A Newsletter for the Viterbo University Community
Vol. 15, No. 14  December 3, 2001

11 GREAT  Viterbo Gift-giving Ideas
Christmas is coming and there are many ways that we as a Viterbo community can show our thanks and generosity to others by sharing in our abundance. There is no shortage of great ideas circulating throughout campus. Consider one of these suggestions:

1. Teddy Bear Drive—Sponsored by the Theme Houses. You have until Dec. 10 to drop off a new or gently used stuffed animal in boxes located in BNC, MC and the Student Union. Items go to children who survive fires, are involved with domestic abuse, etc.

2. Angel Tree—Sponsored by SIFE. Make Christmas special for a needy child. The tree is adorned with ornament tags identifying a child. Select a tag and purchase an age/gender appropriate toy, wrap it and put under the tree by Dec. 17. If you prefer to provide a clothing item, call the Salvation Army at 782-6126 and they will provide specific information on sizes.

3. Alpaca Sweaters—Sponsored by SIFE. These beautiful sweaters which retail for $100?200 are selling for $45. A beautiful gift for you or a loved one and a help to SIFE which will use the profits to support club activities.
    4. “Mission to Mexico”—Sponsored by Sigma Pi Delta. Donations of toiletry items are needed and these gifts will be sent to a girl’s orphanage in Mexico which is supported by Sigma Pi Delta. Drop items off at the Alumni Office by Dec. 10.

5. Community Candles—Sponsored by Student Life. Your donation of $15 will sponsor a child and provide clothing, toys, and other expressions of holiday joy. A paper candle bearing your name (or in memory of someone you designate), will be posted in the Student Union. Donations should be sent to Adrienne Appler.

6. Dec. 6 Student Holiday Dinner—An example of Servant-Leadership in action! Volunteer to help serve our students a holiday dinner this Thursday evening. RSVP your attendance to Sr. Jean Moore.

7. Viterbo Employee Christmas Party—Sponsored by us! Show your Viterbo spirit  and have some fun in the process. The deadline to reserve is TODAY and you can RSVP to Barb Schroeder. The party is Dec. 7 at a cost of $11 p.p. To reserve, contact Barb Schroeder, Learning Center.

8. Jean’s Days—Each and every Friday you can give to a number of worthy causes including Viterbo’s food pantry. Sticker up at the MC switchboard and other designated areas.

9. Enjoy a free massage—Sponsored by Body Mind Therapies Class.  Free massages will be available in the SDC from Dec. 3?7. The massages will consist of a choice  of one of the hands; feet;  head, face, and neck; or back. These are 15 minute massages. Call Judy Thesing at ext. 3825 for times and reservations, however walk-ins are welcome if there is space.

10. Volunteer at Place of Grace—Every Thursday evening you are welcome to stop by to visit, volunteer, drop off a food item, dine, or better yet—combine all four! Place of Grace is located at 919 Hood, just four blocks from campus.

11. “Drive it to the Hoop” food drive—Sponsored by the residence halls and women’s basketball. Volunteers will be on hand to collect non-perishable food itmes or monetary donations before the Tuesday, Dec. 4 women’s game at 7 p.m. If you can’t attend, drop your items off in boxes which have been set up in the SAC.

12. Hats, gloves and mitten tree—Sponsored by the Viterbo Student Nurse’s Association. Cold weather  is on the way and children and adults in the area are in need of warm hats, gloves and mittens. There is a Christmas tree in the main lobby of the nursing center set up to collect these donations. The donations will be taken to the local Salvation Army and will be distributed there to those in need. All donations will be accepted until just before Christmas break.

Connections Goes on Winter Break
The last Connections that will be published before winter break will be Monday, Dec. 10. If you have news you’d like to submit for publication in that issue, please do so by noon on Thursday, Dec. 6. Connections will resume publication on with the Monday, Jan. 14 issue. News can continue to be submitted to communications and marketing during break and periodic email announcements will be distributed if needed.

Get into the Spirit with Poinsettias
By Deb Stover, Institutional Advancement

It’s time for the annual poinsettia sale of the La Crosse County Medical Society Alliance. You can buy these Christmas plants on Tuesday, Dec. 4, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Franciscan Skemp Hospital Lobby or the Community Credit Union at Gundersen Lutheran. Most of the proceeds will support the endowment of a Viterbo University nursing scholarship. Stop by on the day of the sale to pick out a festive poinsettia for the season. For more information, contact   Deb Stover at ext. 3077.

Stocking Stuffers for the Kitchen
By Pam Fuchsteiner, Nutrition and Dietetics

Do you still need some Christmas gifts or stocking stuffers? The nutrition and dietetics department will once again be selling kitchen utensils. Please stop by BNC 104 or give Pam Fuchsteiner a call at ext. 3671 to place an order.
Many items are available this year. The list includes such things as: kitchen ladles, knives, dessert servers, whisks, food choppers, pizza cutters, pans, and many others. All items are food service quality and are very reasonably priced.

Free Massages This Week in the SDC
Is the end of the semester grind putting a physical strain on your body? Does a back or a neck massage sound soothing?

