Connections Online Newsletter

Welcome to a New YearArtman 

The university community welcomes new faculty, staff, administration, and students for the spring semester—spring you say? We can hope! 

Special thanks to our maintenance, physical plant, and other employees who worked during the recess in difficult weather conditions to keep the grounds clear of snow and ice and to maintain operations during last week’s frigid days. 

Looking Ahead in 2014  


Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration to Feature Alan Page Jan. 20

Page4Minnesota Supreme Court Justice and National Football League Hall of Fame member Alan Page will give the keynote address at the La Crosse Community Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20 in the Fine Arts Center Main Theatre.

Page became Minnesota’s first African-American Supreme Court Justice when he was elected to the court in 1992. He was reelected in 1998, 2004, and 2010. Before his time on the court, he served as an assistant attorney general and a special assistant attorney general and was an associate with the Minnesota law firm Lindquist and Vennum.


San Damiano Chapel Renovation Gains Momentum 

Chapel2Plans to renovate San Damiano Chapel have gained momentum thanks to a generous $500,000 gift from the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration (FSPA).

The chapel is named for the church in Assisi where a young Francis heard the voice of Christ while praying before the crucifix. The healing ministry of St. Clare of Assisi was centered in the church of San Damiano.

Today, San Damiano Chapel serves as sacred space for liturgy and worship at the university. The chapel is also a prominent historical landmark. Built in 1914, it is the site of the church for St. Wenceslaus Parish, which disbanded in 1974.


Get Fit with Team Viterbo 

VicsFlockDo you need help with your New Year’s resolution to get active? Join your fellow employees at Viterbo in the commitment to get fit together.

Viterbo has again accepted the corporate challenge for the Festival Foods Grandad Half Marathon. The corporate challenge is a friendly competition for area businesses and organizations to demonstrate their employees’ commitment to fitness and their community.


Meet Nicole ViddenViddenNicole

Name: Nicole Vidden

Position: Assessment Specialist

Education background: Bachelor of Science in Political Science and Master of Science in Counseling and Student Personnel: College Student Affairs from Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Previous employer and position/Past experience as related to current position: I was an academic advisor and learning community coordinator for business students at Iowa State University for five years. Most recently I served as a career consultant at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville before moving to the La Crosse area.


School of Nursing Building Earns LEED Silver Award

SONIt’s official. Viterbo was recently notified that the School of Nursing Building has been awarded LEED Silver designation.

LEED is an acronym for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and is the rating system used for the design and construction of environmentally friendly buildings. The LEED Silver designation is based on five main categories including sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, and indoor environmental quality.

Some highlights of the School of Nursing Building that earned points toward LEED certification:

  • The chilled beam system for air conditioning is 20 percent more efficient than a standard system.

JANUARY 13, 2014

Hospitality Committee Breakfast Jan. 30

OatmealThe members of the hospitality committee invite Viterbo employees to enjoy a warm winter breakfast of hot oatmeal with all the toppings, muffins, fruit, coffee, and water from 7:30–9 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 30 in the School of Nursing Building Foyer.

"Work Like You Own It—Creating the Memorable Experience for Students" Presentation Feb. 5

Williams2Viterbo will welcome guest speaker Bryan Williams as he presents “Work Like You Own It—Creating the Memorable Experience for Students” in two identical sessions from 8–10 a.m. and 2:30–4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5 in the Reinhart Center Board Room.

Williams is the author of Work Like You Own It and Engaging Service: 22 Ways to Become a Service Superstar. Williams lives for service, and is very passionate about helping companies reach high levels of service and organizational excellence. 

Administration, faculty, and staff will learn new ways to strengthen relationships with students both inside and outside of the classroom, thus enhancing learning and teaching experiences. 

Click to register for the event.

Viterbo 125th Anniversary Logo Unveiled


The members of the Viterbo 125th anniversary committee have selected a logo to use for the 125th celebration and corresponding events. The kickoff event to the anniversary year will be held Tuesday, Aug. 19. The campus community is welcome to submit ideas for 125th-themed events. Downloads of the logo will be available on the communications and marketing website for campus use.

NBC's The Sing-Off Winners at Viterbo for Free Campus Concert Jan. 17


Home Free, a vocal band and overall winner of the popular NBC show The Sing-Off, will be at Viterbo for a free concert, Friday, Jan. 17 at 9 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Main Theatre.

Due to the popularity of this group, which was originally scheduled as a student “VU After Dark” event, the performance now will be made available to all Viterbo employees. Seating is “first come, first served” and attendees are allowed up to two guests. Due to contractual stipulations, this free performance is not open to the general public. A Viterbo I.D. is required for admittance.

The vocal quintet won the grand prize Dec. 23 on The Sing-Off, in a cappella vocal competition. The Minneapolis-based group earned $100,000 and a recording contract. Home Free bills themselves as “the world’s first country vocal band.”

Kudos to Gretchen Johnson and student development for arranging and handling the details of this event. 

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