A Newsletter for the Viterbo University Community
Vol. 16, No. 30 May 5, 2003
125 Years of Around-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. to 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 email@example.com or 791-5603 if you plan to attend.
This is It!
Once again, your campus newsletter, Connections, bids you farewell for the summer. Publication will resume with the start of the next academic year on Aug. 25.
Thank You, Viterbo!
By Bernyne Stark, FSPA
Anniversaries are family affairs. For the many folks in the Viterbo family who shared cake, hugs, smiles, and friendship with me on my 60th anniversary as a lifetime member of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration—my sincere thanks! (You’ll be invited for my 70th in 2013!)
Saladino is Teacher of the Year
According to her colleagues and students, Jean Saladino has made a big difference in the lives of countless individuals, and Viterbo University has rewarded this achievement by naming her 2003 Teacher of the Year.
Saladino has been teaching vocal music at Viterbo since 1998 but her commitment to the profession and her students definitely does not stop at the classroom door. “Jean uses every tool at her disposal to reach students, to encourage them, to help them dare great things, to get out of their own way, to know that they can indeed ‘do it,’ whatever ‘it’ is. Her students truly love her,” said Susan Rush, associate professor of music.
Her students agree. “Jean made me believe in myself and gave me the energy and drive to practice until I achieved perfection. Even now, on the days that I don’t want to work for myself, I work for her,” said Brenda Cetera, a Viterbo University alumna and Liberace Scholar who received a full-tuition, graduate-level scholarship to study at Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill.
In addition to teaching, Saladino has organized and implemented a Women’s Composer Symposium and Choral Concert for the past two years. This year, 300 singers attended from throughout the state.
Saladino received a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Florida State University, Tallahassee and, prior to Viterbo, she taught at the Walnut Hill School, which is affiliated with the New England Conservatory in Natick, Mass.
Other individuals besides Saladino were honored in a special Rose Awards Ceremony which was held May 1 on campus. For information on them, please see page 3 and 4.
Sheski Enjoys Presidency
What would it be like to be the president of your university? Senior nursing student John Sheski, from West Bend, found out on Friday, April 25, when he assumed the role of Viterbo University president...just for a day, however. Meanwhile the ‘real’ Viterbo president, Bill Medland, attended Sheski’s Adult Health II class, a challenging course required of all nursing students. Sheski earned his President for a Day status by receiving the most votes in balloting which was conducted on campus earlier in the semester. During the day, Sheski attended meetings with various department heads, reviewed case studies, checked mail, and responded to correspondence from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“E” for Effort
Congratulations to Emily Hanson, a senior at Melrose-Mindoro High School, who received the Tribune’s Extra Effort Award. Emily was awarded a one-year, full-tuition scholarship to Viterbo University on April 30. She will be attending Viterbo this fall to become a registered nurse. The Tribune Extra Effort Award program recognizes high school seniors from the Coulee Region who have overcome obstacles and performed outstanding service to their school and community.
Viterbo Leaders Honored at Rose Awards Ceremony
At the Rose Awards ceremony on Thursday, May 1, the following Viterbo employees were recognized for their service and dedication:
Sally Emerson, director of alumni relations, institutional advancement, received the Finucan Exemplar of Mission Award, which is granted to an individual who has made exceptional contributions to furthering the mission of Viterbo. Here’s what they’re saying about Emerson:
“Sally always acknowledges others for their contributions to work she has done, and she is always willing to help others with projects, both here on campus as well as in her parish.”—Kim Fredricks, biology.
“Sally is always working behind the scenes to recognize alums who demonstrate what Viterbo is all about. Never does she expect anything in return, yet she is always so excited when an alumni event results in more people knowing about and respecting our traditions, values, and beliefs.”—Wendy Wegner, nursing.
The President’s Cabinet was named the recipient of the Pax et Bonum Award in recognition of its skill in demonstrating the Franciscan values of quality, service, respect, hospitality, stewardship, and joy throughout the Viterbo community. The President’s Cabinet includes Todd Ericson, Jack Havertape, Pat Kerrigan, Gary Klein, Sr. Jean Moore, Roland Nelson, and Fr. Tom O’Neill. Here’s what they’re saying about Cabinet:
“I am impressed and gratified at the number of times decisions are made and programs initiated that are the direct result of the Cabinet’s concern for the welfare and support of the Viterbo community... Any group who so consistently puts the community’s welfare ahead of any separate gain is an orientation that should be recognized.”—Celesta Day, FSPA.
“All members of the Cabinet are available and present for their colleagues within the community. They provide a hospitality that is within the very best of our Franciscan founder’s tradition. I have personally witnessed members passionately advocating for the members of the Viterbo community.”—Earl Madary, campus ministry.
