A Newsletter for the Viterbo College Community
Vol. 11 No. 32 April 13, 1998
Spring nursing research poster presentation and social
The Viterbo College Honor Society of Nursing is sponsoring a Spring Nursing Research Poster Presentation and Social from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thurs., Apr. 23, in the FAC Main Theater Lobby. Seventeen completed or ongoing nursing research projects will be presented using a poster format. General admission is $5.00. An additional $5.00 will be charged for RNs desiring two Continuing Education hours approved through Viterbo College and Wisconsin Nurses’ Association. Light refreshments will be served. Area health professionals and the general public are invited to attend. For further information contact Ellen Mellick x3682.
RAs Selected for 1998-99 Academic Year
The Housing Office is pleased to announce the roster of Resident Assistants selected for the 1998-99 academic year.
Serving in Marian Hall (inner staff) are: Christopher Cook, Laura Eisermann, Melissa Geertsma, Theresa Hoeger, Jason King, Vanessa Lipke, Jessica Luebker, Lynda Palen, Chad Rohloff.
Serving in the houses and apartments (outer staff) are:
Scott Hendricks, Hillary Laurent, Adam Neuman, Joe Pickar, Sarah Rahn, James Runyan, Sara Weihing.
Congratulations to these individuals charged with the responsibility of assisting our residents and Hall Directors with maintaining a comfortable, safe, fun community living experience. And heartfelt thanks to all who applied—it was a wonderful slate of candidates from which to choose! —S. Jean Moore
Swantz to receive honorary degree
In recognition of his nearly 40 years as a true visionary and a selfless educator, Richard A. Swantz, superintendent of the La Crosse School District, will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Viterbo College during the May 10 Commencement ceremony.
Swantz is the ninth person to receive an honorary degree from Viterbo in its 108-year history.
“Viterbo College is both honored and pleased to bestow on Dick Swantz the Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa,” Dr. Medland said. “Dick is a role model for educational leaders everywhere. If there were more like him, education would be thriving throughout this country.”
Under Swantz’ leadership, the school district’s curriculum became unified and the boundary lines between Logan and Central high schools were changed. His peers will remember Swantz as a true leader in good times and in times of controversy. Swantz has given his time to Riverfront, the YMCA, and chaired the Community Attitudes Task Force Education/Employment Subcommittee. He received two special honors:Wisconsin’s Superintendent of the Year in 1995 and the Phi Delta Kappa recipient of Outstanding Educator of the Year in 1992.
From: Public Relations and Marketing Office
Bits and pieces
To: All faculty and administration and staff
Re: Memo’s only
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Wednesday Noon Discussions & Presentations, April 15, Monica and the Media: Being Right or Being First? Guest:Terry Rindfleisch, reporter for the La Crosse Tribune. Students, faculty and staff and administrators make the discussions happen! Snacks provided in MC 556, Psychology Student Lounge.
Casual Dress Fridays
April 17 Food Pantry Day
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.
Campus Ministry News
by Father Tom O’Neill
The glory of the Resurrection marks the end of our Lenten observance of Catholic Relief Services’ Operation Rice Bowl program. Your prayers, fasting, learning, and giving have been united with those of our faith community. Together, we have made a difference in the lives of the poor. Thank you for your participation. Let us continue to remember the poor throughout the Easter season.
This week: Please return your Rice Bowl contributions to Campus Ministry via Earl or Fr. Tom or to the College Church. Thanks to all who have contributed so far.
Actual printings in church bulletins:
This being Easter Sunday, we will ask Mrs. Johnson to come forward and lay an egg on the altar.
On Sunday, a special collection will be taken to defray the cost of the new carpet. All those wishing to do something on the carpet, please come forward and get a piece of paper.
For those of you have have children and don’t know it, we have a nursery downstairs.
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.
Golf shirts for sale
Help Viterbo College Women’s Athletics by purchasing a golf/polo shirt. The classy short-sleeve shirt is available for $20 in the Athletics office in the Student Activities Center. If you would like a description of the shirt, call Sandy, x3811.
President Davidson visits campus
...Lumen editor Jamie Davidson that is, has been selected President for a Day which is set for this Tuesday, April 14. Jamie, an English and sociology major, was selected in a competition organized by Sigma Pi Delta. For Dr. Medland’s part, there’s some interesting classes he’ll have the opportunity to attend as part of the role-reversal, including Spanish, creative writing, and rhetoric.
Arts & Entertainment
Viterbo theatre arts dept. presents Arthur Miller’s highly-acclaimed play All My Sons at 7:30 p.m. Apr. 23-27 in La Croix Black Box Theatre.
