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The Juice (Faculty/Staff) - Oct. 26


Oct. 26, 2020

MBK Literary Symposium on Wednesday features humanitarian

The annual MBK Literary Symposium will feature Carl Wilkens, founder of World Outside My Shoes, in an online interactive webinar titled "Restorative Pathways: Lessons from Rwanda" at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28. Register at this link; the whole campus community is invited to participate.

Wilkens was the only American who chose to stay in Kigali, Rwanda, throughout the 1994 genocide. He worked with Rwandan colleagues to help save the lives of hundreds, bringing food, water and medicine to groups of orphans trapped around the city. In 2011, he completed a book detailing these days titled “I’m Not Leaving,” which also inspired a documentary film. The MBK Literary Symposium is presented by the Harry and Polly Slife Professorship in Humanities with generous support from Steve and Jane Noah. Contact Dr. Zak Montgomery with questions.


Master of Arts in Leadership tuition reduction for employees

Interested in joining the inaugural cohort of the Master of Arts in Leadership program? We have two spots remaining for full-time benefits-eligible employees to receive a 20% reduction in the cost of the recently approved Master of Arts in Leadership program. These students will be members of the first cohort, which will begin participation this summer and will receive a 20% reduction in tuition for each of the 10 credits associated with the MA in Leadership. Those interested in this benefit need to have all application materials submitted by Friday, Dec. 4, 2020. For additional information on deadlines and selection, please contact doug.koschmeder@wartburg.edu.


Backpack volunteer opportunity today

Join us for the rescheduled Backpack Pack event on campus today, 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 inside 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.

College's inclement weather policy

This time of year, the chance for severe winter weather grows more likely. For such situations, the college has a weather-related closure policy posted here. The policy also is linked from the front page of the Student Handbook page and the Academic Affairs website.


Campus snow removal map

Please remember to use caution when snow and ice are present on sidewalks and steps. Operations & Maintenance will remove snow and add salt or sand to icy spots on sidewalks and steps on campus according to the priority snow removal map. Parking lots will be cleared and salted or sanded as needed by a third party.


Student-employee appreciation celebrations

As we near the end of the term, many offices and departments like to show their appreciation for their student-employees. Please remember, in an effort to reduce the spread of the coronavirus on campus, the college has temporarily suspended celebration meals, like pizza parties and cookies/cakes (unless they are individually packaged). However, there are still plenty of COVID-friendly ways to let your student-employees know how important they are to your work. You could:

Decorate the student-employees’ work area with streamers, balloons and thank you posters.
Write a personal thank you note expressing how much you appreciate all that they do.
Recognize student-employees on your department’s social media account.
Host a virtual gathering via Zoom and play games.

As a reminder, prizes, gift cards, and/or gifts purchased with college funds and given to an employee or student are taxable to the recipient per our policy. Such circumstances must be reported to studentemployment@wartburg.edu.


It's Advising Week 2020!

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.


Winter Term 2021 course wait-listing no longer available

Beginning today, Oct. 26, course wait listing for Winter Term 2021 will no longer be available. Adding a class that has reached maximum enrollment is not an option. If a student is interested in adding a class that has reached maximum enrollment, they should monitor the enrollment to see if a seat becomes available, and contact their adviser to make schedule changes. Monitor course enrollment through Course Finder in My Wartburg.


Make your voice heard in Nov. 3 general election

Here are two ways to vote in the Nov. 3 general election:

OPTION 1: Vote early in person

Early voting is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., plus 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 2 at 124 Second St. NE (two blocks west of the courthouse) in Waverly. Click here for details.


OPTION 2: Vote on Election Day

Polls are open Tuesday, Nov. 3, from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Students who live in all residence halls except The Manors and Knights Village will vote in Waverly Ward 3: Waverly Fire Station, 123 First Ave SW.

Students who live in The Manors and Knights Village will vote in Waverly Ward 5: Redeemer Lutheran Church (south entrance), 2001 W. Bremer Ave.


