A Newsletter for the Viterbo College Community
Vol. 13  No. 19  January 24, 2000

Thea Fest 2000 Celebration Planned for Sunday, Mar. 26
    Good food, gospel music, memories, and a personal presentation of a limited edition print by national artist David Lee Csicsko all mark Thea Fest 2000, a celebration of the life and legacy of the late Sr. Thea Bowman, Sunday, March 26 at Viterbo College.
    Thea was known for tirelessly spreading the Gospel through song, dance, and story, and for promoting cross-cultural awareness throughout the country. She so captured the hearts and minds of the world that, since her death 10 years ago, talk of sainthood surrounds her name.
    The celebration includes: a 10 a.m. mass with gospel music at Mary of the Angels Chapel at St. Rose Convent; an 11:30 a.m. buffet brunch with a variety of soul food at Marian Hall ; a 2 p.m. Celebration Concert including the Holy Child Jesus School choir from Canton, Miss., the Viterbo Concert Choir, a reunion of Thea’s own Hallelujah Singers from Viterbo, and the presentation by Csicsko of his print, "Sister Thea."
    Thea Fest 2000 is open to the public. All events are free except for the buffet brunch which is $8 per person. Tickets can be purchased from Alumni Relations from now until March 20.
    Chicago artist Csicsko is living proof that Thea is still touching lives. He learned of Thea from his friends, Viterbo alumni Gary Henderson, a Chicago photographer, and his wife Jennifer Taylor, an actress. Through stories they shared, Csicsko was inspired to capture Thea’s spirit in art. He will personally present his print at the Celebration concert. Csicsko is best known as one of the artists whose work was on display during Chicago’s “Cows on Parade,” and as the illustrator for the 1993 White House Christmas booklet.
    For more information on Thea Fest 2000, or to order lunch tickets, contact the Alumni Office at ext. 3072 or email sbemerson.

Diversity Days Schedule Announced
    Though evil is intangible we can still see violence, bloodshed, and poverty and feel the impulses of good and evil in our own hearts. How often do we take the time to examine the effect of evil in our lives and in our world? With this type of reflection in mind, Viterbo planned this year’s Diversity Days symposium, "The Multiple Faces of Evil:  Our Human Response," Monday, Jan. 31-Thursday, Feb. 3.
    The focus of these events is "to explore the challenges faced by the presence of evil, both globally and in everyday life, and then to sustain a sense of hope by looking at how we, as humans, can choose to respond," says Sr. Anita Beskar, Chair of Global Education. The events are 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. All presentations are free and open to the public.

Monday, Jan. 31
• Panel Discussion:  "Evil's Presence Across Disciplines," 2-4 p.m. FAC Main Theatre
• Amy Goodman, NPR reporter andwitness of the 1991 Santa Cruz Massacre in Indonesia, 7:30 p.m., FAC Main Theatre
• Kathy Kelly, Co-director, of group aimed at ending sanctions against Iraq
9-10 a.m. MC 501
10-11 a.m. FAC 203
11 a.m.-noon FAC Recital Hall
12:10-1 p.m. MC 419C
1:10-2 p.m. FAC 202
Tuesday, Feb. 1
• Kathy Kelly
8-9 a.m.   FAC 202
9:30-10:30 a.m.  BNC 207
1:10-1:50 p.m.  FAC 221
• Panel Discussion:  "Our Human Response to Systemic Evil in our Community," 5 p.m., College Church.
• Soup Supper, 6:15 p.m., BNC lobby.
• "Sacred Vows":  A Personal Exploration of Evil through Poetry and Conversation,” 7:15 p.m., College Church.
Wednesday, Feb. 2
• U Sam Oeur, Cambodian poet, survivor of the Pol Pot Regime, author of "Sacred Vows."
9-10 a.m.  MC 501 10-11 a.m.  FAC 203
11 a.m. - noon  FAC 203 1:10-2 p.m.  FAC 202
2:10-3 p.m.  BNC 122
• James Lawrence, retired Viterbo history professor, will lead discussion of the book "Hitler's Willing Executioners," by Jonah Goldhagen, 11 a.m.-noon, BNC 203.
• American History X, movie and discussion, 6 p.m., Student Union.
Thursday, Feb. 3
• Paula Friedman, Cardinal Stritch University, speaks on the topic of Holocaust literature, 10 a.m.-12:20 p.m., BNC 211.
• Margaret Klotz, OSF, Cardinal Stritch University, “Conflict Resolution in the Franciscan Tradition.”
12:30-1:50 p.m.  FAC 202.
2-3:20 p.m.  MC 555
• "Seeds of Tibet," a drama by students from Oconomowoc High School, 3:30 p.m. FAC Main Theatre.

"7th Day" Resumes
    “The 7th Day” is a series of lunch discussions on current events or topics of interest to the Viterbo community. The discussions are held every seventh class day and are sponsored by the School of Letters and Sciences.
    7th Day discussions resume next Monday, Jan. 31 at 12:10 p.m. in Math/Science Reading Room MC 419C. Kathy Kelly, co-director of Voices in the Wilderness, a group whose aim is to end sanctions against Iraq, will lead the presention. Please plan to attend these discussions throughout the semester.

