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The Juice (Student) - Jan. 25

V-Day auditions, new Public Health Ambassadors program 😷

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! Interested in becoming a Public Health Ambassador? We may be adding students to the team later in the semester. If interested, contact jo.dorrance@wartburg.edu.


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.


Orientation leader & Resident Assistant info sessions

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 janet.irankunda@wartburg.edu. If you would like to participate in an info session please attend one of the zoom info sessions using this link:

Tuesday, Jan. 26. 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Community Time)
Thursday, Jan. 28, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Community Time)


Summer Leadership and Service Summit mentor applications open

Are you looking for a unique and exciting way to grow your leadership skills this summer? Then please consider being a mentor for the LSS (Leadership and Service Summit) from June 20-26, 2021. This will be a fully remote experience.

Mentors will assist high school students in their own leadership development and a community service project that they will design and implement during their senior year.


$400 stipend (first half paid at the end of the summer; second half at the end of academic year 2022)
½ credit for completing the Youth Leadership Mentor Seminar (LS 315)
Unique applied leadership opportunity


Current freshman, sophomore, or junior standing
Apply by Feb. 1 at this link
Complete LS 315 (online course 7:45 a.m-9:15 a.m. T/TH) starting March 2
Reside in Iowa during the summit (June 20-26) and returning to Wartburg in the fall
Assist school mentees throughout the 2021-22 academic year (approximately 2 hours per month; more will be explained during training)

Please contact Dr. Theresa Moore, assistant director at the Institute for Leadership Education, with any questions.


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).


Be part of Library Ambassador Program

Vogel Library is seeking student volunteers for the Library Ambassador Program. The group task will be to advocate for Vogel Library by promoting library resources, spaces, and services and seeking student perspectives and voices to ensure Vogel Library is fulfilling the student body's needs. Because engaging student voices is at the center of this initiative, members will be integral to setting this year's agenda. Apply at this link by Feb. 8!
Please contact Amandajean Freking Nolte with any questions.


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!


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.. 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 a link soon!
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


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

ASA Rangoli display
Jan. 25-31

Stitch-and-B*tch meeting
Jan. 25

Student Senate exec team application deadline
Jan. 26

Zoom info sessions for Resident Assistants and Orientation leaders
Jan. 26 & 28

V-Day auditions
Jan. 27-28

Faculty-in-Residence Reading Club
Jan. 28

Author visits Wartburg Book Club
Jan. 28

Public Health Ambassadors mask decorating
Jan. 28

Application deadline for Resident Assistants and Orientation leaders
Feb. 1

Application deadline for Summer Leadership and Service Summit mentors
Feb. 1

Off-Campus Housing application deadline
Feb. 5

Library Ambassadors application deadline
Feb. 8

Public Health Ambassadors cocoa and donuts
Feb. 11


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!


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.

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!


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.


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.


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



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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