Campus Events

Viterbo University Winter Commencement

Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018

Viterbo University Winter Commencement

79  undergraduate students, 30 master’s degree students, and 4 associate degree students
will be candidates for graduation at Viterbo University’s winter commencement ceremony at
11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 in the Fine Arts Center Main Theatre.

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Cultural Diversity Symposium

Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018

Symposium is open to the Viterbo community. At 8:20 a.m., there will be a documentary showing of  Clinica de Migrantes: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness, followed by a discussion led by Sandy Brekke, RN, and Michelle Pinzl, World Languages and Cultures faculty member. From 10:45 a.m.-noon is keynote speaker Cella Janisch-Hartline, RN, BSN, PCC Certified Professional Coach and nursing leadership senior manager for Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative.

"The Happy City" presented by author Charles Montgomery

Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018

Keynote speaker Charles Montgomery is an award-winning author, urbanist, and leader of a consultancy building more happiness into cities. He is the author of Happy City. Montgomery’s writings on urban planning, psychology, culture, and history have appeared in magazines and journals on three continents. He has received numerous awards. This lecture is part of the Annual Ethics Conference, titled "The Ethical City."

Magda Herzberger, Author, Poet, and Holocaust Survivor

Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018

Magda Mozes Herzberger was born in Cluj, Romania. The Mozes family, along with thousands of other Jews, was forced into the Cluj Ghetto which was liquidated only a month later. Magda and her family were sent to Auschwitz, where most of them perished.Magda has spoken extensively about her experiences. She has published two memoirs - Eyewitness to Holocaust and Survival - and several volumes of poetry and fiction. This lecture is part of the 2019 Teaching the Holocaust Workshop.

Thomas Mangelsen, Renowned Nature Photographer

Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018

Legendary nature photographer Thomas D. Mangelsen has traveled throughout the natural world for nearly 40 years observing and photographing the earth’s last great wild places. Mangelsen has received numerous honors including being named Conservation Photographer of the Year by Nature’s Best Photography, among others. The entire Mangelsen portfolio can be viewed online at This lecture is part of the Annual Leopold Day Celebration.

"What does it mean to be an American?" Presented by David Dennis Sr.

Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018

This lecture is part of the Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration. Dave Dennis is an activist and author. Dave has been interviewed and recorded in numerous documents, articles, books, newspapers, magazines, and documentaries over the years. He has also received many awards and recognitions. He is active with two organizations—the Southern Initiative Algebra Project and Dave Dennis Connections.

Charles Montgomery, Keynote Speaker, Author of "The Happy City"

Friday, Sep. 7, 2018

Keynote Speaker, Charles Montgomery, is the author of The Happy City. For more information on the Annual Ethics Conference, visit Sponsored by the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership.

"Resilient Living" Presented by Amit Sood, M.D.

Friday, Sep. 7, 2018

Amit Sood, M.D., is a professor of medicine at Mayo Clinc and directs the Mind-Body Medicine Initiative. He is also the creator of the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Resilient Mind program and the author of multiple books. Free and open to the public. This lecture is part of the Annual Seven Rivers Undergraduate Research Symposium. It is part of the 2018 Fall Lecture series sponsored by the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership. For more information, visit

Rachel Lloyd, Author of "Girls Like Us: Fighting for a World Where Girls Are Not For Sale"

Friday, Sep. 7, 2018

Rachel Lloyd is the founder of Girls Educational and Mentoring Services (GEMS). She is an advocate of the New York state's Safe Harbour for Sexually Exploited Children Act. She is also the author of the critically acclaimed Girls Like Us: Fighting for a World Where Girls Are Not for Sale. Free and open to the public. This Fall Lecture series is sponsored by the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership at Viterbo University. For more information, visit

MLK Celebration: Concert Choir

Friday, Sep. 7, 2018

Theology on (a Root Beer) Tap: "Combating Hate Speech"

Friday, Sep. 7, 2018

Featuring the Southern Poverty Law Center. Refreshments to follow.

Documentary: "Clinica de Migrantes: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness"

Friday, Sep. 7, 2018

There will be a panel discussion following the documentary.

