Life & Campus Ministry invites you to share your prayer requests with us using our confidential link: bit.ly/SLCMPrayerRequest


Upcoming events

May Term begins
April 27

May Commencement
May 24


The Wartburg community extends its condolences to Vicky Green, part-time security officer, on the death of her husband, George E. Green, who passed away Wednesday, April 15, in Waverly. There will be a Celebration of Life service at a later date. Please click here to view the obituary.


The Wartburg community extends its condolences to Dr. Christine DeVries, associate professor of chemistry, whose father, Thomas Erickson, passed away April 13 in Independence. Please click here to view the obituary.



WELCOME (new arrivals):

Stephanie Key, Facility Technical Assistant (3/2)

Sheila Rosengarten, Assistant Director of Massage Therapy (3/16)

Rebecca Cockerham, Financial Services Coordinator (3/23)

Renae Johnson, Dining Services Office & Business Assistant (3/23)

Jennifer Buss, Dining Services Cook (3/30)

Carrie Gleason, The Wellness Center Membership Manager (4/1)

Theresa Moore, Assistant Director of Leadership (4/1)

Laura Albert, Financial Aid Coordinator (4/14)

Dina Grampton, Dining Services Retail Associate (4/14)


FAREWELL (departures and retirements)

Jeffery Franzen, Cleaning Staff (3/4)

Tandi Dewater, Cleaning Staff (3/6)

Erica Sadler, HR & Payroll Assistant (3/31)



Dr. Kunihiko (Kuni) Terasawa, associate professor of religion, presented “Interreligious/Transnational Solidarity of Religions as Resistance to Ultranationalism in Asia and the Pacific Rim” at the Hang Seng University of Hong Kong on April 23. Hong Kong scholars of other universities also joined.

Dr. Caryn Riswold, professor of religion and the Mike and Marge McCoy Family Distinguished Chair in Lutheran Heritage and Mission, has published an essay about teaching, learning, and living in a time of pandemic on the NetVUE blog Vocation Matters. It is titled "Called to a Pedagogy of the Cross."


Jeana Larson ’01 was elected to be president-elect of the Iowa Bandmasters Association, a 93-year-old organization that promotes “excellence in bands through professional development, mentorship, performance and advocacy,” according to the Northwest Iowa Review. She is the band director at Sheldon Middle School. She named Dr. Craig Hancock, Wartburg’s director of bands, as an influential mentor in her life.

Jared Pirkl ’04 is using a small 3D printer he had in his Hansen Elementary School classroom to produce face shield visors for area medical professionals fighting COVID-19, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier.

The following students have been selected for this year's Leadership & Service Awards. They will be featured on the college's social media this week in lieu of the annual awards event this spring:

Nobility Award – Freddie Eden, Juana Perez Mandujano
Dell Awards - 4Y – Monique Ellison, Sierra Mastin, Saffa Bockarie, Collins Kalyebi and Josh Voigt; 3Y - Bree Gryp; 2Y - Jaylen McBride; 1Y - Connor Moore
Outstanding Organization Award – The Trumpet
Outstanding Organization Advisor Award – Katie Wyman, Wartburg Ambassadors
Outstanding International Senior Award - Charmaine Denison-George
Debbie Heida Award – Jenna Brannaman
Mercy Umba '22 received a $10,000 grant from the Davis Projects for Peace program to help increase mental health access for refugees in northern Uganda received, but the project has been postponed because the of Covid-19 pandemic. Umba was to be mentored by Collins Kalyebi '20, who received a Davis grant in 2018.
Brittany Strause '21 was one of 290 students from across the U.S. selected by Campus Compact to be among its 2020-21 cohort of Newman Civic Fellows. Strause, a social work major from Plano, Ill., has served as the volunteer coordinator for the Department of Social Work’s Holiday Shoppe, a program that provides Christmas gifts for hundreds of Bremer County children, for the last two years.
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