Connections
A Newsletter for the Viterbo University Community
Vol. 15, No. 21 April 1, 2002
 
 

Conference Phone Now Available
By Steve Wenger, Telecommunications
Viterbo recently purchased a new Polycom conference phone for employees. The phone works in any analog phone jack on campus and requires a 110-volt outlet to operate. Recommended conference rooms in Murphy Center that are available for use are MC 221, Rober’s conference room, and library room 130. You must reserve the phone by calling the Help Desk at ext. 3870, where you can then pick up the phone when it’s needed. You should also make reservations with the appropriate department if you wish to use one of the conference rooms. Questions? Call Steve Wenger at ext. 3950
 

New Pres. April 16
Viterbo senior Nic Gilbertson will swap places with Viterbo President William Medland on Tuesday, April 16. Be sure to wish the “new prez” a hearty welcome and don’t be surprised to see Dr. Medland sitting in classrooms that day. The “President for a Day” event, sponsored by Sigma Pi Delta, is a chance for Viterbo students to swap jobs for a day with the university president.

Deadline is April 4
Don’t forget to buy your lunch ticket to the “Flavor of Soul” lunch in Marian Hall Dining Room on Wednesday, April 10. Tickets are just $5.25. Tickets must be purchased at the MC reception desk by Thursday, April 4.

Morehouse and Maykut Land Research Grant
Can an early intervention program focused on at-risk young mothers experiencing high levels of stress help them and their newborns secure a better future?
Richard “Mort” Morehouse and Pam Maykut, both of the psychology department, think so. At a press conference last week, attended by local media and Wisconsin Governor Scott McCallum, the two received a $125,000 grant from the La Crosse Community Foundation to conduct research that will study the effectiveness of a national model of prevention called the Healthy Families Program (HFP).
Under the HFP model, pregnant mothers are given an assessment at   La Crosse area hospitals to measure “risk” based on factors such as alcohol/drug use, income, age, and single-parent status. Mothers who qualify access the services of HFP without cost. This includes an intensive education component, weekly home visits, and other services designed to maximize a child’s development and maturation potential. Participants in the program have access to a range of medical services including immunizations and other proactive health care measures.
The Family and Children’s Center in La Crosse operates the program which is funded through donations and other support. In earlier research funded by the   La Crosse Community Foundation, Morehouse and Viterbo student John Berger confirmed the hypothesis that the benefits of prevention via the HFP model far exceed the cost of the program.
The next step, for Maykut and Morehouse, is to determine how and why the program works and identify key characteristics that lead to its success. Their findings could provide a powerful tool for professionals who seek to reduce society’s failed cases, for example, those who are eventually incarcerated, abused, or make increased use of a service agency’s time or money.
The $125,000 grant will allow Maykut and Morehouse some release time from teaching and the university has agreed to help Viterbo students who assist on the project by offering them financial aid when possible. The project will last five years and involve an in-depth study of 15 HFP families and 15 control-study families.

What’s in Your Cupboards?
Please, do your part to combat hunger in your area. A “Raid the Cupboards” Food Drive is being held on campus for the Place of Grace. From April 2?11, there will be boxes placed in the lobby of MC, FAC, BNC, SAC, and Student Union for non-perishable food items. The food will be delivered to the Place of Grace on April 12.
 

Make Someone’s Day
Spring is in bloom, and so are the geraniums in Franciscan Skemp Healthcare Auxiliary’s 22nd Annual Geranium Sale. All proceeds support nursing scholarships at Viterbo University and Western Wisconsin Technical College. This year’s sale is May 1?3 at the Franciscan Skemp Healthcare Garage Building, 11th and Ferry Streets, from 9 a.m.?6 p.m. Gift certificates are available in the Franciscan Skemp volunteer office. To purchase gift certificates, to pre-order geraniums, or for more information, call the volunteer office at 785-0940, ext 2709. You can also pre-order geraniums or get information by contacting Alice Kempton at 788-6123.
 

