A Newsletter for the Viterbo College Community
Vol. 12 No. 20 January 25, 1999
Retelling the stories of Vietnam
In addition to the opportunities publicized in the brochure, the following "Teach-In" options are available to interested participants:
Tuesday, Feb. 2
8:30-9:15 a.m. MC 230 Public Policy and the Vietnam War
11-11:50 a.m. BNC 211 Moral Dilemmas in the Vietnam War
Wednesday, Feb. 3
Michael Cullen of "Milwaukee 13"
8-9 a.m. MC 417 A Non-violent Response to War
9-10 a.m. MC 417 REPEAT
1-2 p.m. MC 557 Mexico 1968: Noche de Tlateloco (Student Massacre, Mexico City)
3:10-4:30 p.m. MC 502 Vietnam in the Cold War Context
Thursday, Feb. 4
8:30-9:50 a.m. MC 230 U.S. Policy and the Vietnam War
The movies Apocalypse Now, facilitated by Dick Ruppel, English, and Platoon, facilitated by Lyon Evans, English, will be shown Tues. and Thurs. evenings, Feb. 9 and 11. Time and place will be announced next week.
Contact the Alumni Office x3072 to register for any of these events.
Friday, February 12
Outstanding Alumni Awards,
6 p.m. Social
6:45 p.m. Dinner 1999 Recipients:
Young Alumni Michael Peplinski ’96
Service to the College Michelle
Professional Development Theresa
(Horihan) Richards ’73
Saturday, February 13
8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast, FAC
9 a.m. Annual Alumni Association
Meeting, FAC Hospitality Suite
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bookstore Open,
11 a.m. Athletic Wall of Fame, SAC Lobby 1999 Recipients:
Tiffany Orwan '91, Wayne Wagner '92, John Mazzola '91
1 p.m. Alumni Game, SAC
2:30 p.m. Alumni Social, Recovery Room, 901 S. 7th St.
2:30 to 11 p.m. Caricaturist on duty
V-Hawk Basketball vs. Grand View College, SAC
4 p.m. Women’s Game
6 p.m. Men’s Game
8:30 p.m. School of Business Reunion, Marian Hall Dining Room
This is a first for the School of Business and you won’t want to miss it! Music, food, and a toast and roast to long-time professor, Marv Friedewald. Everyone is welcome.
From: Dr. Medland
To: All faculty, staff and administration
Re: Award nominations
The nomination forms for the Fr. J. Thomas Finucan Award and the S. Helen Elsbernd Award can be found with Connections in your mailbox today. Take a moment to consider recognizing a peer by nominating that individual for one of these awards. As a community, we have many excellent and dedicated faculty, staff and administrators and at the Honors Convocation we have the opportunity to individually and collectively recognize this good work.
Bits and pieces
Casual Dress Day Fri. Jan 29 Jeans Day: Proceeds go to WAFER—Emergency Food Pantry and Hunger Task Force of the La Crosse Area operates the community garden. The garden raised over 5,000 pounds in 1998 and provides awareness for the hungry.
Class cancellations: Teacher class cancellation line: 796-3080 or 796-3190. Students call for class cancellations: 796-3200
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.
Connections is published each Monday by the Public Relations office. Copy deadline is noon Thursday. Send your announcements via campus mail to the public relations office, MC22, E-mail sakluess@mail. viterbo.edu. An edited version of each issue of Connections can be found on the Web at www.viterbo.edu at "Campus News."
A copy of Connections is placed in each employee’s mailbox.
Vietnam War subject of Viterbo symposium Feb. 2-4
Robert Froehlke, former Secretary of Army among speakers
The Vietnam War has been over for decades, but the painful memories of that conflict continue to linger.
The effect of the war on the individual and collective life of Americans and allies will be recounted in a highly personal fashion in a symposium, "Retelling the Stories of Vietnam."
Robert Froehlke, the U.S. Secretary of the Army during the first term of the Nixon Administration, will be on campus Tues. evening, Feb. 2 to share his observations on Vietnam. Froehlke, who was brought to Washington by then Secretary of Defense Melvin Laird, is able to offer the political story of the ongoing conflict and efforts to wind the war down.
Other participants include Ron Schafer, psychology; Randy Ebert, author of "A Life in a Year"; Michael Smuksta, history; Deacon Michael Cullen, a member of the Milwaukee 13, who will discuss nonviolent resistance.
On Wed., a panel, "The Hmong Experience of Vietnam" is planned. The 7 p.m. program will be coordinated by Thai Vue of the Hmong Mutual Assistance Agency."
On Thurs., the stories continue on an even more personal note. A dramatic reading from A Piece of My Heart, recounting the lives of nurses and Red Cross workers in Vietnam, will be presented in the afternoon.
