A Newsletter for the Viterbo College Community
Vol. 13  No. 34  May 15, 2000

A Message of Thanks from the President:
Thank You for the Year Past
    I wish to thank all the members of the Viterbo College community for their contributions in making 1999-00 a successful year?a successful year in educating our students, in student recruitment, and in fundraising. We continue to make progress in the strategic directives outlined in VISION 2005.
On Tuesday, Sept. 5, Viterbo will inaugurate its new name and status as Viterbo University. This is appropriate, considering that more than half of our degrees awarded annually are at the master’s level. However, nothing will change intrinsically that has brought us the success of the 1990s and the support of our friends. We will continue to place an emphasis on this University as Catholic and Franciscan.
    Thanks again to each of you for your contributions to Viterbo during this past year. I wish you a peaceful and enjoyable summer.

Best wishes to you always,

    William J. Medland, Ph.D.

Saying Good-bye:  Longtime Faculty Members Retire
    They’ve been part of Viterbo for many years. Put in long hours. Made a difference in many lives. Provided support and friendship for fellow faculty, for staff, and for administration. And now, they’re leaving.
    Last Wednesday, the Viterbo community offered its best wishes to retiring faculty Marv Friedewald of the Dahl School of Business, Sr. Kathleen Kenkel of the Religious Studies Department, and Sr. Anita Beskar of Global Education.
    Above right, nursing faculty member Wendy Wegner and Friedewald share a laugh. Below right, Sr. Beskar, Sr. Kenkel, and Friedewald hold one of the two cakes from the retirement party.
    We wish them wonderful retirement experiences!

Construction Update Memo
This week has been tentatively scheduled for construction to begin on the V-Hawk Court project. The existing road and curbing will be removed. It may get dusty and access will be limited through this area.
The MC elevator renovations are presently scheduled to begin 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 these projects may cause and welcome your questions or comments.

      Jay McHenry
      Physical Plant

Memo From the Copy Center
Attention summer school faculty: The code for summer school is 1710, except for Graduate and RRN projects which remains the same.
Attention all faculty: The deadline to have fall syllabi and other large copy requests in is two weeks prior to the fall inservice.
Attention all employees:
• Please arrange for the pick-up of any packages you order which will arrive at the Copy Center during your summer absence.
• Keep the bottom of envelopes blank so the bar code may be applied.
      Karen Hurtgen
      Copy Center

Kudos to...
...Eileen McKenzie, a senior nursing student who recently became an FSPA associate. McKenzie is currently living in the FSPA House of Formation.
Pat Zander, nursing instructor, who will go to Shisong, Africa this month to conduct a five-week certification program on public health, leadership, and health assessment.
Sr. Anita Beskar, Viterbo’s retiring chair in global education, who will spend five months in Cameroon, Africa (beginning in January 2001) to help the sisters begin their own Franciscan Spirituality Center.
...Sr. Anita Beskar, global education; Beth Moore, global education; Jack Havertape, academic vice president; Mary Hassinger, dean of the School of Letters and Sciences; Mark Franz, computer services; and Judy Anderson, nursing instructor, who will embark on a trip to China with nine Viterbo students in two weeks.
Senior Jason Francis who won the English Department’s Cardinal John Newman Award for best senior thesis. His thesis is titled, "Dickens’ Hidden Art:  Methodical Naming in Bleak House." Check it out at personalpages/faculty/RRuppel/Symposium/Jason.html.
...Senior Tim Dupré, Wayne Wojciechowski, Learning Center, Buzz Nelson, Admissions, and Mary Christianson, nursing instructor, for their interview with the La Crosse Tribune last week regarding Dupré’s graduation.

