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St. Francis Pledge

Raintry Salk, chair of the Environmental Responsibility Committee, accepts the signed St. Francis Pledge to Care for Creation and the Poor from President Rick Artman at a ceremony in Assisi Courtyard on Campus Sustainability Day Oct. 24.

Director for Center for Marriage and Families to Present "Is There Any Such Thing as a 'Good' Divorce" Nov. 8

MarquardtElizabeth Marquardt, director of the Center for Marriage and Families at the Institute for American Values in New York City, will present “Is there any such thing as a ‘Good’ Divorce?” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8 in the Fine Arts Center Main Theatre.

Marquardt is the author of Between Two Worlds: The Inner Lives of Children of Divorce. Based on the first nationally-representative study of grown children of divorce in the U.S., Marquardt argues that while an amicable divorce is better than a bitter one, even amicable divorces profoundly shape the inner lives of children. She has made numerous television appearances, including on NBC’s Today Show, CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 and Talk Back Live, ABC’s World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, Fox News’ O’Reilly Factor, CBS’s Early Show, PBS’s Religion and Ethics Newsweekly, NPR’s All Things Considered Weekend Edition and Diane Rehm Show and The Michael Medved Show. She has been published in the New York TimesWashington PostLos Angeles TimesChicago TribunePhiladelphia InquirerBoston GlobeChristian Science MonitorFirst Things, and Christian Century.


Anything But Plain to Help Impoverished Women

Anythingbutplain2Now available for purchase is Anything But Plain, a collection of chant-based piano pieces written by Mary Ellen Haupert. The original compositions are “contemplative, relaxing, and perfect for the end of a long day.”

Proceeds from the CD will be used toward efforts by Haupert and Julia Walsh, FSPA, to obtain a $25,000 matching grant from the Sierra Health Foundation to help Tubman House, a holistic program designed to help young, impoverished women.


Pride and Prejudice Nov. 7

PridePrejudiceL.A. Theatre Works will present their adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic novel, Pride and Prejudice, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7 in the Viterbo University Fine Arts Center Main Theatre.


Meet Mary Ellen Stolder

Stolder, Mary EllenName: Mary Ellen Stolder

Position: Faculty, School of Nursing

Education background: University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Iowa and University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Previous employer and position/Past experience as related to current position: Former Associate Dean for Nursing, Western Technical College.

Hometown: La Crosse-born at the former St. Ann’s Hospital, down the street from the Viterbo campus.


Conference Champs

Members of the volleyball team celebrate after clinching at least a share of the Midwest Collegiate Conference championship with their victory Oct. 25. The V-Hawks, who are currently ranked 23rd in the nation, will play for the outright championship Wednesday against 17th-ranked Grand View University.

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St. Francis Pledge

I’m grateful to members of the Environmental Responsibility Committee and others who planned activities for Campus Sustainability Day Oct. 24. During a summer planning retreat, the cabinet and deans endorsed the St. Francis Pledge to Care for Creation and the Poor. Our Franciscan tradition teaches that all of creation is a gift from the Creator, and thus we are obliged to be responsible stewards of the gifts in our trust. The FSPA have been outstanding stewardship role models for us and our community. Viterbo is pleased to make this visible commitment to pray, learn, assess, act and advocate. Thank you to all who have advanced the university’s sustainability efforts. Though we can and will do more as individuals and as a community, our progress has been substantial.


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By Emilio Alvarez

November as a Month of Thanksgiving and Remembrance 

As our natural world continues its change of the seasons, it is the perfect time to reflect on the changes we have experienced in our own lifetimes. These external changes in our lives, such as the birth of a new child or the loss of a loved one, are there to inspire and provoke change within ourselves. At times these changes my cause joy and gladness, or they may cause grief and sorrow. Ultimately, these experiences cause an effect on our very selves, but we must remember to allow God to be the guide of this change.


OCTOBER 29, 2012

November Remembrance

NovemberRembranceAs part of an annual Viterbo tradition, Viterbo community members are invited to participate in the November Remembrance Program. 

Visit the alumni tab on the Viterbo website and on the left side of the page click on “November Remembrance” for more information and to list your deceased loved ones. 

The names will be placed in San Damiano Chapel on Friday, Nov. 2 and will be prayed for the entire month.

Hospitality Committee Halloween Treat Oct. 30

Trailmix2Viterbo employees are invited to enjoy trail mix and apple cider Tuesday, Oct. 30 from 2–3:30 p.m. in Murphy Center Lobby.

The snack will be hosted by the members of the hospitality committee.

Speed Mock Interview Event Nov. 6

The alumni association and career services are sponsoring a Speed Mock Interview event from 5:30–8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6 in the Fine Arts Center Lobby. 

The event offers students interviewing activities conducted in a speed-dating format with alumni and area human resource professionals. It is an opportunity for students to improve professional interview skills and expand their professional networks. 

Students may register for the event by visiting the career services office in Murphy Center 374 or by emailing by Thursday, Nov. 1. Free hors d’oeuvres will be available at the event and business casual or interview dress is required.

Host an International Student for Thanksgiving

TurkeyGlobal Education is seeking volunteers to host an international student (or two) for Thanksgiving dinner. You would be responsible for the meal and round trip transportation. 

Email Caitlin Browdie at if you are able to host a student or if you have any questions.

Kudos to...

Rhonda Rabbitt and Susie Hughes, education, who gave the presentation “Lean Classroom: Action Research for Continuous Improvement” at the Lean Educator’s Conference in Norfolk, Va., Sept. 29.

Students Rehman Eon, Matthew Homstad, and Andrew Santoso, who participated in the fourth annual Wisconsin Mathematical Modeling Challenge Oct. 20–21 at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. The event brought together several teams of undergraduate students from Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Illinois. Students worked in teams of three and were given 24 hours to develop and test a mathematical model used to solve a real-life problem, after which they presented results to the other teams and a panel of judges. The team was charged with making a mathematical model to describe the future U.S. population, taking into account trends in land usage and availability; and to provide a way of determining an optimal balance of agricultural and non-agricultural land for use in the U.S.

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