A Newsletter for the Viterbo University Community
Vol. 16, No. 12 November 11, 2002
Sneak a Peak at the New Web Nov. 12
Get a look at the new “Learn for Life” ad campaign and the new Web page design for Viterbo University this Tuesday, Nov. 12.
The campaign unveiling is from 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.
Mysterious Employee Campaign Results
By Dawn Scott, Institutional Advancement
Over 66 percent of employees gave a gift or pledge back to Viterbo University this year. In all, a total of 173 employees participated. By employee category, here are the participation rates:
Thank you for your commitment and support to Viterbo University. Please know that you have helped us remain among the top schools in the nation in terms of employee-giving participation.
Look Who's Coming to Town! Monster TRAK
A new opportunity is available to students and alumni at Viterbo University. Viterbo’s Career Planning and Placement (CPP) office has teamed up with MonsterTRAK, the definitive career resource for college students and alumni, and an exclusive service of Monster.com, the leading global online career site.
With unique password protection, MonsterTRAK’s database can be accessed only by Viterbo students and alumni. This allows employers to target their recruitment efforts to Viterbo, assuring them a highly qualified and extremely motivated pool of candidates. This service is provided at no charge to students and alumni.
In addition to the job listing and resume database, other features include message boards, where students can post questions to employers, and a JobSearch Guide that includes tips on everything from resumes to negotiating a salary.
The CPP office at Viterbo offers a range of services, resources and programs to educate students and alumni in all aspects of the career development process to enhance their professional preparation and employability.
Questions? Contact Amy Lane, CPP, at ext. 3828, MC 312, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Campus Thursday
The MonsterTRAK Street Team is coming to campus Thursday, Nov. 14 from noon to 4 p.m. They will set up their 20’ x 30’ unit in front of MC on the Viterbo seal. When the MonsterTRAK Street Team sets up on campus, students can:
• Test drive CPP’s own Web site.
• Learn about MonsterTRAK as a resource for internships and jobs.
• Find out more about the Career Center.
• Play cool interactive games to win great prizes.
Fr. McGarty, Bishop Wantland Talk is Nov. 14
Anglican (Episcopal) and Roman Catholic dialogue from 198102 is the subject of a talk at Viterbo Thursday, Nov. 14 by Fr. Bernard McGarty and Bishop William Wantland.
The multimedia presentation, “Up the Down Staircase,” begins at 7:30 p.m. in the FAC Main Theatre. McGarty has earned a doctorate in theology and is a visiting professor in ecumenical studies at Viterbo. Bishop Wantland is the retired bishop of the Episcopal Diocese in Eau Claire and he holds a doctorate in civil and canon law.
The McGarty/Wantland lecture lasts about an hour and is followed by a Q&A session and reception. This event is free and open to the public.
Don’t Miss a Bit of Broadway
Platinum Edition takes on Broadway during this year’s concert, “The Music of Broadway and Beyond,” on Saturday, Nov. 23 in the Viterbo University FAC Recital Hall at 3 p.m. All seats are $5 and seating is general admission. Tickets can be purchased in advance by contacting the Box Office at ext. 3100.
By Jen Jahsman, Student
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.
Which Fork for Salad?
Seniors are invited to learn all about dining etiquette, interview attire, and negotiating an offer during a five-course meal (a $22 value). The Dining Etiquette Workshop is Sunday, Nov. 24, from 69 p.m. in the FAC Hospitality Suite. The cost is $10 (scholarships are available). Please RSVP by this Wednesday, Nov. 13 at Career Planning and Placement in MC 312 or call ext. 3827.
Go to the Movies!
By Anne Ellefson, Student Development Center
Connect Club invites Viterbo students, employees, and families to a free movie. Harry Potter will be showing on the big screen in the FAC Recital Hall on Friday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m.
News for Your Health
Blood Drive Successful!
Congratulations and thank you to the Viterbo community for a successful blood drive. Seventy-one pints were donated. Unfortunately, many were not able to give due to lack of time and shortage of Red Cross nursing staff, and the goal of 85 pints was not met. Thank you to all who gave and to our great volunteers, with special mention to Becky Raatz and Jessica Upton who were the coordinators. Special kudos to the baseball team; they came, they gave, then they stayed and helped clean up and put the chapel back together in time for a 7:30 p.m. lecture.
