A Newsletter for the Viterbo University Community
Vol. 16, No. 8 October 14, 2002
Existing Seniors Say: Viterbo Professors Doing a Great Job!
This past May, our graduating seniors participated in a survey and the results were compared with those from other private four-year colleges. In summary, Viterbo students had some very good things to say about their instructors.
Here’s a sampling of their opinion, which should make all involved in the educational process at Viterbo feel very good about the job they are doing.
Professors at your current college frequently provided you with:
student’s response VU Other
• Respect 64% 64%
• Emotional support & encouragement 41% 33%
• Intellectual challenge & stimulation 56% 48%
• Opportunities to discuss coursework outside the classroom 46% 45%
• Help in setting your professional goals 42% 34%
During my time at Viterbo, I feel I have grown most in the Franciscan value of _____:
A. Hospitality (respect and openness to others) 19%
B. Reflection (examination of self/life) 49%
C. Service (serving others) 18%
D. Stewardship (responsible use of money, time, talent) 14%
The Case Continues
Detective Dawn Scott needs your help in solving the case of the Mysterious Employee Campaign! There is only one week left before the case is officially closed.
Remember, the Cabinet members have secretly sworn to host and serve an employee celebration should we exceed 80 percent participation.
The case celebration will be on Oct. 17, from 13 p.m. in the MC lobby. Drop off your pledge by Oct. 17, and your name will be entered into the drawing for a variety of prizes.
The Prayer of the Awake
If my eyes are open, let me see.
If my mind is open, let me learn.
If my heart is open, let me love.
If my arms are open, let me embrace.
If I am bitter, let me change.
If I am jealous, let me be thoughtful.
If I am sad, let me forgive.
If I am ignorant, let me experience.
If I am selfish, let me be generous.
If I am insecure, let me be confident.
If I am scared, let me be courageous.
If my arms are closed,
If my heart is closed,
If my mind is closed,
If my eyes are closed, let me awake.
—Andrea Zentz ’03
Viterbo University Book of Prayers
If you preordered a Viterbo University Book of Prayers and haven’t picked up your copy yet, please stop by communications and marketing and pick up your book(s).
Preordered books were not prepaid. The cost of each book is $5. If you didn’t preorder a book and have decided that you would like one or more, you’re in luck. There was a printer’s overrun so extra copies are available. They are beautiful books and would make nice gifts.
Questions? Contact Loretta Waughtal, communications and marketing, at ext. 3040 or email@example.com.
Sign Up for October Computer Classes
The following computer classes will be offered this October:
Intro to PowerPoint XP—Tuesday, Oct. 15, 8:3010:30 a.m., MC 305. PowerPoint has undergone some changes since the last version. This session will benefit new users and those who want to understand the changes in this updated version.
Graphics Workshop—Wednesday, Oct. 16, 12:30 p.m., MC 312. Using images properly can enhance learning. In this short workshop, learn to scan, get pictures from the digital camera and off the Internet, and learn what type of image works best for Word, PowerPoint, and Web use.
Introduction to Blackboard 5.5—Monday, Oct. 14, 911:30 a.m., MC 201/Thursday, Oct. 17, 911:30 a.m., MC 312. Blackboard is Viterbo’s course management software. It allows instructors to post information to the World Wide Web in an environment that students can access at any time. This brief, introductory course is designed to get you online and using Blackboard’s basic features.
Intro to Microsoft Excel—Friday, Oct. 18, 911 a.m. MC 201. Excel is Microsoft’s spreadsheet program. It can be used for anything from a gradebook to statistical analysis. It also has convenient graphing functions. This workshop will introduce you to its basic features.
Please register for all classes in advance by contacting Jeff Nyseth at ext. 3285 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Busted Runs Emotional Gamut
Busted, a one-woman play about the terror and hilarity of surviving breast cancer, will make its La Crosse debut on Wednesday, Oct. 16 in a public performance at Viterbo University.
The play is written and performed by physician assistant, playwright, and performer Nancy Heerens-Knudson of Iowa City and is based on her 17-year struggle with the disease. It runs the emotional gamut from the devastation of first diagnosis to the humor of a young son who for years thought the problem was with Mom’s elbow to the enormous love provided by family and friends.
The play is coming to La Crosse as part of the Wisconsin Academy of Physician Assistants annual fall conference.
