Connections
A Newsletter for the Viterbo University Community
Vol. 15, No. 22 April 15, 2002

SIFE Team Again Named Regional Champs
The Viterbo Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) Team matched their educational outreach projects against the programs of other SIFE Teams at the 2002 SIFE Regional Competition and Career Opportunity Fair held April 3 in Minneapolis. The team was named Regional Champion.
Team members included: Lacie Lyste, Emily Olson, Ali Guild, Nick Johnson, Shayna Evans, Jon Jones, Chris Cook, Dan Nelson, Tina Majinski, Ben LaVold, Taka Kuvaoga, Herb Peterson, and Matt Flaby.
SIFE encourages students to take what they learn in the classroom, apply it to real-life situations, and use their knowledge to better their communities through educational outreach programs. A few projects presented by the Viterbo University SIFE Team included Athletic Concessions venture, Teach A Child About Business Program, Responsible Use of Credit Program, and Angel Tree Project for the Salvation Army.
Teams were judged on the effectiveness of their projects during a 24-minute presentation and were evaluated on creativity and innovation, result of educational programs, success in utilizing resources and documentation of activities. Viterbo SIFE students also met with dozens of corporate representatives from the Minneapolis business community to discuss job opportunities.
Regional champions named at 21 competitions held around the country will present their projects at the 2002 SIFE USA National Exposition May 12?14 in Missouri. The national champion in the four-year division will travel to Amsterdam in September to compete at the second annual SIFE World Cup.
John Nebeck and Denise Probert-Bloom are advisors for the Viterbo University SIFE Team. They were named Sam M. Walton Free Enterprise Fellows in recognition of their leadership and support of the SIFE program at Viterbo.
Founded in 1975 and active on more than 1,000 college and university campuses in 28 countries, SIFE is a non-profit organization that works in partnership with business and higher education. Its goal is to provide college students the opportunity to make a difference and to develop leadership, teamwork, and communication skills through learning, participating, and teaching the principles of free enterprise.

Elshtain Talk Part of Community Symposium
By Karen DuCharme ’03
America’s leading expert on ethics, politics, and religion,  Jean Bethke Elshtain, is coming to the Viterbo University FAC Main Theatre Thursday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m. presenting “You Can’t Be Different All by Yourself: Citizens and Communities.”
Elshtain’s talk will include addressing the following questions:
• Is religious expression a threat to democracy?
• How should our First Amendment rights apply to the current controversies concerning religion in public life?
• And how can we, as members in community, live with difference on controversial issues?
Elshtain might also touch on issues that are found in our own community, such as the controversies surrounding the Ten Commandments monument and the Hiawatha statue located in La Crosse’s public parks.
A prolific author and national and international guest lecturer, she has held more than two dozen endowed lectureships.  A recipient of seven honorary degrees, she has had a fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton and has been a scholar in Residence at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Conference and Study Center in Como, Italy. Currently serving as chair of the Council on Families in America, she is also the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Professor of Ethics at the University of Chicago. Elshtain is co-director of the recently established Pew Forum on Religion and American Public Life.
Her presentation is part of the Community: Living with Difference in Art, Religion, and Politics an ethics across the disciplines conference sponsored by the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership, funded in part by a grant from the La Crosse Community Foundation. Elshtain’s talk is free and open to the public; however the cost of attending the daytime events of the Community conference is $10. For more information call ext. 3704 or email ethics.

Registration Reminder
Community: Living with Difference in Art, Religion, and Politics is the ethics conference at Viterbo this week. Funded in part by a grant from the La Crosse Community Foundation, it runs       8 a.m. to 3:35 p.m. on Friday, April 19; and 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 20. There is a $10 registration fee but no charge for students. Contact Rick Kyte, ethics,   ext. 3704 or email ethics.

President for a Day is Tuesday
Viterbo senior Nic Gilbertson will swap places with Viterbo President William Medland this Tuesday, April 16. Be sure to wish the “new president” a hearty welcome. The “President for a Day” event is sponsored by Sigma Pi Delta.

