A Newsletter for the Viterbo University Community
Vol. 14 No. 18 January 15, 2001
What is the North American Hunting Ethic?
Today’s hunters are being challenged. Challenged by the behavior of a few hunters who violate the ethical code. Challenged by the misperceptions that exist from non-hunters and animal rights groups. Challenged by their loss of identity as wildlife conservationists.
That’s why, in 1993, Jim Posewitz founded Orion, The Hunters Institute, a non-profit conservation organization dedicated to the preservation of hunting for future generations by focusing on hunter ethics and the important role hunters play in conservation.
Join Posewitz on Wednesday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m. in the FAC Main Theatre for an in-depth look at “The North American Hunting Ethic” as part of the lecture series from the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership.
A Wisconsin native, Posewitz was born in Sheboygan in 1935. After introducing himself to the joys of hunting, fishing, and trapping, he moved to Montana pursuing fish and wildlife management studies and receiving his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. After graduation, he spent 32 years with the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks, leading the agency’s ecological program for 15 years.
His acclaimed book Beyond Fair Chase: The Ethic and Tradition of Hunting, published in 1994, is widely used in the hunter education community. In 1999, he released his second book, Inherit the Hunt: A Journey Into the Heart of American Hunting.
This event is being presented as part of the Humanities Symposium, “The Sporting Life: Gender, Race, and Ethics in American Sports,” and is partially sponsored by Gander Mountain and Outers.
Get Ready for "The Sporting Life" Feb. 5-8
Explore the excitement and controversy of “The Sporting Life: Gender, Race, and Ethics in American Sports,” Viterbo University’s annual Humanities Symposium, Monday, Feb. 5- Thursday, Feb. 8, with keynote speaker Mariah Burton Nelson, a sportswriter and former college and professional basketball player.
Burton Nelson takes a closer look at “Sexism in the American Culture of Sports” on Monday, Feb. 5, at 7 p.m. in the Viterbo FAC Main Theatre. The talk, based on her book, The Stronger Women Get, the More Men Love Football, looks at the masculine world of sports and its effect on women. By creating a sports world where masculinity is equated with violence and where all visible women are cheerleaders, do “manly” sports set the stage for violence against women?
The book was nominated for awards by the Center for the Study of Sport in Society and the North American Society for Sport Sociology.
Burton Nelson’s talk is just one event in the week-long series of events. Other symposium highlights include:
Monday, Feb. 5
Introduction and panel discussion, 2-4 p.m., FAC Main Theatre. Presenters include: Tonya Moten Brown, vice president and chief of staff, University of MinnesotaMinneapolis; Jearold Holland, department chair, Recreation Management/Therapeutic Recreation, UWLa Crosse; and Sara Sullivan, psychology professor, UWLa Crosse. Classes are canceled at this time so students can attend.
Tuesday, Feb. 6
“Yesterday’s Negro League Baseball,” Dennis Biddle, 11:30-1 p.m. and 5:30-7 p.m., FAC Lobby. Join Biddle for a baseball-style lunch or dinner and a discussion of the courageous individuals who played in the Negro League. Biddle played for the Chicago American Giants as a pitcher. He earned the nickname “The Man Who Beat the Man Who Beat the Man” when he beat Gerald McKinnis, a pitcher who was one of the few to beat Satchel Paige. A collection of Biddle’s baseball memorabilia will be on display in the lobby.
Wednesday, Feb. 7
“The North American Hunting Ethic,” Jim Posewitz, FAC Main Theatre, 7:30-9 p.m. See the article on the front page of this issue of Connections.
Thursday, Feb. 8
“Jackie Robinson,” FAC Main Theatre, 9:30 a.m. and noon. Performed by the Mixed Blood Theatre, a professional, multi-racial theatre group from the Twin Cities, the Jackie Robinson story is one of nine educational plays the group tours and presents to youth and adults throughout the country. It tells the story of baseball legend Jackie Robinson.
