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The Juice (Faculty/Staff) - Nov. 16


Nov. 16, 2020

Scharlaus to receive Wartburg Medal today

Wartburg alumni and longtime college supporters Ed and Lorraine (Rennie) Scharlau, both 1961 graduates, will receive the Wartburg Medal on Monday, Nov. 16, in the Wartburg Chapel during the Weekday Chapel service, which begins at 10:15 a.m., and will be livestreamed on Knight Vision. The Wartburg Medal is awarded by the college to recognize individuals who have provided significant service to the college over a sustained period of time, and recipients have a personal commitment to the college’s mission, quality and character. Learn more about the Scharlaus and their life of service at this link.


Accounts Payable and PNC card updates

With the recent communication encouraging those who can work from home to do so, Accounts Payable is asking for your help. Please look for invoices, personal reimbursements receipts, or expense transfers in your inbox or desk. Please attach the appropriate completed form (i.e. Payment Voucher, Personal Reimbursement, Expense Transfers), approvals, and documentation for these payments. These forms can be found on the Business Office website.


Please send your payment requests to Accounts Payable before you leave on Nov. 24. Click here for more information, and to see the policies about PNC statements and receipts. Questions regarding your PNC purchasing card at this time can be directed to abbie.raum@wartburg.edu or call 319-352-8350.


St. Elizabeth Week continues

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:

Monday-Tuesday, Nov. 16-17: 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.

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. Enjoy games and trivia for a chance to win prizes after the webinar! Join 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.


How to help with Holiday Shoppe

Holiday Shoppe, a Wartburg College Social Work Department tradition since 1988, joins Wartburg students and faculty with the Waverly-Shell Rock United Way, local faith organizations and area businesses to help families provide gifts for their kids during the Christmas season. The 2020 annual Holiday Shoppe is currently looking for volunteers to help during the event Dec. 4-5, as well as shopping for gifts beforehand. If interested in helping, sign up using the links below! There is also the opportunity to donate to the Holiday Shoppe. If you are interested in donating a gift card or gift, scan the QR code at any one of the trees around campus or follow the link!

Donations and more information
Shopping sign-up
Event sign-up

Course materials deadline is Tuesday

The course materials adoption deadline is Tuesday, Nov. 17, for the 2021 Winter Term. More than two-thirds of faculty have already submitted course adoptions via the portal for next term. Your support of the course adoption process is beneficial to our students:

To allow time to order early to avoid delays with deliveries. Logistic delays in shipping are expected until the end of the year due to COVID.
Support stipulations of the Higher Education Opportunities Act (HEOA) that students should have access to course material information as early as possible.
Adoptions available via the portal allows students to charge to their tuition account.

The course adoption portal link is www.Wartburg.Textbookx.com. Use your Wartburg-issued ID and password to access your class information. Questions may be directed to jmoise@akademos.com or janet.huebner@wartburg.edu.


Mail Center updates

With the extended break approaching, and given the recent COVID-prevention developments both state and campus-wide, please remember to contact the Mail Center regarding office closures. The Mail Center will remain staffed and open for receiving and shipping through Friday, Dec. 18. Service between Dec. 19 and Jan. 4 will be intermittent. Please plan accordingly and email updates regarding your office closures to kory.figura@wartburg.edu. We thank you for helping make it easier to continue to maintain service.


Vogel Library has reduced hours over break

Vogel Library hours will change to 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., beginning Tuesday, Nov. 24. Please click on the gray bar along the top of the library’s website for hours through the end of the academic year. After finals the library will be open with reduced break hours on weekdays (8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.) through Dec. 18 and closed on weekends.


Mask update for The W

In response to the growing number of coronavirus cases in Bremer County, masks are now required upon entry to The W facility and when exiting on the first floor. Masks can be removed while working out as long as physical distancing of at least 6 feet can be reliably maintained.


Madlock to speak at AAUW meeting Thursday

Krystal Madlock, director of Multicultural Student Services and lecturer in learning strategies, will be speaking to the American Association of University Women (AAUW) on Thursday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m. Her topic, "Wartburg culture from a Black and Brown Perspective," will be available to faculty, staff, and students via Zoom. Please email Kim Folkers kimberly.folkers@wartburg.edu for the Zoom link.


