Connections
A Newsletter for the Viterbo University Community
Vol. 15, No. 17 January 28, 2002
 
 

Viterbo Students Win Honors at Regional Festival
Several Viterbo University theatre students received high honors at this year’s American College Theatre Festival (ACTF) held in Evansville, Ind. Jan. 9-13.

Dan Nord, a Viterbo junior from White Bear Lake, Minn., won the playwriting competition with his one-act play, King Me. Nord, who received a small monetary award, is invited back to next year’s ACTF to hold a full-scale production of his original work. In addition, Viterbo University will stage the play later this spring.

Half of the finalists in the ACTF playwriting competition were Viterbo students. Competing with Nord were Ben Minnis, a senior from Des Moines, Iowa, and Keely Wolter, a senior from Eagan, Minn.

Senior Barry Moe, from Sun Prairie, received honorable mention for his makeup designs for the Viterbo University Bright Star Season production of Into the Woods last October.

A senior theatre major from Detroit Lakes, Minn. was chosen as a regional finalist in the Irene Ryan Acting Competition. Kristen Husby received this distinction after performing a scene from Lady and the Sea by Henrik Ibsen and Glitter and Be Gay from Candide. Viterbo’s Nadia Wahhab, a senior from Greendale, was a semifinalist in the event. She performed a scene from Wild Honey, by Anton Chekov. Wahhab was one of 40 semifinalists out of 350 competing overall. Husby was one of 16 to earn the distinction of finalist.

Brand new to the ACTF this year was a stage management competition. Viterbo’s Heather Krowiorz, a senior theatre major from Manitowoc, was one of only six chosen to compete. As such, she helped manage the 10-minute play festival. She was nominated for the competition by Susan Rush, a Viterbo theatre professor. Krowiorz was chosen for the honor on the basis of that nomination and her resume and portfolio.

The winners and finalists were part of a group that included 19 students from Viterbo who entered and attended the competition.
“The ACTF is a wonderful experience for our students,” said Rick Walters, chair of the Viterbo theatre department. “They get a chance to compare their work with that of other students in the region. It gives them a better perspective on the caliber of their education and their work. Plus, the festival helps put Viterbo on the map. Viterbo theatre is gaining name recognition among its peers and among students in our region.”

The annual festival is a regional competition involving 2,000 graduate and undergraduate participants from Wisconsin, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana.

The aims of the Kennedy Center’s ACTF are to identify and promote quality in college-level theatre productions.  During the past five years, Viterbo theatre productions and students have been awarded a number of regional and national awards in acting, design, playwriting, and directing. With more than 90 Bachelor of Fine Arts majors in theatre, Viterbo is home to the largest professional theatre training program in the state of Wisconsin.

Faculty Input Needed
By Jan Janiszewski, Business

Those of you who instruct in classrooms using the multimedia projectors may be experiencing an ongoing problem—lighting.
In some classrooms (e.g.: MC 408, MC 420, and MC 501), it’s necessary to turn off some of the lights to improve viewing of the screen. The problem is that in turning off a bank of lights, you often darken more of the room than is needed, thereby literally leaving some students in the dark.

I have suggested to Jay McHenry to remove the bulbs in the one light fixture directly in front of the screens in these classrooms, thereby improving viewing without having to turn off any lights. While he sees this as possibility, he’s concerned that some faculty may not want some lights out all the time. Therefore, he asked me to poll the group before a decision is made.

So, what do you think? Please respond to me by emailing jjjaniszewski or Jay McHenry, jdmchenry at your convenience.

Seventh Day is Feb. 6
What are you doing for lunch on Wednesday, Feb. 6? Bring your lunch and join in the Seventh Day Discussion from noon?12:50 p.m. in MC 419C as Pat Middleton discusses “Mississippi River Life Through the Ages.” Middleton is the author of three volumes of America’s Great River Road, a frequent contributor to Wisconsin magazines, and a frequent talk radio guest of Wisconsin Public Radio’s Jean Feraca and Larry Meiller.

Beads, Gumbo, Zydeco, ’n’ Jazz
Celebrate Mardi Gras in style on Tuesday, Feb. 12 from 11 a.m.?1 p.m. in the SAC Lobby, with fellow employees. For $2, enjoy authentic Louisiana chicken and sausage gumbo, carnival tossed salad, Bourbon Street garlic bread, and King cake for dessert. A vegetarian meal is available (artichoke fettucini). Get your tickets until Feb. 7 from Judy Thesing, SDC; Marcia Brodt, MC reception; or Stephanie Genz, BNC 229. The event is sponsored by the Viterbo Social Committee.

