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Great SuccessCampaign

President Rick Artman shares the good news that $37 million of the $40 million University of Opportunity: Hope and Help Comprehensive Campaign has been raised with the campus community and guests Aug. 20. Also pictured are FSPA President Linda Mershon, scholarship recipient Ali Behringer '13, and Kent Handel, chair of the Board of Trustees.

Discovery in Spain

JJSpainJesús Jambrina, world languages and cultures, made an important discovery in Zamora, Spain, where he is conducting research on the medieval Jewish Sephardic heritage of the city.

As part of his fieldwork, Jambrina came across several acoustic focalizations at an underground structure (bodega in Spanish) located at the old Jewish quarter, which led him to conclude that the building might originally be a synagogue or a Talmud-Torah school (or Yeshiva).

According to historical documentation, Jews lived in Zamora since the early 11th century until 1492 when they had to leave for Portugal and other Mediterranean countries due to the Expulsion Decree by the monarchs Fernando and Isabella.


Green Thumbs


Children from the Boys and Girls Club with a little help from Viterbo, raised a bumper crop of vegetables in a community garden planted just a block from campus in the back yard of property owned by Viterbo. The day this picture was taken, Aug. 15, parents and other family members were invited to the club to dine on several varieties of vegetable soup using produce harvested from the garden. Joining the youth from the club are (back right to left): Lucy Slinger, FSPA, religious studies and philosophy, organizer of the gardening project, Alexis Wozney, a business administration major who is interning with Slinger, and Katlynn Stanke, an elementary education major who works part-time at the club.

Meet Taylor LewisLewis, Taylor2

Name: Taylor Lewis

Position: Global Education Specialist 

Education background: I graduated in May from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies, with an emphasis in global security and a minor in Spanish. 

Previous employer and position/Past experience as related to current position: For the last two and a half years, I have worked at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Center for International Education as a financial specialist assistant and a study abroad peer advisor. I have experience recruiting and advising prospective study abroad students and working with faculty program leaders. I helped manage financial operations of the office and coordinated student workshops.


Ethics Institute Awards Research Fellowships

EthicsThe D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership has awarded three Viterbo faculty members with research fellowships for the 2012–13 academic year:


Open for Business


Pat Kerrigan, communications and marketing, camped outside Murphy Center to be the first one in line at the new Einstein Bros. Bagels (not really). He did, however, greatly enjoy the cheddar and bacon bagel sandwich he ordered for lunch Aug. 21. Einstein’s offers freshly baked bagels and sandwiches, hearty soups, specialty salads, and gourmet coffee. It is open Monday–Thursday from 7:30 a.m.–8 p.m. and Fridays from 7:30 a.m.–3 p.m.

Health CornerCadiceus

By Sue Danielson, health services

Keeping Your Morale Up Every Day 

Getting up and going to work day after day can be a real drag. Some mornings you just want to pull the sheets over your head and go back to sleep. Staying positive each day can be difficult. But there are a few things you can learn to do to help boast your energy and positivity.


From the LibraryLibrary Books Color 

By Liz Bass

What’s New at the Library? 

Summertime brought a number of changes, both big and small, to the library. Read on for an update: 


AUGUST 26, 2013

Thank You


President Rick Artman thanks Dan Johnson-Wilmot, music, for 40 years of service to Viterbo University Aug. 20. 


Farewell Reception for Kari Reyburn Tuesday

KariRWish Kari Reyburn well at a farewell reception in her honor Tuesday, Aug. 27 from 3–5 p.m. in the Hawk’s Nest (adjacent to the Residence Life office). Reyburn, director of campus activities and orientation, is leaving Viterbo for a position in community engagement at Western Technical College. Her last day at Viterbo is Thursday, Aug. 29.


Welcome New Employees

WelcomeMatThe new members of the Viterbo community were introduced at the University Forum Aug. 20. Meet them here.


Welcome Back Bash Thursday


The Viterbo community is invited to attend the annual Welcome Back Bash from 2–4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29 in the Mathy Center.

Local businesses, non-profit organizations, and campus offices and clubs will be on hand to share their services and opportunities with Viterbo students.


Viterbo Parking Policies

Parking Permit

Viterbo parking policies will go into effect Wednesday, Aug. 28. Some leniency will be given the first week of school in the commuter/employee lots A, C, G, H, I, J and M as everyone re-acquaints themselves with the parking locations and policies. Resident parking lots D, F, L N, O, P and Q will be monitored beginning Wednesday, Aug. 28 and the policies will be strictly enforced.

A designated motorcycle and scooter parking only area is located on the south side of Viterbo Drive across from the FSPA apartments. Parking is permitted between the signs without a permit.

Vehicle parking is not allowed on the FSPA side of Franciscan Way from 7 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday–Friday or in front of the FSPA apartments on the north side of Viterbo Drive at all times without the proper FSPA permit.

Additional parking policy information is available. Call Dennis Kolb at ext. 3923 with any questions or comments.


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