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The Juice (Faculty/Staff) - Nov. 16

NEW ANNOUNCEMENTS

Budget session updates — Thank you to those who attended any of the three informational budget sessions Oct. 26-28. As promised, the responses to questions raised during those meetings that required more research are now available online

Monday Chapel to include remembrance — All are invited to gather today, Nov. 16, 10:15-10:35 a.m., in Wartburg Chapel, for a service that will include prayers and candle lighting in memory of those killed Friday in Paris and in recent terrorist attacks in Beirut and Baghdad. If you cannot attend, please stop at 10:15 a.m., and observe a moment of silence in solidarity with those who are suffering in this loss.

Enrollment report — Enrollment Management has released the College Student Inventory Summary for 2015-16. The document is available here. The CSI identifies the leading non-cognitive indicators of students' success, including their academic motivations, levels of risk in a range of areas, and receptivity to assistance. With questions, contact Jette Irgens, assistant director of Pathways Center, at jette.irgens@wartburg.edu.

Saint Elizabeth Week activities — The Saint Elizabeth Week celebration continues today with the Stop 'n' Serve, 10:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m., in Saemann Student Center. Activities throughout the week include: 

  • Backpack Pack, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Hoover Fieldhouse
  • St. Elizabeth Chapel & Award Ceremony, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 10:45 a.m., Wartburg Chapel
  • Eucharist Service, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 9 p.m., Chapel Commons
  • Voices of the Issues Panel, Thursday, Nov. 19, 11:30 a.m., Wartburg Chapel
  • Blankets of Love, Thursday, Nov. 19, 5-7 p.m., McCoy East

O'Malley to visit campus today — Democratic presidential hopeful Martin O’Malley will be on campus today, Nov. 16, 9 a.m., in Whitehouse Business Center 214. Doors will open at 8:30 a.m. The event is sponsored by the Wartburg College Student Senate Political Action Committee.

Parent ambassadors provide new help — Several current Wartburg parents have stepped up to serve on a new parent ambassador group that provides additional support and insight to families considering the college. Many prospective parents are interested in learning about Wartburg from a parent perspective. Our newest ambassadors do that by writing letters, attending recruiting events, serving on panels, and representing Wartburg in their daily lives. Our parent ambassadors are: 

  • Kevin and Mary Officer (Taylor ’17)
  • Chris and Joe Levesque (Jake ’18)
  • David and Nancy Zittergruen (Joe ’18)
  • Lori and Dave Melz (Haley ’18)
  • Dan and Denise Brannaman (Cory ’18, Alex ’13, Ben ’09)
  • Gary and Mary French (Tyler ’18)

Caucus panel discussion, documentary preview — Iowa Public Television will preview Caucus Iowa: Journey to the Presidency, its upcoming historical documentary on the Iowa caucuses, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 11:30 a.m., in McCaskey Lyceum. A panel discussion featuring Dr. Fred Waldstein, professor of political science; Curtis Brundy, Vogel Library director; Chris Larimer, UNI professor of political science; and Ron Steele, KWWL-TV anchor. For more information, click here.

Fall Piano Concert Series — Sean Botkin, a UNI professor of piano, will be the featured performer at the Fall Piano Concert Series Sunday, Nov. 22, 2 p.m., in Sandra Rada Orchestra Hall. Click here for more information.

International Education Week — The 16th annual International Education Week, a celebration of international education and exchange worldwide, is Nov. 16-20. Information about the economic contributions of international students to the United States can be found here. Visit the NAFSA website to learn more. 

Retrieving Freedom speaker — The Social Work Club will host Keegan Birkicht ’15 Wednesday, Nov. 18, 8 p.m., in Old Main 100. She will speak about her work with Retrieving Freedom. For more information, contact Abigail Schaper at abigail.schaper@wartburg.edu.

Shoe collection — Kevin Klobassa ’16 will be collecting gently worn shoes for Soles4Souls, an organization that donates shoes to underprivileged people around the world, outside the Athletic Office in The W Nov. 17-18. Contact Klobassa at kevin.klobassa@wartburg.edu to arrange a pick up or for more information. 

Hotel discount — Cobblestone Inn & Suites is offering a 10 percent discount for any overnight guests who are visiting Wartburg or who are in town for any activity related to the college. Mention this when booking and the discount should be applied to your bill.

Alumni updates — 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 online or by emailing alumni@wartburg.edu.

