A Newsletter for the Viterbo College Community
Vol. 13  No. 22  February 14, 2000

Viterbo Instructor Instrumental in Author's Visit
    Holocaust survivor and author Alicia Appleman-Jurman believes if you can get your message across to children, it will eventually find its way to adults, says Viterbo instructor Kate Rutherford.
    That’s what happened when Rutherford’s oldest daughter visited the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., and came back with a copy of Appleman-Jurman’s Alicia:  My Story.
    After reading the book, Rutherford’s daughter was so moved that she insisted her mom read it. Rutherford wasn’t prepared for the impact it would have on her life.
    The book traces the author’s life from ages 9-15 during World War II. Appleman-Jurman was the only member of her family to survive the Holocaust and, not only did she survive, she saved the lives of thousands of Jewish people.
    "It was just one of those stories that was amazing. I couldn’t believe what this kid went through. I said I’ve got to meet this person," said Rutherford.
So Rutherford wrote a letter to the author in care of the publisher. Appleman-Jurman, who lives in San Jose, Calif., wrote back and the two struck up a correspondence that resulted in a trip to California for Rutherford. "I stayed with Alicia for a few days when I was there. It was wonderful!" she exclaimed.
    During the trip, Rutherford invited Appleman-Jurman to speak at Viterbo and, in particular, to her Racial and Ethnic Groups class for returning RNs. The author accepted. In preparation for Appleman-Jurman’s visit, Rutherford has required all students in that class this semester to read Alicia: My Story. "I haven’t had one person say it’s not worth it. Most want to read it," said Rutherford.
    She hopes that reading the novel and hearing the author speak will help students better understand the experiences of Jewish people during World War II. "There’s this misconception that Jews were like lambs led to slaughter. The reason this exists is because none of them wanted to leave their children," explained Rutherford.
    The book also is inspirational and Rutherford hopes that impacts students as well. "Alicia’s a good example of someone who’s been through hell and back and hasn’t become really bitter. For those who think their life is crummy, we have no idea how crummy it can be," she stated.
    In addition to the Racial and Ethnic Groups class, Rutherford will teach a Holocaust class the second week in March and another in June to Viterbo graduate education students. She is also co-authoring a book with Holocaust survivor Jerry Valfer, of Rochester, Minn., on his experiences in Terezin, a concentration camp in Czechoslovakia.
    Alicia Appleman-Jurman, a Holocaust survivor and author of Alicia:  My Story, will speak at Viterbo Tuesday, April 4, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in the FAC Main Theatre. The presentation will be free and open to the public, but a ticket will be required. She will autograph books following the presentation. Copies of Alicia: My Story are available in the Viterbo bookstore for $6.99. Appleman-Jerman’s appearance is sponsored by the Viterbo College Women’s Studies Committee. Watch future Connections for more information on tickets.

Sign up for Thea Fest 2000 Brunch
    Interested in trying out some southern soul food? Want to find out what collards and dirty rice are? Then sign up now for the Thea Fest 2000 brunch on Mar. 26. While the brunch features a variety of soul food, traditional American fare will be offered as well. The registration deadline for the brunch is Mar. 20.
    The brunch follows a 10 a.m. mass with gospel music at Mary of the Angels Chapel. After the brunch, there will be a 2 p.m. Thea Fest Celebration Concert in the FAC Main Theatre. The concert features music from the Thea Bowman Memorial Choir from Holy Child Jesus School in Canton, Miss., the Viterbo Concert Choir, a reunion of Thea’s Hallelujah singers, and a presentation of the print Sister Thea by Chicago artist David Lee Csicsko.
For more information, or to register, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at ext. 3072 or email sbemerson.

Director for Ethics Institute Sought
    Viterbo College seeks a director for the D. B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership. The director will be responsible for programming, promoting Viterbo’s ethics-across-the-curriculum, and teaching ethics courses.
    Check the Viterbo website at for a complete description and details on the exciting initiatives associated with the Institute for Ethics in Leadership.

