A Newsletter for the Viterbo University Community
Vol. 15, No.11 November 5, 2001

Getting to Know the Neighborhood
Over 200 students from Viterbo canvassed the neighborhood last month to distribute and administer a survey gauging opinion on a variety of issues related to living conditions in this part of town.

The Viterbo campus is located in what is called the Washburn Neighborhood, which has a population of 4,556. Approximately 13 percent of households and businesses in the neighborhood completed the questionnaire.

Here’s some of what was discovered:
Top things people like about their neighborhood:
1. Location
2. People
3. Churches
4. Medical/dental facilities
5. Housing/rental prices
6. Schools

Top concerns:
1. Crime
2. Neighborhood deterioration
3. Property maintenance
4. Street and sidewalk conditions
5. Student problems and issues

Marilyn Pedretti, campus ministry, organized the project, which required considerable effort. The Washburn Neighborhood Group has been meeting on a monthly basis and the next phase will include compiling recommendations and plans to address the issues that have been identified.

For a complete copy of the survey, contact Pat Kerrigan, communications and marketing at ext. 3041 or pgkerrigan or Pedretti at ext. 3829 or mjpedretti.

Ethics Lecture Series
This week there are three 2001?02 Ethics Lecture Series events:

Tonight: “The Health System of the Future,” with former Minnesota Senator David Durenberger at 7:30 p.m. in the FAC Lobby. Durenberger is currently chair and CEO of the National Institute of Health Policy. This presentation is free and open to the public.

Tuesday, Nov. 6: Nationally recognized stem-cell research expert David Prentice will discuss “The Science and Ethics of Stem-Cell Research” at 8 p.m. in the FAC Recital Hall. Prentice is a professor in life sciences at Indiana State University and adjunct professor in the area of medical/molecular genetics at Indiana University School of Medicine and founding member of “Do No Harm: The Coalition of Americans for Research Ethics.” His talk, which is free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by the Wisconsin Right to Life and the Veritas Society.

Wednesday, Nov. 7: The “Symposium on Servant-Leadership and Education” is led by Julie Beggs, chief learning officer from The Greenleaf Center for Servant-Leadership. The program will be from 8:30 a.m.?     3 p.m. at the Franciscan Spirituality Center. The cost is $25 and includes breakfast, lunch, and materials. Space is limited and advance registration is required.

For more information on these events, call ext. 3704 or email ethics.

Bring Your Lunch!
What are you doing for lunch Monday, Nov. 12? Bring your lunch and join in the Seventh Day Discussion from noon?12:50 p.m. in MC 419 C when Keith Knutson, history talks about “The Euro: What Will This Mean to the Global Economy?”

Support the FFA
Help support a local chapter of Future Farmers of America (FFA) by purchasing fresh fruit or premium Wisconsin cheese and sausage packages. The deadline for orders is Wednesday, Nov. 28. Items will be delivered by Monday, Dec. 10. For more information, contact Loretta Waughtal, ext. 3040, or email lewaughtal.

Flu Shots
No dates have been set for the Flu Clinic yet as Health Service is still waiting for news on the arrival of the vaccine. However, sign-ups are welcome by calling Marilyn Jaekel at ext. 3806. She will notify you when the vaccine arrives.

human resources
Viterbo University welcomes Charles Grodevant, 2nd shift custodian, to its staff. Charles started work Nov. 1.

Seeing Cardinal?
Members of the men’s basketball team at Viterbo are seeing red these days—or at least cardinal, one of Viterbo University’s official colors.

Sometime during the middle of October, several teammates volunteered to take two hours from their busy schedules and paint the cardinal stripe that now appears around the R.W. Beggs Gymnasium in the SAC. That’s dedication!

International Education Week is This Week
By Margaret Elvekrog, Global Rhythms President

Global Rhythms, Viterbo’s international students’ club, and the Office of Global Education are celebrating International Education Week with a variety of fun activities:

Monday, Nov. 5: “Human Rights Issues in Guatemala and Mexico,” at 2:10 p.m. in MC 417 with Marie DeJarlais, FSPA, co-director of the Global Awareness Through Experience (GATE) program. This presentation is sponsored by the foreign language department.

Wednesday, Nov. 7: International Dinner, 4:30?6 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. Those who attend will have their choice of movie: Life is Beautiful, The Power of One, or Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

Increase Cultural Understanding
The “One World or None” theme house is sponsoring a free presentation, “Understanding our Hmong Neighbors,” on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 7:30 p.m. in the Student Union.

Staff and volunteers from the Hmong Mutual Assistance Association will share information about the Hmong culture, clarify myths, and answer questions.

The presentation is open to everyone. The information will be especially helpful to students likely to work with Hmong individuals in internships or future employment experiences. Students majoring in education, social work, sociology, criminal justice, nursing, and psychology are encouraged to attend.