Davis Projects for Peace — An informational meeting about the Davis Projects for Peace Award will be Monday, Nov. 16, 7 p.m., in McCoy East. The $10,000 award is available for peace projects proposed by undergraduate students. The projects must be completed during the summer of 2016. Final proposals are due Wednesday, Jan. 13, by noon, to Dr. Dan Kittle, dean of students. Contact Kittle at daniel.kittle@wartburg.edu or Dr. Fred Waldstein atfred.waldstein@wartburg.edu or click here for more information.

Phil and Lit — Dr. Dani Thomas, professor of political science, will present Does Assessment Make Colleges Better? Or Bitter? A Q-Study for the Wartburg Philosophical and Literary Society Friday, Nov. 20, 4 p.m., in McCoy West of Saemann Student Center. To be sent speaker and topic updates or to volunteer as a speaker, contact Lynn Olson atlynn.olson@wartburg.edu.

PAC to meet — The Personnel Advisory Council will meet Thursday, Nov. 19, to discuss the performance appraisal process, morale boosters, retirement recognition events, the expense review process, and retirement information sessions. Please a PAC representative—Wendy Mohlis, Stephanie Newsom, Renee Voves, Kristina Ladage, Sheila Kittleson, Jamie Halloway, Amy Wilson, and Rich Seggerman—if you would like to provide feedback on any of these items. 

Fellowship event
 — Faculty and staff are invited to gather in fellowship over a shared meal, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., in Chapel Commons. Beverages and tableware will be provided, but guests are asked to bring a dish to share. This event is an outgrowth of the fellowship shared in memory of Vickey Klunder, former housing assistant. Hosts for this event are Janet Huebner, Abriel Dixon, and Rita Gerdes. 

College calendar — Stay up to date with campus events by following the college's official calendar.


PREVIOUS ANNOUNCEMENTS

Presidential forum — The notes from the Presidential Forum on Wednesday, Oct. 21, are now available on the President's Report page of the InfoCenter. 

Retirement incentive update — There are 25 eligible individuals who have elected to participate in the retirement incentive program, including six faculty members and 19 staff members. As is the normal practice for retiring individuals, the college respects their choice to share that information as they deem appropriate. Department heads and direct supervisors will be notified so they can appropriately plan for the future. More details are available in the Human Resources newsletter that was sent to all faculty and staff Nov. 6.  

New art exhibit — The work of Chawne Paige, a Waterloo Center for the Arts curator, will be featured in the Waldemar A. Schmidt Art Gallery through Friday, Dec. 18. B|W+MOD is open daily 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Click here for more information.   

Making It Matter Food Drive — Students, faculty, and staff who bring a nonperishable item to The Wartburg Store Nov. 2-24 will receive a coupon for 20 percent off one apparel or gift item. Items collected will be donated to the Vineyard Community Church food bank and Cedar Valley Friends of the Family. Details about a faculty competition will be forthcoming. The food drive is sponsored by the Black Student Union and The Wartburg Store.  

Festival of Trees — If your office or department wants to be a part of the annual Wartburg Community Festival of Trees, the deadline to register is Monday, Nov. 30. The festival will be Dec. 2-17. Click here for more information. 

United Way campaign — The Wartburg campaign team's goal is that 40 percent of employees participate by making a gift to the United Way. All benefits-eligible employees can declare a gift through payroll deduction as part of the yearly benefits enrollment. Pledge cards are available for those who do no complete the online benefits enrollment or who wish to make a one-time gift. Contact Sheree Covert, registrar, at sheree.covert@wartburg.edu; Laurie Everhardt, alumni/parent relations & annual giving associate, at laurie.everhardt@wartburg.edu; Jan Simpson, Pathways Center office coordinator, at jan.simpson@wartburg.edu; Keith Strand, cleaning supervisor, at keith.strand@wartburg.edu; Kristin Teig Torres, assistant director of Center for Community Engagement, at kristin.teigtorres@wartburg.edu; or Steve Walker, assistant athletic director, at steve.walker@wartburg.edu for pledge cards or more information.

PROFESSIONAL NOTES

Anne Duncan, sustainability coordinator, was named one of the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier's 2015 20 Under 40 winners. 

Helen Leong, director of international student services, presented Collaborative Campus Services: Developing Targeted Career Services at the Region IV NAFSA Conference in Des Moines Oct. 30.

The Rev. Brian Beckstrom, campus pastor, had an article, Unlocking College Students' Faith published on Living Lutheran and in The Lutheran Magazine. It focuses on how ELCA colleges are uniquely positioned to help students unlock their faith during the first year of college and beyond.

ATHLETIC TRAVEL

Tuesday, Nov. 17

Men's basketball departs at 4 p.m. for Grinnell

Friday, Nov. 20

Wrestling departs at 3 p.m. for Augsburg

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