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President's ColumnArtman, Rick


My two favorite times of the year are the beginning and the ending of the academic year. In August we welcome the energy and the aspirations of those new to our university community, and in May we celebrate the results of hard work and dreams fulfilled.


Employees Honored at Rose Awards

TeacherofyearVicente Guillot, associate professor of world languages and cultures, was named Viterbo’s 2013 Teacher of the Year at the annual Rose Awards ceremony May 2.

“When looking back on my Viterbo education, I can proudly say that Vicente will be a professor I will never forget, not only for the wonderful lessons be has taught me in the classroom, but for showing me a great passion for education and the world around us,” wrote one student who nominated him for the award.


Graduation Cap2Spring Commencement is Saturday

Three hundred seventy-eight students, 304 bachelor's degree, 69 graduate, and five associate degree students, will be candidates for graduation at Viterbo’s spring commencement ceremony at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 11 at the La Crosse Center.


Scholars' Day
Scholar's Day2

The annual Scholars’ Day event April 26 featured the finest in student research from across the academic spectrum. More than 220 students presented their work at Scholars' Day, and many of them were involved in multiple presentations. This year's event featured 18 poster sessions, oral research presentations, gallery showings, and performances. Over 40 faculty from 20 departments mentored the student presenters.

Ecologist Steve Apfelbaum to Give Presentation on Natural Resources and Neighborhoods May 15

SteveNational speaker, ecologist, and best-selling author Steve Apfelbaum will present “Seven Ideas to Use Natural Resources to Improve the Local Economy, Lower Taxes, and Enhance Your Quality of Life” at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 15 in the Fine Arts Center Recital Hall.

Apfelbaum is founder and CEO of Applied Ecological Services, one of the leading ecological consulting firms in the world. AES specializes in using the science of ecology to provide practical land-use solutions that strike a favorable balance between cultural needs, cost efficiencies and ecological sustainability. Apfelbaum is also the author of the best-selling book Nature’s Second Chance.


A Winning Partnership

Boys and Girls Club member William Olson receives some help with his homework from Viterbo Enactus Club member Rachel Malin. Enactus designed and implemented a volunteer after-school reading and phonics correction program for Mathy Center Boys and Girls Club members. Over 250 hours of one-on-one tutoring hours have been logged since the program began in November.

Campus Ministry

By Amanda Jo Mlsna

Come, let us Magnify the Lord! 

Twenty of us recently crossed the street to the Franciscan Spirituality Center to embark on a journey—a spiritual retreat called Magnify. Those of us who participated were not aware of all that we would be experiencing in this short weekend, yet it was by far one of the most powerful experiences I have ever been on.