Human Resources
Viterbo University extends a warm welcome to: Amy Matson, custodian, who began work on Jan. 20. If she looks familiar, that’s because Matson worked for Viterbo in 2000 and recently returned. Please join us in welcoming her back.

classifieds:
For Sale: Two good tickets for Annie Get Your Gun. Call ext. 3470.
 

Three to be Inducted on Feb. 9
The three Viterbo athletes who will be the latest additions to the Wall of Fame on Feb. 9 at 10 a.m. in the SAC are: Brian Soller ’94, Doug Seigle ’95, and Troy Wagner ’95.

Soller was a member of the 1992 NAIA District 14 All-District Team and a member of the Viterbo 100 Hits Club with 122 hits. When he graduated, he was third in career at-bats (400), fourth in career hits (122), and remains in the first spot for hit by pitch—career (30). Soller earned many honors for his performance in the classroom too. He earned Academic All-conference three times in baseball and once in basketball. He also was a NAIA All-American Scholar-Athlete.

Seigle was a member of a V-Hawk era that won two MCC conference Championships, three NAIA District Championships, and was ranked twice in the NAIA National Polls. He was named MCC First Team All-Conference three times, Third Team All-American once, and Honorable Mention All-American twice. He was also named to the All-District 14, NAIA Midwest Region Team, NSCAA All-Midwest Team and was a unanimous selection to the Umbro Senior Soccer Bowl in 1995. Seigle also holds school records as a goalkeeper for most wins—career (49), most wins—season (15), most shutouts (28), and is 4th on the all-time goals-against average (.99).

In his junior year, Wagner helped his team finish 23?7, and climb as high as #22 on the national polls. For his efforts, Wagner was named second team all-conference. His senior year, he led his team to a 27?7 record, MCC Championship, and a trip to the NAIA National Tournament. He was named MCC Player of the Year, First Team All-American, and was named to the NAIA All-Tournament team. He averaged 23.1 points, 7.8 rebounds, and had an astounding 70.3% field goal percentage. Wagner currently holds school records for most points in a game (41), most points in a season (796), highest scoring average—season (24.3), most rebounds—game (17), most field goals made—game (17), most field goals made—season (313), best field goal percentage—season (.703), and best filed goal percentage—career (.644). He is also a member of the V-Hawk 1,000 points club (1,349).

happy birthday!
February
1 Rob Anderson
2 Christie Hintz
2 Carol Rhodes
3 Eric Schmidt
5 Diane Engh
5 Matt Hansen
7 Marcia Brodt
7 Ward Jones
7 Peter Tabor
8 Dorothy Lenard
8 Marsha Momoi-Piehl
9 Deb Kappmeyer
12 Bill Stobb
13 Jean Moore, FSPA
15 Sally Emerson
17 Beverly Oney
18 Susan Frauenkron
18 Rich Maresh
21 Marlene Fisher
22 Apryl Ferris
23 Fr. J. Thomas Finucan
23 Pat Kerrigan
23 Ed Wenzel
25 Betty Voigt
28 Barry Fried

New Titles in Recreational Reading
By Lisa Autio, Library

The Library recently purchased some new books for recreational reading. These and many others are in the “New-Book Shelves” immediately to your right as you enter the library.

Ranch of Dreams: The Heartwarming Story of America’s Most Unusual Animal Sanctuary by Cleveland Amory: The author dreamed of having a ranch where animals would not be abused, but would, like the famous horse Black Beauty, end their days roaming proud and free. Here’s the story of countless creatures that have found haven at Black Beauty Ranch in East Texas.
The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood: “What makes this novel her strongest and most profoundly entertaining is the way in which three wonderfully rich stories weave together, gradually revealing the secrets surrounding the entire Chase family—and most particularly the fascinating and tangled lives of the two sisters. Winner of the Booker Prize.”—The New York Times.
Black Hawk Down by Mark Bowden: Stands in a league with Shelby Foote’s stirring Civil War diary, Shiloh. “Rare in its completeness and reverence for the valor of young men cast into extraordinary circumstances.”—Baltimore Sun
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden: “A literary sensation and runaway bestseller, this brilliant debut novel presents, with seamless authenticity and exquisite lyricism, the true confessions of one of Japan’s most celebrated geisha. Part historical novel, part fairy tale, part Dickensian romance, it immerses the reader in an exotic world.”—The New York Times.

campus ministry
By Fr. Tom O’Neill

Throat Blessing: The traditional “blessing of throats” on the Feast of Saint Blase, bishop and martyr, will take place at the end of Mass on Sunday, Feb. 3 (11 a.m. and 6 p.m.).

