Connections Online Newsletter

Cold and Snowy

Students make their way back from class on a cold and snowy day Jan. 30.

Nominate a Student for the St. Catherine's Medal

StCatherine2Nominations are now being accepted for the St. Catherine’s Medal for Student Achievement, which honors students who represent the high ideals of a Catholic college education. Recipients will be selected on the basis of leadership, service, dedication to their Catholic education, and service as a role model for the Franciscan community. The medal will be presented at the Student Leader Recognition Dinner on Monday, March 25.


"Diversity 101: A New Paradigm" Presentation Feb. 12

KoenAndre2The Viterbo Diversity Task Force and the Professional Development Committee invites employees to attend the presentation “Diversity 101: A New Paradigm” by Andre Koen Tuesday, Feb. 12.

The presentation will be offered from 8–9:30 a.m. and from 3:15–4:45 p.m., both in the School of Nursing Building room 195.


Humanities Symposium Begins Tomorrow

People from a wide variety of backgrounds and professions will come together for a community dialogue about the history, nature, and value of work at the “Why Work? Making a Living and Making a Life” Humanities Symposium Tuesday, Feb. 5–Wednesday, Feb. 6.


Professional Development
Pro Development

Steve Kessel, training specialist with The Management Association, presented Communicating with Your Teammates” at two capacity sessions Jan. 29. The event was sponsored by Viterbo’s Professional Development Team.

Staff Grant Nomination Deadline Today

StaffgrantThe staff assembly is seeking nominations for its annual Staff Assembly Grant.

Junior or senior students in good academic standing are eligible for the grant. Nomination forms that included complete details were delivered to the campus mailboxes. The deadline has been extended to Monday, Feb. 4.


Health CornerCadiceus

By Sue Danielson

What is the “Stomach Flu?”

The flu is not the only virus that you might get this season. Norovirus is a nasty bug that affects the stomach and many people refer to it as the “stomach flu.”

Norovirus is very contagious. You can get it from an infected person, contaminated food or water, or by touching contaminated surfaces. The virus causes your stomach or intestines or both to get inflamed (acute gastroenteritis). This leads to stomach pain, nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting. The illness can be serious, especially for young children and older adults.


From the LibraryLibrary Books Color

By Polly Scott

Taming the Tiger: Tools for Getting Organized 

Between apps, websites and library resources, there is no shortage of tools in the area of organization. The trick is finding resources that fit your needs. Whether you’re collaborating on a research project or building a task list, there are many free resources to help simplify these activities.


Ice Rink is Open

Student Natalie Christensen enjoyed skating on the ice rink in Assisi Courtyard on a nice winter afternoon.

FEBRUARY 04, 2013

Blood Drive Thursday

BloodCenter Small3A BloodCenter of Wisconsin blood drive will be held from 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7 in the Reinhart Center Board Room.

Schedule your appointment by emailing, calling ext. 3116, or online at Appointments are encouraged but walk-ins are also welcome. Donors are asked to bring a photo ID.

The drive is sponsored by Viterbo’s Residence Hall Council.

CongratulationsBirth Announcement

Congratulations to Ryan DeLong, athletics, and his wife Kari on the birth of their son, Easton Ryan. Easton was born Jan. 25 and weighing nine pounds and 13 ounces. He was welcomed home by brothers Bradyn and Carter.

Congratulations to Jared Manske, admission, and his wife Carmen, on the birth of their daughter, Lydia Bell. Lydia was born Jan. 28 weighing seven pounds and nine ounces and measuring 19.75 inches.

Kudos to...

The 27 Viterbo students who will present their work at the 27th National Conference on Undergraduate Research at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in April. All 27 of the students who applied had their work accepted. Each went through an internal application process before officially applying and received feedback from Viterbo faculty and staff reviewers. Nineteen of the 27 students participated in a Summer Research Fellowship during one of the past two summers and all 27 have engaged in Viterbo-faculty mentored research.

Internship Panel Feb. 14

Encourage students to attend the Academic Resource Center’s presentation of the Student Support Services Internship Panel from 1–2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14 in the School of Nursing Building room 207.

Students from the ARC’s Student Support Services TRIO program will discuss their recent internship experiences.

Students should RSVP to Andy Moore by Tuesday, Feb. 12. Seating is limited to 25. 

The program will also include presentations on the value of internships and earning credit, writing personal statements and resumes, and a question and answer session.

Club Fair Thursday

The Viterbo Club Fair will be held from 1:30–3:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7 in the Reinhart Center Lobby.

Joining a club is one of the best ways for students to become more involved on campus.

Physical Plant News

By Linda Kneifl

Maintenance TechniciansTools 

Kudos to the maintenance technicians, who continually work to keep the heating system running in good order during the winter months.

Training within the department took place over Christmas break. The completed classes were ladder training, MSDS, bloodborne pathogens, personal protective equipment, and hazardous material communication. The maintenance technicians have also been attending courses for electrical safety.

Custodial Staff 

With the flu season still upon us, the custodial staff continues to disinfect door knobs and handles as much as possible as well as desk tops and table tops in classrooms. Extra hand sanitizers have been placed around campus.

During Christmas break, grounds and custodial staff assisted the library staff with the relocating of several employee offices to new locations to create a study room.


When they are not removing snow, the grounds staff has been busy painting offices, bathrooms, stairwells, the Student Union, various rooms in the library and Marian Hall basement laundry room and hallways.

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