In addition, throughout the symposium, various speakers will visit Viterbo classrooms. All symposium events are free and open to the public. For more information contact Mary Hassinger, dean, School of Letters and Sciences, at ext. 3393 or by email at mchassinger.
"Franklin's Big Adventure" Comes to Town
The world’s favorite turtle comes to Viterbo in a musical theater production entitled Franklin’s Big Adventure on Friday, Jan. 26, at 7 p.m. in the FAC Main Theatre.
This production features Franklin and his friends Fox, Beaver, Bear, and Snail.
The pals are off to visit the local museum where they visit displays of the Roman Empire, ancient musical instruments, the Rainforest, and, eventually, the dinosaur exhibit where Franklin has a “Close Encounter” with a “creature” larger than himself.
Franklin’s Big Adventure is a Tanglewood Family Entertainment production and is part of Viterbo’s Arts for Young America program.
It is sponsored by Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Wisconsin and supported, in part, by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin.
Ticket prices are $12 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. For more information, contact the Box Office at ext. 3100 or visit the web site at: http://www.viterbo.edu/ academic/ug/sfa/aya.htm.
Campus Preview Days
On Friday, Feb. 2, and Saturday, Feb. 10, Viterbo University will host two Financial Aid Workshops/ Campus Preview Days from 8:45 a.m. until 1:15 p.m.
In terms of the complete admissions year cycle, these are some of the most significant dates on the calendar. Though we always try to put our best feet forward, this is the time when interest is piqued or an enrollment decision is solidified.
While the majority of the activities are centered around the FAC, these potential students and their families will be seen in many other areas of the campus.
Admissions asks that if you encounter these people that you merely extend to them the same welcome and friendly manner that has become the trademark of Viterbo University. This is truly one of our strongest attributes and one on which we get so much positive feedback throughout the year.
Explore Careers in Science
Interested in a career in science? Viterbo University is holding a Science Career Expo on Friday, Jan. 19, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in the FAC Lobby for current and potential college students as well as area high school students interested in exploring science-related careers.
More than 20 Viterbo alumni representing science careers from healthcare, business and industry, academics, research, and government will be on hand to discuss potential careers and distribute related information. The Expo is sponsored by the Viterbo Biology-Chemistry Club and Departments, Alumni Office, and Career Planning and Placement.
For more information, contact Amy Lane, Career Planning and Placement, ext. 3828, or by email at ajlane.
Coffee, Bagels, and a Hot Topic
On Wednesday, Jan. 31, Marlene Fisher, sociology, social work, criminal justice, will lead a discussion of The Stronger Women Get, the More Men Love Football. On Thursday, Feb. 1, Grant Smith, English department, shall lead a discussion of Embracing Victory: Life Lessons in Competition and Compassion. Both books are by Mariah Burton Nelson, a former college and professional basketball player, who will be the keynote speaker at the Humanities Symposium. Both books should be available at local libraries or at the campus bookstore. The book talks begin at 7 a.m. in the Global Education lounge (MC 402A) and a breakfast will be provided. To sign up for a book discussion session, contact Smith at ext. 3485 or email gtsmith.
Business Card Supply Depleted?
If your supply of business cards is low or you did not order cards after the transition to Viterbo University, please bring a signed purchase order to the office of Communications and Marketing, MC 228, and complete a business card order form no later than Friday, Jan. 19. Contact Rita Koch-Thometz at ext. 3047 or email rdkochthometz if you have questions regarding ordering business cards.
V-Hawks Play to Win by Lynn Sirianni, Sports Information Coordinator
The Viterbo women’s basketball team earned the number 14 slot in the NAIA Division II basketball rating issued on Jan. 9 and proved on Wednesday, Jan. 10, they are very deserving.
The V-Hawks defeated number seven-ranked St. Ambrose to open their conference schedule with a win.
The women came from a nine-point deficit at half time to defeat St. Ambrose 73-63. Last year, the Bees beat Viterbo all three times the teams met.
The V-Hawk women hold a 16-4 record and are 1-0 in the MCC. They are scheduled to play Grand View on Saturday, Jan. 13 in Des Moines, Iowa.
