Connections
A Newsletter for the Viterbo College Community
Vol. 13  No. 26  March 20, 2000
 

Viterbo Announces Plans for Latest Project:  "V-Hawk Court"
    A clock tower, kiosk, green space and park benches are part of the latest plans Viterbo has for beautifying and enhancing its campus and adjacent neighborhood.
    Named V-Hawk Court, the area to be renovated is located between the SAC and the Rose Terrace student apartments, on property formerly known as Winnebago Street. The City of La Crosse vacated the roadway between 8th and 9th streets in August 1998. The court is named after the V-Hawks, the official trademark of Viterbo’s athletic teams.
    Funding for the $130,000 project comes from donations made to Viterbo’s Vision 2005 initiatives which already have been used to build endowment, construct student housing, create a new campus entryway to the FAC and to acquire property and develop the new Outdoor Athletic Complex located in Medary Township.
    A brick walkway, which will run the course of V-Hawk Court, also has created a unique opportunity for others to get involved. The hundreds of bricks used to construct the path will carry the names of employees, alumni, and other donors who participate in the project.
    "We have already had a number of people ask about ‘buying a brick in the name of a family member or as a way to memorialize a loved one," said Kenna Christians, vice president of Institutional Advancement.
    Everyone who participates will receive a detailed map showing the exact location of the brick," Christians said.
    "It’s really exciting to see this project develop," said William Medland, president of Viterbo College. "V-Hawk Court is located right in the main corridor of our residential student life and activities area. Though the Vision 2005 initiatives, we are striving to create a campus environment where living and learning opportunities can occur simultaneously."
    "This will create a wonderful green space for neighbors, students and visitors alike to enjoy," Medland added.
Construction on V-Hawk Court will begin after May graduation and be completed over the summer.

Viterbo Brick Road Program Kicks Off
    Unlike the yellow brick road on the way to Oz, the path in V-Hawk Court will be paved with engraved bricks.
The Viterbo Brick Road Program allows donors and friends to make an investment in V-Hawk Court by buying an engraved brick. Although a gift in any amount will help with the project, gifts of $100 or more will receive an engraved brick. "Buying a brick is a unique way to memorialize a loved one and honor friends and family. It’s also a great way for alumni to make their mark on campus and let generations to come know they were a proud Viterbo graduate," said Matt Riffe, individual gifts officer.
    V-Hawk Court, to be located on Winnebago Street between the SAC and Rose Terrace, will beautify the campus and the neighborhood and will unify the academic, residential, and athletic portions of the campus. Park benches, a clock tower, announcement center, picnic tables, and a walkway complete with engraved bricks are some of the distinguishing features of this new green space.
    V-Hawk Court is the final phase in 9th and Winnebago Street renovation projects. The first phase, Viterbo Court, was completed last August on 9th Street between Winnebago and Mississippi.
    Watch your mailboxes for a complete brochure and order form, or contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at ext. 3070. All gifts must be received by Friday, June 23.

AIDS Awareness Week Begins Today
    The opening ceremony for AIDS Awareness Week will be held today at 3 p.m. in the FAC Lobby.
    The ceremony is an introduction to a week of presentations and discussions regarding AIDS and its effects on our global and local communities, as well as remembrances for those whose lives have been changed by it. Panels from the AIDS Memorial Quilt will also be on display in the FAC Lobby.
    For more information, call ext. 3114.

Campus Ministry by Fr. Tom O'Neill
• Lent continues with weekday Masses at noon and Sunday Masses at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m in the College Church. Lenten Taize Prayer is at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays. All are welcome.
• Donations are needed for local food pantries and shelters. Please label donations (WAFER, Place of Grace, AIDS Pantry, Food Pantry) and leave them in the vestibule of the church.
• Volunteers are needed by the Census Office to assist people in filling out census forms. Help is needed at the three La Crosse library locations from 4-8 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and 1-5 p.m. Fridays-Sundays March 27-April 7. There is a mandatory four-hour training session on Thursday, March 23 beginning at 4 p.m. at Census Headquarters in Jackson Plaza. If you are willing to help, please call 785-0500 by Wednesday.
• Retreats at St. Anthony Retreat Center, Marathon:  Renewed in Joy with Sts. Francis and Clare, March 24-26; Healing Retreat? “Come, All You Who Are Burdened,” March 31-Apr 2. For more information on either retreat, contact Fr. Tom O’Neill.
• Rest in Peace:  In charity, please remember those who have died and those who mourn their deaths: the father of April Nelson. May he rest in peace.

