Connections Online Newsletter

Ready for Flu Season


Sheryl Jacobson, nursing, is vaccinated against the flu by student nurse Emily Limpert Oct. 8. Three hundred members of the Viterbo community were vaccinated last week. Flu shots are available again today from 4:30–6 p.m. in the Student Union.

Henry Koch to Open Leadership at Noon Series Tuesday 

EthicsThe 2013–14 Leadership at Noon series will open with Henry Koch, solid waste department director at the La Crosse County landfill, Tuesday, Oct. 15 in the Reinhart Center Board Room.


Msgr. Bernard McGarty and Rabbi Simcha Prombaum to Share Dialogue on Faith and Reason Oct. 21

Rabbi2Msgr. Bernard McGarty and Rabbi Simcha Prombaum will be at the Weber Center later this month discussing death, atheism, euthanasia, science, money, poverty, the holocaust, the future of religion, and other pressing societal issues as the two friends and prominent religious leaders share the stage to conduct an interreligious dialogue.


Viterbo Community Invited to FSPA Sponsorship Conference Nov. 1

Quigley3Franciscan preacher and artist John Quigley, OFM, will be the keynote speaker at the 24th Annual FSPA Sponsorship Conference Friday, Nov. 1, 8 a.m.—12:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Main Theater. No RSVP is required and all Viterbo employees are invited to attend Quigley’s presentation, “Integrating a Franciscan Concept of Beauty into Our Lives.”

Quigley currently serves as an itinerant preacher of retreats, an artist, and a pilgrimage leader to Rome and Assisi. More information on Quigley and a presentation of some of his artwork is available at


Meet Shelly WolfWolf, Michelle3

Name: Michelle (Shelly) Wolf

Position: Assistant Professor of Nursing

Education background: BSN from Viterbo and Master of Science: Nurse Educator from Winona State University

Previous employer and position/Past experience as related to current position: Gundersen Health System, outpatient pediatric neurology registered nurse

Hometown: Onalaska


Franciscan Hospitality


Hospitality committee members Sonya Ganther, Laura Lee, and Sheila Severson hosted a healthy snack for employees Oct. 8.

National Save for Retirement Week Events

RetirementNational Save for Retirement Week is a national effort to raise public awareness about the importance of saving for retirement. The week provides an opportunity for Viterbo employees to reflect on their personal retirement goals and determine if they are on target to reach those goals. To assist with this, human resources has scheduled four workshops to help guide you through the process, whether you are many years from retirement or if it is right around the corner.


President's ColumnArtman, Rick

Board of Trustees Actions 

The Board of Trustees met for a planning retreat Oct. 6 and for its regular fall meeting Oct. 7. At a later date, I will provide a summary of the discussions from the planning retreat and outline the next steps in the university’s strategic planning process.


Campus MinistryChapel2

By Emilio Alvarez

November Month of Remembrance 

Veteran’s Day and Thanksgiving are only two of the occasions when our country takes time to remember and give thanks for those who have gone before us. In San Damiano Chapel, we are putting together a “cove of remembrance” where we can write the names of our deceased family and friends and/or you are welcome to bring a photograph for display during the entire month. For more information, contact campus ministry at ext. 3805.


OCTOBER 14, 2013

Pet Blessing


Assisi Courtyard was full of life at the popular annual Pet Blessing event on St. Francis Day Oct. 4.

New Weber Center Website Goes Live


What's new at the Weber Center? Take a moment to find out by visiting the new website.

Viewers will discover a comprehensive site that features programs offered by Weber, Viterbo, and the La Crosse Community Theatre (LCT). The creation of the new site also offered the opportunity to consolidate information regarding the history behind the facility and the planning for it, background on the two partners (LCT and Viterbo), and plenty of useful information on arranging for rentals, floor plans, and the array of shows currently on the calendar.

Planning for the site began in March and organization of the entire effort was directed by Rick McGarry and his team at Sleeping Giant Studios. On the Viterbo end, significant support was provided by Deb Kappmeyer, Jen Roberdeau, Michael Ranscht, and Fine Arts Center intern Trista Zimmerman.

Midterm Grades Due TodayGrades Graphic 

Midterm grades are due in VitNet by noon Monday, Oct. 14.

The only three grades to be entered are MS (midterm satisfactory), MD (midterm D) and MF (midterm F). Midterms are only collected for full semester, undergraduate courses and are not part of the permanent academic record. For reference, the last day to drop a full semester course without it appearing on the permanent record is Thursday, Oct. 17.

Technology TidbitsBearbower2

By Sarah Bearbower

Malware, Viruses, and Spyware, Oh My! 

We have had an increase of malware/virus infected computers on campus. Use the tips below to protect yourself and our network against viruses/malware.

  • Never click on a link or attachment in an email you are not positive is from a trusted source.
  • Be wary of files with a double extension such as .txt.vb or .jpg.exe.
  • Beware of Internet pop-ups.
  • If your computer states that there are Windows updates to apply to your computer allow them to install and reboot your computer.
  • Beware of Free Toolbar addins as they typically install additional software.
  • Beware of pop-ups that claim they are going to speed up your computer or clean your infected machine.  

If you suspect your computer has a virus, the sooner IIT is notified the better. We can clean or roll back your computer much more easily if we know when it became infected. If you have questions or concerns, contact the IIT Helpdesk at ext. 3870.

IIT Needs You 

IIT asks employees to participate in our IIT Technology Usage Survey. The survey will be open Monday, Oct. 14–Thursday, Oct. 31. As IIT develops its strategic plan and prioritizes annual expenditures, it would be very beneficial to have your baseline impressions of our current service levels and service portfolios, as well as your opinion on where you believe technology is going for your specific area or discipline. Watch for an email Oct. 14 with the link to the SurveyMonkey IIT Technology Usage Survey. The survey is anonymous unless you specifically request to be contacted and provide your contact information. Additionally, if you wish to be included in a drawing for $20 to spend at Einstein Bros. Bagels, finish the survey for directions on how to enter.

Attend Educause Live – Virtual Conference 

IIT invites you to participate in Educause’s annual conference via Webinar. We will host sessions Wednesday, Oct. 16 in the Reinhart Center Board Room and Thursday, Oct. 17–Friday, Oct. 18 in Reinhart Center 127. Visit the conference calendar and view item details for presentations descriptions. Come and go as your schedule allows. All are welcome to attend.

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