A Newsletter for the Viterbo University Community
Vol. 15, No. 3  Septemer 10, 2001

Ethics Series Kicks Off with Post-Holocaust Perspective
Stem cell research, the Holocaust, the future of health care—all these topics will be on the table for discussion as part of the 2001-02  lecture series sponsored by the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics and Leadership at Viterbo University.

The lecture series kicks off Thursday, Oct. 4 featuring author Stephen Haynes, who will discuss “Bonhoeffer: Post-Holocaust Perspective.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer was an outspoken Protestant clergyman and one of the few church leaders of his time to stand in public opposition to Hitler and his policies. He died in the Flossenburg concentration camp in 1945. Haynes, who is the author of six books, is a professor at Rhodes College in Memphis  and, recently, he was selected to serve on the Church Relations Committee of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council.

Besides the Holocaust presentation, three other lectures have been scheduled:
• On Monday, Nov. 5, former Minnesota senator David Durenberger will discuss, “The Health System of the Future.” Durenberger now serves as chair and CEO of the Saint Thomas University/University of Minnesota  National Institute of Health Policy. While in politics, he served as chair of the Senate Finance Committee’s Health Subcommittee and was catapulted into a leadership role in the discussion of national health reform.
• On Tuesday, Nov. 6, David Prentice, professor of life sciences and adjunct professor of medical and molecular genetics at Indiana State University, will discuss, “The Science and Ethics of Stem Cell Research.” Prentice is a nationally recognized expert on stem cell research and  has testified several times before Congress regarding this topic as well as cloning and bioethics.
• On Thursday, April 18, the series concludes with a featured presentation by Jean Bethke Elshtain, a professor of social and political ethics at the University of Chicago. Her topic is, “You Can’t be Different All by Yourself: Citizens and Commun- ities.”Elshtain holds seven honorary degrees and has served as a visiting professor at Yale and Harvard universities. She is best known in her role as a political philosopher who shows connections between our political and ethical convictions.

All lectures will be held in Viterbo's FAC and begin at 7:30 p.m.-with the  exception of Prentice's which will begin at 8 p.m.

The free lectures are made possible through an endowment to the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership.

The institute is also sponsoring a symposium on servant leadership (Nov. 7,) and a conference on  "Living with Difference in Art, Religion and Politics" (April 18-20).

Call Richard Kyte, ethics, at ext. 3704 or email rlkyte for more information.

825 Jackson: Going...Going...Gone
The miracles of modern equipment, combined with the tenacity of an individual who wanted to preserve the house, yielded a positive result this week. In recent months, Viterbo received permission to clear a section of property adjacent to Ninth Street, but hopes were held out that a new owner would step forward to take possession of the home at 825 Jackson for relocation purposes. Bill Strupp, Jr. did just that. The brick, which couldn’t withstand the relocation journey, was removed. Then, after the home was hoisted onto steel beams, the second story was removed to minimize interference with power lines. Finally, ready to roll, 825 Jackson is scheduled to head down the road sometime this week.

You’re Invited!
By Roxie Hefti, Career Service

Roxie Hefti, career services, is marrying Lyell Montgomery on Friday, Sept. 28. Friends and family from the Viterbo community are invited to an open house to help them celebrate on Sunday, Sept. 30, from 1?5 p.m. at 3008 33rd Street South. This is an open invitation; no formal invitations will be mailed.

To Post or Not to Post?
There’s a new bulletin board policy in the FAC these days. Effective today, any items to be posted in the Viterbo FAC must be stamped and approved by the School of Fine Arts Office, FAC 102. Staff at the School of Fine Arts will then select the appropriate bulletin board for the item. All items not previously approved will be removed from the bulletin boards. Call ext. 3737 for a copy of the policy or with questions.

