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The Juice (Faculty/Staff) - March 8


March 8, 2021

COVID vaccine availability expanded

The Iowa Department of Public Health has just expanded eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine, starting today, to people ages 16-64 who have chronic health conditions that make them susceptible to the disease. Starting today, the list of those who are eligible for vaccines will include those "with medical conditions that are or may be an increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19." The news release linked to a list from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that includes the following conditions: cancer, diabetes, kidney disease, COPD, Down syndrome, heart and immune-system conditions, obesity, pregnancy, sickle-cell disease and smoking. To locate a vaccine and learn more, please click here.


Mandatory Title IX training

All employees will be receiving an email link to an online training course entitled, "Preventing Harassment and Discrimination." The email will come from Everfi-foundry.net and is required to be completed no later than April 30, 2021. If you have any questions, please contact Title IX Coordinator Karen Thalacker or Director of Human Resources Jamie Hollaway.


Taiko drums on display Thursday

Dr. Craig Hancock, professor of music and director of bands, will host a viewing of his taiko drums and talk about the process of making them during his Fall Term sabbatical on Thursday, March 11, from 12 to 3 p.m. in the lobby of the Bachman Fine Arts Center. Hancock will be available for questions, and the drums will be on their playing racks with music available for anyone who would like to play them. All are welcome to attend.


Fulbright Program virtual open house March 22

Please spread the word about the upcoming Fulbright Program Virtual Open House on Monday, March 22, 4-5 p.m. CST. Advance registration is required – all details available at this link. This is a great introduction for all students to this leading cultural exchange program. Contact Competitive Scholarship Advisor Kathleen Sihler with questions or students to recommend.


KWAR marathon March 15

The best event of the year is almost here: The KWAR Marathon, with 89 straight hours of live radio! The Marathon starts on Monday, March 15, at 7 a.m. but KWAR social media will be engaging in activities during this week. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook to stay up to date on everything.


Introduction to Public Health course added for May Term

Now that the pandemic has your attention, why not spend this May Term learning more about how public health prevents disease and helps people live longer, healthier lives? PBH 101: Introduction to Public Health provides an overview of the field, from infectious disease to social factors that impact health outcomes. Additionally, this course will explore the government’s impact on individual health and careers in both health care and public health. Coronavirus will be discussed along with other global epidemics and how the health care system is prepared to handle them. The professor, Dr. Jeremy Whitaker, spent 10 years working in public health field coming to Wartburg College and is the current president of the Iowa Public Health Association. Contact him with questions. The class will meet 12:30-3:30 p.m. during May Term.


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, March 10: Healing Litany, with prayer and reflection

Wednesday, March 12: Lenten Chapel, message from pastoral intern Rebecca Baird

Friday, March 14: speaker TBA



Upcoming events

V-Day Silent Auction
Through March 17

S.A.F.E. Cookies for Kindness
March 8-11

Wartburg Chat with Dean Kittle
March 9

Dr. Craig Hancock taiko display
March 11

KWAR Marathon begins
March 15

German Institute funding applications due
March 15

STAS meetings
March 17, March 31, April 14

TedXWartburgCollege event
March 20

Fulbright Program Virtual Open House
March 22

Presidential forum
March 23

UKnight Day
March 25

Dance Marathon big event
March 28

Day off from classes
April 2, April 5

Culture Week
April 6-10


Wartburg Chat open forum Tuesday with Dean Kittle

All students, faculty and staff are invited to attend an open forum with Dean Kittle on Tuesday, March 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. via Zoom at this link. This is an opportunity to touch base with you about various topics including the college’s strategic plan, COVID response, diversity equity and inclusion initiatives, and introduce our public health ambassadors. Dean Kittle is looking forward to your thoughts, ideas, or any concerns that you may have.


Update on budget reports and other accounts

Thank you everyone for your continued patience as the Business Office continues to play catch-up. Here are a few updates:

We are still in the process of getting the department budgets and student wage budgets for 2020-21 loaded into the system; we anticipate having this completed by mid-March.
If you need to know your department or student wage budget amount for 2020-21, please contact your appropriate Cabinet member. They have this information for your department.
We are still working on getting caught up with the posting of 2020-21 transactions (revenues and expenses); we believe these transactions will be recorded through Dec. 31, 2020, within a few weeks.
The 2019-20 fiscal year books were closed this past weekend, so now the beginning balances (and thus ending balances) for any agency or restricted accounts should be correct.
Additional information will be shared soon about gathering information for the 2021-22 fiscal year budget.


