A Newsletter for the Viterbo College Community
Vol. 12 No 32 April 19, 1999
Ethics Institute debut set for April 22
This Thursday evening, Apr. 22, Viterbo welcomes Dr. Louis Sullivan, president of Morehouse College of Medicine and former Health and Human Services Secretary, for his presentation "Bringing Ethics to Life" which will officially open the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership. Silvana Richardson, nursing, will moderate several responses to the presentation as well as a question and answer session.
The event, which is scheduled for the recital hall, is at capacity. In order to make parking available for our off- campus guests, please avoid the Fine Arts Center parking lot after 5 p.m. The event is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
Make plans for Alcohol Awareness Week
Alcohol Awareness Week is scheduled for April 25-30. The Connect Club will be coordinating a week of awareness events, educational sessions, and alternative activities designed to increase awareness of alcohol issues affecting college environments and to promote low-risk alcohol choices. Posters and brochures outlining details of the events will be displayed around campus. Events you may want to put on your calendar:
AGAPE/Social Justice Club will kick off the event with games in the courtyard on Sunday evening. Other recreational alternatives include a dance on Thursday evening, sponsored by SAB and RSB. Resident Life staff will provide mock cocktails at the dance.
Educational events include a presentation and the movie When a Man Loves a Woman provided by the Psychology Club on Monday evening, a MADD speaker on Tuesday evening, and presentation about alcohol and sexual assault on Wednesday evening. Experiential learning about drink/drive issues will be offered in the Fatal Vision activity on Wednesday afternoon.
Stop by the nursing students’ awareness booths on Tuesday in the Union or Wednesday in Murphy Center to gather information. The Alcohol Wizard will be canvassing the campus on Thursday to award prizes for correctly answering alcohol information questions, based on information provided at the booths and on the Sigma Pi Delta posters displayed on campus.
Make lunch plans on Friday for the Criminal Justice Group’s Buy a Brat and Get a Beer—Rootbeer, and SDC’s stress management booth, both in the courtyard. Make a stress ball, and learn other healthy stress management strategies.
Finally, a time for somber reflection about the losses associated with alcohol abuse is scheduled for Thursday afternoon. The biology and chemistry departments’ staff and students will be placing a plaque in memory of Nathan Kapfer. Join them in the small parking lot next to the FAC, or visit the site sometime during the week for a quiet moment of reflection, prayer, and remembrance. Life is fragile; memories and friendship are not.
Remember the recent personnel changes and the reorganization that occurred as a result? For payroll questions, please contact Diane Engh, x3854; for telephone support, Steve Wenger, x 3950.
Helen Prejean tickets
Tickets for the Helen Prejean’s1 p.m. May 12 presentation are now available to the general public on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you have not picked up your tickets yet, please do so soon as tickets are going extremely fast.
Bits and pieces
Casual Dress Friday, April 23, Food Pantry Day. Please pay your $1 at MC Reception Desk if you are participating in Casual Dress Day.
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, 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."
Arts & Entertainment
Viterbo Dance Theatre will celebrate National Dance Week (April 24-May 2) by presenting Dance ’99 at 7:30 p.m. on Tues., Apr. 27 and Wed., Apr. 28 in the FAC Dance Studio room 122. Jazz, tap and modern pieces will be presented. Admission is free. For more information Call Kathy Gorman, x3794.
The Viterbo College Art Department All Student Show will open Thurs., Apr. 22 in the FAC Third Floor Gallery. The Viterbo Community is invited to attend the opening reception from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thurs. Apr. 22. The show will be open during business hours through May 6.
On exhibit in the Viterbo Library Gallery is work from Viterbo alumni, Paul Hartwig. Paul’s paintings are developed from his appreciation for stain glass windows. Luminous colors create the essence of light qualities created by sunlight through stained glass.
The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra will honor Duke Ellington at 7:30 p.m. on Wed., Apr. 21 as part of the Viterbo College Bright Star Season.
For ticket information call the Box Office, x3100.
A concert with works from opera, broadway, and cabaret genres, featuring Jerry Benser, Diane Foust, Earl Madary, Jean Saladino, Dan Johnson-Wilmot, Dean Witz, and John Swenson ’84, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on Sat., Apr. 24 in the FAC Main Theatre to raise money for music student scholarships. Tickets are available at the Box Office, x3100.
Keith Knutson, history, will participate in a roundtable discussion which will be broadcast by WIZM 1410 radio today (Monday) from 8:15 to 9 a.m. The topic is the Balkan crisis.
