Connections Online Newsletter

Celebrating Community and ChristmasArtman

Concerts, crèche, twinkling lights, food, and fellowship—all signs the Viterbo community is in celebration mode. Hospitality and joy were shared abundantly with 711 students at the President’s Holiday Dinner Dec. 4. Thank you to Diane Brimmer and Denise Homstad for organizing this annual event; to Mary Simota, Carma Burfield, chef Ben Salaski, and the Aramark staff for a delicious meal; and to 61 faculty, staff, and administration volunteers who served our special guests.


A Viterbo Tradition

Holiday Dinner

Students enjoyed themselves at the annual President’s Holiday Dinner Dec. 4.

Winter Commencement Dec. 14 

Graduation2One hundred and three undergraduate students, 25 graduate degree students, and four associate degree students will be candidates for graduation at Viterbo’s winter commencement ceremony at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14 in the Fine Arts Center Main Theatre.

All faculty, administrators, and staff are invited to participate. Participants should line up in the Fine Arts Center Recital Hall lobby by 10:45 a.m. There will not be secure storage for personal items.


Countdown to Commencement


Members of the 9th Street Singers filmed a “shout out” during Countdown to Commencement Nov. 21. Fifty-two students and employees did a “shout out.”

From the LibraryLibrary Books Color 

by Liz Ehr

The Benefits of Leisure Reading 

As you leave for the holiday break and mentally put the fall semester behind you, delicious opportunities for free time may emerge. As you choose how to best enjoy your well-earned time, consider this: reading for pleasure may actually be good for us. Studies are finding it can have benefits that extend well beyond pure entertainment (though there’s nothing wrong with that, of course).


Health CornerCadiceus

By Sue Danielson

Alcohol and the Holidays 

The holiday season is one of the most dangerous times of the year for alcohol-related accidents and death:

  • More people drink during the holidays due to numerous parties and other festivities.
  • Many holiday drinkers don’t drink often, so they have a lower alcohol tolerance. These people often underestimate their level of impairment and sometimes even drive when they shouldn’t.
  • Problem drinkers and alcoholics love the holidays because there are more social occasions to drink. They say they feel more “normal” because the occasional drinkers are also more likely to abuse alcohol during this time of year.
  • The holidays are busy and stressful. People are hurrying more than normal and winter road conditions make driving more dangerous. Add alcohol to this scenario and you have a recipe for disaster. 

DECEMBER 9, 2013

Attend the Employee Christmas Social Friday

Christmas2Viterbo employees are invited to join President Rick Artman and the members of the Hospitality Committee for the annual Christmas Social Friday, Dec. 13 in the Fine Arts Center Lobby. 

Attend anytime from 3–4:30 p.m. and enjoy an assortment of hors d’oeuvres, holiday refreshments, and door prizes.

Wish Trio Well at Farewell Reception Dec. 12Goodbye

Friends and colleagues are invited to wish Pam Knowles, nursing, Vicente Guillot, world languages and cultures, and Glena Temple, associate vice president for academic affairs and dean of the School of Letters and Sciences, well at a farewell reception in their honor from 8:30–10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 12 in the Fine Arts Center Lobby.

'Tis the Season


Visit the Fine Arts Center Atrium this week to cast your monetary vote in the annual Fine Arts Center Christmas Tree Trimming Competition. All proceeds benefit designated good causes.

Kudos to...Celebrate 

The Viterbo athletics department, which again received Five Star recognition in the NAIA’s Champions of Character Program.

In SympathySympathy

Condolences to Steve Wenger, IIT, on the passing of his uncle, Donald Wenger, who died Nov. 26. 

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