Connections
A Newsletter for the Viterbo College Community
Vol. 13  No. 32  May 1, 2000
 

Viterbo University and WWTC Partner for "2 plus 2" Degree Program
    Western Wisconsin Technical College graduates will be able to fully transfer all credits earned from an Associate Degree to Viterbo University, which will offer a newly created Bachelor of Integrated Studies Degree (B.I.S.) this fall.
The announcement was made Tuesday in a joint press conference attended by Presidents William Medland of Viterbo and Lee Rasch of WWTC and other officials from both organizations.
     program, called 2 plus 2, and the agreement to fully transfer the equivalent of a two-year Associate Degree, is believed to be the first of its kind in the region. “We’re very excited about this new opportunity for our graduates,” said John Hamilton, Vice President for Instruction at WWTC.
Under the agreement, technical college graduates will be able to design a four-year Viterbo University degree which meets their own career and personal interests. Students who have completed two years at WWTC can complete the B.I.S. degree at Viterbo in two years, attending full-time. Officials at both organizations feel the program will be particularly attractive to students in many fields such as business, commercial art, and police science who can benefit from a four-year degree and liberal arts education.
    “This is a significant and exciting collaboration for us,” said Medland. “Technical college graduates will have numerous options under this arrangement. The collaboration makes sense as we have been hearing from students, the media, and government officials, that educators need to reduce barriers and redundancy. I know of no other program that does this better than ‘2 plus 2.’ ”
    Rasch expressed similar sentiments. “There are many adults working in technical areas for which the BIS degree will provide a broadly based education, making them more valuable to employers.”
    While majors with specific accreditation or internship requirements will be excluded from the agreement, most academic areas will accommodate the “2 plus 2” transfer program, said Viterbo Academic Vice President Jack Havertape.
    “A student with an associate degree in Police Science, for example, can enroll at Viterbo and earn a B.I.S. degree with major emphasis in The Criminal and Society,” Havertape said. “Or the student with a degree in Supervisory Management can complete a four-year degree at Viterbo emphasizing Ethical Business Practices.”
    The first students to enroll in “2 plus 2” will start at Viterbo this fall. Students from other technical colleges also will be eligible for the program, Havertape said, but college officials decided to first reach an agreement and launch the program in partnership with WWTC. “It seemed like the logical place to start. We have a number of other collaborations going with WWTC and the partnerships are always very beneficial to the students and to the health of our relative organizations.”

Put Your Stress to Rest Before the Tests
    Come to relax, play games, win prizes, have fun with friends, and take a break from all those papers!
Join us on Tuesday, May 2, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. behind the Student Union in the Residence Hall Courtyard. There will be games, contests, prizes, food, and lots of fun in this stress-free zone! (Sponsored by your friendly Student Development Staff.)

"Prodigals" Packs Them In
    More than 200 concertgoers attended a performance by Earl Madary, religious studies, last Tuesday night. The concert celebrated the release of his debut CD, “Prodigals.” Madary was accompanied by members of the St. Francis Choir and alumna Shealan Crowley. Jeff Cozy recorded “Prodigals” at Bright Ideas Studios/Little La Records of La Crosse. Part of the proceeds from the sale of “Prodigals” goes to Place of Grace.

V-Hawks Sports Update by Ken Brekke
    Marv Friedewald, who has been with Viterbo since 1975, was honored for his support of the college athletics department during softball and baseball home games on Saturday and Sunday.
    Friedewald tossed ceremonial first pitches for the softball team on Saturday and the baseball team on Sunday.
    Friedewald, the founder and former chairman of the business department at the college, is retiring this year. He is a long-time supporter of Viterbo athletics and a familiar face at home games for most of the college's seven sports. Friedewald has been the college's faculty athletic representative since 1976 and was inducted into Viterbo's Wall of Fame in 1992.
    He and his wife, Annette, were the first members of the softball program's booster club, and Marv served as an assistant softball coach in 1989 and 1990.
The V-Hawks softball team has ended regular season play and will play in the conference tournament this Thursday and Friday at St. Ambrose University.
The baseball team will have its last home games of the season today and Thursday, and will participate in a regional tournament in Chicago May 10-14. Both today's doubleheader against Grand View College and Thursday's doubleheader against Cardinal Stritch University begin at 1 p.m.

