Connections
A Newsletter for the Viterbo University Community
Vol. 15, No. 15 December 10, 2001
 
 

Christmas Blessings
I wish to extend my best wishes for the holidays to one and all: students, faculty, staff, and administrators. May the blessings and spirit of Christmas be with you throughout the New Year. I extend my sincere appreciation to all the student organizations which collected clothing, teddy bears, money, etc. for distribution to those less fortunate. In these activities, Viterbo students have demonstrated the real meaning of Christmas. Finally, I pray that each member of the Viterbo community will have a happy and safe vacation. Be careful in your travels. Best wishes always.

Bill Medland
Viterbo President

New VP Named
Viterbo University has named a new Vice President of Institutional Advancement. Gary Klein,  who is currently the Vice President for Advancement at Saint Mary’s University in Winona, will begin his new position at Viterbo starting Jan. 14.

The announcement comes at the conclusion of a national search that was conducted as part of the selection process.
In Klein’s five-year tenure at Saint Mary’s, he has been involved in all aspects of fundraising, most recently managing strategic planning and development of major gifts for the university. He previously was employed at Mount Marty College in Yankton, S.D. and the University of South Dakota—Vermillion.

At Viterbo, in addition to major gifts, Klein will oversee planned giving programs and capital and endowment support. During the last fiscal year, Viterbo recorded nearly $4.2 million in gifts from individual donors, businesses, and foundations. Plus, the endowment which is used for scholarships and specifically designated programs, now exceeds $10.6 million.

“The selection committee was very impressed with Gary’s background in advancement and his commitment to private education and our mission,” said Viterbo President William J. Medland. “He is going to bring a lot of energy and new ideas to the position at a time that is very important to Viterbo.”

For his part, Klein is looking forward to the challenge. “Viterbo has a lot of initiatives planned for the future and I’m very grateful to be a part of these activities.  It is going to be very exciting to share these plans with the many members of the community who are interested in what is going on at Viterbo.”

Klein, who lives in La Crosse, is a graduate of the University of South Dakota.

Open House
By Linda Whitehead, Physical Plant

Take a break during finals week to enjoy some snacks and tour the new Physical Plant building. Join the Physical Plant staff members on Wednesday, Dec. 12, from 1:30 ­ 4 p.m. at their new home on 727 Winnebago Street (on the corner of Winnebago and Eighth streets). We hope to see you there!

Union Closing Dec. 17­21
By Lynda Bahr, Physical Plant

During the holiday break, the Student Union will be closed for two days between Dec. 17­21 for scrubbing and waxing of the floor. If you need to visit the bookstore during that time, call ahead to ext. 3848 so they can let you in the back door. Please observe the posted signs and do not walk on the wet floors. Thank you for your cooperation.

Explore the Special Christmas Exhibition
Be sure and stop by the FAC Hospitality Suite this week. A special Christmas art exhibit featuring landscapes by Viterbo Art Professor Peter Fletcher is on display through Friday, Dec. 14.

Feed the Flock this Christmas
Just in time for the holidays! The Blessed Sacrament cookbook, “Feeding the Flock,” is available.

This hardcover, quality book contains nearly 600 recipes and cooking hints. And, at only $10, it makes a great Christmas gift for family, friends, or even yourself. To order, contact Kathy Koehne at 788-8575. She will even deliver it to your door.

PCC Visit With Author
The Person, College, and Community students in Fr. Tom O’Neill’s class got a rare treat last week when they were able to teleconference with the author of a novel some of them were reading for the class. Several of the students had read Atticus, the novel about a father seeking his son who’s presumed dead in Mexico, written by Ron Hansen, the Johns Hopkins chair of literature at Santa Clara University in California. Hansen had attended school with Fr. O’Neill. Students read novels in an exercise to develop critical thinking skills and appreciation of literature. Atticus was one of those novels.

Winter Commencement is Dec. 15
Seventy-three students are scheduled to receive their diplomas at Viterbo University’s Winter Commencement ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 15, at 10:30 a.m. in the FAC Main Theatre.

Earl Madary, president of the Faculty Assembly, will be the master of ceremonies, while David Snyder, an organizational management degree candidate, will give the senior address.  Becky Bicha, class of 1995, will give the alumni welcome and Dr. William J. Medland, Viterbo University president, will confer the degrees.

A Baccalaureate Mass will be held at 9 a.m. that morning in the Maria Angelorum Chapel at St. Rose Convent.