Additional information is available in the Student Voting Guide.

Contact kristin.teigtorres@wartburg.edu with questions.


Drivers needed on Election Day

Student Life is looking for volunteer staff/faculty drivers to drive students to the Waverly polling stations on Tuesday, Nov. 3. All drivers must be certified to drive a Wartburg vehicle; we will use a van outfitted with a Plexiglas barrier for driver safety. Students will be able to sign up for rides at the top of every hour from 9 a.m. through 7 p.m. Please email Jennifer Onuigbo if you are interested in helping, and include the times you would be available to help.

‘Dunk on Hunger’ donut sale for food pantry

The St. Elizabeth Bread Basket will have a "Dunk on Hunger" donut sale Thursday, Oct. 29, in Saemann Student Center (tabling area) during lunch time from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Hurts donuts will be on sale for $2, cash or credit cards accepted. Sir Victor is expected to be there for students who want to take pictures with him. All money raised will support the St. Elizabeth Bread Basket food pantry! Click here to see the new Fund the Fortress campaign for the food pantry.


Presidential Forum recording and Board reports posted

The Zoom recording of the Oct. 20 Presidential Forum has been posted under President’s Reports on InfoCenter.

The President’s October Report to the Board of Regents and the President’s Board Report to Campus are also posted on the InfoCenter under President’s Reports.


Mail Center reminder for large mailings

The Mail Center reminds faculty, staff, departments, and student organizations that any groups of more than 20 items for delivery to student mailboxes MUST be in box number order for delivery. If you have a large or special delivery you are planning, please contact the Mail Center at mailroom@wartburg.edu or 352-8263 to get the best service for your project.


Projects for Peace informational session and proposal deadline

The Davis Projects for Peace program provides an opportunity for undergraduates to design grassroots projects that they will implement during the summer of 2020. The projects judged to be the most promising and feasible will be funded at $10,000 each. The objective is to encourage and support today's motivated youth to create and try out their own ideas for building peace. An informational session will be offered via Zoom on Thursday, Nov. 5, during Community Time.

Wartburg students wishing to submit a Davis Projects for Peace proposal must submit their application using this link by noon Jan. 11, 2021.


Watch for Microsoft licensing emails beginning Nov. 4

The annual campus agreement with Microsoft has been renewed. Beginning Wednesday, Nov. 4, you will receive an email from Microsoft Audio Conferencing as part of our licensing for Microsoft Teams. This email provides your dial-in information along with your Personal Identification Number (PIN). Please keep this email for your records. Any questions should be directed to Techline at techline@wartburg.edu.


Homecoming T-shirts still available

Didn’t get a Homecoming T-shirt? No worries! Shirts are still being sold through the Alumni Office. Email homecoming@wartburg.edu with your size and they will set one aside for you! Payment needed when collecting the shirt.

V-Day seeks nominations for Women Wednesday series

V-Day is working on a video series called Women Wednesday where we ask women at Wartburg what empowers them and how they work to empower students. We post episodes weekly on our Instagram account. Fill out this nomination form if you or someone you know has a story they would like to share.


Dance Team apparel fundraiser

Order your Dance Team apparel now! Get ready for football, basketball, and competition season by supporting the dance team through our clothing fundraiser at this link.


Lacrosse team hosts virtual 5K Nov. 14

The Wartburg lacrosse team is holding a Hometown 5K on Saturday, Nov. 14, at 10 a.m. You run your 5K wherever you are, but at the same time! If you can't run at 10 a.m., just tag @wartburgwlax on Twitter or Instagram and use #BTWARTBURGLAX all day to share your race photos. Cost is $35 and includes a T-shirt (you can choose to waive your T-shirt and donate the full registration cost to the team). Registration closes Nov. 8; T-shirts ordered now will arrive after race day. Funds will help replace the team’s original equipment from 2015; old equipment will be donated to places in need that are growing the sport. Click here to register. Contact Anna Meerbach, head coach, with any questions.


