A Newsletter for the Viterbo College Community
Vol. 13 No. 24 February 28, 2000
Please note: Connections will not be published on Monday, March 6, due to the college's spring break. Watch for the next issue on Monday, March 13. The deadline for submissions for the March 13 issue is Thursday, March 9 at noon.
Viterbo Receives "Small School of the Year" and Other Honors at State Conference
Thanks to the efforts of the Resident Student Board (RSB), Viterbo College recently was named "Small School of the Year" by the Wisconsin United Residence Hall Association (WURHA) at its annual meeting in Milwaukee Feb. 18-20. "Small School of the Year" is the highest honor a residence hall association can receive and it’s awarded to residence hall organizations and schools that have made a positive impact on students through innovative programs and achievements.
"For us to win this year is a real achievement, particularly since it’s only the second year Viterbo’s been involved in WURHA," said Jason Ramaker, Director of Residence Life. "The RSB staff worked extremely hard to make changes on campus through student forums that led to improvements in campus life. They deserve this honor."
Last year, Viterbo’s RSB held 46 social, educational, and community service initiatives for students. That’s an average of 2-3 per week. In addition, attendance has increased at all its programs.
In addition to earning the "Small School of the Year" title, RSB President Joe Pickar and Treasurer Jillian Blackburn received a "Top 10 Program" honor for "Oh, That Feels Good!" a program on meditation and relaxation.
The group also earned best "Small School Display" award. The RSB display took an innovative look at Viterbo and the La Crosse community with its "underwater bubble" design highlighted with strobe lighting.
Eight student delegates and two advisors attended this year’s WURHA conference. The advisors who attended are Ramaker and Robert Anderson, Residence Life. The students who attended made leadership presentations during the conference. They are: Joe Pickar, Jillian Blackburn, Chris Cook, Haley Roe, Julie O’Rourke, Jen Jahsman, Scott Hendricks, Duane Larson, and Becky Morphew.
Two New Degree Programs Launched
The School of Extended Learning will start two new bachelor’s degree options in the ADVANCE Program. They are the Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management with a minor in Information Technology, and the Bachelor of Integrated Studies.
The new IT minor was developed by the School of Business in response to a request from ADVANCE Program adult learners who want more computer and information science coursework in their plans of study. Students will have the option to choose either the existing OMGT major with no minor, or OMGT with the IT minor. Instructional technology courses, like other courses in the ADVANCE Program, will be offered in an accelerated format. Ultimately they also will be available as online or blended (i.e., part online, part in-class) courses.
The Bachelor of Integrated Studies (BIS) is a "design your own major" career degree program. It is formulated to accelerate bachelor’s degree completion and assist adult learners’ efforts to plan, with the approval of their advisors, a course of study organized around topics of special interest or students’ individual vocational goals. The program allows learners to blend transfer credits and prior learning experiences with selected new educational opportunities to create individual plans of study. Students may choose from a variety of enrollment options: accelerated courses offered in the evening or on weekends; regular daytime or evening class offerings; on-campus classes; courses at off-campus sites; or online courses.
Students in the BIS program will satisfy the college’s General Education core. In addition, there are two required courses: Integrated Studies (INS) 300?Introduction to Adult Learning; and Integrated Studies (INS) 495?Capstone Seminar or Integrating Project. For their major programs, students will select a primary and a secondary area of study. The primary area will consist of 18 credits from a single discipline, 12 of which must be upper division. The secondary area will contain 12 credits from a single discipline, nine of which must be upper division. The Coordinator of the Integrated Studies Program will serve as the academic advisor for all students enrolled in the major. The coordinator will approve student major plans of study in consultation with department chairs or deans in departments or schools appropriate to the proposed plans.
The administration at Western Wisconsin Technical College has shown much interest in the BIS program. Meetings are ongoing between WWTC and Viterbo College personnel to discuss ways of collaborating on the program and facilitating student transfer of credits.
For more information, contact Jan Eriksen, Director of Extended Learning, at ext. 3087.
Memo to Faculty
Materials for submitting D/F academic performance levels on students have been distributed to all faculty teaching regular, full-term, on-campus classes.
Faculty are asked to review the updated official rosters included in the packet and determine which students are not functioning at least at a “C” grade level or perhaps are not attending class and yet still appear on the official roster.
The deadline for submitting D/F notices is noon, Monday, March 6. If you do not plan on being on campus that day (spring break), please turn in your slips by Friday, March 2. We need to hear from you by the deadline date even if you do not have students performing at the D/F level.
This is a sizable and extremely important task and each of you needs to be responsible for doing your part and respecting the deadline date.
Thanks in advance for your cooperation.
Assistant Academic Vice President
Viterbo Student Leaders Recognized
Nineteen Viterbo College student leaders were recognized Feb. 18 in a ceremony sponsored by the Emeritus Alumni Board. Students were selected based on active and significant participation in the work of a college-sponsored club.
This is the first year Viterbo sponsored a recognition program specific to students. "These students are the real leaders and deserve to be singled out for some positive attention. They have worked very hard to keep Viterbo’s clubs and organizations active," said Sally Emerson, Alumni and Parent Relations.
