A Newsletter for the Viterbo University Community
Vol. 16, No. 11 November 4, 2002
Get a Sneak Peak at the New Campaign
Be sure to put Tuesday, Nov. 12 in your calendars.
That’s the day the Viterbo University communications and marketing department will give faculty, staff, and students a look at the new “Learn for Life” ad campaign. The campaign unveiling is scheduled for 24 p.m. in the MC Lobby and features the new series of ads that will begin running in area papers by January and the new Web page design that will be useable at the unveiling and up and running sometime this month.
Refreshments will be available and a door prize drawing for a “Learn for Life” denim shirt and a prayer book will be held at 3:30 p.m.
The display will also be shown in the FAC Lobby that evening during the Doc Severinsen Bright Star event.
Avoid Email Overkill
Please plan ahead and use Connections to promote your event or to share information with the campus community. All employee emails are not intended for the distribution of general information; in most cases, they are for urgent information. The Connections deadline is Thursday at noon.
Viterbo Goes Online!
The School of Extended Learning and the School of Business are introducing a new online degree completion program starting in January 2003. This new Leadership Program is geared specifically towards students who hold an associate’s degree in a business field such as marketing, accounting, supervisory management, or other business areas.
In this new program, students will be able to apply their entire associate’s degree (up to 64 credits) towards their Bachelor of Business Administration degree by taking flexible, online courses. Students in this program will be sharing online discussions and learning experiences while networking with other business professionals from around the state.
The curriculum for this new program is very similar to the organizational management curriculum that has been used in the School of Extended Learning Advance Program since 1996. The online versions of these courses are being developed and taught by university faculty.
Step Through the Looking Glass
What is the media? How does it work? Is it fair? And, what is our responsibility as concerned citizens?
Explore these questions and more during the 2003 Humanities Symposium at Viterbo, “Through the Looking Glass: Media, Perception, and Reality,” held Feb. 36 on campus. There will be a variety of events and workshops featuring citizens, media scholars, critics, and local and national journalists. Speakers include:
• Mark Crispin Miller, a professor of media ecology at New York University. Miller’s keynote address on Monday, Feb. 3 will address “Adventures in the Memory Hole: The U.S. Media Before and After 9/11.”
• Keith Murphy, a radio broadcaster for WMCS-AM in Milwaukee who will discuss “Black Media: The Same Facts, a Different Reality” on Tuesday, Feb. 4.
• Media critic Jennifer Pozner will give a multi-media presentation and discussion to the Viterbo and La Crosse communities on “Condoleeza Rice is a Size Six...and Other Things I Learned from the News” on Wednesday, Feb. 5.
• Jane Kirtley, a professor from the Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics, who will give an ethics lecture on “Media and the First Amendment” on Thursday, Feb. 6.
The featured speakers will all talk at 7:30 p.m. in the FAC Main Theatre. Classroom speakers, interactive events, and other talks are planned throughout the week. These events are free and open to the public. Watch future issues of Connections for more information.
To Life and Rigotoni!
Would fine Italian cuisine and a chance to help Viterbo students be of interest to you?
You have an opportunity to dine and donate to a very worthwhile cause on campus. Reserve Thursday, Nov 14 for Bella Vita/Ottimo Cibo! Faculty member Silvana Panza, FSPA, has agreed to donate her time and culinary skills to prepare an authentic Italian meal consisting of Rigatoni Panza, garlic breadsticks, and a dessert. You may dine in BNC 105 or get a carry out.
The cost is $5 per plate and all proceeds go directly to the Student Emergency Fund. The meal will be served from 4 to 6 p.m., and tickets are limited, so don’t delay. Tickets may be purchased from Marcia Brodt, MC Reception Desk, or Barb Schroeder, Learning Center.
The Student Emergency Fund provides monetary assistance to Viterbo students who may face a personal crisis such as transportation home to attend a funeral, a family emergency, or the loss of personal belongings due to a natural disaster.
If you cannot attend, but would like to make a donation to help defray the cost of the meal ingredients, please contact Brodt or Schroeder.
Brown Bag It
Tired of hearing about business practices only when they go bad? Then bring your lunch and plan to attend this Wednesday’s free Brown Bag Lecture, “The Seven Habits of Effective Leaders.” Ed Kondracki, chief of police for the City of La Crosse, and Tom Downs, La Crosse School Superintendent, will share their leadership tips. The lecture will be held from noon - 1 p.m. in the FAC Lobby and is sponsored by the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership and the Dahl School of Business.
Freshman Chelsea Bassett is VU Idol
Playing piano and singing an original composition, “Let Me Go,” won freshman Chelsea Bassett the coveted title of the first-ever VU Idol champion.
