A Newsletter for the Viterbo College Community
Vol. 13  No.  23  February 21, 2000

Faculty Authors to Sign Books
    Having a book signed by the author increases its value. Knowing or meeting the authors is priceless.
    On Wednesday, March 15, from 2-3:30 p.m. in the MC Lobby, Viterbo will hold a book signing for Religious Studies Professors Earl Madary and William Reese, the authors of These Things are Written:  A Practical Introduction to the New Testament.
    Viterbo professors Reese and Madary put their combined knowledge of the Catholic and Lutheran traditions together in These Things are Written. Reese, a Lutheran, and Madary, a Catholic, put doctrinal differences aside and concentrated on relaying the messages in the New Testament according to both faiths.
While intended for academic use, These Things are Written is a great resource for anyone wanting to learn more about the New Testament. Each chapter has reflections on various themes, recommended readings, and applications that encourage further thought.
     will be served at the book signing. Books will be available to purchase or can be purchased in advance from the Viterbo bookstore. Due to the limited number published, the cost of each book is $36.

Leap into Good Health with Wellness Week
    The annual Viterbo Wellness Week will be held this Wednesday through Wednesday, March 1. The Viterbo College community is invited to participate in the week of fun, informative events presented by dietetics and nursing majors, as well as guest speakers.
    Presentations focus on subjects such as:  low-fat fast food, testicular cancer, smoking, stress reduction, caffeine, safe sex, depression, breast cancer, sleep deprivation, sexually transmitted diseases, exercise, skin cancer, annual physicals, the meningitis vaccine, fad diets (especially increased protein diets), benefits of water, generic vs. brand name grocery comparisons, calcium and osteoporosis, eating on a budget, and heart healthy facts. Body composition testing also will be available in BNC 123.

Other events include:
Tuesday, Feb. 29-Wednesday, March 1
• Health Fair 10 a.m.-2 p.m., BNC
Wednesday, Feb. 23, “Fitness Day”
• Presentation by Dr. Joel Erickson on sports medicine and fitness training, noon, SAC
• “Fitness for Dummies,” including tours of SAC weight and fitness rooms, 1, 2, and 3 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 24
• Presentation by La Crosse County Health Department on sexually transmitted diseases, 8-9 p.m., Student Union
Monday, Feb. 28
• “Women’s Health,” presented by Shari Harmon, RN, FNP, 12:10-1 p.m., SDC
Tuesday, Feb. 29
• “Men’s Health,” presented by a family practice resident physician, noon, SDC
    Wellness Week events are organized by the Viterbo College Wellness program and sponsored, in part, by the Humana Foundation.

Award Nomination Deadline Extended
    You now have until March 13 to get your nominations in to recognize your peers’ outstanding performance in various categories. The awards are: Fr. J. Thomas Finucan Mission Award; the Servant-Leader Award; and the Sr. Helen Elsbernd Award. Nomination packets are available from the President’s Office.
    Nomination forms for Outstanding Teacher and the Alec Chiu Award, which also are due March 13, can be obtained from the Office of the Academic Vice President. Remember:  Good service/outstanding performance cannot be recognized unless someone (you?) takes the time to submit a nomination.

"7th Day" Today
    What are you doing for lunch today? The 7th Day lunch discussion group will meet at 12:10 p.m. in MC 419C to discuss the topic, “Cloning and the Human Genome Project.” The discussion will be led by Ward Jones, biology.

