Connections Online Newsletter

Grand Opening Events at Weber Center for the Performing Arts Jan. 19–20
Weber Center

The official name of the building, Weber Center for the Performing Arts, was announced at a press conference Jan. 9.

The public will get its first look at the Weber Center for the Performing Arts, complete with its spectacular view of the Mississippi River, this weekend Jan. 19–20, with a series of activities as part of the much anticipated grand opening of the facility.


Viterbo to Host Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration Jan. 21

MLK2Members of the Viterbo community and the public are invited to attend the annual Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21 in the Fine Arts Center Main Theatre.

Faculty are asked to encourage students to attend this event, which promotes respect for diversity and the important legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.


Leadership at Noon Series to Feature Chileda Institute President and CEO Ruth Wiseman Jan. 22

wiseman2The Leadership at Noon Series will continue with Chileda Institute President and CEO Ruth Wiseman Tuesday, Jan. 22 in the Reinhart Center Board Room.

Wiseman, an advocate for children and families with disabilities for more than 20 years, joined Chileda Institute in 2009. A parent of a child with extraordinary needs, Wiseman discovered Chileda Institute in 2000 while searching for services for her son Jason, who was diagnosed with autism and had severe self-injurious behavior. Jason was a Chileda Institute resident until 2001. Wiseman earned a Master of Arts in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from Austin Peay University and a Bachelor of Science in Special Education from the University of South Florida.


Solving the Mystery

High school students participating in Viterbo’s annual Exploring Science through Forensics event analyzed the evidence to solve a murder mystery. The event is designed to get students interested in science and to make them aware of Viterbo’s excellent facilities. Check out more photos from the event. 

Meet Paula Baus

Baus, Paula2Name: Paula Baus

Position: Administrative Assistant, Center for Adult Learning

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

I worked more than 27 years at The Trane Company in the International Division in various support/customer service roles. After Trane Company I was employed for six years at Webster Industries in Bangor. I established the customer service department from the bottom up. The last couple years I worked various temporary jobs through an employment agency. It was through them that I obtained a temporary position at Viterbo working in the Academic Resource Center. It was there that I realized that Viterbo was a place I would like to stay and continue my career.


Take the La Crosse Fitness Festival Challenge

Do you need help with your New Year’s resolution to get active? Join your Viterbo colleagues in the commitment to get fit together. 

Viterbo has once again accepted the corporate challenge for the La Crosse Fitness Festival. The Corporate Challenge is a friendly competition for area businesses and organizations to demonstrate their employees’ commitment to fitness and their community.


Viterbo Honored for Distinctive Educational Excellence

distinctionViterbo is now featured on, a website dedicated to honoring schools nationwide for their excellence in student-focused higher education.

“Schools designated as “Colleges of Distinction” create well-rounded graduates and are among the very best in the country,” said Tyson Schritter, executive editor of Colleges of Distinction™.

Colleges and universities are nominated for participation in Colleges of Distinction™ through high school counselors’ recommendations as well as quantitative research.


Health CornerCadiceus

By Sue Danielson, health services

Fragrance Sensitivity 

It is hard to believe that something as innocent as scented perfume could cause a person to have health issues, but fragrance sensitivity—an allergic reaction or irritation to chemicals in certain products—is very real and, depending on the severity, can become problematic in the workplace.


JANUARY 14, 2013

Welcome Back

Artman, RickI hope each of you enjoyed a wonderful holiday and a restful recess. Special thanks to staff and administrators who worked during the vacation period to perform vital operations and provide important services.

Please extend a warm welcome to new students and several new employees who join us these first weeks of January.

Viterbo will host a community-wide celebration of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday evening, Jan. 21 beginning at 7 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center. My gratitude is extended to Keith Knutson for his leadership role in planning this event. Please plan to attend.

Rick Artman


Professional Development Opportunity Jan. 29–30

Kessel2The Viterbo community is invited to participate in a professional development opportunity as Steve Kessel, training specialist with The Management Association, presents “Communicating with your Teammates” Tuesday, Jan. 29 from 2:30–4:30 p.m. in the Reinhart Center Board Room and Wednesday, Jan. 30 from 8–10 a.m. in the School of Nursing Building room 101.

Successful collaboration takes places when employees build a supportive climate with positive communication skills and constructive feedback skills, especially in those difficult situations and conversations that are sometimes needed. Through a variety of activities and discussions, participants in this professional development session will examine their roles as communicators and will learn to build a positive communication environment by giving constructive feedback and communicating in ways that minimize defensiveness in order to create better working relationships.

The event is sponsored by Viterbo's Professional Development Team. Register for one of the sessions with Sandra Bartel, communications and marketing, at ext. 3047 or

Guest Recital Jan. 18

LatschEnjoy a recital by baritone Jonathan Lasch with David Richardson, music, on piano at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18 in the Fine Arts Center Recital Hall.

Lasch is a student in D.M.A. voice program at the University of Michigan, and has been described by critics as possessing a voice of "arresting color and heft" and "resolutely strong" and "penetrating." He has participated in some of the best operatic training programs in the country.

The recital will feature works by Beethoven, Schubert, and Vaughn-Williams. It is free and open to the public.

Celebrate World View Week Jan. 21–25

GlobeThe Viterbo community is invited to celebrate World View Week, an annual series of events celebrating diversity and learning more about other cultures.

Campus activities coordinates the week’s activities by collaborating with many other offices. Activities are also promoted and encouraged by the Viterbo’s Diversity Task Force. This year’s World View Week kicks off with Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Activities are open to all employees and students. Some of the activities include: community service opportunities on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, film showing, 10 Questions for the Dalai Lama, Lunch n’ Learn, and crafts. For a complete schedule of activities, visit

Technology Tidbits

by Sarah Bearbower, IIT

Did you know? 

VHSVHS playback devices are getting hard to find for purchase. As our current VHS devices continue to age or stop functioning, it might not be possible to replace them. If you have a number of VHS tapes, now may be a good opportunity to consider transitioning away from VHS to dvd, Blue-ray, or streaming media. Viterbo’s media services can digitize your VHS collection to our streaming server. Contact Deb Siebenaler at or ext. 3162 to learn more about your digitizing options.

We are currently discussing technology tools for portals, student retention and student recruitment. If you have a burning interest in any of these areas and want to be part of the research and development phase, contact Sarah Bearbower at or ext. 3860.

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