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The Juice (Faculty/Staff) - Dec. 11

 
Dec. 11, 2017
Dining hours during break
Click here to see the dining hours over Christmas Break for Mensa, the Den, Konditorei and Zesty Orange.
NEW ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
Title IX course 
All full-time and part-time faculty and staff members are required to complete a Title IX course. An email has been sent to all employees with login instructions. The course is active and can be completed anytime between now and Jan. 31. Please note Google Chrome is the best browser to use to complete the training. Direct questions to Karen Thalacker, Jamie Hollaway or Erica Sadler.
Inclement weather policy 
As winter approaches, the chance for severe winter weather grows more likely. For such situations, the college has a weather-related closure policy posted here. It also is linked from the front page of the Student Handbook page and the Academic Affairs website.
Retirement open house for Anna Epley
After almost two decades of dedication to Wartburg, one of its “zestiest” employees, Anna Epley, Zesty Orange manager, is retiring. Anna’s last day at Wartburg will be Dec. 31. An open house will be held in her honor Wednesday, Dec. 13, from 9 to 11 a.m., at the Zesty. All friends and the campus community are invited to stop by and wish her a happy retirement.
Retirement open house for Jim Anderson
After more than 36 years at Wartburg, groundskeeper Jim Anderson is retiring. An open house will be held in his honor Tuesday, Dec. 19, from 9 to 10:30 a.m., in the Chapel Commons. All are welcome to stop by and wish him well on his retirement.
Presidential Forum notes
Notes from the Dec. 5 Presidential Forum are posted on the InfoCenter under "President’s Reports." A sample letter written by President Colson to legislators re: the tax reform bill is also posted for your information.
InfoCenter navigation changes 
The dropdown menus on the InfoCenter will be eliminated to encourage viewers to click on the main menu tabs. This allows the viewer to see all the options available. Research suggested that many people were not aware of the additional options beyond the dropdown options. You will now find all links on the main pages for each menu tab page. Also, some sections of the InfoCenter will be receiving a graphic facelift to make them more user-friendly and attractive. All navigation changes should be complete before classes resume in January. Other updates will be minor cosmetic changes made during Winter Term. If you have questions about where to find information on the InfoCenter, email chris.knudson@wartburg.edu.
HR Information on InfoCenter
Employee information that used to be in the dropdown menu on the InfoCenter is now located in the lower left corner of the HR page. To visit the HR page, simply click on the Employment link in the navigation bar at http://info.wartburg.edu. Some options will require your login.
Juice publishing schedule during break 
The Faculty/Staff edition of the Juice will publish Monday, Dec. 20, then return Monday, Jan. 8. The Student edition of the Juice will take a break until Monday, Jan. 8. The deadline for the Jan. 8 edition is 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 4. Contact Juice@wartburg.edu with questions. 
Poinsettias available
Poinsettias in the Chapel will be available for sale after the weekday Chapel service Monday, Dec. 11, for $5 each. Please contact Pam Moss, SLCM office coordinator, if you are interested in purchasing one or more of the 11 poinsettias.
Give a 2018 Chapel message
There is still some availability for Seniors, Faculty and Staff to provide the chapel message in the Spring of 2018.  Please e-mail SLCM.office@wartburg.edu if you are interested in signing up for this rewarding service to our college community.
Update from the HLC Monitoring Report Steering Committee
The college is moving forward to submit its first interim report in February. We are identifying and collecting data to demonstrate progress toward the requirements of the report (e.g., listening tours to clarify the process and expectations, data on the increased quantity and overall quality of assessment reports and improvement plans, and the move of six programs to a three-year reporting cycle), including plans to continue to move forward beyond this year in creating a sustainable culture of improving student learning using outcomes assessment. These plans include the multiyear, multistaged general education retooling plan and an overall plan of tasks still to be completed, such as improving communication between the Assessment Committee and programs as well as improving transparency in the assessment process. All of this has been made possible by the hard work of the Assessment Committee, the General Education Committee, department/program heads, and numerous faculty and staff working on assessment. A big thank you to all of you!
PREVIOUS ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
Retirement reception for Kit Kleinhans 
The Department of Religion & Philosophy will host a retirement reception for the Rev. Dr. Kit Kleinhans on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 12:30-2:30 p.m., in the Hagemann Castle Room. Kit, who came to Wartburg in 1993, is retiring from Wartburg College and will become the dean of the newly established Trinity Lutheran Seminary at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, in January. All are invited to attend the reception. Click here to read more about Kit’s new endeavor.
Postal rate increase coming
Effective Jan. 21, the cost to send a standard letter or postcard will increase by one cent, raising stamps to 50 cents and postcards to 35 cents. Package shipping prices will also increase, though prices still depend on packaging, weight, and destination. Faculty and staff are encouraged to consult with the Mail Center if interested in purchasing stamps prior to the price increase to ensure availability and confirm need.
Incomplete grade policy reminder 
Please remind students that an incomplete grade is not valid unless it is supported by a Student Request for Incomplete Grade Form. The completion of the form should be initiated by the student to confirm that the student and instructor have been in communication regarding the incomplete grade policy. The form is available on My Wartburg or in the Registrar’s Office. Any incomplete grade submitted by the instructor without support of the form will be changed to an “F.” Please refer students to the incomplete grade definition in the 2017-18 academic catalog, which can be accessed online. Incomplete grades should only be issued for students who are passing the course when final grades are due. With permission from the Registrar, instructors can complete the form for a student whose circumstances prevent them from submitting the form. Please note that the form is not required for internships, field experiences, or study abroad courses.
Wartburg West housing
The college’s lease of the building owned by St. John’s Cathedral in Denver, Colorado, used to house students for the Wartburg West program, will end Dec. 31, 2018, as St. John’s has found other uses for the property. We have enjoyed the relationship with St. John's and hope we can continue to grow this relationship outside of housing our students. We are currently seeking a replacement building.
Upcoming Events