Campus Ministry
• Busy Student Retreat: There is still 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, Sr. Sue, or Fr. Tom.
• Spring Break Service Trips:  Campus Ministry is offering two service trips during Spring Break in March. The first is to Mud Creek, Ky. and is a health care clinic for students in health-related majors. Contact Sr. Sue at ext. 3709 for more information. The second is to Kansas City, Mo., for Catholic Worker community work and is open to all students. Contact Earl at ext. 3707 if interested.
• 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. The group meets Sundays at 6:45 p.m. in the College Church.
•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.
• Rest in Peace:  We remember those who have died and those who mourn their passing:  Cathy Wolfert, RRN student; and the aunt of Joel "Smiley" Varrientos. May they rest in peace.

V-Hawk Sports Update by Ken Brekke
    The Viterbo College Athletics Department will induct two former student athletes into its Wall of Fame during ceremonies at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, in the Student Activity Center. The induction ceremony, which is part of the college's Homecoming activities, will honor Dave Lee, an explosive hitter for the 1988-90 V-Hawk baseball teams, and Bruce Erickson, who set a record at Viterbo by allowing just .87 goals per game while playing for the 1986-90 soccer teams. Erickson went on to coach the men's soccer team for six years, and was the director of athletics at Viterbo 1995-99.
    The purpose of the Wall of Fame is to celebrate the heritage of athletics at Viterbo and honor the student athletes, coaches and administrators who have made special contributions to that tradition, according to Barry Fried, director of athletics. The Wall of Fame was established in 1992, and Lee and Erickson will join 30 others inducted in previous years.
    Erickson played 50 games as a goalkeeper, losing just 10 of those matches while recording 18 shutouts. His goals-against average of .87 per game made him the college's leading goalie upon graduation. His team won the NAIA District 14 championship in 1988. He was head coach of the men's soccer team from 1992-98, and was named the Midwest Classic Conference's Coach of the Year in 1996, 1997, and 1998. He was the co-winner of that award in 1993, when he also was named the district's coach of the year and his team won the NAIA district championship.
    Lee had 106 hits for Viterbo during his career, and was named to all-district teams in 1989 and 1990. He had 47 hits and a .402 batting average in 1989, and slugged six home runs and four triples in 1990, when his team was a District 14 finalist. He ranks second on the college's list of career home runs, with 12; is first in triples, with 10; and second in walks, with 71. His career batting average of .368 is third on the all-time list, and he ranks fourth in stolen bases, with 35, and fifth in runs batted in, with 83.
    The Wall of Fame is dedicated to the memories of Herbert Popp and the Rev. Robert Nelson. Popp was the father of former Viterbo men's basketball coach Rod Popp, and Nelson was the coach's father-in-law. Popp and Nelson died within a month of each other in the winter of 1991, and their memorial funds helped establish the Wall of Fame.

Homecoming Happenings
    In addition to the Wall of Fame inductions (see “V-Hawk Sports Update” above), other Homecoming events include a 1 p.m. alumni game for men's basketball players and a 2:30 p.m. alumni social at The Recovery Room, 901 S. 7th Street. The V-Hawks also have conference basketball games scheduled for Feb. 19 against Mount St. Clare College, with the women's basketball team playing at 4 p.m. and the men at 6 p.m. A post-game party following the men's contest will be in the Marian Hall dining room.
    Viterbo students, alumni and the community also will enjoy “A Century of Song,” a pops concert presented by the music department at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 19. See “Arts & Entertainment,” page 5, for more information on this event.

Celebrate Spring with Social Events
     Social Committee would like to thank all who responded to its recent spring semester event planning questionnaire. Plan to participate in the following events planned for the remainder of the semester:
• Thursday, March 23:  Sub sandwich lunch, SAC. Cost: $1.
• Saturday, April 15:  Viterbo Employee Bowling, Pla-Mor Bowling Centre. Cost: $5 for three games, shoe rental, and snacks.
• Saturday, May 20:  Viterbo Employee Family Picnic, Goose Island, Shelter #5.
Watch Connectionsfor additional information as each event approaches. Mark your calendars now and plan to join in the fun!