Human Resources
Departure: Farewell to Mark Barton, second shift custodian

Listen to the Poetry of Gary Gildner
Award-winning poet Gary Gildner will read excerpts from his works The Bunker in the Parsley Field, winner of the 1997 Iowa Prize for Poetry, and Blue Like the Heavens: New and Selected Poems, on Tuesday, Sept. 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the FAC Recital Hall. A reception and book signing will follow.

Gildner, who has published 17 books, also received a Pushcart Prize, the National Magazine Award for Fiction, the William Carlos Williams and Theodore Roethke poetry prizes, and a Robert Frost Fellowship.

His poetry reading is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase at the book signing.

For more information, contact Bill Stobb, English, at ext. 3486 or email westobb.

Book Chat, Anyone?
How do we make our voices heard and our actions count? Explore this question and more by reading Paul Loeb’s antidote to powerlessness and cynicism, Soul of a Citizen: Living With Conviction in a Cynical Time, and participating in a book discussion series this fall.

Sponsored by the Faculty Development Program and the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership, the discussions, held on three separate days, will each be led by a different person from the Viterbo campus. Discussion dates are Tuesdays Oct. 9, for chapters 1?4; Oct. 23, for chapters 5?8; and Nov. 13, for chapters 9?12. All discussions will be held in the Franciscan Spirituality Center from 4:30?6 p.m. Wine, cheese, crackers, and fruit will be served.

To sign up, please contact Grant Smith, faculty development, at ext. 3485 or gtsmith or Rick Kyte, ethics, at ext. 3704 or rlkyte.

Twenty copies of Soul of a Citizen are available through bulk purchase from the publisher for the reduced price of $10 per copy. Contact Smith or Kyte to reserve your copy. The book can also be ordered through the Viterbo bookstore or another bookseller at the retail price of $15.95.

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

We’ve Got Heart
By Marilyn Pedretti, Campus Ministry

Viterbo is organizing a team for the American Heart Walk, a non-competitive one-, three-, or five-mile walk held Saturday, Sept. 22, at 9:30 a.m. in Pettibone Park.

Funds raised from the walk will support the American Heart Association’s efforts to fight our nation’s and Wisconsin’s No. 1 killer, heart and blood vessel diseases. Each team member will receive a Viterbo University t-shirt to wear during the walk to represent Viterbo’s support of this cause.

If you would like to become a member of the Viterbo team, contact Marilyn Pedretti in Campus Ministry at ext. 3829 or by email at mjpedretti.

If you are unable to walk that day but would like to show your support, you may purchase a “heart” for $1. The heart will have your name placed on it and will be displayed in the MC Lobby during the week of the walk. Hearts can be purchased this Tuesday, Sept. 11, from 4?6 p.m. in the Student Union; Wednesday, Sept. 12, from 11 a.m.?2 p.m. in the MC Lobby; and on Thursday, Sept. 13, from 11 a.m.?2 p.m. in the Student Union; or from Chris Sanger, institutional advancement, MC 214.

Alumni Go Into the Woods
Alumni are invited to go Into the Woods for the Viterbo University Annual Alumni Night at the Theatre on Saturday, Oct. 13.

Presented by the Viterbo theatre and music departments, Into the Woods is Steven Sondheim’s Broadway hit musical which creates a “fractured fairy tale” about what happens when Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Prince Charming, Rapunzel, and a host of other fairy tale creatures meet in the woods under unusual circumstances. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. An alumni and cast reception follows in the FAC Hospitality Suite. A limited number of tickets are reserved for alumni. Tickets are $14 each. Alumni may purchase up to two tickets at the discounted price of $12 each. Tickets for Alumni Night at the Theatre can be ordered through the Alumni Office by Friday, Sept. 14. Call ext. 3071 with questions.

news you'll notice
By Barry Fried, Athletics

There’s newness in the air in the SAC these days. With three new coaches joining our existing staff, we’re excited about the changes and challenges this year. Joining head coaches Lynn Sirianni, volleyball; Bobbie Vandenburg, women’s basketball; and Wayne Wagner, men’s basketball are the following:

Mark Brandenburgh, men’s soccer/intramurals director: Coming to us from a successful season as head coach for men’s soccer at Ohio University, Mark took his team to the national tournament last year. Although they lost 2?1 in overtime, they finished the season with a 10-4-5 record. Also, he recently completed his Master’s of Science in physical education.  Mark has a healthy blend of soccer and other real-world experiences.