Jeans Day
Don’t forget to wear jeans this Friday to support Viterbo University Spirit Day, which supports the Staff Assembly Grant. The Jeans Day collection for March 22 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association totaled $42. How can you support Jeans Day? Wear jeans and pay $1 to Marcia Brodt at the MC Reception Desk; Ginny Brochhausen, FAC 102; or Carol Strigun, BNC 118.
 

kudos to...
• Tom Thibodeau, religious studies, who was recently elected to a three-year term on the Board of Directors for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Commission on Certification and Accreditation. Among other things, the organization is the accrediting body for ministry formation and clinical pastoral education programs.
• Diane Foust, music, who has been elected president for a second two-year term of the Wisconsin Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Jean Saladino, music, was elected recording secretary, and adjunct faculty member Dean Witz continues a term as an at-large member of the state board.
• Students Sara Melchior, Jill Giudice, Shelly Gorr, and Emily Mark who were guests on local television news shows recently to discuss the Platinum Edition concert, “Too Darn Hot.” Melchior was on WXOW’s Live at 5 on March 22, Giudice was on WXOW’s morning show on April 1; Gorr was on WKBT’s noon newscast March 25; and Mark was on WKBT’s early morning broadcast on March 28.
• Marlene Fisher, sociology/social work/criminal justice, who was interviewed by WKBT TV 8 on March 26 for Women’s History month activities.
• Rochelle Cadogan, business, who was selected for inclusion in the
seventh edition of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, 2002. Only high school and college students who have been cited for academic excellence themselves in Who’s Who Among American High School Students and The National Dean’s List, respectively, are invited to nominate one teacher from their entire academic experience.
• Glena Temple, biology, and students Tena Jensen and Charlie Lauter who were featured on WKBT TV 8 last Thursday for their outreach teaching biotechnology to Central High Schol students.
 

Fiddling Poet Part of Touchstone Kickoff
By Karen DuCharme ’03
Alaska’s fiddling poet, Ken Waldman will be on campus on Wednesday, April 17 to help kick off the 2002 edition of Touchstone and the art department’s All-student Show.
At 7 p.m. in the FAC Recital Hall, the 2002 edition of Touchstone will debut with a performance by poet and folk musician, Ken Waldman, who has poetry published in this edition of Touchstone.  He is the author of       To Live on this Earth and has recorded two CDs: A Week in Eek and Burnt Down House.
Then at 8:15 p.m. in the 3rd floor gallery, the 2002 All-student Art Show opens. The art show runs through    May 3. Copies of the 2002 issue of Touchstone will be available.  Refreshments will be served. Both events are free of charge.
For more information, contact Bill Stobb, English, at ext. 3486.

Learn How to Job Search in Today’s World
By Karen DuCharme ’03
Career Planning and Placement (CCP), MC 312, will host a Job Search Strategies Workshop on Tuesday, April 9 at 3:30 p.m. This workshop will provide students with the necessary tools for conducting an effective job search. Topics being discussed will include resumes, cover letters, interviewing skills, and computer usage in today’s job search.
The use of the Internet will be explored to help students gain an advantage over other job candidates. This workshop is open to all students. Information will be valuable to students in their search for internships as well. Contact CPP for more information by calling ext. 3827 or emailing rlhefti.
 

focus on
By Karen DuCharme ’03
Name: Chad Gilbeck
Title: Help Desk Service Coordinator
Department: Instructional and Information Technology
Family: An only child, Chad grew up on a dairy farm near Coon Valley. The farm, which used to belong to his paternal grandparents, now belongs to Chad’s parents, Gary and Terry. Chad’s grandmother still helps out.
Education: Chad earned a B.S. in management technology from UW-La Crosse.
Hobbies/Interests/Enthusiasms: He enjoys pets, traveling, reading, watching movies, listening to music, and being with friends.
Adventures and Travels: Chad usually takes a cruise once a year. He travels to the Virgin Islands often, and he has been to California and Texas. Chad once traveled throughout the South on a three-week tour.
Future Hopes and Plans: Chad wants to be happy at whatever he is doing. He plans to continue traveling to places he hasn’t been, like Egypt.
Little Known Fact: Chad designs and builds fish and garden ponds.

Accusations of Witchcraft, Superstition are Focus of Performance
The Viterbo theatre department is bringing an Arthur Miller classic to the FAC Main Theatre April 19­21 with its production of The Crucible.
Perhaps the most famous American drama of the 20th century, The Crucible, is an exciting dramatization of the Puritan witchcraft in old Salem.  Both a gripping historical drama and a timely parable for our contemporary society, this play powerfully reveals what can occur in a society that is victimized by fear, superstition, false accusation, and blind faith.
Young Abigail Williams and a group of teenage girls, stifled by the piety of their Puritan elders, make accusations of witchcraft in Salem. The lies take on a life of their own until the whole town is consumed and innocent people are accused and convicted of witchcraft.  Eventually Williams, angry over an ended affair with John Procter, targets his wife, Elizabeth, with accusations of witchcraft. Will John Procter save his family by confessing the truth? By examining our collective conscience and issues of guilt, love, and redemption, The Crucible is a tale of truth on trial.
David Gardiner, theatre, will direct the play. Students in the show include: Seniors Kevin Dahm, Kristen Husby, Rebecca Kaasa, Ben Minnis, and Nadia Wahhab; Juniors David Adamick, Austin Bartsch, Brittany Borcher, Jeramy Felch, Derrick Harper, Jennifer Roberdeau, Emily Mark, and Raisa Thornton; Sophomores Jason Bielke, Chanel Banks, Rachel Finch, Matt Goodness, Kacy Schmitt, and Adam Terry; Freshman Eric Francksen; and Youth Options student Ashley Powell.
Show times are Friday, April 19 and Saturday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 21 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $14/11.  For more information contact the box office at    ext. 3100.

