Connections
A Newsletter for the Viterbo University Community
Vol. 15, No. 20 March 18, 2002
 
 
 

Go to the Mall and See Viterbo
Next time you’re shopping at Valley View Mall, stop by the information kiosk located near Sears by the food court. Viterbo is sharing space with UW-L and WWTC in a unique venture to promote higher education amid the heavy pedestrian traffic located at the mall.

The site features an Internet connection to the three institutions. The display, which will be up for six months, is believed to be the first collaboration of its kind anywhere in Wisconsin. “This is a unique experiment,” said Roland Nelson, admission. “We will be reaching thousands of individuals in a way that was never before possible. We have heard comments that the site is popular and being accessed by many—particularly young adults.”
 

Share a prayer
Viterbo University is compiling a book of prayers which will be published in time for October’s Founders’ Day celebration.
Alumni, students, faculty, and staff are invited to write and submit a prayer for consideration. The committee that is organizing the project will finalize the prayer selections, which will be included in the book. Prayers that use inclusive language are particularly welcome. The suggested length of the prayer is no more than 100 words. All prayers should include a theme: (e.g. Prayer for a Safe Spring Break; Prayer for Incoming Students, Prayer of Thanksgiving) and, if the copy is influenced or shaped by a particular scripture passage, writers should reference it.

It is hoped that interest in the project will be high and that the book will contain a large assortment of prayers of particular interest to the Viterbo community. Authors understand that by submitting a prayer, they are providing the university with permission to publish their work. The quantity of books published and the specific cost has not yet been determined.

Questions about the project can be directed to Loretta Waughtal, communications and marketing, at ext. 3040. Other members of the committee are: Carl Koch; Bill Reese; Mary Kathryn Fogarty, FSPA; Fr. Tom O’Neill; and Earl Madary

The submission deadline is Thursday, March 28. Prayers should be sent to Loretta Waughtal, MC 228 or by email to: lewaughtal.

You’re Invited...
Groundbreaking for the Center for Ethics, Science, & Technology
Tuesday, March 19
1:30?2 p.m.
Corner of Ninth and Mississsippi streets

Reception in the SAC Lobby immediately follows the ceremony.
 

Get The Giver at the Bookstore
Most of the 1,100 seats to Lois Lowry’s April 12 presentation on The Giver, have been reserved. If you are planning to attend but have not read the book, copies are now available at the bookstore. Lowry will hold an autograph session after the talk, which is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the FAC Main Theatre.

Attn: Faculty and Administration
If you need to rent graduation regalia for the May graduation, please call the bookstore at ext. 3848 by Wednesday, March 27.

Viterbo Receives Addy Award
Communications and marketing brought home three awards from the local Addy Awards Banquet on Saturday, March 2, including the highest honor, an Addy, for the 2000?01 Bright Star Season brochure.

Viterbo also received a Citation of Excellence for the 2000 Viterbo University President’s Report, and a Citation of Excellence for the Connect public service campaign “Had enough? Speak up!” Congratulations to Viterbo and the communications and marketing staff.

Art Gallery Showing Senior Graphic Design Work
The Viterbo University Art Department is holding a Senior Graphic Design show Wednesday, March 20, through Friday, April 12, with an opening reception on Wednesday, March 20 from 7:30?9 p.m. Students exhibiting their work include: Erick Werket, Kate Burgau, Jennifer Premo, Joseph Miller, Darren Orcutt, Jared Schulze, Kristina Meiners, Susan Schaffer, Jessica Zwettler, and  Micah Wabaunsee. The reception is free and open to the public. There is no admission charge to the Gallery, which is located on the third floor of the FAC.

