A Newsletter for the Viterbo University Community
Vol. 16, No. 27 April 7, 2003
Last Call: Register for Ethics Conference
There’s still time to register for the 2003 Ethics Across the Disciplines Conference at Viterbo University, April 1012.
The conference costs $15 per person, but is free to students. Students planning to attend only one session do not need to register. Forms are available online at www.viterbo.edu/ Institute/conference.htm, contact Richard Kyte at ext. 3704, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Service: Being with/Doing for” is the topic of the event, and kicking off the conference is Notre Dame University theology professor Rev. Michael Baxter who will discuss “Present Your Bodies as a Living Sacrifice: A Theology for Those Doing More than ‘a Year of Service.’” Baxter’s talk is Thursday, April 10, at 7:30 p.m. in the Viterbo FAC Main Theatre.
The rest of the conference, Friday, April 11, through Saturday, April 12, brings scholars from throughout the nation into conversation with students, faculty, staff, and other members of the La Crosse community to discuss traditional, ethical values and practices that are fundamental to the Franciscan and Catholic heritage of Viterbo. In addition to hearing from higher education scholars from throughout the country, attendees will hear from Viterbo speakers who include: Galadriel Chilton, library; Deb Daehn Zellmer, social work; Earl Madary, religious studies; Eric Manchester, philosophy; Pam Maykut, psychology; Richard Morehouse, psychology; and Tom Thibodeau, religious studies.
The keynote address is a free talk and is open to the public.
Open Forum Looks at War with Iraq
What are you doing for lunch today? Join faculty, staff, administration, and students for an open dialogue called “War with Iraq,” facilitated by Grant Smith, English. The discussion begins at noon in MC 419 C.
The next Seventh Day talk is on Tuesday, April 22, when Michael Welch, a graduate student in the Viterbo Master of Arts in Servant Leadership program, discusses “North Korea: The ‘Second’ Second War” at noon in MC 419 C.
Alcohol Awareness Week is Here
Don’t miss out on Alcohol Awareness Week. The event is sponsored by Connect Club and held in conjunction with other clubs and departments on campus. It’s intended to increase awareness of alcohol issues affecting college environments and to promote low-risk alcohol choices. For a complete list of this week’s activities, check out the campus calendar on page 2 of this issue.
The following will be held all week:
• Random Acts of Kindness: Recognize someone’s kindnesses by nominating them at the Connect booths in MC or the Union. Their name will be added to the display.
• The Wall: Remember someone whose life was adversely affected by alcohol by placing the person’s name on one of the bricks on Sigma Pi Delta’s Wall in the Union.
• Psychology Club’s displays in MC, the FAC, and the BNC share information about alcohol issues.
• Candle Memorial: Watch for the candles displayed around campus to increase awareness of the deadly consequences of drinking and driving.
• VSNA’s Posters depict burn victims whose injuries were caused by a drunk driver and remind the rest of us of the lifelong consequences of such crashes.
• Spanish Club members will be wearing stickers promoting non-smoking.
Viterbo’s Very Own
Come to Viterbo’s Recital Hall on Saturday, April 12, at 8 p.m. to cheer on students or your fellow classmates while they perform for the Music Department Honors Recital.
Performers include: Katie Anderson, Sarah Baldus, Nicole Ghelf, Carrie Hendrickson, Kim Hutchinson, Stephanie Pugh, Amanda Rhatigan, and Jackie Whitsett. Michael Shestak will perform on piano and Jackie King will sing and play piano. Judy Stafslien, music, will accompany. The event is free and open to the public. A reception follows.
Sign up now for the girls’ and boys’ basketball camps starting again this summer. The different camps cover everything from shooting, posting, and fundamental skills to advanced instructional camps. The camps run in June and July and are offered to children in grades 212. For additional camp information, or to pre-register for any of the camps, please visit our Web page at www.viterbo.edu and click on “athletics,” or call ext. 3811.