Dining Etiquette
By Amy Lane, Career Planning and Placement

“Don’t Slurp Your Soup” was the theme of the Oct. 28 Dining Etiquette event for seniors, sponsored by Career Planning and Placement and the Alumni Office. It got great reviews by students who said things like, “Very good program. Everything was helpful and interesting. I learned lifelong tips and tools.”

The evening included a five-course meal and guest speakers who presented on topics such as: introductions; handshakes; ordering from the menu; interview attire; and negotiating an offer during interviews which entail lunch, dinner, or a reception.

Speakers for the evening included Robert Dean, dean of the School of Business; Kay Larson ’56, Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center (retired); Lyell Montgomery, Thompson Consulting; and Maureen Wilhelm, Marshall Field’s. Alumni attending included Ellen Cavadini ’94, John Dunnum ’87 and Mary Ann Wetterling ’90. Michelle Fellenz ’90 helped coordinate the speakers.

The excellent meal was planned and prepared by Mary Simota, Mike Raymond, and staff from Aramark. Thanks to all who helped make the evening a success!

news you’ll notice
By Jan Eriksen, School of Extended Learning

School of Extended Learning: There are 325 adult students enrolled in these programs this fall. Of those, 46 are Bachelor of Integrated Studies (BIS) majors, 89 are Organizational Management (OMGT) majors, 58 are in the Management Information Technology (MIT) program, and 132 are RN-to-BSN. Two new Advance Program cohorts—one OMGT and one MIT—begin this spring. We anticipate one or more new RN-to-BSN groups will start then, too.

Nurse as Patient: Carl Baragbos, assistant professor in the RN-to-BSN Program, underwent back surgery at Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Madison on Sept. 10, giving him the unique perspective of nurse as patient. The surgery lasted six hours and Carl spent five more days in the hospital. All went well but recovery came with restrictions: no bending, lifting, twisting, or driving for eight weeks. During Carl’s recuperation he and his wife, Barb, received much support from friends, neighbors, church members, colleagues from his years in the military, and Viterbo faculty, staff, students. One friend came to the Bargabos’ home on Sept. 11 to place their American flag at half-mast.  After several weeks of recovery, Carl is returning to work today,  Nov. 5. He is grateful to Pat Zander and Jennifer Hedrick, RN-to-BSN faculty, for teaching his courses and working with his advisees during his absence.

Curricular Changes in the RN-to-BSN Program: There is a new 3-credit course for students that began this fall—NURS 472, Leadership Concepts, which explores leadership and management from a nursing perspective, as well as organizational behaviors and the financial issues of health care. Current and former students felt this type of course would benefit nursing education.

In fall 2002, a 1-credit Information Management Systems course, requiring the use of computers in nursing, will be required of new students. These changes won’t affect the total number of nursing credits required for RN-to-BSN students because the new courses will replace the 5-credit portfolio course, NURS 471.

Learning About Christianity From Other Religions
What is unique about the spirituality of  Christians from other denominations? To find out, plan to attend any one of three Tuesday evening sessions to be held at the Franciscan Spirituality Center (FSC) from 6:30?8 p.m. The sessions are:

Methodist Spirituality, Nov. 6: Featuring Wesley White, pastor of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in La Crosse. He is in his 30th year of United Methodist ministry.

Lutheran Spirituality, Nov. 20: Featuring Bradley Hansen, professor emeritus of religion at Luther College, director of the Grace Institute of Spiritual Formation and author of A Graceful Life: Luther Spirituality for Today.

Unitarian Spirituality, Nov. 27: Featuring Rev. Dean Staffanson, an ordained Unitarian Universalist community minister and chaplain resident at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center. Staffinson said he will “speak about my perspective of what some claim to be the most liberal of Protestant denominations—the Unitarian Universalists.”

Call the FSC at 791-5295 or email to register. A free-will offering and/or gift of a nonperisable food item for the WAFER Food Pantry is recommended.

campus ministry
By Fr. Tom O’Neill

Give the gift of life. Nov. 9?16 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

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

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

Veteran’s Day: The “11th day of the 11th month” was chosen for the armistice that ended the Great War in 1918. Along with most Europeans and Canadians, we observe the day as a “Memorial Day” for those killed in war, an extension of All Souls Day, in keeping with our November remembrance of the dead.

Rest In Peace: Please remember those who have died: the sister of Christine Seavey, the grandmother of Wade Hanson, and the wife of Mark Hollowitsch ’98. May God grant them a peaceful rest.