Campus Ministry by Fr. Tom O'Neill
    Sr. Sue Ernster, Earl Madary, and I wish you a blessed and restful summer. The Campus Ministry Office will be open through the summer and the Mass schedule remains the same. The web page: (  aboutvit/Ministry/) will be maintained with the schedule and other pertinent information.
If you have prayer requests, etc. during the summer months, please e-mail them to me at tmoneill.
In honor of Father’s Day, coming up on June 18, A Blessing for Fathers:
“We bless you and we praise you, God of our fathers!
You are the God of Adam, father of the human family.
You are the God of Abraham, our father in faith, who was ready and willing to give up everything to be faithful to you.
You are the God of Isaac, who was born of laughter and old age, and the God of Jacob, whose clever trick gained an inheritance for twelve tribes of sons and daughters.
You are the God of Jesse, from whose loins a nation sprang, a sturdy family tree of monarchs, prophets and priests.
You are the God of Zechariah, who fathered the Baptist and taught him the Torah, and of Joachim, the grandfather of Jesus.
You are the God of Joseph, who loved and raised Jesus as his own.
You are the God and Father of Jesus, and our Father in heaven, too: Holy is your Name!
We thank you, God, for the gift of our fathers, for grandfathers and godfathers, and fathers-in-law, too.
Send your Holy Spirit upon our fathers, in whose laps we were cradled, on whose knees we were bounced, by whose hands we were fed, instructed, at times corrected, in whose company we learned to work 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 to others. Welcome into your arms those who have died. Fill this world, O God, with a father’s love!
We ask this through your Son Jesus Christ, who taught us to pray to you as Abba. He lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, who is the Father of the poor, one God forever and ever.

News You'll Notice by Pat Kerrigan
Odds ‘n’ ends:
    We’re running out of time and there is still news to spread. Here're a few unrelated items worth passing on...
• Teachers galore: It's time to close the door on the end of another academic year. But if you ask John Schroeder, Sue Batell, and others involved in the graduate education program, the major part of the year is just beginning. Although most undergraduates are headed home, Viterbo's halls will be far from empty with the huge contingent of graduate students this summer. We estimate that the numbers will produce the largest M.A. in Education graduating class in the U.S.
• Thanks: How's this for a million-dollar question, Regis? How could we ever produce Connections without the collaboration of several key individuals who meet the weekly deadline to publish this very fine publication? Kudos to Rita Koch-Thometz and Beth Jaekel who spend time writing and laying out the newsletter. Their fine work is evident in the improved quality and quantity of the news as well as the overall appearance.
Karen Hurtgen from the copy center also has a role to play. On Friday, she stays as late as necessary to ensure Connections is copied and ready to be stuffed into mailboxes early Monday. The goal is to get you your news in a timely fashion and to mutually reinforce and publicize the good of members of the Viterbo community.
• Changes: Riding this crest of goodwill and compliments, look for Connections to undergo a facelift next fall. The publication will be run on a new copier which will improve graphic quality, particularly when pictures are used. Beth is reviewing comments from the Connections survey to prepare other changes as well. Thanks for your input and support.
• University it is: I'll bet you thought we already are one. However, that move doesn't officially take place until Sept. 4. If you need calling cards, name badges or other items,  please call us A.S.A.P. If you wait until you return, it will essentially be too late. It’s also important for you to scan your web pages and publications and make the changes necessary to reflect our new status.
• Thought you might like to know: Two weeks ago, members of the community-based Board of Advisors participated in a comprehensive "behind the scenes" walk-through of our campus. Here is a summary of their findings.
General reaction to campus cleanliness: Excellent: 17, Good: 9, Fair/poor: 0
General reaction to campus aesthetics: Excellent: 10, Good: 16, Fair/poor: 0
Other areas they really liked: The student housing-style apartments (especially Rose Terrace), music department, inner courtyard, "old church," street mall, bookstore area, FAC and court area, friendliness of the students, library, FAC,  sense of renaissance when walking the green, residential area, and the proximity of the buildings to each other. Five or six other compliments related to Viterbo Court and the proposed unifying effects of V-Hawk Court were logged.
• Ken Brekke: Saying “goodbye” to us is Sports Information Coordinator Ken Brekke. Ken came out of retirement to take this half-time position last year. Now he’s retiring for good and spending his time the way most of us would like? traveling. Good luck, Ken!
    Finally, from all of us in Communications and Marketing, have a great summer and see you in the fall.

Arts & Entertainment
• Preparatory School Student Recital by students of all ages, but featuring high school senior Melanie Matchett, cello, accompanied by her mother, Nancy, piano, Saturday, May 20, 7:30 p.m., FAC Recital Hall. Admission is free.