Don’t Miss Alcohol Awareness Week Activities
By Ann Ellefson, Student Development Center
Check out the following events, sponsored by Connect Club and other campus groups for Alcohol Awareness Week, April 7­12:
Sunday, April 7
• Free Hot Wings from the SGA, 7­9 p.m., Union.
• Window Decorating, 7­9 p.m., Union, RA Apartment Staff.
Monday, April 8
• Stress B Gone, 1:30­3:30 p.m., Viterbo Court. Enjoy a massage, blow bubbles, have a pillow fight, make a stress ball, color, or get stress management information. Contests for best sidewalk art and Play Dough sculptures. Rain date is Wednesday. Sponsored by Connect Club.
• Conversations with the Bottle, 7­9 p.m., library room 133.  Hear from a panel of treatment providers, law enforcement personnel, individuals impacted by alcohol abuse, and a “mystery speaker.” Sponsored by the Psychology Club.
• BYOB, 7:30­9:30 p.m., Union. “Bring Your Own Banana” and enjoy a free ice cream sundae from Student Development staff members.
• Movie Night, at 8 p.m., Union. Circle K is sponsoring a showing of King Pin.
Tuesday, April 9
• Buy a Brat, Get a Beer—Rootbeer, That Is, 11 a.m.­1:30 p.m., Assisi Courtyard. Buy a brat, rootbeer, and  cookie for $3 from the Criminal Justice Club.
• Alcohol and Drug Abuse: The Nursing Response, 5:30 p.m., BNC 122. A panel of nurses and a social worker will present alcohol and drug information.
• What’s Brewin’ at Mug Shots?         7 p.m., future site of the campus coffeehouse (former Lumen Office in MHS Annex). Enjoy a free hot beverage from the Coffee House Club.
• When A Man Loves A Woman,       8 p.m., Union. Movie and talk sponsored by Marian  Hall RA Staff.
Wednesday, April 10
• Mocktail Contest, 4:30­6 p.m., MH Dining Room. Taste test non-alcoholic drinks prepared by students and organizations. Sponsored by Global Rhythms. Contact Margaret at ext. 3352 to enter the contest.
• Ignition 2002, 7:30­10:30 p.m. MH Dining Room, from the SAB.
Thursday, April 11
• Viterbo Night at the Pearl, 7­9 p.m. A Viterbo student/staff ID is good for a free single-scoop ice cream cone (large for 50 cents more) at The Pearl. Live music performed by Viterbo students will be entertainment. Sponsored by RSB.
• Connect Club’s Sexual Assault and Alcohol Presentation, 7 p.m., San Damiano Chapel. Sexual assault prevention and intervention strategies.
Friday, April 12
• Drive-in Movie Night at the Black Box Sponsor, 7 p.m. A new release appropriate for Siblings’ Weekend will be shown by Connect Club.

Education and Awareness Activities include a VSNA poster display in the Union on the complications of alcohol use for diabetics; Sigma Pi Delta’s Wall in the Union; Social Work Club display; Education Club’s sidewalk messages; Psychology Club’s “Let’s Talk About It” Web site; Plenty of Stuff to Do! Calendar in the Union is a place to write down alternative activities, which will be shared with local high school students by the Introduction to Chemical Dependency class; “Alcohol on the Big Screen” in the Union; Social Work Club’s display on alcohol issues; and “It’s Elementary” posters that RAs enlisted students at a local elementary school to develop.
Watch for posters and brochures around campus for more information.

Alcohol Screening Day
Hazardous drinking is a factor in about one-third of suicides, half of homicides, and a third of child-abuse cases. Learn more about the problem and what you can do about it by attending National Alcohol Screening Day events at Gundersen Lutheran’s Mooney Resource Center on Thursday, April 11 from                 11 a.m.-2 p.m. A counselor will be available for consultation, a screening test is optional, and educational material will be available. The event is free and confidential. Also, look for an information booth at Valley View Mall Saturday, April 13. Questions? call Lesley Stugelmayer, counseling, at   ext. 3808.

