A Newsletter for the Viterbo University Community
Vol. 16, No. 13 November 18, 2002
Connections Takes a Holiday
In keeping with tradition, Connections will take short breaks over the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. The schedule for the remainder of this semester is:
Monday, Nov. 25: Connections (copy deadline is noon, Thursday, Nov. 21)
Monday, Dec. 2: No Connections
Monday, Dec. 9: The final Connections for fall semester 2002 (copy deadline is noon, Thursday, Dec. 5)
Please plan your announcements according to this schedule. During the times when Connections is on hiatus, the communications and marketing office will issue updates by email as needed. Connections will resume printing for spring semester 2003 on Monday, Jan. 13.
Spend an Evening with the FSPA
The Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration have blessed Viterbo University with their presence for more than 110 years. On this Thursday, Nov. 21, the Viterbo community is invited to celebrate their generous presence in the spirit of Thanksgiving.
Ten sisters who have served Viterbo will share their favorite “Poems, Prayers & Proverbs” beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the San Damiano Chapel. This free event is open to the public and is part of the St. Rose Lecture Series.
Celebrate International Education Week!
By Margaret Elvekrog, Student
It’s International Education Week. Viterbo is celebrating with a number of activities sponsored by the Office of Global Education. Here’s what’s happening:
The Seventh Day Discussion on this 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.
Mark your Calendar!
Winter Commencement is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 14. The Commencement Committee is planning ceremony details, including:
• 9 a.m., Baccalaureate Mass— Maria Angelorum Chapel
• 10:15 a.m., Faculty line-up in the FAC first floor hallway
• 10:30 a.m., Ceremony—FAC Main Theatre
Shoes and articles of visible apparel worn by graduates should be of dark colors that harmonize with the academic costume. Nothing else should be worn on the academic gown.
Go to the Web site if you or your advisees need additional information about the ceremony http://www.viterbo.edu/alumni/commencement.htm.
Or contact Amy Gleason, chair, at ext. 3182 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
By Pam Fuchsteiner, Nutrition and Dietetics
Christmas is just around the corner and it’s time to start shopping! Once again this year your stocking stuffers are available in nutrition and dietetics. As in past years we have kitchen utensils for sale at very reasonable prices. Items available include wire whisks, baking sheets, knives, and many other useful items. Call Pam Fuchsteiner at ext. 3671 or stop by BNC 104 to see samples of these high-quality products and place your order. Delivery is guaranteed well before Christmas. New this year, the St. Elizabeth’s Church Cookbook is also available on a cash and carry basis. At only $10 it would be a great gift.
From Scratch: Apple Pies for Thanksgiving
The Student Dietetics Association (SDA) is presently taking orders for their homemade Caramel Apple Pie Sale. The pies are a fundraiser for the SDA and will be made using the group’s own delicious recipes. The pies will be single crust with a crumb topping for caramel pies and two crusts for apple pies. The apples have been graciously donated by Leidel’s Orchard, in La Crescent. Pies cost $10 each, and the deadline for ordering is Tuesday, Nov. 19. Orders can be placed with Pam Fuchsteiner, BNC 104, ext. 3671. Please remember to pick up your pies on Nov. 22 from noon?3 p.m. in BNC 106.
Talk Part of Steinbeck Centennial
Lyon Evans, English, will lead a discussion of John Steinbeck’s novel, The Red Pony, at the La Crosse Public Library at 7 p.m., this Thursday, Nov. 21. The event is free and open to the public and is part of the library’s centennial celebration of the birth of John Steinbeck (1902?68), a Pulitzer and Nobel Prize-winning author.
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.
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.
from the library...
By Galadriel Chilton
Library Lessons: Led by Nancy Steinhoff, instruction librarian, and library staff, this semester’s library education classes have been numerous in location and number. From Baraboo to Kaukuana, traveling librarians taught seven classes on research methods for distant Master of Arts in Education students. Each class ranged from four to six hours and provided in-depth instruction for finding journal articles and research reports through the library’s databases. During sessions, relationships evolved between librarians and students that continue via phone and email.
For campus students, 15 English 103 classes participated in a two-part library orientation. During the first class, students received a library basics overview: how to use the library catalog and databases, where to find copy machines and class reserves. The second class continues instruction in developing research strategies. Then, students work one-on-one with a librarian and their instructor as they investigate topics.
