A Newsletter for the Viterbo University Community
Vol. 15, No.10  October 29, 2001

Wellness Program Wins National Award
A collaborative effort that has improved the well being and quality of life for senior residents in public housing has won an Agency Award of Merit from the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO).

“The Wellness Room” at Becker Plaza in La Crosse, a joint program from the Viterbo University Masters of Science in Nursing Program and the La Crosse Housing Authority, offers weekly exercise, health screenings, and wellness education that meets the needs of residents.

Practicing and licensed registered nurses who are currently seeking their master’s in nursing from Viterbo provide residents with one-day per week morning exercise classes that incorporate use of exercise bands and one-pound hand weights. In the afternoon, they offer health education sessions with topics that range from stress management and over-the-counter drugs to special topics for women.

The project was developed in the spring of 2000 when a Viterbo student pursuing her nursing master’s degree wanted to organize an exercise project for the elderly for a class project.  It has been so successful, said Jane Alberts, executive director of the La Crosse Housing Authority, that residents have continued to gather for exercise during student holiday breaks and summer vacation.

“This project has been a joy as the Becker residents and other visitors have been so appreciative and upbeat,” said Bonnie Nesbitt, assistant dean of the Graduate Nursing Program. “They have taught us as much as we have taught them.”

Women in the group have commented that the exercise has improved their sense of balance and overall well being. “There appears to be new enthusiasm in the building,” said Alberts. “Quite often residents are overheard asking what the topic of discussion is for the week, which leads to more discussion. The socialization aspect of the program is an added-plus.”

NAHRO is the leading housing and community development advocate for the provision of adequate and affordable housing and strong viable communities for Americans—particularly those with low and moderate income. The organization consists of 2,638 member agencies, including the La Crosse Housing Authority, which administer housing and urban development programs. The Agency Award of Merit program was established in 1989. The award for “The Wellness Room” project was presented to the La Crosse Public Housing Authority during the NAHRO summer conference in Reno, Nevada in July. It was one of 250 awards distributed to programs developed by NAHRO member agencies.

Five More Viterbo Women to be Honored at YWCA Event
Seven Viterbo University women will be recognized for exceptional accomplishments in their field, in the community, and as role models to women in the Coulee Region and beyond at the annual YWCA Tribute to Outstanding Women on Thursday, Nov. 15.

The two selected to receive special recognition at the event are Lisa Schoenfielder, art, who will receive the Achievement Award in the category of Arts and Marlene Weisenbeck, FSPA, chair of the Board of Directors, who will receive the Achievement Award for Education/Administrator.

Five other Viterbo women will receive certificates of recognition for their contributions. They are: Susan Rush, theatre; Bonnie Nesbitt, nursing; Anne Ellefson, student development; Jane Eddy, Learning Center; and Sarah Klitzke, nursing student. The Women’s Studies Committee chose these women from a pool of nominations submitted by the entire Viterbo community.

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

human resources
Edward Stokes, Viterbo’s TIAA-CREF individual counselor, will conduct one-on-one personal sessions with interested Viterbo University full-time employees on Wednesday through Friday,     Nov. 14­16, from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. in library room 139. These sessions are by appointment only. Sign up for an appointment by Nov. 9 on the sign up sheets near the MC mailboxes beginning   Nov. 1.

At your request, TIAA-CREF can provide illustrations for these counseling sessions of your retirement income options at age 65 and/or an age of your choice. Call Marsha Momoi-Piehl, human resources, at ext. 3930 with questions.

Art Gallery Opens Student Exhibit Nov. 7
The works of Viterbo art students Will Ault-Brinker and Cindy Ewing will be featured in a student exhibit Wednesday,    Nov. 7, through Tuesday, Nov. 20, with an opening reception on Wednesday, Nov. 7 from 7:30­9 p.m.

The exhibit includes monotype prints from Ault-Brinker, who has attended art classes on-campus as a special student throughout the past five years, and ceramic sculptures by Cindy Ewing,
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 FAC.

Catholic Identity Discussed at Viterbo
Over 100 were in attendance last Tuesday night to hear religious studies faculty, former Viterbo president Grace McDonald, FSPA, and Bishop Raymond Burke, discuss Viterbo’s Catholic identity in a two-hour presentation held in the San Damiano Chapel.

Medical Partnership is a Success Story
A community partnership formed one year ago has greatly improved the health of the underserved populations in our area.

