Week of December 11, 2017

Viterbo community members gathered to bless the Christmas Tree and Crèche, sing carols, and enjoy lunch Dec. 6. The event was hosted by campus ministry.

Members of the Viterbo Community,

As this is my last column in Connections for 2017, let me offer my sincere thanks to the entire community for the support offered to me as I finish my first year in this new role. While there have been challenges in the last year, I continue to find inspiration and meaning in this work through our students, colleagues and the extended members of the community who support our mission.

I hope you will join me at the Employee Holiday Party Friday, Dec. 15 from 3–4:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Lobby. For those in town over Christmas, all are welcome at the Midnight Mass Dec. 24 (with music starting at 11:30 p.m.) and Christmas Mass at 11 a.m. Dec. 25. As a reminder, campus is officially closed between Christmas and the New Year so all employees can celebrate the holiday with their families. A special thank you to the employees who keep the campus safe and maintain other critical functions even when the campus is closed. 

I wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and pleasant start to the New Year. 

Peace and all good,


By Sarah Bearbower, IIT

As we enter the holiday break, emails that attempt to get you to install malware/viruses or phishing scams asking for your username and password typically increase. A compromised machine or account then becomes part of the problem by sending emails out to others. Please think before you click.

Watch this video about phishing attacks for some important information.

Guests enjoyed great music and a visit from Santa Claus at the Alumni Children’s Christmas Party in the Fine Arts Center Lobby Dec. 2. More than 275 people attended the event.

The annual Employee Christmas Social presented by the Hospitality Committee will be held from 3–4:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15 in the Fine Arts Center Lobby.

All employees are welcome for light hors d'oeuvres, holiday beverages, a holiday raffle, and Christmas cheer with colleagues and friends. Feel free to come dressed in your favorite holiday wear or your everyday work attire.

Seventy-eight undergraduate students and 36 master’s degree students will be candidates for graduation at Viterbo University’s winter commencement ceremony at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 16 in the Fine Arts Center Main Theatre.

All faculty, administrators, and staff are invited to participate. Participants should line up in the Fine Arts Center Recital Hall lobby by 10:45 a.m. There will not be secure storage for personal items.

The same tips that apply to graduates wearing caps and gowns also apply to wearing academic regalia. Gowns should be pressed and worn with dark slacks or hosiery and dark shoes. Caps should be worn level, and no jewelry or other adornments should be worn with the gowns.

Marshals will lead the participants in and out of the main theatre for the ceremony. Faculty/administrator/staff participants will form a line in the hallway outside of the theatre that the graduates will pass as they exit. The line may need to form two or three people deep. Faculty are encouraged to applaud the graduates as they exit into the lobby.

By Amanda Albert, Fitness/Wellness Intern

As the semester comes to a close, stress levels are high and schedules are full. Keep your fitness goals on track by attending group fitness classes in the Mathy Center. The modified finals week schedule includes classes over the noon hour, as well as some evening class offerings.

The schedule:

  • Monday: Noon Total Strength and 7 p.m. Yoga
  • Tuesday: Noon Pilates and 7 p.m. Slow Flow Yoga
  • Wednesday: Noon Total Strength and Zumba
  • Thursday: Noon Yoga
  • Friday: Noon Total Strength

Christmas for 75 area children will be a little more pleasant thanks to the generosity of the Viterbo community. All 75 tags were taken from the tree in Murphy Center and returned with gifts that will be given to young people through the Salvation Army. This Christmas fundraiser was organized by the Viterbo advancement office. Pictured are Eric Schmidt, Reta Keenan, Missy Wells, Chris Sanger, Shawnna Bonney, and Josh Gates.