A Newsletter for the Viterbo College Community
Vol. 12 No. 12 November 9, 1998
Viterbo is ready to take the next step in initiating the MTU Works program with an information session at noon on Wed., Nov. 11 in the Robers Conference room of the Todd Wehr Memorial Library. An MTU official will be available to answer your scheduling questions.
You may recall from the survey last month, we need a minimum of 10 people to commit to the program for six months at a cost of $8 per month.
We will be asking you to be ready to make a commitment by Nov. 13, so that we can have the program in effect beginning Dec. 1 and running through May. If you are interested in MTU Works but cannot attend the meeting, there are bus schedules available for you to look at in the Public Relations office (MC 228), and Loretta Waughtal can answer your questions about the program.
All students with an interest in attending law school are invited to Pre-Law Night from 7-8:30 p.m. on Wed. Nov. 11 in the FAC Hospitality Suite. Tom Knothe, an ’86 Viterbo alumnus and a La Crosse lawyer will be present to share his insights and career experiences. Please forward any questions to Wayne Wojciechowski, x3085 or Sally Emerson, x3072.
Connect cookie cutter sale
The Connect Program Christmas cookie cutter sale is under way. Students will be selling the cutters from noon to 5 p.m., Thurs., Nov. 19 in MC lobby. Cost of one cutter and recipe card is $1; three designs are available. A set would make a great holiday gift.
Sale proceeds will fund alcohol and other drug prevention activities on campus. Students planning and conducting those activities will be at the booth. Stop and say “hi,” share your suggestion for programming, and buy a cookie cutter.
Upcoming alumni events:
• Alumni Cup Game,Mon., Nov. 30: V-Hawks vs. UW-La Crosse Eagles. Men play at 6 p.m., Women play at 8 at the La Crosse Center. Passes will not be accepted. Tickets are available at the La Crosse Center only.
• Alumni Children's Christmas Party 1:30 to 3 p.m. Sat., Dec. 5 FAC. Viterbo employees and their families are welcome to attend.The party will feature Christmas carols by the 9th St. Singers, Santa, cariacaturist ($2 per drawing), games, and goodies. RSVP by Nov. 30 to the Alumni Office x3071
• Mark your calendar for Homecoming '99, Fri., & Sat., Feb.12-13.
Friday: All Alumni Banquet & Outstanding Alumni Awards Ceremony.
Saturday: Annual Alumni Board Meeting, Wall of Fame, Alumni Game, Reception at the Recovery Room, Women and Men's Basketball Games, School of Business Reunion.
Bits and pieces
Casual Dress Day
Nov. 13, Employee Day
Local food pantries need help! Bring non-perishable food items to MC front desk, along with your $1 on each casual dress day in Nov.
Your continuing support for Casual Dress Days is appreciated. Each week the designated charity changes. As part of this rotation, “Jeans Day” proceeds go to charities designated by the La Crosse Tribune. Donations are employee driven and the name of the specified charity for the week will be posted at MC front desk.
Student/Staff telephone directories should arrive in about two weeks. This is later than anticipated; the delay is beyond Viterbo’s control. Thank you for your patience. Hopefully the directory will be worth the wait.
Employee Assistance Center (EAC) is for all Viterbo employees and their families. For more information contact Franciscan-Skemp (608) 791-9530, (800) 493-3960.
24 hour Security: call x3911.
Class cancellations: Teacher class cancellation line: 796-3080 or 796-3190. Students call for class cancellations: 796-3200.
Arts & Entertainment
Prodigious Canadian violinist Corey Cerovsek to hold violin master class Nov. 23. Canadian virtuoso Corey Cerovsek’s passion is playing the violin, as he has demonstrated so often with over a dozen years of performing on the world’s classical music stages.
At the age of 9, he had mastered his instrument, winning the grand prize over 3,000 other musicians in the Canadian Music Competition.
By age 12, Cerovsek graduated from the Univ. of Toronto’s Royal Conservatory of Music with a gold medal for the highest mark in strings.
Now at the age of 25, Cerovsek is a knowledgeable violinist and has matured into a musician known for his dramatic performances, clear sound and stylistic flexibility.
Cerovsek, who has been compared to Mozart and Mendelssohn, would like to share some of his knowledge at a violin master class from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Mon., Nov. 23, in the FAC Main Theatre Lobby. Admission is free.
For more information on the master class call Michael Ranscht, x3737.
At 7:30 p.m. the following night, Nov. 24, Cerovsek will perform with his sister, Katya, in the FAC Main Theatre as part of the Viterbo Bright Star Season.
For performance ticket information, call the Box Office at x3100.
Auditions for Beauty Lou and the Country Beast are set for 4 to 6 p.m. on Mon., Nov. 16 in the FAC Main Theatre. Students ages K through 12 are encouraged to audition. For more information, call the Fine Arts Dept., x3737.
Artwork by the Viterbo art department faculty Diane Crane, Tim Crane, Peter Fletcher, Ed Rushton, and Lisa Schoenfielder will be exhibited in the FAC Third Floor Gallery through Dec. 9. Gallery hours are weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and at other times by arrangement. Questions? Contact Ed Rushton, x3752.