Will Lemke, women’s soccer: Lemke, who has degrees in education and history from UW-L, recently completed his Master’s of Science in educational leadership from Winona State University. Having served most recently as assistant women’s soccer coach at Winona State, where they came off back-to-back NSIC championships,  and previously at UW-Rock County in Janesville, Lemke has a wide range of scouting, recruiting, travel, and fundraising experience. With his skills, he will be a real asset to Viterbo.

Larry Lipker, baseball: Larry has a bachelor’s degree in psychology/secondary education from Campbellsville University and a master’s degree in secondary guidance and counseling from Morehead State University. For the past five years, he served as assistant baseball coach with the Morehead State Eagles. With his coaching background, communication skills, and recruiting abilities, he brings a lot of strengths to the        V-Hawks.

Welcome coaches!

Need Grant Funding?
By Natalie McGarry, Institutional Advancement

One function of the Office of Institutional Advancement is to provide support for faculty and staff seeking grant funding for Viterbo-related programs and projects.

Because many grant makers have timing restrictions on considering grant applications, and most will consider only one application from an institution at a time, please contact Viterbo’s grants development director, Natalie McGarry, before approaching any potential funding agency. In addition, a Grant Initiation Form must be filled out by any Viterbo University employee wishing to use the services of institutional advancement to search for and secure funding. A Grant Initiation Form can be obtained by visiting the Viterbo University grants information Web site at or by contacting: Natalie McGarry at ext. 3073 or  njmcgarry.

campus ministry
By Fr. Tom O’Neill

The Volunteer Fair is 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.

Ministry Opportunities:  It is time to sign-up to serve in various capacities with campus ministry (e.g. Franciscan friend, lector, choir member, etc.). Sign-up forms are available from campus ministers or in San Damiano Chapel.

RCIA, The Rite of Christian Initiation is a preparation program for those who wish to join the Catholic Church either through baptism or, for those already baptized, through the profession of faith. Interested persons should contact Fr. Tom (ext. 3804). The program will begin at the end of the month.

Confirmation:  Any Catholic who has not received the Sacrament of Confirmation and wishes to do so may join a preparation group now being formed. Please contact Fr. Tom in campus ministry at
ext. 3804.

Requiescat in Pace:  We pray for the repose of the souls of those who have recently died:  the grandfather of Ryan Zdenek and the uncle of Suzanne Flater. May they rest in peace.

Taize Prayer is Wednesday nights at 10 p.m.

Join the Saint Francis Choir: This choir sings for the 11 a.m. Mass each Sunday and is open to any Viterbo student. For more information, please call Earl Madary, campus ministry, at ext. 3707.

The Deep Thoughts, a.k.a. “Great Ideas Discussion Group,” is held Sunday evenings when school is in session at
7 p.m. at Barnes and Noble Bookstore. Those needing a ride or wishing to car pool should meet Sunday evenings, at 6:45 p.m., on the front steps of San Damiano Chapel. Discussion topics and books will be picked at the Sept. 16 meeting.

out and about
• Eat cheap! The People’s Food Co-op is sponsoring a cooking class designed for the college student. “Ramen Noodles & More—with Style” will be held Thursday, Sept. 13 from 6:30?8:30 p.m. at the Food Co-op. Call 784-5798 to sign up or visit for more information.
• Folk singer Ann Reed will grace the Pump House Regional Arts Center stage on Saturday, Sept. 22 at 7:30 p.m. Supplying lyrics with a blend of sentiment, humor, and insight into the human condition, Reed has become one of the top 50 performers on adult contemporary radio. Playing 12-string guitar, she plays an array of classic acoustic folk songs. For tickets, call 785-1434.

