March 18, 2005
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Benefits meetings set March 22, 23, 28, 29 in Science Center 102
Group meetings for all benefits-eligible employees will begin next week to review benefits for the cafeteria plan, effective June 1, 2005. Spouses are welcome to attend. Employees will receive a personal benefits menu, and the goal is to complete these forms at the meeting. Forms must be returned to Human Resources prior to April 15. Wellmark will continue as Wartburg's health insurance provider, and the Alliance Select and Blue Advantage plans will not change. Delta Dental will continue as the dental insurance provider with plans and rates remaining unchanged. Flex plans will continue, and a representative from R. D. Drenkow and Company will attend the group meetings to answer questions. Additional benefits information will be shared at the one-hour meetings, all held in Science Center 102:
10 a.m. Tuesday, March 22
4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 23
2 p.m. Monday, March 28
9 a.m. Tuesday, March 29

Lynch featured at Philosophical, Literary Society
Dr. Sonja Lynch, assistant professor of English, will discuss “A Case for Impressionism: Willa Cather's ‘Paul's Case’” at today's meeting of the Wartburg Literary and Philosophical Society. The meeting begins at 4 p.m. in the back room of Joe’s Knighthawk.

Offices closed March 25
Wartburg offices will be closed all day Friday, March 25, in observance of Good Friday.

Easter Weekend hours, March 24-28
Student Center and Information Center

Thursday: Open until 6:30 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Sunday: Closed
Monday: Resume normal hours
Mail Center Window
Thursday: 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Friday through Sunday: Closed
Monday: 10 a.m. - 4:30 (with break for lunch)
Copy Center
Thursday and Monday: 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Friday through Sunday: Closed

Wartburg in the News
Dr. Edith Waldstein, vice president for enrollment management, was quoted in the Spring 2005 issue of CollegeBound Teen magazine in "Legacies: The New Admissions Debate."

Dr. Kit Kleinhans, associate professor of religion, is interviewed in the March 2005 issue of .Religious Studies News, national periodical of the American Academy of Religion, as part of an ongoing series, "Department Meeting," which profiles religion programs at U.S. colleges and universities. (go to p. 14).

Dr. Jeff Stein, assistant professor of communication arts was a guest Monday morning, March 14, on "Stu Taylor on Business," a radio program on WBIX-AM 1060, a 40,000-watt station based in Boston. The discussion centered on the state of television news.

The Student Alumni Council service trip in the Tampa, Fla., area drew the interest of CBS affiliate WTSP. Camera crews followed the group for an afternoon at a Pinellas Park homeless shelter.

Panel discussion Tuesday
A panel will discuss “Issues of Gay Marriage, Family, and Adoption” at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 22, in Neumann Auditorium. Topics include legal issues related to gay, bisexual, lesbian and transsexual individuals. Panel members are Dr. Susan Vallem, chair of the social work department; Dr. Brian Jones, assistant professor of religion; Dr. Kathy Kremer, assistant professor of community sociology; and Wartburg alumna Karen Thalacker, a Waverly attorney.

Student housing process begins for 2005-06
The Residential Life Office shares the following information about the student housing process now underway:
• All full-time students must live on campus for the full academic year.
• Proposals for group projects in The Residence and Löhe Hall are due today and require a faculty or staff adviser.
• Housing sign-up for other residence halls will be held the evenings of April 4-6 in Neumann Auditorium, with priority based on student lottery numbers. To obtain a number, students pay a $100 deposit in the Controllers Office and then get a lottery number and housing request card from the Residential Life Office.

Pavement Pounders to host race
The Wartburg College Pavement Pounders will host a 5K race Saturday, April 9, to benefit Iowa Heartland Habitat for Humanity. The event will begin at 9 a.m. at Redeemer Lutheran Church. Registration will take place from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. that day. Participants may pre-register for $18 through April 8 by calling Matt Pries, 8680, or Erin Grandgenett, 7178. Race day registration is $20.

