A Newsletter for the Viterbo College Community Vol. 11 No. 36 May 11, 1998
Best of luck Arlene Sikorski
The end of a distinguished career
After “surviving” 27 years and three presidents, Arlene Sikorski is announcing her retirement effective May 29. Her tenure has included providing secretarial services to Father J. Thomas Finucan, Robert Gibbons and William Medland. For nearly three decades of faithful service and for, on a daily basis, epitomizing professionalism and discretion, we wish Arlene the best for years of health and happiness as she leaves Viterbo College. No word yet as to whether she plans to publish her memoirs!
Commencement ceremony sets record
A record 270 graduating seniors took part in the Viterbo College commencement ceremony May 10, at the La Crosse Center.
Of the 270 graduates, 204 received their diplomas in May, while 66 are scheduled to receive diplomas in July. All 270 seniors took part in the commencement ceremony.
As part of the ceremony, retiring La Crosse School District Superintendent Richard A. Swantz received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the college in recognition of his selfless work in education. Swantz is retiring after 21 years of service to the La Crosse School District.
A reception followed the commencement in the Viterbo College FAC lobby and courtyard.
Women’s athletic golf scramble
A golf scramble to benefit women’s athletics at Viterbo College has been set for Mon., June 22, at the La Crosse Country Club.
Bobbi Vandenberg, Viterbo College women’s basketball coach, said the event is the first consolidated effort to raise friends and funds for the women’s side of the college’s athletic department.
“We’re hoping to develop some support in the community that we didn’t know existed,” Bobbi said. “This is a good way of bringing people together to talk about our program and we’re very excited about it.”
The 18-hole tournament format will be a four-person shotgun scramble with men’s, women’s and co-ed divisions. Included in the golf and dinner package is 18 holes of golf, dinner and a cash bar, on-course prizes and door prize drawings. Cost of the package is $85 per golfer. Golf begins at 1 p.m, dinner at 7 p.m. A non-golfer package, including dinner, cash bar and door prize drawings is $25 per person.
“This is a new event and a new opportunity for people to invest in women’s athletics at Viterbo,” said Kenna Christians, director of annual giving at Viterbo. “There are a limited number of slots available and we’re expecting those to go pretty fast.”
The Women’s Athletics Benefit Golf Scramble also is providing sponsorship opportunities, including overall event sponsorship, sand trap sponsorships, cart path sponsorships and hole sponsorships.
For more information about the event and opportunities for sponsorship, call the Institutional Advancement office at 796-3070.
From: The Social Committee
To: All Viterbo employees
Re: Year-end picnic
Yacht Club Resort, 5 to 9 p.m., Thurs. May 14. Cost: $5. Please RSVP with food choice, to Marcia at MC front desk by Tues., May 12.
Bits and pieces
Casual Dress Fridays
15 Food Pantry Day
22 La Crosse Friends of International Students
29 Jeans Day: Girl Scouts of the USA Riverland Council AND Gateway Area Council, Boy Scouts
Employee Assistance Center (EAC) is for all Viterbo employees and their families. For more information contact Franciscan-Skemp (608) 791-9530, (800) 493-3960.
For 24 hour Security needs call x3911.
Class cancellations: Teacher class cancellation line: 796-3080 or 796-3190. Students call for class cancellations: 796-3200.
Viterbo student Polly Steffes selected Liberace scholar
Pauline "Polly" Steffes of Trempealeau, a senior at Viterbo College, is the first ever Viterbo student to be selected as a Liberace Scholar, and recipient of a $3,000 scholarship.
Polly is majoring in Vocal and Flute Studies and Pedagogy. She is an honor student and was crowned Miss Oktoberfest, 1997. Polly comes from a musical family; her father, mother, and older sister are music instructors.
