Connections Online Newsletter
Artman, Rick

President's Message

A Warm Franciscan Welcome

On behalf of the cabinet and deans, I extend a warm Franciscan welcome to all new members of the Viterbo community. We likewise welcome those returning with our hopes that your summer has been restful and rewarding.


Doors Open at Clare Apartments, Blessing and Tours Aug. 21

Clare Apartments ExteriorThe doors of Viterbo’s newest residential facility, Clare Apartments, will open with a blessing, time capsule dedication, and tours Tuesday, Aug. 21 beginning at 11:30 a.m.


Ethical Life BookRick Kyte Authors Ethics Book

Hot off the press is An Ethical Life: A Practical Guide to Ethical Reasoning, authored by Rick Kyte, director of the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership. Kyte, who also teaches philosophy, wrote the book over the course of two years and it is intended to be used as an introductory textbook for students delving into the topic of ethics for the first time.


Alvarez, EmilioCampus Ministry –
Meet Emilio Alvarez

By Emilio Alvarez 

Greetings from Campus Ministry. I am Emilio Alvarez, the new assistant director of campus ministry. I hail from Aurora, Ill., where I was born and raised. I graduated in 2011 from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, with a degree in religious studies and philosophy.


Heaven is for Real Author Todd Burpo at Viterbo Sept. 6

Burpo, ToddTodd Burpo, author of the best selling book Heaven is for Real and pastor of Crossroads Wesleyan Church in Imperial, Neb., will speak at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6 in the Fine Arts Center Main Theatre.


Ethics Institute Awards Research Fellowships

Braley, Matthew Eiben,VickyEvans, Lyon 

The D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership has awarded three Viterbo faculty members with research fellowships for the 2012–13 academic year:

Viterbo Athletics Golf Scramble

Athletics Golf OutingPaul Patros, Herb Heili, Vic V-Hawk, Tom Munson, and Anne Cina enjoyed themselves at the 15th annual Viterbo University Athletics Golf Scramble Aug. 13 at the La Crosse Country Club.

AUGUST 20, 2012

Inservice Week Schedule

The complete inservice week schedule is available at

Grades GraphicSummer Grades Due Tuesday

All grades for the summer term must be submitted in VitNet no later than noon Tuesday, Aug. 21. There are many processes dependent on all grades being finalized in the system.

Birth Announcement


Congratulations to Kori Salaski, registrar's office, and her husband Ben Salaski, Aramark, the proud parents of Camille Irene Salaski. Camille was born at 7:23 a.m. Aug. 9 and weighed seven pounds and two ounces and measured 20 inches long. She was born with a head full of blond hair.

Spirituality Center Stones

Spirituality Center to Offer Leadership Program

The Franciscan Spirituality Center’s Spiritual Foundations for Leadership program being held this fall is ideal for community and business professionals who want to gain a greater understanding of leadership styles and discover how to serve others.

Registration deadline is Saturday, Sept. 1 and the class is limited to 16 participants. For more information visit

Employee Service Recognition

Employees will be recognized for their years of service during the university forum Tuesday, Aug. 21. Congratulations to:

Five Years of Service
Ruth Badciong
Ken Barrett
Danita Doerre
Jeanne Donskey
Greg Erpenbach
Anthony Gerig
Herb Heili
Reta Keenan
Jared Manske
Jim Socha
Paul Wilhelmson
Caryn Witt
Catherine Wright

Ten Years of Service
Judy Casto
Susan Cosby Ronnenberg
Chad Gilbeck
Alida Herling
Gary Klein
Dorothy Lenard
Vee Luz
Andy Moore
Jessica Pintz
Jennifer Sadowski
Karen Sandblom
Judy Talbott

Fifteen Years of Service
Drew Crawford
Deb Daehn-Zellmer
Marlene Fisher
Amy Gleason
Ward Jones
Vickie Schaefer

Twenty Years of Service
Apryl Denny

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