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Nov. 9, 2020

St. Elizabeth Week events Nov. 11-18

In honor of St. Elizabeth, who devoted her life to service in the 13th century, the campus community devotes a week in November to focus on service. Click here to read more about the history of St. Elizabeth and her connection to Wartburg Castle in Germany.

The week's events:

Nov. 11-17: Coins for a Cause

Raise money for St. Elizabeth Bread Basket (the campus food pantry) by putting money in your favorite department's jar! Jars will be out during tabling, located in the Student Life Office during work hours, and at the Info Desk afterhours. The department with the most money gets to wear a robe and carry around roses and bread in honor of St. Elizabeth. Winner will be announced at the Wednesday Chapel service on Nov. 18.

Wednesday, Nov. 11: Webinar and Games, 6:30-7 p.m.

Come learn about St. Elizabeth and how she helped the poor. Stay after the short webinar for games and trivia with the chance to win prizes! Join in person in the McCoy Rooms or via Zoom at this link.

Thursday, Nov. 12: Blood Drive, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Take a few minutes out of your day to donate blood. Located in the Cardinal Commons.

Saturday, Nov. 14: Northeast Iowa Food Bank visit

Join us in Waterloo at the Northeast Iowa Food Bank to volunteer and help them prepare for Thanksgiving. Shifts are 9 a.m.-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. Click here to sign up.

Monday-Tuesday, Nov. 16-17: St. Elizabeth Roses for $3 each

Purchase roses for a friend or a special someone to continue the magic of St. Elizabeth Week. Tabling for roses will be during dinner on Nov. 16 and 17. Those who receive roses will be notified and will be able to pick them up at the Info Desk.

Monday, Nov. 16: Webinar and Games, 6:30-7 p.m.

Here’s another opportunity to learn more about St. Elizabeth and everything she did to help the poor. Stay for some games and trivia for a chance to win prizes after the webinar! Join in person in the McCoy Rooms or via Zoom at this link.

Wednesday, Nov. 18: St. Elizabeth Chapel Service, 10:15 a.m.

The day’s chapel message will focus on St. Elizabeth and her legacy at Wartburg. Gather as we honor those being awarded the Pastor Trachte Award and the St. Elizabeth Award for Service. Also, come to see the winner of Coins for a Cause.


Wartburg cleanup day and Service Trips fundraising

As part of St. Elizabeth Week of Service, Service Trips is organizing a cleanup and fundraising day at Wartburg on Sunday, Nov. 15, from noon to 2 p.m. The whole campus community is invited to join; please sign up using this link. Please check out our crowdfunding page and share with family, friends, and anyone else you think might want to contribute. Bring your friends and enjoy the day outside doing some community service and fundraising!


Upcoming music concerts on Knight Vision

Catch the following music ensembles in their online-only concerts on Knight Vision:

Saturday, Nov. 14: Kammerstreicher Fall Concert, 4 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 15: Knightliters Fall Concert, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 17: Ritterchor Fall Concert, 4 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov 18: Kantorei Fall Concert, 4 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 19: St. Elizabeth Chorale Fall Concert, 5:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 20: Castle Singers Fall Concert, 4 p.m.


Faculty/staff giving: T-shirt and raffle

The Institutional Advancement office is asking college employees to consider giving through payroll deduction for the coming year. It’s a fast and easy way to make a consistent impact throughout the year. As a way to thank you for giving back to the college, we have a giveaway and raffle for our employee donors. Here are the details:

To receive an EXCLUSIVE Wartburg College T-shirt:

Sign up for/renew a payroll deduction of $5 or more per month, for a total of $60+/year.


Make an outright gift of $60 or more.


To be entered into a raffle to win 8 hours of PTO:

Sign up for a NEW payroll deduction of ANY amount.
If already enrolled in payroll deduct, increase your deduction by ANY amount.


To be entered into the raffle and/or receive the T-shirt, please set up payroll deduct or make your gift by Dec. 18. To set up payroll deduct, click here or stop by Advancement in Luther Hall 123 for a paper form. Contact bethany.brooks@wartburg.edu with questions.