Dates & Deadlines
• MTU bus pass payments for employees for April are due to Rita in MC228 by Friday.
• Nominations for Outstanding Academic Advisor must be turned in by Friday, March 31 to Peg Beirne in MC 215.
• Senior Salute is this Thursday from 2:30-5:30 p.m. in the SAC Lobby. Get all your graduation questions answered and pick up your invitations. If you have questions, contact Sr. Sue Ernster at ext. 3709, or by email at smernster.
• Service Trip Opportunity: Interested in spending a week at St. Stephen’s Indian Mission on the Wind River Reservation in central Wyoming this August? Contact William Reese in FAC 213 or by calling ext. 3708.
• Today is the final day to sign up for the Thea Fest 2000 brunch this Sunday. Call the Alumni Office at ext. 3072. Plan to attend a Mass at 10 a.m. at Mary of the Angels Chapel, and the concert at 2 p.m. in the FAC Main Theatre, as well.

Intramurals for All
    Whether you’re seeking to get in shape or simply have fun, Viterbo’s Intramural Sports and Recreation Department probably has the spring activity for you. Student activities include aerobics, Tae Bo, yoga, bowling, sand volleyball, basketball, soccer, and Ultimate frisbee. Open recreation allows students, employees, and intramural teams to use the SAC gym and weight room during specified hours.
    Call the SAC at ext. 3810 for more information.

Flex Benefit Plan
    Sue Sieger, account representative from Benefits Design Group, will be on campus Monday, March 27 and Tuesday, March 28. All new employess hired after June 1, 1999, must make an appointment with Sue for additional orientation on the Section 125 Plan. Sessions are 15 minutes long in the Library, Room 130. Please bring your enrollment forms. Sign up sheets are located by the MC mailboxes.

V-Hawk Sports Update by Ken Brekke
    Viterbo's young baseball team is off to a strong start this season.
    The V-Hawks, featuring a roster dominated by freshmen, currently have a 9-7 record. The team, which completed its southern swing just before spring break, played six doubleheaders on six consecutive days during the Gulf Coast Classic in Panama City, Fla.
    One of the team's wins was a 4-3 victory over Marietta College, Marietta, Ohio, which is the top-ranked NCAA Division II baseball team. That win came in the first game of a doubleheader, and Marietta came back to narrowly take the second game, 6-5.
    Head Coach Dale Varsho indicated he was pleased with the play of his squad, which has 11 freshmen, five sophomores, two juniors and one senior. The V-Hawks lost 17 of the 22 players on last year's team, which had a 24-23 record.
    The baseball team will play this weekend in a tournament in Dubuque, Iowa, and its next home games will be in the River City Classic, which begins Friday, March 31. The V-Hawks will open the tournament with a 10 a.m. game against UW-Stevens Point and follow with a 3 p.m. game versus Bemidji State University.
    The college's softball team, which has nine players returning from last year's 8-25 squad, will play its first game on Thursday against Hastings College in Hastings, Neb., as part of a season-opening doubleheader. The softball team's first home doubleheader will begin at 3 p.m. on Monday, March 27, against UWL.

