A Newsletter for the Viterbo College Community
Vol. 12 No 30 April 5, 1999
Thanks to all Viterbo faculty and staff for your generous contributions to the Francis Clare Library Endowment fund. With your help over 90% of our initial goal of $44,000 has been raised, $1000 for each of the 44 years that Sister Frances Claire Mezera has served the library.
The Francis Clare Library Endowment honors the service of all Franciscan sisters who have expressed their faith through library service. Sister Frances Claire reluctantly agreed to serve as poster child for the plaque to be dedicated.
Members of the Viterbo Community are invited to attend the dedication at 3 p.m., on Wed., April 7, in the library gallery.
The VEHIP (Viterbo Employees Health Improvement Program)/Wellness Committee wants to thank all those who took part in the offerings of the second annual Wellness Week held March 1-5.
Special thanks to the dietetic majors, nursing majors (and their faculty) who provided the screenings, educational posters and tasty services in an effort to promote wellness in the campus community.
Suggestions for future wellness education offerings can be made to any of the committee members: Marsha Momoi-Piehl, Marilyn Jaekel, Gail Rogers, Diana Beran, Terry Amel, Dawn Mazzola, or Rose Kreutz.
‘Diversity Days 2000’
What a shock to write this date! But if we are to have the necessary lead time for planning and grant writing, April ’99 is not too early. I invite anyone who is interested in setting the theme, and brainstorming a format and speakers, to gather from 8:30 to 10 a.m. on April 15 in MC 402A to plan for Diversity Days, 2000.
If you cannot join us, but you have ideas that you would like considered, please contact S Anita, x3171.
—S. Anita Beskar
March of Dimes WalkAmerica
The March of Dimes has a long track record of advances that have saved millions of babies from death and disability. Many of those advances were made possible by funds raised in WalkAmerica.
As of now, eight Viterbo College organizations have committed to participating in this year’s walk: 8:30 a.m. Sat., May 1 at Myrick Park.
It isn’t too late for you or your group to join the Viterbo teams. To sign up contact Sara Bader, Sigma Pi Delta—Viterbo coordinator at 796-3512. The first 20 individuals to collect $20 in pledges will receive a WalkAmerica t-shirt (sponsored by Student Government Association).
Join WalkAmerica, the walk that save babies.
From: Residence Life
To: All faculty and staff
RE: Resident Student Master Roster
As a reminder, there will be an updated alphabetical master roster of all residential students (room number and telephone number) in the copy center for your use. Feel free to make a copy using your department budget.
Bits and pieces
Casual Dress Fri. April 9, Spirit Day. Please pay your $1 at MC Reception Desk if you are participating in Casual Dress Day.
Viterbo Employee Night at the Rivoli. Coming soon!
Lost and found: MC Reception Desk.
24 hour security: call x3911.
Employee Assistance Center (EAC) is for all Viterbo employees and their families. Contact Franciscan-Skemp (608) 791-9530. , (800) 493-3960.
Class cancellations: Teacher class cancellation line: 796-3080 or 796-3190. Students call for class cancellations: 796-3200.
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."
Congratulations and welcome to new employee:
Eric Schmidt, admission counselor, starting on a part-time basis, will be full-time on April 9. Stop by Admission and say "hi" to their new addition.
Attention: faculty and staff
If you need to rent regalia for the May graduation, please call the bookstore at x3848. Your request must be made by April 16 to ensure that it will arrive in time. Thank you.
Nursing courses for non-nurses
Two courses listed on the class schedule under nursing are available and recommended for non-nursing as well as nursing majors. The courses are Nurs 301-Death and Dying, and Nurs 390-Mind Body Therapies.
Arts & Entertainment
Senior Exhibition of Chandra Samara Collins and Virginia Samantha Gunderson, April 7-18, at the Viterbo College Gallery, with an opening reception at 7:30 p.m. on April 8. Chandra and Sam will be showing work in various media including oil, monotype and charcoal.
The Viterbo All Student Show, April 22-May 6, with an opening reception at 4:30 p.m. on Thur. April 22.
The Gallery is open weekdays during business hours. Call Ed Rushton, x 3752, for more information.