STAR Awards
By Jason Ramaker, Residence Life

Join and help celebrate the academic and service accomplishments of our student leaders and student organizations at the Student Triumph Awards Recognition (STAR) ceremony and reception. The program begins at 7 p.m. on April 30 in the FAC Main Theatre. As a member of the Viterbo community you are all invited to attend this important reception for our students and their families. If you would like to present an award at STAR or recognize a student or organization, it’s still not too late to pick up a “Presenter Form” at the MC mailbox area and return it to Jason Ramaker, residence life, by Monday, March 25.

RA’s Raise Money for a Good Cause
By Rob Anderson, Residence Life

On Tuesday evening, Feb. 19, the Marian Hall RA Staff participated in the Bowl for Kid’s Sake to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Coulee Region. Nearly $500 was raised by the RAs! We would like to thank everyone from the Viterbo community who donated to the RA Team. A fun time was had by all, and several lucky RAs were winners of door prizes and special gifts for bowling abilities.

Negotiations During Dinner
Career Planning and Placement (CPP) is hosting a Dining Etiquette Workshop for seniors on Sunday, March 24, from 6?9 p.m. in the FAC Hospitality Suite. Among other topics, the workshop, which includes a five-course meal, will highlight interview attire, dining etiquette, negotiating an offer. The cost of the workshop is $10 and registration is due today (March 18) in the CPP office.

Jeans Day
Don’t forget to wear jeans this Friday (March 22) to support the Muscular Dystrophy Association for a special Jeans Day. And, since Viterbo is closed on Good Friday, the next Jeans Day will be Thursday, March 28. Those funds will support the La Crosse Tribune Jeans Day.

The Jeans Day collection for Spirit Day on March 1 totaled $50 and the collection for Employee Day on March 8 was $38.

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.

Bright Star Musician Holds Masterclass
Angela Cheng, a world-famous pianist in town to perform for the Viterbo Bright Star Season, will be providing professional instruction to Viterbo students during a piano masterclass on Wednesday, March 20 from 4?5:30 p.m. in the FAC Recital Hall.

Cheng has been hailed by critics for her expert musicianship, subtleties of tone, elegance, and grace. Cheng received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Julliard School and her Master of Music degree from Indiana University. One of Canada’s most gifted pianists, Cheng was the first Canadian to win the prestigious Montreal International Piano Competition in 1988. Among her other awards, she was given the Medal of Excellence in Salzburg in 1991 for her outstanding interpretations of Mozart. Her debut recording of two Mozart concerti with Mario Bernardi and the CBC Vancouver Orchestra received glowing reviews. She is a frequent recitalist and chamber music collaborator who has been presented in venues throughout the world.

During the masterclass, which is free and open to the public, students will be playing pieces by Debussy, Ravel, and Bartok. Cheng will perform during the Bright Star Season on Thursday, March 21 with the Vogler Quartet on the FAC Main Theatre stage.

Tickets for that performance are $27/21.  To order tickets, contact the Box Office at ext. 3100.

O’ Leaders Needed; Valuable Skills Learned
By Anne Ellefson, Student Development Center

Thirty to 35 students are needed to serve as student leaders for Orientation 2002.  Faculty members, work-study supervisors, and club advisors are asked to encourage students to consider volunteering to be an O’ Leader.  It’s an excellent initial leadership experience that provides students with demonstrated skills and experiences in group facilitation and program planning.

O’ Leaders have been instrumental in the success of recent orientations.  The position involves the following responsibilities:
• Attending six hours of training related to helping communication skills and group process, either on Saturday, April 20, or on Thursday, April 18 or 25, from 3?6 p.m.
• Returning to campus on Aug. 21.
• Befriending and assisting new students and their families on move-in day, Aug. 23.
• Leading assigned groups of new students, “O’ Families,” through structured educational and recreational activities scheduled on Aug. 23, 24, and 25.
• Offering support and advice to new students.
• Serving as a role model and mentor.

Interested students may call Anne Ellefson at ext. 3807 for an O’ Leader application or pick one up at the SDC or the display booth in the Union. The application deadline is April 5.  An informational pizza party is scheduled for Thursday evening, March 21, at 8 p.m. in the Union.

