A bi-weekly email newsletter for the Viterbo Community
Vol. 1, Number 3 • February 18, 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
For this week's campus happenings, go to:

Homelessness Sleep Out is Feb. 19
By Nick Johnson, Homelessness Class Publicity Chair
"I do not consider it a good day unless I can perform an act of kindness to someonewho can never repay me." This has been only a small part of the message the studentshave been learning in this year’s spring Homelessness class.

Viterbo's 15th annual cardboard box sleepout in the Assisi Courtyard is on TuesdayFeb. 19. Beginning by spending 12 hours in a cardboard box, Viterbo students in TomThibodeau’s class confront the issue of homelessness and poverty with a driving forcefor awareness and education. This is only the beginning of the students’ involvement in social learning. Throughout the semester each student fulfills 10 hours of volunteer
service in the community and raises $40 to help fund a trip to Omaha, Neb. duringwhich they participate in a service learning component—talking and working withthose experiencing homelessness and poverty first hand. This year's trip is March 6-8.

Fundraising may include the students requesting spare change, asking for dollardonations, or receiving pledges. This gives them the experience of relying on others for help. Every social interaction helps create awareness of the student’s project. Our liberal arts education provides us with the opportunity to be educated in an array of diversity. It is the class’s goal to help in this process by creating awareness and educating the general population. Poverty for many of us is only a paycheck or two away and can happen to anyone. The Homelessness class serves as a reminder to the students and others that each person plays a role in society. In hopes of making the injustice of poverty visible, the students of the class reflect the values learned at Viterbo. Students agree that it is a humbling experience to be taking an active part in social responsibility. I ask anyone desiring to discuss the topic further to please stop down and join us on Tuesday. "Let's not forget about those who don't have a place to live."

Riders in the Sky Performance is March 2

Honor a Colleague
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. 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

Women's Choir Festival is This Week—Feb. 21

Human Resources
By Marcia Momoi-Piehl, Human Resources
Welcome to new employee, Bob VanDerMolen, 2nd shift custodian, who starts work today, Monday, Feb. 18. Please wish him well.

Copy of Talk Available
The former Chief of the U.S. Forest Service, Michael Dombeck, impressed audiences at Viterbo University during the Humanities Symposium, "Gathering of Waters," on Feb. 7. In fact, 96 percent of surveys returned indicated Dombeck's talk was "very valuable" or "valuable." For those who attended, or those who didn't but wished they had, copies of the talk, "The Big Ten Conservation Issues for a New Century" are available through Rick Kyte, ethics. Contact Kyte at ext. 3704 or email rlkyte@viterbo.edu to get a copy.

Wish a Warm Welcome to Dr. Scholl Guests
Viterbo University is holding the 19th annual Dr. Scholl Scholarship Competition this Friday, from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Please extend a warm Viterbo welcome to the students and parents attending this event. The Dr. Scholl Scholarship is given to one student (chosen from 25 qualifying students) who excels in testing and a personal interview. The winning student receives a four-year scholarship to Viterbo. The day's events will take place in the FAC Lobby and Robers Conference Room. The awards ceremony will be in the FAC Recital Hall at 5 p.m.

Tickets Available Now for Author Talk
Free, general admission tickets to see two-time Newbery Medal award winning author Lois Lowry are available at the MC reception desk. Lowry, the author of The Giver, will speak at 7 p.m. in the FAC Main Theatre. Her appearance at Viterbo is supported by the Wisconsin Humanities Council with additional support from the Viterbo bookstore, the La Crosse Library, and the Midwest Wisconsin Reading Council. A book signing will follow her talk. For more information on the novel, follow the link below to a Random House teacher guide: http://www.randomhouse.com/teachers/guides/give.html

This Week on Campus...Merton Talks
Join Thomas Merton scholar and author Jonathan Montaldo in his presentation, "The Spirituality of Thomas Merton," at 7:30 p.m. in the San Damiano Chapel at Viterbo University this Friday, Feb. 22. On Saturday, Feb. 23, Montaldo will also lead a Merton Retreat for area Catholic workers. The retreat, held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Viterbo's San Damiano Chapel, will provide a spiritual context for contemplative social action.

