Connections Online Newsletter

Profile in Courage

Vietnam veteran and POW Captain Charles Plumb shared his incredible story with honors students over lunch Sept. 19. The students also had the opportunity to ask numerous questions about his experiences. Plumb spoke to a capacity Fine Arts Center Main Theatre crowd that evening. Photo by Jessica Schurmann.

Body Image Awareness Day Sept. 27

Body Image2Approximately 24 million people in the U.S. suffer from an eating disorder. Are you ready to end fat talk? Campus activities will be hosting Body Image Awareness Day Thursday, Sept. 27 as part of Healthy Living Week.


Lunch and Learn Sept. 28

Chiropractic First2The Viterbo community is invited to attend the Lunch and Learn event “How to Stay Young—Spinal Disorders” from noon–1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28 in the Fine Arts Center Hospitality Suite.


Donate Books for a Better World

M3The Wisconsin Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (WACRAO) is holding their annual conference in La Crosse Wednesday, Nov. 7–Friday, Nov. 9. It is a joint venture with the Upper Midwest Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (UMACRAO), which means five states and three Canadian provinces will be represented.


Celebrating the Constitution
Constitution Day

Keith Knutson and a student discuss some of the finer points of the U.S. Constitution following the Constitution Day presentation “Declaring War and the Constitution” given by Knutson and fellow history faculty member Michael Smuksta Sept. 25.

From the LibraryLibrary Books Color

By Jennifer Nelson

Todd Wehr Memorial Library Student Workers 

We’d like to welcome back all of our returning work study students and introduce our new students.


Health CornerCadiceus

Health Corner

By Sue Danielson

Viterbo Will Be Smoke-Free 

It’s coming—Viterbo University will be smoke-free starting with the 2014 academic year.


SEPTEMBER 24, 2012

Fransican Healthcare President and CEO to Speak Tonight

Johnson, TimTim Johnson, M.D., president and CEO of Mayo Clinic Health System, Franciscan Healthcare-La Crosse, will give a presentation on collaboration at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24 in Dahl School of Business 122.

The event is sponsored by Students in Free Enterprise and the Viterbo community is invited to attend.

Plenty to Do During Healthy Living Week

The Viterbo community can choose from a wide variety of activities designed to promote a healthy lifestyle during Healthy Living Week Monday, Sept. 24–Friday, Sept. 28.

Jill Billings on Campus
Sept. 25

Billings, JillWisconsin State Assembly member Jill Billings will be on campus for the Viterbo College Democrats’ Outdoor Concert and Registration Drive at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25 in Assisi Courtyard.

The concert will be given by local musician Ft. Mario Street.

New Phone Directories

Phone BookThe 2012­–13 phone directories have been printed and delivered to the campus mailboxes. New this year:

Departmental Listings 

  • Franciscan Friars—Collaborative Ministry
  • Master of Arts in Education – separated Iowa, La Crosse and West Allis
  • Veteran Services Student Point of Contact

Faculty and Staff Listings 

  • Info for Fr. Kelly, Fr. Konopa, and Fr. Tulko
  • Viterbo building addresses at end of the employee listing

The Adjunct Faculty section remains in the same location, just before the student section.

Have a Safe Oktoberfest

Button2The Student Development staff reminds the Viterbo community that there are plenty of fun and safe ways to celebrate Oktoberfest and to enjoy the German heritage included in the festival.

Enjoy an Oktoberfest Lunch Friday

An Oktoberfest lunch will be served in Marian Hall Dining Room from 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28.

Cost of the lunch is $7.25 for employees and students without a meal plan. The menu includes brats and sauerkraut, schnitzel, spaetzel, German potato salad, pretzels, beer cheese soup, potato and bacon soup, Bavarian apple pie, and German chocolate cake. The tapping of the 1919 Root Beer keg will be held at 11 a.m. The event will also include polka music.

Kudos to...

Viterbo University, which was named to G.I. Jobs 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools. Military Friendly Schools are the top 15 percent of colleges, universities, and trade schools nationwide that deliver the best experience for military students.

Viterbo University, which along with its collaborative partners, received the “Making a Difference” Award at the Downtown Mainstreet, Inc. Annual Meeting Sept. 12.

Open House

Open House 

Clare Apartments Peer Advisor Bre Swan sets up the hospitality table before the open house Sept. 18.

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