Supporting a colleague — Two events will raise funds to support Michael Jensen '96, professor of voice, as he undergoes chemotherapy and radiation to fight an inoperable brain tumor diagnosed in February. A concert Saturday, May 9, 8 p.m., at The Pour House, will feature acoustic rock band 48 Hour Notice and blues trio Wishbry 3. Members include Jordan Wildermuth '09, Aaron Schutte '09, Bryan Odeen '09, and Bill Grant '97. Donations will be accepted, and bartenders will donate their tips. On Saturday, May 16, Hope Overflow will host Day of J on the campus mall starting at 1 p.m. The benefit will feature music from Hope Overflow and Andrew Hoyt '17, a silent auction, a cake walk, games, face painting, and more. You also can donate and read updates through the family's online fundraising page and buy "Team Mike" T-shirts online.
Auditorium work begins — Installation of a new acoustical sound system in Neumann Auditorium begins today, May 7. Work is expected to continue through Aug. 1. Access will be restricted. Your patience is appreciated, as the work may produce disruptive noise at times. Two storage units will be in the vicinity of the auditorium and E Lot. The acoustical improvements are being funded through gifts to the Transforming Tomorrow campaign. Because of this project, the May 24 Baccalaureate service will be in The W's Hoover Fieldhouse & Track.
Former professor passes away — Former assistant professor of business Patrick Langan, 46, died Wednesday, April 29, from complications of cancer. He taught at Wartburg from 2000-2007, winning the 2004 John O. Chellevold Student Award for Excellence in Teaching and Professional Service. Services were Tuesday, May 5, at St. Edward Catholic Church in Waterloo. Condolences may be sent to the family at 5844 A B Avenue, Waterloo, IA 50701.
Institutional Advancement announcement — The Office of Institutional Advancement welcomes Don Meyer to the position of senior gift planner, in which he is responsible for the college’s planned giving program. Since 2009, Meyer had served as director of development; that position has been eliminated. Faculty and staff with advancement-related questions are encouraged to use these contacts:
- Alumni & Parent Relations and Annual Giving — Renee Voves '04, firstname.lastname@example.org, 8499
- Advancement services — Christa Hanson, email@example.com, 8672
- Transforming Tomorrow campaign — Lia Kampman '08, firstname.lastname@example.org, 8513
- Development/Institutional Advancement — Scott Leisinger, email@example.com, 8495
- Estate-planning/deferred gift opportunities — Don Meyer, firstname.lastname@example.org, 8517
Otto Trust makes gift — The Ralph E. Otto Trust has provided Wartburg with its largest-ever estate gift, a $4 million contribution. The gift includes $3 million that will be added to the Professor A.W. Swensen Regents Scholarship, which Ralph and his wife, Diane, created in 1983. The remaining $1 million will benefit the college’s Transforming Tomorrow campaign. Otto, a 1963 graduate, was a skilled cardiothoracic surgeon in the Chicago area and served on the Wartburg College Board of Regents from 1992 until his death in 2008. Click here to read more.
Symphony association to meet — The Wartburg Community Symphony Association will hold its annual meeting Tuesday, May 19, 6:30 p.m., in McCoy East of Saemann Student Center. All individuals and families with memberships are invited to vote. The agenda includes updating the bylaws and reports from the conductor and committees. Click here to read more.
Former employee passes away — A memorial service for longtime bookstore manager Marion Fruehling will be Saturday, May 9, 11 a.m., at St. Paul's Lutheran Church. Fruehling died Friday, May 1, at the age of 97. In addition to teaching at Wartburg, she organized the bookstore in 1948 and managed it for 38 years. She also was active in various Wartburg women's groups.
Athletes in the spotlight — Outstanding athletic achievements and performances from 2014-15 will be honored at the Golden Knight Awards Monday, May 18, 7 p.m., in McCaskey Lyceum. All are invited. The event also will be live streamed on Knight Vision. For more information, contact KatieJo Kuhens '07, sports information director, at email@example.com.
FCA to host Thomas — Aplington-Parkersburg High School principal and boys basketball coach Aaron Thomas, son of the late Aplington-Parkersburg football coach Ed Thomas, will speak at a Fellowship of Christian Athletes event tonight, May 7, 8 p.m., in Levick Arena.
Alumni updates sought — The Alumni and Parent Relations Office reminds employees to encourage alumni to notify the college of life updates (milestones, job changes, etc.) and address changes through the form at www.wartburg.edu/forms/alumniupdate.aspx or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Professional development opportunity — Marketing & Communication Office staff will discuss the Worth It marketing initiative at the spring professional development event Thursday, May 14, 2:30-4 p.m., in the Saemann Student Center ballroom. Graham Garner, vice president for marketing and communication, and Chris Knudson, director of creative strategy, will share how the initiative came about, advise how to communicate its themes, and explore what makes Wartburg "Worth It" for employees. RSVP to Tracy Keller, assistant director of human resources and payroll, at email@example.com or 352-8394. The series is sponsored by Human Resources & Payroll and Pathways.
Student research project honored — The work of Mauricio Leon ‘15, Alexandra Mehmen ‘14, and Kieran Cullen ‘15 received honors at the TriBeta National Biological Honor Society North Central District 3 Conference in Iowa City last month. Leon's environmental science senior research project poster, Differences in Biodiversity and Species Richness of Invertebrates in Remnant Prairies and Diversified Organic Farms in Iowa, took third place in the John C. Johnson Award for Excellence in Student Research. Leon and his co-authors were advised by Dr. Johanna Foster, associate professor of biology. Leon and Foster attended the conference April 17-18 as part of the 127th annual meeting of the Iowa Academy of Science.
Donate life — TriBeta is sponsoring a LifeServe blood drive Monday, May 11, 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m., in Chapel Commons. Sign up by emailing Tri-Beta@wartburg.edu.
Service of blessing and thanksgiving — All are invited to a service of blessing and thanksgiving for the Class of 2015 Saturday, May 23, 5 p.m., in Wartburg Chapel. Dr. Daniel Black, Department of Biochemistry, Chemistry & Engineering Science chair, will give the message, and Paris White ’15 will give the testimony. Hope Overflow and Dr. Karen Black will provide music. Communion will be served, and the attire is casual.
Support for earthquake victims — Spiritual Life & Campus Ministry encourages prayer and monetary donations for those suffering from the earthquake that struck Nepal April 25. Offerings from May Term worship will go to Lutheran Disaster Response, an ELCA ministry that works with local and international groups to supply immediate and long-term support. Donations also can be made online.