Connections
A Newsletter for the Viterbo College Community
Vol. 13  No. 13  November 1, 1999
 

Viterbo Named Character-Building College
Dr. William Medland, Viterbo President, announced Tuesday that Viterbo College is one of 100 colleges and universities nationwide named to the Templeton Honor Roll for its comprehensive commitment and programs that inspire students to lead ethical and civic-minded lives. In addition to being one of the profiled colleges in “The Templeton Guide: Colleges that Encourage Character Development,” Viterbo is featured for two of its programs that build character—its First-Year and Substance-Abuse Prevention programs.

Viterbo’s First-Year Program, one of 60 selected in this category, is for new students enrolling in their first year. Each takes the course "Person, College, Community," which teaches them how to balance freedom and responsibility. It also challenges them to search for ethical solutions to community challenges.
In the Substance-Abuse Prevention category, Viterbo’s program was one of 35 selected. The student-led CONNECT club was cited for creative methods of reinforcing the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse. The group uses videos, staged DWI arrests and alcohol-free alternatives like a weekly coffeehouse to illustrate its point.

"We are delighted to be among the 100 institutions named to the Templeton Honor Roll and are proud of our programs that help students develop the strong values that will serve them beyond their college years," said Medland. "Character development is a life-long process and we believe that colleges and universities have a very important and unique role to play."

Although 300 colleges and universities have programs featured, only 100 colleges were named to the Templeton Honor Roll.

Diversity Days Symposium Announced
"Multiple Faces of Evil: Our Human Response" is the topic of the Diversity Days Symposium to be held Monday, Jan. 31 through Thursday, Feb. 3. The symposium seeks to examine the origins and definition of evil in our contemporary world and to sustain a sense of hope through our human response. Highlights include:
•  an all-school humanities discussion
• "Media Evil: Reporting on Human Rights Around the World," Amy
    Goodman, National Public Radio reporter
•  panel discussion with local community leaders
• "American History X," movie and discussion
•  poetry and conversation with U Sam Oeur, survivor of the Pol Pot regime
    in Cambodia
• "Tibetan Diaspora: Resilience and Reform," Pam Maykut, Psychology
•  and an evening of artistic response in a coffeehouse setting.
Brochures will be available by the end of November. For more information, contact S. Anita Beskar, Global Education, ext. 3171.

Jennings to Speak on Ethics in Business Tonight
Marianne Moody Jennings, J.D., author and Professor of Legal and Ethical Studies at Arizona State University, will present “Virtue in Business:  What is it? Why do we need it?” tonight at 7:30 in the FAC Recital Hall. The lecture opens this year’s D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership series. Admission is free and open to the public.

Sr. Helen Prejean, author of “Dead Man Walking” and 1999 recipient of the Pope John XXIII Award for Distinguished Service, will present “The Death Penalty in America:  A Profound Moral Contradiction” on Wednesday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. in the FAC Main Theatre. Admission is free, but tickets are required. In lieu of admission, those attending are asked to bring non-perishable food items for donation to local food pantries. If you have a ticket but cannot attend, please return it to the MC reception desk so another may use it.

An opportunity for small group discussion among about 20 members of the Viterbo community and Prejean will take place Wednesday, Nov. 10 at 2:10 p.m. This small group discussion will be facilitated by S. Jean Moore and focus on Prejean’s prison ministry and what it has taught her, her reaction to violence propagated by those now in prison, and more.To participate in this discussion, please contact Pat Kerrigan, ext. 3041, as soon as possible.

Sweet Sounds
The Viterbo College Preparatory School of Arts invites you to two student recitals this Sunday, Nov. 7, at 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. in the FAC Recital Hall.
A wide variety of music will be performed by students ranging in age from elementary to high school. Selections on piano, flute, voice, violin, and cello will be performed. A reception will follow each program. Both recitals are free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact Judy Stafslien, ext. 3767.

The Cause is Cancer
More than 300 community volunteers worked this year to put together “Rhythms ‘99­The Big Show,” which will run this Friday through Sunday, Nov. 5-7, in the FAC. Sponsored by the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Foundation, this year’s production will raise funds to support research, programs, and health care services related to cancer care. Call 791-6600 for ticket information.

News You'll Notice
The annual budget process for 2000-01 is underway. On Sept. 13, all departments received guidelines for next year’s budgetary needs. Each was to submit, prior to Oct. 15, requests for controllable budget increases, using standard request forms, to the appropriate Dean or Vice President. Requests were then to be forwarded to my office by Oct. 31.
Within the last several weeks, I prepared an initial draft of the Budget Preparation Guidelines for 2000-2001. These guidelines provide parameters for tuition and room/board increases, project enrollments and revenues, indicate plans for new programs or personnel, and provide for available resources for controllable expenditure increases and salary/benefit increases. Each factor must be balanced (i.e., increases in tuition/room/board affect the college’s ability to recruit and retain students; increases in tuition/room/board and level enrollments are the primary means to provide additional resources for necessary expenditures; resources used for controllable expenditures reduce the monies available for salaries and equipment).
To address a previous Board of Directors’ resolution, the initial guidelines provide for tuition and room/board increases consistent with the Consumer Price Index, and alternatives to accommodate extraordinary budget requests or needs. The necessary committees and the President’s Cabinet approve the draft during November. It will be presented to the Board at its Dec. 13 meeting. Once approved, the guidelines will provide the parameters for budget deliberations January-March.
The prioritization process will be handled as follows:
Prioritization item    Responsible party
Controllable budget requests   Finance Committee
Hardware/software requests   Computer Committee
Equipment requests    Academic/Finance VPs
Physical plant improvements   Recommendations by Physical Plant
      Director/Finance VP; Prioritized by
      President’s Cabinet
The President’s Cabinet reviews all priorities, and the final 2000-2001 Budget proposal will be presented to the Board of Directors at its April meeting. Upon approval, and prior to June 30, the Finance Vice President will notify campus departments of the results—including a summary of the prioritization factors used, as well as an indication of any department controllable budget modifications.
 

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