A Newsletter for the Viterbo University Community
Vol. 15, No. 12  November 12, 2001

Speaker Shares Tips on Nurturing Hope
In a busy and troubled world, it can be hard to nurture personal spirituality and sustain a sense of hope. But Robert J. Wicks believes it’s possible and that the answer lies within the human heart.

Join Wicks as he discusses “The Simple Care of a Hopeful Heart” at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 26, in the San Damiano Chapel at Viterbo University. He’ll suggest simple ways we can become our true selves and develop time for spirituality in the midst of these busy days.

Wicks is a professor in the graduate programs in pastoral counseling at Loyola College in Maryland. An international speaker, Wicks is an expert in the prevention of secondary stress disorders and the integration of psychology and spirituality. His work includes time spent in Cambodia helping the Khmer people rebuild their nation following years of terror and torture. He was also responsible for the psychological debriefing of relief workers evacuated from Rwanda during their civil war.

Wicks, who received his doctorate in psychology from Hahnemann Medical College, is also a graduate of Fairfield and St. John’s Universities. He is the author of more than 40 books including, the Comprehensive Clinical Handbook of Pastorial Counseling, Touching the Holy, Everyday Simplicity, and his latest book from Paulist Press, Snow Falling on Snow. In 1996, he received the Papal Medal Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice from Pope John Paul II for his service to the Church.

This presentation is sponsored by the Paula Ripple Comin Memorial Endowed Lectureship. A Viterbo graduate, former dean of students, and past president of the FSPA, Paula Ripple Comin died of cancer in 1998.

“World of Islam” is Subject of Dec. 3 Lecture
Nearly 1,400 years of Islamic history will be the subject of a talk Monday, Dec. 3, by Fr. Bernard McGarty, who will discuss the culture, politics, and theology of the world’s fastest growing religion which now claims to have more than one billion followers.

The multimedia presentation begins at 7 p.m. in the FAC Main Theatre.

According to Fr. McGarty, who has given previous lectures on Jewish, Orthodox, and Lutheran traditions, plans were in process to discuss Islam well before the Sept. 11 World Trade Center tragedy, but the crisis which followed makes the presentation even more timely. “The current tension between followers of Islam, the threat of a worldwide Jihad, and the possibility of a prolonged war in Afghanistan, really require us to have a better understanding of this religious tradition and those who call themselves Muslims,” he said.

Fr. McGarty will analyze four periods of Islamic history, and the union between what he calls “Mosque and State” will be discussed as it exists today in several countries throughout the world. He will also compare the Qur’an to Jewish and Christian scripture, the Bible. A question and answer session will follow the 45-minute talk which is free and open to the public.

Fr. McGarty currently holds the title at Viterbo of visiting scholar in ecumenical studies.

Connections Takes a Holiday
The Thanksgiving holiday is around the corner and with it comes a shortened holiday week. Connections will take a brief hiatus as a result so there won’t be an issue on Nov. 26.

Information that should be included in Connections for that week can be submitted for publication in next Monday’s issue (Nov. 19) by this Thursday (Nov. 15) at noon. The next publication date after that will be Monday, Dec. 3. The deadline for that issue is noon on Thursday, Nov. 29. Copy can be submitted by email at connections, dropped off in MC 222, or sent by interoffice mail to Connections.

Tune in This Morning!
The priest and the altar boy are mixing it up on the radio this morning.

Fr. Tom O’Neill, campus ministry, is the guest DJ from 6:30?9:30 a.m. on Z93 with Keith Carr. O’Neill emailed Carr after he heard Z93 was looking for guest DJs for the morning show while Carr’s partner, Samantha Strong, is on maternity leave. According to O’Neill, Carr typically refers to himself on air as “the altar boy” since he used to be one. So, O’Neill suggested Carr might want to work alongside a priest once again.

Tune in again in December when O’Neill guests again. Watch future Connections’ for the date and time.
Make Christmas News!

Make Christmas News!
What are you doing this Christmas? Anything interesting?

If you are and you would like to share you plans with the Lumen, contact student writer Andrea Budde by emailing ajbudde. She would like to hear from you by the end of the day tomorrow, Nov. 13.

Bring a Lunch Today; Get Lunch Thursday
What are you doing for lunch today? Bring your lunch and join in the Seventh Day Discussion from noon-12:50 p.m. in MC 419C as Keith Knutson, history, talks about “The Euro: What Will This Mean to the Global Economy?”

The last Seventh Day Discussion for this semester will be from Karen Gibson, nutrition and dietetics, who will lead a discussion of the ethical implications of vegetarianism this Thursday, Nov. 15, from noon to 1 p.m. in MC 419 C. A vegetarian lunch will be provided.

