A Newsletter for the Viterbo University Community
Vol. 16, No. 18 January 27, 2003
Notre Dame Prof to Talk about Global Environmental Change
David Lodge, an expert on global environmental change will speak about climate and other ecology issues in a talk at Viterbo University Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m. in the FAC Recital Hall.
Lodge is a Notre Dame University (NDU) professor and ecologist who is interested in the intersection of science, religion, ethics, and policy. For 12 years, he was the NDU College of Science director for the undergraduate Arts and Letters/Science Honors Program. Lodge’s research has been covered in many newspapers, on TV news, on Earthwatch Radio, and in Audubon and other magazines. He earned his doctorate in 1982 from the University of Oxford.
At Viterbo, Lodge expects to cover a number of issues related to global environmental change. “In recent years, newspapers have headlined frightening scenarios about global change,” he said. “These stories usually focus on the possibility of a greenhouse effect warming the globe. How good is the evidence of such climate change? How should you evaluate uncertainty in predictions? Is climate change the most important global environment change? In my presentation, I assess the scientific evidence for changes in several features of the earth’s environment, and discuss their ethical and policy implications for our society.”
Lodge’s presentation, which is free, is sponsored by the Notre Dame Club of La Crosse as a part of a traveling series of presentations titled the Hesburgh Lecture Series.
Career Rair Links Employers with Nurses
Today’s nursing graduates should have no problem finding jobs. In recent years, there has been a shortage of nurses around the country for a variety of complex reasons including aging workforce and nursing faculty, aging Baby Boomer population meaning more patients to care for, declining enrollment in nursing schools, more acute patients, and more.
To help students get jobs and meet that demand, Viterbo’s career planning and placement is holding a Nursing Career Fair on Thursday, Jan. 30, from 124 p.m. in the FAC Lobby. Fifty representatives from 36 health care facilities will gather to talk to students about nursing internships and job opportunities in Wisconsin and surrounding states. Local employers include Gundersen Lutheran, Franciscan Skemp, and Bethany Lutheran Homes. For more information, contact Amy Lane, CPP, ext. 3828 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seventh Day Talks Resume
What are you doing for lunch on Thursday? Bring your lunch and join Ward Jones, biology, and Richard Kyte, ethics, as they explore “Human Cloning: Are We Ready for the Reality?” in MC 409C from noon12:50 p.m.
The next Seventh Day Discussion will be with Grant Smith, English, who will discuss “Advertising: Reading the Message” on Tuesday, Feb. 4 in the FAC Hospitality Suite from noon12:50 p.m.
Humanities Symposium Next Week
Step “Through the Looking Glass” and examine media perceptions and realities during the annual Humanities Symposium held next week, Feb. 36.
See posters and brochures around campus for more information, or explore the Web site at www.viterbo.edu and click on the “Through the Looking Glass” icon.
Viterbo Students Win Awards at Regional Festival
Viterbo theatre faculty and students spent six days in Evansville, Ind. in early January participating in the regional competition of the American College Theatre Festival. Students, who competed in various areas of theatre, made a strong showing among students from other colleges in the region.
Senior Jeramy Felch of Portsfield advanced to the semi-finals for the Irene Ryan Acting Competition finishing in the top 40 out of more than 420 participants.
Senior Amandah MacLeish of Merrimac and junior Adam Erdmann of Evansville were both finalists for the directing and stage-management categories, respectively, in the 10-minute one-act festival.
Junior Jennifer Spridco of De Forest advanced to the finals for her unrealized costume design work for A Little Night Music.
Recent graduate Dan Nord of White Bear Lake, Minn. twice performed his production of King Me with cast members Jeramy Felch and senior David Adamick of Lakeville, Ill. The play and production were highly praised by judges from New York University and the University of Kansas.
The annual festival is a regional competition involving 2,000 graduate and undergraduate participants from Wisconsin, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana.