Festival of Trees 🎄
Through Dec. 14

Kleinhans reception
Dec. 13

Epley open house
Dec. 13

Anderson open house
Dec. 19

Faculty workshop
Jan. 3

Winter Term begins
Jan. 4

MLK Day of Service 👐
Jan. 15
 
Click here to view the full Wartburg events calendar.
 

ABOUT THIS NEWSLETTER
The Juice is a weekly e-newsletter sent Mondays to communicate campus news and events. Most announcements will run twice, then continue to be available in the Information Center.


TO SUBMIT AN ITEM
The deadline for submissions each week is 4 p.m. Thursday. Send items to juice@wartburg.edu. Please keep your submitted item short—no longer than one paragraph—and let us know if your item is for students, faculty/staff, or both editions of The Juice. Direct questions or comments to Stephanie Boeding, Marketing & Communication, at ext. 8760.

 
SPIRITUAL LIFE & CAMPUS MINISTRY
 
Upcoming Chapel services

Weekday services are from 10:15 to 10:35 a.m. each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in Wartburg Chapel. They are a brief opportunity to gather with students, staff, and faculty to reflect on God and faith. Interfaith chapels will be held the last Wednesday of each month during the semester. It’s a great time to put regular worship on your schedule. This week’s Chapel service schedule looks like this:

  • Monday, Dec. 11 – Dr. Chip Bouzard, professor of religion
  • Friday, Jan. 5 – Maya Wetherall ’18
  • Sunday, Jan. 7 – Pastor Brian Beckstrom
     
PERSONNEL
 
WELCOME (new arrivals):
Dennis Goodyear,
Technical Services Supervisor, 11/1
 
FAREWELL (departures and retirements):
Sue Miller, Cleaning Staff, 11/30 (retired)
Johnathan Boss, Assistant Wrestling Coach, 11/30
 
CONGRATULATIONS
 
Congratulations to Brian Zaun, assistant director of regional admissions, and his wife, Angie, on the birth of their son, Wolfgang Sebastian Zaun, last week.
 
PROFESSIONAL NOTES
 
 

Pastor Brian Beckstrom is quoted in the latest issue of Living Lutheran magazine in a story about millennials and the church. Wartburg students Rebecca Bennett ’18 and Tim Baird ’18 are also featured in the article. An accompanying piece by Beckstrom, titled “5 things to consider when engaging young adults,” appeared in the online version of the magazine. 

  • Beckstrom also presented at the Association of Lutheran Development Executives regional gathering on Nov. 30 at Camp Ewalu's Stone Center near Strawberry Point. The topic was “Reforming Lutheran Higher Education” and featured research from his forthcoming dissertation and the Wartburg Spiritual Life and Campus Ministry Program Review. Jay Boeding and Laurie Everhardt from Wartburg’s Advancement office were also in attendance.
 
WARTBURG IN THE NEWS
 
Quarterback Matt Sacia ’19 is one of four finalists for the 2017 Gagliardi Trophy, given to the most outstanding player in DIII, as reported by KWWL

Dylan Binion's ’19 efforts on the football field were featured in the Quad City Times.

Several Wartburg students will be featured in the Cedar Valley Biennial Exhibition, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier.

The football team playoff run ended with a 41-27 loss to the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in the Elite Eight, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier and on KCRR.

Rob Rottler ’17 recorded a league-best 117 tackles in 2017, just one season after tearing his ACL, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier.

Anna Javellana ’10 was named the Accredited Residential Manager of the Year by the Institute of Real Estate Management, as reported by MultifamilyBiz.com
 
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