Alumni are busy returning to campus and working with current students and faculty.
An English Symposium will be held on Nov. 18. Alumni scheduled to return to talk with current students include Michael Mellick '94, Stephanie Klitzkie '93, Christina Schiffer '95, Beth (Dombroski) Jaekel '93, and Brenda (Peterson) Haight '94. For more information contact Dick Ruppel, x3484.
On Oct. 14, a panel of alumni in the medical field, Dr. Joan Gennrich '60, Gerlyn Heil Brasic '93, Dr. Joseph Kotnour '75, Dr. Dan Iverson '91, Dr. Peter Kish '78, and Amanda Sprehn '98, shared their career development with pre-professional students.
Senator Brian Rude to visit Viterbo
State Senator Brian Rude will address the Wisconsin History class at 7:10 p.m. on Tues., Nov. 10. in the College Church. He will give a brief history of Wisconsin’s legislature and field questions.
President’s Winter Social, Dec. 4
All donors who contribute $200 or more a year to the College are invited to the President’s Winter Social. Employees who will contribute at this level through payroll deduction by the end of the fiscal year should receive an invitation. Please call Chris Sanger, x3070, if you are giving at this level and don’t receive an invitation.
Mall of America, or bust!
Noon today, Mon. Nov. 9, is the deadline to sign up for the Bus Trip to Mall of America, Sat. Nov. 14. Cost: $11. See Marcia at MC Front Desk for details.
Campus Ministry News
Come One, Come All: Bill Reese will be leading mid-week evening devotions from 6 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays in the College Church when classes are in sessions. Please bring a friend.
Tues. Nov. 10, Mass at Noon;
Bible Study at 7 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 11, Communion Service at
noon; TAIZE at 10 p.m.
Thurs., Nov. 12, Mass at noon
Fri. Nov. 13, Bible Study at 12:30 p.m.
Sunday Mass is at 4 p.m. at the College Church.
Preview Day, Sat. Nov. 14
A reminder and special “Thanks” to everyone who helped make the first Campus Preview Day a huge success! Over 50 students attended the Oct. 30 visit. We are anticipating another large crowd for this Sat., Nov. 14 Preview Day. The Admission Office appreciates your support!
Author Amy Tan to speak at UW-L
Author Amy Tan will speak at 7:30 p.m. Wed., Nov. 18, at the Recreational Eagle Center, UW-L, as part of the Distinguished Lecture Series.
Tan is most known for her book, The Joy Luck Club, which won The National Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Award in 1989, and was developed into a major motion picture.
Admission is $10 for the general public, $8 for faculty, staff, alumni, senior citizens, and those 18 and under; and $5 for UW-L students. Tickets are available at the Cartwright Center Ticket Office or by calling 785-8898.
Academic Technology Center offers classes*
Tues. Nov. 10 Network Orientation 2-3 p.m.
Wed. Nov. 11 Using Netscape Mail 11a.m.-12noon
Thurs. Nov. 12 WWW Development 10-11:30 a.m.
Using Netscape Mail 2-3 p.m.
Fri. Nov. 13 WWW Development 9-10:30 a.m.
Register for classes in advance by calling Jeff Nyseth, x3285, or e-mail him at jcnyseth.
Network Orientation: will teach you how to set up your computer so that you can share files and folders with others in your office or across campus.
Using Netscape Mail: familiarize you with e-mail interface through Netscape Communicator, different than I-mail system the students use. You must be on the network to effectively use this system.
WWW Development will teach you the basics to create or edit your WWW pages using Netscape Communicator for your class or office.
Jeff will be happy to help with any special training needs you may have.
* All classes are held in MC 202.
About those Viterbo College students
Everyone has an opinion regarding the way people think, how they think and what they determine to be important. From the kind of shampoo we use to the number of pets we have in our home, every available bit of information obtainable is secured, analyzed, fed into a data bank, further analyzed and categorized for the marketeers.
Many of us want to know just what makes our students “tick,” their priorities, and how can we ultimately contribute to their success?
Wayne Wojciechowski has reams of data and good information critical to our retention efforts. Public Relations and Marketing also collects information which is factored into recruiting strategies for publications and promotion. Deb Murray and the students participating in the course Person, College, Community are also subjects of thought-provoking surveys.
A September survey of 325 “traditional” age Viterbo freshman reveals the following about the class of 2002:
Gender: Women 70% Men 30%
Religion: Catholic 46% Lutheran 20% Other 32%
Major concern in selecting a college: Major 54% Cost 35% Campus size 5% Location 6%
Parents marital status: Married 77% Divorced 20% Other 3%
Average Student GPA: 3.13
Five most popular fields of interest based on major:
4. Business programs
5. Criminal Justice
John Hempstead begins part time sabbatical
This month John Hempstead begins a part time sabbatical. John will continue to work in the library Mon.—Wed. On Thurs. & Fri., he will work on an “Isis Project” in collaboration with his wife, Marilyn. Isis, the Egyptian, Greek and Roman goddess, is one of the most enduring divinities to represent loyal spousal partnership, sisterhood and motherhood for the cultures that worshiped her. Some of Isis’ qualities may have arisen from maternal figures of pre-literate cultures. Art in use today shows Madonna and Child with a strong resemblance to Isis and Horus art in use for thousands of years.