That partnership is Caring, Inc., formed by Viterbo University, the La Crosse County Health Department, and the Salvation Army. Through a Health Resource Center, located in the Salvation Army, Caring, Inc. helped 625 clients in its first year. Services provided range from health education; screenings for blood pressure, diabetes, cholesterol, and mental health concerns; flu shots; referrals; and follow-up visits.

The types of services needed were identified through a community assessment conducted prior to the start of the program. Viterbo University senior nursing students work with clients at the Health Resource Center to provide for their health needs—a process which also enhances student learning by giving them significant public health nursing experience.

“I wanted to make a difference in at least one person’s life and I believe I did,” said one student who was involved in the program. That student, along with all 71 of last year’s senior nursing students did exactly that. During its first year, 100 percent of the clients reported overall satisfaction with the service.

According to Stephanie Genz, Caring, Inc. project director, “This is a wonderful academic-community partnership that is really just getting started. We’ve spent much of this first year getting to know the people who use the Salvation Army and trying to build trusting, therapeutic relationships. We also continue to evaluate their needs and look for areas that we might better serve them.”

Since its inception, the program has also received significant funding—more than $70,000 in grant money. “Caring, Inc. is a wonderful success story,” said Natalie McGarry, Viterbo grants development director. “It is such a great collaborative effort. Funders have really caught on to it and the program is growing rapidly due to the wonderful funding we are receiving.”

Organizations that have provided funding for Caring, Inc. include the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Southwest Area Health Education Center, the        La Crosse Community Foundation, and the Franciscan Skemp Auxiliary. “We’re grateful for their support. With their help, we’ll continue to meet the vital needs of those in our community who don’t have access to health care and, at the same time, educate young nursing students on how to meet public health needs,” said Genz.

For more information on this program, contact Stephanie Genz, nursing, at ext. 3693 or email srgenz.

Cooking School is Tonight
WIZM radio is bringing the Taste of Home Cooking School to the FAC Main Theatre tonight at 7 p.m.
Each attendee will receive a free, full-color cookbook that includes all 10 dishes prepared on stage, plus more than 150 bonus recipes.  The two-hour program includes demonstrations of a dozen recipes, clever cooking tips, kitchen shortcuts, a free gift bag for attendees, drawings for door prizes, and more. Plus, exhibitors will be on hand in the FAC Lobby starting at 5 p.m. Only second floor balcony seats are still available at $7 each. To get tickets, contact WIZM offices at 782-1230.

Connect Members Trick-or-Treat for Canned Goods
By Christine Ahles, Connect Club

The Viterbo University Connect Club is sponsoring a trick-or-treat for canned goods event on Halloween, Wednesday, Oct. 31.

Between the hours of 5:30 and 8 p.m., about 15 Viterbo students will be trick-or-treating in costumes around south-side La Crosse neighborhoods and collecting non-perishable food items. The donations collected will be given to the Place of Grace, a Catholic worker house located in the Hood Park neighborhood. Volunteers at the Place of Grace provide meals, food, and fellowship to area individuals, and families of any denomination needing assistance in La Crosse.

Donations may also be dropped off at the Viterbo SDC.

If students miss your house on Halloween night and you wish to donate food items, please drop your donations off or call student coordinator, Christine Ahles at ext. 3509.

Health Career Fair
Viterbo University, UW-L, and WWTC are offering an opportunity for area students, who are enrolled in health science programs, like nursing, health care administration, nutrition/dietetics, and social work to speak with area employers about employment opportunities.

On Monday, Nov. 5, from 12­4 p.m. area employers from regional health care organizations will meet at the Health Science Center, 13th and Pine Streets, to help students plan for their future. Students from all levels are welcome to attend.

Join Viterbo’s “Motley” Shoe Crew
You may have missed the deadline but there’s still time to join Viterbo’s Shoe Crew team!

Offered through Gundersen Lutheran, Shoe Crew helps you earn points for miles or minutes of exercise, whether its walking, biking, jogging, hiking, aerobics, or other forms of working out.

The cost for one year in the program is $15 with a coupon from the Viterbo Employee Health Improvement Program (VEHIP). Sign up today—but hurry because rates will increase by $5 as of Jan. 1. The fee includes a t-shirt, newsletter, and incentive prizes. Contact Marsha Momoi Piehl in human resources for your VEHIP coupon and for more information by calling ext. 3930 or emailing mmmomoipiehl.