Get Your Flu Shot
Flu shots will be available in Health Services through November. Contact Marilyn Jaekel at 3806 if you need one. The fee is $8.50.
Guest Speaker to Discuss Globalization
Martin Farrell, political science professor at Ripon College and executive director of the Wisconsin Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies, will give two lectures on globalization on Tuesday, Nov. 19 as well as present during the Seventh Day discussion.
The Viterbo community is invited to attend one of his free talks. Farrell will present at 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. in the FAC Lobby on “Ethical Issues in the New Era of Globalization.” Then, from noon12:50 p.m. in MC 419C, he will discuss “Globalization 200203: State of the Debate.”
Farrell’s visit is sponsored by the Wisconsin Humanities Council Speakers’ Bureau.
For information on the morning talks, contact Rick Kyte, ethics, at ext. 3704 or rlkyte@ viterbo.edu. For information on the Seventh Day Talk, contact Grant Smith at ext. 3485 or email@example.com.
Celebrate International Education Week!
By Margaret Elvekrog, Student
Nov. 1822 is International Education Week and will be celebrated at Viterbo with activities sponsored by the Office of Global Education.
To kick off the week, Global Rhythms, Viterbo’s multicultural club, is having a semi-formal dance, “Global Gala,” on Saturday, Nov. 16 from 9 p.m. to midnight in the Marian Hall Dining Room. The format of the dance will be different from previous years. The music will be international dance music and popular favorites. Plus, there will be informal dance lessons offered through the event by some of Viterbo’s international students. Learn salsa, merengue, punta, calypso, swing, tango, and more! Tickets are $5 in advance or $6 at the door. Twenty percent of all proceeds go to charity.
On Sunday, Nov. 17, there is a Bright Star event in the FAC Main Theater. “Turtle Island and Ying Quartets” will be performing traditional and original string and jazz instrumental pieces. The show begins at 7:30 p.m.
The Seventh Day Discussion on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at noon in MC 419C features Professor Martin Farrell from Ripon College speaking on “Globalization: The State of the Debate.”
On Wednesday, Nov. 20, UW-L is showing two short films with international themes. Covered: The Hejab in Cairo, Egypt, offers an opportunity to view the restoration of veiling in modern-day Egypt through the eyes of the women it affects. The second film, Hollywood Harems, explores western misunderstandings of eastern women through a look at the history of Oriental women in Hollywood films. The films begin at 7 p.m. in Graff Main Hall Auditorium. If you’d like to go and need a ride, call Beth Moore, global education, at ext. 3172.
Viterbo will host a delegation from GuangXi Province in China on Thursday, Nov. 21. The delegation is visiting UW-L, but is interested in learning more about how private education in the U.S. works. Viterbo President William Medland will give a brief presentation to the group and answer questions.
Also, throughout the week there will be flags and poster displays in the MC Lobby. Stop by and learn something new.
Viterbo Community Artists Exhibit in La Crosse
Peter Fletcher, art, along with several Viterbo students and alumni have artwork on display at the Art Educators exhibition at the Pump House and in the Halloween exhibition at the Odin Gallery on Main Street. The exhibitions run through the end of November. Be sure to stop in and see the work of these talents.
Fair Helps Students Network
Students needing help finding jobs, exploring careers, and looking for internships have the opportunity to do it all under one roof during the Human Services Career Fair on Thursday, Nov. 14 from noon 4 p.m. in the FAC Lobby.
“Many of the students who attended last year’s fair landed internships from the contacts made at the event,” said Amy Lane, career planning and placement.
This year, there will be 28 agencies and 43 representatives coming to campus to talk with students in psychology, sociology, liberal studies, criminal justice English, foreign languages, and religious studies.
