The Juice (Faculty/Staff) - Nov. 30
Benefits open enrollment ends today— The open enrollment period for 2015 benefits deadline is today, Nov. 30. Benefit-eligible employees re-electing coverage under one of Wartburg's plans or re-electing a flexible spending account must re-enroll at www.mybenefitfusion.com.
Get a taste of chocolate and culture — View the Study Abroad Photo Contest entries, vote for the Faculty and Staff Choice, and receive a free candy bar. Voting times are 10:15 a.m.-noon and 12:45-3:15 p.m. today in the hallway outside the Den and again on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 12:45-3:30 p.m.
Phil and Lit — Dr. David Voigts '64, retired senior ecologist for Florida Power Corporation, will present The Star of Bethlehem: The Legacy of the Magi for the Wartburg Philosophical and Literary Society Friday, Dec. 4, 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 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christmas with Wartburg tickets — Tickets remain for all Christmas with Wartburg performances this weekend in Neumann Auditorium. Concert times for the 68th annual showcase of music, art and word are Saturday, Dec. 5, at 3 and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 6, at 3 p.m. Tickets are $16.50 for all Waverly performances. Meals will be offered Saturday and Sunday at 5 p.m. for an additional cost. Concert and meal tickets can be purchased online at www.wartburg.edu/christmas, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays at the ticket office in Saemann Student Center, or by calling 319-352-8691.
Food drive winner — Black Student Union thanks all the faculty, staff, and students who participated in the Make it Matter Food Drive. The winner with 70 items donated is the Humanities office, which will receive a prize Tuesday.
Service Trips shoveling — Service Trips is providing volunteers to help shovel driveways and sidewalks during this snowy season for free-will donations. Please contact email@example.com if you would like help.
Symphonic Band and Flute Choir to perform — The Wartburg College Symphonic Band and Flute Choir will put on a free holiday concert Thursday, Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m. in the Bachman Fine Arts Center’s Band Hall. For more information,click here.
Nominate students for symposium — Nominations for the National Character & Leadership Symposium at the United States Air Force Academy are due today, Nov. 30. The opportunity for Wartburg students to participate in this highly selective symposium is provided by Mark and Peggy Baldwin. The Institute for Leadership Education at Wartburg will select four second- or third-year students to attend the conference Feb. 24-26 in Colorado. These students will ideally come from diverse academic backgrounds and have a demonstrated commitment to leadership and service. Click here to nominate a student and learn more about the program.
Submit items for Knightline — To include your department's news or events in the December issue of Knightline, the monthly e-newsletter for alumni, parents, and friends of the college, please fill out the submission form by today, Nov. 30.
Candlelight Dinner sign-up — Sign up Wednesday, Dec. 2, and Thursday, Dec. 3, 5:15-7 p.m., in Mensa for the Candlelight Dinner hosted by Black Student Union. Students, faculty, and staff can mingle over dinner on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 6:30 p.m. in the Heritage Room in Saemann Student Center. Cost is $10. The dinner will feature steak and shrimp combo with salad, sides, and cheesecake. Special dietary considerations will be taken into account.
College calendar — Stay up to date with campus events by following the college's official calendar.
Students featured in art exhibition — Emily Anderson ’16, Peri Benna ’17, Benjamin Bogard ’16, Hannah Crumpton ’16, Megan Howe ’16, and Wanqi Sun will be featured in the Waterloo Center for the Arts' Cedar Valley Biennial Student Art Exhibition opening Tuesday, Dec. 1. The exhibition, in the Law-Reddington Gallery, runs through Feb. 12. A reception will be Wednesday, Dec. 9, 5:30 p.m., with an award ceremony and remarks from Brittany Deal, this year's juror and director of Wartburg's Waldemar A. Schmidt Art Gallery. The exhibition is free and open to the public.
$1 million gift for Clinton Hall — Wartburg College has received a $1 million challenge grant to jumpstart the final push for the planned renovation of Clinton Hall. Ray ’65 and Judy Slade ’65 McCaskey established the McCaskey Challenge as part of the college’s comprehensive $75 million Transforming Tomorrow campaign. All gifts and pledges made to the Clinton project through May 31 will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $1 million. Click here for more information.
Saint Elizabeth Week award recipients — Seven Wartburg College students, faculty, and staff were honored for their commitment to service as part of the annual Saint Elizabeth Week celebration. Angela Zook ’16, Kaitlyn Behnken ’16, and Michaela McIlravy ’16 received the Saint Elizabeth Award for Service, which recognizes students who exemplify a commitment to service and desire to live a life that embodies Wartburg’s mission. Kathy Traetow, study abroad office coordinator; Gloria Campbell, associate professor of business administration/economics; and Nelson and Bonita Bock, co-directors of Wartburg West, received the Pastor Larry Trachte Award for Service, given to faculty or staff who embody his enthusiasm, support, dedication and overall commitment to Wartburg’s mission of service. Click here to read more about the honorees.