V-Hawks Sport Update by Ken Brekke
    Seasoned teams win more games.
    That is among the conclusions that can be drawn from a review of the seasons posted by the V-Hawks in the seven sports in which Viterbo competes. Viterbo teams featuring upperclassmen had winning records during 1999-00, although they now must face the prospect of replacing key student-athletes. Viterbo teams laden with freshmen generally posted losing records, but will be greeting their upcoming seasons with more experience and more optimism.
    A brief review of the season’s shows:
• The men’s soccer team, which included five seniors and four juniors, posted a 15-5-1 record under Head Coach Michael Rahn. The squad rolled to its third straight conference championship, and third consecutive 6-0 mark in league play.
• The women’s basketball team had just one senior, but its eight sophomores and juniors had recorded many minutes during the 1998-99 season. That experience helped Head Coach Bobbi Vandenberg lead the team to a 21-13 overall record and 8-4 conference mark.
• The men’s basketball team was paced by two seniors and six juniors. Those upperclassmen helped Head Coach Wayne Wagner post a 19-15 overall mark and 6-6 conference record.
• Inexperience didn’t prove to be an insurmountable obstacle for Head Coach Dale Varsho and the men’s baseball team. The squad posted a 30-27 record, including 10-10 in the Midwest Classic Conference, despite numbering 10 freshmen and just one senior among the 18 players who finished the year.
• There were no seniors on the softball team, which struggled early but came on strong at the end of the season with three wins in its last six games. The team, under Head Coach Chris Helixon, posted a 10-27-1 record overall and was 2-9-1 in conference play.
• The women’s soccer team had just one senior, compared with eight freshmen, and posted an overall record of 4-14-1 under Head Coach Luis Holguin. The squad’s 2-3-1 conference record hints at the improvement that took place later in the season, when the majority of conference games were scheduled.
• The women’s volleyball team also was without senior leadership. Head Coach Dave Waraxa’s 14-player roster included 10 freshmen, three sophomores and one junior. The young team finished with a 7-36 overall mark, including a 1-4 conference record.

Garden Show Features Viterbo People's Work
    Three out of six artists in the upcoming Garden Show at the Pump House Regional Arts Center are associated with Viterbo College.
The show, which runs Saturday, May 27-Saturday, July 8 features work by Diane Crane and Peter Fletcher, art department, and Lisa Autio Fletcher, library. Their work centers around the theme of gardens and organic forms.
An opening reception will be held on Thursday, June 1, from 6-8 p.m.
    Other Upcoming Activities at the Pump House:
The Pump House Regional Arts Center has many exhibits and events planned for the month of May. The center is open to the public Tuesday through Friday, 12-5 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The Pump House is at 119 King Street. For more information about Pump House events, call 785-1434.
• Wisconsin Regional Art Exhibit and Workshop, Tuesday, May 9-Saturday, May 20. An artist’s workshop will be held on Saturday, May 20 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
• La Crosse high schools student exhibit, Tuesday, May 9-Saturday, May 20, Kader Room.
• Cathedral School Exhibit: "Exploration and Experimentation," Tuesday, May 16-Wednesday, June 14, Festival Balcony.

Dates & Deadlines
• 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. 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.

New FSPA Communications Director Hired
Cristeen Custer has accepted the position of Development and Communications Director with the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration. She replaces Sr. Maria Friedman who is retiring.
 Custer was most recently the Marketing Coordinator for Franciscan Skemp Healthcare’s Arcadia Campus. She begins her new position at St. Rose Convent on June 1.

Casual Days
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 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.

Flag Raising Honors Area Nurses
    Last week, several events honored nurses in the Viterbo community and the La Crosse community. Above left, Joyce Heil, far left, and President William Medland, far right, assist two students in raising the La Crosse District Nurses Association flag at Viterbo. Above right, nursing students and faculty gathered as President Medland proclaimed May 6-12 National Nurses Week at Viterbo.
    In addition, the flag was raised at City Hall that day and Mayor John Medinger proclaimed it Nurses Week as well. An ecumenical worship service was held on Tuesday, May 9 at Mary of the Angels Chapel at St. Rose Convent. Area nurses and nursing students shared personal stories about nursing care.

