A Newsletter for theViterbo College Community
Vol. 13  No. 33   May 8, 2000

Pam Maykut is Viterbo's 2000 Teacher of the Year
    She’s met the Dalai Llama and inspired a play about her experience as a volunteer teacher at the Tibetan Home School in India. She is a mentor and inspiration to hundreds of college students. And she inspires and teaches teachers. She is this year’s Viterbo College 2000 Teacher of the Year—Dr. Pam Maykut.
    Maykut, an associate professor of psychology, has been with Viterbo College since 1986. She received a B.A. degree in psychology and sociology from Bowling Green State University, Ohio, in 1974, a M.A. degree in school psychology from the UWL in 1976, and a Ph.D. in Studies in Behavioral Disabilities from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1983.
    Prior to joining Viterbo, Maykut served as Director of Research and Training at the Fairbanks Rehabilitation Association and served as an instructor in the Department of Psychology at UWL. She has served as a consultant for many organizations and has written numerous articles for publication. In 1996, she spent her spring sabbatical working with Tibetan refugee children in India. A play by Vic Passante, "Seeds of Tibet," was inspired by her trip and the artwork and stories of the Tibetan refugee children taught by Maykut.
    Her colleagues admire her many strengths and abilities. "(Pam’s) approach in the classroom benefits all learners and learning styles," said Dr. Mary Hassinger, dean of the School of Letters and Sciences. "She individualizes her teaching relationship with each student and encourages students to think about how they think and learn. By increasing their self-knowledge, Pam allows students to recognize their own competencies and values—perhaps for the first time."
    Maykut’s students feel she is an exemplary role model. "Pam lives education," said senior Rebekah Aderman. "She motivates students first by having a high expectation of herself, then by having a high expectation of her students… Her challenge was to help you become your best, not her best."
    Senior Karen LaMotte agrees. "After having Pam for a teacher, I feel better about myself as a student and a person. I realized that it is possible to achieve the impossible if someone believes in you, like Pam believes in me."

