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The Juice (Faculty/Staff) - Jan. 25

Author to visit book club, graduate status report ✅

Jan. 25, 2021

Tips and activities with student Public Health Ambassadors

Students in the new Public Health Ambassador program are tasked with encouraging their peers to continue masking and social distancing through outreach events, giveaways and handing out information on current college COVID policies. The team will also offer tips on activity risk levels and mental health support as we continue to navigate the virus during the dreary winter months.

Take part in these upcoming events:

Thursday, Jan. 28, 5-6:30 p.m., mask decorating outside The Wartburg Store. Students will get free masks and have markers to create their own fun masks.
Thursday, Feb. 11, 5-7 p.m., students are asked to wear their decorated mask and come to Cardinal Commons for free cocoa and donuts.

More information can be found on the Wartburg Public Health Ambassadors Facebook page.

Student ambassadors are: Skylar Cunningham (Journalism & Communication, 4Y), Peyton Emgarten (Psychology, 1Y), Rachel Gavin (Public Health, 1Y) and Kjirsten Zahn (Music Therapy, 2Y). Keep an eye out for them in their Public Health Ambassador tees and beanies!

We may be adding students to the team later in the semester. Students interested should contact jo.dorrance@wartburg.edu.


State of the College address

The president's State of the College address will be held over Zoom on Tuesday, Feb. 2, at 11:30 a.m. The Zoom link will be emailed to faculty and staff on Monday.


Graduate Status report now available

The Graduate Status report for the class of 2019-20 is now on the Info Center.


Student Life seeks RA and Orientation Staff suggestions

The Student Life office is in the middle of recruitment season for next year's RA and Orientation Staff student leaders, and we could use your help recruiting them. The time you spend with students on campus gives you a unique look at their strengths, talents and passions. If you know a student who may be a good fit for one (or both) of these positions, please take a minute to complete this form. Please submit the form for as many students as you'd like. If you have any questions, contact Josh Bulten in Residential Life.


Join Book Club Thursday for conversation with author

Join the Wartburg College Book Club for a virtual conversation with Chris Stedman, author of “IRL: Finding Realness, Meaning, and Belonging in Our Digital Lives,” on Thursday, Jan. 28, at 5 p.m. This meeting will be hosted via Zoom and provides a space to ask Stedman questions about his research into how we can understand what it means to be “real” in both digital and physical spaces today. For more information, visit www.wartburg.edu/book-club. All are invited to join. To be part of the Zoom meeting with the author on Jan. 28, click here (password is 50677).


Diwali and Rangoli mini-exhibition by ASA

The Asian Student Association is having a late celebration of Diwali by displaying Rangoli outside the Mensa from Monday, Jan. 25, to Sunday, Jan. 31. Rangoli is a traditional Indian form of art using colors, rice and acrylics, and is used to celebrate Diwali, the festival of lights in India and most of the Indian subcontinent. Come take a look and learn more about the culture and history behind it!


V-Day survey and auditions

This is your opportunity to be featured in the "Raise the Vibration" V-Day event. Your story has a chance to be featured in our collective piece for the event performances, and V-Day wants to be a voice for you. Please take a moment to complete the anonymous survey at this link. In addition, we have opened the auditions for "Raise the Vibration" performances. Auditions are Wednesday, Jan. 27, and Thursday, Jan. 28, via Zoom. To audition, please sign-up for a time slot using this link. For more information, email Vday@wartburg.edu.


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., open to students, faculty and staff. 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. 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. Watch for the first episode soon!

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 the friends and former colleagues of Dr. Lil Junas, who was a professor of communication arts at Wartburg from 1997 to 2005. Lil died at age 85 in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania; services and burial will take place at a later date in Pennsylvania. Please click here to view the obituary.


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. 25: Faculty/Staff Q&A with Dr. Karen Black, professor of music and college organist
Wednesday, Jan. 27: Restful worship with communion
Friday, Jan. 29: Senior Chapel, Levi Capesius ’21



Upcoming events

ASA Rangoli display
Jan. 25-31

Stitch-and-B*tch meeting
Jan. 25

V-Day auditions
Jan. 27-28

STAS meetings
Jan. 27, Feb. 10, March 3, March 17, March 31, April 14

Public Health Ambassadors mask decorating
Jan. 28

Wartburg Book Club meeting with author Chris Stedman
Jan. 28

State of the College address
Feb. 2


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.


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.


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.



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).


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