Notify Wartburg Store about course adoptions — Faculty, please be sure that you’ve notified The Wartburg Store regarding your Winter Term course adoptions. More than 28 percent of faculty have not yet responded to what they need for the upcoming term. The HEOA federal guidelines require course adoptions to be on the website two months prior to start of term. Submit your course requests as soon as possible via the online collection tool or to Janet Huebner at firstname.lastname@example.org or extension 8439.
Best Travel portal — The Best Travel portal powered by deem is changing its web address. Please make note of the new website location for booking travel, http://wartburg-dt.deem.com. Contact Todd Parsons, senior management analyst in the Business Office, at email@example.com.
Donate to the Holiday Shoppe — Pick an ornament from the Christmas tree in the chapel narthex, Den, Mensa, or The W and buy a present for a child of that age. There are gift ideas on the back of each tag. This annual community event, sponsored by the social work department, provides less-fortunate families and children with holiday gifts they can't afford. Donations can be dropped off at the social work office in Old Main or at the various Christmas trees around campus.
Attention all low brass enthusiasts — You are invited to join the Jingle Jangle Brass Choir, under the direction of Dr. Craig Hancock, director of bands. The JJBC was formed in 2014 to have fun making live music while raising money for charities during the holiday season. All ages and ability levels are welcome for these ad hoc performances. The group's first appearance will be at the Christmas on Main celebration Thursday, Dec. 10, 6-8 p.m. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mail Center holiday information — Please plan your shipping so you receive items prior to Friday, Dec. 18, and after Friday, Jan. 1. College offices, including the Mail Center, will be closed from Monday, Dec. 21, to Friday, Dec. 25, and on Friday, Jan. 1. The Mail Center will not receive packages from UPS, FEDEX, DHL, Staples, or any other delivery service. The Mail Center will reopen with regular hours Monday, Dec. 28, to Thursday, Dec. 31. Due to short staff, please do not have large shipments come through the Mail Center until after Friday, Jan. 1.
Recycling update — Toilet paper is made from items recycled through single-stream collection. One item that is not accepted in our single-stream bins is glass, because who wants glass in their toilet paper? Glass should be placed in the tan “glass only" recycling bin next to the blue recycling bins outside residence halls, or in the small blue containers in Löhe or Grossmann recycling rooms.
Service Trip advisers needed — Service Trips is looking for faculty and staff who are interested in being advisers for trips over Winter Break or Tour Week. The adviser assists in the planning process, attends pre-trip meetings with the leaders and other participants, and is required to go on the trip. If you are interested or have questions, please contact email@example.com.
Propose an alumni tour — The Alumni/Parent Relations Office is seeking proposals for future alumni tours. If you are interested in leading a tour (summer of 2018 and beyond), please complete the Alumni Travel Program Request for Proposals and return to the Alumni/Parent Relations Office by Feb. 1, 2016. For more information, email Laurie Everhardt or call 352-8496.
Recipes from Home — Students, faculty, and staff are asked to share their favorite recipes from home to be considered for the 2015-16 Mensa menu! Please email your recipes for entrees, salads, ethnic dishes, vegan entrees or sides, and desserts to firstname.lastname@example.org or drop them in the Mensa suggestion box by Friday, Jan. 25. Don’t forget to include your name and contact information for verification. Recipes must be something that you have had before and really enjoyed. The recipes that are chosen will be taste-tested in Mensa, and the student body will vote for their favorites.
Sign up for swim meet — The W is hosting a free community swim meet Saturday, Dec. 12. Warm-ups will begin at 7:30 a.m., with the meet starting at 8. (There will be no lap swim this day.) All events—including individual and relays in men's, women's and co-ed categories—are open to the community. If you are interested in a relay race, you must form your own team. Participants must be 13 or older and have previous swim team experience. Click here to register. Additional information and list of events is on our website.
Tony Lutz, media services support specialist, won first place in the "Amateur Photography" division for his photograph Golf Course Fog in the 35th annual Dr. E.H. Stumme Art & Photography Show at the Denver (IA) Public Library. Both of his entries were purchased by the library for patron check out.
The campus community offers condolences to Darla Hamann (Mail Center coordinator) and her daughter, Michele Geweke (Dining Services), as they mourn the death of Darla’s brother, Don Cruickshank. Don died on Saturday, Nov. 21, in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho.