Connections
A Newsletter for theViterbo University Community
Vol. 14  No. 10   October 30, 2000
 

Mark Your Calendars!
What?  University All-Employee  Forum
When?  Tuesday, Oct. 31
3:30-4:15 p.m.
Where? FAC Lobby
    Please plan to attend this event.

YWCA to Honor Viterbo and La Crosse Community Women Nov. 13
“I think the key is for women not to set any limits.”
- Martina Navratilova

    On Monday, Nov. 13, the YWCA will honor seven women from the Viterbo community at its annual Tribute to Outstanding Women event for their contributions to women, Viterbo, and the greater La Crosse Community.
    Viterbo Psychology Professor Pam Maykut has been chosen to receive high honors at the event for her leadership, achievement, encouragement and inspiration to others in the area of Education/Teaching. Other community women receiving high honors at the event include: Sheila Garrity, Activist; Julie Bartels, Business/Professions; Brenda Rooney, PhD, Health/Medical; Mariel Carlisle, Volunteer Services; Jeanne Hopson, Arts; Susan Wrobel, Education/Administrator; Dianne Morrison, Entrepreneur; Samantha Strong, Media/Communications; and Michelle Shimek, Young Woman of Tomorrow.
    In addition to Maykut, six other Viterbo women will be recognized at the event with a certificate of recognition. The Viterbo Women’s Studies committee selected these women from campus-wide nominations. They are:
• Kenna Christians, institutional advancement
• Erin Fargen, senior, criminal justice major
• Stephanie Genz, nursing
• Marilyn Jaekel, health services
• Rose Kreutz, nursing
• Rose Reinert, senior, social work
    Mistress of Ceremonies for the event is Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Ann Walsh Bradley.
    The dinner and recognition ceremony will be held at the La Crosse Center South Hall Ballroom. Tickets are $30 per person ($40 after Nov. 2) and can be ordered through the YWCA.
    For more information, contact the YWCA at 781-2783.

Ethics in Classroom
    Grant Smith, English, is the featured speaker in the next ethics lecture, Who Cares? Teaching with an Ethic of Care in the Classroom, this Thursday, Nov. 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the FAC Recital Hall.
    Smith explores the challenges of teaching in today’s world and discusses education’s first priority­ helping positively shape students’ character. The presentation is free and open to the public. A reception in the Hospitality Suite immediately follows the talk.
    Education majors can attend a workshop led by Smith from 5-6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 1 in MC 402. The workshop explores ethics in the classroom in the context of moral philosophy­from the ancient Greeks to the 20th century.
    For more information, contact Richard Kyte, director of the Ethics Institute, at ext. 3704, email rlkyte, or contact Smith at ext. 3485 or email gtsmith.

Book Talks Promote Young Adult Reading
    How can young adult literature be used in the classroom to help resolve social problems?
    That is the question being explored in a series of Book Talks that began in September and will run through April 2001. These free discussion groups, organized by Viterbo University Professors Grant Smith and Phyllis Blackstone, allow middle school educators, student teachers, education majors, and parents to explore young adult literature with the help of young adult literature scholars from Wisconsin and Iowa.
    The talks will culminate with a discussion and presentation on April 27 in the Viterbo Recital Hall by young adult author Jacqueline Woodson, author of Lena, Miracle’s Boys, and Last Summer With Maizon. Woodson received the Coretta Scott King Author Honor Award for her novels From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun and I Hadn’t Meant to Tell You This. She has been a Fellow at the MacDowell Colony and at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Mass. and has worked as a drama therapist in a New York City residence for runaway and homeless children. She lives in Brooklyn.
    “I have found the first two discussions to be energizing and provocative in a positive way,” said Smith. “Parents always bring new and different insights to the book discussions, insights the educators sometimes overlook. Our goals are to introduce quality young adult literature to parents and teachers, and to suggest ways that the parents and teachers can use those books in their homes and classrooms to generate dialogue on social issues. The discussions are lively, informative, and very helpful.”
    The Book Talks are funded, in part, by the Wisconsin Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Wisconsin Humanities Council supports public programs that engage the people of Wisconsin in the exploration of human cultures, ideas, and values.
    Seating is limited for the Book Talks so reservations are required. Persons interested in attending should contact Smith at ext. 3485 or by email at gtsmith.

What Can I Do with A Major In...?
    Students in all majors are invited to attend a symposium featuring Viterbo alumni at 3:10 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3 in MC 502. Alumni will address the question, What Can I Do with a Major in English? and discuss related careers with students. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet Viterbo alumni and learn from their experiences in fields related to English.

