2005 Viterbo University Outstanding Alumni Awards

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Franciscan Spirit 

Sr. Antona Schedlo, FSPA '65

Sister Antona Schedlo has spent a lifetime helping and teaching others.

Sr. Schedlo learned about the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration at a young age, attending a Catholic school run by members of the FSPA where she grew up in Halder, Wis. She attended grades 1–10 in Halder before entering St. Rose Convent in 1952. She earned her high school diploma from Viterbo College High School, and in 1965, a B.A. in education from Viterbo College. She would also go on to earn a diploma in Pastoral Theology in Mexico in 1986.

She spent the first 14 years of her professional career teaching in Colby, Wis., the Cathedral School in La Crosse, the St. Augustine School in Spokane, Wash., the Queen of Peace School in Salem, Ore. and the St. Joseph School in Dodgeville, Wis.

In 1970, Sr. Schedlo took a different path, going to Bolivia to study Spanish. She spent the next six years in El Salvador, first as a pastoral worker at St. Barbara Parish, then as the coordinator of the Madre del Salvador School. She then spent three years in the United States studying theology and running a youth ministry in Milwaukee before returning to El Salvador for pastoral work.

From El Salvador, she ran a Hispanic ministry in four Catholic parishes in Oregon. She also spent her time holding a weekly Bible class for Hispanic prisoners at Oregon State Correctional Institution and speaking against the U.S. presence in El Salvador.

Sr. Schedlo returned to Latin America, working at a Honduran refugee camp for six months. She then worked for four years in El Salvador as a pastoral worker as part of an international war zone presence, financed and built a Catholic church, and started a soya kitchen to give nutrition to the elderly. From 1992–2004 she continued her work in El Salvador, reconstructing a church, starting an AA group, rebuilding the church after a 2001 earthquake, helping to get street lighting and water for the town, and working to repair an old police car for emergency travel. 

Barbara Winters '99

Barbara Winters has been busy since graduating from Viterbo with a bachelor of science in psychology degree in 1999, and her list of accomplishments is extensive.

Winters has been employed by the Iowa Allamakee Community School District and Allamakee County in Waukon since 1998. She is the Allamakee Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator/County Department Head and Community Connections Project Director for Allamakee Community School District.

She is responsible for the financial management and budget of over $1.5 million in 21st Century Learning Grant money, just under $3 million in the Safe Schools/Healthy Students Grant, approximately $50,000 in county budget, and other grants. She supervises nine full time staff members, over 100 part time-staff members, and reports to the county, state, and federal governments.

Winters spends her days working to improve schools and the collaboration of local and state resources. She also presents inservices, trainings, and program promotions throughout the school district and county, and manages the day-to-day operations of her departments.

Her impressive list of honors includes serving two four-year terms on the Governor’s Commission on Substance Abuse, serving on the Northeast Iowa Community Corrections Advisory Board, earning the Governor’s Volunteer Award for the State of Iowa, winning the Citizenship Award by the Iowa Bar Association, being appointed to numerous positions on church boards in the Dubuque Archdiocese, and winning the Kee High Number One Club Award.

Earl Madary '88

Earl Madary is certainly a man of many talents, and one who uses his many talents to make the world a better place.

Madary is the chair of the religious studies and philosophy department at Viterbo University, a member of the Alumni Emeritus Board, a Catholic Worker, and a founding member of A Place of Grace Catholic Worker House in La Crosse. He also has worked as a church musician, youth minister, busboy, grade school music teacher, and taxicab driver.

Music is a very important part of Madary’s life, both personally and professionally. He has released two original recordings of Christian folk music, Prodigals and Gilead, and has given numerous benefit concerts. He holds degrees in music, theology, and education.

When he isn’t busy with guitar or microphone in hand, he writes articles for various publications and edits and publishes the catholic worker newspaper Neighborhood News. He also wrote These Things are Written, an introduction to the New Testament with fellow professor William Reese. He also presents “Conversations with Tom and Earl” to alumni, with fellow professor, Tom Thibodeau.

Madary is a member of the College Theology Society, the National Association of Pastoral Musicians, the National Association of Lay Ministry, a Partner Member of the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership, and a member of the International Thomas Merton Society.

He has been awarded a Mission Exemplar Award from Viterbo University. His “future interests lie in the integration of personalism, community, ecology, and service.”