Connections
A Newsletter for the Viterbo University Community
Vol. 15, No. 7  October 8, 2001
 
 

New Agreement Streamlines Path for International Students
As the result of a new agreement between Viterbo and an agency under the jurisdiction of the Organization of American States (OAS), more international students could be arriving on campus to finish their final two years.

A number of Viterbo students, primarily from the Caribbean, have already benefited from the program. The newly signed pact formalizes the agreement and opens up new possibilities. According to Beth Moore, global education, international students, who transfer to Viterbo to finish a degree, represent the top scholars from their country who receive special fellowships. Typically, upon graduation, the students will return to their homeland to work on economic and social improvements. Twenty-one nations from the Americas?Canada to Venezuela?make up the OAS.

“Shared Spirit” Campaign Soaring

Thank you to all who participated in the “kickoff” of the annual employee campaign. Our goal is to surpass our current 75 percent participation rate. Remember, it’s not the gift amount that counts, it’s the fact that you’re participating. Therefore, by turning in your pledge card, you truly can make a difference.

Consider this: If our goal were accomplished, Viterbo would rank among the best colleges or universities in the nation, in terms of employee-giving percentage.

Again, if you have not already turned in your pledge card, there is still time. You may return your pledge card via intercampus mail or simply bring it to the Office of Institutional Advancement. If you have any questions or need further information, I can be reached at ext. 3812 or email bjfried.

Thanks for keeping the spirit alive!

Barry Fried
Campaign Coordinator

Talk to Debate Use of Military Force
Three nationally renowned figures will debate “The Ethical Use of Military Force in Response to Terrorism,” Wednesday, Oct. 17 in the FAC Main Theatre.

The 7:30 p.m. debate is sponsored by the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership. Admission is free and open to the public. Tickets for main floor seating are required and may be obtained at the MC Reception Desk.
On stage will be: Robert Froehlke, former U.S. Secretary of the Army for the Nixon Administration; George Lopez, Director of Policy Studies at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace Studies at Notre Dame, and Rania Masri, founder of Iraq Action Coalition and board member of Peace Action, a pacifist organization.

Richard Kyte, director of the ethics institute, will serve as moderator. He said the debate was scheduled in response to the New York disaster at the World Trade Center and the looming prospect of military intervention against terrorists and the countries that harbor such factions. The debate is expected to generate a wide spectrum of opinion.

Lopez most recently authored an essay in the journal America in which he advocates  national responses to the Sept. 11 tragedy which are “morally defensible and have passed the toughest ethical scrutiny.” He is also ombudsman for Amnesty International-U.S., and the recent co-author of The Sanctions Decade: Assessing the UN Strategies in the 1990’s. Lopez’s scholarly work in the area of peace studies has appeared in Chitty’s Law Journal, Human Rights Quarterly,the International Journal of Human Rights and The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.

Froehlke, in addition to serving as secretary of the Army under the Nixon administration from 1971?73, was assistant secretary of defense from 1969?71. Under his direction, the remaining Army troops were redeployed from Vietnam and recruiting was converted to an all-volunteer basis.  After resigning from government service, he returned to the private sector serving as president of  Sentry Insurance and, later,  IDS Mutual Fund Group. In 1999, he was on the Viterbo campus to participate in the university’s symposium, “Retelling the Stories of Vietnam.”

Masri, who holds a doctorate in forestry, has taught at North Carolina State University. However, it is her advocacy of changes in American policy overseas, including opposition to continuing sanctions against Iraq, which has resulted in exposure in many national media forums. She has debated on NPR’s Talk of the Nation with Ray Suarez on several occasions and her interviews have appeared nationally on CNN, ABC National News and Fox News Channel. In print, Christian Science Monitor,  the Cairo Times and the Middle East Report have interviewed her.  She is a member of Peace Action, a group which advocates global nuclear disararmament and an end to international arms sales. Masri is a bilingual speaker of Arabic and English and holds dual U.S. and Lebanese citizenship.

Get on the Bus with Us
The annual “Shop ’Til You Drop” bus trip to the Mall of America is being planned for Saturday, Nov. 17. Additional details will follow, but save the date (and your money) and plan a “road trip” to the wilds of Bloomington, Minn. This day trip is open to the public, so invite your friends and neighbors!  Watch future issues of Connections for more information.

Recital Postponed
The Jean Saladino/Susan Rush faculty recital scheduled for 7:30 p.m., Oct. 27, and listed on the 2001?02 Viterbo University Fine Arts Center Calendar of Events has been postponed. The new date and time will be announced later.