Free Irish Step-Dancing Workshop at Viterbo is Open to the Public
    The world-famous Trinity Irish Dance Company will lead a free Irish step-dancing workshop at the Viterbo University Fine Arts Center Dance Studio on Sunday, Nov. 5, at 2 p.m.
    The originator of the Irish dance phenomena and at the cutting edge of performance, Trinity Irish Dance Company was the first ensemble to make the leap from competition to performance. Founded in 1990, Trinity Irish Dance Company is the world’s only nonprofit professional Irish dance company. Many of its dancers come from the prestigious Trinity Academy of Irish Dance, the Chicago/Milwaukee-based school that has seized an unprecedented number of gold medals for the U.S. at the World Championships of Irish Dance held annually in Ireland.
    Through the work of Artistic Director Mark Howard, the company’s range and repertoire has exploded in a host of imaginative directions. Trinity Irish Dance Company’s surprisingly contemporary, thoroughly engaging artistic vision has inspired other productions, such as Riverdance.
    Trinity Irish Dance Company will perform at Viterbo to a sold-out crowd that same evening, as part of the Bright Star Season. The performance is sponsored by WXOW-TV 19 and is supported, in part, by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin.
    There is no charge for the workshop, which is open to the public, but reservations are required and can be made by calling ext. 3741.

Seventh Day Lunch Discussion
    What are you doing for lunch on Tuesday? The Seventh Day lunch discussion group will meet at noon in MC 419C to discuss “Why I’m Voting for George W. Bush, and Why You Should Too,” presented by John Nebeck, business.
    Upcoming Seventh Day Discussions include: Wednesday, Nov. 8: “It’s Not a Shame, It’s a Crime: Discussion of Domestic Violence in La Crosse,” Alice Benson, English; Thursday, Nov. 16: “Sometimes I Didn’t Think, I Just Kept on Living,” Kate Rutherford, psychology, author of Jerry’s Story.

Ghosts & Goblins Gettin’ Down
    Can ghouls groove? Come and find out at the Halloween Dance tomorrow night from 8:30-10:30 p.m. in the Marian Hall Dining Room. Dress up in your most dreadful duds for this scary soiree and win prizes.

Need a Halloween Costume?
    Want a great costume for Halloween this year but don’t want to pay an arm and a leg? Come to the costume sale on Monday, Oct. 30, from 1-4:30 p.m. in FAC B27. The Viterbo Costume Department has many costumes for sale at frighteningly cheap prices.

Comedian Promotes Diversity Awareness
    Viterbo University is one of 17 local organizations co-sponsoring a performance by comedian Chris “Crazy Legs” Fonseca on Thursday, Nov. 9 at 8 p.m. in Mitchell Hall at UW-La Crosse. His appearance is a local effort to promote cultural and disability awareness.
    Fonseca, who tours nationally with his act and has performed on Late Night with David Letterman, has cerebral palsy. Tickets are $5 in advance and are available from Riverfront, Quillin’s stores, WWTC Student Life Office, and UWL Cartwright Center. Tickets also will be available for $6 at the door.

Go "Into the Woods" in December
    Viterbo alumna Andreea Parsons ’00 has been cast in the Ordway Theatre’s December production of Into the Woods.
This Tony award-winning musical weaves together Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, Cinderella, and Rapunzel with the story of a baker and his wife on a quest to have and protect a child. Add a witch to the equation, appearances by Snow White and Sleeping Beauty and a narrator who weaves the tale together and you have a comedic and interesting tale— Disney gone awry.
    The show runs from Dec. 16-31 at the Ordway Theatre in St. Paul. Tickets range from $24-50.For reservations, and to order tickets, call 651-224-4222. Groups of 20 or more should contact Erica at 651-282-3111 or Peter at 651-282-3113.
    Interested in being part of or organizing a group to attend this event? Contact Barb Schroeder in the Learning Center at ext. 3190 or by email at bnschroeder.

Health Science Career Fair
    The newly constructed Health Science Center at 13th and Pine Streets (first and second floor corridors) is the location for the first annual Health Science Career Fair, sponsored jointly by the Career Planning and Placement services and Student Employment Services staff at Viterbo University, UW-La Crosse, and WWTC. Scheduled for next Monday, Nov. 6 from 1-6:30 p.m., this event is an opportunity for students enrolled in a health science training program to speak with a variety of employers from regional health care organizations about specific post-graduation employment opportunities.

Help Build a House
    Do you like to help others and work with your hands?  Viterbo is hosting a Habitat for Humanity day on Saturday, Nov. 4 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.  The house is on 817 St. Cloud St. If you are interested in volunteering for all day or part of the day, for example, from 8 a.m.-noon or noon-4 p.m., please contact Sr. Sue Ernster at ext. 3709. Space is limited.

