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April 30, 2012

Contact Georgia Christensen, FSPA, at 608-796-3084, 608-784-4244 or 


LA CROSSE, Wis. – More than 200 participants from the 22 Franciscan universities in the U.S. are expected to attend the Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities (AFCU) 2012 National Summer Symposium “Franciscan Leadership: Serving, Learning, and Leading” at Viterbo University Tuesday, June 12–Thursday, June 14.

This is the first time in Viterbo’s history that the university is hosting this national event. Included in the list of participants are several university presidents from throughout the country.

“We look forward to sharing the beauty of La Crosse with participants and to contributing to the economic benefits such a conference brings to the city and the surrounding communities,” said Viterbo President Rick Artman. “It will also be a great opportunity to showcase Viterbo’s focus on and commitment to Franciscan values and servant leadership. Viterbo is proud to host this national meeting.”

Keynote speakers for the event will be Kent Keith, CEO of the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership; Aurelie Hagstrom, associate professor of theology at Providence College, the author of a number of widely acclaimed books, including her latest work The Emerging Laity: Vocation, Mission, and Spirituality; and Tom Thibodeau, director of the Master of Arts in Servant Leadership program at Viterbo University.

The symposium will focus on ways people are able to serve the communities in which they live and work, to learn together about the communities and needs, and to prepare to lead for the sake of the common good. The event will feature many presenters, discussion groups, and breakout sessions.

This year’s symposium will also include a special student track dedicated to presentations by and for undergraduate students.

“We are very excited about the quality of this symposium and we would like to invite members of the La Crosse community to attend,” said Georgia Christensen, FSPA, chair of the committee planning the event.

Registration for the event is now open. To register or to learn more about the symposium, visit the AFCU website at


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