A Newsletter for the Viterbo University Community
Vol. 15, No. 2  Septemer 4, 2001

I wish to welcome everyone to the beginning of the new 2001-02 academic year. This welcome extends to the entire University community: students, faculty, staff, and administrators. I hope and trust that this will be a wonderful and exciting time for you. May this new beginning inspire you, as individual members of the Viterbo community, to new levels: intellectually, spiritually, professionally, and personally.

Best wishes to each of you.

William J. Medland, Ph.D.

New Record Expected
In 1994, a record 444 new students were enrolled when classes began. According to admissions, the number this year will definitely be higher thanks to the enormous efforts of all who were involved in the recruiting process. Final enrollment is typically confirmed at the end of the second week of classes and that figure will be reported in Connections. Total enrollment should also record a healthy increase thanks to promising retention figures and the addition of Advance and BIS students who are traditionally added to the statistical mix later in the academic year.

Call for Presentations for Conference on “Community”
“Community: Living with Difference in Art, Religion, and Politics” is the focus of this year’s Ethics Across the Disciplines Conference at Viterbo University. Presenters are needed.

Held April 18-20, 2002, the conference considers the nature and extent of human relatedness and interdependence to better understand how people live and work with those who have deeply rooted differences in art, religion, and politics.

The keynote speaker is Jean Bethke Elshtain, the Laura Spelman Rockefeller professor of ethics at the University of Chicago. Elshtain received her Ph.D. in politics from Brandeis University in 1973. At Vanderbilt University in 1988, she became the first woman to hold an endowed professorship. In 1995, she joined the University of Chicago in her current position. She is a visiting professor at Harvard and Yale universities and Oberlin College. She is the author of Public Man, Private Woman: Women in Social and Political Thought, Meditations on Modern Political Thought, and Democracy on Trial.

Presentation topics for this year’s conference will include:
• the role of public art
• censorship
• political disagreement
• religious disagreement
• cultural diversity
• sexual diversity
• public and private space

Proposals should be no more than one page in length and include: name, affiliation, address, and email address. Presentations will be limited to 20 minutes with ample time for discussion. The submission deadline is Jan. 30. Proposals should be sent to Richard Kyte at Viterbo University. For more information, call Kyte at ext. 3704 or email ethics.

Thank You and Goodbye
By Jan Linderbaum, Registrar’s Office

A very special thank you to everyone who attended my retirement reception and for the many cards, gifts, kind words, and general good wishes that have been extended to me in the last few weeks. It is during times like this I am reminded why I came to Viterbo and stayed. I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with so many people across the campus. My memories are plentiful, and I leave with a heart full of gratitude. Thank you so very much and may God continue to bless all of you.

Volleyball Anyone?
By Jason Ramaker, Residence Life

Rumor has it there is interest in a faculty/staff/administrator  intramural volleyball team. Viterbo intramural volleyball will be played in the SAC one night a week (4-on-4 or 6-on-6) yet to be determined. Contact Jason Ramaker, residence life, at ext. 3841 or email jwramaker by Friday, Sept. 7 if interested.

News from Letters and Sciences
• The chemistry, physics, and biology departments have reorganized into the natural sciences division.
• There has been a new chair assignment in nutrition and dietetics this year. Below is a complete listing of the chairs and coordinators of the departments and programs in the School of Letters and Sciences:

English—Richard Ruppel
Foreign language—Maribel Bird
History—Mike Smuksta
Math—Rich Maresh
Natural science division—Mike Collins
Nutrition/dietetics—Gail Rogers
Psychology—Dave Willman
Religious studies/philosophy—Tom Thibodeau
Sociology, social work, criminal justice—Darrell Pofahl
Environmental studies—Mike Lauer
Women’s studies—Marlene Fisher

Lotto Fever!
Did you know the probability of choosing the winning numbers for the lottery is about one in 80 million?  Rich Maresh, knows. In fact, the Viterbo math professor was featured on WXOW TV-19’s Live   at 5 segment in late August as the Powerball jackpot climbed. Here are some of the tidbits he shared:

• Using a basketball metaphor, with former La Crosse Bobcats standout player Vince Hamilton as an example, Maresh pointed out that individuals had the same chance of winning the lottery as the chance an 85 percent free-throw shooter has of making 112 free throws in a row.
• Another example, he said, is that if you laid out 80 million pennies side-by-side, you’d get a line 950 miles long—roughly the distance from Chicago to Boston. Winning the Powerball amounts to correctly and randomly selecting the one winning penny in that 950-mile line.
• The probability of randomly selecting four aces in a row from a deck of cards is about 300 times greater than of winning the Powerball!
• If you spend $5,000 a day, it will take 44 years to spend $80 million.

Conference Focuses on Global Warming
What is global warming? How serious is it? What can we do about it? Find out at the “Interfaith Global Warming Conference,” Sept. 9-11.

