Connections Online Newsletter

TelephoneImportant Telephone Alert

Interruption in Service and Brief Loss of Service—Internet and Phone—to Occur During System Upgrade. 

A significant telephone upgrade will be conducted by Instructional and Information Technology. It will result in a period of limited functionality and a brief outage. The telephone outage will only affect the campus on Wednesday, Nov. 21. Plan ahead:



La Crosse Performing Arts Center to Unveil Exterior Murals Wednesday,
Nov. 14

The La Crosse Performing Arts Center will unveil locally designed murals sculpted into the façade of the new center on Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 1 p.m. The unveiling will occur at the intersection of Front and King Streets, the site of the La Crosse Performing Arts Center.


Leadership at Noon LogoExxonMobil Executive to Speak at Leadership at Noon Nov. 20

ExxonMobil International Human Relations Manager Rod Leis will speak as part of the Viterbo University Leadership at Noon series Tuesday, Nov. 20 in Reinhart Center room 107.


Duo Sonidos to Present Free Concert Sunday, Nov. 18 at 3 p.m.

Duo Sonidos

The music department will present Duo Sonidos featuring Adam Levin (guitar) and William Knuth (violin) in a performance at the Fine Arts Center Recital Hall on Sunday, Nov. 18 at 3 p.m.


Alvarez, EmilyMeet Emily Alvarez

Position: VU After Dark Coordinator (part-time)

Education background: Graduated from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, in May with a major in Integrated Visual Arts and a minor in Spanish.

Previous employer and position: Camp Gray Catholic Camp in Reedsburg as a counselor.

Hometown: Alton, Iowa


Over 200 Students Participate in Viterbo's Undergraduate Research Symposium

More than 200 students representing eight colleges and universities were on the Viterbo campus last Friday to participate in the 10th Annual Regional Seven Rivers Undergraduate Research Symposium.


Encourage a Study Abroad Experience

Lives are changed forever when students travel and study abroad. Do you know of some students who would benefit from this experience? Give them some encouragement to consider a spring semester in China. Applications are due Wednesday, Nov. 14. Larry Harwood, religious studies and philosophy, welcomes your questions.


Artman, RickPresident's Column

Honoring Veterans 

On behalf of the cabinet and deans, I extend our gratitude to all members of the Viterbo community who have served in the armed forces. We also extend our appreciation to those who have family members presently serving on active duty. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.


Chapel2Campus Ministry

By Emilio Alvarez

Campus ministry would like to inform you of the beautiful things happening at Viterbo University and in our community. All are welcome to participate by volunteering or encouraging the students of Viterbo to participate:


Playoff Wednesday, Viterbo Crowns Two Champs!

Women's Soccer

Freshman Molly Machometa’s perfect shot makes it 1–0 over Grand View en route to a 3–1 victory in the MCC Tournament championship match Wednesday at the Viterbo Outdoor Athletics Complex. Machometa’s goal continued her incredible record breaking trek. She has 31 goals, a Viterbo record and second in the nation.


NOVEMBER 12, 2012

Bread Bowl Soup Lunch and Food Drive Thursday

Bread Bowl SoupThe Hospitality Committee is sponsoring a lunch for all employees on Thursday, Nov. 15 from 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Hospitality Suite. The menu includes your choice of chicken and wild rice or potato soup in a bread bowl. There will also be a mixed green salad, dessert, and beverage. To-go containers will be available. The committee is also collecting nonperishable food items, money, and/or toiletries for the Viterbo University food pantry. RSVP to Sonya Ganther with your choice of soup. Signup deadline is today. The cost is $5 and should be sent or dropped off to Sonya, Murphy Center room 200.

Viterbo to Host Conversation in Servant Leadership Nov. 15

Viterbo University is hosting a statewide conversation on servant leadership Thursday, Nov. 15, from 7:30–9:30 a.m. in the Reinhart Center Board Room.

Featured presenters on the practice of Servant Leadership will be Joe Kruse, chief administrative officer at Mayo Clinic Health System, Franciscan Healthcare‑La Crosse, Sheila Garrity, director of the La Crosse Community Foundation, and Mark Schack, engineering manager, Toro Company in Tomah.

Participants wishing to RSVP should contact Tom Thibodeau to reserve a space. The event is free and open to the public.

Christmas TreeThird Annual Fine Arts Center Holiday Tree Trimming Competition

We’re making it a tradition!

All offices, departments, or clubs are encouraged to “adopt” one of 10 trees in the Fine Arts Center Atrium. Trim your tree Nov. 26–29, incorporating your favorite local charity or organization into the theme. “Voting” by monetary donation will begin at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29 and continue for the following two weeks, ending at 9 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 14. The tree with the most votes (dollars) wins. The winning group will receive a $25 gift certificate to the Baker’s Hearth; all proceeds from the competition will be donated to the individual charities.

To adopt a tree, email Alyson Dahlquist with the following information:

  • Name of organization/group/club
  • Contact person’s name, email address, and phone number
  • Charity to receive proceeds

Write a short (50–75 words) description of how your organization benefits Viterbo or the La Crosse community. This is your opportunity to inform potential voters of why your tree deserves their vote. This information will be printed on the label at the top of your tree. Provide the charity’s website if you would like that information included as well.

Last year’s organizations raised $708.75 for local charities.

Kudos to…

Vickie Unferth, residence life, who was elected president of the Washburn Neighborhood Association for a two-year term, succeeding Randy Magno.

Two Viterbo students were among seven to receive $500 scholarships from the Self-Sufficiency Program (SSP) in an announcement made at the annual breakfast banquet held at UW-L. Lisa Bulman and Susan Rose who are both pursuing an associate’s degree, are enrolled in the Center for Adult Learning. In addition to scholarship assistance, the goal of SSP is to extend the availability of higher education to low-income parents by preparing them to be successful college students.

Help Push Employee Campaign over Top

As you prepare for time with family and friends during the Thanksgiving holiday, consider joining your fellow employees by participating in the 2012–13 Viterbo Employee Campaign. We are getting closer to reaching our goal, but still need your help. If you haven’t participated yet, there is still time. Contributions of any amount are important and appreciated. If you have any questions regarding the Employee Campaign, contact Kim Wagner, institutional advancement, at ext. 3078.

LPAC: A View from the River

LPAC Building Glass
On a beautiful fall day, workers finish the glass enclosure on the La Crosse Performing Arts Center. This picture perfect view was shot from the side facing the Mississippi River.

The facility, which is the result of a collaboration between Viterbo University and the La Crosse Community Theatre, is scheduled to open in January with grand opening festivities scheduled for mid-month. Viterbo’s first performance in the 450-seat main stage theatre will be A Chorus Line, opening April 19 for a six-day, two-weekend run.

Out and About

Central High School Show Choir is sponsoring a silent auction, show, and lasagna dinner benefit event at Central High School on Sunday, Nov. 18. Tickets for the dinner and show are $15 (show only $7) and available the day of the event at the door. Show times are 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. and dinner runs from 5:15–6:30 p.m. Kudos to Marilyn Fernandes, art department, for serving as a major organizer of the event.

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