Connections
A Newsletter for the Viterbo College Community
Vol. 13  No. 21  February 7, 2000
 

HSC Campaign Begins
All Viterbo employees are invited to see and hear first-hand news about the progress of the Health Science Center facility which opens this fall.
Linda Hamilton of the Health Science Consortium will be in the FAC Recital Hall Thursday, Feb. 10 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Plan to attend for an update on the impressive facility and the exciting programming opportunities which will be available to our region as a result if this initiative. In addition, Linda will introduce the Square Foot Campaign, in which the public may support the project by making a gift of $50 or more. A donor wall in the lobby of the facility will list those who participated in the drive. These supporters also will receive a certificate of membership inthe “Square Foot Club.”
    The six-floor facility will accommodate 530 students in 13 education specialties.
Viterbo is one of five partners which make up the Health Science Consortium. Others are: UWL, WWTC, Gundersen Lutheran, and Franciscan Skemp Healthcare.

Harlem Spiritual Ensemble Visits Feb. 27
    The Harlem Spiritual Ensemble, a group committed to keeping alive the American Negro Spiritual, will bring its renowned art, style and character to the Viterbo FAC Main Theatre for a Bright Star Season performance on Sunday, Feb. 27 at 2 p.m. (Please note the afternoon performance time.)
Comprised of six singers and two instrumentalists, the Ensemble’s goal is to capture the character and human nobility of Negro Spirituals and keep their interpretations as close as possible to the originals.
    The Viterbo Concert Choir will join the Ensemble during the second half of the performance of the cantata "Sisters of Freedom," which was written and composed for the ensemble by Linda Twine and Frances Harper.
    This event is sponsored by Dayton’s and supported, in part, by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin. Call the Viterbo Box Office at ext. 3100 for ticket information and availability.

On the Air Today
    At 8:30 a.m. today, one of last week's Diversity Days guest speakers, Kathy Kelly, will be a guest on WLSU's half-hour “Newsmakers” program. Kelly is co-director of Voices in the Wilderness, a group aimed at ending sanctions against Iraq. WLSU is La Crosse's public radio station, 88.9 FM.

February Briefs
• Campus Preview Day/Financial Aid Workshop for prospective students and their parents, Saturday, Feb. 12.
• WorkForce 2000, face-to-face job fair sponsored by the Wisconsin Foundation of Independent Colleges, Tuesday, Feb. 15, Marquette University, Milwaukee. Visit www.wispicu.org for a list of companies registered for the event. Call Tim Walls in Career Services at ext. 3827 or 414-273-5980, ext. 17, for more information.
• Dr. Scholl Scholarship competition, Friday, Feb. 18. Participating students and their families will tour campus.
• Homecoming Events Saturday, Feb. 19:  Wall of Fame Induction, 11 a.m.; Alumni Game, 1 p.m.; Alumni Social, 2:30 p.m., The Recovery Room; V-Hawk Basketball vs. Mount St. Clare College, 4 p.m. (women’s game), 6 p.m. (men’s game); “Remember the Hub” post-game party, Marian Hall Dining Room.
• “7th Day” lunch discussion. Topic:  “Wisconsin Primary Election,” led Wednesday, Feb. 9 at 12:10 p.m. in MC 419C by Keith Knutson, history.
• Nomination forms for the Outstanding Teacher Award and the Alec Chiu Award are available. Please contact the office of the academic vice president.

Kudos to...
...Lyon Evans (English), whose review of Melville's “Evermoving Dawn,” edited by John Bryant and Robert Milder, has been published in the February issue of Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies. His essay about "Melville and the Sea," an international Melville Conference held in July 1999 at the Mystic Seaport Museum, Mystic, Conn., will appear in the March issue of Extracts, the journal of the Melville Society. Lyon's essay, "The Significance of Melville's Greece Poems in His Late World-View," will be published in May in Melville Among the Nations:  Proceedings of an International Conference, Volos, Greece, July 2-6, 1997 (Kent State University Press).

Campus Ministry
• 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.
• 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 Madary at ext. 3707. This group meets Sundays at 6:45 p.m. in the College Church.
• Volunteer Opportunities abound in the Coulee Region. Contact Volunteer Coordinator Sr. Sue Ernster at ext. 3709 for information.
• Fellowship of Christian Athletes:  Anyone interested in being part of a campus chapter of this fellowship, please let me know by phone at ext. 3804 or email at tmoneill.

Job Opportunity
    The Learning Center, MC 312, has an immediate opening for a workstudy person to assist at its Information Desk. Hours are 4-7 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays. If interested, please contact Jane Eddy in the Learning Center for more information.

"Prep" for a Good Time
    Sunday, Feb. 13, in the FAC Recital Hall, the Viterbo College Preparatory School of Arts will present a 2 p.m. recital featuring elementary, middle, and high school music students from La Crosse and surrounding communities.
    A wide variety of music will be presented, from classical to modern. Students will perform on piano, flute, violin, viola, and cello and will also perform vocal selections. The recital, which is free and open to the public, will have a reception following the program.
    For more information about the recital or the Preparatory School of Arts, please contact Coordinator Judy Stafslien at ext. 3767 or by email at jastafslien.

