Connections Online Newsletter

Celebrate Homecoming this WeekHomecoming

The Viterbo community is invited to join alumni in celebrating Homecoming Saturday, Feb. 8.


Making a Difference

Blood Drive

Denise Lorenz, community engagement coordinator, was one of many members of the Viterbo community who gave blood at the BloodCenter of Wisconsin blood drive Jan. 24. The drive, which was sponsored by Residence Hall Council, generated 46 whole blood units, two dual red units, and two platelet procedures. 

Enrollment Census for Spring SemesterArtman, Rick

By Rick Artman

Here is the spring census enrollment report. Full-time enrollment (1,377) is similar to last spring (1,379). Retention of fall freshmen returning for their second semester is 93 percent, a one percent increase from the previous year. When compared with the projected budget for the academic year, the full-time undergraduate enrollment is 17 students below the goal (two-semester average of 1,456). Graduate headcount is ahead of last spring, particularly for on campus graduate programs (+11 percent). Projections of net revenue for the year indicate we are on our financial target.

Leadership at Noon


Student George Patterson, Tom Knothe, dean of the Dahl School of Business and presenter Matt Binsfeld are pictured after the Leadership at Noon event Jan. 28. Binsfeld is the chief operating officer at J.F. Brennan Company, Inc., 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.

Meet Nina Albanese-KotarNAK 

Name: Nina Albanese-Kotar 

Position: Visiting assistant professor in the Mental Health Counseling program

Education background: Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Wisconsin

Previous employer and position/Past experience as related to current position: In private practice concurrently.

Hometown: Eau Claire (but originally from Syracuse, N.Y.) 

Why did you choose Viterbo as your next employer? Wonderful opportunity to learn and grow.


An Amazing Experience

By Brandy Cleveland

ConferenceHAAfter three years of continuous classes, reading assigned texts, and writing of papers, I completed my final colloquium research paper in August 2013. I was contemplating the next steps in my life. What was I going to do now that I was actually finished? How could I possibly fill all of my “free time” now that the homework was over? What was the point of my research? What could I do with this more than 40 page paper? With whom could I share my important research on the Servant Leadership characteristics found in childcare job descriptions?

Then an answer came. One night I was looking through my email and I came across a call for papers from the Hawaii University International


From the LibraryLibrary Books Color

By Jason Skoog

Viterbo is breaking new digital ground 

In order to preserve Viterbo’s unique history and make it accessible to everyone, library staff and students are digitizing over a thousand Viterbo-related photos from the alumni office. They are being continually uploaded to the university archives digital collection.


Health CornerCadiceus

National Wear Red Day is Feb. 7 

Heart disease has been called the Silent Killer because it often has no noticeable symptoms. It's more deadly than all forms of cancer combined. And it’s not just “an old man’s disease.”

In 2003, research revealed that heart disease was by far the number one killer of women, and actually killed more women than men. To save lives and raise awareness of this serious issue, the American Heart Association launched Go Red For Women. And the red dress has become the iconic symbol of the battle against heart disease in women.


FEBRUARY 3, 2014

Interested in Attending? AFCU Symposium at Neumann University this Summer

AFCU LogoJust two years ago, Viterbo hosted the national Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities Symposium. This summer the Franciscan-themed symposium moves to Neumann University in Aston, Pa.

If you are interested in knowing more details about the conference, which is scheduled for Tuesday, June 3–Thursday, June 5, Kim Cortez is serving as a Viterbo liaison to the symposium and is available to answer your questions. Grant assistance not to exceed $500 will be available to faculty and staff who need additional financial support to cover expenses associated with attending the symposium. To apply, send a brief grant/budget request to President Rick Artman explaining why it is important to attend and how it will help advance Viterbo's Catholic, Franciscan identity.

The purpose of the symposium is to engage faculty, staff, and administrators in reflection on the challenges and opportunities that strengthen the Catholic, Franciscan tradition in higher education for the 21st century.

Retirement Reception for Barb Dotta Thursday

Retirement2Wish Barb Dotta, IIT, a happy retirement at a reception in her honor from 2:30–4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6 in the Fine Arts Center Hospitality Suite. Cake and punch will be served.

Warm Welcome


Hospitality Committee members Laura Lee and Polly Scott welcomed employees who enjoyed a breakfast of oatmeal and muffins Jan. 30. 

Parishioners Needed for Televised Mass 

Cross2Viterbo University/campus ministry is participating in the La Crosse Diocesan Televised Masses, which will be held Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 5:30 p.m. in Maria Angelorum Chapel at St. Rose Convent.

Two back-to-back 25-minute masses that will be broadcast later in the year will be filmed at that time. The masses are particularly popular with and important to those who are shut-in and others who are unable to attend regular church services. The liturgy will be celebrated by Fr.Conrad Targonski. If you are willing to participate, plan to arrive at 5:15 p.m.

Civil Rights/Diversity Speaker on Campus Friday 

Hereford2The Viterbo community is invited to attend a keynote luncheon presentation Friday, Feb. 7 from 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. in the Reinhart Center Board Room. The featured speaker is Sonnie Hereford, M.D., a leader in the Civil Rights Movement. His presentation addresses the history of Huntsville’s Civil Rights movements.

A free soup luncheon will be served. RSVP to Gretchen Johnson if you plan to join the event for lunch. Faculty who are planning to bring their classes should also RSVP. This event is sponsored by the academic vice president and residence life.

Viterbo employees are also invited to a special presentation by Dr. Hereford from 2–3 p.m. that day in the Reinhart Center Board Room. He will discuss the importance of having diversity and diverse perspectives in higher education. This presentation is sponsored by the academic vice president, the diversity committee, SOAHR, and the history, sociology and criminal justice, and world languages and cultures departments. 

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