As the winner of the VU Idol event, held Monday, Oct. 28, Bassett won $100. She was also selected, by applause, as the winner of the People’s Choice Award for which she received an American Idol DVD set. She competed with 10 other students from Viterbo.
Nearly 300 people attended this first-time event, filling the Marian Hall Dining Room to capacity. The event was a fundraiser for VH-1’s Save the Music Foundation, collecting nearly $500.
The evening included surprise performances by Adrienne Appler and the Outer Staff RAs in a dramatic skit, as well as a performance by Rob Anderson, residence life, of the hit song “Fallin’” by Alicia Keyes.
The winner of the Viterbo CRIBS contest was also decided by the audience. There were nine finalists that participated from Marian Hall. The winners were roommates Vilmarie Fraguada and Katie Martin from Marian Hall South 2nd floor. They were awarded a $50 shopping spree at Pier 1 Imports to spruce up their room.
Special thanks to all who helped make this event a success and to the evening’s judges: Jason Ramaker, residence life; Susan Rush, theatre; Earl Madary, religious studies; Kathryn Schmitt, “The Lunchroom Lady”; and Rolf Samuels, English.
Volunteers 60 and Older Needed
The School of Nursing is looking for volunteers 60 and older who are interested in improving their overall health and fitness through a Senior Wellness Program.
This free program is designed to help older adults engage in activities that will positively affect their health, well being, physical fitness, and health knowledge. Viterbo nursing students pair up with participants to provide guidance, encouragement, and support through health promotion activities. Each session will be five weeks in length. The sessions are:
• Mondays, Jan. 27Feb. 24 or March 24April 28, from 14 p.m. at the Naval Reserve Center, 226 Green Bay Street.
• Wednesdays, Jan. 29Feb. 26 or March 26April 30, at the Naval Reserve Center, 226 Green Bay Street.
• Fridays, Jan. 31Feb. 28 or March 28May 2, from 811 a.m. at the Viterbo SAC.
For further information or to sign up, please call Joyce Heil at ext. 3695 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn About Medical Professions
“An Evening With The Profes-sionals” will be held Wednesday, Nov. 6, from 78:30 p.m. in the FAC Hospitality Suite.
Alumni representing a variety of medical professions including pharmacy, physician assistance, chiropractic, anesthesiology, and family practice will be on campus to share their professional experiences firsthand with Viterbo students and faculty.
Refreshments will be served. Everyone is welcome. Just call the alumni office at ext. 3072 to reserve a spot.
Fight the Flu
Avoid a miserable winter by getting your flu shot here on campus Tuesday, Nov. 5, in the SDC from 24 p.m.; Wednesday, Nov. 6, in the Student Union from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and Friday, Nov. 8, in the SDC from 13 p.m. They are available to all at a cost of $8.50 per person. Appointments are encouraged, so please contact Judy Thesing at ext. 3825 or Marilyn Jaekel at ext. 3806.
Life After Graduation
Career Planning and Placement (CPP) has put together some seminars to help students get ready for life after graduation.
• Is your resume ready? CPP is holding a resume workshop Thursday, Nov. 7, from noon to 1 p.m. in BNC 122, for nursing students who are interested in developing effective resumes. All nursing students are welcome to attend, but the workshop will be focused on juniors preparing for internships and seniors who want to get their resumes developed before spring synthesis.
• Seniors, don’t miss an opportunity like this. Learn all about dining etiquette, interview attire, and negotiating an offer while enjoying a five-course meal (a $22 value). All seniors are welcome to attend Sunday, Nov. 24, from 69 p.m. in the FAC Hospitality Suite. The cost is $10 (scholarships are available). Please RSVP by Nov. 13 at CPP in MC 312 or call ext. 3827.
Attn: Student Organization Advisors
By Sally Emerson, Alumni Office
Candidate nominations for the Student Leader Recognition, sponsored by the Alumni Emeritus Board, are due Tuesday, Nov. 5. Please contact the alumni office at ext. 3072 with your selection.
Come celebrate the growing art scene in La Crosse. The Viterbo University Art Gallery is just one of many galleries participating in this year’s Gallery Walk on Thursday, Nov. 7, from 59 p.m. The La Crosse Trolley will run a regular schedule between the galleries, so you can park at one gallery and take the trolley to others. In addition to the vibrant art offerings, business sponsors will be offering coupons and other specials available only to Gallery Walk participants. Maps for the evening will be available at all participating galleries, sponsors, and on the trolley. Come downtown and join in the fun!
The Pearl Street Books, located at 323 Pearl St., is hosting a poetry reading featuring Bill Stobb, English. Stobb’s reading will be followed by readings from Viterbo poets, whose work has appeared in Touchstone, and an Open Mic session. The event goes from 6:30 p.m. to close this Friday, Nov. 8.