Well, if that is the case, call Judy Thesing at ext. 3825 in the SDC and schedule your 15-minute appointment for a free massage. The free massages, conducted by students from the BodyMind Therapies class, are being offered in the SDC from Dec. 3-7. Massages will consist of a choice of one of the following: hands, feet; head, face, neck; or back. The students will be using some lotions for hands and feet and will have relaxing music playing.  A massage table and a massage chair will be available.  No disrobing is necessary, except shoes and socks will need to be removed for foot massages. Walk-ins are welcome if there is space. Call for times and reservations.

Nursing students seek volunteers
The Viterbo University School of Nursing is looking for volunteers age 60 and older who are interested in improving their overall health and fitness through a Senior Wellness Program.

This free program is designed to help older adults engage in activities which will positively affect their health, well-being, physical fitness, and health knowledge. Viterbo nursing students will pair up with participants to provide guidance, encouragement, and support through health promoting activities.

“We’re looking for a number of willing volunteers to participate,” said Joyce Heil, nursing. “The program is exciting because it offers a new approach to total wellness and provides one-on-one coaching and support.

The wellness program, which is limited to 58 participants, will be held at two sites. The sessions are: Mondays,     Jan. 21?Feb. 25 or March 18?April 29, from 1?4  p.m. at the Naval Reserve Center, 226 Green Bay Street;  Fridays, Jan. 25?March 1  or March 22?May 3, from 8?11 at the Viterbo SAC.

For more information or to signup, please call Heil at ext. 3695 or Pam Fuchsteiner at ext. 3671 or email jaheil or pjfuchsteiner.

Self-Study for Initial Accreditation Complete
By Deb Daehn Zellmer Sociology, Social Work, Criminal Justice

The Social Work Program has completed its self-study for initial accreditation and submitted it to the Council on Social Work Education. The program is requesting authorization for a site visit for initial-accreditation review that hopefully will take place sometime yet this academic year. A copy of the self-study is on reserve in the library under Deb Daehn Zellmer's name for those who wish to review it.

The Social Work Program has enjoyed broad community support from social service agencies. The five students in the first class, who graduated last May, are all employed in social service positions. Senior social work majors will be in field placements with the following agencies this spring:  La Crosse County Human Services, Monroe County Human Services, the La Crosse County Justice Sanctions Program, Gundersen Lutheran Social Services Department, Vernon County Memorial Hospital Social Services, Franciscan Skemp-Sienna Hall, and Onalaska Care Center Social Services. There are 44 social work majors currently. Students or faculty interested in finding out more about the social work major can contact Deb Daehn Zellmer, Social Work Program director by calling ext. 3728 or stopping in to see her in MC 520.

Thanks Viterbo!
SIFE would like to thank all Viterbo employees for their recent support with the fundraising purchases made.  Whether it included purchasing Alumni Cup T-shirts,  Alpaca wool sweaters, concessions at the athletic events or even participating in the Angel Tree project, your continued support has been essential to the success of many community oriented projects done by student organizations and we would like to personally say thanks.

Nick Johnson
Student’s In Free Enterprise
Fundraising Officer

campus ministry
By Fr. Tom O’Neill

Saint Nicholas has accepted our invitation to visit us this year. He will do so in the MC Lobby from 10 a.m.?noon on Thursday, Dec. 6.

Holy Day observed: Dec. 8, Saturday, is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary and a holy day of obligation. There will be Mass at noon in San Damiano Chapel that day.

Penance Service: Our Advent Communal Penance Service (Reconciliation) will be held on Monday, Dec. 10 at 6 p.m. in San Damiano Chapel. All are welcome.

Advent II: Our Christian observance of Advent stands in stark contrast to society’s “advent” culture. Our consumer society instills in us a sense of expectation around the contents of gifts under the tree. Our voices will not ring out with Christmas carols until Christmas. Perhaps all the Christmas concerts, carols, and seasonal songs ringing through the sound systems of grocery and outlet stores can help remind us what these first few weeks of Advent are all about:  waiting in joyful hope for the coming of God’s reign inaugurated in Christ. Let society’s “advent” serve as a reminder for us to thirst more readily for the justice that the coming of God’s reign brings. Daily Advent reflections are linked from the campus ministry web pages.

