Wartburg College is an internationally recognized liberal arts college of the Lutheran Church (ELCA). Wartburg College is a four-year private liberal arts college in Waverly, Iowa.
Our mission is to challenge and nurture students for lives of leadership and service as a spirited expression of their faith and learning. With a student body of about 1,500 students, Wartburg provides an excellent education and offers more than 50 academic majors in the liberal arts and in professional areas. A college of the Lutheran church (ELCA), Wartburg uses the Lutheran approach to education, which builds community around a lively and inclusive conversation of faith and learning. For more information about Wartburg or to apply, visit http://www.wartburg.edu.
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Alumni educators, we don't need to remind you that IT'S BEEN QUITE A YEAR! But during #teacherappreciationweek, we DO want to remind you that you are awesome and making a difference in the lives of so many across the world. You are impacting your students' lives with dedication, love, and loads of energy each day, and it does not go unnoticed, especially as we welcome some of those awesome young adults to campus as Knights.
Check out these statistics about Wartburg alumni educators and current students in our education program, and treat yourself to 20% off an item at The Wartburg Store using code 2021TEACHERS at www.wartburgstore.com 🍎
#WartburgWorthIt #TeachersRule #teachersrock #teachers
Meet another member of the Wartburg Alumni Board: Andrew Salvaterra '07
As a marketing and promotions professional at Chippewa Valley Technical College in Wisconsin, Andrew still appreciates the preparation he had as a communication arts major. "Wartburg taught me to be flexible, hard-working, and prepared," he says. "The level of difficulty and hands-on opportunities in my courses allowed me to make a smooth transition to working in media and advertising professionally."
As a member of Wartburg Choir and Wartburg Players during his Wartburg years, he has this advice for current students: Get involved and take advantage of opportunities to learn and make memories.
"I consider my time at Wartburg to be four of the most impactful years of my life, and I genuinely believe that time at another college would not have been as impactful," says Andrew. "The quality of education I received, the opportunities to participate in clubs and activities, and the relationships I made during my time were and are second to none."
Learn what made #WartburgWorthIt for Andrew at the link.
Andrew: I am forever grateful for my Wartburg experience - Wartburg College I am forever grateful for my Wartburg experienceNAME: Andrew SalvaterraCLASS YEAR: 2007MAJOR: Communication Arts CURRENTLY: Marketing and pr,
The Wartburg community extends its condolences to the family and friends of Jack Schemmel, who died May 1 at age 90.
Jack was a staff member at Wartburg from 1963 to 1975, working in the departments of Admissions, Senior Placement and Alumni Relations. Jack and his wife, Marietta, were dedicated volunteers with Wartburg West in Denver, Colorado, for many years. The couple were awarded the Wartburg Medal in 2000 and served as grand marshals of the Wartburg Homecoming Parade in 2018. Jack was presented the Wartburg College Alumni Citation in 1995.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 15, at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and School in Waverly. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, May 14, at Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Waverly. Please click the link for the obituary.
Scores of Wartburg West students over the years came to know Jack and Marietta for their hospitality in Denver. Jack will be greatly missed!
Jack Vincent Schemmel Obituary - Visitation & Funeral Information Share Memories & Support the Family.
Three Wartburg College students will carry out service projects around the world 🌏 during the summer of 2021 with help from $10,000 grants from the Davis Projects for Peace program.
Junior Mildred Mahatlane will partner with the headmaster and counselor at Mafhikana Primary School in Botswana 🇧🇼 where she attended primary school, to construct a new classroom that will serve kindergartners, who are only granted space in the current school for two months out of the year.
Sophomore Shanta Nagarkoti will return to Nepal 🇳🇵 where she will construct a washroom and hand-washing station as well as a water filtration system to provide clean drinking water for a school in Lamjung district. The area was hit by a disastrous earthquake five years ago and has yet to fully recover.
Junior Mercy Umba of South Sudan was originally awarded the grant in 2020, but the project was deferred because of the COVID-19 pandemic. She will partner with Kajo Keji Health Training Institute, a Ugandan 🇺🇬 organization working with refugee communities in the region. KKHTI will lead training for up to 80 primary health care providers and offer community sensitization on mental health care issues. The project also will include an economic empowerment program that will help address the financial stress and severe poverty in the refugee communities.
