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June 15, 2005

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LA CROSSE, Wis. -- Three Viterbo University Alumni will be honored for their outstanding achievements at a social and banquet Saturday, June 25 from 6-9 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center lobby on the Viterbo campus. The event is one of many planned for Viterbo's Alumni Reunion Weekend 2005 June 24-25.
The award recipients are:

Earl Madary '88, Spirit of Francis Award. This award is new in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Alumni Association. It honors a layperson that embodies and exemplifies Franciscan values in their personal, professional, and spiritual life. Madary, a man of many talents, certainly fits the criteria.
Madary is the chair of the Religious Studies and Philosophy department at Viterbo University, a Catholic Worker, and a founding member of the Place of Grace Catholic Worker House in La Crosse.
Music is a very important part of Madary's life, both personally and professionally. He has released two original recordings of Christian folk music, Prodigals and Gilead, and has given numerous benefit concerts. He holds degrees in music, theology, and education.
When he isn't busy with guitar or microphone in hand, he writes numerous articles for various publications and edits and publishes the Catholic Worker newspaper Neighborhood News. He also wrote These Things are Written, an introduction to the New Testament with fellow professor William Reese. He also presents “Songs and Stories with Tom and Earl” to alumni, also with a fellow professor, Tom Thibodeau. He has been awarded with a Mission Exemplar Award from Viterbo University and was named the Viterbo Teacher of the Year for 2005.

Barbara Winters '99, Professional Development Award. Barbara Winters has been busy since graduating from Viterbo.

Winters has been employed by the Iowa Allamakee Community School District and Allamakee County in Waukon since 1998. She is the Allamakee Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator/County Department Head and Community Connections Project Director for Allamakee Community School District.

She is responsible for the financial management and budget of over $1.5 million of 21st Century Learning Grant Money, just under $3 million in the Safe Schools/Healthy Students Grant, approximately $50,000 in county budget, and other grants. She supervises nine full-time staff members, over 100 part-time staff members, and reports to the county, state, and federal government.
Winters spends her days working to improve schools and the collaboration of local and state resources.
Her impressive list of honors includes serving two four-year terms on the Governor's Commission on Substance Abuse, serving on the Northeast Iowa Community Corrections Advisory Board, earning the Governor's Volunteer Award for the State of Iowa, winning the Citizenship Award by the Iowa Bar Association, being appointed to numerous positions on church boards in the Dubuque Archdiocese, and winning the Kee High Number One Club Award.

Sister Antona Schedlo '65, Community Service Award. Sister Antona Schedlo has spent a lifetime helping and teaching others.
Sr. Schedlo learned about the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration at a young age, attending a Catholic school run by members of the FSPA where she grew up in Halder, Wis. She attended grades 1-10 in Halder before entering St. Rose Convent in 1952. She earned her high school diploma from Viterbo College High School, and in 1965, a B.A. in Education from Viterbo College. She would also go on to earn a diploma in Pastoral Theology in Mexico in 1986.
She spent the first 14 years of her professional career teaching in Colby, Wis., the Cathedral School in La Crosse, the St. Augustine School in Spokane, Wash., the Queen of Peace School in Salem, Ore. and the St. Joseph School in Dodgeville, Wis.
In 1970, Sr. Schedlo took a different path, going to Bolivia to study Spanish. She spent the next six years in El Salvador, first as a pastoral worker at St. Barbara Parish, then as the coordinator of the Madre del Salvador School. She then spent three years in the United States studying theology and running a youth ministry in Milwaukee before returning to El Salvador for pastoral work.
Sr. Schedlo also worked at a Honduran refugee camp for six months before working for four years in El Salvador as a Pastoral Worker as part of an international war zone presence, financed and built a Catholic church, and started a soup kitchen to give nutrition to the elderly. From 1992-2004 she continued her work in El Salvador, reconstructing a church, starting an AA group, rebuilding the church after a 2001 earthquake, helping to get street lighting, and working to get water for the town, and to repair an old police car for emergency travel.

Alumni Weekend 2005 includes the Celebrate Alumni Award Banquet, a Mississippi River cruise aboard the Island Girl, a special breakfast for the class of 1955, a party for the entire family in Assisi Courtyard, and a special liturgy.
“All Viterbo alumni and their families and friends will enjoy Alumni Weekend 2005 because there is something for everyone,” said Sally Emerson, director of alumni and relations at Viterbo.
For more information on Alumni Weekend and tickets to the banquet, contact Alumni Director Sally Emerson at 608-796-3072, or email

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