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The Juice (Faculty/Staff) - Aug. 31

BackPack Pack event; grant for Wuertz HHP Center

Aug. 31, 2020

BackPack Pack event for Bremer County

Join Wartburg students, faculty and staff packing backpacks of food for the Northeast Iowa Food Bank on Friday, Sept. 11, from 10:45 a.m. to noon in the Hoover Fieldhouse in The W. The BackPack Program serves 4,100 children at 145 schools across northeast Iowa each month. Before school lets out for the weekend, children receive assembled bags of kid-friendly meals and snacks that can fit in their school bags. The event is open to anyone over age 6, and accommodations can be made if needed. To sign up, go to this link. For more information, contact jared.feigenbaum@wartburg.edu.

Grant nets $170,000 for Health & Human Performance project

A $170,000 grant from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust in support of the Wuertz Health & Human Performance Center and specifically the new exercise science major has moved the fundraising total for the overall project to within $150,000 of its $3.7 million goal. The award is the largest the College has received from the Carver Trust since its $200,000 grant for the Science Center in 2004. The Advancement Office thanks Dr. Ed Westen and Dr. Patricia Dietz for their collaboration in securing the grant.


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:

Monday, Aug. 31: Dr. Dan Kittle, Dean of Students

Wednesday, Sept. 2: Pastor Brian Beckstrom, Dean of Spiritual Life

Friday, Sept. 4: Alex Buchheim ’21, Senior Chapel



Upcoming events

BackPack Pack event
Sept. 11

Knights Care face masks

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

E Lot parking map
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.

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

Three 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.


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.



The Wartburg community extends its condolences to Stephanie TeKippe, associate 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. Please click here to see the obituary.



Congratulations to Dr. Patricia Dietz Parsons, assistant professor of exercise science, and her husband, Chris, who welcomed their third daughter, Easten, on March 9.



Dr. Abbylynn Helgevold, ethics, philosophy and religion professor, has been appointed the Board of Regents Distinguished Professorship in Ethics. A public event to recognize Helgevold 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 1989.


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.


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