A bi-weekly email newsletter for the Viterbo Community
Vol. 1, Number 4 • March 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
For this week's campus happenings, go to: http://www.viterbo.edu/campnews/campevts/mar02.htm
For the softball schedule, go to: http://www.viterbo.edu/students/ss/athletics/softball/schedule.htm
For the baseball schedule, go to: http://www.viterbo.edu/students/ss/athletics/baseball/schedule.htm

Nominations Needed!! Due This Friday
Nominations for administrative, staff, and faculty awards have trickled in but not all are complete. Please complete nominations by this Friday, March 8. It only takes a few minutes 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. To find out more information or to nominate someone, follow this link: http://www.viterbo.edu/academic/awards/index.htm
Or, pick up forms for the Sr. Elsbernd, Fr. Finucan, Pax et Bonum, and Servant Leader awards from the Office of the President. Forms for Teacher of the Year, Alec Chiu, and Outstanding Advisor are available from the Academic Vice President.

Celebrate Thea With "Flavor of Soul"
This year marks what would have been the 65th birth year of Sr. Thea Bowman. In celebration of her life and work, the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration are holding a "Flavor of Soul" commemoration on Wednesday, April 10. Beginning at 11:30 a.m. in the Gathering Room at St. Rose Convent, Maryam Gossling, FSPA will present the icon she created of Sr. Thea and give a short talk. Dan Johnson-Wilmot, Viterbo music professor, will sing spirituals following her talk. The Viterbo community is invited to participate in this event. A "Flavor of Soul" lunch in the Marian Hall Dining Room follows and includes: baked catfish, praline chicken, red beans and rice, sweet potato fries, collard greens, corn, salad bar, corn muffins, pecan pie, and peach cobbler. The cost for the lunch is $5.25. Tickets are available now and can be purchased at the MC reception desk on Mondays-Fridays between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. There is no cost for students on the meal plan.  An FSPA, Sr. Thea served as a troubadour of God, singing and preaching the Gospel throughout the nation. She died in March 1990 after a battle with cancer.

Dr. Scholl Scholar is Daughter of Alumna

Honor Students! Nominate Them for SEAL Awards
The 3rd Annual Awards will be presented at the Student Triumph Awards Recognition ceremony on Tuesday, April 30 at 7 p.m. in the FAC Main Theatre. SEAL, Students Excelling in Activities and Leadership, recognizes outstanding efforts, involvement, and achievements of our campus organizations and leaders.

Student organization SEAL awards will be presented for:

  • Outstanding Student Organization/Group
  • Outstanding Student Social/Recreational Program
  • Outstanding Student Educational/Service Program
  • Outstanding Good Neighbor Award

Individual SEAL awards will also be presented for the following:

  • Outstanding Student Leader
  • Outstanding Student Organization Advisor
  • Outstanding Supporting Member
  • Outstanding Good Neighbor Award

Nomination materials should be sent to the Student Development Center by March 25. For further information, please contact Judy Thesing at ext. 3825 or email jkthesing.

Tour de Force Skills of Vogler Quartet with Angela Cheng Part of Bright Star Season March 21

Suzuki Festival Brings Large Number of Students to Viterbo Stage

Book Talk Focuses on Jane Addams and Democracy
Jane Addams and the Dream of American Democracy is the latest book discussion group forming at Viterbo University. The book exams the life of Jane Addams, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1931 for her leadership of the women's international peace movement, and closely reviews the writings of this visionary and pioneer in the social work field. "Addams' dream of the American democracy, based not in a loose collection of strivers, but in a web of sympathetic, mutually respectful citizens, seems an artifact of a bypassed moment," said Christine Stansell in her Jan. 27, 2002 New York Times Book Review. Sponsored by the Women's Studies Minor and the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership, chapter discussions, each led by a different guest discussion leader, will be held in the FSC from 4:30-6 p.m. according to the following schedule:

  • March 19, chapters 1-3
  • April 2, chapters 4-6
  • April 16, chapters 7-8

Refreshments will be served. Copies of the book are available through the Viterbo Bookstore, Pearl Street Books, or at an online bookstore. To sign up, contact Marlene Fisher at ext. 3725 or mrfisher or Rick Kyte at ext. 3704 or rlkyte.

FSPA Talk is Tuesday
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 FSC. The two will reflect on the educational foundation of the Franciscan order as well as share stories from the lives of famous Franciscans in the academic tradition. The talk is open to all members of the Viterbo and La Crosse communities and is sponsored by the Mission Effectiveness Committee. The event is free and a reception follows.

