Nov. 11-18, 2020

St. Elizabeth Week is devoted to community activism and service. St. Elizabeth’s Week is usually celebrated the week of Nov. 17 (the anniversary of her death) in conjunction with National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness week.  Service-related activities are planned throughout the week by the St. Elizabeth’s Committee, which involves student representatives from Habitat for Humanity, Manna, Campus Ministry, Students for Peace and Justice, Student Senate, and the Volunteer Action Center.

History of St. Elizabeth
Born in 1207, Elizabeth married Ludwig of Thuringia, the landgrave of the Wartburg Castle in Eisenach, Germany. Through her commitment to a life of service, Elizabeth is known for developing a hospital near the castle and feeding up to 900 poor people who came to the castle gates each day. St. Elizabeth is associated with the legend of The Miracle of the Roses. According to the legend, she smuggled bread and leftovers from the castle kitchen to share with the poor. The practice was forbidden, so she hid the food in her robes. When accosted by suspicious courtiers on one of these trips, they demanded she open her robes. When she did so, the hidden bread had turned to roses. She was canonized by the Roman Catholic Church after her death in 1231.

St. Elizabeth Connections

Wartburg College has many connections with St. Elizabeth. Widely regarded as the first social worker, St. Elizabeth shares a connection with Wartburg’s social work program, which is the oldest in the State of Iowa.

In addition to this week of service, other college organizations and locations share St. Elizabeth’s namesake. The women’s choir is named The St. Elizabeth Chorale. One of the campus ballrooms is named The St. Elizabeth Ballroom.

Past recipients are listed later on this page.

The St. Elizabeth Award for Service is intended to recognize student members of our community that have exemplified a commitment to service. Members of the Wartburg community are invited to nominate students who live out that commitment to service in, with, and for the community.

2000: Sarah Speltz, Luther Bartelt, Sara Kluender, Andrea Payne, Amanda Porter

2001: No information

2002: Emily Speltz, Suzy Piel, Danielle Dyvig, Austin Roberts, Latasha Hamlet

2003: Kelly Dotson, Erin Hedeen, Derek Riley, Matt Townsley, Hilary (last name unknown)

2004: No information

2005: Brian McCarty, ’06, Shigeru Ota ‘07, Erin Yoder ‘07, Marcella McCormick (student life staff)

2006: Dr. Tammy Faux, Dr. Scott Fullwiler, Beth Engelbrecht, Tyler Vachta ’08, Kara Aanenson ‘06, Vern Klobassa ‘07

2007: Linda Smith, Campus Visit Coordinator in Admissions, Dr. Jeff Stein, Assistant Professor of Communication Arts, Andy Bell, ’08, Brian Borchers, ’08, Sarah Dentlinger, ’09, Jessica Foster, ’08 and Ryan Hahn, ’08, Alicia Henry, ’08, Krystina Irvin, ’08, Timothy Maybee, ’09, Janna McClintock, ’08, Tarra Norem, ’08, Zakh Ward, ’10, Jill Wiebke, ’09

2008: Nate Palmolea ’09, Biology Major; Randon Ruggles ’09, Education Major; Jean Buckingham, Events and Scheduling Coordinator, Jim Ohmstede, Broadcast Engineer; Dr. Tammy Faux, Assistant Professor of Social Work;  Rev. Larry Trachte, College Pastor

2009:  Amy Tucker, ’10, Community Sociology Major; Kartika Putri, ’11, Music Performance Major; Abbie Smith, ’10, Biology Major; Krystal Madlock, Director of Student Diversity Programs; Dr. Kathy Book, Associate Professor of Education. Honorable Mentions included: Eboni Coates, ’11, Emily Johnson, ’10, Haley Hanson, ’12, Kristin Huinker, ’11; Beth Goskesen, Clinton Resident Hall Director; Dr. Tammy Faux, Associate Professor of Social Work & Dr. Fred Ribich, Professor of Psychology