Exercise Your Body and Mind with Yoga
Yoga classes will be offered Fridays starting Jan. 31 in the FAC Dance Studio. This ancient Indian system for developing perfect health, is a wonderful exercise for the mind and body and also emphasizes the balance of strength and flexibility while maintaining correct spinal alignment. All the poses promote physical, mental and spiritual awareness. For just $45 you can enjoy 13 classes with instructors from The Yoga Place. Class size is limited, so register today in the Business Office MC 205.
Students Exhibit at Pump House
The works of 25 Viterbo students and alumni will be on display at the Pump House Regional Arts Center (Second and King streets) during their printmaking exhibit Jan. 24Feb. 28. The opening reception is Friday, Jan. 31 from 79:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
Tacos, Piñatas, and Dance
The Spanish Club has been busy already this semester. Upcoming events feature:
Taco Sale, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 11 a.m.2 p.m. in the Student Union. The menu includes chicken and beef tacos.
Hispanic Panic, Friday, Feb. 7, 8 p.m.midnight, Marian Hall Dining Room. This second annual dance features popular Hispanic music, dance lessons, and a pinata. The dance is open to students and the community. Tickets are $5 each and are available from Spanish Club members. They will also be available at the taco sale and at the door the night of the dance.
Programs Foster Growth, Relationships
By Grant Smith, Faculty Development
Three faculty read-a-longs: have been scheduled: the first is Feb. 19, 25, and March 4, and is a discussion of a prize-winning novel by Charles Frazier, Cold Mountain. Cold Mountain won the 1997 National Book Award, and it has been used by the Viterbo Graduate in Education Pro-seminar faculty as a text that generates questions regarding life values, teaching styles, and critical thinking. It is a terrific historical fiction novel, and I can guarantee that you will find it as provocative as you do entertaining.
The second read-along, on March 19, will be on the “post-modern” novel, White Noise, by Don DeLillo, one of America’s most important contemporary authors. Lyon Evans, Ph. D., English will lead a discussion on this book that examines Jack Gladney, a scholar of Hitler studies at the College-on-the-Hill who is afraid of death, as is his wife Babette and his colleague Murray who runs a seminar on car crashes. DeLillo exposes our common obsession with mortality, and Jack and Babette’s biggest fear—who will die first? The novel is a delightful introduction to what some label post-modern literature.
Because Chris Crutcher is coming to Viterbo to speak April 25, Grant Smith, English, will lead a book talk on Crutcher’s latest young adult novel, Whale Talk, for April 23. Crutcher has won nearly every award given to young adult authors, and Whale Talk challenges readers’ conventions of young adult literature. If you have teenagers at home who like to read, or if you enjoy this genre, sign up for the Whale Talk discussion. All of the books can be purchased at the Viterbo Bookstore.
Faculty read-alongs are held from 4:306 p.m. in the Global Education Lounge, MC 402A.
The Faculty Development Committee has scheduled four workshops for the semester. Each will be held from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in MC 408.
• Feb. 20: “Classroom Management: It Isn’t Just about ‘Control’ Anymore”
• March 25: “Life at a Liberal Arts College: Or, How Do I Balance a Professional Career with a Personal Life?”
• April 15: “Student Plagiarism: How to Spot It, How to Prevent It, How to Address It”
• May 1: “Promotion and Tenure File: What’s In and What’s Out?”
Look for a special Faculty Forum to be held April 1, from 3:304:30 p.m., in MC 408. Kim Fredricks, biology, and Wendy Wegner, nursing, will present their research of developing and maintaining a mentoring program with first-year anatomy and physiology students and senior nursing students. Their research, “Clinical Relevance of A&P: A Senior/Freshmen Mentoring Experience,” was recently published in Nurse Educator.
Seventh Day Discussions
Of course, there will be again this semester a full schedule of Seventh Day Discussions held in MC 409 C. Bring your lunch and insights to these informal faculty discussions. The Faculty Development Program has also scheduled, with Jay McHenry, a faculty tour of the new Center for Ethics, Science, and Technology for Feb. 21. Other faculty luncheons and brown bag discussions are also scheduled; notices will appear in faculty mailboxes of the topics and dates.