Unity Point – Allen EAP

Feeling more irritable lately? People seem to be annoying your more than usual? This may be a sign that you need to check in on your mental health. Employees can click this link to Test Your Mood or call EAP at 319-235-3550 to schedule a session in person, over the phone, or over telehealth. If you have questions, please contact the Human Resources & Payroll Office.


TIAA virtual individual counseling sessions

You can access virtual counseling by phone or on any device, and get advice and education about your retirement savings, managing debt and your investment strategy. When you meet virtually with a financial consultant, you’ll get answers to these questions:

Am I saving enough?
Should I change or rebalance my investment strategy?
Am I on track to meet my retirement goals?

Wartburg’s representative, Ricardo Diaz, has openings on Thursday, Oct. 29. Sign up at this link.


Updated link for 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 and place your order at this link. If you have any questions, please contact servicetrips@wartburg.edu.


Wartburg Athletics hosts Halloween event for families

The Women’s Soccer team along with Wartburg Athletic department invites employee families to a night of trick-or-treating on Friday, Oct. 30, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Guidelines are in place to keep everyone safe, and there will be lots of candy and glow sticks for the trick-or-treaters! Wartburg student-athletes will also be dressing up in Halloween costumes. Everyone (players, coaches, parents, and trick-or-treaters) must wear a fabric face mask; costume masks do not count, so please make sure children still wear a proper mask. Locations are the outdoor playing fields, starting at Walston-Hoover Stadium. See details in Sunday’s Juice email. Contact Head Women’s Soccer Coach Tiffany Pins with questions.


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. 26: Faculty/staff Q&A with Steph Boeding, Marketing & Communication Office

Wednesday, Oct. 28: Restful worship with communion

Friday, Oct. 30: Amanda Ferry ’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

Advising Week
Oct. 26-30

Backpack Pack event (rescheduled)
Oct. 26

Deadline for Study Away Photo Contest voting
Oct. 26

MBK Literary Symposium
Oct. 28

Last day to drop a full-term course with a "W"
Oct. 28

'Dunk on Hunger' donut sale
Oct. 29

On-campus trick-or-treating for employees' families
Oct. 30

Oct. 31

Submission deadline for The Castle (literary magazine)
Nov. 1

Election Day
Nov. 3

Projects for Peace informational session
Nov. 5

Lacrosse virtual 5K
Nov. 14

Presidential Forum
Nov. 17

Deadline to apply for M.A. in Leadership tuition reduction
Dec. 4


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.


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.


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. 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.


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.


'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.


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.



The Wartburg community extends its condolences to the friends and former colleagues of Sandra Bergman, who died Oct. 19 at age 80 in Waverly. Sandy worked for more than 30 years in the Wartburg bookstore, retiring in 2005. A private memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Waverly and will be streamed on the church’s website. Public graveside services will be held at 11:45 a.m. Saturday at Harlington Cemetery in Waverly. Please click here to read the obituary.



Research presented at Iowa Association of College for Teacher Education

The following research was presented by Wartburg students and faculty at the Iowa Association of Colleges for Teacher Education at its Fall Virtual Conference on Oct. 22:

Students Mattie Barr, Sarah Briggs, Olivia Klaas, Paige Morrison and Annie Place, along with Dr. Kelly Faga and Dr. Stephanie TeKippe, presented “Social and Emotional Development of K-5 Educators and Students During a Crisis.”
Students Caitlin Dreismeier and Elizabeth Martin, along with education faculty Dr. Kelly Faga and Dr. Stephanie TeKippe, presented “Emotional Support Animals and the Reduction of Anxiety in College Students During Remote Learning.”
Students Emma Hanson, Brooke McCoy, Jennifer Steen, Chloe Zierke and Emma Huisman, along with faculty Dr. Kelly Faga & Dr. Stephanie TeKippe, presented “Remote Learning’s Effect on Motivations.”



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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