RICE Day is here — More than 555 projects will be showcased today, April 9, for Research, Internship, and Creative Endeavor Day. More than 450 students will present research, exhibit projects, display art, and air documentaries as part of the day, which celebrates academic excellence, innovation, and enterprise. Presentations begin at 8:30 a.m. at sites across campus, and the Excellence in Teaching and Scholarship Convocation will be in Neumann Auditorium at 10 a.m. A full schedule of the day’s events is available here.
Saxophone Serenade — The final concert of the Wartburg Community Symphony’s season, Saxophone Serenade, begins at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 11, in Neumann Auditorium. Soloist Ashu, who has defied convention by using the saxophone to win awards traditionally won by pianists and violinists, will perform most of the program on soprano and alto saxophone. This will be the last concert directed by Dr. Daniel Kaplunas, music director and conductor since 2011. The evening begins at 7:10 p.m. with pre-concert music by the Wartburg String Quartet. A reception concludes the evening. Tickets can be purchased at the door, from the Wartburg Ticket Office in Saemann Student Center from noon to 4 p.m. through Friday, or ordered online. Admission is $16.50 for adults, $6.50 for students, and free to Wartburg students with identification.
Wartburg Choir, Estes in concert — The Wartburg Choir will perform Sunday, April 12, in Wartburg Chapel. The 4 p.m. concert will feature selections from the choir’s four-state regional tour this month and a performance by renowned bass-baritone Simon Estes, artist-in-resident. Dr. Estes, who will sing two solos and join the choir for one piece, made his operatic debut 50 years ago this month. The concert will feature recognition of the milestone. The choir’s program, SpiritSong, will highlight new works by René Clausen and Stacey V. Gibbs, acclaimed composers who have instructed the choir on Wartburg’s campus this year. The 81-voice ensemble also will sing Bach’s Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf, two movements from Sergei Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil, and Jake Runestad’s Alleluia.
Wind Ensemble in concert — The Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Craig Hancock, will give a home concert Sunday, April 12, at 2 p.m. The performance in Neumann Auditorium will kick off a tour of Iowa, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, and Missouri. The program will cover a range of emotions and styles and include works by John Philip Sousa and Karl King, as well as Samuel Hazo, who directed the Meistersinger Honor Band Festival at Wartburg in February.
PAC election results — Congratulations to Kristi Ladage, accounts payable coordinator, and Sheila Kittleson, director of The W, on election to the Personnel Advisory Committee. The new representatives join ongoing members Wendy Mohlis, Stephanie Newsom, Renee Voves, and Barbara Vance.
Regents report submissions — Faculty are reminded to send achievements and service data for inclusion in the May report to the Board of Regents. Be sure to include conference dates, names and locations where applicable. Please submit information to Sally Malcolm, administrative assistant to the vice president for academic affairs, at firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, April 15.
Debt refinancing savings — The refinancing of college debt detailed in a Jan. 29 memo from The Juice officially closed March 24. The College exceeded its original goal in this process and has saved approximately $2,027,000 this current budget year in debt service payments. Compared to the previous debt service payment schedule, the College will save an average of $136,000 annually from 2015-16 through 2037-38, at which point the bonds will be paid off.
Bach's Lunch Friday — Two students and a professor will be featured at the “Bach’s Lunch” organ concert series Friday, April 10. The 12:30 p.m. performance in Wartburg Chapel will be preceded by an explanation of the program in Chapel Commons beginning at noon. Blaine Woodson, a junior music major, and Kaitlynn Eaton, a senior music major, will perform, along with Dr. Karen Black, professor of music and Rudi Inselmann Endowed Professor in Organ. Attendees are invited to bring a lunch.
Final Phil & Lit meeting — The last Winter Term meeting of the Wartburg Philosophical and Literary Society will be Friday, April 10, 4 p.m., in McCoy West of Saemann Student Center. Olaniyi Omiwale '15 will present The Reader Became the Nook: Reading Proust in the Digital Age. Merry Gillaspie '15 will present How much POGIL is too much?
Support students at Midnight Breakfast — Faculty and staff volunteers are needed to help serve the Midnight Breakfast starting at 11 p.m. Sunday, April 12, in Mensa. To join students at this traditional event to kick off finals week, contact Vickey Klunder, housing assistant, at email@example.com or 352-8260.
