A Newsletter for the Viterbo College Community
Vol. 12 No 31 April 12, 1999
Ethics Institute debut set for April 22
The inaugural event of the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership is set for 6:30 p.m. on April 22 in the FAC Recital Hall. Featured speaker will be Dr. Louis Sullivan, former secretary of Health and Human Services under the Bush administration. He is president of Morehouse College School of Medicine.
Pope John Awards May 12: Recipients announced
Viterbo is pleased to announce the recipients of the 1999 Pope John XXIII Award for Distinguished Service: the Rev. H. George Anderson, presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Church of America and Sister Helen Prejean, whose book Dead Man Walking inspired the academy-award winning movie of the same name starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn.
H. George Anderson was elected bishop in 1995 and he presides over a community consisting of 5,180,190 baptized members worshiping in 10,936 congregation located throughout the world. Prior to his election as bishop, Rev. Anderson served as president of Luther College from 1982-96.
For the past 10 years, Sister Prejean has been spiritual advisor to five death row inmates, accompanying three to the electric chair and witnessing their deaths. Her experiences have led her to speak out against capital punishment, and advocate wider public understanding of the death penalty.
Both Sister Prejean and Rev. Anderson will be honored the evening of May 12 at the annual Pope John XXIII Award dinner. For details, contact the office of Institutional Advancement.
Sister Prejean schedules public presentation
Sister Prejean’s visit to campus to receive an award in Pope John’s honor, has created an opportunity for a public presentation which has been scheduled for 1 p.m. on Wed., May 12 in the FAC Main Theatre. Admission is free but please donate a non-perishable food item for distribution to local agencies.
Sister Prejean’s presentation is called, Reflections on Dead Man Walking, which chronicles the remarkable chain of events which led her to become a Death Row counselor. Her efforts have led to her nomination this year for a Nobel Peace Prize.
In the wake of the film Dead Man Walking, Sister Prejean’s days have been filled with a barrage of media and speaking requests. "God’s providence works through the people sent into your life. God sends you the people you need," she says and that includes actress Susan Sarandon and director Tim Robbins, who provided her with the visibility to share her thoughts on the death penalty.
Faculty please note: May 12 falls during final’s week. A number of instructors have rescheduled their final or are strongly encouraging students to hear this exceptionally gifted speaker. Tickets are available for the Viterbo Community beginning today (a week later to the general public) on a first come-first served basis from Marcia at MC Reception Desk.
The bookstore has ordered a limited number of Sister Prejean’s books which will be available at her presentation. She will be available to autograph copies.
Bits and pieces
Casual Dress Friday, April 16, Employee Day. Please pay your $1 at MC Reception Desk if you are participating in Casual Dress Day.
Diversity Days, 2000 meeting reminder: 8:30 to 10 a.m. on April 15 in MC 402A. Agenda: setting the theme, brainstorming a format, speakers, planning, and grant writing. For more information contact S Anita, x3171.
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.
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.
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, MC228, 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 to Gail Rogers, nutrition and dietetics and her husband, Jim Rogers, foreign language, on the arrival of Alexander Kenneth Rogers! Born April 2, 3:36 a.m., 6 lbs. 14 oz., 20.25 in. Baby and Mom are happy and healthy.
Joan Keller Maresh, nursing, will be a guest speaker at the Wisconsin Health Information Management Association’s fall conference, "Soaring into the 21st Century" at the Radisson in La Crosse on Sept. 16 & 17. Joan’s topic will be Therapeutic Touch.
Lyon Evans, English, has had another paper accepted for a conference. Lyon will present "The Modernist Melville: Unreliable Narrators in Billy Budd and Weeds and Wildings" at the annual conference of the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Assoc., Santa Fe, N.M., Oct. 14-16.
Diane Crane, art, has artwork currently on exhibit at the 3M Gallery in St. Paul, Minn. through May. The works are mixed media drawings, combining watercolor and pastel.
Larry Krajewksi, math, together with education students Becca Bryan, Naomi Huffman, Dani Larkin and Kristi Offer, conducted a Family Math Night for third graders and their parents at Harry Spence Elementary School in La Crosse on Mar. 25 and Apr. 8.