Thea Fest 2000 This Sunday
    Good food, gospel music, memories, and a personal presentation of a limited edition print by national artist David Lee Csiscko all mark Thea Fest 2000, a celebration of the life and legacy of the late Sister Thea Bowman, Sunday, March 26 at Viterbo College.
    Thea, as she was called by many, was known for tirelessly spreading the Gospel through song, dance, and story, and for promoting cross-cultural awareness throughout the country. She so captured the hearts and minds of the world that since her death 10 years ago, talk of sainthood has surrounded her name.
    The Thea Fest 2000 celebration is open to the public. The events, which are free except for the brunch, include:
•10 a.m. Mass with Gospel music at Mary of the Angels Chapel, St. Rose Convent.
• 11:30 a.m. Buffet brunch featuring a variety of soul food, Marian Hall Dining Room. Lunch is $8 per person and a ticket is needed. An RSVP is required by today.
• 2 p.m. Thea Fest Celebration Concert, Fine Arts Center Main Theatre, includes music from the Thea Bowman Memorial Choir from the Holy Child Jesus School in Canton, Miss.; the Viterbo Concert Choir; the reunion of Thea’s own Hallelujah Singers from Viterbo College; and the presentation by Csicsko of his print, "Sister Thea."
    "Thea Fest celebrates Sr. Thea Bowman’s life and honors her on the 10th anniversary of her death. One of Thea’s greatest wishes was that we share our gifts with one another. This event allows us to do that. We hope it will also help keep Thea’s spirit alive for those who knew her and, at the same time, share the spirituality, diversity, and richness that Thea brought to life with those who didn’t know her," said Daniel Johnson-Wilmot, Viterbo music department chair, who helped organize the event.
    Born Bertha Bowman in Yazoo City, Miss., Thea was baptized a Catholic in 1947. She entered the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration community in 1953 in La Crosse and professed her vows in 1958.  After earning her Bachelor of Arts degree at Viterbo College, Thea later taught at Blessed Sacrament in La Crosse and Holy Child Jesus Catholic High School in Canton, Miss. She went on to receive her master’s and doctoral degrees from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. She then came back to La Crosse and taught English at Viterbo from 1972-78.
Thea helped found the Institute of Black Catholic Studies at Xavier University in New Orleans, La. and became a popular speaker. She died in 1990 after a six-year struggle with cancer.
    David Lee Csicsko has created a wide array of illustrations for the city of Chicago and area museums, musical groups, and businesses as well as for a variety of national publications. He also illustrated the White House Christmas booklet in 1993 and is one of the artists whose work was on display in the city of Chicago’s recent "Cows on Parade" exhibit.
    For more information about Thea Fest, or to register for the brunch, contact the Viterbo Alumni Office at ext. 3072 or via email at sbemerson@viterbo.edu.
 

Host Families Still Needed
    The Thea Bowman Memorial Choir from Holy Child Jesus School in Canton, Miss. will share their talents during Thea Fest 2000 on the Viterbo campus.
If you are able to house one or more of these children or their chaperones and also provide transportation to their rehearsals and performance during their stay, please contact Dan Johnson-Wilmot at ext. 3761.

Yum, Yum!
    Sign up for the Employee Sub Sandwich Lunch on Thursday, March 23, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the SAC. To save a spot, give your reservation and $1 to Marcia Brodt, MC Reception no later than Tuesday.

Community Service is Focus of Residence Life Theme Houses
    The Residence Life Center continues its living and learning mission in the residence facilities with the announcement of five new “theme houses” for fall. Forty-eight students recently competed through a written bid process for the 26 slots in the six newly developed theme houses.
The bid process required that students develop their own community service or educationally based theme, elect a house head, and establish a set of house rules. Those selected for the first theme houses include:
• MAD House?”Making a Difference” with community service (Boys’ and Girls’ Club, AIDS Pantry, YMCA, Great Rivers Independent Living Center):  *Cindy Maas, Kerri Shingledecker, Christina Mertig, Danielle Lefor, Bethany Trzcinski.
•The Pump House?Promoting health education and awareness issues in residence halls:  Meghan Kinney, Jessie Rehder, Sheila Reynolds, *Jessica Gosh, Jaci Carlson.
•The Helping Hand House?Making a difference through community involvement (Place of Grace, Good Neighbor program, Ronald McDonald House):  Michele Matison, Megan Mitschke, Jennifer Holtz, Katherine Kreofsky, *Kato Scrivner.
•Kids’ Care House (Children's Program care and education at New Horizons):  Tara Sime, Sabrina Kent, *Micah Hansen, Sherita Valentine, Taneka Taylor.
•Little Women House?Promoting awareness of women's issues on campus:  *Melissa Brabender, Greta Raatz, Jacinda Grefe, Amy Pehler, Christina Kabner, Emily Weihing.
    *Denotes house head

