The lives of everyone are profoundly
shaped by their work and the work of others. The symposium will explore answers
to the question, ‘what distinguishes the work that only makes us a living from
work that defines our lives?’
“Attendees of this year’s symposium
will be treated to informative and inspirational presentations on the theme of
work,” said Robyn Gaier, religious students and philosophy, and co-coordinator
of the event. “The wealth of knowledge and experience among our presenters
enriches this timely event and community discussion.”
All events are free and open to the public and will
be held in the Fine Arts Center Main Theatre unless otherwise noted. The symposium
is sponsored by the School of Letters and Sciences. The mission of the annual
symposium is to bring an interdisciplinary perspective and debate to
contemporary topics. The schedule includes:
Tuesday, Feb. 5
Work of Co-creation: Call, Freedom, and Risk” at 9:30 a.m. with Eileen
McKenzie, FSPA, of Integrative Therapies and Holistic Health of La Crosse. Sr.
McKenzie has professional experience in cross-cultural nursing, traditional
Chinese medicine, and clinical outcomes research.
Workforce: Are You Prepared?” at 11 a.m. with Beth Sullivan, manager of the
Western Wisconsin Workforce Development Board. Sullivan, MBA, has served in a
leadership position in workforce development for over 19 years. She has led
strategic planning, program oversight, and labor market information functions
for Workforce Connections, Inc. and the Western Wisconsin Workforce Development
Soup Lunch” at 12:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Lobby
and Culture” at 12:45 p.m. with Larry Harwood, Viterbo University professor of
religious studies and philosophy. Harwood has taught at Viterbo since
1998. He taught in Portugal in 2008 as a Fulbright Scholar and regularly hosts
study abroad trips to China.
Your Bliss: Working at what Makes Your Soul Soar” at 2 p.m. with Kem Gambrell,
Viterbo University assistant professor of business. Gambrell teaches leadership
and research courses. She enjoys conversations about the meaning of life and
other stimulating topics.
Discussion: Norma Rae at 4 p.m. in the Reinhart Center Board Room. Facilitated
by Viterbo honors program students.
Wednesday, Feb. 6
the Call! It May be Life Changing” at 9 a.m. with Tammy Koenecke, spiritual
care coordinator at Reedsberg Area Medical Center. Koenecke, BSN and MASL, has
been a registered nurse at Reedsburg Area Medical Center for 23 years.
for the Union Label: Labor Unions in U.S. History” at 10:10 a.m. with Michael
Smuksta, Viterbo University history professor. Smuksta grew up in a
union household. His father was a member of the United Steelworkers of America,
working at a U.S. Steel plant from 1939 until his retirement in 1974.
Balance: The Dichotomous Divide between Work and Leisure” at 11:15 a.m.
Raintry Salk, Viterbo University assistant professor of business. Salk
has researched recreation and leisure meaning, workplace culture,
and sustainability within organizational settings.
Soup Lunch” at 12:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Lobby.
Discussion: Why Work?” at 1:30 p.m. with area human resources officials Sonya
Ganther of Viterbo University, Karen Kouba of Trane/Ingersoll Rand, Jennifer
Bausch of Riverfront, Inc., and Nikki Emerson of Mayo Clinic Health System,
Franciscan Healthcare-La Crosse.
as a Sacred Gift Given to the World Every Day” at 2:30 p.m. with Tom Thibodeau,
Viterbo University distinguished professor of servant leadership. Thibodeau is
the director of the Master of Arts in Servant Leadership program at Viterbo and
has been a faculty member at the university for more than 25 years.
For information, visit www.viterbo.edu/sls.aspx?id=67950.