Speakers Bureau
Mariah Birgen
Dr. Mariah Birgen, associate professor of mathematics
Multi-candidate elections and math? -- This presentation, developed for a general audience, addresses mathematical issues that get involved in multi-candidate elections including preference ballots, how to tally votes, weighted voting, and some of the stranger proposed voting schemes.
Dan Black
Dr. Daniel Black, professor of physical and engineering science
Science and religion: an historical overview -- These days, many scientists and people of faith believe that the religious and scientific worldviews are contradictory and cannot be held by one person at the same time. In this seminar, we will discuss the historical accuracy of that opinion and ask two main questions: Must Christians reject science to remain faithful? Must scientists reject Christianity to be rational. (Fee requested.)
Ethanol 101 -- A brief introduction to the ins and outs of ethanol-based fuel.  (Fee requested)
Joyce Boss
Dr.Joyce Boss, professor of English
Keys to Japanese Culture -- Explore how the cultural, spiritual and aesthetic traditions of Japan are alive and well, and going global in the 21st century.
Todd Coleman
Todd Coleman, assistant vice president for admissions

The Power of Networking - There are very few professions today that don’t require individuals to have a network of people to call on to gain knowledge, sell a product, open doors for jog opportunities or identify future areas of personal growth.  Building a network, nurturing it and having it in place ready to work for you when needed is critical to your success.  Learn how to build a viable, robust network that is ready to work for you from a gentlemen who places emphasis on “The Power of Networking”. 
Art of Negotiation - There is not a day that goes by that we aren’t negotiating with a family member, colleague or salesperson about something of value to you or the person you are engaging.   How do we plan our negotiations to insure that the comprise we make is ultimately a win/win for both parties involved.  How you thought in advance about what your goals are for the negotiation and what you envision the other party needing as well.  Learn some key components to assist you in planning for your next negotiation and how you can better prepare to reach your goal. 
Managing Millennials - The generation of young people 15-30 will be the largest to enter the work force in history.  We are in a time like no other when we will have four distinct generations working side by side for the first time.   What characteristics set Millennials apart from other generations and how will their work styles change our work environments and expectations.   How will Millennials manage individuals from older generations and how will everyone adapt to this dramatic changes?  Join in this engaging conversation that outlines the largest demographic in our society today!
Preparing to Become a Manager - Learn all of the important experience that you can gain that will enhance your opportunity for advancement in an organization and prepare you for success.   Individuals want to advance quickly in today’s work environment and being prepared with the appropriate experience is critical to being ready when your name is called!  Most promotions carry with them the expectations to manage people, budgets and evaluate programs and staff.  How do you acquire the necessary experience to succeed as a manager. 