Summer Girls' and Boys' Sports Camps Heat Up
Six basketball camps for girls entering grades 3-12 will be offered by the Viterbo College Athletics Department in June and July.
Head Women’s Basketball Coach Bobbi Vandenberg, Assistant Coach David Sarnowski, other experienced coaches, and current and former V-Hawk players comprise the staff.
Each camp focuses on a different aspect of the game, including sessions on shooting (three consecutive levels are offered), post, advanced skills, and fundamentals. Girls who participate in any combination of two camps receive a $10 discount off the regular fee. Enrollment is limited. Please contact the Athletics Department at ext. 3811 for information on specific camps, their topics, and age categories.
Three soccer camps for boys ages 5-18 will be offered this summer at the Viterbo Athletic Complex. Head Men’s Soccer Coach Michael Rahn will lead a staff of assistant coaches and current and former players for the camps.
Registration forms are available from the Viterbo Athletics Department, or contact Rahn at ext. 3822 or by email at mprahn. Campers with paid registration by May 29 for either of the first two soccer camps will receive a $10 discount on camp registration.

Viterbo Computers Being Updated to Office 2000 Premium by Mark Franz, Computer Services
Installation of Office 2000 Premium began last week for the IBM-compatible (DELL) systems on campus. Installations will continue into the fall semester.
Office 2000 has many new web integration features which enhance its functionality. Office 97 files will automatically convert into Office 2000 format as you open them. The Macintosh systems are not included in this process since there has been no upgrade to Office 98 for Macintosh.
As a precautionary measure, please create a backup disk that contains your important documents. You may have to reset special features or shortcuts that you set up on your Office 97 toolbar prior to the upgrade.
The priority will be to convert all of the student lab areas first, then work our way through the faculty offices and then the administrative areas.
We will prearrange installations with departments whenever possible.   Otherwise, we will complete the installation and leave a note on your computer to indicate that the process has been finished.
The Office 2000 Premium edition includes three useful components that were not in the previous version:
• Front Page
• Publisher
• Photodraw
If you need assistance with these programs, please wait to use them until you have had an opportunity to take a class from the Academic Technology Center. Classes for the new components will not begin until fall because of the priority of Title III-related training.
Office 2000 Premium is available in the Library for checkout by college employees. Please check the system specifications on the license agreement form to be sure your home computer will accommodate the increased system requirements.
Other Computer News:
    The Computer Committee has recommended to increase the number of rooms with ceiling-mounted projectors and multimedia podiums (laptop computer, VCR, Internet access) from four to 14. Currently these systems are installed in:  MC 420, MC 501, MC 406, BNC 105. The systems will be installed in time for fall semester in the following rooms: MC 230, MC 407, MC 502, MC 555, BNC 203, BNC 206, BNC 211, FAC 204, FAC 219, FAC 221.
Fall classrooms are already assigned, so you may want to consider the availability of these systems as you plan your fall curriculum.

Listserv Created for Viterbo
    The Technology in Teaching and Research (T2 R Listserv) allows Viterbo faculty and administrators who sign on as members to share information about how to make efficient and effective use of computers and other technologies to enrich their teaching, enhance independent student learning, and advance their research. All members must use their Viterbo email addresses, and they must be Viterbo employees.
    For those of you unfamiliar with listservs, here’s how they work: A group of people with a similar interest gets together to share ideas. Once someone joins the  listserv, they automatically get all the messages sent to the listserv address. Here’s how to join the T2 R listserv:
   1. Send your subscription message to the Viterbo Account:  Imailsrv (Upper or lower case does not matter.)
   2. Include any wording you want on the "Subject" line.
   3. Include the following line in the "body" of the email message: subscribe T2R jsdoe*
* "jsdoe" is your Viterbo email address; there is no need to include the portion.
4. After you have received your subscription confirmation, you can participate in the listserv by sending messages to the Viterbo account:  T2R.

This is the last issue of Connections for this academic year. Connections will resume publication on Monday, Aug. 28. Copy deadline is Thursday, Aug. 24 at noon. Summer updates will be provided via all campus mail when events or information warrants.

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