Connections
A Newsletter for the Viterbo University Community
Vol. 15, No. 5  Septemer 24, 2001
 
 

Viterbo Community Honors the Legacy of St. Francis
Known as a lover of nature and a lover of peace, St. Francis is the patron saint of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration and, as such, a very important part of Viterbo University’s campus life and heritage.

Join the Viterbo community on Thursday, Oct. 4, as we celebrate the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi. Events and activities surrounding the celebration day include:

Food Drive, Sept. 25?Oct. 3: Franciscan Skemp employees are holding a food drive to benefit local food pantries. More than 1,200 pounds of food have been donated in past years. Local drop-off sites include the Market Place at Franciscan Skemp Healthcare in La Crosse, the La Crosse Clinic employee lounge, and Patient Financial Services on 5th Avenue.

Bread Delivery, Sept. 30: As a gesture of “neighborliness” and hospitality, the “Neighborhood Group” of Aquinas Schools, Chileda Institute, Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, St. Rose Convent, Franciscan Skemp Healthcare, and Viterbo University  will distribute a gift loaf of bread to households in their neighborhoods. Volunteers from the Viterbo campus will deliver the loaves on Sunday, Sept. 30. Contact Marilyn Pedretti, campus ministry, with questions at ext. 3829 or mjpedretti.

“Franciscan Joy” presentation, Oct. 3: Join Joyce Heil, nursing, as she discusses “Franciscan Joy” in a special talk at Franciscan Skemp Healthcare in Marycrest Auditorium from 7:15?7:45 a.m.; 9:45?10:15 a.m.; 2:30?3 p.m.; or 3:30?4 p.m.

St. Rose Lecture Series, Oct. 4: Tom Thibodeau; Earl Madary; Marlene Weisenbeck, FSPA; and four Viterbo choirs will celebrate “Serving to Learn, Learning to Serve: Franciscan Reflection and Practice in Honor of St. Francis of Assisi,” at 9:15 a.m. in the FAC Main Theatre.

Mass and Lunch, Oct. 4: All 11 a.m., noon, and 1:10 p.m. classes are canceled this day so students, faculty, and staff can attend the Feast Day events. The entire Viterbo community is invited to the St. Francis Day Celebration Mass on Oct. 4, at 11 a.m. in the Maria Angelorum Chapel at St. Rose Convent. Immediately following, they are encouraged to attend the free picnic lunch (from 11 a.m.? 1:15 p.m.) in the Marian Hall Dining Room. Meal tickets can be picked up by Oct. 1 at the MC Reception Desk by faculty, staff, and students not currently on the meal plan. You must have a ticket to attend. Students on the meal plan do
not need a special ticket.

Pet Blessing, Oct. 4: The 8th Annual Pet Blessing will be held Thursday, Oct. 4 at 5 p.m. in Viterbo’s Assisi Courtyard, around the statue of “The Dancing Francis.” Fr. Tom O’Neill, campus ministry, will lead the prayer celebration. Guests need not have their own pets to participate. Those with pets may wish to bring a photo to the event in lieu of their pet. This event is sponsored by Franciscan Skemp Healthcare and Viterbo University.

Ethics Lecture, Oct. 4: Rhodes College Professor Stephen Haynes will discuss “Bonhoeffer: Post-Holocaust Perspective” as part of the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership lecture series at 7:30 p.m. in the FAC Recital Hall. See the article on p. 7 for more information.

Connections’ N.Y., D.C. Coverage Continues

Viterbo University’s Natalie McGarry, institutional advancement, was in New York on Sept. 11. Ron Schafer, psychology, was there last week. Find out more about their experiences on pages 4-5 of this issue. Plus, hear what some of our New York and Washington, D.C. alumni had to say.
 

United Way Kick-Off
FREE (almost)
Bagels & coffee at the
United Way Drive Kick-Off
Friday, Sept. 28
8:30-10:30 a.m.
MC Lobby

Join the Viterbo University community for bagels and coffee at the United Way pledge drive kick-off event this Friday. Register to win a Viterbo University sweat shirt or t-shirt (compliments of Follette’s Viterbo Bookstore) when you drop off your United Way pledge card. The drawing will be held at 10:30 a.m. Watch your mailboxes for pledge cards.

United Way  serves the La Crosse area including the Wisconsin counties of La Crosse, Monroe, Trempealeau, and Vernon, and Minnesota’s Houston county by distributing resources to a variety of community programs and charities that are targeted at addressing community needs.

