Connections Online Newsletter

Healthy Living Week

The Viterbo community enjoyed a number of activities during Healthy Living Week Sept. 24–28. Above, a student received a free bike tune-up. Below are the members of a panel discussion on eating disorders, Stacey Prussman, Diane Walker, professional counselor, and Bill Bakalars, psychology. Prussman, an eating disorder survivor, also presented "Looking Through Broken Mirrors: Understanding Eating Disorders."

Music Department to Present Strawberry Fields Oct. 5–7

Strawberry FieldsThe Viterbo University Music Department will present the opera Strawberry Fields in the Fine Arts Center Recital Hall Friday, Oct. 5–Sunday, Oct. 7.

Strawberry Fields is a one-act opera set in New York City’s Central Park at the site dedicated to the memory of John Lennon. It is the story of an elderly woman’s struggle with age and dementia. Believing she has arrived at her seat at the opera house, a young student in the park who shares her deep love for music indulges her delusion and helps turn the world around them into an opera.


Children and Poverty Discussion Tonight

The Viterbo community is invited to attend the panel discussion “Children and Poverty: A Community Crisis” from 6:30–8:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1 in the Reinhart Center Board Room.


Master Class
Master Class

Students in the theatre and music theatre department attended a master class with Broadway performer Franc D’Ambrosio in the Fine Arts Center Lobby Sept. 21. Four students, including sophomore Aaron White (pictured), performed and received feedback and coaching from D’Ambrosio. Known as the “World’s Longest Running Phantom” for his celebrated run in The Phantom of the Opera, D’Ambrosio performed as part of the Bright Star Season Sept. 22.

From the President

St. Francis Feast DayArtman, Rick 

Franciscans throughout the world will celebrate the Feast of St. Francis Tuesday, Oct. 4.  Please consider joining the Viterbo community for Mass at Mary of the Angels Chapel at St. Rose Convent at 11 a.m. (musical prelude at 10:40 a.m.) and for the community luncheon in the dining hall immediately following Mass. Please encourage students to participate as well. The annual pet blessing will take place at 5 p.m. Check the complete schedule of activities on the website. If you cannot attend any of the events, perhaps consider offering the Prayer of St. Francis prior to the start of your day, class, or meetings.


Campus Ministry

Opening of the Year of FaithChapel2 

On Thursday, Oct. 11, the Year of Faith will be inaugurated by Pope Benedict XVI in Rome. An Evening Prayer service will also be celebrated at San Damiano Chapel Oct. 11 at 5:15 p.m. as Viterbo also joins the world welcoming this Year of Faith. Campus Ministry will focus on how St. Francis of Assisi views the faith.

Follow our Blog 

Read our reflection on the start of 40 Days For Life at 

The schedule of Mass times at San Damiano Chapel can be found at

The Great Court Run

David Waters, business, writes that he had the opportunity to accomplish one of the goals on his “sporting challenges bucket list” this past summer when he ran perimeter walkways of the Great Court at Trinity College in Cambridge, England. The run is estimated at 370 meters in length and according to legend, one person has been able to run the quadrangle beginning with the sound of the bells striking noon and finishing before the chiming stops. Part of the clock tower dates back to 1546.

OCTOBER 1, 2012

Shannon Foss

Student Shannon Foss was the winner of the Friar Frolic T-shirt design contest. She received a $50 gift card to Target.

St. Francis Feast Day Oct. 4

StFrancis DrawingSt. Francis Feast Day is Thursday, Oct. 4 and the Viterbo community is invited to enjoy several activities in celebration.

Wednesday, Oct. 3

6:30 p.m. Transitus of St. Francis – Maria Angelorum Chapel at St. Rose Convent

Thursday, Oct. 4

10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Classes are cancelled

10:40 a.m. Prelude Music by the Concert Choir and the 9th Street Singers – Maria Angelorum Chapel at St. Rose Convent

11 a.m. St. Francis Day Mass – Maria Angelorum Chapel

11 a.m.–1:15 p.m. Buffet Lunch – Marian Hall Dining Room. Free tickets are available for non-meal plan employees and students at the Student Development Center reception desk.

5 p.m. Pet Blessing – Assisi Courtyard

6 p.m. – Assisi Fire (Bonfire surrounding Dancing Francis) – Assisi Courtyard

Substance Abuse Program Oct. 2

The Masters of Mental Health Counseling program, the addiction studies program, and the psychology club will host “Substance Abuse Treatment: Addressing the Specific Needs of Women to Improve Treatment Outcomes” from 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2 in the Reinhart Center Board Room.

Flo Hilliard will be presenting on the bio-psychosocial differences in sex and gender and why it's important for treatment planning. A sign up form for the event is located outside Bill Bakalars office in Murphy Center 550.

Physical Plant News

By Linda Kneifl

ToolsThe Fine Arts Center building is undergoing a complete replacement of the fire alarm system, which should be completed by Christmas break.

New lighting was installed in the gym and above the running track in the Mathy Center. The projected electrical savings is $10,000 per year.

Three new custodians have joined the physical plant department during this last summer. We welcomed Grant Engfer (Fine Arts Center), Ron Herman (Murphy Center), and Dennis Molstad (School of Nursing Building).

Kudos to...

Jesús Jambrina, world languages, who writes a blog for the Voices section of the Huffington Post.

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