A Newsletter for the Viterbo University Community
Vol. 15, No. 23 April 29, 2002
Cardinal Keeler to Receive Honorary Degree at Spring Commencement
His Eminence William Cardinal Keeler will receive an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters during graduation Sunday, May 12 at the La Crosse Center.
Cardinal Keeler was appointed archbishop of Baltimore by Pope John Paul II in 1989 and appointed to the College of Cardinals by Pope John Paul II in 1994. An influential participant in a wide range of national and international issues, Cardinal Keeler was elected president of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops (NCCB) and the U.S. Catholic Conference in 1992.
As part of his work with the NCCB, Cardinal Keeler has developed a reputation for effectively building interfaith bonds. He is particularly noted for his work in fostering an effective Catholic-Jewish dialogue and is the Episcopal moderator of Catholic-Jewish Relations of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops. As chair of the NCCB’s Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligous Affairs from 1984?87, he helped arrange the Pope’s meetings with Jewish leaders in Miami and with Protestant leaders in Columbia, S.C. during the 1987 papal visit. In 1994, Cardinal Keeler was appointed to the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and to the Congregation for the Oriental Churches. He is the vice president of the Catholic Near East Welfare Association and a member of the Black and Native American Missions Board.
Among his many honors, he has received the Elizabeth Ann Seton Award from the national Catholic Educational Association, the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem Lifetime Achievement Award, the Mahmound Abu Saud Excellence Award from the American Muslim Council.
Also at this year’s commencement, which begins at 10 a.m., Earl Madary ’88, president of the Faculty Assembly, will be the master of ceremonies; Sarah Klitzke ’02 will present the senior address, and Rose Ann Kazmierczak ’61 will give the alumni welcome. The benediction will be given by Rev. Raymond L. Burke, Bishop to the Diocese of La Crosse.
Dates to Remember
RN Pinning Ceremony, Saturday, May 11, 1 p.m., FAC Main Theatre
RN-to-BSN Pinning Ceremony, Saturday, May 11, 3:30 p.m., FAC Recital Hall
Baccalaureate Mass, Saturday, May 11, 5:30 p.m., Maria Angelorum Chapel
Commencement, Sunday, May 12, 10 a.m., La Crosse Center*
*Faculty and administration should line up in full regalia, by 9:30 a.m., on the right-hand side of the concourse level of the La Crosse Center.
Classes are winding down and so is publication of Connections and e-connections. This is the last issue of Connections and the last issue of e-connections is next Monday. Please submit your news about end of year events by noon on Thursday. Email your news to connections or send it via interoffice mail to Connections. Any urgent news items or updates during the summer months will be issued by all-employee email.
May Day Flower Sale
Students from Jan Janiszewski’s Organizational Behaviors class are selling May Day flowers. This sale is open to Viterbo faculty and staff. May Day flowers will be delivered with a sweet treat and personal message on May 1 to the co-worker(s) of your choice. The price is $2 and all proceeds go to the La Crosse Boys and Girls Club. Deadline to purchase is today by 5 p.m. Contact Lacie Lyste (ldlyste) or Claire Regnier (cmregnier) via email stating co-workers name and personal message desired. The $2 is payable at the Business Office on April 30
Last Day to File for a Grade of Incomplete
The last day to file a request for a grade of Incomplete (“I”) for the spring semester is this Thursday, May 2. The request forms are available in the Learning Center. Please see page 38 of the 2001?03 catalog for guidelines or contact Wayne Wojciechowski at ext. 3085.
Initial Accreditation Site Visit
By Deb Daehn Zellmer, Social Work
Today and tomorrow, April 29 and 30, there will be representatives from the Council on Social Work Education conducting the site visit for initial accreditation for the Social Work Program. This visit is the culmination of almost five years of work to develop the social work program on campus. A determination regarding accreditation will be voted on by the Council on Social Work Education Commission on Accreditation next October.
Honoring Students and Colleagues
Don’t miss the following award ceremonies on campus this week:
STAR Awards: Formerly part of Honors Convocation, the Star Awards, highlighting student accomplishments, is this Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the FAC Main Theatre. Rick Walters, theatre, will emcee and Platinum Edition will perform a few selections from their recent concert, “Too Darn Hot.” An ice cream social follows.