Viterbo campus ministry is one of several sponsors of this conference which addresses the need for faith communities and individuals to improve energy efficiency and adopt sustainable practices. Earl Madary, religious studies, will participate in a response panel on Sept. 9 and Sr. Marla Lang, FSPA president, will offer closing remarks on Sept. 10. The conference runs from 12:30-5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 9, at the UW-L Cartwright Hall’s Valhalla Room and 6:30-9 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 10 and 11 at the Roncalli Newman Parish. The cost is $12 for all three days or $5 per day. Students will be admitted free to all sessions.

The conference is part of the Interfaith Climate Change Campaign of Wisconsin, a religious advocacy coalition on public issues. For more information, call 791-5260 or email

Sexual Assault Support Group Starts in September
Through its Safe Path program, Franciscan Skemp Healthcare is offering an eight-week support and education group for victims of sexual assault. The sessions run Wednesday evenings, 4-6 p.m., beginning Sept. 26 and are free of charge. Call 781-7804 or 1-800-362-5454, ext. 7804, to register or to get more information.

Safe Path is a domestic abuse and sexual assault advocacy program offering educational and support services, and specially trained S.A.N.E. nurses (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program). All Safe Path services are offered free to the community. Call the above number for an individual counseling session on sexual assault or domestic abuse.

Need Business Cards or Nametags?
Let your colleagues, students, and professional acquaintances know who you are with a Viterbo University nametag, L-shaped desk sign, or with business cards. Fill out an order form in communications and marketing, MC 228, or order them online by visiting aboutvit/admserv/pr/

Jeans Day
Don’t forget to wear jeans this Friday to support Viterbo University Spirit Day, which supports the Staff Assembly Grant. How? Wear jeans and pay $1 to Marcia Brodt at the MC Reception Desk.

news you'll notice
By Mark Franz, Instructional & Information Technology

New Name: The first thing you should notice is the new department name, instructional and information technology, as of July 1. It represents the integration of computer services, academic media, telephone support, instructional designer and copy center/mail that was approved last spring. You will not see any major immediate changes rather they will be incremental. To facilitate this gradual integration, copy center/mail will remain with Pat Kerrigan, communications and marketing, through 2001-02.

Summer 2001 Projects: Over the summer, more than 100 new Windows 2000 computers were installed in the computer labs. The redistribution of the displaced computers to other designated areas of campus will continue throughout the semester. A second, 20-unit MAC lab was added in the FAC adjacent to the existing lab. Seven additional classrooms have had multimedia podiums installed. If you haven’t used the podiums in the past, please contact Jeff Nyseth for assistance.

Residence Hall Network: The other major summer project was the residence hall network wiring project. This is a major milestone for the campus that concludes a five-year process. Less than one week into the semester, more than 165 student computers have already been connected to the campus network. I anticipate no security or capacity issues, but as a precaution please be sure that any “shared” folders you create are both hidden and password-protected.

Dialup Internet Access and Microsoft Office: For those employees using the campus Internet dialup service, we are now able to open up additional phone lines. The additional/alternate phone number you may use is 796-3298. If you are new to campus you may sign up for this service in MC 304. Employees are also allowed to install a copy of Office 2000 Professional on their home computer. An agreement form and a copy of the software may be signed out from the library.

Sign up to Connect!
By Anne Ellefson, Student Development Center

The Connect Club is in the process of recruiting new members for peer education programming and other alcohol/drug prevention activities. First semester applications may be picked up at the SDC or will be mailed to students who call ext. 3807. Interested students should return completed applications to the SDC by Friday, Sept. 14.

Connect Club activities require a variety of student skills and talents. Applicants are needed to assist with campus presentations, work with off-campus youth groups, prepare public awareness campaigns, organize surveys, share information with peers in informal settings, or coordinate projects. Connect activities address the following club goals:
• Create an environment where abstinence is always an accepted and respected choice.
• Create an environment where low-risk chemical choices are perceived and practiced as norms by those who choose to drink.
• Create an environment where the majority of students recognize high-risk chemical choices and have the information/skills needed to effectively help a peer making such a choice.

campus ministry
By Fr. Tom O’Neill

Rose of Viterbo: Sept. 4 is the Feast of St. Rose of Viterbo. We celebrate, this year, the 750th anniversary of her death (1251-2001). Rose was a lover of the poor, a preacher of the Gospel, and a peacemaker. Let us pray that all people are eager to do what is holy by relating Rose’s virtues to their own life.

Volunteer Fair is set for Sept. 18 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the FAC Lobby. Agencies from around the Coulee Region will be on hand to provide information and encourage students, faculty, and staff to assist them as volunteers. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

It is time to sign-up to serve in various capacities with Campus Ministry (e.g. Franciscan friend, lector, choir member, etc.). Forms for signing-up are available from campus ministers or in San Damiano Chapel.

Please note that Taize Prayer will be held at 10 p.m. on Wednesdays this year. This is a time change.

See the article on the “Interfaith Response to Global Warming”, a Regional Conference to be held on Sept. 9, 10, and 11, on page three of this issue of Connections.

Requiescat in Pace. We pray for the repose of the souls of those who have recently died:  the stepfather of Reagan Riddle and, also, Sr. Carol Meier, alumna and the aunt of Suzanne Flater. May they rest in peace.