World Premiere of "Decoding the Driftless"

Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018

This is a part of the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership Fall Lecture series. It is free and open to the public. For more information, visit

"The Latehomecomer" Presentation by Author Kao Kalia Yang

Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018

Kao Kalia Yang is an author, activist and teacher. This is a part of the Ethics Institute Fall Lecture series. It is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics.

University Forum

Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018

Proseminar Commencement

Friday, Jul. 6, 2018

Graduation will be held in the Fine Arts Center Main Theatre. All are welcome.

Daring Democracy with Speaker Frances Moore Lappé

Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018

Frances Moore Lappé is the author or co-author of 19 books about world hunger, living democracy, and the environment. Her most recent book is Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning, and Connection for the America We Want, coauthored with Adam Eichen. She is the cofounder of three organizations, including Oakland-based think tank Food First and, more recently, the Small Planet Institute which she leads with her daughter Anna Lappé. Frances and her daughter have also cofounded the Small Planet Fund, which channels resources to democratic social movements worldwide.​

Free and open to the public. No reservations required. Sponsored by: La Crosse United to Amend, Wisconsin United to Amend, La Crosse Area League of Women Voters, Driftless Area Voters Coalition, Organizing For Action, Peoples Food Coop.


Keynote Speaker Daniel Goleman, Psychologist and Author of "Emotional Intelligence"

Monday, Feb. 12, 2018

Daniel Goleman is a psychologist and author of Emotional Intelligence and Focus. He is the keynote speaker for the Annual Ethics Conference, which this year is focused on Contemplation. Goleman has transformed the way the world educates children, relates to family and friends, and conducts business. For questions contact Nicole Van Ert at 608-796-3616 or at This event is free and open to the public. No reservation necessary.

Courtney Goto, Keynote Address for the Humanities Symposium 2018

Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018

Courtney Goto, Ph.D., is an associate professor of religious education at the Boston University School of Theology and a co-director of the Center for Practical Theology.

Nursing Pinning Ceremony

Friday, Jan. 12, 2018

Marilyn Bratt, Ph.D., RN, HRSA Grant Nursing Diversity Speaker

Friday, Jan. 12, 2018

Nursing Commitment Ceremony

Friday, Jan. 12, 2018

The Postville Immigration Raid: Lessons Learned for the 21st Century Presented by Erik Camayd-Freixas

Monday, Sep. 18, 2017

Free and open to the public. Reservations not required. Erik Camayd-Freixas, Ph.D., is professor of Hispanic studies at Florida International University (FIU). A Harvard-trained communications analyst, social theorist, and expert linguist at federal and state courts, Camayd-Freixas made international headlines with his essay, “Interpreting after the Largest ICE Raid in U.S. History: A Personal Account,” and with his book, U.S. Immigration Reform and Its Global Impact, where he denounces the criminalization of workers and the socioeconomic devastation of immigration enforcement in Postville, Iowa, and beyond. He has testified before Congress, contributed as amicus curiae to the U.S. Supreme Court, and received human rights awards from the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Americans for Immigrant Justice, the Guatemalan Foreign Ministry, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

The Viterbo Concert Choir Short Performance Prior to Holocaust Speaker Eva Schloss

Thursday, Sep. 14, 2017

School of Nursing White Coat Ceremony

Wednesday, Sep. 6, 2017

University Forum

Friday, Aug. 18, 2017

University Forum

Monday, Jul. 3, 2017

"Writing in Stone" Presented by Terese Agnew, Ethics Lecture Series

Wednesday, Jun. 28, 2017

For more information contact Nicole Van Ert, ethics institute, at or 608-796-3616.

Master of Arts in Education Commencement

Thursday, May. 11, 2017

Inauguration Installation Ceremony of President Glena Temple

Friday, Mar. 3, 2017

The Viterbo community is invited to attend. Afternoon classes are cancelled beginning at 12:20 p.m. Following the installation ceremony will be a reception in the Fine Arts Center Lobby. Faculty, staff, and administrators are encouraged to join the processional in academic regalia.