Final Boarding Call!
Plan to “get on the bus with us” and enjoy a Mall of America shopping road trip! There are still 10 seats available for this Viterbo bus trip on Saturday, Nov. 17. The cost is $15 per person. Boarding begins at 6:45 a.m. at the FAC parking lot (Jackson Street side) and the bus will leave for the mall at 7 a.m. with a return to La Crosse around 9 p.m. Reserve your seat now by contacting Barb Schroeder in the Learning Center at ext. 3190 or bnschroeder. All reservations must include payment.

faculty development
By Grant Smith, Faculty Development Coordinator

Faculty members at Viterbo University have been awarded more than $9,000 thus far in the 2001-02 academic year. Those who have received awards are:
• Phyllis Blackstone, education: $500 to present her paper “Conversations with Parents” at the Great Lakes Regional Conference of the International Reading Association, Oct. 24?28.
• Milan Lukic, math: $500 to attend two Project NexT-Wisconsin workshops Sept. 28, 2001 and April 2002.
• Mike Collins, Ron Amel, Vaughn Rodgers, and Kyle Backstrand, chemistry: $425.92 to attend the Midwestern Association of Chemistry Teachers in Liberal Arts Colleges, Oct. 26?27.
• Larry Krajewski, math: $297 to attend the National Council of Teachers of  Mathematics,          Oct. 11?13 in Madison.
• Paul Sannerud, dean of the School of Fine Arts: $500 to attend the International Council of Fine Arts Deans Annual Conference,  Nov. 6?10.
• Grant Smith, English: $909.50 to present his paper “A Strange Shifting in My Head: Using Young Adult Literature to Help Our Students Learn to Be Kind” at the National Council of Teachers of English Conference in Baltimore, Md.,    Nov. 16?18.
• Apryl Ferris-Denny, English: $1,000 to attend the Dickens Society of America Symposium in Roanoke, Va., Oct. 12?14.
• Karen Gibson, nutrition and dietetics: $827 to attend the American Dietetic Association Food and Nutrition Conference and Exhibition in St. Louis, Oct. 20?23.
• Gail Rogers, nutrition and dietetics: $847 to attend the American Dietetic Association Food and Nutrition Conference and Exhibition in St. Louis, Oct. 20?23.
• Debra Daehn Zellmer, sociology, social work, and criminal justice: $500 to attend the Annual Program Meeting of the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors Oct. 31?Nov. 3 in Denver.
• Tim Schorr, music: $100 mini-grant to attend the Wisconsin Music Teachers Association Nov. 2?4 in Madison. Schorr adjudicated music competitions and participated as a panelist for a session at the conference.
• Jana Dahmen, criminal justice: $81 mini-grant to attend the Wisconsin Sociological Association Annual Meeting Oct. 10?11 in Rockford, Ill.
• Lyon Evans, English: $500 to attend the International Conference of Melville Scholars at Hofstra University in Hempstead, Long Island, Oct. 16?21.
• Bob Richgels, history: $1,000 to attend the American Historical Association Conference in San Francisco, Jan. 2?6.
• Pat Wessels, nursing: $831 to attend the Nursing Education Conference Jan. 1?7 in Orlando, Fla.
• Marlene Fisher, criminal justice: $321.68 to attend the Wisconsin Sociological Association Annual Meeting Oct. 10?11 in Rockford, Ill.
• Dick Ruppel, English: $500 to attend the Modern Language Association Conference Dec. 27?30 in New Orleans. Ruppel will chair a panel he organized on Joseph Conrad.

Seventh Day Discussions: Keith Knutson, history, and Karen Gibson, nutrition and dietetics will lead the final two Seventh Day Discussions for the semester. Today, Knutson will lead a discussion of the impact of the “Euro” on the global economy, and on Thursday, Nov. 15, Gibson will lead a discussion of the ethical implications of vegetarianism. A vegetarian lunch will be provided at her presentation. Both discussions are in MC 419 C from noon?1 p.m.

Viterbo faculty may now apply for a $100 mini-grant using the “short form” at NewGuidelines.htm. Faculty are also invited to attend a workshop “PowerPoint Presentations: Slick, Colorful...but Ineffective?” Monday, Nov. 26 from 4?5:30 p.m. in MC 408. Refreshments will be provided to energize all participants!

Students Hold “Community Candles” Benefit
With the approaching holiday season comes joy, happiness, and peace. It’s a time of family and friends and it’s also a time of goodwill. Help the Viterbo University Residence Life Apartment Staff make the joys of Christmas more of a reality for some families in the Coulee Region who cannot afford to give gifts to their children.