The symposium concludes with evening musical performances by Twin Cities artists Larry Long, a conscientious objector and Jerry Rowe, a marine veteran. Personal stories will also be shared including: Molly Reese, who developed a reading from her father’s letters from home during the war; Jim Birnbaum, conscientious objector, now a La Crosse attorney; Robert Richgels, history, a student at UW-Madison during the war; Carl Bargabos, and S. Josephine Bryan SP, a medic and nurse respectively who were both stationed in the conflict; and Vietnam veteran Bill Reese, religious studies.
Look for a complete brochure with more specific times and locations in your mailbox.
The symposium is sponsored by the Viterbo College School of Letters and Science, the Student Activities Board and the department of Global Education.
Arts & Entertainment
Drawings and paintings by Douglas Eckheart will be on exhibit from Wed., Jan. 27 through Fri. Feb. 26 in the Viterbo College Gallery, FAC third floor. An artist reception will take place at 7 p.m. with a gallery talk at 7:30 p.m., Wed. Jan. 27.
For more information on the reception or exhibit, call Ed Rushton, x3752.
The Viterbo College Library Gallery will be exhibiting the work of John Swartwout, Viterbo College Alum.
Heidi Grant Murphy, Les Violons du Roy appearing at 7:30 p.m. on Jan 28 in the FAC Main Theatre as part of Bright Star Season. A shimmering soprano with an enchanting stage presence, Heidi Grant Murphy is one of the outstanding vocal talents of her generation.
For ticket information, call Box Office at x3100.
Lyon Evans, English, presented a paper, "Mordant to the Last: Ironic Naming in Billy Budd at the Modern Language Association Convention in San Francisco on Dec. 27.
There’s still time to sign up for Yoga and Jazzercise aerobics. Classes for Jazzercise start today, Jan 25, and Wed. Jan 27 for Yoga. There’s still plenty of room in both classes.
Sign up today!
Campus Ministry news
by Father Tom O’Neill
Applications for the Service Trips during Spring Break will be available Wed., Jan. 27 from Fr. Tom, Sr. Sue or Earl.
Calendar of Events:
Taize Prayer: Every Wed. (when College is in session) at 10 p.m.
College Church Bible Study: Mon., 7 pm College Church; Fri., 12:30 p.m. Student Union
St Francis Choir: Sunday, rehearsal 10 a.m. College Church. The choir is open to any Viterbo College community member.
Please remember the mother of Julie Larson and the grandmother of Jaime Chavallo who died last week. May they rest in peace.
Anyone wishing to become a member of the Catholic Church or to be confirmed as a Catholic is invited to join the preparation process this Sunday, 10 a.m. in the College Church. Any questions about this process may be directed to one of the Campus Ministers.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration at UW-L
Dr. Howard Fuller, Ph.D. will present "The Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. As It Applies Today," at 7 p.m., Jan. 27, in Valhalla, Cartwright Center.
Dr. Fuller’s career includes many years in both public service positions and the field of education. Dr. Fuller is a Distinguished Professor of Education and Director of the Transformation of Learning at Marquette University.
In addition to Dr. Fuller’s keynote address, there will be events throughout the day in Valhalla. Call Mailee Kue at 785-8887 or Jamie Murphy at 785-8870 for more information.
V-Hawk sports update
by Jerry Smith
Letter source of inspiration for V-Hawks
Webster’s New World Dictionary says to inspire is "to cause, guide, communicate, or motivate as by divine or supernatural influence."
Now, I don’t know much about divine intervention or the supernatural, but I do know this: inspiration is a powerful thing.
I was able to witness this phenomenon close up last week as the Viterbo men’s basketball team, which is trying to find its identity in a disappointing season, gave a truly inspired performance in a 74-64 win over Midwest Classic Conference rival St. Ambrose University.
The force behind this inspired performance came from a letter I received just a few days prior, and later, from a pre-game talk from assistant coach Barry Fried.
The letter was from a former La Crosse resident who moved her family to Detroit a couple of years ago and was dealt a blow when her 10-year-old son, a crossing guard at a Detroit area school, was a victim of a hit-and-run driver.
While we aren’t really sure about the extent of this young boy’s injuries, we do know he was hospitalized for a period of time.
The letter went on to say that the boy has been a big V-Hawks basketball fan his entire life and that he still tells his friends about how good Viterbo is and how much he enjoyed going to all the games. His mother said the young lad has even gone as far as saying the V-Hawks could beat all of the Michigan schools with ease.
The letter ended with a simple request: Could the members of the men’s basketball team send him an autographed basketball to aide in his recovery.
Count on it!
In the days following the big win, I found out that Barry Fried’s pre-game talk, coupled with the serious nature of the letter, were the forces behind the V-Hawks’ inspired performance.
For all the cynics out there, this seemingly proves two things: Inspiration is truly a powerful thing, and, college athletes do occasionally show some compassion.