Sabrina Kent Social Work Club
Heather Tomasek Circle K Kiwanis Club
Danielle Lefor Spanish Club
Lee Ann Bock Connect Club
Kim Johnson AGAPE Campus Ministry
Kelly Bode VCSNA
Angie Beaty Sigma Pi Delta Student Alumni Association
Nick Garlie Criminal Justice and Sociology
Meredith Zondag Student Dietetic Association
Nikkole Koenig Student Activities Board
Sam Hinton Student Government/Senior Class Gift
Wyatt Biel Student Government
Cindy Maas Resident Student Board
Heidi Hartley Rotaract
Christi Graber Education Club
Kristine Hatcher Platinum Edition Music Group
Jen Holtz Psychology Club
Thelma Rolle Global Rhythms International Club
Nicoleen Rhoomes Lumen
The Academic Advising Committee now is accepting nominations for this year's Outstanding Academic Advisor Award.
Information about award criteria and the nomination process is available from Peg Beirne in MC 215 or in the Learning Center, MC 312. Posters with pertinent information also are visible on campus.
The deadline to submit a nomination is Friday, March 31.Your participation is appreciated.
Assistant Academic Vice President
Staff Assembly to Host Speaker
On Thursday, March 16, Tom Knothe of Collins, Quillin & Knothe, Ltd., will be the guest speaker for Staff Assembly. The topics of wills, powers of attorney, the role of the executor, and living wills will be discussed. The Administrative Assembly and Faculty Assembly also are invited to attend.
RSVP to Renee Kastenschmidt by Friday by calling ext. 3360 or emailing rekastenschmidt.
The location will be announced after the number of participants is determined. Watch the next issue of Connections for more information.
CLEP Offers Credit
College credit in a variety of subjects is available for Viterbo College students through the College Level Examination Program (CLEP). CLEP exams will be offered at Viterbo on Friday, April 7 in BNC 203. The deadline to register is 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 17.
Contact the Extended Learning Office, MC 215, ext. 3082, or the ADVANCE program office, MC 504, ext. 3370, for more specific test and registration information.
Speakers Address Sexual Assault Prevention
The Viterbo College Connect Club has coordinated a sexual assault prevention campaign aimed at increasing awareness of the attitudes and behaviors that are associated with sexual assault among men and women on college campuses. Part of that campaign has involved displaying and distributing sexual assault prevention information around campus. On March 1, presenters from Gundersen Lutheran Sexual Assault Prevention and Treatment Services will conduct a presentation for interested students in the Student Union at 7:30 p.m. A social worker and nurse examiner will share information about sexual assault risks, consequences, and prevention strategies.
These issues are pertinent for college students for several reasons:
• According to the Journal of American College Health, 15-30% of college women have been victims of rape by someone they know.
• The U.S. Department of Education indicates that women aged 16-24 are four times morely likely to be sexually assaulted than women of all other ages.
• Alcohol is a factor in a high percentage of sexual assault cases. Many times the perpetrator and/or the victim is impaired at the time of the assault.
• Many current students are likely to be involved in related interventions and services as part of their careers.
Please plan to attend Wednesday’s presentation and learn more about this significant issue concerning college students.
V-Hawk Sports Update
Viterbo's baseball team will depart this week on its annual trip to the South in search of sunshine and warm playing fields. But the week-long trip to Florida shouldn't be considered a vacation, noted Dale Varsho, head coach. "We spend 24 hours on a bus, then we play every day. Before you know it, the week is gone, and then you're on the bus for 24 hours heading back," Varsho explained.
The trip will be interrupted by a stop in Terre Haute, Ind., to play a doubleheader with Indiana State University. The V-Hawks then will play doubleheaders on six consecutive days between Sunday and Friday, March 5-10, in Panama City, FL.
Viterbo's baseball players have only practiced in Beggs Gymnasium so far this year, but Varsho noted that the other teams participating in the Gulf Coast Classic also are from northern states. "They're in the same boat we are, as far as only practicing indoors," he said.
Teams located in the South can play year-round, but that's not a luxury northern teams have.
"Every midwestern team goes on a southern trip," Varsho reported. "We have to do this in order to compete."
The V-Hawks do have a home game scheduled for Wednesday, March 1, but Varsho noted such early-season games are usually canceled. Schedule makers, it seems, sometimes are more optimistic than weather forecasters. Viterbo's first home games are most likely to occur during the River City Classic, which begins March 31.
UWL Multicultural Student Services is looking for volunteers to tutor and/or provide recreational assistance for fifth-tenth grade Hmong boys Thursdays from 6-8:30 p.m. The goal of the program is to have one volunteer for each student. For more information and/or to sign up for this opportunity, see Barb in the Learning Center, MC 312, by Friday.
A Bright Idea
Calling all lights! The Connect Club would like to "light up" the events during Alcohol Awareness Week, April 10-14. Please donate your extra working Christmas tree lights (designated for outdoor use) to the Connect Club. During the next few weeks, drop off your extra strings of lights in MC 215.