Last Call
Join Viterbo’s Shoe Crew team and win prizes! Forms are due Monday, Oct. 8. Return forms and checks to Human Resources.

Blood Drive Canceled
Due to an overwhelming response to blood drives in our area, the American Red Cross has canceled the Viterbo Blood Drive on Thursday, Oct. 11. Another will be held on campus on Jan. 28.

letter to the editor
Flag Displays
With the recent attacks against our country, I am heartened by the display of patriotism that has too long been absent from these United States. In keeping with the spirit of patriotism, I think it is important for people to know that there are proper and improper ways to display the Stars and Stripes. Most people seem to be displaying the flag on a flat surface, or hanging the flag vertically. Under both circumstances, the white stars on the blue background—called the “Union”—should always be in the upper left as shown below.

The flag represents our freedom, and it honors those who died to protect it, and those who may be called upon to go into harms way to defend it. Let’s take the time to remember that and display Old Glory properly. For more information, visit the following web site: http://www.ushistory.org/betsy/flagetiq.html

God bless America,
Jeff Nyseth

Subs Rule!
The members of your Social Committee cordially invite you to participate in the fall Sub Lunch Get-together. Save room on your busy schedule and join fellow co-workers on Thursday, Oct. 25, in the SAC, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for fun and fellowship. For only $2, you will receive a sandwich, soda, and a sweet treat (brownies)! Drop-off your money and make a reservation with Barb Schroeder in the Learning Center during the week of Oct. 15?19.  May the subs be with you!

United Way Pledges Due
Viterbo’s United Way campaign is off to a great start. At the campaign kick-off celebration on Friday,    Sept. 28, David Schulz, business, won a Viterbo sweatshirt in a raffle drawing among those who submitted their pledge cards and Bonnie Nesbitt, nursing, won a t-shirt. Final pledge cards are due today. Please send them to Marsha Momoi-Piehl, human resources, MC 201B.

Free Presentation Features National Speaker on Trauma
A dynamic, national advocate and speaker, Jacki McKinney, will share her personal journey as the survivor of physical and sexual abuse, state mental institutions, community services, misdiagnosis, homeless shelters, jail, and life on the streets, on Thursday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. at the UW-L Cleary Alumni & Friends Center. “Up from the Trauma of Abuse: A New Recovery Perspective” is for survivors, students, faculty, staff, human services, and medical professionals, and others. The event is co-sponsored by the domestic abuse programs at Franciscan Skemp Healthcare and Gundersen Lutheran and by the UW-L Office of Continuing Education and Extension.

Viterbo Women to be Honored at YWCA Event
Though there are many outstanding women at Viterbo University, two will receive very special recognition for exceptional accomplishments in their field, in the community, and as role models to women in the Coulee Region and beyond.

Lisa Schoenfielder, art, and Marlene Weisenbeck, FSPA, chair of the Board of Directors, will be honored at the 19th annual YWCA Tribute to Outstanding Women of the Coulee Region on Thursday, Nov. 15.

Lisa Schoenfielder
Currently the chair of the Viterbo art department, Schoenfielder will be receiving the Achievement Award in the category of Arts. Schoenfielder, who has worked at Viterbo since 1996, leads by example when she incorporates service learning into all of the art education courses she teaches. For the past year, Schoenfielder, along with co-worker Ed Rushton, have worked with youth weekly at the Schuh Homes Community Center on La Crosse’s North Side, drawing, and encouraging drawing. The artwork created by the young people was then compiled into a collaborative mural by art student Joe Miller that has been painted outside of the neighborhood center with the help of the young people. In addition, Schoenfielder has been a board member for the Pump House Regional Arts Center since 1997 and, in that capacity, has helped on a variety of fundraisers, participated in committees, made presentations, and exhibited work at the Center. Schoenfielder, who has a doctorate in art education from the University of Iowa, also makes a difference at Viterbo. She has developed several classes and works with art education majors on innovative classroom methods including the planning and teaching of the Viterbo Afterschool Art Workshop program. She has also worked with the Women’s Studies Committee to purchase works of art by three Viterbo female students and has organized an exhibit of those students’ work. She  mentors women in her art education program, for example, by inviting them to be co-presenters at a recent Wisconsin Art Education Association state conference.  “Lisa is an uncompromising student of what art means to the world, and all facets of her life’s work are done with standards that she expects from those around her. More than anything, she exemplifies what a true artist is and brings that to our community,” said Deb Stover, institutional advancement, who nominated Schoenfielder for the award.