Watch Sr. Thea Video
Women’s Studies is sponsoring a showing of Sr. Thea: Her Own Story on Wednesday, April 3, at 7 p.m. in the Student Union. Following the   50-minute video about the life of Thea Bowman, an FSPA and troubadour who died in 1990 after a battle with cancer, Darrell Pofahl, sociology, will lead a discussion about her impact. The event is free and refreshments will be served.

news you’ll notice
By Wayne Wojciechowski, Assistant Academic Vice President
Last Day to Drop a Class: The last day to drop a full semester course with a grade of “W” is Tuesday,  April 2.

Upcoming New Student Registration: There will be three main dates for advising and registering new students: Saturday, April 27, 150 freshmen are expected; Saturday, May 18, we are anticipating 150 freshmen; Friday, June 28, all remaining new freshmen and transfers will arrive. Students will take placement tests in the morning with advising files ready by noon or earlier if all goes well. Advisors will meet their advisees outside the FAC Main Theatre at approximately 12:45 p.m. The advising and registration process will be from 12:45­3 p.m. while the parents attend Parent Orientation.

All advisors are asked to be present on those three dates to keep the number of students meeting individually with each advisor manageable. Departments may wish to begin with a general presentation to their group or have each advisor take their small group of students separately for a general introduction. This presentation could include topics such as: overview of the major, value of a liberal arts education, outcomes of our general education program, differences between high school and college, academic expectations, and the meeting with academic advisors from 8­8:50 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 26.

After general conversation and remarks, the advisor will meet one-on-one with students to discuss: personal background, academic preparation for college, ACT scores, high school coursework and performances, placement test results, career goals, etc. Course selection is the last item to be discussed and probably should entail the least amount of time in meeting with the student since only course numbers, not specific sections, will be identified. The registrar’s office will choose the sections; however, if there are special needs or issues to be considered in choosing course sections, these need to be noted on the form. Alternative courses need to be identified on the form as well.

The rationale for this process in registering new students is to spend quality time with them so they can begin to reflect and develop realistic expectations for college over the summer. It also begins to set the tone for the student that registration is only one very small part of advising.

Spinning Straw into...Houses?
Spring break was a week of hard work in the sun for several Viterbo students. On their service trip to El Paso, Texas, led by Marilyn Pedretti, volunteer coordinator, the girls helped build straw bale houses. Straw is an excellent natural insulator and helps keep the homes cool in summer and warm in winter. Back row, left to right: Tessa Smaasel, Jen Jahsman, Erin Verhagen, and Reagan Riddle. Frotn row, left to right: Marilyn Pedretti,  Chrissy Taylor, and Ellen Fargen.

Conference Focuses on Community
By Karen DuCharme ’03
The annual Ethics across the disciplines conference, Community: Living with Difference in Art, Religion, and Politics, will be at Viterbo on April 18­20.
Funded in part by a grant from the La Crosse Community Foundation, the conference features professionals from Viterbo and around the U.S.
The keynote speaker is political philosopher Jean Bethke Elshtain whose task has been to show the connections between our political and ethical convictions. She is now one of America’s leading public intellectuals. Elshtain will present in the FAC Main Theatre on Thursday, April 18 from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The rest of the conference runs 8 a.m.­3:35 p.m. Friday, April 19; and 8 a.m.­2:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 20. There is a $10 registration fee, which includes conference materials, refreshments, and continental breakfast. There is no charge for students.
For more information, contact Rick Kyte, ethics, ext.3704 or email ethics.

Tune in, Turn on...
• To WKBT-TV 8’s Cover Story talk show on Sunday, April 7, at 9:30 a.m. when Rick Kyte, ethics, serves as a guest to talk about the new Center for Ethics, Science, and Technology and how the Ethics Institute will use the building for community events and programs. The half-hour show will be taped on April 3.
• To WKBT TV 8’s noon newscast on Monday, April 15 when Bill Stobb, English, talks about events on Wednesday, April 17—Touchstone debut, visiting poet/musician Ken Waldman, and the All-Student Art Show.• To WKBT-TV 8’s Cover Story talk show on Sunday, April 7, at 9:30 a.m. when Rick Kyte, ethics, serves as a guest to talk about the new Center for Ethics, Science, and Technology and how the Ethics Institute will use the building for community events and programs. The half-hour show will be taped on April 3.
• To WKBT TV 8’s noon newscast on Monday, April 15 when Bill Stobb, English, talks about events on Wednesday, April 17—Touchstone debut, visiting poet/musician Ken Waldman, and the All-Student Art Show.

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