A Newsletter for the Viterbo University Community
Vol. 16, No. 4 September 16, 2002
Help! S.O.S. is Sept. 21: Ticket Deadline Today
Over 100 supporters of Viterbo’s efforts to renovate a number of priceless Steinway pianos will be attending a benefit in the FAC Saturday, Sept 21.
The group, “Save our Steinways” (S.O.S.), was formed four years ago to raise money to restore and reclaim the full beauty and sound of a number of older Steinways Viterbo owns. Approximately $50,000 has been raised and one seven-foot Steinway has been completed, renovated, and returned to service. Another nine-foot grand is nearing completion in work done by Joel Lidstrom at his studio in rural Caledonia, Minn.
According to Lidstrom, the process to restore the Viterbo Steinway he is currently working on requires “a tremendous amount of work...I am optimistic this instrument will be nothing short of world class.”
Once back at Viterbo, the Steinway will be used by students for their recitals, as well as for faculty and visiting professional guest artists.
According to William Medland, president of Viterbo, because of the efforts of the S.O.S. committee and their fundraising success, the university has been able to preserve instruments that today could cost in excess of $100,000 to replace. “Everybody involved in the fine arts who knows about this project is absolutely delighted,” he said.
Viterbo owns a number of other Steinways and plans are to continue fundraising to allow the university to renovate several others. The Save Our Steinways fundraising banquet is held annually and tickets are available through Monday, Sept. 16 by calling ext. 3070.
UNSOLVED: “The Mysterious Challenge of the Employee Campaign”
Institutional Advancement Detective Dawn Scott is trying to solve the case of the Viterbo University Employee Campaign: Will Viterbo University meet its goal of over 80% participation?
The investigation begins Oct. 1 and will close on Oct. 17.
More clues to follow!
3rd Annual Volunteer Fair
By Marilyn Pedretti, Campus Ministry
Did you know that graduating from Viterbo University requires a number of volunteer hours? Any idea where you or your students are going to volunteer? Come to the Volunteer Fair and discover all the possibilities. Hosted by Campus Ministry, the fair will be Tuesday, Sept. 17 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the FAC Lobby. The fair features booths from a variety of area agencies seeking volunteers. Talk to representatives and learn more about volunteer opportunities in the La Crosse area. For more information, contact Marilyn Pedretti at ext. 3829 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Call for Papers for Ethics Conference
Planning is underway for the 2003 Ethics Across the Disciplines Conference, focusing on “Service,” to be held April 10?12.
Although the keynote speaker has been scheduled (Michael J. Baxter, assistant professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame) presentation proposals are currently being accepted. The conference will focus on: the place of service within the university; service vs. research; ethics in the service professions; servant leadership; burnout among service professionals; distinguishing needs and desires; obligations to family, neighbors, and strangers; and empathy, pity, sympathy, and other service-able emotions.
Talks will be limited to 20 minutes with ample time for discussion to follow. Proposals for panel discussions and “works in progress” are encouraged. All proposals should be submitted to Richard Kyte, director of the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership by Jan. 15. For more information, contact Kyte at ext. 3704 or email email@example.com.
Campus Crowds With Family
The halls and courtyards of Viterbo University will be filled with the relatives of its students this weekend, Sept. 20?22, during the annual Parent and Family Weekend.
Family members will arrive on Friday with the option of bowling Friday evening or attending a movie at the Rivoli with their student. Saturday’s morning events include welcomes, introductions, and remarks from Viterbo Cabinet members as well as a question and answer session. Later events include attending athletics’ events, the art gallery, dinner, and the Black Box Theatre production of Between Daylight and Boonville. Mass in San Damiano Chapel will be held Sunday at 11 a.m., followed by brunch in Marian Hall.
Alumni Night at the Theatre
Calling all alumni! Don’t miss out on Viterbo University’s annual Alumni Night at the Theatre on Saturday, Oct. 12. The Viterbo theatre and music departments will present Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “A Grand Night for Singing” in the FAC Main Theatre. Tickets are $12 each with the alumni discount—for up to two tickets. Additional tickets may be purchased for $14. Contact the Alumni Office by today, Sept. 16, at ext. 3071 to sign up.
Art Gallery Open
The Viterbo University FAC Art Gallery is holding a Student Honorary Drawing Invitational, showcasing a large collaborative drawing by Viterbo art students, through Friday, Sept. 27. Admission to the gallery, located on the third floor of the FAC, is free.
• David Gardiner, theatre, who is directing the Commonweal Theatre Company’s production of Dracula, which runs from Sept. 13?15, then Wednesdays?Saturdays through Oct. 26, and then Wednesdays through Sundays, Oct. 30?Nov. 17. Recent Viterbo graduate Keely Wolter also performs in the show. The performances are at 8 p.m. each night and at 2 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $15 for adults and $7 for students. Call 1-800-657-7025 to order.
• Jeff Stoltz, theatre, who lent his costuming skills and expertise to the Madison Repertory Theatre for a recent production.
• Rick Walters, theatre, who will direct A Trip to Bountiful at UW-L and to Susan Rush, theatre, who will perform one of the main roles in the play, which runs April 25-27.
