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The Juice (Faculty & Staff) - Dec. 17

 
Dec. 17, 2018
Wartburg adopts AMS
The college has adopted an assessment management system (AMS) from Chalk & Wire. The system provides students with ePortofolios to collect artifacts that demonstrate their learning and gives educators a tool for assessment. The system is designed to reduce assessment workloads by making the process of improving student learning through outcomes assessment more efficient and effective. Selected faculty and staff will be trained to use the system in February. They will serve as trainers for future users. The first cohort of programs will begin using the system in 2019-20. A list of trainers, the first cohort of programs, and a tentative implementation calendar can be found on the InfoCenter under the AMS header. If you have questions, please contact Dan Walther
 
NEW ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
Don't Cancel Class workshops
Faculty, do you have plans of attending a conference next semester? Are there times you have to cancel class because of an unexpected illness? In situation like these, we encourage you to utilize the “Don’t Cancel Class” program. Student Life, in collaboration with several departments on campus, can provide a variety of workshops for the class period you need to miss. These workshops are designed to provide students with valuable information and skills. You select the workshop you feel is a good fit for your class. Click here to see workshop opportunities and to sign up. Questions can be directed to Wendy Mohlis in Student Life.
Juice publishing schedule over break
The Juice will take a break until Jan. 7. Send in your items for the next issue by 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3.
Advancement Office hours at end of year
The Advancement Office on the first floor of Luther Hall will be open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 28 and 31. Help spread the word that the southeast doors of Luther Hall (by the circle drive) will be accessible for visitors who wish to drop off year-end gifts or who need other assistance. Gifts can also be made online through our website at www.wartburg.edu/devoffice. As 2018 draws to a close, we would like to express sincere gratitude to alumni, faculty, staff, parents, and friends for your continued generosity and partnership in the support of Wartburg College and our students. Merry Christmas!
‘Duck, Duck, Goose’ art gallery exhibition
In “Duck, Duck, Goose,” artists and collaborators Kassandra Palmer and Claire Whitehurst explore the dynamic influence of artists working independently within the same space through the use of drawings, paintings, and sculpture. An Artist Reception will be Friday, Jan. 11, 6-8 p.m. in the gallery, with a Gallery Talk at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served. The Waldemar A. Schmidt Art Gallery is on the first floor of Bachman Fine Arts Center and is open 9 a.m.-7 p.m. daily or by appointment. The gallery is free and open to the public. For additional information, click here, contact the gallery director, or find us on Facebook.
Mail Center hours during holidays

Below are the Mail Center hours during the holiday season:

  • Dec. 17-21: Open abbreviated hours 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For holiday shipping deadlines, contact the Mail Center. Campus delivery runs will take place late morning.
  • Dec. 22-Jan. 1: Closed these days. Mail and packages addressed to Wartburg College during closure will be processed and held until we reopen at 9 a.m. Jan. 2. Mail will not be forwarded to student home addresses over Christmas Break.
  • Jan. 2-4: Open abbreviated hours 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Timing of campus delivery runs will be dictated by volume.

Please contact mailroom@wartburg.edu with questions.
 

MLK Week sneak peek

The schedule of events to honor Martin Luther King Jr. has been set. Here is a sneak peak of events that will happen on campus the week of Jan. 21:

  • Monday, Jan. 21: MLK Celebration from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Hub. Activity for the day: Wear purple!
  • Tuesday, Jan. 22: Peace Dialogue from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Buckmaster Room, WBC 214
    Sip & Paint from 7 to 10 p.m. in the W Classrooms
    Activity for the day: Make peace with someone.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 23: MLK Chapel from 10:15 to 10:35 a.m. in the Chapel.
    Activity for the day: Attend chapel.
  • Thursday, Jan. 24: The Outlet from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Lyceum
    Activity for the day: Get “OUT” of your comfort zone.
  • Friday, Jan. 25: “The Hate U Give” from 7 to 10 p.m. in the Lyceum
    Activity for the day: Random act of kindness.
Submit items for Parent Insights newsletter
The Alumni & Parent Relations office is coordinating the next edition of the college's Parent Insights e-newsletter, which goes out to parents of current students in mid-January. If you would like to have an item included, please send your item to Stephanie Boeding by Jan. 5.
PREVIOUS ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
Reporting issues to ITS
In order to better track and monitor ITS-related problems, please send all requests for assistance, problems, or other issues to techline@wartburg.edu and not to a specific ITS individual nor to helpdesk@wartburg.edu. Requests sent to techline@wartburg.edu are automatically entered in our new ticketing system. Once your request is in the ticketing system, we will be better able to monitor progress and you will receive improved follow-up communication.
Dining hours for Christmas Break
Please click here to download a list of the hours for the campus dining areas over Christmas Break. Mensa will be closed through Jan. 5. The Den and Konditorei will be closed Dec. 22-Jan. 1 and Jan. 5. Additionally, the Konditorei will be closed Jan. 6.
Presidential Forum and State of the College address
The notes from the Dec. 4 Presidential Forum are posted under President’s Reports on the InfoCenter. The winter State of the College address will be Jan. 29, 2019, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. in McCaskey Lyceum.
Incomplete grade information
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 any “F.” Please refer students to the incomplete grade definition in the 2018-19 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.
St. Elizabeth’s Bread Basket, on-campus food pantry
Student Life announces the launch of St. Elizabeth’s Bread Basket, an on-campus food pantry for students who find themselves food-insecure over college breaks. Located in Student Life, St. Elizabeth’s Bread Basket provides non-perishable food items at no cost to students who remain on campus when dining options are closed. The pantry will be open during regular office hours Dec. 17-21, and other times by contacting Security. Thanks to Redeemer Lutheran Church, the Northeast Iowa Food Bank and Dr. Tammy Faux for the generous donation of non-perishable food items. Please see Jennifer Onuigbo in Student Life for more information.
Volunteers needed for Unified Sports Day
Volunteers are needed for Unified Sports Day on Saturday, Feb. 9, from 8:50 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. You will spend time with Special Olympic Athletes participating in activities such as basketball, volleyball, crafts, and more. This is a great way to give back to the community, and it’s a lot of fun! Sign-up will be in the Saemann Student Center during lunch and dinner hours Jan. 8 and Jan. 11, or through this link. Registration closes Jan. 15. Email nicole.adair@wartburg.edu with any questions.
CONDOLENCES
 
