Week of March 19, 2018

Holocaust survivor Estelle Laughlin will share her incredible story at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 22 in the Fine Arts Center Main Theatre.

Ten-year-old Laughlin lived in Warsaw with her older sister Freda and parents, Michla and Samek Wakszlak, when Germany invaded Poland in 1939. The Wakszlak family and 400,000 other Jews from the city and surrounding areas would eventually be forced to live in a 1.3 square mile ghetto in the city. The food allotments rationed to the ghetto by the German authorities were not sufficient to sustain life, but Samek was able to get extra food for his family from the black market. From July to September 1942, 300,000 ghetto residents were deported to Treblinka II, an extermination camp. During this time Estelle and her family hid in a secret room to escape the deportations.

A Lunch and Learn on the topic of Spiritual Wellness will be held from 12:10–1:10 p.m. Friday, March 23 in the Fine Arts Center Hospitality Suite.

Emilio Alvarez, campus ministry, will be the presenter.

A Lent-friendly lunch will be served. Registration is required. Call ext. 3806 or email Sue Danielson to sign up.

In February, approximately 15 Viterbo nursing students went to San Raymundo, Guatemala for a 10-day experience working in operating and recovery rooms. “I expected to change lives with the care we provided, but I never expected this experience to impact my life in the way that it has,” said Viterbo senior nursing student Kate Clements, pictured. “I have made lifelong friends, built on my nursing knowledge, and realized that I am no longer just a student; I am a Viterbo nurse.” The trip was led by nursing facutly members Dawn Udenberg, Marcia Hagen, and Becky Liebert. 

Viterbo’s second annual Franciscan CORE is scheduled for June 10–15. This five-day summer theology institute for rising 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students offers education, experience, and reflection on Catholic social teaching themes and principles using a Franciscan lens.

Franciscan CORE seeks to develop empathetic and grounded leaders for the world and the Church through Compassion for those on the margins, Outreach to those in need, Reflection on God’s call, and Experience of community and service.

Everyone is asked to encourage the high school students you know to consider applying. Click for more information or to apply.

Rec Sports is recognizing National Nutrition Month March 19–24 with Viterbo Nutrition Week. This is a great opportunity to focus on your nutritional habits, eating right, and living a healthy lifestyle.

Click for a full schedule of activities happening all week.

For more information, contact Amanda Albert or Nicole Pena at wellness@viterbo.edu or ext. 3123.

Bertha Madras, professor of biopsychology at Harvard Medical School, will present “Marijuana: The Latest Research” from 6:30–8:30 p.m. Monday, March 26 in the School of Nursing Building 196.

Madras is one of the country’s foremost experts on the opioid and prescription drug crisis. She will speak about the biology of marijuana, the latest top cannabis research, including emerging evidence that increasing marijuana use is priming populations for more opiate addiction.

Madras is a neuroscientist, author, educator, and public policy expert. She served on the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis and has been an advisor to the National Football League and the World Health Organization.

This event is presented by the La Crosse County Prevention Network, Gundersen Medical Foundation, and Monroe County Safe Community Coalition.

By Sue Danielson, health services

Research has shown that certain nutrients can delay the development and progression of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration (AMD). These are two of the leading causes of blindness and visual impairment for millions of aging Americans. Nutrition may be particularly important in treating AMD. Currently, treatment options after diagnosis of this condition are limited. Also, people who suffer from dry eye, an increasing problem due to the visual demands of digital devices, can often benefit from nutritional supplements.

Antioxidants and Age-related Eye Disease

  • Age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness in people over age 55 in the Western world. As the population ages, AMD is expected to triple by 2025.
  • Cataract extractions are the most common surgical procedure performed in the U.S., accounting for more than 2 million procedures a year. Estimates show that if the progression of cataracts could be delayed by 10 years, the number of cataract extraction surgeries per year would be reduced by 45 percent.

Nutrition is one promising means of preventing or delaying the progression of these diseases.

Viterbo will celebrate Founders’ Week March 18–24 with activities that reflect the spirit, work, and mission of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration.

One of the highlights of the week will be an ice cream social from 1–2:30 p.m. Friday, March 23 at St. Rose Convent.

Click for the full schedule of events.

The Viterbo religious studies department invites everyone to attend the Theology on Root Beer Tap event “Sentenced to Life: Mental Illness, Tragedy, and Transformation” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 21 in San Damiano Chapel.

The presentation will be given by Joan Becker, the mother of Mark Becker, a man living with paranoid schizophrenia. In 2009, Mark shot and killed his former high school football coach, Ed Thomas. Joan Becker has since become an advocate for access to treatment for mental illness. Her story is one of forgiveness and reconciliation as well as advocacy for those struggling with mental illness. Click for more of the family’s story.

Viterbo career services and the alumni association are hosting Speed Mock Interviewing Tuesday, March 27, from 5:30–8 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Lobby.

Students attending the event will participate in multiple mini-interviews conducted by area alumni and human resource volunteers. Networking activities will follow the interview portion of the session.

The event is offered to help students prepare for the interviewing process involved in securing internships and professional employment, as well as developing networking contacts and practice. Registration is limited to the first 22 students who register. The registration deadline is noon Friday, March 23 or when the event is full. Students may register via their Purple Briefcase accounts.

Created by Viterbo students and faculty members Jeff Stolz and David Gardiner, Facing Homelessness in La Crosse chronicles the stories of La Crosse community members who have or are currently experiencing homelessness and brings them to life on stage. 

All Viterbo community members are invited to this free theatrical culmination of a year-long service-learning collaboration between Viterbo, UW-La Crosse, Western Technical College, and the Coalition to End Homelessness. The production will take place Tuesday, March 20 and Wednesday, March 21 at 7 p.m. at the Weber Center for the Performing Arts. A pre-event reception will start at 6 p.m. each night.

Click here to learn more and reserve your free ticket. Tickets can also be picked up at the Viterbo box office. Transportation for students is available, if needed. Click here to sign upEmail Kirsten Gabriel with any questions.

Maria Morgan-Bathke, Viterbo assistant professor of nutrition and dietetics, has been named the 2018 Wisconsin Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Outstanding Dietetics Educator of the Year. She also has been named the National Diabetes Education Program North Central Outstanding Dietetic Educator Award in the Dietetic Internship Program for 2018.

Congratulations to these students for the honor of being nominated by faculty members to serve as the student speaker at Spring Commencement in May: Sara Biermaier, math education, Ariana Day, music performance, Holly Dwyer, psychology, Naomi Engelke, art education, Kyle Ernzen, biochemistry, Riley Kuhlman, nursing, Olivia Krautkramer, music education, Anne Peterson, nursing, Peter Radke, nursing, Cameron Reider, nursing, Cassandra Schultz, business, Kaitlyn Serketich, music theatre, and Shoua Yang, social work. 

The speaker will be named sometime in the next two weeks.

Employees are invited to attend Excel 101 Wednesday, March 21 from 11:10 a.m.–12:15 p.m. in Brophy Center 106.

Learn to create, edit, format, and print basic Excel 2016 worksheets. This course is designed for employees who have little or no familiarity with Microsoft Excel. Presented by Katrina Volkert, business. Space is limited, click to register.

Viterbo dietetics students Claire Bower and Allison Stoeffler, who had one of the two winning entries in the Wisconsin Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics National Month video contest. Click to watch their video, Go Further with Food. The project was a class assignment for the class Supervised Practice for Nutrition and Health Promotion, taught by Alida Herling.