Outstanding Alumni Award Recipients Named
Outstanding Alumni Award for Service to the College
(posthumously awarded)
Virginia Lukasek ’75
Few have displayed a passion for their alma mater like the late Virginia Lukasek. Lukasek, who died last July at the age of 75, devoted many years of service to Viterbo after graduating in 1975 with a degree in nursing. She served two terms on the Viterbo Alumni Association before continuing on as an emeritus member. In the mid-80s, she was appointed to the Viterbo Fine Arts Center Advisory Board, a position she held until her death.
Lukasek also chaired the Alumni Board’s Development Committee and served on the Board’s Executive Committee and By Laws Ad Hoc Committee. But her work was not limited to the Alumni Board and fine arts; she also devoted her efforts to Viterbo’s Planned Giving Development Committee.
Virginia’s devotion and service to education and to Viterbo are legendary and led one fellow board member to describe her as a "tireless advocate for any initiative that would benefit the College and its students."
Outstanding Alumni Award for Professional Development
Barbara Hundt ’76
Barbara Hundt has spent many years as an advocate for important issues facing the dietetics profession in the constantly changing health care world. And she has done so with hard work, devotion, and good humor.
Currently the Dietetic Technician Program Director for Madison Area Technical College, Hundt is the author of Introduction to Dietetics Manual. She is well-known in dietetics circles for her work, since 1984, with the Wisconsin Dietetic Association (WDA), and has served as a delegate to the American Dietetic Association (ADA) for the past 10 years. Hundt also has served as a chairperson of membership development for the ADA.
After receiving her degree in community-medical dietetics from Viterbo in 1976, Hundt served as a dietitian for the UW-extension in Walworth County and St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay until 1977. While pursuing her master’s degree in food, science, and nutrition (1980-82) at UW-Stout in Menomonie, Hundt served as the school’s graduate student advisor in career counseling.
In 1982, she started her career as an instructor at Madison Area Technical College, where she continues today. She received a second master’s degree in vocational education from UW-Stout in 1986. In 1989, she began working at Meriter Hospital in Madison as a nutritionist with the Optifast program and, later, as a Special Projects Dietitian (1990-96).
Hundt has received many awards in recognition of her accomplishments, including the WDA’s prestigious Medallion Award­the highest professional award for Wisconsin dietitians.
Outstanding Young Alumni Award
Meg Buchner ’93
Mentoring works­and no one knows that better than Greg Johnson­thanks to the efforts of Viterbo alumna Meg Buchner.
A 1993 Viterbo graduate with a major in art in business with a graphics emphasis, Buchner served as Greg’s mentor through the Wisconsin Center for Academically Talented Youth (WCATY).
In 1994, at age 13, Greg won a WCATY scholarship that helped him become a Scandinavian Flat Plane woodcarver. Then the manager/marketing director for Sampson Art Gallery, Buchner served as Greg’s mentor, helping him organize his display for the scholarship and offering to help arrange a showing of his carvings at the gallery.
Buchner also let Greg apprentice at the gallery so he could learn the business end. It wasn’t long before Greg set up his own business, which helps fund his college education. Greg has gone on to win local, national, and international awards for his woodcarvings.
Today, Buchner is a Graphic Artist and Web Designer for L. Quillin & Associates, where she has worked since 1995. She continues to serve as a mentor by serving as a speaker for the Boy Scouts and by serving as a youth job shadowing resource.

Campus Ministry by Fr. Tom O'Neill
• Spring Break Service Trips:  Campus Ministry is offering two service trips during Spring Break in March. The first is to Mud Creek, Ky. and 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.
• 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.
• AIDS Pantry:  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. To give to this pantry, please label your donation “AIDS Pantry” and leave it in the vestibule of the Church. Needed items:  toilet paper, paper towels, laundry detergent, dish, bath, and hand soap, toothpaste, shaving cream, razors, hair spray, combs, brushes, Ensure or Sustacal, neosporin and antiseptics, band-aids, skin lotions, blankets and bed-clothing, pillows, disposable undergarments, and household cleaning supplies like window cleaner, bathroom cleaners, etc. Thank you.
• Rest in Peace:  We remember those who have died and those who mourn their passing:  the great-grandmother of Jessica Kinserdahl. May she rest in peace.

