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Nursing Research on the Green


The Fine Arts Center was a busy place during the annual Nursing Research on the Green April 25. The event featured the latest in nursing research, breakout sessions and presentations featuring a variety of topics in the field, presentation of the Dahlberg Scholar Award, and the keynote address, “Living an Examined Life: One Nurse’s Path to Calling and Inquiry—All Nurses’ Imperative” by Valerie Lincoln.

Four to be Honored with Pope John XXIII Award for Distinguished Service

Pat Stephens, founder and organizer of numerous community events; Father André Cirino, OFM, a renowned Franciscan scholar; and Dick and Doreen Brostrom, a couple who launched second careers as full-time volunteers, are the recipients of the 2013 Pope John XXIII Award for Distinguished Service.


Celebrating Earth Day


Environmental Sustainability Club President Sarah Reimer tells guests about the newly installed rain barrel next to the Student Development Center as part of their Earth Day activities April 22. The day also included the planting of a tree and a visit from La Crosse Mayor Tim Kabat.

All About Herbs

DieteticsDietetics students presented The Happy Life Today Show as part of Mayo Clinic Health System, Franciscan Healthcare-La Crosse's elder services program April 23. The presentation, which took the form of a television program with a live studio audience, covered herbs, their many uses and benefits, and healthy and delicious food samples.

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By Sue Danielson, health services

Learn CPR in Two Easy Steps 

Anyone can learn to perform CPR. In 2010, the American Heart Association approved Hands-Only CPR. It is intended for bystanders who are untrained in CPR. It is also recommended for situations when the rescuer is unable or unwilling to provide mouth-to-mouth ventilations for a victim. Each year in the U.S., Emergency Medical Services treats nearly 300,000 people who suffer cardiac arrest at home, at work or in public locations. In the absence of immediate, effective CPR, the chance of survival decreases 7–10 percent per minute. An individual's survival depends greatly on receiving CPR from someone nearby. However, less than one-third of cardiac arrest victims get this help. Most bystanders are worried they might do something wrong or make the situation worse.


From the LibraryLibrary Books Color

By Janelle Mathews and Kim Wroblewski

Spotlight on Senior Student Workers 

The library has an excellent team of student workers, three of whom are graduating seniors this semester.


Newest Leaders


Wisconsin Honorary of Involved Leaders (WHIL) hosted their spring induction April 10. Pictured from left are Emily Riemer, Alyssa Sherwood, Brandon Stiefel, Katelyn Kraimer, Rachel Hall, Marissa Kerschner, Jesse Mossholder, and Paige Ermer. Students were nominated by members from campus for their contributions to on-campus living. Nominees were asked to complete an application, and final selections were made by the chapter’s membership committee. WHIL recognizes Viterbo community members for their positive contributions, and organizes service and scholastic programs for students.

APRIL 29, 2013

Rose Awards Thursday
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Find out who will be honored with the Teacher of the Year, Employee of the Year, and other awards at the annual Rose Awards ceremony at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, May 2 in the Fine Arts Center.

A reception will follow the event in the Fine Arts Center Hospitality Suite. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Kick Off National Nurses Week with Ceremony May 3

NursingPatchThe Viterbo community is invited to attend a ceremony celebrating National Nurses Week Friday, May 3 at 12:10 p.m. in the School of Nursing Building Healing Garden.

The event will include a proclamation by President Rick Artman, the unveiling of new banners celebrating National Nurses Week and Florence Nightingale, and a short reception.

National Nurses Week is officially celebrated Monday, May 6–Sunday, May 12 nationwide.

Viterbo Students to Present The Glass Menagerie May 3–4

UnicornEnjoy an all student production of the Tennessee Williams classic The Glass Menagerie at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 3 and Saturday, May 4 in the Fine Arts Center La Croix Black Box Theatre.

The Glass Menagerie is produced with special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., of New York.

Visit the box office for ticket information.

Check the Lost and Found

Lost and FoundDid you lose anything on campus this year? Check with the campus lost and found at the library. Visit, email, or call ext. 3270.

Celebrate WOW Week and Courtyard Carni

WowIt’s back—the third annual Without Worries Week (WOW) will be bigger and better than ever. Students can de-stress by attending events like Hot Yoga at La Crosse’s premiere hot yoga studio, chill out with a free make your own smoothie, stay calm and play bingo, and the traditional “s'more fun” event in Assisi Courtyard, in addition to many other activities. Find the complete information at

WOW Week concludes with Courtyard Carni, Viterbo’s longest running tradition, in Assisi Courtyard Friday, May 3 from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. A free carnival lunch will be provided to employees and students not on meal plans from 11 a.m.–1 p.m., carnival games, giveaways, and more occurring until 3 p.m. In the case of inclement weather, the lunch will take place in Marian Hall Dining Room and the carnival will be held in the Mathy Center. Courtyard Carni updates and information can be found at

Support Enactus

Help Viterbo’s Enactus organization (formerly SIFE) raise funds for the national championship in Kansas City in May by enjoying a meal at Applebees Tuesday, April 30; Buffalo Wild Wings Wednesday, May 1; or T.G.I. Friday’s Wednesday, May 8. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Enactus.

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Pick Up Your Employee Picnic Ticket by Friday

Employee PicnicEmployees are reminded to get their ticket for the Employee Picnic by Friday, May 3. Tickets can be obtained in the business office, communications and marketing, Fine Arts Center room 102, or School of Nursing Building room 107.

The Employee Picnic will be held from 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Friday, May 10 in Assisi Courtyard. The event will feature a lunch of a hot dog or hamburger, pasta salad, chips, and dessert. Lawn games will also be available.

The picnic is sponsored by the Hospitality Committee and human resources.

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