A bi-weekly email newsletter for the Viterbo Community
Vol. 1, Number 2 • February 4, 2002
Note: If you have trouble directly opening the Web links in this document,
please contact Beth Erickson, Communications and Marketing,
at ext. 3042 or email bmerickson@viterbo.edu.

Campus Calendar
Don't miss the Seventh Day Discussion on Wednesday, Feb. 6 when Pat Middleton discusses "Mississippi River Life Through the Ages" in MC 419C from noon-12:50 p.m. For other happenings this week, go to: http://www.viterbo.edu/campnews/campevts/feb02.htm

Symposium Kicks Off with Author's Appearance Today
Classes are canceled from 3-4:30 p.m. today so students, faculty, and staff, can help kick off the annual humanities symposium with author Eddy Harris' discussion of his solo canoe journey down the Mississippi River. For other "Gathering of Waters" events, follow this link: http://www.viterbo.edu/campnews/releases/01112002-1.html

Plus, Viterbo's Bill Stobb, English, will have his latest book of poems, For Better Night Vision, available for sale following his poetry reading during "River Poems and Tunes" on Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 8:45 p.m. in the FAC Lobby. The book is made on a fine letter press and is a limited edition collection, which may appeal to book collectors.

Best Wishes Coach Sirianni; Volleyball Coach/SID Resigns
Lynn Sirianni will be stepping down as head volleyball coach and sports information director (SID) at Viterbo University at the conclusion of the academic year. Sirianni will be moving back to Des Moines, Iowa where her fiancé has accepted a position at Simpson College.  The couple will be married in July. As volleyball coach, Sirianni compiled a 19-53 overall record and a 6-7 record
in the Midwest Classic Conference.  This past season the V-Hawks finished with a record of 10-27.  Under Sirianni’s direction, the women’s volleyball team had an average cumulative grade point average of 3.35 including 11 Academic All-Conference selections. As SID, Sirianni has been responsible for recording, maintaining, and disseminating all V-Hawk statistical information.  She is also responsible for the production of team media guides, game sheets, coordinating press coverage for V-Hawk athletics. A national search for Sirianni’s replacement will begin immediately.

Homecoming 2002 Events
This week is Homecoming 2002. Events include the Outstanding Alumni Awards on Friday, Feb. 8. (for more information, visit
http://www.viterbo.edu/alumni/Awards2002.htm). For more information on
Homecoming, visit the Viterbo Web site at:

Hear Our Outstanding Alumni Speak
Anna Dolores Balderamos Garcia ’79 and Valerie Jackson Jones ’76 will speak on campus this week. Don't miss it! Balderamos Garcia is the Minister of Human Development, Women, and Civil Society in Belize, Central America. Jackson Jones is currently the executive director of the Community Association for the Welfare of School Children. Here are the times for the on-campus visits. Please be sure to stop and hear them speak:

Thursday, Feb. 7 -- schedule for Balderamos Garcia: 1:15 p.m., Global Education to meet with the faculty who will travel to Belize this spring; 2:15 p.m., meeting with the Psychology Club; 4:30-5:30 p.m., discussing health issues in Belize during Joan Keller Maresh's "Women's Health Issues" class, BNC 206.

Friday, Feb. 8-- schedule for both: 11 a.m., both Balderamos Garcia and Jackson Jones will speak in Marlene Fisher's "Human Society" class, FAC 219; 3-4 p.m., Global Rhythms is holding an afternoon tea in the Global Education Office for Balderamos Garcia; 6 p.m., both Balderamos Garcia and Jackson Jones will join fellow alumni Scott Krueger ’95 and Terry Amel ’76 for the Outstanding Alumni Awards Dinner.

Yes! There's Snow for Winter Carnival
It looked sketchy for awhile, but there is snow for Viterbo University's Winter Carnival this week. In addition to all-week library trivia (winners enter into a drawing for a free book from Pearl Street Books, sponsored by the library staff) highlights include the items below. For a complete listing, visit: http://www.viterbo.edu/campnews/campevts/feb02.htm

  • Monday, Feb. 4: Tai Chi Mini Lessons, noon-1:30 p.m., FAC Hospitality Suite
  • Tuesday, Feb. 5: Frosty the Faculty Member Contest, student snowman/woman building contest...making them look like professors, noon, Assisi Courtyard, judging at 4 p.m.; Scavenger Hunt, 7 p.m., Union
  • Wednesday, Feb. 6: Cafeteria; "Feeling Good About You," information by nursing majors on self-esteem, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Union; Body composition analysis and blood pressure screenings, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Union
  • Thursday, Feb. 7: Food samples and information on healthy ethnic foods, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., BNC; All-day Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser for RSB at Fazoli's
  • Friday, Feb. 8: Bowling night at Pla-Mor, 5-7:30 p.m.; Movie night at Rivoli, 7 p.m.; both events are free for Viterbo students
  • Saturday, Feb. 15: Mt. La Crosse skiing night, meet at 3:30 p.m. at SAC, return 9 p.m.

