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The Juice (Faculty/Staff) - Jan. 17

MLK Day schedule, COVID screening reminder ✅

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/evening activities on Monday, 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

ITS updates hardware acquisition and replacement policy

ITS has recently updated the wording in the Hardware Acquisition & Replacement Policy to be more clear on the handling of technology purchases. As a reminder: “Wartburg ITS must be notified prior to purchase of any technology equipment by individuals/departments. This includes monitors, SmartTV’s, printers, scanners, tablets, Apple TVs, iPads, etc. If notification is not made prior to purchase, ITS cannot guarantee the device will be supported on the Wartburg network.”

The full policy can be reviewed at this link. If you have further questions, please email techline@wartburg.edu.


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.


STAS teaching and advising group during Winter Term

Are you interested in talking with your peers about teaching and advising? STAS (Sharing Teaching and Advising Strategies) will continue to meet throughout Winter Term for conversation, strategizing, and resource sharing. All faculty and staff teaching courses are welcome to participate as you are able. Winter Term meetings will be the following Wednesdays from 3:45-4:45 p.m. over Zoom: Jan. 27, Feb. 10, March 3, March 17, March 31, April 14. Contact Michaeleen Golay or Kristin Wendland for the Zoom link or with questions.


Chalk & Wire resources

Wartburg is using the cloud-based assessment management system called Chalk & Wire, which we use to evaluate student learning outcomes. The system also provides students with access to ePortfolios, which can used to collect a wide variety of information and media for later use by the studetns as they move forward after graduation. The 2020-21 academic year marks the second year of the implementation process.

If you need help at any time, please use chalk.wire@wartburg.edu to contact the Chalk & Wire Implementation Team for assistance. The use of this email account will ensure they can respond in a timely manner to your request. Chalk & Wire resources for faculty and students are available on the Resources tab of My.Wartburg. Users must be logged in to access the page.


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 today. 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.

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.


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.


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.


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. If you do not have access to a computer or smart phone, please contact your supervisor. Employees who are experiencing symptoms should not engage in any campus activities and should stay home, call their primary health care provider, and notify their supervisor of their absence. The employee or their supervisor should contact Ryan Callahan and Jamie Hollaway to begin the contact tracing process immediately.


Have you recently tested positive for COVID-19?

If you have tested positive for COVID-19 since returning to the office from the break or working at home, 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.


The Wartburg community extends its condolences to Dr. Mike Bechtel, associate professor of science education, on the loss of his father, Dean Bechtel, who died Jan. 9 in La Crosse, Wisconsin, at the age of 73. Memorial services with military honors were held Friday in Waukon. Please click here to read the obituary.


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



Upcoming events

Winter Term begins
Jan. 18

MLK Day activities
Jan. 18

Wartburg Chapter AAUW meeting
Jan. 21

Wartburg Book Club meeting with author Chris Stedman
Jan. 28


Meal delivery for quarantined and isolated students

We're putting out the call again for "Knights of Service": Can you volunteer to help deliver meals to students who are in quarantine and isolation? Volunteers needed daily (starting Monday) from 11:55 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Click here to sign up. Meet members of Campus Security at the Mail Center near the Den in the Student Center by 11:55 a.m. Depending on volume of meals, times might change slightly. Please be patient and understanding. Masks are required; no-contact delivery. We might even cancel your shift via email if you are not needed. If you don't see anyone when you report for your shift, please call Security at 319-352-9999.


Library updates hours for Winter Term

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. Beginning Monday, Jan. 18, library hours will be the following 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.



CFRE International has named Jay Boeding, major gift officer, as a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE). Individuals granted the CFRE credential have met a series of standards that include tenure in the profession, education and demonstrated fundraising achievement. They have also passed a rigorous written examination testing the knowledge, skills and abilities required of a fundraising executive and have agreed to uphold accountability standards and the Donor Bill of Rights.


Dr. Zak Montgomery, associate professor of Spanish and Slife Professor in Humanities, published the article "A New Iberian Social Critique: Clarín's Reception of Guilherme de Azevedo's Revolutionary crónicas" in a special Portuguese issue of Hispania, the journal of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish & Portuguese (AATSP), in December 2020 (volume 103, number 4).


Dr. Kunihiko Terasawa, associate professor of religion, became a moderator of Buddhist-Christian dialogue in the Interfaith Coalition Conference for Global Citizenship 2020, “Religious Peace Movement in the Post COVID-19 Era: Global Ethics, Global Citizenship, and Sustainable Peace,” held Dec. 5-6.



Women’s Basketball

Friday, Jan. 22: Depart at noon to Nebraska Wesleyan

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