Connections Online Newsletter

Viterbo to Offer First Doctorate Program: Doctor of Nursing Practice

SON2The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges (HLC) has granted Viterbo approval to offer a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree beginning this fall.

Full accreditation followed a two-day campus visit last November by an HLC team, which subsequently filed a report recommending approval to begin the doctorate program.


Leadership at Noon Series to Feature Gerrard-Hoeschler Realtors Tuesday

ghlogoThe Leadership at Noon series will conclude for the academic year with Gerrard-Hoeschler Realtors Co-owner Nancy Gerrard and President Rick Staff Tuesday, March 19 from noon–1 p.m. in the Reinhart Center Board Room.

The Leadership at Noon series features business leaders discussing the key values that contribute to successful business practices.


Apply for an Ethics Institute Research Fellowship

EthicsThe D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership will award up to two fellowships for the 2013-14 academic year for Viterbo University faculty to do research in their fields related to the topics of ethics and leadership. The fellowships will provide each recipient with an award of up to $7,000. All recipients will receive a $1,000 stipend plus up to $6,000 in additional funds to reduce the recipient’s teaching load by three credits each summer of the award (2013 and 2014). Funds may be used to cover expenses associated with extensive research projects. Recipients will be named “Fellows of the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership.”


Hunger Banquet


The Hunger Banquet held March 13 in the Mathy Center opened the eyes of participants to the realities of world hunger. By the luck of the draw, participants were divided into three groups—15 percent were designated high income, 25 percent middle income, and 70 percent low income. The low income group dined on rice and water.

"Suicide Prevention in Afghanistan Combat Soldiers" Lunch and Learn Friday

SuicideLLThe Viterbo community is invited to the Lunch and Learn “Suicide Prevention in Afghanistan Combat Soldiers” with clinical psychologist Michael Brandt, Ph.D., Friday, March 22 from 12:15–1:15 in the Fine Arts Center Hospitality Suite.

Brandt was the managing partner in a Milwaukee-based private practice for over 10 years before joining the Tomah VA Medical Center in 2004. He is a major in the Wisconsin Army National Guard and is chief of behavioral health for the State of Wisconsin. He has taught at both the graduate and undergraduate level and currently teaches in the Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling program at Viterbo.

Lunch is free, but registration is required. Contact Denise Homstad at ext. 3825 or to register.

World Languages Associate Professor Writes Book

JambrinaBookJesús Jambrina, world languages and Latin American Studies program coordinator, has written the book, Virgilio Piñera: Poesía, Nación y Diferencias.

The book examines the work of Cuban author Virgilio Piñera (1912-1979).

According to the comments of Humberto López Cruz of University of North Florida on the back cover of the book, “Jambrina has deeply researched Virgilio Piñera's work…These essays are more than a literary analysis, Jambrina points out the cultural and historical context in which Piñera wrote his poems making a meaningful contribution to the debates surrounding this indispensable Cuban author.”


Flexible Benefit Plan Enrollment Open

BenefitsThe open enrollment period for the new flexible benefit plan year is underway. A flexible benefit plan is a pre-tax payroll deduction plan that allows employees to set aside dollars for eligible insurance, medical, dental, optical and daycare expenses before federal, state, and social security taxes are applied.


President's ColumnArtman, Rick

Strategic Issues for the Future 

In October 2012, the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees held a planning retreat. One outcome of that retreat was the identification of key strategic issues affecting the future of Viterbo. In consultation with the Executive Committee on Jan. 28, I proposed the formation of a study team to examine each of the four strategic issues. The study teams will take the next five months to prepare a white paper on each topic, identify the most important strategic decisions to be made, and project the consequences of these decisions. The teams will present their papers to the trustees in October 2013. These presentations and conversations will serve as the foundation for preparing the 2015–20 strategic plan for the university.


Campus MinistryChapel2

By Emilio Alvarez

As many of you may already know, over spring break, 16 individuals traveled to Cincinnati for a week of service with the Franciscan Sisters for the Poor. For many, Cincinnati was a new location that brought about its questions, concerns, and challenges. In past years, students had travelled to New Orleans, South Dakota, and Pittsburgh for previous service trips. With a change in location, this service trip also came with a change in spirit.


MARCH 18, 2013

Rose Awards Nomination Deadline Nears

Rose Awards2Nominate a deserving colleague for Employee of the Year, Servant Leader, the Alec Chui Memorial Award, or the other major honors to be announced at the annual Rose Awards ceremony Thursday, May 2 at 3:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Recital Hall.

Nominations are now open and are due by Monday, April 1. A complete description of all the awards and the nomination forms are available at

VU After Dark Programming Assistant Positions Available

By Emily Alvarez

alvarezemily2VU After Dark (VUAD) provides students with free events beginning at 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings. By providing events for students to attend regularly, the program gives students a chance to stay on campus, make new friends, and have fun. VUAD has been continually growing since it began five years ago. From close to 800 student attendees in 2009, to almost 1,500 attendees in the 2012 fall semester alone, VUAD has become a thriving campus program.

We are currently seeking two students to be paid programming assistants to replace those who will be leaving us next year. This is a great opportunity for students to meet new people, work with a budget, use their organizational skills, be part of a team, and develop communication skills for future employment prospects. If you know of any students who may be interested, or you would feel confident in referring to this position, email me for more information. We hope to continue growing in numbers and reaching all students on campus in order to provide a good environment for friendship, memories, and fun. For more information about the positions available, the VU After Dark program, and this semester’s upcoming events, visit our Web page.

Technology Tidbits

by Sarah Bearbower, IIT

Bearbower2Did you know? 

VHS 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, BluRay or streaming media. Viterbo’s media services can digitize your VHS collection to our streaming server. Contact Deb Siebenaler at ext. 3162 to learn more about your digitizing options.

Viterbo Named to President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

Service Honor Roll2Viterbo University has been named to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service. The Honor Roll recognizes higher education institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities. The designation from the highest levels of the federal government recognizes Viterbo’s commitment to service and civic engagement.

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