A Newsletter for the Viterbo University Community
Vol. 15, No. 5  October 1, 2001

What is the Future of Church-Related Colleges?
What is the future of church-related colleges and universities like Viterbo?

Faculty, staff, and administration are invited to find out during a presentation and discussion with Stephen Haynes on Thursday, Oct. 4, from 3:30­4:30 p.m. in the FAC Lobby.

Haynes, who is the founder and director of the Rhodes Consultation on the Future of the Church-Related College, will discuss “Is There a Future for the Church-Related University?”

The Rhodes Consultation on the Future of the Church-Related College has sponsored research and conversation on the nature of religiously affiliated colleges and universities since 1995. It has grown from the conviction that church-related colleges and universities have a distinct mission in the arena of higher education and seeks to help these institutions clarify the role they will play in the coming years.

For more information, explore the Web site at www.consultation.rhodes. edu/index.html.
This event is sponsored by the Mission Effectiveness Committee.

Sharing Our Spirit
In light of the recent tragedies and events, we have decided to take a different approach to this year’s Employee Campaign. The campaign will focus on “sharing our spirit,” which means:
• the spirit at Viterbo
• the spirit in our community
• the spirit of the United States

As you share your spirit and generosity with those who need it most today, we also ask that you consider giving to Viterbo University for tomorrow.

Join us for the campaign kickoff on Friday, Oct. 5 from 1­3 p.m. in the MC Lobby.

Return your pledge card before or during the campaign kickoff and you will be entered into a drawing for a $500 travel voucher donated by Carlson Wagonlit Travel of La Crosse.

Yours in spirit,

Barry Fried
Campaign Coordinator

Celebrating St. Francis’ Day
Schedule of Events

Thursday, Oct. 4:
9:15­10:40 a.m.
“Teach Me Goodness, Beauty, and Truth,” St. Rose Lecture Series (see article p. 4), FAC Main Theatre

11 a.m. St. Francis Day Mass, Maria Angelorum Chapel,
St. Rose Convent (no noon Mass in San Damiano Chapel this day)

11 a.m.­1:15 p.m. Free picnic lunch*
Marian Hall Dining Room
* Staff, faculty, administration, and non-meal plan students should pick up their free lunch ticket at the MC Reception Desk by Wednesday,
Oct. 3.

3:30­4:30 p.m. “Is There a Future for the Church-Related University?”
Stephen Haynes, Rhodes College,
FAC Main Theatre

5 p.m. Pet Blessing, Assisi Courtyard near “Dancing Francis” (In case of rain, event will be postponed until next year.)

7:30 p.m. Ethics Lecture: "Bonhoeffer: Post-Holocaust Perspective,” Stephen Haynes, Rhodes College, FAC Recital Hall

Say it with Roses
Get beautiful long-stem roses in a gift box for only $15. Let that special one in your life or a friend or colleague know that you care. The sale is sponsored by Rotary. Pick up or delivery for Oct. 26. To order, call Pat Kerrigan at ext. 3041 or stop by MC 228.

Seventh Day Talks
Interested in talking about cloning? Then mark your calendar to attend the Tuesday, Oct. 9 Seventh Day Discussion in MC 419C from noon­12:20 p.m. Rick Kyte, ethics, will discuss “Cloning...Cloning...Cloning.”
Then, on Wednesday, Oct. 17, Seventh Day Discussion moves to MC 201 from noon­12:50 p.m. Mike Lauer, biology, will share “The Winds of Thor are Blowing My House! A Home Energy Efficiency Mini-Workshop.”

Apple Pies for Sale
By Heidi Blanke, Dahl School of Business

Help the La Crosse Girl Choir perform in Brazil in 2003 by buying a Girl Choir apple pie. The pies are $9, come unbaked (with baking instructions), and are delivered the weekend of Oct. 13. These pies freeze well, making them perfect for Thanksgiving dessert. To order, or for more information, contact Heidi Blanke at ext. 3375 or email hgblanke.

human resources
Viterbo University issues a warm welcome to Darcie Brezany, who begins work as assistant registrar on Oct. 8. Brezany most recently worked at the University of Minnesota.

People-person Benny Belvin Joins Admission
By Roland “Buzz” Nelson, Office of Admission

While a few department chairs have already met him, the new manager of Viterbo’s Applicant Enhancement Program (AEP) plans to meet with them all in the next few weeks. However, that’s just the beginning of Benny Belvin’s job.

The AEP that Belvin manages is a recent creation of the Office of Admission and Belvin seemed like a perfect fit as manager, according to Scott Johns, associate director of admission. “When Benny contacted our office by phone, I sensed immediately a genuine people-person on the other end,” said Johns.