Join the 200-mile run-walk challenge

This winter, the Alumni office is bringing together members of the Wartburg community for another virtual race: Walking in a Wartburg Wonderland. Our last race was a success, so we're calling on you to take on this new challenge with the same enthusiasm! The challenge is 200 miles to be completed between Nov. 18 and Feb. 28—that's a little over two miles each day of walking, running, snowshoeing, or another comparable activity. Proceeds from the race will benefit the Holiday Shoppe program. All ages and abilities are welcome. Cost is $30. Click here for details and to register.


A.R.C. Silent Disco on Friday

The African Representative Council is organizing the A.R.C Silent Disco on Friday, Nov. 13, at The W Hoover Fieldhouse. A.R.C Silent Disco is a themed silent party celebrating our diverse culture at Wartburg, but at the same time keeping it safe by practicing social distancing. Admission is $3 per person or $5 for two in advance, or $5 per person and $8 for two at the door. There will be tabling in the Mensa this week to purchase tickets using a student ID, debit/credit card or cash. Contact Augustine Ezeogu with questions or to pay for tickets. All students, faculty, and any Wartburg member/family is invited. The dress code is semi-casual.


Projects for Peace 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. Wartburg students wishing to submit a Davis Projects for Peace proposal must submit their application using this link by noon Jan. 11, 2021. Click here for a Word doc with details. For more information, contact Kristin Teig Torres.


'Sacred Steps' exhibit in art gallery

“Sacred Steps,” featuring the work of Melissa Airy, is on display at the Waldemar A. Schmidt Art Gallery now through Dec. 18. A performance and gallery talk will be scheduled at a later time. “Sacred Steps” is a visual representation of Airy’s personal experiences as a sojourner to various sacred landscapes in an attempt to understand the profound sense of purpose and awakening she encountered along the way. Through performance, installation, video and audio, Airy translates her experiences into immersive works of art that are easily accessible to the secular world. The gallery is open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the first floor of the Bachman Fine Arts Center. The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.wartburg.edu/gallery.


Last chance to order Outfly shirts

The order form will close at end of the day Nov. 10, so make sure to order your Outfly shirt now! Available in terra cotta and light green, in short sleeve and long sleeve. Order as many as you want!

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, Nov. 9: Faculty/Staff Q&A, Eric Sommermeyer, assistant professor of accounting

Wednesday, Nov. 11: Restful worship with communion

Friday, Nov. 13: Speaker TBA



Upcoming events

Deadline to order Outfly shirts
Nov. 10

St. Elizabeth Week
Nov. 11-18

Benefits open enrollment deadline
Nov. 13

A.R.C Silent Disco
Nov. 13

Paula Survilla memorial service
Nov. 14

Lacrosse virtual 5K
Nov. 14

Service Trips Cleanup and Fundraising Day
Nov. 15

Late Knight Study Breakfast
Nov. 15

Presidential Forum
Nov. 17

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

Davis Projects for Peace deadine
Jan. 11


Benefits annual open enrollment

Wartburg College’s annual benefits open enrollment is upon us. If you are a benefit-eligible employee, it is time to review and confirm your benefit elections. Our online benefit portal, Employee Navigator, is now OPEN!

Log on to wartburg.employeenavigator.com
Username: your Wartburg email
Password: user created (you may reset if needed)

If you missed the informational Zoom presentations, you can view the recording at this link. You can also find the slides presented during the Zoom calls on the Infocenter.

The deadline for open enrollment is Friday, Nov. 13, at 5 p.m.

If you have any questions, please contact Amy Wilson, benefits administrator, at 319-352-8278 or amy.wilson@wartburg.edu.


Late Knight Study Breakfast volunteers needed

Because of changes to the fall semester academic calendar, the study night breakfast for students in the Mensa has been moved to Sunday, Nov. 15, starting at 10 p.m. (an hour earlier than usual). Faculty and staff volunteers are needed to help serve this traditional meal. As with the Outfly breakfast, Dining Services will observe social distancing protocols and offer take-out meals for students who prefer that option. Please contact Shelly Geweke at shelly.geweke@wartburg.edu or x8303 by Wednesday, Nov. 11, if you can help.