All My Sons was Miller’s first successful “drama of accountability,” and earned him the New York Drama Critics and Tony Awards for Best Play in 1947. Other Miller plays include Death of a Salesman, The Crucible, and The View from the Bridge.
In the play, Joe Keller, played by Brent Meyer, is a businessman who has sold defective merchandise to the Army during World War II. When the merchandise is found to cause war planes to crash in battle, he lies to protect his business. Joe is forced to deal with moral and ethical issues when his son is one of the pilots killed because of the defective merchandise. He becomes an image of an American success who is destroyed by his decisions. A man who has come face to face with the consequences he has caused.
For ticket information, call the Box Office, x3100.
John Swartwout, Viterbo Art and Art Education Senior, is one of two area artists exhibiting at the Odin Gallery, 507 Main St., La Crosse. The show runs from Apr. 3 to May 6 and the gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mon-Fri., and Sat. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The owner, directors and many of the artists featured by this gallery are students or alumni of Viterbo College. Please show your support. For more information, call 784-1614.
Viterbo Library Art Gallery: Buddhist Art from China and Tibet during the spring semester.
Peter Fletcher has an exhibition of 20 paintings and drawings at the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Univ. Medical Center, Chicago. Ill. The show commenced on Feb. 20, and runs until May 15.
Have you checked out Viterbo’s web page lately? The Public Relations (PR) office and the Computer Center (CC) have been working to make the page easier to navigate, so we have a new look on our home page.
To help departments that do not yet have a presence on the web, we have developed a system to get you up and running.
1. Make an appointment to meet with Loretta in the PR office.
2. Bring a PC disk that your web page information can be saved on.
3. Loretta will discuss your departmental needs with you, fill out a job ticket, and assign your page to one of the designers in PR. She will also provide you with a copy of Viterbo’s web guidelines.
4. The designer will create the graphics for your page and get your initial information to the point that it is ready to be published.
5. At this time you will need to take your disk to Neil Rouse in the CC. He will provide you with a password that will allow your page to be published on the web.
6. Once your page is up, it is your responsibility to keep the information current. Jeff Nyseth, Instructional Design Specialist, conducts training sessions. For instruction in web page publishing, PR and CC staff are available to help answer your questions.
Stop junk mail
The junk mail Americans receive in one day could produce enough energy to heat 250,000 homes.
Junk mail usually isn’t thought of as an environmental hazard—just a nuisance. But if you saved up all the unwanted paper you'll receive in the mail this year, you'd have the equivalent of 1-1/2 trees. And so would each of your neighbors. And that adds up to about 100 million trees every year.
Did you know
•Americans receive almost 2 million tons of junk mail every year.
•About 44% of the junk mail is never even opened or read.
•Nonetheless, the average American still spends eight full months of his or her life just opening junk mail.
•Junk mail is made possible by U.S. Postal Service policies that enable bulk mailers to send presorted batches of mail for the minimum rate—10.1¢ per piece.
•If 100,000 people stopped their junk mail, we could save 150,000 trees every year… a million people— 1.5 million trees.
Simple things to do
•Write to: Mail Preference Service, Direct Marketing Association, 11 West 42nd St. PO Box 3861, New York, NY 10163-3861. They'll stop your name from being sold to most large mailing list companies. This will reduce your junk mail up to 75%.
•Recycle the junk mail you already get: If it's printed on newsprint, toss it in with the newspapers. If it's quality paper, make a separate pile for it—many recycling centers accept both white and colored paper. Envelopes are recyclable, too—as long as they don't have plastic windows.
From: 50 Things You Can Do To Save the Earth
Lisa Schoenfielder, Asst. Professor, Art & Art Education, delivered papers at two conferences last week.The Shape of Content in a Gifted Program for Upper Elementary School was a presentation given at Stories of Art & Teaching: A Symposium to Honor the Work of Marilyn Zurmuehlen, Mar. 31, at One Space Gallery, Chicago; and Cooperative Learning and Mentorships in a Middle School Art Program for Talented Students was a presentation given at the 1998 National Art Education Association National Convention in Chicago, Apr. 3.
Pam Maykut, Psychology, and psychology students Ben Ekelund, Jen Londo, Lenis Matus, and Tony Shay gave an invited presentation at the annual UW System/WAICU conference Teaching and Learning: to the Best of Our Knowledge, on Apr. 3. Their presentation was titled Using Theories of Learning and Development to Help Students Become Reflective Learners.
