A Newsletter for the Viterbo University Community
Vol. 16, No. 28 April 14, 2003
125 Years of Round-the-clock Adoration
Join the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in the observance of the 125th anniversary of Perpetual Adoration and the Blessed Sacrament on Saturday, Aug. 2, at the FAC from 9 a.m.3:30 p.m.
The event starts with morning prayer, two reflective presentations, and lunch. At 3:30 p.m. there will be an outdoor procession of the Blessed Sacrament with benediction. A reception with hor d’oeuvres will follow in the St. Rose Convent Gathering Room. All members of the Viterbo community are invited to attend. Please RSVP by June 30 to firstname.lastname@example.org or 791-5603 if you plan to attend.
Correction: Open Forum on Iraq is Today
Join faculty, staff, administration, and students for 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.
Young Adult Author Chris Crutcher to Speak
Chris Crutcher, the author of six young adult novels and a collection of short stories, will speak Friday, April 25, at the Viterbo FAC Recital Hall at 7 p.m.
Crutcher writes honestly, drawing on his experience as a family therapist and child protection specialist, to fuel the real-life situations his characters encounter—like making it through school, handling rejection and failure, competing in sports, and dealing with parents. Crutcher is a recipient of the ALAN Award for a Significant Contribution to Adolescent Literature and the Margaret A. Edwards Award for Outstanding Literature for Young Adults. All six of his novels and his collection of short stories focused on athletics were selected as the American Library Association’s Best Books for Young Adults.
A book signing will follow Crutcher’s presentation. There are no reserved seats. Seats are given on a first-come, first-served basis.
This presentation was made possible, in part, by a grant from the Wisconsin Humanities Council. The Wisconsin Humanities Council supports public programs that engage the people of Wisconsin in the exploration of human cultures, ideas, and values. Other sponsors include the Western Wisconsin Reading Association and the Viterbo University Bookstore.
Celebrate Nursing; Registration Deadline Today
Nurses and student nurses are invited to “Nursing Research on the Green” on Wednesday, April 30, 18 p.m. at the Viterbo FAC. This is a free event, which is part of the Nurses Week celebration.
Poster presentations are from 13:30 p.m. and 4:45-6:30 p.m. in the FAC Lobby. Presenters include Viterbo graduate nursing students and nursing faculty along with local nursing presenters.
May L. Wykle, president of Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), will present the keynote address, “Nursing Care in the 21st Century,” from 3:454:45 p.m. in the Recital Hall. Wykle is a dean and professor of nursing at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.
Nursing Research on the Green is sponsored by Pi Phi, STTI, Viterbo School of Nursing, Gundersen Lutheran, and Franciscan Skemp Healthcare.
Registration by April 14 is required for planning purposes. Contact: Gundersen Lutheran at 608-775-4041 or Franciscan Skemp 608-791-4172.
A Chance to Pilgrimage to Italy
Don’t miss out on your chance to join in the October pilgrimage to Assisi and Rome by purchasing a raffle ticket for a reserved spot on the trip.
Tickets are $10 each and 300 must be sold to pay for the cost of the trip. If enough tickets are sold, a drawing will be held during the Rose Awards ceremony on May 1. See members of the Mission Effectiveness committee for tickets. Tickets will be sold only through May 1.
The winner of the raffle will receive a trip that includes airfare from Chicago, lodging, tour guides, instructors, ground transportation, and most meals.
Lend a Hand; Help a Friend
By Marilyn Pedretti, Campus Ministry
Spring is just around the corner! That means it’s time for the 7th Annual Neighbors’ Day.
Held Saturday, April 26, from 8 a.m. to noon, this is a day in which folks can help senior citizens and individuals with disabilities in our community. You can help by doing outdoor projects such as raking yards, preparing gardens, washing windows, and other little fix-it-up tasks.
If you would like to volunteer, please contact Marilyn Pedretti, campus ministry, ext. 3829, or email@example.com. Deadline for sign-up is April 15.
Have You Bought a Ticket to Ride?
