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The Juice (Student) - Jan. 17

MLK Day schedule, off-campus housing & more

Jan. 17, 2021

We're sending out The Juice a half day before its usual Monday morning schedule, so that the campus community can be better prepared for the first day of Winter Term with a reminder of the adjusted class schedule and the list of MLK Day activities. Welcome to the new term!


MLK Day details for Monday

Monday, Jan. 18, is Martin Luther King Jr. Day; Wartburg alters the class schedule on this federal holiday to free students and faculty to participate in afternoon activities (see below). Class periods one through six will meet for 50 minutes with a 10-minute break between each. Weekday Chapel will not be held. Evening classes will meet at their regularly scheduled time.


Class schedule for Monday
• Period 1 (regularly starting at 7:45 a.m.) will be 7:45-8:35 a.m.
• Period 2 (9 a.m.) will be 8:45-9:35 a.m.
• Period 3 (10:45 a.m.) will be 9:45-10:35 a.m.
• Period 4 (noon) will be 10:45-11:35 a.m.
• Period 5 (1:15 p.m.) will be 11:45 a.m. to 12:35 p.m.
• Period 6 (2:30 p.m.) will be 12:45-1:35 p.m.


Activities for Monday

The MLK Week Committee invites the entire Wartburg community to join in the afternoon and evening activities, most of which are available online. Stay up-to-date with the full schedule and details at www.wartburg.edu/mlk. Some events require pre-registration due to space limits. This year's MLK Day theme is "Unity in the Struggle."

Opening Event, 1:45-2 p.m., outside in front of Chapel (also streamed online)
Art Exhibit: "Dictators & Dreamers," all day, Bachman Fine Arts Center
Social Media Dialogue: Use #MLKWartburg, all day
LGBTQ+ 101 Training, 2:15-3:15 p.m. (pre-registration required, online)
Leading to Prevent: Campus Allies for Gender Equality, 2:15-3:15 p.m. (online)
Vogel Library Social Justice Display, 2:15-3:15 p.m. (library)
Campus Social Justice (Walk) Scavenger Hunt Contest, 2:15-4:30 p.m. (various buildings)
Exchange Love Not Hate, 3:15-4:15 p.m. (The W Classrooms, pre-registration required due to space, also streamed online)
“Don’t Feel No Ways Tired” – Resilience and the Black Spiritual Music tradition: A LIVE Singing Exploration, 4:30-5:30 p.m. (register online)
Movie premiere of "HOPIAN: Slow-moving Change in America's Heartland," 7:30 p.m. (McCaskey Lyceum, limit 35, must pre-register here), filmmakers will be present

Changes to library hours & policies for checking out items

Due to lower usage rates during the pandemic, Vogel Library's regular hours are adjusting at the start of Winter Term to better schedule staff to meet current needs. Library hours will be the following, effective Monday, Jan. 18, until further notice:

Monday-Thursday: 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday: 1-5 p.m.
Sunday: 1-10:30 p.m.

Please check the library's website for updates, resources and more information.


Students will now be able to check out items from the library for longer periods of time. In response to the pandemic and with a desire to better meet student needs, several changes are effective immediately. You can now check out:

Books, scores, periodicals and CDs for a semester instead of 28 days. For Winter Term, these items will be due back April 27.
Windows laptops for 6 hours instead of 4 hours.
Mac laptops, iPads, and Chromebooks for 24 hours instead of 4 hours.
Adapters, calculators, chargers, wireless mice, flash drives, and other related tech items for 24 hours instead of 4 hours.
Cameras, camcorders, tripods, projectors and screens for 1 week instead of 3 days.

Please contact the library via text (319-313-2281), phone (319-352-8500) or email (asklibrarian@wartburg.edu), or stop at the circulation desk on the second floor if you have questions or feedback. We look forward to serving you this semester!


Off Campus Housing application link open

Off Campus Applications for the 2021-22 school year are live online at this link. Applications are due no later than Friday, March 5, at 4 p.m. Decisions will be made by the review committee and sent to students by Friday, March 19. If you have questions about the process, please contact cassie.hales@wartburg.edu.


String players: Kammerstreicher wants you!

Wartburg’s Kammerstreicher (chamber orchestra) is looking for new members! This fun string ensemble meets Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 3:45 to 4:35 p.m. Any experienced violin, viola, cello, or bass player should contact director Sam Stapleton. Please join us in making some great music this semester!


