Connections
A Newsletter for the Viterbo University Community
Vol. 15, No. 13  November 19, 2001
 
 

Mark Your Calendars for the Annual Symposium Feb. 4-7!
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. 4-7 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.

All events, which are free and open to the public, include:
Monday, Feb. 4: “Mississippi Solo,” Eddy Harris, author of Mississippi Solo, 3-4:30 p.m., FAC Main Theatre.  This is the inaugural event for this year’s Humanities Symposium. All classes will be canceled during this time. Professors are encouraged to incorporate this presentation into their syllabus.

“The Mississippi River: a Humanities Perspective,” John Anfinson, historian for the National Park Service’s Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, 7:30 p.m., FAC Main Theatre.

Tuesday, Feb. 5: “Views on the Mississippi: Images of a Changing River,” Mark Neuzil, author of Views on the Mississippi: The Photographs of Henry Peter Bosse, 7:30 p.m., FAC Main Theatre.

“River Poems and Tunes,” Earl Madary, religious studies, and William Stobb, English; 8:45 p.m., FAC Lobby.

Wednesday, Feb. 6: “Songs of the River,” Larry Long, 7:30 p.m., FAC Main Theatre.
(Viterbo students only may also attend a 9:30 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. Larry Long performance that is geared primarily toward area school children.)

Thursday, Feb. 7: “Past, Present, Future—Action! Finding Common Ground for Wise Stewardship of the River,” a river community discussion with facilitator Susen Fagrelius, an independent organization effectiveness consultant with a wide range of environmental consulting experience; 4:30 p.m., FAC Main Lobby.

“River Community Dinner,” an informal, free soup supper; 6-7 p.m., FAC Lobby.

“The Big 10 Conservation Issues for a New Century,” Michael Dombeck, former chief of the United States Forest Service (1997-2001) and a current professor of global environmental management with the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, 7:30 p.m., FAC Main Theatre.

Artwork Display, Feb. 5-7, poster displays from Longfellow Middle School’s “School on the River” and poetry and artwork from local students and adults, FAC Lobby.

In addition, throughout the symposium, speakers will be available for Viterbo classroom discussions including:
Lyon Evans, English: Topic: “Mark Twain and the Role the Mississippi River Played Throughout His Life.”
Pat Middleton: Topics: “The Life and Times of Caroline Phelps: River Life in the 19th Century,” and “River Life in Modern Times.”  Middleton is the author of three volumes of America’s Great River Road, a frequent contributor to Wisconsin magazines, and frequent talk radio guest of Jean Feraca and Larry Meiller on Wisconsin Public Radio.

“Gathering of Waters: The Life of the River and its People” is the annual Humanities Symposium. Watch your mailbox for brochures and Connections for future updates. For more information contact Mary Hassinger, dean, School of Letters and Sciences, at ext. 3393 or email mchassinger.

SIFE Sells Alpaca Sweaters
Get some holiday shopping done early and, at the same time, keep your loved ones warm during winter this year by purchasing a genuine Alpaca sweater from Bolivia.

Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) will be selling these sweaters the week of Nov. 26 in the MC Lobby. These handmade sweaters typically retail from $100-200 but are being sold at Viterbo for $45, with a portion of the proceeds supporting SIFE activities. A large quantity of the sweaters in various styles, sizes, and colors will be available.

A part of the camel family, Alpacas are native to the Andes in South America. Their coats are considered among the finest, most delicate and valuable natural fibers in the world, along with cashmere, angora, mohair, and natural silk.

Alpaca coats are long, light, and soft and are noted for their ability to absorb moisture and provide thermal insulation—providing warmth without letting in dampness.

For more information, contact John Nebeck, business, at ext. 3362 or jhnebeck or Takawira Kuvaoga at ext. 3454 or tikuvaoga.

The VP Candidates
The search committee screening applications for a new vice president for institutional advancement invite you to hear presentations from several finalists who will be invited to campus for interviews. These candidates will give a brief 10?12 minute presentation, “Why Support Viterbo University.” Please plan to attend.

The first two presentations are:
Monday, Nov. 19, Robers Conference Room, 11:15-11:45 a.m., Lorraine Clark, MBA, CFRE.
Tuesday, Nov. 20, Robers Conference Room, 11:15-11:45 a.m., Prudence Precourt, Ph.D., CFRE.

Complete resumes will be posted in the president’s display case.