Alicia Author on Campus April 4
    Alicia Appleman-Jurman knows what it’s like to suffer. During World War II, her brothers, father, mother, and friends were killed—victims of the Holocaust.
    Appleman-Jurman, gives a powerful account of her personal experience as a Jew in World War II Poland in her autobiographical novel, Alicia: My Story. She will speak at the Viterbo FAC Main Theatre on Tuesday, April 4, from 11:30 a.m. ? 1 p.m.
    Her book, Alicia: My Story, traces her life as a young girl, 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.
Following the lecture, she will autograph books in the FAC lobby. The lecture, which is open to the public, is free but a ticket is required. In lieu of an admission fee, donation of a non-perishable food item for local food pantries will be accepted before the presentation.
Tickets are available at the MC reception desk.
    This presentation is sponsored by the Women's Studies Committee and Aavery Counseling.

Kudos to...
....Bonnie Nesbitt, Nursing, had an article, Sense of Coherence and Illness Appraisal in Older Women’s Quality of Life, in the February issue of Research in Nursing and Health.
...Rae Myers, a junior Biology major, received a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship at Mayo Clinic's Department of Immunology.  The program runs from June through August.
...Rebecca Schmidt ’98, was accepted into the Physician Assistant Program at Western Michigan University for this fall.

7th Days on Tap
    Please join us for these lunch discussions at noon in MC 419C:
Wednesday, March 22­The State of AIDS in Our Community, Sara Johnson, counselor for the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin
Tuesday, March 28­Celtic Pilgrimage, Mary Kathryn Fogarty, Franciscan Spirituality Center

Got News?
    One way to share news that is relevant to all Viterbo employees is to send a campus-wide email. Campus-wide email should be used with descretion, however. Please limit your messages to news and announcements applicable to all employees. Send them only once, and do not include attachments. You may, as a part of your email, include a web-based link to a Viterbo College web site that has more details.
    A complete copy of the guidelines for using campus-wide email appears on the Viterbo web site under “Policies” (viterbo.edu/      campnews/campcpmh/cpmh.htm).
    To send your message to all employees, use the following address:  AllEmployeeAccounts@viterbo.edu.

News You'll Notice by Jack Havertape
    The Title III Grant will expire in October. This brings to conclusion a tremendous effort to make computer technology available to every Viterbo faculty member and student. We have gone from less than 50 computers on campus to more than 450. All classrooms and offices have been wired to provide immediate access to the campus network and the Internet. A major purpose of the Title III Grant was to infuse computer technology into the curricula of the college to provide increased opportunities for learning for our students. Viterbo College is far ahead of many colleges and universities in the country, according to a recent survey in the Chronicle of Higher Education.
    Our next goal is to use that technology to its fullest advantage to provide expanded learning opportunities for students. A first step is for all of the faculty and academic administrators to develop the required expertise to make this happen. The effort for this second wave of innovation began with an informative in-service on using computers within the curriculum, conducted by Dr. Curt Bonk from the University of Indiana in January.
    While some faculty are expanding the use of Web resources and student discussion software, other faculty are planning ways to launch Web-based courses. Faculty in the School of Business, the School of Nursing MSN program, and the School of Letters and Sciences are eager to initiate such online courses. These efforts are likely to begin with­and perhaps continue with­"blended" courses. In a "blended" course, some of the course is taught in person, and the rest is delivered online over the Internet.
    As we establish online courses, we learn that much of what can be done online is equally applicable to enhance learning opportunities in our traditional courses. A committee has been reviewing software which can provide faculty with a set of tools to provide enhanced learning opportunities for students. One of the products that appears to give excellent solutions is Blackboard. When a product is adopted by the college, training opportunities will be arranged for faculty.
    This effort at course development and enhancement is, of course, only a precursor to even more change and development. Peter Cochrane, author of Tips for Time Travelers, once said that change is incessant and rapid, and if there is anyone who thinks they know what’s going on, it’s because they aren’t moving fast enough!

