A Newsletter for the Viterbo University Community
Vol. 14 No. 12 November 13, 2000
December/January Ethics Lectures Focus on Healthcare
The La Crosse Community Palliative Care Coalition and the D. B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership are co-sponsoring two ethics presentations this December and January. They are:
Getting Good Care at the End of Life: Personal and Political Agendas
Tuesday, Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m., FAC Recital Hall
Joanne Lynn, M.D., director, Center to Improve Care of the Dying; president, Americans for Better Care of the Dying; and author, Handbook for Mortals.
Until recently, few people survived serious illnesses for any substantial period of time. Now, thanks to improved medical care and technology, people with chronic illnesses are surviving for longer periods of time. But how can we both personally and politically improve the quality of care at the end of life? As president of Americans for Better Care of the Dying, Dr. Lynn has helped ensure that the dying have available a basic array of services that will leave them free to concentrate on their own human development and spiritual growth at this important time. She has also helped organize citizens and professionals to advocate for public policy that addresses the needs of individuals and families coping with a fatal illness. Partial funding for this presentation was provided by: Gundersen Lutheran Medical Foundation and the Viterbo Pi Phi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, International Honor Society of Nursing
The Role of Spirituality in Health and Illness
Monday, Jan. 29, 7 p.m., Marycrest Auditorium, Franciscan Skemp Medical Center
Christina Puchalski, M.D., assistant professor, Division of Aging
Department of Medicine, George Washington University; and director of education, National Institute for Healthcare Research.
Spirituality is very important for people dealing with chronic illness and other health-related issues. A wide range of studies has shown that spirituality plays a significant role in improving patient outcomes during recovery from surgery and such illnesses as heart disease, cancer, depression and substance abuse. In fact, it helps patients find meaning in their suffering and also helps them cope with the pains and frustrations associated with chronic illness. In this talk, Dr. Puchalski will explore the benefits of spirituality and the important role healthcare providers must play in addressing patients’ spiritual concerns. Funding for this event was provided by Franciscan Skemp Healthcare, Mayo Health System.
Give Blood Thursday
The need for blood donations remains high nationwide. You can help by participating in the Red Cross Blood Drive this Thursday, Nov. 16 between 1:15 and 6 p.m. in the San Damiano Chapel. Please make an appointment by calling Marilyn Jaekel, Health Services, at ext. 3806, or Judy Thesing, Student Development, at ext. 3825.
New on the Web!
Check out the new Preparatory School of Arts web page www.viterbo.edu/academic/ug/sfa/prepindex.htm, and the newly improved Communications and Marketing web page at www.viterbo.edu/aboutvit/admserv/pr/.Both pages contain a great deal of useful information.
Ho, ho, ho! The holiday season is approaching. Enjoy Christmas carols, games, Santa, face painting, and a caricaturist at the Annual Viterbo University Alumni Children’s Christmas Party. It will be held on Saturday, Dec. 2, at the FAC Lobby from 1:30-3 p.m. For more information call Sally Emerson, Institutional Advancement, at ext. 3071.
Seventh Day Talk and Booksigning
What are you doing for lunch on Thursday? The Seventh Day lunch discussion group will meet at noon in MC 419C to discuss Sometimes I Didn’t Think, I Just Kept on Living presented by Kate Rutherford, RN to BSN program adjunct, about the novel she recently completed, Jerry’s Story.
Rutherford will hold a booksigning before and after her Seventh Day Discussion in the MC Lobby, from 10 a.m.-noon and 1:30-3 p.m. She will sell and autograph her books Jerry’s Story, $12; And, I Don’t Mean Christmas, $5; and Sweet Stew: An Alaskan Tale, $8. Visit her website for more information on these books: www.folksites.com/speciallittlebooks.
You’re Invited Tuesday
The Music Department is holding a special music forum, The Music of American Composers on Tuesday from noon to 12:50 p.m. in the FAC Recital Hall. Fourteen performers (both singers and pianists) will perform the music of 20th century composers including Copland, Gershwin, and Barber. The performance is free and open to the public.
