Connections Online Newsletter

Viterbo Singers Offer European Farewell Concert Nov. 24

Concert ChoirViterbo University's Concert Choir and the 9th Street Singers will provide the spirit of a traditional Christmas in Germany and Austria at a concert on Sunday, Nov. 24, at St. Joseph the Workman Cathedral in La Crosse.

The choirs will present a sacred program which includes music from their upcoming tour to Germany and Austria, Dec. 18–Jan. 2.


Veterans' DayViterbo Honors Veterans Here and Across the Nation

The Viterbo community celebrated Veterans Day last Monday in Assisi Courtyard, raising the U.S. flag, and for the first time, the POW flag. Those who submitted names were included in a “Viterbo Role Call” of those who served or are currently serving in the military. Bill Reese, religious studies, a Vietnam veteran, shared an inspiring reflection that focused on his military service and his remembrance from that time. The program closed with a visit to the cemetery to pay final respects to area veterans.

Rhoades, ShaneMeet Shane Rhoades

Position: Artist in Residence in Theatre and Music Theatre

Education background: American Musical and Dramatic Academy

Hometown: Hudson, Iowa

Why did you choose Viterbo as your next employer? 

Nancy Allen was my junior high and high school teacher. When Viterbo decided to produce A Chorus Line last spring, she contacted me because of my experience with the show. I had a wonderful time with the very talented group of students, and the warm and welcoming employees at Viterbo that I was able to work with. When the opportunity to come back for a year as an Artist in Residence was presented to me I leapt at the chance.


Good News: ROTC Closing Postponed

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse has been informed that the closing of the Army ROTC Eagle Battalion at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse has been postponed.

The ROTC program, sponsored by UW-L, also enrolls students from Viterbo, Winona State University, and St. Mary’s University. The full implication of the Department of the Army’s postponement announcement has not been determined but officials and ROTC students from the affected university’s as well as area legislators applauded the news. The programs were originally scheduled to be phased out by 2015. Any conditions associated with the postponement will be shared once they become available.

Seven Rivers Attracts Large Crowd to Viterbo

Seven Rivers ResearchApproximately 300 students, faculty, and staff participated in the Seven Rivers Research Symposium held Nov. 8 at Viterbo University. Thirteen colleges participated in the daylong event: Clarke University, Loras College, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, St. Ambrose University, University of St. Thomas, UW-Eau Claire, UW-La Crosse, UW-Stevens Point, UW-Oshkosh, UW-Platteville, Viterbo University, Waldorf College, and Winona State University.


Lasagna for a Good Cause

Lasagna LunchFrom left: Laura Lee, Polly Scott, Marci Kuhrt, and Caitlyn Locy were among members of the Hospitality Committee who organized the Wednesday lasagna lunch enjoyed by faculty and staff. The good cause which combined food and fellowship drew a record turnout (71). Canned and dry goods donated at the event were contributed to the Viterbo food pantry. Next up for the Hospitality Committee is the Employee Christmas Social scheduled for Friday, Dec. 13, 3-4:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Lobby.

Library BooksFrom the Library

By Annie Baumann

Know what we know—find it in LibGuides. 

A Personal Library

If students seem stumped when confronted with the daunting task of researching, our carefully curated Research Guides would be the perfect place to start. Think of it like a miniature e-library—we have included only the most relevant resources and information needed in each discipline, from Art Resources to Women’s Studies Resources. Each guide has links to subject specific databases, books, reference books and background material, as well as tutorials to aid in the discovery of information. Step-by-step research instructions and tips can be found in our detailed Research Process guide. Find APA, MLA, and Chicago/Turabian style formatting tips and resources in our new Citation Guide.


CaduceusHealth Corner

Thanksgiving Safety Tips 

As Thanksgiving approaches, it is good time to review plans for a safe and healthy holiday with family and friends.