Get a D.C. Internship
Representatives from the Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars will be on campus Nov. 13 in the MC Lobby in the afternoon and Nov. 14 at the Human Services Career Fair in the FAC Lobby. The Washington Center offers internship information for all majors. Benefits of a Washington internship include: financial assistance, housing assistance, internship academic credits, participation in a nationally recognized program. Questions? Call Amy Lane at ext. 3828 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
from the library
By Galadriel Chilton
• Dare to be Wise @ Your Library with a Chance to Win Books! This week, Viterbo’s library launches our newsletter: Dare to be Wise @ Your Library. Watch your email for the first issue, and sign up for a free subscription by Friday, Nov. 22 for your chance to win a gift certificate from an area bookstore. Print or electronic formats are available for all issues.
Features include resource highlights, staff profiles, selected new books, library factoids, and unusual reference questions. To subscribe to Dare to be Wise @ Your Library or, for more information, please contact Galadriel Chilton, ext. 3263, email email@example.com.
• Busy Times at Viterbo’s Reference Desk: As the semester moves along, Viterbo’s reference librarians have been busier than ever. Via email, phone, or in person, students approach the reference desk to learn how to develop research ideas, to find books and journal articles for their papers, and to find the full text of articles for which they have a citation. Compared to last year, the number of inquiries librarians received in September and October is up. In 2001, librarians answered 1,157 questions, and in 2002, they handled 1,372.
• Art @ Todd Wehr Library: On display through Saturday, Nov. 30 is Mary Grave’s “Seasons of the River” watercolor exhibit.
Greet Our Visitors
You might see students from Russia on campus this Friday, Nov. 15. Be sure to extend a warm Viterbo welcome. They’ll be on campus to talk with Connect Club students and Anne Ellefson, student development center, about educational awareness for alcohol and other drugs.
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.
Rest In Peace: We remember in prayer those who have died: the grandfather of Kaysie Benson. Requiescat in pace.
This Thanksgiving Day
“Thankful may I ever be for everything that God bestows. Thankful for the joys and sorrows, for the blessings and the blows. Thankful for the wisdom gained through hardships and adversity. Thankful for the undertones as well as for the melody.
“Thankful may I ever be for the benefits both great and small—and never fail in gratitude for that divinest gift of all: the love of friends that I have known in times of failure and success.
“O may the first prayer of the day be always one of thankfulness.”
—Patience Strong, Prayers of the Classroom at The Liturgical Press
Local Leaders Offer Leadership Advice
Police Chief Ed Kondracki and La Crosse Superintendent Tom Downs offered Brown Bag attendees plenty of food for thought as the pair kicked off a series of noon-hour lectures intended to promote leaders who practice good business principles.
“Being a leader is also about ethics and service and I would like to be known as a leader who is interested in relationship building,” Downs said.
Both Kondracki and Downs emphasized the principles articulated by business guru, Steven Covey, in his book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People—advice for those people who want to live happier and more fulfilled lives. Kondraki said he discovered the “habits” Covey described work well with the law-enforcement setting that he supervises and he uses the skills he acquired to be a trainer in other settings.
The next in this series of Brown Bag Business Lectures is on Wednesday, Dec. 4, at noon when Randy Smith, president of City Brewery discusses “Building Business for the Long Run.” The lectures are sponsored by the Dahl School of Business and the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership.
• The Viterbo Student Nurses Association (VSNA), which received the Team Spirit Award from the Wisconsin Student Nurses Association at the annual convention held in La Crosse a few weeks ago. The award recognizes the VSNA’s many community service projects.
• Rose Kreutz, who received the Excellence in Community Service Award from the Wisconsin Nurses Association annual convention in La Crosse a few weeks ago. Kreutz retired last year after teaching nursing at Viterbo for over 30 years.
• Peter Fletcher, art, whose painting “Burial Mounds along the Mississippi” was reproduced in the current issue of Big River magazine, which is available at Barnes and Noble and other bookstores.
• Deb Murray, psychology, who successfully presented her doctoral project “Motivational Interviewing: Efficacy in Substance Abuse Treatment and Implications for Therapist Training” on Oct. 30. This fulfilled the requirements for her doctorate in psychology (Psy.D.) from the University of St. Thomas in the Twin cities. Murray extends a hearty thank you to Viterbo faculty, administration, and students. “I could not have completed this without the support I recieved from them,” she said.