Arts & Entertainment
• Senior Graphic Design art exhibit, Wednesday through April 12 in the Viterbo Art Department Gallery. The gallery is open during regular school hours or at other times by request.
• Iolanthe, a comic operetta by Gilbert and Sullivan and presented by the Viterbo College Theatre Arts Department, Friday and Saturday, April 14 and 15 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, April 16, at 2 p.m., FAC Main Theatre. Call the Box Office, ext. 3100, for ticket information.
• Lorie Line and Her Pop Chamber Orchestra, Monday, April 24, 7:30 p.m., FAC Main Theatre. Call the Box Office, ext. 3100, for ticket information.
• Artaria Quartet, Friday, March 24, 7:30 p.m., FAC Recital Hall. Call the Box Office at ext. 3100 for ticket information.
• 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.
• Thea Fest 2000 Choral Concert, Sunday, March 26, 2 p.m., FAC Main Theatre. Part of a daylong celebration, this performance will feature the Holy Child Jesus School Choir, the Viterbo Concert Choir, and presentation of the Thea print by artist David Lee Csicsko.

SEAL Awards
    Congratulations to the SEAL (Students Excelling in Activities and Leadership) Award students of the month for February. Jenny Drexler and LeeAnne Bock won the awards for their committment and dedication as members of Connect. Nominations for March can be sent to the Residence Life by Friday, March 31.
    The first annual end-of-the-year SEAL Awards Ceremony will be held in the College Church on April 26 at 6 p.m. The newly developed awards ceremony was designed to honor students and student clubs and organizations for their campus life involvement, contributions and leadership. Nomination materials will be sent to all faculty, staff, and student organizations. All are welcome to attend to honor our outstanding students. The SEAL Awards are sponsored by the Student Development Center. Please call Jason at ext. 3841 for more information.

Honors Convocation Set for May 4
    Mark your calendars to attend the Viterbo College Honors Convocation program on Thursday, May 4, at 2:30 p.m. in the FAC Main Theatre.
Recognition will be given to this year’s recipients of the Servant-Leader Award, the Pax et Bonum Award, the Finucan Exemplar of Mission Award, the Sr. Helen Elsbernd Distinguished Service Award, the Outstanding Academic Advisor Award, the Alec Chiu Memorial Award, and the Outstanding Teacher Award.
    Last year’s recipient of the Outstanding Teacher Award, Kim Fredricks, biology, will begin this year’s program with an address. Classes which conflict with the time of the program will be canceled in order to encourage student attendance at the Honors Convocation.

Classifieds
Wanted:  Tutor for IMAC use, including MS Word, email/Internet. Call Kate at 452-3811.
Wanted:  Electric typewriter in good condition. A simple model with tabs, margins and correction tape is needed. If you or if your department has one, contact John Hempstead  at ext. 3265 or Marilyn Adam at ext. 3266.
For sale:  Ladies’ steel shaft golf clubs, bag and matching covers. Power Built irons (includes pitching wedge) plus putter, and Power Built metal woods 1, 3, 5, and 7. Cost: $150. Call Deb Anderson at ext. 3371 or 787-5445.
Wanted:  Working outdoor Christmas lights. Please donate them to the Connect Club to “light up” the events of Alcohol Awareness Week. Bring your strings of lights to MC 215 by Monday, April 3.
 

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