Viterbo Q & A
    The Health Science Consortium (HSC) was on campus last week to explain details about the partnership, progress on the HSC building, and to launch the Square Foot Club. Here’s the response to some questions that came up as a result of the discussion.
Q:  Who is in the consortium?
A:  The consortium is made up of five partners:  UWL, Viterbo, WWTC, Franciscan Skemp and Gundersen Lutheran. Viterbo has two voting members on the Board of Directors (William Medland and Todd Ericson) and several other representatives on various advisory boards associated with the consortium.
Q:  When is the building to be completed?
A:  Certain areas will be available for occupancy in March. Full occupancy will occur prior to Fall 2000. The six-floor facility has room for more than 500 students.
Q:  How will Viterbo be involved?
A:  Much of the activity associated with the building will evolve over time. Tre-mendous potential exists in the areas of nursing, dietetics, career services internships, distance learning, and in the area of scientific research. The building is state-of-the-art and will be the most impressive facility of its kind in western Wisconsin.
Q:  What is the Square Foot Club why should I support it?
A:  Eight million of the $27 million-plus building needs to be secured via fundraising. The Square Foot campaign allows individuals to participate in buying "feet" in increments of $50. Your participation also shows that you support this collaboration which will benefit our community, and specifically, Viterbo, in ways which will continue to be identified.
Q:  How can I get involved?
A:  Look for a Square Foot pledge card in the mail in a week or so. Also, to see is to believe. If you want to be impressed, arrange for a sneak preview tour. Kenna Christians is arranging to have a Viterbo contingent in hardhats tour the facility. If you are interested in the tour, let her know.

Dates & Deadlines
• Tickets to the lecture and book-signing by Alicia Appleman-Jurman, author of Alicia:  My Story will be available for the Viterbo community on Monday, Feb. 28 at the MC reception desk. They will be available to the general public on Monday, March 6. Appleman-Jurman will speak about her personal experience of Holocaust survival on Tuesday, April 4 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in the FAC Main Theatre.
• Connections Readers’ Survey:  Please complete this quick questionnaire at: by Monday, March 6. Your input is appreciated.
• Award nominations are due Monday, March 13. Nominate your deserving peers for the Fr. J. Thomas Finucan Mission Award, the Servant-Leader Award, the Sr. Helen Elsbernd Award, Outstanding Teacher, and the Alec Chiu Award.
• Financial Aid applications are due Wednesday, March 15.
• CLEP test registration deadline, Friday, March 17.
• Thea Fest 2000 brunch reservations are due Monday, March 20 for the Sunday, March 26 event. Make reservations by calling the Office of Alumni Relations at ext. 3072 or by emailing Sally Emerson at sbemerson.

Get Set for AAW
    Alcohol Awareness Week, April 10-14, is an opportunity to take part in activities such as hosting speakers, providing alternate recreational events, displaying materials, or coordinating service activities to bring low-risk choices to the fore for college students.
    Members of the Viterbo College Connect Club and AODA prevention worker Anne Ellefson have some great ideas about how to work alcohol and other drug abuse awareness into courses and club activities. If you have not yet been contacted by a Connect Club member and you, your class, or your organization have or need ideas on how to get involved, please contact Anne Ellefson at ext. 3807. The deadline for submitting a project for inclusion in the week-long event is March 16.

Girls' Soccer Clinics
    Free soccer clinics for area girls ages 5-14 will be offered by the Viterbo Women’s Soccer program on two upcoming Saturdays. Sessions will be held at the Boys and Girls Club of La Crosse from 1-2 p.m. for girls ages five to eight, and from 2:30-4 p.m. for girls ages 9-14 on Saturday, March 18 and Saturday,         April 1.
    Participants are encouraged to attend both Saturdays, as different fundamentals and activities will be covered at each clinic.
Contact the Boys and Girls Club at 782-3926 to register.

