Connections
A Newsletter for the Viterbo College Community
Vol. 13  No. 10  October 11, 1999
 
 
China Delegation at Viterbo Oct. 28-Nov. 2
A delegation from Luoyang, China will be in La Crosse, Oct. 28 through Nov. 2 thanks to a three-year cooperative agreement between the Luoyang Institute of Technology (LIT) and Viterbo.
This visit is the first from either institution since the agreement was developed two years ago. As part of the exchange, Viterbo will send one of its own to China this spring. Dr. Lyon Evans, English Department, will teach in Luoyang for three months. In addition, a Global Studies course taught by art professor Peter Fletcher, "The Cultural History of China," which includes a trip to Luoyang, will be offered to Viterbo students for the spring semester.

While in La Crosse, the Chinese delegation will spend time at Viterbo and WWTC to observe classes, meet with various college officials and become familiar with the programs of the two institutions. Two members of the delegation will stay on at Viterbo for an additional month to study curriculum and meet with their respective departments to exchange ideas and information.

A reception and gift exchange ceremony will be held for members of the delegation on Friday, Oct. 29, at 3:15 p.m. in the FAC Hospitality Suite. Everyone is welcome.

The delegation includes: Yin Leifang, Vice President, LIT; Zhang Guangming, Deputy Director of Teaching Affairs, LIT; Zhang Renlong, Vice President, Luoyang Technology College (recently merged with LIT); Qiu Tianhe, Dean of Foreign Languages, LIT;  and Xi Shengyang, Dean of Business School, LIT. Guan Jigang will assist with interpretation. He is chair of the English Department at the Luoyang Foreign Language School and is currently teaching at Logan and Central.

Volunteers are needed to host the delegation for late afternoon snack or dinner on Sunday, Oct. 31. This is a good opportunity to show them our Halloween tradition. Those interested in hosting or providing other support should contact Beth Moore at ext. 3172.
 
Sen. Rude to Address Healthcare
Senator Brian Rude will be on campus Thursday to speak about healthcare-related issues. All faculty, staff and students are welcome to come and listen at 3:10 p.m. in BNC 122.
 
"Voices:  FSPAs Sharing the Viterbo Story"
Come and enjoy “Voices:  FSPAs Sharing the Viterbo Story,” an interpretation exploring the history of Viterbo College through humor, song anecdotes, and drama. “Voices” will be presented tonight at 8 p.m. in Viterbo FAC Main Theatre and again on Thursday, Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the St. Rose Convent Chapel. The performances are free and open to the public.
Participating in “Voices” will be Marie Leon LaCroix, FSPA, longtime member of the Theatre Department; Rochelle Potaracke, FSPA, faculty member of the Education Department whose aunt was Rose Kreibich, FSPA, one of the FSPA founders; Bernyne Stark, FSPA, former member of the foreign language faculty; and Maria Friedman, FSPA, director of communication at St. Rose Convent.

In Appreciation
Thanks to all who participated in the St. Francis Day Liturgy at Maria Angelorum Chapel, St. Rose Convent. Special thanks and appreciation to:  Earl Madary and the St. Francis Choir, Daniel Johnson-Wilmot and the Viterbo College Concert Choir, Jean Saladino and the Viterbo College Women's Chorale, and Judy Stafslien who accompanied the choirs as organist. Thanks also to the greeters, ushers, lectors, eucharistic ministers, cross and  incense bearers, Sr. Sue Ernster, Dr. William Medland, and Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration.
          Pax et bonum!
          Fr. Tom

Employees Set Track Record!
Together, we did it! This year, 191 employees made a pledge to Viterbo College during the Employee Campaign. This breaks the old record of 189 participants set just last year. This demonstrates what teamwork can do. Thank you to all who participated. You help make Viterbo College a special place.
         Barry Fried
         Engineer, Employee Campaign

FSPA Events
Special events celebrating the 150th anniversary of the FSPA this week include: “Voices” tonight and on Oct. 21 (see story on p. 1); FSPA story videos can be seen from 3:30 - 4:20 p.m. tomorrow in the MC Library Robers Conference Room and Tuesday, Oct. 19 in the MC Library Room 130; Taize prayer is every Wednesday this month in the College Church; the FSPA music heritage is Tuesday, Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Rose Convent Chapel; the FSPA art exhibit is in the library through this month.

