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The Juice (Faculty/Staff) - Aug. 27

 
Aug. 27, 2018
Welcome to The Juice, new faculty and staff! 
As we start a new term, we welcome all the new faculty and staff at Wartburg. You'll receive The Juice, the college's official internal email newsletter, each Monday morning during the academic year, plus occasional editions when news warrants. To submit an item for The Juice, see the information at the bottom of this email. Veteran faculty and staff, if you have new employees in your department, please check with them to make sure they have received today's Juice, and contact Stephanie Boeding if anyone needs to be added to the recipient list. 
'God's Work, Our Hands' event Sept. 9
Students, faculty and staff are invited to serve, worship and enjoy fellowship during "God’s Work, Our Hands" Sunday on Sept. 9 as Wartburg teams up with Waverly's Redeemer Lutheran Church and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church & School. Service projects will be completed in the Waverly community from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., worship will be at 11 a.m. in the Wartburg Chapel, and a
sack lunch will be served at noon on campus. To see details and to register for this free event, please go to www.wartburg.edu/GWOH. Students can sign up to have their Sept. 9 lunch transferred to be part of the event. All are welcome!
NEW ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
Service to install Pastor Beckstrom
All are invited to join the campus community in honoring the Rev. Dr. Brian Beckstrom during Chapel time on Wednesday, Sept. 5. The college will install Pastor Brian as the new Dean of Spiritual Life and the Herbert and Cora Moehlmann Chaplaincy Chair during a service beginning at 10:15 a.m. in Wartburg Chapel. As Dean of Spiritual Life, Pastor Brian will lead the College’s ministry and promote faith exploration and development in and out of the classroom. He will also continue to teach courses in Wartburg’s Leadership program and Religion Department. Following the service, all are invited for light refreshments in the Chapel Commons. 
Phil and Lit Society meets Friday
Join the Wartburg Philosophical and Literary Society Friday, Aug. 31, in Sandra Rada Orchestra Hall (note location change) as Jacob Tews presents Beyond the Madrigals: Contemporary Repertoire for Violin and Viola. This presentation introduces a diverse array of 20th- and 21st-century composers who have explored the medium of violin/viola duos. An overview of the available repertoire and its history will preclude specific selections for highlighting, including works by three pupils of the 20th century's most influential compositional pedagogue, Nadia Boulanger. Also to be discussed are two recent works written by Jacob Tews, awardee of the 2018 Pruisner Early Career Scholarly and Creative Activity Award.
New art exhibit opens Aug. 29
"Mandalas," an exhibition of paintings by artist Bart Vargas, opens Wednesday, Aug. 29, in the Waldemar A. Schmidt Art Gallery on the first floor of Bachman Fine Arts Center. An artist reception is Friday, Aug. 31, 6-8 p.m., with a Gallery Talk at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public. Inspired by his travels to China, Vargas explores the relationship between the circle and the square through color theory and pattern. A mandala is a traditional spiritual symbol representing the universe. The exhibition runs through Oct. 21. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, or by appointment.
TIAA workshop and counseling sessions

TIAA is offering two opportunities in September:

  • Live workshop: "The Starting Line"
    Tuesday, Sept. 18, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    Saemann Student Center Ballrooms
    Click here to register.
  • Individual counseling session with Ricardo Diaz 
    Tuesday, Sept. 18, 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
    Wednesday, Sept. 19, 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
    Vogel Library 353 (both days)
    Click here to register for either day.

For questions, please contact Amy Wilson, benefits administrator, at ext. 8278.

