Connections Online Newsletter

Welcome Back Bash

Welcome Back Bash FrontStudents enjoyed themselves as they learned more about the university and the La Crosse community at the Welcome Back Bash Aug. 30 in the Mathy Center. The event was hosted by campus activities, service learning, and the Student Government Association. Check out more photos from the popular event.

Reinhart Center Commons Transformed

Reinhart Commons LoungeMembers of the Student Government Association (SGA) were very interested in increasing the amount of study lounge space on campus.

The newly renovated Reinhart Center Commons Study Lounge is the happy result.



BrostromDoreen Brostrom (pictured with husband Dick), a longtime member of the nursing faculty (1975–93), was just informed that her children have arranged to have a room in the School of Nursing building named in her honor.

Doreen originally returned to campus thinking she would simply be touring the new facility. Instead, nearly 40 members of her family, friends, and colleagues gathered for the surprise, sharing with her that room 288, the Viterbo Student Nurses Association Office, will carry her name.


Helping Hand

Move inAlexis Reget helped a family move their freshman student into a residence hall Aug. 24. Reget was one of 44 Orientation Leaders who helped with V-Hawk Orientation Days Aug. 24–26. “The Orientation Leaders did a fabulous job helping new freshmen and transfer students learn and adjust to life at Viterbo,” said Kari Reyburn, campus activities and orientation. “Thank you also to the all of the offices who helped make the weekend great.” Check out more photos from Move-in Day.

President's Column

Artman, RickThe cabinet and deans join me in extending sincere gratitude for your contributions of time and talent toward a successful opening of the new academic year. A great number of new undergraduate and graduate students, parents and family members, new faculty, and new staff have commented on and thanked me and others for the Franciscan hospitality extended to them during these first weeks of the semester. Viterbo’s values are lived and palpable—thank you.


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By Emilio Alvarez

Off to a Great Start 

With the new school year underway, students were anxious to get back into the groove of things. Campus ministry started off the first week of the new semester with a crowded liturgy at 11 a.m. in San Damiano Chapel. Later that night after the 6 p.m. liturgy, students had a great pizza party outside the chapel that included God, fellowship, food, and fun. Throughout the rest of the week campus ministry had events like Supper and Scripture, a hot dog cookout, and Taize Prayer. Students had a great time as they gathered for prayer and fellowship.


No Place Like Home

Dorm RoomLauren Busse and Erin Butzler were the winners of the admission office’s dorm room contest. Their room was selected as a “show room” for campus tours. Both will receive a gift card to a business of their choice.

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Chamber Music Series Opens Sept. 9 with Points on Jazz

Chamber Music 2The Viterbo One-of-a-Kind Chamber Music Series will open with an afternoon of jazz favorites by George Gershwin and Dave Brubeck at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9 in the Fine Arts Center Recital Hall.

Points on Jazz will feature Viterbo faculty member and pianist Mary Ellen Haupert, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire faculty member and pianist Owen Lovell, and New York-based pianist Dave Marck.

Haupert and Lovell will perform Gershwin’s An American in Paris and Brubeck’s Points on Jazz, both written for two pianos–four hands. Marck will perform other favorites by both Gershwin and Brubeck.

The Chamber Music Series is general admission seating. Visit the box office for tickets.

Library's Learning and Fellowship Series Begins Sept. 13

Library Books ColorThe library’s Learning and Fellowship Series returns at noon Thursday, Sept. 13 in the Learning Commons (Murphy Center 248) with “Welcome to VitCat: One-stop Searching for Academic Resources.”

The presentation will be given by Jennifer Nelson. All employees are invited to attend and are welcome to bring their lunch.

Participants are asked to RSVP to


Teaching in Afghanistan

Suzette (Kioshi) Nelson ’80 returned to her alma mater Aug. 30 to talk to several education classes about her amazing experiences teaching English to soldiers in the Afghan National Army in Afghanistan. Nelson is now on her way back to Guam where she is a middle school teacher with the Department of Defense Education Activity.

 Spirituality Center Stones

FSC to Host Intentional Parenting Series

The Franciscan Spirituality Center will host a monthly “Intentional Parenting Series” from 6:30–7:45 p.m. Thursdays from Sept. 13–March 14.

Included as presenters are Emily Dykman, religious studies and philosophy, who will present “Family Spirituality” Nov. 15 and Tom Roberts, psychology adjunct faculty, who will present “Parenting with Sanity: Finding Balance.”

There will not be an event in December. Cost is $10 per session or $50 for all six sessions. For more information or to register, visit

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