A Newsletter for the Viterbo University Community
Vol. 14 No. 26 March 19, 2001
V-Hawk Women Honored at Campus Event
What makes the V-Hawk women’s basketball team so special? Teamwork and cooperation, according to those who spoke at the Salute to the 2000-01 Viterbo Women’s Basketball Team last Wednesday in the SAC.
“I loved covering Viterbo sports because you guys are so much fun to watch. You guys work together so well,” said Jeff Brown, assistant sports editor for the La Crosse Tribune.
In fact, President William Medland is impressed with the team in the classroom and the gym. “As President, I’m very proud of each of you...You’ve had wonderful achievements both on and off the court. Not only did you have a phenomenal season but your team’s cumulative grade point average is 3.29,” he said.
The V-Hawk women began the year #30 in the national preseason poll and wound up #3 nationally.
During the hour-long presentation, Coach Bobbi Vandenberg was presented with a “Coach of the Year” plaque as well as laminated articles from this season’s play. Coach Vandenberg thanked the fans, team, assistant coaches, and other key supporters and introduced her team.
Team members Heidi Behnke, Sandy Christoffel, Ellie Junker, and Darcie Vacek shared their memories and reflections as they close out their senior year on the team. Each of them expressed gratitude for the faith that their supporters and, especially their coaches, had in them. “It might have taken a little encouragement, but we finally believed in ourselves too,” said Junker.
All in all, this team leaves behind a legacy of success, incredible teamwork, and inspiration for other young, up-and-coming players. In fact, after one game, Brown’s 4-year-old daughter stepped onto the court and imitated the V-Hawk women’s play.
So congratulations V-Hawk women and keep on inspiring others!
Speaker, Conference Focus on Hospitality
How can we be better neighbors to those who are dying and disabled? Can we find comfort and grace in the care of those who are disabled or terminally ill?
Join David Solomon on Friday, April 20 as he discusses “Hospitality to the Dying and Disabled” at 7:30 p.m. in the FAC Recital Hall.
Solomon, the keynote speaker for the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership’s Ethics Across the Disciplines Conference on Hospitality, has been director for the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture since 1997, and associate professor of philosophy at the University of Notre Dame since 1977. Solomon’s lecture is free and open to the public. One does not have to be registered for the conference to attend.
The free conference, Friday, April 20-Saturday, April 21, focuses on “Hospitality: Serving Strangers in our Homes, Hospitals, Prisons, Schools, and Churches,” and features sessions by higher education instructors from throughout the country. Viterbo speakers include: Earl Madary, Tom Thibodeau, William Reese, Eric Manchester, Richard Kyte, and Larry Harwood, all from philosophy and religious studies.
For more information, contact Kyte at ext. 3704 or email rlkyte.
School of Nursing Celebrates 30th Reunion
Thirty years have passed since the first class of Viterbo nurses graduated.
The Viterbo University School of Nursing is celebrating its milestone with an Anniversary Reunion on Saturday, April 21 that features time for professional education, shared memories, and fun.
The conference portion of the reunion features keynote speaker Kathleen Poi, clinical professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Nursing. Poi will discuss “New Code of Ethics in Nursing? Guidance for a New Millennium.” In 1996, she served on the American Nurses Association Code of Ethics Project Task Force. They revised the current Code of Nurses and recommended changes that reflect today’s nursing issues.
The reunion also features break-out sessions by alumni including: Greg Lind ’76, Judy Garfield ’66, Susan (Gruber) Dzubay ’85, Janet Braun Wuorenma ’80, and Karla Mees ’85. The Nursing Reunion Banquet at 6 p.m. in Marian Hall Dining Room will include a style show of uniforms and clothing from college days.
“The event is a chance for nursing alumni to come back to Viterbo and see the many changes that have taken place since they graduated. We want them to come back home to Viterbo and celebrate their profession, rekindle friendships, and make new memories,” said Silvana Richardson, School of Nursing dean.
Continuing education credits are available for the keynote and break-out sessions.
For cost and registration information, contact the Alumni Office at ext. 3072 or email sbemerson.