Watch Where You Park
It’s time once again to ask for your cooperation! No parking signs will be posted today, Nov. 19 for performances of Grimm Tales at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

In order to accommodate the many buses that will bring schools to this show, we ask that you watch for the “no parking” signs on the north side of Mississippi Street, between Seventh and Ninth streets. Please find alternate places to park today so buses have a place to wait close to the theatre and children don’t have to cross busy streets or hunt for their bus when the show ends. Thank you for your help!

If you would like to receive an email reminder or have any other concerns about these signs, please email AYA.

Pie Pick Up is Nov. 20
Just a reminder for those who ordered Thanksgiving Pies from the Student Dietetics Association, please don't forget to stop by BNC 106 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 20 to pick up your pre-ordered pies. The cost of each is $7 and checks can be made payable to the SDA.

V-Hawk Mini-Mascot Now Available
Need an interesting and fun stocking stuffer for the kids? How about a little something with school spirit for your office?

Then consider buying one of the limited quantity Victor V-Hawk mini-mascot beanies available now through communications and marketing.

The cost is $4 each. Stop by MC 228 to purchase your very own mini-mascot.

Don’t Miss the Alumni Cup Game
The 13th annual Alumni Cup Game will be held Wednesday, Nov. 28 at the Viterbo University SAC this year—making it the first time this event has been held on the Viterbo campus.

The Viterbo V-Hawks take on the UW-L Eagles with the women’s basketball game at 6 p.m. and the men’s basketball game at 8 p.m. The men’s record is seven wins and five losses; the women’s is five wins and four losses.

At the event, alumni can register for door prizes and participate in the alumni half-time free-throw contest. Don’t miss this annual cross-town rivalry.

Happy Birthday!!
December :
 3 Andrea Schmeckpeper
 3 Jean Sciborski
 5 Larry Krajewski
 7 Beth Erickson
 7 Brad Lebakken
 8 Amy Gleason
 8 Sandy Hotvedt
 8 Ramesh Misra
 9 Jeff Smutny
 18 Stephanie Genz
 20 Richard Walters
 21 Eric Manchester
 22 Larry Harwood
 23 Milan Lukic
 24 Cindy Janeiro
 25 Natalie McGarry
 26 Heidi Benish
 26 Silvana Richardson
 28 Deb Stover
 28 John Syhlman
 29 Rolf Samuels

Get Your Flu Shots!
By Marilyn Jaekel, Health Services

Flu shot clinics are tentatively planned for the week of Nov. 26. Times and dates will be posted.  Contact Health Service at ext. 3806 to sign up for an immunization.  The fee is $7.

out and about
The Pump House Regional Arts Center is now open from 12-5 p.m. on Saturdays instead of 12-3 p.m. This matches its weekly hours so the Center is now open Tuesdays through Saturday from 12-5 p.m. Upcoming exhibits and performances are listed below. For more information or tickets, call 785-1434.

• Randy Sabien and Dan Chouinard join Prudence Johnson in a jazz trio on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. Johnson, a jazz vocalist sings from her newly released CD, moon country, a collection of songs by Hoagie Carmichael. Sabien is a jazz violinist and Chouinard is a pianist and accordionist.

• Green Bay Replay, a winning exhibition, kicks off on Saturday, Dec. 1. The exhibit features 50 color photographs by Daniel Kramer which highlight the Pack’s relationship with their diehard fans and chronicle the Pack’s 1996 season and their victory at Super Bowl XXXI. An exhibit of Packer memorabilia accompanies the collection. Kramer, son of famed Packers right guard Jerry Kramer, photographed the team and fans for Dick Schaap’s book Green Bay Replay. The exhibit kicks off with a Tailgate Party Opening on Saturday, Dec. 1, from noon?5 p.m. A Packer football signed by the 2001 team will be raffled. Attendees can review the ’96 season and celebrate with brats, soda, and beer.

RSB Wins Big Top Award
By Jason Ramaker, Residence Life

Two RSB (Resident Student Board) senior members, Chris Cook and Becky Morphew, were recently honored at the regional Residence Hall Association Conference in Chicago for their presentation, “Chicken-Flavored Ramen for the RA’s Soul.”  Fifty-eight colleges and universities from Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan attended the Nov. 9-11 leadership weekend in which the top 10 programs presented were recognized based on peer evaluations. Other RSB members that attended include Mark Conroy, Jane Foreman, Julia Haverty, Jaime Adler, and Advisor Jason Ramaker.