Color, Energy, and Delight Combine to Captivate Young People
By Karen DuCharme ’03

Get set for a fantastic journey into the delightful world of Chinese culture when the Dragon’s Tale comes to the FAC Main Theatre on Sunday, March 24 at 3 p.m. as part of the Arts for Young America series.

The Dragon’s Tale is a bright, colorful production choreographed by critically acclaimed Nai-Ni Chen.  Highlighting the role of dance in celebrations and festivals in Chinese community life, the Dragon’s Tale also includes some of the culture’s most fantastic festival dances including the spectacular ribbon and flag dance as seen in the Dragon Boat Festival, the powerful lion dance from the Chinese New Year, and dances created for the Moon Festival in autumn and the Lantern Festival in the spring.

Throughout the production, the 10 remarkable company dancers move with grace and fluidity in the exotic rhythms and motions that reflect the living and enchanting tradition of Chinese arts including poetry, calligraphy, sculpture, philosophy, and the unique culture of the Asian-American.

Choreographer Chen was a renowned traditional dancer in the Republic of China and served in several ambassadorial culture missions to 17 countries around the world.  She graduated from the Chinese Cultural University in 1982 and came to America to seek her own voice in the world of dance.  She also obtained a master’s degree in dance and dance education from New York University.  The inspiration of her dances often comes from the poetic motion of the Chinese painting brush, folk rituals, and ceremonies as well as phenomena of nature.

Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company’s Dragon’s Tale is sponsored by Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Wisconsin, Inc. and supported, in part, by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin.

In the first balcony, tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children under 12.  In the second balcony, tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for children under 12. For more information, contact the Box Office at ext. 3100.

Viterbo Soccer Coaches to Travel “Down Under” with Sports Ambassadors
Men’s soccer coach Mark Brandenburgh and women’s soccer coach Will Lemke will travel to Australia this summer with the “People-to-People Sports Ambassadors” program.

The two were recently selected from a nationwide pool of applicants to coach top youth soccer players from across the country in the Kanga Cup sponsored by Sports Ambassadors. Inspired by an initiative of former President Dwight Eisenhower, the Sports Ambassadors program has been sending students abroad since 1963 in an effort to encourage meaningful exchanges between young people of different cultures. The trip will run from June 29-July 16.

Fine Arts Cultivates “First-timers”
Just how many people does Viterbo draw to its campus for fine arts performances and, more importantly, is that audience growing?

So far this year, the figures that are available show some impressive results.  As of Feb. 27, nearly 10,000 new patrons of the arts made their first appearance at Viterbo. The results reflect a number of different venues including performances for Bright Star, NexStar, the Family Series, Black Box performances, and off-season specials such as Tap Dogs and the Mikado. These figures do not reflect the many youngsters who attend a school-sponsored trip to Viterbo for Arts for Young America performances.

Congratulations to the people in fine arts for the excellent array of performances they provide which contributes to Viterbo’s reputation as the center for the arts for the Greater La Crosse Area.

Nominate a student for SEAL
By Jason Ramaker, Residence Life

Nomination forms are now available at the MC mailbox area for the SEAL awards. SEAL recognizes outstanding student leaders, programs and student organizations. SEAL Awards will be presented at the Student Triumph Awards Recognition ceremony on Tuesday, April 30. Nominations may be sent to the SDC or via email to jkthesing by Monday, March 25.

An Evening of Taize Prayer
Viterbo is holding an evening of Taize-style prayer on Wednesday, March 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the San Damiano Chapel. A sung, meditative form of prayer, Taize is named after the Taize community, an ecumenical, international community of brothers founded in Taize, France in 1940. “Taize-style prayer is a really creative way for Christians to pray together across denominations, without concern for who they are or where they come from,” said Earl Madary, a Viterbo religious studies professor who will lead the evening of prayer. “Taize offers us a chance to reconnect with all Christians, renew ourselves, and pray together for each other and our world.” This evening of Taize-style prayer is part of the St. Rose Lecture Series at Viterbo University and is free and open to the public. Contact Madary at ext. 3407 or ejmadary for more information.