Kudos to...
...Mark Saegrove, math, who presented a paper titled "The Quartile Uniform Plot:  An Added Dimension to the Boxplot" at the annual joint meetings of the Iowa Chapter of the American Statistical Association and the Iowa Section of the Mathematical Association of America held at Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa April 14-15.

TheaFest 2000 Videos
For those who didn't make Thea Fest 2000 on March 26 or for those who want to relive the memories and exuberant song, the Thea Fest 2000 videotapes are on reserve in the Todd Wehr Memorial Library.There are two tapes, one of the Eucharistic Liturgy and one of the Celebration Concert, but only one copy of each. Tapes may be reserved for one week.

Morning Muffins
    This morning the Student Dietetic Association will sell May Day Muffin Baskets in the MC Lobby from 9-11 a.m. or while supplies last.
Muffins are $2 for a basket of four. Flavors include apple cinnamon, blueberry, lemon poppy seed, and chocolate chip. Stop by and purchase a basket for yourself or as a May Day gift.

Arts & Entertainment
• Student Art Show through Friday, May 7, Art Department Gallery, third floor FAC. Works in a variety of media by Viterbo students are featured.
• Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson, internationally acclaimed piano trio, Wednesday, May 3, 7:30 p.m., FAC Main Theatre. This performance is sponsored by James G. Birnbaum and Ross A. Seymour, Attorneys-at-Law. The concert is supported, in part, by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin.
• Prep School Studio Recital by piano students of Karla Wakeen, Saturday, May 6, 1 p.m., FAC Recital Hall.
• Student Voice Recital by Amy Petrowski, mezzo soprano, Saturday, May 6, 7:30 p.m., FAC Recital Hall. She will be assisted by Kathryn Williams and accompanied by Judy Stafslien.
• Prep School Studio Recital by piano students of Mary Kulas, Sunday, May 7, 2 p.m., FAC Recital Hall.
• Student Voice Recital by Amanda Drake, soprano, and Kevin DeWan, baritone, Sunday, May 7, 7:30 p.m., FAC Recital Hall. Accompanists are Judy Stafslien and Carol Rhodes.
• “The Jewish Wife” and “A Simple Autumn,” encore performances of two one-acts recently presented at Viterbo, Tuesday, May 9, 11:50 a.m.-12:50 p.m., La Croix Black Box Theatre. Admission is free.

Campus Ministry by Fr. Tom O'Neill
• Today, May Day, marks another special occasion, as it is the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker, our diocesan patron. The feast was instituted during the Cold War to "baptize" workers' celebrations sponsored by groups or governments hostile to the church. Since Leo XIII's Rerum Novarum (1898), the church has been a champion of working people. St. Joseph the Workman Cathedral is our Viterbo College parish.
• Secondly, a feast for Earl­We wish Earl Joseph Madary a happy birthday today.
• Feast of the Ascension:  Please note that the Bishops of the Province of Wisconsin voted by a two-thirds majority to permanently move the feast of the Ascension to the Seventh Sunday of Easter (June 4 this year) from its previous celebration on Thursday.
• Please continue to remember our local food pantries and AIDS pantry as summer approaches. Contributions may be left in the entry of the Campus Church for delivery.
• We remember those who share in the Lord's resurrection:  the father of Shawn Peck; the grandfather of Christine Ahles; the grandmother of Terri Anders; the uncle of Angela Osgood; the father-in-law of Eric Schmidt; and alumna Sr. Irene Rickelman. May they rest in peace.

