A Newsletter for theViterbo College Community
Vol. 13 No. 28 April 3, 2000
Viterbo Names Pope John XXIII Award Recipients
Billy Mills, the part-Caucasian, part-Lakota Sioux long-distance runner who surfaced from virtual anonymity to win an Olympic Gold Medal, and Jane and Lindy Saline, a couple from Dresbach, Minn. who share a passion for volunteerism and promoting noteworthy community causes, are this year’s recipients of the Pope John XXIII Award for Distinguished Service.
Mills is best-known for creating one of the most spectacular moments in Olympic history. At the 1964 games in Tokyo, the virtually unknown 26-year-old Olympic athlete rocketed past the expected winners to take the gold medal. His victory is considered one of the greatest upsets in the history of the game and he is the only American ever to capture the 10,000 meter run.
Mills, who also served in the Marines, later became a successful life insurance salesman and is now a motivational speaker. He is the National Spokesperson for Christian Relief Services, raising money for Running Strong for American Indian Youth, a non-profit organization that helps a number of Native American projects. His life was made into the 1984 movie, “Running Brave.”
Since moving to the area from New Jersey in 1984, the Salines have remained exceptionally active despite "official" retirement. Jane, as a full-time homemaker, mother of four and principal caregiver for her mother and aunt, has served her churchFirst Presbyterianas a choir member, church school teacher, Bible study leader, and member of the Board of Deacons. She also is active in the Franciscan Skemp Auxiliary and with the La Crosse Symphony.
Lindy Saline retired from a 36-year career as an executive with General Electric in 1984. He has been honored by the Chamber of Commerce for his outstanding leadership and has also received the Spheres of Influence Award from Franciscan Skemp Healthcare. Since arriving in the Coulee Region, he has facilitated more than 40 planning workshops for social agencies, churches, colleges, and civic organizations. He is an organizer of Coulee Region Collaboration and of United Coulee Region.
Career Services Transition Announced
On Feb. 1, the Director of Career Services tendered her resignation. I took this as an opportunity to establish a task force to discern how Career Services can best serve the needs of our students. I asked the task force to submit recommendations to me by March 17. After much conversation and reflection, I have decided to move the Career Services unit (Director and Assistant Director) from Student Development to Academics. The unit will be housed in the Learning Center with the director reporting to Wayne Wojciechowski, the Assistant Academic Vice President. The date of this transition is July 1.
A recent trend in higher education is to relocate career services to the academic side of the educational enterprise. Although this is true so far in only about 30% of campuses, this move makes sense for us at Viterbo. The traditional career counseling and placement perspective is replaced by a comprehensive developmental approach that seeks to be fully integrated into the academic curriculum and assessment program. First-year students face issues with problem-solving, acceptance of responsibility for choices, clarification of values and abilities, as well as knowledge of services and resources. Career Services outreach is critical at this time in the academic life of students to assist them in re-evaluating or refining their professional aspirations throughout their college career and as alumni.
With the presence of Career Services in the Learning Center, we have another opportunity for a seamless model of service to students. The new configuration will provide a wholistic model for easy referrals by tutors, faculty, advisors, and staff. The Learning Center has established excellent credibility for services to students, and I firmly believe with the presence of Career Services in the Center, the students will be well served in another critical aspect of their college career.
I thank the people of the task force for their comprehensive evaluation and recommendations. I also wish to thank the deans, chairpersons, and faculty who provided input to the task force.
I thank you in advance for your support with this decision.
William J. Medland
"Alicia" to Share Story Tuesday
Alicia Appleman-Jurman, Holocaust survivor and author of Alicia: My Story, will speak tomorrow from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in the FAC Main Theatre.
Additional volunteer ushers are needed for the event. Interested volunteers should contact Rita at ext. 3047 today.
A limited number of second balcony seats were still available as of this printing. Call the MC front desk, ext. 3060, for ticket availability.
Tune in to WXOW TV 19’s Live at 5 tonight. Appleman-Jurman will be a guest on the program.
Lent/Holy Week/Easter: Please note the following schedule of liturgical celebrations at the Campus Church:
• Sunday, April 16
Passion (Palm) SundayMass and Distribution of Palms, 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.
• Monday, April 17
Penance Service, Sacrament of Reconciliation, 6 p.m.
