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The Juice (Faculty/Staff) - Nov. 14

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Saint Elizabeth Week — Saint Elizabeth Week is devoted to community activism and service and is always celebrated the week of Nov. 17 (the anniversary of her death) in conjunction with National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness week. This week's events:

ALL WEEK:

  • Clothing Drive — Look for collection locations at residence halls and donate your shoes or clothes to a great cause!
  • Penny Drive for Professors — Raise money to alleviate local homelessness by placing loose change in designated jars around campus. Dr. Bechtel, Dr. Nelson and Dean Kittle have volunteered to participate—whichever professor’s jar has the most money donated will dress as St. Elizabeth for a day of classes!
  • Stop n’ Serve (Saemann Student Center) — Stop by and write cards for children in poverty. These will be sent to the NE Iowa Food Bank, where they will be distributed to families. 

Monday, Nov. 14:

  • Bread Night (Residence hall kitchens), 7 p.m. — Come get free bread in your dorm’s kitchen and learn more about events during Saint Elizabeth Week! 

Tuesday, Nov. 15:

  • Northeast Iowa Food Bank Backpack Pack (W Fieldhouse), 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Stop by to fill bags of food and essential items that will be sent to northeastern Iowa families.
  • Food for Hoops (Levick Arena), 7 p.m. — Food drive held during home basketball game. Bring canned foods or nonperishable items to donate to the Northeast Iowa Food Bank when you come to watch the Knights play basketball. 

Wednesday, Nov. 16

  • St. Elizabeth Chapel & Award Ceremony (Wartburg Chapel), 10:15 a.m.
  • St. Elizabeth Award for Service and Pastor Larry Trachte Award for Service Award, (Wartburg Chapel), 10:45 a.m. — recipients will be recognized during the chapel service
  • St. Elizabeth Sanctuary Service (Chapel Commons), 9 p.m. — Celebrate with us during a special Sanctuary gathering!

Thursday, Nov. 17

  • Voices of the Issues Panel (McCaskey Lyceum), 11:30 a.m. — Come engage in dialogue with those who work closely with hunger and homelessness.
  • Orange Band Social Issue Awareness Initiative (during panel discussion) —What issue will you take a stand for? Share your views and listen to the views of others through intentional conversations about things that really matter in our society today.

NEW ANNOUNCEMENTS:


Informational budget meetings — The Finance and Administration Office has scheduled four informational budget meetings — open to all faculty, staff, and students — to review the 2015-16 and 2016-17 budgets as well as preliminary assumptions for the 2017-18 budget. All four sessions are the same. The presentation will be posted to the Wartburg intranet by no later than Nov. 22.

  • Tuesday, Nov. 15, 3-4 p.m., McCoy East
  • Thursday, Nov. 17, 8-9 a.m.., McCoy East
  • Friday, Nov. 18, 8-9 a.m., WBC 101
  • Monday, Nov. 21, 4-5 p.m., McCoy East

Auditions for The Vagina Monologues Auditions will be Thursday and Friday, Nov. 17-18, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., in WBC 101. The Vagina Monologues is a stage production that dives into the mystery, humor, pain, power, wisdom, outrage, and excitement buried in women’s experiences. Audition slots are 15 minutes long. Please email one of the people listed below to schedule a time. The process entails reading selections from the script in front of two student-co-directors. Participants in The Vagina Monologues, per the request of the author, cannot be cisgender males, but they are more than welcome to be involved in the campaign. The performances will be Feb. 9-11, 2017. Please send all questions or concerns to abigail.wetzler@wartburg.edu or emma.evanspeck@wartburg.edu

Online international college fair — Wartburg will be participating in a special online international college fair Wednesday, Nov. 16. Our admissions team will be chatting live from 3 a.m. to 3 p.m., offering help filling out applications, advice on financial aid and finding scholarships, and simply answering questions about campus life.

Wartburg Ambassadors — As you encounter the more than 50 Ambassadors who volunteer their time to give tours, please take a minute to thank them for their outstanding work. Our survey and informal comments identify them as one of the important factors in the positive experience visitors have. If you have comments related to Ambassadors that you would like to share, please emailtodd.coleman@wartburg.edu.

KNIGHTtime user group meeting — The next KNIGHTtime user group meeting will be Monday, Nov. 21, 2-3 p.m., in McCoy East. All users are invited to attend, but material is geared toward supervisors. We will address any challenges and provide solutions or tips to help you navigate the system more efficiently.     

PTO donations — Are you losing PTO on a daily or monthly basis? If so, consider donating to the PTO Bank, as the balance is low. Donations can be made via KNIGHTtime. The PTO Bank is used for employees who have a nonwork-related illness or injury or an FMLA-qualifying event causing them to miss work more than five consecutive days and have exhausted their own PTO. Employees are able to donate up to five days per year. If you have any questions on how to make a PTO Bank donation in KNIGHTtime, please contact Tracy Keller, 352-8394.

St. Elizabeth Chapel & Service Award Ceremony — The St. Elizabeth’s Award for Service and the PT Service Award will be recognized with special music by the St. Elizabeth Chorale during Weekday Chapel on Wednesday, Nov. 16, at 10:15 a.m. 

