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Viterbo to Present Amahl and the Night Visitors Dec. 7–8 

AmahlCelebrate the miracle of the Christmas season with Viterbo students as they perform Gian Carlo Menotti’s beloved one-act opera, Amahl and the Night Visitors at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8 in the Fine Arts Center Main Theatre.

The whole family will enjoy this story of a shepherd boy and his mother who receive a visit from the Magi on their way to Bethlehem.


Viterbo to Guarantee All Business Students Paid Internships 

SOBBeginning next fall, all Viterbo University business majors will be guaranteed a paid internship. 

Viterbo is believed to be among the first in the nation to offer such a guarantee.

“The paid internship program assures that every business student will not have to choose between earning money and preparing for their career,” said Tom Knothe, dean of the Dahl School of Business.


YWCA Tributes


Outstanding Viterbo Women: Pictured with Marlene Fisher and Barb Gayle at the YWCA Tribute for Outstanding Women are several students and staff who were nominated to attend the event and to represent the university at its corporate table. From left are Samantha Weaver, Sheryl Jacobson, nursing, Fisher, sociology and criminal justice, Gayle, Jennifer Joosten, Sara Meyer, Danielle Elland, and Deb Kappmeyer, communications and marketing. Also at the table but not pictured was Ann Schoenecker, music. At the event, retired education dean Sue Batell was the recipient of a prestigious Tribute to Outstanding Women Award for her longstanding contributions to educational administration. 

Meet Beth SculleySculleyBeth2

Name: Beth Sculley

Position: Residence Life Community Coordinator

Education background: Master’s degree in higher education with a concentration in Catholic University Leadership from Boston College and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Le Moyne College.  

Previous employer and position/Past experience as related to current position: I worked in the Center for Community Service at Simmons College in Boston as well as in Residence Life at Loyola University New Orleans. After graduating from college, I served two years as a Jesuit volunteer in both Boston and Detroit. 


Science Boot Camp Scheduled for Area Youth

ScienceKidsViterbo’s natural sciences and math division will host approximately 50 fourth and fifth grade students from the School of Technology and Arts (SOTA1) for a one-week  “Science Boot Camp” consisting of active learning projects in physics, biology and chemistry. The camp is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 16–Friday, Dec. 20.


President's ColumnArtman, Rick 

San Damiano Chapel Renovation 

The university is in the planning stage for the refurbishment of San Damiano Chapel. The project will be financed primarily through fundraising. Infrastructure projects will include installation of air conditioning, replacement of the electrical, lighting, and sound systems, improved ADA access, tuck pointing, replacement of the front steps, repair and replacement of stain glass windows and frames, restoration and lighting of the bell tower, and interior amenities such as new carpeting, chairs, painting, etc.




The Chili Cook-off held in the School of Nursing Building Lobby is an annual affair and this year’s tasters were able to sample seven varieties. The chili competition was planned by Kirsten Gabriel and students in the Honors Program. The winner of the Chili Cook-off was the Social Work Club, followed by campus ministry in second place, and career services in third place.

NOVEMBER 25, 2013

Christmas with the V-Hawks Dec. 5

Vic2Kids in grades K–5 are invited to attend the annual Christmas with the V-Hawks Thursday, Dec. 5 from 3:45–5 p.m. in the Varsity Athletics Center.

The event will feature fun and games and interacting with Viterbo student-athletes. Parental attendance is suggested, but not required. Children should wear appropriate clothing and shoes for indoor activities.

RSVP to Laura Lee at 796-3811.

Technology TidbitsBearbower2

By Sarah Bearbower, IIT

IIT is in the beginning stages of piloting Office 365 for email, storage, and collaboration tools. This service would allow for 50GB of email storage and 25GB of document storage per user. Additionally, Microsoft Lync, allows for text, video, and audio chats as well as desktop sharing, whiteboarding, and document projection.

Our hope is to broaden the pilot outside IIT in the upcoming months. If you have a significant interest in any of these tools, feel free to contact me by email or at ext. 3860.

Support VU Athletics with Perfect Stocking Stuffer

DollarViterbo athletics 2013-14 coupon books are now available. This popular promotion features over 165 coupons for local golf, restaurants, beauty, car services, and entertainment.

The cost is only $12, making it a great Christmas gift or a gift for yourself. Coupon books are available in the athletics department or by contacting Laura at ext. 3811.

Mobile Meals in Need of Volunteers 

MobileMealsMobile Meals of La Crosse, a nonprofit partner agency with the United Way that delivers meals to elderly and disabled people in La Crosse, is in need of volunteer drivers. Contact Melissa Greco to help.

Brunswick Executive Shares Story


Jeff Behan, vice president for planning and development for Brunswick Corporation, visits with a member of the audience just after his Leadership at Noon presentation last Tuesday. With $1 billion in annual sales, Brunswick, the largest manufacturer of pleasure boats in the world, also produces bowling, billiards, and fitness equipment. Feeling the effects of the recent recession, Behan shared a strategy on how to effectively manage during a downturn. The next Leadership at Noon presentation is set for Jan. 28, at which Matt Binsfeld, chief operating officer at J.F. Brennan Corporation, will share his company’s story.

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