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Wartburg College

Wartburg College
Motto Be Orange.
Established 1852
Type Private
Affiliation Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Endowment $33 Million
President Darrel D. Colson
Academic staff
150
Undergraduates 1,500
Location Waverly, Iowa and
Denver, Colorado
Campus rural, 118 acres (48 ha)
Colors Orange & Black          
Nickname Knights
Website .edu.wartburgwww

Wartburg College is a four-year liberal arts college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America located in Waverly, Iowa. Wartburg West is in Denver, Colorado.

As of 2012, the most popular programs of study at Wartburg were (in order): business, biology, elementary education, and speech communication/rhetoric.[1] Wartburg's social work program is the oldest undergraduate program of its kind in Iowa. Wartburg is the only private college in Iowa offering a music therapy major. The college is highly competitive and has an 89 percent medical school placement rate and a 100 percent placement rate in other fields of medicine.

In 2007 U.S. News & World Report rated Wartburg College 6th for academic excellence among Midwestern comprehensive colleges which primarily award bachelor's degrees, and 2nd in terms of "bang for the buck" (i.e. best value when tuition costs, scholarship aid, and academics are compared).

Contents

  • History 1
    • Presidents 1.1
    • Location of the College 1.2
  • Athletics 2
  • Notable alumni 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

History

Wartburg College was founded in 1852 in Neuendettelsau, Bavaria. Grossmann was sent by Pastor Wilhelm Löhe to establish a pastor training school for German immigrants. The location of the college moved many times between Illinois and Iowa until permanently settling in Waverly in 1935. Also in 1935, St. Paul Luther College of the Phalen Park neighborhood of Saint Paul, Minnesota merged into Wartburg College.

The college is named after Wartburg Castle in Eisenach, Germany, where Martin Luther was protected during the stormy days of the Reformation. Student and alumni groups often travel to the castle, and the Wartburg Choir has performed in the castle several times. Waverly and Eisenach are sister towns, and they often swap foreign exchange students. The college is proud of its German heritage, and celebrates an annual student-declared one-day holiday Outfly,[2] a deliberately mistaken translation of the German noun Ausflug. Another German element of campus life is the granite inscription on the Chapel: "Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott", which English-speaking Lutherans sing as A Mighty Fortress is Our God.

Campus buildings are named after places and people in Wartburg's history, including Grossmann, Luther, Saginaw, Galena, etc. The college is nearing the end of a long-term effort to unify the architectural appearance of the campus, with new music, library, stadium, cafeteria, and science buildings over the past 15 years. An array of skywalks and building corridors now allows students to walk from one end of campus to the other without having to go outside.

In 2008 the new Wartburg-Waverly Sports and Wellness Center, an indoor athletic complex co-sponsored by the city of Waverly, opened. The new center includes a performance arena, an indoor track, and natatorium. It replaces Knights Gymnasium, the longtime home of Wartburg Basketball and Volleyball, as well as the Physical Education Center which formerly adjoined the old gym.

The longstanding rivalry between

  • Official website
  • Official Sports Website
  • Wartburg Trumpet (Student Newspaper)
  • KWAR-FM Radio (Wartburg's on-campus radio station)

External links

  1. ^ U.S. News & World Report, http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/wartburg-college-1896 Accessed December 4, 2013
  2. ^
  3. ^ D3football.com - Midwest Region Notes by Don Stoner
  4. ^ Wartburg College, Locations

References

See also

Notable alumni

Wartburg College teams participate as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division III. The Knights are a member of the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC). Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, tennis, track & field and wrestling; while women's sports include basketball, cheerleading, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field, volleyball, and lacrosse. The women's lacrosse team competes in the Midwest Women's Lacrosse Conference (MWLC). In the spring of 2012, Wartburg’s wrestling and women’s track and field teams led Wartburg to become the only school in NCAA history to win two national team championships on the same day.

Athletics

Wartburg College has moved many times throughout its history:[4]

Location of the College

  • Georg M. Grossman 1852-1868
  • John Klindworth 1868-1875
  • Georg Grossmann 1878-1894
  • Friedrich Lutz 1894-1905
  • Gerhard Bergstraesser 1905-1909
  • Friedrich Richter 1894-1899 (Clinton IA)
  • Otto Kraushaar 1899-1907 (Clinton IA)
  • John Fritschel 1907-1919 (Clinton IA)
  • Otto Proehl 1919-1935 (Clinton IA)
  • August Engelbrecht 1909-1933
  • Edward J. Braulick 1935-1945
  • Conrad Becker 1945-1964
  • John Bachman 1964-1974
  • William Jellema 1974-1980
  • Robert L. Vogel 1980-1998
  • Jack R. Ohle 1998-2008
  • William Hamm 2008-2009 (Interim)
  • Darrel Colson 2009–Present

Presidents

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