A Newsletter for the Viterbo University Community
Vol. 15, No. 19 February 25, 2002

FSPAs Share Franciscan Education Tradition
For more than 130 years, the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration have been leaders in education within the         La Crosse community. From founding, serving, and teaching in area grade, middle, and high schools to starting, in 1890, what became Viterbo University.

Join Marlene Weisenbeck, FSPA, and chair of the Viterbo Board of Directors, and Celesta Day, FSPA for their presentation, “Franciscan Teachers in History: The Franciscan Intellectual Tradition,” on Tuesday, March 5, from 7?9 p.m. in the Franciscan Spirituality Center.

The talk, while part of an ongoing orientation program for new members of Viterbo, is open to all members of the Viterbo and La Crosse communities. Sponsored by the Mission Effectiveness Committee, the event is free. A reception follows.

Note Changes for Honors Convocation
By Karen DuCharme ’03

Big changes are being made this year for Honors Convocation, with separate student and employee awards ceremonies.

This year the student award ceremony will be enhanced to include all student awards and will be held on Tuesday, April 30 at 7 p.m. in the FAC Main Theatre.  A reception in the lobby follows the event.  Everyone is encouraged to attend and recognize Viterbo students for their outstanding performance, involvement, and achievement.

Information for nominating students, departments, and clubs for awards is forthcoming.  Employees will receive a packet of information this week.  Please read through it carefully and be sure to send in your nominations by the dates given.  These dates ensure that the committee will be able to contact students and their parents with advance notice to attend the event.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact any of the following committee members; Chris Sanger; Jack Havertape; Sheryl Jacobson; Jean Saladino; Jason Ramaker; Anne Ellefson; Jean Moore, FSPA; Luke Peterson (student); and Deb Kappmeyer.

The awards ceremony for employees (Servant Leader, Pax et Bonum, Sr. Helen Elsbernd, Fr. Tom Finucan, Teacher of the Year, Advisor of the Year, and the Alec Chiu awards) will be on Thursday, May 2 from 3:30?4:30 p.m.  Academic regalia is not necessary.  The employee recognition banquet will be held that evening.

Awards Deadline Looming: Nominate Colleagues
March 8 is less than two weeks away. Don’t forget to ready your faculty, staff, and student nominations for the following awards:

• Teacher of the Year
• Alec Chiu
• Outstanding Academic Advisor
• Finucan Exemplar of Mission
• Sr. Helen Elsbernd Distinguished Service Award
• Pax et Bonum
• Servant Leader

To find out more information or to nominate someone:

• Go to and click on “Academics,” and click “Awards” under the miscellaneous category.
• Follow this link:
• 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.

Antigone is Focus of Seventh Day
What are you doing for lunch on Monday, March 4? Bring your lunch and join in the Seventh Day Discussion from noon?12:50 p.m. in MC 419C as Richard Kyte talks about “Ethics & Tragedy: A Discussion of Antigone.”

Novelist on Campus This Wednesday
Award-winning novelist Emilio DeGrazia will discuss narratives related to 9-11 and will also talk about the art of fiction during his appearance on the Viterbo Campus on Wednesday. His presentations are:

•  “The Art and Craft of Fiction,” at 2:10 p.m. in the BNC 122. During this talk, he will also read excerpts from his book of short stories, Seventeen Grams of Soul.
• “9-11:  Terror and Pity,” at   7:30 p.m. in the FAC Recital Hall. A reception and book signing follows.

Emilio DeGrazia is the author of two novels: Canticle for Bread and Stones and Billy Brazil, and the short story collections Enemy Country and Seventeen Grams of Soul.  His work has earned him the Minnesota Voices Award and the Minnesota Book Award.  DeGrazia lives with his wife and children in Winona, Minn., where he is a professor of English at Winona State University.

This event is sponsored by Touchstone and the Student Government Association.  For more information contact Bill Stobb at  ext. 3486 or westobb.

Get Ready for St. Paddy’s Day
The resident assistants are having a shamrock competition to see who can spread the most green and gold about campus and, at the same, raise money to support the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). Currently, the MDA serves more than 30 families in La Crosse County. Green shamrocks are available for $1 and gold are $5. Shamrocks are available from any Viterbo RA. You may also purchase a Shamrock through Beth Erickson, communications and marketing, ext. 3042 or bmerickson. By purchasing a shamrock, your name will be entered in a drawing to receive a free t-shirt.

