A Newsletter for the Viterbo University Community
Vol. 16, No. 3 September 9, 2002
“If any people still doubt the reality of evil in the world, let them come to the World Trade Center. And if people doubt the presence of God in the world, let them come to the World Trade Center. Of the suffering, the sadness, the horror, the evil, I have seen little. But of the charity, the hope, the love, and the good, I have seen more than I can tell.”
—Searching for God at Ground Zero, James Martin, SJ (Editor’s note: This reflection was submitted to Connections by Fr. Tom O'Neill, campus ministry.)
Tuesday, Sept. 10:
Public Discussion of the Events of Sept. 11, sponsored by Viterbo University, the La Crosse Tribune, and WXOW TV-19. Small groups meet at the Viterbo library at noon, 3 p.m., and 6 p.m. Space is limited. Pre-register by calling Sue Webb at the Tribune at 791-8234.
Wednesday, Sept. 11:
Rosary for Healing and Peace, 8:45 a.m., Maria Angelorum Chapel. Use Ninth Street entrance.
Ecumenical Prayer Service for believers of all faiths, noon, around the Peace Pole in Assisi Courtyard.
City of La Crosse Ceremony with local political/military leaders and police and fire representatives, 12:05-12:45 p.m., flagpole at City Hall.
Prayer Service and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, 7 p.m., Maria Angelorum Chapel. Use Winnebago Street entrance.
Christian Prayer Service—clergy and laity from various Christian denominations will participate— 7 p.m., Cathedral of St. Joseph the Workman.
Reconciling Spirituality and Sexuality
Is it possible to reconcile spirituality and sexuality, when there are conflicting messages among religious traditions, the media, and personal experience? Find out when Fr. John Heagle, discusses “Tender Fires: The Spiritual Promise of Sexuality” at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 24 in the FAC Main Theatre.
For many people, the urgency surrounding contemporary issues of human sexuality seem greater than what current religious institutions are able to address. But, according to Fr. Heagle, when the Judeo-Christian tradition speaks from its deepest roots about love, mutual respect, the goodness of the body, and the sacredness of relationships, there is no more powerful source of spiritual guidance.
Fr. Heagle’s talk is based on the new book, Tender Fires: The Spiritual Promise of Sexuality, which he co-authored with Fran Ferder, PhD, FSPA. Co-founder and co-director of Therapy and Renewal Associates, a counseling and consultation center in Seattle, Fr. Heagle is a licensed psychotherapist in Washington and an adjunct faculty member in theology and ministry at Seattle University. Ordained a Catholic priest for the Diocese of La Crosse in 1965, Fr. Heagle has had more than 37 years of pastoral experience. He has a master’s degree in philosophy from Catholic University of America and a licentiate in canon law from the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome. He is the author of seven books.
This talk is sponsored by the Paula Ripple Comin Memorial Endowed Lectureship. A Viterbo graduate, former dean of students, and past president of the FSPA, Ripple Comin died of cancer in 1998.
For information, contact Tom Thibodeau, religious studies, at ext. 3705.
Washburn Neighborhood Gathering
All Washburn neighbors and other interested parties are invited to attend a potluck supper on Thursday, Sept. 12. Bring a dish to pass, your own drinks, and receive a copy of the approved Neighborhood Plan. The potluck will be held at Lincoln Middle School, between 8th and 9th streets on Ferry Street. Use the Ferry Street entrance. The potluck is from 6?9 p.m. The Washburn Neighborhood Association is comprised of representatives from the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, Viterbo University, Franciscan Skemp Medical Center, Aquinas Catholic Schools, and Chileda as well as neighbors who live within its boundaries. The City of La Crosse Planning Department has been assisting the group in developing a neighborhood plan since 2001.
In last week’s “Kudos to...” section of Connections, it was incorrectly stated that Ginny Brochhausen’s trip to China was through WWTC. It should have said the tour was arranged by WTC—the Wisconsin Technical College system.
Also, the title for Dawn Scott’s position was incorrectly listed in last week’s Connections. She is the new director of annual giving.
Having trouble finding a parking spot on the street these days? Make parking easier by purchasing a Viterbo University employee parking permit. The cost is $20 for the 2002?03 academic year. Passes can be purchased from the MC reception desk Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.?3 p.m.