Pat Zander, an associate professor in the nursing department, received the Outstanding Academic Advisor Award, for her dedication and commitment to the academic advising of students. Advising Coordinator Wayne Wojciechowski shared some quotes from Zander’s nomination file:
“Pat develops a strong connection with each student. She knows their stories as nurses, as parents, as spouses, and as individuals with dreams. She also knows their challenges, and helps them to cope as best she can. Pat is a role model for the Franciscan spirit of love and caring.”
“Pat is the advisor of 165 students who are spread geographically across the state of Wisconsin. She meets with each new student to tailor a curricular plan of study and then continues to monitor their progress.”
Alice Kaiser, FSPA, now retired, received the Sr. Helen Elsbernd Distinguished Service Award for her significant achievements and contributions to Viterbo University. The honor goes to an individual who has served the university for more than 20 years, typically in more than one capacity. Here’s what they’re saying about Kaiser:
“Sr. Alice Kaiser is always a pleasure to be near. She has a warm wit, quick mind, and a love for the liberal arts, especially good literature.” —Jack Havertape, academic vice president.
“Sr. Alice is witty, charming, scholarly, and deeply compassionate. At Viterbo, she was a leader who was an important part of our history and a servant, who willingly shared her talents.”—Pat Kerrigan, communications and marketing.
Servant Leader Awards were presented to the following for their leadership and service to others:
Maribel Bird, chair, foreign language. Here’s what they are saying about Bird:
“Maribel loves her work and her language and conveys a joy of learning to her students.”—Mary Hassinger, dean, School of Letters and Sciences.
“The kind of respect that Maribel shows to me and to all of her colleagues is the same respect that makes her so approachable and warmly regarded by her students.”—Vicente Guillot, foreign language.
Mark Brandenburgh, men’s soccer coach and director of intramurals, athletics. Here’s what they are saying about Brandenburgh:
“I have seen first hand Mark’s goals of making Viterbo University a fun, healthy, and wellrounded place. His energy and hard work in developing and promoting his new program have really paid off.” —Matt Hansen, communications and marketing.
“Mark has taken the intramural program to new heights on campus because he is going the extra mile to help students to get involved.”—Chris Sanger, institutional advancement.
Beth Erickson, public relations specialist, communications and marketing. Here’s what they’re saying about Erickson:
“Beth has been a great sounding board for me during the past few years and usually has the ability to make me see the brighter side of life.”—Marlene Fisher, criminal justice.
“Beth seems to be always thinking of better ways to do things or new approaches to old problems. I think Beth ‘brings out the best in me’—her optimism, work ethic, drive, and her fresh ideas motivate and improve my own work.”—Mary Hassinger, dean, School of Letters and Sciences.
Mary Hassinger, dean, School of Letters and Sciences. Here’s what they’re saying about Hassinger:
“Servant leadership takes root in the philosophy that people must first learn to serve others before they learn to lead. Mary does just that in her role as chair of the Humanities Symposium Committee.” —Beth Erickson, communications and marketing.
“Mary is able to and does lead and guide from within the collegial world of the university and yet provides direct vision and leadership.”—Earl Madary, campus ministry.
Linda Schams, instructor, biology. Here’s what they’re saying about Schams:
“Linda deserves this award not only because of her dedication and compassion, but because of her ability to spot the students who need help, and guide them along toward success.”—Jamie O’Neal, nursing student.
“Linda quietly does her job well, and she willingly gives of her time to students and the science division.” —Kim Fredricks, biology.
By Fr. Tom O’Neill
Ciao! With the semester nearly completed, we come to the end of another academic year. We wish you a blessed and restful summer, one of bright blossoms and gentle rains, of long lunches and walks along the shore, of gatherings with friends and families, and much enjoyment. Campus ministry is open all summer, so please let us know if we may be of service—or just stop by if you are on campus.
Reminder: We do not have the 6 p.m. Mass on Sunday nights during the summer. We have the noon Mass (MondayFriday) and Sunday Mass at 11 a.m.
Congratulations to Landyne Paul Zimmerman, son of Eric and Richelle Zimmerman, who was baptized on Sunday, April 27; to Taylor Bogdanske who received the Sacrament of Confirmation; and to Crystal Graff who was received into the Church on May 4. Best wishes to Paige Osborne and Corey Wegner who were married here on April 26.
Featured Prayer: Madonna of the Plains: She is the Madonna of the Plains, the woman, the mother of the dark tribes. She holds the hands of the Son of God and she loves us, because she is Christ’s mother, and we are Christ’s brothers and sisters, her own beloved children in Christ.
