Connections Online Newsletter

Merry Christmas

Artman, RickAs we approach the end of the semester and the Christmas break, Joan and I extend a heartfelt message of gratitude and sincere wishes for a blessed Christmas. Likewise, we offer warm seasonal greetings to those who celebrate other faith traditions at this time of the year.

Thank you to the many volunteers who participated in the President’s Holiday Dinner and to Aramark Dining Services for another outstanding holiday feast. I know the hundreds of students who enjoyed the delicious dinner and holiday spirit are appreciative of your efforts. I also extend my gratitude to student organizations and individuals who devoted time and effort to help the less fortunate at this time of the year.


President's Holiday Dinner

More than 620 students enjoyed the annual President’s Holiday Dinner served by employee volunteers Dec. 5.

Servant Leadership Students Take Action with $20 "Seed Money"
Silent Auction

Car washes? Restaurant certificates? How about a beauty basket? Servant Leadership class participants Jennifer Fischer and Breanna Paughman take bids for silent auction items in Franny’s Dec. 5. “I’ve learned so much about how generous people can be,” Paughman said. They raised over $600 during the event.

Tom Thibodeau divided the 30 students in his Servant Leadership class into three groups. Each group received $20 seed money and a goal to use their individual and collective talents to raise as much money as possible for charity.



Dec. 6 was Viterbo Volleyball Team Appreciation Day in honor of the volleyball team’s many outstanding achievements. The Viterbo volleyball team won the MCC Conference Championship, the MCC Conference Tournament, and advanced to the quarterfinals of the NAIA National Tournament, the furthest any Viterbo volleyball team has advanced. Team members also received many top individual honors.

Meet Sara Halberg

HalbergSara2Name: Sara Halberg

Position: Administrative Assistant for Institutional Advancement

Education background: Bachelor of Arts, Gustavus Adolphus College. Majored in management and music.

Previous employer and position/Past experience as related to current position:

  • Downtown Mainstreet, Inc. – Marketing and Events Coordinator
  • Habitat for Humanity-La Crosse Area – Fund Development Coordinator through AmeriCorps VISTA

Christmas Spirit

Campus ministry members Mandy Jo Mlsna, Ashley De Cramer, and Ashley Rink set up the Creche in Murphy Center Lobby. A blessing was held Dec. 6.

Alumni Children's Christmas Party
Alumni Children

Sharing her list: More than 300 children and their family members attended the Alumni Children’s Christmas Party Dec. 1, which featured Christmas carols, crafts, face painting, and Santa Claus.

DECEMBER 10, 2012

Employee Christmas Social Friday

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.

Grades Due Dec. 18

Report CardReminder to faculty: grades for the 2012 fall term must be submitted in VitNet no later than noon Tuesday, Dec. 18.

Commencement Information for Participants

CapanddiplomaViterbo’s winter commencement ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 in the Fine Arts Center Main Theatre. All faculty, administrators, and staff are invited to participate. Participants should line up in the Fine Arts Center Recital Hall lobby by 10:45 a.m. There will not be secure storage for personal items.

The same tips that apply to graduates wearing caps and gowns also apply to wearing academic regalia. Gowns should be pressed and worn with dark slacks or hosiery and dark shoes. Caps should be worn level, and no jewelry or other adornments should be worn with the gowns.

Marshals will lead the participants in and out of the main theatre for the ceremony. Faculty/administrator/staff participants will form a line in the hallway outside of the theatre that the graduates will pass as they exit. The line may need to form two or three people deep. Faculty are encouraged to applaud the graduates as they exit into the lobby.

Other commencement events include the Master Degree Hooding ceremony at 8:30 a.m. in the Fine Arts Center Recital Hall, ROTC Commissioning at 9 a.m. in the Dahl School of Business room 122, Baccalaureate Mass at 9:30 a.m. in Mary of the Angels Chapel at St. Rose Convent, and the BSN Completion program Pinning Ceremony at noon in San Damiano Chapel. All are welcome to attend any of these events.

Stocking Stuffer: Anything But Plain

AnythingbutplainsmallHelp Mary Ellen Haupert turn her Anything But Plain CDs into funds for Waking the Village—Tubman House, a shelter for unwed mothers that provides basic needs and education. 

Julia Walsh, FSPA, who worked at the center as a Jesuit volunteer, said that all funds raised by Dec. 31 will be matched dollar for dollar. CDs are $5 each and would fit neatly into a Christmas stocking.

Email Mary Ellen Haupert if you’re interested in helping. Checks can be made out to Sr. Julia Walsh and sent to Mary Ellen Haupert via Viterbo’s intercampus mail or to her home address (with your mailing info)—1632 Ferry Street, La Crosse, WI 54601.

Birth Announcement

Congratulations to Jessica and Chad Miller, the proud parents of a baby boy. Their son was born at 7:44 p.m. Dec. 5, weighing 9 pounds, 14 ounces and measuring 22 inches long.

Three Minutes or Less Makes Great Christmas Gift

ThreeMinutesLooking for a great Christmas gift or stocking stuffer? Pick up a copy of Three Minutes or Less: the Brief and Selected Homilies of Fr. Tom O’Neill.

The book costs $5. Visit Sandra Bartel in the communications and marketing office in Reinhart Center 007 to make your purchase.

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