Rose Awards: Teacher of the Year and Servant Leader are just two of the awards to be given out honoring co-workers and friends at the Rose Awards. Awards will be announced during the ceremony on Thursday, May 2, at 3:30 p.m. in the FAC Recital Hall.
• Deb Daehn Zellmer, social work, participated in a panel discussion of Lois Lowry’s book The Giver at the La Crosse Public Library in conjunction with the city wide Read One Book program.
• Rose Kreutz, nursing, who appeared on KQEG, channel 23’s Coulee Conversations program to talk about the Franciscan Skemp Auxiliary Geranium Sale which benefits Viterbo nursing scholarships. The half-hour program aired twice—Friday, April 19 and Monday, April 22.
• Silvana Richardson, nursing, who presented her research “Complementary Health/Healing in BSN Education: Current State of the Art” at a seminar for the College of Nursing, University of Utah, on April 19. This study was conducted as a part of her sabbatical as a visiting scholar at the University of Utah during this academic year. Richardson also presented a guest lecture for the department of nursing at Westminster College in Salt Lake City on “Healing Touch: Implications for Self-Care and Healing” on April 24.
Camp Creative to Focus on “The Movies”
Viterbo University is looking for children who want to use their imagination in new and fun ways this summer during Camp Creative, June 24?28.
Sponsored by the Viterbo Preparatory School of Arts, Camp Creative is a summer program for children ages 5?11. During camp, kids will explore the theme “The Movies” through music, drama, art, and other fun activities in age-appropriate groups. The sessions, held all week from 8:30 a.m. to noon in the Viterbo FAC, are divided into the following groups—ages 5?6; ages 7?8; and ages 9?11. On Friday, the final day of camp, parents are invited to a Camp Creative open house to experience the children’s completed projects.
The cost of Camp Creative, which includes all materials, is $65 for the first child and $50 for additional children in a family. Enrollment is limited. The registration deadline is June 14. For more information or to register, call ext. 3730.
Viterbo is also looking for teacher’s assistants for Camp Creative. Students who have participated in the camp during years past but who now exceed the age limit are invited to contact Mary at ext. 3730 for more information about helping out at this year’s event.
Personal Economics Class Visits Chicago
By Chris Cook ’02
The Economics 400 class, Personal Spending and Saving, recently had the unique opportunity of touring several important financial institutions in Chicago. Instructor Denise Probert Bloom led a group of 15 students to Chicago April 21?22 to offer a glimpse into the everyday workings of the American economy.
The trip included a tour of the Chicago Board of Trade, where students had an eye-opening experience. There, the group learned how the Chicago Board of Trade became the world’s largest futures exchange—trading agricultural products and U.S. Treasury Bonds. The group then saw the Federal Reserve of Chicago, where new money is stored for circulation and old money is shredded (over $20 million a day!) Finally, the group took in the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, which included a brief lesson on the hand signals used by traders. The trip was topped off with a visit to the world-famous Gino’s East Pizzeria downtown.
The Personal Economics Class would like to sincerely thank the Student Government Association for its generous monetary contribution to this trip. It would not have been possible without their help. The trip was educational and enjoyable and may become an annual tradition.
By Karen DuCharme ’03
Name: Beth Hartung
Title: Program Assistant
Department: Global Education
Family: Beth is married to Kazuya Agata, and they have two children, Maya, almost 8, and Noah, 4.
Education: From UW-L, Beth earned a B.S. in political science. Currently working on her master’s degree at UW-L in education with a focus on college student development and administration, she will graduate in May.
Hobbies/Interests/Enthusiasms: Beth enjoys outdoor activities, as well as reading.
Adventures and Travels: After receiving her undergraduate degree, Beth taught English in Japan for about 10 years; she studied abroad in Scotland during undergraduate school. When she retires, Beth wants to bicycle around the world.
Future Hopes and Plans: Currently job-searching, Beth hopes to continue working on a college campus. She also wants to get her Ph.D.
Little Known Fact: When she was a child, Beth cracked her forehead open many times from bicycle-riding accidents. Growing up with four older brothers and one older sister, Beth tried to do what they did, but she wasn’t always successful.
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 Friday, April 19 was $45 for the Food Pantry.
How can you support Jeans Day? Wear jeans and pay $1 to Marcia Brodt at the MC reception desk or Ginny Brochhausen FAC 102.