Art Department Announces Coming Attractions
The Viterbo University art department is holding a Faculty Exhibit Wednesday, Oct. 3 through Friday, Nov. 2 with an opening reception on Wednesday, Oct. 3 from 7:30?9 p.m.

The exhibit includes diverse work from full-time and part-time faculty including: Diane Crane, Marilyn Fernandes, Peter Fletcher, Joel House, Mike Knox, Pam Knudtson, Marcia Kruse, Janet Mootz, Edward Rushton, Lisa Schoenfielder, and Carleen Unser, FSPA.

The reception is free and open to the public. There is no admission charge to the Gallery, which is located on the third floor of the Viterbo FAC.

Art Lectures: Ceramic potter Joseph Pirog will present a slide lecture Tuesday, Sept. 25, at 4:30 p.m. in FAC 219. Another ceramic sculptor and UW-Madison faculty member, Bruce Breckenridge, will give a lecture Tuesday, Oct. 2, at 4:30 p.m. in FAC 219. Those interested in attending can contact Mike Knox in the art department at ext. 3754.

Grad School, Anyone?
Attention sophomores, juniors, and seniors...is graduate school right for you? A new, informational session has been designed to address all of the concerns students face in considering grad school. How do you plan and prepare for grad school? Can you afford it? Find out the answers to these and other questions at “Is Graduate School for You?” on Wednesday, Oct. 3, from 6?8 p.m. in the FAC Hospitality Suite. This session is co-hosted by Viterbo’s Career Planning and Placement and Alumni offices.

Lutheran Campus Ministry Invites Students
By Paul Petersen, Lutheran Campus Ministry-La Crosse

Lutheran Campus Ministry-La Crosse (LCM-La Crosse) offers a Tuesday night program of bible study at 5:15 p.m., a free dinner at 6:30 p.m., and evening prayer at 7 p.m. We know how busy students’ schedules are, so we encourage them to come when they can and leave when they need to.

LCM-La Crosse is located on the corner of 17th and State streets, across from the UW-L Wing Technology Center. LCM-La Crosse serves Viterbo University, UW-L, and WWTC Everyone is welcome!

kudos to...
• Larry Krajewski, math, made a presentation on “Using Children’s Literature to Teach Mathematics” at the Midwest Wisconsin Reading Fall Conference at UW-L on Sept. 15. He also conducted a workshop for fourth and fifth grade teachers at Harry Spence Elementary School in La Crosse on Sept. 18.

Packers vs. Falcons—In Style
Calling all Packer fans! Imagine watching a game directly from Lambeau Field in the cold month of November. Even though you’re willing to catch a cold out in the brisk winter air to see the Pack play, you don’t have to because you’ve won four heated, enclosed, Club Seats in a raffle.

Sound good? Then you might want to take your chances in the Packer Raffle sponsored by the Franciscan Skemp Auxiliary. Two lucky winners will each receive four Club Seats to the Nov. 18 Green Bay Packers vs. Atlanta Falcons game at Lambeau Field. Tickets are $10 each and only 799 will be sold. The winning ticket will be drawn at the Tiny Tim Gala Evening on Nov. 10. Ticket holders need not be present to win.

The raffle is a benefit for Caring, Inc., a free health care clinic at the Salvation Army which offers free screenings and health information. Caring, Inc. is staffed by nursing faculty and students from Viterbo University and a nurse from the La Crosse County Health Department.

Raffle tickets are available from Stephanie Genz, nursing, at ext. 3693 or from Franciscan Skemp Healthcare Volunteer Services at  785-0940, ext. 2709.

Employee Email Policy Reminder
When is it appropriate to send email to all employees? The following guidelines were created so the employees email account would be used to its best advantage and to avoid redundancy of material and ensure email accounts remain of a manageable size:

employees@viterbo.edu
• Use is restricted to news and announcements that cannot be disseminated through Connections    (connections@viterbo.edu) or other Viterbo University information vehicles due to timeliness.
• Use is restricted to news and announcements regarding Viterbo business and activities which are applicable to all employees.  It is not intended to be used to conduct personal business or to promote/publicize a personal opinion, cause, or ideal, or to serve as a discussion forum.
• News and announcements should only appear once.
• Only emails sent by employees from college-issued, employee email accounts are allowed.
• Short messages are appreciated and news/announcements should appear only once.
• Do not include any attachments unless it is a Web-based link to a Viterbo site.