Seniors Direct Plays About Vietnam, Relationships
Phil Nelson and Kevin Dahm have teamed up to present their senior-directed shows on the same evenings. Two free showings will be held this weekend in the Black Box Theatre—Saturday, March 23 and Sunday, March 24, both at 7:30 p.m.

Nelson is directing an original 30-minute, one-act play called All Gave Some, Some Gave All. Vietnam veterans look back at their war experiences and share its effect on their lives in this play. Based on true experiences, these stories help give a clearer picture and stronger appreciation for those who served in the war.

Savage Love, another 30-minute, one-act play, will be performed that night. Directed by Kevin Dahm, the play explores the theme of love and relationships.

POP!!!
By Rob Anderson, Residence Life

We need you to drink up! Cans of soda, that is. The Marian Hall RA Staff is on a mission to collect as many pop tabs as possible this semester. Last semester, we had a good effort and McDonald’s was happy to receive our collection, but this semester we are shooting for the moon. Please start pulling those pop tabs off right way, drink soda and mineral water from cans instead of plastic. Then, while you’re at it, recycle the aluminum can.

The RAs are on a mission to be more environmentally friendly this semester, so your help is greatly appreciated. All pop tabs will benefit the Ronald McDonald House. We will officially collect the pop tabs on Wednesday, May 1. This is just one small project in an effort to help make the campus more environmentally friendly. Be looking for more information about future projects in the coming weeks. If you have any questions about the Pop Tab Campaign, please feel free to contact Rob Anderson, Marian Hall area coordinator, at ext. 3842. Now, drink up!

From the Library
By Lisa Autio

See these and other new books in the new display area of the library:

Jihad vs McWorld: Terrorism’s Challenge to Democracy: Benjamin Barber’s analysis of the central conflict of our times: consumerist capitalism vs. religious and tribal fundamentalism.

The Lost Daughters of China: Abandoned Girls, Their Journey to America, and the Search for a Missing Past, Karin Evans: “There has been much press about rescuing baby girls from China...but little about the women and men who are losing their daughters. Here Evans gives us a whole story.”

Fool for Love and Other Plays: That versatile actor-playwright Sam Shepard creates here, in eight plays, “Shepard country—a landscape of the imagination, an experience that captures our culture and consciousness.”

Roaring Camp: The Social World of the California Gold Rush: Susan Lee Johnson offers a revisionist portrait of the ways in which life in the diggings “profoundly affected and altered American ideas about manhood and society” (American Scholar).
Spirits of the Cloth: Contemporary African American Quilts: Carolyn Mazloomi showcases a group of 150 American quilters with many stories to tell, in brilliant full-color photographs and insightful text.

Madary in Concert
Don’t miss Earl Madary, religious studies, in concert this weekend at Shepherd’s Voice Bookstore. Held on Saturday, March 23, from 8­10 p.m., the free concert features special guest Jason Kalember.

campus ministry
By Fr. Tom O’Neill

ASHES TO EASTER, Lent 2002, Fifth Week of Lent:
“Are you still being faithful to your Lenten resolutions?  No matter how firm or weak your resolve, you have come to face the mystery of sin, loss, and death. Changing old habits is hard. To change something is to lose something. Those chosen for baptism this Easter will change their old habits. They will put to death whatever has kept them from life in Christ. The faithful also will change old habits. They will put to death the sin that mars their faithfulness to God. All in the community need the prayerful and penitential support of their sisters and brothers in Christ. Ezekiel addresses people who have lived in exile and oppression, far from the center of their social and religious life. They have lived in a tomb. Now God promises, ‘I will open your graves and have you rise from them.’  God will dwell with them and give them the divine spirit. This Lent, the church has invited you to examine your life, to confront your sin, and to affirm your intent to change. If you die to whatever keeps you from God, you will grow from the lessons of loss. The Lenten season is nearly complete. The day of promise draws near. God stands ready to open your grave and bring you forth to new life.”
—Written by Paul Turner, @2001, Archdiocese of Chicago, LTP

Sacrament of Reconciliation: Communal Sacrament of Reconciliation (Penance)
for Lent will be celebrated on Monday, March 25 at 6 p.m., San Damiano Chapel. This is our campus Lenten opportunity for confession and absolution.