Prep School Recital is Saturday
Students of the Preparatory School of Arts at Viterbo University will perform in recital on Saturday, Nov. 18, at 2 p.m. in the FAC Recital Hall. A variety of music will be performed from the classical repertoire through standard modern show tunes. Students will perform on piano, cello, violin, flute, and voice. The recital is free and open to the public. A reception will follow in the lobby of the Recital Hall.
Career Fair a Success! by Amy Lane, Career Planning & Placement
Nov. 6 was the First Annual Health Science Career Fair sponsored by the Career Services offices of Viterbo, UW-L, and WWTC. It was a successful day of networking with employers from 39 different organizations across the Midwest. There were 225 students who attended the event including 43 students from Viterbo’s Nursing and Nutrition/Dietetics programs. It was a wonderful opportunity for students to network with employers in the surrounding areas.
Congratulations to Viterbo’s own Angelica Wendt, a nutrition/dietetics student. She won a leather briefcase in the grand prize drawing at this event. Thanks to all nursing and nutrition/dietetics faculty for attending the employer welcome and luncheon and to Physical Plant for creating signs for the career fair and shuttling students to and from the event.
In-house Notes from the Copy Center
Please be aware in addressing in-house mail that there are two Wayne W.’s, two D. Pofahls, three Jennifers, four Lindas, five Jeffs, seven Debra/Deborahs, and eight Susans employed at Viterbo…but only one Rolf. There are also two Jones, three Erickson/Ericson/Eriksens, four Andersons, and five Johnsons. Please be specific when addressing your mail by including complete names and departments on your inter-office mail.
The following faculty and staff who are part of the Chamber of Commerce 2000-01 Greater La Crosse Area Leadership class:
• Jan Eriksen, extended learning; Richard Kyte, philosophy; Jason Ramaker, residence life; Matthew Riffe, institutional advancement.
• Viterbo Education Professor, Ed Wenzel, who recently had an article he co-authored, "Oil and Water Don’t Mix, but They Do Teach Fractions" published in the November issue of Teaching Children Mathematics.
Viterbo Fall Sports Come to a Halt
The Viterbo men’s soccer teams’ hopes of reaching the regional finals were stolen Tuesday by the University of St. Francis squad who defeated the V-Hawks 1-0 in the first round of regionals at the VAC. The V-Hawks finished 10-8-3 and earned a second place finish in the conference and a conference tournament championship. The team had eight All-Conference players: Junior Adam Bockman, junior Eric Werket, and sophomore Shane Lanning. Junior Darren Orcutt and senior Cory Chapman were named Second Team All-Conference. Senior Dan Benda was an All-Conference Honorable Mention selection. Lanning, Bockman, Orcutt and Werket were named to the Midwest Classic Conference “Dream Team.”
The 2000 Viterbo women’s soccer team had an up and down year with a tough schedule but they never lacked confidence. The squad charted a 5-16 record and a 2-4 record in the MCC. Overall, their success came through hard work on and off the field for a lot of players. “We developed a chemistry that seemed to work for the entire team. It was an experience of a lifetime. We all grew one step closer to becoming the best we can be,” comments Head Coach Luis Holgiun. The squad also had several on the All-Conference list: Senior captain, Sarah Steuter earned second Team All-Conference honors; sophomore captain Gaea Bossman, senior Missy Curtis, freshman Michelle Frankiewicz, junior Nicole Goodnature, freshman Kristen House, and junior Amy Hawkinson were All-Conference Honorable Mentions.
The Viterbo volleyball team finished 10-27 overall and 2-4 in the conference. The V-Hawks were defeated by St. Ambrose in the first round of conference tournament play on Saturday, Nov. 4. The squad’s two conference wins came from Marycrest International and an exciting upset over Grand View who finished second in the conference. The Viterbo team tied for fifth place. The season ended on a positive note after defeating Grand View and winning the Pumpkin Tournament at Clarke College on Oct. 28. Head Coach Lynn Sirianni was excited about the improvement the team made throughout the season. “We have taken some big steps this season, I saw improvement in more ways than one!” The All-Conference honors were not yet available at the time of publication. Conference play was scheduled to end on Saturday, Nov. 11.