News You'll Notice by Mary Hassinger
Farewell and Best Wishes to Two Well-Loved FSPA
As the end of the academic year approaches, we are all caught in the final rush of work to register students, get the last purchase order in, attend convocations and banquets, and write finals. During this busy time, let's also take a few minutes to reflect on the contributions of our FSPA faculty who are retiring:  Sr. Kathleen Kenkel and Sr. Anita Beskar.
Sr. Kathleen Kenkel
I recently completed the FSPA-sponsored Envision program and became aware of the importance of an organization's foundation, or "deep story." Ultimately, it sustains us and makes us unique. Sr. Kathleen has spent 15 years teaching at Viterbo (1975-83 and 1993-present). She has enriched the college with her spirituality and strong Franciscan values­gifts that exemplify Viterbo's "deep story." She has contributed significantly to the Mission Effectiveness committee and has given her time orienting new personnel to our mission and roots during fall inservice. Her diverse interests and dedication to teaching, advising, and service have been a great resource to the Viterbo community.
Sr. Anita Beskar
Increasingly, our students face a diverse, complex world where values, identity, and life choices must be explored and understood in order for them to function and help shape society. Sr. Anita, who retires after 10 years as the first Franciscan Chair of Global Education, has provided leadership that transformed the educational experience of Viterbo students and prepared them to meet different challenges.
The core curriculum now includes a diversity component and allows greater flexibility and variety in course offerings. Faculty development activities and immersion experiences were provided that opened a new world view for many, resulting in new courses and pursuits. Study abroad opportunities and immersion courses were developed for students, and the mechanics of registering, obtaining credit, and financing these experiences have been simplified. Diversity Days humanities symposia and an increase in the number of international students have enriched the learning experience for everyone. The integration of these many components into the college's educational strategies have allowed new efforts to emerge independently of the Global Education office. For example, the Theatre Arts Department has received a La Crosse Foundation "Building Bridges" grant and is developing a campus-wide diversity awareness week for fall semester 2000.
Thank you to Sr. Anita and Sr. Kathleen. The School of Letters and Sciences and the entire campus community will miss your presence. Our challenge will be to sustain and continue your work in the years ahead.

Sign Up for Spring ATC Offerings
    Space is limited, so sign up now for spring and summer ATC training. Call Jeff Nyseth at ext. 3285 or email him at jcnyseth to pre-register. A complete schedule for spring and summer is found on the ATC web page at www.viterbo.edu/academic/as/ids/schedule.htm.

Scholarships Awarded on Nursing Recognition Day
    Twenty Viterbo nursing students were awarded scholarships last Thursday as part of Student Nurse Recognition Day. Thirteen other awards were bestowed as well. The celebration and award distribution took place during a special celebration in the cafeteria from 3:10-4 p.m.
The scholarships awarded were:
Sister Grace Clare Beznouz Endowed Nursing Scholarship:
Danielle Miller, senior
Staci Wenaas, junior
Mary Crosby, sophomore
Kimberly Dockham, master’s candidate
La Crosse District Nurses Association Scholarship:
Laura Schachtner, senior
Christine Dahl Nursing Scholarship:
Sara Nau, sophomore
Helene Fuld Trust Fellowship Recipient:
Staci Wenaas, junior
Wisconsin League for Nursing Scholarship:
Trisha Reese, junior
Spirit of Nursing Award:
Pauline Potter
VCSNA Leadership Award:
Laura Schachtner
Nurse Mentor Awards:
Teresa Falk, RN, Gundersen Lutheran Pediatrics (from the senior class)
Kathy Daily, RN, Gundersen Lutheran Oncology (from the junior class)
Senior "Peanuts Character" Awards­good-nature awards given to the seniors who represent "Peanuts" characters:
Charlie Brown (for ability to manage life and for politeness, yet worries over trifles):  Matt Gasper; Lucy (for forthrightness and willingness to give advice):  Carrie Rochester; Snoopy (for intelligence, creativity, and imagination):  Stan Hovell
Linus (for intelligence and philosophical nature):  Pauline Potter; Woodstock (for big presence from a little bird):  Carrie Saueressig; Peppermint Patty (for boldness and difficulty staying awake in class):  Kristi Ladika; Pigpen (for ability to deal with life issues and for being happily messy):  Pat Boyer; Marcy (for helpfulness and wisdom):  Danielle Miller; Schroeder (for a reserved demeanor and ability to remain unruffled):  Carol Sobkowiak.