Spring Career Planning and Placement Events
By Amy Lane, Career Planning and Placement
Dining Etiquette Evening: This spring, Career Planning and Placement (CPP) coordinated the third Dining Etiquette Evening. Interest in the event has grown over the last two years. On Sunday, March 24, there were 35 students from majors such as: criminal justice, math, nursing, chemistry, human resources, elementary education, psychology, management, dietetics, organizational management, biology, graphic design, and sociology. Topics discussed included: first impressions and introductions, ordering items from the menu, eating etiquette, conversation basics, references, job offer etiquette, thank you notes, interview attire, business casual, and career success.
Speakers included Robert Dean, dean of the Dahl School of Business; Kay Larson ’56, retired from Gundersen Lutheran; Lyell Montgomery, Thompson Consulting; and Jennifer Holtz ’02, Marshall Fields. Alumni attending included Ellen Cavadini ’94, John Dunnum ’87, Cindy Quade ’77, and Sally Emerson ’77, director of alumni and parent relations. Mary Hassinger, dean of the School of Letters and Sciences and Phyllis Blackstone, education, also attended. The meal was planned and prepared by Mary Simota, Mike Raymond, and staff from Aramark. Thanks to all who helped make the evening a success.
Nursing Careers Update: CPP has assisted many nursing students with their employment plans. In February, CPP conducted an information session on nursing resumes and hosted a mock interview panel with nursing professionals from the community.
And, on Feb. 28, CPP coordinated the Nursing Career Fair with over 185 students and 54 recruiters to discuss career opportunities in nursing. Thanks to the Viterbo Student Nursing Association who assisted with the table set up and student registration. Throughout the semester, CPP also arranged for representatives from several health care facilities to meet with students to discuss nursing career opportunities and internships.
Business Careers Update: CPP coordinated the second annual Business Career Fair with the Students in Free Enterprise on March 19. Sixty business students attended to discuss career opportunities and internships with over 25 recruiters. The employer relationships for Viterbo business students are building and, in the future, will lead to internships and career opportunities.
Learn New Computer Skills
By Jeff Nyseth, IIT
The following training will be offered the week of April 29?May 3:
Office XP Upgrade Familiarization—Over the summer, we will be changing over to Microsoft Office XP. There are some changes you’ll need to be aware of to get the maximum productivity out of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and FrontPage. This short session will give you an overview of the differences between Office 2000 and Office XP. This training will be offered at the following times:
• Tuesday, April 30, 9?10 a.m., MC 305
• Wednesday, May 1, 1?2 p.m., MC 304
• Friday, May 3, 11 a.m.?noon, MC 304
Intro to Microsoft FrontPage—This class will teach you the basics of creating and editing Web pages with Microsoft FrontPage. You will learn how to insert text, images, and create basic hyperlinks. This course will be offered Thursday, May 2 from 8:15?10 a.m. in MC 305
Please register for all classes in advance. To register, contact Jeff Nyseth at ext. 3285 or email him at jcnyseth.
Get Fit This Summer!
Interested in keeping in shape this summer? Join the noontime exercise crew for strength training classes in the basement of Rose Terrace twice weekly. Whether you’re a year-round, 10-month, or nine-month employee, you’re invited to participate. Contact Jean Moore, FSPA, student development, by Monday, May 6, if you’re interested in signing up. The cost will be determined after all participants are on board.
By Fr. Tom O’Neill
EASTER, 2002—Week 5: “It started with an argument about dinner. Three weeks ago, we heard the happy story of the blissful teamwork among the early Christians. They loved one another, shared things in common, prayed together, and their numbers grew. Well, the honeymoon is over. As the numbers increased, so did disagreements. It started with an argument about dinner. The Greek widows weren’t getting enough to eat before the food ran out. The Twelve were too busy preaching to manage meals. But they had to have charity at home if they were to preach authentically, so they appointed seven leaders to straighten out the problems with dinner. That’s how we first got deacons in the church. Deacons may have started as table ministers, but they did not end that way. Not long after this story, we find them preaching the gospel near and far with all the fervor of the Twelve. The word of God spread because of the work of deacons, but it never would have happened if there hadn’t been an argument about dinner. Arguments don’t have to lead to anger and broken relationships. They can lead to solutions with better results than anyone ever imagined.”
—Written by Paul Turner, Liturgical Training Publications, 2001.
