A Newsletter for the Viterbo University Community
Vol. 15, No. 16 January 14, 2002

Connections Moves to Print and Email Format
Saving money, saving paper, saving time, and still getting the news out is the goal as Connections, Viterbo University’s weekly newsletter, begins alternating print and email format.

Beginning this semester, Connections will be published in print bi-weekly. On the weeks that the printed version is unavailable, the news will be distributed by email. This is a pilot project generated from last semester’s one-time emailed newsletter, “The Buzz,”which had overwhelmingly positive feedback.

The print version will have more in-depth information as well as photos while the email newsletter will include more succinct articles and, whenever possible, a hot link for more information.

Individuals without ready access to a computer should request a copy of the email newsletter from their supervisor or may contact Beth Erickson, communications and marketing, at ext. 3042.

Connections will continue to be published or emailed on Mondays during the academic year. Submission deadlines for both versions are the Thursday (by noon) prior to publication. Please send your article ideas to connections. Also, all-campus email appropriate for the Connections audience may now be sent to Connections for inclusion.

New Staff Solves Campus Computer Problems
“My computer crashed and I was in the middle of an important document. Is there any way I can recover what I’d already written?”

“How do I insert an image into my document?”

“I’m sending an email to several users but don’t want each of them to view the others email address. Is there any way to do that?”

These are just some of the questions that come with the job for Chad Gilbeck. Viterbo’s most recent hire, Gilbeck is the new Help Desk support person in the information and instructional technology (IIT) department and is available as the first point of contact for computer-related questions from Viterbo students, faculty, administration, and staff.
From 8 a.m.?5 p.m. each day, Gilbeck will receive and log all technology-related calls from the Viterbo community. After hours, those calls will be answered by Jeff Poulin. Some of the issues the Help Desk will address are:
• Student residence hall network connections
• Computer lab reservations (for occasional use)
• Microsoft Office/Netscape/Internet Explorer questions
• Problems with email and Blackboard accounts
• Troubleshooting computer system errors
• Dialup modem access
• Student diskette problems
• Requests for toner/ink cartridges

In the even that the Help Desk is unable to address the problem over the phone, an IIT staff member will be sent to handle the concern.

As he begins the daunting task of solving the campus’ computer issues, Gilbeck offered this advice: “I’m a really down-to-earth person so people should feel free to come directly to me if they have computer problems or issues,” but, he added, “Be patient. I may not be a lot of help right away until I get to know the campus. Please be patient with me until I get to know everyone and get a feel for their jobs,”

A Coon Valley native and only child, Gilbeck spent many years helping out on the family’s dairy farm but soon realized the family farm was a dying business and his real love was computers. Following high school, Gilbeck spent three years working as the computer person for local feed company before going to college and pursuing a B.S. degree in Management Technology from UW-La Crosse. He earned that degree in August 2001. A a college internship in the UW-La Crosse Parking Office Police Department, he joined them for a limited-term, full-time position which ended shortly before he came to Viterbo.

Though Gilbeck is experienced in many aspects of computer services, he is particularly proficient in Microsoft Office products like Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Internet Explorer.

Call the Help Desk with your computer-related issues by dialing ext. 3870 or emailing helpdesk. The Help Desk is located at the east entrance to MC 302.

New Position, Familiar Face
Congratulations to Natalie McGarry, institutional advancement, who has been named the new director of development for Viterbo University.

In this newly created position, McGarry will work closely with Gary Klein, the new vice president for institutional advancement. Her responsibilities include developing a solicitation program and supervising the fundraising professional staff in planning and implementing programs.

The institutional advancement office will now be searching for a new grants development director, the position formerly held by McGarry. You can reach McGarry at ext. 3073 or by emailing njmcgarry.

When East Meets West
Join former Viterbo University faculty member Sr. Margaret Michaud on Tuesday, Jan. 22 for a discussion on “Monastic Dialogue: When Eastern and Western Traditions Listen.”