Free Lunch this Wednesday!
Viterbo University faculty, staff, and administration are invited to a free soup lunch this Friday in the SAC Lobby from 11:30 a.m.?1 p.m. The Garden, Grove, and Bakery will cater the meal that includes a bowl of garden vegetable soup, fresh fruit, breads, and rolls, cookies, lemonade, coffee, and water. The event is sponsored by the Social Committee.
 

Mugs Needed
Office full of mugs? Get rid of them! Mug Shots is a brand new student organization that is currently planning the opening of a new coffeehouse on campus next year.  To get ready, they’re holding a Coffee Mug Drive.  Be part of history, give it a “shot,” and clean off those old coffee mugs.  We’ll take them in any size, shape or color.  Drop off boxes are located in all academic buildings.  Javalicious!
 

kudos to...
• Jane Mrozek, nursing, who was selected for inclusion in the 7th edition of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, 2002.
• Viterbo Student Nurses Association (VSNA) and their advisors, nursing faculty Delayne Vogel and Stephanie Genz. The second edition of NURSINGmatters’ student edition featured articles and pictures from the 53rd Annual Wisconsin Student Nurses Association Convention held in March. Over half of the photos included Viterbo nursing majors. An article by Sarah Klitzke, senior and president of the VSNA and one by Karl Nordin,  Viterbo nursing class of 1996 were also included.
• Jennifer Anderson-Meger and Deb Daehn Zellmer, both of sociology/social work/criminal justice, for presenting on Cultural Competence and Child Welfare Practices at the 5th Annual Child Maltreatment Conference: Neglect the Invisible Pain, sponsored by Franciscan Skemp Healthcare. This is a professional, multidisciplinary, statewide conference held in La Crosse each year.
• The School of Nursing which announced that the percentage of its graduates passing the registered nurse National Council Licensure Examination is the second highest of all baccalaureate programs in the state of Wisconsin. Results were compiled from the previous eight quarters (first quarter 2000 to fourth quarter of 2002), and indicated that Viterbo had a pass rate of 92 percent. The national average pass rate is 85 percent. The School of Nursing currently has 251 students enrolled: 92 freshmen, 60 sophomores, 46 juniors, and 54 seniors.
 

 Middle East Talk
What are you doing for lunch today? Bring your lunch and join in the Seventh Day Discussion in MC 402A from noon?12:50 p.m. for an open discussion, “Thinking About the Middle East: What’s Happening and What Can We Do?”

Auf Wiedersehen
By Karen DuCharme ’03
It’s off to Europe for Viterbo University’s Concert Choir and 9th Street Singers.
The Viterbo and La Crosse communities are welcome to see them off at a farewell concert in the Viterbo University FAC Main Theatre on Sunday, April 28 at 2 p.m. when they will perform their Auf Weidersehen concert.  The two groups leave for Europe on Monday, May 13 and return to La Crosse on Wednesday, May 29.  Throughout their tour of Austria and Germany, they will give nine concerts and perform music that include Johannes Brahms, Aaron Copland, and Johann Sebastian Bach. Admission for the Auf Weidersehen concert is $10 and tickets are available in the box office. For more information, contact Dan Johnson-Wilmot at ext. 3761.

focus on
By Karen DuCharme ’03
Name: Jessica Pintz
Title: Administrator
Department: Advance Office
Family: Jessica is married to Dan; they have a son, Christopher, who is six months old.
Education: She attended WWTC.
Hobbies/Interests/Enthusiasms: Playing with Christopher is one of her favorite things, but Jessica also enjoys scrapbooking, walking, and taking pictures.
Adventures and Travels: Jessica has traveled to Mexico, Reno, Door County, and the western Caribbean on a cruise.
Future Hopes and Plans: She hopes to have one or two more children, and to continue to enjoy life. Jessica hopes to travel more, and further her own education.
Little Known Fact: Jessica is usually happy.