For every $15 contribution, a paper “candle” is posted in the windows in the Student Union signifying that a child was sponsored for Christmas. Sponsored children will receive both something they “want” for Christmas (i.e. toys, books) and something they “need” (i.e. pants, shirt). Donations may be in any amount and can be sent via intercampus mail to “Student Union” or dropped off in the Community Candles donation box in the Student Union. Please turn in all contributions by Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 4 p.m.

28 Local and National Organizations Gather for Fair
By Amy Lane, Career Planning and Placement

The Washington Center is just one of the organizations coming from out of state to talk to students about internships during the Human Services Career Fair this Wednesday.

Sponsored by Career Planning and Placement, the fair will be held from 11 a.m.?3 p.m. in the FAC Lobby and will feature representatives from 28 organizations.  This is an excellent opportunity for students of all levels, freshmen through seniors, to communicate with professionals in fields relating to their majors including: English, foreign languages, criminal justice, liberal studies, psychology, and sociology.

Students who are undeclared or undecided are strongly encouraged to attend in order to explore careers and internship opportunities. Questions? Contact Amy Lane at ext. 3828.
Agencies attending include:
• American Red Cross
• Boys and Girls Clubs
• Chileda
• Community Action Program
• Coulee Youth Centers
• Crime Victim Services
• Domestic Abuse Reduction Team (DART)
• Express Personnel Services
• Family and Children’s Center (with Stephanie Beeskau ’00)
• Family Resources (with Barb Mashak ’99)
• First Call for Help (with Lori Caretta ’87)
• Gundersen Lutheran - Pastoral Care and Physician Relations (HR)
• Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs (HECUA)
• Hiawatha Valley Mental Health Center
• La Crosse City Police Department
• La Crosse County Human Services
• Hmong Mutual Assistance Association (La Crosse HMAA)
• New Horizons
• PATH (with Jeanne Farnham-Davey ’79)
• Riverfront
• State Public Defenders Office
• The Washington Center, D.C.
• U.S. Marshal’s Service
• Wisconsin Department of Corrections
• Wisconsin Police Corps
• Wisconsin State Government

Master Class Features Winona Pianist
By Timothy Schorr, Music

The Viterbo music department will host Gloria Chuang, assistant professor of music at Winona State University, for a piano master class on Friday, Nov. 16 at 12:10 p.m. in the FAC Recital Hall. The class features students of Timothy Schorr, Viterbo assistant professor of music, and will include performances of works by Bach, Chopin, and Bartok. For more information, call ext. 3769 or email tbschorr.

campus ministry
By Fr. Tom O’Neill

Advent Waiting...Christmas Birthing: 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.). Notices were placed in all mailboxes last week—please complete the registration form and return to Fr. Tom (so we have an idea for the wine and cheese) by Nov. 25.

Food Pantry: Items for the local food pantries (FAC, Place of Grace, WAFER) may be left in the lobby area of San Damiano Chapel. They will be delivered to the appropriate locale. Thanks for your continuing generosity. Cash donations for the FAC pantry may be directed to Peg Doering.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord: Please remember those who have died:  Evelyn Janiszewski, mother of Jan and grandmother of Jake; Ralph Eddy, father-in-law of Jane; Marie Wagner, grandmother of Wayne; Lori Albrecht, aunt of Deb Siebenaler;  the grandmother of Margo Anderson; Loraine Niebuhr, mother of Jean Sciborski and grandmother of Linda Whitehead; the grandfathers of Lacie Lyste and Amanda Rhatigan; and, the cousin of Matt Reis. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Wise Words: “In our times we are talking only to ourselves. We are not talking to the rivers; we are not listening to the wind and stars. We have broken the great conversation. By breaking that conversation we have shattered the universe.”  —    Fr. Thomas Berry, C.P.

kudos to...
• The Viterbo University’s student chapter of the Wisconsin Education Association which completed another successful Safe Trick-or-Treat program. The group raised $35.08 in donations from parents during the event.
• Lyon Evans, English, whose essay, “The Significance of Melville’s Greece Poems in His Late World View,” is included in the recently published Melville Among the Nations by Kent State University Press, edited by Sanford M. Marovitz and A. C. Christodoulou.

Symposium is Nov. 20
Nursing faculty are sponsoring a 20th annual Transcultural Diversity event on Tuesday, Nov. 20. All Viterbo employees and students are welcome to attend all or part of the morning program. The event starts at 8 a.m. in BNC 122 and continues until noon. Watch next week’s Connections for specifics about speakers for this annual event.  Questions? Call Rose Kreutz, nursing, at ext. 3676.