Heads to Toes, We Welcome Your Clothes
Please donate to Viterbo’s Clothing Drive, and help us surpass our goal of 2,000 items this year. Donations can be dropped off at the Student Union Front Desk between Oct. 28Dec. 6. All items will be given to the Salvation Army.
2+2=4 and More
Take a closer look at the relationship between art and math. Peter Fletcher will give a slide talk entitled “Art and the Search for Order, the Legacy of the Greeks,” for VROOM, the Viterbo Math Club. The talk will be in FAC 219 at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 6.
A Festival For Sharing—the 21st annual La Crosse Community Thanksgiving Dinner will be served on Nov. 28. The Viterbo community has been asked to help by contributing cans of jellied cranberries and Hawaiian Punch. These items may be dropped off at San Damiano Chapel by noon on Wednesday, Nov. 27 for transport to the La Crosse Center.
In these winter months, please remember others in need. Donations of goods/money are always welcome at the Viterbo Food Pantry, Place of Grace, and WAFER. Items may be left in the vestibule of San Damiano Chapel and money may be forwarded through any campus minister. Thanks for your past help.
Please note that our Habitat for Humanity workday will be this Saturday, Nov. 9.
Rest In Peace: We remember in prayer those who have died: Julius Weissenberger, father-in-law of Jack Havertape; Jane Saline, wife of board member Lindy Saline, and, the grandmother of Heather Woodhouse. Requiescant in pace.
Prayer for Harvest and Thanksgiving (from the Viterbo Book of Prayers):
“O God, source and giver of all things, You manifest Your infinite majesty, power and goodness in the earth about us; we give You honor and glory. For the sun and the rain, for the manifold fruits of our fields, for the increase of our herds and flocks we thank You. For the enrichment of our souls with divine grace, we are grateful. Supreme Lord of the harvest, graciously accept us and the fruits of our toil, in union with Jesus, Your Son, as atonement for our sins, for the growth of Your Church, for peace and love in our homes, and for salvation for all. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord. Amen.”
Plan for your Future
The Health Science Career Fair will be Wednesday, Nov. 6, from 36 p.m. at the Health Science Center located at 13th and Pine St. This is a great opportunity for students enrolled in health science programs to speak with employers from regional health care organizations about employment opportunities. Students from all levels are welcome to attend.
Be sure to catch Jennifer Lopez’s latest video release, Enough, on the big screen in the Student Union this Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 7:30 p.m. In the movie, Lopez stars as an abused housewife who learns how to fight back to protect herself and her child. The movie is free and refreshments will be provided. All are welcome. Sponsored by the Women’s Studies Committee.
A Feast of International Proportions
The Viterbo community is invited to the 3rd Annual International Dinner on Thursday, Nov. 7 in the Marian Hall Dining Room from 4:306 p.m. The menu features two delicious appetizers, three zesty entrees, and an array of delightful accompaniments. The cost for non-meal plan guests is $6.25. Hope you can join us!
Broadway and Beyond
Broadway show tunes are all the rage during this year’s Platinum Edition Concert, “The Music of Broadway and Beyond,” on Saturday, Nov. 23 in the Viterbo University FAC Recital Hall at 3 p.m.
The Viterbo show choir, Platinum Edition, will perform a few large group numbers and several solo and small group numbers. There are 36 students in Platinum Edition. All seats are $5 and seating is general admission. Tickets can be purchased in advance by contacting the Box Office at ext. 3100.
Pick Up a Hammer and Nail
The Viterbo University Habitat for Humanity workday is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 9, 8 a.m. 4 p.m., and volunteers are needed.
Those who help out will not only make a difference in a local family’s life but will learn a few tips about construction and remodeling. The house is located at 2537 Jackson Street.
So sign up to volunteer for a few hours or the whole day, by calling Marilyn Pedretti, campus ministry, ext. 3829 or email mjpedretti@ viterbo.edu.
Let’s Talk Globalization
What are you doing for lunch on Tuesday, Nov. 19? Bring your lunch and join in the Seventh Day Discussion from noon12:50 p.m. in MC 419 C as Martin Farrell, from the department of politics and government at Ripon College, talks about “Globalization 200203: State of the Debate.”
Master Class Features St. John's Prof
The Viterbo music department will host pianist Fr. Robert Koopmann, O.S.B., for a master class on Friday, Nov. 15 at 12:10 p.m., and a recital on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m. in the FAC Recital Hall.