Celebrate Thanksgiving with the Community
Don’t have any plans for Thanksgiving?  Aren’t going home for the holiday?  Then plan on taking part in a “festival of sharing” at the 20th Annual La Crosse Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday, Nov. 22 at the La Crosse Center.

This is an invitation for people of all ages who want to share a true Thanksgiving experience at no charge. There will be a Thanksgiving Worship Service at 10:30 a.m., with dinner served continually from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be activities for children, along with entertainment and fellowship for all.

Limited home deliveries are available for shut-ins. Make your reservation for deliveries by Nov. 19 and arrange a ride to and from the center by calling 782-1411.

Sign Up to Learn About Creating Web Pages
By Jeff Nyseth, IIT

Microsoft FrontPage has been adopted as the software for creating and publishing web pages at Viterbo. Anyone interested in learning to create and maintain web pages should get some basic training in the use of FrontPage, as it differs quite a bit from Netscape Composer. An Introduction to Microsoft FrontPage will be offered Tuesday Nov. 27 from 2-4 p.m. and Friday Nov. 30, from 9-11 a.m. in MC 201. This training will provide you with the basic knowledge needed to get started creating your own home pages. Space is limited so please register ahead of time with Jeff Nyseth at ext. 3285 or via email at jcnyseth.

Bookstore Shows Appreciation
Just in time for the holidays, the Viterbo University Bookstore is holding an appreciation day for employees.

On Friday, Nov. 30, from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., the Bookstore is offering a one-day only 20 percent discount for faculty, staff, and administration to say thanks for their year-round support of the store. The discount applies to all regular and sale-priced merchandise but excludes textbooks, software, and professional reference.

Complimentary refreshments will be available at the event. To receive their discount, employees should bring the invitation that was in their mailbox.

Jeans Day
Don’t forget to wear jeans this Wednesday to support the La Crosse Tribune Jeans Day. Proceeds will go to the La Crosse Community Thanksgiving Dinner and to the Avery Valentine Benefit, which will be used to equip a van with a power chair for the family of a local 5-year-old boy diagnosed with cerebal palsy.

Next week’s Jeans Day, Friday, Nov. 30, supports the Viterbo University Student Emergency Fund.

 eans Day collection for Employee Day on Nov. 9 totaled $46.

How can you support Jeans Day on Nov. 21 and 30? Wear jeans and pay $1 to Marcia Brodt at the MC Reception Desk; Ginny Brochhausen, FAC 102; or Carol Strigun, BNC 118.

Positive Results From Career Fairs
By Amy Lane, Career Planning and Placement

The 2nd Annual Health Science Career Fair, sponsored by the career services office of Viterbo University, WWTC, and UW-L was held Nov. 5 in the Health Science Center. Students from over 30 health programs from the three campuses were able to network among 50 organizations. Over 50 Viterbo nursing, nutrition/dietetics, health care administration and social work students attended the event. For the second year, the evaluations from students and employers were very positive.

Career Planning and Placement also coordinated the Viterbo Human Services Career Fair held Nov. 14 in the FAC Lobby. Over 120 students from psychology, sociology, criminal justice, ministry, foreign languages, and social work attended.  Representatives from 28 agencies were on hand and expressed interest in returning for future career fairs.  Thanks to the Student Government Association for sponsoring the employers’ box lunches and refreshments for the students.

Many of the organizations at the fairs expressed their appreciation for the opportunity to visit campus and network with students. Career fairs have many long-term benefits for students as well as the organizations that attended.

We asked students what they learned at the career fairs.  Some of the comments included:  “I learned how to contact businesses for internships,”  “Helped me to see different areas that existed in my field of study,”  “Excited me to have all of the options.”

’Tis the Season
Here are some of Viterbo’s upcoming holiday events:

Annual Tree-Lighting Ceremony: Thursday, Nov. 29, 3:30 p.m., FAC Lobby.