ADVANCE students promoted and advanced:
Renae Teale (Group D) recently was promoted to the position of Network Administrator at Riverside Electronics.
Donna Venner (Group E) accepted a new position and promotion last October at Franciscan Skemp. She is now the Transcription Supervisor where she supervises a staff of 25 employees.
Cheryl Peters (Group D) accepted a new position last fall in the Banking Services Department at First Federal.
The ADVANCE office would like to congratulate these students on their new positions and promotions.
Have news about your department or students’ accomplishments? Share your achievements with the campus community by sending us a note via "Connections."
From the Residence Life Center
Attention Faculty and administration and staff: Campus residence halls, apartments, and houses close for all students (except graduating seniors) at 3 p.m. on Sat., May 15 for the academic year. If you have non-graduating senior students in your dept. that must be granted extended stay in the residence halls for graduation weekend for the purpose of athletics, commencement, or employment, notify Jason Ramaker in writing or e-mail; firstname.lastname@example.org by May 3.
Campus Ministry News
by Father Tom O’Neill
Would you like to help your neighbors?
Join us at Copeland Park at 8 a.m on Sat., Apr. 24 for coffee and rolls before we help our senior citizen neighbors, or neighbors with physical challenges, rake their yards, wash their windows, prepare their gardens. We work from 9 a.m. to noon with lunch being served from noon to 2 p.m. Registration deadline is Thursday, Apr. 22. If you have any questions or would like to register, contact S. Sue, x3708 or e-mail: email@example.com.
Youngsters help keep it clean
Spring is here and so is the opportunity to clean up. On Thurs., Apr. 29, 70 seventh graders from Lincoln School will be at Viterbo picking up litter and cleaning up the grounds as part of an environmental project.
Connection with China taking shape
Many of you know that President Medland signed an exchange agreement with Luoyang Institute of Technology (LIT) when he visited China as part of the La Crosse Sister City Delegation which travelled to Luoyang in October of 1997. Several events during the next academic year will be aimed at developing this relationship.
In September, a delegation of four people from LIT will be on campus for a week. We hope that two from the delegation will stay longer to be part of the academic community at Viterbo. We are looking for housing for these two people—probably males. If you would be interested in hosting an individual for a month or two, please contact Beth Moore, x3172. Some assistance will be provided to cover food costs.
In addition to the visit of the Luoyang delegation here, Viterbo plans to have faculty and students visiting Luoyang on two different occasions. Lyon Evans will spend two months during Spring 2000 teaching English at the Institute. This will be the first of what we hope will be continuing opportunities for faculty to share their skills and expertise with a variety of institutions in Luoyang.
In late May, Peter Fletcher will lead a delegation of students and faculty to China for three weeks. Part of the preparation for this trip will be a course taught by Peter during spring semester.
Students and faculty interested in being part of this delegation are invited to an information meeting at 5 p.m. on Apr. 20 in the Global Education Office, MC 402-A. If you are interested, but can’t make the meeting, let Beth know.
Please appreciate precious earth resources
The following article is a collaborative effort on the part of students Danielle DeJardin, Holly Steuck and Adam Fetting, enrolled in Dr. Michael Lauer’s Environmental Studies course, who are addressing environmental consciousness. You will note that recycled paper is now available in the copy center as a result of their efforts. Watch for posted signs to foster environmental awareness.
As Viterbo population continues to increase, so does its demand on paper. This past year Viterbo used 3,000,000 sheets of paper in the Copy Center alone. This does not include the paper that was used in the computer labs. Last summer, 1,760 cases of paper were purchased from Xerox that are expected to last two years, or 8.8 million sheets of paper that took 110 trees to manufacture. This is a big concern because Viterbo is a small institution. To reduce the demand for paper:
Documents can be printed on both sides, on once used paper or on recycled paper. Recycled paper has recently been added to the Copy Center’s copying options and is composed of 30percent post-consumer waste. This paper is manufactured by Xerox and has the same qualities as their virgin paper. Copying on both sides of the paper or using once used paper would, logically, reduce the use of paper by 50 percent. In addition, there are financial breaks for selecting these copying options. The use of these options could reduce the number of trees Viterbo uses by as much as 33 to 55 trees over the next two-year period.