• Thursday, April 20
Holy Thursday, Celebration of the Lord's Supper, 7 p.m.
• Friday, April 21
Good Friday, Celebration of the Lord's Passion, 3 p.m.
• Sunday, April 23
Easter, Celebration of the Lord's Resurrection, 11 a.m.
• Monday, April 24
Easter Monday, Mass at noon.
April gatherings at the Franciscan Spirituality Center:
• Depressed Anonymous, every Monday, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
• Dollar Drop-In Drumming Group, every third Thursday of the month, 5:30-7 p.m.
• Saturday Morning Men’s Discussion Group, April 15 and May 20, 9-11 a.m.
• Home Tips for Self-Healing, Thursday, April 27, 10-11:30 a.m. or Thursday, 5:30-7 p.m.
For more information, contact Fr. Tom O’Neill.
Due to Easter Break, the deadline for the April 24 issue of Connections has been moved up to Wednesday, April 19 at noon.
Please keep this adjustment in mind as you plan to publicize your campus news and activities.
Submissions for Connections may be emailed to Connections@ viterbo.edu or sent through campus mail to MC 228.
Dates & Deadlines
• Alicia Appleman-Jurman, Holocaust survivor and author of Alicia: My Story, will speak on campus tomorrow from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in the FAC Main Theatre. Her appearance is co-sponsored by the Women’s Studies Committee and Aavery Counseling. Call the MC Reception Desk at ext. 3060 for ticket availability.
• Flexible Spending Program forms are due Thursday, April 6.
• Regalia for faculty and staff for graduation and the honors convocation should be rented by Friday from the bookstore. Call Tim Posey at ext. 3848.
• 7th Day Noon Discussions in MC 419C: Ex Corde Ecclesiae, led by Tom Thibodeau, religious studies, Wednesday, April 5; Isis in Egypt, led by John Hempstead, library, Tuesday, April 25.
• Circle K-sponsored Viterbo Faculty and Staff Charity Basketball Game to benefit Place of Grace, Friday, April 7, 7 p.m., SAC.
• Staff Assembly Grant recipient nominations are due Friday, April 7.
• Alcohol Awareness Week, Sunday, April 9-Friday, April 14.
• D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership Lectures: Fr. Raymond Baumhart will present “Ethics in Business and Society” on Monday, April 10, at 7:30 p.m. On Wednesday, April 12, Fr. William Byron will discuss “Old Ethical Principles in the New Corporate Culture” at 7:30 p.m. Both presentations will be held in the FAC Recital Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.
• Employee Bowling at Pla-Mor Bowling Centre, Saturday, April 15. The cost is $5 per person for three games, shoe rental, and snacks. Return your reservation form to Marcia Brodt by Friday, April 7.
• SEAL Awards nomination deadline, Monday, April 24, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Turn in completed nomination forms to the SDC.
• SEAL Awards Ceremony, Wednesday, April 26, 6 p.m., College Church.
• Sister, Doctor, Dean Jean Golf Outing, Tuesday, May 16.
• Viterbo Employee Family Picnic, Saturday, May 20, Goose Island Shelter #5.
V-Hawk Sports Update by Ken Brekke
Viterbo's softball team recorded its first win of the season last week, and what a victory it was.
The V-Hawks opened the year with five losses on a road trip to Hastings, NE, but last Monday they split a doubleheader with cross-town rival UWL at Viterbo's Outdoor Athletic Complex. The V-Hawks rallied to win the second game of the doubleheader, and that 3-2 victory was their first over UW-L since the two schools began playing each other in 1992.
The Eagles had beaten the V-Hawks in 14 straight games, including the first game of last Monday's doubleheader. Viterbo led for almost all of that first game, but a last-chance rally by the Eagles gave them the win in another 3-2 squeaker.
The second game "was a great victory for our team, especially considering that heart-breaking loss in the first game," said Head Coach Chris Helixon. "I was proud of the way they came back. It was an important win and hopefully will lead to more confidence as we head into the rest of the season."
The softball team will play its next home games on Thursday, April 6. The conference doubleheader against Grand View College will begin at 3 p.m. at the Outdoor Athletic Complex along Hwy. 16. The team will play at home again on Monday, April 10, against St. Ambrose University. That conference doubleheader also will begin at 3 p.m.
