Statement of Purpose
The CCE supports & encourages students, staff and faculty in the development, coordination & evaluation of external relationships that are effective for student learning & vocational development, advance public scholarship & benefit community partners.
Daniel Kittle, Ph.D., director of the Center for Community Engagement (CCE), holds a B.S. in public relations and political science from Heidelberg College, M.A. in political science, and a Ph.D. in higher, adult, learning and education from Michigan State University. In 2009, Dr. Kittle completed the Foundations of Christian Leadership program through Duke University. After coming to Wartburg in 2005 as Community Partnerships Coordinator in the Center for Community Engagement, Dr. Kittle was promoted to Director in the summer of 2008. In 2012, Dr. Kittle was appointed as the Assistant to the President for Strategic Initiatives. Reporting to the president, Dr. Kittle organizes and leads college-wide implementation of the Wartburg College Strategic Plan 2010-20. Dr. Kittle teaches a first-year seminar in education and social change, a second-year diversity course that explores poverty, and an upper-division course in leadership theories and practices. Dr. Kittle is deeply engaged in the community. He was a founding member of the Bremer County Recovery Coalition and currently serves as its president, in 2008 Dr. Kittle was elected to a four-year term as a member of the Bremer County Extension Council, and he serves as a Board Member on the Blue Mountain Project, an international non-governmental organization dedicated to partnering with the people of the Hagley Gap District of Jamaica to improve health, education and the economy. Prior to coming to Wartburg, Dr. Kittle served as Community Relations Associate at MSU, President of the Community Relations Coalition, and political science instructor. He has also served in communications and marketing at the MSU Food Bank. Dr. Kittle is from Warren, Ohio and is married to Ashley Kueker Kittle.
Jo Dorrance, internship coordinator, holds a B.A. in mass communication and English from Iowa State University. Jo serves as a resource to students in securing internships and field experiences, serves as the campus liaison for Wartburg West in Denver, CO, The Washington Center in the nation’s capitol and the pre-professional medical program with the Waverly Health Center. She is a member of the Iowa Association of Internships and Cooperative Education (IAICE) and Rotary International. Jo has one son, Sam, who attends Butler University in Indianapolis.
|Mandie Sanderman, school partnerships coordinator and director of the Office of Student Field Experiences, graduated summa cum laude from Wartburg College with a B.A. in education. She earned her Master's Degree in education from Viterbo University in 2007. Prior to coming to Wartburg, she worked for 14 years as a secondary level science educator for the Waverly-Shell Rock School District. Mandie's role as School Partnerships Coordinator allows her to place all student and field experience students into local school districts, supports the Community Builders program as well as supports any collaboration being Wartburg students and public and private school systems in our area. Her family includes her husband Dan and two children, Caleb and Caitlin.
|Gail Sexton, coordinator of church relations and faith community outreach, holds a B.A. in education from the University of Northern Iowa. Prior to coming to Wartburg, she was an elementary educator for 26 years at Denver Community Schools. She serves as bell choir director at Grace Lutheran Church in Tripoli. Gail supports the work of the Center for Community Engagement by connecting college resources to faith community partners and identifying new opportunities that provide student learning, meet community needs, and enrich the Wartburg mission. Her family includes her husband Matt and two sons, John and Timothy.
|Kristin Teig Torres, MA, Assistant Director and Service-Learning Coordinator holds a B.A in Communications/Theatre Arts and an M.A. in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Development form the University of Northern Iowa. Prior to coming to Wartburg, she worked at Allen College facilitating Alumni and Student Life events and activities. At Allen College, she also taught a course on Service-Learning and directed activities for the Anne Christensen Doyle Center for Engagement, Learning and Leadership. Kristin serves as advisor for the VAC and Service Trips campus organizations and works closely with faculty and community partners to advance Service-Learning initiatives at Wartburg College. She serves as a Board Member for the Ross A. Nielsen/Alumni & Friends of Malcom Price Laboratory School and The Cedar Falls Community Theatre. She also serves on the local Beyond Pink TEAM’s Advocacy Committee, advancing the mission and goals of the National Breast Cancer Coalition. Her family includes her husband Travis and two children, Jack and Ava.