State of the College Address — Faculty and staff are invited to hear remarks from President Colson on the state of the college, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., in McCaskey Lyceum. Colson will speak about progress made on the strategic emphases for 2014-15, the current budget process, and other topics pertinent to the college’s current status.
Wartburg Open renamed — The Wartburg Open has been renamed in honor of Chelsey Henkenius '14, a track and field team member who died Dec. 27 in a car accident in Lake City. Additional information is available here.
Literary symposium planned — A series of events focused on Striking Languages: Language in Research, Expression, and the Professional World is planned for the first week of February. Events include
- The Michealson, Briner and Kildahl Literary Symposium, Tuesday, Feb. 3, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., in McCaskey Lyceum with guest speakers
- Dr. Patrick Malloy, Hawkeye Community College, Calamities of Uncertain Guests and Second-hand Clothes: Images of the Early AIDS Epidemic from Swahili Newspaper Poetry
- Dr. Elise Dubord, University of Northern Iowa, Language, Immigration, and Labor
- Dr. Thomas Farmer, University of Iowa, We Never Stop Learning Language: Adaptation to Novel of Atypical Linguistic Events.
- Flow: A Multilingual and Musical Exploration of Sound and Meaning (musical and spoken word performance), Tuesday, Feb. 3, 7:30 p.m., in Wartburg Chapel.
- Language Matters: Language, Professional Advantage, and Empowerment for Global Engagement (round table discussion), Thursday, Feb. 5, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., in Luther Hall Room 330.
Postage changes — Beginning today, Jan. 26, the United States Postal Service will require a tracking number to ship all Priority Mail Express, Priority Mail, First Class, Standard Post, Media Mail, and Library Mail. Regular rates will still apply for all Priority Mail packages. Other pieces (non-Priority Mail under 13 ounces) will be charged an additional rate of $1.05. Additional changes are expected. Please call Darla Hamann at 352-8263 for additional information. The procedures are very complicated and more will be learned as implementation begins.
Phil and Lit — The Wartburg Philosophical and Literary Society will meet Friday, Jan. 30, 4 p.m., in McCoy West. The Rev. Brian Beckstrom, college pastor, will present A College of the Church for the 21st Century.
Segregation Simulation Week — Understand the struggle of segregation with activities Feb. 1-7 as part of Black History Month. During the week, students will be separated by their eye color. Signs will direct them to bathrooms, water fountains, and more that can or can not be used based on one’s eye color. Students can sign up and learn more about the week’s activities today, Jan. 26, in Saemann Student Center during dining hours. Contact Grace Marten at email@example.com, Ellyn Felton at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Krystal Madlock, director of student diversity programs, at email@example.com.
Dance Marathon Night at the Waterloo Black Hawks — Join Wartburg College Dance Marathon Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Waterloo Black Hawks Game. Ticket orders and payment are due to the Business Office Thursday, Feb. 5. Tickets are $10, with $3 going to WCDM. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for an order form.
French film festival — Thanks to a grant from the French American Cultural Exchange, the French Club and the Film Society will host free showings of French films during the Tournées Film Festival Thursday, Jan. 29, and Feb. 3, 12, 17 and 25, 6 p.m., in Whitehouse Business Center 116. Context for the films will be provided by students of Wartburg’s French film course. Enjoy Ernest & Celestine, a hand-drawn animated film about interspecies friendship Thursday, Jan. 29. View the complete festival lineup on the Wartburg French Club Facebook page.
Wartburg Medal nominations — Faculty and staff are encouraged to nominate individuals or couples who have provided significant, sustained service to Wartburg for the 2015 Wartburg Medal. The guidelines, nomination form, and a list of past recipients can be found online. Nominations are due to the President’s Office by Friday, March 6.
Retirement plan notice — Wartburg will be completing a Church Plan Status filing with the Internal Revenue Service. This in no way will change how the TIAA-CREF retirement plan works for employees. The college already has elected Church Plan Status and has been operating as such since 2012; the Board of Regents Retirement Plan Committee now feels it prudent to obtain an IRS letter ruling to avoid unnecessary audit fees and paperwork. Click here to read a notice about the Church Plan Status that will be mailed to participants of the retirement plan.
Paycheck process change — Paystubs from this month are now available online. They no longer will be sent through the mail. (This change affects those utilizing direct deposit, not those receiving paper paychecks.) Please use the Online Paystub Instructions form on this webpage to familiarize yourself with the process for accessing your paystub.
Flu season — The flu and cold season has descended on Waverly, and the Noah Campus Health Clinic team is ready to care for any benefit-eligible staff or faculty member and their immediate family. Call 352-8436 to schedule an appointment.