A Newsletter for the Viterbo College Community
Press conference today! Plan to attend
Vol. 12 No. 8 October 12, 1998
Today, Monday, Oct. 12, 1:30 p.m. FAC Lobby. A major announcement will be forthcoming regarding a very significant gift to the college from the D.B. and Marjorie Reinhart family foundation.
NCATE visit Oct. 17-21
A team from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) will be on campus from Oct. 17-21 for the five-year renewal visit. Team members are: Gloria Howard (Chair) Education Consultant Providence, R.I.; Mae L. Rodney Director of Library Services Winston-Salem State University Winston-Salem, N.C.; Bonita Wilcox School of Education Duquesne University Pittsburgh, Pa.
In addition to the NCATE Team, the following observers will participate: Gary Hjelm, AFT Representative Chippewa Falls Middle School Chippewa Falls, Robert DeMuth, Wis. Dept. of Public Instruction, Kathryn Lind, Wis.Dept. of Public Instruction.
I want to extend my sincere appreciation to Dr. Grant Smith for the excellence that he brought to the position of NCA Self-Study Coordinator. I also appreciate the active involvement of the college community in the NCA visitation last week. The team appreciated the inclusiveness of both the report and the visit. None of them had ever experienced that before as consultant-evaluators.
Although the evaluation now must proceed through further steps in its process to NCA approval, Viterbo College did extremely well for a small independent institution in these challenging 90’s. We can all be proud of what has been achieved since the last NCA visitation in 1988. Congratulations to one and all!
At the college forum in the recital hall at 3 p.m. on Thurs., Oct. 15, we will review the NCA visit as well as resolutions passed by the Board of Directors today.
Ron Kind to visit Viterbo
—William J. Medland, President
Congressman Ron Kind will be visiting our campus at 3:10 p.m. on Mon. Oct. 19. He will be delivering an address for Keith Knutson’s Wisconsin History class. The entire Viterbo community is invited. The class will meet in the FAC Lobby.
Freshman class profile
You are invited to attend one of two sessions being offered on the results of the College Student Inventory completed by freshmen in Person, College and Community. At each session Wayne Wojciechowski will also share an academic profile of this year’s freshman class. Sessions times:
• Wed., Oct. 14 at 12:10 in MC 402
• Thurs., Oct. 15 at 12:10 in MC 402
Bring your lunch. Questions? Contact Wayne, x3085.
Bits and pieces
Casual Dress Day
Oct. 16 Food Pantry Day,
Island Girl Cruise to enjoy the fall colors, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Thurs., Oct. 15. Complimentary pizza, beer, soda. Cost: $8. Sponsored by the Social Committee.
United Way kickoff Wed., Oct. 21. Watch your mailboxes for more information
The Social Committee will sponsor a bus trip to Mall of America on Sat., Nov. 14, leaving from the FAC at 7 a.m., returning around 9 p.m. Cost: $11 per person. All employees, family, and friends are invited. Watch your mailbox for further details.
Plan for the Holidays: All Viterbo College offices will be closed
Nov. 26 & 27, Dec. 24 & 25, Dec. 31 & Jan 1.
Employee Christmas Party, Fri., Dec. 11. Baus Haus.
Please direct all Campus Phone Directory updates to Marcia at MC front desk.
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.
Teacher class cancellation line: 796-3080 or 796-3190.
Students call for class cancellations: 796-3200.
Polly Steffes, a senior voice, flute and flute pedagogy major, will be featured in the prominent Liberace Foundation newsletter this month. This newsletter is sent to thousands of colleges and universities across the country. Polly, the first Viterbo student to be awarded a Liberace scholarship, is lauded for her academic excellence and her commitment to the arts and serving the community. A sidebar to the article will be anecdotes about how much La Crosse meant to the young Liberace. As a young Wisconsin musician, he often played here—a fun display of those days remains in the window one shop down from the community theatre. Congratulations, Polly!
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.
Notre Dame Glee Club to perform
The University of Notre Dame Glee Club will present a concert of sacred and secular music at 7:30 p.m. on Tues., Oct. 20. The performance will take place in the FAC main theater. The 70-voice all-male chorus continues to celebrate a rich history in its 83rd year as one of the nation’s most renowned choral ensembles. The group, which tours internationally, arrives in La Crosse having performed with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra in Israel two summers ago. The Notre Dame Glee Club is conducted by Daniel C. Stowe, and the program features a cappella (ah cah-Pel-lah) music from the Renaissance and Classical periods, as well as folk songs, African-American spirituals, and of course the famous “Notre Dame Victory March.” Tickets are available at the Viterbo Box Office, at Quillin’s larger stores and at the door.
