A Newsletter for the Viterbo College Community
Vol. 12 No. 13 November 16, 1998
14 students in Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges
The 1999 edition of Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges will include the names of 14 students from Viterbo College who have been selected as national outstanding leaders.
Campus nominating committees and editors of the annual directory have included the names of these students based on their academic achievement, service to the community, leadership in extracurricular activities and potential for continued success.
They join an elite group of students selected from more than 1,900 institutions of higher learning in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and several foreign nations.
Students named this year from Viterbo College are:
Sara K. Aleckson
Wyatt Kent Biel
Denise Sands Dodson
Melanie Joy Giordana
Renee Charlene Heuss
Sam L. Hinton
Derek P. Jackson
Jody F. Leitz
Sarah Kathleen Nielson
Marilyn J. Pedretti
Matthew William Solverson
Michelle Terese Wolfrom
Jessica Anne Timm
Cambodian poet to retell terror of Cambodian killing fields at Viterbo today
In 1975, U Sam Oeur and his family, along with 2.8 million citizens of Phnom Penh, were driven out of the city by the Khmer Rouge. During the next four years, the family survived life in six different concentration camps.
U Sam Oeur retells the terror of life in Cambodia at the time and the beauty of its culture in Sacred Vows, a collection of poems by U Sam Oeur, translated by Ken McCullough.
Composed of 53 poems, the collection is a retelling of the story of the Cambodian killing fields. It is one of the first English translations of a contemporary Cambodian poet’s work.
What makes the performance even more special is the way the poems are presented. Cambodian poetry traditionally relies on several of 46 rhyme and metric schemes and is chanted. U Sam Oeur uses some of these forms and incorporates in them the myths and prophecies of the Angkor era of the 10th to 14th century common to classical works.
For more information on U Sam Oeur’s visit, contact S. Anita, x3171.
Performance times for U Sam Oeur are:
• 3 to 5 p.m. TODAY, Nov. 16 in the College Church
• 10 to 11:20 a.m. on Tues., Nov. 17, in FAC 221
• 12:10 to 1:30 p.m. on Tues., Nov. 17, in FAC 221
• 7 to 9 p.m. on Tues., Nov. 17, in the College Church
From: Natalie Ingo, Grants Development Director
To: All faculty
Re: Request for Funding Information
I am happy to announce that a Request For Funding Information form has been developed for all faculty to use at Viterbo. This form has been created to make the journey into grant funding easier for you and me. If you have a program/project that you would like to find funding for, please stop by my office, MC 316, or visit your dean or academic dept. to obtain a copy of this form. After filling out, please return the form to me and we can set up a meeting to discuss your grant interest. Thank you and feel free to let me know if you have any questions!
Bits and pieces
Casual Dress Day
Nov. 20, Food Pantry 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. and pick up complimentary recipe ideas: Eat smart Thanksgiving dinner.
Arts & Entertainment
The Viterbo College Theatre Arts Dept. will address nuclear proliferation in its production of End of the World with Symposium to Follow at 7:30 p.m. from Thurs., Nov. 19 through Mon., Nov. 23, in the La Croix Black Box Theatre.
This comic drama, written by Arthur Kopit, author of Wings, deals with the threat of nuclear peril in a very untraditional manner.
Michael Trent is commissioned to write a play about impending doom and finds himself struggling with two very distinct mysteries: to discover the truth behind the nuclear arms build-up and to find out why Phillip Stone believes Michael is the man to write the script.
This production not only promises to keep audience members on their toes as they attempt to solve the mysteries for themselves, but will also keep them laughing right up to the end.
General admission tickets are on sale now at the Box Office, x3100.
I Love a Piano.
Two, top-of-the-line Yamaha vertical pianos have been purchased for the music dept. and for use in the main theatre, the lobby, black box and recital hall. These pianos were purchased with funds raised through the Stars of the Arts campaign for the fine arts. You can admire these new additions to campus at A Ceremony of Carols and lobby party on Dec. 5 & 6. Don't miss it!