Pinnacle audition deadline is Saturday

Calling all Knights! Pinnacle, a small vocal ensemble performing a wide variety of repertoire, exploring the capabilities of the human voice, is holding auditions. Due to COVID, Pinnacle auditions will be VIRTUAL! Send a video to WartburgPinnacle@gmail.com by 10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23. The audition piece is "My Country Tis of Thee." Prepared pieces in addition to the audition piece are optional. You must also send in a sight-reading piece, which is available on the Pinnacle Facebook page. If you do not have Facebook, email john.hoehn@wartburg.edu for the link. The spots we are looking to fill are one Alto, one Tenor, and one Bass. Audition videos must contain both the audition piece(s) and sight-reading. Include any additional special talents in your audition video. We want know what you can do!


Applications open for Student Senate executive positions

Applications are live to run for Student Body President/Vice President, Student Body Recorder and Student Body Treasurer. Applications can be found at this link and are due by 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26. Email emma.williams@wartburg.edu with questions.


Postage rate increase

Annual postal rate increase information: First-class “forever” stamps will remain at 55 cents, but postcard stamps will go up one cent to 36 cents. Standard college metered mail cost will increase one cent to 51 cents. Additional ounce cost for flats and letters increases 5 cents to 20 cents. Postal package rates increase an average of 25 cents per package, though actual rates depend on weight, size, and distance to travel, as always. Rates officially change as of Sunday, Jan. 24. For more information, click here or email mailroom@wartburg.edu.


V-Day survey to share your experiences

Click here to fill out an anonymous survey created by the Wartburg V-Day organization. We want to hear your story. Every year we have an event that is comprised of various pieces that speak about the experiences different individuals have gone through. We are sending out this survey hoping that you, too, will share your stories and thoughts. The deadline for submitting your responses is Wednesday, Jan. 27.


Alumna to speak about EMBRACE at meeting

LaToshia Burrell, a Wartburg alumna, director of employee engagement with The Accel Group in Waverly, and a 2020 recipient of the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier's "20 Under 40," will speak to the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Wartburg Chapter on Thursday, Jan. 21, at 7 p.m. Her topic, "EMBRACE: Celebrating Diversity in the Cedar Valley," will be available to faculty, staff, and students via Zoom. Please email Kim Folkers for the Zoom link.


Weekly Faculty-in-Residence activities: Connect and restore

Dr. Rachel Clark, associate professor of English and the faculty-in-residence, invites students to the following activities, which are intended to provide windows of relaxation to help balance busy lives.

Stitch-and-B*tch: Mondays, 7-8 p.m., beginning Jan. 18. Knitters, crocheters, embroiderers—anyone who does any kind of stitching—is welcome to pop in virtually for a relaxing hour to work on your current projects and get to know other crafters on campus. Click here for Zoom link.
Reading Club: Thursdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m., beginning Jan. 21. Join the Zoom for some peaceful music while you read something for fun, plus a few minutes of chat at the beginning and end to share progress, book recommendations, and more. Click here for Zoom link.
Sunday Storytime: This semester, Sunday Storytime is becoming a podcast, so that anyone can listen at their convenience. This term’s book is Oscar Wilde’s controversial Gothic novel “The Picture of Dorian Gray,” a book about the nature of art, beauty, and evil—and, of course, secret magical paintings hidden in attics. The first episode will be posted Sunday, Jan. 24.

Wartburg shifts focus – update on Homecoming Coronation

Over the past year, the Wartburg College Alumni Office has taken the opportunity to reflect on events presented to the student body each Fall Term during Homecoming & Family Weekend. With the support of Student Life, Student Homecoming leadership and Student Senate Executive Team, the alumni office will discontinue Homecoming Coronation at Wartburg College. As current students, you are beginning a new era of representation at Wartburg that reflects the mission and values of the college. There are many opportunities to nominate your peers for recognition throughout the year based on our pillars of leadership, service, faith and learning. It is our hope that you take advantage of award nominations throughout the year, such as the St. Elizabeth Awards for Service and Leadership & Service Awards. Thank you for your understanding as we work to serve all students at Wartburg. If you have questions, please email the Alumni Office at alumni@wartburg.edu.


Don’t forget to use the online COVID-19 screening tool

All members of the Wartburg community should continue to self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 including fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, or a new loss of taste or smell. All faculty, staff, and students must answer a short series of COVID-19 screening questions the first time they log in to the InfoCenter each day. Those who don’t regularly use the InfoCenter should still log in daily to complete the evaluation.