An underdeveloped goal of admission over the past few years, according to Johns, has been to formalize a program that assesses what academic departments are doing with prospective applicants and offers help to these departments, thereby improving their contact with prospective students. “Therefore, a Benny Belvin was needed,” said Johns.

Belvin contacted the Viterbo Office of Admission this fall, as he entered his second year in the college-student development and administration program at UW-L, because he wanted to do an internship on the campus of a private university.

But this was not Belvin’s first contact with a private institution—having graduated from Elmhurst College in Illinois with a bachelor’s degree in history. While there, he also worked in the Academic-Advising Office where he brokered advising services to incoming students. “I guess that’s where I first began to develop my people skills,” said Belvin in a recent interview.

Those skills apparently landed Belvin his first job with the Sergeant at Arms of the Wisconsin State Senate, where he worked for a year before moving to La Crosse to begin his graduate degree. “As an employee of the State Senate, you might say I was asked to bring one person’s agenda to an unsuspecting second person. It was really fun,” he said.
“I suppose that is what I am doing now with Viterbo’s Applicant Enhancement Program. I bring to the department chairs a model showing how they might structure a regular communication system with applicants for admission for next fall.”

The new program seeks to enhance and regularize contacts made directly from the department to their applicants. And, what Belvin has found in his visits to date are chairs who are not as “unsuspecting” as the senators at his last job. “Most department chairs had already done some kind of contact with their applicants for next year,” said Belvin.

So, after the face-to-face assessment, Belvin will suggest the four common methods of contact: personal, on-campus visit; letters; email; or telephone calls. “So far, I have found my departmental visits most welcoming and people have a willingness to help admission build and enhance Viterbo’s relationship with these prospective students. If you haven’t seen me yet, you will soon,” said Belvin with his customary winning smile.

Belvin works Wednesday evenings and Thursday and Friday mornings in admission.  You can reach him at ext. 3030 during those times.

Blood Needed at Campus Drive
Supporters turned out in droves to give blood the week of the tragedies in New York and Washington, D.C. So much so that the American Red Cross (ARC) issued a plea for people to hold off and donate during future blood drives, saying that blood would still be needed in the coming weeks.

With the Viterbo University Blood Drive around the corner, now is your chance to contribute. Please make an appointment to give blood on Thursday, Oct. 11, between 1:15­6 p.m. in the San Damiano Chapel by calling ext. 3806 or ext. 3825. Working together, the ARC and Viterbo University can make a difference and save lives.

Join in Peace Prayers Every Tuesday
By Theresa Washburn, Franciscan Spirituality Center

The Franciscan Spirituality Center, in response to the recent U.S./global crisis, is holding a series of Peace Prayers every Tuesday night from 5:15 p.m. to 5:45 p.m., beginning Oct. 9. Peace prayers from 11 different faith traditions will be used.

The format will be simple. The prayer will be recited a number of times, there will be time for silence and reflection, and a musical version of the prayer from a CD will close out the evening. The first session will focus on the peace prayer of St. Francis.

Everyone is invited to join in these prayer sessions for peace. There is no fee, although a free will offering will be accepted. Prayer sessions will be facilitated by Joan Weisenbeck, FSPA and Theresa Washburn.

“Teach Me Goodness, Beauty, and Truth”
Built on the words of St. Francis of Assisi, “Teach Me Goodness, Beauty, and Truth,” a free celebration program honoring the Feast Day of St. Francis will be held in the FAC Main Theatre this Thursday from 9:15­10:40 a.m.

Tom Thibodeau, religious studies; Earl Madary, religious studies; Fr. Tom O’Neill, campus ministry; Marlene Weisenbeck, FSPA, chair of the Viterbo Board of Directors; and Laurian Pieterek, FSPA, education and philosophy will share presentations and reflections on the themes of goodness, beauty, and truth.  The program also includes music by Earl Madary, the Women’s Chorale, Platinum Edition, the Concert Choir, and the Ninth Street Singers.

The program, which is part of the St. Rose Lecture Series, will be followed by a procession to Maria Angelorum Chapel at St. Rose Convent where the annual St. Francis Day Mass will be held.

Alumni News
By Sally Emerson, Alumni Office

The Alumni Office still has a few tickets available for Damian Miller Day at Miller Park on Oct. 7. Please call the Alumni Office at ext. 3072 or email sbemerson immediately if you are interested in attending.

Alumni Night at the Theatre will be on Saturday, Oct. 13. Alumni and members of the Viterbo community are invited to join us for a reception with alumni and the cast and crew of Into the Woods in the Hospitality Suite following the performance.

