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Viterbo Performance of On the Verge at Weber Center Nov. 15–17, 22–24

On the VergeViterbo University will present the comedy On the Verge at the Weber Center for the Performing Arts Friday, Nov. 15–Sunday, Nov. 17 and Friday, Nov. 22–Sunday, Nov. 24.

Written by Eric Overmyer, On the Verge follows the adventures of three Victorian women explorers who make their way through time and the newly discovered land of Terra Incognita. The women come from different backgrounds, but each is brave, willing, and yearns to see it all.


Leadership at Noon to Feature Jeff Behan of Brunswick Boat Group Nov. 19

Leadership at Noon TransparentThe Leadership at Noon series will continue with Jeff Behan, vice president of planning and business development at Brunswick Boat Group, Tuesday, Nov. 19 in the Reinhart Center Board Room.


Piano TangoViterbo Chamber Music Series to Feature Piano Tango Nov. 17

The Viterbo University Chamber Music Series will continue with Piano Tango at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17 in the Fine Arts Center Recital Hall.

Pianists Mary Ellen Haupert, music faculty member, and Owen Lovell, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire faculty member, will perform a two-piano, four-hand concert featuring Copland’s Danzon Cubano and arrangements of tangos by Astor Piazzolla.

“The concert program has broad appeal with its catchy rhythms and melodies,” Haupert said.

Visit the Viterbo box office to purchase tickets.


Davis, RuthMeet Ruth Davis

Name: Ruth Davis

Position: Instructor, Chemistry

Educational background: Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Master of Education in Professional Development, University of Wisconsin, La Cross

Previous employer and position/Past experience as related to current position: Viterbo adjunct instructor from 1991–2008 and Viterbo part-time instructor from 2009–13.


Artman, RickPresident's Column

Veterans Day 

As the nation pauses to honor all veterans today, the university will recognize their service and sacrifice at a brief ceremony at the flagpole in Assisi Courtyard at 11 a.m. Plan to join us. We salute all women and men who have served our country and we especially thank active military duty personnel and their families. Please include their safety and comfort in your prayers.

United Way 

The results of Viterbo’s United Way campaign appear in this issue of Connections. Thank you to the United Way Campaign Committee for its efforts and to faculty, administration, and staff for your contributions to these worthy organizations. Kudos to the staff which exceeded its participation rate goal.


Sport Leadership Students Take on Greek Games

Greek GamesStudents in the History of Sport course competed in Ancient Greek Games for the coveted ceremonial prize of olives going to the winners. They sprinted across the Assisi Courtyard (stade run), threw the javelin and discus, as well as jumped for distance using hand weights (halteres).The overall female champion was Jenna Engh representing Rhodes (fifth from right in photo). The male Greek champion, from Athens, was Eric Ray (fourth from left).

Palmer, StevenMilitary Friendly

Student Steven Palmer, an active military veteran shows off the plaque that will go on display in the Veterans Lounge, designating Viterbo as a “Military Friendly School” for 2014. Approximately 20 percent of all schools nationwide earn the designation for their commitment to educating military veterans. The Veterans Lounge, located in Reinhart Center, opened this past August.

Conversations on Servant Leadership

Hemstead, LouiseLouise Hemstead, a student in Viterbo’s servant leadership program, makes a point during a breakout session Nov. 7 at the La Crosse Conversation on Servant Leadership session sponsored by Viterbo. Similar events were held in Milwaukee, Madison, and Green Bay. Earlier in the program, Hemstead, who is chief operating officer at Organic Valley, shared her perspective on servant leadership. Other presenters were Mike Desmond from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater La Crosse, and Tom Knothe, dean of the Dahl School of Business.

Business Expo

Business Expo ThibodeauViterbo’s Tom Thibodeau facilitates a conversation with father and son, Dave and Mark Skogen, as they discuss “The Past, Present, and Future of Festival Foods” at the Business Expo Networking Luncheon last Thursday. The La Crosse Area Chamber of Commerce sponsored the event. Dave is chairman of Festival Foods, and Mark, a 1992 graduate of Viterbo, is president and CEO.

NOVEMBER 11, 2013

Veterans Day Ceremony Today

FlagsViterbo will honor all veterans, including those at the university, in a short ceremony today at the flagpole in Assisi Courtyard.