Watch Where You Park Next Week
By Mary Kulas, School of Fine Arts

The 2001­02 Viterbo Arts for Young America season has begun.

As a result, Viterbo often has children from schools in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa coming to shows in the FAC Main Theatre.  To accommodate the many buses that bring these schools to the performances, Fine Arts Center staff asks that the Viterbo community watch for the “no parking” signs on the north side of Winnebago Street, between Seventh and Ninth streets.

Please note the dates and times when the signs will be up so you don’t leave work only to find a parking ticket on your car windshield.  All signs are posted the night before each performance. “No Parking” signs will be posted for the following show date:

The Nutcracker: Thursday, Dec. 20

If you would like to receive an email reminder or have any other concerns about these signs, please email AYA. Thank you for your cooperation in making this parking situation easier for these guests on campus.

Grade Due Dates Clarified

There has been some confusion over the due dates for submission of grades this semester. According to Amy Gleason, registrar, the dates to note are:

Tuesday, Dec. 18, by noon for traditional, on-campus courses.
Friday, Dec. 14, for RRN and Fast-Track courses.

If you have any questions, please contact the Registrar’s Office at ext. 3180.

news you’ll notice
By Natalie McGarry, Institutional Advancement

Grants Update:
• The Wisconsin Humanities Council (WHC) approved a $2,000 mini-grant to help fund the 2001­02 Humanities Symposium, “Gathering of Waters: The Life of the River and its People.”  The WHC will use Viterbo’s proposal as a model for other potential applicants.
• The Dr. Scholl Foundation approved a grant of $10,000 to help provide scholarships for students pursuing a career in health-related fields.
• The Emory Clark Foundation approved a grant of $25,000 to support inner-city teacher scholarships in Milwaukee.

Alumni Update
The Alumni Association Board has selected this year’s Outstanding Alumni Award recipients (awards will be presented on Feb. 8 during Homecoming): Professional Development—Delores Balderamos ’79, Belize; Community Service—Valerie Jackson Jones ’76, Louisiana; Service to the University—Terry Amel ’76, La Crosse; and Young Alumni Award—Scott Krueger ’95, Shawno.
 
In January, the Senior Class Gift campaign begins. A volunteer team of 40 seniors will be trained in solicitation to achieve a $33,000 + goal.

The Alumni Office has been facilitating a five-year rotation of “School” reunions. This year’s reunion is for the School of Fine Arts. Department members and alumni have been planning for the April 6 event.

Fine Arts Update
Stars of the Arts, the annual giving program for the fine arts, is already at the same number of donors for this year as all of last fiscal year. An end-of-the-year appeal letter was sent last week to generate more support. Plus, plans are already underway for the 2002­03 Bright Star, NexStar, and Arts for Young America series. Individual and corporate sponsors are being solicited to underwrite shows and to advertise in our programs.

Athletics Update
Homecoming/Wall of Fame:
This ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9. The women’s basketball alumni game is at noon with the men’s alumni game to immediately follow. The Viterbo women’s basketball team begins at 4 p.m. with the men’s game at 6 p.m.

Athletics Department Raffle:
Student-athletes will sell raffle tickets as a fundraiser. There are 25 cash gifts with the grand-prize winner receiving $1,000. The drawing is Feb. 9 at half-time of the men’s basketball game.

Defibrillator donated:
Franciscan Skemp Healthcare recently donated a heart defibrillator to Viterbo to be placed in the lobby of the SAC.

Alumni Phonathon Update:
The Phonathon is on its way toward success again!  In October, 17 students phoned alumni asking for pledges to Viterbo’s unrestricted fund, and received 1,666 pledges for a total of $85,211.  As of Nov. 29, 1,163 gifts totaling $53,345 were received.  This year’s goal is to receive $82,000 prior to Dec. 31.

campus ministry
By Fr. Tom O’Neill

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

Baccalaureate Mass:
All are invited to join in prayer for the December graduates, Saturday, Dec. 15 at        9 a.m., Maria Angelorum Chapel, St. Rose Convent. Enter from Winnebago Street.

Holiday Calendar:
• The 6 p.m. Sunday Mass will resume on Jan. 13
• Mass on all Sundays is at 11 a.m.
• No weekday Mass Dec. 24­28;  Jan 8­11
Our schedule is also posted on our Web site.

