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Dido and Aeneas Set for Oct. 4–6

Dido2The 2013–14 Viterbo Chamber Opera Series will open with Henry Purcell’s classic Baroque opera Dido and Aeneas Friday, Oct. 4–Sunday, Oct. 6 in the Fine Arts Center Recital Hall.

Widely considered one of the greatest English operas of the 17th century, Dido and Aeneas is the story of Dido, the queen of Carthage, and her love for Trojan hero Aeneas.

Dido and Aeneas will appeal to a wide audience,” said director David Richardson, music. “It’s concise, the plot moves along quickly, and of course, it features beautiful music.”


Xcel Energy for Scholarships


Mike Herro, community services manager for Xcel Energy (pictured with Natalie McGarry, institutional advancement and Rick Artman, president), recently visited campus to present a facsimile check for $5,000 to support scholarships for female students pursing majors in the sciences. Xcel Emergy has been a continuing supporter of this effort and this year alone, seven students are benefitting from scholarship funds.

Healthy Living Week

Blood Pressure

Eric Kunick, athletics, has his blood pressure checked by student nurse Eryn Moon Sept. 24. The check-up was just one of the many activities held on campus during Healthy Living Week.

Meet Brittany LeeBrittanyLee

Name: Brittany Lee

Position: Annual Fund Associate, Institutional Advancement 

Education background: 2008 graduate of Onalaska High School. Received a Bachelors of Science in Business Management from the Viterbo Dahl School of Business in December 2012.

Hometown: Onalaska 

Why did you choose Viterbo as your next employer? Being a recent graduate of Viterbo University, this campus has become my second home. When I saw there was a position open in my field, I jumped on the opportunity to apply. This campus stands for everything I believe an institution should stand for, and I could not imagine a greater place to work than my alma mater.


A Great Campus Tradition

Plant Sale

Campus is greener thanks to the annual big Education Club Plant Sale held last week. Ed Wenzel, education, donates the plants and purchases the soil each year for the event. Wenzel, who is pictured with students Mary Kate Donovan and Emma Sauter, said, “People here at Viterbo have been great about giving me pots they would otherwise toss.”

Enjoy Elemental Friday

ElementalCelebrate the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi by attending a free screening of an award-winning documentary film that follows three spiritual individuals united by their deep connection with nature and driven to confront some of the most pressing ecological challenges of our time. Elemental will be shown at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4 in the School of Nursing Building room 196.


President's ColumnArtman, Rick

St. Francis Feast Day – Friday, Oct. 4  

Viterbo’s Franciscan heritage is proudly embodied on the day commemorating the death of St. Francis of Assisi on Oct. 4, 1226. Please join the university community for a celebration of Mass at Mary of the Angels Chapel at 11 a.m. The Concert Choir and the 9th Street Singers will perform a prelude beginning at 10:40 a.m. Students attending Mass are to receive excused absences and should be encouraged to arrive early because seating is limited.


Campus MinistryChapel2

By Emilio Alvarez

The Life of St. Francis 

This week we celebrate the life of St. Francis of Assisi. For those who aren’t familiar with him, here is a short biography.

St. Francis was born in the 12th century into a wealthy merchant family. He spent a good portion of his youth enjoying the company of friends and indulging in the party life. One day, he was praying before a crucifix in an old chapel of San Damiano where he heard a voice saying, “Go, Francis, and repair my house, which as you see is falling into ruin.” This started his lifelong journey.


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Celebrate the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi with Events this WeekSt. Francis Painting2

Tuesday, Oct. 1 

6 p.m. Frassati Night “How to Live a Franciscan Lifestyle” – Dahl School of Business room 123

Thursday, Oct. 3 

7 p.m. Opening Service: The Entrance of St Francis into heaven (the Transitus). Enjoy Italian desserts after the service. – San Damiano Chapel

Friday, Oct. 4 

Students participating in or attending Mass receive an excused absence.

10:40 a.m. Music Prelude by Viterbo Concert Choir, 9th Street Singers, and harp player Sister Malinda Gerke, FSPA – Maria Angelorum Chapel at St. Rose Convent

11 a.m. St. Francis Day Mass – Maria Angelorum Chapel at St. Rose Convent

11 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Lunch – Marian Hall Dining Room. Non-meal plan students and employees should visit the Student Development Center for a free ticket.

5 p.m. Pet Blessing – Assisi Courtyard

7 p.m. Screening of the movie Elemental – School of Nursing Building 196

Register for the Celebration of Faculty ScholarshipCelebrate

Faculty and staff are invited to attend the annual Celebration of Faculty Scholarship Friday, Oct. 25 from 2:30–4:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Lobby.

This wine and cheese event provides a venue for faculty to share their scholarly work, learn about others' work, and for all employees to enjoy the company of colleagues in a celebratory setting.

Faculty whose work has been published, performed, or presented at a conference, disciplinary meeting, or other comparable venue since September 2012 are invited to share their work. Click for more information and to register. Questions? Contact Kirsten Gabriel or Kem Gambrell.

Guest Speaker to Address Human Trafficking Today

HTGuest presenter Mike Hogan will address the topics of human trafficking and 21st century enslavement in Keith Knutson’s VUSM 200 class from 2:30–3:25 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30 in Murphy Center 432.

The Viterbo community is invited to attend.

Outlook Classes Wednesday 

Outlook2Need help with Outlook? Want to be more productive with email? All employees are invited to attend two Microsoft Outlook training sessions Wednesday, Oct. 2 in the Library Learning Commons in Murphy Center 248. 

Session one, held at 1:30 p.m., will cover an introduction to features in the web and client-based email and a discussion of message formats. Session two will begin at 2:20 p.m. and will cover email rules, shared calendars, meeting requests, and other advanced email tasks. Contact Vicke Denniston with any questions.

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