Shamrocks Against Dystrophy is an annual fundraiser for the MDA and is organized locally by the La Crosse Jaycees.

campus ministry
By Fr. Tom O’Neill

ASHES TO EASTER, Lent 2002, Second Week of Lent:
“‘Abram went’. Those two words may not sound like much, but they set in motion the entire story of God’s chosen people. God made a big promise to Abram. God promised to make him the father of a great nation, to have his name revered in blessings, to side with his friends and bring an end to his enemies. Who could refuse such an offer? God only asked one thing of Abram in return. God asked him to go. Abram had been living in Ur, in what is now Iraq. He probably had a very comfortable arrangement, with property and friends and relatives around him. But God had other ideas. God wanted Abram to inhabit another place, where his family could prosper in number, productivity, and faith. These blessings would be his if Abram would just go. Abram went. In that simple act of obedience he demonstrated the depth of his faith and the strength of his trust. In that simple act, he became the beneficiary of God’s great promise. God may be asking you to go, to leave some place of comfort, to cross the threshold of a land you do not know, to believe that greater promises lie beyond. God needs only some sign of faith and trust.”
—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. We have collected $60 so far which will provide immunizations for 15 children. Thanks to those who contributed. See the display in the MC Lobby for details.

Lenten Web Sites: There is a link on the campus ministry Web page to daily meditations written by Christopher Bellitto, for each day during Lent. Each meditation is based on the scriptures of the day. Please check it out. There is also a link to the Lenten reflection offered through Creighton University in Omaha, Neb.

MethodX: Discover your spiritual type, renew in your sacred space, meet young adults from around the world. By definition MethodX means “the way of Christ.” By application it invites young adults to experience God in fresh, compelling ways. Filled with humor, prayer methods, scripture, and more. MethodX addresses, from a Christian perspective, the many issues young adults face daily. All students are invited to check out this resource at

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord: Please remember those who have died: the mother of Melissa Salisbury’s boyfriend. 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 Jan Eriksen, School of Extended Learning

New Staff Member Begins Work: Belinda Mason joins us today, Feb. 25, as administrative program assistant in the Advance office, working with students in the Organizational Management (OM), Management Information Technology (MIT), and Bachelor of Integrated Studies (BIS) majors. Belinda was recently employed as department secretary for the nursing and radiology programs at Clovis Community College in New Mexico. She currently resides in Sparta. Please welcome Belinda in her office space, MC 511. Belinda replaces Tina Mahlum, who was promoted to Student Services Coordinator in the RN-to-BSN Program. Tina’s office is now in MC 202B. She’s at ext. 3088.

New Student Groups Start: A new RN-to-BSN group began in January in Ashland. That site has been inactive for a few years, due to low student enrollment. Carl Bargabos is advisor for the group as well as instructor for the adult learners’ first semester of nursing courses. A new group began on campus in La Crosse, with Pat Zander as instructor and advisor.

Cohort Group DD in the Advance Program had their orientation night on Jan. 31. The group consists of both OM and MIT majors.

BIS Majors Increase: Deb Anderson reports that the number of students enrolled in the BIS program has increased each semester since it began in fall 2000. There are currently 51 majors. Of these, 29 are transfers from WWTC, 20 are transfers from other colleges, and two are new or continuing Viterbo students. The age range of the students is from the 20s and up. Five of the adult learners are age 50 plus. The BIS program enables learners to combine two areas of concentration, from any of Viterbo’s five schools, to comprise a major plan of study. The program is especially designed for those who have transfer and/or life-learning credit.

Frosty Winners
During Winter Carnival, on    Feb. 5, the Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) sponsored a Frosty the Faculty Member Snowperson Contest. With luck, there was some snow on the ground that day but, with winter being almost non-existent this year, it was hard mustering up a lot of participation. But, a few people tackled the job and here are the results. In top right, is a snowperson that represents John Nebeck, business. At the lower right, is the contest winner...a “Frosty” version of Ward Jones, biology.

Live Long & Die Healthy
By Charish Badzinski, Franciscan Skemp Healthcare

Individuals need to take primary responsibility for their own health, according to the keynote speaker at “Live Long & Die Healthy,” the 15th annual joint luncheon, sponsored by Franciscan Skemp Auxiliary and Partners of Gundersen Lutheran.

Held Wednesday, March 20, at   11 a.m. at the Radisson Ballroom, the lunch features John Shier, an RN at Bellin Hospital in Green Bay, who discusses the meaning of responsibility in dealing with stress, exercise, nutrition, drinking, smoking, daily safety and knowledge of family history and the American medical system. Shier entered the nursing profession when he was 60—after having two prior careers. In addition to Shier’s talk, Feminine Fancies will hold a fashion show.

Tickets are $13 and are available at Franciscan Skemp Volunteer Office, Gundersen Lutheran Gift Shop, Degen Berglund, and Feminine Fancies. Tickets will not be sold at the door. Participants are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item which will be donated to a local food pantry.

From the Library
By Lisa Autio

The San Francisco Chronicle calls Peter Carey’s True History of the Kelly Gang, winner of the Booker Prize, a “big, meaty novel, blending Dickens and Cormac McCarthy with a distinctly Australian strain of melancholy.” A sentence from the novel: “One morning in the summer of 1872 my mother were 42 yr. old she had 2 sons in prison also 1 brother & 1 uncle & 1 brother in law. 2 of her beloved daughters was buried beneath the willow tree and God knows what worse were on the way.”

