Viterbo Court completed: opens Tuesday noon August 24
LA CROSSE, Wis—"Viterbo Court" as it will be called, officially opens noon Tuesday with the unveiling of a huge college seal located between the entrances of Murphy Center and the Student Activity Center.
Faculty and staff who are on campus for inservice activities are scheduled to participate in the opening ceremony.
The unveiling of the massive seal, measuring 24 foot by 24 foot, culminates the campus beautification project which had its beginnings last August when Ninth Street between Winnebago and Mississippi Street was closed to vehicle traffic. Replacing the roadway is a courtyard featuring greenspace, flowers, benches, a brick walkway, and aesthetic old-style street lamps.
"Viterbo Court will serve as a gathering place for students and faculty as well as an attractive addition to the neighborhood," said William Medland, president of Viterbo. "This project has been very gratifying in that it ties together the academic and residential areas while creating a wonderful green space neighbors, students and visitors alike to enjoy."
Students will be the first to notice the changes as they are scheduled to arrive on campus later in the week in preparation for the start of classes Monday, August 30.
Construction of the Viterbo Court project completes another of the initiatives identified in Viterbo’s strategic plan: "Vision 2005: A Renaissance for Living and Learning in the 21st Century." Over the past three years, Viterbo has acquired land and created an outdoor athletic complex in Medary, renovated the Fine Arts Center to create an atrium entryway to campus, and constructed Rose Terrace, an apartment-style living complex for sophomores, juniors and seniors.