Suggested donation is $10 at the door, and all proceeds go to the St. Clare Health Mission of La Crosse. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. in the FAC Recital Hall.
By Megan Remmen
There is going to be a taco sale sponsored by the social work club on Thursday, Oct. 17 from 11 a.m.1 p.m. outside of MC. In the unfortunate occurrence of unfavorable weather, it will be located in the MC Lobby. There will be fun, food, and plenty of great company. Hope to see everyone there!
Bake Sale Today
Start your week with sweets! The senior social work students are having a bake sale today from 10 a.m. 1 p.m. in the MC Lobby. Help them raise money for their trip to Chicago to visit social service agencies serving urban needs and diverse populations.
Seventh Day Talk Focuses on Iraq
What are you doing for lunch on Monday, Oct. 21? Bring your lunch and join in the Seventh Day Discussion from noon12:50 p.m. in MC 419 C as Viterbo student Michael Welch discusses “Iraq and the United States: A ‘Covert’ History.” Welch was recently part of a humanitarian mission, bringing supplies to the people of Iran.
By Kelly Doering, Sigma Pi Delta
On Thursday, Oct. 3, various clubs and organizations participated in the Oktoberfest Torchlight Parade. Our theme this year was “Viterbo University: A Heritage of Helping.” An enormous thank you to the groups that participated: Dance Team, SAB, RSB, SGA, Connect Club, Math Club, and Sigma Pi Delta. The parade was a huge success and it was great to have Viterbo University represented in the Oktoberfest Torchlight Parade.
"Is Graduate School for You?" Seminar is a Success!
Amy Lane, Director of Career Planning and Placement
During the fall semester, most juniors and seniors begin to look more closely at career options and find that some careers require an advanced degree; either graduate school or professional school. Career Planning and Placement hosted an event, “Is Graduate School for You?” on Tuesday, Oct. 8 to offer students the opportunity to ask questions about career opportunities related to an advanced degree. Students met with faculty and professionals in small groups to ask questions such as:
• How many schools should I apply to?
• What are the timelines for applying?
• Which schools would you recommend?
• What types of assistantships (teaching or research) are available?
• What’s the life of a grad student like?
• Advice for someone thinking of going into this field?
There were several faculty involved in making this event a success: John Benton, Jo Ann Marson, John Schroeder, Shirley Frick, Timothy Schorr, Peggy Haggerty, Marlene Fisher, Deb Daehn-Zellmer, Pam Maykut, Glena Temple, Jennifer Sadowski, Kyle Backstrand, Karen Gibson, Dick Ruppel, Galadriel Chilton, and Vicente Guillot. Alumni attending the event were: Carlena Goddeau ’93, Amy Hanson ’94, Sue Wolf ’77, Kelly Weinberger ’98, Erin Urbanek ’99, Matt Solverson ’99, Amy Zeman ’01, Kim Kochenderfer ’94.
Students from Viterbo are also invited to attend a Graduate School Fair at UW-L, which representatives from many Graduate and Professional Schools will attend, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 36 p.m. at Cartwright Center.
Questions? Contact career planning and placement, MC 312 or ext. 3827.
By Fr. Tom O'Neill
La Crosse Community Thanksgiving Dinner—We will collect food items to donate to the annual Thanksgiving Dinner at the La Crosse Center. We are asked to help with donations of Hawaiian Punch and jellied cranberries. If you would like to donate either or both, just drop them off at the MC Reception Desk or the vestibule of San Damiano Chapel and they will be taken to the La Crosse Center the day before Thanksgiving.
Calendar notes: Friday, Nov. 1 is the Feast of All Saints, a Holy Day of Obligation. There will be a Vigil Mass at 6 p.m. on Oct. 31 (Halloween) and Masses at 11:45 a.m. (classes end at 11:40 a.m. and resume at 12:25 p.m.) on Nov. 1. Saturday, Nov. 2 is the Feast of All Souls. Mass will be celebrated at St. Rose Convent at 9 a.m.
Rest In Peace: We remember in prayer those who have died: the uncle of Jim Kilbourn, the grandmother of Becky Stevens, the aunt and uncle of Heather Skoug (alumna). Requiescant in pace.