Honors Convocation Recognizes Many of Viterbo's Shining Stars
    They come from different backgrounds, work in different fields, but have similar effects on the lives of people in the Viterbo community—they make a difference.
    At last Thursday’s Honors Convocation, the following people were recognized for their service and their work:
Earl J. Madary, an assistant professor in the Religious Studies Department, received the J. Thomas Finucan Award for his exceptional contributions to furthering the mission of Viterbo College.
    What they’re saying about Earl:
• "Earl Madary believes in justice. He works towards social justice and encourages others to be involved with the good of the world as well. Earl has taught me about the God in all people," Kim Johnson, senior.
• "Earl Madary has a joyful and a thankful heart…Earl Madary works for the good of all people and the fulfillment of Christ is our world. He gives his time and his love to students here at Viterbo more than anyone else I have known. He is always waiting with an encouraging word, a loving heart, supportive advice, and a gracious prayer," Michael Welch, freshman.
    Lisa Schoenfielder, an assistant professor in the Art Department, received the Alec Chiu Memorial Award for her pursuit of scholarly activities and studies.
    What they’re saying about Lisa:
• "As her student and friend, she encouraged me to get involved with children in the community long before becoming certified as an art teacher. She knows how important being involved with the community can be in helping your growth as an instructor of children and as a person," Joe Beck, former student.
• "The classes that Lisa teaches are among the richest learning experiences that I have been involved with. Lisa has a way of anticipating what her students needs are and adjusting her lesson plan to accommodate those needs in the most profound and efficient manner," Matthew Remus, junior.
Rochelle Cadogan, an assistant professor in the Dahl School of Business, who received the Outstanding Academic Advisor Award, for her dedication and commitment to the academic advising of students.
What they’re saying about Rochelle:
• "If it weren’t for her, I would be lost. She goes out of her way to help out her advisees. She’s always willing to put you before herself. I am glad she’s my advisor," Amanda Lunsford, freshman.
• "Rochelle Cadogan of the Dahl School of Business…is committed to the success of her students. She exemplifies what every Viterbo College advisor should strive to be. She is dedicated, helpful, knowledgeable, and caring," Tricia Coulson, junior.
The Connect Club, a campus group dedicated to increasing awareness of alcohol-related issues and promoting alcohol-free alternatives, received the Pax Et Bonum Award for its fulfillment of the Franciscan values of service, respect, hospitality, stewardship, and joy.
What they’re saying about the Connect Club:
• "I’ve come to realize that they (Connect members) are committed students who promote healthy decisions…Specifically, they encourage students to make sound decisions with regard to drugs, alcohol, and sex. I’m even more impressed when young people are willing to work in a constructive manner to support what they believe in. Saying no to drugs or alcohol may not be the ‘cool thing’ to do, yet these students will openly suggest and support students in making wise choices with regard to these issues," Ward Jones, biology.
• "These students are very self-directed because of strong personal convictions to live a healthy life. They are motivated to learn more, to empower themselves and others more, and to make efforts for significant societal and collegiate change. They believe in the value and quality of life, as did Francis and Clare. They selflessly share their time, talent, and treasures with others to make changes in the overall environment of Viterbo College so that we may more fully embody the mission and purpose of the institution," Jean Moore, FSPA, student development.
Servant Leader Awards were presented to the following for their leadership and service to others:
Elissa Kamaka, FSPA, instructor in Extended Learning. What they’re saying about Sr. Elissa:
• "Sr. Elissa’s students continually rave about her as a teacher and mentor. They admire her as a leader who challenges them to fulfill their potentials as adult learners and professionals. She seems to have a rare ability to connect with each student and bring out the very best of his or her qualities," Jan Eriksen, Extended Learning; Deb Randall Anderson, ADVANCE; and Tina Mahlum, ADVANCE.
• "While I was a student at Viterbo, I saw Sr. Elissa stand up for what she believes in and act as an advocate for students in the Advance Program. She challenged the status quo by teaching her students to bring spirituality into their place of work—something that is not encouraged in the business world. She has been a role model for me in how to treat people with respect and dignity," a former student of Sr. Elissa.
Kathleen Kenkel, FSPA, an assistant professor in Religious Studies who is retiring this year. Here’s what they’re saying about Sr. Kathleen:
• "(Kathleen) is a diligent and passionate committee member. She sees every project through to its completion. Kathleen is always ready to do the work and then some. Kathleen is committed to going the extra mile in any endeavor she undertakes," Earl Madary, religious studies.
• "I believe Sr. Kathleen to be one of the best examples of a servant leader that this college has. Most of her activities go unsung and no one realizes all that she does. I call that a true servant leader, one who does not need to have her praises sung," Sue Ernster, FSPA, campus ministry.
Ed Morrison, instructor and Micro Computer Systems Specialist. Here’s what they’re saying about Ed:
• With Ed, the cliché, ‘What you see is what you get,’ really holds true. He is an unpretentious, sincere, and genuine person who, in helping others, symbolizes the best that Viterbo has to offer," Pat Kerrigan, communications & marketing.
• "Besides being attentive to the needs of the faculty, Ed makes himself available to students to help them solve any technical problems they encounter. Because of his interest and concern for student learning, a large majority of graphic design students know Ed on a first-name basis," Ed Rushton, art department.
Darrell Pofahl, associate professor and chair of Sociology/Social Work/Criminal Justice. Here’s what they’re saying about Darrell:
• "Darrell Pofahl is one of the most widely known people on the campus. Faculty, administration, and staff value his friendliness, his ideas, and his concerns. Students find him approachable and caring. People from throughout the Viterbo community go to him for advice and counsel as well as simply for lighthearted conversation. Darrell always seems to have time for a friendly greeting and a few words of encouragement." Ron Amel, chemistry.
• "Darrell’s leadership is quiet and modest yet he is, I believe, one of the most widely respected members of the Viterbo community. Darrell embodies the Franciscan values of humility, hospitality, respect, love, and joy," Debra Daehn Zellmer, sociology, social work, and criminal justice.

