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Annual Humanities Symposium
Humanities Symposium

Kem Gambrell, business, presented “Following Your Bliss: Work at What Makes Your Soul Soar” Feb. 5 as part of the “Why Work? Making a Living and Making a Life” Humanities Symposium.

Celebrate Homecoming this Week

VicThe Viterbo community is invited to join alumni in celebrating Homecoming Saturday, Feb. 16.

Several activities are being held this week, including a community luncheon in Marian Hall Dining Room Friday, Feb. 15 from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. sponsored by campus activities and the alumni association. The menu is designed to put diners in the basketball spirit. No tickets are necessary.

Student Activities Board and campus activities sponsor many of the events being held throughout the week, with help from VU After Dark, rec sports, the alumni office, and athletics. For a complete schedule of the many activities occurring each day, visit


"What is the Future of Servant Leadership?" Presentation Feb. 18

WheelerDanOrganizational and Leadership Development Consultant Dan Wheeler will present “What is the Future of Servant Leadership?” from 7–8:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18 in Reinhart Center room 107.

The presentation will explore answers to the questions, Will servant leadership gain strength? What are the major problems in terms of its acceptance? What are the advantages of living in a servant organization? What are the advantages of being led by a servant leader?, and What principles guide servant leaders and organizations?


VU Club Fair
Club Fair

Social Work Club Fair members Hannah Johnson and Sara Grandy shared information about their organization at the VU Club Fair held Feb. 7 in Reinhart Center.

President's Column

Spring Semester EnrollmentArtman, Rick 

Here is the enrollment census report for the spring semester. The left half of the report compares Spring 2013 with Spring 2012; the right half compares this semester with the fall semester. Because fall semester’s full time undergraduate enrollment was lower than expected, the raw numbers for spring semester are likewise lower. The good news is that retention from fall to spring (92.4 percent) improved by almost one percent from last year and the number of new students for the spring (46) is substantially higher than last spring. Residence hall occupancy for the spring is a record high of 627.


Campus Ministry

By Emilio Alvarez


Chapel2It is time again to prepare for the Ver Sacrum, or the Sacred Springtime. Not many people look at the liturgical season of Lent and consider it to be a resemblance of spring. The season of Lent brings about reminders of personal journeys, deserts, struggles, and obstacles within our faith. It’s also a time where we are called to examine our own personal relationships with God and those around us.

Even though there is a stark difference between the carnival like season before Lent and the Lenten images that remind us of ashes, deserts, fish frys, etc. Lent is a time for renewal. It is a time to invest in and take care of oneself and the relationships we have between God, nature, and others. If we think of Lent as the Sacred Springtime, we can then think of ourselves as metaphorical flower buds. We must take care in tending and nurturing ourselves through prayer, music, exercise, sleep, or anything that will rebuild the broken relationships we may have.


Helping Others

Paul Wilhelmson, communications and marketing, donated blood at the BloodCenter of Wisconsin blood drive Feb. 7 in the Reinhart Center Board Room. The drive was sponsored by Residence Hall Council.

FEBRUARY 11, 2013

Rose Awards Nominations Now Open
Rose Awards2

Nominate a deserving colleague for Outstanding Teacher of the Year, Employee of the Year, Servant Leader, the Alec Chui Memorial Award, or the other major honors to be announced at the annual Rose Awards ceremony Thursday, May 2 at 3:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Recital Hall.

Nominations are now open and are due by Monday, April 1. A complete description of all the awards and the nomination forms are available at

Enter the Honors Program Chili Cook-off

Chili2Campus offices, academic departments, and student organizations are invited to enter the Third Annual Honors Program Chili Cook-off Wednesday, Feb. 20 from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. in the School of Nursing Building Lobby.

Entrants simply need to deliver their chili to the cook-off. The campus community is invited for lunch to sample the entries. Chili Cook-Off attendees are asked to bring $1 or a canned good to support local food insecurity efforts (recipients of the day’s donations will be decided by the winners of the chili cook-off.)

Interested in entering a chili? Contact Jessica Hartling at

Register for a Gluten-Free Cooking Class in March

GlutenGluten-free interactive cooking classes taught by Viterbo nutrition and dietetics students will be held Wednesday, March 13 from 12:45–2:45 p.m. and 4:30–6:30 p.m., and Thursday, March 14 from 12:45–2:45 p.m. in the School of Nursing Building Dietetics Foods Lab.

The classes are designed for people with celiac disease, wheat allergy, and non-celiac gluten sensitivity. Each session is $8 to be paid in advance. Contact Virginia Horth at to register. The registration deadline is Friday, Feb. 15.

Kudos to...

Volleyball image3Volleyball coach Ryan DeLong, volleyball player Katie Flock, and the members of the volleyball team, who are finalists for major awards at the La Crosse Area Sports Commission Banquet Sunday, March 24. DeLong is a finalist for Coach of the Year, Flock is up for College Athlete of the Year, and the volleyball team is a finalist for College Team of the Year.

Speed Mock Interview Event Feb. 26

A Speed Mock Interviewing event is scheduled for 5:30–8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26 in the Fine Arts Center Lobby.

Alumni and local human resources professionals will facilitate interview questions for students in a speed dating format. The event is sponsored by career services and the alumni association to help students prepare for the networking and interviewing processes involved in securing internships and conducting professional job searches. 

The registration deadline is Friday, Feb. 22. Registration is limited and open to all students. Students may register by visiting the career services office in Murphy Center room 374 or by emailing

National Signing Day

The volleyball team and women’s soccer team announced their 2013–14 recruiting classes as part of National Signing Day. Meet the many outstanding athletes who will be part of the volleyball team and the women’s soccer team in the fall.

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