Connections Online Newsletter

Welcome Back Students


Students returning for the second semester were greeted by a cold and snowy yet beautiful campus.

J.F. Brennan Company's Matt Binsfeld Next Leadership at Noon

Brennan2Matt Binsfeld, chief operating officer at J.F. Brennan Company, Inc., will speak as part of the Leadership at Noon series Tuesday, Jan. 28 in the Reinhart Center Board Room.

Founded in 1919, J.F. Brennan Company, Inc., is a family owned and operated business with headquarters in La Crosse. The company is principally engaged in water resource related work, including environmental remediation and restoration, dam and hydro-plant construction, diving, barge management and transportation, and heavy civil construction throughout the inland waterways of the U.S.


Cornell University Professor to Give Business Ethics Presentation Tuesday 

DetertJim Detert, associate professor in the Johnson School of Management at Cornell University, will present “Bad Apples, Bad Barrels, and the Development of Better Business Ethics Explanations” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21 in the Reinhart Center Board Room.

Detert’s presentation will describe a different way of thinking about ethical lapses. He will briefly share what evolutionary psychologists, neuroscientists, behavioral economists, and others are now revealing about human ethical behavior, and discuss what this new knowledge suggests as possibilities for fundamentally altering how applied ethics is taught in organizations of all types.


Meet Annie BaumannBaumann,Annie3

Name: Annie Baumann         

Position: Reference Librarian (part-time)

Education background: 

I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Classics with an emphasis in Latin (although my heart belongs to Attic Greek) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In May 2012, I graduated from Dominican University with an MLIS.

Previous employer and position/Past experience as related to current position: 


Video Streaming Server Upgrade  

By Sarah Bearbower, IITVideoStreaming 

During the fall semester, IIT, media services, instructional design, and library services implemented a new video steaming server (Ensemble) that allows us to offer a number of new functions related to video streaming:


From the LibraryLibrary Books Color 

By Gretel Stock-Kupperman

I received an iPad as part of the campus iPad Initiative. At the time, I had four weeks to learn the device before I had to teach faculty how to use it. I decided to make myself use the iPad for everything; I stopped taking notebooks to meetings, put files on Dropbox, and looked for an app for anything I normally did with my smartphone or computer. Some things worked better than others, but I got a good idea of the strengths and challenges of the device by immersing myself in its functionality. 


Health CornerCadiceus

By Sue Danielson, health services

Computer Eye Strain 

In this highly technological age when everything seems to turn digital, people are spending much of their time engrossed on their computers. People have grown so dependent on computers that they may not realize the effects on one of the most important parts of the body or to one’s operational existence—the eyes. 


JANUARY 20, 2014

Blood Drive Friday

BloodCenter Small3A BloodCenter of Wisconsin blood drive will be held from 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24 in the Fine Arts Center Lobby. The drive is sponsored by Residence Hall Council.

Appointments are encouraged but walk-ins are also welcome. Make an appointment online or by email or by calling ext. 3116. Participants are asked to bring a photo I.D. that includes a birth date. 

"Living with AIDS" Lunch and Learn Friday

AIDSThe Viterbo community is invited to attend the Lunch and Learn “Living with AIDS—One Man’s Story” from 12:15–1:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24 in the Fine Arts Center Hospitality Suite.

Duane, a man living with AIDS, will provide information about HIV/AIDS and will share his personal story of how the disease has affected his life.

Lunch is free, but registration is required. Call ext. 3825 or email to register. Call Sue Danielson at ext. 3806 with any questions. 

Chamber Music Series to Feature Artaria String Quartet Jan. 25–26


The One-of-a-Kind Chamber Music Series will feature the popular Artaria String Quartet at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25 and 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26 in the Fine Arts Center Recital Hall.

The Artaria String Quartet will perform Dmitri Shostakovich’s Quartets 3, 7, 11, and 5 on Jan. 25 and Quartets 13, 14, 15 on Jan. 26.

Visit the box office for tickets.


Birth Announcement

Congratulations to Sonya Ganther, human resources, and Kevin Ganther, business office, the proud parents of Aaron John Ganther. Aaron was born at 11:44 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13 weighing 8 pounds and 11 ounces.

Technology Tidbits

By Sarah BearbowerBearbower2, IIT 

Malware, Viruses, and Spyware 

We are continuing to fight viruses or malware that are installed on office computers. Use these tips below to protect yourself and our network against viruses/malware:

  • Never click on a link or attachment in an email you are not positive is from a trusted source.
  • Be wary of files with a double extension such as .txt.vb or jgp.exe.
  • Beware of Internet pop-ups.
  • If your computer states there are Windows updates to apply to your computer, allow them to install and reboot your computer.
  • Beware of free toolbar addins as they typically install additional software.
  • Beware of pop-ups that offer to speed up your computer or clean your infected machine. 

A number of recent infections have also been contracted by opening PDF files that are not expected or arriving from a trusted source.

Viruses and malware can cause the network to be blacklisted, email to become nondeliverable, files to be lost and your machine to act erratically.

If you suspect your computer has a virus, the sooner IIT is notified the better. We can clean or roll back your computer much easier if we know when it became infected. If you have questions or concerns, contact the IIT Help Desk by email or call ext. 3870.

Kudos to... 

Award2Viterbo University, which was honored for its “commitment and contributions to the School District of La Crosse” at the Board of Education meeting Jan. 6.

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