• Baccalaureate Mass will be held on Saturday, May 11 at 5:30 p.m., Maria Angelorum Chapel, St. Rose Convent.
• There will be no 11 a.m. Mass on Sunday, May 12.
• There will be no 6 p.m. Sunday Mass during the summer months, beginning May 12.
• Please check the summer Rooftop for changes in the Mass schedule during the summer months.
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord: Please remember those who have died: the grandfather of Jade Butler and the mother-in-law of Keith Knutson. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
PRAYER DURING THE SUMMER
“Great God, you dress the world in summertime, and paint the sky with stars. You write your story on our lives, and guide the ways of all.”
“Give us a wide sense of wonder, that we may unwrap the world like a gift, always thanking you for your goodness, and living in love with our neighbors, in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”
news you’ll notice
By Michael Ranscht, Fine Arts Center
As the semester comes to an end, and everyone is looking forward to a little time off, the Viterbo FAC and box office are diving into their busiest time of the year. With the announcement of the 2002-03 Bright Star Season only last week, the season tickets campaign is off to a great start.
The musical-comedy smash hit Forbidden Hollywood, a satirical look at Hollywood today, will be opening the Bright Star Season on Sept. 12. Next, the Viterbo theatre department will present a musical revue, Celebrating 100 Years of Richard Rogers, Oct. 11?13. On Nov. 12, Doc Severinsen & His Big Band, will grace our stage. This Grammy-award-winning, big-band musician is timeless, and will definitely be a favorite this season. Turtle Island String Quartet with special guests the Ying Quartet present an evening of traditionally classical music, paired with innovative jazz improv, on Nov. 17. The Viterbo music department will present the traditional Christmas Concert and Lobby Celebration, performing J. S. Bach’s Magnificat and John Rutter’s Dancing Day, Dec. 7-8. The New Year will start off with excitement as the African percussion ensemble, Les Percussions de Guinee presents their authentic African drumming and dancing, Jan. 28. The unique style of choreographer Bob Fosse hits our stage Feb. 7, in the brilliant musical tribute to his work, Fosse. The Viterbo music and theatre departments, together, will present the opera, Die Fledermaus Feb. 28?March 2. What better way to spend St. Patrick’s Day than with a traditional Irish Folk group? Cherish the Ladies will spend St. Patrick’s Day with us, sharing their Irish traditions and music. On April 4, Le Trio Gershwin will share with us the spirit and magic of Gershwin. Finally, the season closes with the Tony-Award winning musical, Ain’t Misbehavin’ the Fats Waller Musical Show. As a special added performance, American Player’s Theatre will be presenting William Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, on Oct. 29.
Season tickets will be available until June 5. Single ticket sales begin in August. If you have any questions feel free to visit the box office, or call ext. 3100. Look for the NexStar and Family series announcements during the summer.
Parking Policy Info for 2002-03
By Todd Ericson, Business Office
The 2001?02 parking permits expire on Aug. 14. The 2002?03 parking permits may be purchased at the MC reception desk from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, beginning Aug. 5. You may purchase one permit only, and must present your Viterbo ID and provide accurate information on the year, make, and model of the vehicle, color of the vehicle, license plate number, and current local phone number. The price is $20. Employee parking permit holders are permitted to park in lots A, B, G, H, or I, but are not guaranteed a space. Employees who do not purchase a permit will be required to park on city streets, or be subject to a fine.
Construction of the Center for Ethics, Science, and Technology will continue in 2002?03. During construction, all or a portion of parking lot I, as well as portions of 9th and Mississippi streets will be barricaded and unavailable for parking to accommodate construction staging areas, material storage, and crane operation.
As a parking permit holder, you will be responsible for understanding and adhering to Viterbo’s parking policies. A summary of the parking policies is available at the MC reception desk. A complete copy of the policies is available at www.viterbo.edu, and is on reserve in the library.
How to Make an American Quilt Movie Night
Exploring the positive influence of women on our lives is the goal of this week’s movie night and “quilting” activity. Students, staff, and faculty are invited to stop by the Student Union this week and “quilt” a square. Those participating should decorate their square with words or images that show the impact of the women who have positively affected them. The squares will be put together in a quilting pattern and displayed in the Union during the movie, How to Make an American Quilt, on Wednesday, May 1 at 7:30 p.m. Starring Winona Ryder, Ann Bancroft, Maya Angelou, and Ellyn Burstyn, the movie centers on Ryder’s character who must decide whether she’s ready for marriage. She spends the summer with her grandmother and hears wisdom and experience from generations through the members of her grandmother’s sewing circle. The movie is free and refreshments will be provided. This event is sponsored by the Women’s Studies Committee with support from the outer apartment staff.
