Connections Online Newsletter

President's ColumnArtman, Rick 

Enrollment Report 

Here is the enrollment report as of census date Sept. 6. I am grateful for the hard work of so many who contribute to our recruitment and retention efforts. These are challenging times for private higher education enrollment so it is a tribute to the admission counselors and staff, coaches, deans, and faculty recruiters to have a two percent increase in new students over last year.


Good Day for Internships and Nonprofits


Thanks to a generous gift from the foundation associated with Bremer Bank, Viterbo will be able to financially support a number of internships and student projects for nonprofit organizations. The gift from the Otto Bremer Foundation also calls for Viterbo to host a conference for nonprofits, as well as workshops focused on financial management. “This donation will be beneficial to many,” said Tom Knothe, Dahl School of Business. “Our students gain valuable organizational experience, and the nonprofits receive valuable services they often cannot otherwise afford.” Joining Knothe (left) are: Maltee McMahon, Bremer’s nonprofit resource specialist, Rick Artman, and Dale Walter, Bremer La Crosse market president. 

Rick Kyte Releases New Book Ideas Unite, Issues Divide; Book Signings Sept. 24 and Oct. 10 

KyteBookCoverRick Kyte, director of the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership, will hold two signings for his latest book, Ideas Unite, Issues Divide: Essays on the Ethical Life.

The signing events are scheduled for 7–8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24 at Bramble Bookstore in Viroqua and from 5–7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10 at Pearl Street Books in La Crosse.

Ideas Unite, Issues Divide is a collection of popular columns entitled “The Ethical Life” published in the La Crosse Tribune from October 2009–June 2013.

“The essays published in this volume are an attempt to explore some basic ideas that may help in navigating a common course through an increasingly complex and contentious world,” Kyte writes in the book’s preface. “Even people who are strongly divided by their opinions on controversial issues may be united in a shared commitment to basic ideas underlying their opinions.” 


Sharing His Message

Loeb, Paul

Author Paul Loeb spoke to members of the administrative assembly Sept. 12. Loeb opened the fall ethics lecture series with his presentation “Soul of a Citizen: How Can You Make Your Voice Heard and Your Actions Count?” later that evening in the Fine Arts Center Main Theatre.

Healthy Living Week is Sept. 23–27 

HealthyHealthy Living Week is organized by rec sports, health services, campus activities, and student organizations to promote healthy lifestyles through education and awareness of health and wellness. Healthy Living Week is open to the entire campus community. There are a variety of activities planned throughout the week that are perfect for employee participation. Take part in the Step Challenge all week, and enjoy these other events:


Celebrate Peace Week

Peace SignCelebrate Peace Week with events presented by Viterbo, Student Organization Advocating Human Rights (SOAHR), and Festival Foods Monday, Sept. 16–Friday, Sept. 20.

The schedule of events:

Monday, Sept. 16 

Noon–5 p.m. Art in the Courtyard – Asssi Courtyard. Come create what peace means to you through art. Art materials provided by SOAHR.

12:30 p.m. Human Peace Sign – Assisi Courtyard


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By Fr. Conrad Targonski

Invite Students to Taize Prayer 

Have you seen campus ministry advertise Taize prayer? Taize (tay-zay) is a small town in France where the founder, Brother Roger, had a dream to build a church where all faiths may worship God through common song and prayer. Today, over 100 brothers and sisters, Protestant and Catholic, come together throughout the day in Taize to praise and worship God, singing simple refrains and alternating in different languages. The beauty of the prayer was so overwhelming it has spread to all parts of the world. The structure of the prayer is very simple and there are longer periods of silence for reflection. Scripture is read, but there is no preaching—just silence in the presence of God.


SEPTEMBER 16, 2013

Constitution Day Sept. 19

FlagsCelebrate Constitution Day with Keith Knutson and Michael Smuksta, history, as they present “Presidential Leadership, the Constitution, and Syria” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19 in Reinhart Center room 127.

The Viterbo community is invited to attend.

Welcome Back Breakfast Sept. 18 

Muffin2Viterbo employees are invited to enjoy a breakfast of fruit, muffins, assorted breads, coffee, and juice Wednesday, Sept. 18 from 7:30–9 a.m. in the School of Nursing Building Foyer.

The breakfast will be hosted by the members of the hospitality committee.

One-of-a-Kind Chamber Music Series Opens Sept. 21

PianoThe One-of-a-Kind Chamber Music Series will open with Czech Mates at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21 in the Fine Arts Center Recital Hall.

Czech Mates is a program of four-hand piano music performed by Timothy Schorr and Mary Ellen Haupert, music. The all-Czech recital will feature Dussek’s Grande Sonata, Smetana’s Vltava (The Moldau), and a selection of Slavonic Dances by Antonin Dvořák.

Audience members will also be treated to readings from University of Minnesota professor Patricia Hampl’s book, Spillville, and poetry. The readings will be done by David Gardiner, theatre and music theatre, and Beth Marzoni, English.

Tickets can be purchased at the box office.

Ready for the Friar Frolic?


Business student Dylan Baker promotes the Viterbo 5K Friar Frolic scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 12. Click to register.

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