2000-01 Bright Star Season Full of Promising Performances
    The Glenn Miller Orchestra, Vienna Choir Boys, and the American Players Theatre’s production of "A Midsummer Night’s Dream" are just a few of the delights featured in Viterbo’s 2000-01 Bright Star Season schedule.
    The 29th season of performances, held at the Fine Arts Center on the Viterbo campus, begins in September. The events are:
• American Repertory Ballet, Thursday, Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m.—Set to the music of Bach, Copland, and Mendelssohn, this classic ballet company’s presentation is a diverse program choreographed by George Balanchine and Canadian Mark Godden.
• "She Stoops to Conquer," Friday-Saturday, Oct. 13-14, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 15, 2 p.m.—Written by Oliver Goldsmith, this play has been described as one of the funniest "laughing-comedies" ever. A Viterbo production, it tells the tale of Kate Hardcastle, a country girl who "stoops" to a lower social class to win the love of her betrothed.
• American Players Theatre’s "A Midsummer Night’s Dream," Wednesday, Oct. 25, 7:30 p.m.—Shakespeare’s delightful comedy continues to intrigue audiences with its celebration of relationships, revelations, romance, and revelry.
• Trinity Irish Dance Company, Sunday, Nov. 5, 7:30 p.m.—The first ensemble to make the leap from competition to performance, Trinity Irish Dance Company has inspired other productions, such as "Riverdance."
• Vienna Choir Boys, Saturday, Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m.—The incomparable Vienna Choir Boys will feature works by the great composers associated with the choir, like Haydn, Schubert, and Strauss, as well as the signature Viennese folk songs and short operettas that are favorites of their modern repertoire.
• "Messiah," Saturday, Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 10, 2 p.m.—The Viterbo Music Department’s production of Handel’s "Messiah" has become part of the Christmas tradition and includes a festive lobby party following the concert.
• Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 7:30 p.m.—Famous for their work on Paul Simon’s "Graceland" album, this 10-man Zulu group’s music is rooted in contemporary South African culture—from its high kicking and stop-stomping dances to its songs about conditions in the mines and apartheid.
• "Crazy for You," Friday, March 2, 7:30 p.m.—This Tony Award-winning musical is filled with unforgettable music from George and Ira Gershwin, including "Embraceable You" and "I Got Rhythm." A 1930’s style musical, it features dazzling choreography.
• "Cosi Fan Tutte," Friday-Saturday, March 30-31, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 1, 2 p.m.—One of Mozart’s most beloved comic operas comes to life through the collaboration of the Viterbo Music and Theatre Departments. The story of two men who test the love, loyalty, and faithfulness of their intended is filled with beautiful music, colorful characters, and clever plot twists.
• Glenn Miller Orchestra, Sunday, April 29, 7:30 p.m.—Still one of the most sought-after big bands in the world, The Glenn Miller Orchestra proves that Swing is King. Their unique sound has popularized tunes like "In the Mood," "Chattanooga Choo Choo," and "Sentimental Journey."
• Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Tuesday, May 8, 7:30 p.m.—The internationally renowned Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra makes a return trip to La Crosse as pianist Lydia Artymiw joins the orchestra for an evening to remember.
    Season tickets are on sale now. Individual tickets will be available beginning Aug. 22.
For additional information on Bright Star Season events, please contact the Box Office at ext. 3100 or check out their website at

Dates & Deadlines
• 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.
• Baccalaureate Mass, Saturday, May 13, 5:30 p.m., Mary of the Angels Chapel.
• Commencement, Sunday, May 14.
• Sister, Doctor, (ex-) Dean Jean Golf Outing, Tuesday, May 16. Registration forms are available by mailboxes in MC. Register by Wednesday, May 10.
• 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. RSVP by Tuesday, May 16 to Marcia Brodt, MC Reception.
• Student Handbook and Calendar submissions due by Thursday, June 1 to Fr. Tom O’Neill in MC 319, or email information to him at tmoneill. Please also notify Fr. Tom if you have no revisions for your department or area of responsibility.
• Master of Arts in Education Graduation, Friday, July 14, 7:30 p.m., at the La Crosse Center.