"The Spirituality of Thomas Merton" is part of the St. Rose Lecture Series at Viterbo. For more information, contact Tom Thibodeau at ext. 3705 or email tathibodeau@viterbo.edu. The Merton Retreat is also free and is open to those desiring to work for social change based on Catholic social teachings. For more information on the Retreat, contact Richard Berendes at 791-9447, berendes.richard@mayo.edu or Earl Madary at ext. 3407, ejmadary@viterbo.edu. Both events are free but goodwill offerings will be accepted. For more information, see:  http://www.viterbo.edu/campnews/releases/02052002-1.html

Daffodils, Anyone?
Join the American Cancer Society in fighting cancer by supporting Daffodil Days. A bunch is just $6 or, for a donation of $15, you can purchase the "Gift of Hope"—a bouquet of daffodils in a vase that will be delivered anonymously to a cancer patient. Get ready for spring and spread a little cheer by ordering your daffodils today!  Bunches will be delivered to you on March 11—since that's spring break, bunches could even be delivered to your home if you live in La Crosse, Onalaska, or La Crescent. Call Beth Erickson at ext. 3042 or email bmerickson@viterbo.edu for details or to order.  Order deadline is Wednesday, Feb. 20. Together we can all make a difference fighting cancer.

Save Money and Support the Girl Choir
The La Crosse Girl Choir is offering 20-ounce bottles at 75 cents each when you buy a case of 24. The sale includes Coke Classic, Diet Coke, caffeine free Diet Coke, Diet Coke with lemon, Sprite, Diet Sprite, Cherry Coke, Mellow Yellow, Lemonade, Dasani water, Barq's root beer, Minute Maid orange, Fresca, Grape, and Nestea. Pick up is March 2, 9 a.m.-noon, FAC parking lot. Seven dollars from each sale benefits the choir. Call Heidi Blanke at 796-0771 or email hgblanke@viterbo.edu.

From the Library...
By Lisa Autio
Faculty who need more information about distance education, here is a link that includes:

  • World Lecture Hall: Directory created by faculty who are using the Web to create class materials.
  • Elite Project: Ways libraries are providing resources to distance students.
  • Distance Education Clearinghouse: Comprehensive directory of resources.
  • Library Support for Distance Learning: 20 papers selected to help people think critically about distance education, 50 papers about library support for distance learning.
  • Learning Network: Doorway to the Virtual Campus: Free university of the Internet.


News You'll Notice
By Amy Lane, Career Planning and Placement
Networking for Career Success: Since the job market has tightened, students need to be prepared to network with many people in order to land a great internship or full-time position. Networking is one of the most effective and productive ways of getting leads and job offers.

When starting a job search, careful planning and good time management are of utmost importance. It takes many hours of preparation before landing an interview with an employer. So, when planning a job search, students need to view their job search as full-time because that’s exactly what it is. A plan should include realistic objectives for each week of the search. For example: Weekly Goal: Direct contact with five employers each week to conduct informational interviews about career opportunities within their organization or the profession.

The basics of planning a proactive job search include:

  • Take inventory: Assess your interests, values, personality, skills, and goals.
  • Present your skills: Prepare a professional resume that reflects your unique qualifications. Share your resume with your network of family, friends, community leaders, and other professionals in your network.
  • Communicate effectively: Practice your interview skills to prepare for difficult interview questions. Talk with everyone you meet about your job goal, even at social gatherings. Now is not the time to be shy.
  • Direct contact: Openings are created every day in organizations by retirements, relocations, promotions, and resignations. The way to find these jobs is to call or visit the company. This demonstrates initiative.
  • Timely follow-up: On leads, requests for resumes, calls, thank you notes.

