A Newsletter for the Viterbo College Community Vol. 12 No 34 May 3, 1999
National Nurses Week
This week, May 6-12 is National Nurses Week in America. The events occurring on campus:
• Ecumenical Prayer Service at 5:30 p.m. on Wed., May 5 in the Maria Angelorum Chapel at St. Rose Convent. Following this event, which will end with the Song of St. Francis, nurses will proceed to the Dancing Francis with lighted candles and recite the (Florence) Nightingale Pledge, weather permitting.
• The Nurses Flag Registered Nurse?Caring for you will be raised by Dr. William Medland at 9:45 a.m. on Thursday, May 6 at the flagpole near the northwest entrance to Brophy Nursing Center.
All nursing students and nurses in the community are invited to attend both events, as well as all members of Viterbo and La Crosse community.
The Viterbo College Student Nurses Association (VCSNA) will be supplying and handing out ribbons in honor of this event. Ribbons are worn as a symbol of Nurses Presence in Health Care.
A billboard proclaiming National Nurses Week is located on Copeland Ave. driving south near the La Crosse River, sponsored by the La Crosse District Nurses Association and other Area Health and Education Institutions.
‘Compassionate Leave’ expanded
Please note expanded and revised compassionate leave:
"Permanent full time employees will be provided up to three days of compassionate leave to attend the funeral of their spouse, parent, step-parent, parent-in-law, guardian, child, step-child, brother, step-brother, sister, step-sister, brother-in law, sister-in-law, grandparents, and grandchildren. If additional time is needed, the employee may request and use two sick days to attend such funerals and make arrangements with their supervisor and the Director of Human Resources to use accrued vacation time."
The spring commencement ceremony is at 10 a.m. on Sunday, May 16, at the La Crosse Center. Please plan to assemble and line up in the hall to the right by 9:30 a.m.
A reception will follow commencement in the lobby of the La Crosse Center (outside if weather permits). You may extend your congratulations to the graduates at this time.
The Baccalaureate Mass will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Sat. May 15 at the Maria Angelorum Chapel. All are welcome to attend.
Fall semester begins
The first day of classes for the Fall ’99 semester will be Monday, August 30. All new students will meet with their academic advisors from 8-8:50. Classes will begin at 9 a.m. the 8 a.m. class being cancelled for all students. Wayne Wojciechowski will assign a room for each advisor to meet with their new students on Aug. 30. If you, as an advisor, have a specific request for room assignment, etc., please let Wayne know by May 10.
From: Jay McHenry
To: Viterbo employees
RE: Packaging disposal
If you have personal items shipped/delivered to the college, you are responsible for the disposal of the packaging. If you do not take the packaging home with you, there are several dumpsters placed around campus in which to place the packaging materials. If you choose to use the containers designated especially for cardboard, place only cardboard in these containers. If our disposal service finds materials other than cardboard in these containers, a higher disposal charge is assessed. Please call Jay, x3921, with any question or comments.
Bits and pieces
Summer Basketball and Soccer Camp brochures are now available. Call x3811 for a copy or stop by the athletic office.
Casual Dress Friday, May 7, Spirit 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
Get ready to have a swashbuckling good time as the Omaha Theater brings to Viterbo its critically acclaimed adaptation of Treasure Island.
The Omaha Theater Company adaptation of this classic tale is part of the Viterbo College Arts For Young America and will be performed at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 9, in the Main Theatre.
For ticket information, call the Viterbo College Box Office, x3100.
Forty students participated in the Wisconsin Music Teachers Association, WMTA Music Auditions on March 6, in the FAC, and qualified for the Badger Auditions on May 15.
The students’ instructors include Carol Rhodes, Judy Stafslien and Karla Wakeen of the Viterbo College Preparatory School of Arts.
A special thanks goes to the Viterbo College Music Department for sponsoring the Wisconsin Music Teachers Association (WMTA) Music Auditions which gives area students the opportunity to participate.
Mary Leonard & Susan Rush will present Flotsam and Jetsam, a faculty recital, at 7:30 p.m. on Sat., May 8 in the La Croix Black Box Theatre, with scenes from Barefoot in the Park, The Glass Menagerie, A…My Name is Alice, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, and Lettice and Lovage. Admission is free.
Eric Johnson, May ’99, and Kelly Bensen, May ’99, have been accepted in the Master’s Program in Family Therapy at Edgewood College.
Phyllis Blackstone, education, recently attended the annual conference of the International reading Association in San Diego, Calif. As President-elect of the Midwest Wisconsin Reading Council, Dr. Blackstone served as the council’s delegate to the international association.
