Connections Vol. 11 No. 30
March 30, 1998
Candidate for the Social Work faculty position Cathy Faruque, MSW, LICS, will be on campus Tues., Mar. 31 for her interview. Members of the Viterbo Community are invited to hear her 20 minute presentation from 1:45 to 2:05 p.m. in MC 555.
Town hall meeting tonight
Campaign Finance Reform is the topic for a Town Hall Meeting and Workshop from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. tonight Monday, March 30 in Heileman Hall, 1111 S. Third St., La Crosse.
- Learn about the rules, the reality, and the reform.
- Participate in a community dialogue with your representatives: State Sen. Brian Rude, State Rep. Mike Huebsch, State Rep. DuWayne Johnson, State Rep. Mark Meyer.
Presented by: Wis. Democracy Campaign and La Crosse County League of Women voters.
American Association of Retired Persons
Lutheran Office for Public Policy in Wisconsin
La Crosse Area Retired Educators Association
1000 Friends of Wisconsin
Coalition of Wisconsin Aging Groups
Wisconsin’s Environmental Decade
Wisconsin Coalition for Advocacy
From the Academic Technology Center…
The Academic Technology Center will offer the following classes the week of April 6-10. All classes meet in MC 202.
|Microsoft Word Tips & Tricks
||Mon. Apr. 6 8:30-9:30
|Using Microsoft PowerPoint
||Mon. Apr. 6 3-4 p.m
|Microsoft Word Tips & Tricks
||Tues. Apr. 7 10-11
|Web Page Development Workshop
||Tues. Apr. 7 3-4:30
|Web Page Development Workshop
||Wed. Apr. 8 9-10:30
|Digital Media—Using the Scanner and Digital Camera
||Wed. Apr. 8 2- 3
|Portable Equipment Training
||Thurs. Apr. 9 10-11 a.m.
|Using Microsoft PowerPoint
||Thurs. Apr. 9 3-4 p.m.
|Portable Equipment Training
||Fri. Apr. 10 1:30-2:30
|Beginning Microsoft Excel
||Fri. Apr. 10 3-4:30
Microsoft Word Tips and Tricks 10 things that will help you quickly become a more efficient user of Microsoft Word.
Intro to Microsoft PowerPoint: Multimedia Presentation: to make engaging multimedia presentations.
Web Page Development Workshop will introduce you to the basics of creating WWW pages using Netscape Navigator, including graphics, text, hypertext links.
Digital Media: Using the Scanner and Digital Camera— capturing images for use in documents and presentations.
Portable Equipment Training: multimedia carts are now available with a computer and projector that you can check out and use in your class to show PowerPoint presentations or to demonstrate software. To use this new equipment you must attend a training session, then you will be authorized to check the equipment out from AMPS.
Beginning Microsoft Excel: the spreadsheet program that is included in the Microsoft Office suite, used to organize and calculate mathematical information as a grade book, or calculate statistics for research.
If you have special needs for training on a particular piece of software, call the Academic Technology Center.
Due to limited enrollment, please register for all classes ahead of time. If you have any questions regarding the classes, or to pre-register, call Jeff Nyseth x3285, or E-mail at jcnyseth or ids_nyseth.
From: Registrar’s office
To: All faculty
Re: Incomplete Grades
All faculty members who issued a grade of “Incomplete” to a student first semester are reminded that the removal of an “Incomplete” grade is today, Monday, March 30. If the “incomplete” is not removed and a replacement grade is not on file in the registrar’s office, it automatically become a failing grade.
Bits and pieces
Wednesday Noon Discussions & Presentations, April 1, Creating a Professional Career Development Plan” You are here—What next? Guest: Tim Walls & Diana Beran. Students, faculty and staff and administrators make the discussions happen! Snacks provided in MC 556, Psychology Student Lounge.
Employee Assistance Center (EAC) is for all Viterbo employees and their families. For more information contact Franciscan-Skemp (608) 791-9530, (800) 493-3960.
Class cancellations: Teacher class cancellation line: 796-3080 or 796-3190. Students call for class cancellations: 796-3200.
For 24 hour Security needs call x3911.
Arts & Entertainment
The 12th Annual Suzuki Spring Festival Concert will be held at 3 p.m., Sat., Apr. 4, in the FAC Main Theatre. Admission is free. Donations are accepted for the Scholarship Fund. A reception will follow the program.
Viterbo Suzuki students come from Cashton, Camp Douglas, Coon Valley, La Crosse, La Valle, Onalaska, Holmen, Sparta, Tomah, Caledonia, La Crescent, Spring Grove, and Winona, ranging in age from 5 to 17 years.
