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The Juice (Student) - Feb. 1

Literary magazine, play auditions, ETK news ✅

Feb. 1, 2021

The Castle literary magazine is back!

Wartburg’s literary magazine The Castle is back and running! Submissions for Winter 2021 are open. Send short stories (creative nonfiction and fiction), poetry, graphic stories and comics here. You can also read the online version of past publications at the link. Send questions to editor Lindsey Jacobs.

ATTENTION ARTISTS: There is also a cover art competition! Submit any medium and style of your liking and it will have a chance to be the cover of the book. The deadline for all submissions is April 9.


Library newsletter: The Searching Squirrel, February edition

Check out our most recent newsletter for updates on new hours, new evaluation techniques, embedding streaming film, and more. Find it all at this link.


Join Homecoming Committee for 2021

Are you looking to get more involved on campus? Do you love being a Knight? Homecoming Committee is the place for you to express your school spirit through multiple events over homecoming weekend! We would like you to join Homecoming Committee 2021. If you have any interest in joining this group, apply at this link! For further questions please email homecoming@wartburg.edu.


Play auditions this week

All students are invited to audition for the Wartburg Players production of “Mutually Assured Destruction” on Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 1-2, 6:30-8:30 p.m., in WBC 214. Sign up for a time outside FAC 201/202. No preparation is needed. Make sure to wear a mask! In quarantine and still want to audition? Email jaclyn.dembouski@wartburg.edu to set up a Zoom audition, or to ask any questions.


Summer 2021 classes

Many of the Summer 2021 classes are now available to view online by using Course Finder or Course Search. To register for summer classes, obtain a Summer Registration Form under the “Special Request Forms for Students” from the Academics tab of My Wartburg or in the Registrar’s Office. Please continue to check the schedule as additional classes may be added.


VAC & Lifeserve to host blood drive Feb. 16

The Wartburg Volunteer Action Center (VAC) with Lifeserve will host a blood drive on Tuesday, Feb. 16, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Cardinal Commons. Appointments are required at this link. Every blood donor receives a health screening at their donation, finds out their blood type, and will be tested for COVID-19 antibodies to help our state health department understand the virus and identify more convalescent plasma donors.


'Entertainment to Quarantine’ kits available

Are you in quarantine and need something to do? Get an ‘Entertainment to Quarantine’ kit!

Brought to you by Entertainment ToKnight (ETK), you can receive a surprise bag of treats and activities to help pass the time for those who are in quarantine or isolation. Let your symptom-checker know you would like one, and an “ETQ” bag will get delivered to your door! These bags are available to those in their dorm room, in isolation houses provided by Wartburg, and those who live off campus in Waverly. If you are interested in receiving an ETQ Kit, please email etk@wartburg.edu or tell your symptom checker.


ETK presents comedic hypnotist Feb. 9

ETK presents Dan Lornitis, comedic hypnotist, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, in Neumann Auditorium. Dan has been mesmerizing audiences for years with his uniquely entertaining performance, where the audience volunteers are the stars! Dan uses hypnosis to entertain, never to embarrass or humiliate anyone. It’s all good, wholesome, PG-13-style entertainment. Come early to guarantee your seat! Social distancing and masking are both required. See you there!

Women's Bible Study and Fellowship on Tuesdays

College women are invited to a weekly Women's Bible Study and Fellowship at 8 p.m. Tuesdays. Join us online for fellowship and discussion to grow in understanding of Scripture. To take part via Zoom, email third-year student Ericka Frey for the link.


Student Senate leadership scholarship application now open

In the spirit of the Wartburg College Mission Statement, Student Senate annually funds two $500 scholarships for Wartburg students. Applications can be found at this link and are due by 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26. Questions can be directed to grace.greving@wartburg.edu.


Student tax forms mailed this week

Student W-2s and 1098-T tax forms will be postmarked and mailed to students’ legal/home/permanent address on file by Monday, Feb. 1. Please allow 7-10 business days for the delivery of these forms.

W-2 forms report taxable wages and taxes withheld for student employees that were employed by Wartburg College during 2020.
1098-T forms report qualified payments received along with scholarships and grants for students that were enrolled and paid qualifying tuition and related expenses in 2020.

If these forms are not received in the mail after 7-10 business days, students may request a reprint of these forms by emailing the Business Office at businessoffice@wartburg.edu from their Wartburg email address.


Farewell card reception for Todd Vandenbark

Please join the Vogel Library in wishing Todd Vandenbark well as he leaves Wartburg to become the director of library services at Dayton Memorial Library in Dayton, Washington. The library staff will host a “Comments and Cards” open house for Todd on his last day at Wartburg, Thursday, Feb. 4, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., in Classroom 2 of Vogel Library. While we can’t share food due to COVID19, please stop by to share a memory and your well wishes with Todd.


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, Feb. 1: Faculty/Staff Q&A with Don Meyer, major gift officer
Wednesday, Feb. 3: Restful worship with communion
Friday, Feb. 5: Senior Chapel, Kennedy Hiles ’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.


Sanctuary on Wednesday nights

Sanctuary on Wednesday night is a holy space in the midst of your busy life where you can recharge and renew. Expect a relaxed time of Bible study, fellowship, worship band music, prayers, and communion. All are welcome!

Wednesday, Feb. 3: Worship | Music | Community, in the Chapel sanctuary, 9 p.m. worship, come early at 8:45 for snacks

Upcoming events

Wartburg Players auditions
Feb. 1-2

Application deadline for Resident Assistants and Orientation leaders
Feb. 1

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

Stitch-and-B*tch meeting
Feb. 1

Todd Vandenbark open house
Feb. 4

Faculty-in-Residence Reading Club
Feb. 4

Off-Campus Housing application deadline
Feb. 5

Library Ambassadors application deadline
Feb. 8

ETK presents Dan Lornitis
Feb. 9

Public Health Ambassadors cocoa and donuts
Feb. 11

VAC blood drive
Feb. 16

Student Senate scholarship applications due
Feb. 26


Orientation leader & Resident Assistant apps due today

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.


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.

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.


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.


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.


V-Day survey

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. For more information, email Vday@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.

LAST CHANCE: 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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