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The Juice (Faculty/Staff) - May 4

May Day of Service, library update

May 4, 2020

Vogel Library resources during May Term

While Vogel Library is closed, physical items cannot be checked out or requested through Interlibrary Loan (ILL). Scanned article requests can still be submitted through ILL, though with most other libraries also closed we cannot guarantee these requests will be filled. There are still several ways to ask questions and be in touch with library staff to address your information needs:

Email: asklibrarian@wartburg.edu
Chat on the library’s website, https://www.wartburg.edu/library
Call the Service Desk: 319-352-8500
Text: 319-313-2281

Staff will be monitoring these Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and will respond within 1-2 business days. Faculty doing research can reach out to their liaison librarian to discuss options to purchase ebooks.

The library will continue to offer the following resources. Go to the library website

for links to each of the following and more:

OneSearch – all databases and course reserves – include access to recently added resources
Research guides
Consultation requests
Frequently asked 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.

VAC May Day of Service – is ON!

Students, faculty and staff are invited to help with campus spring planting on Tuesday, May 12, for the annual May Day of Service on campus. Meet at the fountain near the Student Center at either of these times: 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

All participants will observe social distancing guidelines, and masks and gloves are required. Please bring your own gardening equipment, masks and gloves if possible. Rain date TBD. Contact vac@wartburg.edu or kristin.teigtorres@wartburg.edu for more info.


Tony Lutz retirement

Congratulations to Tony Lutz, media services support specialist in ITS, as he retires May 8 after 31 years of employment with Wartburg College. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a celebration will be held at a later date – watch the Juice for details!


VAC Knights of Service: Support Small Businesses and Nonprofits

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 3: Support Small Businesses and Nonprofits

Post about your favorite small businesses or nonprofits on social media, and give them your support. If capable, buy a gift card or product online to support the business or donate to the nonprofit. Support the local small businesses and nonprofits in your town or other towns — post your action 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.


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.


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.



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.


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

Join Sanctuary remotely on Wednesdays

Sanctuary is a holy space in the midst of your busy life where you can recharge and renew. Expect a relaxed time of Bible study, fellowship, worship music, and prayer on Wednesday evenings at 9 p.m. via Zoom. Go to Zoom.US, click on the "Join a Meeting" button, enter 698 385 9486 and click "Join." (You will need to download the free Zoom app.) All are welcome!



Upcoming events

May Day of Service
May 12

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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