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The Juice (Faculty/Staff) - Feb. 1

Blood drive, library 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.


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.


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.



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.


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!


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!

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.


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



Upcoming events

Stitch-and-B*tch meeting
Feb. 1

State of the College address
Feb. 2

Todd Vandenbark open house
Feb. 4

ETK presents Dan Lornitis
Feb. 9

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

Public Health Ambassadors cocoa & donuts
Feb. 11

VAC blood drive
Feb. 16

Presidential forums
Feb. 16, March 23


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 has been emailed to faculty and staff.


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.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.



Barbara Fedeler, professor of art, is included in "Compelling Ground: Landscapes, Environments and Peoples of Iowa," an invitational exhibition at the Brunnier Art Museum at Iowa State University. Artists were asked to create art inspired by Iowa and indicative of the changes that have transpired in 25 years in environments, landscapes and the people of Iowa. The exhibition is open through July 23.



Women’s basketball

Wednesday, Feb. 3: Depart at 2:30 p.m. to Coe


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.

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