Prayer at Harvest and Thanksgiving:
O God, source and giver of all things,
You manifest your infinite majesty, power and goodness, in the earth about us; We give you honor and glory. For the sun and the rain, for the fruits of our fields, for the increase of our herds and flocks, we thank you. For the enrichment of our souls with your grace, we are grateful. Supreme Lord of the harvest, graciously accept us and the fruits of our toil, in union with Jesus, your Son, whose death, burial, and resurrection have brought forgiveness for our offenses. Grant peace in our homes and salvation for all the world.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen

out and about
• Singer/pianist Radoslav Lorkovic brings his distinctive, wide-ranging piano style to the Pump House Regional Arts Center on Saturday, Nov. 17. Lorkovic blends classic blues and boogie-woogie piano styles with classical training and traces of jazz, country, soul, and R&B. Croation-born and Iowa-raised, his sounds have been heard around the world. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. For tickets, call 785-1434.
• The People’s Food Co-op is holding November “Meals in Minutes” Cooking Classes with Janet Weir. Topics include: Cooking for One or Two, Thursday, Nov. 8; Holiday Hors d’oeurves, Wednesday, Nov. 7; Pie Perfection, Thursday, Nov. 15; More Mexican Fiesta, Monday, Nov. 19; and The Well-Equipped Kitchen, Thursday, Nov. 29. All classes are 6:30?8:30 p.m. at the  Co-op House next to the People’s Food Co-op. The cost is $10 for members and $25 or non-members. Call 784-5798 for more information.

Jeans Day
Don’t forget to wear jeans this Friday to support Viterbo University Employee Day, which supports employee social events. The Friday, Oct. 26 collection for the La Crosse Tribune Jeans Day totaled $46.

How can you support Jeans Day this week? Wear jeans and pay $1 to Marcia Brodt at the MC Reception Desk; Ginny Brochhausen, FAC 102; or Carol Strigun, BNC 118.

Help Build a House
By Marilyn Pedretti, Campus Ministry

Work a few hours in the morning, afternoon, or come for the day and help build a house for someone in need. No previous building skills are necessary.

Join others from Viterbo on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a  Habitat for Humanity work day.

Habitat is fixing up a house on Liberty Street (on the North Side of La Crosse) and could use help. This is a great way for students to fulfill service hours or just a fun way to spend a Saturday helping someone else. Come help Habitat build hope, build homes, and build community!

To sign-up contact Marilyn Pedretti, campus ministry at ext. 3829 or email mjpedretti.

Learn About Human Rights

The foreign language department  is sponsoring a free talk on human rights issues in Guatemala and Mexico today, at 2:10 p.m. in MC 417.

Marie DeJarlais, FSPA, co-director of the Global Awareness Through Experience (GATE) program, has lived and worked in Mexico and Guatemala for over 10 years. She’ll discuss human rights in those countries through political, cultural, and historical insights.

GATE offers program participants opportunities to learn from the poor as well as from social analysts, teachers, theologians, and economists through lectures and visits in the different countries and communities.

focus on
By Karen DuCharme  ’03

Name: Ann Schmeckpeper
Title: Administrative Assistant
Department: Financial Aid Office
Family: Ann is married to Dave, and they have a daughter, Cassidy, along with two cats, Pumpkin and Madison, and “a goldfish, who is lucky to be alive.”
Education: Ann is graduating from WWTC in December with a degree in marketing with studies in human resources and Web design.
Hobbies/Interests/Enthusiasms: Ann enjoys hiking, travelling, swimming, canoeing, painting, and playing her guitar. She also likes Harley-Davidson motorcycles.
Adventures and Travels: Ann rode on a Harley out West through Utah and Zion National Park. She also has traveled to Dixie National Forest the past two years and plans to go back. Ann is planning a trip to Ireland for 2003 if world events calm down.
Future Hopes and Plans: After graduating in December, Ann plans to start working on her degree at Viterbo in elementary education. She wants to become a fifth-grade teacher.
Little Known Fact: Ann has 14 brothers and sisters.

Soulful Sounds of Sweet Honey in the Rock Hit the Stage
The Grammy-award winning, critically acclaimed female a cappella group Sweet Honey in the Rock is bringing their unique and uplifting vocal harmonies to the Viterbo FAC Main Theatre on Sunday, Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m.

For 25 years, the voices of this African American ensemble have united in the spirit of freedom—singing songs rooted in the sacred hymns, gospel, and spirituals of the black church. With their powerful, expressive voices and soaring harmonies, Sweet Honey’s unique approach to a cappella vocalizing creates a positive experience that is universal in its appeal. Add elements of jazz blues, contemporary rhythms, and improvisational flexibility and it’s easy to see why their sound transcends cultural boundaries.

Linking powerful voices with movement and narrative, Sweet Honey in the Rock points the finger at injustice, encourages activism, and sings the praises of love and community.  The group is the musical embodiment of a freedom whose roots go back to Africa, and were nurtured by slavery, the Jubilee, and the continuing struggles to realize that freedom. Simultaneously interpreted in a uniquely expressive American Sign Language, the music they compose, arrange, and perform offers messages not only about the past, but also about issues concerning us today.

Sweet Honey in the Rock, part of Viterbo University’s Bright Star Season, is sponsored by The Lukasek Family Endowment Fund, and supported, in part, by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin.

Tickets are $22 and can be ordered through the Box Office at ext. 3100.

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