In cases of extreme or urgent circumstances, a message can be distributed to the entire campus (students and employees). Please contact Pat Kerrigan, communications and marketing, at ext. 3041 if you have need to use this service or have questions about this policy.

Jeans Day—Support the Food Pantry

Don’t forget to wear jeans this Friday to support the Viterbo food pantry.

Typically, Jeans Day dollars from the final Friday of each month support the La Crosse Tribune Jeans Day charities; however, last week’s dollars supported the special La Crosse Tribune Jeans Day initiative to raise funds for the Red Cross New York efforts. The normal Jeans Day collection schedule will resume next month.

To date, Jeans Day collections from this academic year total $151:
Aug. 31... $45
Sept. 7... $53
Sept. 14... $53

How can you support Jeans Day? Wear jeans and pay $1 to Marcia Brodt at the MC Reception Desk; Tammy Edens, FAC 115; or Carol Strigun, BNC 118.

Employee Recounts Experience in New York on Sept. 11
Natalie McGarry is still struggling to put into words her experience in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001.
McGarry, Viterbo University’s grants development director, and her husband, Rick, were scheduled to be at the wedding of Natalie’s best friend in Washington, D.C. on Friday, Sept. 14 when they decided to spend the week vacationing in New York. They planned to relax, have fun, and sightsee. They hardly expected to be in the city during one of its and the nation’s most tragic days.

The trip was difficult from the start and, according to Natalie, almost seemed as if it shouldn’t happen. When the McGarry’s arrived at the La Crosse airport on Monday, Sept. 10, they found their reservations canceled. They made it to Minneapolis on a later plane to find their flight to Newark canceled.

“We’ve never before had problems getting to one location like that,” she said. Eventually, they did arrive in Newark and, as they flew in, the World Trade Center towers were in sight and the couple was excited to see them and looked forward to sightseeing there the next day.

Luck followed the McGarry’s on Tuesday as the two did not get as early a start sightseeing as they’d planned. The McGarry’s were staying at a hotel near Central Park, approximately five miles from the World Trade Center so they neither saw nor heard the explosions, although one of the planes had flown by the Central Park area on its way to the trade center. “We heard a low flying plane but at the time nothing registered,” said Natalie. They first learned of the attacks from a Good Morning America broadcast. Stunned, they remained in their hotel room and tried to call home to let folks know they were fine.

“When we did go outside later that day, we walked a few blocks through Central Park and could see the smoke. And the smell, that’s something you never forget,” she said.

There were other things that the McGarry’s will never forget about that day. There was no traffic in the usually bustling metropolis. Quietness settled across the city. Many public places were closed while some stores and restaurants remained open. New Yorkers wandered the streets and the parks stunned by the days events. People embraced strangers openly in the street.

“People didn’t know what to do with themselves but they wanted to be together. I felt like I could go up to people and talk to anyone,” said Natalie, recalling that many people gathered in Central Park simply to be together, to walk, and listen to the breaking news on handheld radios.

In light of the tragedies in New York and Washington, Natalie and Rick’s friend considered canceling their wedding but decided to proceed, as the President and others urged life to continue. Luckily, the McGarry’s had rented a car on arrival in Newark and could drive to D.C.

However, the tragedies remained ever-present. The baggage man at the hotel they stayed at in D.C. lost his 23-year-old daughter and her husband in the World Trade Center disaster. Later, at the wedding, they would learn that the father of one of Natalie’s high school friends narrowly escaped danger. He was supposed to be the pilot on the second plane that impacted the World Trade Center towers.

On Friday evening, the wedding party, mindful of the events of the week, honored the victims, rescuers, and families during the ceremony—lighting candles with their guests on the National Day of Prayer and Remembrance. The wedding was celebratory and somber at the same time. “It was comforting to be with people. It felt like we were not going to let this get us,” said McGarry.

The McGarry’s also did a little sightseeing in D.C., trying to keep life as close to normal as possible. They were again struck by the emptiness of this major city. “The Smithsonians were nearly empty. People saw them as targets,” said McGarry. In addition, while she and Rick were on the Mall near the Capitol, it was being evacuated—for one of many times that week. The streets were full of military personnel and police.

“Both in New York and D.C.,” she said, “there were fighter jets flying over the city. You can’t imagine how vulnerable you felt. I didn’t get much sleep at night...it was frightening. I should have felt comforted by the military presence but because there were so many of them, you knew you were in danger.”