The Viterbo men's basketball team opened their conference schedule with a big win on Wednesday night as well, defeating St. Ambrose 85-79. The V-Hawk men are 7-12 and 1-0 in the MCC. They are also scheduled to play Grand View on Saturday, Jan. 13 in Des Moines.
Both teams are at home again on Wednesday, Jan. 17 to face Iowa Wesleyan. Tip-off for the women is at 5:30 p.m. and at 7:30 p.m. for the men.
Gallery Features Works by Jason Lee
The Viterbo University Art Department Gallery will feature “‘Static’: A Solo Exhibition of Performative-Based Sculpture” by artist Jason Lee from Wednesday, Jan. 17 through Friday, Feb. 9, with an opening reception on Wednesday, Jan. 17, from 7:30-9 p.m.
The show features multimedia installations, which are sculptures that involve video-generated images and incorporate the use of televisions, VCRs, etc.
Lee received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in sculpture from Kent State University and his Master of Fine Arts in sculpture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is currently the senior carpenter for Scenic View, Inc. in Chicago and a shop carpenter for I.D.E.A. Interior Design in Chicago. He is also the co-founder of a performing art group and continues to participate in exhibitions and performances. The reception is free and open to the public.
News You'll Notice by Steve Wenger, Telecommunications
As Viterbo continues to grow, we’re faced with some telecommunications challenges. Here are some issues:
The current phone system was originally installed in 1990. Several hardware and software upgrades have been made over the years; however, it’s almost at maximum capacity. Every time an extension is added, a port, or physical location, is used up inside our switchboard. After several years of expansion, we’re running out of “real estate” to our switchboard. Due to great advances in technology, it could actually cost more to purchase expansion modules and support an outdated system than it would be to transfer to current technology. This presents several options that are now being explored:
• Replacement of the system with the same brand, NEC, from Viterbo’s current vendor, with a buy-back incentive on the used equipment.
• Replacement of the system with a different brand from a competitive vendor, with the option to purchase or lease.
• Replacement of the system with Internet Protocol (IP) telephony.
The fact that voice mail has worked sporadically at best over the past few months has brought more attention to the phone system. When lightening struck MC in early November, it permanently charred some of the voice mail system components. These parts are vendor-specific and are difficult to obtain. We’re currently working with our vendor to resolve the problem.
Speaking of voice mail, it’s important to remember to change your voice mail greeting when returning from the holidays, vacations, etc. Since we’re a place of business, proper phone etiquette must be employed. And, although voice mail is an effective means of communication, it’s considered impolite to forward all calls to voice mail while at your desk.
Another phone scam is making its circuit and has been identified by the National Fraud Information Center. Please don’t respond to messages asking you to call a phone number in area code 809. The 809 area code can be used as a “pay-per-call” number, similar to 900 numbers. Since 809 is located in the British Virgin Islands, it’s not covered by U.S. regulations of 900 numbers. All calls to area code 809 have been temporarily blocked at Viterbo to avoid fraud.
Viterbo to Host Malaysian Pianist
The Viterbo Music Department is hosting pianist Siok Lian Tan for a master class on Friday, Jan. 19 at 3:10 p.m., and a recital on Saturday, Jan. 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the FAC Recital Hall.
A native of Penang, Malaysia, Tan completed her musical training at Trinity College in London and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and is currently assistant professor of piano at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. An active soloist and chamber musician throughout the Midwest, she’s been heard on live radio broadcasts and twice appeared as soloist with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.
The master class features piano students of Timothy Schorr, Viterbo assistant professor of music. The recital includes solo piano works by J. S. Bach, Beethoven, John Ireland, and Robert Schumann.
Both the master class and recital are free and open to the public. For more information, call ext. 3769.
Campus Ministry by Fr. Tom O'Neill
Welcome back from semester break and to second semester. A Franciscan welcome to all new, transfer, and re-admitted students. Please let us meet you and be sure to visit our campus ministry web site at http://www.viterbo.edu/aboutvit/Ministry/.
