Connections Online Newsletter

Celebration of Faculty Scholarship


Carol Klitzke shared her research with Robyn Gaier at the Celebration of Faculty Scholarship Oct. 25 in the Fine Arts Center Lobby. The event featured the scholarly work of 27 faculty from across the university, and drew over 80 attendees, a record for the event. To view a copy of this year’s event abstract book, visit the Celebration of Faculty Scholarship Web page. All who attended or presented at the event are also encouraged to complete the event evaluation, which is also accessible on the Web page.

KasserTimProfessor Tim Kasser to Present "The High Cost of Materialism" Nov. 7

Knox College psychology professor Tim Kasser, Ph.D., will present “The High Cost of Materialism” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7 in the Fine Arts Center Main Theatre.


Scholarship Winner


Viterbo senior and elementary education major Amanda Berg was awarded a $1,000 scholarship from Little Minds Learning Center located in Onalaska. “Amanda’s talents and passion for a future career in teaching was recognized in the application materials received,” said Kayla Barnhardt, director of Little Minds Learning Center. Amanda was top choice of seven candidates from Viterbo. “It was an honor and a surprise to be chosen,” Amanda said. “This scholarship came when I most needed it.” Pictured are Lynda Fernholz, education, Amanda Berg, Kayla Barnhardt, and Jerry Kember, School of Education.

Meet Megan SmithSmithMegan2

Name: Megan Smith

Position: Assistant Professor, School of Nursing

Education background: Bachelor’s degree and Master of Science in Nursing degree from the University of New Mexico.

Previous employer and position/past experience as related to current position: Prior to accepting the teaching position, I have held staff nursing positions such as working in critical care, post anesthesia care, and the operating room. I always enjoyed precepting nursing students and new graduate nurses, which drove me to pursue my graduate degree in nursing education.


Auditions to be Held for Treasure Island Nov. 11 

TreasureIslandAuditions will be held for the Missoula Children's Theatre (MCT) production of Treasure Island Monday, Nov. 11 from 3:45–6 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Main Theatre. Those auditioning should arrive at 3:45 p.m. and plan to stay for the full two hours and 15 minutes. Some of the cast members may be asked to stay for a rehearsal immediately following the auditions.


Coming Soon: A Safe Crossing


Construction continues on the project to create a pedestrian beacon and traffic island on Jackson Street between Ninth and 10th Streets (crossing Jackson to the Fine Arts Center). The goal is to provide safety for pedestrians crossing onto campus with an added benefit of slowing traffic down in the area.

From the LibraryLibrary Books Color 

By Jason Skoog 

Learning and Fellowship Series 

Join us for the Learning and Fellowship series session “Managing Research Results,” from 12:20–1:15 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6.


NOVEMBER 4, 2013

Attend Veterans Day Ceremony Nov. 11

FlagsViterbo will honor all veterans, including those at the university, at a short ceremony at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11 at the flagpole in Assisi Courtyard.

Bill Reese, philosophy and religious studies, 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.

Seven Rivers Research Symposium Friday


The Viterbo community is invited to attend the annual Seven Rivers Research Symposium held on campus Friday, Nov. 8.

Faculty are asked to attend and to encourage or create assignments that encourage students to attend. A complete abstract book and schedule is available on the Seven Rivers website. Contact Kirsten Gabriel with any questions.

La Crosse Conversation on Servant Leadership Thursday

PieperThe Viterbo community is invited to attend the La Crosse Conversation on Servant Leadership Thursday, Nov. 7 in the Reinhart Center Board Room.

The event begins with a pre-meeting for newcomers at 7 a.m., followed by the meeting from 7:30–9:30 a.m., and coffee and conversation from 9:30–10 a.m. The meeting will feature a community panel discussion with Tom Knothe, Dahl School of Business; Mike Desmond, executive director of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater La Crosse; and Louise Hemstead, chief operating officer of Organic Valley. Dick Pieper (pictured above), a leader in the field, will also give a brief presentation on what is happening in the world of servant leadership.

Email Maureen Cooney if you plan to attend.

Celebrate Global Initiatives Week Nov. 8–15


Global Initiatives Week will be celebrated throughout the La Crosse community Friday, Nov. 8–Friday, Nov. 15.

Events will take place at a variety of locations and times, with the purpose of highlighting the connections the region has with communities around the world, educating people regarding global issues, and serving as a catalyst for conversations, ideas, and initiatives. Check out the full schedule

Global Rhythms International Dance Friday 

NotesThe Viterbo community and the general public are invited to attend a Caribbean-themed international dance from 8 p.m.–midnight Friday, Nov. 8 in Marian Hall Dining Room. The dance is sponsored by Global Rhythms.

The event is free, but donations are appreciated. It is part of La Crosse’s Global Initiatives Week.

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