Week of October 16, 2017

We are almost mid-way through the fall semester, and it is evident from the shorter days and cooler weather that fall is here. I offer my congratulations to the women’s volleyball team for their #1 ranking in the country. 

At the Monday, Oct. 9 Viterbo Board of Trustees meeting, the board members heard from several faculty members about how they live the Viterbo mission. In addition, the night before, Sr. Laura Nettles, Emilio Alvarez, and members of the St. Francis Week planning committee talked about our recent celebrations of St. Francis and our work on new programming related to mission. In addition, the board approved:

  • Tenure for seven faculty members
  • Raised the minimum threshold for new endowed scholarships (existing endowed scholarships below the threshold will continue)
  • Approved the audit report from 2016–17
  • Approved the modified operating budget for the 2017–18 academic year to reflect actual enrollment

University Forum

The works of Viterbo students Naomi Engelke, Jillian Lacey, and Kanyon Tenneson will be featured in an exhibit entitled “Third Space” opening with a reception from 5–6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18 in the Viterbo University Gallery.

The show will include paintings and photography.

The exhibit will run until Friday, Dec. 1. There is no admission fee to the gallery, which is located on the third floor of the Viterbo Fine Arts Center. The gallery is open from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. when school is in session.

Pictured is Third Space by Jillian Lacey.

Viterbo student nurses Caitlin Huber and Erin Washington administered flu shots during a health services clinic Oct. 10 in the Student Development Center. Health services vaccinated 216 Viterbo community members last week. Vaccine is still available. Contact health services to schedule an appointment.

By Sue Danielson, health services

Wisconsin and the rest of the U.S is experiencing increased rates of illegal drug use. Opiates, which include hydrocodone, oxycodone, morphine, and fentanyl are common medications used to treat pain, but unfortunately, they can become very addictive. Another type of opiate is heroin, which is an illegal substance and has similar effects as prescription opiates. It can be snorted, injected, or smoked. 

According to the La Crosse County Burden of Illicit Drug Use report in 2017, there were 25 La Crosse County drug-related deaths in 2016. Of this number, all had prescription drugs in their system, 28 percent had heroin, 20 percent had Fentanyl, and 60 percent opioids of some kind. This has been the highest number of drug-related deaths in the county to date. Gundersen Health System reported 224 hospitalizations related to opioids in 2016.

Dietetics students start the sauce for their annual spaghetti dinner fundraiser Oct. 13. The students sold 340 dinners.

Students talk with representatives of area employers at the Business Career and Internship Fair Oct. 10 in the Fine Arts Center Lobby. Click for more photos from the event. The fair was sponsored by career services.

Hispanic Heritage Month Speaker: Alex Escobar Prado of Guatemala, a primary school teacher for children in a rural village near Mataquescuintla, Jalapa will speak Monday, Oct. 16 from 9:05–10 a.m. in Murphy Center 404 and Tuesday, Oct. 17 from 11 a.m.-noon in Murphy Center 570.  The event is being held in recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Escobar Prado is also a member of Youth Organized in Defense of Life’s community education team, which conducts trainings to build youth leadership to protect the environment. They raise awareness about issues such as the dangers of deforestation and mining in the area, and educate their community on the importance of protecting waterways in Santa Rosa and Jalapa, where small scale agriculture is the main source of income and a way of life.

By Kim Olson-Kopp and Annie Baumann, library

At Viterbo, research plays a big role in classrooms. Whether you’re teaching freshmen, seniors, or graduate students, there’s a chance you’ll be asking for research skills that your students are still developing. A great way to guide your students to a deeper understanding of the research process is to schedule a library instruction session with a librarian.

Librarians are available to visit your classroom, whether in person or virtually through Moodle or Skype for Business. Class instruction can be formal or informal. Even one-on-one appointments can be arranged.

Viterbo has added competitive dance and cheer and men’s volleyball as varsity sports, with competition set to begin in 2018–19.

“We believe both these sports are great fits for Viterbo University and we are very excited for the future of both programs,” said Barry Fried, Viterbo director of athletics.

Men’s volleyball continues to increase in popularity at the high school level across the Midwest, especially in larger metropolitan areas such as Milwaukee, Chicago, and Minneapolis. It is anticipated to be the next sport to receive “Championship Level” status from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). College men’s volleyball programs have been added at schools in Iowa, Minnesota, and Illinois as the sport continues to grow.