It's Time to Honor Colleagues; Nominate Them!
Recognize the good work and dedication of faculty, staff, and administration by nominating them for an award. It only takes a few minutes of your time but the rewards are great. The possibilities include: Teacher of the Year, Alec Chiu, Outstanding Academic Advisor, Finucan Exemplar of Mission, Sr. Helen Elsbernd Distinguished Service Award, Pax et Bonum, and Servant Leader.

Nominations are due by Friday, March 8. To find out more information or to nominate someone:

  • Go to http://www.viterbo.edu/and click on "Academics," and click "Awards" under the miscellaneous category
  • Follow this link: http://www.viterbo.edu/academic/awards/index.htm
  • Pick up forms for the Sr. Elsbernd, Fr. Finucan, Pax et Bonum, and Servant Leader awards from the Office of the President
  • Pick up Teacher of the Year, Alec Chiu, and Outstanding Advisor forms from the Academic Vice President

Mikado Brings Blend of Comedy and Music to FAC Feb. 12

Viterbo Art Gallery Showing Graphic Design Exhibit

Viterbo's Spring Faculty Recital is Feb. 16

Prepare to Be Dazzled by the Many Sounds of Trio Voronezh

Women's Choir Festival is at Viterbo University Feb. 21

Human Resources
By Marcia Momoi-Piehl, Human Resources
Congratulations to Tina Mahlum for her recent promotion in the School of Extended Learning.  She will be taking Tim Posey's position as Student Services Coordinator/RRN-BSN Extended Learning. Posey's last day at Viterbo was Friday, Jan. 25. He took a position as assistant registrar at Drury College inSpringfield, Mo.

Think Spring...Think Golf...Think Sr. Jean
By Sr. Jean Moore, Student Development Center
Mark your Calendars!! The 11th Annual Sister, Doctor, Dean, Jean Golf Outing is scheduled for Tuesday, May 14 at 4 p.m. at Valley High CC. Rain checks from last year will be honored for greens fees this year. Watch for sign up details in April. Also, Sr. Jean Moore is still looking for those special gifts to give out as door prizes, so keep your eyes open, and know that she "will come begging shamelessly at your office door some day soon."

Free Candy this Valentine's Day
Celebrate Valentine's Day, get free candy, and get heart healthy. The Viterbo Employee Health Improvement Program (VEHIP) is offering free candy with a blood pressure screening on Valentine's Day, Thursday, Feb. 14 in the MC conference room, MC 221, from noon to 1:30 p.m. Get heart smart!

From the Library...
By Lisa Autio
Here is reading material for those who don't have time. (Come on--make time!) Chapter-a-Day Online is an online reading club that puts up three chapters every week of a new book, one in each of several different clubs--Original, Business, Fiction, Good News, Audio, Teen, Romance. Each chapter takes about five minutes to read. You may sign up free for as many club choices as you wish at: http://www.chapteraday.com/html/main.html. If you wish to finish reading the selected book, the club links you to a seller, but we can also get books for members of the community through interlibrary loan.

Blood Drive Success
By Marilyn Jaekel, Health Services
The Red Cross Blood Drive held at Viterbo in the San Damiano Chapel on Monday, Jan. 28, was a great success. Our goal was 75 pints, but we topped it by collecting 90. A very special thanks to all who donated and those who tried. Some who had been traveling in certain areas found out they couldn't qualify due to new regulations. The baseball team, even though they would have rather been playing ball, came to support us. They really made our day, as did all who gave. Jessica Upton and Rebecca Raatz did a superb job of coordinating the drive. To the volunteers from VSNA, the Forever Young theme house, and other students who gave their time and kept things running smoothly, thank you. And thanks to, Pizza Doctors, Pepsi, and Aramark Food Service for donating the pizzas, sodas, and cookies. Fr. Tom O’Neill, thank you for making the church so accessible for the blood drive.