Be alert for fire hazards, and never leave the kitchen (or other sources of fire and heat) unattended. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), electrical malfunctions (14 percent), carelessness or other unintentional actions (14 percent), and open flames (13 percent) are the leading causes of the larger, non-confined Thanksgiving Day fires in residential buildings.


NOVEMBER 18, 2013

On the Verge at the Weber Center for Final Weekend

On the VergeIf you have not had the chance to attend On the Verge, don’t miss one of the final weekend performances at the Weber Center.

Here’s a teaser of what you will see: “Brave, willing, and yearning to see it all, three Victorian-era women explorers, armed with dialogue as pithy as their helmets, thwack their parasols through the wilderness of time, space, history, geography, feminism, and fashion in a kaleidoscopic jaunt of frivolity and fun.”

Performances are Friday–Saturday, Nov. 22–23 at 7:30 p.m.
and Sunday, Nov. 24 at 2 p.m.
the Weber Center for the Performing Arts. 
Student and employee discounts apply.
 Tickets may be purchased at the box office.


Schedule a Relaxing Massage

Students in NURS 390: Body Mind Therapies will be offering 15-minute massages the week of Dec. 2–6 to help you relax and refresh prior to finals. Everyone is invited to sign up for a massage. The choices are hand/arm, head/neck/shoulder, back, or feet.

The schedule is: Monday, Dec. 2 from noon–2 p.m.; Tuesday, Dec. 3 from 1–3 p.m.; Wednesday, Dec. 4 from 11 a.m.–3 p.m.; Thursday, Dec. 5 from 2–4 p.m.; and Friday, Dec. 6 from 11 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

To schedule an appointment contact Brandy Cleveland at or 608-796-3670.


Butt Out: Campus Smokeout Activities Planned for Nov. 21

SmokeoutThe Great American Smokeout is Thursday, Nov. 21. With Viterbo University going smoke-free July 2014, recreational sports is hosting activities for the day as part of an ATOD Task Force initiative. Activities include:

Information tables with trivia, prizes, smoking information, quit kits, cessation pledges, and “Ciggy” will appear at locations throughout campus:

  • Murphy Center, 8 a.m.–8 p.m.
  • Marian Hall Dining Room, 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
  • Student Union, 3–6 p.m.
  • “Cold Turkey” station, Marian Hall Dining Room, 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
  • Yoga. Mathy Center Multipurpose Room, 7 p.m. Class is free and open to the Viterbo University community.

Baby and Stork


Congratulations to Emily and Emilio Alvarez, campus ministry, parents of daughter Lucia Rose, born Nov. 5.


Viterbo Music Gains NATS Honors

Congratulations to the many music and music theatre students who were semi-finalist, finalists and winners at the recent Wisconsin National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) auditions held at UW-Stevens Point. Fifteen of the students placed first, second, or third in the prestigious competition.


Nursing Mothers Room

As part of our family-friendly environment, Viterbo University supports breastfeeding mothers by accommodating new mothers who wish to express breast milk while away from her infant. A Mother’s Room has been established to provide breastfeeding mothers, both employees and students, with a private location. The Mother’s Room is located in Brophy Center room 213. Nursing mothers do not have to make a request or reservation to use the room as it is available 24/7 with a privacy lock. The exception to this is when it is in use by another nursing mother.


Fourth Annual Honors Chili Cook-off

ChiliBring $1 or a canned good and join us Tuesday, Nov. 19 from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. in the School of Nursing Building Lobby for chili and cornbread.


Thanksgiving Dinner: Come for Community, Stay for Food

Are you home for Thanksgiving? Consider attending the annual La Crosse Community Thanksgiving Dinner, Thursday, Nov. 28 at the La Crosse Center.

Pumpkin Pie

The meal, as well as lots of fellowship, is free to all ages—for anyone who wants to experience a true Thanksgiving experience. From 11 a.m. –3 p.m., dinner will be served continuously. The dinner is an interfaith endeavor now in its 32nd year.


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