A Newsletter for the Viterbo Community
Vol. 13  No. 20  January 31, 2000

Diversity Days Symposium Begins Today
    “Multiple Faces of Evil:  Our Human Response” is the theme of Diversity Days, a week of activities for the public and the Viterbo community, featuring guest speakers, discussions, presentations, and other special events. All events 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 and witness 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.

Alumni, Students Gear Up for Homecoming Festivities
    Mark your calendars for a weekend filled with fun as Viterbo celebrates Homecoming on Friday-Sunday, Feb. 18-20. In addition to the V-Hawk basketball match-ups against Mount St. Clare College, please plan to attend some of the other special events:
Friday, Feb. 18
All Alumni Banquet and Outstanding Alumni Awards, FAC Lobby.
Saturday, Feb. 19
11 a.m.      Wall of Fame Induction
Inductees:  Dave Lee ‘90
                  Bruce Erickson ‘91
1 p.m.        Alumni Game (Men’s Basketball)
2:30 p.m.    Alumni Social, The Recovery Room, 901 South 7th St.
4 p.m.         Women’s Basketball:  Viterbo vs. Mount St. Clare College
6 p.m.         Men’s Basketball:  Viterbo vs. Mount St. Clare College
Sunday, Feb. 20
11 a.m.        Mass, College Church
    After the men’s game, there will be a “Remember the Hub” post-game party in Marian Hall Dining Room. The cost is $5.
For more information about Homecoming weekend, contact Sally Emerson, director of alumni relations, at ext. 3050 or email her at sbemerson.

Memos Only
To:  Viterbo Faculty and Students
From:  Jack Havertape, academic vice president
Today’s class schedule
Today’s 1:10 p.m. classes will end at 1:50 p.m. and the 2:10 p.m. and 3:10 p.m. classes will not meet so that students may attend the opening presentation for the Diversity Days, “Multiple Faces of Evil:  Our Human Response.” Please encourage your students to attend this and other events scheduled as part of the Diversity Days symposium.

Award Nominations
Nominations for the Alec Chiu Award and the Outstanding Teacher Award are available. Please consider nominating one of your teachers or colleagues.

To:  All Viterbo Employees
From:  Marcia Brodt
Re:  Friday Jeans Days
    Unfortunately, campus donations to our Friday Jeans Days have faded in recent months. Jeans Day, held each Friday of the month, invites employees to dress for work in jeans in return for a $1 donation which goes to a different worthy, local cause each week. I am not sure why people are not participating, but I am open to suggestions to boost donations. Please share your thoughts regarding this very worthwhile endeavor. Thank you.
Upcoming Casual Days & Recipients:
  4   Spirit Day:  Staff Assembly Grant
11   Employee Day:  employee social functions
18   Food Pantry:  Viterbo Food Pantry
23   Jeans Day:  La Crosse Tribune-sponsored non-profit organizations

Guest Speakers Discuss Gifts of Life
    Did you know that a new name is added to the national organ waiting list every 16 minutes? Did you know that 11 people on that list die each day because they didn’t receive the transplant they needed?
    That’s according to last Thursday’s presentation on organ and tissue donation, sponsored by the Viterbo College Nurses Association. Guest speakers Joan Heimler, RN, Wisconsin Tissue Bank and Margaret Kelm from the Eye Bank of Wisconsin shared facts and information about the organ donation process with student nurses and other guests. Adding a personal dimension, kidney transplant recipient Mike Schmitz and cornea transplant recipient Terry Rindfleisch shared their experiences.
    If you would like more information about organ and tissue donation, call the Wisconsin Donor Network’s 24-hour hotline at 1-800-432-5405.

AMPS Clarification
    A computer, projection unit and video unit have been placed in MC 501 and MC 406. At present, MC 420 has only the projector and VCR in place, with the computer on backorder. As a result of these placements, individual TV/VCR units, as well as the computer cart, will no longer be delivered to these three rooms. If you need training using these units, contact Jeff Nyseth at ext. 3285.

Campus Ministry
    Blessing of Throats:  Throats will be blessed on the Feast of St. Blase, Thursday, Feb. 3 during the noon Mass in the College Church.
    Jubilee of the Sick and Health Care Workers will be celebrated on Friday, Feb. 11 at the noon Mass in the College Church. All caregivers are cordially invited to attend.
    Contrary to a rumor I heard, there is a 6 p.m. Sunday Mass each week in the College Church during the regular academic year (except when there is not class on a Monday, i.e., March 5 and April 24).
    Busy Student Retreat: It is now time for students to sign up for this retreat to be held Feb. 20-24 on campus during the regular schedule of classes and work. Sign up with Earl Madary, Sr. Sue Ernster or Fr. Tom O’Neill.
    Taize Prayer has moved to 6 p.m. Tuesdays in the College Church. All are welcome.
    Sharing the Word:  If you would like to participate in a group which will prepare for the coming Sunday Scripture readings, please contact Earl, ext. 3707.
    Volunteer opportunities abound in the Coulee Region. Contact Volunteer Coordinator Sr. Sue at ext. 3709 for information.
    Rest In Peace:  Please pray for the repose of souls of the father of Rosemary Matiak and grandfather of Josh Gates; and the grandfather of Jason Schrader. May they enjoy the rewards of everlasting life.