Packer or Viking Fan? Let’s Cast Our Vote
Support the Packers or the Vikings, and the United Way...all in one day. On Friday Oct. 19, in a twist from our usual Jean’s Day collection, Viterbo will be holding a contest. Buy the button of your choice from the MC Reception Desk. Pick: “Go Vikes” or “Go Pack.” (The Packer vs. Viking game will be played Oct. 21.) The cost of the button is $2 and proceeds will benefit the United Way. While you’re at it, wear something green and gold, or purple and gold. The following week, we’ll post the vote and decide once and for all: Is Viterbo University Viking or Packer territory?

Talk Debates Use of Military Force
Plan to attend a very timely debate: “The Ethical Use of Military Force in Response to Terrorism,” scheduled for Oct. 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the FAC Main Theatre.

On stage will be: Robert Froehlke, former U.S. secretary of army for the Nixon administration; George Lopez, director of policy studies at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at Notre Dame; and Rania Masri, founder and coordinator of the Iraq Action Coalition and a member of the National Board of Peace Action. The debate is sponsored by the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership. Look for more details in weeks to come about this important topic and the cast of speakers who have all gained national prominence in their respective areas.

CLEP Exams Scheduled
It’s that time of year. College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams at Viterbo University have been scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 25 from 8­10:30 a.m. and Friday, Oct. 26 from 1­4:30 p.m. in MC 312.

CLEP exams allow both traditional and non-traditional students to earn college credit by taking exams. Students must be currently enrolled at Viterbo or planning to enroll next term (credit will be applied to the enrolled term). Students repeating a CLEP must allow six months between test dates. The English Freshman College Composition test must be taken on Friday due to the longer time required for essay writing. All other tests can be taken at either session.

The cost is $46, payable by credit card online, or at the time the test is taken. For more information, contact the Extended Learning Office, MC 215, ext. 3080 or the Advance Program Office, MC 504, ext. 337. Test descriptions, sample questions, and registration materials are available.

out and about
• Renowned children’s musician Hans Mayer is performing his humorous, child-oriented music that’s fun for people of all ages on Saturday, Oct. 6, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Pump House Regional Arts Center.  Performances include songs with guitar, mandolin, Native- American flute, sound effects, and audience participation. Tickets cost $7 for adults and $5 for children. Call the Pump House at 785-1434 to order or for more information.

kudos to...
• The Viterbo University student body who raised a total of $487 for the Red Cross and earmarked for the New York efforts. The money was raised by selling “Lights of Hope,” paper “candles” on which staff, faculty, and students wrote their names in support of the people involved in the New York and Washington, D.C. tragedies and rescue.

VB Rematch
By Lynn Siriani, Sports Information

The conference volleyball match between Viterbo University and Mount Mercy has been rescheduled to Monday, Oct. 29, in the R.W. Beggs Gymnasium at Viterbo at 7 p.m. The match was postponed due to the tragedies that occurred the week of Sept. 11.

Open House
By Melissa Growt, Learning Center

The Learning Center would like to invite students, faculty, and staff to an open house from 1­3 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 3 in MC 312. Please come and join us for popcorn and pop. Students can sign up for a chance to win a door prize. As temperatures drop, a nice afghan made and donated by Celestine Cepress, FSPA, could really come in handy.

Viterbo Walks for Heart Health
Fourteen Viterbo employees and students gathered with hundreds of La Crosse area folks on Saturday, Sept. 22, at Pettibone Park to walk and raise awareness and dollars to fight heart disease for the American Heart Association.

Light up the Lanes for Kids!
What can you do to make a difference in the life of Coulee Region children? Consider bowling during Bowl for Kids’ Sake 2002 in February.

Five individuals are needed to form a team to bowl. Team members must each raise a minimum of $100 to bowl—that’s a donation of only $10 from 10 people. Persons raising $100 can bowl and will receive a free “Light up the Lanes for Kids” t-shirt. Other incentive prizes and day-of-the-event raffles will be available. Bowl dates and times are:
• Tuesday, Feb. 12, 6:30 p.m.
• Friday, Feb. 15, 9 p.m. (cosmic)
• Sunday, Feb. 17, 2 p.m. (moonlight/smoke-free), 4 p.m. (cosmic)
• Tuesday, Feb. 19,  6:30 p.m. (cosmic)
• Friday, Feb. 22, 9 p.m. (cosmic)
• Saturday, Feb. 23, 12:30 p.m. (moonlight/smoke-free), 2:30 p.m. & 4:30 p.m. (cosmic)

Brochures will be available after Nov. 15 at area Kwik Trips, All-Star Lanes, Degen Berglund, Coulee State Bank, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Coulee Region.