Fr. Koopmann, a professor of music at St. John’s University and the College of St. Benedict in Minnesota since 1975, teaches piano and courses in the history and aesthetics of music. Critics praise his “vitality,” “powerful energetic style,” “fine musicianship,” and his “masterpieces of shading and color.” He has performed around the U.S. and internationally.
Fr. Koopmann is director of music, an organist at St. John’s Abbey, and a faculty resident in the student dormitories at St. John’s University. He has directed international study programs for students and adults in South Africa, Austria, the Baltic Countries, and the Low Countries.
Fr. Koopman’s doctorate in piano performance is from The University of Iowa, with further studies in New York and London. He has won a number of competitions, and has performed with such orchestras as the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Bach Chamber Orchestra, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and the St. Cloud Civic Orchestra.
The master class will feature piano students of Timothy Schorr, music. The program will include works by Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, Debussy and Mozart, and piano rags by Joseph Lamb and Zez Confrey.
Both the master class and recital are free and open to the public. For more information, call Schorr at ext. 3769 or email tbschorr@ viterbo.edu.
By Gretchen Kinney, Communications and Marketing
Name: Susan Cosby
Title: Assistant Professor
Family: Susan has two sisters who live in Hot Springs, Ark. and a new niece who was adopted in January.
Education: Susan received a bachelor’s degree in English from Hendrix College in Conway, Ark. and her master’s in English literature from Southwest Missouri State in Springfield. The University of Oklahoma is where she earned her Ph.D. in 16th and 17th century British literature with a secondary emphasis in women’s writing.
Hobbies/Interests/Enthusiasms: Since Susan is new to the area, she is having a lot of fun hiking through the new terrain. In her limited free time, she loves to cook and get into a good mystery novel.
Adventures and Travels: Susan spent a semester at the University of London. She has also traveled to a few places in the U.S. Her favorite vacation spot is in Massachusetts where she enjoys whale watching, and she visited Las Vegas this past summer for the first and, definitely, the last time.
Future Hopes and Plans: Susan wants to share her love of the 16th and 17th century British literature with her students and, hopefully in the future, see a rise in the number of English literature students.
Little Known Facts: Susan is the only redhead on both sides of her family for two generations.
Quartets Explore Dualities Through Collaboration
Viterbo audiences will experience the exquisite sounds of the internationally acclaimed Turtle Island String Quartet and the Ying Quartet on Sunday, Nov. 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the FAC Main Theatre.
Through music, stage placement, lighting, and wardrobe, the two quartets have created an innovative and bold musical experience that fully explores the duality of the Yin and Yang, an ancient Chinese symbol that reflects the positive and negative energies in our world. To create a healthy and harmonious state, the Chinese believe these energies must be in balance.
Using classical string tradition and jazz improvisation, these quartets collaborate and compete with one another-maintaining their individuality, yet making a statement that together they are greater than the sum of their parts. The partnership highlights the strengths of each quartet while revealing how those elements commonly associated with one group can exist in another. Turtle Island, for example, is well-known for its exploration of jazz styles but also spends time exploring classical traditions. While the Ying Quartet is widely known for its exploration of western classical tradition, it seeks techniques that allow it more spontaneity-similar to the approach of jazz groups. Together, the Turtle Island and Ying quartets create a cohesive whole from their diverse natures.
Turtle Island String Quartet with Ying Quartet is sponsored by The Lukasek Family Endowment Fund and supported, in part, by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin.
Tickets are $26/$20. Contact the Box Office at ext. 3100 to order.
Twelve Angry Jurors Offers Behind-the-scenes Character Study
The La Croix Black Box Theatre at Viterbo University becomes a jury room during the performance of Twelve Angry Jurors Thursday, Nov. 14Sunday, Nov. 18.
Performed each evening at 7:30 p.m., Twelve Angry Jurors is a play about 12 very different jurors who head to the claustrophobic jury room one stifling summer day. It isn’t just a teenage Puerto Rican murder defendant on trial; it’s the American judicial system. What seems like an open-and-shut case becomes anything but when one brave dissenter votes “not guilty” and begins to open the others’ eyes to the facts.
Things get personal when the jurors begin to reveal their characters, re-examine testimonies, re-enact the murder, and even threaten a new one before their very eyes. Tempers get short, arguments grow heated, and the jurors become 12 angry people.
Students participating in the play include: seniors Dan Nord, Jennifer Spridco, and Amandah MacLeish; juniors Matt Reis, David Warren, Mike DeLine, Rachel Finch, Jason Bielke, Adam Terry, and Kacy Schmitt; sophomores Mariana Osorio, Jamie Olah, Missy Buser, Robert Koch, and Edson Melendez; and freshman Andy Waffenschmidt.
Tickets are $9. Call the Viterbo University Box Office at ext. 3100 for more information.
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