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The Juice - Aug. 10

COVID print resources, end of summer office hours 🗓

Aug. 10, 2020

COVID-related resources on website

Employees and offices can now find COVID-related signs and materials to download and print at www.wartburg.edu/knights-care. At the website, you'll also find links to the Fall 2020 Opening Plan, Campus Health Guidelines, and more. To create or print signage needed by your department, please contact your account executive in Marketing & Communication. If you need physical distancing tape and directional arrows, please contact Beth Sinnwell.


Summer office hours end Aug. 22

Summer office hours end Saturday, Aug. 22. Office hours will return to 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. starting Sunday, Aug. 23.


RSVP deadline for faculty/staff picnic

President Darrel and Christy Colson are hosting faculty and staff (plus a spouse or guest) for a picnic meal at their home at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19, to kick off the academic year. Please see the president's Aug. 4 email for details, including how we'll gather safely on the Greenwood lawn. The deadline to RSVP at www.wartburg.edu/picnic is today.


Work of recent grads featured in art gallery

“Senior Exhibit 2020: Take Two” will showcase works from eight recent Wartburg graduates beginning Monday, Aug. 10. The original exhibit was scheduled for April 2020 but was postponed. Three 2020 Wartburg graduates will present their culminating art projects through Sept. 8 in the Waldemar A. Schmidt Art Gallery. Five other 2020 art graduates will showcase their projects on the Waldemar A. Schmidt Art Gallery’s Instagram account via a virtual exhibition. The gallery, on the first floor of the Bachman Fine Arts Center, is open 9 a.m.-7 p.m. daily.


Mail Center update

Mail Center hours will switch to 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. starting Monday, Aug. 10. Please email mailroom@wartburg.edu to check your forwarding address or with other questions.


Involvement Fair registration

The 2020-21 Involvement Fair will take place Tuesday, Aug. 25, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on the Campus Mall (the evening before fall classes begin). More information about the Involvement Fair and registration can be found at this link. To ensure there are enough tables for the organizations participating, please register your organization using the link above no later than Friday, Aug. 21. Questions? Please email kalyani.kannan@wartburg.edu.


Updated summer hours for Dining Services

Please note the following updated hours for Dining Services locations. Office hours for Dining Services are 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday on the first floor of Saemann Student Center.


The Den-Rittersaal

Open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Takeout meals continue to be offered in the Den, and the dine-in option has returned with restrictions outlined by Gov. Reynolds.


Zesty Orange

Open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.



Currently closed, with special hours for camps and conferences.



Open Monday-Friday, 7:30 to 10:30 a.m.


STAS meetings for Fall Term

STAS (Sharing Teaching and Advising Strategies) will continue meeting on Zoom in the fall semester. If you are already on the list, you will receive links for the those meetings. If you would like to join your peers for discussing teaching and advising — or have questions — contact Michaeleen Golay or Kristin Wendland. Dates for Fall Term 2020 will be the following Wednesdays at 3:45 p.m.: Sept. 9 and 23, Oct. 7 and 21, and Nov. 4 and 18.



The Wartburg community extends its condolences to Janet Huebner, director of The Wartburg Store, on the death of her father-in-law, Wilbert Huebner of Readlyn, who died Aug. 2 at age 100. Visitation and services were held Friday in Klinger. Please click here to see the obituary.


The Wartburg community extends its condolences to the colleagues and friends of former staff member Joann Peterson, who died July 4. She worked as a housekeeper at Wartburg from 1985 until her retirement in 2009. No services are planned.


The Wartburg community extends its condolences to the colleagues and friends of former faculty member Dr. Ronald Alexander of Waverly, who passed away Aug. 3 in Waterloo at age 83. He was a professor of philosophy and religion who taught at Wartburg from 1966 until his retirement in 2014. No services are planned at this time. Please click here to see the obituary.


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Congratulations to the Rev. Dr. Kristin Wendland, associate professor of religion, on her marriage to Matt Dittmer on July 11.



Dr. Nana Quaicoe, assistant professor of economics, recently was appointed to the James A. Leach Chair in Banking and Monetary Economics at Wartburg. A public event to recognize Quaicoe will be deferred until the campus community can gather in accordance with COVID-19 safety guidelines. Click here to read more about Quaicoe and the chair, which was established in 1994.


Dr. Mike Bechtel, associate professor of science education, had his proposal, Ioponics – Classroom Aquaponics, accepted by the Iowa Science Foundation. The Iowa Academy of Science has approved full funding for the 2020-21 school year. Click here to learn more about the project. Bechtel also has been accepted to participate in the Population Leadership Institute, scheduled for July 16-18, 2021, in Ashland, Massachusetts.


Susana Melgar ’20 and Logan Nelsen ’20 conducted research this past year with Dr. Samantha Larimer Bousquet, professor of biology. They presented their work, “Effects of tryptophan supplementation on anxiety and learning in mice,” at this year’s Animal Behavior Conference as a virtual “flash talk."


Department of Business Administration, Economics and Accounting faculty Dr. Amy Pilcher and Prof. Eric Sommermeyer attended the International Academy of Business and Public Administration Disciplines (IABPAD) Summer Online conference July 25, where Pilcher presented their case, “Traveling Salesman: Fraud Opportunities in Employee Travel.”


The Rev. Dr. Brian Beckstrom, dean of Spiritual Life and Moehlmann Chaplaincy Chair, recently published Leading Lutheran Higher Education in a Secular Age with Fortress Academic Press. The book provides an overview of Lutheran higher education, its history and identity, and combines surveys of students, faculty and staff at Lutheran institutions with leadership theory and theological reflection.


Chris Knudson, director of Marketing & Communication, has been selected as co-chair of the first international district virtual conference for the Council for Advancement & Support of Education (CASE). The conference, which will be held in mid-February, brings together all eight districts of CASE in the U.S. and Canada. CASE is the global non-profit association dedicated to educational advancement—alumni relations, communications, development, marketing, and advancement services—who share the goal of championing education to transform lives and society.


Amandajean Freking Nolte, Information Literacy Librarian, was part of the ILA/ACRL Professional Development Committee’s “Keeping Up in Iowa With …” video series. She presented about online instruction during a global health crisis, social unrest, and an economic downturn.


Dr. Caryn D. Riswold, professor of religion and the Mike & Marge McCoy Family Distinguished Chair in Lutheran Heritage and Mission, has a short piece titled "Thank God for the Academic Vocation" included as one of "Two Short Reflections on Women's Leadership as Teaching Theologians" in the August 2020 issue of the Journal of Lutheran Ethics. The special issue is dedicated to honoring the 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote in the United States, the 50th anniversary of women's ordination in a Lutheran church in the U.S., the 40th year since the ordination of the first woman of color in the denomination, and the 10th anniversary of LGBTQ+ people serving openly in these leadership positions.

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