Memorial service for Paula Survilla on Nov. 14

The Department of Music is organizing a memorial service for Dr. Paula Survilla to take place Saturday, Nov. 14, from 11 a.m. to noon. The event will be livestreamed on Knight Vision at this link. Pending approval from CHRT, this event will be held in Levick Arena and will be open to current students, faculty and staff to attend in person. Masking and distancing protocols apply. An order of service will be forthcoming. Dr. Survilla was a longtime professor of music at Wartburg who died last spring of a rare neurological disease.


Nominate someone for annual service awards

The St. Elizabeth Award for Service is given during St. Elizabeth Week to Wartburg students. The VAC invites you to nominate one or more current students whom you feel lives out a commitment to service in, with, and for the community at this link.​


The Pastor Larry Trachte Award for Service is given during St. Elizabeth Week to staff and/or faculty. The VAC invites you to nominate one or more staff or faculty members whom you feel embody Pastor Larry Trachte's enthusiasm, support, involvement, dedication and overall commitment to Wartburg's mission of service at this link.


Concert Bands apparel fundraiser

The Wartburg College Concert Bands (WCCB) invites you to participate in its annual apparel fundraiser. Typically, funds raised would be used for transportation and travel expenses for the ensemble. However, this year funds will go to costs of mitigation equipment required to rehearse in a safe and sanitary environment, such as instrument bags and bell covers. Pre-order between Nov. 2-15 at this link. Orders will be available to pick up at The Wartburg Store the week of Dec. 15.


Help serve your Wartburg community

Are you looking for opportunities to serve your Wartburg community? Wartburg Student Life and Global Connections are working together to meet the needs of those in isolation quarantine and need your help. If you are interested, please fill out this survey. This form is to share your information in regards to volunteering to help those in quarantine and the faculty team in a number of tasks, including pick up and delivery of items. Please fill out this form only if you can commit to assisting in the tasks you volunteer for. Please note that all tasks will be done contactless with those in quarantine.


Nominations open for Truman Scholarship candidates

Do you work with students who have a passion for public service and a record of community work and leadership? The Truman Scholarship supports outstanding undergraduates on a path to serve as “change agents” in a future public service career. View this quick summary and contact Kathleen Sihler, competitive scholarship advisor, with potential candidates.


Follow the art department on social media

The Wartburg Department of Art has joined Facebook and Instagram! Follow either account for news and fun concerning the department and the art/design students. Content will include student/staff interviews, news on events/workshops, info on student displays around campus, and more!


'Lessons from Rwanda' recording

The annual Michaelson, Briner & Kildahl Literary Symposium on Oct. 28 featured Carl Wilkens, a missionary and founder of World Outside My Shoes, in an interactive online presentation called “Restorative Pathways: Lessons from Rwanda.” The only American who chose to stay in Kigali, Rwanda, throughout the 1994 genocide, Wilkens worked with his Rwandan colleagues to help save the lives of hundreds, bringing food, water and medicine to groups of orphans trapped around the city. All are welcome to view a recording of the presentation at this link (use passcode Lj.Dt6L?). The MBK Literary Symposium is presented by the Slife Professorship in Humanities with generous support from alumni Steve and Jane Noah and other donors to the MBK Endowment.



On Monday, Oct. 26, Dr. Stephanie TeKippe and Dr. Maryam Rod Szabo presented at the national Quality Matters Conference. The presentation was titled “QM Conference Building Templates to Improve Faculty and Students Experience, Collaboration, and Engagement.” There were 100 attendees, which was the maximum number, and a discussion regarding continuation of our work is taking place.


Dr. Caryn Riswold, professor of religion and McCoy Family Distinguished Chair in Lutheran Heritage and Mission, has been elected to a second four-year term on the National Board of the Lilly Fellows Program.


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.”


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