Campus Ministry
Please note the following Mass schedule changes:
• Thursday, May 11:  No noon Mass
• Saturday, May 13:  5:30 p.m. Baccalaureate, Maria Angelorum Chapel
• Sunday, May 14:  No 11 a.m. or 6 p.m. Mass in the Campus Church (8:30 a.m. Mass will be held in the Maria Angelorum Chapel)
• There is no 6 p.m. Sunday Mass during the summer. Summer Masses are:  Monday - Friday at 12 p.m. and Sunday at 11 a.m.
• A monthly schedule of Mass cancellations is available in the Campus Church and will be posted monthly around campus.

    Congratulations to all graduating students. We express our gratitude to all who shared their time and talent with us in various ways of ministry. Yesterday at Mass we blessed those who will graduate next week:  Katie Vogt, Karen LaMotte, Kelly Garfield, Kim Johnson, Kelly Casey, Kelly Behrens, Mandy Birnbaum, Kristin Barrett, and Erin Axelsen. We offer our best wishes and ask that God bless them - pax et bonum!

In honor of Mother's Day  next Sunday, A Blessing for Mothers:
    We bless you and we praise you, God of our mothers! You are the God of Eve, mother of all the living. You are the God of Sarah, who laughed at childbearing in old age.You are the God of Rebekah, who favored her second-born, Jacob. You are the God of Leah, mother  of tribes, and of Rachel, who mourned and wrestled and won. You are the God of Hannah, who strongly sang your praise for Samuel, and of Naomi, who faithfully walked with Ruth.You are the God of Elizabeth, who bore the Baptist, and of Ann, the grandmother of Jesus.You are the God of Mary, Spirit's spouse and mother of our Savior, given by Christ on the cross to be the mother of us all.
    We thank you, God, for the gift of our mothers, for grandmothers and godmothers and mothers-in-law, too. Send your Holy Spirit upon our mothers, at whose breasts we were fed, by whose hands we were cleaned and clothed, at times corrected, in whose laps we learned to sing and speak and play and pray, at whose side we hear your word and celebrate your mysteries.
    Heal their pains and disappointments. Forgive all that needs to be forgiven. Give to them the good that they have given others. Welcome to your bosom those who have died. Fill this world, Oh God, with a mother's love!
    We ask this through your Son Jesus Christ, who gathers us together as a lien gathers her brood under her wings, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever.

Encore Performances for Viterbo Community
    “The Jewish Wife” and “A Simple Autumn” will be presented back-to-back in encore performances on Tuesday, May 9, at 11:50 a.m. in the La Croix Black Box Theatre.
    “The Jewish Wife” examines the changes in a marriage between a Catholic doctor and a Jewish woman in Frankfurt, Germany around 1934. The husband is faced with the decision of choosing between his love for his wife and his career.
    Viterbo senior Kevin Schniepp plays the husband, and freshman Jennifer Spridco portrays the wife. Sophomore Heather Krowiorz is the stage manager, and Janet McLean, theatre arts, directs.
    “A Simple Autumn,” written and directed by Schniepp, just received the national Jean Kennedy Smith Playwriting Award for the best play written on the theme of a disability. Schniepp’s work features students Joel Powell and Bethany Thorsen. Each play is 20 minutes in length. Admission is free.

V-Hawk Sports Update by Ken Brekke
    Viterbo’s baseball team narrowly missed out on advancing to the regional tournament this year, as a loss in last Monday’s final conference game knocked the V-Hawks out of the playoffs.
    The team had an overall record of 30-27, including Thursday’s season-ending split of a doubleheader against Cardinal Stritch University, and was causing changes in the college’s record book in a number of categories. This year’s edition of the V-Hawks ended up ranked either first or second for most at bats, most hits, most doubles, most runs scored and most times hit by pitch.
    Several individual records also were set. Junior pitcher Shawn Peck’s nine wins are a season best for any Viterbo pitcher. Peck, who finished 9-2 and allowed less than 1.5 runs per seven-inning game, topped the old record of seven victories set by Keith Anderson in 1988, Craig Gralapp in 1990 and Chris Lee in 1997.
    Cullen McDermott, an infielder, set a record for most at bats. The freshman also was on the threshold of breaking records for most triples and most runs scored in a season.