Get Your Info in Orientation Packets
By Anne Ellefson, Student Development Center
Campus individuals or groups wishing to include a brochure or flyer in folders for incoming students next fall should deliver 375 copies of the materials to Anne Ellefson at the Student Development Center by July 15. Information about campus services, special events, educational or volunteer opportunities, or important deadlines is welcome. The information in these folders is shared and discussed with small groups of new students during one of the fall orientation sessions.
Spring Cleaning for a Good Cause
Clean out the closet and empty out the cupboards for the Salvation Army. Anything will do—new or used, hats, mittens, non-perishable food, soap, shampoo, lotion, deodorant, and other personal hygiene products, children’s and adult clothes (male and female), children’s toys, and other miscellaneous items like school supplies, books, shoes, etc. are needed. Donate your items by placing them in boxes located throughout campus, including one in the MC Lobby. The collection runs through Wednesday, May 1. This community service effort is organized and executed by Charlotte Koski and Maya Damrell as part of their self-action project for the Women’s Health Issues class. Contact Koski at ext. 3351 or Damrell at ext. 0801 if you have questions
Welcome New Hires:
Elizabeth Bass, library
Dave Crawford, physical plant
Gretchen Kinney, communications and marketing (starts 5/8)
Jessica Pintz, Advance
Bob Vandermolen, physical plant
Rose Kreutz, nursing
Diane Crane, art
Jeanine Luger, OSF, library
Karen Durnin, communications and marketing
Jennifer Goodwin, religious studies
Mike Lauer, biology
Gail Rogers, dietetics
Lynn Sirianni, athletics
Carol Strigun, nursing
2002?03 RA Staff Announced
By Adrienne Appler, Residence Life
The Residence Life Center would like to congratulate and welcome your resident assistants (RAs) for the 2002?03 academic year. Tessa Smasal and Erin Verhagen will be returning to the Marian Hall complex. Andy McLees, John Sheski, Samantha Johnson, Katie Reiser, Stephanie Zaborowski, Dave Ellenwood, and Suzanne Longenecker will be new RAs to the Marian Hall complex. Taka Kuvaoga and Jen Jahsman will be returning to the apartment complex. Jessica Baumler, Rebecca Morphew, Beth Schiebe, Denise Pippo, and Chad Gonczy will be new RAs to the apartment complex. The residence life staff is looking forward to working with this dynamic group of individuals.
The Residence Life Center would also like to introduce you to our resident/conference assistants for this summer: Janeen Lo Piccolo, Claire Bischel, Dawn Gaede, B.J. Reber, Andy McLees, Karolyn Miller, and Jen Jahsman.
Please congratulate these students when you see them.
RA’s on a Mission to Help the Environment
By Rob Anderson, Residence Life
Earth Day comes around once a year, but that doesn’t mean that you have to take steps to help make our world a better place to live just on Earth Day. That is the message that the Marian Hall RAs are trying to spread throughout the residence halls and the Viterbo campus. At the beginning of second semester, the Marian Hall RA staff started a paper recycling campaign within the residence hall. Each RA provided a receptacle on their floor to collect paper that would be used for file copies or interdepartment memos within the Residence Life Center.
In an effort to educate the students about environmental issues and ways to help preserve our earth, all nine of the Marian Hall RAs developed a bulletin board for their floor. Most bulletin boards included facts about recycling, statistics, and ways to help keep our community beautiful. All bulletin boards were very unique and creative and some even included the use of recycled processed paper, grocery bags, and 3-D elements.
In addition, the Marian Hall RAs and residents have been busy playing an active role as well by participating in Good Neighbor Day and the Adopt a Highway Project. These are both ways in which the RAs and the residents were able to interact with one another and take positive steps toward bettering our environment.
You might also recall an earlier article asking for your help in saving pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald House. That is just one small part in a multi-faceted program that the RAs have been working on throughout the second semester. Don’t forget that you can continue to collect pop tabs for the campaign through May 1. To make arrangements to have your pop tabs added to the collection, contact Rob Anderson at ext. 3842.