The POW flag will also be installed permanently on the pole.

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.

United Way Viterbo Campaign Produces Great Results

United WayA heartfelt thanks to the Viterbo community for its generous response to the recent United Way campaign. According to Sonya Ganther, coordinator of the campaign, total giving and the number of employees participating is up from last year.

In all, 91 Viterbo employees are United Way donors compared with 74 last year. The amount raised in this campaign is slightly up, totaling $11,318 compared with $11,027 last year.

Other members of the committee who supported the effort were: Kathy Duerwachter, Dorothy Lenard, Denise Lorenz, and Jocelyn Mlsna.

Veterans Studio Recognition Nov. 11 at Weber: Celebrate the Arts and Veterans

Attend the dedication of the Veterans Studio Theatre at the Weber Center Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. The evening will include a ceremony, dedication, and entertainment from “Silent J,” Internet radio entertainer and active-duty soldier.

Joe “Silent J” Stojelk is a A 13-year veteran in the U.S. Army who is currently on active duty in the Army Reserves. He has deployed twice to Iraq in his career and was a gunner and NCOIC on over 250 convoy missions in Iraq. It was during his assignment to Wisconsin at the urging of a fellow soldier that Stojelk started hosting an online radio show called “The Junk Punch,” incorporating comedy, pop culture, interviews and politics, along with personal stories. Suffering from PTSD and battling alcohol abuse almost derailed his career and dreams. With the help of friends, a focus on entertainment and educating fellow veterans and the public has been a driving force in Stojelk’s life and turn around. He currently resides outside Pittsburgh and is the father of a seven-year-old daughter.

Tickets are free and may be ordered online at

Professional Development Sessions Nov. 19

Turning Conflict into Opportunity: Effective Tools and Strategies 

Conflict is a part of work life. Regardless of how hard we may work towards harmony with our co-workers, there are times where conflict is simply unavoidable. It can result from well-intended constructive feedback to a co-worker, or a result of a performance review, or simply not seeing eye-to-eye on a team project.

Staff and administrative employees are encouraged to attend the professional development session with Derek Cortez, Dahl School of Business, on how to turn conflict into moments of opportunity. During this interactive workshop, you will learn tools and techniques for approaching those difficult and stressful moments of conflict with confidence and composure. The event is sponsored by the Professional Development Committee.

Two identical sessions are offered on Tuesday, Nov. 19 from 8–10 a.m. or 2:30–4:30 p.m., both in the School of Nursing Building room 195. Register now.


Fourth Annual FAC Holiday Tree Trimming Competition

Christmas treeWe’re making it a tradition.

All offices, departments, and clubs are invited to “adopt” one of 10 trees in the Fine Arts Center Atrium. Trim your tree Nov. 21–26, incorporating your favorite local charity or organization into the theme. Voting by monetary donation will begin at 8 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 2, and continue for the following two weeks, ending at noon on Friday, Dec. 13. The tree with the most votes (dollars) wins. The winning group will receive a $25 gift certificate to the establishment of their choice, or the Fine Arts Center staff will add an additional $25 to their charitable donation. All proceeds from the competition will be donated to the individual charities. To date, the competition has raised over $1,450 for local charities. Every dollar helps.

To adopt a tree, email Alyson Dahlquist at with the following:

  • Name of organization/group/club
  • Contact person’s name, email address, and phone number
  • Charity to receive proceeds

Submit a short (50–75 words) description of how your organization benefits Viterbo or the La Crosse community. This is your opportunity to inform potential voters of why your tree deserves their vote. This information will be printed on the label at the top of your tree. In addition, provide the charity’s website if you would like that information included.

Franciscan Beauty

Franciscan BeautyFather John Quigley, OFM, a Franciscan friar and priest, discusses the topic Integrating a Franciscan Concept of Beauty into our Everyday Lives at the annual sponsorship conference organized by the FSPA. Participants were from a number of organizations sponsored by the sisters including Viterbo University, Mayo Clinic Health System, Franciscan Healthcare-La Crosse, and the Franciscan Spirituality Center. The Nov. 1 event was held in the Fine Arts Center.

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