And the Winner is...by Jason Ramaker, Residence Life
The 2nd annual Students Excelling in Activities and Leadership (SEAL) Awards Ceremony recognizing student clubs, organizations, and individuals for outstanding contributions to student life is April 25 at 6 p.m.?location to be announced. Mark your calendars. This is also a perfect public venue for departments to honor students who won’t be presented awards at Honors Convocation. Information and nomination materials will be sent to all student clubs, organizations, and department heads on March 19. Extra copies are also available in the Residence Life Center.
Seventh Day Discussion
What are you doing for lunch on Thursday? Join Debra Daehn-Zellmer, sociology, as she shares “My Africa Experience,” in MC 406 from 12-1 p.m.
The next Seventh Day talk will be held Monday, April 2. Rolf Samuels, English, discusses “At Spring, Thoughts Turn to…Fantasy Baseball,” from 12-1 p.m. in MC 406.
SEAL Student of the Month by Jason Ramaker, Residence Life
The Student Development Center is proud to announce the February Students Excelling in Activities and Leadership (SEAL) Student of the Month award goes to Eric Bishofsky.
Bishofsky, a junior education major, is being recognized for his three years of service as a student employee to the Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Criminal Justice. The person who nominated Bishofsky said, “We have come to depend on his contribution to our program. . . I doubt I will be able to find a student who will replace him …He has been invaluable.”
March SEAL Student of the Month nominations are due Monday, March 26 to jwramaker or send written comments to the Residence Life Center.
Listen to the Music of Women Composers
On the heels of Women’s History Month, Viterbo University is hosting a concert series called the “Music of Women Composers” in April.
The events, which are free and open to the public, feature the work of all ages and styles of women composers. The series includes:
• Friday, March 30: Frances Nobert serving as guest artist in Music Professor Timothy Schorr’s 12:10-1 p.m. class in the FAC Recital Hall. Her lecture/demonstration will be titled, “Solo and Four-Hand Piano Music by Women.”
• Sunday, April 1: American Guild of Organists concert: Frances Nobert, 3 p.m., St. Paul’s Lutheran Church
• Tuesday, April 3: Women in Music concert (all-student performers), noon, FAC Recital Hall
• Tuesday, April 3: Concert? Frances Nobert and UW-L Women’s Chorale, Viterbo Women’s Chorale, Logan and Central choirs, 7:30 p.m., First Presbyterian Church
Nobert, a friend of Viterbo Music Professor Jean Saladino, is the college organist and Professor Emerita of Music at Whittier College. She has performed nationally and internationally.
Some of the composers whose work will be performed during the series include:
Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179), an abbess of a Benedictine monastery, she wrote music as a way to serve God. She was consecrated to her religious order by her parents as a tithe because she was their tenth child.
Francesca Caccini (1587-1630) composer of the first Italian opera performed outside Italy. She was the highest paid musician in the Court of Tuscany under three Grand Dukes. Henry IV called her the best singer ever heard in France.
Maria Agata Szymanowksa (1789-1831) a contemporary of Schubert and Beethoven. She won the title “Royal Pianist of the Court of Russia” and was the first Polish pianist of stature. Her husband’s disapproval of her career caused her to separate from him and earn her living as a performer and lecturer on piano technique.
Liza Lehmann (1862-1918) made a career as a singer appearing at concerts, private parties, and festivals all over Britain. At 32, she gave up her singing career to marry and began to compose. She was the first woman commissioned to write a musical comedy. W.S. Gilbert (of Gilbert and Sullivan) was impressed with her work and suggested that they collaborate, but she refused his offer.
Amy Beach (1867-1944) was almost entirely self-taught. She made her debut at 16 as a pianist with a Boston orchestra and published her first song, The Rainy Day, the same year. In 1924, she became the first president of the Society of American Women Composers.
For more information on the concert series, contact Saladino at ext. 3771 or email jesaladino.
In the Library Gallery
Recent works by senior Jennifer Olson, senior Rachel Ziese, and Melissa Drasen ’00 are showing in the Todd Wehr Memorial Library Art Gallery through April 18.
The show, sponsored by the Women’s Studies Committee, features three works that are part of the Viterbo Women’s Studies Collection: “Hidden Potential,” by Olson; “Women are More than the Sum of their Parts,” by Ziese; and “Beauty,” by Drasen.
