A Newsletter for the Viterbo College Community
Vol. 13  No. 17  January 10, 2000

Diversity Days Symposium Examines Human Responses to Evil
    “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 will look at the origins and definition of evil in the contemporary world and seek to generate a sense of hope by examining human responses. Highlights of the symposium 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
• “Sacred Vows:  A Personal Exploration of Evil through Poetry and Conversation.” by U Sam Oeur, survivor of the Pol Pot regime in Cambodia
• “Seeds of Tibet,” a dramatization of Tibetan refugee children’s stories, performed by Oconomowoc High School students.The drama was inspired by the work of Viterbo psychology professor Pam Maykut.
• “Escape from Genocide:  Paintings and Stories of Tibetan Children,” an art exhibit in the FAC atrium
    “Multiple Faces of Evil:  Our Human Response” is co-sponsored by the Franciscan Chair in Global Education and the Viterbo School of Letters and Sciences and is funded in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Wisconsin Humanities Council supports public programs that engage the people of Wisconsin in the exploration of human cultures, ideas, and values.
    All symposium events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Sr. Anita Beskar, Global Education, at ext. 3171.

Inservice Week Schedule
Monday:                                        Faculty Workday and New Student Registration
Tuesday:          8:30-11:45 a.m.    Advising Workshop for Faculty, led by Advising Committee and Wayne Wojciechowski
                        Noon                                    All College Community Lunch, Marian Hall
                        12:20 p.m.                           Special Announcement by Dr. Medland
                        1-3:30 p.m.                          All-College Program:  Sharing Good Times and Talents, FAC Recital Hall
Wednesday:                                 School and Department Meetings and Retreats
                        3-5 p.m.               Residence Life Open House and Tours, Marian Hall South Annex
Thursday:        8:30 a.m.             Continental Breakfast, FAC Lobby
Friday:             8:30-4:00             Teacher-to-Teacher Workshop:  Expanding Your Classroom Instructional Activities with Technology,
                                                                led by Dr. Curt Bonk, FAC Recital Hall
                        8-11:30 a.m.         Individual or Group Meetings with Curt Bonk (voluntary), FAC Lobby, or Work Day

Special Announcement Tuesday
    Join Viterbo College President Dr. William J. Medland at 12:10 p.m. tomorrow in the Marian Hall Dining Room for a special announcement during the all-college community lunch. A special memento to mark the occasion will be given to those in attendance.

WAFER Expresses Appreciation
    Lori Bryant, director of the West Avenue Food Emergency Resource (WAFER), recently sent a letter of appreciation to Viterbo College for a donation of non-perishable items collected at the November lecture by Sr. Helen Prejean. Sr. Prejean’s talk was part of a lecture series sponsored by the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership.

Dear Friends,
    The West Avenue Food Emergency Resource has been providing food to people in need for 13 years. WAFER is a non-profit organization which depends entirely upon voluntary cash and food donations.
    In 1998, WAFER provided 6,351 packages of food to 1,841 households feeding 20,408 people. In 1999, WAFER served an average of 584 households each     month, providing more than 7,000 food packages.
    Thank you for your gift of a food collection at Sister Helen Prejean’s lecture. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Viterbo People
• Jean Jones, custodian, second-shift, joined the Viterbo staff in December. Welcome, Jean!
• Beth Jaekel and Loretta Waughtal, Communications and Marketing, and Sally Emerson and Matthew Riffe, Institutional Advancement, attended the 25th annual Council for Advancement and Support of Education, District Five (CASE Five) conference in Chicago. Sally Emerson facilitated a round-table discussion on “Issues for Church-Related Colleges.” The conference offered informative track sessions representing the four broad areas of advancement:  alumni, communications, development, and management.

Connect to a Healthy Lifestyle
    The Connect Program will accept student applications for second semester until Friday, Jan. 28. The introductory training sessions are scheduled from 6-9 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 1 and Thursday, Feb. 3.
    Students interested in promoting healthy lifestyles and alcohol and drug prevention in the Viterbo community should pick up a Connect application at the Student Development Center or call Anne Ellefson at ext. 3807.