Dietetic Internship Announced
    The Nutrition and Dietetics Department is pleased to announce that nine dietetic interns were matched with Viterbo in the national computer matching. Students who have already graduated from their respective institutions will be at Viterbo for a fifth year of study next fall to participate in the unique internship experience we offer which is required in order to take the Registered Dietitian’s exam. Students will arrive from their respective alma maters:  University of North Carolina at Greensboro,  South Dakota State University, East Carolina University, UW-Stout, University of Minnesota, Florida International University, UW-Madison, and UW-Stevens Point.
    This group is quite diverse and includes varsity athletes, and officers of both service and social organizations. Faculty are especially pleased that the class includes a Hispanic American and a male, both under-represented in the dietetics profession. Viterbo dietetics faculty reviewed 25 applications for the nine available positions.

Junior Nursing Student Wins Prestigious Fellowship
    Staci Wenaas, a Viterbo College nursing major, is one of only 20 recipients from across the United States to receive the prestigious Helene Fuld Trust Fellowship for emerging nurse leaders.
    As a 2000 Fuld Fellow, Wenaas will participate in a leadership conference in New York City from June 18-28. The conference will focus on issues and themes shaping the health care system in the 21st Century—interdisciplinary collaboration, community-based practice, and cross-cultural competence. The 2000 Fuld Fellows will then gather in October in Washington, D.C. for a Capstone Retreat.
    The Fellows will also develop mentoring relationships with health care professionals. The mentorships will serve them well beyond their fellowships.
"This is a real opportunity, especially because of the networking—meeting people who can help advance my career and help me define my goals for the future," said Wenaas, a junior.
    Wenaas was nominated for the award by the dean of Viterbo’s School of Nursing, Silvana Richardson, and selected by the Helene Fuld Fellowship Selection Committee from approximately 300 applicants.
    "Staci is a very hard worker, an excellent student, and is also very kind and humble. We are so pleased that she’s been chosen as a Fuld Fellow and we’re confident she’ll make an outstanding nurse," said Richardson.
    Following her anticipated graduation in 2001, Wenaas plans to work as a nurse for several years and then pursue her master’s degree.

Flag Raisings Honor National Nurses Week
    The La Crosse District Nursing Association flag will fly over the Viterbo campus and City Hall on Monday, May 8. Held during National Nurses Week (May 6-12), the flag raisings are intended to honor the 2.6 million registered nurses throughout the United States.
    At Viterbo, the brief flag raising ceremony will be held at 9:45 a.m. Viterbo President Dr. William J. Medland will issue a Nurses Week proclamation and will raise the flag, which displays Florence Nightingale’s lamp and the expression "Registered Nurses Caring for You."
Then, at 12:30 p.m., La Crosse Mayor John Medinger will proclaim May 6-12 National Nurses Week in La Crosse and the La Crosse District Nursing Association flag will be hoisted on the flagpole there.
    Also as a part of Nurses Week, on Tuesday, May 9, area nurses are invited to an ecumenical worship service in their honor at Mary of the Angels Chapel at St. Rose Convent. Held at 5:30 p.m., the service will feature student nurses and nursing professionals sharing "exemplars," or personal stories about a specific aspect of nursing care. A social at St. Rose will follow the mass. Refreshments will be served.
    The week ends on Sunday, May 12, which is the birthday of Florence Nightingale, who has long been considered the founder of the nursing profession."Nurses are the unsung heroes of our society," said Rose Kreutz, president of the La Crosse District Nurses Association and Viterbo nursing professor. "They work hard every day to maintain and better the health of millions of people. What’s more, they’re faced daily with critical issues affecting how that care is provided. They deserve this week in their honor and we applaud them for their work."
    For more information on National Nurses Week, contact Kreutz at ext. 3676 or by email at rekreutz.

