Connections
A Newsletter for the Viterbo College Community
Vol. 13  No. 13  November 15, 1999

Viterbo Creates Wellness Program
Thanks to a grant from The Humana Foundation, Inc., Viterbo is in the process of creating a Wellness Program on campus. The mission of the program is to enhance education by promoting the optimal wellness of the campus and surrounding communities.
To determine the need for the project, a needs assessment survey was conducted throughout the campus in 1995. It revealed a great interest in the idea of a wellness program and suggested that focusing on the development of one would not only benefit the College, but would also help those in surrounding communities?especially those organizations that have expressed an interest in partnering with the College.
Funding from The Humana Foundation, Inc. includes:  a Wellness Program Coordinator and Advisory Board, a Wellness web page, a resource center where individuals can obtain wellness information, a Wellness Week in spring, and an intergenerational wellness promotion project.

Community,Viterbo Women Honored
On Monday, Nov. 8, for the 17th year in a row, the YWCA held its celebration honoring women in the Coulee Region for their dedication, talent and success. This year's YWCA Tribute to Outstanding Women acknowledged 50 area women, including seven from Viterbo, during a dinner at UW-La Crosse's Valhalla Hall.
The Viterbo women honored were selected by the Viterbo Women's Studies committee from campus-wide nominations for their significant contribution to the Viterbo community. They are:  Sandy Hotvedt, athletics; Marsha Momoi-Piehl, human resources; Debra Daehn Zellmer, sociology; Helen Koopman, FSPA, Learning Center volunteer; Dana Pukrop, senior, religious studies; Amanda Michaud, senior, dietetics; and Erica Maule, senior, accounting.
Among the honorees, 26 others also received YWCA Certificates of Recognition, nine received recognition as outstanding young student representatives (from area high schools), while 8 received outstanding achievement awards. The outstanding achievement awards were given to:
Sara Bentley, UW-La Crosse  Activism
Anne Steuer, Children's Museum Arts
Deon Nontelle, UW-La Crosse Arts/Sciences
Gloria Beaser, Norwest  Business
Karen Schoenfeld, Logan  Education
Edie Woods, Edie Woods Company Entrepeneur
Kiyoko Fiedler, Western Dairyland Multicultural Relations
Amy Pavela*, Aquinas student Young Woman of Tomorrow
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Alumni Cup Heats Up
Cheer on Viterbo’s basketball teams as they host UW-L for the Alumni Cup on Monday, Nov. 29 at the La Crosse Center. The women’s game begins at 6 p.m. Men compete at 8 p.m. Tickets, which are good for both games, are $5 for adults, $3 for those under 18, and free for Viterbo students with their college I.D. Call 789-7400 for tickets.

Book Fair Aids Women's Health
The Franciscan Skemp Auxiliary will sponsor a Book Fair Thursday, Nov. 18 and Friday, Nov. 19 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. in the first floor Main Hallway of the Franciscan Skemp Medical Center. Proceeds benefit the Center for Women’s Health. Book prices offered are up to 70% off retail.

Q & A
Q: What can you tell us about long-term care?
A. This question is timely since we have a visit this week from a TIAA-CREF counselor. I hope the following is helpful as you determine your personal insurance needs:
Long Term Care:  Who Pays?
Most long-term care is provided by family members. But in situations where services must be purchased, the costs are paid largely out-of-pocket. Often people do not realize that Medicare covers only short-term nursing home care in a Medicare-certified “skilled nursing facility.” Even in these cases, benefits go only to those people who have been hospitalized just prior to admission into a nursing home. In 1990, Medicare paid for only five percent of national nursing home costs. Medicare also pays for certain skilled care provided at home. Again, however, benefits are paid for only under very stringent conditions that are very restrictive.
A different program, Medicaid, pays for long-term care if individuals are poor. What often happens is that a person enters a nursing home, initially using personal funds to meet the cost. Often very quickly, their savings are exhausted, and their income is too low to meet the costs of care. When their economic situation falls below the means-tested eligibility levels for Medicaid, they can then apply for help from the government. Currently, Medicaid pays for over half of nursing home expenses in the United States.
Private Long-Term Care Insurance
Most common are the “indemnity” policies that pay a fixed dollar amount each day that you receive covered care. Much less common are policies that cover a certain percentage of the costs associated with various services. A third type of policy pays a specific dollar amount to cover the actual charges for covered services received.
Source:  “Women & Aging Letter:  Should I Buy Long-Term Care Insurance?” from the National Policy and Resource Center on Women and Aging, Vol. 1, No. 6.

Arts and Entertainment
“Uncommon Vision:  A National Ceramics Invitational,” featuring 18 ceramists from across the United States, through Tuesday, Nov. 23 in the Viterbo College Art Department Gallery, FAC third floor. The gallery is open during regular school hours or at other times by request.
Dancing at Lughnasa, presented by the Viterbo Theatre Arts Department, today, 7:30 p.m., La Croix Black Box Theatre, FAC. Call the Box Office, ext. 3100, for tickets.
The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tuesday, Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m., FAC Main Theatre. Call the Box Office, ext. 3100, for ticket information.
Faculty Piano Recital by Timothy Schorr, Saturday, Nov. 20, 7:30 p.m., FAC Recital Hall. The free program features works by Beethoven, Debussy, and Schumann. Call ext. 3769 for more information.
 
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