For more information, contact Grant Smith, ext. 3485, email@example.com, or visit the faculty development Web site at www.viterbo.edu/academic/facdev/.
Faculty Development Activities (Second Semester, 2003)
• Mike Smuksta—Cold Mountain as a historical novel. Feb. 19, 4:306 p.m.
• Apryl Ferris—Cold Mountain as a literary novel. Feb. 25, 4:306 p.m.
• Sr. Laurian Pieterek—Cold Mountain as an educational novel. March 4, 4:306 p.m.
• Grant T. Smith—Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher, April 23, 4:306 p.m.
• Lyon Evans—White Noise by Don DeLillo, March 19, 4:306 p.m.
• Feb. 20— “Classroom Management: It Isn’t Just about ‘Control’ Anymore” 3:304:30 p.m., MC 408
• March 6—President’s Forum
• March 25— “Life at a Liberal Arts College: Or, How Do I Balance a Professional Career with a Personal Life?” 3:304:30 p.m., MC 408
• April 15— “Student Plagiarism: How to Spot It, How to Prevent It, How to Address It” 3:304:30 p.m., MC 408
• May 1— “Streamlining the Promotion and Tenure File: What’s In? What’s Out?” 3:304:30 p.m., MC 408
• The Relationship between Viterbo University and the Catholic Church
• Faculty Talk
April 1, 3:304: 30 p.m.—Kim Fredricks and Wendy Wagner
Seventh Day Discussions:—All discussions are from noon to 12:50 p.m. in the MC 409C unless otherwise noted.
Thursday, Jan. 30, "Human Cloning: Are We Ready for the Reality?" with Ward Jones, biology, and Rick Kyte, ethics
Tuesday, Feb. 4 FAC Hospitality Suite, "Advertising: Reading the Message," with Grant Smith, English
Monday, Feb. 10, "Europe's Big Bang: Expansion of the EU to the East," with Keith Knutson, history
Wednesday, Feb. 19, "Capital Punishment," with Jana Dahmen, criminal justice
Monday, March 17, "Title IX: Have Women Achieved Equity in Sports at the Expense of Men's Programs?" with Marlene Fisher, criminal justice
Wednesday, March 26, "Meditation: Healing the Body and the Soul," with Earl Madary, religious studies
Thursday, April 3, "Affirmative Action: Has the Policy Outlived Its Intent?" with Amy Lane, career planning and placement
By Fr. Tom O'Neill
Calendar items to note:
• Jan 26—Catholic Schools Week begins.
• Jan 27—End of Korean Conflict, 1953, and Vietnam Peace Treaty, 1973.
• Jan 30—Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, peacemaker, died, 1948.
• Feb 1—13th Ammendment abolishing slavery, 1865, and Chinese New Year, 4701.
• Feb 3—Feast of St. Blase, blessing of throats (noon Mass).
Cinema Pix: The U.S. Bishop’s Office of Film and Broadcasting recently announced its 2002 10 Best Films list: About Schmidt, Antwone Fisher, The Emperor’s Club, Evelyn, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Nicholas Nickleby, Road to Perdition, The Rookie, and Spirit: Stallion of the Cimmaron.
• Let us remember those who have been called to active duty: Scott Paetzold, Avery McCampbell, Leigh Neville-Neal, Micah Komp, and David Lokken.
• Please remember in prayer those who have died: the grandmother of Emily Seberger. Requiescat in pace (May she rest in peace).
More Campus Ministry: Moving Beyond Fear
By Judith Dunlap
“In the parable of the talents, the servant buries the treasure entrusted to him because he is afraid of losing it. Giving in to his fear ends up costing him everything. Fear that is rooted in an uncertainty of our own power and worth can be like that. Fear of failure or rejection, or even the fear of being laughed at, can paralyze us. But it needn’t.