News You'll Notice by Jan Eriksen, Extended Learning Program
Bachelor of Integrated Studies: The Advance Program Office has been busy advising and registering students who transferred into the Bachelor of Integrated Studies (BIS) program, which began fall semester 2000. The marketing name is “2 + 2.” Last fall, 23 students enrolled. Of those, 17 were new students, four were re-entry, and two were continuing students. Sixty-eight percent transferred from WWTC. The students’ upper age range was 56 years. This spring, 23 students joined the program: 10 new students, six re-entry students, and seven continuing students. Fifty-seven percent transferred from WWTC and 27% transferred from other facilities.
Students in the BIS program select two areas of concentration to comprise their major fields of study. The most popular are areas within the School of Business, followed by psychology, sociology, education, religion, philosophy, English, art, and criminal justice.
ADVANCE Program: New this year is the B.S. in Management and Information Technology (MIT), in which students enroll in regular organizational management program courses their first two semesters and computer information systems courses their last semester.
Last fall, we began Group T in the B.S. Organizational Management track (OMGT), with 12 students, and Group U in the MIT emphasis, also with 12 students. In January, we started two more groups, in addition to existing Advance groups in La Crosse and Reedsburg, plus Fast Track courses, which are taken by students currently enrolled in or preparing for entry into the Advance Program; who have completed OMGT sequence courses and need additional general education or other courses prior to graduation; and others including RN-to-BSN students.
Viterbo employees are invited to attend the final research project presentation nights for Groups P and R, who are finishing the OMGT Program later this spring. Group P’s presentations are Thursday evenings, 6-10 p.m., April 19 and April 26. Group R’s presentations are Monday, May 21 and Tuesday, May 29 (6-10 p.m. both nights). All sessions will be in Robers. Contact Tina Mahlum (ext. 3370) to sign up.
Calling All Seniors by Sue Ernster, FSPA, Registrar's Office
Senior Salute 2001 is this Thursday, March 22, from 2:30-5:30 p.m. in the SAC. This is an opportunity for graduating seniors to complete their graduation needs at one time and one place. The following will be present:
• Office of the Registrar?confirm name/address for diploma, program.
• Alumni Office?Alumni Association benefit information; refreshments sponsored by the Alumni Association Board.
• Career Planning and Placement? your resource for career information.
• Advance Program?a rep will be present to answer questions for Advance Program students.
• Bookstore?order invitations, class rings; pick up your cap, gown, tassel.
• Commencement Committee?vote for your speaker, class party, and have commencement questions answered.
• Senior Class Gift?make a pledge.
• Sigma Pi Delta?order a class of ’01 alumni sweatshirt, diploma frame.
For more information, call Sue Ernster, FSPA at 796-3709 or email smernster. Senior Salute 2001 is sponsored by the Commencement Committee.
Campus Ministry by Fr. Tom O'Neill
Lent 2001: Prayer, that process of listening to and responding to God’s daily call, sustains and nurtures our relationship with our God. Without prayer, personal and communal, this relationship is diminished, sometimes to the point of complete silence on our part. Every day the Spirit of Jesus invites us to enter into that serious conversion that leads to blessed communion. Next week: Fasting.
Caring for the Caregiver: A free seminar with Doug Manning, counselor, lecturer, and author of When Love Gets Tough and Don't Take My Grief Away From Me. Tuesday, March 20, 7-9 pm, Rasmus Center at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center. This program is for anyone involved in caring for loved ones who are aged or ill, for those who work with families who are involved with long-term care, and for any healthcare providers who are working with families dealing with serious illness.
Rest in Peace: Please remember those who have died: Rose Ann Zimmer, FSPA ’54 (sister of retired employee Ed Zimmer), and the grandmother of Shannon Loomis. May God welcome them into everlasting glory.
Prayer for Lent: Good and Gracious God, we acknowledge that we have not always lived as faithful followers of the Gospel. At times, in our weakness we have failed to lead others to you, and perhaps even caused some to question the truth of the Gospel message. For all our sins, for what we have done and what we have failed to do, we ask your pardon. May this season of Lent renew our determination to take up our cross each day and help us to follow Jesus in faith, hope, and love. Amen.
Out & About
Upcoming at the Pump House:
• Siucra, an Irish music trio comprised of vocals, bodhran, flute, whistles, and guitar, March 24, 7:30 p.m.
• Susan Werner, a guitarist and songwriter who grew up in Iowa and has been featured at the Great River Folk Festival the past two years, March 31, 7:30 p.m.
