Principal Accomplishments of Grace McDonald, FSPA
September 11, 1960: Sister Justille McDonald was appointed president of Viterbo College. There was no inaugural event.
December 22,1960: She was on the original Board of Directors of Viterbo College since its inception in December of 1960. At the initial meeting of the board, Sister Justille made a resolution to purchase no less than three city blocks in the next 10–20 years.
1960–61: A new curriculum for the degree in medical library science was developed and approved by the American Medical Association.
1963: The development office was established. The Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association retirement plan was set up.
1965: The development committee, the business affairs committee, and the academic affairs committee were established. Mathematics was raised to a major. Spanish was introduced as a minor. Latin was reduced to a minor. The faculty-student board was set up at the request of the members of the student government.
April 20, 1966: Sister Justille suggested including lay people on the Board of Directors. She also suggested having a separate college board from the governing board of St. Rose Convent (Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration).
November 1966: It was Sister Grace McDonald who articulated the duties of the board of directors as noted in the minutes of the board.
December 8, 1966: The Marian Hall new dormitory addition and dining facilities were dedicated.
1967: The baccalaureate program in nursing was introduced. St. Francis Hospital was approached regarding use of clinical facilities for the nursing program and the use of the former school of nursing building for classroom space. The electronic learning center was installed.
June 17, 1968: The “Agreement to Purchase” was completed for St. Wenceslaus Parish Church, Rectory, and Elementary School for use for the college church and the new School of Nursing at Viterbo College.
November 1969: Drama was raised from a minor to a major.
April 1970: Elected president of the FSPA effective July 1.
May 20, 1970: A resolution was passed that Viterbo College identify itself as a coeducational institution and actively recruit men and open the college degrees and facilities to male students by the fall of 1970. Sister Grace McDonald was designated as the chair of the search committee to seek a new president for Viterbo College.
July 1, 1970: Sister Grace McDonald was elected president of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration.
July 7, 1970–1978: Sister Grace was appointed and served as chair of the Board of Directors for eight years. In the prior 10 years to 1970, she had frequently chaired the meetings without having the title or office of Chair of the Board.
September 17, 1970: The cornerstone of the Fine Arts Center was laid. The Fine Arts Center was a keystone idea of Sister Grace McDonald. She provided the foundational inspiration, the direction to seek government grants, and the leadership to realize this important legacy of the arts to Viterbo College and the whole La Crosse and Coulee Region.
October 30,1970: The Viterbo College nursing center was dedicated.
1969–1997: Received numerous awards and citations.