Networking opportunities: Contact Career Planning and Placement (CPP) in MC 312 or call ext. 3827 to discuss employer leads and contacts. CPP has a database of employer names to assist students with contacting employers.

Students and faculty are also encouraged to explore the employers coming to the Nursing Career Fair on Feb. 28 and the Business Career Fair on March 19 at: http://www.viterbo.edu/students/ss/career/fairs.htm

Campus Ministry
By Fr. Tom O'Neill
ASHES TO EASTER, Lent 2002, First Week of Lent: If food is good for me, what could be wrong with eating it? If something is pleasing to behold, what could be wrong with looking at it? If doing something will give me experience, what could be wrong with learning? According to the book of Genesis, that is how Eve rationalized biting into forbidden fruit. She did not intend to do evil. She looked for what was good. She saw nourishment, beauty, and wisdom. But she turned away from the voice of God. And Adam did the same. The sin we commit often comes disguised as something good. We eat what is good for us, but too much. We look at beauty, but in degrading forms. We want to learn, but through experiences we later regret. The first week of Lent points an accusing finger at all the children of Eve and Adam. We have sinned because we fooled ourselves into thinking it was the right thing to do. However, Lent is not done with us. It is only beginning. We face this painful story with honesty so that this season can bring healing. What did you eat? What did you look at? What did you experience. What did it cost you?
                                —Written by Paul Turner, @2001, Archdiocese of Chicago, LTP
What does a buck do? Join the Ashes to Easter project and donate a buck to help others. See the display in the MC Lobby for details.

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 also a link to the Lenten reflection offered through Creighton University in Omaha.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord: Please remember those who have died: Cory Henry, the brother of Nichole Henry and the cousin of Todd Deaver. May his soul 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 Will Lemke, follow the link below:

Name: Will Lemke
Title: Head Women’s Soccer Coach and Director of Games Management
Department: Athletics
Family: Will has one sister who lives in Boston, Mass. He was born in Milwaukee and grew up in Edgerton.
Education: Will earned his associate's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Rock County. He also earned degrees in history and education from UW-La Crosse, and is currently finishing a post-graduate degree in educational leadership from Winona State University.
Hobbies/Interests/Enthusiasms: He enjoys big game hunting, along with participating in almost every sport. Will plays soccer, baseball, and golf competitively.
Adventures and Travels: Will doesn’t get to travel as much as he would like to because of soccer camps and business commitments in the summer. But he does travel to the Boundary Waters and Canada to relax and explore the wilderness a couple times a year. Will says his most enjoyable trips have been his trips to the Olympic Games. He was at the summer games in Atlanta in 1996 for two weeks. He says it was an incredibly enriching experience. Will says the exposure to different cultures and people were very uplifting. He says seeing spectators and athletes intermingling and enjoying the unity of the event was very refreshing.
Future Hopes and Plans: Will wants to continue coaching at the collegiate level and helping develop youth soccer in this area and his hometown. He would also like to publish some research he is doing on school choice/voucher systems and Camp Randal.
Little Known Fact: Will has a cat named Phoenix who can play soccer.

Wear Jeans This Friday!
Don't forget to wear jeans this Friday to support the La Crosse Tribune Jeans Day this month. Jeans Day collection for Employee Day on Feb. 8 totaled $40. 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.

For Sale: Cute 2-3 bedroom Cape Cod. Wood floors, new roof, and new carpeting in bedrooms. Appliances included. Lots of storage. Garage and car port. Coon Valley. $75,000.  Call 452-3107 for showing.

For Sale: ’92 blue Ford Ranger extended cab pickup. Manual transmission. New spark plugs. Fairly new battery, brakes, exhaust. One rust spot. Runs great. $3,000 OBO. Call ext. 3042 or 784-3367 evenings.

e-connections is published bi-weekly during the academic year. On the weeks it is not published, a paper edition called Connections is published. Copy deadline for both is noon, Thursdays. Email copy to connections@viterbo.edu or send interoffice to Communications and Marketing, MC 228.