PREVIOUS ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
BIG Dream Gathering for new students
First-year students will hear Mitch Matthews with the BIG Dream Gathering speak on Monday, Aug. 27, at 10:15 a.m. in Levick Arena. Mitch will share the story of the BIG Dream Gathering as well as four key strategies for getting clear on your goals and building a plan to achieve them. This event will provide a fun, safe and encouraging environment for first-year students to think about their big dreams and ideas and write them down. After students write their dreams, they will post them by certain categories on the walls for others to see and write comments. Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend the event and write words of encouragement or ways they can help students reach their dreams. We are excited to see the impact this event will have on our first-year students with their time at Wartburg. Direct questions to Veronica Reece
Opening Convocation details
Opening Convocation is at 10:15 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28, in Levick Arena, to welcome the Class of 2022. This year’s speaker is Russell Harris ’10, chief dream director of The Future Project, a nonprofit aimed at unlocking the potential and purpose of students across the country. The program format and Levick Arena setup have been changed to better accommodate student engagement. Students will be seated in chairs on the floor of the arena; faculty will be seated behind the students. Staff, returning students, and guests will be seated in the east bleachers. Offices that are able to close during that time are encouraged to do so, allowing as many staff as possible to welcome new students. All are invited to lunch in Mensa and Saemann Student Center ballrooms following convocation.
Presidential Forums
Please mark the following events on your calendar for the Presidential Forums (all at 11:30 a.m. in Whitehouse Business Center 214 unless noted):
  • Sept. 27 (new date; location is SC102)
  • Oct. 30
  • Dec. 4
  • Feb. 26
  • April 2
Join STAS group on Mondays
Are you interested in regular, informal discussions with other faculty about teaching and advising? Sharing Teaching and Advising Strategies is an informal group of Wartburg faculty and staff interested in solution-driven discussion of questions and strategies for teaching and advising among a productive, positive, and supportive group of peers. STAS will meet 4-5 p.m. every other Monday, beginning Sept. 10, in the Faculty Development Room on the first floor of Vogel Library. All are welcome; come as your schedule allows. If you have questions or want to be added to the my.wartburg resource page for STAS, contact Michaeleen Golay.
Be part of Hearthside reading program
This year will mark the eighth year that students and faculty/staff have enjoyed the Hearthside experience. An initiative through the Slife Professorship in the Humanities, the program provides faculty/staff the opportunity to read a book of their choice with up to three students in an informal environment. Faculty and staff from all disciplines are invited to participate in this program. Hearthside is co-sponsored by the Humanities Think Tank at Wartburg College and the Slife Professorship in the Humanities. The reading model (how many times you meet and when) and the book choice are yours. Contact Zak Montgomery if you have any questions or would like to participate this academic year.
Registering for Homecoming activities in person
Faculty and staff who wish to register for any Homecoming & Family Weekend activities in person may register and pick up their tickets from Hope Elbert in the Alumni office beginning today, Aug. 20. Those who pick up their tickets from the Alumni office will not receive paper name tags this year, as we ask you to wear your Wartburg name tag for Homecoming activities. Sticker name tags will be available in the Alumni office for family members being registered with a faculty/staff member.
Textbook deadlines 

Please note these deadlines from The Wartburg Store:

  • Last day to return textbooks for a refund (without a drop slip): Friday, Aug. 31
  • Last day to return textbooks for a refund (with a drop slip from the Registrar’s Office): Friday, Sept. 7
  • Last day to rent textbooks: Friday, Sept. 7
  • Last day to purchase textbooks: Wednesday, Sept. 12

The last day to purchase textbooks (Sept. 12) is especially key as all textbooks will be returned. Students are encouraged to purchase course materials for the first and second Seven Weeks prior to Sept. 12. Tuition account charging will be open through Sept. 28 to charge supplies.

Sustainability Office has free supplies
As you plan for next year or write up your syllabi, don’t forget about the Sustainability Office’s Reused store. There are hundreds of binders, a lot of folders, and a smattering of other school supplies. Encourage your students to save their money and pick these up for free. We also have many desk organizers and other office supplies, so please check before ordering new. Due to an overabundance of binders and folders, employees are welcome to stop in to check these items off their children’s school supply list. During the summer, the Sustainability Office is open most Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Fall days will most likely be Tuesday through Thursday. When in doubt, just stroll on over and get some steps in! Contact Anne Duncan with questions.
SPIRITUAL LIFE
& CAMPUS MINISTRY
 