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.
Congratulations and welcome to new employee:
Roxie Prenatt, custodian, second shift.
The following English major alumni will be returning to talk with current English majors at 3 p.m. on Nov. 18 in MC 534: Beth Jaekel, Amy McIlmail, Mike Mellick, Matt Wenthe, Brenda Peterson, Stephanie Klitzkie, and Chris Schiffer. A modest party follow in the Business School lounge area outside MC534.
All are welcome. If you have any questions, call Sally Emerson, x3072, or Dick Ruppel, x3484.
After completing one year of the 18 month ADVANCE program, Shannen Hurley was offered a permanent full-time position at Trane Company. She previously worked part-time on a temporary arrangement at Trane. Her new position is in the Aftermarket Division, as a parts support specialist. Shannen's new computer technology skills should assist her in this growing division at Trane. Congratulations, Shannen!
The ADVANCE Program would like to congratulate Cheryl Peters who recently accepted a new position at First Federal in La Crosse. She previously worked in customer service at Degen Berglund and now has a customer service position in the Banking Services Department at First Federal. Congratulations Cheryl, and best of luck in your new role.
Congratulations, your honor. Our students continue to gain acclaim for their good work but current student Diane Carlson earned a very special distinction this recent election day. Diane, an RN student, was elected mayor of Mantorville, Minn., a community 15 miles west of Rochester.
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.
Campus Ministry News
The Social Justice Group at Viterbo encourages students and staff to participate in an act of solidarity by fasting at one meal and a Hunger Banquet in the cafeteria in the Student Union from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on. Nov. 23. A sign up sheet and more information will be available in the cafeteria Tues., Nov. 17 thru Thurs., Nov. 19.
Oxfam America is fighting the basic human right of having enough to eat for everyone. Founded in England in 1942 as the Oxford Committee for Famine Relief, U.S. offices were established in 1970, known as Oxfam America. This non-profit organization believes in supporting the self-help and self-reliance efforts of poor or marginalized communities by providing access to land, water, seed, credit, training and educational materials on poverty and hunger.
Photo shoot reminder
The public relations office has scheduled photo shoots for the following dates and times:
Tues. Nov. 17, 9:30-11 a.m.
Wed. Nov. 18, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Thurs. Nov. 19, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
The photo sessions will be in MC 221, the Conference Room across from the mailboxes. If you received a notice, please attend one of the above scheduled times or call Jerry, x3042 or Susan, x3047 to set up a personal photo shoot.
V-Hawk sports update
by Jerry Smith
Viterbo’s basketball teams off and running
It’s basketball season again and time to get out and support the V-Hawks at the R.W. Beggs, Sr. Gymnasium.
Women’s basketball needs fans. They play at:
• 7 p.m. on Friday (Nov. 20) vs. Northland College and then again
• 7 p.m. Saturday (Nov. 21) vs. UW Oshkosh. Be there!
The men play at:
• 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday (Nov. 17) vs. Pillsbury Baptist Bible College. Although they usually have a good turnout, it wouldn’t hurt to see more fans there. Let’s fill the place up!
Facilitators complete training
Connect program facilitators have completed training and are available to do sessions of prevention activities for campus classes, organizations, and resident halls. Presentations related to alcohol and drug issues, as well as prevention topics such as stress management, alternatives, and assertive communication, can be arranged by calling Anne Ellefson, x3807.
Transcultural Symposium, Nov. 24
The 17th Annual Transcultural Symposium organized by nursing faculty will be held on the morning of Tues., Nov. 24.
Times, presenters,and topics are:
8:30-9:30 a.m. S. Rose Mary Nkfungi, R.N. Nursing in Africa
9:45-10:45 a.m. Carl Bargabos, RN, MSN, Nursing faculty. Health Care in the military with special reference to Bosnia, Somalia and Vietnam.
10:45-11:30 a.m. Pam Boyer, senior nursing major. An experience studying abroad in the United Kingdom.
