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Poster Presentations

Senior nursing students explained their research in a morning program held in the School of Nursing on Thursday. Pictured, Abbie Heffel discusses her project and the poster which asked the question: “In heart failure patients, does the implementation of multi-component education and intervention decrease hospital admission rates compared to the use of general heart failure education?”

Autograph Please

Kyte Book Signing
Jervie Windom, a master sergeant at Fort McCoy and student in the Master of Arts in Servant Leadership program, stopped by to get an autographed copy of Rick Kyte’s new book, An Ethical Life: A Practical Guide to Ethical Reasoning.


Nursing Research on the Green

Nursing Research on the Green, a community event to celebrate and recognize excellence in nursing, will be held Thursday, April 25 from 10 a.m.–7 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center and the School of Nursing Building.


All Fired Up

Fired Up
Science students Justine Nelson and Marshall Engstrom join Tammy Clark, chemistry and physics, in preparing and rehearsing for “Fired Up for Science” which was held in the Reinhart Center on April 18.


Catholics at the Capitol

Catholics at the Capitol
A group from Viterbo traveled to Madison April 10 to participate in Catholics at the Capitol. Campus ministry, and religious studies and philosophy sponsored the opportunity.


Scholars Day LogoShow Your Support at Scholars' Day

Join your colleagues in supporting our students by attending Scholars' Day, Friday, April 26, Viterbo's annual celebration where student research and scholarship will be on full display.


Viterbo Salutes High School Volunteers

High School Volunteers
Holmen High School students who were honored for their volunteerism smile for the camera and hold up artifacts that speak to their volunteer efforts in serving their local community. These six students joined 39 others representing eight Coulee Region schools that were at Viterbo April 15 for the 17th Annual Volunteer Recognition event.


Hawk Walk for Health

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Members of the Viterbo community participated in the annual Hawk Walk April 12. The event was sponsored by the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee to promote healthy living and included a group walk, snacks, beverages, and door prizes.


Weather-beater Baseball Scores Well for Viterbo

V-Hawk baseball came up with a creative yet necessary solution to the inclement weather dilemma, which has resulted in numerous postponements and a severely shortened season.


Student Art Show Now Open

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The All Student Show opened in the Viterbo University Gallery April 17. The exhibit featuring art in a variety of mediums, runs until Friday, May 10 and is located on the third floor of the Fine Arts Center.


ArtmanPresident's Column

Administrative Professionals Day 

The calendar marks Wednesday, April 24 as Administrative Professionals Day. Hence, this week is an appropriate time for me to express the gratitude of the university community for the outstanding service of our support staff.


One-of-a-Kind Chamber Music Series This Sunday

Pianist Mary Ellen Haupert will team up with violinist Nancy Oliveros Shows and cellist Kirsten Whitson, in a concert entitled “Café Music for Piano Trio,” on Sunday, April 28 at 3 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Recital Hall.


APRIL 22, 2013

Celebrate Earth Day at Viterbo

Earth DaySupport a green, more sustainable planet right here on campus today by attending an assortment of Earth Day events sponsored by the Environmental Sustainability Club. Many of the activities will take place in Assisi Courtyard with the kick off at 2 p.m., featuring the installation of a rain barrel at a location just west of the Student Development Center. The barrel, part of a Washburn neighborhood project, will collect water runoff, which will be used to water the flowerbeds throughout Assisi Courtyard. At 2:15 p.m. students have organized a tree planting at a site just south of the library entrance. Newly elected Mayor Tim Kabat is scheduled to speak at 4 p.m. in Assisi Courtyard.

Winning pieces of the recycled art contest will also be available for viewing in an outdoor display.


"Switch" to a Smarter Energy Future April 25

SwitchStudents and staff are invited to a viewing of the documentary, Switch, Thursday, April 25, at 7 p.m. in the Dahl School of Business room 122. The documentary explores the possibility of making an energy transition and what the changes would entail. Switch explores the world’s premier sites for all energies from coal to solar, oil to biofuels. More than 50 experts, those driving energy today, are interviewed. In the end, Switch advocates an energy future that promises to be as surprising as it is practical. Admission to the event is free.


Viterbo Singers and Choirs to be Featured at St. Paul's Lutheran Church

Celebrate Diane Foust, retiring after 28 years with the Viterbo music department. Foust and the 9th Street Singers, Viterbo Concert Choir with Jean Saladino and Judy Stafslien, and special guest artists will present the final choral concert of the year on Saturday, April 27 at 3 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church at 420 West Avenue. The Concert Choir will be joined by cellist Julie Sturm and percussionist, Matthew Coley from Iowa State University. The free-will offering will go to support the St. Paul Lutheran initiative to provide vaccines toward eradicating malaria in Africa. Join the celebration, support a good cause and the good work of Diane Foust and her musical colleagues.


Medication Collection Event Saturday

Medication An unwanted and expired medication collection event will be held from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Saturday, April 27, in the Fine Arts Center parking lot.


Donate Items to New Horizons During National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Legos The Introduction to Psychology Seminar 149 class is collecting donations for New Horizons during April, which is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Students are collecting the following items through April 30: children’s items such as clothing, shoes, diapers, wipes, toys, art supplies; adult items including clothing, cleaning supplies, general hygiene products, and kitchen supplies. Collection boxes are located in the Fine Arts Center (Box Office entrance and Jackson Street entrance), Murphy Center (library entrance, lobby, and room 540), and the Student Union. Any questions, contact Val Kokott-Rebhahn at


Enjoy an Employee Picnic May 10

Employee PicnicViterbo University will have an employee picnic on Friday, May 10 to celebrate the end of the academic year. Join your fellow co-workers for a hot dog or hamburger lunch, pasta salad, chips and a desert. Lawn games will also be available for employees to enjoy. The picnic will be held in Assisi Courtyard from 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Employees must RSVP by picking up a lunch ticket at the following locations: business office, communications and marketing, Fine Arts Center room 102, or School of Nursing Building room 107. Deadline to RSVP is May 3. The picnic is sponsored by the Hospitality Committee and human resources.


CD Featuring St. Francis Choir of Viterbo Now Available

Instruments of Peace CDFans of sacred and contemporary music will definitely enjoy the recently released CD, Instruments of Peace, featuring the St. Francis Choir of Viterbo under the direction of Polly Pappadopoulos. All music was recorded in San Damiano Chapel, the home of the choir. Selections featured include a number of recognizable songs such as Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace, Servant Song and Healing River. Instruments of Peace, priced at $15, is available in campus ministry, Murphy Center room 340.


The Research Behind Happiness

Beau Weston 

Beau Weston, the Van Winkle Professor of Sociology at Centre College in Danville, Ky., shared his research and other findings on the subject of happiness with members of the Viterbo community on April 17. The Administrative Assembly sponsored the presentation.

Weston indicated that among other factors, happy people are generally those who value personal and professional relationships, enjoy good health, commit themselves to the service of others, and possess a family income at or near the mean level of the country in which they reside. His findings touched on a number of other factors correlated to happiness. Not surprising, Weston concluded, that workers, friends, and families benefit most from connections with happy people and the optimism which is generated as a result of a positive outlook on life.

Later in the evening, in a community presentation sponsored by the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics and Leadership, Weston discussed “Race, Class, and Gender in the 21st Century."


Chronic Wasting Disease Informational Meeting April 23

The public is invited to attend an informational meeting on the topic of Chronic Wasting Disease in Deer at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 23 in the School of Nursing Building room 195. The session, moderated by Marc Schultz, chair of the La Crosse County Conservation Alliance, will include a panel of Department of Natural Resources officials. A discussion session will follow the presentation.


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