News You'll Notice by Roland "Buzz" Nelson
New Student Registration: A Study in Conflict Resolution
    With the April 29 New Student Registration completed, Viterbo’s faculty and academic administrators must begin to plan for the June 23 event, keeping in mind that there are also two more sessions to follow on July 19 and August 18.
    Admission Office staff members see these New Student Registrations as the most important annual events on campus. Other participants, including new prospective students, view the registration differently. Therein lies the need for conflict resolution.
    For example, prospective students and their parents appear to know that class selection is best done as soon as possible for the best schedule. Certainly this is more the case with larger universities than with Viterbo; regardless, prospective students want to register early. However, if early registration is scheduled within 72 hours of a prospective student’s prom (or some other significant occasion), the prospect will want to be registered early, but will not actually be able to attend that early registration. Therein lies the need for conflict resolution, since proms are quite popular in late April, the historic date of the first New Student Registration. We have developed a way to resolve such conflicts and still get the student registered.
    The first New Student Registration has been scheduled for the last Saturday in April and a large number of faculty are needed to carry out the tasks that day. Viterbo’s faculty have generally been very willing to spend a Saturday meeting and registering new students. However, a Saturday during spring semester is still a Saturday; moreover, the next three New Student Registrations are scheduled during the summer, and a summer is still a summer. Therein lies the need for conflict resolution. We generally have been able to resolve that conflict because Viterbo’s faculty have been willing to spend a summer day registering new students. So, with that in mind, the next registration is scheduled for Friday, June 23, and that day’s activities will be a repeat of the April registration. For these new students, the involvement of faculty in registration is very important. Again, we know this because students are asked on an 11-point survey:  "What’s most important to you?"  The top-rated answer is not sports, selection of major, financial aid, or weekend activities. It’s:  "Meeting and getting to know faculty."
As faculty prepare for the June 23 New Student Registration, some will undoubtedly ask: "How did the April Registration Go?" Last April we registered 187 new, full-time students. This year we registered 226; however, such comparisons do not always reflect how things went.
    For registration planners and managers the success of the day is also measured by assessing the success with which conflicts were resolved. For example, did the parents of these new and nervous students learn about the values of a liberal arts education, as well as how and when to pay their bill?  Did the students get the schedule they needed, as opposed to the one they wanted? Did both parents and students learn how unresolved personal issues can lead to the need for academic support services?
    These are equally important milestones to measure the success of New Student Registration. The recent April Registration clearly passed its assessment test!  So, on to the coming summer registrations with the same level of participation and success!

Return Those Pink Sheet by May 16
    Let’s end the school year on a positive note with the Employee Picnic. Return your pink sign up slips by Monday, May 16.
The picnic is Saturday, May 20, 3-6 p.m. at Goose Island Park in shelter five.
    Dinner will be served at 5 p.m. and includes brats, barbecues, potato salad, cole slaw, beans, and lemonade. Cost is $2 for adults and $1 for kids.

Viterbo Honors Billy Mills, Jane & Lindy Saline
    Last Monday was a great day for Viterbo College and the recipients who were honored with the Pope John XXIII Award for Distinguished Service.
While in town, Olympian Billy Mills used his celebrity status to stump for Native American rights and to promote his theme of "Global Unity Through Diversity.” Mills’ 30-minute public radio interview on Newmakers will be re-broadcast today  at 8:30 a.m. (Monday) on WLSU. While on campus, Mills also met with youngsters from the Ho Chunk Nation, to share his story, which included overcoming numerous obstacles in order to achieve his Olympic dream.