Professor to Undergo Bone Marrow Transplant Tomorrow
    Please continue sending your thoughts, greetings, and get well wishes to art professor Peter Fletcher. Peter will be undergoing a bone marrow transplant at Mayo-Rochester tomorrow.
    According to Peter, the tumor has been responding well to the chemotherapy treatments he has been receiving in preparation for the transplant. The size of the tumor was reduced from a two-centimeter, coherent mass to a more diffuse mass wtih a maximum dimension of 1.5 centimeters.
    Recovery from bone marrow transplants is lengthy, so cards, letters, and phone calls would be more than welcome. Be sure to send your get well wishes to Peter at his home address, 359 West Hamilton Street, West Salem, WI 54669.

New Year’s Resolution! VEHIP Exercise
    Yoga: a system of exercises for attaining bodily or mental control and well-being. Does this sound like something that could benefit you? Join in the relaxed fun with instructors from The Yoga Place. Classes begin Friday, Jan. 28 in the FAC Dance Studio and continue each Friday from noon-1 p.m. through May 5. (No class will be held April 21 due to Easter vacation.) The cost is $45 for 14 classes. There is an additional $12 fee for mat rental with an option to purchase it for $8. Participants should bring three firm blankets to class to use for support. Class size is limited.
    Jazzercise aerobics will be led by certified instructor Connie Price. Jazzercize starts Monday, Jan. 24, and will run Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from noon-1 p.m. in the SAC gym through May 5. (No class will be held April 21 due to Easter vacation.) The cost for 44 classes is only $50.
Watch your mailbox for registration forms and turn them in at the Business Office. Payroll deduction for class fees is available. See Diane or Connie in Payroll for this option.
    Start the new year off right with a commitment to yourself!

Out & About:  Pump House Features Native American Art, Viterbo Faculty Work
• Through Jan. 29, the Pump House Regional Arts Center will host a multimedia exhibit of Native American art. Works in the exhibit include functional and non-functional objects in a variety of media from Native American tribes in the pacific coastal region north of Seattle, WA. The exhibit, shown in the Kader Room of the Pump House, is accompanied by educational materials intended to add insights into the geographic and social conditions that contributed to the development of the works.
• “Transition 2000,” an exhibit featuring the artwork of students from Aquinas Middle School, will be held in the Festival Gallery at the Pump House through Friday, Jan. 14.
• “Play On!”, which features the work of Viterbo art faculty member Tom Bartel along with Mark Evans and Nancy Mladenoff, examines the theme of playing. This exhibit runs through Saturday, Jan. 29.
Pump House hours are Tuesdays-Fridays, noon-5 p.m., and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Connections Submissions
    Have news about your department or student accomplishments? Share your achievements with the campus community by sending us a note via “Connections” or by emailing your news to

Retention Rate Increases
    Not only has Viterbo’s freshman retention rate improved?at 72 percent it is also better than the national average of 62.7 percent, according to Wayne Wojciechowski, assistant to the academic vice president.
    The freshmen retention rate refers to the number of last year’s freshmen who remained to become this year’s sophomores.
Viterbo’s graduation rate, 50 percent, also is higher than the national average of 42 percent at private colleges with a similar liberal admissions selectivity, according to Wojciechowski.

Arts & Entertainment
• Prep School Registration, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 3-6 p.m., FAC Dance Studio.
• “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 show 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. This classic, full-scale musical celebrates America with brilliant music, witty comedy, and inspiring drama. Call the Box Office, ext. 3100, for ticket information. “1776” is sponsored by Gundersen Lutheran.
• “As You Like It,” a romantic comedy by William Shakespeare, Thursday-Monday, Feb. 24-28, FAC La Croix Black Box Theatre. Call the Box Office, ext. 3100, for ticket information.
• Harlem Spiritual Ensemble, Sunday, Feb. 27, 2 p.m., FAC Main Theatre. Call the Box Office, ext. 3100, for ticket information. This Bright Star Series performance is sponsored by Dayton’s.

College Calendar to Change in Fall
    Beginning next fall, Viterbo’s school year will start the Tuesday after Labor Day. The change is partly an effect of Gov. Tommy Thompson’s legislative proposal prompted by Wisconsin parents who don’t like having their children start the school year, then have three days off before starting their second week,     according to Jack Havertape, academic vice president.
    This means the coming fall semester will last until Dec. 21. Spring semester will be from Jan. 23 to May 18, 2001. Vacation periods will remain the same length.

