Connections Online Newsletter

Vietnam Veteran and POW to Speak Sept. 19

Charles Plumb 3Highly decorated Vietnam War veteran and prisoner of war Captain Charles Plumb will present “Who Packs Your Parachute?” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19 in the Fine Arts Center Main Theatre.

Plumb graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and went on to fly an F-4 Phantom on 74 successful combat missions over Vietnam. On his 75th mission, with only five days to go before he would be sent home, Plumb was shot down. He was imprisoned in an eight-foot by eight-foot cell and tortured. He spent the next six years as a prisoner of war.


Celebrate Peace Week Sept. 17–21

Peace Week 2Celebrate what is good in the La Crosse community with Peace Week Monday, Sept. 17–Friday, Sept. 21.

Peace Week in La Crosse was organized by North American Youth for Peace, an organization founded by Viterbo student Josh Kohnhorst. Events begin at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17 with the presentation “Peace: Let it Begin with Me” by Tom Thibodeau at 7 p.m. in the School of Nursing Building Collins Auditorium. Other events include a Peace Walk, documentaries, a prayer vigil, and a block party. Here is the full schedule (pdf).


Welcome Future NursesNursing Welcome

Silvana Richardson, dean of the School of Nursing, speaks with a student at the School of Nursing Welcome Event for Sophomore Nursing Students Sept. 5. Student had the opportunity to meet with faculty and fellow students, receive tips for success in the program, enjoy some cookies and punch, and win door prizes.

Fr. Conrad Targonski: Leading an Assisi Pilgrimage for Veterans

Cross and Boots2Men and women are returning home after having served in conflicted areas of the world. That scenario has held true after all wars and the aftereffects of places like Vietnam, Afghanistan, and Iraq loom large for many veterans.

That search for wholeness, healing and re-entry to civilian life led Viterbo’s chaplain Fr. Conrad Targonski, OFM, himself a veteran, to volunteer to be a team leader for a 10-day, Aug. 11–21 pilgrimage for military veterans to Assisi, Italy, the home of St. Francis.


Exhibit Featuring the Works of Karina Cutler-Lake to Open Sept. 12

Oshkosh MapAn exhibit of the maps of guest artist Karina Cutler-Lake will open the 2012–13 season of the Viterbo University Gallery with a reception from 7:30–9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12.

“Information is beautiful,” Cutler-Lake wrote in her artist’s statement. “As an artist and a designer, it is my job to take raw information, transform it, and then present it in whatever format is most appropriate to the context and/or end user. Each of these maps concern the nature of what it means to be somewhere—or to experience something—and how one may move around it. Almost all of these maps seek to simplify what, to me, is a very complex subject—personal location and experience in this immense earth.”


Register Now for Celebration of Faculty Scholarship Event

The Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs and faculty development invites faculty to register for the annual Celebration of Scholars event Friday, Oct. 5 from 2–4 p.m. in the Reinhart Center Board Room.


Health Corner

By Sue Danielson, health services

CadiceusWhooping Cough in Wisconsin 

Pertussis or whooping cough is a highly contagious respiratory disease that is becoming more prevalent in our area. Symptoms of pertussis are violent, uncontrollable coughing fits which can cause vomiting, difficulty breathing, and disturbed sleep. Other symptoms include weight loss, incontinence, and rib fractures due to the extreme force caused by the uncontrollable coughing fits. Coughing fits caused by pertussis can last up to 10 weeks. Pertussis is easily transmitted from person to person through coughing and sneezing. A person with pertussis can infect up to 12–15 other people.


From the Library

From the Library

By Liz Ehr

Library Books ColorNew Counseling Books 

Several titles related to counseling have been added to the library collections over the summer. You can use the new bookshelf in the library catalog to see all new books.

Handbook of Youth Mentoring by David L. DuBois and Michael J. Karcher provides the first scholarly and comprehensive synthesis of current theory, research, and practice in the field of youth mentoring.


SEPTEMBER 10, 2012

Hospitality Committee Welcome Back Breakfast Sept. 12

Muffin2Viterbo employees are invited to enjoy a breakfast of fruit, muffins, coffee, and juice, Wednesday, Sept. 12 from 7:30–9 a.m. in the Murphy Center Lobby. The breakfast will be hosted by the members of the hospitality committee.

SDC Open House Sept. 10SDCH

The Viterbo community is invited to the annual Student Development Center today from 3–5 p.m. The event will feature information, refreshments, and tours hosted by Dave Pleasants, campus safety, Lesley Stugelmayer, counseling services, Sue Danielson, health services, Scott Nieman, Veteran student point of contact, and Diane Brimmer, vice president for student development.

Kudos to...

Judy Ulland, Academic Resource Center, who with her husband Paul, was inducted into the La Crescent-Hokah School District Wall of Excellence. The Ulland’s were honored for their more than 40 years of enthusiastic support of school district and community activities. In 1980, Judy was honored as Woman of the Year in La Crescent. Also named to the Wall of Excellence this year is Viterbo graduate Dick Brostrom, who as a physician has made substantial contributions in a number of overseas locales including Saipan and the Northern Marian Islands. He currently serves as Tuberculosis coordinator for the State of Hawaii.

Get Your Oktoberfest Button

Button2Oktoberfest buttons can be purchased on campus at the pre-fest price of $5 until Friday, Sept 21. Cost of buttons at the gate will be $8 this year. Contact Silvana Richardson at ext. 3687 to purchase your button.

AAUW Meets Sept. 15

The local branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will meet Saturday, Sept. 15 at 10 a.m. in Cartwright Center at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

Following brunch, the program “Poverty and Women in Wisconsin” will be presented by UW-La Crosse faculty member Pat Markos.

If you would like to attend this program or want more information about AAUW, contact Silvana Richardson, who serves as Viterbo’s liaison. She can be reached at ext. 3687 or AAUW welcomes new members throughout the year.

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