Thea's Spirit Alive at Celebration Event
People were spilling out into the aisles and into the upper balcony for mass at Mary of the Angels Chapel on Sunday, March 26. At Marian Hall cafeteria that day, brunch with a flavor of "soul" was provided to a sold out crowd of about 300. That afternoon, those same people packed into the Fine Arts Center, completely filling the main floor and expanding into the first balcony.
They came for inspiration. They came to clap, sing, and shout. But most of all, they came to remember the life of a great woman—Sr. Thea Bowman. And remember they did through stories, laughter, song, and tears during Thea Fest 2000, a celebration of the legacy of Sr. Thea in honor of the 10th anniversary of her death (March 30).
Events of the day included a gospel mass; a brunch featuring a flavor of "soul food"; and a celebration concert with a welcome from Charlene Smith, FSPA, Thea videos, music from the Viterbo Concert Choir and the Thea Bowman Memorial Choir from Holy Child Jesus School in Canton, Miss. In addition, reflections on Thea were provided by Josephine Bryan, SP, from St. Mary of the Woods in Indiana; Celestine Cepress, FSPA, Professor Emerita at Viterbo; David Lee Cscicsko (who also unveiled his print, Sr. Thea); Fr. Joseph Dyer a pastor and friend of Thea from Oxford Miss.; Fr. Thomas Finucan a former president of Viterbo; Dorothy Ann Kundinger, FSPA, and longtime friend and companion of Thea; Rochelle Potaracke, FSPA, a friend of Thea; and Nola Jo Starling-Ratliff, a Viterbo alumna and former student of Thea. Tom Thibodeau served as master of ceremonies.
Special thanks to all who helped make Thea Fest 2000 possible, including people who hosted children from Canton, Miss.
Young Coulee Region Volunteers Honored
Students who provide exceptional service in the performance of volunteer work will be honored for their commitment in a special program scheduled for Thursday, April 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the Viterbo College FAC Lobby.
The 47 students to be recognized were selected by individual schools in the Coulee Region for participation in the program. The schools that have chosen to participate are: Central, Logan, Aquinas, La Crescent and West Salem high schools; Western Wisconsin Technical College; UWL; and Viterbo College. Joe Kruse, Vice President of Franciscan Skemp Healthcare, will provide a brief keynote speech. A reception with refreshments follows the program.
According to Viterbo president Dr. William Medland, the fifth Annual Volunteer Recognition Night is a special way of thanking all of the student volunteers who help make the Coulee Region better place to live.
Volunteers being honored are:
• Aquinas High School: Abby Holler; Emily Hughes; Amy Kimmett; Meghan Knox; Sarah Manson; Meredyth Skemp, Tom Steingraeber.
•Central High School: Amy Carney; Ian Davidson; Emmy Dunn; Gregory Egan; Natasha Larson; Gretchen Passe.
• La Crescent High School: Amanda Curran; Whitney Duggan; Cole Reschke; Molly Ronnenberg; Justin Storlie; Nikki Woodworth.
• Logan High School: Anne Caulum; Jessica Hembd; Amanda Hofer; Melissa LaFond; Evie Langteau; Joshua Veglahn.
• UWL: Katherine Ahrensmeyer; Danielle Baumann; Alyssa Grovdahl; Shawn McConaghy; Carolyn Nelson; Josh Windjue.
• Viterbo College: Jenny Drexler; Erin Fargen; Juan Jimenez; Karen LaMotte; Dana Pukrop; Nicoleen Rhoomes.
• West Salem High School: Allen Bateman; Joshua Friell; Emily Jensen; Michael McMahon; Dawn Schmig; Matt Streeton.
• WWTC: Amy Kowitz; Barbara L’Heureux; Linda McAllister; Cynthia Wojahn.
Instructor Contributes to New Health Project
Ruth Williams, nursing, is a member of the statewide Creating Health Advisory Committee for the Creating Health project, spearheaded by Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) in partnership with the UW-Extension Cooperative Extension.
The project seeks to connect Wisconsin women across generational, racial, urban/rural, and income lines to take greater control of their health. Williams served as a reviewer of materials and their distribution as well as the structure of related WPT broadcasts.