Schedule:  There will be no liturgies in San Damiano Chapel on Holy Thursday, Good Friday, or Holy Saturday. We will celebrate Easter Sunday with Mass at 11 a.m., San Damiano Chapel.

What does a buck do?  Join the Ashes to Easter project and donate a buck to help others. An additional $129 was added last week and will provide 1,200 doses of Vitamin A for children in Asia. Total amount raised to date is $340. Thanks to those who contributed. See the display in the MC Lobby for details.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord: Please remember those who have died: Vera Marie Anderle, FSPA, alumna; the grandmothers of Alex Kehl and Alitia Kerr; the grandfathers of Jen Hamby and Valerie Wall. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Join the FAC Reunion
By Sally Emerson, Alumni Office

Viterbo Employees are invited to participate in the upcoming Fine Arts Reunion on Saturday, April 6.

From 2:30­4:30 p.m., there will be a Fine Arts Open House which offers alumni the chance to meet the faculty, tour the FAC,  visit the Graphic Design Senior Show in the 3rd floor gallery,  experience new technology in action-lighting, costuming, music, and enjoy historical displays in the lobby. The rest of the schedule includes: 4:30 p.m. social followed by buffet dinner, 7:30 p.m. pops concert—“Too Darn Hot,” and  9:30 p.m. dessert reception (“Final Bow”). Contact the Alumni Office at ext. 3072 by March 25 if you plan to attend.

Changes to Honors Convocation
By Jason Ramaker, Residence Life

Honors Convocation will have a new look and name this year. The ROSE Awards (Recognizing Outstanding Service Excellence) will recognize faculty, staff and administrators for their service at Viterbo. The following awards will be presented: Teacher of the Year, Pax et Bonum, Servant Leader, Fr. J. Thomas Finucan Award, Sr. Helen Elsbernd Distinguished Service Award, Academic Advisor Award, and Alec Chiu Memorial Award. The program will be held in the FAC Recital Hall on Thursday, May 2 at 3:30 p.m. with a short reception to follow. All students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend.

Hang With Alumni After the Show
By Sally Emerson, Alumni Office

Eric Wallbruch ’92 is touring with The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, starring Ann Margaret. The production will be at the Historic Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis on Friday, April 12. The Alumni Association invites you to join us after the show at “Copeland’s of New Orleans” to visit with Eric and other Twin Cities alumni. Call the Alumni Office at ext. 3072 by April 5 if you plan to attend. Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster at 612-673-0404.

kudos to...
• Rochelle Cadogan, business, and Roger, her husband, who recently received their referral for the adoption of a baby girl from Vietnam. Nyah Nicole ThiHa was born Aug. 19, 2001 in Hanoi. The Cadogans went to Hanoi over spring break for finalization of paperwork for the adoption, which will occur in the next several months.
• Nursing faculty Stephanie Genz and Delayne Vogel who were voted “Advisors of the Year” at the semi-annual Wisconsin Student Nurses Association convention in Madison in February.  Mary Foley, President of the American Nurses Association was present to congratulate the two.
• Jan Janiszewski, business, who gave a presentation on “Introducing Blackboard into the Classroom” at the Milwaukee Education and Training Organization’s meeting on Wednesday, March 13.
• Fr. Bernard McGarty, visiting scholar in ecumenical studies, who spoke recently to groups in Black River Falls, Eau Claire, and Wausau. The timeliness of people’s interest in Islam and the religious traditions of Moslems who practice that tradition prompted him to lecture on the topic in these forums. Back in       La Crosse, Fr. McGarty is preparing for his next set of lectures which will detail Anglican-Episcopal Relations with the Catholic Church.
• Fr. J. Thomas Finucan who last week traveled to the Cathedral of Syracuse in New York to present his reflections on Lent.