Additionally, computer information systems’ classes were introduced to Web evaluation and database searching; while speech, nursing, business, literature, and social work students learned about discipline-specific resources.
With 52 classes taught so far, it is estimated that 800 students know at least a little more about using Viterbo’s library! The goal of such programs is to emphasize that librarians are here to save students’ time, and to help students help themselves by empowering them with search strategies for finding and evaluating information. If you would like to schedule a library instruction session for your class, please contact Nancy at ext. 3278 or email: email@example.com.
Mugshots Now Open
Get your lattes, hot chocolates, teas, coffees, and more right here. Mugshots, the Viterbo community coffee house, is opening for business beginning with an open house on Thursday, Nov. 21, from 8?11 p.m. Regular hours will be established and announced at the event. Mugshots, staffed by students, is located near residence life in Marian Hall South, near Rose Terrace.
According to Jason Ramaker, Mugshots advisor, the students are excited about getting this venture up and running. However, some items are still needed to complete the setting. Donations of games, end tables, and rugs are being accepted. Plus, the group is looking for a donated or inexpensive freezer.
For more information on the open house, or to donate an item, contact Ramaker at ext. 3841 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sign up to Sponsor an Event April 6?12
By Anne Ellefson, Student Development Center
Alcohol Awareness Week is April 6?12. Mark the week on your calendars, and begin thinking of activities your club, organization, or department is interested in sponsoring.
Alcohol Awareness Week is organized by Connect Club to enhance awareness of alcohol issues affecting college students and to promote low-risk alcohol choices. Strategies to address those goals during the week include educational programs, alternative recreational events, awareness displays, and campus involvement.
The success of the week depends on the participation of campus groups. Nineteen organizations coordinated educational, recreational, or awareness activities during the 2002 Alcohol Awareness Week. Connect Club is hoping to have similar levels of participation this year.
Connect members will contact campus clubs and organizations at the beginning of second semester to encourage their participation and to provide activity ideas. Groups wishing to reserve a time slot or activity now may contact Lori Doney, a senior psychology major who is this year’s coordinator, at 796-1633 or Anne Ellefson at ext. 3807.
Christ the King: Next Sunday’s feast has an intense focus on “the last things” (eschata)—remembering the dead, preparing for judgment, looking forward to the joys of Heaven, learning how to live within God’s reign. At this time of year, the harvest is perhaps our strongest image of these “last things.” The Feast itself was established to celebrate the dominion of Christ that transcends national boundaries and that makes war a sacrilege against Christ’s body. A powerful image? We may indeed pray these days for victims of war and acts of terror on this Solemnity of Christ the King.
A Festival for Sharing: The 21st annual La Crosse Community Thanksgiving Dinner is Nov. 28. The Viterbo community has been asked to contribute cans of jellied cranberries and Hawaiian Punch. Drop off donations at San Damiano Chapel by noon on Wednesday, Nov. 27 for transport to the La Crosse Center.
Schedule note: There is no Mass or Taize prayer in the campus chapel Nov. 27?30. We will celebrate the First Sunday of Advent (Year B of the Sunday Lectionary) on Sunday, Dec. 1 at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Mass.
Requiescant in Pace.: We remember in prayer those who have died: the father of Denise Pippo, the grandfather of Tara Stadheim, and the great aunt of Ellen Fargen.
Three Ways to Remain Human:
1. Cultivate the contemplative: Contemplation...deepens consciousness and keeps us in possession of ourselves. It is by no means inactive, but heightens our reasoning powers, then enhancing our humanity.
2. Avoid becoming matter-of-fact about disturbing events: How easy it becomes never to be startled; horrendous events gradually assume a certain normalcy. We enter a state of denial, telling ourselves that what is happening is normal...(But) humanity dictates that we speak out, that we address matters of great concern.
3. Don’t lower your standards in the area of values: Don’t go with the flow when you see that others in the world around you are dishonest or untrustworthy. Keep your self-image high. Maintaining your values system contributes to your well-being.
—Excerpt from “The Human Side,” a column by Fr. Eugene Hemrick, CNS
Show Your Preference!
The Packers might be winning the division, but some think the Vikings are “sleeping giants” waiting for the right moment to spring an upset. Will it be Dec. 8 against archrival Green Bay?
