Connections Online Newsletter

Outstanding Students Honored

Congratulations to Dani Templin, Kelsey Pruitt, and Emily Aerts, who were presented with the St. Catherine’s Medal at the annual Student Leadership Recognition Dinner. Also pictured is Barb Gayle, vice president for academic affairs. The St. Catherine’s Medal honors students who represent the high ideals of a Catholic college education.

Child Survivor of the Holocaust Sam Harris to Speak Thursday

HarrisSam2Sam Harris, a child survivor of the Holocaust, will share his incredible story at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 11 in the Fine Arts Center Main Theatre.

Harris was born Szlamek Rzeznik in Deblin, Poland. He was four years old when World War II began with the German invasion of his native country in 1939. Soon overcrowding, lack of food and medicine, and disease in the Deblin ghetto caused men, women, and children to die in the streets.

In 1942, Harris and his family were selected for deportation. During the chaos of the round up, Harris’ father pushed him out of line and told him to run and hide. Harris watched his family march to the railcars. He never saw them again.


Rick Kyte to Hold Book Signing Friday

EthicalLifeBookRick Kyte, director of the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership and author of the book An Ethical Life: A Practical Guide to Ethical Reasoning, will hold a book signing from 5:50–7:30 p.m. Friday, April 12 in the Reinhart Center Board Room.

An Ethical Life: A Practical Guide to Ethical Reasoning is written to be accessible to the general reader interested in learning more about the field of ethics and as an introductory college textbook.

Kyte also teaches philosophy and writes a regular column for the La Crosse Tribune entitled “The Ethical Life.” He is a member of the La Crosse Tribune Editorial Board and the La Crosse County Ethics Board. He earned a Ph.D. in philosophy from the Johns Hopkins University in 1994. Before coming to Viterbo University in 2000, he taught at Christian Brothers University in Memphis and Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich.


Regional Champions

The Viterbo University Enactus Team earned the title of Regional Champion in Minneapolis, March 28. They will compete in the National Enactus Exposition in May in Kansas City. Enactus (formerly know as SIFE) is a student organization that enables progress through entrepreneurship. The Viterbo Enactus team has been working with Downtown Mainstreet, Inc. and the City of La Crosse on continuing efforts to grow the primary downtown neighborhood and shopping areas of La Crosse. Additionally, Viterbo Enactus is coordinating a reading program for the La Crosse Boys and Girls Clubs. Pictured are Shawn Keenan, Tony Becker, Jacob Hart, Hunter Beggs, Chelsey McCoy, Rachel Malin, and Cassandra Bushman.

Volunteer Recognition Event April 15

VolunteersViterbo will honor more than 40 local high school students for their service in the community at its annual Volunteer Recognition Event Monday, April 15 at 7 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Lobby.

The students being honored for their volunteer work were nominated by their school administration, counselors, and educators. Participating high schools are Aquinas, Holmen, La Crosse Central, La Crosse Logan, La Crescent, Onalaska, West Salem, and Providence Academy.


Touchstone Unveiled

Touchstone literary editors Joycelyn Fish and Molly Grosskreutz welcomed guests to the opening reception of an exhibit for the new magazine April 3. The exhibit will be on display in the library through Friday, April 19. Click to view online editions of Touchstone.

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By Sarah Bearbower, IIT

A few weeks ago, a number of us attended the presentation “Conquer the Chaos! Stress Less and Achieve More.” One of the suggested time enhancers mentioned was to get everything out of your inbox by responding to items that could be handled quickly or scheduling a task or calendar event to work on items that needed additional attention. With Outlook, you can quickly turn a message into a calendar event or task by following an easy process.


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Busy Days and Nights 

The frenetic pace of activities from now until the end of the semester can be daunting and stressful. At the same time, there are many activities and events that celebrate our mission and values and I encourage your participation. Please take time to attend programs that recognize student scholarship, leadership and service, such as the Music Honors Recital (Sunday, April 14), Scholars Day (Friday, April 26), and the Athletic Honors Banquet (Friday, May 3). The nursing pinning ceremony (Friday, May 10) is a very inspirational program open to all. Likewise, there are events scheduled to honor colleagues such as the Rose Awards (Thursday, May 2) and various retirement celebrations. Take time to enjoy the food and fun at Courtyard Carni (Friday, May 3) and the employee picnic (Friday, May 10), a new social event planned by the Hospitality Committee.


