Connections
A Newsletter for the Viterbo College Community
Vol. 13  No. 18  January 17, 2000
 

Viterbo University­A New Image for a New Millennium
    Viterbo will become America’s newest university on Sept. 4. The announcement was made Tuesday at Viterbo’s faculty and staff inservice prior to the start of second semester classes. The decision to adopt the name change was approved by the Board of Directors following discussions among faculty, staff, students, donors, FSPA, and other groups.
    Viterbo was first classified as a comprehensive institution (university) in 1994 by the U.S. Department of Education. Its phenomenal growth in enrollment and the expansion of graduate, undergraduate, and outreach programs throughout the region are just a few of the reasons a name change is in order. Today, the     number of students receiving master’s degrees equals that of the combined total of all undergraduate degrees awarded by Viterbo.
    Along with the new name comes a new Viterbo University logo. It captures the essential elements of the university seal but is more functional for various promotions and opportunities that require the flexibility of a contemporary image.

"Viterbo University"­Behind the Scenes
    Ever wonder how much time and effort goes into setting up an event like the Viterbo University announcement last week? We may never know the answer in its entirety, but we do know there’s a lot of "unsung heroes" out there. Special thanks to the following and to anyone we may have missed:
•  Jennifer Bucheit: The striking new "Viterbo University" logo and updated seal are thanks to the hard work of Jennifer, one of Viterbo’s graphic designers. Thanks Jennifer for creating the look for our future!
•  David Empey: David hung the "Viterbo University" banner, set up the podium, and coordinated the sound system for the event—which was appreciated by everyone, including the media who were able to plug into it directly.
•  Jackie Lee: Install batteries, set time…install batteries, set time…install battery, set time. Sound monotonous? It probably was. Thanks to Jackie for devoting her time, energy, and thumb (which is probably sore now) to inserting batteries and synchronizing all of those "Viterbo University" clocks!
•  Communications & Marketing staff:  While most people were unaware of the official change, this staff was busy writing and designing last Saturday’s Tribune insert and the "Viterbo University" booklet, drafting press releases, ordering specialty items, and more. Special thanks to Deb Kappmeyer for the web pages dedicated to Viterbo University.
•  Tim Posey: Those cool new sweatshirts, ordered by Tim, caused him a sleepless night or two—hoping they would get here in time for the event!
•  Richard Berrier, Mary Simota, and the rest of the Campus Dining staff prepared a delicious luncheon for faculty and staff.

Memo to Faculty
To: All Faculty
From: Natalie McGarry, Grants Development Director, Institutional Advancement
Re: Academic Extracurricular Involvement and Grant Opportunities
    To help secure grants for Viterbo, it is important that I am aware of the extracurricular academic programs in which you currently are involved and/or run (e.g. after-school programs with area high schools and middle schools, etc.). Numerous grant opportunities are available for a wide variety of programs.
    In order to take advantage of as many of these as possible, please send me a brief email at njmcgarry to let me know what you are involved in. I look forward to hearing from you!

Campus Ministry News
• Welcome back and to second semester! God's blessings as we take up where we left off or make a fresh start or whatever it is we happen to be doing in a year with three zeroes.
• Taize Prayer has moved to Tuesday nights this semester­6 p.m. in the College Church. All are welcome.
•  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. The Franciscan Spirituality Center across the street offers many programs as well. 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.
•  Blood donors are badly needed in our area (especially type O). Our own blood drive will be held on Feb. 3 in the College Church­watch for details.
• Rest In Peace:  Please pray for the repose of the soul of the nephew of S. Rochelle Potaracke.  May he enjoy the rewards of everlasting life.

News from AMPS
    A computer with video projection capabilities has been placed in MC 420 and MC 501 for classroom use. Individual units will no longer be delivered to other classrooms. If you need training on this equipment, contact Jeff Nyseth at ext. 3285.