Larry Krajewski, math, together with education students Tony Bell, Lance Boullion, Joy Oellerich, and Ryan Rieber, conducted a Family Math Night for third graders and their parents at West Salem Elementary School, April 6 & 20.
Education majors Joy Ollerich, Christie Graber, Missy Hoague, Bobbi Jo Wachter, Krista Hamus and Karrie Steinhart recently represented the Viterbo College Education Club at the State Representative Assembly of the Student Wisconsin Education Association. This association is made up of 2000 college and university students with 24 chapters on public and private campuses. They participated with 90 volunteers in painting, decorating, organizing and cleaning schools in the Norwalk-Ontario School District.
Education majors Melissa Geertsma, Jodi Schulz, Alison Stugelmayer, Heidi Paalman, Joni Capouch, Kim Trulson, Karrie Steinhart, Kelly Casey, Missy Hoague, Christi Graber, Jamie Germanson, Joy Oellerich, Karn Ofte, Jamie Barrett, and Nini Borrelli completed a year-long project of Family Reading Nights at Jefferson School directed by Education professor, Phyllis Blackstone and Jefferson principal, Dr. Harvey Witzenburg. The seven evening events provided opportunities for parents and students to engage in literature-based activities promoting selections of quality children’s literature.
Campus Ministry News
by Father Tom O’Neill
Dates to note for May:
11 Tues. no noon Mass
13 Thurs. Ascension Thursday, Holy Day, Mass at noon, College Church
15 Sat. Baccalaureate Mass, 5:30 p.m. St. Rose Convent, Maria Angelorum Chapel
16 Sun. no 11 a.m. Mass at the College Church (graduation at 10 a.m.)
24 Mon. no noon Mass
Mass schedule will remain the same in the summer: weekdays (Mon - Fri) at 12 noon and Sunday at 11 a.m.
Rest In Peace: Please remember the mother of Jerry Smith who died last week. May she rest in peace.
The Diocese of La Crosse Office of Youth Ministry is offering two summer service opportunities: Appalachia July 2?9 and Pine Ridge Indian Reservation July 10?16. These are designed for students who have completed their junior or senior year of high school. Contact Fr. Tom for further information.
WAFER food for the month of May is spaghetti sauce and spaghetti and food pantry note: the . A gift of $20 will help purchase a bag of groceries for the Viterbo Food Pantry.
Check out our Web pages for announcements and calendar information @ www.viterbo.edu.
Agreement with Kagoshima Immaculate Heart University to be signed May 5
Simon Runswick, Associate Professor, School of International Studies, Kagoshima Immaculate Heart University, will visit Viterbo College on May 5 to participate in the signing of an agreement between Viterbo and Immaculate Heart. The agreement (which will be signed at 4 p.m.) will allow for the attendance of students from Immaculate Heart at Viterbo for up to a year as special students.
Students will be allowed to take any courses for which they have the requirements. However, because of the previous studies which these students have been engaged in, it is likely that their coursework will be in English, business, and coursework that will further their knowledge about U.S. culture.
Immaculate Heart is a new 4-year University located in Sendai City on the southeast coast of Japan. The University has two faculties: one in nursing and one in international studies. The international studies program focuses on language and culture. The Sisters of the Immaculate Heart were invited by the city to establish a University there. Viterbo also has an articulation agreement with a two-year college sponsored by the sisters located in nearby Kagoshima.
Dietetic interns for 1999-’00 school year announced
The Nutrition & Dietetics Department is pleased to announce that 10 dietetic interns have accepted appointments in the 1999-2000 class.
The students and their respective undergraduate schools: Sarah Dillenbeck, UW-Madison; Stephanie Harmel, UW-Madison; Lynn Hillberg UW-Madison; Rachelle Kuchar, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Meredith Ludwig, UW-Stevens Point; Jennifer Minnick, Purdue; Brandy O'Brien, UW-Stout; Amanda Oertley, University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign; Shana Pegel, UW-Stevens Point; Erin Smagacz, University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign.
The average undergraduate GPA of these interns is 3.07. One intern double majored in Spanish and dietetics; one is currently working on a Master’s Degree in Counseling at Winona State.
The Nutrition & Dietetics Department had 30 applications for the 10 available internship spots this year—the largest number of applicants ever!
The dietetic internship is accredited by The American Dietetic Association and provides the supervised practice experience for those students who have already completed their didactic requirements in dietetics. The dietetic interns start at Viterbo August 2.