It’s a Street Party
Check out Viterbo’s Platinum Edition at a “Street Party” pops concert on Saturday, April 26. This event features singing and dancing by the 38-member Platinum Edition.
Guest artists include: Riverfront Singers, Viking Elementary Fifth Grade Chorus, Wilma Scheffner, Viterbo’s 9th Street Singers and Women’s Chorale, the La Crosse Boy Choir, and River Jacks Barbershop Quartet.
The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $14 for adults and $7 for students. If you would like more information please call Nancy Allen at ext. 3763.
from the library
By Galadriel Chilton
One From the Road: Milwaukee—home of Harley Davidson, Miller Brewing, and, for a few days, about 200 librarians. No, we did not all arrive on motorcycles, but we did come to “Connect in the City,” the Wisconsin Association of Academic Librarians’ annual conference. From April 24, librarians converged and considered topics such as methods for creating online library tutorials and how to better support distance students.
What Have We Learned So Far?
• Undergraduates are more likely to ask librarians for help and utilize the library if they are encouraged to do so by their professors.
• Most students really need help developing the critical thinking skills necessary to successfully evaluate information whether books or Web sites. An example given was how one student refused to consider any sources that conflicted with their own point of view.
• 24 librarians in hard hats are a bit amusing, but the almost complete John P. Raynor, S.J. Library at Marquette University is quite impressive! Wireless Internet access throughout the building and a cyber café are just two of the cutting-edge features.
• The King and I Thai restaurant in downtown Milwaukee is quite tasty, but one star on the hot and spicy scale is for anyone but cowards!
Tomorrow’s Highlight? Viterbo’s librarians will participate in the conference poster session where they will display recent outreach efforts such as the Dare to Be Wise @ Your Library newsletter, new signage in the library, and of course, this column!
Viterbo Fine Arts Proposal Ranked Third in State
By Natalie McGarry, Institutional Advancement
The Performing Arts Network Grant that Viterbo University submitted to the Wisconsin Arts Board was reviewed on March 28. Viterbo is proud to say that the peer review committee of the Wisconsin Arts Board ranked our proposal 3rd in the state! Scores were:
1. Madison Cultural Arts District 99.4
2. Wausau Performing Arts Foundation 99.2
3. Viterbo University 98.6
4. Weidner Center for the performing arts 98.2
5. Wisconsin Lutheran College 97.0
The Board will meet in late April to decide on final grant amounts. There were 31 grants submitted and more than $1 million in grant funds requested. Viterbo’s composite ranking will be used to determine the final amount as well as the total funds available.
Congratulations to Michael Ranscht, FAC, and students Jennifer Roberdeau and Mike DeLine for putting together a quality proposal.
Get In Shape
By Kelly Sexton ’04
Regular use of the weight room is a valuable tool in your overall wellness and contributes to increasing your level of fitness. That’s why the Campus Recreational Education and Wellness (CREW) group is sponsoring weight-room orientation programs for students, faculty, and staff.
Sessions are led by Sheldon Wagner, a certified athletic trainer and certified strength and conditioning specialist, who is one of the trainers under contract through Gundersen Lutheran. A minimum of two people are needed for each session and sessions are about one hour in length. Sessions can be scheduled through the Viterbo athletics department via email at email@example.com.
By Megan Voeltz ’06
Name: Kysa Ewing
Family: She has two dogs: Jackson, a golden retriever, and Kobe, a Bernese mountain dog.
Education: Kysa has degrees in police science and natural resources from Hawkeye Institution in Iowa.
Hobbies/Interests/Enthusiasms: Her dogs are her main hobby. Kysa volunteers at Golden Retriever Rescue of Wisconsin (GRROW). She also enjoys reading and working on her house.
Adventures and Travels: An avid traveler, Kysa was in Amsterdam last November and in London five years ago. She has also traveled thoroughly in the U.S.
Future Hopes and Plans: Travelling to Italy and Ireland is Kysa’s goal. She also wants to get a bigger house with a bigger yard for her dogs.