Marlene Weisenbeck, FSPA
Receiving the Achievement Award for Education/ Administrator is Sr. Weisenbeck. “Marlene’s unqualified and unwavering support has set a standard and example for others to follow,” said Dr. William J. Medland, Viterbo president, who nominated her for the award. “She has amply demonstrated outstanding leadership, integrity, dedication, and motivation...Without a doubt, she has assisted others to achieve through her role modeling in service to others.”
As chair of the Viterbo University Board of Directors for the past eight years, she has significantly impacted the institution. During her tenure, she expanded the board, made members more aware of the responsibilities of the board, and has overseen some of the university’s most successful years. Sr. Weisenbeck is also the first woman appointed to serve as the chancellor for the Diocese of La Crosse. She holds a licentiate in canon law from St. Paul University in Ottawa, Canada, and a doctorate in higher education administration from UW-Madison. Throughout her 38 years as an FSPA, she has served, among others, the Boy’s Choir, the Pump House, and the General Counsel of the FSPA. She has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Franciscan Skemp Healthcare and its community board as well as that of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of La Crosse.

The awards ceremony and banquet for this year’s Tribute to Outstanding Women awards will be from 5:30?9 p.m. on Nov. 15 at the La Crosse Center South Hall Ballroom. Individual tickets are $30 each before Oct. 19 or $40 each after. To order, contact the YWCA at 781-2783.

Improving Our Neighborhoods
By Anne Ellefson, Student Development Center

How can we better serve our neighbors? Student Development Center (SDC) staff members are implementing several strategies to foster quality relationships with residents in the Viterbo neighborhood.

SDC members hope these strategies will help Viterbo maintain positive neighborhood relationships and discourage the vandalism, littering, and noise that led to negative media coverage about college students in the La Crosse area during the 2000?01 school year.

The following strategies were designed to promote the “good neighbor” theme:
• Brochures which outline tips for establishing positive neighbor relationships will be mailed to all off-campus students. Tips include ways to maintain property appearance, and minimize noise or other disruptions.
• On-campus students will receive brochures that suggest specific strategies for building neighborhood relationships and demonstrating respect for the rights and property of neighborhood residents. This brochure also encourages volunteer work in the community.
• Table tents featuring good-neighbor tips will be displayed around campus.
• Campus clubs and organizations will be encouraged to incorporate and promote community-based service projects into their annual plans. Information about these projects is to be shared with SDC staff who will collect data about service activities and publicize the students’ positive contributions.
• A new “Good Neighbor” SEAL Award category will be added to the award ceremony held each spring. Each year SEAL Award nominations are solicited from the campus community. Awards are then presented to clubs and organizations for excellent educational and social programming. The “Good Neighbor” SEAL Award will focus on service activities in the neighborhoods surrounding Viterbo.

Seventh Day Talks
What are you doing for lunch on Tuesday? Bring your lunch and join in the Seventh Day Discussion in MC 419C from noon?12:50 p.m. as Rick Kyte, ethics, discusses “Cloning...Cloning...Cloning.”

And, on Wednesday, Oct. 17, Seventh Day Discussion moves to MC 201 from noon?12:50 p.m. Mike Lauer, biology, will share “The Winds of Thor are Blowing Cold...in My House! A Home Energy Efficiency Mini-Workshop.”

Student Mailboxes—Avoiding Mix-ups
By Adrienne Appler, Residence Life

Due to the mailroom process in the Student Union, it’s much more expedient to use only a student’s full name to address items for inter-campus mail. Please do not put anything else on the item (i.e. box or room number). This method reduces the chance items will have the wrong box numbers or be put in the wrong box. Thank you for your cooperation.

Depression Screening Day
By Leslie Stugelmayer, Counseling Services

There is help, hope, and treatment for depression.

 Thursday, Oct. 11, is the National Depression Screening Day, when people can get free assessments for depression. Symptoms may include persistent sadness, anxiety, or mood swings; feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness; decreased energy or lethargy; difficulty concentrating or making decisions; restlessness or irritability; inability to sleep or oversleeping; changes in appetite or weight; and thoughts of death or suicide.

There are several sites locally, including Franciscan Skemp Behavioral Health at 791-9555 and the Onalaska branch of Gundersen Lutheran at 796-8646, who will provide screenings. The screening includes an educational presentation and video and a meeting with a clinician for a brief interview. Referrals will be directed to area mental health facilities in the La Crosse area. For more information, call Lesley Stugelmayer, counseling services,   ext. 3808.

