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Some Fun Before Class

Bagel Toss

Students enjoyed a game of bagel toss at the Einstein Bros. Bagels at Franny’s grand opening event Sept. 5. Bagel toss participants received coupons. The event also featured samples of bagels and cream cheese.

Screening of Mysteries of the Driftless Zone Documentary Sept. 16


Follow a team of explorers and scientists as they reveal the majesty and allure of the driftless area using a stunning combination of filmmaking and genuine adventure in the documentary Mysteries of the Driftless Zone at 7 and 8:45 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16 at the Weber Center for the Performing Arts.


YWCA Outstanding Women Nominations Needed

YWCALogoConsider nominating a colleague for this year’s YWCA Tribute to Outstanding Women.

Categories for nominations are: Non-profit, Business/Professions, Health, Education, Activist, Volunteer, Trailblazer, Social Justice, and Young Women of Tomorrow (college). Nominations are due no later than Wednesday, Sept. 18. Click for a nomination form.


A Viterbo Face Campaign Debuts

SheskiAdViterbo’s new campaign featuring a variety of graduates regionally and nationwide will appear in a new series of profiles entitled “A Viterbo Face…An Exceptional Place.”

In addition to print ads, placed in newspapers in Rochester, Eau Claire, La Crosse, and Winona, the campaign will also include billboards, video profiles, and interviews that will appear on the Viterbo website and elsewhere. The profiles will also be featured in other broadcast and Internet venues. will be used to invite visitors to find out more about the featured Viterbo graduates.

First up is John Sheski (pictured), a nursing graduate who is employed as a member of the trauma-critical care-general surgery team at Mayo’s St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester. He will be followed by others: veterinarian Luke Peterson; customs and brokerage manager at Fastenal, Brian Loeffler; Coulee Council on Addictions director Keith Lease; principal Rachel Fawver; opera star Matt Boehler; Olympics-employed Nicki (Robinson) Skinner; dietician Stephanie (Walker) Schultz; physician Jenny Drexler, and aspiring podiatrist Kartick Patel. Additional graduates will be added to the list as the campaign progresses.


Bringing the Story of St. Rose to Life


On Sept. 4, her feast day, the likeness of St. Rose of Viterbo (student Claire Doughman), made a surprise appearance in San Damiano Chapel. The occasion, attended by over 200 students enrolled in Franciscan Values and Traditions courses, was used to familiarize freshman attendees with the story of Rose, the young Franciscan who is the patron of St. Rose Convent. Of course, Rose’s birthplace of Viterbo, Italy, is the namesake of Viterbo University. Founded in 1890, the university operated under a number of preceding names such as St. Rose Normal Institute and St. Rose Teachers Junior College before settling on Viterbo in 1937. St. Rose was born in 1233, just seven years after the death of St. Francis of Assisi.

Meet Diana CataldiCataldiDiane2

Name: Diana Cataldi

Position: Assistant Professor of Music

Education background: Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Vocal Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Doctorate of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance with a Singing Health/Pedagogy Cognate from The Ohio State University.

Previous employer and position/Past experience as related to current position: Adjunct in voice at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, from 2005–13.


Ring of Fire: The Life and Music of Johnny Cash at Viterbo Sept. 13 

Ring of FireThe 2013–14 Bright Star Season will open with Ring of Fire: The Life and Music of Johnny Cash at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13 in the Fine Arts Center Main Theatre.

Ring of Fire: The Life and Music of Johnny Cash is a musical revue exploring the life and times of legendary musical artist Johnny Cash. It is considered one of the best jukebox musicals of our time and features more than 35 classic songs, including Ring of Fire, I Walk the Line, I’ve Been Everywhere, and Folsom Prison Blues.


Open House and Ice Cream

Open House RL

Students enjoyed ice cream with staff members at the residence life and campus activities and orientation open house in the Hawk's Nest Sept. 4. 

Health CornerCadiceus

By Sue Danielson, health services

Light Therapy 

The fall season and the winter months are approaching. Many people experience mood changes as the days become shorter and the nights grow longer. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) symptoms usually begin in the late fall season and may continue through the long winter months. A few symptoms of SAD include: depression, social withdrawal, loss of energy, oversleeping, weight gain, and difficulty concentrating. Viterbo health services will soon provide a proactive therapy for this seasonal depression through a technique called light therapy.


From the LibraryLibrary Books Color

By Jason Skoog

Library Depends on Work-Study Students 

We’d like to welcome back all of our returning work-study students and introduce our new students.

Returning students are: Matt Baertlein, Abigail Bries, Alyssa Gray, Megan Loeffler, Aleatra Nading, Van Nguyen, Heather Rimmington, Kieffer Stahl, and Arielle Stark. 



Farewell Reception for Dave Pleasants Tomorrow

FarewellWish Dave Pleasants well at a farewell reception in his honor from 3:30–4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10 in the Student Development Center conference room. 

Pleasants, director of campus safety, is leaving Viterbo for a position with the New Albin, Iowa, police department. His last day at Viterbo is Wednesday, Sept 11.

Fire Drill TodayFire Drill2

There will be a campus fire drill Monday, Sept. 9 at 2 p.m.

Tuition Exchange Program Meetings this Week

Grad ImageEmployees: Is your child a senior in high school? Are you interested in the tuition exchange program and unsure how to navigate the process? 

Join your colleagues for an information session on the tuition exchange program for full-time Viterbo employees in the School of Nursing Building room 104 Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 3:15 p.m. or Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 10 a.m.

Food Pantry Serving Students in Need

Food PantryThe Viterbo food pantry was started over 25 years ago by Tom Thibodeau and Arita Dopkins, FSPA, who noticed a need among students. The pantry has been maintained over the years through generous donations from a variety of sources.

For the past six years, the pantry has been overseen by Emily Dykman and Honors Program students. Now, campus ministry is assuming responsibility of this important resource. Contact Emilio Alvarez or Fr. Conrad Targonski for information about the food pantry.

The food pantry is a “no questions asked” resource for those who find themselves in need. It regularly has a variety of non-perishable foods, paper products, and some donated toiletries. The pantry is located in the Fine Arts Center room 207, just east of the center staircase. If you know of a student in need of food, direct them to the pantry. 

Technology Tidbits 

By Sarah Bearbower, IIT

Bearbower2If you have technology related questions, contact the Viterbo IIT Help Desk. We will document your question or concern and route it to the appropriate technical staff person for resolution. Contact the Help Desk at ext. 3870,, or visit and click on help desk to access the "submit a request form."

Save the date: IIT will host the Educause Virtual Conference Tuesday, Oct. 15–Friday, Oct. 18. Watch for a schedule of events and location.

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