This free talk, to be held at 7:30 p.m. in the  San Damiano Chapel, is part of the St. Rose Lecture Series.
Sr. Margaret Michaud is prioress of St. Bede’s Priory in Eau Claire and is also a participant in an Eau Claire Christian-Muslim dialogue, This February, at the Abby of Gethsemene, Sr. Michaud and a group of Benedictine monks will join the Dalai Lama and several Buddhist monks in a dialogue on suffering.

For more information, contact Tom Thibodeau at ext. 3705.

Spring Sabbaticals
Don’t expect to see a few familiar faces on campus this semester. The following individuals are on sabbatical: Silvana Richardson, nursing; Grant Smith, English; and Michael Smuksta, history.

Mark Your Calendars!
Don’t forget to mark your calendars for this year’s humanities symposium, “Gathering of Waters: The Life of the River and its People,” Feb. 4?7 on the Viterbo campus.  Guests include author Eddy Harris, historian John Anfinson, folk singer/songwriter, Larry Long, former U.S. Forest Chief Michael Dombeck, author Mark Neuzil, and local panelists. Watch your mailboxes for brochures and campus bulletin boards for posters. Complete information will be posted to the Web soon.

Encourage Students to CONNECT
By Anne Ellefson, Student Development Center

Applications for second semester Connect Club training are available at the SDC and at the Connect display in the Student Union. The application deadline is Tuesday, Jan. 22. Second semester training sessions are scheduled for Wednesday evenings, Jan. 23 and 30, from 6?9 p.m. in the SDC.

Faculty and staff working with students in classes, activities, or workstudy positions are requested to pass the word on to students and to encourage those they feel would be quality candidates to apply.

Connect Club offers students a variety of roles to promote healthy choices. Student activities may include developing alcohol awareness materials and displays, conducting prevention presentations on campus or with youth in the community, working with committees to develop educational activities, coordinating surveys, and serving as part of the campus informal network of peer educators.

Connect Club is not a prohibition group but, rather, a group that promotes low-risk choices. Club activities address the following goals:
• Create an environment where abstinence is always a respected and accepted choice.
• Create an environment where low-risk alcohol/drug choices are perceived and practiced as norms.
• Provide students with information and skills to recognize and effectively help a peer making a high-risk chemical choice.

Students may stop by the SDC or call Anne Ellefson at ext. 3807 for an application or additional information.

Music Department Hosts National Artist
A national pianist and professor at the University of Texas at Austin, Esther Wang will serve as a visiting artist on the Viterbo campus Jan. 25­29, courtesy of the music department. Her engagements on campus, all in the FAC Recital Hall, include:
• Friday, Jan. 25, 12:10­1:30 p.m., piano master class featuring students of Timothy Schorr. Program includes works by Schubert, Scarlatti, Brahms, and Chopin.
• Monday, Jan. 28, 12:10­1:30 p.m., master class for singer-pianist duos. Featuring voice students of Jerry Benser, Diane Foust, Jean Saladino, and Dan Johnson-Wilmot, and piano students of Timothy Schorr.
• Tuesday, Jan. 29, noon­1 p.m., guest artist recital with members of the Viterbo music department.  Faculty program includes works by Mozart, Schubert, Barber, Fauré, and Schumann.

These events are free and open to the public. Also as part of her visit, Wang will be giving a master class and workshop for the La Crosse Area Music Teachers Association (LAMTA) on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2:30­4 p.m. in the FAC Recital Hall.

The San Jose Mercury News has called her “a forceful, take-charge kind of artist with personality...spirited and vital.”  The recipient of numerous awards, she was named 1996 Musician of the Year by the River Arts Council in Galena, Ill. for her contributions to teaching and performing.

Her most recent project is recording the solo piano and chamber works by Jan Radzynski for Centaur Records. Wang earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music.

For more information, contact Timothy Schorr at tbschorr or ext. 3769.

news you’ll notice
By Mark Franz, Instructional Information Technology

The new semester brings many changes to the Instructional Information Technology (IIT) area and I would like to update you on some of them.