Congrats to these grant winners! Learn more about the Davis Projects for Peace at https://www.wartburg.edu/2021/04/28/wartburg-students-receive-davis-grants-for-projects-in-botswana-nepal-uganda/
Wartburg students receive Davis grants for projects in Botswana, Nepal, Uganda - Wartburg College Three Wartburg College students will carry out service projects around the world during the summer of 2021 with help from $10,000 grants from the Davis Pro,
The Outdoor Athletic Facilities project, which features major improvements to both the baseball and softball stadiums, has reached its $1.5 million goal thanks to the generosity of many Knights and the Jack and Sarah Salzwedel Challenge.
⚾️ Honoring Ray ’51 and Gracia Harms, Harms Stadium at Hertel Field features new stadium seating for 500 spectators, including chair seats and improved handicap accessibility, as well as a new press box and technology enhancements. We recognize Matt Harms ’81, Ray and Gracia's son, for his generous gift to the project.
🥎 The softball venue, Lynes Field, also received new stadium seating, making it more accessible, and a new press box, adding to the overall gameday experience.
Click the video link to see these exciting upgrades and hear from student athletes and coaches who are already utilizing and benefitting from the enhancements: https://youtu.be/HbL-BtKX1AM
Eryn Perry '21, the Outstanding Senior in computer science, has discovered that field overlaps nicely with her other major in neuroscience.
“A lot of research in neuroscience involves computation and predicting and using models, so computer science, data mining, and machine-learning skills come in handy with that type of research," she says. "But then additionally, a lot of modeling in the realm of computer science is taking inspiration from biological systems."
She is part of the Wartburg Scholars Program and the Academically and Civically Engaged Scientists Scholarship Program (ACES), as well an executive member for Wartburg College Service Trips. Eryn plans to pursue a Ph.D. in neuroscience at the University of Southern California.
Her experience at Wartburg has empowered her as a woman in STEM.
“I’ve definitely gained a lot more confidence being a female in computer science," she says. "Wartburg has taught me that it’s okay to have confidence in myself. I know there will probably be some obstacles in my way, just being female, but I’ve been fortunate to not feel that at Wartburg."
Learn more about Eryn's experience at the link, and learn about Wartburg's computer science program at www.wartburg.edu/computer-science 🖥
Congrats, Eryn! 🎓
Eryn: Wartburg taught to have confidence in myself - Wartburg College Wartburg taught to have confidence in myself By Katie Hirv ’22 Many students often describe Wartburg as a “big family.” For some, this is taken literally,,
Though our music ensembles are not venturing out during Tour Week as they traditionally do, because of the pandemic, you can still enjoy their performances! Several ensembles safely presented their spring concerts through Knight Vision, Wartburg's student-run streaming service. You can watch their recent concerts and even past concerts at the following links. Treat yourself to some wonderful music!
🎺Wind Ensemble: https://livestream.com/wartburgknightvision/windensemble
🎵Castle Singers: https://livestream.com/wartburgknightvision/castlesingers
🎶Wartburg Choir: https://livestream.com/wartburgknightvision/wartburgchoir
You can also view performances from non-touring ensembles, including Ritterchor, St. Elizabeth Chorale, Handbell Choir and Kantorei by searching at livestream.com/wartburgknightvision.
Several vocal ensembles also have videos on the Wartburg College YouTube channel, like this one featuring St. Elizabeth Chorale singing "The Music of Being": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_a9H8Mw2UVk
In the weeks leading up to Commencement, we're highlighting our Outstanding Seniors in the Class of 2021. Congrats to Haley Beckert, the Outstanding Senior in public health 🎓
"Since coming to Wartburg and since the start of COVID, my view of the importance of public health has just grown even more as I am seeing how it affects everyone in so many ways," says Haley. She will be attending graduate school at Allen College in Waterloo in the fall, pursuing a Master of Science in occupational therapy.
Haley has also been a member of Wartburg's track and field team and has worked in the Admissions office. By participating in the Des Moines Urban Studies program, she lived in Des Moines and had a summer internship at the Iowa Department of Public Health, doing research and working with the Substance Abuse Bureau.
"Do not be afraid to go out of your comfort zone," she says. "It might be difficult in the beginning, but you will not regret it!"