“...Is spirituality in the workplace really about centering and soothing people so that they can produce better? Is it primarily pragmatic-a spirituality that ‘pays’ so to speak? No doubt this is a motivating force...but, I believe that the increase of workplace spirituality reflects a holy restlessness—a dissatisfaction with the icons society holds up as signs of the good life. There is a growing sense that excellence, lasting values, sounder principles, and higher standards are missing.
“The harmony that comes with the truly good life is absent. This may translate into a need for stronger ethics, greater loyalties, truthfulness, honesty, and community in the workplace. In life in general, it may mean there is a need to be more generous, self-sacrificing, and concerned for those who have less than we have or more caring toward those we love.
“When we boil these needs down to one, what we discover is a need for deeper spirituality; a need that more and more people in the business world are recognizing and trying to meet.”
—from writings of Fr. Eugene Hemrick
By Beth Moore, Global Education
During spring semester 2003, Yvette Simmons, an English professor from St. John’s College in Belize, will be teaching at Viterbo. Rolf Samuels, a Viterbo faculty member, will in turn teach at St. John’s. Since Viterbo will provide housing for Simmons, your help is needed.
We’re looking for furnished living quarters that allow for independent living. Proximity to campus is also important because Simmons will not have a car. At a minimum, the housing needs to be on a bus line.
If anyone in the Viterbo community has an apartment, in their home or as rental property, or knows of one with availability for the months of January through May, please contact Beth Moore, global education, ext. 3172. Thank you for your help.
Grad Numbers Rising
The Master of Arts in Education program continues to experience phenomenal growth. And, much of the activity is occurring off campus. In Wisconsin alone, Viterbo has significant enrollment at five off-campus satellite centers located throughout the state.
Here are some additional numbers, provided by Chris Valenti of the Viterbo graduate studies office in West Allis: In the summer of 2003, 443 teacher candidates are expected on campus for Proseminar, which will be followed by graduation. Over 300 of these graduate students are employed as teachers in Wisconsin schools and 140 are from the State of Iowa.
This contingent of teachers is expected to constitute the largest-ever enrollment of Masters of Arts in Education students from among Wisconsin educators. In addition, Viterbo registered over 8,300 teachers in separate course enrollments in Wisconsin alone during the past fiscal year.
Mugshots Wish List
By Emily Seberger
Mugshots, the campus coffeehouse, is planning to open this semester. Mugshots club members are looking to furnish the facility. If anyone is interested in donating any of the following items to a good cause, please contact Jason Ramaker at 796-3841 or jwramaker@ viterbo.edu: tables, chairs, a couch, a coffee table, board games, artwork (starving artists), high stools, tablecloths, and area rugs, or carpet are all needed in good condition.
• Viterbo’s newly tenured faculty members: Dorie Beres, nursing; Phyllis Blackstone, education; Marlene Fisher, criminal justice; Ward Jones, biology; John Schroeder, graduate education; and Deb Daehn Zellmer, sociology.
• Larry Harwood, philosophy, who presented a paper, “The Genealogy of Nietzsche’s ‘Last Men’ in Thus Spake Zarathustra” on Sept. 28 at the Art, Literature, and Lived Experience Conference at UW-L. The Conference was sponsored by the UW-L philosophy department and club.
• Bill Reese, religious studies, who presented a paper, “Creating Context for Roman Catholicism in Relationship with Other Religions,” at the Diocese of Superior Teacher/ Catechist Institute on Oct. 9.
• Congratulations to new Grandmas Rosemary Matiak, registrar’s office, and Ginny Brochhausen, FAC. Matiak’s daughter Michelle Servais (a 1996 nursing graduate) gave birth to a baby boy, Braden Leonard, 8 lbs. 6 oz., 21 inches, on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 5 p.m. Michelle is married to Brad. Brochhausen’s daughter Susan Kronebusch gave birth to a baby girl, Julia, 6 lbs. 12 oz., 19 inches, on Tuesday, Oct. 8, at 8:21 p.m. Her husband’s name is Cary.
By Gretchen Kinney, Communications and Marketing
Name: Andy Moore
Title: Reading/Writing Specialist
Department: Learning Center
Family: Andy’s family is located in Davenport, Iowa. He has three brothers and one sister.
Education: Andy received his MFA in creative writing at the University of New Orleans, La. and his BA in English and political science at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.