In order to qualify as a recipient, the student must be a promising and deserving junior or senior enrolled in a course of study leading to a career in the arts. The purpose of the fund is to provide grants to accredited institutions that offer training in the performing and creative arts to be used exclusively for tuition
According to Myron Martin, executive director of the Liberace Foundation, “Forty of the nation’s premier institutions for the performing and creative arts have been awarded scholarships this year. It is with great pleasure that we continue the Foundation’s mission of helping talented people in the arts study their craft and pursue their dreams.”
“Polly is an outstanding student, talented in both voice and instrumental music, and we are proud of her accomplishments,” said Dan Johnson-Wilmot, chair the music department.
Simply save our earth. Use less wrap in the kitchen. Use reusable containers to store food, rather than foil or plastic wrap. Use unbleached coffee filters. Wipe up spills with rags instead of paper towels.
Workshop for dietitians and food service personnel
Viterbo College will be hosting a workshop titled, “Serving Customers in the New Millennium: Workshops For Dietitians and School Food Service Personnel.” The workshop will explore ways to succeed through attention to the customer, whether the customers are residents, patients, family members, physicians, parents or students.
The morning session will feature Marilyn Hurt, a nationally known expert on school nutrition and the Director of School Food Service for the School District of La Crosse. The afternoon will allow participants to explore their individual interest in the areas of child nutrition, leadership, and specific components of customer service for dieticians and for school food service personnel.
The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Fri., May 15, at Viterbo College. Cost is $75.00, which includes lunch, breaks and materials. The deadline for registration is May 11.
New books in the Library: a selection
At Emerson’s tomb: the politics of classic American literature by John Carlos Rowe. New York: Columbia University Press, 1997. 814.3 R878a.
Cultural diversity and social work practice (2nd ed.) by D. Harrison, B. Thyer and J. Wodarski. Springfield, Illinois: Charles C. Thomas Pub., 1996. 362.84 C968.
Darwin’s athletes: how sport has damaged Black America and preserved the myth of race by John Hoberman. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1997. GV 583 H63.
The great American gun debate: essays on firearms and violence by Don Kates and Gary Kleck. San Francisco: Pacific Research Institute for Public Policy, 1997. 363.33 K19g.
Investigating white-collar crime: embezzlement and financial fraud by Howard E. Williams. Springfield, Illinois: Charles C. Thomas Pub., 1997. 363.25968 W723I.
The liberation of life: from the cell to the community by Charles Birch and John B. Cobb, Jr. Denton, Texas: Environmental Ethics Books, 1990. 179.1 B617L.
Mark Twain: a study in the short fiction (Twayne’s studies in short fiction) by Tom Quirk. New York: Twayne Publishers, 1997. 813.4 C62xQ.
Sentencing matters (Studies in crime and public policy) by Michael Tonry. New York: Oxford University Press, 1996. 345.0772 T666s.
Stage lighting step by step by Graham Walters. Cincinnati: Betterway Books, 1997. PDN 2091 .E4 W35.
This is the place by Peter Rock. New York: Anchor Books, 1997. 813.54 R682t.
The world of Donald Evans by Willy Eisenhart. New York: Abbeville Press, 1994. ND 1839 .E9 E36.
Second annual bicycle/pedestrian fair
Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan “press on” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.
—Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933), 30th U.S. President
To promote the use of non-motorized transportation in the Coulee Region, the 2nd annual Bicycle/ Pedestrian Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sat., May 30 at the UW-La Crosse Campus, Memorial Field Parking Lot.
•Gundersen Lutheran will offer fitness and safety tips from their traveling motor home.
•Local bike stores will offer free bike inspections/tune-ups.
•The La Crosse Police Dept. will register bicycles.
•Representatives from Wis. DNR will sell bike trail passes.
•Two free, guided bicycle rides: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
•Dan Herber will display the new MTU bike racks on buses and people can test the racks out.
• WKBH live broadcasts.
•Bicycle Clowns for the kids.
•La Crosse Bobcats’ van and a portable basketball hoop, giving away prizes and tickets.
•Food tent with local vendors.
•Presentations on touring and commuting experiences, bicycle and pedestrian safety, etc.