Viterbo Fans Support Miller
Viterbo fans made a good showing at Damian Miller Day at Miller Park in Milwaukee on Sunday, Oct. 7.

Thirty-eight alumni, friends, and employees traveled by bus to Milwaukee and another 10 met the crew at the stadium to see the Arizona Diamondbacks, with catcher Damian Miller, face off with the Milwaukee Brewers.

The Brewers defeated the Diamondbacks 15-5 but that didn’t dampen the fans’ support of Miller, who attended Viterbo 1987-90, played baseball for the V-Hawks, and earned a school record-breaking batting average of .423, highest single season batting average of .516, and most RBIs in a season with 46.
Miller caught for most of the game even though he’d been on the injured list a few weeks earlier. He batted 0 for 2. This was the final game of the regular season. The Diamondbacks went on to win the national league title and are playing in the World Series for the first time.

During the trip, the 48 Viterbo fans also attended a lunch in the Wall of Fame room at Miller Park. Pat Froiland ’90 was the winner of the Damian Miller autographed baseball during a door prize drawing.

The trip was originally scheduled for Sept. 16 but was cancelled due to the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11.

Watch Damian Miller in the World Series this Saturday at 6:30 p.m. when the Arizona Diamondbacks take on the New York Yankees. Check the paper for the local listing.

Servant Leadership is Symposium Focus
What makes a person commit their skills and talents to an organization? What is servant leadership and how can it be used to improve educational institutions?

Designed for school administrators, educators, and leadership teams, the “Symposium on Servant-Leadership and Education” on Wednesday, Nov. 7, explores those questions and more by focusing on how leaders function as servants, visionaries, trust builders, reinforcers, and listeners in highly effective educational organizations.

Julie Beggs, chief learning officer from The Greenleaf Center for Servant-Leadership, will facilitate the symposium, which is sponsored by the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership.

Held from 8:30 a.m.­3 p.m. at the Franciscan Spirituality Center, symposium activities are designed to help participants reflect about what it means to be a servant leader and to develop plans for personal renewal while building an organization based on servant-leadership principles.

The Greenleaf Center for Servant-Leadership is central in leading and supporting efforts that advocate leadership through service. The Center’s mission is to fundamentally improve the caring and quality of all institution through a unique approach to leadership, structure, and decision-making. The servant leader concept emphasizes increased service to others; a holistic approach to work; promoting a sense of community; and sharing the power in decision-making.

The cost of the program is $25 and includes breakfast, lunch, and materials. Space is limited and advance registration is required. For more information, call ext. 3704 or email ethics.

Other Upcoming Ethics Lecture Events:

Monday, Nov. 5: “The Health System of the Future,” former Minnesota State Senator David Durenberger, 7:30 p.m., FAC Lobby.

Tuesday, Nov. 6: “The Science and Ethics of Stem-Cell Research,” David Prentice, 8 p.m., FAC Recital Hall.

Students Offer Dramatic Reading of Play About Tolerance
Theatre arts students at Viterbo will perform a dramatic staged reading of The Laramie Project in the FAC Recital Hall on Sunday, Nov. 4, at 2 p.m. and again at 7:30 p.m.

Ten theatre and music theatre students will be portraying more than 60 characters in the reading of this play, which deals with the reaction of the townspeople of Laramie, Wyo. to the beating death of Matthew Shepard, a young gay man.

Shortly after Shepherd’s death in 1998, a team of actors and writers assembled by playwright Stephen Belber and Moises Kaufman, artistic director of the Tectonic Theater Project, went to Laramie to interview residents about the effect of the murder on its community. Some 200 residents were interviewed and the actual words of 70 were used in the play. The Laramie Project is a nonjudgmental play that teaches tolerance.

The reading is free and open to the public.

Celebrate International Education Week
By Margaret Elvekrog, Global Rhythms President

In an effort to increase awareness of international education, Global Rhythms, Viterbo’s international students’ club, and the Office of Global Education have organized a variety of fun activities around International Education Week: Nov. 11-17.  Come out and take part in the festivities!