Congratulations to SEAL Award Recipients
    Congratulations to the SEAL (Students Excelling in Involvement Activities and Leadership) Award winners for the months of December and January:  Nic Gilbertson and Nicole Brill.
    Thank you to those who nominated these deserving students. Faculty and staff are encouraged to nominate students from their department or area for efforts outside of the classroom, including involvement in activities as a helper or leader. Please send nominations to the Residence Life Center or e-mail jwramaker.

Connect Club Invites Entire Campus to Participate in Prevention
    Alcohol Awareness Week is scheduled for April 10-14. Though  the week is coordinated by the Connect Program, it is designed to be a campus-wide event. Connect members will be contacting campus clubs and organizations during the next couple of weeks, extending personal invitations to participate by sponsoring an activity during the week.
    The goal of the week is to enhance awareness of alcohol issues affecting college students and to promote low-risk choices. Activities may involve providing an alternative recreational activity, displaying informational posters or brochures, coordinating an educational or service activity, or hosting a speaker to address a related topic.
    Groups may develop their own activities or call the campus Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (AODA) prevention worker at ext. 3807 for a listing of ideas developed by Connect members. The deadline for submitting a project for inclusion in the week-long event is Mar. 16.
    Sample projects which target the entire campus community are:
• Sponsor a movie night, incorporating a related film and follow-up discussion.
• Develop an informational handout and distribute to the campus community.
• Coordinate a sports event for students, such as midnight volleyball or a “take a shot” basketball free-throw contest.
• Develop and conduct a survey to gather data related to alcohol issues.
• Sponsor a “get trashed” clean-up event where student volunteers clean up a local park or designated area.
• Organize a wall space where students and staff can write and post anonymous comments related to alcohol and other drug losses, problems, and tragedies that have affected them in some way.
• Offer a dance lesson or karate lesson on campus for students.
• Sponsor an evening of music or open mic activities in the Union.
    Other groups might choose to arrange an educational activity addressing issues related specifically to their academic department or group mission. Examples might include presentations such as, "Helping Children of Alcoholics in the Classroom" for education majors, or "Dealing with Alcohol/Drug Issues in Hospital Emergency Rooms" for nursing or other health-related majors. Criminal justice or social work majors may be interested in sponsoring a panel discussion focusing on intervention in domestic violence incidents involving alcohol or other drugs.
    Connect members contacting campus organizations this month will have other ideas for involvement. Take a moment to consider how your group or department can work to enhance awareness efforts and become involved in abuse prevention. It matters.

Diversity Days:  Your Response
    Thank you for your participation and support. The stimulation of the symposium gives witness to the energy of interdisciplinary learning. We welcome you to an Evaluation Luncheon Wednesday, Feb. 23 at noon in MC 402A. The luncheon will also provide a forum for brainstorming ideas for Diversity Days in 2001. Please join us.
    Written or verbal feedback also is welcome. Please direct your comments to Anita Beskar, FSPA, MC 402A, ext. 3171.

Explore Ethnic Chicago
    Enjoy a family style meal in Chinatown. Explore Little Italy. Visit Indian/Pakistani, Polish, and other ethnic neighborhoods. Experience the cultural differences and have a great time with fellow faculty, students, and friends.
    Sign up by Thursday for the Mar. 23-25 Sociology bus trip to Chicago. You'll stay at the Executive Plaza, located directly on Michigan Avenue and the Chicago River. The cost is $180 for a room for two and includes transportation. Students will receive a $35 rebate. There is a reduction in rates for three and four people per room. If you wish to participate in the family-style meal in Chinatown, the cost is $16 per person.
    You'll also have the option of touring the Museum of Natural History, the John G. Shedd Aquarium/Oceanarium, and the Sears Tower. Entrance fees to these sites are not included in the overall price of the trip.
    Contact Darrell Pofahl, sociology, by Thursday, Feb. 17 to register or for more information. You can reach him at ext. 3727 or by email at dcpofahl.

RSB Presents at Statewide Conference
    The Resident Student Board organization will send eight delegates and two advisors to the Wisconsin University Residence Hall Association (WURHA) leadership conference in Milwaukee on Feb. 18-20. This is the RSB’s second year in the WURHA and it will present for the Residence Hall Association Small School of the Year. Students and staff presenting at the conference include:  Chris Cook, Joe Pickar, Haley Roe, Jillian Blackburn, Julie O'Rourke, Jen Jahsman, Scott Hendricks, Duane Larson, Robert Anderson, and Jason Ramaker.