“Don’t Slurp Your Soup!”
Seniors who will soon enter the work world may want to pick up some handy etiquette tips for job interviews that may involve lunch, dinner, or a reception.

The Dining Etiquette Workshop will be held Sunday, Oct. 28 from 6­9 p.m. in the FAC Hospitality Suite and features a five-course meal and guest speakers that will share proper dining habits, interview attire, and how to negotiate an offer. The cost of the program is $10. Reservations may be made by contact Career Planning and Placement (CPP) at ext. 3827 or emailing careers. The program is sponsored by CPP and the Alumni Office.

news you’ll notice
By Wayne Wojciechowski, Assistant Academic Vice President

D/F Notifications: It’s hard to believe we’re beginning week seven of fall semester. This is when faculty members evaluate the academic progress of their students and share, with me, information about students who are performing at a grade lower than a “C” in a class. Materials have been sent to faculty and they are asked to submit D/F notices by noon on Monday, Oct. 15. Also, faculty should check the updated, official class rosters, which were included in the packs of materials, to determine if there are students on the official class list who have not attended class. These students should receive an “F” notification.

Academic Advising: By now, all advisors should have their personal feedback from the Academic Advising Perception Inventory (AAPI) administered last spring. As a group, we can be very pleased with the results reflecting an overall average for all items on the AAPI of 4.2 (5.0 scale). Advisors should carefully review their individual results and select an area or two that needs attention in our advising service to students.

On Thursday, Oct. 25, from noon to 1 p.m., I, and a few members of the Academic Advising Committee, will hold a brown-bag, open-forum discussion on advising issues. Bring your lunch and questions about advising. This is a perfect time to meet since you will have degree audits in hand and registration begins on Monday, Oct. 29. More information will be coming.

Reminder: The Academic Advising Handbook is online and can be accessed through Viterbo’s Web page under “Academics” and “Academic Support Services.”  The handbook is meant to be a useful tool in your advising role. Your feedback is appreciated.
 
Retention: People have asked about our student retention rate this year. The good news is that our FT student retention rate has improved by 2% over last year at this time. Also, our freshmen-to-sophomore retention rate improved 4% compared to last fall semester.

For your dedicated teaching and quality service to students, I applaud you.

Pray for Peace
By Cristeen Custer, FSPA Communications

The FSPA invite the public to join them in their Adoration Chapel to encourage prayers for peace and the resolution of tensions in the world. The Adoration Chapel will be open to the public every Tuesday from noon­3 p.m. beginning Oct. 9. The public is requested to use the Ninth Street entrance to St. Rose Convent to access the chapel.
The Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration have been praying non-stop before the Blessed Sacrament since 1878. Besides prayers for peace, the sisters pray every hour for area citizens and government leaders. They receive prayer requests from around the world and pray specific intentions for those requests. Since 1986 a candle lit from the Hiroshima Peace Flame has been burning in the Adoration Chapel.

campus ministry
By Fr. Tom O’Neill

Blessed John XXIII: Oct. 11 marks the first official commemoration of Pope John XXIII, following his beatification last year. The date was probably chosen because it was the day in 1962 on which he convened the first session of the Second Vatican Council.

Busy Student Retreat (BSR): The annual BSR will be held Oct. 23­25. The BSR is designed for any student wishing to enhance her or his spiritual life and relationship with God in the midst of classes and work, etc. Retreatants meet individually each day with an assigned director. For further information and to sign-up, please contact Earl Madary (ext. 3707 or ejmadary).

Crop Walk: The 75th annual Crop Hunger Walk is next Sunday, Oct. 14. Join us for a 10K walk to raise money for and awareness of hunger issues. Registration is at 12:45 p.m. and 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. 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.

Death Notices: We pray for the repose of the souls of those who have recently died: the nephew (Patrick) of  Wayne Wojciechowski. May he rest in peace.

kudos to...
• Peg Haggerty, nursing, who successfully defended her doctoral dissertation recently at St. Mary’s University in Winona, Minn.

Goodbye and Good Luck
Farewell to Matt Riffe who leaves Viterbo on Oct. 18 for an opportunity in the private sector. He will be joining another member of his family in starting a State Farm Insurance Agency in Eau Claire. As such, he will be involved in selling property, life, casualty, and other insurance as well as annuities. Matt, a ’99 graduate of Viterbo, worked in our business office before assuming the position of major gifts officer in institutional advancement. Good luck, Matt.