Enjoy “Flavor of Soul” Lunch
In honor of what would have been the 65th birth year of Sr. Thea Bowman, Viterbo is holding a “Flavor of Soul” lunch on Wednesday, April 10, from 11:30 a.m.­1:15 p.m. in the Marian Hall Cafeteria.

The lunch 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 and tickets can be purchased at the MC reception desk Monday­Friday between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. There is no cost for students on the meal plan.

The Viterbo  community is also invited to celebrate the life and work of Sr. Thea Bowman at a celebration in the Gathering Room at St. Rose Convent that day. Beginning at 11:30 a.m., Maryam Gossling, FSPA will present and give a short talk on her recent icon of Sr. Thea. Dan Johnson-Wilmot, Viterbo music professor, will sing spirituals following her talk.

An FSPA, Sr. Thea served as a true troubadour of God, singing and preaching the Gospel throughout the nation. She died in March 1990 after a battle with cancer.

Greeting cards with Sr. Gossling’s Thea icon are available for $1 per card at the Viterbo Bookstore. In addition, 11” x 14” plaques are available for  $25, and 4” x 5” plaques for $12.50.

focus on
By Karen DuCharme ’03

Name: Bobbie Wilson
Title: Grants Coordinator/Writing Specialist
Department: Institutional Advancement
Family: Bobbie is married to Patrick; they have a daughter, Beth, who recently graduated from       UW-Madison.
Education: Bobbie earned her B.A. in French from UW-Madison.
Hobbies/Interests/Enthusiasms: She enjoys bird watching, traveling, paddling, vegetable gardening, and being outdoors.
Adventures and Travels: Bobbie has traveled to Belize, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Paris, and most recently to Panama.
Future Hopes and Plans: Bobbie plans to gather lots of grant money for Viterbo’s initiatives.
Little Known Fact: Bobbie has two addictions, chocolate and chapstick.

Beausoleil Brings “Cajun Craze” to Viterbo
Cajun revolutionaries Beausoleil avec Michael Doucet will sing, dance, and let the good times roll on the Viterbo FAC Main Stage on Tuesday, March 26, at 7:30 p.m.

Called “the best Cajun band in the world” by Garrison Keillor, Beausoleil got its start 25 years ago at a time when Cajun music and culture wasn’t mainstream. Blackened fish didn’t appear on menus, you couldn’t find a good bottle of hot sauce outside of Louisiana, and there certainly wasn’t any Cajun music to be found. With music as their weapon, this Grammy award-winning recording group blends fiddles, guitar, bass, and drums into a spicy mix that embraces the joys and sorrows found in a centuries-old tradition.

Much of Beausoleil’s music springs from the roots of Cajun culture-including its shared joys and sufferings. The group is led by talented singer, songwriter, and fast and furious fiddler Michael Doucet, who grew up speaking French and is a descendent of the Acadians, the culture from which Louisiana’s Cajun population descended. Together with the other members of the band, he strives to preserve that history and link it with the present state of Cajun music.

As a result, Beausoleil has forever changed the landscape of music with its fiery blend of Cajun with elements of zydeco, New Orleans, jazz, Caribbean rhythm, Tex-Mex, country, blues, and more. Beausoleil is “the best damn dance band you’ll ever hear,” raves Rolling Stone.

Beausoleil avec Michael Doucet is part of the NexStar Season at Viterbo University and is sponsored by Centurytel. It is supported, in part, by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin. Tickets are $16/$22. To order tickets contact the Box Office at ext. 3100.
 
 

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