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Community Celebration


Alan Page, Minnesota Supreme Court Justice and NFL Hall of Fame member, spoke to a 1,100-strong Fine Arts Center Main Theatre audience Jan. 20 as the keynote speaker at the La Crosse Community Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration. Also pictured is Regina Siegel, who served as Mistress of Ceremonies. 

Nominate an Outstanding Student for the St. Catherine's Medal 

StCatherine2Nominations are now being accepted for the St. Catherine’s Medal for Student Achievement, which recognizes students who represent the high ideals of a Catholic college education, including but not limited to Viterbo’s core values of contemplation, hospitality, integrity, stewardship, and service.

Selection will be based on leadership, service, dedication to Catholic education, and service as a role model for the Franciscan community. Note that the primary basis for selection is the nomination form. Robust nominations including specific examples of the above-listed criteria are greatly appreciated.


Two from Viterbo Honored

Iverson Freking

Board of Trustees member Rev. Robert Cook and Jane Steingraeber, nursing, were two of the three recipients of the 28th Annual Iverson Freking Ecumenical Recognition Award. The award, named in honor of the late Carl Iverson and the late Bishop Frederick Freking, recognizes “unselfish dedication to foster and promote ecumenical endeavors based on mutual respect of all faiths, highlighted by cooperation, communication, and service to others.” The recipients were honored at a luncheon Jan. 22. 

Meet Christy KabatKabatChristy

Name: Christina (Christy) Kabat

Position: Writing specialist, Academic Resource Center

Education background: Bachelor of Science in English from Illinois State University; Post-baccalaureate teaching license (English grades 6–12) from Edgewood College; and a Master of Education in Professional Development from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

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


A Broadway Legend


All was not lost when Chita Rivera’s Bright Star Season performance was postponed because of bad weather on the East Coast. Rivera, who made it to town ahead of the bad weather and her band, conducted a workshop and held a question and answer session with theatre students Jan. 21.

Workforce Career and Internship Fair Feb. 18 in Milwaukee

CareerFairThe Workforce Career and Internship Fair for students attending Wisconsin private colleges and universities will be held at the Wisconsin State Fair Grounds in Milwaukee Tuesday, Feb. 18 from 3–7 p.m.

Career services office is offering a free bus ride to the fair for the first 40 students to register. The bus will leave campus at noon and return at approximately 11 p.m. To register, students should visit the career services office in Murphy Center room 374 or email by Tuesday, Feb. 11. Completed travel waivers and medical forms must be submitted by Friday, Feb. 14 if students wish to ride the bus. 


Celebrate Valentine's Day with Chocolates from the SDA

ValentineWhy settle for store bought when you can give homemade chocolate candies for Valentine’s Day? The Viterbo Student Dietetics Association is selling decadent assorted chocolates for $8 per box of 10 (with three unique box combinations from which to choose). This includes a festive gift box and gift tag. Or, to satisfy a sweet tooth, it is $1 per chocolate.

Pick up an order form in the School of Nursing Building first floor office from Monday, Feb. 3–Monday, Feb. 10 to guarantee a box or visit the following locations to purchase chocolates: 


President's ColumnArtman, Rick

Board of Trustees Meeting 

The winter meeting of the Board of Trustees will take place Monday, Jan. 27. The major action item for the trustees will be approval of the tuition and fee rates for next year and the general guidelines for the operating budget for 2014–15. On Thursday, Feb. 13, I will host a university forum to share the core components of the preliminary budget for 2014–15.


JANUARY 27, 2014

Viterbo to Present The BFG Feb. 1–2, Feb. 8–9


Viterbo students will present The BFG (Big Friendly Giant) at the Weber Center for the Performing Arts Saturday, Feb. 1–Sunday, Feb. 2 and Saturday, Feb. 8–Sunday, Feb. 9.

Based on the book by Roald Dahl and adapted for the stage by David Wood, The BFG is the story of a 24-foot tall giant and a young orphan. The production will entertain audiences of all ages, as it utilizes live performers, larger than life puppets, and video projections.

The BFG is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. It is sponsored in part by Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Wisconsin and Southeastern Minnesota. Magic 105 FM is the media sponsor. This production is directed by Frank Ludwig, theatre and music theatre, and guest artist Eric Van Wyk.

Performance times are 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Feb. 1, 3 p.m. Feb. 2, and 3 p.m. Feb. 8–9. Visit the box office for tickets.

Register for Nutrition at Noon 

VeggiesGet the most out of your lunch break by signing up for Student Dietetics Association's Nutrition at Noon program. Test bone density, cholesterol, glucose, body composition, and enjoy informal seminar sessions related to coconut oil, telomeres, and gluten diets during three presentations/clinics in February. Click for complete details.

Register before Feb. 1 and receive a $5 discount. This fundraiser benefits the Student Dietetics Association. To register, or for more information, contact students Brittany Thompson, Amanda Moder, or Michael Lessor.

Read the Healthy Exchange 

Mayo2Check out the winter edition of Healthy Exchange, the quarterly online newsletter from the Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Each issue provides information on how to better deal with personal, family, or work-related concerns. 

The EAP Can Help 

If you’re faced with a problem that seems too hard to solve on your own, the EAP can help with free, confidential counseling, information, and referrals. For more information or to schedule an appointment call 800-493-3960. 

Relax with a Massage


Recreational sports will host licensed massage therapist Kim Wagner every other Wednesday this semester from 10:45 a.m.–1:30 p.m. in the Mathy Center. Massages are five, 10, or 15 minutes in length and the cost is $1 per minute, paid to her. 

Wagner will be on campus Jan. 29, Feb. 12, Feb. 26, March 12, March 26, April 9, April 23, and May 7.

Kudos to...

David Bauer, psychology, whose peer-reviewed article “Cerebellar Dentate Nuclei Lesions Alter Prefrontal Cortex Dendritic Spine Morphology” was published in the January 2014 edition of the journal Brain Research.

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