Red Cross Blood Drive a Success
    As the volunteer site coordinator here at Viterbo, I would like to thank everyone for the successful Red Cross Blood Drive on Feb. 3. Sixty-eight units were donated with seven donors deferred. Ken Shepler, a student, obtained his “one-gallon” pin.
    Thanks also to:  the donors, Viterbo College Nursing Students Association members who volunteered as workers and did a wonderful job enabling the drive to operate smoothly, Laura Schauchtner who acted as a student coordinator, Pizza Doctors for donating pizzas for the donors, Pepsi for donating sodas, and all others not mentioned who helped make the drive a success.
                                                                                                                                                     ­Marilyn Jaekel, Health Services

Summer Job Fair
    The American Camping Association invites you to UWL for the Summer Camp Job Fair on Feb. 17 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in Valhalla Cartwright Center. The 50 camps represented will range from special needs to YMCA to resorts and adventure. These camps/resorts are looking for undergraduate and graduate students to hire as counselors, nurses, lifeguards, horsebackriding instructors, and many other positions. Internships are also available. Most of these camps/resorts are in the Midwest but the YMCA of the Rockies and New York Camping Service also will be represented. Stop by and see how you can spend your summer working outside and having a great time.

Fitness Study Seeks Volunteers
    Natalie Shafer, a graduate student at UWL, is seeking volunteers for a research project. Volunteers should be males 30-40 years old and females ages 30-50. Candidates selected will be those who exercise less than 30 minutes per day. The project will consist of three short treadmill tests. If you can help out, contact Natalie at 785-8675 or email:

A Word of Thanks
    Thank you to Viterbo advisors who participated in the Advising In-Service on January 11th. Your feedback on the evaluation forms was very positive and I am glad that the program seemed to meet your needs.
    I also appreciate your suggestions for future presentations. Some of you indicated that it was difficult to choose which two of the five concurrent sessions you could attend. I have copies of handouts that were distributed at each of the sessions. Please contact me to obtain handouts for the sessions you missed.
    Once again, on behalf of the Academic Advising Committee, I wish to thank you for your participation and feedback. Also, please be advised that your nomination for Outstanding Academic Advisor is needed. Information will be available this week. The deadline is Mar. 31.
                                                                                                                                                  ­Wayne Wojciechowski, Academic Vice President

Eyeing Isis
    Former Viterbo librarian Maria Allen, who now lives in Egypt, has helped John Hempstead and wife, Marilyn, arrange a research trip to that country. John and Marilyn will return just after spring break with their findings on "Isis in Egypt." Watch for an upcoming program that will review their findings.

Raffle to Benefit HCJ School
    The Viterbo Concert Choir is selling raffle tickets to benefit the Holy Child Jesus School choir’s trip to La Crosse to perform at Thea Fest 2000, a celebration of the life of Sr. Thea Bowman, on Mar. 26.
    First prize in the raffle is $400, second prize is $200, and third prize is $100. Tickets are $2 each or three for $5 and are available from concert choir members. You can also purchase tickets through Daniel Johnson-Wilmot, concert choir director. For more information, call him at ex. 3761 or email him at dejohnsonwilmot.
    The Holy Child Jesus School, located in Canton, Miss., was opened in 1948 by the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration. From 1961-68, Sr. Thea taught there and founded the choir, now called the Thea Bowman Memorial Choir.

New Pantry in Need of Basics
    The AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin, La Crosse, has established a pantry of supplies that people with AIDS need, but which they may not have funds to purchase. If you would like to make a donation to this pantry, please leave it in the vestibule of the Church, marked “AIDS pantry.”
    Needed items include:  toilet paper, paper towels, laundry detergent, dish, bath and hand soaps, toothpaste, shaving cream, razors, hair spray, combs, brushes, Ensure or Sustecal, neosporin or other antiseptics, band-aids, skin lotions, blankets and bed clothing, pillows, Depends or the equivalent, household cleaning supplies such as window and bathroom cleaners, etc.

