A Newsletter for the Vol. 11 No. 37
New vice president announced
Viterbo College Community June 1, 1998
Congratulations to Kenna Christians, who effective July 1, will become the Acting Vice President of Institutional Advancement. She replaces Lori Rebhan, who after 20 years at Viterbo, will be moving to Marquette, Michigan, to assume the position of Executive Director of the Foundation at Northern Michigan University.
Kenna is familiar with the Viterbo landscape. She started 11 years ago as Director of Annual Giving and last year was named Director of Development. “I’m delighted to make this announcement. Kenna’s sincerity, hard work and dedication to Viterbo and our mission is very evident. I look forward to working with her on some exciting initiatives in the fundraising area,” said President William Medland.
Appreciation and thanks are due to those who participated in the interview and selection process.
The Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration signalled the beginning of their sesquicentennial year celebration with the lighting of the two domes of St. Rose Convent May 28. The domes, which have mostly remained dark since their construction in 1906, will shine throughout the year-long celebration to mark the congregation’s 150-year heritage and its promise of 150 more.
May 28 is FSPA’s Founders Day. The congregation was founded in Milwaukee as the the Sisters of St. Francis and later moved to Jefferson in 1864, and La Crosse in 1871, shortly after the Diocese of La Crosse was formed. The sisters became known as FSPA after they began the practice of perpetual adoration, or around-the-clock prayer, in 1878. The lit dome of St. Rose Convent’s Perpetual Adoration Chapel serves as a visible reminder that the sisters continue to hold the city and the world in their prayers today.
Viterbo senior recipient of Lands’ End Club scholarship
Derek Jackson of La Crosse, a Viterbo College senior majoring in management, is the recipient of the first Lands’ End 21 Club Scholarship Award, presented annually to one student in each of Wisconsin’s 21 independent colleges.
Jackson will receive a $1,000 scholarship based on his strong leadership and business skills, activities and campus involvement. In addition to meeting academic criteria, each recipient is focusing in one of the following areas of study: Business, Economics, Communications or Computer Science.
Based in Dodgeville, Lands’ End recognizes the need to invest in Wisconsin and in higher education, and has a history of supporting education and the independent colleges in the state. By endorsing a statewide scholarship program, Lands’ End will not only be able to encourage students to build the skills for a successful career and future, but assist with the financial aspects of higher education.
Bits and pieces
June Casual Dress Fridays
5 Spirit Day
12 Employee Day
19 Food Pantry Day
26 Jeans 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.
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.
Arts & Entertainment
It promises to be another season of amazing song, dance and theater as the Viterbo College Bright Star Season brings you renowned acts.
• Canadian Brass (Sept. 20): known worldwide for their excellence in a variety of musical genres.
• Once Upon A Mattress (Oct. 9-11): Susan Rush and the Viterbo College theatre arts and music depts. present the musical comedy based on fairy tales.
•The Milwaukee Ballet (Nov. 5): will present Les Rendezvous, and Carmen.
• Corey Cerovsek, violinist (Nov. 24): a world-class musician.
• Festival of the Carols (Dec. 5-6): the Viterbo College music dept. presents a concert of favorite Christmas carols by Ralph Vaughan Williams.
• Heidi Grant Murphy, soprano, and Les Violins de Roy (Jan. 28): bring together a wonderful soprano vocalist and fifteen musicians that play modern instruments but strive for authenticity in their music.
• Netherlands Symphony Orchestra (March 2): with 85-members, making its North America debut. In existence since 1932, the orchestra has toured Germany, Spain, Austria, Switzerland, Italy and England to rave reviews.
• Irish Rovers (TBA): This seven-member group from Northern Ireland will have you tapping your feet and clapping your hands as they perform Belle Of Belfast City, Wasn’t That A Party, Unicorn.
• Porgy and Bess (March 23): this American classic, which has been touring since 1993, features the beautiful classics of George and Ira Gershwin—Summertime, I Got Plenty of Nuttin’ and It Ain’t Necessarily So.
• Cinderella (April 16-18): the Viterbo College theater arts and music depts. combine to bring this timeless classic to life on the Main Theater stage. Director Susan Rush and musical director Dan Johnson-Wilmot collaborate to bring us Gioachino and Rossini’s opera production of this classic fairy tale.
• Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra ( April 21): in 1990, the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra was founded with a congressional appropriation recognizing jazz as a national treasure. This group has lived up to its billing, getting great reviews. The centerpiece of SJMO is the music of Duke Ellington, who would have been 100 years old in 1999.
• Big Top Chautauqua joins in commemorating Wisconsin’s sesquicentennial (Oct. 28). Twelve years ago, the Big Top Chautauqua was founded in the spirit of the old traveling tent chautauquas that brought culture under the canvas to rural American communities in the pre-radio years of the 20th Century. This great tradition continues as Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua presents its Sesquicentennial Show.
Viterbo College awarded Wisconsin arts board grant
The Viterbo College Fine Arts Department has received a $4,681 Performing Arts Network grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board to be used for costs associated with the college’s Bright Star Season.
Deb Stover, director of Development for the Fine Arts, said the grant helps Viterbo College continue its efforts to bring top-notch, quality entertainment to La Crosse.
“It’s wonderful to receive state money to support arts programming in La Crosse,” Deb said. “The quality of the Bright Star Season impressed the panelists and is the reason we were awarded the grant.”
Women’s athletic golf scramble
The golf scramble to benefit women’s athletics at Viterbo College is set for Mon., June 22, at the La Crosse Country Club.
The event is the first consolidated effort to raise friends and funds for the women’s side of the college’s athletic department.
Cost $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.
For more information about the event and opportunities for sponsorship, call the Institutional Advancement office at 796-3070.
Steve Allen & Jayne Meadows performance cancelled
The postponed performance of the Bright Star Season finale “Love Letters,” starring Steve Allen and Jayne Meadows, has been cancelled, said Robert Flum, Viterbo’s director of fine arts.
For patrons who charged your tickets, a credit should appear on your next statement. If you paid by check or with cash, the Viterbo business office will be sending your refund.
Odds and ends
Age most people stop believing in Santa Claus: 8.
Age most people stop believing in politicians: 7.
If the new American father feels bewildered and even defeated, let him take comfort from the fact that whatever he does in any fathering situation has a 50 percent chance of being right.