Tickets Going Fast!!
More than 700 tickets have already been distributed for young adult novelist Lois Lowry's talk at Viterbo University on Friday, April 12. Be sure to pick up yours soon! The author of The Giver, Lowry is a two-time Newbery Medal award-winning author. Her presentation is set for 7 p.m. in the FAC Main Theatre. Free tickets can be obtained from the MC switchboard. Author of 27 books, Lowry has received many other honors: The Golden Kite Award (1987), The Regina Medal (1994), the Belgium and French Le Tam-Tam Award (1995) and the National Jewish book Award (1990). Lowry’s appearance at Viterbo is sponsored 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:

Summer Basketball Camps Coming
By Sandy Hotvedt, Athletics
V-Hawk basketball camp dates have been set. We offer a variety of basketball camps for boys and girls entering grades 3-12. Brochures will be available in the near future.  Check out the Viterbo athletics Web page for boys' basketball camp information at: http://www.viterbo.edu/students/ss/athletics/mbb/camps.htm.

Explore the Web page for girls' basketball camp information at:

Kudos to...

  • Lyon Evans, English, who chaired a panel on postmodern narrative theory at the 20th Century Literature Conference at the University of Louisville on Feb. 21.
  • Jackie Kuennen, MSN Program, who recently defended her dissertation and received her EdD from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls.

Happy Birthday in March to...
3 Mary Hassinger 
4 Tom Haas, Judy Thesing
5 Wendy Wegner
6 Amy J. Lane
7 Peggy A. Haggerty, Fr. Tom O’Neill, Chris Sanger
8 Pamela Knudtson
11 Mary Christianson, Joe Fisher, Rick Kyte
13 Vickie Schaefer
14 Loretta Waughtal
15 Pat Zander
16 Carl Bargabos, Frances Clare Mezera, FSPA
17 Roxanne Prenatt
18 Maribel Bird
21 Sue Hauser; Marie Leon LaCroix, FSPA; Terry Norman
24  Chris Helixon, Lisa Schoenfielder
26  Kyle M. Backstrand; Mary Jeanine Luger, FSPA; Linda Whitehead
27 Rochelle Potaracke, FSPA
29 Ron Amel
30 Darcie Brezany
31 Wayne Wagner

From the Library...
By Lisa Autio
Web site Evaluation resources: Remember the research hoax with a Harvard Web address about cats liking men with beards? It has been used as an example of how to evaluate accuracy of Internet pages. Here is a link to many resources to teach students about Web site evaluation:

Campus Ministry
By Fr. Tom O'Neill
ASHES TO EASTER, Lent 2002, Third Week of Lent: "In the desert of our lives there are plenty of complaints. Bills are too high. Friends are too few. Health is too frail. Faith is too weak. In the desert of our lives there is plenty of blame. Our leaders are unconcerned. Children are too demanding. Society is sinful. Life is not fair. In the desert, the people of Israel grumble against Moses. They have too little water, and they are blaming Moses. Moses blames God, and asks for some divine intervention. God promises Moses, 'I will stand in front of you on the rock.' Moses strikes that rock, and water gushes forth. Life brings its share of struggles. We sometimes rebel against God even while we stand in the very place where God has invited us to be. We forget that God has given us life, has entered into covenant with us, and stands ever before us. So we complain. We may not realize that we are standing right at the water for which we thirst. The discomforts of your life will not be hard to name. Have you brought some of them on yourself? Has God placed some of them in your path?  Do you trust that God stands with you, water at the ready?  From where will that water come?"
                                            —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. An additional $151 was added last week and will provide equipment for a clinic in Liberia and will also provide a dairy goat for Kenya. Total to date is $211. Thanks to those who contributed. See the display in the MC Lobby for details.

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:  http://www.MethodX.net./.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord:  Please remember those who have died:  the mother-in-law, Myrta Montgomery, of Roxie Hefti; the father, Dennis, of Jill Vaupel; and, the grandfather of Jen Hamby. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Wear Jeans This Friday!
Don't forget to wear jeans this Friday to support Viterbo University Employee Day, which supports employee social events. The Friday, Feb. 15 collection was $32 for the Food Pantry and the Friday, Feb. 22 collection was $15 for the La Crosse Tribune Jeans 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.

For Sale: 1997 Jeep Cherokee Country, black outside, grey interior, privacy tint, roof rack, alloy wheels, 4x4, air, cruise, tilt, power steering, power windows, power locks, AM/FM stereo, cassette, CD player, dual air bags. Price: $11,000, retail $12,500. 783-4757.

Out and About
Live at the Pump House on Saturday, March 16, at 7:30 p.m. is singer-songwriter-composer Ariane Lydon. She is a stunning talent on six- and 12-string guitars, harp and vocals and is rapidly gaining recognition for the pioneering of a new technique involving the simultaneous use of Celtic Harp and 12-string guitar. She has performed throughout the U.S. and Canada and has recently moved to the Viroqua area. Tickets for the concert are $15 non-members, $10 members, and $7 students and are available by calling 608-785-1434.

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.