Take a look at the Viterbo College web page
There have been two new pages added to Viterbo’s web site this week: A new Residence Life and Housing page: (www. viterbo.edu/students/ss/housing/) has been added under Student Services. This page contains information on Residence Life staff, Resident Student Board, the Student Union and housing. Included are photos of each form of resident housing.
The Dietetics major also has a new web page (www.viterbo.edu/academic/ ug/sls/majors/dietetics/) under the School of Letters and Sciences. This site contains information on the Dietetics major: programs of study, course descriptions and faculty. Also included are links to student projects and several photos of dietetic students in action.
If you or your department have an interest in creating a new web page or updating the page you have, contact Loretta in the PR office, x3040.
Campus Ministry News
by Father Tom O’Neill
Input sessions for the preparation for the La Crosse Diocesan Synod V will be held after Sunday Mass on April 11 and 18 in the College Church. Responses to the 11 reflection questions are welcome on either date
Retreat Opportunities at St. Anthony’s, Marathon: For Divorced & Separated, Apr 9?11. See Fr. Tom for details.
Rest In Peace: Please remember those who have recently died: the grandfather of Meg Gloudemans.
We wish you all a very blessed and joyous Easter season!
V-Hawk sports update
by Jerry Smith
Support Viterbo’s men and women of summer
Viterbo’s men and women of summer are back in action, and it is none too soon.
Cabin fever was getting to me, and by the number of fans who showed up for the V-Hawks’ baseball home opener last Saturday, to a lot of other people as well.
Despite the windy conditions, 277 people watched the V-Hawks pound Bemidji State in a doubleheader sweep on Saturday. Viterbo came back the next day, however, and lost two close games to Winona State and UW-Stevens Point to even its weekend record.
But that’s okay, there’s plenty more baseball this season. And the point I really want to make is that its great to see so many people interested in Viterbo baseball. The show of support is great, so far.
By the way, the number of people on hand at Saturday’s opener set an attendance record for the new Viterbo College Outdoor Athletic Complex, but could very well be the most folks to watch any home game at Viterbo. It was packed!
With support of baseball in full bloom, let’s not forget the women’s fastpitch softball team. They’re back with a new attitude, which will make watching them much more fun this year.
The women’s team has its home opener today against Midwest Classic Conference foe Mount St. Clare College at 3 p.m. on the team’s new field at the outdoor complex.
Let’s get out and show our support. If you can’t go today, we’ve provided a schedule of the rest of the home games for both teams. The weather is nice and the action is exciting…so fill the stands.
The women’s team at home:
Today vs. Mount St. Clare College @ 3 p.m.
April 10 (Sat.) vs. Northwestern College @ 1 p.m.
April 11 (Sun.) vs. Iowa Wesleyan College @ Noon
April 13 (Tue.) vs. Pillsbury Baptist College @ 3 p.m.
April 19 (Mon.) vs. Marycrest International @ 2 p.m.
April 24 (Sat.) vs. Mount Senario College @ 1 p.m.
The men’s team at home:
April 14 (Wed.) vs. Mount Senario College @ 1 p.m.
April 15 (Thu.) vs. Cardinal Stritch University @ 2 p.m.
April 17 (Sat.) vs. St. Ambrose University @ 1 p.m.
April 18 (Sun.) vs. St. Ambrose University @ Noon
April 21 (Wed.) vs. Mount St. Clare College @ 1 p.m.
April 24 (Sat.) vs. Mount Mercy College @ 1 p.m.
April 25 (Sun.) vs. Mount Mercy College @ Noon
April 27 (Tue.) vs. UW-Parkside @ 2 p.m.
All students who are under the new General Education Program beginning with the 1997-99 Catalog need to demonstrate science competency. Please refer to pages 3 and 4 in the ’97-’99 Catalog for specifics.
I have supplied high school science backgrounds on the Student Information Sheet in the advisor files for students when applicable.
News you’ll notice
Congratulations, farewell, good luck
Farewell to Jeri Jo Schaitel, who after many years, is leaving Viterbo to accept the challenge of working full-time in telecommunications at Century Telephone. Her last day is April 15, so please take a moment to wish her well and thank her for many years of dedicated service to Viterbo College.