A Visit with Sr. Helen Prejean at the Dead Man Walking Opera Debut by Rob Anderson, Residence Life
    Last year at this time I had the privilege of meeting Helen Prejean CSJ, when she was on the Viterbo campus. During that meeting she mentioned that her book Dead Man Walking, which had already been made into a very successful movie, was being produced for stage as an opera. That really excited me, but what excited me even more was knowing that American mezzo-soprano Susan Graham would sing the role of Sr. Helen. I immediately knew I wanted to see the world premiere of this opera in San Francisco.
    The winter and spring passed and as summer grew near I thought more seriously about the trip and decided to contact Sr. Helen and see if I could get materials on the opera to prepare me for the performance. About two weeks after I sent my letter to Sr. Helen, I received a phone call. She had received my letter and was glad to hear about my interest in the opera. She offered to send me materials about the production and the opera company. Just a few days later, I got a letter in the mail from Sr. Helen along with a special invitation to attend a reception in her honor prior to the matinee performance on Sunday, Oct. 22. I was elated! I immediately made plans to attend the performance and make the trip to San Francisco.
    Overall, the entire experience was phenomenal. Since this was my first trip to San Francisco, I was intrigued by many things­the hilly and crooked streets, the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, the diversity, the acceptance of many different lifestyles, and the beautiful architecture. However, the highlight of the trip was the day at the opera. On Sunday, Oct. 22, I made a short walk to the opera house, a beautiful structure directly across from City Hall in downtown San Francisco. I arrived at the opera house early to attend the reception and was directed to a beautifully-plush salon adjacent to the box seat area. There, about 75 people awaited the arrival of Sr. Helen. It was a great pleasure to again meet this wonderful woman of great strength, drive, and humor. We chatted only briefly, but she did remember me from her visit to Viterbo University, and commented on the wonderful warmth and hospitality of our great campus. Not long after we began speaking, the lights flickered and the bells rang, signaling the start of the opera.
    The production was more than I ever imagined. The performances of the three main characters were stellar. The music, written by Jake Heggie, a young composer, had brilliant sounds with rich color, emoting feelings of laughter, tension, contentment, concern, sadness, anger, and relief from the audience. The opera opens with Sr. Helen singing and builds into a scene with the children of Hope House accompanying.
“He will gather us around, all around.
He will gather us around.
 By and by.
You and I.
All around Him, gather us around.”
    This is the music that poignantly opens and closes the opera.
    The best moment of the trip however, was the ability to meet Susan Graham, one of my favorite singers, and the main reason I went backstage after the opera. She and the other singers were gracious enough to give autographs and allow photos to be taken with them.
    The opera has been dubbed a success by most of the critics, and will already be performed again during the 2001-02 season by Pacific Opera, quite a good sign for such a new work.

Sexual Ethics and Violence Prevention
    Edgewood College in Madison will be the site of a day-long presentation, Teaching Sexual Ethics: Preventing Violence on Small College Campuses, featuring keynote speaker Joseph Weinberg, an independent consultant specializing in working with colleges and universities to prevent violence against women. Break-out sessions include topics related to working with male athletes, peer education programs, programs for first-year students, adjudicating violence on the college campus, and addressing questions and concerns from the college community.
    Registration is limited to 80 participants. Contact Fr. Tom O’Neill, ext. 3804, for a registration form. Admission discounts will be given to those registering by Nov. 8. This workshop is sponsored by the Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (WAICU) Deans of Students.

Hola Mexico!
    Plan now for an exciting and educational trip “south of the border” to Mexico City and surrounding sights May 29-June 12, 2001. The itinerary includes museums, the restored Chapultepec Castle, the Pyramids of Teotihuacan, open markets, and the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City. Marie Des Jarlais, FSPA, who has lived and worked in Mexico for more than 10 years, will share her expertise along the way.
    The cost includes coach transportation in Mexico, superior tourist-class lodging, two meals daily, and admission fees to more than a dozen sites.
Coordinators of this tour are Viterbo University and GATE. To receive a brochure with more details, contact Sr. Bernyne Stark at ext. 3190 or email her at sbstark.

