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Condolences, ITS maintenance, more

Nov. 30, 2020

ITS routine maintenance and Wi-Fi upgrades Dec. 4-16

ITS will be performing routine maintenance and upgrades to our Wi-Fi Infrastructure beginning Dec. 4 and continuing through Dec. 16. During this time, you may experience intermittent connectivity to our Wi-Fi. Any questions should be directed to Techline at techline@wartburg.edu.


Noah Clinic closed during break

The Noah Clinic will be closed through through Jan. 17. If campus community members need COVID-19 testing or have other health concerns requiring medical assistance, please visit the Waverly Heath Center Walk-In Clinic. For health emergencies requiring acute medical care, please visit the Waverly Health Center Emergency Department.


2 Christmas with Wartburg concerts online in December

Mark your calendar to watch two Christmas with Wartburg productions online in December:

Watch the online premiere of 2019's program, "Behold the Mystery," through Wartburg's Facebook page or on YouTube at 7 p.m. CST Friday, Dec. 4. On Facebook, you can share your comments and reactions and see special comments from the ensemble directors during the performance.
Watch the 2020 CWW production, "Hope Awakens; Love's New Dawn," online at 7 p.m. CST Friday, Dec. 18.


You can find more information at www.wartburg.edu/christmas, including links to watch and PDFs of the programs.

The Juice publishing schedule

This is the last regular edition of The Juice for Fall Term. Look for The Juice to continue regular weekly editions at the start of Winter Term in January. If you have important news to share with the campus community in the meantime, contact Steph Boeding. Watch Wartburg's social media for some fun and interactive activities over the extended break!


Dining hours for weeks ahead

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


Food pantry hours for break

St. Elizabeth Bread Basket, the on-campus food pantry, will reopen Friday, Dec. 4, and remain open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Friday.



The Wartburg community extends its condolences to Derek Solheim, Pathways Center director, on the loss of his father, David Solheim of Clermont, who died Nov. 23 at age 75. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Please click here to view the obituary.


The Wartburg community extends its condolences to the colleagues and friends of Michael Dotseth, who died Nov. 17 at age 83 in Waverly. A private family service will be held. He was an assistant football coach for the Knights from 1985 until 1992. He returned to Wartburg in 2001 until 2018 to help coach the kicking program. Please click here to view the obituary.


The Wartburg community extends its condolences to Marilyn Flachman ’60, Board of Regents member, on the death of her husband, Wilbur Flachman ’60, on Sept. 16 in Colorado at age 83. Services were held in October in Colorado. Please click here to view the obituary.



Upcoming events

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

Christmas with Wartburg 2019 program online
Dec. 4

Christmas with Wartburg 2020 program online
Dec. 18

Davis Projects for Peace deadine
Jan. 11

Winter Term begins
Jan. 18


Mail Center updates

With the extended break 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.


Early bird pricing for TriByKnight triathlon

The 10th annual TriByKnight Triathlon will be May 10, 2021, and registration is now open! Register before Dec. 31 to take advantage of early bird pricing. This USAT-sanctioned sprint tri (300-yard swim, 15-mile bike race, 3.1-mile run) is perfect for those just getting started in the sport. The event, staged on the Wartburg College campus, features a time-trial pool start in the Wartburg-Waverly Sports & Wellness Center’s state-of-the-art Schuldt Natatorium. TriByKnight Triathlon also offers classes to athletes that are new to the sport of triathlon, or just want a little extra coaching to prepare for race day. These classes are held at The W and are available to members and guests. For more information about the triathlon and triathlon classes or to register, visit www.wartburg.edu/triathlon.


Incomplete grade information

Please remind students that an incomplete grade is not valid unless it is supported by a Student Request for Incomplete Grade form. The completion of the form should be initiated by the student to confirm that the student and instructor have been in communication regarding the incomplete grade policy. The form is available on My Wartburg or in the Registrar’s Office. Any incomplete grade submitted by the instructor without support of the form will be changed to an “F.” Please refer students to the incomplete grade definition in the 2019-20 academic catalog, which can be accessed online. Incomplete grades should only be issued for students who are passing the course when final grades are due. With permission from the Registrar, instructors can complete the form for a student whose circumstances prevent them from submitting the form. Please note that the form is encouraged, but not required, for internships, field experiences, or Study Abroad courses.


Course adoption

The ability to update a course adoption for 2021 Winter Term is no longer available to instructors as of Tuesday, Nov. 17. However, if you still need to update a course, especially a ‘TBA’ that hasn’t yet been assigned, send your course adoption information to Janet Huebner. A confirmation e-mail will be sent to you when it is added.



The Wartburg Store holiday hours

Check out the hours for The Wartburg Store in the graphic above. Go to www.wartburgstore.com to shop online, too! Special deals and more will be shared on the store's Facebook page.


Average Class Size report available on InfoCenter

The Average Class Size Report for Fall 2020 is now available in the Enrollment Management Reports section on InfoCenter. If you have any questions, please contact Edie Waldstein.


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.


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.

Vogel Library has reduced hours over break

Vogel Library hours are now 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 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.


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.


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.



Dr. Mariah Birgen, professor of mathematics, is the recipient of the 2020 Iowa Section of the Mathematical Association of America’s award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics. Recipients are widely recognized as extraordinarily successful in their teaching, having teaching effectiveness that can be documented, having had influence in their teaching beyond their own institution, and fostering curiosity and generating excitement about mathematics in their students. Birgen is now in the running for the Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Award, a national award that recognizes a college or university teacher within the field of mathematics.


Marcus Newsom, director of Track & Field and Cross Country, presented on Nov. 9 as part of the 2020 National All Sports Coaches Summit, an annual coaching development event that was held virtually this year. Newsom’s segment, "Holistic Coaching and Team Building," aired on Monday, Nov. 9, at 7:30 p.m. on the Summit's virtual platform. The 2020 National All Sports Coaches Summit, Nov. 9-13, featured coaches and athletic administrators from all over the athletics world — from NCAA Division I to high school — and former Super Bowl MVP Kurt Warner delivered the keynote address.


Dr. Kunihiko Terasawa, associate professor of religion, was selected as an international advisor for East Asia at the Governing Board meeting of the Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies on Nov. 20.


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.


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