Award-winning Student Plays Staged April 26­27
The Viterbo and La Crosse communities will get a chance to see the award-winning one-act plays by three Viterbo students on Friday and Saturday, April 26-27 during the Fresh Ink Series. The three one-act plays that will be staged each evening include:
King Me, by junior Dan Nord: A surreal tale set in a jail cell, the play is about the cages we build around ourselves by our own actions or inaction.
Dummies, by senior Ben Minnis: Is living in the real world worth it? Stan doesn't think so. He decides to hole himself up in his apartment with two mannequins as companions until one day a knock on his door forces him to confront reality.
Roark’s Lament, by Keely Wolter: Seeing each other for the first time in a many years, a brother and sister are forced to confront the past at their father’s funeral.
Nord and his play King Me won the playwriting competition at this year’s Region III American College Theatre Festival (ACTF). He was joined in the playwriting finals by Minnis and Wolter—making it the first time in the history of region III that three of the six finalists have been from the same school.
Nord, Minnis, and Wolter entered their plays in the Original One-Act Competition at the annual festival held in January in Evansville, Ind. They competed against 42 other entries from graduate and undergraduate students at schools throughout the region, which includes Wisconsin, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana.
“It is really quite amazing that a small school like Viterbo would have three of the finalists. This is especially significant considering the fact that these students were competing against graduate students in playwrit-ing programs at such prestigious schools as Michigan State, Indiana State, and the University of Illinois,” said Dean Yohnk, region III playwriting chair for ACTF and former theatre professor at Viterbo.
“This is a true indication of the level of ability and excellence achieved by the Viterbo playwriting students. I am very proud of these gifted young playwrights,” he added.
According to Yohnk, who coordinates all new student written play competitions and presentations at the regional festival, the scripts were each judged blindly. The names of the playwrights and their schools were removed from the plays and sent to a finalist selection committee composed of professors from throughout the region. To keep the process fair, judges were not allowed to evaluate their own students’ work.The six finalist plays were then read aloud at the festival and evaluated and ranked by judges from schools outside of region III.
As the winner, Nord received a small monetary reward and is invited back to next year’s regional ACTF to present a full-scale production of his original work. His work will also be published by the Kennedy Center.
The Fresh Ink Series will be staged in the Black Box Theatre at 4 p.m. Tickets are $4. Revenue from the productions will assist with the expenses for students to travel to next year’s regional festival.

Snuff Those Wicks
By Jay McHenry, Physical Plant
Lit candles are not allowed anywhere on campus except the College Church. If a lit candle or evidence of one is found, Physical Plant reserves the right to remove it. Due to the nature of our facilities and the danger that candles present, it is necessary to be diligent in adhering to this practice. Questions/comments are welcome at anytime. Call Jay McHenry at ext. 3920.

Art Show Opens; Touchstone Debuts
Alaska’s fiddling poet, Ken Waldman will be on campus this Wednesday 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 runs through May 3 and features the work of Viterbo art students, freshman through senior, from all areas
and media. Copies of the 2002 issue of Touchstone will be available at the opening reception and refreshments will be served. Both events are free of charge. For more information, contact Bill Stobb, English, at ext. 3486 or Ed Rushton, art, at ext. 3752.

Employee Recognition Banquet is May 2
Help honor those receiving recognition at the Annual Employee Recognition Banquet this year on Thursday, May 2 in the FAC. The social begins at 6:15 p.m. (cash bar) followed by a 7 p.m. dinner. The cost of the meal is $8 and reservations and payment must be made by Friday, April 26 in the Business Office. Those being honored include: Ron Amel, 30 years; Pat Zander, 20 years; Apryl Ferris, 10 years; and retirees Diane Crane, Rose Kreutz, and Jeanine Luger, OSF. Also honored will be the recipients of the university awards distributed during the Rose Awards ceremony that afternoon.