Each semester the RA staff participates in an all-staff program in which there is either an educational, service, or active element incorporated.
The seventh annual Volunteer Recognition Night on Monday, April 15, was a special way of thanking the student volunteers who help make the Coulee Region a better place to live. The Hunger Task Force of La Crosse received the President’s Award for outstanding and selfless contributions in service to our neighbors and community. The 45 students recognized for their volunteerism were:
Aquinas High School: Kristen Carlucci, Catherine Donndelinger, Jonathan Jacobs, Jeni Kimmet, Kelly Noelke, Emily Pearse, Kimberly Quillin.
Central High School: Amber Alderman, Lauren Allen, Michaele Gonzalez Stuber, Greta Grawburg, Ashley Lindahl, Tiffany Wolf.
Holmen High School: Dianna Huber, Tyler Jones, Susan Karlman, Molly Moua, Britta Odgren, Megan Sacia, Matthew Simonini.
La Crescent High School: Kimberly Bashaw, Danielle Becker, Samantha Gund, Amanee Markos, Elizabeth Miller, Kiley Theede, Jaclyn Wieser.
Logan High School: Audra Devault, Amy Erickson, Freda Fair, John Marti, Michelle Monson, Shana Williams.
West Salem High School: Kelly Jo Elsen, Heather Hanson, Andrea Lueck, Ashley Lueck, Sarah Mulder, Shannon Pallardy.
UW-La Crosse: Russell Braby, Adia Brooks, Aaron Engebretson, Bradley Mitchell, Emily Otto, Jessica Tobalske.
Viterbo University: Jaci Carlson (Rockford, Ill.), Nick Gilbertson (Viroqua), Karin Heckman (Janesville), Kristin Krocker (Stoddard), Reagan Riddle (Hudson), Heath Thayer (Mauston).
WWTC: Jeremiah Balsis, Josiah Burks, Pat Ellsworth, Shawn Zabinski.
Professional Dancers Host Modern Dance Masterclass
On Saturday, May 4, Viterbo University will proudly present Modern Dance Masterclasses with the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company in the FAC Dance Studio.
Beginner classes will be held from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and intermediate classes will be held from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. A $3 per person fee is due at the door. Space in the Modern Dance Masterclasses is limited. Reservations can be made by calling 608-796-3737. All classes are held in the Dance Studio, located on the first floor of the FAC.
The Dayton Contemporary Dance Company is rooted in African American experience. Since the late ’80s, the company has toured almost every state and traveled internationally. With swirls of dancers in colorful costumes, explosive music, and intense but fluid moves, the company interprets modern dance and ballet into stories of humanity—making dance a living art that is easy to understand.
The Dayton Contemporary Dance Company is sponsored by Marshall Field’s and supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin. Dayton Contemporary Dance Company is also a Heartland Arts Fund program. The Heartland Arts Fund is a collaborative venture of Mid-America Arts Alliance, Arts Midwest, their member state arts agencies (Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Wisconsin) with primary funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, and support from private contributors.
Dayton Dance Company comes to Viterbo as part of the Bright Star Season. They will perform in FAC Main Theatre on Saturday, May 4 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $24. For more information, call the Viterbo Box Office at ext. 3100.
Student Serves as Jordanian Delegate at Model United Nations
While most college students were partying, sleeping in, or cramming for exams, Viterbo junior Taka Kuvaoga was debating the merits of democracy, proposing solutions to the Middle East conflict, and listening to the wisdom of Nobel Peace Prize recipient Lech Walesa.
As an attendee at the 26th annual Model United Nations Conference at Minnesota State University at Moorhead on April 18-21, Kuvaoga served as the United Nations delegate from Jordan and was assigned to the Political and Security Committee.
Kuvaoga participated in the conference at the culmination of a Model United Nations class he audited at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse this spring. The entire class made the trip and, in addition to Jordan, its members were assigned the countries of Mexico and Brazil. Impressed with the ease with which the students handled tough issues, Kuvaoga said, “Students don’t bend to the status quo. In real United Nations discussions, the debate often gets bogged down by delegates who carry the pride of their countries with them.”
