Homecoming class reunions — The following classes will celebrate their reunions Saturday, Oct. 15, during Homecoming and Family Weekend: the class of 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006, and 2011, plus the Golden Knights, which includes all classes graduating 1966 and prior. Faculty and staff are welcome to register for and attend any of the reunion luncheons ($16; classes of 1991 and prior) or reunion gatherings (no charge; classes of 1996 and after). Visit www.wartburg.edu/homecoming for a schedule and to register.
Presidential Forum notes — Notes from the Presidential Forum on Sept. 27 are now posted on the Info Center under President’s Reports.
Thank you from the Center for Community Engagement — All of us in the CCE/Student Life Office would like to express our thanks to the hundreds of students, faculty, and staff who stepped up and answered the call to serve their community during the flooding in Waverly. Wartburg College led the way in pre-flood efforts and assisted on Monday, Sept. 26, with Bremer County damage and needs assessment data collection. Our office was extremely busy for days coordinating relief efforts. Thank you, Wartburg Knights, for your servant leadership! Click here to see a video highlighting Wartburg’s flood relief efforts.
“The German Harmonica and African-American Blues Culture” — You are invited to this year’s Kleinfeld Lecture in German History, Culture & Politics, which features Herbert Quelle, the consul general of the Federal Republic of Germany in Chicago. He will speak Friday, Oct. 7, at 4:30 p.m. in McCaskey Lyceum in Saemann Student Center. Quelle, who has researched the harmonica’s 19th-century German roots, found that African-Americans gravitated to the pocket-sized instrument because they were affordable and accessible. Their affinity for the instrument, sometimes called a mouth organ, allowed them to create new tonal ranges and forms of expression, which led to a greater universal appreciation for the blues.
Board Game Knights event – The Wartburg Store will host Game Knights on Thursday, Oct. 6, 7 to 10 p.m., in the McCoy Rooms in Saemann Student Center. Modern-strategy board games, including Carcassonne, Ticket to Ride, Pandemic, Dominion, and Agricola, will be available, as well as many more. No prior game experience necessary. Whether you like social, strategy, competitive, co-operative or card games, we’d love to play with you!
Wartburg Oktoberfest — Oktoberfest will be Saturday, Oct. 15, 4-6:30 p.m. on the Campus Mall. Faculty and staff are invited to purchase tickets for Oktoberfest, which will include beverages, food, and fellowship with current, future, and past Knights. Pre-registered tickets are discounted and give you access to the “fastpass” line at the event. Click here to see a map detailing the setup. Information concerning pricing and pre-registration can be found at www.wartburg.edu/homecoming.
BOR cookbook — The Wartburg College Board of Regents, past and present, along with their spouses, have shared their favorite recipes for a cookbook, Best of the Knight's Kitchen. Stop by our table at the Renaissance Faire during Homecoming & Family Weekend to purchase your cookbooks. Cost is $20 each, and proceeds are dedicated to support small, unfunded campus projects. Cookbooks also will be available in The Wartburg Store after Homecoming.
Phil and Lit – The next meeting of the Wartburg Philosophical and Literary Society will be 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, in McCoy West in Saemann Student Center. Dr. Stephanie Toering Peters, associate professor of biology, will present Zika in the Americas.
Dean Kittle initiative with students — Dan Kittle, dean of students, is reaching out to the student body for their suggestions about experiencing the life of a student. Click here for his new video, which invites students to offer suggestions through the dean's Twitter account, @DantheDean. Email Dan or use Twitter if you have suggestions for student events he should experience.
Register for the Knight Run/Walk — You can be part of this annual 5K tradition during Homecoming & Family Weekend on Saturday, Oct. 15, at 8 a.m. The cost is $12; register in advance by clicking here. This year’s run/walk event is sponsored by State Bank.