Tribune Inserts
    If you would like additional copies of the Viterbo University insert which appeared in the Saturday, Jan. 15 issue of the La Crosse Tribune, please contact Communications and Marketing, MC 228. Approximately 1,000 copies are available.

Campus Ministry by Fr. Tom O'Neill
       Busy Student Retreat:  It is time for students to sign up for the Busy Student Retreat to be held Feb. 20-24 on campus during the regular schedule of classes and work. To learn more about the retreat, plan to attend the informational meeting (30 minutes max) on Tuesday, Jan. 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the College Church. Enjoy a slice or two of pizza while learning about this great opportunity in the millennial year. Contact Sr. Sue Ernster, Earl Madary, or Fr. Tom O’Neill to sign up.
    Taize Prayer has moved to 6 p.m. Tuesday nights in the College Church this semester. All are welcome.
    Retreat Opportunities at St. Anthony, Marathon, Wis:  Feb. 4-6:  "Renewed in Joy," a retreat for men. The Franciscan Spirituality Center (across the street) offers many programs each week. Contact one of the Campus Ministers for more details.
    Rest In Peace:  Please pray for the repose of the soul of Joyce Heil’s mother-in-law. May she enjoy the rewards of everlasting life.
    Food Pantry items may be left in the vestibule of the College Church for distribution. Thanks to all who contribute so faithfully and frequently.

Soccer Banquet Time Change
    The time for the Viterbo Soccer Banquet has been changed. The guest speaker will begin at 12:15 p.m., with the meal at 1 p.m., and award ceremony at 2 p.m.

Madary and Reese Collaborate on Book
    Viterbo Religious Studies Professors Bill Reese and Earl Madary put their combined knowledge of the Catholic and Lutheran traditions to paper by penning the book "These Things are Written:  A Practical Introduction to the New Testament."
    Bill, a Lutheran, and Earl, a Catholic, put doctrinal differences aside and concentrated on relaying the messages in the New Testament according to both the Catholic and Lutheran traditions.
    In the book’s introduction, they said, "…it is our belief that we can clearly rejoice and enunciate our oneness in the message of the New Testament, the Lordship of Christ, and our desire that all men come to the knowledge of the truth that is far more consequential than the sectarian differences which continue us in the status of ‘separated brethren.’"
    "These Things are Written" is a great resource for anyone wanting to learn more about the new testament.
    Due to the limited number published, the cost of each book is $36. It is available in the Viterbo bookstore.

A Word of Thanks
    Art Professor Peter Fletcher extends his sincerest thanks to the Viterbo community for the many cards and get well wishes sent to him during his illness.
Peter, who is in the process of receiving a bone marrow transplant, has enjoyed receiving the cards and letters, saying it has helped lift his spirits.
    The collection of stem cells from Peter's bone marrow, the first stage of a bone marrow transplant, was successful. According to Peter, the collection normally can take up to five days but his was completed in one. This week, he begins a six-day regimen of chemotherapy and the stem cells will be put back into his body. He will then stay at a transplant house in Rochester until his immune system has recovered.
    Please continue to send your thoughts and wishes to Peter at 359 West Hamilton Street, West Salem, WI 54669 or by email at pvfletcher.

V-Hawk Sports Update by Ken Brekke
    Coaches and athletes from Viterbo's baseball and women's soccer teams will conduct clinics for children in the recently opened Gametime Sportz, an indoor facility at 1721 Miller St., La Crosse. Children ages 5-10 are eligible for the soccer team clinics, which will run from 5:30-7 p.m. on Mondays, Fridays, or Saturdays for six weeks.
     may choose any of the days, but need to continue to attend on their chosen day. The clinics, which cost $50 per six-week session, begin on Monday, Jan. 31; Friday, Feb. 4; and Saturday, Feb. 5. Anyone seeking more information may contact Luis Holguin, head coach of women's soccer, at 796-3821.
The baseball team will conduct four clinics in Gametime Sportz, which is west of Lutheran Hospital, near the Green Island Ice Arena.
    The baseball clinics will be open to youth aged 10 to 16, and will be conducted on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 12-13, and again on the following weekend, Feb. 19-20. The clinics will be open from 10-11 a.m. for youths aged 10 to 12 on the Saturdays, Feb. 12 and Feb. 19. Youths aged 13-16 will meet from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Sundays, Feb. 13 and Feb. 20.
    Members of the baseball team's coaching staff will lead the clinics, which will cost $15 and be limited to 25 participants per session. The team also is offering individual instruction for $25 an hour. Anyone seeking more information may contact Head Coach Dale Varsho at 796-3824.

