The Marketing & Communication Division includes the Marketing & Communication Office and the Digital Print Center. The division assists all offices and departments on campus to manage and distribute information about Wartburg College across all types of media to all of its target audiences in a strategic, integrated manner. The office prepares and distributes information about Wartburg students and activities to the media. and also supervises production of college publications, including the Wartburg Magazine.

The Wartburg Marketing & Communication staff has won over 15 Council for Advancement and Support of Education District VI (Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota) Awards in the past four years.


As a private institution, Wartburg College requires all outside media to contact the Marketing and Communication Office for permission to cover Wartburg events. Please contact Emily Christensen, director of news.

News Media Coverage
Wartburg College welcomes media coverage of events, activities and other programs on campus open to the public. However, as a private institution, Wartburg College reserves the right to limit access to its property, facilities, classes and invitation-only events. Members of the media are required to contact the Marketing and Communication Office prior to photographing, recording or interviewing faculty, staff, students, and guests on campus. The Marketing and Communication Office will endeavor to assist in arranging interviews and visuals and finding the appropriate resources on campus to help with a story. News media should contact Emily Christensen to make such arrangements.

Media Relations for Students
If you play on a sports team, belong to a music organization, make the Dean’s List, hold an office in a college organization, graduate, or distinguish yourself in other ways, a news release about your accomplishment is sent to your hometown newspaper and the appropriate area media. If you prefer not to have news about your activities sent to your hometown paper, you must sign a form available in the Marketing and Communication Office.

Workflow for Campus Clients

The easiest way to work with Marketing & Communication is to work with your account executive. This person will help you in the planning stages and will then work with all the necessary creative strategists on the M&C team to make sure your ideas are executed in a timely manner. Account executives will keep things on track, and they will be your liaison in reviewing proofs, making changes, and generally ensuring you get what you need.

Each department/program on campus has been assigned an account executive to assist with managing and organizing marketing projects and strategies. These individuals should be the first point of contact regarding new or updated marketing or communication/news projects. Account executives should be notified approximately 4-6 weeks prior to the deadline of a new project. Please be in continual contact with your account executive as any news or events develop in your department. If you do not see your department/program, please contact Chris Knudson, director for marketing and communication, to have an account executive assigned.


Stephanie Boeding’s Clients:
Alumni & Parents Office
Athletics Marketing
Business Dept.
English/Modern Languages
Journalism & Comm.
Religion & Philosophy Scholars Program
Spiritual Life/Campus Ministry  
Social Sciences


Emily Christensen’s Clients:
Annual Institutional Events
Business Office/Human Resources
Center for Community Engagement
Health, PE
Math, Computer Science, Physics
President/BOR/Dean’s Office
Science Departments
Study Abroad
The W


Chris Knudson’s Clients:
Art Dept./Gallery
Financial Aid
General Institutional Marketing
Marketing & Comm. 
Music (Academic & Ensembles)
Music Recordings 
Social Work
Student Life
Wartburg Store

STEP 1: Develop your goals and budget for marketing. M&C does not charge for design, copywriting, or video production, but printing charges and/or advertising fees (from publications) will be billed to your department. Consider your audiences , placement of messages, and a call to action.

STEP 2: Meet with your account executive and discuss the marketing strategy details. They can help you identify the right communication vehicle to accomplish your goals.

STEP 3: Contact your account executive at least four weeks before you need your final product. Discuss timelines, delivery dates, quantities of printed materials.

STEP 4: Account executives will work with creative staff to: create a design and style to cross your electronic and print media, set up photo/video shoots, update or create a website, launch a social media campaign, and determine format and volume of printed projects based on budgets.

STEP 5: Participate in timely review of proofs.

STEP 6: Receive your final product and offer feedback to account executive, and if necessary, the vice president of marketing and communication so we can continue to improve.

Photography/Videography Disclaimer
Any photographs or video taken under the direction of the Office of Marketing and Communications or any other college-sponsored program, may be used in news stories, on the web or in college publications. Photos may be used in publicly disseminated promotional materials. Your name will not be listed in the caption or accompanying text without your permission. If you prefer not to be photographed, simply inform the photographer at the time photos are taken.


Stephanie Boeding

Editor and Email Marketing Manager / Account Executive

Emily Christensen

Assistant Director of Marketing and Communication and News Director / Account Executive

Julie Drewes

Visual Media Manager

Melissa Jacobs

Digital Print Center Operator

Chris Knudson

Director of Marketing & Communication / Account Executive

Joni McDonough

Office Coordinator

Josh Peterson

Senior Graphic Designer

Lori Poehler

Print Center Manager

Doug Reece

Digital Media Producer