Girls' Basketball Clinic
Fifth and sixth grade girls are invited to come “forward” and participate in Coulee Catholic Schools basketball clinics sponsored by Women’s Basketball at Viterbo University. These free clinics will run Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 14 and 15 from 3:30-5 p.m. in the R.W. Beggs, Sr. Gymnasium at Viterbo. Call 796-3813 for more information.
Looking to get into shape? Viterbo University offers a variety of activities for you and your friends. Choose from yoga, aerobics, basketball, volleyball, pool, ping pong, weightlifting, running, or just make your own sports club. For more information contact Michael Rahn, director of intramurals, at ext. 3822.
News You'll Notice by Mark Franz
Information on the Computer Services projects, completed in anticipation of fall semester, was provided to faculty and through assembly reports. I would like to take this opportunity to inform you of a couple of new developments.
1. In order to provide better service to faculty using classroom multimedia podiums, portable laptops, computer carts, and computer labs, a cell phone has been acquired to provide immediate support. The classroom technology support phone number has been affixed to the classroom devices that will receive this elevated level of support. There is not a misprint in the support phone number the first three digits are 769 rather than 796. The full seven-digit number must be dialed since this is not an internal Viterbo extension.
2. Based on numerous requests, all classroom podiums, laptops and computer carts have had their Zip drives updated to 250 MB (which will read/write both 100MB and 250 MB) and they all have CD-ROM for consistency. Both the CD-ROM and Zip Drive can be used concurrently without swapping hardware. We are also addressing a number of other logistical issues regarding the podiums to accommodate the wide variety of individuals who make use of this technology on a daily basis.
3. Use of Internet network connections in the dorms continue to grow. We already have 40 students with direct ethernet network connectionsin Rose Terrace and Marian Hall South. This number grows each week. We are already planning (pending funding) to complete the remaining residence hall network wiring this summer. It is my expectation that we will jump to a minimum of 200 ethernet network connections in fall 2001 once all dormitories are wired.
4. Campus America (POISE), our administrative software vendor (along with three other higher education software vendors), was bought by an investment group this summer. At a recent meeting with Campus America, I was informed that the POISE product set is in the last five years of its supported life cycle. The selection and implementation of a new integrated system is a multi-year process. I am seeking initial input from the President’s Cabinet on how the university should proceed. It is likely a committee will be formed to evaluate the full range of potential replacement systems.
The School of Nursing will conduct its Nineteenth Annual Transcultural Nursing Symposium on Tuesday, Nov. 21 in BNC 122.
Junior nursing students should register between 7:30-7:55 a.m. Following registration, Robin Wissink, senior, will discuss her experiences with nursing in Kenya between 8-9 a.m. Between 9:20-10:20 a.m., Judy Anderson, Viterbo School of Nursing faculty, will provide insights into health care in China. Anderson traveled to China this past summer with Viterbo faculty and students. While there, she visited health care facilities and interacted with nurses and other care providers in Luoyang.
The final speaker is a Viterbo Master of Science in Nursing student who has provided nursing care on the Mercy Ship Mission to Nicaragua. Between 10:30-11:30 a.m., Mary Tschumper will offer glimpses of life and health care in Nicaragua.
Those interested in any or all of these presentations are encouraged attend.
Campus Ministry by Fr. Tom O'Neill
Thanks to all who participated in the Viterbo Habitat for Humanity Day. Another house will be built in the area and we will be looking for volunteers again. Please watch for details.
Liturgy schedule notes. There will be no noon Mass in San Damiano Chapel on Nov. 22, 23, 24. The Feast of Christ the King will be celebrated on Sunday, Nov. 16 with Mass at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.
A November prayer:
I am Called and Gifted
I hear your voice, Lord.
It calls to me in the dark of night
In the blinding sun of day
Wherever I look I see
The work of your hands
I hear the gentle sigh of peace whispered throughout creation.
I hear your voice, Lord.
