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

Don’t Miss Wednesday’s Debate!
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. The debate was scheduled in response to the New York disaster at the World Trade Center and the military intervention against terrorists and the countries that harbor such factions. The debate is expected to generate a wide spectrum of opinion.

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

Viterbo Employees Continue to “Share Spirit”
The “Shared Spirit” campaign already has 63 employees who have pledged.  We encourage those of you who have not yet made a pledge to consider doing so.  Again, we’re closing in on another record year and are among the top school’s in the U.S. in terms of employee participation.

Why should you consider participating in this campaign?  Employee giving:
• is one of the criteria reviewed when evaluating the strength of an institution.
• significantly enhances our ability to obtain funds from grants and foundations.
• is something that alumni and other potential donors look at when deciding whether or not they will support Viterbo.
• can be used to help support a specific fund or area of the university that you want or are most closely involved with.
• says a lot about the pride and investment that the employees have in the school.

For those who have already participated, we say, “thank you.”  For those who are still considering, we still encourage you and for those who have decided not to participate, we respect your decision.

Please call me if I can answer further questions or be of any help.

Yours in spirit!

Barry Fried
Employee Campaign Coordinator

Plan to Attend Special Forum
University Forum
Tuesday, Oct. 16
3:30 p.m., BNC Auditorium

As the result of recent action by the Board of Directors, Viterbo has been authorized to move forward on a very special project. To find out all the details, plan to attend this special University Forum. President Medland will share the information and be available for questions.

Please join us in saying goodbye to Kenna Christians and Matt Riffe at a reception from 9­10:30 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 18 in the MC lobby. A short program will be held at 9:30 a.m. Refreshments will be served.

Make Life Rose-y
Still interested in making a lasting impression with that special friend or loved one? Only seven dozen remain to be sold. Contact Pat Kerrigan at ext. 3041 if you are interested. The $15 cost includes free delivery on Friday, Oct. 26.

Packers vs. Vikings
Don’t forget to wear jeans this Friday. Wear jeans and your favorite team colors, make a $2 donation to the United Way, and receive a button to support your team and help decide which is Viterbo’s favorite. You can also support the Viterbo Food Pantry with a $1 donation. How? Wear jeans and pay the donation(s) to Marcia Brodt at the MC Reception Desk; Ginny Brochhausen, FAC 102; or Carol Strigun, BNC 118.

Last Friday’s Jeans Day collection for Viterbo Spirit Day totaled $56.

out and about
• The Chris Bucheit Trio takes to the Pump House Regional Arts Center stage on Saturday, Oct. 20 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5 in advance or $7 at the door. Call 608-785-1435.

Cleaning up the Highway 
By Luke Peterson, Biology/Chemistry Club

Filling 12, 30-gallon trash bags in little more than an hour, the Biology/Chemistry Club performed its bi-annual highway cleanup of the club’s “adopted” mile of highway on Thursday,  Sept. 27.

The club is responsible for annually cleaning up the mile on Highway 16 from the West Channel Bridge to the Cass Street Bridge. Twenty-five club members and faculty from the biology and chemistry departments were there to help out. Heavy flooding of the Mississippi prevented the club from cleaning up trash last spring so quite a bit of trash had accumulated and needed to be cleared. The highway now looks cleaner and more beautiful for incoming visitors and members of the La Crosse community. The club ended the afternoon event with a barbecue at Pettibone Park.
If anyone is interested in joining the Biology/Chemistry Club, they can contact club officers by emailing

Student Called to Duty
Army reservist and Viterbo freshman Tim O’Neill has been called to active duty and is currently stationed in Madison. O’Neill, a criminal justice major, has checked out of the residence halls for fall semester but hopes to return for spring semester. He was living in the “H.E.R.O.—Helping Everyone Reach Others” Theme House at 812 Mississippi Street.

Sign up Now!
Members of the Viterbo Social Committee cordially invite you to participate in the following events:
• Fall Sub Lunch Get-together: Join fellow co-workers on Thursday, Oct. 25, in the SAC, from 11 a.m.­1 p.m.  For only $2, you will receive a sandwich, soda, and brownies. Drop-off your money and make a reservation with Barb Schroeder, Learning Center, this week.
• The “Shop ‘Til You Drop” bus trip to the Mall of America will be Saturday, Nov. 17. Additional details will follow. This day trip is open to the public.

It’s Taco Time!
The Sociology and Social Work Club is holding its annual Taco Sale on Wednesday, Oct. 24, in the MC Lobby, from 11 a.m. until the last taco’s gone. The cost of each taco is $1 or $1.50 with soda. ¡Olé!

Seventh Day Talks
What are you doing for lunch on Wednesday? Bring your lunch and join in the Seventh Day Discussion in MC 201 from noon­12:20 p.m. as Mike Lauer, biology, shares “The Winds of Thor are Blowing My House! A Home Energy Efficiency Mini-Workshop.”

