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Oct. 19, 2020

Backpack volunteer opportunity Oct. 26

Join us for the rescheduled Backpack Pack event on campus Monday, Oct. 26, from 1:15 to 2:30 p.m. This will be one large session for all of our campus community and will be held on the campus lawn in front of Old Main. (Inclement weather location is The W’s Hoover Fieldhouse.) Help make a difference in our community! Click here to sign up. Questions may be directed to jared.feigenbaum@wartburg.edu.


Visit the ReUsed store in new location

Wartburg Sustainability provides free, gently used office supplies at the ReUsed Store for students, faculty and staff! Stop by our new location in the Student Life office to pick items up or to donate. For more information, visit the Sustainability Facebook page, visit our website, or send an email to sustainability@wartburg.edu.


Presidential Forum on Tuesday

The second Presidential Forum of the 2020-21 academic year will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 20, offered again via videoconference.  


Skywalk closure due to taping for CWW

Christmas with Wartburg will be filming in Wartburg Chapel from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. each night Monday, Oct. 19, through Thursday, Oct. 22. The Skywalk doors leading into the Chapel will be locked during those hours, to keep anyone from inadvertently walking into the Chapel during filming. If you have questions/concerns, please contact Stephanie Klemetson. CWW 2020 will be pre-recorded and will premiere online on Dec. 23; more details will be shared at a later date.


Have your leaves raked up by WCDM

Do you or someone you know need their leaves raked this fall? Wartburg College Dance Marathon is hosting their annual Rake-A-Thon event again this fall, and we invite you to sign up to have your yard raked! Here’s how it works:  

You pick a weekend for us to come and rake your leaves: Oct. 24, Oct. 31, or Nov. 7.
You provide the bags we rake the leaves into.
We come and rake your leaves.
We ask that for this, you make a donation to WCDM. We realize that not everyone can make the same donation amounts amidst a pandemic, so please donate what you are able.
Please fill out this form to sign up for Rake-A-Thon this year. Email wcdm@wartburg.edu if you have any questions.


Mask reminder for library and classroom spaces

The campus community is reminded that face masks must be worn in Vogel Library unless you are alone in a study room with the door closed. Masks are required indoors in academic buildings except when eating in dining areas. Remember, food and drink are not to be consumed in the library or in classroom spaces, to help mitigate the spread of COVID.


CDC guidelines for Halloween masks

While dressing up this Halloween, members of the campus community are expected to wear a fabric face mask with your costume in accordance with the campus masking policy. Guidelines according to the CDC are as follows:

Wear a mask
Make your cloth mask part of your costume.
A costume mask is NOT a substitute for a cloth mask.
Do NOT wear a costume mask over a cloth mask. It can make breathing more difficult.
Masks should NOT be worn by children under the age of 2 or anyone who has trouble breathing.


Embrace the Race event on Oct. 25

Join the Wartburg men’s and women’s cross country teams and Cedar Valley Embrace in celebrating diversity at the Oct. 25 adult 5K and kids 2K and 3K races, hosted at Wartburg's own Max Cross Country Course. On-site registration is at 2 p.m. Sunday, with the kids 2K (ages 6-8) at 3 p.m., followed by the kids 3K (ages 9-12) at 3:20 p.m. and then the adults 5K at 3:45 p.m. The suggested donation is $5 per person. For details follow “Embrace the Race” on Facebook.


Service Trips fundraiser

Service Trips is currently fundraising through Rada Cutlery for daytrips to help with derecho storm relief in the Cedar Rapids area. This is a perfect time to think about gifts or items you need while helping Service Trips get some funds for the current and future community service projects. Please take a look at the catalog at this link and place your orders using this form. If you have any questions, please contact us at servicetrips@wartburg.edu.


'Don't Cancel Class' workshops

Faculty, do you have plans of attending a conference this semester? Are there times you have to cancel class because of an unexpected illness? In situations like these, we encourage you to utilize the “Don’t Cancel Class” program. Student Life, in collaboration with several departments on campus, can provide a variety of workshops for the class period you need to miss. These workshops are designed to provide students with valuable information and skills. You select the workshop you feel is a good fit for your class. Click here to see workshop options and to sign up. Questions can be directed to Wendy Mohlis in Student Life.