Dr. Shawn Ellerbroek, assistant professor of chemistry, biochemistry
Stem Cell Research and Cloning 
Tim Ewest
Timothy Ewest, assistant professor of business administration
Discovering Alaska, Discovering Ourselves -- Designed to give a holistic understanding of the nation’s 50th state, we will survey Alaska from various perspectives to give a sense of place.  You will be exposed to Alaska’s perceptions by non Alaskans, economy, history, people, geography and art. 
China: Doing Business with the Waking Giant -- China has the fastest growing economy in the world and is predicted to be 75 percent bigger than the United States by 2050.  Here we look at four particular themes of interest for businesses: culture, economics, marketing and management.
Dr. Rob Faux, Ph.D. in computer science education, self-employed organic farmer
Stamp Collecting and Postal History -- Can discuss a wide range of issues from the basics of starting to collect stamps to how to explore history through the mail system
Dr. Tammy Faux, assistant professor of social work
Eco-Friendly Gardening/Organic Flowers and Vegetables -- an introduction to companion planting and organic gardening (with Rob Faux)
Sustainable agriculture/farming practices -- Learn about farming and growing practices that are more friendly to the Earth and leave less of a "footprint" (with Rob Faux)
 Energy(reduction) use education -- Ideas for how to become more environmentally friendly, from items you did not know you could recycle to how to reduce energy "vampires", those hidden energy drainers in your home.
 Service Learning -- Creating positive, engaged learning opportunities that tie service to specific learning outcomes
Charlie Figura
Dr. Charles Figura, associate professor of physics, director of Platte Observatory
Observatory Programs -- On-site observation of stars, planets, galaxies, and other deep-sky objects (subject to seasonal availability and weather conditions). Lectures available on planetary and/or stellar astronomy, either a stand-alone or in conjunction with observation.
Dr. Johanna Foster, associate professor of biology
Why Save Weeds? -- A look at the different viewpoints of what defines a weed, at Iowa prairie plants which are often classified as agronomic weeds, and why we should save them
David Fredrick, global admissions (retired)
Muslims and Islam – Main features of this fast-growing faith.  15-20 minute talk followed by variable time period for questions/discussion, with or without powerpoint.
Arab Spring Continues – Uncertainty, revolution, elections of Islamist rulers continue in North Africa and the Middle East.  Update on situations in Iran, Morocco, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Iraq, Syria, Saudi Arabia and more. 20-50 minute presentation/discussion with or without powerpoint.
Dr. Craig Hancock, associate professor of music, director of bands
Music as Lifelong Passion -- Getting involved and staying involved in music throughout life
Ann Henninger
Dr. Ann Henninger, professor of biology, chair of biology department
OTC Drugs for Common Ailments -- Answers to your questions about over-the-counter drugs.
Where Are the Women in Science? -- Current women in science and barriers they face
When Cancer Touches Your Life -- Facts, attitudes, and feelings pertaining to breast cancer (Co-sponsored by the American Cancer Society)
Dr. Leslie Huth, professor emeritus of education, director of Walter Cunningham Teachers Project
NEW! The First Lutheran Church on the West Coast of North America -- The natural beauty of the area and the work of the Lutheran Church in Alaska will be reviewed in this photo presentation. How did it happen that this island became the home of the first Lutheran Church on the West Coast of North America? Established by the Finish people in 1842, it has the original Kesler Organ, paintings and many artifacts.  "What the impact of this church on the Russian Orthodox mission work."
Translating the Bible into Vute Language
-- Huth will discuss his biblical translation experiences in Yoko, Cameroon.
Sister Congregations: From Waverly to Tanzania -- This session focuses on working with a Lutheran Church in Ketumbeine, Tanzania.
Tanzania, Africa, the Lutheran Church, the Masai, the Environment -- How the Lutheran church in Arusha and Tanzania works with the Masai people
Third World Schools in New York City -- Reversing the 67 percent dropout rate in New York City’s public schools. Lessons from yearly field experiences in East Harlem
Teaching to Diversity -- What it takes for teachers to adjust to students’ diverse backgrounds, and perspectives
Walter Cunningham Teachers Project -- An overview of the successful Wartburg teachers program in Waterloo with comments from past and current participants
Dan Kittle
Dr. Daniel Kittle, director of Center for Community Engagement, lecturer in liberal studies and chair of the Bremer County Recovery Coalition
Jamaica: Not the Postcard Image You May Have in Mind – Hear about Dan’s experience serving and learning in Jamaica for 10 months with no running water, sporadic electricity, and lots of good friends.  He was there during Hurricane Dean, a national election and a village-wide scholarship contest .
The Role of Colleges and Universities in Disaster Relief -- What should institutions of higher education do beyond alternative spring breaks?   How is the response different than a church, national relief organization, or non-profit?
I worked with FEMA (and other national relief organizations) and survived -- One leader's experience in the Iowa Floods 2008 
What it means to be a first generation college student -- My parents worked for 30 years in an auto factory, and I have a PhD – how does this happen, and what does it mean for you and your children?
Dr. Stephen Main, professor emeritus of biology
The flood of 2008: Act of God or Act of Humanity -- This presentation examines what we know and don't know about rainfall patterns, land-use patterns, and the relation between these.  The context considers God as Creator and Humans as Stewards.  Depending on the desires of the group, emphasis will be placed on the environmental science or on the religious dimension, but both will be included.
Gardens --A slide tour of some of the world’s great gardens
Wetlands: A Current Iowa Perspective --Perspectives on land use as it relates to Iowa’s wetlands.
Wildflower Look-alikes -- Comparing alpine meadows with Iowa prairies
Climate Change -- Past history, present evidence, future possibility
Wildflowers of Woods and Prairies -- Finding and identifying Iowa wildflowers
Dr. David McCullough, professor of biology
Native Organisms in an Urban Setting -- In many urban/suburban areas, golf courses and public parks provide the only remaining large green spaces for endemic and migratory wildlife. This session provides an understanding of refugia in these regions of declining natural habitat.
Don Meyer
Donald Meyer, Director of Development
“Michelangelo as Architect—Has Anybody Had More Passion?” -- A presentation which chronicles the passion-filled life of Michelangelo and highlights his sculpture, painting and architecture.  It explores the mind of an artistic genius.
John Myers, director of campus security and safety
Crime and Security Issues on College and University Campuses -- Campus initiatives and legislations have resulted in more formal reporting procedures for campus crimes and more proactive security and crime prevention programs at colleges.
U.S. Railroad History -- A brief history of U.S. railroads from their arrival in 1826 to the present, when mergers have left just six major railroads in the United States and Canada
Stephanie Newsom, director of counseling services
The counseling Needs of Today’s College Students -- An overview of current and emerging challenges
Sexual Misconduct: The Misunderstood Crime --information about sexual misconduct and sexual harassment
Thomas Payne, professor of art, chair of the art department
Photography in the Digital Age -- How computers are changing the arts
Penni Pier
Dr. Penni Pier, associate professor of communication arts
From Grassroots to Governor: Women in Modern Politics -- From grassroots suffragist movements to major political arenas, women have left their mark on the American political process.
Dr. Roy Ventullo, professor of biology, director of undergraduate research, and Burke Will-Chair in biology
Birds, Pigs, People, and In Flew Enza: Everything You Wanted to Know About the Flu but Were Afraid to Ask. 
Adventures in the Neotropical Rainforest: Guyana and Trinidad & Tobago
Fred Waldstein
Dr. Fred Waldstein, professor of political science, director of the Wartburg Institute for Leadership for Education, and Burling Chair in Leadership
Leadership Education and Community Service -- How leadership develops when people confront important issues and address them in concrete ways
Partnering for Better Communities -- Focuses on Community Builders, an intergenerational program where participants explore issues of personal and civic responsibility
Dr. Edith Waldstein
Dr. Edith Waldstein, vice president for enrollment management
Investing in a Small, Liberal Arts Education -- Ways in which an education at a small liberal arts college is an investment that will serve students for a lifetime and benefit our larger society
Rick Willis, director of athletics, head football coach
The Wartburg-Waverly Sports and Wellness Center -- How the college and community can benefit from this joint venture
Edward Wubbena, maintenance
Vietnam War: A Personal Recollection – A Vietnam veteran reflects his experience as an 18-year old at war