Several people have shared their readings about the role of Isis in early cultures. John would like to learn of other scholarship in the area. Look for a progress report, including the Isis stories rewritten in English, by June 1999 on an “Isis Project” web site.
New books in the Library: a selection
Note: New books are now being catalogued in LC classification. After they leave the “New Books” shelves, they can be found on the lower level of the library.
As we are now: mixblood essays on race and identity. William Penn, ed. Univ. of California Press, 1998. E 99 .M693 A8 1998.
Cambridge companion to the Bible. Howard Clark Kee et al. Cambridge Univ. Press, 1997. REF BS 375.2 .C35 1997.
Change at work. Peter Cappelli et al. Oxford Univ. Press, 1997. HD 58.8 .C37 1997.
Dun & Bradstreet's guide to doing business around the world. Terri Morrison et al. Prentice Hall, 1997. HF 1416 .M77 1997.
Eudora Welty: a study of the short fiction (Twayne's Studies in Short Fiction). Carol Ann Johnston. Twayne Publishers, 1997. PSS 3545 .E6 Z646 1997.
First generations: women in colonial America. Carol Berkin. Hill and Wang, 1996. HQ 1416 .B47 1996.
Getting beyond sobriety: clinical approaches to long-term recovery. Michael Clemmens. Jossey-Bass, 1997. RC 564 .C54 1997.
Renaissance music: music in Western Europe, 1400-1600 (The Norton Introduction to Music History). Allan W. Atlas. W. W. Norton,1998. ML 172 .A85 1998.
The theory and practice of grading writing: problems and possibilities. Frances Zak and Christopher Weaver, eds. State Univ. of New York Press, 1998. PE 1404 .T44 1998.
Toward healthy aging: human needs and nursing response, 5th ed. Priscilla Ebersole and Patricia Hess. Mosby, 1998. RC 954 .E24 1998.
News you’ll notice
by Jack Havertape
Thank you, God! This month marks a return to some approximation of normalcy. October was just a little stressful for everyone, but probably particularly so for the academic areas. We started the month with the NCA visit, followed by a Board meeting week, and moved right on to an accreditation visit by NCATE, the accrediting agency for teacher education. All of these turned out very well. The NCA team is recommending reaccreditation for 10 years with no reports or visits. The Board of Directors’ meeting went fine, and the NCATE team found everything in good order. They are reporting steady improvement over the past five years, high quality programs and excellent faculty, and the program grounded in a sound philosophical model.
Congratulations and thanks to all who worked with the NCA visitors and answered their many questions. You all did well. I told Grant that in my desire to put NCA behind us, and because I was getting tired of the kudos, that I would not thank him again. So I won't. But he did do a great job, didn't he? Thanks and congratulations to Sue and the Education faculty for their hard work and preparation for the visit. Thanks also to the members of the Teacher Education Committee and faculty who met with the NCATE visitors. Viterbo is successful because of the quality of its personnel and their good work and commitment. So thank you, everyone. I just glanced at the minutes from the Music Department and guess what's on the agenda? You bet, another accreditation visit. We always know we should do well in these visits, but we get stressed anyway.
I will give you a quick report on FTE (full-time equivalent) faculty/student ratios for this fall. The number of FTE students for 1998 is 1,413.6 versus 1,414.1 for 1997. FTE teaching faculty is 80 versus 76.33 for last year and the ratio of FTE faculty to students is 1 to 14.9 this year versus 1 to 15.2 for last year. The average class size remains at 21. These numbers reflect the efforts made to meet the Board of Directors’ goals of 1 to 15. Thank you to all faculty who cooperated with me in meeting this goal. The range of class sizes remains unchanged from last year.
1 to 5 5%
6 to 10 17%
11 to 15 15%
16 to 20 16%
21 to 25 19%
26 to 30 10%
31 to 35 8 %
35 to 40 6 %
40 + 4%
This year seems to be going very smoothly or I'm too busy to notice the problems. I sense all the faculty and academic support people are busy as well.
I want to congratulate the faculty who were awarded tenure by the Board of Directors at its October meeting. Those faculty are: Grant Smith, Susan Frauenkron, Delayne Vogel, Pat Wessels, Sister Kathleen Kenkel, John Nebeck, and Jim Rogers. These are indeed terrific people we want to stay with the college.
I want to take this late opportunity to welcome Mary Hassinger as Dean of Letters and Science, who has already learned a tremendous amount about the school. I know she will serve the Letters and Science faculty very well. Welcome also to Diane Foust to her role as faculty development coordinator.
If people knew how hard I have to work to gain my mastery it wouldn’t seem wonderful at all.
By accepting you as you are, I do not necessarily abandon all hope of your improving.