Her eyes do not smile. All things they have seen since the dream-time. She looks over the land that was the land of our people and our voices are known to her.
Where the little creeks murmur and the great winds groan through the old oak trees, there she belongs.
In the night time under the stars, she is with us, and the cries of our children touch her heart. Her lips are curved with our pride and our pain. Her kind hands stretch out to comfort us. She cries for us all; she knows all our names. She is Mary, the great dark mother, the woman God loves. She is the Madonna of the Plains.
Rest in Peace: We ask God’s mercy on the grandfather of Elizabeth Florin. May he enjoy eternal life and the peace of God’s kingdom.
• Vicki Moss, a former faculty member, and Bonnie Nesbitt, nursing, had an article published in the March/April, 2003 issue of Nurse Educator. The article highlights a learning strategy that was used successfully in the MSN program to teach nursing research.
• Everyone who contributed to the Food Pantry—monetarily or in-kind this year. Such help is always appreciate and insures the continuance of the project. (Submitted by Peg Doering, theatre.)
Strength Training Class Offered This Summer
By Chris Sanger, Institutional Advancement
A strength training class will be offered during the months of June and July. Classes will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon1 p.m. in the basement of Rose Terrace. The cost will be determined based on the number of people interested in participating. For more information, or to sign up, contact Chris Sanger at ext. 3070.
SGA Officers Announced
By Jean Moore, FSPA, Student Development
Congratulations to the newly elected Student Government Association (SGA) officers for 200304: President Tim Boehnen, Vice President Samantha Decker, and Secretary John Sheski. The 200304 SGA delegation also hired Brian Moore as the SGA business manager for next year; and, Ward Jones, biology, will continue to serve as the faculty advisor to SGA.
news you’ll notice
By Sally Emerson, Institutional Advancement
• Thanks to all of the departments that have included alumni in their curriculum plans this year or supported alumni programs. Our students and university can only benefit from a strong relationship with its alumni. If your department has an idea for involving alumni in the coming year, please contact the Alumni Office as soon as possible. We welcome the opportunity to assist you.
• Mark your calendar for Alumni Weekend 2003 on June 2021. Reunions will include ’93, ’78, ’63, ’53, and the School of Education. Learn more about the weekend events on the Web: http://www.viterbo.edu/alumni/alumni_weekend_2003.htm.
• Outstanding Alumni Award recipients for this year are: Community Service—Rose Kreutz ’66 Biology, ’82 nursing; Professional Development—Jeanette Hertges ’85 English; Young Alumni—Kim Sloane Adams ’93 Biology/Pre-Med. They will be honored on June 21 during Alumni Weekend. Contact the Alumni Office for information on attending.
• It’s not too early to think about an alumna or alumnus who deserves recognition with an Outstanding Alumni Award next year. Simply submit letters of recommendation and support materials, along with a completed nomination form. Award categories are Young Alumni, Professional Development, Educational Achievement, Service to the University, and Service to the Community. Past recipients and a nomination form can be found on the alumni Web page. The awards will be presented at Alumni Weekend, June 2004.
By Megan Voeltz ’06
Name: William “Bill” Medland
Dept: President’s Office
Family: Bill is married to Donna. They have a son and a daughter, Mark, 19, and Jeanne, 7.
Education: Bill received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Notre Dame. He has two Master of Arts and a Ph.D. in history from Ball State University in Indiana. In addition, he has post-graduate training at Harvard, UW-Madison, The Free University of Berlin, and the Mass Institution of Technology.
Hobbies/Interests/Enthusiasms: Bill enjoys traveling, reading, playing with his children, and doing “putsy” jobs around the house.
Adventures and Travels: Well-traveled, Bill has been to many countries in Europe, including Russia, and to the Far East, including China. Countries in North America and South America have also been on his itinerary. On the home front, he has been to 49 of the 50 states, excluding Alaska.
Future Hopes and Plans: Bill wants to continue serving Viterbo University as president and, many years from now, retire. Then, he wants to head to Alaska so he can say he’s been to all 50 states.
Little Known Fact: Bill and his wife Donna are foster parents and have cared for many infants in the past couple of years. They take the babies home from the hospital when the infants are only 48-hours-old and usually keep them for three to 12 weeks.
Nurses Week Celebrated
Silvana Richardson explains her study during a nursing poster presentation held in the FAC Lobby last Wednesday. Her study described the current status of complementary health and healing in undergraduate nursing education in the U.S. Later in the day, May Wykle, president of Sigma Theta Tau International, delivered a keynote address, “Nursing Care in the 21st Century,” as part of the La Crosse District Nurses’ Association celebrating National Nurses’ Week.
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