Thursday, July 14, 2011

Alumni Board Spotlight - Julie Morten Gentz, '72

Major/Minors: Elementary Education

Family Information:
Husband: The Rev. Brian W. Gentz, ELCA pastor serving as chaplain at the Good Samaritan Home in Ottumwa.
Children: Heidi Cullinan and husband Dan Cullinan; granddaughter, Anna Cullinan; Hans Hoerschelman and wife Alicia Hoerschelman; Holli Klein and husband Nathan Klein; granddaughter, Jaina Klein; Hillari Hoerschelman; Adam Gentz, stepson.

Work Information: I spent 20+ years working in public schools as an elementary classroom teacher, K-12 gifted coordinator, and K-12 at-risk coordinator. I presently serve as the coordinator for a National Professional Development grant for administrators in Iowa, along with co-directing the Distance Learning Program at William Penn University in Oskaloosa, Iowa.

What do you enjoy doing? I enjoy spending time with my family, attending my granddaughter's school and music events, sewing, reading, knitting, riding my bike, cooking, shopping, gardening, photography, and crafts -- even though I hardly ever get time to do any of these things!

What do you think makes Wartburg stand out from other schools? Wartburg is not only a college with outstanding faculty and facilities, but it is also a place where the phrase "college family" really means something. The atmosphere of the college is warm and welcoming, and the faculty goes the extra mile to put the personal touch on teaching and learning.

What is currently your favorite thing about Wartburg?
I love the fact that not only has Wartburg held its own over the years since I have graduated (and, trust me, that is quite a few years now!), but it has also grown, flourished, and made a good thing even better! I think the campus itself has always been one of my favorite things about Wartburg, and it has been wonderful to come back at Homecoming and see all of the wonderful changes that have taken place there! It is definitely on the path from good to great!

What does "Being Orange" mean to you?
To me, "Being Orange" means that wherever I go and whatever I do, I carry with me the spirit of Wartburg. It means that I hold learning and teaching in high esteem, treat those I meet with respect and caring, and that I live a Christ-like life. And, when I am asked the question, "Orange" you glad you went to Wartburg?" I answer, "You bet I am!"

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