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By Emilio Alvarez

Easter Joy 

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! So much joy in one word. This word has been “missing” from our Church for 40 long days, but on the Easter Vigil March 30 we once again heard that word sung throughout the Church. What joy there is in the Easter season. We now celebrate that Jesus Christ, Lord and King, was raised from the dead and joined our Father God in heaven. How amazing is it that Christ died for us, but even more amazing that he continues to live for us and will continually forgive us. What joy we experience throughout this Easter season as we celebrate Jesus’ triumph over death thus giving us everlasting life. Alleluia!


APRIL 08, 2013

David Lisak to Address Sexual Violence with Presentations Tonight and Tomorrow

LisakDavid2Nationally recognized forensic consultant and clinical psychologist David Lisak, Ph.D., will give a pair of important presentations on the topic of sexual violence, “Confronting the Reality of Sexual Violence in a College Community” at 7 p.m. Monday, April 8 and “The Predatory Nature of Sexual Violence” at 8 a.m. Tuesday, April 9, both in the Fine Arts Center Main Theatre.

Each event is free and open to the public. Click for more information.

Community Health Fair Tomorrow
Health Fair

Get a massage, donate blood, enjoy a healthy snack, participate in numerous health screenings, or learn about the many health resources in the La Crosse area at the annual Viterbo Community Health Fair from 2–6 p.m. Tuesday, April 9 in the Mathy Center.

Visit the Magic 105 booth to get a special code for extra savings at Save on dining, entertainment, and more. Also learn about the Coulee Region Race coming this June and a chance for you to win $1,000. Details are available at

The theme of this year’s event is “Hands on Health.” The event is free and open to the public, and more than 40 local organizations are scheduled to attend. Click for a complete list of activities, participants, and displays.

Sounds of Luxembourg Recital April 11

PianoAcclaimed pianist Jean Miller of Luxembourg will present “Sounds of Luxembourg” at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 11 in the Fine Arts Center Recital Hall.

The event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Luxembourg American Cultural Society and Center.

Kudos to...

HoorayMary Ellen Stolder, nursing, who received the Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS) Gerontological Nursing Research Section New Dissertation Award at the 37th Annual MNRS Research Conference in Chicago March 7–10.

Carol Klitzke, nutrition and dietetics, who presented her doctoral dissertation “Outside the Fence: Food Defense in School Nutrition Programs” at the meeting of the Foodservice Systems Management Educators Council in Columbus, Ohio, March 22.

The members of the Viterbo volleyball team, coach Ryan DeLong, and volleyball player Katie Flock, who had a banner evening at the 2013 Greater La Crosse Sports Connections Awards Banquet March 24. The volleyball team was named College Team of the Year, DeLong was named Coach of the Year, and Flock was named College Athlete of the Year.

A True Champion

Paratriathlon champion Melissa Stockwell shared her story of courage and perseverance with Viterbo community members March 25. Stockwell, who was a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army serving in Iraq, lost her leg when the HUMVEE she was riding in was hit by a roadside bomb. She was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. She went on to win her division at the 2010, 2011, 2012 Paratriathlon World Championships. She is pictured being interviewed by WXOW TV-19.

Hawk Walk Friday, Fill the Hill Sunday

BaseballThe Student Athlete Advisory Committee’s (SAAC) annual Hawk Walk to promote healthy living will be held from noon–12:20 Friday, April 12. Participants should meet in front of the Varsity Athletics Center. The event will include a group walk, snacks, beverages, and door prizes.

SAAC will also host a Fill the Hill tailgate party Sunday, April 14 at the Outdoor Athletics Complex. The baseball and softball teams each have doubleheaders, with baseball beginning at noon and softball beginning at 1 p.m.

Student Response is Important

Survey2Seniors have been asked to complete the Viterbo General Education Survey. Faculty and employees are asked to encourage students to participate.

Responses to the survey are confidential and seniors’ collective responses will be used to improve Viterbo’s general education program. If you have any questions about the project, contact Rolf Samuels, director of general education, or Naomi Stennes-Spidahl, director of assessment and institutional research.

On April 12, one participant will be randomly selected to receive a $50 Amazon gift card.

IIT Learning Opportunity

ComputerIIT, in collaboration with the Colleague Steering Group, will offer the opportunity to attend Ellucian’s (formerly DataTel) Annual Conference without leaving campus. 

Sessions will be shown in the Library Learning Commons Lab, room 248, Sunday, April 7–Wednesday, April 10. Come and go as needed, and plan to attend sessions that are of interest to you.

Click for full event calendar and description of each session.

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