Connections Online Newsletter

President's ColumnArtman, Rick


My two favorite times of the year are the beginning and the ending of the academic year. In August we welcome the energy and the aspirations of those new to our university community, and in May we celebrate the results of hard work and dreams fulfilled.


Employees Honored at Rose Awards

TeacherofyearVicente Guillot, associate professor of world languages and cultures, was named Viterbo’s 2013 Teacher of the Year at the annual Rose Awards ceremony May 2.

“When looking back on my Viterbo education, I can proudly say that Vicente will be a professor I will never forget, not only for the wonderful lessons be has taught me in the classroom, but for showing me a great passion for education and the world around us,” wrote one student who nominated him for the award.


Graduation Cap2Spring Commencement is Saturday

Three hundred seventy-eight students, 304 bachelor's degree, 69 graduate, and five associate degree students, will be candidates for graduation at Viterbo’s spring commencement ceremony at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 11 at the La Crosse Center.


Scholars' Day
Scholar's Day2

The annual Scholars’ Day event April 26 featured the finest in student research from across the academic spectrum. More than 220 students presented their work at Scholars' Day, and many of them were involved in multiple presentations. This year's event featured 18 poster sessions, oral research presentations, gallery showings, and performances. Over 40 faculty from 20 departments mentored the student presenters.

Ecologist Steve Apfelbaum to Give Presentation on Natural Resources and Neighborhoods May 15

SteveNational speaker, ecologist, and best-selling author Steve Apfelbaum will present “Seven Ideas to Use Natural Resources to Improve the Local Economy, Lower Taxes, and Enhance Your Quality of Life” at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 15 in the Fine Arts Center Recital Hall.

Apfelbaum is founder and CEO of Applied Ecological Services, one of the leading ecological consulting firms in the world. AES specializes in using the science of ecology to provide practical land-use solutions that strike a favorable balance between cultural needs, cost efficiencies and ecological sustainability. Apfelbaum is also the author of the best-selling book Nature’s Second Chance.


A Winning Partnership

Boys and Girls Club member William Olson receives some help with his homework from Viterbo Enactus Club member Rachel Malin. Enactus designed and implemented a volunteer after-school reading and phonics correction program for Mathy Center Boys and Girls Club members. Over 250 hours of one-on-one tutoring hours have been logged since the program began in November.

Campus Ministry

By Amanda Jo Mlsna

Come, let us Magnify the Lord! 

Twenty of us recently crossed the street to the Franciscan Spirituality Center to embark on a journey—a spiritual retreat called Magnify. Those of us who participated were not aware of all that we would be experiencing in this short weekend, yet it was by far one of the most powerful experiences I have ever been on.


MAY 6, 2013

Grades Due May 14

Grades GraphicAll grades for spring 2013 must be submitted in VitNet no later than Tuesday, May 14 at noon. Plan ahead so you submit your grades by the deadline, ideally earlier. There are many processes dependent on all grades being finalized in the system. Any late grades will delay those processes.

Sister Doctor Dean Jean Golf Scramble May 14

GolfCelebrate the end of the semester with friends and colleagues at the 22nd Annual Sister Doctor Dean Jean Golf Scramble Tuesday, May 14 at Valley High Country Club in Hokah, Minn.

Participants are asked to be at the course by 3:30 p.m. and the event begins with a shotgun start at 4 p.m. Put your foursome together and sign up today. Click for complete details and registration information.

Mathy Center News

The Mathy Center will have expanded facility summer hours beginning Monday, May 20. The hours are: Mondays and Wednesdays 6 a.m.– 6 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays 11 a.m.–7 p.m.; Fridays 6 a.m.–4 p.m.; and closed on weekends. The facility will be closed for annual deep cleaning Monday, May 13–Sunday, May 19.

Summer group fitness classes begin Monday, May 20. The schedule is posted at The fee is $30 per month or $75 for the entire summer. All participants, including students, must register and pay at the Mathy Center front desk.

Physical Plant News

By Linda Kneifl

ToolsA fleet vehicle policy has been created and is now included on the physical plant Web page.

Help reduce Viterbo’s energy consumption. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Unplug any appliances or devices not in use.
  • Set your computer to hibernate after 10 minutes of inactivity.
  • At the end of each work day, shut down your computer.
  • Close your windows and storm windows in your office.
  • Keep the thermostat at 68 degrees during the winter months and 72 degrees during the summer.
  • Don’t place items on the heating/cooling units. Turn off the lights when leaving a room.   

Kudos to...

HoorayKaren Gibson, nutrition and dietetics, who received an award for her poster “A Food Guidance System and Diet-related Patterns of Collegiate Level Soccer and Cross-Country Athletes” at the 29th annual Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition Symposium recently held in Chicago.

Final Issue of Connections

This is the final issue of Connections for the academic year. Thank you to our regular columnists and everyone who made submissions this year. Have a great summer.

Connections is published every Monday of each academic year. Copy deadline is 4 p.m., Wednesday. Email copy to or send interoffice to the office of communications and marketing, RC 007.