“Over and over, Jesus told people not to be afraid but to have faith. What a wonderful gift to give our children: faith that can overcome any fear! Unfortunately, we can’t gift wrap it or swallow it like a vitamin. What we can hand on to our children is the story of faith, giving them a glorious sense of power and worth by making sure they understand their part in that story. If I had to tell this story in a hundred words or less, this is what I would say.
“When God made the world he had a plan—everything and everyone together in peace and harmony. Right from the beginning we messed up, but God stayed with us. He kept sending prophets, heroines, and heroes to call us back. Finally, God sent his own son, Jesus, who lived the plan with every breath he took. Jesus shared his life with everyone he touched. He died and rose again to share that life with us. That makes us God’s sons and daughters. We are God’s prophets, heroines, and heroes working together to make the plan of God happen.
“That’s who we are. We have God with us and in us. We’ve got important things to do. We have to take the love and life Jesus shares with us to everyone we meet. We are part of God’s plan. Sometimes it can be scary to step out, but when we remember who we are we won’t let fear stop us.”
from the library
By Galadriel Chilton
Library Catalog Search Tips: Below are a few pointers for finding library materials. Should you ever have any questions about searching the catalog please call 3270 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
So where is the catalog? Go to www.viterbo.edu/library and click “Viterbo Catalog” under “Quick Links,” or go to http://library. viterbo.edu/.
What is “keyword” or “subject” searching? Keywords are your language; the way that you refer to a topic (e.g. teenager) whereas subjects are the catalog’s language (e.g. adolescent). Keyword searches are broad, while subject searches are narrow. It is best to start with a keyword search 99 percent of the time.
Other Search Options: In addition to keyword and subject searches, there are author, title, ISBN, and call-number methods of searching. To virtually browse an area, search by call number or use a known subject.
Avoid Using Articles: For best results, avoid beginning a search with “the,” “an,” or “a.”
What’s New in the Library? To see what new books, videos, and CDs have arrived, go to the library catalog and click the “New Titles” link. This information is updated twice a semester.
Purchase Suggestions: Know the perfect title for the library collection? Suggest it! Go to the library catalog and click the “Books to Acquire” link.
Want more? If you would like more information about searching the library catalog, call us at 3270. Librarians will:
• Come to your office for a one-on-one tutorial.
• Give presentations to department meetings.
• Be waiting at the reference desk to help you!
• Georgia Christensen, FSPA, who was invited to become a peer reviewer for the North Central Association of Colleges and Universities. As such, she will be a member of a team that visits institutions that are undergoing the process of evaluation for accreditation.
Have a Heart: Give Blood
Sign up to give blood for Valentine’s Day. The Red Cross will hold a blood drive at Viterbo on Thursday, Feb. 13 from 15:30 p.m. in the FAC Lobby. This is a change in location from previous blood drive locations. Appointments will be taken after Feb. 1 by calling SDC secretary, Judy Thesing at ext. 3825 or Marilyn Jaekel, health services, at ext. 3806.
Faculty Recital Features Variety, Collaboration
Timothy Schorr, music, will present a Faculty Piano Recital on Saturday, Feb. 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the FAC Recital Hall. The program will include “J. S. Bach’s French Suite No. 5 in G Major,” four “Songs without Words” by Felix Mendelssohn, and “Lament” by Ellen Taaffe Zwilich.
The performance of “Lament,” a piece commissioned by Carnegie Hall to commemorate the new millennium, will be dedicated to all those affected by the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001. In addition, Schorr will collaborate with soprano Diane Foust, music, in a performance of the evocative “Chansons de Bilitis” by Claude Debussy. The concert will conclude with a special appearance by former University of Wisconsin-La Crosse professor Joyce Grill, who will join Schorr for selections from her “Four-Hand Fun,” a collection of original piano duets recently published by Warner Brothers.
The recital is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the music department at ext. 3760.