2010: Haley Jo Hanson, ’12, Kristin Huinker, ’11, Angie Mullenbach, ’11

2011: JoHanna Smrcina, ’12 Kelsey Nulph, ’14, Michael Stevensen, ’12

2014: Jenna Manders ‘15

2015: Michaela McIlravy, Angela Zook, and Kaitlyn Behnken

2016: Kourtney Lilke, Anna Askegaard, Hailey Franzen

2017: Kennedy Haut, Andrea Leisinger, Jocelyn Keller

2018: Nick Arp, Kyera Love, Emma Bowman, Katie Linthicum

2019: Saffa Bockarie

After 35 years of faithful service, Pastor Larry Trachte (fondly referred to as PT) retired from Wartburg College in May 2009. He taught, mentored, honored, and befriended thousands of students, faculty, staff, and alumni. In honor of his retirement and dedication to service The Pastor Larry Trachte Award for Service is given during St. Elizabeth’s Week to staff and/or faculty whom embody PT’s enthusiasm, support, involvement, dedication and overall commitment to Wartburg’s mission of service.

Elizabeth Goskesen, Residential Life Hall Coordinator
Dr. Bill Withers, Professor of Communication Arts

Bernard Holland, Security Officer
Terry Letsche, Professor of Computer Science 

Chris Knudson, Marketing and Communication
Susan Vallem, Professor of Social Work

LeAnn Faidley, Engineering Science
William Soesbe, Education
Pastor Brian Beckstrom, Spiritual Life and Campus MInistry

Gloria Campbell, Business Department
Kathy Traetow, Study Abroad Office
Revs. Bonita and Nelson Bock, Wartburg West

Jenna Haglund, Visiting Assistant Professor of Social Work
Whitney Baker, Area Coordinator of Residential Life
Dr. Daniel Kittle, Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students

Tony Smith, Associate Director of Alumni & Parent Relations
Jennifer Onuigbo, Student Life Office Coordinator
Craig Hancock, Professor of Music

Krystal Madlock, Multicultural Student Services
Tara Winter, Admissions
Steve Foelske, Maintenance 

Carrie Gleason, Camps, Conferences, Front Desk and Events Scheduling Manager 

St. Elizabeth Week Events

Tuesday-Wednesday, Nov. 11-17
Coins for a Cause 

Raise money for the St. Elizabeth Bread Basket by putting money in your favorite department’s jar! Jars will be available during tabling, in the Student Life Office (during work hours), and at the Info Desk (after hours). The department with the most money receives the St. Elizabeth robe, roses, and bread in honor of St. Elizabeth. Winner will be announced on Nov. 18

Wednesday, Nov. 11
Webinar and Games 
6:30–7 p.m., McCoy rooms
Come learn about St. Elizabeth and how she helped the poor. Stay after the short webinar for games and trivia with the chance to win prizes! Join in person or via Zoom—check your email for the Zoom links

Thursday, Nov. 12
Blood Drive
11 a.m.–4 p.m., Located in Cardinal Commons
Take a few minutes out of your day to donate blood. 

Saturday, Nov. 14
Northeast Iowa Food Bank Visit
9–11 a.m. and 1–3 p.m.; Northeast Iowa Food Bank, Waterloo
Join us to volunteer and help the NEIFB prepare for Thanksgiving. Sign-up here

Sunday, Nov. 15
Service Trips Campus Cleanup Day
Noon–2 p.m., meet at the fountain
Join members of Service Trips as they clean up areas of campus—weather permitting. Sign-up is encouraged.

Monday-Tuesday, Nov. 16-17
St. Elizabeth’s Roses $3/rose 

Tabling during dinner 
Purchase roses for a friend or a special someone to continue the magic of St. Elizabeth Week. Recipients will be notified and will be able to pick up roses at the Info Desk.

Monday, Nov. 16
Webinar and Games 
6:30–7 p.m., McCoy rooms
Come learn about St. Elizabeth and how she helped the poor. Stay after the short webinar for games and trivia with the chance to win prizes! Join in person or via Zoom—check your email for the Zoom links

Wednesday, Nov. 18
St. Elizabeth Chapel Service
10:15 a.m., Wartburg Chapel
Gather as we honor those being awarded the Pastor Trachte Award and the St. Elizabeth Award for Service. Also come to see the winner of Coins for a Cause.