Calendar:
• Friday, Feb. 1—First Friday; Mission Effectiveness Committee meets
• Saturday, Feb. 2—Candlemas Day
• Sunday, Feb. 10—Franciscan Friends meet to celebrate Mardi Gras, 7 p.m.
• Monday, Feb. 11—World Day of Prayer for the Sick
• Tuesday, Feb. 12—Mardi Gras; Lincoln’s Birthday
• Wednesday, Feb. 13—Ash Wednesday; Mass and distribution of ashes at 11:45 a.m. (classes end at 11:40 a.m. and resume at
   12:25p.m.) and 6 p.m.
• Thursday, Feb. 14—Valentine’s Day

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord: Please remember those who have died: Flavia Hennig, FSPA, alumna.  May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

news you’ll notice
By Jean Moore, FSPA, Student Development Center

“There’s nothing to do.”  “Viterbo is a weekend campus!”  “Don’t plan it for Friday night; everyone goes home!” Ever hear those comments?  Is there any truth to them?  You might say “yes” if you haven’t looked around. There’s a lot happening on campus with a variety that suits just about everyone. The following are just a few activities offered on campus beyond the regularly scheduled theater, athletics, and enrichment events!  So, don’t be a “winter slug,” just plug into any or all of these offerings.

Events for the Week of Feb. 4:
• The Annual Humanities Symposium: Gathering of Waters: The Life of the River and Its People. Check posters and flyers around campus for this eclectic program of music, poetry, discussions, debate, and input. All sessions are free and open to the public.
• The Resident Student Board is sponsoring an inaugural Winter Carnival. Look for posters detailing these fun and creative activities in the snow and ice (?).
• And of course, there are the annual Homecoming activities to attend. The activities begin on Thursday, Feb. 7 with hypnotist, Fredrick Winters at 8:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall. Friday, Feb. 8 is the Annual Alumni Awards Banquet and Student Recognition Awards. Saturday begins with the Wall of Fame Ceremony at 10 a.m. in the SAC, the first Women’s Alumni Basketball Game at 11:45 a.m. and the annual Men’s Alumni Basketball Game at 1 p.m. in the Beggs Gymnasium. An Alumni Social at the Recovery Room holds everyone over until the women’s basketball game at 4 p.m. and men’s basketball game at 6 p.m., both against Mt. St. Clare College. As if that weren’t enough, the Alumni Association will host a Post-Game Social in the Marian Hall Dining Room from 8?10:30 p.m., and the SGA/SAB will host the Homecoming Dance at Forest Hills Country Club, La Crosse from 8 p.m.- midnight. So, pick and choose, or come to it all!

What’s in your future?
• Don’t forget to think about worthy students and colleagues who deserve recognition for their work and accomplishments. Nomination materials for the University and the SEAL awards are forthcoming.
• Alcohol Awareness Week is April 7-12. Contact Connect VP, Denise Pippo, ext. 3507, or Anne Ellefson, ext. 3807 to get involved.
• A lot more activities and events!  Be sure to keep your eyes and ears open to the bulletin boards, emails, flyers and talk about the activities of the SAB, the FAC, the Institute for Leadership and Ethics, the athletics department, and all the other groups on campus. Campus life depends on you and your participation and involvement.

What’s New?
• Check out the new fitness equipment in the SAC purchased by matching funds from the athletics department and the SGA.
• Thanks to Gundersen Lutheran and Franciscan Skemp, we now have two automatic external defibrillators in the FAC and the SAC, respectively. Individuals in these areas are being trained in proper use.

Kudos to...
• The RAs for their academic honors. Nine of 16 earned a GPA of 3.5 or better, with one achieving a 4.0.
• Rob Anderson who completed his first semester in the master’s program in College Student Development Administration at
   UW-L with a 4.0.

Gathering of Waters is Next Week
Here’s a list of events, for the Humanities Symposium Feb. 4?7. All events are in the FAC Main Theatre unless otherwise indicated.

Monday, Feb. 4
• “Mississippi Solo,” author Eddy Harris, 3?4:30 p.m.
• “The Mississippi River: a Humanities Perspective,” historian John Anfinson, 7:30 p.m.

  Tuesday, Feb. 5
• “Mark Twain,” Lyon Evans, English, 8 a.m. in MC 553 and 11 a.m., MC 556.
• “Views on the Mississippi: Images of a Changing River,” author Mark Neuzil, 7:30 p.m.
• “River Poems and Tunes,” Bill Stobb, English, and Earl Madary, religious studies, 8:45 p.m., FAC Lobby

  Wednesday, Feb. 6
• “River Life in the 19th Century,” author Pat Middleton, 9 a.m., MC 406 and 11 a.m., MC 402
• Seventh Day: “Mississippi River Life Through the Ages,” author Pat Middleton, noon?12:50 p.m., MC 419C
• “Songs of the River,” singer/songwriter Larry Long, 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. for neighborhood grade/middle school students; 7:30 p.m. for general public

  Thursday, Feb. 7
• “Past, Present, Future—Action!” facilitator Susen Fagrelius and local panelists, 3-6 p.m.
• “River Community Dinner,” a free, informal soup supper, 6?7 p.m.
• “The Big 10 Conservation Issues for a New Century,” former U.S. Forest Chief Michael Dombeck, 7:30 p.m.