Admissions News
• A competition for the Dr. Scholl Scholarship, the most competitive and generous scholarship awarded by Viterbo, will be held on campus Friday, Feb. 18. Candidates and their families will tour the campus on this day. Please extend a warm welcome to them.
Funding from the Dr. Scholl Foundation amounts to a four-year, full tuition scholarship and goes to a deserving student who intends to pursue a career in health sciences.
• A Financial Aid Workshop and Campus Preview Day will be held Saturday, Feb. 12. Expect to see prospective students and their families visiting most areas of the campus that day.

News You'll Notice by Steve Wenger
What’s new in Telecommunications? Well, things certainly haven’t been quiet enough to hear a pin drop.
• Y2K in telecommunications turned out to be the biggest event that never happened. Great amounts of time, effort and energy were spent in preparation. We changed the voice mail prompts, upgraded the memory of our maintenance terminal, and downloaded time/date info into our switchboard. So 01/01/00 can now be filed away in the history books.
• There are several new Code Blue emergency phones installed on campus. These provide communication to a security officer when necessary. They also emit a blue strobe light when used (similar to the blue light specials at Kmart).
• Our long distance carrier, Qwest, has teleconferencing services available. Please contact me ahead of time to make reservations.
• Speaking of conference calls, Viterbo has one speakerphone available. This will only work in certain locations. Contact me ahead of time to reserve it.
• The Internet revolution has finally hit phone companies. Internet Providers (IP) convert voice calls into packets of information to send over a data network. The result is free long distance calls. IP telephony does have its drawbacks. Delayed response time is common. To try out this service, check out
• Music lovers: any suggestions for music-on-hold? While we do play seasonal music during the holidays, eventually the "Viterbo College" jingle will have to be removed.
• I can be reached at ext. 3950 for any campus telecommunications questions or comments.

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.
• Senior Art Show by Quenten Brown and Dave Ryder, Wednesday, Jan. 26 through Friday, Feb. 11, Art Department Gallery, FAC third floor. The gallery is open during regular school hours or at other times by request. An opening reception will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 26, from 7:30-9 p.m. in the gallery.
• “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. Earl Madary, Religious Studies, will perform as a soloist. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted. Seating is limited.
• Senior Theatre Recitals, Saturday, Jan. 29, FAC. Students Jodi Jean Amble and Andreea Parsons will give a shared recital beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the La Croix Black Box Theatre. Immediately following, music theatre student Kevin Laumbach will present a recital at 8:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall. Admission to both recitals is free and open to the public.
• “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.

Women's Luncheon Jan. 26
    Join the La Crosse County Medical Society Alliance for a new year’s resolution luncheon for women onWednesday, Jan. 26 at 11:30 a.m. at Forest Hills. The luncheon will feature personal trainer Al Riley and his tips on weight training, exercise and nutrition, and Lynn Lathrop, who is a personal trainer for women older than 50. The cost of the luncheon and talk is $12 and is payable at the door. Make reservations through Deb Stover at 788-6646.

Res. Life Thanks
    The Residence Life staff would like to thank all who attended their open house. The following were the winners of door prizes:
Linda Hinkley Viterbo t-shirt
Tim Walls tin of cookies
Jerry Benser calendar
Karen Birkby book

Open for Business?
    If circumstances occur which call for cancellation of all classes, information will be given to the following radio stations:  WIZM, WKTY, WROT, Z-93, WLXR, and WCOW. The general policy of the college is to not unilaterally cancel day classes due to our large residential population. Evening classes are more subject to cancellation if deteriorating or hazardous weather conditions prevail. Instructors unable to make it to campus due to bad weather or other circumstances are asked to call Peg Beirne at ext. 3080. This information will in turn be posted for students at 796-3200.
Keep these numbers handy:
For faculty providing information about specific class cancellations:  796-3080 or 796-3190.
For students seeking information about specific class cancellations:  796-3200.

AMPS Update
    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. For training on this equipment, contact Jeff Nyseth at ext. 3285.

Tune In/Turn On
    Larry Harwood, Philosophy, will talk about the upcoming Viterbo College Diversity Days symposium, “Multiple Faces of Evil:  Our Human Response” on WIZM, AM 1410 this Thursday, Jan. 27 at 8:20 a.m.
    Mary Hassinger, Chemistry, will talk about the symposium on WKBT Channel 8’s “Contact” show during the noon program on Friday, Jan. 28.

Noteworthy Notions
• Connect Program deadline for student applications, Friday, Jan. 28. Call Anne Ellefson, ext. 3807, for more information.
• 80th Birthday Open House for Sr. Bernyne Stark, Tuesday, Feb.1, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Learning Center, MC 312. Please drop in and share your good wishes.
• “The Meeting,”play based on a fictional encounter between Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X, Thursday, Jan. 27, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Valhalla, Cartwright Center, UWL.
• Money management courses for people ages 40-70, four sessions in February or March, offered by WWTC. Call 789-6000 for information.
• American Red Cross blood drive, Thursday, Feb. 3, 1:15-6 p.m. in the College Church. For an appointment, please call 796-3805 or 796-3825.

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