News You'll Notice by Tim Walls
    Career and educational planning has become an increasingly complex process regardless of one's career stage, education, or employment status. New career paths are unfolding, traditional ones are being altered, and shifts are taking place in job skills and educational requirements. FOCUS II is a computer-based system designed to provide students and adults in career transition with personalized career and educational planning services geared to today's changing world of work and effective school-to-work transitions.
    The system enables users to learn about career options related to their personal attributes. Users of FOCUS II learn to make realistic decisions about their goals and plans, how to self-manage their careers, and the importance of adaptability in these times of change.
    Please tell your students about FOCUS II. They can contact me at ext. 3827, email me at tjwalls, or stop by the SDC to make an appointment.
Arts & Entertainment
• Art Show by Chris Autio, Wednesday, Feb. 16-Friday, Mar. 17, Art Department Gallery, third floor FAC. Opening reception Wednesday, Feb. 16, 7:30-9 p.m. in the gallery. The gallery is open during regular school hours or at other times by request.
• “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 Box Office, ext. 3100.
• Auditions Day for prospective music and music theatre majors, 12-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, FAC Recital Hall. Call the music department at ext. 3760 for information.
• Prep School Recital by students of Sr. Marcella Steffes, Sunday, Feb. 27, 2 p.m., FAC Recital Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.
• “Harlem Spiritual Ensemble,” Sunday, Feb. 27, 2 p.m., FAC Main Theatre. Call the Box Office, ext. 3100, for tickets. This performance is supported, in part, by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and by Dayton’s.
• “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, Mar. 1, 7:30 p.m., FAC Main Theatre. This show is sponsored by Z93. Call the Box Office at ext. 3100 for ticket information.
• “Busytown,” Sunday, Mar. 19, 3 p.m., FAC Main Theatre. The first stage adaptation of best-selling author Richard Scarry’s magical characters, this Family Series show will be presented by the Omaha Theatre for Young People. Call the Box Office at ext. 3100 for ticket information. This program is part of Viterbo College’s Arts for Young America program, sponsored by Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Wisconsin. Presentation of “Busytown” is supported, in part, by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin.
• River North Dance Company, Wednesday, March 15, 7:30 p.m., FAC Main Theatre. Call the Box Office at ext. 3100 for ticket information. This performance is made possible by support from Dayton’s, and the Heartland Arts Fund, and is supported, in part, by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin.

This Week on Campus
• Dr. Scholl Scholarship Competition, Friday, Feb. 18
• 7th Day lunch discussion, Monday, Feb. 21, 12:10 p.m., MC 419C. This week’s discussion will be led by Ward Jones on the topic, “Cloning and the Human Genome Project.”

Readers' Survey:  How're We Doing?
    It's time for the Connections Readers' Survey. Now's your chance to tell us what you think! Give us the scoop on the information you find most and least helpful. Tell us whether you prefer to receive Connections via an email link or a paper copy.
    To complete the survey, visit the Viterbo home page at: (under Campus News, Campus Publications, Connections, then Readers’ Survey). Hard copies are available by the campus mailboxes in Murphy Center and can be returned to the Communications & Marketing Department, MC 228.
    Whether you complete the survey from the web site or on a hard copy, all surveys can be filled out and returned anonymously. Please respond to the survey by Monday, Mar. 6.
    Your feedback will help us set the direction for the future.

Aah, Coffee
    The Connect Club will again sponsor a daytime coffeehouse on Thursday, Feb. 17, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in the entry area of Murphy Center.
Connect members will brew cappuccino, mix iced coffees, and serve tea to fund campus prevention efforts.

Wellness Week
    Feb. 23-Mar. 1 will be Viterbo’s annual Wellness Week. A Health Fair, presented by students of nursing and dietetics, will be held on Feb. 29 and Mar. 1 in BNC from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Speakers also are planned. Watch next week’s Connections for more information.

Free:  Dozens of corrugated cardboard boxes with covers, each approximately 15.5” x 11” x 8”, ideal for storage, moving, shipping. Contact Rita at ext. 3047 to arrange pick-up.
Free:  Employee bus pass for the remainder of February. Call ext. 3055.

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