Learn more about what made #WartburgWorthIt for Haley at the link, and see details about our Des Moines Urban Studies Program at www.wartburg.edu/dsm 🧡
Haley: Public health plays so many roles in our communities - Wartburg College Public health plays so many roles in our communitiesNAME: Haley Beckert CLASS YEAR: 2021HOMETOWN: WaverlyMAJORS: Public healthINVOVLEMENT ON CAMPUS:,
Hear from Paula's husband, Dr. Eric Wachmann, and her former students and colleagues as they describe the impact Paula had as a professor and how the living classroom project will honor her legacy. Learn more about the plans to create a unique learning space at www.wartburg.edu/fund-classroom and help the project reach its goal! 🌳
It's pretty fitting that the Class of 2021's Outstanding Senior in history has such a long family history at Wartburg!
Meet Andrew Newell, who is the fourth generation in his family to attend Wartburg; he has minors in German studies and creative writing.
In May Term of his first year, he traveled abroad. "We went to Germany for a month and did an intensive cultural immersion and German course in Marburg. Afterward, I stayed for an extra month in the city of Eisenach, completing work studies and practicums at different museums," says Andrew. "That experience really affirmed my love of history.”
Even with studying abroad and changing his major, Andrew has been able to graduate in four years and has been part of many activities, including Wartburg Choir, Ritterchor, the Wartburg Players, and Opera Workshop. One of his poems was transformed into a choral piece that was sung by the Wartburg Choir in their most recent concert, which was one of the highlights of Andrew's time at Wartburg.
"Wartburg has given me some really unique opportunities and experiences that I think prepare me for an experience like grad school," says Andrew, who plans to pursue a master’s degree in history at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
"Getting to study abroad in Germany and get experience in jobs related to history really made sure that I had experiences to know what I was doing.”
Congrats, Andrew! 🎓 Learn more about what made #WartburgWorthIt at the link, and learn more about Wartburg's history program at www.wartburg.edu/history
Andrew: Wartburg affirmed my love of history - Wartburg College Wartburg affirmed my love of historyBy Katie Hirv ’22 With a family legacy of Wartburg graduates spanning four generations, along with living and growing u,
During this shortened Tour Week, four student-led Service Trips are venturing out to use their break to help others. Check out what Wartburg College Students UKnight is doing in the Chicago area 🧡
Other Service Trips locations this week are:
• Kansas City, KS
• Lake of the Ozarks, MO
• St. Louis, MO
So proud of these students living out the Wartburg mission during their break!
#WartburgWorthIt #ServiceTrips #alternativebreaks #serveothers
Road Trip! Eighteen students from Wartburg College will be traveling from Waverly, Iowa to volunteer with the Skokie Park District at the end of April.
Every year, the college's 'Students UKnight' group travels to a location in the U.S. to serve the community and foster relationships with alumni in the area. This year, they will be helping us with the preparation of one of our newly renovated playgrounds.
During their short stay, the students will also volunteer with the Chicago Food Depository, Cradles to Crayons, and a local community garden. We thank them for choosing the Skokie Park District as one of their destinations to provide their community services!
Special thanks to more than 20 alumni, with grad years from 1993 to 2019, who met virtually with Wartburg students yesterday through our Orange Connection program! 🍊 💼
Orange Connection is a career mentoring experience that helps students connect and/or “shadow” with Wartburg alumni to learn more about their career path, their current occupation, and trends in their specific field. We usually provide a physical job shadow experience in a metro area, but held this year's event online because of the pandemic.
If you are interested in letting students shadow you to learn more about your career field, contact Veronica Reece at [email protected] to be included in the next Orange Connection event. It's a great way to give back and encourage current students in their callings! Learn more at https://info.wartburg.edu/Pathways/Orange-Connection
Wartburg College Information Center - Intranet Portal > Pathways > Orange Connection The Orange Connection Program is a career mentoring experience designed to allow you to connect and/or “shadow” with Wartburg alumni. Each student will meet virtually with two alumni from around the world to learn more about their career path, their current occupation, and trends in their specif...
This has been a tough week of loss for Knights... our hearts are with those who mourn the passing of longtime men's basketball head coach Buzz Levick, who died Monday at age 94.