Once the airports reopened and flights resumed, the McGarry’s were relieved to be heading back home but extremely hesitant about flying. “The airport and plane were practically empty and there wasn’t as much security as we anticipated,” said Natalie.

At the Newark airport, there was no curbside check-in, all luggage was x-rayed before being put on the conveyer belt, and non-ticketed passengers weren’t allowed beyond the gate. And, in-flight, only plastic spoons and forks were served with the meal—no knives.

After being in the midst of one of the worst disasters in America, the McGarry’s are happy to be back home. “While we were there, we made the best of it. We were thankful to be alive and our adrenaline was going. But now that we’re back, I just feel sad. It’s all hitting me,” said Natalie. “It really puts things in perspective. You feel thankful to be alive, but sad. It’s still hard to find the words to describe it.”

N.Y. and D.C. Alumni Check In
Following the events of Sept. 11, the Viterbo Institutional Advancement Office staff contacted Viterbo University’s New York and Washington, D.C. alumni to check on their welfare. Thankfully, though all were impacted by the tragedies, they were safe. Here are some of their comments:

“Thank you for your kind words. We have a large number of Viterbo alumni who are currently serving in the Army and may soon find themselves in harm’s way.  Karl Koch ’97, Ryan Ahrendt ’99, Jon Rastall ’98, Jamie Davidson ’99, Ryan Kovarik ’99 are just a few.  Luckily, all of us are prepared for what we will be called on to do which, regardless of our specific role in the Army, is to lead people.  I strongly feel that while we have certainly taken different paths, our experiences at Viterbo play a big role in the way we face our daily challenges.”
—Ryan Raymond, Detachment  Commander, U.S. Army War Preparation Center, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

“Thankfully, I was nowhere near [the World Trade Center]. I was running an audition in midtown in a church at       9 a.m. The building was evacuated by  10 a.m. and most people in the city were on their way home. Everything is still surreal. It was like a WWII movie. People all crowded around windows of businesses with TV’s in them to watch in disbelief while the towers collapsed. People crying in the streets, reaching out to each other. A woman held on to me for strength as tears streamed down her face. I can’t imagine what it will be like to go out into the day knowing that everyone in the city will be somehow personally affected by a death in this horror”
—Kyrst Hogan ’90, Actress, New York

“My teenage sons were both at school at the time of the crash.  After the first crash, there were reports of a second plane coming (the plane that eventually crashed in western Pennsylvania) and fighter jets were patrolling overhead in the skies of the D.C. area.  All telephone lines were jammed.  My husband, also a physician, was assigned to the E.R. on disaster alert. As a physician I wanted to help.  Immediately following the events of that day, calls were put out to physicians to volunteer in New York, mostly to relieve physicians there. I was set to go. Unfortunately, after the first 24-hours, no survivors were found; hence, no more doctors were needed.  I turned to the Red Cross here.   I was able to help give first aid and treatment to the Rescue Workers themselves.  23,000 people work at the Pentagon and the parking lot is enormous.  Body bags were lined up on the asphalt.  Empty ambulances were on stand-by.  The firefighters needed treatment for minor burns, cuts, scratches, contusions, and corneal abrasions.  That treatment was the easiest to administer.  What I will never forget is the blank stares on their faces.  Some of them would talk about what they had seen...body parts, charred bodies still sitting at burnt desks, intact pictures of family members. Others wouldn’t talk at all. Being back at home here in Vienna, I’m in a different world. Yet, I’ve also learned that a mile from my house, just next to my bank, is the house where several of the terrorists stayed intermittently over the last two years.  Now I realize that there isn’t a “different” world.  All around us are heroes and all around us is evil.  I have seen so much good. It’s hard to believe the evil is just as present.  What gives me strength is knowing that good will triumph and prevail.”
—Carol (Wegerbauer) Hassan, M.D. ’78, Vienna, Va.

“The building that I was in, fortunately, was about six blocks away from the World Trade Center and were able to evacuate. Unfortunately, we had to go through the process of having to watch people jump from the buildings and watch the buildings collapse before we could get out of the area. As I’m sure you’ve seen on TV, just a horrific, horrific set of circumstances here and I think it’s difficult for people outside of the city to appreciate the level of destruction in the financial district, which is completely,  completely ruined...It’s very kind and very thoughtful of you to call the New York alumni. It means a lot to hear from your voice in these times.”
—Rob Ehrhart ’87, Vice President, Asset Management Division,Goldman, Sachs, & Co., New York

News from Schafer in N.Y.
“Was glad to see what you have organized there at Viterbo. I’m at the New Jersey Family Compassion Center directly across from the World Trade Center (WTC) site. It’s night and the WTC site is brightly lit and it illuminates the smoke. Awesome sight—unnerving. The work here truly seems to be helpful to the families who grieve and those who are still looking without rest. I have been honored by some to be included in their lives for the time they are here. I carry many of them in my heart.