Roommate needed. Non-smoking, Christian female needs a roommate to share clean, like new, 3-story duplex overlooking Lake Onalaska. Own bedroom, bathroom, living area. Share kitchen/laundry. Split $675 rent and utilities. Call 781-8464 (evenings) or 796-3192 (days).
For rent. Large lower apartment in South Side La Crosse. 2 to 3 bedrooms with front & back porches. Garage, basement, & yard. All utilities furnished, including central air. Lease. Security deposit. $550.00 per month. Available June 1. Call 788-3062.
News you’ll notice
by S. Jean Moore
Greetings again from the “Little House on the Prairie,” AKA the Student Development Center (SDC). While some folks on campus still have trouble locating where we are*, others have availed themselves of the programs and services we have to offer. And while many people may think that our services are problem- or crisis-oriented (i.e. for housing or health related concerns), many services focus on personal and career development.
Some of these services offered in this academic year were: Counseling and Health Care Services, including Wellness Week, the Blood Drive, sessions on stress management, relaxation, healthy relationships and health issues. The entire SDC staff participated in the “Pre-finals Warm-up” featuring partial massages, relaxation, healthy snacks and tips for getting through finals week in December. (By the way, stay tuned for another pre-finals event in the SDC the week of April 27!)
From Career Services, alumni came to speak to students about expanded roles in nursing, education majors were offered the opportunity to do mock interviews with area principals and district administrators and were invited to attend the Wis. Teacher Interview Day in Madison Apr. 18, students attended the Wisconsin Independent Colleges Career Fair in Milwaukee, many students participated in the internship programs, students surfed the new career search software for information on wages and job specifications, and worked with Tim Walls and Diana Beran in focusing their career interests and preparations.
The accomplishments of the athletic teams received well deserved local press coverage! The men’s and women’s basketball teams were ranked nationally (13th and 21st, respectively), women’s basketball finished with its best season record ever (22-4), men’s basketball and men’s soccer won their conference championships, and athletes honored for their accomplishments in basketball were: seniors Kim Hendricks and Nikki Hall both scored more than 1,000 career points; Kim Hendricks—First Team honors in the Midwest Catholic Conference (MCC), junior Beth Vacek and freshman Heidi Behnke—Second Team honors in the MCC, senior Nikki Hall—Honorable Mention in the MCC, senior Ryan Goodno—Honorable Mention in the All American Team for NAIA Division II along with freshman Mike Brudos for First Team honors in the MCC, and freshman Chad Helle—Honorable Mention in the MCC. Coach Todd Eisner was named MCC Coach of the Year. Hats off to the fifty-eight percent of the Viterbo College athletes who earned a cumulative grade point of 3.0 or better!
As you can see, these services and the many daily tasks completed by the Housing department, Judy Thesing and the RAs focus on the well-rounded development of the students for an enhanced living and learning atmosphere. These services will be expanded next academic year as two of the hall directors will go full-time and the third will be three-quarter time. The Housing offices and some coaches’ offices will be located in Marian Hall South for great ease of access, and a new AODA prevention specialist will be on board to offer programming for healthy alternatives to managing stress, conflict and emotions. As a department, we are here for the students to assist in your development outside of the classroom, and to assist you in meeting your curricular needs. Just stop by the “Little House on the Prairie” at any time to visit, to ask for assistance, or for a quiet place to “crash!” You are always welcome!
* We are in the house on Winnebago St. next to the Campus Church.
V-Hawks: this week’s home schedule
Softball against Mt. Senario: *3 p.m. Thurs. Apr. 16. at Green Island Field.
UW-La Crosse conference to probe alternatives to healing
One out of four Americans seek some form of alternative or complementary therapy. Medical schools are offering opportunities to study alternatives, and health care workers are integrating alternative care with conventional care.
A UW-La Crosse conference will explore the art and science of these therapies. Participants will receive information about acupuncture, homeopathy, osteopathy, art therapy, dance therapy, herbal treatment, and more.
Healing in the 21st Century: Mind, Body, Spirit runs from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sat., May 16 in the UW-L Cartwright Center. Registration is $40. The conference is designed for conventional health care providers, practitioners of complementary and alternative therapies and the general public.
Dr. Adrian Fugh-Berman, who combines herbal, nutritional and conventional therapies in her practice, will give the keynote presentation, Healing in the 21st Century. Author of Alternative Medicine: What Works, a survey of more than 600 clinical trials of complementary medicine, she is researching Chinese herbs, acupressure, point simulation, and an ethnobotanical survey of healers, and writing a reference guide to herbs and dietary supplements.
To register or for more information, contact UW-L Continuing Education and Extension, (608) 785-6531.