The Annual Alumni Children’s Christmas Party: Saturday,  Dec. 1, from 10 a.m.-noon in the FAC Lobby. 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 Retreat: “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 the Maple Grove Country Club in West Salem on Friday, Dec. 7. The cost is $11 per person and will include a special holiday buffet, treats from Santa’s Stocking, and a DJ for dancing. Register by Monday, Dec. 3. For information, contact Barb Schroeder, Learning Center, at ext. 3190.

news you’ll notice
By Todd Ericson, Business Office

The annual budget preparation process for 2002?03 is underway. To date, controllable budget requests exceed $600,000. In addition to these requests, there are several financial challenges for Viterbo University, including, but not limited to:
1. The Center for Ethics, Science, and Technology: The planning phase for construction is progressing, with groundbreaking planned for March 2002. Annual operating costs (e.g. utilities, supplies, etc.) for this new facility are projected at $250,000?350,000, dependent upon programming in the facility. These operating costs must be funded as part of the annual budget process.

 2. Healthcare costs, including prescription drug costs: These costs are expected to increase significantly in the next year, which will continue to impact the cost of our health insurance plan. The budget draft includes a projected increase in plan costs of 20 percent.

3. Administrative software package: After approximately 16 years, our current package is being phased out by the vendor. A new system is expected to cost approximately $600,000?1,000,000. Viterbo University is inviting several software vendors to respond to a detailed questionnaire, which outlines Viterbo’s needs and expectations in regard to an administrative software system. Representatives from several campus departments, with the direction of Mark Franz, will analyze responses to the questionnaires and recommend the most suitable package.

An initial draft of the Budget Preparation Guidelines for 2002?03 has been prepared. These guidelines provide parameters for tuition and room/board increases, project enrollments and revenues, and available resources for controllable expenditure increases and salary/benefit increases. The draft of the guidelines will be presented to the Board of Directors for discussion and approval at its Dec. 10 meeting.

The guidelines approved by the board will provide the basis for budget deliberations during January, February, and March. The Finance Committee will prioritize controllable budget requests. The Computer Committee will prioritize all computer hardware/software requests, in addition to the priorities established to address long-term campus computerization. Academic and non-academic equipment requests will be provided to the academic vice president and the vice president of finance, respectively, for prioritization. Finally, the director of physical plant and vice president of finance will recommend physical plant improvement projects, and the President’s Cabinet will prioritize such projects.

campus ministry
By Fr. Tom O’Neill

Calendar Notes:
• No noon Mass on Nov. 21?23.
• Nov. 29, Thursday, annual Tree-Blessing and Lighting, FAC Lobby, 3:30 p.m.
• Dec. 2, First Sunday of Advent (Liturgy at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.)
• Dec. 6, Thursday, Visit with Saint Nick, MC Lobby, 10 a.m.-noon

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.

Advent Daily Reflections: Advent is our time to make room for God in our lives and if we are faithful to this season year after year, something wonderful happens. Each day of Advent there is an opportunity to use a daily reflection found at the link called “Advent Daily Reflections” on our campus ministry home page.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord: Please remember those who have died:  Loraine Neibuhr, mother of Jean Sciborski and grandmother of Linda Whitehead; the grandmother of Jessie Schoolcraft; and the uncle of Tessa Smasal. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

First Week of Advent
This year the first reading of the Advent season presents Isaiah’s famous dream of a people at peace:  “they shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks” In Isaiah’s vision, that peace comes from the word of the Lord. And that word comes from Jerusalem. The city of Jerusalem stands on a hill, but it’s a stubby little hill. Almost any other hill is higher. But Isaiah prophesies that Jerusalem’s hill will be established as the highest mountain. All will stream toward it to hear God’s word. We Christians, when we hear this prophecy on the First Sunday of Advent, imagine Isaiah’s dream on a grand scale, even a cosmic scale. We see heaven as the new Jerusalem, established higher than anywhere else. We see all peoples streaming toward it for instruction. For Christians, the word that comes from the new Jerusalem is the Word made flesh at Bethlehem. We yearn to hear that word and form our lives by it. This day, let us take the weapons we hurl at our neighbors—the angry words, the hurtful deeds—and beat them into plowshares that open fertile soil of communication. Let us turn weapons into pruning hooks that renew relationships of peace.

kudos to...
• Mike Collins, chemistry, whose article “Demonstrating Chirality: Using a Mirror with Physical Models to Show Non-superimposeability of Chiral Molecules with Their Mirror Images” was published in the November 2001 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education in the “tested demonstrations” section.
• Debra Daehn Zellmer, sociology, social work, and criminal justice, presented at the Midwest Sociological Convention on “The Impact of Welfare Reform on the Quality of Life of La Crosse County Residents.” Daehn Zellmer has also spoken to more than a dozen churches in the La Crosse area about her study trip to East Africa and the “Role of Women in Church and Society in East Africa.”
• Lyon Evans, English, who has been named to the board of directors of the La Crosse-Luoyang (China) Friendship Association. Evans taught courses in American literature and culture to English majors at the Luoyang Institute of Technology during a sabbatical in 2000 and during summer vacation in 2001. He will return to Luoyang to teach again for three weeks during the upcoming Christmas vacation.

