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Health Science Scholars
Health Science Scholars

The top five place winners in the annual Health Science Scholarship competition Feb. 15 joined President Rick Artman for a photo. From left are Jacob Wilkinson of Stoughton, fifth place; Jedidiah Barton of Brownsville, Wis., fourth place; Alayna Holderman of Amherst, third place; Tyler Bruinsma of Rochester, Minn., second place; and winner Hailey Koch of Fall River. Koch received a four-year full tuition scholarship to Viterbo. Holderman and Bruinsma were awarded $10,000 scholarships over four years, and Wilkinson and Barton were awarded $8,000 scholarships over four years. Thirty-one outstanding students participated in the prestigious competition.

Franciscan Identity Workshop Opportunity

WarnerThe Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities will offer the faculty and staff development workshop “Deepening Franciscan Identity: Teaching Care for Creation” Thursday, May 9–Saturday, May 11 at Silver Lake College in Manitowoc.

The workshop will be led by Br. Keith Douglass Warner, OFM, of Santa Clara University. Workshop participants will learn how an integral Franciscan pedagogy can enhance teaching; share best practices in teaching care for creation with colleagues; link head and heart by integrating classroom and community based learning in Franciscan environmental education, and to apply these principles to the improvement of curriculum, service learning, and community engagement.


Chili Cookoff

The School of Nursing Building Lobby was a popular place during the third annual Honors Program Chili Cook-off Feb. 20. Seventy-five guests enjoyed the chilies entered by 12 teams. The event raised $121 and some food donations. The proceeds were donated to the La Crosse Warming Center. Congratulations to communications and marketing, the winner of the event. Other participants were the honors program, the academic vice president’s office, Global Rhythms, Spanish club, DNA club, the library, the School of Nursing, VU After Dark, campus ministry, religious studies and philosophy, 
and film club.

Saint John's Bible Heritage Edition to be Displayed at FSC in April

BibleThe Saint John’s Bible Heritage Edition will be on display at the Franciscan Spirituality Center Tuesday, April 2–Friday, April 26. Four volumes of the Heritage Edition will accompany an exhibit of reproductions of illuminations from The Saint John’s Bible. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Click for exhibit times and more information.

The Saint John’s Bible (photo by Buck Holzemer) is the only handwritten and illuminated Bible—commissioned in 1998 by a Benedictine Monastery—since the advent of the printing press more than 500 years ago.


Servant Leadership

President Rick Artman and guest speaker Dan Wheeler visit after a lunch with Viterbo community members Jan. 18. Wheeler presented “The Future of Servant Leadership” that evening.

From the PresidentArtman, Rick

125th Anniversary 

In 2015, Viterbo will celebrate its Quasquicentennial—we’ll all be familiar with that term in the months ahead! Similar to the planning for Viterbo’s centennial celebration, there will be a planning committee formed in the months ahead. I’ve asked Pat Kerrigan to serve as the lead for the early planning of this anniversary celebration. Anyone interested in participating, please make contact with Pat and he will begin to compile a listing of volunteers. Others will be “voluntold” in due time!


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By Emilio Alvarez

With the beginning of the second week of Lent underway here are a variety of opportunities that will hopefully enrich your Lenten experience:

  • Hunger Banquet: On Wednesday, March 13, campus ministry, the Franciscan Spirituality Center, SOAHR, and the honors program will be working together to put on an interactive program that will help participants to understand our current situation of hunger in the world. Join us March 13 at 5:30 p.m. in the Mathy Center. Register for this event at and by Friday, March 1.

FEBRUARY 25, 2013

TracDat Upgrade Feb. 28

TracDat, the university-wide tool that supports assessment, will be upgraded Thursday, Feb. 28. 

Version 4.6 includes new features such as curriculum mapping, improved flexibility in running reports, enhancements of ad hoc reporting, increased ability to link data between units, and improvements in task assignment and custom roles. The upgrade will not radically change the look and feel of TracDat but includes improvements in user interface. 

Due to the upgrade, TracDat will not be available Feb. 28. Contact Naomi Stennes-Spidahl, director of assessment and institutional research, with any questions at ext. 3481.

SDA Tea and Crumpet Sale Friday

Tea2The Student Dietetics Association will being selling tea and crumpets (similar to an English muffin) from 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Friday, March 1 in the School of Nursing Building Lobby.

Senior Show to Open in Art Gallery Wednesday

The art of Viterbo students Julia Steiner, Amelia Mayer, and Chad Haugen will be on display in the Viterbo University Gallery in an exhibit opening with a reception from 7:30–9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27.

The exhibit will run until Friday, March 29. There is no admission fee to the gallery, which is located on the third floor of the Fine Arts Center on campus. The gallery is open from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. when school is in session.

Kudos to...

Timothy Schorr, music, who presented the poster “Using Rubrics to Assess Student Learning in Collegiate Music Courses” at the Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching held in Greensboro, N.C., Feb. 15–17.

Copy Center Deals

Is your copy budget getting smaller or running out of funds? Remember copies or prints made in the Copy Center are less expensive than copies or prints made on departmental MFD’s (copiers). For example: Twenty copies of a 13-page test will cost $6.50 from the Copy Center, compared to $13 on a department MFD.

Submit your request online or email or If desired, large job delivery can be discussed.

The Winner
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Congratulations to Homecoming week Bro Code Hunt (similar to a medallion hunt) winner Anna Van Winkle. She found all five Bro Codes and won a $50 gift certificate to Buzzard Billy's.

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