This is an excellent community service initiative so start planning your team now! Watch Connections for more information in November.

Questions? Contact Beth Erickson, event chairperson, at ext. 3042 or email bmerickson.

Students Seek Input from Neighbors
Over 200 students from six Viterbo classes as well as students from one floor in Marian Hall will be canvassing the neighborhood in upcoming weeks as part of a plan to survey residents about issues pertaining to where they live.
Thanks to Tom Thibodeau; Rick Kyte; Georgia Christianson, FSPA; Earl Madary; and Residence Life staff for supporting this initiative.

The Viterbo campus is located in what is described as the Washburn neighborhood—whose boundaries are roughly comprised of Jackson Street on the south, West Avenue on the east, Main Street on the north, and the river to the west.
Similar neighborhood initiatives have been organized by the La Crosse planning department on the North Side and in the area known as Hood Park.

This is the first attempt to hand- deliver surveys to assure the highest possible success rate. Despite the fact that 4,156 residents live in the Washburn Neighborhood, Viterbo’s voluntary “student power” will allow for a manageable distribution. Survey results will be discussed at an October meeting.

news you’ll notice
By Jack Havertape, Academic Vice President
New Faculty: It’s hard to believe we’re already into the sixth week of classes. Our new faculty members are already a part of the Viterbo culture. The better we get to know them, the happier we are that they have joined us. Their creativity, enthusiasm, and contributions are energizing. I hope they feel a part of the Viterbo community—a great collection of talent and dedication.

Registrar’s Office Update: Thanks to Jan Linderbaum for her support and presence in the Registrar’s Office. She will be missed by all. It’s hard to imagine not hearing her cheerful laugh and experiencing her sharp sense of humor as you visit that department. You might have noticed she is still here a month after her retirement. That’s because with Jan, as always, Viterbo comes before her own plans. Thank you Jan. That gives me an opportunity to express my confidence in Amy Gleason, our new registrar. She continues the tradition and will serve Viterbo well. A new assistant registrar will join Amy Oct. 8, Darcie Brezany. Darcie has broad experience in the registrar’s office at St. Thomas and the University of Minnesota.

New Programs: Our new programs are doing very well. Thanks to the faculty for their cooperation in creating and launching them last fall. Already there are 44 Bachelor of Integrated Studies majors and 52 Management Information Technology majors.

This year we launched the Technology Education and Business Education programs, a new track in the Master of Arts in Education—Educational Leadership, and an entirely new master’s program in the School of Letters and Science through religious studies and philosophy—the Master of Arts in Servant Leadership. An initial course for the Master of Arts in Servant Leadership has 28 enrollees. I have high expectations for this program. A change request has been submitted to the Higher Learning Commission.

St. Francis Day: I want to encourage all who can to participate in the St. Francis Day activities on Thursday, Oct. 4. See the schedule of events on page 1.

Global Education: Beth Moore has been working diligently to increase diversity and global awareness on the Viterbo campus. She has brought international students to campus and encouraged international experiences for local Viterbo students and faculty. Please welcome and get to know the international students on our campus. Their presence provides tremendous opportunities to learn more about our global community. At times such as these, I hope all of you will ensure that they feel safe and welcome in our community. After all, that’s the Viterbo way.

campus ministry
By Fr. Tom O’Neill
St. Francis Day: See the schedule of events on page 1 of this issue.

Busy Student Retreat (BSR): The annual BSR is Oct. 23­25 and is designed for students wishing to enhance their spiritual lives and relationships with God in the midst of classes and work, etc. Retreatants meet individually, each day, with an assigned director.

75th Annual Crop Hunger Walk:   Come walk with the world!  Join us Sunday, Oct. 14, for a 10K walk to raise money for and awareness of hunger issues. Registration is at 12:45 p.m. The walk begins at 1 p.m. at Myrick Park. Contact Marilyn Pedretti, at ext. 3892 or email: 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. The committee that helps with this is: Wayne Wojciechowski, Joyce Heil, and Fr. Tom O’Neill. They 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.

Death Notices: We pray for the repose of the souls of those who have recently died: the mother (Edith) of Barb Schroeder (Learning Center), the grandmother and grandfather of Sam Jeffers, and Art Soell, friend of Viterbo. May they rest in peace.

