Connections Online Newsletter

A Great Start to the Year


Students enjoyed pizza, nachos, and other items at the very popular annual Welcome Back Bash in the Mathy Center Aug. 29. 


Bebop and Beyond: A Night of Jazz Concert Sept. 11

Join New York pianist and La Crosse native Dave Marck and local musicians Greg Balfany, Rich McDonald, and Karyn Quinn for a free jazz concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11 in the Fine Arts Center Main Theatre.


Welcome Students


Campus was a busy place Aug. 23 as new students moved into the residence halls for orientation weekend and the start of classes Aug. 26. View more photos from the exciting day. 

Meet Chris MooneyMooney,Chris2 

Name: Chris Mooney

Position: Assistant Professor of Mathematics 

Education background: B.A. from Transylvania University in Lexington, Ky.; M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Iowa 

Previous employer and position/past experience as related to current position: Presidential Graduate Research Fellow at the University of Iowa 

Hometown: Lexington, Ky. 


Art Gallery Exhibit Opens TomorrowArt

The paintings of Wisconsin folk artist Anna Louisa Miller will be on display in the Viterbo University Gallery beginning with a reception at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4. Pictured is Miller’s oil painting, No More Gravy. The gallery is open from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. when classes are in session. Admission is free.

President's ColumnArtman 

A Grand Opening 

The cabinet and deans join me in extending sincere gratitude for a successful opening of another academic year. Viterbo’s core values were on full display these past weeks, especially hospitality and service. A number of those who are new to our community— students and their families and new employees, have commented on and thanked me and others for such a warm welcome to our Catholic Franciscan community. Viterbo’s values are lived and palpable—thank you.


Campus MinistryChapel2

By Fr. Conrad Targonski

Early September Remembrances 

Welcome back to a new year! Campus ministry on college and university campuses is not just for the religious inclined; it is for everyone. Everyone celebrates their spirituality in many ways here at Viterbo. There is a religious/spiritual dimension that is faithful to who we are: Catholic and Franciscan. 


Open House

Open House

Lesley Stugelmayer, counseling services, visits with two nursing students at the Student Development Center open house Aug. 28. Students and employees enjoyed refreshments and tours while meeting student development staff and learning about the department’s many services.


Faculty Recital Sept. 8

PianoJoin music faculty members Dan Johnson-Wilmot, baritone, and David Richardson, piano, as they perform Franz Schubert’s The Beautiful Maid of the Mill at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8 in the Fine Arts Center Recital Hall.

The recital is free and open to the public.


Viterbo Pet Policy

PetsViterbo community members are reminded that Viterbo has a policy regarding pets on campus. In addition to adherence to county and state health regulations, the policy also includes:

  1. Pets are allowed, on occasion, on campus on a leash held by a person.
  2. Pets are not allowed in any building on the Viterbo University campus.
  3. Each pet on campus will be required to wear an ID tag on its collar so that unregistered pets may be readily identified.

Note: A service animal would be the only exception to this policy.


Host Families Needed for Tajikistan Visitors

WorldServicesA delegation of family physicians from Tajikistan will be visiting La Crosse in October, and World Services of La Crosse is seeking volunteer home hosts. The delegation will be examining best practices in family medicine in the region with the goal of strengthening family medicine training in Tajikistan. The 10 family physicians will be in La Crosse Saturday, Oct. 12–Saturday, Oct. 26, though delegates will spend several days and nights in Madison during the time.

World Services is looking for hosts to:

  • Provide each guest with a private bedroom; bathrooms may be shared with other guests or the host family.
  • Provide a morning and evening meal.
  • Involve guest in family, neighborhood, and community life, including volunteer activities.
  • Provide transportation in the morning and evening to/from a central meeting place — typically World Services or Mayo Clinic Health System–Franciscan Healthcare.
  • Participate in delegation and home host group events as their schedule permits.

For more information call World Services 608-781-4194 or email Deborah Lutjen or Maureen Jameson.


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