Please let the folks there at Viterbo know how much I appreciate that they are responding. The people that are hurting can actually feel the outpouring of love from them and the rest of the country. I know I can. I am so grateful for being covered in my work to be able to be here now.”
—Ron Schafer, psychology, currently volunteering in New York

news you'll notice
By Richard Kyte, ethics

D. B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership Responds to Crisis
Among the several programs being sponsored throughout this year, I’d like to draw attention to three events coming up in the next month that are particularly relevant to an ethical understanding of our lives during a time of civil crisis.

• On Oct. 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the FAC Recital Hall, Stephen Haynes of Rhodes College will give a lecture on the German theologian and martyr Dietrich Bonhoeffer.  This event is particularly timely because it gives us an opportunity to look more closely at the life and legacy of a person who struggled to reconcile his passionate commitment to human life and to the practice of non-violence with his opposition to the horrors of the Nazi regime.  This will be an occasion to get some insight into how one of the great theologians of the 20th century sought to embody the Christian spirit of love and forgiveness while fighting the evil of his times. See article p. 7.

• Beginning Oct. 9, the Ethics Institute along with the Faculty Development Program will host a three-part book discussion of Paul Rogat’s Soul of a Citizen: Living with Conviction in a Cynical Time.  Rogat tells a series of stories about ordinary people who have made significant contributions to their local communities and to the world, and he examines the circumstances of their involvement and the reasons many of us are reluctant to become involved in the “big issues.”  There is room yet for four or five people to sign up for the book discussion.  Just let me know at ext. 3704 if you’d like to join us.

• Lastly, we are planning to host a debate on the topic of “The Ethical Use of Military Force in Response to Terrorism.”  The debate is tentatively scheduled for Oct. 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the FAC Main Theatre.  It will feature Robert Froehlke, secretary of war in the Nixon administration.  Other participants are still being sought who will represent both pacifist and just-war perspectives.  Keep an eye on upcoming issues of this newsletter or consult the Ethics Institute website at http://www.viterbo.edu/Institute/index.htm for updates on this program.

Seventh Day Discusses Teaching Overloads
What are you doing for lunch this Friday? Why not bring a sack lunch and join in the Seventh Day Lunch Discussion?
Mary Hassinger, dean of the School of Letters and Sciences, will discuss “Teaching Overloads: Are We Helping or Hurting the University?” from noon-12:50 p.m. in MC 419 C.

Upcoming lunch discussions include Tuesday, Oct. 9: “Cloning...Cloning...Cloning,” with Rick Kyte, ethics; and Wednesday, Oct. 17: “The Winds of Thor are Blowing Cold...in My House!: A Home Energy Efficiency Mini-workshop,” with Mike Lauer, biology, (MC 201).

campus ministry
By Fr. Tom O’Neill

Bread Distribution: If you did not get a chance to sign up as a volunteer to deliver bread in the neighborhood on Sunday, Sept. 30 you may do so, today only by contacting Marilyn Pedretti at ext. 3829 or at mjpedretti.

Emergency Assistance: From time-to-time, a member of the Viterbo family needs emergency financial assistance. A modest donation has been given to establish an emergency needs fund to meet these kinds of needs for students or staff. A committee has been established to help with this effort: Wayne Wojciechowski, Joyce Heil, and Fr. Tom O’Neill. They will receive the requests and approve disbursements on a need and money-available basis. Requests may be made to any committee member. Confidentiality is assured. Contributions to this fund, maintained as a special account at Viterbo, are most welcome. Please contact a committee member for further information.

Franciscan Friends: The general meetings for Franciscan Friends this year will be held on Sunday nights at 7 p.m. on Sept. 30, Dec. 2, Feb. 10, and April 14. Please note these on your calendars.

November Remembrance: Notices were put in all faculty and staff mailboxes. We will again remember our beloved dead throughout the month of November, and especially on Nov. 2. A Book of Remembrance will be placed in San Damiano Chapel in which names may be written.