Kudos to...
...Roland “Buzz” Nelson, Admissions, who chaired a panel at last weekend’s International Edgar Allen Poe Conference in Richmond, Vir. Nelson, an authority on Poe’s works, had “Eureka,” a previously incomplete prose poem by the author,  published in 1984.
...Lyon Evans, English, who will present a paper, “The Modernist Melville:  Unreliable Narrators in Benito Cereno and Weeds and Wildings,” Friday at the annual conference of the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
...John Hempstead, Library, who was sworn in for his third year as Treasurer of the Wisconsin Catholic Library Association (WCLA).
...Deb Murray, Dave Willman, Ron Schafer and others whose work resulted in accreditation of our Alcohol and Other Drug Addictions (AODA) program. The approval covers 375 hours of classroom instruction involving seven courses and 24 hours of training.

Music to the Ears
The Viterbo Preparatory School of Arts faculty will present a recital to raise money for its scholarship fund this Sunday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. in the FAC Recital Hall. A free will offering will be accepted at the door. Faculty from the Prep School, the Viterbo Music Department, and other departments will perform as soloists and in ensembles.

A Book Fair on Sunday, Oct. 24 from 1-4 p.m. at Barnes & Noble Bookstore also will benefit the fund. Watch for special vouchers in your mailboxes. Present yours at the check-out and the Prep School receives a percentage of the sale. During the fair Viterbo students will perform music at the store. For more information, contact Judy Stafslien at ext. 3767.

Arts and Entertainment
• Voice Masterclass and Recital, featuring guest artists Kendra Colton, soprano, and Laura Ward, pianist, performing 19th and 20th century art music. The masterclass is this Thursday from noon to 2 p.m. Admission is free. The recital is at 7 p.m. in the FAC Recital Hall. Admission is $5, payable at the door. Both events are open to the public.
• “Music, Monsters and Munchies,” Halloween Concert. Saturday, Oct. 30, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., FAC Main Theatre. The ticket price of $10 includes cabaret seating and refreshments. Proceeds benefit Platinum Edition.
• Quartetto Gelato, Wednesday, Oct. 20, 7:30 p.m., FAC Main Theatre. Tickets $22/$16. Call the Viterbo Box Office at 796-3100 for more information.
• Faculty Art Show through Friday, Oct. 22, FAC Gallery, third floor. The Gallery is open during regular school hours, or at other times by request.
• Ballet Masterclass, Saturday, Nov. 13, 10-11 a.m., FAC Dance Studio. Featuring Joan Karlen, graduate of The Julliard School and New York University and dancer in modern and ballet companies in New York, regionally and on Broadway. Admission: $3. Call 796-3737 for reservations or pay at the door.

News You'll Notice
The Fine Arts Center has seen some changes during the past year. The installation of a renovated lighting system, a new reception area in the Main Theatre Lobby, and the recent addition of Paul Sannerud as Dean and David Empey as Production Coordinator have all combined to create a positive aura in the Fine Arts Center.

The completion of a lighting project in the Black Box and Main Theatres debuted earlier this fall. This project replaces the original equipment from the building’s opening in 1971 and has returned the control and dimming system to state-of-the-art. Based on Pentium computer technology, it is commonly used on Broadway and in theme parks throughout the world. It allows our students to train on the newest equipment in the industry while eliminating safety concerns of the original system.

This academic year is one of the busiest ever. The calendar is full with Bright Star and Arts for Young America performances, student recitals, Black Box performances, and college functions.  The Fine Arts Center also hosts numerous community organizations including the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, the La Crosse Boychoir, the La Crosse Dance Center, the La Crosse Youth Symphony Orchestras and the Coulee Chordsmen, among others. One of the biggest challenges is trying to fit all of these events together to create a workable schedule.
 

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