For those of you who fear that paychecks will no longer be issued because of Jeri Jo’s departure, never fear. Congratulations to Diane Engh, who will be assuming payroll responsibilities full- time. Diane has been working part-time as a payroll assistant and she will do an excellent job in this important position.
Another change will take place. Steve Wenger will assume all responsibilities for telecommunications effective April 5. Steve has worked in maintenance at Viterbo College for the past three years and he is a graduate of the Wisconsin School of Electronics. He has provided service to our telecommunications systems on a backup basis and will be receiving additional technical training on specific NEC applications. Steve’s position and time will be split between continuing his work in physical plant and telecommunications support. In the near future, employees will be receiving specific information on accessing telecommunications support. Congratulations, Steve, on this new challenge.
April is also a busy time for other personnel changes. Barry Fried, who we all know was appointed athletic director, officially assumed that position April 1 replacing Bruce Erickson who is off to Creighton for his newest challenge as assistant soccer coach at the NCAA Division I level.
Regarding another important departure, Ed Zimmer, a 25 year employee finished his last day at Viterbo March 30. Ed will be missed as will his very dedicated and committed service to Viterbo. A more formal retirement farewell for Ed is planned and details will follow.
Finally, many of you have noticed that we have added new copiers and capacity in our Copy Center. That’s not all. Effective this summer, Karen Hurtgen will assume the position of Copy Center Coordinator along with that of duplication specialist. Sister Loretta Penchi will continue her responsibilities, particularly in the mail area, on a part-time basis. Our growing enrollment has certainly had an impact on the copy center. The number of copies provided per year now exceeds three million and our postage budget has reached $125,000 a year. Many thanks for the very capable services provided for years by S. Loretta and Karen.
It has been said that Viterbo’s most important "commodity" is people. The talent and service of the many people listed above is certainly evidence of that fact.
April: National poetry month
Winona State University is celebrating National Poetry Month.
"Three-Acts Reading" will be held from noon-1:30 p.m. on Wed., April 14, in the Smaug Cafeteria of WSU’s Kryzsko Commons Student Union. Audience members are welcome to participate.
"Poets of Distinction," the two recipients of the 1998 McKnight Fellowships Awards of Distinction, Leslie Adrienne Miller and John Reinhard, will be reading at 7 p.m. on Thur., April 22, in the Lourdes Hall North Lounge at the WSU Residential College.
The second annual "Potpourri of Poets" will be held at 7 p.m. on Tues., April 27, in the auditorium of WSU’s Stark Hall and will feature six readers: Orval Lund, Gary Eddy, Carol Borzyskowski, Connie Sanderson, Jim Fitzmaurice, and Jodeen Wink.
For Sale: ’92 Nissan Sentra Special Edition, 5-Speed, air, color: smoke (dark gray). Gets great mileage. $2200. Call Diana, x3903.
Traditions of the Easter egg
Eggs were colored, blessed, exchanged, and eaten as part of the rites of spring long before Christian times. Even the earliest civilizations held springtime festivals to welcome the sun’s rising from its long winter sleep. They thought of the sun’s return from darkness as an annual miracle and regarded the egg as a natural wonder and a proof of the renewal of life. As Christianity spread, the egg was adopted as a symbol of Christ’s resurrection from the tomb.
The eggshell tree was carried to America by German settlers, especially those who became known as the Pennsylvania Dutch. They also brought the fable that the Easter bunny delivered colored eggs for good children.
The real meaning of…
Abash: A great office party.
Dysentery: What you get when dissent merges with commentary.
Liberal: A church with four commandments and six suggestions.
Resume: The closest any of us will ever come to perfection.
Dilemma: Trying to believe someone you normally trust when you know you would lie if you were in their place.
Sabbatical: A Latin word meaning "I quit but you won’t know it for sure for a year."
We abuse the land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us.When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.
—Aldo Leopold, American forester
History is not a science, but a reading of facts that can be interpreted a thousand ways.
—Jose Saramago, Nobel Prize author
Most people say their main fault is a lack of discipline. On deeper thought, I believe that is not the case. The basic problem is that their priorities have not become deeply planted in their hearts and minds.
—Stephen R. Covey, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.