Kudos to...
• The Administrative Assembly’s Nominations and Elections Committee recently tallied election results and the following individuals were elected:  Heidi Benish and Shamala Rajagopal, Administrative Concerns and Development; Rob Anderson, Nominations & Elections; Jane Eddy, Human Resources; Matt Riffe, Finance; Jason Ramaker, Enrollment Management; and Beth Jaekel, Planning Council.
• The following students were elected as officers of the Student Government Association for 2000-01 at their last meeting of the year:  senior Erin Fargen, President; sophomore Matt Ida, Vice President; senior Sarah Rahn, Secretary.
Dan Johnson-Wilmot, Music Department, for his interview with WLSU on April 27 regarding the Viterbo Concert Choir’s performance with the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra.
Nancy Allen, Music Department, for her recent performance at the Pump House, May 6, with baritone John Sullivan. Allen accompanied Sullivan in a CD release concert for his CD, “Sing of Machree and the Matchless Grace.”
Victor Owens, junior psychology major, for his presentation of the poster session “Pro-Social Behavior:  An Analysis of Attribution of Intent and the Laws of Social Motivation and Implication of Disaster Relief” at the Minnesota Undergraduate Psychology Conference on April 29.
• Senior Kevin Schniepp and Dr. Dean Yohnk, theatre arts, for their interview with the La Crosse Tribune last week regarding Schniepp’s Jean Kennedy Smith Playwriting Award.

Students Honored at Awards Ceremony
• Staff Grant Award:  Junior Josh Gates & Sophomore Terry Reynolds
• Sr. Celestine Cepress Award:  Seniors Nicoleen Rhoomes & Tony
• Student Athlete of the Year:  Senior Chris Herman
• 1999-00 Outstanding Involvement Award:  Student Gov. Assoc. Seniors Dana Pukrop & Wyatt Biel
• Exceptional Service Award:  Student Gov. Association Senior Karen LaMotte
    Congratulations to these and other students (Dean’s List, Who’s Who)
for their hard work this year!

Chris Lee Memorial Golf Open a Success
    Golfers turned out in droves to enjoy a beautiful day on the course and a beautiful evening at a special dinner at Forest Hills Golf Course.
In total, 92 golfers participated in the event which was the first annual Chris Lee Memorial Golf Open. Proceeds support an endowed scholarship in Chris Lee’s name.
    Lee played on the baseball team at Viterbo and graduated in 1999. He died that October of injuries sustained in a car accident. The scholarship will be awarded to a junior and a senior baseball player.
    A raffle also was held during the event. The winner of a new Chevrolet Corvette Coupe from Grossman Chevrolet in Burnsville, Minn. was  Clair Van Maldeghem of Shakopee, Minn.

Nurses Week Flag Raisings are Today
    Flag raisings will be held today, May 8, for Nurses Week in honor of the 2.6 million registered nurses throughout the United States.
Viterbo President Dr. William J. Medland will issue a Nurses Week proclamation and raise the La Crosse District Nurses Association flag, which displays Florence Nightingale’s lamp and the expression "Registered Nurses Caring for You," at 9:45 a.m. in the courtyard. Then, La Crosse Mayor John Medinger will proclaim May 6-12 National Nurses Week and the flag will be raised at City Hall at 12:30 p.m.
    Tomorrow, May 9, area nurses are invited to an ecumenical service in their honor at Mary of the Angels Chapel at St. Rose Convent. Held at 5:30 p.m., the service features 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.

Memo to Work Study Supervisors
    Supervisors need to check carefully the balances available for students to work. We are having a problem with students working without any money available in their accounts. The last day for work study this semester is May 14. The summer work study will begin on May 15. Please turn in all timecards by May 15 to the payroll office. Thank you for your cooperation.
         Diane Engh
         Payroll Department

Memo to the Viterbo Community
    The schedule for 2000 summer school term has been reviewed by Jack Havertape. Due to insufficient enrollment, the following courses have been canceled:
Three-week Session
• NURS 278 01, Rural Interdisciplinary Healthcare Delivery, Frauenkron.
• PHIL 100 01, Introduction to Ethics, Manchester.
• PHIL 102 01, Introduction to Philosophy, Harwood.
• RS 111 01, Bible: New Testament, Madary.
• SPAN 102 01, Elementary Spanish, Rogers, J.
Six-week Session
• CIS 102-01, Integrated Software Solutions, Dean.
• FINA 331 01, Financial Management I, Schulz.
• MATH 001 01, Introductory Algebra, Benish.
• MKTG 351 01, Principles of Marketing, Nebeck.
• MUS 300 01, Music for Classroom Teacher, Allen.
         Jan Linderbaum
         Registrar’s Office