Campus Briefs for January
•  Yoga classes begin Friday, Jan. 28 in the FAC Dance Studio and continue each Friday from 12-1 p.m. through May 5. Jazzercise aerobics start Monday, Jan. 24 and will run Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 12-1 p.m. in the SAC Gym through May 5. Return registration forms to the Business Office. Payroll deduction is available to cover enrollment fees.
•  The Connect Program’s deadline for student applications is Friday, Jan. 28. Introductory training sessions are scheduled from 6-9 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 1 and Thursday, Feb. 3. Pick up an application form at the Student Development Center. Call Anne Ellefson, ext. 3807, for more information.
•  Two Financial Aid Workshops/Campus Preview Days will be held Friday, Jan. 21 and Saturday, Feb. 12 from 8:45 a.m. until approximately 1:15 p.m. Please extend a warm welcome to the prospective students and their families when you see them on campus.
•  Celebrate the 95th birthday of Sr. Celestine Cepress, professor emerita, next Saturday, Jan. 22. Wish her well from 2-4 p.m. that day at 805 Mississippi St.
•  Inclement Weather? For faculty providing information about specific class cancellations:  796-3080 or 796-3190. For students seeking information about specific class cancellations:  796-3200.
•  “Multiple Faces of Evil:  Our Human Response” is the theme for Diversity Days Monday, Jan. 31through Thursday, Feb. 3. All symposium events are free and open to the public. Contact Sr. Anita Beskar at ext. 3171 for more information.

V-Hawk Sports Update by Ken Brekke
    Some spring-like noises soon will be heard at Viterbo, even though winter's icy grip remains on the campus. The sound of fastballs zipping into mitts and bats cracking with solid contact will be echoing in R.W. Beggs, Sr. Gymnasium. Baseball, a more reliable sign of spring than the first robin, is coming back. Viterbo's baseball team begins practice today. The women's fast-pitch softball team begins practice Jan. 31.
    The two teams are arranging practice schedules that probably will include plenty of late shifts. It will be common for practices to run from 8-10 p.m., and even from 10 p.m. to midnight, as the two squads alternate to use the batting cage and gym floor for a variety of drills.
    The Viterbo Soccer Banquet will be Saturday, Feb. 5, in the Best Western Midway Hotel Resort and Convention Center. Plan to arrive at 2 p.m. Entertainment will begin at 2:15 p.m., and the meal will begin at 3 p.m., after an invocation by Fr. Tom O'Neill. An awards ceremony will begin at 4 p.m. The banquet is designed to celebrate the history of Viterbo soccer and reflect on the 1999 season, in which the men's soccer team won the conference championship and finished with a 15-5-1 record.
    The meal, open to all supporters of Viterbo soccer, costs $15. Checks may be made payable to Viterbo Soccer. Sponsors willing to fund eight-person tables for $120 as well as individual guests are sought. If interested, contact Michael Rahn, head coach of men's soccer, at ext. 3822 this week. Discounted rooms also are available for those attending the banquet from out of town. Mention you are connected with Viterbo soccer and get a rate of $89 at the Best Western Midway Hotel and $54 at the nearby Night Saver Inn.

Viterbo, Luther Choirs to Perform
    The Viterbo Concert Choir and the Luther College Nordic Choir will join together to present “Unity in Christ:  A Millennium Choral Concert” Thursday, Jan. 27 at the Cathedral of St. Joseph the Workman. A limited number of free tickets are available from the Viterbo Box Office, the ELCA offices, and the Diocese of La Crosse. The performance is a musical celebration of the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification by the Lutheran World Federation and the Roman Catholic Church. Freewill donations will be accepted.

Students: Free Stuff!
     by the Murphy Center Lobby between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. today or Tuesday, Jan. 18 to pick up a free booklet explaining the name change from Viterbo College to Viterbo University as well as a free “Viterbo University” decal. After Tuesday, you can pick the items up at the Student Government Office in the Student Union.

Prep Students Share Music
    Students of Viterbo’s Preparatory School of Music contributed their talents in several ways last month. Various groups played at five different homes for a Holy Trinity Church-sponsored tour for Aquinas High School scholarships.
    On Dec. 12, a group of Sr. Marcella Steffes’ cello and violin students played Christmas carols at the Hillview Nursing Home and Sagen Centre.
    For more information about the Viterbo Preparatory School of Music, contact Judy Stafslien at ext. 3767.