The Creating Health project includes a program which examines the changing relationship of health care providers with patients, and specifically, how women can forge a better relationship with those providers.The one-hour broadcast will air Wednesday, April 26.
Student Dietetic Association Hosts Sale
Summertime is just around the corner, and that means barbecues, picnics, and other outdoor meals. Be aware that many of the foods we love are prone to dangerous levels of unhealthy bacteria when they reach temperatures between 40 and 140 degrees.
Throughout the month of April, the Student Dietetic Association will promote safe and healthy food preparation with a food thermometer sale. Thermometers are $6 each and come with an instruction card. Order forms will be in mailboxes. Drop-off boxes for orders are at the MC reception desk, the BNC office, and the Student Union desk.
Preparatory School Students Featured
The Viterbo College Preparatory School of Arts will present two departmental recitals on Sunday, April 9 in the Recital Hall of the FAC.
The first recital will begin at 2 p.m. and the second will start at 3:30 p.m. There will be a short reception after each program, which will consist of a variety of music from classical to modern.
Students will perform on piano, violin, and cello and range in age from early elementary through high school. Teachers from the Preparatory School whose students will perform are Busya Lugovier, Bradley Lebakken, Alexandra Wheat, Mary Kulas, Carol Rhodes, Sr. Marcella Steffes, Pauline Steffes, and Judy Stafslien. The recitals are free and open to the public.
Lend a Helping Hand
Good Neighbor Day is Saturday, April 29. It’s a great opportunity to help those around you. Help local residents with light housekeeping or yardwork from 9 a.m. (with donuts) and finish by noon (lunch provided). For more information, contact Sr. Sue Ernster at ext. 3709 or e-mail smernster.
Polly Steffes, Instructor of Flute and Voice in the Preparatory School and a Viterbo alumna, will present a Flute Recital on Saturday, April 8 at 2 p.m. She will be accompanied on piano by Carol Rhodes and assisted on cello by Sr. Marcella Steffes. The recital will feature works from around the world, including Asian piccolo pieces, Welsh folk songs, French and American flute sonatas, and other works. The recital will be held at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in La Crosse. All are welcome to attend.
News You'll Notice by Barry Fried
Swing into Summer!
• The first annual Chris Lee Memorial Golf Outing will take place Tuesday, May 2 at Forest Hills Golf Course and Restaurant. The event will cost $85 for golf and dinner. All proceeds from this event benefit the Chris Lee Endowed Scholarship at Viterbo College. Chris, who graduated from Viterbo in May 1999, was an active member of the Viterbo College community and the Viterbo baseball team. Chris died October 23, 1999 of injuries resulting from an auto accident. Please call Chris Sanger at ext. 3070 to register or receive more information.
• The Viterbo Athletics Golf Outing also is right around the corner. This year’s event will be held Monday, Aug. 21 at the La Crosse Country Club. A complete golf-dinner package costs $100. Last year’s event was sold out (144 participants) and was very successful. All proceeds from this event will benefit Viterbo athletics programs. Call Barry Fried at ext. 3812 to register.
Get Fit with Vic!
Employees are encouraged to come over and test the new fitness equipment in the SAC. Tours and orientation sessions can be set up by contacting Michael Rahn, Recreation/Intramural Sports Director, at ext. 3822. The fitness room now includes treadmills, cardio bikes, recumbent bikes, stair steppers, dumbbells, and multiple pieces of new free weight equipment. We hope to see you!
Arts & Entertainment
• Senior Graphic Design exhibit, through April 12 in the Viterbo Art Department Gallery. The gallery is open during regular school hours or at other times by request.
• Flute Recital by Pauline Steffes, instructor in the Viterbo Preparatory School of Arts, Saturday, April 8, 2 p.m., Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, La Crosse. Admission is free.
• Senior Voice Recital by Beth Mathison, mezzo-soprano, and Deanna Standorf, soprano, Saturday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall, FAC.
• Preparatory School of Arts Recital, Sunday, April 9, 2 p.m., FAC Recital Hall. Students of Preparatory School faculty will perform. Admission is free.
• Iolanthe, a comic operetta by Gilbert and Sullivan and presented by the Viterbo College Theatre Arts and Music departments, Friday and Saturday, April 14 and 15 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, April 16, at 2 p.m., FAC Main Theatre. Call the Box Office, ext. 3100, for ticket information.
