Alumni

Grace McDonald Vita

 Present Position: 
            FSPA Historian, 1992-2008
            FSPA Archivist, 1986-1992
            FSPA Congregational Secretary and Archivist, 1984-1986
            Archivist, Western Province FSPA, 1983-1984
            Provincial Administrator, Western Province FSPA, 1878-1982
            President, Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration 1970-1978 
            President, Viterbo College, 1960-1970 
            Professor of History, Viterbo College, 1952-1960

 Religious Activities: 
            Chairperson, Board of Trustees, Viterbo College 1970-1978 
            Member, Board of Trustees, Viterbo College 1964-2000
            Member, Leadership Conference of Woman Religious, 1970
            National Treasures, 1976-1979 
            Member, Executive Committee, 1976-1979 
            Member, National Board, 1972-1979 
            Chairperson, Region IX, 1971-1976 
            Member, Wisconsin Catholic Conference, Organization and Development Commission, 1972-1979 
            Charter Member, La Crosse Diocesan Pastoral Council 
            Member, Executive Board, 1970-1972

 Civic Activities: 
            Wisconsin State Ethics Board, 1973-1978 
            Member, Greater La Crosse Chamber of Commerce 
            La Crosse Citizens Planning Corporation, 1966-1971

 Professional Memberships: 
            American Catholic Historical Association 
            La Crosse County Historical Society

 Academic Degrees: 
            Ph. D. Catholic University of America - History 
            M. A. Catholic University of America - History 
            B. A. Viterbo College - History

Publications:
            St. Francis of Assisi: Committed to All
                        (co-author and editor)
            The Irish of The North Country, Wisconsin Magazine of History
            History of The Irish in Wisconsin in The Nineteenth Century, CUA Press, 1954. Reprinted, Arno Press, 1976 
            Articles and Book Reviews: 
                        Wisconsin Magazine of History 
                        The Catholic Historical Review

Selected Honors: 
            Distinguished Alumna Award, Viterbo College 1969 
            Pi Gammu Mu Honor Society
            Honorary Doctorate Human Letters, Viterbo College, 1978
            Pope John XXIII Award for Distinguished Service, Viterbo College, 1980
            Fr. J. Thomas Finvran Award, Viterbo College, 1998