Students who are experiencing symptoms should not engage in any campus activities and should contact Noah Campus Health Clinic immediately at 319-352-8436. Students also should contact Cassie Hales (319-352-8260 or cassie.hales@wartburg.edu) to enact a self-isolation or quarantine protocol (e.g. meal delivery, notification of faculty, and contact tracing). Tests are available at Noah Health Clinic on the first floor of The W.


Have you recently tested positive for COVID-19?

If you have tested positive for COVID-19 since returning home for the winter break, please send a copy of your test results to covidresponse@wartburg.edu. By having this information on file with the college’s contact tracing team, you will not be required to quarantine should you be exposed to someone who has tested positive for the virus within 90 days of your test.

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. Chapel services are streamed live with Knight Vision, so you can watch from anywhere.

This week's Chapel services:

Monday, Jan. 18: No Chapel services due to MLK Day schedule

Wednesday, Jan. 20: MLK Chapel, with special readings and prayer litany
Friday, Jan. 22: Senior Chapel, Emma Williams '21


Communion delivery to residence halls

If you are isolated/quarantined on campus and would like to partake in virtual communion during in-person Wednesday chapel services, please email Pastor Rebecca by Tuesday at noon. Include your residence building, room number, and indicate if you would prefer wine, grape juice, or gluten-free elements. A student minister will deliver communion elements to you before the Wednesday chapel service. All are welcome to receive communion.



Upcoming events

Winter Term begins
Jan. 18

Stitch-and-B*tch meeting
Jan. 18

MLK Chapel
Jan. 20

AAUW Wartburg Chapter meeting
Jan. 21

Faculty-in-Residence Ready Club
Jan. 21

Pinnacle audition deadline
Jan. 23

Sunday Storytime
Jan. 24

Student Senate exec team application deadline
Jan. 26

Application deadline for Resident Assistants and Orientation leaders
Feb. 1


Choose your Hearthside book for Winter Term

The Hearthside Project offers faculty and students the unique opportunity to connect outside the formality of the classroom. Students receive their books free of charge. Reading groups consist of one book leader and three students. To apply, send an email to the participating leader of the book you’re interested in discussing (listed below); groups will begin their books in Winter Term. Questions? Contact Dr. Zak Montgomery. The program was founded by the late Dr. Paula Survilla and is funded by the Slife Professorship in the Humanities and co-sponsored by the Mike and Marge McCoy Family Distinguished Chair in Lutheran Heritage and Mission.

Hearthside book leaders for winter:

Tiffany Stouffer & Katie Kreis: “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott
Dr. Joy Becker, “The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America's Enemies” by Jason Fagone
Dr. Penni Pier: “The Velvet Rage: Overcoming the Pain of Growing Up Gay in a Straight Man's World” by Alan Downs
Cassie Hales: “The Poisoned City: Flint's Water and the American Urban Tragedy” by Anna Clark
Dr. Jennifer Larson: “Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance” by Angela Duckworth
Lindsey Leonard: “Know My Name: A Memoir” by Chanel Miller
Dr. Cynthia Bane: “The Mindful Twenty-Something: Life Skills to Handle Stress…and Everything Else” by Holly Rogers
Ruth A. Bahe-Jachna: “Elephant Company: The Inspiring Story of an Unlikely Hero and the Animals Who Helped Him Save Lives in World War II” by Vicki Croke


Orientation leader & Resident Assistant applications now open

Student Life has opened the 2021-22 application for Orientation leaders and Resident Assistants. The deadline to apply is Feb. 1, 2021. For more information on the positions and application process, please visit https://info.wartburg.edu/Student-Life or email lindsey.leonard@wartburg.edu.



Westmar Endowment scholarship for 2021-22

Following the closing of Westmar University in western Iowa, the Iowa College Foundation (ICF) received funds from the Westmar Endowment to establish an endowment for scholarships. ICF plans to offer three types of scholarships annually from the Westmar Endowment Scholarship Program:

Two Presidential awards - $5,000 each (can only be won once)
15+ $1,000 awards
Up to 20 $500 awards

Click here for details and to apply. Deadline: April 1, 2021.


Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Have you considered the challenge and reward of serving as a cultural ambassador abroad? While we wait for our world to return to health, check out the Fulbright U.S. Student Program opportunity at this link for an introduction to this leading cultural exchange program. You can serve as a English teaching assistant, pursue independent research, or overlap the Fulbright with a master’s program abroad. This is not just a gap year, but an incredible opportunity to challenge yourself, contribute, and learn in return. Contact Competitive Scholarship Advisor Kathleen Sihler with questions.


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