The Value of Contemplation by Fr. Tom O'Neill, campus ministry, and Deane Hatteberg, School of Nursing
    On the banks of Lake Neshonoc, under the big top on Aug. 28, Viterbo staff, faculty, and administration gathered for the annual “Day-at-the-Lake” where we considered the four values of contemplation, service, hospitality, and stewardship. During small group discussion of these values, many points of view about each were expressed and suggestions made regarding implementation.
    Below is the second in a series of articles summarizing those value findings. Today’s summary is on “contemplation” by Deane Hatteberg.
Contemplation
The FSPA document We Are Called defines contemplation as reflection on God, and the Christian Gospel and on the values therein­human dignity, common good, justice and more.
Related to contemplation, reflection invites us to examine our lives, how we use our time, and how we make decisions. In a busy, fast-paced world, reflection humanizes our work with students and one another by providing time to examine professional issues in relation to current political and social events.
    Reflection occurs during quiet time or in solitude, and actively in discussion with others. Thoughtful examination of programs, departments and goals, direct the development of contemplative activities that enrich classroom experiences and enhance personal development. Inner peace and the ability to store peace inside are gained through contemplation.
    Suggestions for contemplative activities from faculty, staff, and administration at the annual Day-at-the-Lake retreat include:
• Prayers at meetings
• Helping students contemplate God and the Christian gospel
• Journaling
• Providing quiet time in class for reflection, analysis, synthesis, writing
• Hands-on activities that help students experience reality
• Meeting together to clarify common goals and standards
• Advising, Sharing ­ learning and hearing
• Mentoring

Campus Ministry by Fr. Tom O’Neill
    Wednesday, Nov. 1 is the Feast of All Saints, a holy day of obligation. The Mass schedule is as follows: 11:45 a.m. (classes stop at 11:40 a.m. and resume at 12:35 p.m.) and 6 p.m. in San Damiano Chapel.
    Tuesday, Nov. 2, is the Feast of All Souls. Besides remembering all of our dead, we will especially remember at noon Mass those whose names have been sent through the Alumni Office and those in our Viterbo family who have died since Nov. 2, 1999. The Book of Remembrance is available in the Chapel for those who wish to include the names of those who have died. The book and the returned prayer forms will remain near the altar for the month of November.
    In your kindness please remember those who have died and those who mourn them:  The father of Ann Bunk. May he rest in peace.

Renting Regalia
    Faculty, administration, and staff who plan to rent regalia for the December graduation should contact Carlena or Nancy in the Viterbo Bookstore, ext. 3848, as soon as possible.

Directories On the Way!
    Staff/student telephone directories will arrive by the end of this week and will be distributed to employee mailboxes shortly thereafter.

Blood Donors Needed
    The leaves are changing, but the need for blood remains constant. Each day, the American Red Cross needs 900 donors to give blood to help patients. This year, these donations are even more crucial as blood continues to be in short supply around the nation.
    The Red Cross Blood Drive will be held at Viterbo University on Thursday, Nov. 16 from 1:15 p.m.-6 p.m. in the San Damiano Chapel.
    Appointments are encouraged. Please call Marilyn Jaekel, health services, at ext. 3806 or Judy Thesing, student development, ext. 3825, to schedule your appointment.

Out & About
• Upcoming events in November at the Pump House Regional Arts Center include:
Pegasus Players present Ravenscroft at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3-5 and Nov. 9-12, Pump House Dayton Theater. Ravenscroft, written by Don Nigro, is a mystery about five dangerous and alluring young women.
Music and Humor of Wisconsin by Lou and Peter Berryman, Friday, Nov. 17, 7:30 p.m., Pump House Dayton Theater.
For tickets or more information about Pump House events, call 785-1434.
• A roast pork and sauerkraut supper, bake sale, and bazaar will be held at St. John’s United Church of Christ, 630 West Avenue South, this Wednesday, Nov. 1 from 4-6:30 p.m. The cost is $7 for adults and $3.50 for children 10 and under.

Internship Information
    The Career Planning and Placement Office will host informational meetings regarding Spring and Summer 2001 internships on Thursday, Nov. 2 and Wednesday, Nov. 8. Both sessions begin at 3:10 p.m. in the Student Union by the mailboxes. Start planning now for great experiences and substantial resume-builders!

Casual Days in November
    Take part in Jeans Days in November by contributing your dollar at the MC Reception Desk or the Admission Office.
Nov. 3 Spirit Day
Nov. 10 Employee Day (Proceeds to WAFER)
Nov. 17 Food Pantry Day
Nov. 22 (Wednesday) La Crosse Tribune Jeans Day

Correction
    Last week’s Blast From the Past column contained an inaccuracy. The first year both men and women were housed in Marian Hall South and Treacy House was 1982.

Classifieds
For Sale: New and used cap and gowns, for faculty/administration, at a reduced price. Please contact Marie Leon LaCroix, FSPA, at 782-8495

Bus Trip Reminder
    The Viterbo Social Committee still has seats available for the Mall of America Holiday Shopping Trip.  The date is Saturday, Nov. 11, departing at 7 a.m. and returning around 10 p.m. A morning snack will be provided.  The cost is $16. Don't miss this chance to do some early holiday shopping and enjoy a road trip­Viterbo style! Reserve now...payment can be left with Marcia Brodt, MC Reception Desk.
 

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