Hobbies/Interests/Enthusiasms: Andy is a movie buff and he also enjoys writing; currently, he is working on a story about his recent birthday hazing. He has been professionally published several times and recently had a short story accepted for publication.
Adventures and Travels: Andy studied in Wales his junior year of college. He interned at both the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France and at Universal Studios in Los Angeles, which is where he worked with the producer of Field of Dreams and Die Hard. He also spent a month traveling throughout Europe.
Future Hopes and Plans: Andy would like to continue traveling and his sights are currently set on Iceland, China, and Russia.
Little Known Facts: Besides playing baseball on the actual Field of Dreams, Andy was randomly chosen among other interns to serve as Robert Altman’s bodyguard during his opening address at the Cannes Film Festival of ’96.
Faculty members at Viterbo University have been awarded more than $9,000 thus far in the 2002-03 academic year. Those receiving awards are:
• Bonnie Nesbitt, Ph.D., nursing, received a $1,000 grant to attend the 29th Annual International Nursing Computer and Technology Conference in Manhattan, July 1114.
• Rochelle Cadogan, business, received a $993.54 grant to present “The Ethics of Data Privacy in an Electronic Marketplace: The Incorporation of Fair Information Practice Principles into Privacy Policies” at the International Business and Economics Research Conference, Oct. 611 in Las Vegas.
• Pat Wessels, nursing, received a $500 grant to attend the Distance Education Conference, Sept. 2728 in Omaha, Neb.
• Jean Saladino, music, received a $900 grant to attend the National Association of Teachers of Singing Conference in San Diego, July 37.
• Carol Klitzke, nutrition and dietetics, received a $951 grant to attend the 2002 Food and Nutrition Conference and Exhibition of the American Dietetic Association in Philadelphia, Oct. 1222.
• Grant Smith, English, received a $500 grant to present “Floating Without a Mother: Missing Mothers in Young Adult Fiction” at the National Council of Teachers of English, Nov. 21 in Atlanta.
• Dick Ruppel, English, received a $1,000 grant to present “Territorialities of the Heart: Mapping Homosexuality in Lord Jim” at the Joseph Conrad Society of the UK, Aug. 1618 in Vancouver.
• Gerard Ferrari, art, received a $1,000 grant to attend the National Conference on the Education of the Ceramic Arts, March 1215 in San Diego.
• Karen Gibson, nutrition and dietetics, received $381.30 to attend the Medicare Medical Nutrition Therapy Conference in Lake Delton, Nov. 78.
• Larry Harwood, philosophy, received $1,000 to present “Christian Economies and Secular Socialism: Ends and Ends” at the Christianity and Economics Conference at Baylor University, Nov. 79, 2002; and “The Russells and the Victorians: Marriage and Divorce” at the 2003 Midwest Victorian Studies Association Conference in Chicago.
• Eric Manchester, philosophy, received $257.37 to present “Locke and Wesley on ‘Persons’: Implications for Trinity, Deification, and Mariology” at the Midwest Regional Society of Christian Philosophers Conference, Sept. 14 in Bloomington, Ind.
Special Performance Returns Viterbo Audience to Renaissance
One of Shakespeare’s most outrageous comedies will make its appearance on the Viterbo FAC main stage during a special performance of The Taming of the Shrew on Tuesday, Oct. 29, presented by the American Players Theatre.
Experience the role of respect, deception, romance, and caring in the battle of the sexes in this Renaissance-era production. With three men vying for her hand, young Bianca has no shortage of admirers. Yet Bianca’s father forbids her to marry until her shrewish sister, Katherina, is betrothed. Petruchio, a rough-hewn gentleman, is persuaded to woo Kate. He vows to “kill her with kindness” and win her in spite of her spitfire temperament.
Shakespeare is the heart and soul of the American Players Theatre repertoire. Located in Spring Green and nestled in a natural amphitheater, the American Players Theatre was founded in 1979. The acting company of 28 members, along with a staff that reaches 120 during the heart of the season, produces five plays each season. Having grown in popularity, it is now the second most popular outdoor classical theatre in the country.
American Players Theatre’s The Taming of the Shrew is sponsored by Marshall Field’s and supported, in part, by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $25/$19. To order tickets, contact the Box Office at ext. 3100.
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