Today, we as a nation observe Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Black History Month. We’ll mark the occasion with a Service of Remembrance tonight at 6 p.m. in San Damiano Chapel. The student planners welcome all to attend and to join people of goodwill to reach beyond barriers of racial prejudice to celebrate a great man within the context of an inspiring history.
We will celebrate a Memorial Mass for Dr. Linda Malick on Wednesday, Jan. 17 at noon in San Damiano Chapel. All are invited and welcome to attend.
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: From Jan. 18 to 25, this ecumenical observance provides an opportunity for all who call upon Jesus as Lord to commit themselves to the unity of the church, a unity for which Jesus prayed on the night before he died. We’ll pray for unity at the weekday and Sunday Eucharists.
Please remember those who have gone to their eternal reward, especially the grandmother of Cory Chapman. May she rest in peace.
Out & About
Check out the following events at the Pump House Regional Arts Center this month:
• Daughters of Africa, written by award-winning playwright Syl Jones for Mixed Blood Theatre, the play is a commemoration of the triumph of pride, determination, and courage. The show is Saturday, Jan. 20, 7:30 p.m. in the Dayton Theater. Tickets are required.
• “Landscape Paintings,” by artist Kevin Knopp, is the exhibit in the Front Gallery through Feb. 14.
• “La Crosse Collects: Selected Artwork from Local Collections” is in the Kader Room through Feb. 24.
Call the Pump House at 785-1434 for more information on these events.
The Artaria String Quartet is performing an all-Beethoven concert, featuring three of Beethoven’s quartets, on Friday, Jan. 19, at 7:30 p.m. in the FAC Recital Hall.
Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students. Call the Box Office at ext. 3100 to order tickets.
Wendy Wegner, nursing, for her interview on the nursing shortage with WKBTTV 8 last Tuesday.
Eric Manchester, philosophy, who participated in a two-part discussion on WLSU radio’s program “Science Zone” in December. The talk explored how historical shifts in scientific theory have contributed to a separation between ethical concerns and scientific developments.
Apply to Connect by Anne Ellefson, Student Development Center
The Connect Club is now accepting applications for second semester. Applications, available in the Student Union and the SDC, should be completed and returned to the SDC by Wednesday, Jan. 24. The introductory training for new members is scheduled for Thursdays, Jan. 25 and Feb. 1, from 6-9 p.m.
Faculty and staff are asked to pass the word on to top students and to encourage those they feel would be quality candidates to apply. Connect programming offers students a variety of avenues for promoting healthy choices. Students may elect to develop public awareness materials, deliver presentations to youth in the community, promote alternative activities on campus, organize surveys, conduct educational events on campus, or man the club's coffeehouse.
Additional information about the program or the application process is available from Anne Ellefson at ext. 3807 or by email at amellefson.
From the Library
The library has in its collection nearly 400 prints, drawings, and paintings. Much of the work has been donated by different individuals over the years.
Art department faculty or students made some of the pieces, but others were donated by visiting artists.
Works by nationally and internationally known artists like Kathe Kollwitz, Georges Rouault, and Wayne Thiebaud are included, among others. The naïve paintings of Anna Miller are also on display near the library study rooms. Some works are available for loan to offices on campus.
Come see the works and contact Lisa Autio at ext. 3267 or by email lautio if you wish to borrow works.
Calling all quilts!
Last year, quilts were displayed in the library stairwell. The quilts were admired by many who came through, and served a twofold purpose of beautifying the library and preventing sound from echoing in the library.
Since the quilt show of the La Crosse Quilting Society has moved on, the library is extending invitations to any members of the Viterbo community who would like to loan a quilt for a long-term show.
Quilts will be displayed in various places in the library.
If you are interested in lending, please include name(s) of the quiltmaker(s) if known, history, and any anecdotal information you would care to share about your quilt. Please call Lisa Autio at ext. 3267 or email lautio.
A belated “Happy Birthday” to Howie Amundson, physical plant. Connections missed printing his birthdate in the Dec. 18 issue. Amundson celebrated another year on Wednesday, Jan. 3.
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