By Megan Voeltz ’06
Name: Silvana Richardson
Title: Dean and Professor
Dept: School of Nursing
Family: Silvana has been married to her husband, Robert, a professor of education at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, for 31 years. They have three sons and 12 grandchildren.
Education: From Loyola University in Chicago, Silvana received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She then attended Governor State University in University Park, Ill., from which she received a Master of Science in Nursing Education and Pediatrics. Her doctoral degree in Community Health Education is from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Ill.
Hobbies/Interests/Enthusiasms: Silvana loves to dance—from ballroom and polka, to folk. She also likes jazz, classical, and new age music. Playing board games, sledding, and snow shoeing are among her winter hobbies. Always into adventure, she’s currently learning how to ice skate, thanks to her grandchildren, and has recently started yoga and GiGong.
Adventures and Travels: Silvana has been to the Soviet Union, China, and Hungary through her pediatric nursing ties. With Viterbo, she has traveled to Mexico and Assisi, Italy. Plus, she’s been to Sicily, Italy to visit her parents. Her U.S. adventures include visits to the West and East coasts as well as locations throughout the Midwest.
Future Hopes and Plans: Helping the Viterbo School of Nursing grow and evolve and expanding her knowledge of complimentary health and healing are among her goals. She would also like to find more time to spend with her family.
Little Known Fact(s): Silvana did the bobsled and luge in Lake Placid, NY.
Brown Bag Series Features Political Veteran
Do we expect the conduct of politicians to adhere to stricter ethical standards than people do in business and other professions? Do we have different ethical expectations for politics than we do for government?
Former legislator Brian Rude, an individual who speaks from experience both inside and outside government circles, will discuss these questions at a free Brown Bag Lecture at Viterbo Tuesday, Feb. 18, at noon.
The talk, “Ethical Leadership in Politics and Government,” will be held in the FAC Lobby and reservations are not required.
Rude, now director of external relations, at Dairyland Power Cooperative, has logged 17 years of service in the Wisconsin State Legislature, including one term in the State Assembly and four terms in the State Senate. From 19931996, and again in 1998, Rude served as president of the Wisconsin State Senate.
He graduated from Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science. He also earned his Master of Arts degree in Public Administration and Public Policy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
The lectures are sponsored by the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership and the Dahl School of Business. Randy Smith, CEO of City Brewery; Ed Kondracki, chief of the La Crosse Police Department; and Tom Downs, superintendent of La Crosse Public Schools, have been previous presenters on topics that are intended to accentuate sound and positive business practices.
Ballet Company Performs Alice in Wonderland Follies
The New York Theatre Ballet transforms the delightful world of Alice in Wonderland into a high-flying vaudevillian ballet on Sunday, Feb. 16 at 3 p.m. in the Viterbo FAC Main Theatre.
A potpourri of music and dance, the Alice in Wonderland Follies has rich scenery and colorful costumes that highlight an exciting mixture of classical ballet, acrobatics, slapstick, ballroom, and burlesque movements. A wide range of musical choices, including classics from Schumann and Debussy to ragtime tunes and early 20th century popular songs, offer something for everyone.
Alice in Wonderland favorites like the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter, the Caterpillar, the Cheshire Cat, Tweedledum and Tweedledee, and the Red Queen all make an appearance in this foot-tapping, side-splitting romp inspired by Lewis Carroll’s classic fantasy tale.
Alice in Wonderland Follies is sponsored by Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Wisconsin, Inc. It is supported, in part, by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin. Ticket prices are $12 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. For ticket information, contact the box office at ext. 3100.
Facts about Cash
How will I ever pay off my student loans? What kind of job benefits do I need?
Find out today, Jan. 27, from 6:307:30 p.m. in BNC 203, when the Student Dietetic Association sponsors a presentation by Mark Bertrang, a chartered financial consultant from the Bertrang Financial Corporation.
Bertrang will discuss job benefits, and retirement plans, and paying off student loans. This is a free event and students are encouraged to attend.
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