Tutu Talk to be Broadcast Live
    A presentation in Rochester, Minn. by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu will be broadcast live in La Crosse at Franciscan Skemp Healthcare’s Marycrest Auditorium on Monday, Feb. 14 at 6:30 p.m. The topic is “Education as a Vehicle for Change.”
    Tutu, a theologian, professor and author, is among the world’s most well known and widely respected human rights activists. His presentation is part of the Occidental Petroleum Nobel Laureate Lectureship at Mayo Clinic.

Concert Highlights Century of Song
    Viterbo’s show choir, Platinum Edition, will host its second pops concert this season, "A Century of Song," on Saturday, Feb. 19 at 2 p.m.
A montage of American music from the early 1900’s to the present, the concert features everything from vaudeville tunes to "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy," "My Funny Valentine," and "Thriller."
    Performances will be from a variety of groups including: the Riverfront Singers, the Viterbo Women’s Chorale, 9th Street Singers, and the Faculty/Staff Choral Ensemble, the Apple Annies, Mark and Wendy Mattison, Doug Mahlum, The La Crosse Boychoir, Viterbo Theatre Arts Chair Susan Rush, and Platinum Edition.
    For tickets, please call the Box Office at ext. 3100. Reserved seating is available. Tickets are $6 for students and $10 for adults.

Helping Students Kick the Habit
    College students who smoke and want to quit will be provided with another incentive for quitting this spring.  The La Crosse Area Health Initiative is sponsoring a smoking cessation program, "Quit and Win," targeting students who are enrolled at Viterbo, WWTC, and UWL for the spring semester. Prizes include $100 cash, $250 and $500 gift certificates, and a grand prize $1,500 travel voucher.
    To be eligible for the contest, students who are tobacco users must complete and submit the entry form by March 17, quit smoking or using other tobacco products March 20 through May 4, and participate in contest verification tests?carbon monoxide breath tests and saliva tests. The names of successful quitters will be entered in a drawing to determine prize winners. A Winner's Celebration will be held on May 4 to verify non-smoking status and award prizes.
Posters and brochures will be displayed around the Viterbo campus this month. Entry forms are included in each brochure. Contest participants will be provided with support materials. Non-smoking community members can help by offering encouragement and support to a smoker making the positive choice to quit. Additional contest information is available by calling Sylvana Richardson at ext. 3687 or Rose Kreutz at ext. 3676 at Viterbo or by calling the “Quit and Win” community telephone number, 785-9854.
    With smoking rates on the increase among the young adult population, local colleges are trying to make a difference. This effort reflects a collaboration among the three post-secondary institutions in our community and the local Health Initiative. Fransciscan Skemp Medical Foundation, Gundersen Lutheran Medical Foundation, and the La Crosse Community Foundation have funded the contest, with help from Goli's-Carlson Wagonlit Travel and Glaxo Wellcome.

Shakepeare Meets the Modern World
    "As You Like It," a romantic comedy written by William Shakespeare and directed by Viterbo Theatre Professor Dean Yohnk, will be presented in the Viterbo Black Box Theatre Thursday-Monday, Feb. 24-28. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m.
    Set in the 21st century, Shakespeare’s characters retreat to the mystical forest of Arden, a place of surprising beauty and peace, to find simplicity, honesty, virtue, and love. As they escape from the chaos and conflict of the "civilized" world, the bard’s lovers and villains find a world of kindliness, fellowship, goodwill, and the desire to return to society with a renewed and reinvigorated view of life.
    "‘As You Like It’ is one of Shakespeare’s most popular romantic comedies. It’s filled with music and song," said Yohnk. "And to help the audience better identify with it, we’ve set the story in the present and focused closely on the impact computer technology has on our everyday lives."
    Tickets are $8. Call the Box Office at ext. 3100 for more information.

Credit Available Through CLEP Program
    College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams will be offered at Viterbo on Friday, April 7 from 8:30 a.m.-noon and from 1-4:30 p.m. in BNC 203. Students may register for up to two exams (one in the morning and one in the afternoon).
    CLEP enables traditional and non-traditional students to earn college credit by examination. Students must currently be enrolled at Viterbo. However, students planning to enroll next term may take the exam now and credit will be awarded in the subsequent semester.
    Most CLEP tests offered consist of a 90-minute multiple choice, objective test. The “English:  Freshmen College Composition” exam also requires a separate 90-minute essay section.
    The fee for each test is $44, payable by check or money order. The registration process must be completed in person and accompanied by payment.
Without exception, the registration deadline is 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 17. Interested students should contact the Extended Learning office, MC 215, ext. 3082, or the ADVANCE program office, MC 504, ext. 3370, for test descriptions, sample questions, and registration materials. Students repeating a CLEP test must allow six months between test dates.

Health Update
    Art professor Peter Fletcher completed chemotherapy treatment last Tuesday and entered a transplant house in Rochester where he will remain for another week. Please send your good wishes to him at Gift of Life Transplant House, 705 Second Street NW, Rochester, Minn. 55902, or call the transplant house at 507-288-7470.