• “The Jewish Wife,” Bertolt Brecht’s famous one act play about a marriage around 1934 between a Catholic doctor and a Jewish woman in Frankfurt, Germany, Monday, April 17, 7 p.m., La Croix Black Box Theatre, FAC. The play precedes a lecture by Fr. Bernard McGarty, visiting scholar in ecumenial studies, about the history of Jewish and Catholic relations. The performance and lecture are free and open to the public.
• Lorie Line and Her Pop Chamber Orchestra, Monday, April 24, 7:30 p.m., FAC Main Theatre. Call the Box Office, ext. 3100, for ticket information.
• Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson, internationally acclaimed virtuosos teamed together for the final event of the 1999-00 Bright Star Series, Wednesday, May 3, 7:30 p.m., FAC Main Theatre. This performance is sponsored by James G. Birnbaum and Ross A. Seymour, Attorneys-at-Law. This concert is supported, in part, by a grant from theWisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin.
Connections Readers' Survey Results
The results are in from the Connections readers’ survey! Nearly 100 of you responded and your great feedback has given us encouraging results.
Here are the results in a nutshell:
I read Connections:
82% always 14% often 4% sometimes
I currently receive Connections through:
96% campus mail 2% Connections boxes on campus 2% U.S. mail
I would prefer to receive Connections through an email link:
45% yes 43% no 12% no response
I am satisfied with the frequency with which I receive Connections (weekly): 100% yes
When reading Connections, I prefer to read:
35% the entire newsletter
14% sections that interest me
1% sections that apply to my department/area
The most useful information in Connections:
93% General news/memos
65% News You’ll Notice
50% Arts & Entertainment
48% Focus on
26% Classified Ads
19% Sports Update
17% Campus Ministry
The items I am most interested in seeing in Connections are:
81% Personnel (hires, retirement, etc.)
81% Campus-wide news/bulletins
56% Feature stories (i.e., Focus on, others)
56% Personals (classifieds, birthdays, etc.)
38% Helpful tips (quotes, self-help, etc.)
12% News from outside Viterbo
The information I find least useful in Connections is:
48% Focus On
38% Sports Update
17% Campus Ministry
10% Arts & Entertainment
1% General news/memos
1% News You’ll Notice
Connections is easy to read
Agree 99% 1%
The newsletter is professional-looking
Agree 95% Disagree 5%
Articles are typically short and concise
Agree 98% Disagree 2%
Connections uses a wide variety of photos/graphics
Agree 71% Disagree 29%
There is too much detail in Connections articles
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Connections should print more feature stories Agree 67% Disagree 33%
Connections is fine the way it is. Don’t change.
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Suggestions: Include student and staff honors, club activities, long-range goals for Viterbo, academic highlights, VEHIP recipes.
...Deb Stover for her interview with Channel 8 on Monday, March 27, regarding the La Crosse Medical Society's Doctors' Day food drive.
...John Schroeder and Terry Witzke, Graduate Studies in Education, for their interview on Tuesday, March 28 on radio station WLSU. Topics included Viterbo’s undergraduate and graduate teacher education programs and the teaching profession.
...Julie Sprain, a senior biology major who will attend The Ohio State University School of Optometry in the fall.
...Peter Falk, a biology major who was accepted at the University of Wisconsin Medical School for this fall.
Out & About
April events at the Pump House Regional Arts Center:
• Poetry Reading by fisherman and poet C. Mikal Oness, Sunday, April 9, 2 p.m. Oness’ new book is titled Water Becomes Bone.
• Independent Production by Chris Smithers, blues singer and guitarist, Friday, April 14, 7:30 p.m.
• Magical Strings, harp and dulcimer duo of Phillip and Pam Boulding, Saturday, April 15, 7:30 p.m., Dayton Theater.
The Pump House is located at 119 King Street. Call 785-1434 for more details regarding tickets, performances, or exhibits.
For sale: ‘86 Buick Skyhawk, 4 cylinder, automatic, two-door, radio, good tires, new exhaust, 128,000 miles. $850. Call Judy at ext. 3825.
For sale: Nordic Track Pro. Great condition, $300. Call Jennifer at ext. 3043 or 796-0885.
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