Wednesday, Nov. 7: International Dinner, 4:30­6 p.m., Marian Hall Dining Room, $6 for non-meal plan customers. Enjoy traditional foods, music, and art of the home countries of Viterbo’s international students.
Saturday, Nov. 10: Harvest Ball, 9 p.m.-midnight, Marian Hall Dining Room, $5 in advance/$6 at the door. This is Global Rhythms’ annual formal dance—always a great time!  It features American music as well as popular music from other countries. Door prizes will be given out.
Monday, Nov. 12: Seventh Day Discussion, noon-1 p.m., MC 419C. Keith Knutson, history, will be leading a discussion on the economics of the Euro, Europe’s new standard currency.
Tuesday, Nov. 13: Foreign Movie Night, 7 p.m., Student Union. Take a break and come see a popular foreign movie.  Snacks will be provided.

campus ministry
By Fr. Tom O'Neill

All Saints Day: We will celebrate the Feast of All Saints, a holy day of obligation, on Thursday, Nov. 1. Masses at San Damiano Chapel are at 11:45 a.m. (classes end at 11:40 a.m. and resume at 12:25 p.m.) and at 6 p.m.

All Souls Day: On Friday, Nov. 2, we remember all those who have died. At the noon Mass, we will pray especially for all the members of our community who have died, those commended to our prayer through the “November Remembrance” and those whose names are written in the Book of Remembrance (located until Friday at the entrance to the Chapel).  All are invited to commend to the mercy of God our brothers and sisters who have gone before us.

Congratulations to the 28 students and the six spiritual directors who made the Busy Student Retreat last week. It was a tremendous experience.

Give the gift of life: Nov. 9­16 is National Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness Week. Every year thousands die because a virtually free gift is too seldom given. The gift of life—organs and tissues—is one that costs only the decision to give. Please consider giving organs and tissues after your life has been lived. For information, go to

The Lumen Christi Institute and the Newman Institute, Sweden present Word and Image in Christian Prayer, a symposium on Saturday, Nov. 3, at 9 a.m. in Holy Name Cathedral, Chicago. For information, go to

Advent Retreat: The Mission Effectiveness Committee is hosting an Advent Evening of Reflection on Dec. 3,  7­9 p.m. in the Spirituality Center for all faculty and staff (and spouses, etc.). Further details and registration later.

Thanks to all who have so graciously contributed to the student emergency fund.

Rest In Peace:  Please remember those who have died:  the grandfather of Alyssa Kolar and the aunt and the uncle of Damon Guthrey. May God grant them a peaceful rest.

kudos to...
Rob Anderson, residence life, who has been elected to serve as a member of the Wisconsin College Personnel Board. Anderson also received the top honor including a cash award for writing the winning essay in competition for the Daniel Silerman Student Scholarship Award. His essay on a subject related to student development theory, was judged by a panel of peers.

• Music faculty Jean Saladino, Nancy Allen, and Diane Foust who presented workshops on women’s choirs, show choirs, and the Alexander Technique at the Wisconsin Choral Directors Association summer workshop, Singspiel, in July on the Viterbo campus.

Tim Schorr, music, who taught at the month-long Lutheran Music Program this summer at Augsburg College. In September, he performed in a standing-room only Brahms recital with Busya Lugovier, music, and Mary Beth Vach in the Recital Hall. This year, he is looking forward to serving on a panel for the WMTA Convention on accompanying, a faculty exchange with Gloria Chuang at Winona State, and to participating in an all-Brahms program at Morehead State, Ky.

Jean Saladino, music, who will be a conductor for the statewide honors choral festival sponsored by the Wisconsin Choral Directors Association.

Jerry Benser, music, who presented a workshop on French diction for Logan and Central High schools this past August. He will also appear as a tenor soloist with the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra in Mendelssohn’s Elijah in April.

Nancy Allen, music, who was the musical director for the La Crosse Community Playhouse’s production of The Fantasticks. Viterbo students Katie Butler and Ken Schelper had starring roles. The production will be traveling to Yakomo, Japan for the international community-theatre festival.

Carol Rhodes, music, who served as accompanist for the Blue Lake International Exchange program on their European tour this summer.

Lisa Schoenfielder, art, who exhibited prints at the Printmaker’s Invitational at Coe College, the Heuser Art Center Gallery at Bradley University, and the University of Texas at Austin.

out and about
The Pump House is holding the following upcoming event. Call
785-1434 for more information:

• The musical duo Neal & Leandra will perform on Friday, Nov. 2 at 7:30 p.m. This Minnesota husband and wife blend songs and funny stories for an evening that connects with all types of people. Tickets are $7 for students, $10 for members, and $15 for non-members.

