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Oct. 1, 2008

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LA CROSSE, Wis. – Three Viterbo University alumni will be honored for their outstanding achievements at an awards banquet at 6:45 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11 in Marian Hall Dining Room on campus.

The three honorees receiving Outstanding Alumni Awards:

Margaret Wood ’90 will receive Outstanding Alumni Award for Community Service, which honors an alumnus/a who demonstrates that a liberal arts education can be the foundation for unselfish and outstanding service to the community and humanity. 

Wood received her Master of Arts in Education degree from Viterbo and taught kindergarten, first grade, and second grade for La Crosse Public Schools until her retirement in 2004. She has been extremely involved in community service activities, at both the local and state level, serving on the La Crosse County Board of Supervisors, the La Crosse County Health and Human Services Board, the Wisconsin State Board of Nursing, the Viterbo School of Nursing Advisory Board, and the Viterbo Alumni Emeritus Board. In the past, she has also been an active member of the Viterbo Alumni Board, the American Association of University Women, and the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International for Key Woman Educators.

Brian Konkol ’01 will receive the Spirit of St. Francis Award, which honors an alumnus/a who embodies and exemplifies Franciscan values in their personal, professional, and spiritual lives.

After graduating from Viterbo, Konkol went on to earn a Master of Divinity from Luther Theological Seminary in St. Paul. In 2005, he and his wife Kristen journeyed to Guyana, South America as Long-term Global Mission Personnel. They lived in Guyana until 2007, where he served as the pastor for the Emmanuel Lutheran Parish, a lecturer for the Lutheran Lay Academy training program, an advisor for the National Youth Commission, and a director and administrator for the National Youth Camp.

This year, Konkol and his wife changed continents, moving to South Africa to continue his service with the ELCA’s Global Mission program. He now serves as the coordinator for the Young Adults in Global Mission program in South Africa, the advisor for the Young Adult League of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Southern Africa, and a student advisor for both the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s School of Religion and Theology and Lutheran Theological Institute.

Julie Vietri ’82, will receive the Outstanding Alumni Award for Professional Development, which honors an alumnus/a who has made significant and broad accomplishments in their professional career. 

After graduating with degrees in mathematics and French, Vietri went on to teach math and computer courses at Princeton High School in Wisconsin. She moved to Seneca High School in 1985 and finally settled in Phoenix, Ariz., at St. Mary’s High School in 1987, where she still teaches today. She has served as the director of an SAT/ACT preparation course since 1992 and has even co-authored a preparation workbook for the SAT.

Throughout her career, she has coordinated educational and sightseeing trips for students to France and Spain, served as the chair of the mathematics and the foreign language departments, coached volleyball, and served as the moderator for several student organizations.

The event is part of the Viterbo’s Alumni Weekend celebration Friday, Oct. 10–Sunday, Oct. 12. For more information on any of Viterbo’s Outstanding Alumni Award recipients or Alumni Weekend, contact Jen Roberdeau, director of alumni relations at 608-796-3072 or


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