Alan Dugan won the National Book Award for Poems Seven: New and Complete Poetry, which “presents the life work, including 30 new poems of a giant of American letters.” Richard Howard praises Dugan as “too honest and too desperate in his solitude for the visionary transcendence of language.”

In The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Joe Kavalier “has just smuggled himself out of Nazi-occupied Prague in 1939. His cousin Sammy Clay is looking for a collaborator to create heroes, stories and art for the latest novelty to hit the American dreamscape: the comic book. Out of their fantasies the two weave the legend of the Escapist.”

These three and many others can be found in the New Books area of the library.

Nominate Students for Jack Kent Scholarships
By Karen DuCharme ’03

Scholarships from the Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship Foundation are available for the 2002?03 academic year. Scholarships will be awarded in the summer of 2002.

To receive a scholarship, students must be nominated by their institution. Awards will fund tuition and fees for the remainder of the scholar’s undergraduate degree. Scholarship monies are not transferable to another academic year. To be eligible for a scholarship, students must:

• Be enrolled at an accredited four-year college or university.
• Have achieved sophomore or junior standing at the time of nomination.
• Have a high level of achievement as demonstrated by superior grades, academically rigorous courses, and participation in challenging extracurricular activities, especially those demonstrating leadership potential.

If you have any questions, contact Georgia Christensen, FSPA at  ext. 3084 or email gjchristensen by Monday, March 18.

out and about
The Pump House art gallery presents Daily Homage, hand-printed textiles by Dawn Zero Erickson; and Beadworks, beaded sculptures by Judy Tepley. The combination of traditional craft media with contemporary pattern and form by Erickson and Tepley will be on display from March 2? April 6. Erickson will be giving an artist lecture on Saturday, March 2 at 7 p.m. during the opening reception from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

kudos to…
• Emily Seberger, a biology junior, who is going to participate in the Program for Women in Science and Engineering at Iowa State University this summer in the lab of Dr. Mei Hong. Her research focuses on solving structural biological questions using NMR spectroscopy. One of the current areas of study is of the structure of antimicrobial peptides and the interaction between those peptides and lipid bilayers. The goal is to understand in detail how these peptides interfere with cell membrane function to carry out their antibiotic activities. Emily will do some of the NMR work and also prepare the protein samples for analysis.

Jeans Day
Don’t forget to wear jeans this Friday to support Viterbo University Spirit Day, which supports the Staff Assembly Grant. How? Wear jeans and pay $1 to Marcia Brodt at the MC Reception Desk; Ginny Brochhausen, FAC 102; or Carol Strigun, BNC 118.

Half Marathon to Benefit Health Mission
By Charish Badzinski, Franciscan Skemp Healthcare

After last year’s first successful run, the “St. Clare Health Mission Half” is set for a repeat performance in 2002, and planners are preparing for an even greater turnout. This year’s half marathon is Saturday, May 4 on the Great River State Bike Trail.

Runners are bused from Festival Foods Support Center in Onalaska to the start of the race near Trempealeau. The half marathon fundraiser helps offset the financial needs at St. Clare Health Mission. The Mission currently provides approximately 3,000 medical visits per year by an all-volunteer staff under the direction of Leclare Beres, FSPA. The no-cost health care is a vital resource for the growing number of individuals who do not have health insurance and for those whose income restricts health care access.  St. Clare Health Mission provides services to patients of all races, religions, and national origins. To participate in the half marathon, donate to the cause, or sponsor the event, call Jeanne at  608-784-4180, or send your tax-deductible contribution to: St. Clare Health Mission, 916 Ferry Street, La Crosse, Wisconsin, 54601.

focus on
By Karen DuCharme ’03

Name: Barb Schroeder
Title: Administrative Assistant
Department: Learning Center
Family: Barb’s sister, Arlene, lives in North Carolina.
Education: Barb attended UW-L majoring in mass communications with an emphasis in writing. She worked at Franciscan Skemp Healthcare for 18 years in communications, accounting, and property management.
Hobbies/Interests/Enthusiasms: Barb enjoys the river, the railroad, and trains. Barb is also interested in historic preservation, preserving and promoting local history in La Crosse. She also enjoys her “Genoa getaway,” fishing, and traveling.
Adventures and Travels: She has traveled extensively throughout Europe and has climbed a pyramid. Barb has also spent time in a kibbutz in Israel and also Egypt.
Future Hopes and Plans: Barb says she would love to visit the Orient. She also wants to live well and laugh often.
Little Known Fact: Barb wrote an article, which was printed in a publication, featuring Viterbo’s Elderhostel program; Sr. Bernyne Stark was the coordinator.

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