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February 15, 2000


LA CROSSE, Wis.—Three Viterbo College alumni, including one posthumously, will be honored for outstanding achievements during the 2000 Homecoming Banquet & Awards Ceremony  on Friday, Feb. 18. A 6 p.m. social is planned, with dinner and awards to follow at 6:45 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Lobby.

Virginia Lukasek ’75 (1922-1998) will posthumously receive the Outstanding Alumni Award for Service to the College, Barbara Hundt ’76 will receive the Outstanding Alumni Award for Professional Development, and Meg Buchner ’93 will receive the Outstanding Young Alumni Award.

The Homecoming Banquet & Awards Ceremony is part of Viterbo’s Homecoming weekend, which also includes the annual Athletic Wall of Fame inductions, the Alumni basketball game, and men’s and women’s basketball against Mount St. Clare College.

For more information about the 2000 Homecoming Banquet & Awards Ceremony, or other Homecoming activities, contact Alumni Relations Director Sally Emerson at (608) 796-3072.

Outstanding Alumni Award for Service to the College (posthumously awarded)
Virginia Lukasek '75 (1922-98)

Few have displayed a passion for their alma mater like the late Virginia Lukasek. Virginia, who died in July 1998, devoted many years of service to Viterbo after graduating in 1975 with a degree in nursing. She served two terms on the Viterbo Alumni Association Board before continuing on as an emeritus member. In the mid-80s, she was appointed to the Viterbo Fine Arts Center Advisory Board, a position she held until her death.

In addition to these impressive accomplishments, Virginia chaired the Alumni Board's Development Committee and served on the Board's Executive and Bylaws Ad Hoc Committees. But her work was not limited to the Alumni Board and Fine Arts, she also devoted her efforts to the College's Planned Giving Development Committee. Virginia's devotion and service to education and Viterbo are legendary. One fellow board member described her as a "tireless advocate for any initiative that would benefit the College and its students."

When not devoting time to Viterbo, Virginia was an active member of the community serving such organizations as the American Red Cross Sparta Branch, La Crosse Symphony, Sparta Concert Association, the Monroe County Republican Women, and the American Legion. Virginia, who also held a master's degree in health education from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, was a retired nurse who devoted years of service to St. Mary's Hospital in Sparta and the Tomah Veteran's Administration and was a former Captain in the Army Nurse Corps.

For her long-standing leadership and dedication to Viterbo College, Virginia Lukasek is posthumously awarded this year's Outstanding Alumni Award for Service to the College.

Outstanding Alumni Award for Professional Development
Barbara Hundt '76

Barbara Hundt has spent many years as an advocate for important issues facing the dietetics profession in the constantly changing health care world. And, she has done so with hard work, devotion, and good humor.

Currently the Dietetic Technician Program Director for Madison Area Technical College, Barbara is the author of an Introduction to Dietetics Manual. She is well known in dietetics circles for her work, since 1984, with the Wisconsin Dietetic Association (WDA), and has served as a delegate to the American Dietetic Association (ADA) for the past 10 years. Barbara has also served as a chairperson of membership development for the ADA.

After receiving her degree in community-medical dietetics from Viterbo in 1976, Barbara served as a dietitian for the UW-Extension in Walworth County and St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay until 1977. She went on to teach an adult weight control course at Northeastern Technical Institute in Green Bay until 1980.

While pursuing her master's degree in food, science, and nutrition (1980-82) at UW-Stout in Menominee, Barbara served as the school's graduate student advisor in career counseling. In 1982, she started her career as an instructor at Madison Area Technical College, where she continues today. She received a second master's degree in vocational education from UW-Stout in 1986. In 1989, she began working at Meriter Hospital in Madison as a nutritionist with the Optifast program and, later, as a Special Projects Dietitian (1990-96).

For her work, Barbara has received many awards, including the prestigious Medallion Award from the WDA in 1996-the highest professional award for Wisconsin dietitians. She was one of its youngest recipients. For her many accomplishments, Barbara Hundt is this year's recipient of the Outstanding Alumni Award for Professional Development.

Outstanding Young Alumni Award
Meg Buchner '93

Mentoring works. And no one knows that better than Greg Johnson thanks to the efforts of Viterbo alumna Meg Buchner.

A 1993 Viterbo graduate with a major in art in business with a graphics emphasis, Meg served as Greg's mentor through the Wisconsin Center for Academically Talented Youth (WCATY).

In 1994, at age 13, Greg won a WCATY scholarship that helped him become a Scandinavian Flat Plane woodcarver. Then the Manager/Marketing Director for Sampson Art Gallery, Meg served as his mentor, helping him organize his display for the scholarship and offering to help arrange a showing of his carvings at the gallery.

Meg also let Greg apprentice at the gallery for six weeks so he could learn the business end. It wasn't long before he had the knowledge (and encouragement from Meg) to set up his own business, which helps fund his college education. Greg has even gone on to win local, national, and international awards for his woodcarvings.

According to Greg, "Meg's encouragement and guidance has helped me not only to further my development as an artist, but also has inspired me to pursue a career in teaching. Meg is certainly an alumna that Viterbo College can be very proud of."

Today, Meg is a Graphic Artist and Web Designer for L. Quillin & Associates, where she has worked since 1995. She continues to act as a mentor by serving as a speaker for Boy Scout Youth and a youth job shadowing resource.

For the example Meg sets in mentoring, and for her generous giving of time and talents to help others achieve their own dreams, Meg Buchner is this year's recipient of Viterbo College's Young Alumni Award.

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