Little Known Fact: Kysa’s hometown, Onawa, Iowa, has the widest main street in the U.S. (six lanes), and has a population of 3,500 people.
By Fr. Tom O’Neill
Lent 2003—Ashes to Easter: our Lenten activity of providing gifts of hope for the poor of the world, including the effort to save the 11 million toddlers who die every single year worldwide, has had a great start. To date, we have collected $489, which will provide immunizations, health care for refugee babies, vitamin A for 240 children and mothers, and even a cow for a poor village. Thanks to all who have contributed so far.
Peace for the Children of God:
O God, all holy one, you are our Mother and our Father, and we are your children. Open our eyes and our hearts so that we may be able to discern your work in the universe and be able to see Your features in every one of Your children. May we learn that there are many paths but all lead to You. Help us to know that you have created us for family, for togetherness, for peace, for gentleness, for compassion, for caring, for sharing.
May we know that You want us to care for one another as those who know that they are sisters and brothers, members of the same family, Your family, the human family.
Help us to beat our swords into plowshares and our spears into pruning hooks, so that we may be able to live in peace and harmony, wiping away the tears from the eyes of those who are less fortunate than ourselves. And may we know war no more, as we strive to be what You want us to be: Your children. Amen.
—Desmond M. Tutu, Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town, South Africa
TV Docudrama on St. Francis of Assisi: Hallmark Channel will present a one-hour docudrama on the life of St. Francis on Palm Sunday, April 13, from 67 p.m. The film, Reluctant Saint: Francis of Assisi, was shot on location in Umbria, Italy, where St. Francis lived and worked. It is based on the recent biography by best-selling author Donald Spoto and was produced by Emmy award-winner Pamela Mason Wagner. Visit www.reluctantsaint.tv for details on the docudrama and on the life of St. Francis.
Penance Service: we will celebrate the sacrament of reconciliation in a communal penance service on Monday, April 14, at 6 p.m.
Eternal Rest: Please remember those who have died and those who mourn them: Enrico Pudenz, FSPA and Mary Walsh, FSPA; and, the grandfather of Geri Acker. May they rest in God’s peace.
Get in a Musical “Frenzy” on Tax Day
By Timothy Schorr, Music
The applied piano students of Timothy Schorr, music, will present Four-hand Frenzy “Squared” on Tuesday, April 15, at 12:10 p.m. in the FAC Recital Hall.
Back for its fourth consecutive year, this concert features piano duets of Schubert, Gershwin, Dvorak, Arletta O’Hearn, Joyce Grill, Amy Beach, and “VU Idol” Chelsea Bassett, as well as guest appearances by Jean Saladino, music, and Susan Rush theatre.
Participating students include Sarah Baldus, Chelsea Bassett, Lynn Biddick, Kevin DeWan, Damion Edwards, Jessica Goodman, Tara Herrewig, Emily Jewel, Jackie King, Suzanne Longenecker, Paul McGuire, Amanda Rhatigan, Greg Schams, Michel Shestak, Justin Thomas, and Kate Woznicki.
The program is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Schorr at firstname.lastname@example.org or ext. 3769.
Ice Man Cometh to UW-L
Brenda Fowler who wrote the book Ice Man Cometh, which uncovers the life and times of a prehistoric man found in an Alpine Glacier, will give a lecture on Monday, April 21, at 7 p.m. at Graff Main Hall Auditorium at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
The lecture will cover the discovery and recovery of the corpse, and what scientists and archaeologists have learned about his artifacts, his life, and his death.
Tickets are $3 for students of all ages from any school, and $5 for community members, and can be purchased in advance at the Cartwright Ticket office or the night of the event in Main Hall. For more information, contact Gil Standridge at 785-5221.
Interested in exploring the hot-button topic of genetics from a humanities perspective? Know good books, research, topics, or speakers? Why not become part of the Humanities Symposium Committee for 2004? Contact Mary Hassinger, School of Letters and Sciences, to sign up at ext. 3393 or email email@example.com.
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