Take a vote for the Packers or Vikings on Friday, Dec. 6 as part of Jean’s Day. Your vote and $1 entitles you to a button displaying your allegiance to the team of your choice. Proceeds support the United Way.
Congratulations Outstanding Women
Viterbo recognized eight women for their outstanding contributions to the university at the annual YWCA Tribute to Outstanding Women. They were: Phyllis Blackstone, education; Pat Wessels, nursing; Sally Emerson, institutional advancement; Pam Fuchsteiner, dietetics; Linda Whitehead, physical plant; Susan Spiker, library; Becky Timmerman, student; and Emily Seberger, student.
Each attended the YWCA awards dinner on Nov. 14 and received a certificate of recognition for their contributions.
You're Invited to an Open House
The Salvation Army is holding an open house on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 4?5 p.m. in celebration of Caring, Inc., a collaborative project between the Viterbo School of Nursing, the La Crosse County Health Department, and the Salvation Army.
At 4:15 p.m., during the open house, the Salvation Army will present Caring, Inc. with a national award the Salvation Army received for its collaboration on the project.
“We’re excited,” said Stephanie Genz, project director for Caring, Inc. “This is a huge collaboration and we’re growing by leaps and bounds. Last year, we served the health needs of 625 people in the Coulee Region.”
Everyone is welcome to attend this event at the Salvation Army building, 223 N. Eight Street. Refreshments will be served and the Caring, Inc. office will be open during this time and staff will be on hand.
Questions? Contact Kristina at the Salvation Army, 782-6126.
Light Up O’Christmas Tree
Mark your calendars for the start of the holiday season and participate in Viterbo University’s breathtaking Tree-lighting Ceremony in the FAC Lobby on Tuesday, Dec. 3.
Held at 3:30 p.m., the event features reflections, carols, and refreshments.
• Fine Arts Center faculty David Empey and J. David Blatt for their presentation on high tech theatre lighting systems at the Wisconsin High School Theatre Festival, Nov. 21?23 in Whitewater and to Rick Walters, theatre, who was one of the festival judges for one-act plays. About 2,500 high school theatre students from around the state participated in the festival.
• Jeff Stoltz, fine arts, for his recent guest design work at the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre.
• Timothy Schorr, music, who presented a workshop entitled “The Well Tempered Adjudicator” at the Wisconsin Music Teachers Association annual convention, Nov. 8?10 at UW-River Falls. He also submitted an article on practice techniques for publication in the spring issue of Keyboard Companion magazine.
Let's Get Global
What are you doing for lunch tomorrow? Bring your lunch and join in the Seventh Day Discussion from noon?12:50 p.m. in MC 419 C as Martin Farrell, from the department of politics and government at Ripon College, talks about “Globalization 2003?03: State of the Debate.”
out and about
• The Pump House Concert Series presents, Maritza, a five-member band from Decorah, Iowa. Maritza’s lively music has been infecting audiences in northern Iowa and southern Minnesota with a toe-tapping, leg-bobbing urge to move. They will be performing Balkan Boogie, Romany Rhythms, and Klezmer Kut-Ups at the Pump House Regional Arts Center on Saturday, Nov. 23, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $17, $15 for members. For tickets and reservations, call 608-785-1434.
By Gretchen Kinney, Communications and Marketing
Name: Jaimi Stejskal
Title: Women’s Softball Coach
Family: Jaimi’s family is located in southeast Minnesota. She is the oldest of six kids: two brothers and three stepbrothers. Jaimi and her fiance, Matt, plan to wed on May 24.
Education: She received a bachelor of arts in psychology and elementary education and a coaching licensure from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn.
Hobbies/Interests/Enthusiasms: Jaimi enjoys participating in athletics of all sorts including slow and fastpitch softball; flag football; volleyball; and basketball. You can also find her singing karaoke or hosting a theme party during her free time.
Adventures and Travels: Jaimi took the opportunity to go to Germany and France for six weeks as a volunteer chaperone for students in grades 10?12. Coaching duties, such as games and recruitment, have taken Jaimi all over the U.S. She said that Pennsylvania was gorgeous, Florida was laid back, but her favorite is still the Midwest.
Future Hopes and Plans: Jaimi would like to become more involved in the La Crosse community through volunteering efforts and forming solid relationships with local coaches and teams. She wants to continue to build the softball program here at Viterbo and be a strong contender in the MCC.