The Viterbo College Theatre Arts Dept. will present To Kill A Mockingbird at 7:30 p.m., Apr. 2-6 in the La Croix Black Box Theatre, in “reader’s theatre,” in which students read characters’ parts from scripts, providing an effective way to present literary works in dramatic form.
Tickets for the show are $8. For more information, call 796-3100.
Viterbo Art Dept. Gallery Exhibition by Eight Graphic Design Students ends Wed., Apr. 8, Closing reception Sat., Apr. 4, 1-4p.m.
Yia Yang, recent graduate in Studio Art from Viterbo, has an exhibition of recent paintings in the Odin Gallery, 507 Main St., La Crosse. The show runs until April 1st.
Viterbo Library Art Gallery buddhist Art from China and Tibet during the spring semester
Peter Fletcher has an exhibition of twenty paintings and drawings at the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola University Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois. The show commenced on February 20th., and runs until May 15th.
News you’ll notice
by Mark Franz
It continues to be a busy semester for the integration of technology on campus.
Three mobile multimedia carts are now available for checkout through the Media Center. Only those individuals who have attended one of Jeff Nyseth's portable computer equipment training sessions will be allowed to sign out the carts. Please watch Connections for information on upcoming sessions. The Media Center will maintain a list of the individuals who have completed the training sessions to assist in the check-out process. In the next few weeks we will also be equipping the carts with VCR's. The type of cart in each building is: MC—IBM; BNC—IBM (second floor only, since there is no elevator); FAC—Macintosh.
Even though you may not have seen a lot of physical changes yet, behind-the-scenes progress is being made in the Murphy Center communications wiring project. Electrical and core drilling work in the wiring closets is in progress. Over 20 miles of cable for the project have been delivered to campus. Yes, you read that correctly—20 miles! Additionally, I am working with two national computer networking vendors to select high-speed, state-of-the-art communications hardware to go in the wiring closets.
The Computer Committee has been meeting regularly, often weekly. We are in the process of prioritizing the campus requests for the expenditure of Technology Fees for 1998-99. As has been the case in all previous years, the number of requests significantly exceeds the amount of funding available. The committee is working to ensure the maximum use of this investment in new technology and through the appropriate "recycling" of older technology. The committee will be making its recommendations to the President and his Cabinet prior to May 1.
For the remainder of the semester we will also be considering policy issues related to limiting paper printing, implementing system logon procedures and the possibility of activating network connections in student rooms in Rose Terrace. The committee will also be looking at the orientation of the current Computer Plan as a long-range infrastructure building document and transitioning it towards a technological integration/outcome based document. Work on the last item will continue well into the next academic year.
Campus Ministry News
by Father Tom O’Neill
Wednesday Apr. 1
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Soup Lunch, Marian Hall Dining Room. No charge: freewill offerings accepted. Pick up tickets for the soup lunch at the Campus Ministry table in the dining room.
5:30 p.m. Bible Study, College Church.
6:30 p.m. Evening Prayer, College Church.
Remember, during Lent our community is participating in Operation Rice Bowl which provides you and your family with the opportunity to give to those in need. Your participation in Operation Rice Bowl will help Catholic Relief Services bring clean water, small enterprise development, and agricultural enrichment to the most vulnerable of the poor.
This week: Give your thoughts, time, and money to the most vulnerable of the poor. Place a dime in your Rice Bowl for each television show you watch or video game you play.
The April food of the month at WAFER is fruit. Remember to support our other food pantries: Viterbo FAC pantry and Place of Grace. Items may be left on the tables at the entrance of the College Church and they will be delivered to the pantries.
The College Church is open each day from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. In addition to the main church there is a meditation area at the opposite end of the church’s front/main entrance. Please feel free to use either area for personal quiet time.
From the copy center
I would be glad to accept any cancelled stamps, especially commemoratives, foreign or domestic, that you would care to drop off at the copy center. These will be given to mission societies. They sell them to stamp dealers, and make some money for the furtherance of their works. Please leave 1/8 to 1/4 edge around the perforations. Thank you. —S. Loretta
Elsewhere in academe
A growing number of institutions are examining evidence of grade inflation on their campuses and developing ways to deal with the problem.
Princeton University is the latest institution to call attention to the issue, following the release of a report from the Dean of the College showing a significant increase in the number of A's and B's awarded in recent years. The report shows that while 69 percent of the grades given between 1973 and 1977 were A's and B's, 83 percent of the grades given between 1992 and 1997 fell into that range. Meanwhile, the percentage of C's and D's fell from 17 percent between 1973 and 1977 to 10 percent between 1992 and 1997.
Meanwhile, Dartmouth College is addressing grade inflation by including in transcripts the median grade and enrollment for classes with 10 or more students. Columbia University includes the percentage of A's awarded in a given class on student transcripts.