Members of the Staff Assembly want to remind you that they are selling tickets for an eight-day, round-trip adventure for two from La Crosse to Portland, Oregon aboard Amtrak’s Empire Builder.
Travel dates are open, but the tickets must be used by Aug. 15. Tickets are priced at six for $5 or $1 apiece and may be purchased from any staff employee. The drawing will be held around 3 p.m. during Courtyard Carni, Friday, May 2. You need not be present to win!
So, if the yen to “get outa Dodge” strikes you, buy a ticket (or more!) and pack your grip—you may just be looking at an awesome western adventure. All proceeds from this raffle will help fund the Staff Assembly Grant.
Get Your Car Washed
There will be a student-run car wash Saturday, April 19, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Viterbo Athletics Complex (VAC) parking lot. All proceeds will go to the St. Claire Health Mission. The event is organized and run by students in Jan Janiszewski's Management 448 class. A V-Hawk baseball game will be held the same day at noon at the VAC.
Looking for a Paid Internship?
There are 21 summer internships available through the Partners Internship Program. These paid internships are with organizations in Minnesota, North Dakota, and Wisconsin. The full-time positions are for 10 weeks at $8.50 an hour. For eligibility requirements, resume assistance, and application information, contact Amy Lane in career planning and placement at ext. 3828. The application deadline is April 15.
Twenty nursing undergraduate and graduate students and an area nurse leader will be inducted into Viterbo’s Pi Phi Chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing on Wednesday, April 30, from 6:307:30 p.m. in the FAC Recital Hall.Those being inducted are: juniors Emily Bierbrauer, Danielle Blanchette, Kaleesha Dittler, Annie Dvorak, Rebecca Goldbach, Teresa Miller, Amanda Roberts, John Sheski, Heidi Wetterau; RN-to-BSN students Jennifer Eissfeldt, Roberta Hillman, Heather Johnson, and Deborah Siegert-McGowan; MSN students Diane Carlson, Kelly Jensen, Patricia Formanek, Mary Knutson, Laureen Love, and Julie Rowe-Lassa; and nurse leader Tammy Hestekin.
To attend, RSVP by April 23 at ext. 3670.
Last Call for Seal
By Jason Ramaker, Residence Life
Nominations for the SEAL Student Life Awards will be accepted until April 15. The awards are for Student Organization; Social Recreational Program; Good Neighbor; Educational Service Program; Student Leader; Supporting Member; or Club/Organization Advisor. If you need a nomination form, please contact Jason Ramaker at ext. 3841 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pope John Recipient Brings Goodwill to Community
Recipients of this year’s Pope John XXIII Award for Distinguished Service brought out the crowd. Community volunteers Sue Gelatt and Elmer Grassman and musician Tony Melendez were honored in a ceremony April 1 (they are picture at right with Bishop Raymond Burke). While here, arrangements were made for Melendez to perform two special concerts, including one that drew an audience of over 900 people. Admission was free but those attending were encouraged to donate a food item, which was to benefit Place of Grace. Over 1,000 items were collected including cash donations of $353. Viterbo’s Student Government Association helped sponsor the March 31 concert. And, on April 2, Melendez’s second concert was attended by area school children who heard his message on drugs, cultural, and handicap awareness. The Ronald McDonald House Charities sponsored the concert.
Less than One Month to Graduation
By Deb Randall Anderson, Extended Learning
The Spring Commencement Ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, May 11. Ceremony details include:
Saturday, May 10
• 5:30 p.m., Baccalaureate Mass
Maria Angelorum Chapel
Sunday, May 11
• 9:45 a.m., Faculty line-up in hallway, La Crosse Center
• 10 a.m., Ceremony, La Crosse Center
Other Apparel: Shoes and other articles of visible apparel worn by faculty and staff should be of dark colors that harmonize with the academic costume. Nothing else should be worn on the academic gown.
Additional information: Students and faculty can find additional Commencement information on the Web site after March 1 at www.viterbo.edu/alumni/Commencement.htm. Any other questions can be addressed to Amy Gleason, commencement chairperson, ext. 3182.