Earlier this week, former men's and women's tennis head coach Jim Willis died after a battle with brain cancer at age 49. Jim's wife, Nicole, is the disability and access coordinator in Wartburg's Pathways Center, and his brother is Rick Willis, director of athletics and head football coach. Jim coached at Wartburg for six seasons, from 2002 to 2007.
Buzz Levick was the head men's basketball coach at Wartburg from 1965 to 1993, compiling a 510-226 record, winning 14 Iowa Conference championships (including nine consecutive from 1967-1975), and making 13 postseason tournaments. He retired in 1993 and was also professor emeritus of physical education.
The Wartburg community offers condolences to the Levick and Willis families and to the Knights who learned from these coaches. 🧡 🏀 🎾
Wartburg Mourns the Loss of Legendary Coach Buzz Levick - Wartburg College Athletics WAVERLY, Iowa - Wartburg College and Wartburg Knights Athletics lost a Wartburg legend on Monday, April 26 as former longtime Wartburg men's basketball head coach and professor emeritus of physical education Lewis "Buzz" Levick passed away at the age of 94.
If you're reminiscing about May Term, we've got a new Wartburg Virtual Challenge you'll love!
May Term has always been a special time: Students and faculty have a chance to focus on immersion learning, Study Away and special in-depth opportunities on campus. The spring weather also lends itself to outdoor activities that can be enjoyed after class. So in that spirit, our new May Term Challenge has a special bingo-style card full of activities that will help you stay active and enjoy the season. You decide which activities you want to complete (cross them off in a row like bingo, or fill in the corners, or go for a total “blackout”) and share what you’re doing in our special Facebook group.
Here's the best part: All proceeds from this challenge go directly to the Vogel Library, which provides equipment for students to borrow free of charge when it’s warm outside. Think bikes, hammocks, yard games, and more! This is the first May Term since its inception that ALL students will be on campus at the same time, so the library is looking to purchase more activities for our students. For each $30 registration, $15 will be given directly to Vogel Library to provide activities for students.
At the end of the challenge, every participant will receive a medal and finisher’s bib/certificate. If you’d rather do your own thing, you’ll get a blank bingo card to complete with your personal favorite activities. Learn more and register at https://alumni.wartburg.edu/may-term-challenge 🧡
The 6-week challenge starts May 1, so sign up today and invite your friends!
Our new May Term Challenge has a special bingo-style card full of activities that will help you stay active and enjoy the season. You decide which activities you want to complete (cross them off in a row like bingo, or fill in the corners, or go for a total “blackout”) and share what you’re doing in our special Facebook group.
Here's the best part: All proceeds from this challenge go directly to the Vogel Library, which provides equipment for students to borrow free of charge when it’s warm outside. Think bikes, hammocks, yard games, and more! This is the first May Term since its inception that ALL students will be on campus at the same time, so the library is looking to purchase more activities for our students.
For each $30 registration, $15 will be given directly to Vogel Library to provide activities for students.
At the end of the challenge, every participant will receive a medal and finisher’s bib/certificate. If you’d rather do your own thing, you’ll get a blank bingo card to complete with your personal favorite activities. Learn more and register at https://alumni.wartburg.edu/may-term-challenge 🧡 The challenge starts May 1, so sign up today!
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The WSMTA is a student run organization supporting Wartburg Music Therapy students during their undergraduate years and continuing with them for years to come.
-Wartburg's Social work program established in 1945 -Oldest undergraduate program in the state of Iowa and one of the oldest in the Midwest -Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education
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Wartburg Global Connections Program pairs incoming international students with an American student buddy of at least second year standing.
Our commitment is to establish a math and science (mainly information technology) clinic in Aburi village, Ghana and other parts of the country to teach the children and youth of the country some skills in math and science (information technology).
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A newly formed bowling team preparing to make waves during the Collegiate competitive bowling season. For more information visit www.wartburg.edu
The Wartburg College Music Department is an accredited, institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). The music therapy majors are approved by the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA).
This is a communication link for students, parents, and community to see what is going on in Gohawk Engineering.
Wartburg College is dedicated to challenging and nurturing students for lives of leadership and service as a spirited expression of their faith and learning! Residential Life at Wartburg prides itself on living out the Wartburg Mission Statement.