Rivalry Continues Nov. 26
The 14th Annual Alumni Cup Basketball Game is here again. The intense cross-town rivalry continues when the V-Hawks take on the Eagles at the UW-La Crosse gym on Tuesday, Nov. 26. The women’s game begins at 6 p.m. and the men’s game begins at 8 p.m. Come and support your V-Hawks. Register for door prizes and cheer at the half-time shootout.
By Gretchen Kinney, Communications and Marketing
Name: Denise Warring
Title: Technical Director, Assistant Manager for Stage Operations
Department: School of Fine Arts
Family: Denise has two children: Anna, 10, and
Jack, 4. Her father lives in Chicago.
Education: Denise received a B.A. in theatre arts and music performance from Southwestern College in Winfield, Kan.
Hobbies/Interests/Enthusiasms: Cooking is very soothing to Denise and that’s why she loves it. She also tries to find time to ride her bike and swim; although, her favorite activity is playing with her kids.
Adventures and Travels: For an orchestra tour in high school, Denise was able to travel to Caracas, Venezuela. She also studied theatre and architecture in Western Europe twice and has taken multiple trips to Stratford, Ontario for the annual Shakespeare Festival.
Future Hopes and Plans: Denise would like to see technical theatre grow at Viterbo. With the help of her co-workers, she would like to expand her skills through experimental work and designs.
Little Known Facts: Denise, with the help of her father who is a music teacher and an accomplished guitar player, learned to sing before she learned to speak. The first song she ever learned was “Mountain Dew.”
on the Web...tuition remission information
Did you know you can find lists on the Web of the member schools that are part of Viterbo’s tuition remission benefit? Visit:
To participate in tuition remission or to find out more information, contact Cindy Kothbauer, admission, at ext. 3014 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment.
Enjoy Rigatoni Panza for a Good Cause
By Barb Schroeder, Learning Center
Donate to a worthy cause and enjoy some of the finest Italian cuisine by purchasing tickets for the Nov. 14 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 46 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.
Students Place Well at State Competition
Fifty Viterbo students competed and 10 placed at the student auditions for the Wisconsin Association of Teachers of Singing state competition at UW-Stevens Point the first weekend of November.
Those who received honors include:
• Sophomore Women: Amanda Zeitler, finalist, a student of Dan Johnson-Wilmot; Carrie Knutsen Hendrickson, finalist, a student of Jerry Benser.
• Junior Men: Alonzo Damion Edwards, first place, a student of Dean Witz.
• Senior Women: Katie Butler, finalist, a student of Dan Johnson-Wilmot.
• Senior Men: Kevin DeWan, first place, a student of Dan Johnson-Wilmot.
• Continuing Senior Women: Jacklyn Whitsett, second place, a student of Dan Johnson-Wilmot.
• Lower College Music Theatre: Ellie Boucher, finalist, a student of Jean Saladino.
• Upper College Music Theatre: Emily Mark, first place, a student of Diane Foust; Raisa Thornton, finalist, a student of Jean Saladino; and David Adamick, finalist, a student of Jerry Benser.
Dan Johnson-Wilmot also teaches Matthew Curtis, who won the High School Boys division, and Diane Foust teaches Emily Johnson, who won the Adult division.
There were 379 singers registered and 72 finalists in the division from High School Girls and Boys through Graduate Music students.
Let’s Talk Peace
The World Peace Foundation is sponsoring a “From Conflict, to Resolution, to Transformation Conference,” Tuesday, Nov. 19 from 49 p.m.
The seminar features keynote speaker Finn Tschudi, a professor of psychology from the University of Oslo, Norway, and a panel of experts including: Lauren Abramson, associate professor at John’s Hopkins University; David McShane, pastor; Tom Rhorer, attorney/mediator for Children’s Advocate; Susan Wiese, executive director of the Coulee Region Mediation and Restorative Justice; and Dr. Robert Most, a behavioral medicine specialist.
This free conference will be held at the Health Science Center, 1300 Badger St., room 2006. Donations will be accepted at the door. The World Peace Foundation is a Wisconsin-based, non-profit organization that promotes the World Peace Flag as the symbol of people joining together in the interest of peace of all nations.
Space is reserved for 80 participants. Please register by emailing conference@theworldpeacefoundation. com or calling 608-783-3502.
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