Professional Notes

Dr. Kevin Fiene, assistant professor of education, Dr. Peggy Pruisner, professor of education, and Dr. Susan Sherwood, professor of education, presented at The Collaboration Conference, "Assessment: Informing Teaching, Learning and Institutional Change," in Bloomington, Minn., Feb. 18-19. Their session was entitled, "BASIC: The Process of Outcomes-Based Performance Assessment."
Dr. Kit Kleinhans, associate professor of religion, is interviewed in the March 2005 issue of .Religious Studies News, national periodical of the American Academy of Religion, as part of an ongoing series, "Department Meeting," which profiles religion programs at U.S. colleges and universities. (go to p. 14).

From the Dean - Faculty Development Awards approved
Gloria Campbell, associate professor of business administration, received $600 to present at the Association for Business Communication Conference, Greensboro, N.C., April 21-23.
Dr. Lil Junas, associate professor of communication arts, received $246 to attend the Czech and Slovak History and Culture Conference, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, March 11-12.
Dr. Sonja Lynch, assistant professor of English, received $600 to present at the Colorado Community College Conference on Composition, Greeley, Colo., April 8-9.
Susan Meyeraan, assistant professor of business administration, received $600 to present at the Association for Business Communication Conference, Greensboro, N.C., April 21-23

Tenure, Promotions, Emeritus Status approved by Board of Regents
Congratulations to Dr. Charles Figura, physics, and Dr. Kevin Fiene, education, who have been tenured. Dr. Figura will be promoted from assistant to associate professor. Dr. Karen Black, music, Dr. Daniel Black, physical science, Dr.Kathryn Kleinhans, religion, and Dr. Paul Hedeen, English, will be promoted from associate to full professor. Dr. Donald King, professor of biology, will receive faculty emeritus status upon his retirement at the end of the 2004-05 academic year.

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College to award three honorary degrees in May
Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees will be awarded at May 2005 Commencement to William Diehl, founding president of the ecumenical Coalition for Ministry in Daily Life, Dr.Erwin Janssen '58, retired vice president of psychiatry at Children's Medical Center, Tulsa, Okla., and the Rev. Dr. Mark Hanson, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, who will also preach at Baccalaureate.

Eight sabbaticals approved for 2005-06
Dr. Mariah Birgen, associate professor of mathematics, will work with the National Science Foundation program, Science Education for Civic Engagement and Responsibility (SENCER) to create a one-semester, non-major mathematics course focusing on The Mathematics of Democracy. She will also devote sabbatical time to the continued development of the Wartburg Scholars Program.
Professor Gloria Campbell, associate professor of business administration, will complete a project centering on a Web-based survey of Wartburg alumni. The survey data will be used to enhance operations in the business administration and economics department and to develop technological expertise for bringing virtual speakers into the classroom.
Dr. Judith Griffith, associate professor of English, will spend time teaching in a large high school to enhance her understanding of educating diverse groups of adolescents. She will also complete research around the topic of cognitive research and its link to educational best practice.
Dr. Terrence Lindell, professor of history, will do work on a number of research projects, including the WW II Home Front in Waverly, the migration of Iowans to the Dakota Territory in the 1860s, and the history of the 14th Iowa Infantry's Civil War era service in the Dakota Territory.
Dr. Keith McClung, associate professor of biology, will conduct research on the mechanism of prohibitin's growth-inhibitory effects on breast cancer and update his learning in molecular biology, biotechnology, cell biology, and immunology.
Dr. Ted Reuter, professor of piano, will prepare three Beethoven Sonatas for a compact disc recording and a lecture recital on Beethoven. He will also begin preparation for a lecture recital on the music of Chopin and Liszt.
Dr. Richard Schneider, professor of English, will work on a book, tentatively titled, Civilizing Thoreau: Henry David Thoreau and the Birth of the Social Sciences.
Dr. William Withers, associate professor of communication arts, will complete a customer service quality research project for Hy-Vee, develop emerging leader programs at Mudd, Inc. and Nazareth Lutheran Church, and study Lutheran theology and church history at Wartburg Seminary in Dubuque.