Wartburg Coronavirus Updates

  • BREAKING: FACING PRESSURE FROM STUDENTS, WARTBURG AMENDS WINTER TERM SCHEDULE
    “I am so proud of the efforts our team put forward to advocate for these mental health days that are now incorporated into the updated calendar,” Emma Williams, vice president of the student body, said after the email was released.
  • WINTER TEAMS MAKE CHANGES DUE TO COVID-19
    “There will be significant facility challenges in the months of February, March and April. It will be much more challenging for our support staff with more sports competing at the same time, specifically our athletic trainers and sports information staff,” Rick Willis, Wartburg athletic director, said.
  • CONTROLLING THE CONTROLLABLE: GRADUATING INTO COVID-19
    LAUREN WISDOM, TRUMPET FEATURES WRITER COVID-19 did not have the power to stop 25 pending Wartburg December graduates from receiving their diplomas. But graduating into a global pandemic is an obstacle that people in years past did not have to overcome. “I have spent a lot of time worrying about how the pandemic has changed, and will continue to change my future,” Sara Martin, fourth-year business administration major, said. “I have also come to realize that it is what it is and that it is important that I focus my energy on things that I can control, like the fact…
  • WARTBURG COUNSELING NUMBERS REMAIN UNCHANGED DESPITE COVID-19 STRESS
    While the number of Wartburg students receiving counseling has not increased this year, COVID-19 is a challenge that may increase levels of stress and anxiety.
  • PANDEMIC EDUCATION: WISCONSIN SCHOOL ENACTS DRASTIC MEASURES TO COMBAT COVID-19
    As he drove through the Wisconsin farmland, Ethan Townsend’s car passed cornfield after cornfield, his high beams fighting against the pressing darkness, his backseat filled with almost everything he owned. An occasional dairy farm broke up the monotony of the drive. He couldn’t help but feel relief.
  • STUDENT SENATE RECAP: COVID-19 INFORMATION AND UPCOMING EVENTS
    Student Senate’s weekly Zoom meeting on Oct. 15 was heavily focused on contact tracing and testing for COVID-19.
  • STRIPPED AWAY: INSIDE PAYTON DRAPER’S LOST TRIP TO BRAZIL
    Draper shined on the basketball floor during her junior year, which earned her the opportunity to travel to Brazil in the summer of 2020 to represent the United States in Division-III women’s basketball. Then, the pandemic took that opportunity away.
  • PRESIDENT TRUMP TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19
    President Donald J. Trump and his wife, Melania Trump, have contracted COVID-19, he announced early Friday morning on twitter
  • POSITIVE CASES: WHERE STUDENTS IN QUARANTINE LIVE
    Coronavirus-positive students leave campus and live in other Wartburg-owned property when numbers of cases are rising, a school official said.
  • ‘I WANTED A NORMAL YEAR’: WARTBURG STUDENTS, FACULTY DISCUSS CAMPUS CHANGES
    When envisioning her first year on campus, Grace Distler, first-year biochemistry major from Jesup, Iowa, did not think of having to pack face masks and extra hand sanitizer along with her dorm fridge.
  • WARTBURG BANS STUDENT FROM CAMPUS, QUARANTINE/ISOLATION RULES BROKEN
    A student who broke quarantine regulations has been banned from Wartburg’s campus, according to an email from Cassie Hales, director of residential life.
  • WARTBURG IMPLEMENTS CAMPUS-WIDE FOOD, DRINK POLICY
    Campus guidelines were updated in response to COVID-19 stating where students are allowed to eat or drink in an email from the Juice at 8:23 a.m. Monday, Sept. 14.
  • LIVING IN LIMBO: WARTBURG’S INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS DECIDE WHETHER TO STAY OR GO
    On March 18, Wartburg College President Darrel Colson told students to return home. Many of the college’s 1,505 students packed and left within the day — international students were not able to take the same action.
  • WARTBURG URGES STUDENTS, EMPLOYEES TO LEAVE CAMPUS
    Wartburg College administration is “highly recommending that all students return to their family homes as quickly as possible” and employees are encouraged to work from home if able, per an email sent to students at 2:22 p.m., Wednesday, March 18. “Mercifully, most of you, because of your age and your relatively healthy condition, will not be victimized by this disease; but, many of your neighbors will.” Wartburg President Darrel Colson On campus, dining services will be available as take-out only. For more information, go to https://www.wartburg.edu/coronavirus.
  • WARTBURG TO LIFT REGISTRATION HOLDS, STUDENTS ELIGIBLE FOR HOUSING LOTTERY
    Wartburg College has lifted all registration holds to “remove stressful barriers at this difficult time” for current students. The college is in the process of completing this task within the learning management system.  Online registration periods have also been extended. Also, all current students will are eligible for the housing lottery. For more information, follow the email updates.
  • THE W TO CLOSE TO PUBLIC AT NOON MARCH 17
    WAVERLY, Iowa – The W, Wartburg-Waverly Sports & Wellness Center, in accordance with the State Disaster Emergency Plan, will close at noon, March 17, to the public.  The facility will remain closed through at least 11:59 p.m., March 31.  For more information, go to https://www.wartburg.edu/the-w/.