Election results for SGA 1999-’00
• President: Dana Pukrop (Senior Rep)
• Vice President: Wyatt Biel
• Secretary: Cassandra Becwar (Sophomore Rep)
• Business Manager: Sam Hinton
• Other Representatives: Sophomore-Nick Johnson; Juniors-Juan Jimenez & Theresa Hoeger; Senior-Ann Borst; At-Large-Sam Hinton, Matt Ida, Sarah Rahn, Jason Van Langen, Michelle Wolfrom;
• Commuter/Non-Traditional-Tony DePaolo, Sarah Johnson, John Madlock.
S. Helen Prejean tickets
Anyone who has main floor tickets to Helen Prejean, and will not be using them, please bring them to the Public Relations office, MC228 or call Pat, x3041.
Don’t forget the booksigning. Copies of the book, Dead Man Walking, will be available to purchase. $1 from the sale of each book will be donated to the Viterbo Food Pantry.
Student requests for grade of incomplete spring 1999:
Page 28 of the 1997-99 catalog identifies the requirements and procedures for a student to request a grade of incomplete. The deadline for requesting an Incomplete and submitting the completed form to Wayne Wojciechowski is this Thurs., May 6. Questions? Call Wayne, x3085.
Second Annual Techno Expo held at Viterbo
The college hosted Techno Expo, sponsored by the Mississippi Valley Gifted and Talented Program (MVGTP), that allows high schools to present projects they have developed in the area of technology. As part of an afternoon session, Viterbo faculty demonstrated how they were using technology in their curriculum. More than 65 students and their instructors attended the event on April 15.
Many thanks to the individuals who participated in the event as speakers, presenters, project evaluators or event coordinators: Mike Collins, Dick Ruppel, David Willman, Ed Rushton, Karla Wakeen, Jeff Nyseth, Ed Morrison, Neil Rouse, and Mark Franz.
News you’ll notice
Support for the Arts Grows An initiative to raise financial support for Viterbo’s fine arts programming is meeting with success. In its second year, more sponsors have signed on—meaning more dollars to help maintain the center and the Bright Star Season and Arts for Young America. More than $30,000 in corporate support, including in-kind, has been secured for next season.
As part of this effort, Viterbo is receiving a very special gift from the E.O. Lukasek family. Dr. Lukasek has made an initial pledge of $20,000 to endow the support of a Bright Star show. He plans to add to the fund annually. The gift is a tribute to his wife Virginia Lukasek, a Viterbo alum and long-time member of the School of Fine Arts Advisory Board, who passed away unexpectedly last summer. Their fund will be called the Lukasek Family Endowment Fund and will be listed as such on a show each year.
The corporate supporters for the 1999-2000 Bright Star Season:
Billy Taylor Trio—The Lukasek Family Endowment Fund
A Flea in Her Ear—Franciscan Skemp
The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber—WXOW Channel 19
Amahl and the Night Visitors—US Bank
Harlem Spiritual Ensemble—Dayton’s
River North Dance Company—Dayton’s, The Heartland Arts Fund
The Duquesne Tamburitzans—WIZM
Gilbert & Sullivan’s Iolanthe—HSR
Kalichstein, Laredo, Robinson—James Birnbaum and Ross Seymour, Attorneys-at-Law
Ronald McDonald House Charities is back again as sponsor for Arts for Young America. After a successful first year collaboration, we are solidifying this corporate sponsorship as we work together to bring quality live performances to area youth and their families. Shows for next season are: Alexander and the Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day; The Very Hungry Caterpillar/The Very Quiet Cricket; Very Tall Tales; Young King Arthur; Busytown; and, Huck and Tom and the Mighty Mississippi.
Special thanks to Michael Ranscht and Julie Larson for their extra efforts in making this corporate sponsorship program work. We are coming off a marvelous Bright Star Season and know next year will be wonderful, too. The fine arts staff should be commended for a job well done.
Watch your mailboxes for your brochures and order forms for BSS and AYA.
Dr. Robert Greene to speak at UW-L
Dr. Robert Greene will give a lecture: "Academic Reform Based on a New Aristotelianism" at 7:30 p.m. on May 5 in Room 340 Cartwright Center, UW-L.
Dr. Greene is an independent scholar from Eau Claire with an undergraduate degree from Columbia Univ. and a Ph.D. from the Univ. of Colorado. Dr. Greene has taught in Texas, Colorado, Maryland, Wisconsin and Mexico. He has researched the use of Aristotelian concepts as a teaching methodology. As a self-taught speaker of nine languages, he has been remarkably successful in using those concepts for language education. Dr. Greene has also been a critic of the structure and methodology of American higher education and an advocate for reform, the topic of his lecture.
Dr. Green has a new book published by St. Augustine's Press of South Bend, Indiana entitled The Death and Life of Philosophy. The book has received high acclaim from reviewers.