Viterbo Students Raise Awareness of Homelessness with Tonight's Sleep-out
    Refrigerator boxes, blankets, and a wood fire. That’s what students from Tom Thibodeau’s class will use to stay warm tonight as 15 students plan a sleep-out in the cold to demonstrate solidarity with people who are homeless.
    Despite the discomfort, these students, who are part of a class studying homelessness, will not be far from familiar surroundings as the sleep-out is planned for Assisi Courtyard on the Viterbo campus.
    "We know that we cannot replicate homelessness and we do not want to," said Thibodeau, a member of the religious studies faculty. "The circumstances in which people find themselves homeless are much too complex for the students to authentically experience, but that doesn’t stop us from showing support and empathy, and, more importantly, attempting to put a human face to this very serious problem."
    The course, which is offered for joint credit by the sociology and religious studies departments, has been in existence 13 years. The sleep-out is a prelude to another, more intense experience during spring break—trips to the homeless shelters of Omaha, Neb. and Minneapolis, Minn.
    Students will begin setting up for the night at approximately 5:30 p.m. in the Assisi Courtyard.
    For further information, contact Viterbo student Telly Rolle at 796-9935.

V-Hawk Sports Update by Ken Brekke
    The countdown continues for Luke Maher.
    Viterbo's standout basketball player is closing in on 2,000 points for his career and also is near the school's all-time scoring record of 2,027.
The countdown, called "Luke2K" by Head Coach Wayne Wagner, was at 1,965 going into Saturday's Homecoming game against Mount St. Clare College. The V-Hawks will play their last regular-season game of the year today at Marycrest International University in Davenport, Iowa.
    Maher is averaging 20.4 points a game.  Sustaining that pace means he would reach the 2,000 plateau in today's away game at Marycrest. The 6’4” senior guard then would have an opportunity to pursue ’92 graduate Mark Skogen's all-time record in tournament play.
    Whether that attempt to surpass the record will happen in front of a friendly home crowd won't be known until today's conference games are played. The top team in the seven-team conference gets a first-round bye in the season-ending tournament. The next three teams are awarded home games.
     was named the conference's Player of the Week for Feb. 7-13, mainly on the basis of his performance against Iowa Wesleyan when he scored 35 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and had four steals. He had 609 points so far this year entering Saturday's game. Maher scored 607 points last year, 444 in 1996-97 and 305 in 1995-96. He missed the 1997-98 season with a broken bone in his left wrist.

Prints & Portraits
    The Pump House Regional Arts Center currently is hosting the exhibit, “150 Years of Wisconsin Printmaking” through April 18. The exhibit is on loan from the Elvehjem Museum in Madison, and features printmakers from all areas of the state.
    On March 4, an opening reception will be held from 1-3 p.m. for St. Patrick’s School of Onalaska as its exhibit of student portraits, “Facing Tomorrow with Hope,” opens on the Festival Balcony.
    For more information about Pump House events, call 785-1434.

Volunteers Sought
Do you have some time to spare? The following organizations are looking for volunteers. Contact Sr. Sue Ernster at ext. 3709 if you can help:
• Pump House Regional Arts Center:  ticket sales, office/clerical work, exhibit and performance set-up, ushering, concessions, writing news releases.
• Children’s Museum:  greeters, servers, face painters and more for its first birthday celebration on Saturday, Feb. 26.
• AIDS Resource Center:  poster design, help with presentations, direct care and/or recreation with clients.

Wanted:  "O Leaders"
    Recruitment of student leaders for Orientation 2000 is underway. Faculty members, club advisors, and workstudy supervisors are asked to encourage students to consider this volunteer opportunity. It’s an excellent initial leadership experience which provides students with demonstrated skills in leading a group, building personal helping relationships, and setting goals and making plans to achieve those goals.
    Twenty-five to 30 Viterbo College students are needed to serve as “O Leaders” this fall. Applicants must be willing to give support and advice to incoming students, lead educational and recreational activities for small groups, and have a desire to give back to others and the community. Candidates must be able to attend spring training sessions, return to campus on Aug. 31, and work hard through Sept. 2. Financial reward involves a couple of free meals, but personal reward opportunities are significant. Interested applicants should plan to attend an informational meeting and join us for pizza and pop in the Union at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 29, or call Anne Ellefson, ext. 3807, or Rob Anderson, ext. 3842, for details.
    “O Leaders” have been instrumental in the success of recent orientations, leading their "O families" through structured activities designed to help new students during the transition to college. It's proven to be a fun, worthwhile experience for the student leaders, and it has made a difference to the students new to our community.

