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The Juice (Faculty/Staff) - Aug. 24

Daily self-assessment, Derecho Relief items

Aug. 24, 2020

Reminder: Daily self-assessment required on InfoCenter

All faculty and staff must daily answer a short series of COVID-19 screening questions the first time they log in to the InfoCenter each day. Employees who don’t regularly use the InfoCenter should still log in daily to complete the evaluation. If you do not have access to a computer or smart phone, please contact your supervisor. A similar screening tool has been rolled out for all students, as well.

Knights Care face masks

As a part of the Knights Care community health initiative, all faculty, staff, and students will be receiving face masks. Faculty, adjunct instructors, and staff masks will be delivered to each department/office through the Mail Center delivery process. Each department/office will determine how best to distribute them to their employees. Student Life will coordinate face mask distribution to the student body. If your department/office needs additional masks beyond what was delivered, please contact Chris Knudson.

E Lot parking map
President’s address posted to InfoCenter

President Colson’s address from Aug. 18 is now posted on InfoCenter under President’s Reports.


Air cleaning update

The College is moving forward with a plan for various ventilation options across campus, depending on the use, size, and heating, ventilation & air conditioning (HVAC) systems of the space. Please see details at this link.


Derecho Relief items needed

Two weeks ago, the Midwest was hit by a derecho that left many areas south of Waverly ravaged by strong winds. To help those affected by the storm, the Wartburg Volunteer Action Center and Service Trips are holding a Derecho Relief Drive during move-in to collect items that will go to those in need. If you can bring any of the needed items, we’ll collect them in the Student Life office after the weekend. We’ll coordinate our aid with efforts already underway in affected areas. Contact vac@wartburg.edu for details.

The following items are needed:

Cleaning Supplies
Canned Meat/Protein
Non-perishable Food Items
Toiletries (body wash, hand soap, shampoo/conditioner, hand sanitizer, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste)
Trash Bags
E Lot parking map
Hearthside Project marks 10th year

This will mark the tenth year that students and faculty/staff have enjoyed the Hearthside Project. Started as an initiative through the Slife Professorship in the Humanities by the late Dr. Paula Survilla, the program provides faculty/staff the opportunity to read a book of their choice with up to three students in an informal environment. Dr. Zak Montgomery will facilitate Hearthside as the Slife Professor and would like to invite you to participate in this program. Not only does Hearthside create the context for the reading of part of that “to-read” stack we all have, but the program is a form of advocacy for valuing what we do, as thinkers, as educators, and as citizens swept up in the culture and business of higher education. Hearthside involves three students and one faculty/staff member. The reading model (how many times you meet and when) and the book choice are yours. Please let Zak Montgomery know if you have any questions or would like to participate this academic year.


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.


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.


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.


Weekday Chapel services

All are welcome at Weekday Chapel services from 10:15 to 10:35 a.m. each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in the Wartburg Chapel. Chapel time is a brief opportunity to gather with students, staff, and faculty to reflect on God and faith. Interfaith chapels will be held the last Wednesday of each month during the semester.

This week's Chapel services:

Wednesday, Aug. 26: Coach Marcus Newsom, inside the Chapel
Friday, Aug. 28: Tori Miceli '20, Senior Chapel, inside the Chapel


Sanctuary on Wednesday nights

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 band music, prayers, and communion.ll are welcome!

Wednesday, Aug. 26: Sanctuary: Worship | Music | Community, outside the chapel tower, 8:45 p.m. snacks, 9 p.m. worship



The Wartburg community extends its condolences to Stephanie TeKippe, assistant professor of education, on the death of her father-in-law, Richard P. TeKippe of New Hampton, who passed away Aug. 15 at age 80. Services were held last week. Please click here to see the obituary.  


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.


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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.



Dr. Daniel Walther, Gerald R. Kleinfeld Chair in German History, successfully completed certification as a scorer with the Critical Thinking (CT) VALUE rubric as part of AAC&U’s Summer 2020 VALUE Institute. The VALUE Institute enables any higher education institution, department, program, state, consortium or provider to utilize the VALUE rubrics approach to assessment by collecting and uploading samples of student work to a digital repository and have the work scored by certified VALUE Institute faculty and other educator scorers for external validation of institutional learning assessment.


Paige Shafer ’19 and Dr. Michaeleen Golay, assistant professor of biology, published a paper entitled “Seasonal storage of carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus in two perennial forest herbaceous plants” in the international journal Flora. The work grew out of Shafer’s undergraduate research experience and involved collaboration with other students Brooke Klostermann ’19, Grace Morningstar ’21 and Kelly Worm Beneke ’21 at various points in the project.


Drs. Michaeleen Golay, assistant professor of biology, and Stephanie Toering Peters, the Dr. Richard L. and Sandra K. Wahl Professor in Biology, had their proposal “Understanding plant phenology through gene expression in the herbaceous perennial Hydrophyllum virginianum” approved for full funding by the Iowa Science Foundation.


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.



Women’s Tennis

Wednesday, Sept. 2: Depart at 2 p.m. to Dubuque


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