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Nightingale Nurses
Nightingale Nurses

President Rick Artman congratulates the winners of the annual Nightingale Nursing Scholarship Competition held in the School of Nursing building Feb. 8. Pictured are runner-up Morgan Wilson of Johnsburg, Ill., who received a $16,000 scholarship; winner Rachel Mortensen of Madison, who was awarded a $24,000 scholarship; and third place finisher Marissa Pieper of Tomah, who received an $8,000 scholarship. The total amount of each scholarship is offered over four years. All participants in the competition received direct admission into the professional nursing sequence.

Viterbo to Present Rossini's Cinderella Feb. 22–24

Cinderella3Viterbo will present Gioachino Rossini’s classic comedic opera, Cinderella, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22–Saturday, Feb. 23 and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24 in the Fine Arts Center Main Theatre.

Based on the fairy tale by Charles Perrault, Rossini’s Cinderella is a variation that features a wicked stepfather, a philosopher and tutor instead of a fairy Godmother, and a bracelet instead of a glass slipper. The opera features outstanding music, and of course, a Rossini Crescendo, which is the use of a complex combination of melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic devices used to create a natural crescendo in the music.


Campus "Hunger Banquet" March 13

Hunger BanquetHungry? According to statistics, so are 925 million others throughout the world, and that reality has prompted the Franciscan Spirituality Center and Viterbo University to team up to sponsor a Hunger Banquet on Wednesday, March 13 at 5:30 p.m. in the Mathy Center.


Ash Wednesday
Ash Wednesday

Fr. Conrad Targonski places ashes on the forehead of a Viterbo student during Ash Wednesday Mass Feb. 13 in San Damiano Chapel.

Student Help Office Now Open

StudentHelpOffice3Do you know students who have questions and do not know who to ask or where to go? Send them to the new Student Help Office. The goal of the office to help students succeed both academically as well as socially while attending Viterbo. The office is committed to helping them get their questions answered, while providing support and referral services to students that include:

  • advising
  • academic success
  • curriculum
  • financial
  • graduation
  • major options
  • registration

Good Work

The women’s basketball team sold t-shirts, water bottles, and baked goods last week to raise money for the Play4Kay Foundation, which provides funds for breast and ovarian cancer research and support for patients. This year the funds raised were designated to ovarian cancer research. Pictured are Jenna Brandt and Kelly Evers.

Health CornerCadiceus

By Jada Straub, Viterbo Student Nurse

Cardiac Arrest: Is Your Heart in Danger? 

Heart disease is the number one killer of women, causing one in three deaths each year. That is approximately one woman every minute. Although the mortality rate is scary, only one in five American women believe that heart disease is their greatest health threat. February is American Heart Month, so there is no time like the present to take action and become heart healthy.


From the LibraryLibrary Books Color

By Gretel Stock-Kupperman

Introduction to Fair Use  

I presented “Copyright and Classroom Use” at the recent Learning and Fellowship series. You can view the the presentation in its entirety.

Copyrighted content is everywhere. Every email, grocery list, and doodle you make is automatically covered by copyright law. The basic principles of fair use apply to our educational and personal lives. Anyone using copyrighted content can benefit from understanding the fair use test.


Festive Occasion
Lunar New Year

Marian Hall Dining Room was decorated for the Lunar New Year Dinner Feb. 11, one of many activities held during Homecoming week.

FEBRUARY 18, 2013

Hospitality Committee Breakfast Tomorrow

Coffee CupViterbo employees are invited to enjoy a breakfast of egg and sausage sandwiches, fruit, coffee, and juice, from 7:30–9 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19 in the School of Nursing Building Foyer. 

The breakfast will be hosted by the members of the hospitality committee.

Assisi Pilgrimage Information Session Feb. 19

Assisi2Employees interested in being considered for the annual pilgrimage to Assisi, Italy are invited to attend an informational meeting at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19 in Reinhart Center 127.

Two Viterbo employees, faculty, staff or administrators, will be chosen for both the 2014 pilgrimage and the 2015 pilgrimage. The employee cost for travel and program expenses will be approximately $500 plus spending money for some meals and discretionary expenses.

Interested people can also contact Ron Amel at 783-4855, Tom Thibodeau at ext. 3705 or Barb Gayle at ext. 3080.

Happy Retirement

Diane Foust and Dan Johnson-Wilmot cut the cake at the 9th Street Singers Reunion Feb. 9 in the Fine Arts Center. The event was held to celebrate Foust’s retirement in May and was attended by more than 60 Viterbo alumni and past and present colleagues.

"How to Eat Forever" Lunch and Learn Friday

The Viterbo community is invited to the Lunch and Learn “How to Eat Forever” with Steve Czys Friday, Feb. 22 from 12:15–1:15 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Hospitality Suite.

Czys is a certified strength and conditioning specialist, nutrition counselor, and chiropractic wellness practitioner.

Lunch is free, but registration is required. Call ext. 3825 to register.

Kudos to...

Diane Foust, music, who conducted the Western Wisconsin Junior High Honors Choir  Saturday, Jan. 26 at Westby High School. Students from Brookwood, Cashton, DeSoto, Kickapoo, LaFarge, North Crawford, Pleasant Ridge, Viroqua, and Westby schools participated in rehearsals beginning at 8:30 a.m. The day culminated in a 5:30 p.m. concert featuring the Junior High Choir and later the Senior High Choir directed by Randall Meder of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

The members of the Administrative Assembly, who held a collection for items for Viterbo students participating in the Spring Break service trip to Cincinnati.

National College Health Assessment Survey Coming Feb. 20

Survey2Faculty members are asked to encourage students to participate in the upcoming National College Health Assessment survey.

This nationally recognized survey is designed to collect data about student health habits, behaviors, and perceptions. It is confidential and can be completed online in 20 minutes. Participants will be eligible to win prizes including a 32-inch television and gas cards.

The survey will be emailed to students Wednesday, Feb. 20.

Purchase a Viterbo Hat

The track and field teams are selling 100 percent acrylic yarn stocking caps. Caps are cardinal and gray, with Viterbo on each side and a pom on top. Made in the USA, these high quality stocking caps may be purchased for $10. Contact John Metelko at

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