Dance Marathon in need of faculty and staff volunteers

We are in need of volunteers to serve and help with food during our big event on Sunday, March 28. We want to limit to those who work on campus as part of our COVID safety precautions. Click here to sign up as a volunteer. If you have any questions, please email amber.martenson@wartburg.edu.


WCDM Jeans Week fundraiser

WCDM is hosting a Jeans Week fundraiser for the entire week of March 8! Those who donated already can go “Casual for the Kids” and wear jeans during the week of March 8; remember to wear your button to show your support! Missed making your donation last week? Use this link to donate online. Any questions can be directed to Alex Buchheim.

Library newsletter: The Searching Squirrel, March edition

Click here to check out Vogel LIbrary's most recent newsletter for news about our collection update project, D/E/I initiatives, and more! We’ve also nested the newsletter on the Faculty Resources guide to make everything easier for you to find.


V-Day Silent Auction open through March 17

The V-Day Silent Auction is open! Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the physical items will be made visible to you through pictures on our Silent Auction tabling, which you can check out in front of the Student Life Office. The Silent Auction is open March 1-17. If you are interested in bidding, please click here.

For any questions, please email VDay@wartburg.edu.


Art Faculty Exhibition now on display

The 2021 Art Faculty Exhibition features the diverse work and talent of current Wartburg Department of Art faculty and staff:

Barbara Fedeler—Drawing
Johanna Kramer-Weston—Painting
Rick Knivsland—Ceramics
Thomas Payne—Photography
Penny Sund—Graphic Design

The exhibition will be on display at the Waldemar A. Schmidt Art Gallery on the first floor of the Bachman Fine Arts Center March 1-28. Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-7 p.m. daily and admission is free. For more information, please contact the gallery by phone at (319) 352-8386 or by e-mail at gallerydirector@wartburg.edu.


Friendship Families still needed

The International Student Services Office is in need for participants in its Friendship Families Program through which staff/faculty, as well as local residents, interact with our new international students. Currently out of 13 students who arrived in January, four to six new friendship families are needed. The program does not involve housing students or require a financial commitment; participants simply spend time together and keep in touch. It is a great way to experience new cultures, share your culture, and contribute to the Wartburg community. The students left to place are from Lebanon, Guatemala, Korea, Russian Federation, Zambia and Mozambique. Learn more about the program and complete the interest form at this link. If you have questions, contact Wendy Mohlis at ext. 8745.


WSMTA autism and neurodiversity fundraiser

WSMTA (Wartburg Student Music Therapy Association) is doing a fundraiser for Enlightenment Week by selling masks for $10. All proceeds will go to the American Autism Society. Click here to see the masks and place an order. Enlightenment Week raises awareness for autism and neurodiversity, and WSMTA puts on events throughout the week to help people get a better understanding of what autism and neurodiversity are. If you have any questions please contact Anna Galioto.


2021-22 German Institute funding opportunity

The German Institute announces the call for applications to support activities/endeavors related to German and/or Germany. For 2021-22, a total of $6,000 is available from external sources. An application is required and funds will be awarded on a competitive basis. Applications are due March 15. Awards will be announced no later than April 12. Full application details are available at this link. Direct all questions to Dr. Daniel Walther.



Chris Knudson '01, director of marketing and communication, co-chaired the virtual Council for Advancement & Support of Education (CASE) All Districts Conference Feb. 16-18 with more than 18,000 attending from the U.S. and Canada.


Dr. Caryn D. Riswold, professor of religion and the Mike and Marge McCoy Family Distinguished Chair in Lutheran Heritage and Mission, has co-written a chapter titled "Confronting Xenoglossophobia" in the new book Interreligious Studies: Dispatches from an Emerging Field, edited by Hans Gustafson and published by Baylor University Press. She co-authored the chapter with Guenevere Black Ford, a former student from Illinois College.


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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