Help Desk:
A new Help Desk has been established to receive and log technology related calls. See related Connections article on page 1 for more details on the types of issues the Help Desk will address. Chad Gilbeck, the newly hired Help Desk service coordinator, may be reached either at ext. 3870 or by emailing helpdesk. The Help Desk is located at the east entrance to MC 302. General Help Desk hours are initially set for M­F, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. but may be adjusted depending on campus needs. Evening calls and questions will be handled by Jeff Poulin at the same number and email address.

Academic Technology Center has moved:
To accommodate an additional computer lab (in MC 202) used mainly by the CIS (School of Business) and MIT (Advance) programs, Jeff Nyseth has moved his office and lab equipment to MC 505/506.

Photo IDs:
Photo IDs have been transferred from academic media (MC 301) to physical plant. This will provide for a single point of issue for both halves of the ID—the photo and the key card. If you are new to campus, contact Linda Whitehead, ext. 3920, to arrange a time for your photo.

Transition from Office 2000 to Office XP:
Based on a recommendation from the Computer Committee, the campus will transition from Office 2000 Pro to Office XP Pro for the 2002­03 academic year. All student labs, faculty, and staff will be affected by this change. Due to the number of systems that are affected, the transition will occur throughout the summer and fall of 2002. Preview copies will be installed in the Academic Technology Center after spring break so you can see the differences with the current version.

Our “work-at-home” license with Microsoft for faculty/staff has changed with Office XP. You are entitled to the software for free but you are required to pay a media fee (about $40) for the software and order it directly from Microsoft. Order forms will be available at the IIT Help Desk. Be sure your home system is able to handle the requirements of the software before placing an order.

Gain Strength, Have Fun
What are you doing at noon on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays this semester? Why not join Viterbo’s noontime exercise group and make your New Year’s resolution to get fit come true.

Strength Training classes with Susan Crosby, a certified personal trainer, will be held Jan. 21-May 9 from noon-12:55 p.m. on the days mentioned and in the basement of Rose Terrace (there are no classes March 11-15, spring break). The cost for all of the classes is $48. Pro-rating is not available since the class costs are subsidized by VEHIP. Please sign up and drop off your payment in the Business Office before classes begin. Payroll deduction is an option.

campus ministry
By Fr. Tom O’Neill

Happy New Year:
A blessed and joyous New Year to you all. A warm welcome to all who are new this year and semester.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday:
Please join us in celebrating the birthday of Dr. King with an Evening Prayer of Commemoration on Monday, Jan. 21 at 6 p.m. in San Damiano Chapel. All are welcome.

Book of Prayer:
New to San Damiano Chapel this year is a book for “Prayer Intentions.” Please write in it those things that you want the entire community to pray for. The “Intention Book” is located in the area near the tabernacle.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord:
Please remember those who have died:  the father-in-law, Alvin Brodt, of Marcia Brodt. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Wear Jeans
Don’t forget to wear jeans this Friday to support the Food Pantry.

Understandably, collections were down over the holiday break. Here is the breakdown:
Dec. 7, $52 for Spirit Day (proceeds support the Staff Assembly Grant)
Dec. 14, $29 for Employee Day
Dec. 21, $13 for Food Pantry Day
Dec. 28, $5 for the La Crosse Tribune Jeans Day
Jan. 4, $16 for Spirit 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.

kudos to...
• David Empey, Fine Arts Center, and Alisa Rapp, admissions, who tied the knot on Wednesday, Jan. 9, on a Caribbean cruise aboard the Norwegian Majesty. Paul and Peg Sannerud, Fine Arts Center, were among the wedding guests.
• Jan Mrozek, nursing, who had an article published in the December Journal of Pain Management Nursing. The article, co-authored with her graduate nursing professor, explored nurses’ attitudes toward pain, pain assessment, and pain management practices in long-term care facilities.
• Dawn Mazzola, financial aid, who was elected to serve on the Finance Committee as the Administrative Assembly representative.
• Rob Anderson and the Marian Hall RA staff for the holiday clothing drive. Surpassing last year’s collection and their goal for this year, they collected more than 1,500 articles of clothing that were donated to the Salvation Army.
• Viterbo University which was named a “Leading School” in the area of Supporting and Evaluating Faculty on Environmental Studies in the National Wildlife Federation’s National Report Card on Environmental Performance and Sustainability in Higher Education.