The Wartburg community mourns the death of two former college employees:

Carol Bahr ’62, who retired from Wartburg in 2012 after working for 50 years as assistant bookstore manager in three bookstore locations and under six Wartburg presidents, died Dec. 10 at age 78 at the Cedar Valley Hospice Home in Waterloo. Her body was cremated, and there will be no visitation or services. Please click here to see the obituary.

Doris Ebert-Simpson, age 88, died Dec. 13 in Charles City. She worked in food service and the controller’s office at Wartburg, retiring in 1996. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, at the Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Waverly. Burial will follow in Horton Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday, Dec. 18, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Please click here to read the obituary.
 
PERSONNEL
 
WELCOME (new arrivals):
Roland Ferrie, Video Production Manager, 10/1
Jay Ramones, Coordinator for Academic and Multicultural Student Services, 10/8
Mishelle O’Brien, PT Retail Coordinator-Bookstore, 11/5
Leana Place, Office Coordinator - Social Work & Education, 11/14
Shelly Crosser, Cleaning Staff, 11/26
 
FAREWELL (departures and retirements):
Dyanna Pooley, Assessment & Academic Program Administrator, 10/3
Christopher Silva, Football Assistant Coach, 10/10
Anne Duncan, Sustainability Coordinator, 11/5
Zach Wells, Data Management Analyst, 11/9
Hayley Mueller, Dining Services, Cook 11/14
Pam Moss, Spiritual Care and Office Associate, 11/23
Jeremiah Harris,  Chicago Diversity Recruitment Coordinator, 11/30
 
POSITION/TITLE CHANGES:
Jason Thueme, formerly Catering Manager, currently Senior Manager for Retail Dining & Special Events, 10/1
PROFESSIONAL NEWS
 
The Rev. Dr. Brian Beckstrom, dean of spiritual life, was the keynote speaker at the annual meeting of the ELCA College and University Chaplains in November. His presentation, “Lutheran Higher Education in a Secular Age,” was based on his doctor of ministry research.
SCHOLARSHIPS, INTERNSHIPS & STUDENT OPPORTUNITIES
 
Posekany Literacy Awards
The Education Department and Education Unit faculty and students accepted into the Teacher Education Program, as well as Reading Endorsement students not admitted to the TEP, are eligible for special funding to attend the Iowa Reading Association Conference in Ames, June 25-26, 2019. Wartburg registrants may request reimbursement of expenses for registration, travel, housing, and meals, from the Institutional Advancement Office, Luthe Hall room 123. Contact Scott Leisinger at 352-8495 for information. These literacy awards are available through the generosity of Leonard and Carol Posekany, parents of Education Department emerita faculty Dr. Susan Sherwood and Dr. Peggy Pruisner.
Ph.D. program applications
Graduating seniors applying for Ph.D. programs are encouraged to review https://mcelroytrust.org/fellowship-program/criteria/ and contact Gloria Campbell to get the application form. If nominated by the Wartburg College selection committee, students have a 2/9 chance for more than $10K renewable grad school scholarship. The deadline is Jan. 5, 2019.
Upcoming Events

Faculty Workshop
Jan. 4

Winter Term classes begin
Jan. 7

Artist Reception and Gallery Talk
Jan. 11

Davis Projects for Peace application deadline
Jan. 14

Scholarship Days
Jan. 20, Feb. 17

MLK Week
Jan. 21-25

State of the College address
Jan. 29

Recipes from Home deadline
Jan. 31

Alumni Citation nomination deadline
Feb. 1

Unified Sports Day
Feb. 9
 
Click here to view the full Wartburg events calendar.
 
 
WARTBURG IN THE NEWS
 
Dr. Robert Lee, professor emeritus of music, received the Wartburg Medal at the college’s mid-year Commencement on Sunday, Dec. 9.

Caleb Lines ’22 won the Dr. Pepper Tuition Giveaway during the Big 10 Football championship game, as reported by the Des Moines Register, Waterloo-Cedar Falls CourierKCRG, and WHO-TV.

Ron Nichols ’11 is one of the first pharmacy residents to be mentored by Bob Greenwood, owner of Greenwood Pharmacy. The program, which was reported in the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, is designed to help new pharmacists open their own independent pharmacy.  

Matt Sacia ’19 has repeated as the American Rivers Conference MVP, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

Itonde Kakoma ’03, programme director with the Crisis Management Initiative, moderated a discussion and panel of global leaders, including former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, about a more sustainable world for future generations. 

Elliott Stern ’17 is director of the Ankeny Community Chorus and a choral music instructor at Prairie Ridge Middle School, as reported by the Des Moines Register.
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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