Parking Permits
    1999-00 parking permits will expire on Aug. 14. Academic year 2000-01 parking permits may be purchased at the MC Reception Desk from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., weekdays beginning on Aug. 1. You may purchase only one permit and must present your Viterbo ID and provide accurate information on the year, make, model, and color of the vehicle, license plate number, and current local phone number.
    The price of a parking permit is $20. Employee parking permit holders may park in lots A, B, G, H, or I, but are not guaranteed a parking space. Employees who do not purchase a permit will be required to park on city streets.
    As a parking permit holder, you will be responsible for understanding and adhering to Viterbo's parking policies. A summary of these policies is available at the MC Reception Desk. A complete copy of the parking policies is available at Viterbo's web site and is on reserve in the library.

Viterbo Clubs and Organizations Honor Leaders with SEAL Awards
    Last Thursday was a day of honor and recognition for Viterbo students because of their involvement as campus leaders in student clubs, organizations and their contributions to student life.
    Six Students Excelling in Activities and Leadership (SEAL) Awards were presented, the 12 students of the month for the 1999-00 academic year were honored, and 15 awards were presented by campus organizations. SEAL alone had more than 50 nominations for its awards.
    "We hope these awards become a tradition of honoring Viterbo students who are significantly contributing to student life," said Jason Ramaker, director of residence life. "Thanks goes out to all of our students who were honored for their achievements and also those who were not selected but still gave so much of their time and effort to make campus life so enriching."
The awards and recipients were:
Residence Life Center:
Rookie RA of the Year-LeeAnn Bock
Returning RA of the Year-Chris Cook
Programmer of the semester-Sheila McDonnell
Connect Club:
2000 Leadership Award-Jenny Drexler
Behind-the-scenes Award-Teresa Stankowski
Outstanding Prevention Program (Alcohol Awareness Week)-LeeAnn Bock
Outstanding Public Awareness Campaign (Sexual Assault Awareness Campaign)-Megan Mueller
Resident Student Board:
President’s Award of Excellence­Julie O’Rourke
Superior Achievement Award­Haley Roe
Outstanding Commitment and Dedication­Duane Larson
Sigma Pi Delta:
Outstanding Member of the Year ­ Sara Bader
Student Government Association:
Extra Effort Award for Addressing Student Concerns­John Madlock
Personal Enthusiasm Award for Addressing Student Concerns­Nick Johnson
Dedication Award­Erin Fargen
SEAL Awards:
Students of the Month­September 99:  Jen Topel, Jess Luebker, Karen LaMotte; October 99: Craig Davis, Joe Pickar; November: Kim Johnson, Nick Johnson; December: Nic Gilbertson; January: Nikki Brill; February: LeeAnn Bock; March: Jenny Drexler; and April: Herb Peterson.
Outstanding Leader of the Year­Joe Pickar, Resident Student Board
Outstanding Advisor of the Year­Anne Ellefson, Connect Club
Outstanding Support Member of the Year­Teresa Stankowksi, Connect Club
Outstanding Organization of the Year­Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE)
Outstanding Educational/Service Program of the Year­Alcohol Awareness Week, Connect Club
Outstanding Social/Recreational Program of the Year­Sisterhood Squares, Resident Student Board

All Student Art Show in Gallery This Week
    The Viterbo Art Department Gallery is currently featuring an All Student Art Show, with works in a variety of media, which runs until Friday, May 7.
Below right, art student James Hobbs stands next to his mixed media work "2.0-04" at the opening reception last Thursday.