Arts & Entertainment
Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua pulls up stakes for special sesquicentennial show at Viterbo College. In a major historical musical tribute to Wisconsin’s 150 years of statehood, Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua has taken its show on the road, with a planned stop at Viterbo on Wed., Oct. 28, at 7:30 p.m.
Billed as the “Wisconsin Sesquicentennial Show,” the traveling Big Top Chautauqua musical is a “history quilt” celebrating Wisconsin’s cities and towns, farms and fields, lakes and rivers, and most of all, its people.
With pristine Lake Superior as its backdrop, Big Top Chautauqua’s shows include musicians, magicians, storytellers and sideshow acts. The festival has drawn major performers in the past, including Garrison Keillor, Emmylou Harris, John Hartford, Richie Havens, Taj Mahal, Leon Redbone, violin jazz virtuoso Randy Sabien and poet Robert Bly.
Big top Chautauqua was founded in 1986 in the spirit of the old traveling tent chautauquas that brought culture under canvas to rural American communities in the pre-radio years of the 20th century.
The show will lay out the history of Wisconsin with songs and stories telling in dramatic form of farming, logging, fishing, mining, shipping, town-building, politics, and social life. Historical photographs collected statewide from museums and private collections will illuminate Wisconsin’s story.
Excellent seats are still available for the Oct. 28 show. For ticket information, call the Box Office, x3100.
An exhibit of graphic design by Ab Gratama is now showing in the FAC Third Floor Gallery, through Fri., Oct. 30, at 7 p.m. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and open at arranged times for special groups. Call x3752 to arrange special group visits.
Campus Ministry News
Memorial Mass for Rae McFadden, former faculty member of Viterbo College, at noon on Thurs. Oct. 15 in the College Church.
Agape Fellowship group will have a prayer breakfast at the College Church at 8 a.m. on Wed. Oct. 14.
Soon and Very Soon Freedom Ride for students interested in non-violence awareness training of others as part of the Jan. ’99 Diversity Days. Freedom Ride Nov. 4.-Nov. 8. For more information contact S. Sue Ernster, x3708.
Sunday Mass is at 4 p.m. at the College Church.
The Social Work Club will be selling tacos from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m on Tues., Oct. 13, in Assisi Court. Enjoy yourself and support a good cause while you’re at it.
Flu immunizations for members of the college campus. Fee is $5.
• 10 a.m. to noon, Wed. Oct. 28 in MC conference room,
• Noon to 2 p.m., Wed. Oct. 28 in BNC lobby,
• Noon to 2 p.m. Fri. Oct. 30 in SDC.
The immunizations will be available by Oct. 15 and can also be received in Health Service by appointment if unable to attend one of the clinics. Call Marilyn Jaekel, RN, x3806 before Oct 10 to have one reserved for you .
V-Hawk sports update
by Jerry Smith
Mother Nature raining on V-Hawks’ parade
Mother Nature must be calling in her chip.
That’s the only way I know how to explain this whole Viterbo College Athletic Outdoor Complex debacle.
She must have shined on Viterbo athletics somewhere back in its 26 year history, and now she’s evening the score.
She’s the main reason why the complex’s completion is nearly a year behind schedule. She rained on the completion of the baseball field last spring, and now she’s raining on the men’s and women’s soccer programs’ anticipated switch from the Dairyland Athletic Complex to the new field.
Now, there have probably been other reasons why the complex isn’t finished yet, but they pale in comparison to the soggy fact that weather has played a major role in only two games being played there so far. And that was last spring when the Viterbo men’s baseball team was able to get a doubleheader in on the last weekend of the regular season.
If it wasn’t a grading issue or a construction issue, it was a sodding issue. Just when construction crews would get geared up to resume work, Mother Nature would unleash her fury and make it impossible to even walk on the grounds, let alone drive heavy equipment on them.
That scenario has been playing out the last year and a half. It has been a wet one and that has translated into lost time on the completion of an athletic complex that will most certainly be one of the best in the Midwest. You can already see that in the progress made thus far.
TIAA-CREF information meeting
• Soccer field update: According to Director of Athletics Bruce Erickson, the opening and dedication, will take place Sunday, Oct. 25, when the women’s soccer team hosts UW-Superior.
Let’s cross our fingers.
• V-Hawks at home this week: Women’s volleyball vs. Mount Mercy College in an MCC match at 7 p.m. on Wednesday (Oct. 14).
