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A Precious Gift

Ryan Thibodeau, admission, was one of 50 Viterbo community members to donate blood at the BloodCenter of Wisconsin blood drive Oct. 10. The drive raised 46 whole blood units, two double red blood cell units, and two platelet/red blood cell combination units. The drive was sponsored by health services and the Viterbo Student Nurses Association.

Three Viterbo "Outstanding Women" to be Honored by YWCA

GschwindSquareTrustee Mary Ann Gschwind, FSPA, faculty member Marlene Fisher, and student Jocelyn Lutes are three of eight individuals who will be honored at the YWCA Tribute to Outstanding Women Thursday, Nov. 15 at 5:30 p.m. in the La Crosse Center South Ballroom.

Sr. Gschwind, a current university trustee who recently concluded an eight-year term as chair, was chosen for the honor under the category of non-profit. She remains active in Rotary and numerous other organizations. She also serves on the La Crosse Performing Arts Center Board as vice president.


United Way Campaign Kick-off Tuesday

United WayEnjoy treats and refreshments and the chance to win a door prize at Viterbo’s United Way Campaign kick-off event from 3–4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16 in the Fine Arts Center Hospitality Suite.


Author and Charitable Foundation Expert to Present "Creating Social Capital" Oct. 23

FedlsteinLongtime CEO and president of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and accomplished author and lecturer Lewis Feldstein will present “Creating Social Capital” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23 in the Fine Arts Center Recital Hall.

Feldstein and Robert Putnam of Harvard University co-authored Better Together: Restoring the American Community in 2003. The book analyzes the grassroots development of civic engagement in the U.S. and provides a positive message with stories of community renewal and social activism.


Celebration of Faculty Scholarship

Matthew Bersagel Braley and Mary Ellen Stolder examine the work of their colleagues at the annual Celebration of Faculty Scholarship event Oct. 5.

Meet Beth Franklin

FrankBeth2Name: Beth Franklin

Position: Arts Education Coordinator, Fine Arts Center

Education background: Bachelor of Arts in English Education from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Previous employer and position/Past experience as related to current position: Middle school English teacher in the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District from 2007–11 and a high school English teacher in the Eau Claire Area School District from 2000–07.


President's Column

Artman, RickBoard of Trustees Meeting

The following are the actions taken by the Board of Trustees at its fall meeting Oct. 8.

  • Accepted the audited financial statements for fiscal year 2011–12. The report was an unqualified opinion (the best kind) and there were no findings of deficiencies or material weaknesses in financial operations or in compliance with federal programs. Kudos to our team in the business and financial aid offices. As is Viterbo’s practice, the audit report will be placed on library reserve for interested parties.

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This past month, campus ministry provided students with an exciting retreat opportunity known as the Busy Student Retreat. This retreat allowed students to take a deep breath in the midst of a busy semester. The retreat coincided with our St. Francis of Assisi celebrations, and the spirit of Francis was particularly present in the air. With Francis on the students’ minds and with wonderful spiritual directors to guide them, the students completed the retreat with a new perspective on their lives. And, they were given a few tools to help them continue along the journey.


Painting the Campus Purple

The Viterbo campus was “painted purple” last week to raise awareness about cancer prevention, healthy living, and the annual Relay for Life event in April. The event was sponsored by Viterbo Colleges Against Cancer.

OCTOBER 15, 2012

Get Your Flu Shot

Flu ShotHealth Services will offer Influenza vaccine to students and staff on the following dates and times:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 17 11 a.m.–1 p.m. in the Student Development Center
  • Wednesday, Oct. 17 4–6:30 p.m. in the Student Union
  • Thursday, Oct. 18 11 a.m.–1 p.m. in the Nursing Building Foyer
  • Wednesday, Oct. 24 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m. in the Student Union

Flu shots for employees will cost $12 and students can get them for free compliments of the Student Government Association. If you are unable to come during one of the clinic times, contact Sue Danielson for an individual appointment at 608-796-3806 or

"Mental Health in the Global Context" Oct. 18

ameji2The Department of Sociology, Social Work and Criminal Justice will host “Mental Health in the Global Context: Issues Impacting Immigrant Survivors of Violence” from 4–5:20 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18 in the Dahl School of Business room 122. 

Kulsum Ameji, attorney and advocate for survivors of domestic violence, will facilitate an interactive workshop based on case studies. Cultural competency, diversity, cross-cultural communication, cultural stigma against mental health services, and other topics will be addressed. The Viterbo community is welcome to attend.

Kudos to...

Raintry Salk, business, and Melissa Klein '11, who presented their work on “Presidential Succession Planning: A Qualitative Study in Private Higher Education” at the Midwest Academy of Management Conference in Itasca, Ill., Oct 5. Their paper received the conference’s “best paper” award and will be fast-tracked to publication in the Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies.

Kem Gambrell, business, and a number of her colleagues from other institutions, who presented “Advancing the Study of Leaders and Leadership to the Development Edge” at the Midwest Academy of Management Conference in Itasca, Ill., Oct 5.

Silvana Richardson, nursing, who was featured in the article “New School of Nursing Facility Exceeds Expectations” in the October issue of NursingMatters.

Michael Ranscht, Fine Arts Center, who was featured in the article “The Arts in Academia: Universities Play Major Role in Local Arts Scene” in the Oct. 7 issue of the La Crosse Tribune.

Challenges and Hope in Latin America Presentation Today

Marie Des Jarlais, FSPA, will present “Challenges and Hope in Latin America: El Salvador and Chiapas, Mexico” at 12:20 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15 in Murphy Center 432.

The event is sponsored by world languages and cultures, Student Government Association, Spanish club, and Student Organization Advocating for Human Rights.

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