Want to Quit?
By Rose Kreutz, Nursing

Are you a smoker or chewer and don’t know what to do? And, are you young too? Call the Nicotine Research Center at 1-800-848-7853 for information on a Mayo Clinic Nicotine Research project. They’re looking for individuals ages 13-24 who want to stop using spit tobacco and smokers ages 18­21 who wish to stop smoking. There is no cost and reimbursement will be offered to those completing the program.

Auditions for Missoula Children’s Theatre Production are Oct. 22
The Missoula Children’s Theatre will be holding auditions for its Viterbo University Arts for Young America presentation, Red Riding Hood, on Monday, Oct. 22, from 4­6 p.m. at the FAC Main Theatre.

Approximately 50 roles are available for local students. All students (ages K­12) are encouraged to audition. No advance preparation is necessary. Those auditioning should arrive on time and plan to stay for the full two hours. Among the roles to be cast are Red Riding Hood, her three Girlfriends, Little Loveable Wolf, the Hood Family, the Three Little Pigs, a Woodsman, a Locksmith, the Wolf gang, Forest Shadows, and Raccoons. Assistant directors will also be cast to aid in rehearsals throughout the week and take on essential backstage responsibilities.

If selected, most students will participate in a week of rehearsals, Oct. 22­26, typically between 4­8:30 p.m. in the FAC Main Theatre. Some of the cast members will be asked to stay for a rehearsal immediately following the auditions.  The final production, Red Riding Hood, will be presented on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. in the Viterbo FAC Main Theatre.

Founded in 1970 by Jim Caron who still serves as executive director, the Missoula Children’s Theatre is a touring company that invites children in its host community to be the stars in the show. Its members teach children how to perfect the craft of professional theatre while building self-esteem through experience. Missoula Children’s Theatre’s mission is to provide quality educational, entertainment, and enrichment experiences through the performing arts.

For more information on auditions, call Michael Ranscht or Jenny Roberdeau at ext. 3741.

focus on...
By Karen DuCharme ’03

Name: Jennifer Goodwin
Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Religious Studies and Philosophy
Family: Jennifer’s mother, Claudia, and her sister, Christine, live in Denver. She has one nephew, Jack.
Education: Jennifer earned her B.S. in mathematics from Santa Clara University in California. She earned her M.A. in systematic theology from Catholic University in Washington, D.C. and her Ph.D. in systematic theology from Marquette University in Milwaukee.
Hobbies/Interests/Enthusiasms: Jennifer enjoys snow skiing, cooking, biking, and camping. She also loves watching old movies.
Adventures and Travels: In high school, Jennifer was a French foreign-exchange student and, in college, she was a Soviet foreign-exchange student. She once took a month-long trip to Israel and has visited Spain and Portugal as well. As a volunteer with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, Jennifer worked with mentally ill adults.
Future Hopes and Plans: Jennifer hopes to be a good theology teacher. Plus, next summer she is going to marry Dan Laske and they hope to be parents one day. Jennifer wants to partake in social-justice causes and hopes to do more volunteer work, especially with Place of Grace.
Little Known Fact: Jennifer is addicted to political talk shows. At some point, she wants to be involved in someone’s campaign—maybe her own.

AYA’s Red Riding Hood to Feature Area Kids
The Missoula Children’s Theatre and 50­60 La Crosse-area children will bring the tale of Red Riding Hood to life as part of the Arts for Young America program at Viterbo University on Saturday, Oct. 27, in the FAC Main Theatre.

Red Riding Hood (not so little anymore) and her pals head “over the river and through the woods” where they are joined by the Big Bad Wolf, who’s not so bad after all, and a friendly Forest Ranger who urge our heroes to stay true to the path, for in the shadows lurk diversions and a sinister surprise or two. A pack of woefully nasty young wolves, the Three Little Pigs, a Boy Who Cries Wolf, and a handsome woodsman, too good to be true, are also part of this unique retelling.

With help from her family and a loyal young locksmith, Red finds her Grandma and a whole lot more. This full-scale musical stars local children who will rehearse with members of Missoula Children’s Theatre the week prior to the show. Missoula cast members teach the children how to perfect the craft of professional theatre while building self-esteem through experience.

“Red Riding Hood” is part of Viterbo’s Arts for Young America program and is sponsored by Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Wisconsin. It is supported, in part, by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin.

Performance times are 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Ticket prices are $9 for adults and $7 for children 12 and under. For more information, contact the Box Office at ext. 3100.
 
 

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