The Rotary International Foundation is looking for outstanding undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in applying for a year-long Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship, as well as college faculty who would like to teach in a developing country for three to six months.
In 1998, District 6250 will award scholarships to study or teach abroad in the academic year 1999-2000. The District will award academic year ($23,000) and three to five month Teacher Grants ($10,000).
The deadline for applicants to submit a complete application is July 1. The District Ambassadorial Scholarship Committee will interview applicants the last weekend in August and submit their recommendations to the District Governor in September. Announcements about award winners will be made by September 20.
April is cancer awareness month
Lung cancer is the second most common cancer in women. It claimed the lives of over 64,000 women last year.Perhaps the greatest tragedy of lung cancer is that it can be almost totally prevented.
Who is at risk? People who smoke are at the greatest risk of getting lung cancer and a host of other tobacco related diseases such as heart disease, stroke, and emphysema. More than 85% of all lung cancers are caused by smoking. Other risk factors include exposure to chemicals, radon, asbestos, and radiation.
The best defense: prevention. Lung cancer is almost always caused by smoking. If you are a smoker, ask your doctor to help you quit. If you don’t smoke, don’t start. If your friends and loved ones are smokers, help them to quit.
Staff assembly grant recipient search
Nomination forms were sent out last week regarding the search for the 1998-’99 Staff Assembly Grant recipient.
Criteria for the grant:
- Preference will be given to a junior or senior;
- Student must be in good academic standing;
- Student must demonstrate financial need.
Please return nominations forms to Chris Sanger, Institutional Advance, by April 3.
Lyon Evans, English, has had a paper accepted for the Modern Language Association Convention, San Francisco, Dec. 27-30, 1998. The title is Mordant to the Last: Ironic Naming in Herman Melville’s Billy Budd.
You are invited to help support the youth in our community. by helping create an artists’ guild focusing on teaching our youth the arts. To help pay for legal fees, expenses, and to secure a building, a musical event will be held from 7 p.m. to midnight on Sat., Apr. 4 in the Logan Middle School auditorium, featuring Brian Reed and Mike Nicholas, Toxic Holiday, Michael Murphy and Hellbound Blues Band. Extra jammers are Joe Hauser, Jerome Aponte and Chili Chili.
A film on a future building site for a youth center will be shown, and information on becoming a member or volunteer will be provided.
Tickets are $3 in advance, $5 at the door. Ticket outlets: Daves Guitar Shop, Deaf Ear, Leitholds, Food Co-Op, and Mr.Stix.
Fifty tickets will be given away to youth from ages 14-18 by going to Crossfire on Fri. and Sat. Nights. Tell Dan you are Drug and Alcohol Free. Come and show our youth how to be leaders.
President for the Day
Get out and vote for your “President for the Day. ” Cast your vote on Tues., Mar. 31, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Union.
All student organizations have been invited to nominate a representative from their club for this special annual election. The winner will trade places with President Medland in April—Dr. Medland will attend classes and the student will sit at the big desk, meeting with the cabinet and sharing their student perspective regarding college issues. All students and employees of Viterbo are eligible to vote. This election is sponsored by Sigma Pi Delta as a college service.
Outstanding alumni awards
The Viterbo College Alumni Association is pleased to announce the recipients of the Outstanding Alumni Awards for 1998:
- Educational Achievement: Sue Schmitt,’69, English
- Service to the College: Marlene Weisenbeck, FSPA ’67, Music Education
- Professional Development: Kristine (Koetting) Campbell, ’74, Nursing
These alumnae will be honored at the All-Alumni Banquet during reunion weekend, the evening of June 27. For ticket information, call the Alumni Office at x3071.
Chad Babcock of Mauston, Wis., a Viterbo College senior has been selected as a UPS Scholar and recipient of a $3,000 scholarship. Babcock was cited by his college for his academic achievements and involvement in athletics.
Cub Scout Pack 239, of Holy Trinity parish, joined other scouts in La Crosse in “Scouting For Food” and netted over 500 items for the Viterbo Food Pantry.
Have news about your department or students accomplishments? Share your achievements with the campus community by sending us a note via “Connections.” We’ll help you spread the word.
“Mexico project” a success
Thank you to the students, employees, and alumni of Viterbo who donated to the “Mexico Project.” Over 700 items of toiletries and accessories were collected which will be delivered to a girls’ orphanage in Mexico. In addition, over 40 pairs of eye glasses were collected for distribution.
This was a community service project of Sigma Pi Delta in cooperation with Lions International.
LIR Program at UW-L
Learning in retirement (LIR) program is a regular offering of UW-L. Both instructors and students are retired, but still anxious to learn or share their expertise as former faculty or professional persons. S. Arita Dopkins is teaching in the program during April. She will present five—two hour classes titled Worship in a Different Key, a survey of some of the great religions of the world.