V-Hawk Sports Update by Ken Brekke
    Student athletes connected with the athletics department at Viterbo College are continuing to accent the academic portion of their responsibilities. Nearly half of the student-athletes earned grade-point averages of 3.0 or better during the fall semester, and three of the seven teams had average grade points that topped the 3.0 mark. That 3.0 mark was reached or exceeded by 59 of the department’s 125 student-athletes, or 47 percent.
    The grades demonstrate that Viterbo’s students "maintain a healthy balance between athletics and academics," said Barry Fried, Director of Athletics. "They realize they’re students, first and athletes, second." Fried also praised other staff members in the athletics department for contributing to the classroom performance of the student-athletes. "Our coaches have a great deal to do with the students’ success," he said. The coaches monitor the academic status of their team members and take steps like ordering study halls whenever necessary.
    Members of the women’s basketball team compiled a joint 3.3 grade-point average to lead the college’s seven sports. The volleyball and softball squads also had combined grade-point averages in excess of 3.0.
• Both basketball teams will have their next home games on Wednesday, Feb. 9, against St. Ambrose University. The men play at 5:30 p.m. and the women play at 7:30 p.m.

RAs On the Road
    Rob Anderson, Marian Hall Complex Director, accompanied 11 Viterbo College students to a conference for resident assistants last weekend at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. The conference covered a variety of topics, including college programming, roles of resident assistants, and fun student activities.
    Viterbo resident assistants who participated include: Michelle Decker, Marian Hall South; Chris Cook, Lee Ann Bock, Ritika Patel, and Hillary Laurent, Marian Hall North; Karen LaMotte, McDonald Terrace; Becky Morphew and Chad Rohloff, Rose Terrace; Shelia McDonnell and Scott Hendricks, Treacy House; and Jess Luebker, senior resident assistant.

Arts & Entertainment
• Senior Art Show by art education majors Quenten Brown and Dave Ryder through Friday, Feb. 11, Art Department Gallery, FAC third floor. Brown’s exhibit features pastel, oil pastel, and charcoal drawings. Ryder is showing works of stonewear pottery. The gallery is open during regular school hours or at other times by request.
• “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. This production is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin.
• “A Century of Song” pops concert, Saturday, Feb. 19, 2 p.m., FAC Main Theatre. This fun program is a montage of American music from the early 1900s to the present. Tickets, which cost $6 for students and $10 for adults, are available at the Viterbo College Box Office, ext. 3100.
• “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 in sponsored by Dayton’s and is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin.
• “As You Like It,” a romantic comedy by William Shakepeare, Thursday-Monday, Feb. 24-28, FAC La Croix Black Box Theatre. Call the Box Office, ext. 3100, for ticket information.
• “Victor/Victoria,” Wednesday, March 1, 7:30 p.m., FAC Main Theatre. This show is sponsored by radio station Z93. Call the Box Office at ext. 3100 for ticket information.

WorkForce 2000
    The Wisconsin Foundation of Independent Colleges is sponsoring WorkForce 2000, the premier face-to-face job fair in the state, bringing into one place the varied companies of the state and students from 21 private colleges. WorkForce 2000 will be held on Tuesday, Feb. at Marquette University in Milwaukee from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Marquette University Ballroom. There is no registration fee for the fair.
    For further information, check out the home page of the Private Colleges and Universities at You will find a list of companies registered for the fair and what job openings they have. You can call 414-273-5980, ext. 17 for information or contact Tim Walls at the Career Services Office, ext. 3827, or email tjwalls.

Odds & Ends
• “7th Day” lunch discussions:  “Voices in the Wilderness,” led today at 12:10 p.m. in MC 419C by Kathy Kelly, founder of group aimed at ending sanctions against Iraq. On Wednesday, Feb. 9, the topic is the Wisconsin Primary Election, facilitated by Keith Knutson, history.
• American Red Cross Blood Drive, Thursday, Feb. 3, 1:15-6 p.m. in the College Church. Please call for an appointment:  796-3805 or 796-3825.
• Adult Choral Ensemble rehearsals continue tomorrow and through February for the “Pops Concert” performance on Saturday, Feb. 19. Call Nancy Allen at ext. 3763 for a schedule or more information.
• Financial Aid Workshop and Campus Preview Day will be held Saturday, Feb. 12.

Out & About
• Dancescape 2000, a medley of dance choreographed by nine students, one faculty member, and a commissioned artist, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 10-12, Performing Arts Center Main Stage, Winona State University. Call 507-457-5230 for more information.
• Singer/songwriter and acoustic guitarist Peter Mayer will perform  at the Pump House on Saturday, Feb. 5 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Call 785-1434 for tickets.

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