Nov. 10-15, 2018

St. Elizabeth Week is devoted to community activism and service. St. Elizabeth’s Week is always 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 information2005: 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

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

St. Elizabeth Week Events

Tuesday, Nov. 6-Tuesday, Nov. 13
Pennies for Professors: 
Help our professors raise money for hunger and homelessness and get the chance to see your favorite professor in a St. Elizabeth robe. Donations will go to Friends of the Family and the Northeast Iowa Food Bank.

Saturday, Nov. 10
B-Ball Chuck a Duck: 3 p.m. (during women’s basketball game)
Attendees of the Women’s Basketball game can purchase a duck to throw. Chuck a Duck during halftime and the duck closest to the center of the court wins a prize! Proceeds go to Friends of the Family and the Northeast Iowa Food Bank.
Grilled Cheese: 11:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m.. Outside the Konditorei
On your way back from the library stop by and have a tasty homemade grilled cheese to help keep you fed and warm all the way back to your room! The money raised goes towards Friends of the Family and the Northeast Iowa Food Bank, which will allow you to help feed someone else in need.

Sunday, Nov. 11
St. Elizabeth’s Worship Service: 
10:30 a.m., Wartburg Chapel

Monday, Nov. 12
World Cafe: 
7-9 p.m., Knights Ballroom
Learn about poverty and food shortages that are occurring throughout the world. These are presentations dedicated to informing us about the hardships others around the world are facing. Applications to present are still being accepted.

Tuesday, Nov. 13
Tie-It Tuesday:
7 p.m., Cardinal Commons
Join us in Cardinal Commons to make warm and comfortable tie blankets for Social Work Club’s Holiday Shoppe.

Wednesday, Nov. 14
St. Elizabeth Chapel Service:
10:15 a.m., Chapel
Come out to Chapel to see the award winner for the Pastor Larry Trachte (PT) Award where students have nominated the staff and/or students whom they believe embody Pastor Trachte’s  enthusiasm, support, involvement, dedication, and overall commitment to Wartburg’s mission of service.
Charity Workshop: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saemann Student Center
Based on the work and writings of noted community developer Robert Lupton (Toxic Charity, Charity Detox), this dynamic, practical workshop generates fresh ideas and energy for nonprofits, churches, service organizations, and business owners who wish to pursue real and lasting community change. Through exercises and small group interaction, participants will work on real-life initiatives and come away prepared to revitalize their own community service work and projects. Pre-Registration is required for this event.
St. Elizabeth Sanctuary: 8:45 p.m., Chapel Commons

Thursday, Nov. 15
TBD, a lesson relating to servanthood and giving
Hunger Banquet: 6:30-7:30 p.m., Knights Ballroom
Eat what you can afford? Everyday people throughout the world can hardly afford the bare nutritional needs to live a healthy life. Come and randomly be placed into a class to see what food is available for others in different economical levels throughout the world.