Get Comfy for Charity
Don’t forget to wear jeans this Friday to support the La Crosse Tribune Jeans Day. Jeans day collection for the Friday, Jan. 18, Food Pantry Day was $35.

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.

Comedy About Relationship Ups and Downs
It’s “Seinfeld set to music” proclaims The Star Ledger about the off-Broadway smash I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. And Viterbo University’s NexStar season is bringing this bright and funny musical revue to the FAC Main Theatre on Saturday, Feb. 2 at 7:30 p.m.

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change is written with wit and melody, giving the audience both something to chuckle about and hum along with.  Four actors play over 40 roles in a collection of scenes and songs that scale the dizzying spectrum of male/female relationships. I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change reveals the ups and downs of connecting and communicating with another person at any age.

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change is sponsored by Courtyard Marriott and supported, in part, by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin.

Ticket prices are $22/$16.  To order tickets, contact the Box Office at ext. 3100.

It’s  Not Too Late!
Are you ready to limber up? There’s still time to sign up for weekly yoga classes brought to you by the Viterbo Employee Health Improvement Plan (VEHIP), with instructors from The Yoga Place. Classes will be held Fridays, 12:05-12:55 p.m., Jan. 25, April 26 (except March 15 and 29) in the FAC Dance Studio. The cost for 12 classes is $39. There is an additional cost of $12 for mat rental with the option to buy for an additional $8. Three firm blankets are needed for support during class. Sign up by bringing your check to the Viterbo Business Office. Payroll deduction is an option.

focus on...
by Karen DuCharme ’03

Name: Darcie Brezany
Title: Assistant Registrar
Department: Registrar’s Office
Family: Darcie is married to Brandon, and they have a 4-year-old daughter, Sydney, and a cat, Coors.
Education: She earned her undergraduate degree in international relations from Concordia University in Moorehead, Minn. She also earned her master’s certificate in business communications from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul.
Hobbies/Interests/Enthusiasms: Darcie enjoys playing volleyball, golfing, camping, reading mystery novels, and spending time with family.
Adventures and Travels: Darcie studied abroad in Italy for one summer. She also was a nanny in New York for another summer.
Future Hopes and Plans: Darcie is going to begin work on her master’s degree at UW-La Crosse this spring, hoping to finish by spring 2003. She and her family recently moved to the area and are continuing to get to know the La Crosse community, as well as the Viterbo community.
Little Known Fact: Darcie grew up on a seventh generation farm in northwestern Minnesota outside a small town called Lake Park. She met her husband when the two of them were camp counselors at Luther Park Bible Camp in Danbury.

Annie Get Your Gun Coming to Fine Arts Center
Through unforgettable music and timeless songs, Annie Get Your Gun is going to take its audience for a wild ride on Saturday, Feb. 9 when it hops on stage at the Viterbo FAC Main Theatre at 7:30 p.m.

Annie Get Your Gun is the story of expert riflewoman Annie Oakley, who went from being a backwoods girl to a shooting star and falling in love with ace marksman Frank Butler along the way. The show features some of Irving Berlin’s unforgettable and timeless songs like “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” “Doin’ What Comes Natur’lly,” “The Girl That I Marry,” and “Moonshine Lullaby.”

Full of action, this show-within-a-show features jugglers, stilt walkers, tumblers, show-cowgirls, tricksters, and even a clown to entertain the audience during its “Wild West Show.” Using an exact layout of the Broadway production, the main show takes place center stage while the cowboy band sits to one side and the actors that are audience members are on the other.
Chris McDaniel, the show’s Buffalo Bill, fascinates audiences with rope tricks, whip stunts, and gun twirling, but it’s Stephen Valahovic as Frank Butler and Bonnie Estes as Annie Oakley who really shine. Estes, as Oakley, lights up the stage with wit, charm, and spitfire.

Over the years Annie Get Your Gun has won a number of major awards including the 1999 Grammy Award for best cast album and the 1999 Tony Award for best revival of a musical.

Annie Get Your Gun, presented by Troika Entertainment, is sponsored by Gundersen Lutheran and supported, in part, by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin.

Tickets are $31.To order tickets, contact the Box Office at ext. 3100.
 
 

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