Wanted: Handbook Information
    The process of preparing the new Student Handbook and Calendar for 2000-01 has begun. The handbook will be in the same format as in the past. Please review the contents of the current handbook for any revisions you have from your area(s) of responsibility for the new book. Please forward all revisions to Fr. Tom O’Neill via email at tmoneill or send on disk or hard copy through inter campus mail to MC 319 no later than June 1 to assist in having the new handbook ready when the new students arrive in August. Please also notify Fr. Tom if you have reviewed your areas and have no revisions. Remember to include calendar items you want published as well. Contact Fr. Tom if you have questions.
    The SGA Handbook Committee and Fr. Tom thank you for your participation.

What is the Shelflife of Your Textbooks?
Reminder to faculty members:  If you still need to place textbook orders for the fall semester, please contact the Bookstore at your earliest convenience. It is fine if you still have not decided what you plan to use, but if you know you are going to use a book next fall that students have right now, they will certainly appreciate it if you let the Bookstore know before buyback (finals week).

WalkAmerica Needs You
    Join the fight against birth defects by walking in or pledging another walker for the March of Dimes WalkAmerica scheduled for Saturday, May 6 beginning at Myrick Park. Sigma Pi Delta is coordinating campus participation in the fundraiser.
Pledges must be dropped off in the Alumni Office by noon on Thursday, May 4. The first ten people with at least $25 in pledges will receive a t-shirt.

Memo to Students and Faculty
    The form to officially request a grade of incomplete must be completed and on file in the Assistant Academic Vice President’s office by Thursday, May 4. The guidelines and procedures for requesting a grade of incomplete are found on page 38 of the 1999-01 college catalog. Please call me at ext. 3085 if you have any questions.
             Wayne Wojciechowski
             Assistant Academic VP

Dates & Deadlines
• Administrative Assembly Nominations for Vice President of the Assembly and various committee positions are due today to Scott Johns, admission office.
• Pope John XXIII Awards for Distinguished Service ceremony tonight, FAC Lobby. This year’s featured award recipients are Billy Mills and Jane and Lindy Saline.
• Honors Convocation, Thursday, May 4, 2:40 p.m., FAC Main Theatre. Classes will be dismissed at 2:15 p.m. All 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. classes are canceled on this day.
• Employee Recognition Banquet, Thursday, May 4, FAC Main Lobby. The cost is $10 per person. Awards for ten, 20 and 30 years of service, in addition to honors for retiring faculty Sr. Anita Beskar, Marvin Friedewald, and Sr. Kathleen Kenkel, are on the program.
• Courtyard Carnie, Friday, May 5.
• Retirement Party for Marv Friedewald, Sr. Anita Beskar, and Sr. Kathleen Kenkel, Wednesday, May 10, 2-4 p.m., MC Lobby.
• National Nurses Week, May 6-12.
• School of Nursing Pinning Ceremony, Saturday, May 13, 1 p.m., FAC Lobby.
• Commencement, Sunday, May 14.
• Sister, Doctor, Dean Jean Golf Outing, Tuesday, May 16.
• Viterbo Employee Family Picnic, Saturday, May 20, 3-6 p.m. with dinner at 5 p.m., Goose Island Shelter #5. Cost for brat dinner is $2 for adults, and $1 for children age 12 or younger.

Classifieds
For sale:  Sailboat, ‘73 O’Day 22. Fiberglass, cabin (table and head), sleeps four. Reinforced rigging for rough water sailing. Battery, navigation, and mast lights. Five HP Johnson motor, three sails. Heavy duty trailer, recently repainted and given new lights. $2,900 OBO. Call Francine at ext. 3492 or 788-7410.
For sale:  ’90 Subaru Legacy wagon, AWD, 5-speed stick, air, pw/pl. White with some rust around doors and hatch. Very clean interior. 145 K miles. $2,500 OBO. Call Jim at ext. 3491 or 788-8910.
For sale:  42” round oak pedestal table with four captain’s chairs (two with full arms). Table has wood-grained formica top and two 12” table leaves. All in good condition. $115. Contact Wayne Wojciechowski at ext. 3085.
 

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