Sessions will be held in BNC122. All are invited to attend all or part of the symposium. Direct questions to Rose E. Kreutz, x3676.
Thanks for your participation
The campus campaign for United Way has come to a close. Thank you to all employees who have pledged support, either through direct donation or by payroll deduction. Viterbo had 40 percent participation from faculty, administrators and staff this year.
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Outstanding Alumni Awards '99
The Viterbo College Alumni Association recently announced the 1999 Outstanding Alumni Award recipients. They will be honored at a banquet on Friday, Feb. 12, 1999. All are welcome. Contact the Alumni Office, x3072, if you would like to receive an invitation.
Young Alumni Award: Mike Peplinski '96
Service to the College: Michelle Lamb-Vosen '80
Professional Development: Theresa (Horihan) Richards '73.
If you would like to rent faculty regalia for the December graduation, please order from Tim at the bookstore, x3848, no later than Mon. Nov. 30.
In-house mail envelopes
Please bring your extra in-house mail envelopes to the Copy Center so they can be re-used. Keep the in-house envelopes circulating!
News you’ll notice
by Kenna Christians
The three weeks of calling for the alumni phonathon is completed.
Thanks to Chris Helixon and his excellent staff of callers, the number of alumni pledges increased by over 9%. The parent phonathon will take place in February.
We received confirmation last week that Viterbo College will receive $25,000 to fund the Dr. Scholl Scholarship for 1999-2000. For the past 13 years, Viterbo has awarded this four year, full tuition scholarship to a talented student pursing a career in a health related field. Last year 26 of approximately 70 applicants were invited to compete for this prestigious award.
• From the Alumni Office Tom Knothe '86 presented a question and answer session on Nov. 11, to students interested in careers in the legal profession. Seventeen people attended.
• Sigma Pi Delta students presented a seminar on developing and evaluating student organization hand books at the State Student Alumni Association convention in Eau Claire last weekend.
• The alumni children's Christmas party will be held from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Sat., Dec. 5 in the FAC Lobby.
Record number of students compete at auditions
The highest number of singers in the history of the Wisconsin Chapter National Association of Teachers of Singing(NATS) competed at student auditions held at Viterbo College Nov. 6 & 7. Three-hundred-forty three singers were registered to compete.
The annual auditions are held at various Wisconsin campuses; about once every seven years at Viterbo. Students perform for three judges and receive written critiques of their performance.
Viterbo finalists in each category were:
Division Singer Place Teacher
I-C Special Competitive Melody Voskuil 2nd Jerry Benser
Hans Laping finalist Jerry Benser
II-A Freshman Women Sarah Goldstein finalist Dan Johnson-Wilmot
Jillian Palmer finalist Jean Saladino
II-C Sophomore Women Kathryn Williams finalist Diane Foust
III-B Junior Men Andrew Kaiser finalist Diane Foust
III-C Senior Women Jodi Bodenberger 2nd Dan Johnson-Wilmot
III-D Senior Men Bryan Buser 1st Dan Johnson-Wilmot
III-E Continuing SeniorWomen Nicole Wightman 2nd Dan Johnson-Wilmot
III-F Continuing Senior Men Kevin Burch 1st Dan Johnson-Wilmot
Christopher Sepersky 2nd Dan Johnson-Wilmot
V-C Upper College Andreea Parsons 1st Diane Foust
Music Theatre Christopher Karbo 2nd Jerry Benser
It is not what comes into a man’s hands that enriches him, but what he saves from slipping through them.
—H. F. Kletzing
Buried seeds may grow, but buried talents never.
A toothpick is the object most often choked on by Americans.
Good time for law school
The number of applications to the nation's law schools has dropped 27 percent since 1991, while the number of available slots has remained the same, meaning that getting in to law school is easier. The Association of American Law Schools says students are deciding that law school isn't worth the time and money. The healthy economy is allowing students to find good jobs right out of college, and students are graduating with more loan debt than ever before, making them reluctant to take out additional loans for law school.