News You'll Notice
    On Oct. 23, 1999, Chris Lee, a May 1999 Viterbo graduate, was killed in a car accident.  His parents, Gary and Gwen Lee and his brother Derek have established an endowed scholarship in his name at Viterbo.  Chris played baseball and the scholarship will be awarded to a junior and a senior baseball player. The Lees plan to build the endowment and to do so they will hold a golf event at Forest Hills Golf Course on Tuesday, May 2. The Lees have also secured a 2000 Corvette Coupe to be raffled off at the tournament.
    Only 2000 tickets will be sold at $50.00 apiece.  You may purchase the tickets in the Institutional Advancement Office and get additional information about the golf event through the Athletics Department at ext. 3811.

Arts & Entertainment
• Art Show by Chris Autio, through Friday, March 17, Art Department Gallery, third floor FAC. The gallery is open during regular school hours or at other times by request.
• 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.
• “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 is sponsored 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, 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.
• “Busytown,” Sunday, March 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 performance is part of Viterbo College’s Arts for Young America program, and is 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.
• The Tamburitzans, spirited, action-packed dance and music celebrating the costumes and cultures of Eastern Europe, Saturday, March 25, 7:30 p.m., FAC Main Theatre. Call the Box Office at ext. 3100 for ticket information. This performance is sponsored by WIZM (AM 1410) and is supported, in part, by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin.
Correction:  The Prep School recital by students of Sr. Marcella Steffes was Feb. 20, not Feb. 27, as previously published. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Viterbo Theatre Student Stars in Local Arts Benefit
    Viterbo student Ellie Hino is one of two actors in “Greater Tuna,” a play benefitting the Pump House Regional Arts Center, presented by Pegasus Players Thursday-Sunday, Feb. 24-27 in the Pump House’s Dayton Theater.
    Hino and Michael Allman, president and founder of Pegasus Players, portray about 10 roles each in the play, which is about “the third smallest town in Texas.”
    Performances begin at 7:30 nightly. Admission is $10 except for Sunday, Feb. 27, when it is $9. Thursday is “pay what you can night” with a minimum donation of $2 for admission.

Athletics Honors Employee Fans
    The Department of Athletics honored V-Hawk fans who work at Viterbo College in the first annual Employee Appreciation Celebration at last Saturday’s men’s and women’s basketball games. More than 30 employees from 12 campus departments received a free mug and recognition at the event. Kim Fredricks, biology, and Marv Friedewald, business, had the honor of acting as “guest coaches” and sat on the bench during the match-ups against Iowa Wesleyan College.
Thanks go out to the employees for their support of Viterbo Athletics.

Director for Ethics Institute Sought
     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.

Copy Center Suggestions
• Please use 6"x9" Viterbo envelopes, available in the Copy Center, for mailing larger correspondence. The cost to mail these is the same as that for #10 envelopes.
• Remember to have all originals ready for duplication by taping all loose paste-ups. This will avoid copier jams and ensures your paste-ups are where you placed them!

Your Reply Requested
    Please tell us what you think by completing the Connections Readers’ Survey. 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.

• Wanted:  Pair of main floor tickets to “Harlem Spiritual Ensemble” performance Sunday, Feb. 27 at Viterbo. Call Lesley at ext. 3808.
• Free:  Dozens of corrugated cardboard boxes with covers, each approximately 15.5” x 11” x 8”, ideal for storage, moving, shipping. Call Rita at ext. 3047.

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