Applications for second semester Connect Program training are available from the Student Development Center. Students interested in planning and delivering health promotion campaigns, particularly related to alcohol and other drug prevention, may stop by the SDC or call x3807 to obtain an application. The initial training is scheduled from 6-9 p.m. on Thursdays, Feb. 4 & 11.
Impeachment forum sponsored by Faculty Development Committee
At 3:10 p.m. on Tues. Jan. 26, the Faculty Development Committee is sponsoring a forum on impeachment. This will be held in the College Church. There will be three 10 minute presentations from Keith Knutson, Mike Smuksta, and Mort Morthouse. The remaining 20 minutes will be for discussion.
United Way awards Viterbo
Congratulations Viterbo for your generosity: The college received two awards from the United Way this year. A Bronze Award given to organizations which provide one of the following: $25-49 per capita, 50-64% participation or an average gift of $50-74 dollars. We also received the Progress Award because our giving increased by at least 25% or more.
New books in the library
Many books in the areas of programming and business have just been added to our collection. They can be found on the New Books Shelf near the Reference Desk in the Library.
• Concepts of Object-Oriented Programming by David Smith (QA76.64 S55 1991) introduces object-oriented programming using the Smalltalk language. It is not an introduction-to-programming book but rather for anyone who wants to understand the key concepts of object-oriented programming.
• C+C++ Programming With Objects In C And C++ by Allen Holub (QA76.76 C23 H65 1992) is a programming book for professional-level programmers who know C thoroughly and who have a good working knowledge of basic data structures like trees and linked lists.
News you’ll notice
by S. Jean Moore
Welcome back! I hope everyone had a nice holiday break with some well-deserved rest and relaxation and that the new semester brings lots of hope and high expectation to your academic lives. On behalf of the Student Development Staff, we look forward to the semester with great expectations.
Returning to school for the second semester can call for a mixed bag of feelings. You may be glad to be back to the books after working that factory or wait-staff job non-stop. Or, the time home with family and friends was way too much fun and the thought of hitting the books again not as exciting. Perhaps the winter doldrums have hit and "Spring" semester means that Spring can’t get here soon enough!
Whatever the feeling is for you, don’t forget to take care of yourself and manage your stress in healthy ways before it gets the best of you. To help with feelings of "cabin fever," "senior-itis, "seasonal affective disorder" (SAD), or just boredom, I’d like to offer you a few activities that are planned for this semester and some ideas for activities you can plan.
The CONNECT program is offering two training workshops in Feb. Invite a friend and yourself to the Introductory Training Program from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thurs., Feb. 4 & 11 in the SDC. Applications are available from Judy, the receptionist. Anne Ellefson says there will be some activities to mark "Alcohol Awareness Week" in April. And don’t forget the CONNECT Coffeehouse every Thurs. from 8-10 p.m in the Student Union. Come on over and warm up with a cup of java.
Luis Holguin has developed a new Intramural Sports and Recreational Services Program and Handbook. If you didn’t receive a handbook, copies are available in the Union and the SAC. Team sign-ups are this week for basketball, volleyball, badminton and racquetball. There are opportunities for step aerobics and aerobics, open gym, fitness, bowling, skating, and club sports. For more sedate winter activities, get together for board games, and card games. Talk to Luis about getting a euchre club together. We have contracted with Franciscan Skemp Healthcare to lease their PAC Gym—the Professional Arts Center Gym, located on 10th and Ferry St. (2 blocks from the Union).
Mark your calendars for Feb. 12 and 13! On Fri. evening, the college will honor outstanding alumni at the Alumni Banquet. On Sat. at 11 a.m. in the SAC, the Athletic Dept. will conduct its Wall of Fame Ceremony to honor the outstanding accomplishments of its alumni athletes. The event is open to the public and all are welcome. That evening is the Homecoming dance. Watch for the SAB signs for more details!
Check out the SAB webpage for activities. RAs and RSB will be hosting activities for residents. Local motels offer access to their swimming pool for a minimal fee (e.g. Days Inn and Bluff View). Try hiking or cross-country skiing at Hixon Forest, Forest Hills Country Club, Whitetail Ridge Ski Area of Ft. McCoy (608-388-4498) and Norskadalen, down-hill skiing at Mt. LaCrosse and Whitetail Ridge, roller skating at High Roller Skate Center, ice skating at Powell Park on West and Jackson Sts. (outdoor) or Green Island Ice Arena (indoor). If you are into scrapbooks and photo albums, try Creatve Memories—a creative way to put together your photos and college memories (see me for details; x3801), movies at the Rivoli, volunteering at Place of Grace, Salvation Army and local nursing homes, and supporting your V-Hawk basketball teams in our very own SAC!
There’s lots to do in the La Crosse area on and off campus; so grab a friend or two or three and make some good ol’ fashioned healthy fun for yourselves. And at the same time, create some wonderful college memories! Remember, in all things, be WISE and be SAFE—we value you here at Viterbo!
Did you know…
The average office chair with wheels travels eight miles in one year.