Death Notices: We pray for the repose of the souls of those who have recently died: the father (Edward)  of Jason Blasiola, ’98; the brother of Jennifer Myskewitz, the boyfriend of Becky Raatz, and a grandparent of Dan Lee. May they rest in peace.

Lecture Opener Explores Post-Holocaust Perspective
In recent years, there’s been a surge of interest in the life and death of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, an outspoken Protestant clergyman and one of the few church leaders of his time to stand in public opposition to Hitler and his policies. What does this say about the need for Christians to find a hero amidst tragedy?

Stephen Haynes, a nationally recognized authority on Bonhoeffer and the Holocaust will discuss how Bonhoeffer is understood and interpreted in American popular culture in “Bonhoeffer: Post-Holocaust Perspective,” a free lecture from the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership on Thursday, Oct. 4 in the FAC Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m.
A Protestant theologian, Dietrich Bonhoeffer was leader of the Confessing Church in Germany that publicly declared its opposition to Nazism in 1934. As the Nazi government clamped down on resistance, Bonhoeffer continued to work against the state in underground efforts. In 1943,he was arrested, imprisoned for two years, and eventually hanged for his involvement in a plot to assassinate Hitler.

Haynes the author of Bonhoeffer and the Jews: Post Holocaust Perspectives, is the Albert B. Curry Chair of Religious Studies at Rhodes College in Memphis. He was recently selected to serve on the Church Relations Committee of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council.

For more information, contact Richard Kyte, ethics, at ext. 3704, email ethics.

focus on...
By Karen DuCharme ’03

Name: Marilyn Pedretti
Title: Campus Minister and Volunteer Coordinator
Department: Campus Ministry
Family:  Marilyn’s  parents, Don and Therese, operate a dairy farm in Holmen.  Marilyn has one brother and six sisters.
Education: Marilyn graduated from Viterbo in 1999 with a B.A. in ministry.
Hobbies/Interests/Enthusiasms: Marilyn enjoys gardening, volleyball, singing, and spoiling her 15 nieces and nephews.  She sings at funerals and weddings, along with singing in her church’s choir.  She used to be in a bluegrass band.
Adventures and travels: Marilyn spent a couple of months in the Southwest by herself.  She likes to go to national parks, and she has seen 28 state capitals—Madison is her favorite.
Future hopes and plans: Marilyn is “open to God’s calling.”  Her future hope is for world peace.
Little known fact: Marilyn once rode on a boat with Jacques Cousteau and John Denver.

Journey Into the Woods With Theatre/Music Departments
And they lived happily ever after”...or, did they? Find out when the Viterbo University theatre and music departments team up to present Into the Woods, as part of the Bright Star Season, Oct. 12?14.

Based on the book by James Lapine and with music and lyrics by Steven Sondheim, Into the Woods has a host of familiar characters. Cinderella and her Prince, Jack the Giant Killer, Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf, Rapunzel, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, plus the baker and his wife all make an appearance on this journey of growth and self-discovery that explores both the light and the dark side of fairy tales. To gain their hearts’ desires, these familiar characters quickly learn that they must first travel through the dark and brooding woods. Ultimately, it is there that they will discover who they are and begin to understand how to live in an imperfect world. With wit, melody, and sentiment, Into the Woods celebrates companionship, the fragility of life, the choices we make, and the importance of the values we pass on to our children.

The performance is directed by Susan Rush, associate professor of theatre arts, with musical direction by Diane Foust, chair of the Viterbo music department, and choreography by Rod Reiner, assistant professor of theatre arts.

Students in the production are: seniors Leslie Swancutt, Ben Minnis, Brenda Cetera, Jill Tieskotter, Phil Nelson, Nadia Wahhab, Faith Halvorsen, Shelly Gorr, Cynthia Schultz, Rebecca Kaasa, Barry Lee Moe, and Kathy Williams; juniors David Adamick, Austin Bartsch, Brittany Borcher, Derrick Harper, Kristi Rood, and Jackie Whitsett; and sophomores Suzanne Flater, Tim Davis, and Adam Terry.

Performances, which will be held in the FAC Main Theatre, are at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12 and Saturday, Oct. 13, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 14. Into the Woods is sponsored by U.S. Bank. Ticket prices are $14/11. To order tickets, contact the Box Office at ext. 3100 or explore the Bright Star Season Web site at www.viterbo.edu/academic/ug/sfa/  bss.html
 
 

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