A Newsletter for the Viterbo College Community
Vol. 13  No. 16  December 13, 1999
Christmas Greetings

As we bring to a close the last academic semester of this decade and prepare for the holidays, I want to take this opportunity to extend to all of you best wishes for Advent, Christmas, and the New Year.
I thank each of you for your significant contribution to making Viterbo what it is today. Given the commitment of each of you and our ability to adapt to the rapidly changing environment in higher education, we enter the new millennium with confidence that we can create our own future.
On behalf of my wife, Donna, and myself, I want to extend sincere wishes that the blessings of Christmas will be with you and yours throughout the New Year.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
     Dr. William J. Medland, President
Winter Commencement Saturday
Winter Commencement and the Baccalaureate Mass will be celebrated this Saturday, Dec. 18. Earl Madary, President of the Faculty Assembly, will be the master of ceremonies, while Harriet Harreld, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing candidate will give the senior address. Cynthia (Rudy) Quade, Class of 1977, will give the alumni welcome, and Viterbo College President William Medland will confer the degrees.
The commencement ceremony begins at 10:30 a.m. in the FAC Main Theatre. It will be preceded by the Baccalaureate Mass at 9 a.m. in the Maria Angelorum Chapel at St. Rose Convent.
Congratulations graduates!
Bishop Burke to Speak at Coulee Region Celebration "Praise2K"
All Christians are invited to Praise 2K, which stands for “Praise to the King,” a New Year’s Eve event of family fun, joint prayer, song, and worship at the La Crosse Center. Bishop Raymond Burke of the La Crosse Diocese will be a guest speaker along with Pastor David Holt, First Evangelical Free Church; Bishop April Larson, La Crosse Area Synod; and Rev. Mark Clements, Living Word Christian Church. Music will be led by the Coulee Region Gospel Choir. The event begins at 8:30 p.m. with a Family Carnival that offers activities for all ages. The Prayer, Praise & Worship segment begins at 10 p.m.
Memo Regarding Final Semester Grades
To:   All Viterbo Faculty
Fm:  Registrar’s Office
Re:   Final Grades, Semester I
Please remember that all final grades for the fall semester are due by noon on Tuesday, Dec. 21. Grades will be processed that night and the grade reports will be printed the next day. Thank you.
Art Faculty in Local Shared Exhibit
Tom Bartel, Art Department, is one of three artists whose work is featured in “Play On!” an exhibit running through Jan. 29 at the Pump House Regional Arts Center. Bartel’s three-dimensional ceramic sculptures are on display along with Mark Evans’ toys made out of recycled items, and Nancy Mladenoff’s painted fabrics.
Other exhibits currently at the Pump House include “Transition 2000,” featuring pottery, architecture and weaving by Aquinas Middle School students, and “Icons of the Orthodox Church,” Connie Maharais’ two-dimensional paintings of early Christian events and Bible scenes.
The Pump House is open Tuesdays-Fridays, noon-5 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 am.-3 p.m.
Sign Up for Health Screenings In January
Interested in having your cholesterol and glucose levels checked? The Wellness Committee will offer a variety of health screening opportunities, including cholesterol and glucose screenings on Tuesday, Jan. 11. The health screenings will be offered just prior to the “All College Sharing of Good Times and Talents,” sponsored by the Faculty Development Committee, in the FAC Recital Hall at 1:30 p.m.
In order to have enough equipment available, the Wellness Committee needs to know who would like to participate. The screening usually costs $11 but VEHIP has offered to assume half of the cost so individuals will only pay $5.
If you are interested in participating, contact Joyce Heil, Nursing, by this Thursday, Dec. 16 at ext. 3695 or by email at jaheil.
Family Series Tickets Make Great Stocking Stuffers
Just in time for Christmas, tickets are available for the Children’s Theatre Company’s presentation of "Tremendously Tall Tales" in the FAC Main Theatre on Tuesday, Jan. 25, at 7 p.m.
Join Capt. Eddie B. Brown and the Travelling All-Star Yokels as they crisscross the Midwest playing mining camps and logger’s outposts while desperately trying to pay their rent. Together, they’ll bring you Paul Bunyan and his beautiful Babe, Mike Fink’s Mississippi, Johnny’s apple seeds, and the songs of Lady Slipper. Written by Patty Lynch, a devotee to Minnesota history, these stories are brought to life and creatively mixed in a comic setting. Her 1920s characters crisscross the mid-west and revisit the beginning of this century just as we begin the next.
The Children’s Theatre Company is based in Minneapolis, Minn. “Tremendously Tall Tales” is a part of the Children’s Theatre Company annual tour throughout the United States. The performance is sponsored by Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Wisconsin. Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $8 for children 12 and younger. For more information or to order tickets, contact the Viterbo College Box Office at ext. 3100.
Don't Forget Paris
Treat yourself this Christmas by signing up for the Viterbo College trip to France from May 23-June 7. The trip will cost $2,569 per person. A completed registration application and $100 down payment are due by Dec. 29. Deposits are refundable through Feb. 21. For more information or to sign up for the trip, contact Sr. Bernyne Stark, MC 312, ext. 3197, or by email at sbstark.
Kudos to...
...Mary Simota and her crew in Campus Dining for the wonderful meal served at the President’s Dinner. Your expertise and hard work are especially appreciated.
Arts and Entertainment
• Senior Art Exhibit featuring works by art education majors Rebecca Kirchman and Katie Kurisch, through Wednesday, Viterbo College Art Department Gallery on the third floor of the FAC. The Gallery is open during regular school hours or at other times by request.
• “Tremendously Tall Tales,” Arts for Young America Family Series production, Tuesday, Jan. 25, 7 p.m., FAC Main Theatre. Call the Box Office, ext. 3100, for ticket information. The event is sponsored by Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Wisconsin, Inc.
• “Unity in Christ:  A Millennium Choral Concert,” featuring the Luther College Nordic Choir and the Viterbo College Concert Choir, Thursday, Jan. 27, 7:45 p.m., Cathedral of St. Joseph the Workman. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted. 900 tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis and are available at the Box Office, the Diocese of La Crosse, and the E.L.C.A. offices.
• “1776,” Tuesday, Feb. 8, 7:30 p.m., FAC Main Theatre. Call the Box Office, ext. 3100, for ticket information. This musical is sponsored by Gundersen Lutheran.
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