Think about your future personal and financial needs. The financial decision you make today will affect the lifestyle you can afford in retirement. Planning for retirement need not be difficult. To assist you with these decisions, you are invited to attend the TIAA-CREF open faculty session information meeting at 3:10 p.m. on Tues., Oct. 20 in the library room 135.
If you wish to have a 30-minute, one-on-one counseling session with Edward Stokes, there will be a sign up sheet by the mailboxes. Since these sessions have been in great demand, you must sign up in advance. Feel free to bring your spouse.
Arrange your counseling session before Fri., Oct. 16. Questions, call Marsha Momoi Piehl, x3930.
More from AMPS, MC 301
Test and survey scheduling Optically scanned test forms are available for true/false and multi-choice tests. Forms are available at AMPS. Ask Jan or Deb about the various reports that can be generated. All tests should be scheduled at AMPS, whether you want reports or score only. AMPS also has a program for surveys. Contact Jan or Deb in the planning stage so appropriate forms can be ordered.
If you have any questions about AMPS services, just call x3160 or stop in.
American Heart Walk
Viterbo employees and students participated in the 3 mile walk or the 5 mile run at The American Heart Walk/Run Oct. 3.
Members of the "Viterbo Team" are: Chris Sanger, Andrea Nelson, Brooke Holliday , Marilyn Richmond, Linsie Sanger, Scott Jenks, Phyllis Blackstone, S. Sue Ernster, Nathan Greene, Angie Wendt, Jennifer Beck, Derek Bloom, Barry Fried, Laurie Buckler, Chris Helixon, Tracy Helixon, Amanda Michaud, Wyatt Biel, Kou Vang, Pam Maykut, Tim Walls, Jay McHenry, Paul Mack.
Thank you to those that supported team members in making a donation to them in support of the AHA. Our Viterbo Team raised $500 to support the AHA.
Red Cross blood drive
The Red Cross blood drive will be in the College Church, 10th and Winnebago Sts., from 1:15 to 6 pm. on Wed., Oct. 21.
Appointments are encouraged! Call health services, x3806 or Student Development, x3825.Please support this important cause.
The Admission Office will be hosting the first of three Fall Visit days on Friday, Oct. 30. Preview Days represent one of the most significant dates in the recruitment cycle.
While the majority of the activity is centered around the FAC, prospective students and families will be seen in most areas of campus. To ensure that all departments are indeed prepared, please be advised that campus tours will be given between the hours of 10-11 a.m. Please extend a friendly Viterbo welcome to any visitors you may encounter!
Health Science Center Support Growing
(reprinted from UW-L Campus Connection)
Financial support for the Health Science Center (HSC) is approaching the half way point in the $8 million campaign launched last November.
“We are seeing an increase in the interest and excitement toward the project and this is reflecting in the gifts which are being pledged,” said Linda Hamilton, fund raising coordinator. “Since the mid 90’s the project has been in the planning and designing mode, but with the architectural blue prints transforming into bricks, mortar, concrete and metal, the HSC is becoming a tangible reality.”
The HSC building is at 1300 Badger St. The site has been excavated and the concrete foundation has been poured, prompting increased interest and financial support for the campaign.
Judith Kuipers, President of the La Crosse Medical Health Science Consortium Inc., Board of Directors said, “People have recognized how important this project is to our entire region, and that’s why they are being so generous. The construction of this facility can truly make the difference between having, or not having, adequate healthcare throughout the rural areas that make up a large part of the Tri-state Region. This fund raising effort is critically important to fulfill the Consortium’s mission to address community and regional healthcare needs.”
The total cost of the fully equipped and operational HSC is $27.1 million. Funding for the building comes from three sectors: UW-L is providing $13.7 million; Western Wisconsin Technical College contributed $5.4 million through a referendum and donation of land and equipment; and the remaining $8 million will be raised through the campaign.
The campaign has a local, regional and national focus. Appeals are being made to individuals, businesses, corporations, and foundations. “The Naming Program has sparked a lot of interest in the building,” said Hamilton. “Over 150 rooms have been identified ranging in size from 150 sq. ft. to the entire building, with gift ranges of $25,000 to $5 million.” Rooms can be named to recognize the donor or as a tribute to someone.
The HSC campaign has an equipment list for prospective donors to review. “Equipment is required for every discipline and program throughout the building and donors are impressed that students from the three education partners will be utilizing and training on the same equipment,” said Hamilton.
To make a gift to the HSC campaign, or to learn more about the project, contact the campaign office at 785-8482.
Amusing irrelevant facts
Some toothpastes contain antifreeze.
Sigmund Freud had a morbid fear of ferns.
It's against the law to catch fish with your bare hands in Kansas.