Arts & Entertainment
With all of its vocal fireworks and its numerous silly situations, the Viterbo College Music and Theatre Arts Departments will bring to life Gioacchino Rossini’s Cinderella April 16-18 in the FAC Main Theatre.
With inspiration from Viterbo costume designer Jeff Stoltz, and director Susan Rush, the cast and crew of Cinderella have added a twist to the traditional presentation. This production takes place in upper New York in the 1950s, with costumes and sets that will transform you back to that time.
The three performances of Cinderella, will be on Fri. and Sat., Apr. 16 & 17, and at 2 p.m. on Sun., Apr. 18.
Tickets are available for each show. For more information, call the Box Office, x3100.
The current show at the Viterbo College Gallery, third floor FAC is a Senior Exhibition of Chandra Samara Collins and Virginia Samantha Gunderson through Apr. 18. Chandra and Sam will be showing work in various media including oil, monotype and charcoal.
The Viterbo All Student Show, will run Apr. 22-May 6. All students, faculty and staff are invited to attend the opening reception at 4:30 p.m. on Thurs. Apr. 22.
Art work by Viterbo art graduate Paul Hartwig is on exhibit in the Library Gallery. The show includes a series of oil paintings created from 1996 to present. Paul’s work is highly influenced by his interest and experience working with stain glass, evidenced in the way Paul works with form and color.
Campus Ministry News
by Father Tom O’Neill
There will be no noon Mass in the College Church Tues., Apr. 13, Wed, Apr. 14, or Thur., Apr. 15. Fr. Tom will be making retreat at St. Anthony Retreat Center in Marathon with other priests of the diocese.
Rest In Peace: Please remember those who have recently died: the nephew of Sister Rochelle.
The April Food of the Month for the WAFER food pantry is Fruit or Juice. A gift of $20 will help purchase a bag of groceries. All nonperishable foods are accepted. WAFER also appreciates grocery bags and collects Cub Foods receipts. Contributions may be left in the vestibule at the entrance to the College Church.
V-Hawk sports update
by Jerry Smith
Hey! It’s baseball season
In last week’s column, I touched on how delighted I was to see 277 people out at the new Viterbo College Outdoor Athletic Complex to watch the Viterbo baseball team in action for the first time at home.
Well, I’m going to harp some more about continuing that support, only this time, from a different perspective.
In talking to the coaches and some of the players about the number of people at the home opener, I was amazed to find out just how much it meant to these guys that so many people were in attendance.
I heard things like: "We get so pumped when there are a lot of people there cheering us on," and "The show of support really gives us a home field advantage," and "It’s great hearing the crowd roar when we make a good play or get a timely hit."
You see, your support does make a difference. Hey! It’s baseball and softball season, so get out and make some noise and enjoy some time watching the V-Hawks in action.
Dedication: There’s another reason for heading out to the doubleheader against St. Ambrose University on Saturday, April 17. Not only will there be a great day of competitive baseball, there will also be a dedication and blessing of the new field.
As part of the ceremony, the baseball team and the Viterbo College community will remember Nathan Kapfer by putting up a plaque in the V-Hawks dugout in his honor. The dedication ceremony begins at 12:45 p.m., with the first game to follow at 1 p.m. Hope to see everyone there on this special day.
The women’s team at home:
April 13 (Tue.) vs. Pillsbury Baptist
College @ 3 p.m.
April 19 (Mon.) vs. Marycrest
International @ 2 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
From the Copy Center
Please prepare paste-up originals for duplication by taping the entire lead edge of the original. The "lead edge" is the right side of the paste up, which is automatically fed into the copier. If not taped down, originals get jammed in the machine. For assistance, ask Karen.
Keep those in-house envelopes circulating. No deposit, no withdrawal.
Take a look at the Viterbo College web page
How about that Web?
Viterbo’s new overall Web look is really beginning to take shape. You will note that there is a "promotional hole" on the home page which can be used to promote an event, activity or honor of wider appeal to a general audience. Contact Pat Kerrigan, x3041, if you have an idea for that spot.