Questions or comments, please contact Tracy Zafian, 789-7512; or Ben Schmechpeper, 782-2678.
The Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee thanks all who are participating for their time and effort.
Simply save our earth. Brush up on paint. Use latex instead of oil-based paint, which is made with heavy metals, is toxic and a pollutant. Dispose of excess waste paint properly; oil-based paint should be evaporated outdoors. Don’t wash paintbrushes outside-rinse them in a sink so the waste will go to a treatment facility.
Congratulations and welcome to new Viterbo employee:
Patricia "Trish" Downs, custodian, starts 5/12.
Linda Malick, biology, judged at the Minnesota Academy of Science State Fair on Apr. 18. Ninety-two schools were represented involving junior and senior high school projects.
Chad Hrdina, biology major, and Linda Malick both served as judges at the Gundersen Medical Foundation Math and Science Expo which was held at the La Crosse Center on Apr. 22. The majority of student participants were from grades 6-9.
News you’ll notice
by Mark Franz
As we come to the end of the academic year please be aware of the following campus technology related items. You should also expect further updates throughout the summer.
MC Wiring Update: The crews from Kish Telecomm continue to make progress on the wiring installations in MC. They have reiterated that they intend to meet the completion deadline of May 15. Continue to expect the inconveniences of dust and plaster, but please alert me to any items that adversely affect the operation of your office(s).
Network Components: Now that the wiring of MC is nearing completion, the network hardware will be ordered. By waiting to place the order after May 4, we were able to save several thousand dollars on the cost of the equipment due to a price decrease that went into effect at that time. Most of the equipment will be placed in the wiring closets during June. If a particular area of the network needs to be activated before June, we will install temporary network hubs.
Computer Committee: At the April 30 President's Cabinet meeting, the Computer Committee's recommendations for the allocation of Technology Fees were reviewed and approved. During the week of May 11, I will be contacting all of the individuals/departments who sent in requests to the Finance Committee, to review the status of your request. The Computer Committee received about $500,000 in requests, but only about half of those were able to be funded with new hardware/ software. The committee was also able to address some additional requests through a process of reallocating older technology that will be redeployed from other areas on campus. I will provide a detailed listing of the approved change prior to the fall semester.
You should be aware of a number of other changes that will likely occur:
1. We are planning to convert the Computer Labs to a more advanced operating systems that will allow for student logins, paper printing tracking, use of the more advanced mail features and network storage space for their assignments. We will be moving from Windows 95 to Windows NT. If we experience any major problems with this upgrade we will remain on Windows 95.
2. The current office automation package MS Office will be upgraded throughout the campus during the summer months from MS Office 95 Professional Edition to MS Office 97 Professional edition (MS Office 98 on the MACs).
Training and World Wide Web pages: As you read above, we will be upgrading computer systems throughout campus to MS Office 97 (PC) and MS Office 98 for (MAC) through the course of summer. Although the program is fundamentally the same, there are changes and improvements you will need to be aware of if you are a regular user of the MS Office components. If you would like to get a head start on learning the new features, training will be offered periodically throughout the summer. Check Connections or the Academic Technology Center Web page—www.viterbo.edu/academic/as/ids/ schedule.htm—for date and times.
Faculty who would like to have a presence on the WWW should contact Jeff Nyseth who will be starting a project to get all faculty a web page by fall semester. A short questionnaire will be distributed to interested faculty and a basic web page will be created for them. Faculty then can add to their own pages after receiving some training in the Academic Technology Center. As always, if you are interested in learning to create your own web pages, training is available for you in the Academic Technology Center.
Business Communication… midsize companies, companies with 100 to 1,000 employees, that use these technologies to communicate:
800 number: 75%
Voice mail: 57%
Computer e-mail: 49%
Video conference: 20%
Similar to fashion, exercise also has its trends. Following are the most and least popular forms of exercise, according to data from 1987-1997, compiles by the Sporting Goods Manufacturer’s Association:
Free Weight Training (+75%)
Fitness Walking (+40)
Aerobics classes (-8%)