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Distinguished alumni Richard Ruskell ’79 and Kim Little ’79 were welcomed back to Viterbo by Marie Leon LaCroix, FSPA. Ruskell and Little spoke to theatre students and participated in other activities during Viterbo Days. View more photos from the weekend. For more information on Ruskell’s and Little’s amazing careers, check out the March and October 2012 issues of Strides

Platinum Edition to Present Halloween Spooktacular Saturday 

Halloween3Platinum Edition, Viterbo’s renowned show choir, will present Halloween Spooktacular at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 in the Fine Arts Center Main Theatre.

Halloween Spooktacular is a family friendly Halloween show that will feature new music as well as a few traditional favorites. New songs from Halestorm, Finger Eleven, Foo Fighters, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, and Bruno Mars will be performed. Senior Jonathon Dull designed the choreography for Thriller and will be a featured dancer in this number.


Joe Ehrmann to Present "Living a Legacy" Oct. 28; Workshop Oct. 29

EhrmannFormer first-round NFL draft pick and 10-year league veteran Joe Ehrmann will present “Living a Legacy” at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28 in the Fine Arts Center Main Theatre.

Ehrmann played defensive line for the Baltimore Colts from 1973–80 and for the Detroit Lions from 1981–82. He is the co-founder of Coach for America, an organization with the mission “to inform, inspire and initiate individual, communal and societal change that will empower men and women to be their very best—personally, professionally and relationally.”


Nursing Career Fair Nov. 14

NursingCareerFair2The 2013 Nursing Career Fair will be held Thursday, Nov. 14 from noon–3:30 p.m. in the School of Nursing Building lobby and room 195. Nurse recruiters from regional health care facilities will be on campus to share information about available internship and employment positions in their health care facilities.

All junior and senior nursing students are encouraged to attend the fair. It will provide opportunities to explore the job market, practice engaging in conversations with professional recruiters, and gather leads related to potential internships or nursing positions. First-year and second-year nursing students are invited to increase their familiarity with career fairs and explore CNA and other caregiver positions at local facilities. 


From the LibraryLibrary Books Color

By Polly Scott

The Top Five Reasons to Read an eBook: 

  1. EBooks are accessible 24/7 on any device with an Internet connection.
  2. Most eBooks offer unlimited access (some only up to three users).
  3. There are a large number and variety of eBooks available with current content.
  4. eBooks offer keyword searching.
  5. eBooks require no shelf space, and you can store large numbers on one device.

Health CornerCadiceus 

By Sue Danielson

Medication Drop Off Coming

Where do kids get drugs? Try looking in your own medicine cabinet. Did you know that 70 percent of people 12 and older who abuse prescription drugs get them from family or friends? Don’t let that be you.

Overdoses of prescription painkillers (also called opioid or narcotic pain relievers) have more than tripled in the past 20 years, killing more than 15,500 people in the U.S. in 2009. Overdose deaths are only part of the problem—for each death involving prescription painkillers, hundreds of people abuse or misuse:


OCTOBER 21, 2013

Dave Skogen to Hold Book Signing Oct. 24 

Boomerang2Dave Skogen, author of the new book Boomerang: Leadership Principles that Bring the Customer Back, will hold a book signing from 5:30–7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24 in the Reinhart Center Board Room.

Skogen is chairman of Festival Foods, an 18-store grocery company. Festival Foods has two stores in La Crosse and one in Onalaska. Skogen has been a longtime proponent of servant leadership.

This event is co-sponsored by the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership and the Master of Arts in Servant Leadership program.

Immigration Panel Wednesday 

SOAHRLogoThe Viterbo community is invited to attend a panel discussion on the topic of immigration at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23 in the Reinhart Center Board Room.

Panel members will include Jesús Jambrina, world languages and cultures, and David Saunders-Scott, psychology.

Study Abroad Fair Wednesday 

GlobeEncourage students to attend the Study Abroad Fair Wednesday, Oct. 23 from 10 a.m.–         4 p.m. in the Student Union.

Students who study abroad receive Viterbo credit and have the experience of a lifetime.


Birth Announcement 

Congratulations to Joel Johnson, admission, and his wife Andrea, the proud parents of son Jonathan David Johnson. Jonathan was born Oct. 18 weighing eight pounds and four ounces and measuring 20 inches long. He was welcomed home by his older sister Marissa. 

Leadership at Noon


Hank Koch, director of the solid waste department at the La Crosse County Landfill, opened the Leadership at Noon series Oct. 13, sharing information about recycling and environmental efforts at the facility he manages. Each year, the landfill processes 150,000 tons of waste, which is equivalent to one ton per person. Employees at the landfill take particular pride he said, in diverting 42 percent of the waste from the landfill. A considerable amount of waste is converted to energy per a contract with Xcel Energy and new uses are also found for disposed tires and even certain kinds of hazardous waste. Last year, the landfill was the first in Wisconsin to achieve Green Tier status. “It’s all about responsible use of land,” Koch said. “Waste can actually be considered a resource if it is properly diverted from the landfill.” 

Live from the Metropolitan Opera Oct. 26 

BoehlerMattWatch Matt Boehler ’98 in Shostakovich’s opera, The Nose, in a live high-definition broadcast from the Metropolitan Opera in New York City at 11:55 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 at La Crosse Cinema (Marcus Theatre) on Ward Avenue.

Tickets are available at the theatre. Click for more information or to purchase tickets online.

Kudos to...Celebrate 

Everyone who helped to make Viterbo Days a big success.

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