According to information in the John Hopkins Medical Letter, a recent study showed that even a small increase in aerobic fitness can improve mental function. As part of our Wellness Week celebration, all Viterbo employees are invited to attend Jazzercise class free today and/or Wednesday, March 1. The class is held in the north end of the SAC gym from 12:10-1 p.m. and currently has six to 12 Viterbo employee participants. All you need is willingness to have fun and comfortable clothing.
For more information on the class or Viterbo College’s Wellness Week, contact Rose Kreutz, Wellness Coordinator, at ext. 3676.
• 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.
• Retreats at St. Anthony Retreat Center, Marathon: Retreat for Men and Women, March 10-12, with a theme of "Renewed in Joy." This is a silent retreat weekend which will examine the wisdom of Francis and Clare and how it remains relevant to our lives today; Celtic Spirituality Retreat, March 17-19; Retreat for Women, March 24-26 (Renewed in Joy with Francis and Clare); Healing Retreat, March 31-April 2: “Come, All You Who are Burdened.” For more information on any of these retreats, contact Fr. Tom O’Neill.
• There will be noon Mass in the College Church during Spring Break, March 6-10. Ash Wednesday is March 8 and the distribution of ashes will take place during the noon Mass. There will be no 6 p.m. Sunday Mass on March 5.
• Rest in Peace: In charity, please remember those who have died and those who mourn their deaths: the grandmother of Katie Parins. May she rest in peace.
Art professor Peter Fletcher has returned from the Transplant House in Rochester, Minn. and is recovering at home in West Salem. Though his condition is improving, recovery will take some time. Please continue to keep him in your thoughts and prayers. Cards and letters always are welcome. You can email him at pvfletcher or send a card to 359 West Hamilton Street, West Salem, WI 54669.
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.
• “As You Like It,” a romantic comedy by William Shakepeare, 7:30 p.m. today, 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.
• Faculty Viola Recital by Busya Lugovier, Viterbo College Preparatory School, Friday, March 3, 7:30 p.m., FAC Recital Hall. The program will include works by American composer Ernest Bloch, French composer Darius Milhaud, and Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich. Admission is free and open to the public.
• “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.
Contemplation First Step in Kicking Habit
Wellness Week is an appropriate time for a smoker to begin thinking about one of the most important things he or she can do for health improvement: stop smoking. The upcoming deadline (see “Quit & Win,” above right) for the Quit and Win contest for college students adds another incentive for individuals to begin contemplating such a step.
Contemplation is one of the initial steps in the change process, a step that when well done can help prepare an individual for successful change. A smoker may want to contemplate some of the following:
• Consider tools available to help in nicotine cessation, ranging from chewing gum and cinnamon sticks to nicotine patches or gum.
• Develop strategies for dealing with predictable cravings and urges during the first few days such as taking deep breaths, going for a walk, or calling a supportive friend.
• Try practicing strategies for dealing with such urges before the established quit date by postponing a cigarette for an hour or so when the urge to smoke comes.
• Review the benefits of not smoking, including improved health, and financial, social, and personal freedom.
• Different people have different motivators. For some people, getting rid of the smell in their home is a bigger motivator than the all the scary truths about tar-stained lungs.
• Establish a timetable for quitting. Tell people the date.
• Stock up on supplies such as healthy snacks and beverages. Get rid of the smoking supplies and triggers. Change routines you normally associate with smoking.
• Avoid "catastrophizing" nicotine withdrawal as you contemplate this change. It will not be a walk in the park, but neither will it be excrutiating. As with many experiences, perceptions and expectations influence reality. Individuals who reported thinking nicotine withdrawal would be painful and unmanageable also described actual withdrawal that way. Former smokers who reported believing withdrawal would be challenging and sometimes uncomfortable decribed experiencing the actual process in those, more manageable terms.
In conjunction with the "Quit and Win" contest, a meeting for quitters is scheduled at the SDC at 3:30 p.m. on March 20. Other strategies and supports for nicotine cessation will be discussed at that meeting.
Quit & Win
The Quit and Win Smoking Cessation Contest is coming soon. The contest begins on Monday, March 20, and entry forms must be submitted by Friday, March 17. Applications to take part in this contest (with great prizes) are available around campus. Look for the big white, blue, and red lettered posters with applications attached.
To help you gear up for this program, a video entitled "BUTT OUT!?The Proven Quit Smoking Plan" is available on reserve in the Todd Wehr Memorial Library. If you have questions about this contest, contact Rose Kreutz at ext. 3676, or Silvana Richardson at ext. 3687. If you are a smoker, this is a chance to take charge of your life, save money, be eligible for big prizes, and become a healthier you!
Top Scholar Announced
A Mondovi High School senior is the winner of the Dr. Scholl Scholarship, Viterbo College’s most competitive and lucrative scholarship.
Kathryn Fahnel, daughter of Pamela and Rick Fahnel, was selected Friday at the end of a day of testing and campus interviews provided to the 24 finalists competing for the scholarship. All candidates have expressed an interest in pursing careers in healthcare or science.
The Scholl Scholarship, which is renewable, covers complete tuition costs for up to four years, and is valued in excess of $50,000.
The scholarship is named in honor of Dr. William Scholl who died in 1968. He left the bulk of his estate to a foundation named in his honor.
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