Senior art exhibit — The annual senior exhibit will showcase works from six students beginning today, April 9, in the Waldemar A. Schmidt Gallery in Bachman Fine Arts Center. An opening-night reception begins at 7 p.m. The exhibit is open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. through May 24.
Lunch 'n' Learn — Waverly Health Center's lunch 'n’ learn series continues Wednesday, April 15, 12-1 p.m., in The Wet Classroom of The W. Kristal Graves and Pam Brahn will present Health Literacy and Where to Get Answers. Attendees of the free event are encouraged to bring a lunch. For more information, call 352-8249.
Symphonic band, Knightliters in concert — The Symphonic Band will perform its spring concert Friday, April 10, 7 p.m., in Neumann Auditorium. The band, under the direction of Dr. Scott Muntefering, will perform In Flight and From Gold by Sam Hazo, With Pleasure by John Philip Sousa, Second Suite in F by Gustav Holst, and Halo by Ralph Ford. Senior band members will be honored. A free concert by the Knightliters jazz band immediately follows in the Saemann Student Center’s McCaskey Lyceum.
Castle Singers in concert — The Castle Singers, under the direction of Dr. Nicki Toliver, will perform Saturday, April 11, 4 p.m., in Wartburg Chapel. The spring concert is a prelude to the choir’s international tour, April 30-May 18, which includes 14 performances throughout Germany and the Czech Republic. The vocal chamber ensemble will share a wide variety of literature ranging from Renaissance motets to The Beatles, featuring Dr. Jennifer Larson, soprano, and works by Eric Whitacre, Rene Clausen, and Stacey V. Gibbs. A dessert bar and light refreshments will follow in Chapel Commons.
Malts in May Term — Representatives of S.A.F.E. and Counseling Services will serve free malts Tuesday, April 28, 2 p.m., on the campus lawn in front of Old Main. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held in Cardinal Commons of Grossmann and Löhe halls.
Dash of Color 5K deadline — Sign up online before Friday, April 10, to receive the advance registration price of $25 for the Dash of Color 5K Walk/Run Sunday, May 3, 2 p.m. Hosted by PRSSA and Tower Agency, the event will benefit several student organizations. Contact Elizabeth Heying '15 at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
706 UKnighted — UKnight Day on Tuesday, March 31, was hugely successful, as 706 members of the Wartburg community provided for the college. The event website remains live at www.wartburg.edu/UKnightDay, so you still can check out the map of donors, read their comments, and scroll the #UKnightDay social media "live wall."
Student honored — Jenna Manders '15 has won national recognition for her contributions to community and civic engagement on campus. The Dubuque resident is one of six Newman Civic Fellows from Iowa colleges and universities. The business administration and sociology double-major will work for the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque as their philanthropic partnerships assistant. Students are nominated for the Campus Compact honor by institution presidents, and 201 students from across the country are being recognized this year. Click here to read more about Manders and the honor.
Service, leadership awards bestowed — Students, faculty, staff, and organizations were honored at the 22nd annual Service and Leadership Awards March 14. Click here for the list of recipients.
Student employees honored — The votes are in, and Alyson O’Brian '17 is the 2014-15 Student Employee of the Year. The athletic laundry assistant was nominated by Michael Strydom, tennis coach. The first runner-up was Austin Pauling '16, resident assistant in Clinton Hall. Kayla Kregel, facility manager for The W, was the second runner-up. Please congratulate these wonderful student-workers.
Community appeal launches — State Bank has committed $25,000 to Wartburg’s Transforming Tomorrow comprehensive campaign. The gift is part of the campaign’s $5 million Waverly Community Appeal, which launched publicly March 22. To date, local donors have pledged $4.5 million to the effort. Co-chairs Mike and Darcy Byl, Dave and Peggy Rathe, and Lindley and Joanne Jones head the community appeal. For more information about the campaign, visit www.wartburg.edu/transform.
Keep on Learning — Meredith Willson, the Mason City native known best for The Music Man, will be featured during the Keep on Learning community education series this month. Don Meyer, senior gift planner, will discuss the trials and successes of Willson. The session opened April 2, and classes continue April 16, 23, and 30 in the Heritage Room of Saemann Student Center. Coffee will be served at 9 a.m., followed by the class from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. A $30 fee due at the second class you attend covers the rest of the course.