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The Juice (Faculty/Staff) - Aug.17

Parking in E Lot, Title IX policy change

Aug. 17, 2020

E Lot will have limited parking during move-in

The south and west sections of E Lot will be designated for a health screening area during student move-in Aug. 19-24. As a result, employee parking will only be available on the north and east side. The yellow area of the map shows this employee parking location. The green arrow shows the flow of student traffic through the area. Employees must enter from the northeast. If you have questions, please contact Jay Tommasin in the security office.

E Lot parking map
Title IX policy/procedure changes

Effective Aug. 14, 2020, the Title IX policy and procedures have been revised. The revisions are a result of the new Title IX regulations that were issued by the U.S. Department of Education in May. Future campus communications will provide more detail on the revisions. If you have any questions about the revisions or wish to talk to someone about your options to report or seek support, please contact Title IX Coordinator Karen Thalacker. The view the updated policy and procedures, visit www.wartburg.edu/title-ix.


Mail Center update

A reminder that the Mail Center delivers packages to department mail stops if items are not picked up in person. A no-ID option is now available should you wish to pick up packages at the service window. Present a package notification email at the Mail Center window on a mobile device and the bar code in the email will function as your ID. Please email mailroom@wartburg.edu with questions.


COVID-19 protocol for Business, Financial Aid, Student Employment offices

Beginning Monday, Aug. 17, the main doors to the Business, Financial Aid, and Student Employment offices will be locked during regular business hours, though guests are still welcome. Those needing to speak to someone can call 319-352-8411 or email businessoffice@wartburg.edu for the Business Office, 319-352-8262 or finaid@wartburg.edu for the Financial Aid Office, or 319-352-8350 or studentemployment@wartburg.edu for the Student Employment Office.

Walk-up customers will need to knock on the door for assistance. If three guests already are in the office, walk-up customers will need to wait in the hall until someone has left the office. As with all indoor spaces on campus, masks are required in the Business and Financial Aid offices. The goal is to limit the number of guests in the office at any given time to aid in physical distancing and contact tracing.


Opening year events this week

Please see President Colson's Aug. 10 email for details about the following events happening this week:

Tuesday, Aug 18:

Opening Year Remarks in Neumann Auditorium. President Colson will address the faculty at 8:30 a.m., during Faculty Workshop, and then will offer the same remarks to the staff at 3:30 p.m. If you prefer not to attend in person, you may view the livestreams at these links: Faculty session and Staff session. The password for both events is: Wartburg2020LIVE. The links will remain active until Aug. 20.
Please enjoy Lunch in the Mensa. Service begins at 11:15 a.m. and ends at 12:15 p.m. The Mensa and all ballrooms will remain open until 12:45, allowing room for appropriate distancing while eating. Staff will offer takeout meals to anyone who prefers them.
Our colleagues in Spiritual Life and Campus Ministry have recorded the Opening Chapel Service, which can be viewed anytime.


Wednesday, Aug. 19:

President Darrel and Christy Colson will host the annual Faculty/Staff Picnic at their home, Greenwood, at 6 p.m. Please bring your face mask and name tag.


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.


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.



The Wartburg community extends its condolences to Jennifer Onuigbo, office coordinator for Student Life, on the passing of her father, Roland Riessen, who died Aug. 7 at age 82 in Johnston. There will be a private family funeral service and burial. Please click here to see the obituary.


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 Zac Lyon, IT infrastructure specialist, on his marriage to Ali Taplin on Aug. 1.


Congratulations to Lucas Wendland, broadcast and media engineer, on his marriage to Mikayla Cota on July 25.


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



Professor Pamela Ohrt, associate professor of journalism and communication, was recently named the R.J. McElroy Chair in Communication. A public event to recognize Ohrt will be deferred until the campus community can gather in accordance with COVID-19 safety guidelines. Click here to read more about her and the history of the chair, which was established in 1981.


Emily Banken ’21 and Kelsi (Tidwell) Schoepske ’21 conducted research with Dr. Michaeleen Golay, assistant professor of biology. They presented their work, entitled “The effects of climate change on the phenology of three early-flowering forest perennials” as a poster at the Ecological Society of America virtual meeting in August. Melanie Muller ’20 and Sae Niimura ’20 also collaborated on the research project.


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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