out and about
UW-Madison professor and artist Derrick Buisch is exhibiting “Abstractions” at the Pump House Regional Arts Center through      Feb. 23 and will give an artist’s lecture on Friday, Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. The lecture, followed by a reception, and the exhibit are free and open to the public. “Abstractions” is a series of vibrant, colorful oil paintings.  Call the Pump House at 785-1434 for more information or explore their Web site at

Vote for Rev. J. Thomas Finucan
You might ask why a retired priest/ex-Viterbo president would want to be a Symphony conductor.

That’s just what Fr. Tom Finucan is lobbying to do in his campaign to be the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra’s “Conductor Wannabe.” He claims the desire to take charge comes from his days as a frustrated drummer at St. Patrick’s Grade School and even his stint with the famed Eau Claire Municipal Band.

The competition for the job is expected to be stiff and the candidate with the most votes wins. Send your $1 per vote via intercampus mail, attn: Fr. Finucan. This is not Florida and you will be allowed to vote early and frequently. The contest winner will be announced Saturday, Feb. 9, which is also the last day for voting.

New Group for Women Announced
Women who are struggling to make important decisions about their relationships with a partner or spouse now have a resource to help them focus on learning skills and strategies for making good decisions.

The Franciscan Skemp Healthcare Relationships Discussion Group is free and meets Wednesdays, 11 a.m.­1 p.m. beginning Jan. 23. Facilitators are Barbara Jensen and Kelly Teachout, both with the Franciscan Skemp behavioral health department. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

The program is offered through Safe Path, a domestic abuse and sexual assault program at Franciscan Skemp. Safe Path services are free to the community. For more information, or to register, contact Safe Path at 608-791-7804 by Jan. 15.

focus on
By Karen DuCharme ’03

Name: David Gardiner
Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Theatre
Family: David has two daughters, Jessica and Miranda, who live in California.
Education: David earned his B.F.A. in theatre from the University of Illinois, and he earned his master’s degree in theatre from the University of Arizona.
Hobbies/Interests/Enthusiasms: Theatre has been a part of David’s life forever. He especially enjoys Shakespeare but is also a big fan of opera and the arts. He enjoys cooking, as well as almost all types of music.
Adventures and Travels: David spent most of his adult life in Europe. He has worked in most of the states, as well as in Canada and Mexico. David says that life in the theatre has been an adventure.
Future Hopes and Plans: David wants to further develop the theatre department. He says it is very good and hopes it becomes even better. He also hopes to go back to work in Europe soon. And, he wants to see his kids more often, too.
Little Known Fact: When Miranda was six years old, she asked him to come and see the fairies in a tree stump. Rather than lying to her, David saw the fairies, and doing so has changed his life.

Little Bear Enchants and Delights All Audiences
The curious, inventive, and imaginative Little Bear and his friends spin a series of spirited adventures when Little Bear stars in Little Bear Live on Stage at the Viterbo University FAC Main Theatre on Tuesday, Jan. 15, at 6:30 p.m.

Little Bear invites children into a world of adventure that’s full of warmth, love and friendship. No one loves playing more than Little Bear, especially when it’s put to music. Children will have fun and enjoy their favorite songs, favorite games, and favorite Little Bear during this performance, which is a paradise of enchanted friendship, unconditional love, and imaginative exploration.

Little Bear Live on Stage is based on the Caldecott award-winning Little Bear book series by author Else Holmelund Minarik and illustrator Maurice Sendak and the Nickelodeon animated television series which currently airs in over 140 countries including the U.S., the U.K., France, and Canada.

This performance is part of Viterbo’s Arts for Young America program and is sponsored by Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Wisconsin.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under. For more information, contact the Box Office at ext. 3100.

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