Eternal Seeker: Jesus, who came to seek the lost, give me the willingness to be found by you.

out and about
What’s new at the Pump House Regional Arts Center? Check out the events below. For more information, call the Pump House at 785-1434.
• Visual arts displays include the Pump House Soirée exhibit through Sept. 15 (the date of the Fine Art/Chocolate Soirée, from 6-9:30 p.m.) and Tom Jones’ Ho-Chunk nation portraits from Sept. 19-Oct. 27. The opening reception for the Tom Jones exhibit is Thursday, Sept. 20 from 6-8 p.m.
• The CD release party and concert for Billy Curmano’s New X Art Ensemble with the Amazing Tess Toster Tones is Friday, Sept. 14, at 7:30 p.m.
• Acclaimed folk duo Dix Brice & Jim Nunally are in concert benefiting Chileda on Sunday, Sept. 16, at  7:30 p.m.

kudos to…
• Dietetic seniors Charity Dague and Karin Heckman who both won scholarships from the American Dietetic Association Foundation. These are national awards which are based on academic achievement and potential for leadership in the profession.
• Scott Paetzold, business, and Jill, his wife, on the birth of their baby boy, Elliott David. Elliott was born Monday, Aug. 27 and weighed 8 lbs. and 1 oz.
• Lynda (Colbert) Bahr, physical plant, who married Lyle Bahr on July 14.
• Cindy Kothbauer, admission, and Tom, her husband, on the birth of their son, Graham William on Thursday, Sept. 30.  Graham weighed in at 6 lbs. and 11 oz.  All are doing fine.

Reserve Space in Advance for Your Special Event
We have had several special events planned recently which were advertised but the space was not reserved. This can lead to double-bookings, or the potential for an even more embarrassing scenario that results if the room or facility is not available. A simple call can remedy all. Use these general parameters regarding space reservations:

• San Damiano Chapel, contact Fr. Tom O’Neill at ext. 3804 or email tmoneill
• MC Lobby, contact marketing and communications at ext. 3041 or email pgkerrigan
• Academic Space, contact the registrar’s office at ext. 3180
• FAC performance spaces, lobby and campus dining, contact Michael Rancht at ext. 3737 or email maranscht
• Viterbo and V-Hawk and Assisi Courts, contact the SDC at ext. 3825
• SAC, contact Sandy Hotvedt  at ext. 3811 or email slhotvedt
• Student Union, contact Adrienne Appler at ext. 3840 or email acappler

Remember also to list your event on the campus calendar located on Viterbo Web site homepage at You will also be able to survey other events that are going on at the same time.

VEHIP TIP: Help for Tobacco Addictions
Call to Quit: Have you been thinking about quitting smoking or chewing tobacco? Call the Wisconsin Tobacco Quit Line for help at 1-877-270-STOP.

Mayo Research Project Helps Young Adults: Designed for young adults ages 13-24, the Mayo Clinic Nicotine Research Center is offering a free program to help them quite the use of chew tobacco/snuff. The program offers one-on-one counseling, individual follow-up, nicotine patch therapy or placebo, plus reimbursement to those who complete the program. To sign up, or for more information, call 1-800-848-7853 or  608-791-4197.

Resident Roster Available
By Jason Ramaker, Residence Life

An updated roster of all resident room locations and phone numbers is available in the copy center. Feel free to make copies. Also, you may share this information with your colleagues; however, it is our policy not to give out student room or phone numbers to the general public.

Yoga Anyone?
Interested in increasing your flexibility? Sign up for Yoga Classes at Viterbo University with instructors from The Yoga Place. Classes are held Fridays from noon-1 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Dance Studio. The cost is $45 for 12 classes thanks to a subsidy from the Viterbo Employee Health Improvement Program (classes typically cost $50 for eight). Send your check to the Business Office, MC 205, or stop by to arrange payroll deduction.

Heyday of Swing Featured in Bright Star Opener
The Viterbo University Bright Star Season kicks off with a musical revue like none other when Club Swing rolls into town on Saturday, Sept. 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the FAC Main Theatre.

Commissioned by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the show follows the decline of swing and the demise of a soon-to-be-closed nightclub, the Hotel Crosby.

From the frenetic-paced opening of Artie Shaw’s “Bugle Call Rag” to a blockbuster closing featuring Louis Prima’s “Sing, Sing, Sing,” Five by Design has created a quintessential musical that documents a timeline of swing from 1937-55. Each decade highlights the songs, events, and personalities that defined the era.

The Minneapolis-St. Paul-based vocal quintet invokes a true sense of this historic period while providing impeccable harmonies mixed with plenty of schtick and comedy. Club Swing, will have patrons reminiscing, enjoying a good laugh, and stepping back in time with magical swing music and a vintage nightclub ambiance.

Club Swing is sponsored by WIZM AM 1410 and supported, in part, by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin.

Ticket prices are $28/22. To order tickets, contact the Box Office at ext. 3100 or explore the Bright Star Season web site at academic/ug/sfa/bss.htm

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