Light Up Christmas at Annual Ceremony
Singing Christmas Carols, enjoying punch and cookies, and socializing with co-workers and students -what better way to kick-off the Christmas season?

Join the Viterbo University community in celebrating the holidays at the annual Tree-Lighting Ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 29, at 3:30 p.m. in the FAC Lobby.

Be an Angel to Area Kids
How can you “earn your wings” this holiday season? Give a gift to someone in need within our community.

The annual Angel Tree will be in the MC Lobby beginning the week of  Nov. 26. Choose an individual from the tree, purchase a gift, wrap it, and return it to the tree with the tag attached. The average gift costs $15?20. Gifts are picked up and distributed by the Salvation Army.

The Angel Tree is sponsored by Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE). Thanks to last year’s Angel Tree, the Viterbo community shared the Christmas spirit with more than 70 people in need in our community.
For more information, contact John Nebeck, business, at ext. 3362 or jhnebeck or Emily Olson at ext. 3456 or esolson.

Senior Art Show Opens Nov. 28
Two Viterbo Seniors, Erika Jandl and Matt Remus, will be showing their artwork Nov. 28?Dec. 14 in the Viterbo University Third Floor FAC Gallery.

 Jandl will show work that includes ceramic sculpture, pottery, and photography. Remus will show oil painting and sculptural pieces that incorporate various materials such as wood, iron and clay. The opening reception is Wednesday, Nov. 28, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

focus on
By Karen DuCharme ’03

Name: Rod Reiner
Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Theatre
Family:  Rod’s mom is Sally and his dad is Frank. They live in central Florida as does his sister, Julie. Rod also has a border collie named Katie.
Education: Rod earned his B.A. in theatre and dance from Webster in St. Louis.
Hobbies/Interests/Enthusiasms: Rod enjoys bike riding, attending dance performances as well as performing. He also enjoys computers and cheering for the Tennessee Titans and St. Louis Cardinals.
Adventures and Travels: As a member of a country band, Rod toured in goodwill tours throughout Poland, Budapest, Hungary, and Istanbul, Turkey. His favorite vacation was driving on Route 66 to the West Coast.
Future Hopes and Plans: Rod wants to build the dance program at Viterbo, while helping young performers gain skills that will enable them to get theatre and dance work after graduation.
Little Known Fact: Rod has performed with Jerry Lewis, Rock Hudson, Joel Grey, Carol Channing, Tommy Tune, Carol Burnett, Dolly Parton, and Garth Brooks.

Viterbo Celebrates Traditions of Christmas with Hodie
The spirit of Christmas lives on in the Viterbo University music department’s production of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ rich, joyous masterpiece, Hodie.

Based on an anthology that includes the Gospels and the poetry of Milton, Hardy, George Herbert, and others, Hodie is a vocal and instrumental work that combines both the earthy and the mystical elements of Christmas by reflecting on the events of the Nativity. Begun in 1952 when Vaughan Williams was 80, it is the last of his large-scale choral works. A celebration of healing and hope, Hodie honors our traditions and infuses them with the promise of new life.

Hodie is really one of the most exciting orchestral and choral combinations in contemporary music. It is a colorful, joyous work that strongly depicts the quality and mood of the text both vocally and instrumentally,” said Jean Saladino, Hodie conductor.

The performance features Viterbo student soloists under the instruction of Jean Saladino, Diane Foust, Jerry Benser, and Daniel Johnson-Wilmot as well as the Viterbo University Concert Choir conducted by Johnson-Wilmot, the Women’s Chorale conducted by Saladino, and an orchestra comprised of local individuals. The annual Christmas Lobby Party that follows both performances, features faculty soloists as well as the Concert Choir, Women’s Chorale, the Ninth Street Singers directed by Diane Foust, and Platinum Edition directed by Nancy Allen.

Hodie is sponsored by Wash Board Blues. Performances, will be held in the FAC Main Theatre, on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 2 at 2 p.m. Ticket prices are $14/11. To order tickets, contact the Box Office at ext. 3100.
 
 

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