Dining hours for Thanksgiving Break

Click here to see the hours for the Dining Services locations during the Thanksgiving holiday and Finals Week. The student Board Plan ends at dinner on Dec. 3. Meal transfers will be available the week of finals with special hours.


Nominations needed for Orientation leaders & Resident Assistants

Student Life is looking for high-quality candidates to apply to be Orientation leaders and Resident Assistants for the 2021-22 academic year. The time you spend with the students on campus gives you a unique look at their strengths, talents, and passions. If you know a student who would be a successful candidate for one (or both) of these positions, please contact Courtney Tripp-Stuck.


Institutional Advancement office hours and staffing plan

Responding to President Colson’s recommendation for staff to work remotely, if possible, while still maintaining essential services, Institutional Advancement announces the following office opening and staffing plan for Nov. 30 to Jan. 15:
Development – Office open each workday with limited staff; Luther Hall 134 will be open 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Dec. 21-22 and 30-31 to process year-end gifts; most staff working from home.
Alumni & Parent Relations and Annual Giving – Office closed with staff working from home.
Mail Center – Open each workday; also open select days during Christmas vacation period.
Print Center – Open each workday with limited staff; other staff working from home
Marketing & Communication – Office open each workday with limited staff; most staff working from home.

Please note that all staff, including those in offices that may be closed, will remain accessible by phone or email.


Friendship Families needed for international students

The International Student Services Office is in need of participants in its Friendship Families Program through which staff/faculty, as well as local residents, interact with our new international students. Currently, eight students are planning to arrive in January. The program does not involve housing students or require a financial commitment; participants simply spend time together and keep in touch. It is a great way to experience new cultures, share your own, and contribute to the Wartburg community. The students arriving are from Ecuador, Jordan, eSwatini, El Salvador, India, Russia, and Zambia. If you would like to learn more, check out the this link, and if interested, complete the interest form. If you have questions, contact Wendy Mohlis at ext. 8745 or wendy.mohlis@wartburg.edu.


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. 15: Wartburg Medal presentation and Q&A with Ed and Rennie Scharlau

Wednesday, Nov. 17: St. Elizabeth Week Chapel, service awards presented

Friday, Nov. 20: Speaker TBA



Upcoming events

St. Elizabeth Week
Through Nov. 18

Wartburg Medal presented to Ed and Rennie Scharlau
Nov. 16

Presidential Forum
Nov. 17

Course materials deadline
Nov. 17

Ritterchor concert on Knight Vision
Nov. 17

Walking in a Wartburg Wonderland run-walk challenge begins
Nov. 18

Kantorei concert on Knight Vision
Nov. 18

AAUW meeting
Nov. 19

St. Elizabeth Chorale concert on Knight Vision
Nov. 18

Castle Singers concert on Knight Vision
Nov. 18

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

Davis Projects for Peace deadine
Jan. 11


Upcoming music concerts on Knight Vision

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

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.


Winners of Study Away Photo Contest

Congratulations to the following winners of the Study Away Photo Contest, as determined by a panel of judges:

First place: #1 Emerald Lake at Sunset (by Alex Buchheim)
Second place: #3 Toledo Cathedral (by Alana Harms)
Third place: #8 Basquiat (by Liam Easley)
The People's Choice Winner, chosen by fans on Facebook: #7 Plaza Espana (by Shaila Vera)


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.


Operations and maintenance response time update

The college’s operations and maintenance staff is currently short-staffed, in part because of unfilled positions. While these searches are underway the campus community can expect:

A reduction in the cleaning services provided in some areas of campus.
Increased response times for non-emergency maintenance requests.
Reduced grounds maintenance.

Staff will continue to focus their efforts on emergency and virus mitigation cleaning tasks. The O&M staff appreciate your patience during this time.


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.



Dr. Alpha Woodward, director of music therapy, gave the keynote address at the Atlantic Association of Music Therapy Conference, titled “The Mostar Story: Music Therapy as a Humanitarian Service in a Contemporary World.” The Music Therapy Program funded by Warchild UK and Warchild NL was one of the few consistent psychosocial support services available to the children and youth in the years following Balkan wars of the 1990s. Dr. Woodward shared the vision and scope of the nine-year Music Therapy Program in Mostar, the complex challenges of providing therapy to traumatized individuals in uncertain and ambiguous times, and a broader perspective of music therapy as a humanitarian service in a messy contemporary world.


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.


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