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.

Happy Birthday!!
2 Sue Spiker
4 Timothy Schorr
6 Deb Randall Anderson
8 Jennifer Goodwin
8 Jennifer Hedrick
8 Teri Kunavich
10 Manuel Williams
11 Sue Batell
11 Jeff Nyseth
11 Grant Smith
12  Robert Richgels
13  David Schulz
17  Susan Rush
19  Shirley Frick
21  Kim Fredricks
23  Denise Probert-Bloom
24  Jeffrey Stolz
29  Scott Johns
29 Lynn Sirianni
29 Carlene Unser, FSPA (retired)
30 Dan Dahlquist

Book Fair Benefits Prep School
Shop Barnes and Noble this Sunday, Nov. 4 from 1­4 p.m. and you can help support the Viterbo University Preparatory School of Arts Scholarship Fund.

Present the voucher you receive in your Viterbo mailbox at the checkout during the hours of the fair—the Preparatory School of Arts will receive a percentage of the sale from Barnes and Noble.

Students from the preparatory school will be performing music throughout the afternoon book fair.  There will be performances on piano, violin, cello, viola, flute, oboe, as well as vocal selections. The Preparatory School of Arts has over 250 talented students studying at Viterbo. Liethold’s Music will provide a piano for use during this event.

The Preparatory School of Arts Scholarship Fund helps students in financial need study at the school.

For more information, contact Judy Stafslien at ext. 3767 or email her at jastafslien.

Bring Your Lunch!
What are you doing for lunch on Friday? Bring your lunch and join in the Seventh Day Discussion from noon­12:50 p.m. in MC 201 as Dick Ruppel, English discusses “Strategies for Combating Plagiarism in Our Classes.”

The next Seventh Day Discussion is Monday, Nov. 12 when Keith Knutson, history, talks about “The Euro: What Will This Mean to the Global Economy?” in MC 419 C from noon­12:50 p.m.

focus on....
By Karen DuCharme ’03

Name: Glena Temple
Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Biology
Family: Glena is married to Stephen, and they have a cat named Cybil.
Education: She earned her B.S. in biology from Allegheny College in Pennsylvania. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California at Riverside in botany and plant sciences.
Hobbies/Interests/Enthusiasms: Glena enjoys bird watching, bike riding, and reads avidly.  She also is learning to kayak.
Adventures and Travels: Since Stephen is English and her sister lives in Amsterdam, they travel to Europe frequently. Glena has also traveled extensively throughout North America.
Future Hopes and Plans: Glena hopes to develop an active research program with undergraduate students. She would also like to work with Viterbo students in local high schools to raise awareness of agricultural biotechnology, inspiring more students to pursue the teaching profession.
Little Known Fact: Even though Glena is a biology teacher, she can’t stand the sight of blood

Mark Your Calendars for the Annual Humanities Symposium Feb. 4­7!
The Mississippi River has always influenced the culture and lives of the people in the cities and towns nestled along its shores—so much so that it is sometimes taken for granted.

“Gathering of Waters: The Life of the River and its People,” held Feb. 4­7 on the Viterbo campus, is a celebration of the history and cultural impact of the Mississippi River on the Greater La Crosse Area. It’s also an opportunity to look at the life of the river itself and address environmental and political questions about the use of the river. Some of the presenters include: Eddy Harris, author of Mississippi Solo; John Anfinson, historian for the National Park Service (Mississippi National River and Recreation Area), board of directors member of the Friends of the Mississippi River, and author of several articles on the Mississippi River; Mark Neuzil, author of Views on the Mississippi: The Photography of Henry Peter Bosse; Larry Long, singer/songwriter, founder of the Mississippi Revival; Susan Fagrelius, who will facilitate a public interest group discussion on the future of the River; and Michael Dombeck, former chief of the U.S. Forest Service who will lead a discussion on stewardship of the River. Viterbo faculty who will present include: Bill Stobb, English, who will do a poetry reading of his works influenced by the river landscape; Earl Madary, religious studies, who will sing songs of the river; and Lyon Evans, English, who will do classroom discussions on Mark Twain.

“Gathering of Waters: The Life of the River and its People” is the annual Humanities Symposium. Watch Connections for future updates on this exciting event.

For more information contact Mary Hassinger, dean, School of Letters and Sciences, at ext. 3393 or email mchassinger.

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