News You'll Notice
By Barry Fried, Athletics
Athletics Teams' GPAs Rise: Congratulations team members and coaches! The Viterbo University athletics teams' grade point averages (GPA) are on the rise these days. The average GPA for all student athletes for the fall semester was 3.01. Of the 129 student athletes, 75 had GPAs of 3.0 or higher; 30 had GPAs of 3.5 or higher; and three students had a perfect 4.00.

New Exercise Equipment in the SAC: Students and employees are encouraged to check out the new fitness equipment in the SAC. There are two new treadmills and one new elliptical machine for cardiovascular fitness. Two new pieces of free weight equipment are ordered and expected to arrive in mid-February. I would really like to express my appreciation to the Student Government Association (SGA) for helping fund the equipment. Without their support, this would have never happened. Thanks also to our student athletes and coaches for their role in fundraising the athletics department portion of the funds. Together we've made a difference. During the last three years, the SGA and athletics have agreed to split the cost of funding new equipment 50-50. In total, the new equipment costs nearly $15,000. In the last three years, the SGA and the athletics department have invested over $30,000 in the Viterbo fitness facility.

Campus Ministry
By Fr. Tom O'Neill
Lent 2002: Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 13. There will be Mass and Distribution of Ashes at the 11:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. liturgies. Classes will end at 11:40 a.m. and resume at 12:25 p.m. on that day.

Lent for Others: Donations will be accepted throughout Lent for various works of charity as indicated on the Lenten thermometer (MC lobby). Giving alms is an ancient tradition among Christians.

Rice Bowls are again available (San Damiano Chapel entrance) for those who wish to use them--proceeds will go to the Rice Bowl Relief Effort to feed the hungry in the world.

Praying With Lenten Scripture Day by Day: There is a link on the campus ministry Web page to daily meditations for each day during Lent. Please check it out at: http://www.americancatholic.org/Newsletters/CU/ac0202.asp


  • Sunday, Feb. 10--Franciscan Friends meet to celebrate Mardi Gras, 7 p.m.; World Marriage Day
  • 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 12:25 p.m.) and 6 p.m.; day of obligatory fast and abstinence
  • Thursday, Feb. 14--Valentine's Day
  • Friday, Feb. 15--day of abstinence (from meat)

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord: Please remember those who have died:  the grandfathers of Jamie Adler and Jessica Rizzolo; Tim Doyle (former student).  May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Focus On...
By Karen DuCharme ‘03
For a picture of Sr. Rochelle, follow the link below:

Name: Rochelle Potaracke, FSPA
Title: Supervisor of Student Teachers
Department: School of Education
Family: Sr. Rochelle has two brothers and one sister living in La Crosse, as well as one sister in Waukesha. Three of her siblings are deceased.
Education: She earned her degrees at Viterbo University and Catholic University.
Hobbies/Interests/Enthusiasms: Sr. Rochelle enjoys gardening, singing, watching birds, and traveling.
Adventures and Travels: She has spent summers teaching minorities in South Carolina, Mississippi, and Louisiana, as well as teaching summer school in Alaska. Sr. Rochelle worked in Zimbabwe, Africa.
Future Hopes and Plans: Sr. Rochelle wants to publish another book; one is "in the hopper." She also looks forward to traveling some more.
Little Known Facts: Sr. Rochelle has a children’s book published, Nanny’s Special Gift.  At Viterbo, she started the early childhood program in 1975. She has taught here for 17 years in the School of Education. She is now the supervisor of the student teachers. She was teacher of the year for Wisconsin and the city of La Crosse in 1976.

Wear Jeans This Friday!
Don't forget to wear jeans this Friday to support Viterbo Employee Day, which supports employee social events. How? Wear jeans and pay $1 to Marcia Brodt at the MC Reception Desk; Ginny Brochhausen, FAC 102; or Carol Strigun, BNC 118. The Jeans Day collection for the Friday, Jan. 18 La Crosse Tribune Jeans Day was $43.

Kudos to...

  • Mary Hassinger, School of Letters and Sciences, for her Friday, Feb. 1 interview with WIZM and her appearance this morning on WXOW-TV 19's morning news segment. She spoke about this week's "Gathering of Waters" Humanities Symposium.
  • Neil Rouse, IIT, and his wife on the birth of their baby boy last week.

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

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