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.

$1 to Support Causes
Don’t forget to wear jeans this Friday to support the Food Pantry. The Friday, Nov. 2 collection which supports Viterbo Spirit Day totaled $41 (proceeds support the Staff Assembly Grant).

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.

This gift is a lifesaver
Franciscan Skemp Healthcare recently donated a defibrillator to Viterbo University. The unit was a gift and will be available in the SAC at athletics events and in other areas frequented by students and the general public. Defibrillators have often been cited as lifesavers when used to deliver an electric shock to individuals who go into cardiac arrest. Often these individuals must receive on-site attention well before an ambulance or paramedic can be summoned. “We all hope it will be a long time before this kind of equipment needs to be used here. But, the reality is, we now can have the peace of mind in knowing that we can be of help and perhaps save a life because of this defibrillator,” said Viterbo President William J. Medland. “We are most grateful for this very generous gift.”

Viterbo Has Arts for All
The performances of Rockapella (NexStar), Yamato (Bright Star) and Tap Dogs (added event) were complete sellouts. Over 800 “first-timers” were identified in the three venues. In fact, newcomers to these recent offerings are substantially expanding Fine Arts outreach. Paul Sannerud reports that “regular patrons,”—those who see everything we do—represent 20?35 percent of those in attendance at the last three events. That means 65?80 percent of the audience at the last three shows were either infrequent attendees or had never attended an event at Viterbo.

focus on
Karen DuCharme ’03

Name: Carl Koch
Title: Program Director
Department: Master of Arts in Servant Leadership
Family: Carl is married to Joyce Heil, who teaches in the nursing department at Viterbo, and they have a dog, Daisy.
Education:  Carl has a B.A. in theology from Christian Brothers University. He earned his M.A. in English from the University of Mississippi. He also has an M.A. in religious education from De La Salle University and an M.A. in human development from St. Mary’s University. He earned his D.A. in English from the University of Michigan.
Hobbies/Interests/Enthusiasms: Carl has been an actor in 20 plays and has sung in numerous choral groups. He has 32 published books and has been an editor for a series of books on adult spirituality. For 16 years, he has been the senior editor for St. Mary’s Press in Winona. Carl and Joyce enjoy walking and kayaking, and he also enjoys reading mystery novels and cooking.
Adventures and Travels: Carl has traveled several times to Europe. He lived in the Philippines for four years and has traveled extensively throughout Asia.
Future Hopes and Plans: Carl wants the Master of Arts in Servant Leadership Program to thrive. Along with this, he wants to keep writing and publishing.
Little Known Fact: Originally from Memphis, Carl marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in one of King’s last civil rights marches in Memphis.

Holiday Events Keep Campus Busy
Tis the Season—or it soon will be and the Viterbo campus is gearing up with a variety of holiday-related events.

The Annual Alumni Children’s Christmas Party: A Viterbo alumni favorite, the event will be held Saturday,    Dec. 1, from 10 a.m.?noon in the FAC Lobby. Guests will enjoy Christmas carols, a caricaturist, games, face painting, goodies, and even a visit from Santa. The event is free, except for a $4 charge per caricature drawing. Registrations must be received by Nov. 23 and can made by contacting the Alumni Office at ext. 3071 or emailing alumni.

Holiday Time-off: This year’s holiday vacation dates are: Thanksgiving, Nov. 22?23; Christmas, Dec. 24?25, and New Year’s, Dec. 31?Jan. 1.

Holiday Retreat: The Viterbo community is invited to enter into the spirit of the Advent and Christmas seasons by reflecting, discussing, and praying about issues affecting the waiting and celebration associated with this season.

“Advent Waiting: Christmas Birthing” is an evening of prayer and reflection led by Joan Weisenbeck, FSPA on Monday, Dec. 3, from   7?9 p.m. in the Franciscan Spirituality Center. This free program is sponsored by the Mission Effectiveness Committee and is open to Viterbo employees and their spouses. The evening will conclude with a wine and cheese social. Please contact Fr. Tom O’Neill, campus ministry, to sign up by emailing tmoneill.

The annual Employee Christmas Party: Celebrate Christmas at Maple Grove Country Club in West Salem on Friday, Dec. 7. The cost is $11 per person and includes a special holiday buffet, treats from Santa’s Stocking, and a DJ for dancing. Watch your mailbox for your invitation and additional information. Save the date and plan to join fellow employees for this holiday gathering.

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