• Works by potter Angela Foley and painter Geri Schrab will be displayed through April 14, the opening reception is March 23, 7-9 p.m.
Upcoming events at St. Mary’s University of Winona include:
• Missoula Children’s Theatre’s Alice in Wonderland, 7:30 p.m. March 23-24;
• Omaha Theatre Company’s Come Back, Amelia Bedelia, 7:30 p.m., April 3;
• Belladonna, a baroque quartet, 3 p.m., April 22.
For ticket information, call 507-457-1715.
From the Library
Take just a few minutes from your busy day to enjoy some new books in the library!
The Circle of Simplicity: Return to the Good Life by Cecile Andrews, HarperCollins 1997.
Cecile Andrews is an optimist! For more than 10 years she has been encouraging people to change their lives by offering workshops on voluntary simplicity, and seminars which promote Simplicity Circles. Circle participants meet weekly (for 10 weeks, 10 months, or indefinitely) to discuss topics such as altering personal consumption habits, building community, transforming work, and overcoming “the sleeping sickness of the soul.” In Circle of Simplicity, Andrews finds fault with the American Dream, and prescribes simplicity as a cure for what is ailing American culture.
The Golden Ghetto: the Psychology of Affluence by Jessie H. O’Neill, Hazelden 1997.
Want to be wealthy or wealthier? This cautionary work may make you reconsider. O’Neill analyzes the role of wealth in American culture from both a personal and a professional perspective. She describes the feelings of isolation, low self-esteem, and shame she experienced as a child growing up in an affluent and unhappy home. O’Neill provides an interesting perspective. Her work as a psychotherapist to the rich has enabled her to understand the complexities of wealth in our society.
Phil Nelson, senior, whose performance in the La Crosse Community Theatre’s production of Angels of Lemnos earned him the Outstanding Actor Award at the Wisconsin Association of Community Theatres Festival in Madison. The production, which won first place at last weekend’s competition, will proceed to regional competition at the AACT Region III Festival in Akron, Ohio April 20-22.
Ed Rushton, who is currently exhibiting work in an online art show, “College Arts Association Members Online Exhibition,” curated by Columbia College, Chicago. Rushton’s work and the art show can be viewed online at http://nexus. colum.edu/caa2001/.
Laughter a Part of Bright Star Season's Cosi Fan Tutte
One of Mozart’s most beloved comic operas comes to life at Viterbo with Cosi Fan Tutte, Friday, March 30 through Sunday, April 1.
A collaborative effort of the Music and Theatre Departments, the story is of two men who test the love, loyalty, and faithfulness of their intended. Filled with beautiful music, Cosi Fan Tutte reveals the master-composer at his finest. Convinced of their fiancées’ fidelity, Ferrando and Guilelmo accept a wager from a cynical friend who believes women cannot be trusted. After departing on a phony military expedition, the two return disguised as Albanian visitors and set about seducing one another’s fiancées. During the adventure, they encounter colorful characters and clever plot twists that help them learn about life and love.
Stage director for the show is Susan Rush, theatre arts chair; music director/conductor is Daniel Johnson-Wilmot, music professor. Cosi Fan Tutte is sponsored by The Lukasek Family Endowment Fund. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $13 and $10. Contact the Box Office at ext. 3100 to order tickets.
Friday and Sunday’s cast includes: David Adamick, sophomore, “Don Alfonso;” Kristen Husby, junior, “Despina;” Mark Josephsen, junior, “Ferrando;” Austin Bartsch, sophomore, “Guglielmo;” Suzanne Flater, freshman, “Dorabella;” and Brenda Cetera, senior, “Fiordiligi.”
Saturday’s cast includes: Katie Butler, sophomore, “Despina;” Justin Thomas, freshman, “Don Alfonso;” Mark Josephsen, junior, “Ferrando;” Paul Wodek, senior, “Guglielmo;” Jessica Knierim, senior, “Dorabella;” Brittany Borcher, sophomore, “Fiordiligi.” The understudies are: Alyssa Bruemmer, junior, “Dorabella,” and Ken Schelper, sophomore, “Ferrando.”
In the March 5 issue of Connections, the name of Jim Braziel, a Todd Wehr Memorial Library employee, was spelled incorrectly. Braziel is the correct spelling of his last name.
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