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

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord:
Please remember those who have died: Sr. Caroline Lally, alumna; the mother of James Kilbourn; and, the grandmother of Mike Fautch. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Marilyn Pedretti, Earl Madary, and I take this occasion to wish you and yours every blessing this Christmas season and throughout the New Year.

happy birthday!

January:
1 Jay McHenry
1 William Medland
1 Marcella Steffes, FSPA
2 Roxie Hefti
7 Sharon Herren
7 Loretta Penchi, FSPA
8 Mary Kulas
14 Peg Doering
14 Tina Mahlum
14 Wayne Wojciechowski
15     Mark Brandenburgh
18 Sheryl Jacobson
20 Janice Schmidt
20 Barb Schroeder
21 Lesley Stugelmayer
22 Celestine Cepress, FSPA
24 Phyllis Blackstone
26 Jack Havertape
28 Cindy Kothbauer
30 Bernyne Stark, FSPA
31 Jennifer Hedrick

Area Kids Need Your Help
A great service project to get involved in this year and one in which people have a lot of fun is the annual Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids’ Sake, held Feb. 12­23.

People who are willing to raise money and bowl are needed. All of the money raised goes directly to being the difference in the lives of area children by matching them with a Big Brother, Big Sister, or Big Couple who will serve as mentors and friends.

People who raise a minimum of $100 (that’s only $10 from 10 people) can bowl, receive t-shirts, and are eligible for great prizes donated by local businesses. There are a variety of bowling shifts available but early sign up is encouraged to ensure your first choice. Bowl for Kids’ Sake is the largest fundraiser of the year for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Coulee Region.

Brochures are available on campus at the MC Reception Desk, by the MC mailboxes, and in the Student Union. They’re also available at area Kwik Trips, All-Star Lanes, Degen Berglund, Coulee State Bank, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Coulee Region.

For more information, contact Beth Erickson, volunteer event chair, at ext. 3042 or email bmerickson.

Wear Jeans

Don’t forget to wear jeans this Friday to support Viterbo University Employee Day, which supports employee social events.

The Friday, Nov. 30 collection netted $41 for the student emergency fund and the Wednesday, Nov. 21 collection earned $13 for the La Crosse Tribune Jeans Day.

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.

Upcoming Jeans Days during winter break include:
Friday, Dec. 21, Food Pantry
Friday, Dec. 28, La Crosse Tribune Jeans Day
Friday, Jan. 4, Spirit Day
Friday, Jan. 11, Employee Day

focus on...
By Karen DuCharme ’03

Name: Larry Lipker
Title: Head Baseball Coach and Outdoor Facility Coordinator
Department: Athletics
Family: Larry is married to Dawn, and they have a dog named Slider.
Education: Larry earned his B.S. in secondary social sciences at Campbellsville University in Kentucky.  He earned his M.S. in secondary guidance in counseling at Morehead State University in Morehead, Ky.
Hobbies/Interests/Enthusiasms: Larry enjoys playing golf.  He also likes going to baseball games and watching them on TV.  He gets a “big kick out of” anything that deals with baseball.  Larry says that being able to combine his interests with his profession is an “awesome” feeling.
Adventures and Travels: Every summer, Larry and Dawn try to visit a different Major League Baseball Park.  They have been from Toronto to San Diego and places in between.  Larry has also traveled to Mexico and the stretch of the border of Canada.
Future Hopes and Plans: Larry and Dawn are planning on starting a family, as well as buying a house, and putting down roots in the community.  Professionally, he wants to contribute to the success of the athletics department.
Little Known Fact: Larry likes to collect antiques, mainly sports memorabilia.  Larry enjoys thinking about the history of these items and wondering about who might have owned them in the past.

Anderson Wins Top Honors

Rob Anderson, Marian Hall area coordinator and member of Residence Life was chosen as winner in the Case Study Competition at the 2001 National Orientation Directors Association Conference  Nov. 3­6 in Toronto, Canada.

This competition puts new professionals and graduate students up against one another in a competition testing their organizational, presentation, and communication skills, as well as overall content, and knowledge and application of student development theory.

The competitors are randomly paired with another new professional or graduate student from anywhere in the U.S. or Canada and given the details related to a case less than 24 hours before giving a formal presentation to a panel of judges made up of seasoned professionals.

Anderson, along with his partner Jackie Jones of the University of Akron, were given superior scores and comments from the judges and were chosen as Best Overall Presentation and Winners of the Annual Case Study Competition. Both were presented with a plaque and small monetary award at the conference Awards Luncheon.
 

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