Advent Daily Reflections:  A daily reflection link is found on the campus ministry home page. A brief paragraph for each day offers a reflective moment for the day.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord:  Please remember those who have died:  the uncle of Cassandra Becwar, and Sr. Jean Marie Wenke, alumna. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

May you have the two greatest gifts of all on these holidays:  someone to love and someone who loves you.
—John Sinor

Inclement Weather Policy
In the case of threatening weather this winter, the decision on whether or not to cancel classes will be made in consultation with President William Medland or his designee. If classes are canceled, communications and marketing will notify the media. Those responsible for directing special events will determine whether or not to proceed with the event and will provide notification to participants. Individual class cancellations are handled as follows:

• For faculty providing information about specific class cancellations, call 796-3080 or 793-3190.
• For students wanting information on cancellations, call 796-3200.

out and about
• Listen to the sounds of Christmas at the La Crosse Boychoir’s “Holiday Concert” on Sunday, Dec. 9, at 3 p.m. in the Viterbo FAC Main Theatre. Advance tickets are $12 for adults or $7 for children 12 and under. Tickets at the Box Office the day of the event are $14 for adults and $9 for children 12 and under. Call 796-3787 to order tickets.
• The Hamel Road Theatre Project is producing the musical play “U Betcha? The Making of a Minnesotan Boy Band” at the Pump House Regional Arts Center, 119 King Street on Dec. 6?8 at 8 p.m. This band had 15 weeks of sold out performances in Minneapolis this summer, and now “U Betcha” is taking to the road. Call today to reserve your seat.  For further information contact the Pump House Theatre at 785-1434.  Tickets are $15

Kudos to…
Fr. Bernard McGarty, visiting scholar, who on Nov. 8 delivered four lectures on Ecumenism at the St. Patrick Seminary in Menlo Park, Calif., to a group of priests attending a continuing education course titled Vatican II Renewal.

Jeans Day
Don’t forget to wear jeans this Wednesday to support Spirit Day at Viterbo University. Monies raised will support the Staff Assembly Grant.

The Jeans Day collection from Food Pantry Day on Nov. 16 raised $50.

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.

Get Involved in April 7-12 Activities
By Anne Ellefson, Student Development Center

The Connect Club has scheduled Alcohol Awareness Week for the week of April 7?12, 2002. Denise Pippo, a junior biology/chemistry major, is this year’s student coordinator.

Enhancing awareness of alcohol issues affecting college students and promoting low-risk alcohol choices are the goals of Alcohol Awareness Week. Strategies planned to address those goals during the April event include educational programs, alternative recreational events, awareness displays, and campus involvement.

The success of Alcohol Awareness Week is contingent on participation of campus groups. Last year 13 campus organizations coordinated educational, recreational, or awareness activities during the week. Connect is planning for similar levels of involvement this year. Connect members will contact campus clubs and organizations at the beginning of spring semester to encourage their participation in the week and to provide activity ideas. Groups wishing to reserve a time slot or activity now may contact Denise Pippo at ext. 3507 or Anne Ellefson at ext. 3807.

In the meantime, mark your calendars for April 7?12, and think about activities that your club, organization, or department might be interested in coordinating.

focus on...
Karen DuCharme ’03

Name: Rick Walters
Title: Chair and Assistant Professor
Department: Theatre
Family: Rick is married to Sanna, and they have a three-and-a-half-year-old daughter, Maya.  He is also the oldest of five children.
Education:  Rick earned his B.S. in theatre from the University of Evansville in Indiana and his M.F.A. in acting from the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities.
Hobbies/Interests/Enthusiasms: Rick enjoys biking, gardening, playing racquetball, and playing with Maya.
Adventures and Travels: Rick has spent time in Germany and Denmark.  He also spent a couple of summers in Santiago, Chile.  He has lived as far west as Seattle and as far south and east as St. Petersburg, Fla., as well as several places in between.
Future Hopes and Plans: Rick wants to help build on the “already strong” theatre program at Viterbo.  He also wants to continue his own work as an actor.  Later this year, through an international adoption, Rick and Sanna expect their second child.
Little Known Fact: Rick really enjoys working with power tools, and he is a big fan of thrill rides at carnivals.

Added Performance One of Gilbert & Sullivan’s Most Popular
Viterbo University has added another performance to its 2001?02 line-up. The Mikado, one of the most-produced Gilbert and Sullvan operettas, takes to the FAC Main Theatre stage on Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 7:30 p.m.

Produced by Opera A La Carte, The Mikado is full of romance, action, comedy, and tomfoolery. Banished from the town of Titipu, the young Nanki-Poo is in love with a woman engaged to be married to the her guardian, Ko-Ko. But, when Nanki-Poo learns Ko-Ko has been sentenced to death for the crime of flirting, he quickly returns to Titipu to win his beloved Yum-Yum. Events take a wrong turn when he learns Ko-Ko has not been sentenced to death but rather promoted to Lord High Executioner by those in power who wish to reduce the rash of executions in the town. Unfortunately, the Mikado soon realizes executions have slowed and demands one take place within a month. Desperate to avoid his own demise, Ko-Ko bargains with the distraught Nanki-Poo who refuses to live without Yum-Yum. Will Nanki-Poo ever marry Yum-Yum?

Opera A La Carte is a professional production company which performs only Gilbert and Sullivan. Founded in 1970 by noted British Gilbert and Sullivan scholar Richard Sheldon, the company has performed its authentically styled productions at numerous venues throughout the United States. It is acclaimed as the foremost Gilbert and Sullivan touring repertory company in the country.

Tickets for The Mikado are $25/$19. To order, contact the Box Office at ext. 3100. To check out other FAC Events, explore the Bright Star Season web site at www.viterbo. edu/academic/ug/sfa/bss.html.

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