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Student work hours, photo contest voting 📷

Oct. 12, 2020

Study Away Photo Contest voting

Students, faculty and staff are invited to vote for their favorite entry in the Study Away Photo Contest! Almost 100 students had a study away experience last year before COVID disruption. Check out the entries displayed on the second floor of Luther Hall, then vote at www.wartburg.edu/photo-vote. Voting ends Oct. 26, and the winners earn cash prizes! One vote per person. There is also a People’s Choice contest on the Wartburg Facebook page this week, so vote for your favorite there, too. Contact Kathleen Sihler for details. Winners will be announced in November.


Satellite voting on campus Thursday

There are several opportunities to vote early in the upcoming election.

For those who wish to vote on campus, satellite voting will take place Thursday, Oct. 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in McCaskey Lyceum on the first floor of the Saemann Student Center.
Early voting is also now open Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 124 Second St. NE (two blocks west of the courthouse) in Waverly.

A guide is available at this link for additional information on voter registration and voting options for Wartburg students: https://www.wartburg.edu/vote/

Contact Kristin Teig Torres with questions.

Student work hours, terms of employment

Student employees may only work for Wartburg for a maximum of 20 hours per week while classes are in session. This is a federal regulation for international students and a Wartburg policy for domestic students that seeks to ensure the priority of our students’ academic work. Opportunities for student employees to work remotely continue to be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the Student Employment Office, though approval likely will be very rare. No student-worker employed at Wartburg College should be working remotely unless they have that approval in writing from the Student Employment Office. Only student employees living in the state of Iowa will be allowed to work remotely. When a student is approved to work remotely, the work hours and transfer sets of students working remotely must be manually entered into Kronos weekly by their supervisor.


Wind Ensemble concert Sunday

The Wartburg College Wind Ensemble will host its first concert of the season Sunday, Oct. 18, at 3:30 p.m. Due to COVID-19, the performance will only be available on Knight Vision, Wartburg’s live streaming network. Leon Kuehner, a retired high school band director from Hampton, will be directing the band while Craig Hancock, director of bands and professor of music, is on sabbatical. Click here for the concert program PDF.


Looking for student candidates for Goldwater & McElroy scholarships

Even in a pandemic, competitive scholarship opportunities continue for our outstanding students! Please review the quick overviews below. There is still time this month to consider additional candidates for the 2020-21 cycle. Please reach out to kathleen.sihler@wartburg.edu with any suggestions for this year’s cycle.

The Goldwater Scholarship supports outstanding students interested in research careers in the natural sciences, mathematics, and engineering who show exceptional promise of becoming this nation’s next generation of research leaders in these fields.

candidates must be U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals or permanent residents, and full-time students at an undergraduate program

candidates must intend to pursue a research career in the approved disciplines and have a 3.0-4.0 GPA
demonstrated research experience is an advantage over proposed research experience
candidates apply during their sophomore or junior year
$7,500 annually for up to 2 undergraduate years for eligible undergraduate expenses
Process timeline – October through late January deadline

The McElroy Fellowship seeks “persons of accomplishment, intelligence, integrity, and leadership abilities to pursue challenging academic careers.”

candidate intends to pursue a Ph.D. (excluding MD, JD, EdD or PharmaD) immediately following completion of undergraduate degree, or recent completion of undergraduate degree
open to one nominated candidate from each of 9 selected NE Iowa institutions
two annual awards, each $36,000, spread over 3 years, for educational expenses
process timeline – October through March deadline


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, Oct. 12: Faculty-Staff Q&A with President Colson


Wednesday, Oct. 14: Restful worship with communion

Friday, Oct. 16: Kyle Briggs ’21, Senior Chapel


Prayer requests

Spiritual Life & Campus Ministry invites you to share your prayer requests using our confidential link: http://bit.ly/SLCMPrayerRequest


Upcoming events

Study Away Photo Contest voting begins
Oct. 12

Satellite voting in lyceum
Oct. 15

Wind Ensemble concert
Oct. 18

Health insurance plan update for 2021

Each year at this time, the college receives its health insurance renewal for the upcoming year, and we carefully work through the renewal to determine what changes, if any, should be made. This can be a challenging process as we work through plan design, rates, networks, and carriers. Our renewal with HealthPartners stands at a 10% increase in premiums for 2021. You can click here to learn what that means for your rates and learn more about why this increase was passed along to the college. Please watch for more information regarding open enrollment meetings and how to enroll through our online portal, Employee Navigator. If you have questions after looking through these additional documents, please contact Amy Wilson, benefits administrator, at 319-352-8278 or amy.wilson@wartburg.edu.


Help students succeed with Early Alert system  

Our staff in Pathways is happy to work with you and your students to ensure student success by connecting students to whatever supports will assist them in reaching their goals. Please use the Early Alert system to help us identify students who are in need of assistance. Click here for a PDF of basic information on the Early Alert system, including steps for reporting concerns and following through with actions assigned to you.

Please remember, student success is a team effort. We need your support in ensuring this success! Please direct any questions regarding the Early Alert system and process to Jessica Herrmeyer, assistant director of Pathways and administrator of the Early Alert system.

More resources:

Pathways Center website
Pathways referral guide


Reviving Wartburg Weird series

As faculty-in-residence, Dr. Rachel Clark is reviving the Wartburg Weird series, in which faculty and staff who have expertise in the weird and wonderful (whether research or a hobby) can share this with students. Wartburg Weird events will take place via Zoom this year. Please email rachel.clark@wartburg.edu if you are interested in participating.


Change to classroom cleaning process

Starting Wednesday, Oct. 7, there will be a change in the supplies and process for disinfecting classrooms between classes. In each classroom, you will find a closed bucket (see photo) that holds 250 disposable wipes pre-moistened with disinfectant. The process will be as follows:

1. Open flap at the top of the bucket
2. Remove one pre-moistened disposable cleaning cloth
3. Close top of the bucket
4. Wipe off desired surface
5. Put used cleaning cloth in provided open-top bucket.

When bucket is empty, the cleaning staff will replace with another container. Please do not discard buckets, as they will be cleaned and reused.

Please contact Keith Strand with questions.



Meet the new faculty and staff hired from last spring through the fall and welcome them to Wartburg! Click here to see a PDF of our new colleagues on the HR web page.


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