Little Known Facts: Back in 1995, Jaimi had the chance to sit and visit for about and hour with Tiny Tim, the man who was famous for playing “Tiptoe Through the Tulips with Me” on his ukulele. She said he was a very sweet man and kept referring to her as Ms. Jaimi.
Nursing Symposium Focus is Diversity
By Delayne Vogel, Nursing
The Viterbo School of Nursing is hosting its 21st annual Transcultural/Diversity symposium on Tuesday, Nov. 26 from 8:15?11:30 a.m. in BNC 122.
Guest speakers include Mary Lynn Bennett, a Spanish bilingual trainer from Milwaukee, who will focus on how to communicate effectively with the Hispanic population. Following her presentation, a panel comprised of Rose Kreutz, retired Viterbo nursing faculty; Susan Frauenkron, nursing; Sr. LeClare Beres, St. Clare Health Mission; and Beth Moore, global education, will share their various multicultural experiences. Everyone is invited to attend this free, annual event.
Celebrate Christmas with BSS Event
The Viterbo University music department is kicking off the holiday season this year with a magical Christmas Celebration, from Dec. 7?8, as part of the Bright Star Season.
The evening begins with the performance of J.S. Bach’s Baroque choral masterpiece “Magnificat in D,” by the Viterbo Concert Choir, directed by Daniel Johnson-Wilmot and supported by an orchestra comprised of local individuals. The piece is a setting of the Latin text.
John Rutter’s 20th century collection of carols, “Dancing Day,” directed by Jean Saladino and performed by the Women’s Chorale, will follow the “Magnificat.” “Dancing Day” is a series of poetry and traditional songs of the season and is accompanied by harpist Elinor Niemisto. Viterbo University will feature its new Martin harpsichord during the concert. The instrument was built by Willard Martin of Bethlehem, Penn. and is a single manual instrument built in the French style.
The performance also features Viterbo student soloists under the instruction of Jean Saladino, Diane Foust, Jerry Benser, and Daniel Johnson-Wilmot. The annual Christmas Lobby Party will follow both performances and features faculty soloists as well as the Concert Choir, Women’s Chorale, the Ninth Street Singers directed by Diane Foust, and Platinum Edition directed by Nancy Allen.
Students featured in the performance include: seniors Amanda Drake, Katie Butler, Jackie King, Denise Bird, Nolan Dresden, Lynn Biddick, Ken Schelper, Damion Edwards, Molly Nesbitt, Jen Roberdeau, Jackie Whitsett, Shelly Gorr, and Alyssa Bruemmer; juniors Suzanne Flater, Katie Siri, Jason Bielke, Sarah Baldus, Heide Freund, Sara Heil, Amanda Rhatigan, and Jill Giudice; sophomores Edson Melendez, Dixie Roberts, Angela Hermes, Amanda Zeitler, and Carrie Knudson-Hendrickson; freshmen Emily Jewell, Kayla Sundean, Colleen Kachelmeier, Kimberly Hutchinson, Valentina Sales, Chelsea Bassett, Katie Mumaw, Erin Schockmel, Susan Espe, Ellie Boucher, and Krysta Hansen.
The Christmas Celebration is sponsored by Charter Communications. Performances will be held in the FAC Main Theatre, on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. Ticket prices are $14/11. To order tickets, contact the Viterbo University Box Office at ext. 3100.
Help Make a Child’s Christmas Special
By Linda Whitehead, Physical Plant
Last year, the Viterbo University community helped 125 children have a special Christmas by purchasing presents—making Viterbo the number one donor (even surpassing Gundersen Lutheran). It’s now our chance to do it again.
This is the Students in Free Enterprise’s (SIFE) fourth year of helping local children in need through the Angel Tree. The process is simple, starting today in the MC lobby, you can drop by the Christmas tree and pick a child’s name. On the tag is information about the child. Purchase a gift for that child. The amount that you spend is up to you. Please have the presents wrapped and under the tree by Friday, Dec. 6.
If you have any questions, email them to email@example.com.
Ho Ho Ho...
Take your kids to see Santa at the Alumni Children’s Christmas Party. This annual favorite will be held on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to noon in the FAC. Enjoy Santa, food, music, games, and fun! Don’t miss the most popular alumni event ever. Contact the Alumni Office, ext. 3071, to register by Dec. 2.
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