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Weber Center for the Performing Arts Hosts Grand Opening Events
Weber Center Outside

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


Doing Good Work

Laura Lee and Kirsten Gabriel were two of several members of the Viterbo community to perform service on Martin Luther King Jr. Day Jan. 21. The day of service was organized by campus activities. Lee and Gabriel helped out in the Place of Grace pantry.

Meet Eric Weinberg

Name: Eric WeinbergWeinberg3

Position: Website developer/ programmer                    

Education background: Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and History, Ph.D. in History

Previous employer and position/Past experience as related to current position: I was a website developer at the University of Kentucky for nine years. Prior to this, I was a programmer at Trane Company for four years. I also worked as teaching assistant at the University of Kentucky and Kent State University in their history departments, and taught classes at the University of Kentucky.


Community Celebration

Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration keynote speaker Andre Johnson of the Memphis Theological Seminary gets ready for his live interview with WKBT Channel 8's Lou Hillman before the event Jan. 21.

Workforce Career and Internship Fair

WIICPThe Workforce Career and Internship Fair for students attending Wisconsin private colleges and universities will be held at Marquette University in Milwaukee Thursday, Feb. 21 from 3–7 p.m.


Leadership at Noon

Ruth Wiseman, president and CEO of Chileda Institute, answers a few questions from reporter Pat Anderson after her Leadership at Noon presentation Jan. 22. Read the article in the La Crosse Tribune.

Shrek the Musical Feb. 7

Shrek2Everyone’s favorite ogre will come to life on the Fine Arts Center stage with Shrek the Musical at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7.

Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks film that started the Shrek phenomenon, Shrek the Musical features a terrific score of 19 new songs, big laughs, great dancing, and breathtaking scenery. It is part romance, part twisted fairy tale, and all irreverent fun for everyone.


From the President

Board of TrusteesArtman, Rick 

The Viterbo Board of Trustees will meet on campus Monday, Jan. 28. The action items for the board will include two important matters. The first is the approval of the guidelines that frame the operating budget for the next fiscal year, including rates for tuition, fees, room and board. The final approval of the operating budget takes place in September after enrollment figures are firm. The second action item is the adoption of a set of financial protocols that will serve to strengthen Viterbo’s long-term financial health. These protocols deal with funding levels necessary to maintain the physical plant, thresholds for the amount of funding that should be held in the temporarily restricted portion of the endowment, and the appropriate level of funding that should be set aside annually for contingencies. Viterbo has a history of sound fiscal discipline (35 years of balanced budgets); these protocols provide additional guidelines to ensure long term fiscal strength.


Campus MinistryChapel2

By Emilio Alvarez

Welcome to (Extra) Ordinary Time: Carnival Season 

We are in the midst of a season not commonly talked about by many people—it’s Carnival time. Many people celebrate Carnival only on the day before Ash Wednesday (commonly referred to as Mardi Gras) and the start of Lent. However, Carnival is traditionally an entire “season,” from the end of Christmas (Epiphany) to the start of Lent (Ash Wednesday). Carnival is a time to celebrate that Jesus Christ, our savior, came into the world. It is a time to feast and a time to have a special indulgence in order to help you celebrate better. It is a time of unity throughout all humanity for we all have the same needs: food, drink, shelter, etc. Indulgences (in moderation) can provide a great reminder of this celebration. For as it states in Ecclesiastes (2:24), “There is nothing better for mortals than to eat and drink and find enjoyment, for these are from the hand of God.”


Opening Reception

An exhibit featuring the art of studnets Philip Hanner, Rachel Hoscheit, and Julia Opalinski opened in the Viterbo University Gallery Jan. 23. Photo by Jessica Schurmann.

JANUARY 28, 2013

Farewell Reception for
Betty Pfaff Jan. 30

GoodbyeA farewell reception for Betty Pfaff, education, will be held Wednesday, Jan. 30 from 2–4 p.m. in the Murphy Center Krajewski Lounge (room 434). Her last day at Viterbo will be Thursday, Jan. 31. Visit anytime for cake, punch, and to wish her well.

Birth Announcement

Congratulations to Andrew Hamilton, history, and wife Krista, the proud parents of twins Claudia Nell and Alec James, who were born Monday, Jan. 21. Claudia was born at 9:28 a.m. weighing six pounds and two ounces and measuring 19.5 inches long. Alec was born at 9:29 a.m. weighing six pounds and five ounces and measuring 20 inches long.

Health Care Expansion Forum Tonight

Healthcare ImageAn informational forum regarding the expansion of Medicaid (BadgerCare) in Wisconsin will be held tonight at 7 p.m. in the School of Nursing Building Collins Auditorium.

The event is free and open to the public. It is hosted by AMOS, Inc., the League of Women Voters of La Crosse, Citizens Action Wisconsin, and the Viterbo School of Nursing.

Encourage Students to Make Their Submissions to Touchstone

Submissions are now being accepted for Touchstone, Viterbo’s annual literary and art publication. The deadline is Monday, Feb. 4.

This year, Touchstone will look a little different. The Publication Board recently approved changing the publication’s printing practices and it will now be printed in an environmentally sustainable manner and will feature a new layout and design.

Submissions or questions should be sent to

Kudos to...

The many Viterbo students and employees who helped with the opening events at the Weber Center for the Performing Arts Jan. 18–20. The facility and events generated a great response from benefactors, patrons, and the public.

Keith Knutson, history, and the other members of the Viterbo community who were a part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration hosted by Viterbo Jan. 21.

Special Photo Exhibit Tuesday

Take a moving and powerful photographic journey through the history of the Palestinian people by attending a special exhibit Tuesday, Jan. 29 in the Fine Arts Center Lobby.

The photo exhibit is being held in conjunction with the documentary My Neighborhood, which will be shown at 7 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Main Theatre. The photo exhibit is available for viewing from 3–7 p.m. and then following the documentary until 8:30 p.m. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

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