It speaks to me of gifts yet unopened
And talents undiscovered
Wherever I go your generous and
Creative imagination is at work
I hear the sweet invitation
To live all that I already am.
I hear your voice, Lord.
It calls to me in the press of morning traffic
Through the needs of my co-workers
In the faces of my family
Whenever and wherever your people gather
Your voice insistently beckons
I hear the sound of my name.
I hear your voice, Lord.
You speak to me of listening more completely
Of giving more generously
Of responding more fully
Whenever I stop for one calm moment
I hear the call to be your servant
I claim the gift to be your disciple.
(By Linda Perrone RooneyUsed with permission of the Diocese of Orlando)
Support the FFA
Help support a local chapter of Future Farmers of America (FFA) by purchasing fresh fruit, delivered just before the Christmas holiday. A variety of packages are available as well as premium Wisconsin cheese and sausage packages. The deadline for orders is Tuesday, Dec. 5. Items will be delivered by Monday, Dec. 18—just in time for Christmas. Contact Loretta Waughtal, ext. 3040, or email lewaughtal.
Faculty, administration, and staff who plan to rent regalia for December graduation should contact Carlena or Nancy in the Viterbo Bookstore, ext. 3848, as soon as possible.
Buy a PAW during Pet Awareness Week on Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the MC Lobby for $1. All proceeds go to the Coulee Region Humane Society for the care of abandoned pets. Sponsored by Marian Hall RA staff.
Support the FFA
Devotional Features Rupp, Ripple Comin, Bowman
The new Catholic Women's Devotional Bible contains passages with writings from more than 100 women…including Sr. Joyce Rupp, the late Paula Ripple Comin, and the late Sr. Thea Bowman.
From Zondervan Publishing, the bible features 260 daily meditations and readings, 52 weekend devotions focusing on women of the Bible, and 50 tradition articles that link Scripture with important elements of Catholic life and faith. The Bible also contains a six year reading guide.
Additional women whose writings are featured include: Clare of Assisi and Julian of Norwich; recent Christians like Faustina Kowalska, Dorothy Day, Evelyn Underhill, Mother Teresa of Calcutta and contemporaries like Fran Ferder, FSPA, Madeleine L’Engle, Macrina Wiederkehr and Megan McKenna. The book costs $24.99 and is available on the web at: http://www.zondervan.com/0310900611.htm.
When Our Hearts Hold Hope
Retreat leader, spiritual writer, and inspirational speaker Joyce Rupp will present When Our Hearts Hold Hope Tuesday, Dec. 5 from 7-8:30 p.m. in the San Damiano Chapel on the Viterbo University campus. The presentation is part of an annual Paula Ripple Comin Memorial Endowed Lectureship in the area of spirituality. Admission is free.
Rupp is the author of Praying Our Goodbyes, May I Have this Dance? and Dear Heart, Come Home. Both Rupp’s and Ripple Comin’s books will be for sale at the event. A book signing by Rupp will follow the presentation.
¡Disfrutamos la Comida!
Sr. Clara Teul, a Belizean of Mayan descent, shares some history of her native country at a display set up in conjunction with the Ethnic Night Dinner held on campus this past Wednesday. The dinner and various displays were part of a program sponsored by Global Rhythms, RSB, and Aramark. An array of ethnic food was the highlight of the event. All menu items were prepared by Aramark from recipes submitted by Viterbo’s international students. By the way, the translation for the headline is: Enjoy the Food!
SOS Gains Spotlight
Jason Davis, “On The Road” reporter from ABC affiliate KSTP out of Minneapolis, and his film crew, were on campus Thursday to tape a feature on the Steinway Renovation project. The first Steinway was just completed at a cost of nearly $20,000 thanks to the SOS (Save Our Steinways) fundraising efforts which enjoyed widespread donor support. As fundraising continues to progress, two other Steinways will be scheduled to undergo the complete and unique restoration by Joel Lidstrom. The KSTP piece will air in several weeks and arrangements are being made to secure a tape of the broadcast.
For Sale: One pair 6 1/2” Cerwin-Vega mobile audio speakers. Stealth Series SS-262. Please contact Scott at ext. 3015.
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