Connections Online Newsletter

Study Abroad Fair


Jessica Schurmann, right, tells students Megan DeGrood and Alicia Olson about her study abroad experience in Italy at the Study Abroad Fair Oct. 23 in the Student Union.

Director of Campus Safety Named

JosvaiLisa3Lisa Josvai has been appointed the new director of campus safety at Viterbo. 

Josvai, who served as Chief Deputy for the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department, has over 17 years of law enforcement experience and nine years of police executive level management experience. She has a master’s degree in public administration from Troy State University and a master’s degree in business administration from Edgewood College. Josvai is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy.

Josvai begins at Viterbo Thursday, Oct. 31.

More than $11,000 Awarded to Area Schools to Attend Performances at Viterbo University

Theatre2Viterbo, with financial assistance from Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Wisconsin and Southeastern Minnesota, Macy’s, Target, and Friends of Lindy Shannon, has awarded over $11,000 to area schools to help offset the costs of field trips to see Ronald McDonald Arts for Young America series performances at the university.

Meet Tim Neve

Neve,Tim2Name: Tim Neve

Position: Custodian, theatre area of the Fine Arts Center

Education background: Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design 

Previous employer and position/past experience as related to current position: I’ve served in custodial/grounds capacity for over 20 years, most recently at Viroqua High School. Prior to moving from Milwaukee in 2010, I worked as custodian for 18 years at Eastbrook Church.

Hometown: Rice Lake


Estonian National Symphony Orchestra to Perform Nov. 6


The Grammy and BBC Music Magazine award-winning Estonian National Symphony Orchestra will bring its outstanding music to the Fine Arts Center stage at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6.


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University Forum Oct. 29 

Please join me for a university forum at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29 in the School of Nursing Building Collins Auditorium. At the opening Aug. 20 forum, I briefly mentioned the challenges facing higher education today and that a subsequent forum would address this topic. Since that time, we’ve seen fall enrollments decline at more than half the nation’s private colleges and universities and President Obama has proposed his “College Affordability” plan.


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by Fr. Conrad Targonski

Veterans Day Ceremony Nov. 11 

Viterbo will honor all veterans, including those at the university, with a short ceremony at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11 at the flagpole in Assisi Courtyard. Rev. Bill Reese, chair of the philosophy and religious studies department and a U.S. Army veteran who served in Vietnam, will share some reflections followed by a roll call of names saluting those among us who have proudly served. A veteran’s walk to the cemetery where individual flags will be placed on graves of veterans will follow. For more information, contact campus ministry at 3805.


OCTOBER 28, 2013

Hospitality Committee Lasagna Lunch Nov. 13

Lasagna2Employees are invited to attend a lasagna lunch sponsored by the hospitality committee Wednesday, Nov. 13 from 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. in the Reinhart Center Board Room.

The menu includes beef or white sauce vegetable lasagna, Tuscan salad, garlic cheese breadsticks, and for dessert, warm apple crisp or pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting.

The cost is $5 or $3 with a donation to the Viterbo food pantry. Register for lunch by Friday, Nov. 8.

Viterbo Affordable Care Act Panel Friday

NursingPatchThe Viterbo community is invited to attend “The Affordable Care Act: Where are We Now and Where are We Going?” panel presentation and question and answer session from 1–3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1 in the Dahl School of Business room 122.

The program is designed specially for the campus community and will feature local health professionals Peter Nelson, retired physician; Joan Mueller, Franciscan Healthcare-La Crosse; Michael Richards, Gundersen Health System; and Lorie Graff, La Crosse County Economic Support.

Panelists will provide answers to questions such as: How are you, your family, and the community affected by this legislation? Who should enroll? How? When? How will the underserved be served?

The event is sponsored by the Viterbo School of Nursing. 


Birth Announcement

Congratulations to Lindsay Cummings, Academic Resource Center, and her husband Eric, the proud parents of son Griffin Victor Cummings. Griffin was born Oct. 5 at 12:54 a.m. weighing seven pounds and 10 ounces and measuring 20 inches long. He was welcomed home by his older brother Cooper.

National AFCU Symposium June 3–5 

AFCU LogoConsider attending or giving a presentation at the 2014 Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities (AFCU) Symposium Tuesday, June 3–Thursday, June 5 at Neumann University in Aston, Pa.

The symposium will engage faculty, staff, and administrators in reflection on the challenges and opportunities that strengthen the Catholic, Franciscan tradition in higher education for the 21st century.

Complete details about the symposium are available on the AFCU website. Contact Kim Cortez, academic affairs, with any questions.

Hot off the Press


Mary Ann Gschwind, FSPA, has her copy of Boomerang: Leadership Principles that Bring the Customer Back signed by author Dave Skogen Oct. 24.

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