Upcoming Seventh Day discussions include: Thursday, Oct. 25—Glena Temple, biology and Ward Jones, biology, discuss “The Ethical Dilemma of Stem-Cell Research” in MC 419C from noon­12:50 p.m.; and on Friday, Nov. 2—Dick Ruppel, English discusses “Strategies for Combating Plagiarism in Our Classes” in MC 201 from noon­12:50 p.m.

Viterbo’s Catholic, Franciscan Nature Topic of Oct. 23 Evening
What does it mean to teach and work in a Catholic university? What does Viterbo’s Catholicity mean for students, faculty, and staff who aren’t Catholic?

Explore answers to these questions and more at “From the Heart of the Church: Viterbo University: Catholic, Franciscan,” from     7:30­9 p.m. in San Damiano  Chapel on Tuesday, Oct. 23.

Moderated by Viterbo President William Medland and with prayer by Fr. Tom O’Neill, campus ministry, and Marlene Weisenbeck, FSPA, president of the Viterbo Board of Directors, the evening is a time of reflection about the nature of the Catholic university. Presenters and their topics include:
• Bishop Raymond Burke, “Ex Corde Ecclesiae.”
• Grace McDonald, FSPA, former president of Viterbo, “Viterbo: Catholic and Franciscan since 1890.”
• Fr. J. Thomas Finucan, former president of Viterbo, “American Catholic System of Schools.”
• Earl Madary, religious studies, “Roman Catholic Higher Education: A Voice of Hope and Transformation.”
• Rev. William Reese, religious studies, “Together We Confess.”
• Thomas Thibodeau, religious studies, “Laying Hands on the World.”

“From the Heart of the Church” is a free presentation and is open to the public. Refreshments will be served following the presentation. For more information, contact Tom Thibodeau at ext. 3705.

news you’ll notice
By William J. Medland, President

Campus Responds to 9-11

The circumstances of the New York tragedy and the growing threat of terrorism have changed us all. As individuals, and as a community, our mission—to teach and to educate—was challenged as we sought to respond to the fears and consequences brought about by the disaster. As the events of the day unfolded, many faculty felt compelled to set aside their pre-planned curricula as they watched or listened in disbelief to the reality at hand.

That was a month ago. It is during these times of crisis that I am very much aware of the strength, support, and reassurance we in the Viterbo community are able to provide each other as colleagues, teachers and students. I am extremely grateful to be here and to benefit from all that we have to offer, individually and collectively, to one another. I have heard others share the same sentiment.

Yes, in our small corner of the world, here at Viterbo, as we near midterm break, we can be reassured that the financial and enrollment and fundraising indicators remain very promising for continued growth.  However, other considerations also are vying for our attention and, on behalf of all of us at Viterbo, I would like to express my continuing appreciation to those in our community who are helping us to understand the effect this terrorist conflict is having on our very fragile world.

There are so many of you that deserve a heartfelt thanks, including:
• Fr. Tom O’Neill, Earl Madary, and others in campus ministry for the prayer service, vigil, and ongoing spiritual direction they have provided when only prayer seems to deliver to us some much needed solace.
• Employees who donated to Lights of Hope, Jeans Day, United Way, and the Viterbo Employee Campaign which benefit a variety of causes related to the disaster in New York, or to support activities in our community and on campus.
• Ron Schafer, psychology, for doing what many of us could not do. By going to New York and returning to share that experience, he was able to bring us into a solidarity that comes with being there.
• Viterbo students and staff who gave blood, and provided other support to ease the pain and suffering which was born out of this tragedy.
• To the faculty who covered Ron Schafer’s classes during his absence; to the many other instructors who stopped what they were doing to provide perspective, comfort, or a forum for their students to express themselves.

I am particularly grateful to the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration. In their chapel, prayer is ongoing by the Sisters, 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week. Much of their prayer focuses on peace and healing. Never has the thought of this beautiful routine been more reassuring. The FSPAs have opened their chapel for individuals to join them in prayer on any Tuesday from noon until  3 p.m. They are also holding Peace Prayers on Tuesdays in the Franciscan Spirituality Center from 5:15­5:45 p.m.

Finally, for all of us, I would encourage everyone to attend the debate set for  Oct. 17, at 7:30 p.m., in the FAC Main Theatre. Three very distinguished, national presenters will debate “The Ethical Use of Military Force in Response to Terrorism.”

May we all continue to grow and learn as we move forward in this academic year. Knowing that our mission to graduate students who can make a difference in today’s fractured world is indeed a powerful aspiration.

campus ministry
By Fr. Tom O’Neill and Earl Madary

Religious Studies Advising Note: RS 380, Environmental Spirituality, will be offered the first summer-school session (3-week) and each fall semester from now on. This change from spring to fall is to accommodate more time for outside learning activities.

Busy Student Retreat (BSR): The annual BSR will be held Monday, Oct. 22 through Thursday, Oct. 25 in San Damiano Chapel. The BSR is structured around the schedule of each person making the retreat. The retreat participant meets with a spiritual director each day for spiritual direction and then gathers with the whole group each night at 9 p.m. for night prayer. To register, or for more information, please call Earl Madary, campus ministry, at ext. 3707. The deadline for registration is Wednesday, Oct. 17.

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.