  • COLUMN: IN EUROPE IN THE MIDST OF THE CORONAVIRUS
    The cancellation of my program has been disappointing, but it does make sense, given the way that we’ve seen countries like Italy become overrun with the virus.
  • INTERVIEW: ‘WE MEET CONSTANTLY’ ON CORONAVIRUS
    SILVIA OAKLAND, TRUMPET EDITOR-IN-CHIEFNATHAN STEPHANY, KV NEWS DIRECTOR What is Wartburg College’s plan for completing classes this semester? “What we want to do is the best thing for Wartburg. We are already preparing for the possibility that either because of a change in the health status of our community or because of a mandate from government or another institution that we may have to go to remote learning. We’re developing those plans. We meet constantly and are adaptable. We’re aware of what’s going on at other institutions. But we’re not driven by that.”  What does the college mean by remote…
  • KITTLE: DO ‘NOT FALL VICTIM TO A NARRATIVE’
    NATHAN STEPHANY, KV NEWS DIRECTOR Daniel Kittle, Wartburg College dean of students, made a statement regarding the college’s plan to handle the COVID-19 pandemic.  “I don’t think that the college has taken anything off of the table in regards to what’s possible. Each day and each hour or two we’re revisiting best practices and the advice we get from public health professionals and trying to make a decision based on that information.” Kittle encouraged students who might be feeling ill to visit Noah Health Clinic on the Wartburg campus, or the Waverly Health Center. “Students and student leaders in particular…
  • WARTBURG STUDENT BODY PRESIDENT, VP RESPOND TO COVID-19
    SILVIA OAKLAND, TRUMPET EDITOR-IN-CHIEF “My family and I decided it would be best for me to return home.” Jenna Brannaman, Wartburg College student body vice president After choosing to voluntarily leave campus due to the coronavirus pandemic, Jenna Brannaman, student body vice president, made a statement about her decision. “Given the current status of the events across the nation and decisions made by similar institutions due to Coronavirus, my family and I decided it would be best for me to return home,” Brannaman said. “We are all unaware of the future timeline of COVID-19 but I do know that we…
  • COLUMN: ‘I’M SAD, I’M DISAPPOINTED’
    Wartburg musician discusses canceled tour NATHAN STEPHANY, KV NEWS DIRECTOR The announcement that Wartburg College had made the decision to cancel travel didn’t come as a surprise to me, but as a very disappointing inevitability. That announcement, of course, included the Wartburg Wind Ensemble and our planned tour of the Midwest. Even that small trip, which was only planned to neighboring states, is too much of a risk in the current climate. I have now been a part of the Wind Ensemble for three years as a trombone player. Tour has always been a crucial part of that experience in…
  • COLUMN: ‘BIG ROLLERCOASTER OF EMOTIONS’
    The past couple of days have been very difficult for not just myself but many of my peers and others that participate in athletic programs. For me, our conference, the American Rivers Conference (A-R-C), made a statement this morning that all remaining winter sports and all spring sports seasons have been cancelled due to the Coronavirus.
  • UPDATE: WARTBURG CAMPUS LOGISTICS DURING PANDEMIC
    WIND ENSEMBLE SUSPEND RUN-OUTS Wind ensemble touring directors have suspended run-outs until the end of the semester. The run-outs have not been canceled, and have a possibility of being rescheduled during the May Term, according to an email sent to students in the Wind Ensemble.  WARTBURG STORE INCREASES SANITIZATION The Wartburg Store is open and announced an increase in sanitization protocols in the store on campus. THE W ‘STEPS UP’ CLEANING The W, or Wartburg-Waverly Sports & Wellness Center at 100 Wartburg Blvd, announced that cleaning procedures have been “stepped up” compared to the standard practice, which is the standard…
  • A-R-C CANCELS SPRING SEASON DUE TO COVID-19
    The American Rivers Conference (A-R-C) will cancel spring season competition due to COVID-19, according to a statement released by the A-R-C at 10 a.m., Friday, March 13. The cancellation included regular season, championships and awards. The A-R-C is currently awaiting news from the NCAA regarding lost eligibility for student-athletes affected by the pandemic. In response, a change.org petition was started to let NCAA athletes get one year of athletic eligibility back. Over 96,000 signatures have been gathered as of 10:23 a.m., Friday, March 13.  Link to petition:https://www.change.org/p/ncaa-let-ncaa-athletes-get-a-year-of-eligibility-back?recruiter=1049821232&recruited_byid=f7401d80-64d4-11ea-95f7-fbf2a314b535
  • WARTBURG WRESTLING, TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS CANCELLED
    ANNIKA WALL, TRUMPET MANAGING EDITOR The NCAA released via Twitter at 3:16 p.m., Thursday, March 12, that the NCAA has canceled all remaining winter and spring NCAA championships. This includes all Division III championships, which Wartburg was slated to take part in. “I am heartbroken. We are all heartbroken,” Jackie Ganshirt, Wartburg national qualifier for the track and field team and third-year student, said. “We have a lot of questions with no answers. We’ve had a lot of people overcome a lot of obstacles, so it hurts to have everything just stripped away in an instant. A lot of tears…
  • COLUMN: MY ER VISIT AMIDST COVID-19 PANDEMIC
    The next day I stayed home from work, and the day after that, I finally went to the emergency room. I had been too stubborn to actually take action until this point.