Connections Online Newsletter

A Spring Break Well Spent
Service Trip

Students on the Spring Break service trip to Cincinnati served food to the hungry, painted, and stocked food shelves. Check out more photos from the trip.

Viterbo to Present Picnic March 14–17

Picnic3Viterbo will present the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Picnic by iconic American playwright William Inge at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 14–Saturday, March 16 and at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 17 in the Fine Arts Center LaCroix Black Box Theatre.

Set in a small and quiet Kansas town on Labor Day in 1953, Picnic examines themes of loneliness, freedom, beauty, love, and gender roles in a seemingly idealistic time and place. When a handsome young drifter arrives in town, he begins to stir passions and introspection in both the town’s residents and himself.

Picnic is a character study in which the women are looking for a way to escape the boredom and loneliness of their lives and the men of the play are unsure of what they want, said Rick Walters, theatre and music theatre, and director of the production.


Acclaimed Author and Professor Carol Gilligan to Present "Moral Injury and the Capacity to Love" Thursday

GilliganCarolAcclaimed author, psychologist, and New York University Professor Carol Gilligan will present “Moral Injury and the Capacity to Love" at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 14 in the Fine Arts Center Main Theatre.

The event is part of the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership Spring Lecture Series and is free and open to the public. Gilligan’s presentation is the keynote address of Viterbo’s Conference on the Theological Virtues being held on campus Thursday, March 14–Saturday, March 16.


"Election of a Pope: Papal Elections Yesterday and Today" March 18

McGarty3Go behind the doors of a Papal conclave as Msgr. Bernard McGarty presents “Election of a Pope: Papal Elections Yesterday and Today” at 7 p.m. Monday, March 18 in the Fine Arts Center Main Theatre.

Msgr. McGarty will explain the process of selecting a pope. The lecture is especially timely, as the College of Cardinals is meeting to select the successor of Pope Benedict XVI. He will also take the audience through the 2,000-year history of the Papal elections.


Professional Development Opportunity March 20–21

ButzTracy2Viterbo employees are invited to participate in a professional development opportunity as dynamic speaker, author, and consultant Tracy Butz presents “Conquer the Chaos! Stress Less and Achieve More” Wednesday, March 20 from 2:30–4:30 p.m. in the Reinhart Center Board Room and Thursday, March 21 from 8–10 a.m. in the School of Nursing Building room 101.

Do you feel overworked and overly stressed? Is there ever enough time to achieve all that you want to do? Do you find it hard to balance all the demands of work and home life, let alone find time for yourself? Then you need to discover how to stress less and achieve more by conquering the chaos. Effectively managing time is essential for success. Rather than spend each day in a frenzy of activity reacting to crisis after crisis, learn skillful strategies to get more done. Discover how to achieve maximum results in minimum time—set clearly defined goals, plan and prioritize tasks, tackle procrastination, avoid unnecessary stress, organize your workspace, control interruptions, learn to say no, delegate without dumping, and so much more.


Health CornerCadiceus

By Jada Straub, student nurse

Acupuncture: An Alternative Treatment for Pain 

Acupuncture is a key component of traditional Chinese medicine, working to balance the flow of energy, also called “qi” or “chi.” This energy is believed to flow through pathways, or meridians, in the body. It involves inserting very thin needles through the skin at specific points on the body, which works to re-balance the energy flow in the body.


From the LibraryLibrary Books Color

By Polly Scott

Want to read books instantly? Try out our expanded eBook collection available for students, staff and faculty. We have a large range of academic subjects as well as classic fiction titles. eBooks can be accessed from VitCat, our Ebsco eBook and eBrary links or downloaded to mobile devices.


MARCH 11, 2013

University Forum Tomorrow

Artman, RickPresident Rick Artman will host a university forum Tuesday, March 12 from 3:30–4:30 p.m. in the School of Nursing Building Collins Auditorium. The topic of the forum is the 2013–14 operating budget.

The forum will cover the major budget guidelines approved by the Board of Trustees on Jan. 28. The information will include tuition and fee rates, enhancements planned for meal plans and dining services, enrollment goals, parameters for compensation increases, physical plant projects, and other elements of financial planning for the next fiscal year.

Outstanding Student Leader Award Nominations Open

Students, staff, and faculty members are invited to submit nominations for the Outstanding Student Leader Award, which will be presented to three to five senior students at the Leadership Recognition Dinner. 

Written nominations must provide the name of a senior student and a minimum of three paragraphs showing evidence that the senior student nominee has exhibited exemplary student leadership; served as a well-respected role model, and; demonstrated an ongoing, active and visible commitment to campus life, community service and/or charitable organizations.

Written nominations will be accepted by Denise Homstad, student development, until Monday, March 18 at 4 p.m.

Register for Scholars' Day
Scholar's Day

A student shares her work at the 2012 Scholars' Day.

Scholars’ Day online registration is now open. Scheduled for Friday, April 26, Scholars’ Day is an event designed to recognize and celebrate the academic achievements of Viterbo students.

Viterbo students from across the academic spectrum will present the results of their research, scholarship, and creative efforts. The event will feature multiple concurrent sessions modeled on an academic conference format, including an open, multidisciplinary poster session and an open, multidisciplinary oral presentation session. Presentations will include oral presentations, research posters, artistic displays, performances, and research-based class projects.

Click for complete details and registration information. Note the registration deadline is Friday, March 22. Those planning on attending Scholars’ Day presentations do not need to register. Faculty are also asked to encourage students to participate in this event, which contributes to advancing their academic portfolios.

Technology Tidbits

By Sarah Bearbower, IIT

Windows 8 or Not? 

Bearbower2Some have been wondering if we are going to install Windows 8 on university owned computers this summer. The short answer is “not yet.” IIT has plans to put Windows 7 and Office 2010 on all new computers purchased this summer, as well as any existing computers that might require a new installation. While consumer computers continue to be sold with Windows 8, businesses and educational institutions are typically waiting.

We feel that Windows 8 and Office 2013 are too new and have a number of unknowns regarding compatibility with existing printers and software to change to these new programs. IIT will continue to test Windows 8 internally to determine software compatibility, hardware compatibility and learn best practices for campus wide configuration and deployment. This fall, we hope to have a few computers in various public computing locations with Windows 8. When they are installed, we would encourage faculty, staff, and students to give them a try and see what Windows 8 is all about. Students coming to campus with Windows 8 on personal devices will be able to get assistance in connecting to our student network.

Design Work Wanted

Do you know of any non-profit organization or other worthy causes that are in need of some Web design work? If so, contact Jeff Nyseth, communication studies, at ext. 3165 or The work will be entirely free, but it will require the client to come to campus to meet with his Web Design class 3–4 times throughout the semester.

Hospitality Committee Lunch March 19

BakedPotatoThe hospitality committee will host a loaded baked potato lunch Tuesday, March 19 from 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Hospitality Suite.

The lunch will include a baked potato with a variety of topping options, lemon bars, lemonade, and water.

The cost of the lunch is $5. RSVP and send the $5 via campus mail to Sonya Ganther, human resources, by Friday, March 15.

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