Learn more about St. Elizabeth during May Term — RE 277: “Reformation Then and Now” includes visits to St. Elizabeth’s birthplace, the Wartburg Castle where she lived, and her burial place. Sites associated with Martin Luther and the Reformation also are included. The May Term course meets a Faith and Reflection requirement. Contact Dr. Kleinhans for more information.  

Phil and Lit – The next meeting of the Wartburg Philosophical and Literary Society will be Friday, Nov. 18, 4 p.m., in McCoy West in Saemann Student Center. Dr. Joy Becker, associate professor of mathematics, will present The Math Magic Behind Cryptography

Presentation on Peru — Dr. Michael Bechtel is taking a group of Wartburg students, along with a group from Upper Iowa University, to Peru during May Term. The trip, led by NiCole Dennler, has room for more students or community members to join! If you are interested in learning more about the Amazon River Basin in Peru, including the wildlife and indigenous people, come see DC Randle, director of Education and Citizen Science Programs based out of Minneapolis, who will be on campus Tuesday, Nov. 22, at 7 p.m., in SC140 to talk about his experiences in Peru. Randle works with ACTS Peru to allow learning opportunities for students, adults, and families in the Amazon rainforest. For more information about the Peru May Term trip or Randle’s presentation, contact natalie.peyton@wartburg.edu or michael.bechtel@wartburg.edu.


PREVIOUS ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Fill-A-Bag Sale – Jump-start your Christmas shopping at The Wartburg Store on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Get 30 percent off everything you can fit in a bag (or two or three!). Pay with All-Campus Spending for an additional 10 percent off! You won’t want to miss our biggest sale of the year.

Nominate deserving young alumni — The deadline to submit a nomination for the annual Young Alumni Award is Tuesday, Nov. 15. This award is given each spring to alumni who graduated within the previous 15 years (2002-16). The recipients are selected based on how they exemplify the mission statement and its four pillars: leadership, service, faith, and learning. Click here for more information and to submit a nomination. Contact Tony Smith with questions.

Food for Hoops — As part of Saint Elizabeth Week, there will be a canned food drive Tuesday, Nov. 15, during the home women’s and men’s basketball games, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Please bring canned food/nonperishables and drop them off by the ticket area outside Levick Arena (there will be a box for the food). Contact Madison Bloker with any questions or if you would like a copy of the “Food for Hoops” fliers to forward on to family/friends. Spread the word, and give what you CAN!

Service-learning class opportunity — Are you passionate about environmental and/or social mission-driven causes typically taken on by nonprofits? Want to get out of the textbook and into the action with real-world learning where unexpected things can happen? If the answer is yes, consider taking BA 377, Non-Profit Management, in Winter 2017. The only pre-requisite for the class is second-year status. For more information, contact Professor Roelofse or visit her in WBC 109. See your adviser for a drop/add card.

Benefit Information for 2017—The HR and Payroll Office has posted 2017 benefit information to the InfoCenter as noted by President Colson at the last forum. Click the links below for details:

Maintenance requests — Thanks to everyone who has utilized the online maintenance request process, called Maintenance Connection. Unfortunately, some individuals do continue to simply let the Operations and Maintenance person in their area know when something needs to be addressed via face-to-face conversation, a phone call, or email, while others have been calling or emailing the Maintenance Office. Effective immediately, unless there is an emergency, if you ask an Operations and Maintenance employee to address an issue, they have been told to politely ask you to enter the request into the online system to make sure the issue is handled appropriately. All faculty, staff, and students have the ability to enter a request.

Faculty and staff commendation — Reports have been posted to the President’s Reports section of the InfoCenter. At its recent October meeting, the Board of Regents passed a resolution recognizing the faculty and staff for their work. President Colson read the resolution at the President’s Forum on Oct. 19: COMMENDATION MOTION: That the Board of Regents hereby commends the Faculty and Staff for its steadfast devotion to Wartburg College and its students amidst challenging financial circumstances, and further, for its ongoing collaboration with President Colson and the Board of Regents to advance the mission of the College.

Visit the InfoCenter to see previous editions of The Juice for details on the following:

  • New shuttle program for student travel
  • Websites to bookmark
  • O&M cleaning update
  • Upcoming Presidential Forums and notes
  • KnightVision streaming schedule
  • Fire safety inspections
  • Enrollment reports for fall 

PROFESSIONAL NOTES:

Students Madison Mix '17 and Ashley Anderson '18, along with research adviser Dr. Douglas Brusich, attended the Midwest Drosophila Conference in Allerton, Ill., Nov. 12-13. The conference is a regional gathering of biologists who work with fruit flies as their model organisms and share recent scientific findings. Madison and Ashley presented a research poster, Traumatic brain injury induces substantial mortality of Alzheimer’s disease-model flies and nuclear translocation of actin. Mix also recently was awarded a research grant from the Tri-Beta Biology Honor Society for the project, which aims to uncover a cellular stress mechanism thought to underlie neurodegeneration associated with Alzheimer's disease and traumatic brain injury. Funds from the grant will be used to purchase research supplies for the project.

ATHLETIC TRAVEL:

Wrestling

Wednesday, Nov. 16: Depart at 1 p.m. for Simpson College

Friday, Nov. 18: Depart for Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon, Wis.

Men’s and Women’s Basketball

Tuesday, Nov. 22: Depart at 12:45 p.m. for Bethany Lutheran College



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