This week's Chapel service schedule

Weekday Chapel services are from 10:15 to 10:35 a.m. each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in Wartburg Chapel; Sunday services begin at 10:30 a.m. Chapel time is 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. Upcoming speakers:

  • Wednesday, Aug. 29 – Pastor Brian Beckstrom (10:15 a.m.)
  • Friday, Aug. 31 – Kathryn Linthicum ’19 (10:15 a.m.)
  • Sunday, Sept. 2 - Pastor Brian Beckstrom (10:30 a.m.)
Become a Chapel Ambassador
Chapel Ambassadors will have an upcoming meeting. This is a group on campus that assists Spiritual Live & Campus Ministry in spreading the good news of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, sharing their own spirituality with others, and promoting the programs in SLCM. If you are interested in becoming a Chapel Ambassador, please contact Pam Moss
ATHLETIC TRAVEL
 
Volleyball
Friday, Aug. 31: depart at 10 a.m. to NWU-St. Paul, Minn.

Men’s Soccer
Friday, Aug. 31: depart at 4:30 p.m. to Hamline.

Women’s Soccer
Friday, Aug. 31: depart at 2:30 p.m. to Macalester and UW-River Falls.
Upcoming Events

Fall Orientation for new students
Aug. 25-28

BIG Dream Gathering
for first-year students

Aug. 27

Opening Convocation
Aug. 28

Fall Term begins
Aug. 29

"Mandalas" artist's reception
Aug. 31

Pastor Beckstrom installation
Sept. 5

God's Work, Our Hands event
Sept. 9

Presidential Forums
Sept. 27, Oct. 30, Dec. 4

Homecoming & Family Weekend
Oct. 18-21
 
Click here to view the full Wartburg events calendar.
 
PROFESSIONAL NOTES
 
Dr. Kunihiko Terasawa, associate professor of world religions, hosted the sixth annual Tokyo Outfly on Aug. 4 in Tokyo, Japan. Thirteen alumni and current students attended and shared updates. Keynote speaker Toyoaki Kishihara '85 shared his experiences at Wartburg. Click here to read more. Terasawa also has published “The Case of Hirose Akira: The Ethical Predicament of a Japanese Buddhist Youth during World War II,” by a peer-reviewed journal, Religions, MDPI, Basel, Switzerland (June 2018). 

KatieJo Kuhens, sports information director, presented on the panel for “Structuring your Week and Working More Efficiently” at the Midwest Division III SID Convention on Aug. 2 in Milwaukee.

The following faculty and staff members attended the 2018 Vocation of a Lutheran College Conference, Civil Discourse in a Fragmented and Multi-religious Society, at Augsburg University in Minneapolis, July 16-18: the Rev. Dr. Brian Beckstrom, dean of spiritual life; Emily Christensen, news director and assistant director of marketing and communication; Veronica Reece, Pathways associate for vocation and mentoring; Dr. LeAnn Faidley, associate professor of engineering science; Dr. Greg Lorenz, Wartburg West academic and program director; and President Dr. Darrel Colson.

Dr. Samantha Larimer Bousquet, associate professor of biology, and Daniel Bonthius Jr. ’15, along with University of Iowa co-authors, published an article entitled “Regional patterns of alcohol-induced neuronal loss depend on genetics: Implications for fetal alcohol spectrum disorder” in the peer-reviewed journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research. This work was part of a collaboration with the University of Iowa while Daniel was a student at Wartburg. 
 
WARTBURG IN THE NEWS
 
Mark Adkins ’90 will chair the College Sports Information Directors of America U Committee, an initiative to reach out to future generations of college sports information professionals, as reported by the Times Union

The football team, led by quaterback Matt Sacia ’19, is looking for another winning season, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

The volleyball team was picked to win the American Rivers Conference in a preseason poll of coaches, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

Rachelle Karstens ’92 was named the 11th president of Briar Cliff University, as reported by the Sioux City Journal.
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 on the Info 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. The Juice reserves the right to edit items for length and readability and may suggest an alternate method to share your information.
 
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