Alcohol Awareness Offers Classroom Tie-in's
    Alcohol Awareness Week is scheduled for Apr. 10-14. Campus clubs and organizations have received materials inviting them to develop and conduct an educational program, awareness campaign, or alternate activity for the week. Last year, 13 groups were involved in delivering campus programs. Connect is hoping to involve even more groups during this year’s event.
    Call Anne Ellefson, ext. 3807, or Student Chairperson LeeAnn Bock, ext. 3450, if you have questions or ideas about how to involve your department, organization, or club.

Publications:  A Plan That Works
    Our goal in Communications and Marketing is to be sure you have your publication when you need it. In order to accomplish that, here are a couple general rules of thumb to follow:
Timing of a Publication

  • For the Communications and Marketing Office to produce a new piece, allow two to eight weeks, depending on the specifications.
  • The commercial printer needs at least 10 working days for most publications. Large publications need 14-21 working days to be produced.
  • Remembering the lead time needed for projects can help you reduce the stress of getting your publication printed on time.

    If you have any questions about your printed projects, please call Loretta Waughtal in Communications and Marketing, ext. 3040.

Financial Aid Workshops/Campus Preview Days: A Word from Admissions
    On Friday, Jan. 21 and Saturday, Feb. 12 from 8:45 a.m. until approximately 1:15 p.m., the campus will host two Financial Aid Workshops/Campus Preview Days. In terms of the complete Admissions year cycle, these are some of the most significant dates on the calendar. Since these are often times when interest is peeked, or an enrollment is solidified, we always try to put our “best feet” (both of them) forward.
    While the majority of activity is centered around the FAC, these potential students and their families also will be seen in most remaining areas of the campus. Admissions asks that if you encounter these people in your area on those dates, that you merely extend to them the same welcome and manner that has become one of the most prominent hallmarks of Viterbo College. This is truly one of our strongest attributes and one on which we get much positive feedback throughout the year.
    Thanks much. We greatly appreciate this.
         Joe Fisher
         Assistant Director of Admission

V-Hawk Sports Update by Ken Brekke
    They're back!
    After nearly six weeks on the road, Viterbo's men's basketball team will finally have a home game this Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
The V-Hawks have compiled a 12-7 record, despite playing at home just five times in the first 19 contests, including what technically was a home game against UWL in the La Crosse Center. The two teams play each year in the Center, and take turns being the home team.
Head Coach Wayne Wagner said he is pleased with the team's overall record, "given the schedule we've had."
    Wednesday's contest, the first conference game of the season, is a re-match with highly regarded Mount Mercy College of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The two teams played on Dec. 29 in the semifinals of the Clarke College Tournament in Dubuque, Iowa.
Mount Mercy was tabbed as a pre-season contender for the Midwest Classic Conference championship, but the V-Hawks rolled to a 73-59 win and advanced to the tournament's championship game before falling, 94-72, to MidAmerica Nazarene.
    Luke Maher, Viterbo's senior forward, is leading the team in scoring with an average of 21.2 points a game. He has scored 403 points this year, and 1,759 in his  career. Maher recently moved into second place on the career scoring chart, replacing Adrian Boyd, who totaled 1,705 points from 1987-1991.
Mark Skogen, who scored 2,027 points from 1988-1992, is the all-time leading scorer for the V-Hawks.
    Viterbo's women's basketball team, which played at home just three times in its first 17 games, also will open conference play today at 5:30 p.m. against Mount Mercy.

Sister Celestine Celebrates 95th
    You are invited to help Sr. Celestine Cepress, professor emerita, celebrate her 95th birthday on Saturday, Jan. 22. Send her a card or stop in to wish her well. A reception will be held on her birtday from 2-4 p.m. at 805 Mississippi St., La Crosse. (No gifts, please.)

Campus Ministry News by Fr. Tom O'Neill
Happy New and Millennial Year to you all! We will continue to pray each day that God bless, in abundance, all students, faculty, and staff in MM (2000).

Retreat Opportunities at St. Anthony, Marathon, Wis.:  Jan. 28-30:  a retreat for men and women with the theme "renewed in joy"; Feb. 4-6:  “Renewed in Joy,” a retreat for men. Contact Fr. Tom O’Neill for more details.

Food Pantry items may be left in the vestibule of the College Church for distribution. Thanks to all who contribute so faithfully and frequently.

Rest in Peace:  Please pray for the repose of souls for the mothers of Diane Engh and Faith Halverson, the father of Dan Peterson, the grandfather of Jennifer Premo, the grandmother of Jessica Allen, and the uncle and cousin of Nichole Vickers. May they enjoy the rewards of everlasting life.

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