Get Out and Make a Difference
There are still a few end-of-year service learning opportunities for students or others who want to get out and do good deeds. They are:
Earth Day, April 22: Help “clean up”  Viterbo from 4­7 p.m. we will do various projects around campus. Students can complete hours needed for their community service requirement and have fun at the same time. We’re encouraging any and all groups, clubs, and organizations to make this a team effort by awarding a prize to the group that has the most participants. Please register for this fun event by signing the posters that are hanging around campus or by stopping in the Student Union to register at our registration table. Contact Tina Mahlum, Advance, for more information at ext. 3370.
Girl Scouts: A group of students who will help set up tents for the summer program is needed. This requires approximately three hours of both heavy and light work. Names are needed by Friday, April 12. Contact Sarah at 784-2614 or email: campehawee@yahoo.com for more information.
Habitat for Humanity: Come pound a nail, slap on some joint compound or paint a wall. Habitat has three house projects and could use a little extra help. Work days are all day Saturday and some afternoons during the week, depending on supervision. Questions? Contact Marilyn Pedretti ext. 3829.

campus ministry
By Fr. Tom O’Neill
EASTER, 2002-Week 3: “Christian parents have the joy of teaching the faith to their children. When they teach small children, they tell the story in its simplest terms: Jesus came from God. He performed many miracles. His enemies put him to death on a cross. God raised him up again. These are the core elements of the story of Jesus. When parents tell them, they renew their own faith. On Pentecost, Peter found himself in a situation that called for the core message. He stood up in Jerusalem before a group of his peers and preached to the crowds. What could he say?  He told the basics. Jesus came with a mission and he rose from the dead. Some people think that they do not know enough about their faith to teach others. They shy away from volunteering. Yet the core message of our belief is contained in the creed we know so well and recite so regularly. And if the faith has truly taken firm root in our hearts, we will be unable to keep quiet about its message. We can tell the basics as well as Peter did that day. Christian parents do this best, but all of us are called in many ways to proclaim the simple message and core belief: Jesus came from God, and he is risen!”
—Written by Paul Turner, Liturgical Training Publications, 2001.

THANK YOU  for your generous support of the “Ashes to Easter” campaign. The  $800 will be used to immunize 20 children, purchase a dairy goat for an African Family, equip a health clinic in Liberia, provide 1,200 doses of Vitamin A, plant 20 fruit trees in the Dominican Republic, and feed 15 children in Kenya for five months. Your generosity will be shared with many!

RAKE IT UP!  Earth Day is April 22 and we are encouraging everyone to help “clean up” Viterbo from     4­7 p.m. that day. Please register for this fun event by signing the posters that are hanging around campus or registering in the Student Union.

Volunteer Recognition Night—The seventh annual Volunteer Recognition Night will take place tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the FAC lobby. We will be recognizing volunteers from local high schools, UW-L, WWTC, and Viterbo. Students selected from Viterbo for their dedication to community involvement are: Jaci Carlson, Nic Gilbertson, Karin Heckman, Kristen Krocker, Reagan Riddle, and Heath Thayer. All are welcome to the presentation.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord: Please remember those who have died: the mother of Karla McClintock; the grandmother of Jodi and Michael Melnichak. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Aarchaeology Field Days at UW-L in May
The Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center at the UW-L will celebrate Wisconsin Archaeology Week,      May 11­19, by offering hands-on experience with archaeological digs.
The center will open a two-day survey of local fields to anyone interested from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 18 and 19. The purpose is to find unreported archaeological sites.
This field survey opportunity is a public event; children may participate if accompanied by an adult. Each day will begin with an introduction at the archaeology center at UW-L, followed by helping with an actual off-campus field survey. Participants will end each day back in the archaeology center washing artifacts recovered. The event is free, but requires advanced registration. The number of participants is limited and is first come, first served.
For more information or to register, contact the Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center at 608-785-8454. For a complete list of activities during Wisconsin Archaeology Week, visit: www.shsw.wisc.edu.

Pay $1 to Support Causes and Wear Jeans
Don’t forget to wear jeans this Friday to support the Food Pantry. The Thursday, March 28 collection for the La Crosse Tribune Jeans Day was $22. The Friday, April 5 collection for Viterbo Spirit Day totaled $30 (proceeds support the Staff Assembly Grant). How can you support Jeans Day this week? Wear jeans and pay $1 to Marcia Brodt at the MC Reception Desk or Ginny Brochhausen, FAC 102.

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