Wartburg Coaches 
Wartburg head coaches are available to speak to your group, but request a two-week notice. View the head coaches online at www.go-knights.net. To determine their availability, call 319-352-8232.

Available for seminars, retreats and workshops:

Dr. Bill Withers, associate professor of communication arts, Grant Price Department Chair in Communication Arts, and assistant director of the Wartburg Leadership Institute
Bill continues to do a variety of programs, consultations, and keynotes on a variety of topics, including quality customer service, organizational change, and leadership.  Since these programs are customized to particular audiences, please contact the Wartburg College Speakers Bureau to learn more.  Bill brings over two decades of management and leadership experience in both business and education, and his research has been selected for presentation three times at the International Conference on Business in Honolulu, Hawaii.  He has both studied and served organizations such as Proctor & Gamble, Ritz-Carlton, Disney, Hy-Vee, and most recently, Starbucks. (fee requested)

Derek Solheim, director of Pathways Center
Better understanding of people through use of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. -- Personality type development is a life-long process of gaining greater command over your individual strengths and preferences.  The MBTI was developed and has been in use for more than 45 years. Its results identify valuable differences between people, which allow individuals to better understand themselves and their colleagues. Its use can help improve communication, teamwork, leadership, and learning between co-workers, teammates, and families. A clear understanding of the basics of your type and type development will be helpful throughout the rest of your life. (fee requested)

Dr. Tammy Faux
NEW! Poverty Simulation -- A three-hour workshop that sensitizes participants to the daily struggles that people in poverty often face. The workshop lasts three hours and fees for supplies and staffing will be negotiated on a case-by-case situation.