Connections Online Newsletter

Student Ready to Help Fellow Veterans

Nieman, Scott2Veterans needing a little help adjusting to life as a student don’t need to look any further than the Student Development Center and Scott Nieman.

Nieman has succeeded Mark Braatz as the Veteran Services Student Point of Contact.

“I’m very interested in helping people,” Nieman said. “This is a great way for me to help fellow veterans smooth over any rough spots.”

A native of La Crescent, Minn., and now a resident of Onalaska, Nieman served four years in the U.S. Army Infantry. He spent two years in Germany and 15 months in Baghdad where he earned his Combat Infantry Badge. Nieman, 24, is a junior criminal justice major at Viterbo.


Class is Out

Deb Daehn-Zellmer and social work students enjoyed the beautiful weather while holding class on the patio outside Brophy Center Sept. 12. 

Meet Cristina Kovacs

Note: New employees will be introduced to the Viterbo community periodically in Connections. 

Kovacs, ChristinaName: Ana Cristina Kovacs 

Position: Administrative assistant, institutional advancement 

Education background: Business administration 

Previous employer and position: I spent 10 years working in the hospitality industry, mostly with the Hilton Hotel chain, before joining the higher education system. Prior to working at Viterbo, I was the senior executive secretary in the community engagement office at Florida Atlantic University. 


SDC Open House
SDC Open House

Lesley Stugelmayer, counseling services, talks with Ryan Thibodeau, Rob Forget, and Eric Schmidt, admission, during the Student Development Center Open House Sept. 10.

President's Column

Artman, RickEnrollment Report 

Please take note of the fall semester enrollment report (pdf) as of census date Sept. 7. In summary, the enrollment of new students, full-time undergraduates, total undergraduates, and total graduates is down from last fall and below budget projections. A few bright spots include the increase to a record number of students living on campus and an increase in on-campus graduate programs.

Though the 2012–13 fiscal year will be one of constrained resources, I assure you the university is in sound fiscal condition and will remain so.


Campus Ministry

By Emilio Alvarez 

Chapel2Viterbo Remembers 

The bells of San Damiano Chapel tolled at the respective times of the various tragedies that occurred on Sept. 11, 2001. At noon, a commemorative Mass was celebrated in memory of all those who lost their lives on that day. Father Mychal Judge, a Franciscan of the Holy Name Province (New York) was among the first listed casualties. The spirit of servant leadership inspired this friar who gave his life for others just minutes before the fall of the North Tower. He was chaplain to the New York City Fire Department. 


Visiting Artist
Artist Workshop

Karina Cutler-Lake, right, speaks with a student during an artist workshop Sept. 12. An exhibit featuring Cutler-Lake’s work opened that evening in the Viterbo University Gallery.

SEPTEMBER 17, 2012

Constitution Day Presentation Sept. 19

FlagsKeith Knutson and Michael Smuksta, history, will present “Declaring War and the Constitution” in honor of Constitution Day at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19 in Reinhart Center room 127.

The Viterbo community is invited to attend. The presentation will last approximately 40 minutes and will be a good primer for decorated Vietnam War veteran and prisoner of war Captain Charles Plumb’s presentation, “Who Packs Your Parachute?” at 7 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Main Theatre. Plumb’s presentation is part of the Reinhart Center for Ethics in Leadership’s fall lecture series.

A New Look

Banners highlighting Viterbo’s core values were recently installed throughout campus. The student on this banner is Kelsey Pruitt.

Campaign Season Reminder

The campaign season is coming into full swing. Employees are reminded to refrain from using university email and other resources to promote individual political candidates/fundraisers.

While no policy can provide comprehensive guidance, see page 538 in the employee handbook (pdf) for additional information regarding on-campus political activity or contact Pat Kerrigan, communications and marketing, at ext. 3041 or with questions.

Vatican II Series at FSC
Spirituality Center Stones

The Franciscan Spirituality Center will present a four-week series honoring the anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council, “Vatican II: 50 Years of Hope and Renewal.”

The sessions will be held Thursdays from 6:30–8 p.m. Oct. 18–Nov. 8. The series will be hosted by Tom Thibodeau and will include guests Marlene Weisenbeck, FSPA, Rev. Mark Pierce, and Rev. Robert Cook.

Cost of the program is $35 for four sessions or $10 per session. For more information and to register, visit

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