Wartburg Coronavirus Updates

  • 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.