News You'll Notice by Sr. Jean Moore
    Greetings from the Student Development staff! We hope you had a healthy and restful holiday break and are ready to dive right in for second semester. We won’t get into any "millennial hype" here, but will let you know of a few innovations, up-and-coming events, and other interesting tidbits.
    An innovation from the area of Campus Dining is the new V-Hawk Value Bucks. Resident students, commuters, and employees can place varying dollar amounts on their ID cards and spend more dollars on food at both the Crossroads Snack Bar in the Union or in the Dining Room in Marian Hall. For example, resident students pay $35 for $50, or $60 for $100 worth of food; commuters pay $30 for $35; and employees pay $35 for $45 worth of food. This new "declining balance" system is designed to give you a more flexible, value-laden option for meals on campus. Contact the Business Office, ext. 3850 or the Campus Dining Office, ext. 3837 to purchase these V-Hawk Value Bucks!
    Looking for something fun to do? Come watch exciting basketball in the R.W. Beggs, Sr. Gymnasium as our men’s and women’s teams begin conference play at home. The next home games are Saturday, Jan. 22 at 1 p.m. (women) and 3 p.m.(men). Also, mark your calendar for Feb. 19 Homecoming activities, including induction into the Athletics Department "Wall of Fame" on Saturday afternoon.
    What’s new in Residence Life? Selection of new RAs for the 2000-01 academic year will begin in February. Look for a request in your mailbox to nominate students for this position. Housing sign-up begins after mid-semester break. We are trying something new this year by offering the opportunity for students to make a request to live in a campus-owned house based on a theme or area of interest. These students will engage in a specially-designed process that will allow them to pursue their interests within the living environment with others who share the same interests. Watch for more details from the Residence Life Office. If you are interested in mentoring students in this endeavor or want more information, contact Jason Ramaker at ext. 3841.
    An idea that members of the Student Development staff have been "kicking around" lately is the idea of "leadership development." What ideas do you have about leadership development? What does leadership or being a leader mean to you? How can we foster the development of leadership skills and attitudes with our students? What are we already doing to foster leadership in our students? What might be essential elements of a leadership development process? If you have any ideas, we are very open to hearing them. Please contact the Student Development staff or contact Sr. Jean Moore by calling ext. 3801 or emailing jmmoore. In fact, we always are open to ideas for serving our students better. In particular, if you have any talents, gifts, hobbies, or interests you would like to share informally with students, let us know. We are happy to coordinate programming or other means of bringing students and employees together so that we can learn from each other!
    Have a wonderful semester! Stay tuned for more exciting events and opportunities offered by the Student Development departments.

Arts and Entertainment
• “Tremendously Tall Tales,” Tuesday, Jan. 25, 7 p.m., FAC Main Theatre. Call the Box Office, ext. 3100, for ticket information. This Family Series performance is part of Viterbo’s Arts for Young America program and is sponsored by Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Wisconsin, Inc.
• “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 and is part of the Viterbo Bright Star Series.

Viterbo Showcases Hidden Talents
    Faculty and staff came out of the woodwork to share their special skills at last Tuesday’s "Sharing Good Times & Talent" program.
Organized by Sue Hauser, the program was developed to encourage employee wellness through shared fun and laughter. Thanks to Sue for generously sharing her creative musical talents along with her organizational skills.
    Thanks also to all who participated: Jerry Benser, Diane Foust, Jean Saladino, and Tim Schorr, Music; Rob Anderson, Residence Life; Sr. Bernyne Stark, Learning Center; John Benton, Business; Earl Madary, Campus Ministry; Susan Rush, Jeff Stolz, Shari Taylor (and daughter, Hannah Jane), Theatre Arts; the School of Nursing Faculty; and the Viterbo New Millennium Dancers:  Diane Foust, Music; Deb Randall Anderson, ADVANCE; Sue Frauenkron, Nursing; and Sr. Jean Moore, Student Development.
 
 

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