Week of February 11, 2019

Congratulations to the winners of the annual Health Science Scholarship Competition held on Feb. 8. Pictured are last year’s winner Zach Schmit; Katie Engel, third place, $10,000 scholarship ($2,500 per year); Elizabeth Saltzman, second place, $10,000 scholarship ($2,500 per year); Jessalyn Wilson, first place, a four-year full-tuition scholarship; Eva Pasewald, fourth place, $8,000 Scholarship ($2,000 per year); Hannah Baumgart, fifth place, $8,000 Scholarship ($2,000 per year); and President Glena Temple.

The Viterbo community is invited to honor the university’s founders, the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, with events Wednesday, Feb. 13.

11:15 a.m. Liturgy with the FSPA – Maria Angelorum Chapel at St. Rose Convent. At the conclusion, a representative from Viterbo will present the Sisters with the Wordle constructed using phrases/words of gratitude from the Viterbo community.

3 p.m. Storytelling with the Sisters – St. Rose Convent. This is a great opportunity to hear the stories of the experience of the Sisters during their involvement at Viterbo University.

7 p.m. Franciscan Lecture: Faith and Women in the Franciscan Tradition – San Damiano Chapel. Darleen Pryds, Ph.D., will provide an evening of storytelling, truth telling, and personal challenges. The little known leadership of lay women and girls in the Franciscan Tradition will be front and center. Be prepared to be surprised, inspired, and challenged to put faith into action for social justice and care for the world.

The acclaimed ensemble Artaria String Quartet will present Basically Beethoven: Too Early, Too Late as part of the Out-of-Our-Minds Chamber Music Series at Viterbo University at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17 in the Fine Arts Center Nola Starling Recital Hall.

The “too early” portion of the program features Beethoven’s String Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 130, Liebquartett, while “too late” is represented by Prokofiev’s String Quartet No. 2 in F Major, Kabardinian. Both of these composers transcended their respective style periods, which makes the juxtaposition of their music on this concert program that much more intriguing for audiences.

“Artaria String Quartet continues to build their reputation throughout the Midwest and is frequently heard on Minnesota Public Radio,” said Mary Ellen Haupert, music. “They are committed to programming works that challenge their audiences, but the combination of clever programming and flawless playing is what keeps people coming back for more. Their dynamic and delightful personalities make the concert experience even more memorable and meaningful.”

Prospective students and their families are invited to learn about the field of engineering and Viterbo’s engineering major at Engineering Exploration Day the afternoon of Saturday, Feb. 16.

Participants will hear from a panel of engineers from Brennan, Fastenal, Inland, Mathy Construction, and Ingersoll Rand and can join their peers and local engineers for a fun and hands-on engineering project in the engineering lab.

“This is a great opportunity to learn more about an in-demand field from experts employed at local businesses,” said Sara Cook, dean of the Viterbo University College of Education, Engineering, and Letters and Sciences. “Participants will hear about the many careers available with an engineering degree, industry trends, descriptions of projects and needed skills, academic options, and practical advice for high school students considering the field.”         

The schedule for the day:

An exhibit featuring the drawings and watercolors of guest artist Scott Espeseth entitled Crawl Space will open with a reception from 5–6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18 in the Viterbo University Gallery. The event was rescheduled from Jan. 30.

Espeseth is an assistant professor of art at Beloit College. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in printmaking from the West Virginia University and a Master of Fine Arts in graphics from the University of Wisconsin. His work has been exhibited across the U.S.

In addition that day, Espeseth will hold an artist workshop for Viterbo students from 10:10 a.m.–12:10 p.m. in Fine Arts Center room 314 and will give an artist lecture at 4 p.m. in room 301.

The exhibit will run until Friday, March 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 the watercolor on paper, Switch Hole.

The play Student Body by Frank Winters will be presented at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15 in the Fine Arts Center LaCroix Black Box Theatre.

Free tickets will be available at the door. In Student Body, college students become locked in an intense moral argument over how to treat a sexual encounter that happened at a party.

This event is sponsored by the Identities Project and the PROMISE Committee.

A Viterbo University forum will be held at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12 in the Fine Arts Center Main Theatre.

President Glena Temple will share spring semester enrollment numbers, news from the recent Board of Trustees meeting, and other campus updates.

Open sessions for employees regarding value proposition/market research will be held Thursday, Feb. 14 from 9:30–10:30 a.m. and 3:30–4:30 p.m. in Reinhart Center 127. This will include the results of the work done by the Lawlor consulting group.

Open sessions for employees regarding salary benchmarking work to date will be held Wednesday, Feb. 20 from 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and 2–3 p.m. in Brophy Center 122.


Communications is offering two additional training sessions for the new Drupal website (www4.viterbo.edu). 

These identical basic sessions are designed to get participants editing the new site. They are the same as what was presented earlier this semester. Sessions will be held Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 3 p.m. and Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 9 a.m., both in Murphy Center room 304.

Click to register. After registering, go to https://www4.viterbo.edu/user and log in with your university credentials so that the proper permissions can be granted before the training sessions.

The annual Honors Program Chili Cook-off will be held Thursday, Feb. 14 from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. in the School of Nursing Building Lobby.

Everyone is invited to attend and sample the chilies entered by different campus departments and organizations. Bring a monetary or nonperishable food donation. All proceeds will go to a local food insecurity prevention organization.

Falling snow made campus especially beautiful Feb. 7.

Student Life News

By Jacob Hart

Thirty Viterbo student leaders participated in group and individual interviews for the role of resident assistant Feb. 9. Resident assistants serve as resources and leaders within the residence halls and on campus apartments by building community, planning and facilitating programs, and more.

The Service Saturdays team is accepting registrations for the next event Feb. 23. Sign up here. Also, check out the weekend programs coming up, including a Badger Hockey Game, a trip to the Wisconsin Dells, and a ski night. Though most of these events are for students, employees are invited to the annual Night on the Slopes event Friday, Feb. 22 at Mount La Crosse. For more information, or to sign up, email Jacob Hart

Hannah McDaniel has always been interested in gardening and sustainability, and as a Viterbo University nutrition and dietetics student she of course knows the importance of fresh produce in a healthy diet.

Working on Viterbo’s new vertical hydroponic garden then made perfect sense. Hydroponics is the practice of growing plants with a nutrient solution.

“I’m researching the feasibility of using hydroponic gardens in food pantries,” said McDaniel, a junior from Naperville, Ill., whose career goal is to work in an eating disorder clinic. “Most food pantries rely on donations and fresh produce isn’t always available. I’m learning a great deal about sustainable agriculture and innovative forms of food production.”

Fellow student Sarah Prill would like a career in sports nutrition. She is working on the garden as part of a project for one of her courses, Supervised Practice in Community Nutrition Research.

A Love Your LinkedIn Presentation will be held Wednesday, Feb. 13 in Brophy Center 201. Photos will be taken in Brophy Center 125 from 5–5:15 p.m. A beginner session (basic account set-up) will occur from 5:15–6:30 p.m.

Alyssa Gostonczik, career services and Kyle Trietley, a senior recruiter with North Highland Worldwide Consulting, will provide instruction for the development of a professional LinkedIn account. Participants will have the opportunity to have a professional profile photo taken by the Viterbo photographer. LinkedIn is a professional networking site that can help you build your brand, connect with prospective employers, and enhance your online presence. 

Snacks will be served. Participants have the opportunity to win one, $25 VISA gift card. Faculty and staff are welcome to attend.