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Hello Future Nurses
Nursing Fair2

More than 110 nursing students met with 20 potential employers at the Nursing Career Fair Nov. 15 in the School of Nursing building.

Successful Servant Leadership Author Gerald Baldner to Hold Book Signing Dec. 11

Baldner Cover2A book signing will be held Tuesday, Dec. 11 from 5:30–7:30 p.m. in the Reinhart Center Board Room for the new book Successful Servant Leadership: Insights from Servant Leaders in Education, Business, Healthcare, Politics, Athletics and Religion. The author is Gerald Baldner, long-time local businessman and entrepreneur. 

Successful Servant Leadership is published by the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership at Viterbo University. The book features interviews of 13 people from diverse fields who share their leadership experiences and insights. Among those interviewed for the book are Don Weber, founder and CEO of Logistics Health, Roger Harring, former football coach at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, and Janet Stansfield Hess, President of Stansfield Vending.


Day of Service Scheduled for Martin Luther King Jr. Day Jan. 21

MLKSave the Date—to help celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day Monday, Jan. 21, campus activities and community engagement will host a day of service. Everyone at Viterbo is encouraged to be involved. As King Jr. said, “Everybody can be great...because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”


Thank You Partners
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The Dahl School of Business recently designated a wall to acknowledge the support received from community organizations and companies.

President's ColumnArtman, Rick

Annual Trustees Opportunity Fund 

Over the past six years, the members of the Board of Trustees have contributed more than $1.3 million to the Annual Trustees Opportunity Fund—so named to align with the university’s strategic plan, The University of Opportunity: Hope and Help. The fund provides grants for pilot projects, innovative ideas, and programs designated by trustees (e.g., undergraduate research, guardian angel scholarships). Again this year, the trustees have committed to 100 percent giving by the board and have set a goal of $200,000. Though some gifts are restricted by the trustees, a substantial portion is made available for distribution to innovative projects that are aligned with our four institutional priorities: Academic Distinction, Catholic, Franciscan Identity, Access, Affordability, and Student Success, and Enrollment Growth. For information about these grants and the process for application, visit Applicants should obtain the support of the appropriate dean and vice president before submission. I review each application and make decisions as applications are received.


Campus MinistryChapel2

By Fr. Conrad Targonski

The Season of Advent 

Traditionally, the four Sundays before Christmas are called Advent. Following the cues from nature, this is a time for harvest and thanksgiving—and a time for bracing from darkening days and colder temperatures. Past generations braced against starvation and sickness by storing supplies and staying warm. There was virtual isolation in years past because of snowed-in roads, icy conditions or blustery winds.


From the LibraryLibrary Books Color

Art in the Library 

The library is pleased to announce the Graphic Design Senior Show for Samantha Gobler and Amy Wedlund. The show will be exhibited until Friday, Dec. 16 and will feature graphic design, illustrations, package design, and web design in the art gallery in the back of the library. Come and enjoy the creativity of these Viterbo students.


DECEMBER 3, 2012

Employee Christmas Social Dec. 14

Holly2You are invited to join President Rick Artman and the Hospitality Committee for an employee Christmas Social Friday, Dec. 14 in the Fine Arts Center Lobby. Attend as your schedule permits from 3–4:30 p.m. and enjoy an assortment of hors d’oeuvres, holiday refreshments, and door prizes.

Viterbo Winter Commencement Dec. 15

Graduation CapOne hundred eighteen undergraduate students and 25 graduate students will be candidates for graduation at Viterbo’s winter commencement ceremony at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 in the Fine Arts Center Main Theatre.

Barbara Gayle, vice president for academic affairs, will serve as master of ceremonies and Nathanael Potaracke, an elementary education major from La Crosse will give the student address. Kathy Duerwachter, director of alumni relations, will give the alumni welcome.

President Rick Artman will confer the degrees and Keith Knutson, chair of the faculty council, will present the candidates. Diplomas will be awarded by President Artman and Kent Handel, chair of the Board of Trustees. Handel will also provide congratulatory remarks and Father Conrad Targonski, OFM, will give the benediction. In a special presentation, Grant Smith will be granted the title of Professor Emeritus.

The day will begin with a Master Degree Hooding Ceremony at 8:30 a.m. in the Fine Arts Center Recital Hall. A Baccalaureate Mass will be held at 9:30 a.m. in Mary of the Angels Chapel at St. Rose Convent. Fr. Targonski will preside at the liturgy. A BSN Completion Program Pinning Ceremony will be held at noon in San Damiano Chapel.

Leadership at Noon

Rod Leis, international human resources manager for ExxonMobil, spoke as part of the Leadership at Noon series Nov. 20.

Tree Trimming Competition Underway

Visit the Fine Arts Center atrium to see the beautiful Christmas trees and to vote by monetary donation for your favorite. The annual Fine Arts Center Tree Trimming Competition runs until Dec. 14. All proceeds will be donated to each designated charity.

Kudos to...

Rick Kyte and Tom Thibodeau, who were named Paul Harris Fellows at Downtown Rotary Nov. 29. The prestigious awards, named after the founder of Rotary, Paul Harris, are awarded to individuals who meet high professional and personal standards set forth by Harris.

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