Dave Crawford, physical plant, was not on the September birthday list and should have been. His birthday is this Saturday, Sept. 21. Happy birthday, Dave!
out and about
Ever consider running for office? Western Wisconsin Technical College and the Chamber of Commerce are holding a Candidate and Campaign School to offer community members information about running for public office. Classes are held Wednesdays, Oct. 930 and cover topics like: filing for office, campaigning, and issues. Classes begin at 7 p.m. in room 220 of the Academic Resource Center at WWTC, 400 7th Street North. For more information, or to preregister, call WWTC at 789-6100 or the Chamber at 784-4880.
Annual Volunteer Fair: Representatives 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. See the article on p. 1 for more information.
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 from Jan. 112. Any interested students may contact Fr. Tom O’Neill for details, costs, etc. Call ext. 3804 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Trust in God.
Let nothing disturb you,
Let nothing frighten you.
All things pass.
God alone never changes.”
—prayer from St. Teresa of Avila
By Gretchen Kinney, Communications and Marketing
Name: Anne Bodine
Title: Administrative Assistant
Family: Anne has three children: two daughters, Joy and Beth, and one son, Ben. She has two beautiful grandsons and a miniature Schnauzer named Maisy Bell.
Education: She received an Associate Degree from the National College of Business in Rapid City, S.D. She spent 10 years working at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa before coming to Viterbo.
Hobbies/Interests/Enthusiasms: Anne loves being a “Nana” and is a fitness “junkie.” She has been in three half marathons and is a National Fitness Instructor. She is a racquetball enthusiast and is currently looking for an opponent. Anne is also a collector of Boyd’s bears.
Adventures and Travels: Anne has traveled to nearly every state in the U.S. Highlights include a trip to Ocean City, Md. and Christmas in New York where she ice-skated at Rockefeller Center.
Future Hopes and Plans: Anne is looking forward to getting married sometime next spring to her fiance, Steve. She wants to be around her family as much as possible and stay healthy, which is tough, because, as Anne says, “I am a klutz.”
Little Known Facts: Anne interviewed for her job here at Viterbo while she had a broken nose; she successfully performed CPR on her daughter’s miniature Schnauzer; and did not discover her given name until she was seven years old.
Reserve Space in Advance for Your Special Event
Interested in holding an event but not sure how to book the space? Avoid double bookings and miscommunication by making a simple call to the right party. Use these general parameters regarding space reservations:
• San Damiano Chapel, contact Fr. Tom O’Neil at ext. 3804 email@example.com.
• MC Lobby, contact communications and marketing at ext. 3041 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Academic space, contact the registrar’s office at ext. 3180.
• FAC performance spaces, lobby and campus dining, contact Michael Ranscht at ext. 3737 or email email@example.com.
• Viterbo, V-Hawk, and Assisi Courts, contact the SDC at ext. 3825.
• SAC, contact Sandy Hotvedt at ext. 3811 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Student Union, contact Adrienne Appler at ext. 3840 or email email@example.com.
Remember to list your event on the campus calendar located on Viterbo Web site at www.viterbo.edu. You will also be able to survey other events that are going on at the same time.
Introduction to Blackboard 5.5
Blackboard is Viterbo’s course management software. It allows instructors to post information to the World Wide Web in a structure that students can access at any time. Introduction to Blackboard, a brief introductory course, is designed to get you ready to use Blackboard’s basic features. Classes are:
• Tuesday, Sept. 17, 911:30 a.m., MC 305
• Wednesday, Sept. 18, 911:30 a.m., MC 201
Space is limited. Please register in advance by calling Jeff Nyseth at
ext. 3285 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Comedy Written by Creator of Hit TV Shows
The Viterbo University theatre department swings into high gear Thursday through Monday, Sept. 1923, with a comedy written by Matt Williams, creator of the television hit series’ Home Improvement and Roseanne.
Performed in the La Croix Black Box Theatre each evening at 7:30 p.m., Daylight to Boonville is a touching comedy about life in a small town.
In the play, “Everything between Daylight and Boonville’s been stripped away,” a miner’s wife says. Her reference to coal extends to their lives as the men go off to perilous jobs while the women cope with the anxiety of waiting. Through often-hilarious conversation, the women reveal their messy, complex trailer-park world of philandering men and broken relationships—until a mine explosion changes their lives.
The cast features: sophomore Sarah Whitney Finkel as “Marlene”; juniors Katie Siri as “Carla” and Adam Terry as “Cyril”; senior Raisa Thornton as “Wanda”; and Viterbo Theatre Professor Susan Rush as “Lorette.” Plus, La Crosse-area youth will portray the children in the production.
Tickets for Daylight to Boonville are $9. Call the Viterbo Box Office at ext. 3100 for more information.
Ride the Bus to Work
Conserve fuel and save money by riding the MTU to work. Bus passes are $8 per month and may be purchased directly from the cashiers’ office on the first floor of the Franciscan Skemp Medical Center. Tickets for the coming month must be purchased a few days before the end of the month preceding. For more information, contact Kevin Buelow, MTU Works coordinator at Franciscan Skemp Public Affairs, 791-9717.
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