As part of the Political and Security Committee, Model United Nations members were assigned the difficult task of looking at solutions to the crisis in the Middle East. Kuvaoga wanted to be a delegate from Jordan so he could more specifically address this issue. “Jordan is a key player and I had the opportunity to pose a resolution in the current Middle East crisis,” he said.
The leadership skills and peacemaking efforts of Jordan’s delegate didn’t go unnoticed. Kuvaoga was named Best Delegate of his committee, which meant he best represented his country and the ideals of the United Nations.
The experience at this four-day event will pave the way for Kuvaoga’s next United Nations assignment—as a participant in the United Nations Intensive Summer Study Program through Seton Hall University in New Jersey from May 20?24. Designed to immerse undergraduates and graduates in the political dynamics of the United Nations, the program will take place at the United Nations building in New York City. Participants will attend program sessions, sit in on official United Nations meetings, interact with high-level diplomats, and hear from ambassadors and officials from many United Nations departments, including Secretary-General Kofi Annan.
Kuvaoga hopes this experience is only the beginning of his international political career. After his experience in New York, he hopes one day to return to the United Nations as a key player in international relations.
Fletcher Exhibits at Odin Gallery
Viterbo Art Professor Peter Fletcher invites the Viterbo community to the opening reception for his art exhibit, “Retrospective,” at the Odin Gallery on Friday, May 3 from 5?9 p.m.
The show, which began April 26 and runs for five to six weeks, contains a range of Fletcher’s art—from work he did in graduate study to more current pieces—in a variety of media. There are more than 50 original works of art in the exhibit. The Odin Gallery is located at 507 Main Street and is open from 12?5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free.
Fletcher’s exhibit at the Odin Gallery was also part of the Pump House Regional Arts Center’s Spring 2002 La Crosse Gallery Walk on April 26. The Gallery Walk also featured the Viterbo University Art Gallery.
Tentatively scheduled to return to teach next fall, Fletcher is currently undergoing cancer treatments. He recently had a shift in diagnosis and will be undergoing a new treatment regimen. Calls, visits, and phone calls are welcome. You can reach him at 608-796-9820 or email email@example.com.
President for a Day
For one day only, junior Nicholas Gilbertson got to be president of Viterbo University. Gilbertson spent the day meeting with the various vice presidents and other officials, attending committee meetings, and answering and reviewing correspondence. Above, “student for a day” and president for the rest of the year William Medland reviews official material with Gilbertson.
Viterbo Welcomes New Themes Into Its Houses
By Adrienne Appler, Residence Life
The Residence Life Center welcomes the students who are a part of our theme house community for the 2002?03 academic school year. We are pleased and excited to bring these themes to the Viterbo community.
The duplex on Mississippi will house the “T.L.C.” and “H.E.A.L.T.H.” groups. The T.L.C. (Taking the Lead with Children/ Tender Loving Care) house will embrace children in the La Crosse Community by working with the Children’s Museum and Lincoln Middle School and Hamilton Elementary School children. The H.E.A.L.T.H. (Helping Everyone Achieve Lifelong Total Health) house is reaching out to both the Viterbo and La Crosse Community. They plan on creating events geared toward physical fitness on and off campus.
The 811 house is the “The Band of Nursing Angels.” Students in this house feel it’s important to promote volunteerism through blood drives, Crop Walk, Viterbo Student Nursing Association, and the St. Clare Mission. The 813 house will implement the theme “Health and Fitness.” Many of the students in this house are active in varsity sports on campus. These students will include the Viterbo community in their athletic lives and help promote athletics through sports clinics. The 815 house will concentrate on the theme “Helping Hands.” This house is focusing on volunteering through the American Red Cross, the Boys and Girls Club, the Place of Grace, Salvation Army, Goodwill, Gundersen Lutheran, and Franciscan Skemp. The 903 theme is Kids-R-Us. They will work closely with the Children’s Museum, Hixon Forest Nature Center, the La Crosse Public Library, the Boys and Girls Club, and will continue to promote the Teddy Bear Drive. With these interactions they want to enrich both the lives of children and their own.
The Residence Life Center is happy to announce that we have acquired a new theme house for next year. The location is 909 Eighth Street South. The theme “Open Minds” will have this new house. Their goal for next year is mentoring and assisting young adults through difficult periods in their lives. They will work with the Boys and Girls Club and the YMCA.
The Residence Life Center hopes that the Viterbo Community welcomes these bright and energetic students.
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