Explore Volunteer Opportunities Tuesday
By Marilyn Pedretti, Campus Ministry

Did you know that graduating from Viterbo University requires a number of volunteer hours? Students: Any idea where you’re going to volunteer? Faculty advisors: Need some suggestions for your students?

Come to the Volunteer Fair and discover the possibilities. Hosted by campus ministry, the fair will be Tuesday, Sept. 18 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the FAC Lobby. The fair features booths from a variety of area agencies seeking volunteers. Talk to representatives and learn more about volunteer opportunities in the La Crosse area. For more information, contact Marilyn Pedretti, campus ministry, at ext. 3829 or email mjpedretti.

focus on...
By Karen DuCharme ’03

Name: Shirley Frick

Title: Assistant Professor of Education and Assistant Director of Graduate Studies in Education

Department: School of Education

Family: Shirley is married to Fred, who is superintendent of schools for the Holmen School District. Fred and Shirley have three children.  Michelle is a Viterbo alumna having graduated in 1993 with a degree in accounting.  Melissa has two children and is assistant manager at Ciatti’s Restaurant.  Mark is a graduate of Loras College and is an engineer in the Twin Cities area.

Education: Shirley earned her B.A. in elementary education from Buena Vista College in Storm Lake, Iowa.  She has her B.S. in Physical Education from UW-L and her M.A. in education from Viterbo. She recently received her A.B.D. (All But Dissertation) from St. Mary’s University, Winona, Minn.

Hobbies/Interests/Enthusiasms: Shirley loves to read and is a member of book club, which focuses on women authors.  She enjoys fishing, biking, golfing, and the outdoors.

Adventures and Travels: Shirley has been to Europe three times. She has traveled extensively throughout the United States and spent some time in Cape Cod this summer; but she still believes Northern Wisconsin is a great adventure.

Future Hopes and Plans: Shirley plans to stay at Viterbo for several years, and hopes to become part of the teaching faculty.  Eventually, she wants to retire to a cabin on a lake.

Little Known Fact: Shirley, who is from Iowa, married her high school sweetheart and they have three grandchildren. An only child, when Shirley was younger, she won a bait-casting contest.

Seventh Day Discussions Swing Into Gear
What do you do for lunch during the academic year? Why not bring a sack lunch and join in informal and thoughtful discussion with your peers on local, national, and international issues?

The Seventh Day Discussions, sponsored by the Faculty Development Committee, offer just such an opportunity. All presentations are held from noon?12:50 p.m. in MC 419 C unless otherwise indicated.  A snack and juice will be provided. The fall semester presentations are:

Wednesday, Sept. 12: “Can the United States Play a Role in the Middle East?” Keith Knutson, history
Thursday, Sept. 20: “The Coming Collapse of China?” Lyon Evans, English
Friday, Sept. 28: “Teaching Overloads: Are We Helping or Hurting the University?” Mary Hassinger, dean, School of Letters and Sciences
Tuesday, Oct. 9: “Cloning... Cloning...Cloning,” Rick Kyte, ethics
Wednesday, Oct. 17: “The Winds of Thor are Blowing My House! A Home Energy Efficiency Mini-Workshop,” Mike Lauer, biology, presented in MC 201.
• Participants of this presentation must know in what year their major appliances were purchased, how well their home is insulated. They must also bring one utility bill to the workshop. As an option, participants can bring in their utility bills from the past year to get a more accurate picture of their home energy efficiency.
Thursday, Oct. 25: “The Ethical Dilemma of Stem Cell Research,” Glena Temple and Ward Jones, biology
Friday, Nov. 2: “Strategies for Combating Plagiarism in Our Classes,” Dick Ruppel, English, presented in MC 201
Monday, Nov. 12: “The Euro: What Will This Mean to the Global Economy?” Keith Knutson, history

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