Vietnamese Alum to speak in classes
One of the first international students to attend Viterbo College will be on campus this week visiting old friends and speaking in several classes. Nguyen Thi Oanh ‘51, is in the U.S. from her Vietnam homeland. She was instrumental in starting the social work movement in Vietnam and is the author of a manuscript, My Unforgettable Journey, which chronicles her life and times as a student at Viterbo and her return home. She will speak on her social work experiences from 1:45 to 3 p.m. on Thurs., Apr. 15 in the Robers Conference Room. The campus community is invited to attend and she will be available until 4 p.m. to visit and answer questions.
Would you like to help your neighbors?
On April 24, during the Third Annual Neighbors Day, you have the chance to help senior citizens and individuals with disabilities in our community get ready for spring. Activities include raking yards, preparing gardens, washing windows and other little projects. If you would like to stay and converse, food and drinks will be offered from noon to 2 p.m. Preregister from 8 to 9 a.m. in Copeland Park. From there we will go to our sites. Come join us.
Registration deadline is Thurs., Apr. 22. Contact S. Sue, x3708, or e-mail: smernster@mail. viterbo.edu if you have any questions or would like to register.
—S. Sue Ernster
News you’ll notice
by Lori Lewis
Dietetic Internship News
Ten dietetic interns are in the "final quarter" of their 11 month experience with the Nutrition & Dietetics Department. During the second half of the semester, these interns are conducting community research projects throughout Western Wisconsin and Southeast Minnesota. Here is a sample of what the dietetic interns are doing.
Grant Itomitsu is conducting a study at the VA Medical Center in Tomah evaluating the effectiveness of diabetes medical nutrition therapy and home glucose monitoring in the long term control of veterans with diabetes. Grant will provide nutrition education and evaluate laboratory parameters of blood glucose to answer the question, "Is the use of glucose strips cost effective?"
Ben Heinz and Jenni Sprenglemeyer are working with the HoChunk Healthcare Clinic in Black River Falls to plan, administer, and evaluate the HELP program (healthy eating learning program). The lunch time classes at the clinic are aimed at healthy eating, diabetes prevention, and weight control.
Dena Infelise and Tracy Divilio are developing and evaluating education needs of the Vernon County WIC program in Viroqua. This is a WIC program serving a rural population, and the dietetic interns are conducting needs assessments to determine satisfaction with the program and general operation of the WIC clinics.
Interns will present a poster session of these and other projects from 8 to 10 a.m. on Tues., Apr., 27 in BNC 106. All interested Viterbo faculty, students, and staff are invited to attend. Dietetic interns are graduates of baccalaureate programs from all over the country who come to Viterbo for an 11 month internship experience. Completion of both the baccalaureate degree and internship are required for eligibility to take the national exam to become a registered dietitian.
Help Viterbo help Kosovo
If you have been following the tragedy and desperation evident in Kosovo and want to help, there is now a way. Donations for food, medicine and other supplies are now being collected. To participate, write your check out to Viterbo College. In the memo section of your check, write Kosovo Relief Fund. Then, either give or send your check to Sister Sue c/o the Registrar’s Office. She, along with Father Tom and some student help will then provide for a collective donation to Catholic Relief Services for use in Kosovo. The idea to start this effort came from senior nursing student Mandy Baumbach. Her fiance, who is in the Navy, is scheduled to leave for Albania for the purpose of building temporary shelters for the refugee population. That circumstance and her desire to do something locally to relieve the misery she witnessed in the daily media reports, prompted her to meet with Fr. Tom and Sister Sue to start this canvassing for local donations.
Please support the Book Fair for the Upper Mississippi River Interpretive Assoc. (UMRIA) from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sun., Apr. 18 at Barnes and Noble Bookstore. Local author Pat Middleton will be signing her series of books on the Upper Mississippi River during the Fair. Vouchers are located by the mailboxes or can be picked up at the store. Proceeds will purchase educational items for children participating in Upper Mississippi Fish & Wildlife Refuge programs. For more information, call Susan, x3047.
For Sale: ’92 Nissan Sentra Special Edition, 5-Speed, air, color: smoke (dark gray). Gets great mileage. $2200. Call Diana, x3903.
It’s always helpful to learn from your mistakes because then your mistakes seem worthwhile.
Work is a mysterious thing; many of us claim to hate it, but it takes a grip on us that is so fierce that it captures emotions and loyalties we never knew were there.