Seventh Day Talk Is
What are you doing for lunch today? Why not bring a sack lunch and join Keith Knutson, history, for a discussion on “Euralysis of Terror: The European Union’s Position in the War on Terrorism” from noon-12:50 p.m. in MC 419 C.
The next Seventh Day talk will be on Monday, Sept. 23 when Bob Richgels, history, discusses “War with Iraq: Should We Go?” at noon in MC 419C.
Students Exhibiting in St. Paul
If you’re planning a trip to the Twin Cities in October, make time to see the artwork of two Viterbo students. Cary Wyninger and May Burns, Viterbo art students, are exhibiting paintings and drawings at Jerabek’s New Bohemian Coffee House, 63 West Winifred St., St. Paul. The show runs from Oct. 1-31.
Viterbo wishes a warm welcome to a familiar face: Karen Durnin, administrative assistant in the registrar’s office. Karen worked in communications and marketing last year but left last spring to find full-time employment. She returns to Viterbo on Tuesday, Sept. 10. You can reach her at ext. 3183 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
See Shows for Free
Interested in ushering for this year’s Bright Star, NexStar, and Family Series? Then come to our Usher Orientation Session on Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 12:30 p.m. in the FAC Hospitality Suite. The session will last no more than half an hour, and will cover everything you need to know about ushering in the FAC. If you have questions, contact the House Manager at email@example.com.
• Betty Brendel, education, who was named to the Wisconsin Technology Education Association (WTEA) Board as a result of the unique technology education degree partnership between Viterbo University and Western Wisconsin Technical College (WWTC). WTEA is an affiliate of the International Technology Education Association, whose standards were the foundation of the joint program offered through Viterbo and WWTC.
• Jen Jahsman, junior, who received a $9,000 Rath Distinguished Scholarship this year. Jahsman, from Medford, is a community medical dietetics major. She serves on the Resident Student Board, Student Government Association, and tutors, volunteers at Place of Grace, and is a leader in campus ministry. Jahsman has also received recognition with a National Academic Achievement Award and the American Business Women’s Scholarship. The Rath Scholarship is awarded to students who combine high academics with leadership and community service.
By Fr. Tom O'Neill
Sept. 11 Service of Prayer: Let us gather to pray for healing, hope, and peace. See the schedule of services on page 1.
Annual Volunteer Fair: Represent- atives from the many area volunteer agencies will be on campus on Tuesday, Sept. 17 from 11 a.m. 2 p.m. in the FAC Lobby. Please plan to stop by and get an idea of what is available in the area, chat with representatives, and pick-up informative materials. All are welcome. If you have questions, please contact Marilyn Pedretti at ext. 3829 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Franciscan Pilgrimage Program for Students: Students attending Franciscan colleges and universities are invited to participate in a Franciscan Pilgrimage to Assisi, home of Saints Francis and Clare, Jan. 112. Any interested students may contact Fr. Tom O’Neill for details, costs, etc., at email@example.com or ext. 3804.
Sign-up Continues: Please return the campus ministry sign-up sheets if you are interested in liturgical ministries and/or volunteer activities. We will begin various activities soon.
Eternal Rest Grant Unto Them O Lord: Please remember those who have died: the father (Wendell) of Emily Howland and the grandmother of Ashley French. May they rest in peace.
By Gretchen Kinney, Communications and Marketing
Name: Galadriel Chilton
Title: Technical Services Librarian
Family: Galadriel has been married to Gerard Ferrari, art department, for four years. They have a cat named Desdemona.
Education: She received a bachelor’s degree in English from Berea College in Kentucky and her Master’s in Library Science from Indiana University in Bloomington.
Hobbies/Interests/Enthusiasms: Galadriel has a passion for nature photography, she enjoys freelance Web design, and she can always find time to enjoy a good book. Her favorite author currently is Barbara Kingsolver, but that changes frequently.
Adventures and Travels: Galadriel has lived in six states in only six years: North Carolina, Virginia, Indiana, Illinois, New York, and Minnesota. She had been living in upstate New York for only one week prior to the Sept. 11 disaster. She has been to Mexico once and traveled to Germany twice.
Future Hopes and Plans: Living in a state for more than one year is a dream of Galadriel’s. She and her husband would like to visit family in Italy, and they also hope to get to Ireland someday soon.