Advising Week 2020 starts Oct. 26

All students, and particularly first-year students, are encouraged to schedule an appointment to meet with their academic advisor during Advising Week, Oct. 26-30. This is the time to confirm or make adjustments to your Winter Term and/or May Term schedules, review your academic progress, and get to know your advisor. Reminder: Wednesday, Oct. 28, is the last day to drop a full-term course with a “W.”

You can access your Advising Worksheet by following these steps:

1. Log onto your My Wartburg home page.
2. Select the Advising tab.
3. Select Advising Worksheet.
4. Select Click.
5. Select Recalculate Student Progress.
6. Select Advising Worksheet (PDF file).plea

If you are unable to access your Advising Worksheet or have questions, email the Registrar or stop by the Registrar’s Office located in Luther Hall 216.


Voter information updates

The deadline to pre-register to vote in Iowa is Saturday, Oct. 24. If you do not pre-register to vote, you can still register on Election Day. Iowa voter registration forms are available outside of the Student Life Office or at these links:

Mail in Registration
Download this form and return completed registration forms to the Bremer County Auditor’s office: 415 E. Bremer Ave., Waverly, IA 50677. The deadline to request a ballot by mail is 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24.


Online Registration (Iowa residents only)
Visit this website to register online.

You must have an Iowa driver’s license/ID number to register online.


Early voting is 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 the following link for additional information on voter registration and voting options for Wartburg students: www.wartburg.edu/vote/

Contact kristin.teigtorres@wartburg.edu with questions.

2020-21 German Institute Funding Opportunity

The Executive Committee of the German Institute announces the 2020-21 call for applications to support activities/endeavors related to German and/or Germany. For 2020-21, $2,000 is still available from external sources. Because these funds are limited, an application is required and will be awarded on a competitive basis. Applications for the full amount of available funds will at this time most likely not be supported in full. Applications are due Nov. 2. Awards will be announced no later than Nov. 16.

In the past, the Institute has funded enrichments to May Term trips to Germany, the German film festival, learning materials for the faculty/staff heritage tour, and subsidized student travel to Germany for study abroad. Full application details are available at this link. Direct all questions to Dr. Daniel Walther.


STEM internships in Germany – no German required

Are you a science or engineering major? Want to internship in Germany? Then check out the

RISE Germany summer internship program for undergraduate students from the United States, Canada and the UK in the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences and engineering. RISE Germany offers unique opportunities for Bachelor students to work with research groups at universities and top research institutions across Germany for three months during the summer. RISE Germany interns are matched with doctoral students whom they assist and who serve as their mentors. The working language will be English. All scholarship holders receive stipends from the DAAD to help cover living expenses, while partner universities & research institutes provide housing assistance. Further assistance may be available from the Wartburg College German Institute.

Application portal opens Nov. 1, 2020.

Applications are due Dec. 15, 2020.

For further information about the RISE program, click here. Contact Dr. Daniel Walther with questions.


Annual Medicare notice

Please review the annual Medicare Prescription Drug Notice and how it relates to your health plan offered through Wartburg College. This notice confirms your prescription drug coverage is creditable. Please view it at this link.


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 Dr. Joy Becker '97, associate professor of mathematics

Wednesday, Oct. 14: Restful worship with communion, message from Rebecca Baird, pastoral intern

Friday, Oct. 16: Olivia Klaas ’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

Presidential Forum
Oct. 20

Deadline to pre-register to vote & request ballot by mail in Iowa
Oct. 24

Embrace the Race event
Oct. 25

Advising Week
Oct. 26-30

Backpack Pack event (rescheduled)
Oct. 26

Deadline for Study Away Photo Contest voting
Oct. 26


Last week to vote in Study Away Photo Contest

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.


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.


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



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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