Don't Forget Sunday's Commencement
    Spring commencement is Sunday, May 14 at 10 a.m. at the La Crosse Center. Assembly and line up will be in the hall to the right of the main entrance by 9:30 a.m.  There are about 300 graduates.  All full-time faculty and professional personnel are expected to attend and be in academic attire.
Former Viterbo College President Fr. J. Thomas Finucan will receive an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters during commencement. Also at commencement, Earl Madary ‘88, President of the Faculty Assembly, will be master of ceremonies; Wyatt Biel ‘00 will present the senior address; and Nancy Allen ‘84 will give the alumni welcome. The benediction will be given by Bishop Raymond Burke.
    Baccalaureate mass is at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 13 at Mary of the Angels.  You are welcome to attend.
There will be a reception immediately following commencement (refreshments will be outside if weather permits). You are invited and encouraged to extend your congratulations to the graduates at this time.
    If you have any questions, please contact any of the commencement committee members: Sally Emerson, Chair; Amy Gleason; Deb Anderson; Sr. Sue Ernster; Mary Leonard; Linda Malick; Sr. Jeanine Luger; Jane Mrozek; Fr. Tom O’Neill; Tim Posey; or Dana Pukrop.

Construction Update Memo
    The MC elevator renovations are presently scheduled to begin in the first week of July and conclude the last week in August (in time for the fall semester). Due to the nature of the work and time required to assemble the necessary replacement parts, this is the only timeframe currently available.
I apologize for any inconvenience this project may cause and welcome any questions or comments you may have.
         Jay McHenry
         Director, Physical Plant

384 Master's to be Conferred in July
    On July 14 at 7:30 p.m., commencement activities will be held for graduate students who have earned the Master of Arts in Education Degree.
Diplomas will be presented to 384 graduates from Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Michigan, and Minnesota.
    You are cordially invited to attend this event in the La Crosse Center main auditorium.

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.
• “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.
• Preparatory School Recital by string students of Sr. Marcella Steffes, Sunday, May 14, 2 p.m., FAC Recital Hall. Admission is free.
• Preparatory School Student Recital by students of all ages but featuring high school senior Melanie Matchett, cellist, accompanied by her mother, Nancy, Saturday, May 20, 7:30 p.m., FAC Recital Hall. Admission is free.

Casual Days Benefit Local Causes
Casual Days are fun and easy ways to raise funds for worthy local causes. Wear jeans on Fridays in May and June, pay your dollar each time, and help the following local efforts:
• May 12 Employee Day
• May 19 Food Pantry
• May 26 La Crosse Tribune Jeans Day:  La Crosse Police Bike Rodeo and the La Crosse/Epinal Cultural Exchange Program
• June 2 Spirit Day
• June 9 Employee Day
• June 16 Food Pantry
• June 23 WAFER
• June 30 La Crosse Tribune Jeans Day:  Onalaska/Holmen Area Food Basket and Hunger Task Force of La Crosse, Inc.

Give It or Take It
    The Viterbo Nursing Association is placing boxes in the residences halls, apartments, and around campus. As students are cleaning out their rooms/apartments they can drop off clothing and/or nonperishable food items in the boxes.
If someone sees something they would like they can take it.
    Then, on Friday May 12, the items will be collected and distributed to local shelters. If you have any questions you can contact Project Director Laura Schachtner, Viterbo College Student Nursing Association, at 785-2399 or by email at laschachtner.

Touchstone Available Now
    The latest issue of Touchstone, Viterbo’s literary and art magazine, is now available at the MC reception desk, in the library, in the Student Union, and on the third floor in the FAC.
    All of the poetry, prose, and artwork was produced by members of the college community.

Book Exchange
    Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) will host a Book Exchange for students today through Friday. Hours are 3-5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 12-2 p.m. on Friday. Students buying or selling used textbooks are invited to participate.

Next Issue is Last
    The last issue of Connections for this academic year will be next Monday (May 16). Submit all materials by Thursday, May 11 at noon.
    Connections will resume publication next academic year with its first issue on Monday, Aug. 28. Summer updates will be provided via all campus mail when events or information warrants.

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