Little Known Facts: Galadriel does not have a middle name, but that doesn’t bother her because, as she says, “My first name is enough.” She is also a huge fan of the Manx cat. For those who don’t know what a Manx cat is, they’re the ones without tails.
Lecture Series Features Local, National Speakers
One of former President Clinton’s “spiritual advisors”; an author, psychotherapist, priest, and international speaker; and a local cardiologist who climbed Mt. Everest are among the guest speakers at this year’s St. Rose Lecture Series, which kicks off on Thursday, Sept. 24.
Inspired by St. Rose of Viterbo, whose feast day was Sept. 4, this lecture series was begun last year to establish a dialogue on contemporary Catholic issues. St. Rose, for whom the St. Rose Convent in La Crosse was named, was a contemporary of Clare of Assisi and a follower of the values espoused by St. Francis of Assisi.
All lectures in this series are free and open to the public. The schedule for this year’s talks is:
Thursday, Sept. 24: “Tender Fires: The Spiritual Promise of Sexuality,” Fr. John Heagle, 7:30 p.m., FAC Main Theatre. This presentation is sponsored by the Paula Ripple Comin Memorial Endowed Lectureship.
Friday, Oct. 4—St. Francis Day: “The Journey and the Dream,” with Julio Bird, MD, and the Viterbo community (Bird, a cardiologist with Gundersen Lutheran, scaled Mt. Everest this past spring), 9:15 a.m., FAC Main Theatre.
Thursday, Oct. 31: “An Evening with Dr. Gordon MacDonald,” 7:30 p.m., San Damiano Chapel. MacDonald is an author and church consultant. He serves on the Board of Trinity Forum, a group of intellectuals working for “renewal and transformation of society through its leaders” and was one of former President Clinton’s “spiritual advisors.”
Thursday, Nov. 21: “Poems, Prayers, & Proverbs: An evening with our Franciscan Sisters,” 7:30 p.m., San Damiano Chapel.
Thursday, Jan. 16: “Black Hawk Down: The Rest of the Story,” Carl Bargabos, retired Colonel, U.S. Army, and assistant professor of nursing, Viterbo University, 7:30 p.m., San Damiano Chapel.
Thursday, Feb. 27: “Songs and Stories of All God's People,” Earl Madary and Tom Thibodeau, religious studies professors, Viterbo University, 7:30 p.m., San Damiano Chapel.
Saturday, April 26: “Called & Gifted: The Future of Lay Ministry is Here,” with graduates of Viterbo’s pastoral education program, 9 a.m., San Damiano Chapel.
For more information, contact Tom Thibodeau, religious studies, at ext. 3705 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Calling All Outstanding Women
Several area women and one corporation/business will be honored at this year’s YWCA Tribute to Outstanding Women event on Thursday, Nov. 14.
To nominate a corporate sponsor or one of Viterbo’s Outstanding Women in the areas of Arts and Sciences, Business/Professions, Special Interests, Education, Other (support or production staff), or a Young Woman of Tomorrow (current high school or college student), complete the nomination form by Friday, Sept. 13.
To obtain an “Outstanding Achievement Award” or “Corporate Award” form, contact Beth Erickson at ext. 3042 or email email@example.com or Marlene Fisher at ext 3725 or
Have Fun with SAB Events!
Free Trip to Mall of America, Saturday, Sept. 14. Students can sign up at the Student Union desk. A $5 deposit is required to guarantee a seat (the money will be returned to the student when they board the bus). Students should be at the student union on Sept. 14 at 8 a.m. The bus leaves at 8:30 a.m. and will return at 7:30 p.m.
Free Bowling Night, Wednesday, Sept. 18. Students can enjoy bowling from 9:30 p.m. until midnight at
Pla-Mor with a valid student ID.
Free Movie Night, Tuesday, Sept. 24. Check movie listings at 785-2058 and attend the Rivoli free with a valid student ID.
Each event is sponsored by the Student Activities Board.
Get Set to Fest!
By Amy Gleason, Registrar’s Office
September means it’s time to start thinking about Oktoberfest! Registrar Amy Gleason, MC 212, has Oktoberfest buttons for sale until Wednesday, Sept. 25. Buttons are $3.50 each (pre-fest price.) Check out all the Oktoberfest events at www.oktoberfestusa.com.
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