By: Megan Voeltz ’06
Name: Linda Whitehead
Title: Administrative Assistant
Dept: Physical Plant
Family: Linda has four brothers. She also has a dog, Tabitha, and a cat, Henry XIII, because he has eight lives.
Education: Linda attended WWTC for one year pursuing a degree as a clerk typist. For the past 12 years, she has attended Viterbo, while working full-time here, and will receive her degree in management with a minor in sociology in May.
Hobbies/Interests/Enthusiasms: She enjoys baking Christmas cookies, gardening, and reading anything but textbooks.
Adventures and Travels: Linda has traveled to half of the states in the U.S. and to Germany.
Future Hopes and Plans: She is planning on slowing life down and starting to enjoy it more. Linda also wants to start traveling again.
Little Known Fact: Linda went to WWTC with Jackie Lee, administrative assistant to the president.
By Fr. Tom O'Neill
Lent 2003—Ashes to Easter: Our Lenten activity of gifts for the poor, has collected $600 for crutches, blankets, medicine, and a wheelchair in addition to items mentioned in past reports. Thanks to all who have contributed so far.
Holy Week: Beginning yesterday, on Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion, we entered Holy week, which includes the “paschal triduum.” Triduum means “three days” and refers to Holy (Maundy) Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday. Throughout his ministry, Jesus predicted his passion by referring to the “third day.” This week, we enter that sacred time in which Christians spend these days with Christ, to serve, to suffer, to die, and to rise. The faithful bring their Lenten retreat to its fulfillment.
Easter: The date of Easter is calculated according to the turning of the cosmos. First, we wait for spring in the northern hemisphere, Jerusalem’s hemisphere; then the first full moon; then the first day of the week. That is when we celebrate the rising of Christ from the dead, the rising of the elect to new life in baptism, the rising of the faithful to renewed commitment to Easter faith and joy.
Easter Sunday Mass: 11 a.m. in San Damiano Chapel. There will not be services on Holy Thursday, Good Friday, or Holy Saturday.
Penance: We will celebrate the sacrament of reconciliation in a communal penance service tonight, Monday, at 6 p.m., in San Damiano Chapel.
Eternal Rest: Please remember those who have died and those who mourn them: Sr. Alice VanLoo, alumna. May she rest in God’s peace.
Prayer at Planting Time (adapted from Sioux Falls Rural Life Conference):
Thank you, God of generosity, Creator of all things, for everything that grows on the earth. Thank you for the people who tend the land and who make it fruitful. In our age, we may forget our dependence on wind and weather, on sun and rain, without which nothing would grow. In this seedtime of the year, make bright in us an appreciation for farmers and all who help bring forth the fruits of the earth. Keep us always in mind of the things that matter most. Help us to bring rural America together, and to fulfill our responsibilities in glorifying your earth, that this world may fulfill your will for the land to sustain your creation until the end of time. We pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.
from the library
By Galadriel Chilton
Spiffy Sites: I was recently asked for a short list of my favorite Web sites. The most difficult aspect is the
“short” part. My bookmark collection rivals the length of a Wisconsin winter. Nevertheless, I could not refuse! So, here is the list:
eNature.com (www.enature.com): Online field guides by zip code. Enter your zip code to find out what kind of animals, wildflowers, and trees live near you! Privacy Note: Entering an email address and zip code are required, but you can opt out of being sent enewsletters and special offers.
The Google Family (www.google.com): Google continues to increase their Web tools; here are some good ones:
• Google News (http://news.google.com): A search engine and index for about 4,500 worldwide news sources.
• Google’s Uncle Sam Search (www.google.com/unclesam): Searches only U.S. Government sources.
• Google’s Froogle (http://froogle.google.com): A search engine for price comparisons and/or looking for online vendors.
History Wired (www.historywired.com): An interactive virtual collection from the National Museum of American History.
Responsible Shopper (www.responsibleshopper.com): About 350 company profiles—including corporate labor practices, health/safety, diversity, and environmental friendliness.
Poetry Daily (www.poems.com): A contemporary poem for each day selected from books and journals.
Whatis.com (www.whatis.com): An Information Technology specific encyclopedia with entries for terms like XML and data mining.
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