Connections Online Newsletter

Health Science Scholars


More than 30 talented students from the region visited campus Feb. 14 for the prestigious Health Science Scholarship competition. Pictured are the top winners and the scholarship amounts each was awarded over the course of four years: Anna Fossum, Prior Lake High School, fourth place, $8,000; Brooke Zerbian, Chippewa Falls High School, fifth place, $8,000; Ryan Sokup, Regis High School, third place, $10,000; Kristin Mathiowetz, Regis High School, first place, full tuition scholarship; Emily Armstrong, Holmen High School, second place, $10,000. Mathiowetz’s total scholarship over the course of four years is valued at over $100,000. She plans to major in biology, eventually pursuing a career as a physician’s assistant.

Photographer John Noltner to Speak Feb. 27; Photography Exhibit on Display 

NoltnerAward-winning photographer and author John Noltner will speak at Viterbo as part of the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership’s Spring Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27 in the Fine Arts Center Lobby.

Noltner has spent the past three years exploring the meaning of peace. Amidst culture wars and political battles, he has asked the question, “What does peace mean to you?” to more than 50 ordinary people with extraordinary stories.


Viterbo to Participate in NSSE Survey

Vic3Viterbo is participating in the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) during the spring semester. The purpose of the survey is to gauge students’ engagement in their learning and to learn what they have gained from their college experience.  

The NSSE 2014 will be administered at approximately 700 colleges and universities across the nation and provides excellent benchmarking on a national level. An additional benchmark group will be institutions in the Catholic Colleges and Universities Consortium.


Club Fair

Club Fair

Julie Schoenrock and Maria Deitelhoff told their fellow students all about the Student Activities Board at the semi-annual Club Fair held Feb. 18 in the Reinhart Center Board Room.

President's ColumnArtman, Rick 

National Catholic Sisters Week is March 8–14 

With a grant from the Conrad Hilton Foundation, St. Catherine University in St. Paul will launch the first annual National Catholic Sisters Week. The purpose is to showcase and celebrate the contributions Catholic Sisters have made throughout history. Although special events are scheduled at St. Catherine’s, other Catholic universities and religious communities throughout the nation are celebrating the week in various ways.


VU Corporate Challenge Needs You

VicsFlockViterbo 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.

Employees of Viterbo compete against other businesses to see who can achieve the highest employee participation rate in the Festival Foods Grandad Half Marathon and earn bragging rights as the healthiest business in La Crosse. Viterbo is currently is second for registration. The Festival Foods La Crosse Fitness Festival is a two-day celebration that gives area residents and visitors from across the country an opportunity to enjoy active, aerobic outdoor events amidst the breathtaking natural beauty of the Mississippi River Valley. Events range from a 5K Walk/Run to a Half Marathon and include many cycling events. The festival is Friday, May 2–Saturday, May 3.


Raising AwarenessHomeless

Members of Tom Thibodeau’s homelessness class spent the night outside Feb. 20.

FEBRUARY 24, 2014

Speed Mock Interview Event March 18


A Speed Mock Interview event is scheduled for 5:30–8 p.m. Tuesday, March 18 in the Fine Arts Center Lobby.

The event, coordinated by career services and the alumni office, will feature alumni and local human resource volunteers facilitating interview questions for students in a speed-dating format. Networking activities will follow the interview portion of the session. The event will help students prepare for the interviewing process involved in securing internships and employment, as well as develop networking contacts and practice.

The registration deadline is Friday, March 14. Students may register by visiting the career services office in Murphy Center 374 or by emailing

Register Now for Gluten Free Cooking Class 

GlutenFreeViterbo dietetics students are offering a gluten-free cooking class Wednesday, March 12 and Thursday, March 13.

Click for complete details and registration information.

Chaplains for Children Conference in April

Cross2Viterbo will be one of the sponsors of the upcoming Chaplains for Children Conference Monday, April 28–Wednesday, April 30 at the Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center at Winona State University.

Chaplains for Children is designed for clergy, chaplains, youth ministers, faith leaders, counselors, and other members of a faith community who may work with children or families impacted by child abuse.

Viterbo faculty members Janet Holter, social work; Emily Dykman, religious studies; and Deb Murray, mental health counseling, will present a session Monday, April 28 entitled “Spirituality and Resilience.”

The entire cost of the workshop is $100. Click for details

Humanities Symposium Wednesday


The Viterbo community is invited to explore the topic of “Living the Life of Radical Hospitality” at the annual Viterbo University Humanities Symposium the afternoon of Wednesday, Feb. 26 in the Fine Arts Center Main Theatre. Click for the full schedule of events.

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