Rent Regalia
Faculty and Administration:  If you need to rent graduation regalia for the December graduation,  please call the bookstore at ext. 3848 by Thursday, Oct. 25.

kudos to...
• The 13 faculty and seven alumni/professionals who helped with a very successful Graduate and Professional School Seminar, sponsored by Career Planning and Placement and the Alumni Office, held Oct. 3. Faculty serving on the first panel included: Eric Manchester, Gail Rogers, John Schroeder, Rochelle Cadogen, Jackie Kuennen, Glena Temple, Deb Daehn Zellmer, Richard Ruppel, Grant Smith, Jana Dahmen, and Diane Foust. Moderators of the panels were: Mary Hassinger and Ron Amel. The second panel included alumni and professionals: Kathy Snyder, Kim Dockham, Michael Quinn, Matt Solverson, Jennifer Hicks, Carlena Goddeau, and Christopher Wood.

Over 70 students attended from majors including: education, liberal studies, biology, psychology, criminal justice, nursing, chemistry, music performance, English, social work, management, marketing, human resource management, dietetics, health care administration, math, and theatre arts.

Coordinators of the event were Sally Emerson, alumni director; Roxi Hefti, career specialist; and Amy Lane, director of career planning and placement.

• Ed Rushton, art; Karen Gibson, dietetics; and Kim Fredricks, biology, who recently received tenure.

• Ed Morrison, ITT, and Sheila, his wife, on the birth of their son, Caleb, on Sunday, Oct. 7.

• Joyce Heil, nursing, and Carl Koch, director of the Master of Arts in Servant Leadership program, who recently published a book God Knows You’d like a New Body: 12 Ways to Befriend the One You’ve Got. This book was published by Sorin Press and is available at Barnes and Noble.

Watch Where You Park This Week
By Mary Kulas, School of Fine Arts

The  2001­02 Viterbo Arts for Young America season has begun.

As a result, Viterbo often has children from schools in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa coming to shows in the FAC Main Theatre. To accommodate the many buses that bring these schools to the performances, Fine Arts Center staff asks that the Viterbo community watch for the “no parking” signs on the north side of Winnebago Street, between Seventh and Ninth streets.

Please note the dates and times when the signs will be up so you don’t leave work only to find a parking ticket on your car windshield. All signs are posted the night before each performance. “No Parking” signs will be posted for the following show dates:
Into the Woods: Today, Oct. 15
Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse: Wednesday, Oct. 17
If you would like to receive an email reminder or have any other concerns about these signs, please email AYA. Thank you for your cooperation in making this parking situation easier for our guests on campus.

focus on...
By Karen DuCharme ’03

Name: Peg Haggerty
Title: Associate Professor
Department: School of Nursing
Family: Peg is married to Mike, a retired firefighter, and they have four children: Michelle, Gretchen, Morgan, and Jim. Michelle is married to Mark; they have two daughters. Gretchen lives in Arizona. Morgan is a junior in high school and participates in show choir and basketball, and Jim is a freshman and participates in football and track.
Education: Peg earned her BSN from Viterbo and her MSN from Winona State University in nursing administration. On Oct. 13, she will graduate from St. Mary’s University with a doctorate in nursing leadership.
Hobbies/Interests/Enthusiasms: Peg enjoys making stained glass, making quilts, and playing pool. She also enjoys being around family at get-togethers, but her favorite pastime is watching her two youngest children participate in their school events.
Adventures and Travels: Peg has been to the United Kingdom as part of a leadership development and study program. She has also traveled frequently to present bereavement programs and has traveled with the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education to a variety of places. By traveling, she is closely connected to nursing and health care professionals.
Future Hopes and Plans: As a new faculty member at Viterbo, Peg hopes to retire from Viterbo one day and, in the meantime, be the best she can as a faculty of the nursing program.
Little Known Fact: Peg played the piano for a number of years but doesn’t play anymore.

Yamato Brings Ancient Japanese Drumming Tradition to Viterbo
Experience the “rhythmic beating of the human spirit” through the physical music and the time-honored tradition of Japanese taiko drumming with “Yamato: The Wadaiko Drummer of Japan” on Thursday, Nov. 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the Viterbo University FAC Main Theatre.

Meaning “Japanese drum,” the Wadaiko is an ancient instrument believed to have existed in many parts of the world. With these drums, Yamato, the Wadaiko Drummers of Japan, create the moment that heartbeat coincides with the rhythm of the soul.

These 10 male and female drummers train their bodies daily in the intense taiko-do, a process that helps them provide the sometimes intense, often warm and funny yet always physical music, taiko. Reminiscent of “good-old Japan,” taiko portrays the power of life through the expression of different moods, times, and places.

Founded by Masaaki Ogawa in 1993, Yamato has performed throughout the world more than 700 times in the last seven years.  Yamato both represents and is based in the ancient capital of Nara, Japan, where all its members were born and from which their quest for taiko sound originates.

Yamato, part of Viterbo’s Bright Star Season, is sponsored by James G. Birnbaum and Ross A. Seymour, Attorneys-at-law, and supported, in part, by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin.

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

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