A Note from Sr. Bernyne Stark
    A heartfelt thank you and another hug to all the friends and colleagues who helped me to age further at the “bash” sponsored by the Learning Center on Feb. 2.

V-Hawk Sports Update by Ken Brekke
Employee Appreciation Celebration this Saturday
    The Department of Athletics will honor all Viterbo employees during Employee Appreciation Day this Saturday, Feb. 12.
All current and former employees who attend Saturday's men's or women's basketball games will receive a free Viterbo coffee mug.  Employees present will be recognized before the start of each game. The women's game will begin at 1 p.m. and the men's game follows at 3 p.m.
    Anyone interested in being a "guest coach" and sitting on the bench for one of  the games may contact Barry Fried, Director of Athletics, at ext. 3812. It is hoped  that Employee Appreciation Day will become an annual opportunity for the athletics department to thank college employees for their support.
After the men's game, the Viterbo Social Committee will sponsor an employee gathering, featuring free beverages and popcorn, at the Recovery Room, 901 S. 7th Street. That party will begin at 5 p.m. We hope you will join us.
 
Academic Technology Center Offerings
The Academic Technology Center is offering the following courses for faculty and staff this month:
  Feb. 14 10-11 a.m. Using CD Recorders*
  Feb. 16 2-4 p.m. Intro to Windows NT
  Feb. 18 10-11 a.m. Using CD Recorders
  Feb. 18 2-4 p.m. Graphics Workshop
  Feb. 21 2-4 p.m. Windows NT II
  Feb. 23 2-4 p.m. Netscape Mail
  Feb. 25 8-9 a.m. Using CD Recorders
  Feb. 28 2-5 p.m. World Wide Web Development
*“Using CD Recorders” will familiarize participants with the process of creating CDs (a.k.a. “burning”). CDs hold much more data than floppy disks and are more reliable. The CD writers are available in most labs and many employees have them built into their new computers.
Space for these courses is limited. Please register for all courses in advance by call Jeff Nyseth at ext. 3285 or emailing him at jcnyseth.
 
Lumen Welcomes Your News
    Viterbo’s student newspaper, The Lumen, will be published six times this semester. The staff would love to follow-up on your story ideas and campus and event information. Please review the following publication dates and deadlines for submissions:
Deadline
for Submissions        Publication Date
Feb. 4                       Feb. 9
Feb. 18                     Feb. 23
March 3                    March 15
March 24                  March 29
April 7                      April 12
April 28                    May 4

Free Health Info
    Bi-weekly health and wellness programs are offered Tuesdays at noon in Gundersen Lutheran’s Rasmus Center. “Special Tuesdays” are free and open to the public. No registration is required.
    Upcoming topics include:  Feb. 8-”Success with Stress:  Take Charge of Your Life”; Feb. 15-”Slim Hopes:  Advertising and the Obsession with Thinness”; Feb. 22-”Success with Stress:  Get Ready for Change”. Call 791-6872 for more information.

MTU Works
    Please sign up for March MTU bus passes by Monday, Feb. 21. Viterbo employees pay just $8 per month for an unlimited-use pass. Call Rita in Communications and Marketing at ext. 3047 for more information.

Local Quilters Display Work
    The Todd Wehr Memorial Library stairwell is the display site of a new selection of quilts made by members of the La Crosse Area Quilters. Every year the quilters complete a block of a design provided by one member of the group and then the quilt is assembled and passed from member to member to quilt. A group member's name is drawn at the annual dinner to receive the group quilt, and along with the joy of receiving the quilt, that member becomes the individual who provides the design and assembly of the next year's group quilt.
    In addition, we are honored to have the Wisconsin Sesquicentennial Quilt on display. This quilt has traveled to our nation's capitol. Please come to see this quilt designed, pieced, and appliqued by Sharon Slimmen and Francie Johnson and quilted by Jeanne Pappenfuss. The inspiration for this quilt came from John Powers. On the podium at the base of the stairwell is a description of the quilt and its origin.

Worth the Trip?
    Winter weather is unpredictable. Post the following numbers in a handy place for those snowy or icy mornings.
For faculty providing information about specific class cancellations:   796-3080 or 796-3190.
For students seeking information about specific class cancellations:   796-3200.

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.
• Auditions for prospective music and music theatre majors, Saturday, Feb. 12 and Saturday, Feb. 26, 12-4 p.m., FAC Recital Hall. Call the music department at ext. 3760 for more information.
• Prep School Student Recital, Sunday, Feb. 13, 2 p.m., FAC Recital Hall. Admission is free.
• “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.
• “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 Z93. Call the Box Office at ext. 3100 for ticket information.

Classifieds
    Wanted:  One female roommate to share a three bedroom home with one other. Prefer non-smoker. Room newly painted and fixed up, including cable TV hook-up. $250/month includes utilities, garage or off-street parking, washer and dryer, and central air. Northside location, close to grocery stores and shopping mall. Nice quiet location. Available end of March. Call 781-9592 and ask for Drew. If no answer, please leave a message on the machine.
    Free:  Corrugated cardboard boxes with covers, each approximately 15.5” x 11” x 8”. Ideal for storage, moving, shipping. Contact Rita at ext. 3047 for information. 

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