Connections Online Newsletter

A Warm Franciscan Welcome

ArtmanOn behalf of the cabinet and deans, I extend a warm Franciscan welcome to all new members of the Viterbo community. We likewise welcome back those who have been away for the summer recess.

We welcome the new faces of some 450 new undergraduate students and approximately 20 new full-time faculty, administrators, and staff members. Franny’s has a new face as well and we welcome Einstein Bros. Bagels to the campus, and the new Provisions on Demand (POD) in the Student Union’s Crossroads. The facelift for Bonaventure Hall has been completed with the refurbishment of the first and second floors. The Student Government Association is funding improvements now underway in the Marian/Bonaventure Courtyard, Murphy Center has a new face as well—see if you notice anything different.


Soul of a Citizen Author Paul Loeb to Open Ethics Series Sept. 12

PaulLoebAuthor Paul Loeb will open the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership’s 2013–14 lecture series as he presents “Soul of a Citizen: How Can You Make Your Voice Heard and Your Actions Count?” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12 in the Fine Arts Center Main Theatre.

Loeb is the author of Soul of a Citizen: Living with Conviction in Challenging Times and The Impossible Will Take a Little While: A Citizen’s Guide to Hope in a Time of Fear. Soul of a Citizen is described as “the handbook for budding social activists, veteran organizers, and anybody who wants to make a change—big or small—in the world around them.” Loeb has spent more than 30 years researching and writing about citizen responsibility and empowerment, asking what makes some people choose lives of social commitment while others abstain.




Five graduates of the Master of Arts in Education program celebrate their degrees at the end of proseminar week in July. One hundred-forty graduate students, the majority of whom teach in Wisconsin and Iowa, spent the week on campus to present their research projects and complete their final degree requirements.

Meet Val KrageKrageVal

Name: Val Krage

Position: Post-Baccalaureate Licensure Specialist, School of Education

Education background: Master of Science in Educational Leadership from Minnesota State University Moorhead. Bachelor of Science in Child Development and Family Life from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. I hold Minnesota licenses in early childhood education, parent education, and community education.


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By Emilio Alvarez

Greetings from Campus Ministry! After a fast and amazing summer, the time has come again to put ourselves in a position to allow the glory of God’s goodness to shine through us and change the lives of those joining us during the upcoming school year. Campus has been busy this summer with new campus remodels, summer sports camps, and several summer courses, but is has been calm enough to find some much needed time for reflection and contemplation. Now, the time is finally here to finally see how our summer preparations and plans will come to fruition to create a vibrant and exhilarating experience for Viterbo students. Campus Ministry staff are excited and ready. Are you?


Viterbo Athletics Golf Scramble


Participants enjoy themselves at the 16th annual Viterbo University Athletics Golf Scramble Aug. 12 at the La Crosse Country Club.

AUGUST 19, 2013

Planning to Begin for Viterbo's 125th CelebrationVUSeal

Viterbo was founded by the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in 1890. That means a milestone date will soon be upon us and planning will be gearing up to celebrate Viterbo’s 125th during the 2014–15 academic year.

A planning committee chaired by Pat Kerrigan has been formed and other members include: Emilio Alvarez, Sandra Bartel, Derek Cortez, Kathy Duerwachter, Deb Kappmeyer, Keith Knutson, Eric Kunick, Denise Lorenz, Polly Pappadopoulos, Rochelle Potaracke, FSPA, John Race, Michael Ranscht, Chris Sanger, Tim Schorr, Polly Scott, and Anthony Slaby.

Planning will take place during the year and faculty and staff are asked to consider utilizing a 125th theme for events held on an annual basis. Look for more details throughout the year and feel free to contact any of the committee members with ideas and suggestions.

University Forum and Campaign Celebration TomorrowDancingFrancis

Viterbo employees are invited to attend a University Forum and campaign celebration Tuesday, Aug. 20.

The day begins with a continental breakfast at 8:30 a.m. in the Fine Arts Center Lobby. The forum will begin at 9 a.m. in the Fine Arts Center Main Theatre and will include the introduction of new employees, employee years of service recognition, and President Rick Artman’s State of the University address.

At 11:30 a.m., employees are asked to gather in Assisi Courtyard for a special announcement regarding Viterbo’s comprehensive capital campaign. A picnic lunch sponsored by the institutional advancement office will follow the announcement.

Inservice Week Schedule

The complete inservice schedule is available at

Employee Service Recognition

Employees will be recognized for their years of service during the University Forum Tuesday, Aug. 20. Congratulations to:

Five Years of Service
David Bauer
Barb Dotta
Lynda Fernholz
Josh Gates
Barb Gayle
Gretchen Johnson
Sheldon Lee
Jessica Madson
John Metelko
Amanda Meyer
Alissa Oelfke
Nancy Oelke
Mary Therese Rinzel
Ann Schoenecker
Paul Stachowski
Terry Stuttley
Andrea Tsilis
Kathy Warner
Anita Wood

Ten Years of Service
Gene Alberts
Sandra Bartel
Donna Benden
Michele Flaten
Sandy Harvey
Mary Ellen Haupert
John Huber
Kim Nelson
Kim Olson-Kopp
Linda Schams
Jeanann Schobert
Naomi Stennes-Spidahl
Bill Walsh

Fifteen Years of Service
Nancy Allen
Carl Bargabos
Rochelle Brooks
Anne Ellefson
Larry Harwood
Linda Hinkley
Renee Kastenschmidt
Natalie McGarry
Jeff Poulin
Roxie Prenatt
Jean Saladino
Ed Wenzel

Twenty Years of Service
Bobbi Vandenberg
Todd Ericson
Melissa Growt
Michael Ranscht
Delayne Vogel

Twenty-five Years of Service
Jackie Kuennen
JoAnn Marson
Bev Oney

Forty Years of Service
Dan Johnson-Wilmot

Ecobelly Festival Sept. 14


The Viterbo Environmental Sustainability Club invites community members to attend or volunteer at the Ecobelly Festival from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14 at Myrick Hixon EcoPark.

The event will feature a farmer’s market, children’s games and activities, vendor and organization tables, a “How Does Food Grow?” presentation, pie baking and veggie peeling contests, door prizes, and a cooking demonstration.

To learn more about the event or volunteering, contact Emma Rislow, vice president of the Viterbo Environmental Sustainability Club, or visit Myrick Hixon EcoPark.

Summer Grades Due TuesdayGrades Graphic

All grades for the summer term are due in VitNet no later than noon Tuesday, Aug. 20. There are many processes dependent on all grades being finalized in the system.

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