Peace Prayer:
Make me an instrument of your peace:
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is discord, harmony;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is error, truth;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master,
Grant that I may not so much seek:
To be consoled, as to console;
To be understood, as to understand;
To be loved, as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in forgetting self that we find ourselves;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
It is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Happy Birthday!
2 Darlene Pofahl
5 Ruth Williams
7 Art P. Karbowski
8 Tammy Edens
8 Gail Rogers
12 Jan Linderbaum (retired)
14 Debra Murray
15 Renee Kastenschmidt
16 Kathleen Johnson, FSPA
19 Lynda Bahr
19 Jacqueline Kuennen
19 Joann Marson
19 Rita Rathburn, FSPA
20 Dorie Beres
21 Joyce Heil
22 Betsy Brzowsky
22 Marilyn Wilder
28 Peg Beirne

Get the Scoop!
By Beth Moore, Global Education

The Global Education Office is planning a promotional event next Tuesday, Oct 2, from noon-1:30 p.m. by the clock tower in V-Hawk Court. Free ice-cream and information about studying abroad will be given to attendees. The rain site is in the Student Union.

Jeans Day—Spirit Day
Don’t forget to wear jeans this Friday for Spirit Day at Viterbo University. Monies raised will support the Staff Assembly Grant.

The Jeans Day collection from last week, supporting the Red Cross through a special La Crosse Tribune Jeans Day, was $345.80.

You can support Jeans Day this week by wearing jeans and paying $1 to Marcia Brodt at the MC Reception Desk; Tammy Edens, FAC 115; or Carol Strigun, BNC 118.

Nominate Students for National/Local Honors
Let’s recognize Viterbo University’s talented students and leaders by nominating them for an upcoming local or national award:
Area Young Leaders Award
Five young people from the La Crosse area whose hard work has lastingly impacted the community will be honored by the La Crosse Community Foundation on Oct. 17 at its annual meeting. Nominations are now being accepted. Individuals nominated must be under age 30 as of Oct. 1, 2001 and must live in or attend any public or private school in La Crosse County. Their community efforts should in some way strengthen the community by improving schools, neighborhoods, etc. Applications are available through the La Crosse Community Foundation and are due by Oct. 1. Call the foundation at 782-3223 for more information.

All-USA Academic Team
USA Today is again honoring the best and brightest among college students. Sixty students who are named First, Second, and Third Teams of the 2002 All-USA Academic Team will be featured in a two-page color spread in USA Today in February. The First Team, 20 people, will receive a $2,500 cash award. Students will be chosen based on scholarship as well as leadership roles on and off campus. The judges will base their decision on the student’s ability to describe their efforts in writing, recommendations from the nominating professor, and two other letters of recommendation from people chosen by the student.
For a copy of the application and additional information, call Beth Erickson, communications and marketing, ext. 3042 or email bmerickson.

focus on...
By Karen DuCharme ’03

Name: Mark Brandenburgh
Title: Men’s Soccer Coach and Director of Intramurals
Department: Athletics
Family: Mark is married to Dawn, and they have two cats, Rocky and Cassie.
Education: Mark earned his bachelor’s degree at Samford University in Birmingham, Ala. and his M.S. in physical education at Ohio University.
Hobbies/Interests/Enthusiasms: Mark enjoys camping, biking, and watching the Denver Broncos play football.
Adventures and Travels: Mark has spent time skiing in Colorado. In undergraduate school, he spent a semester in Switzerland, and he once drove from Dallas to Seattle in a 36-hour road trip.
Future Hopes and Plans: Mark and his wife hope to start a family soon. And, he plans to pursue a teaching position along with his coaching position.
Little Known Fact: When Mark was in sixth grade, his class had a balloon-racing contest. He saved his lunch money for a month, because each student had to buy his or her own balloons to send. Mark bought about 100 balloons of the 500 being sent. He won a 10-speed bike, because one of his balloons went the farthest. This was the first and last time he ever won a contest.

Group Rocks Viterbo Stage—Rockapella Style
The Viterbo University NexStar Season is bringing the hippest and hottest a capella group, Rockapella, to the FAC Main Theatre on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 7:30 p.m.

With a unique singing style that evolved from barbershop harmony to rock, pop, jazz, and R&B, it’s no wonder they’ve shared the stage with the likes of Billy Joel, Don Henley, Sting, and Styx.

This five-man group began singing on the street corners of Manhattan in 1987. But it wasn’t until 1991 that their career really took off. As a result of their performance on Spike Lee’s Do it A-Capella television special, Rockapella spent five seasons as the house band and creator of the theme song for the hit PBS game show Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?

Flawless harmonies with the distinct stamp of ’90s funk put this group ahead of the pack. It’s no wonder the New York Post said, “keep an eye on Rockapella; they’re about to crack the big time with the sneakiest gimmick of all—pure, magical talent.”

Rockapella is sponsored by 95.7 the Rock.

Ticket prices are $22/$16.  To order tickets, contact the Box Office at ext. 3100 or explore the NexStar Season web site at

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