Printing of documents, internet information and e-mail have been major contributors to the increase in paper use. The use of print preview could drastically reduce the wasting of paper. If errors are found in the document after printing, the appropriate portions of the document can be selected for printing, by going to the file menu, selecting the print option there and selecting the range of pages to be reprinted instead of reprinting the entire document. Print preview can also be used for the printing of internet information. Many web pages, when viewed on the screen, seem to be no more than a page or two in length. In actuality, they are usually many times longer when printed. Selecting the pages needed would eliminate the unneeded portions of the site and reduce the amount of paper used in the computer labs. If paper use continues to increase, "by the piece" program will be implemented in the computer labs to compensate for this increasing cost. Each student would be given a semester allocation of paper and after that is used by the student each piece would have additional costs to the student.
School of Education reaccredited
The School of Education has received word that both undergraduate and graduate programs are fully reaccredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Education programs have been continuously accredited by NCATE since 1954. Special thanks to all who helped in this reaccreditation.
Annual Employees Recognition Banquet
The Annual Employees Recognition Banquet will occur at 6:15 p.m. (cash bar) and 7 p.m. (dinner) on Thurs. May 6 in the FAC Main Lobby.
To attend, purchase a dinner ticket in the Business Office for $10, by Wed., Apr. 28.
Retiring Personnel: Edward Zimmer, William Lichtie, Jr., Timothy Crane
30-Year Service Award: Darrell Pofahl
20-Year Service Award: Diane Crane, Susan Hauser, Janet Koppelman, Theresa Kunavich, Carol Strigun
10-Year Service Award: Susan Batell, Sally Emerson, Jack Havertape, Sandra Hotvedt, Karen Hurtgen, Sister Mary Jeanine Luger, Dawn Mazzola, Janet McLean, Betty Voigt.
Also recognized: recipients of the Father J. Thomas Finucan Award, Teacher of the Year Award, Service Awards, Leadership Awards, Sister Helen Elsbernd Award and Academic Advisor Award.
News you’ll notice
by Deb Randall Anderson
The ADVANCE Program will begin its fourth year of operation this coming fall semester. It is hard to believe that three academic years have almost gone by. The fall ADVANCE group will be the 11th group to get started. Six groups have completed the 18-month sequence, and four are currently in progress. In addition to the students enrolled in the ADVANCE Program there are others taking Fast Track courses in preparation to enter ADVANCE to finish graduation requirements. One ADVANCE group is meeting at an off campus site, at the MATC-Reedsburg campus. A total of 118 students were enrolled at the beginning of spring semester.
To date 27 students have graduated with a B.S. degree in Organizational Management. I anticipate 35 students will graduate in May and July. Many students start by taking Fast Track classes so they are ready to graduate at the end of the ADVANCE Program.
One challenge has been assisting students with their action research projects. Since many of the students have been out of school for several years, the writing required in the project is a big hurdle. Even more challenging is the actual research. We are blessed with wonderful faculty members who have guided students through these projects. I’d like to publicly thank S. Elissa Kamaka, Dr. Kate Rutherford, Dr. Ruth Schroeder, Stephanine Martin Rodgers, Debra Murray, Mary Cunningham, and Jamie Pelley for their patience and hard work related to the research project.
The culminating event, at the end of the 18-months of work, occurs when the students give formal business presentations of their research projects. ADVANCE Program faculty, administrators, and students are in attendance for the presentations. The adult learners are encouraged to invite a supervisor or guests from their place of employment.
I recently spoke with ADVANCE student Cindy Lynch after her project presentation and asked what she learned. Her response was, "This project forced me to organize and synthesize everything I learned in all the ADVANCE classes. I had no difficulty reading the material for class, participating in class, or writing the summary papers, but the research project made me push beyond those skills, to complete something I thought I could not do. It gave me confidence."
Edie Marshall shared with me the following thoughts; "I learned the most by completing the project. It made me utilize information from all the ADVANCE classes."
Andrea LeJuene recently presented her project and said, "The research project is the one thing in the program that pushed me to work beyond the skills I already had developed."
According to Lisa Hillyer, "The research project made me realize the wealth of information in the library at Gundersen Lutheran. I now know how to find information for my daily work projects."
Kelly Diebold had this comment, "The research project was work worth working for."
Comments like these make me believe that all the anxiety related to the project has a good outcome and a positive learning outcome.
The next research project presentations are at 6 p.m. on June 22, 24 and July 1 in the Robers Conference Room. If your schedule permits, please join us.
Forty percent of all workers say their duties are interrupted more than six times an hour by intrusive communications.
The average person spends 150 hours each year looking for lost information.
The only disability in life is a bad attitude.