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Tech Gadgets at the Library

June 18, 2019

By Polly Scott

The library has a variety of gadgets available for scholarly and leisure needs and for short-term and long-term checkout. We have audio recorders, voice recorders, and video cameras for interviewing and PowerPoint remotes, clickers, and projectors for presentations or for use at conferences. We have laptop computers that can be checked out along with external DVD drives. The library also has a Mac laptop, webcams, external speakers, Swivl’s, desktop microphones and iPads. An equipment list is available to find out more information about the various gadgets available.

To discuss the logistics of your project or if you’d like to peruse the available gadgets, visit the library’s main desk or email Equipment may be used by all current Viterbo students, staff, and faculty.

Reserving Equipment for Class Use: iPads tend to be utilized heavily by students throughout the semester. We will make every effort to accommodate requests, as needed. Apps can be downloaded for classroom use but we appreciate attempts to plan ahead in order to meet your needs.

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Viterbo University Winter Commencement Dec. 15

June 18, 2019

Dec. 3, 2018

Contact Kori Salaski at 608-796-3185 or


LA CROSSE, Wis. – Seventy-nine undergraduate students, 30 master’s degree students, and four associate degree students will be candidates for graduation at Viterbo University’s winter commencement ceremony at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 in the Fine Arts Center Main Theatre.

Tracy Stewart, vice president for academic affairs, will serve as Master of Ceremonies. Sarah Seegert, a music education major, will give the undergraduate student address and Kayla Rochester, who will earn a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling degree, will give the graduate student address.

President Glena Temple will confer the degrees and Liza Ware, chair of the faculty council, will present the candidates. Diplomas will be awarded by President Temple, Sue Christopherson, chair of the Board of Trustees, and Stewart. Christopherson will also provide congratulatory remarks and Father Conrad Targonski, OFM, will give the benediction. Kathy Duerwachter, director of alumni relations, will lead the Prayer of St. Francis.

Receiving the title of Professor Emeritus is retiring faculty member Larry Harwood, history and philosophy.

The day will begin with a Baccalaureate Mass at 9:30 a.m. in San Damiano Chapel. Commencement will be held at 11 a.m. in the Fine Arts Center Main Theatre. A BSN Completion Pinning Ceremony will be held in San Damiano Chapel immediately following commencement.



Viterbo University to Present Tony Award®-winning Musical "CATS" Oct. 12–14

June 18, 2019

Oct. 1, 2018

Contact Shane Rhoades at 608-796-3798 or


LA CROSSE, Wis. – The Viterbo University theatre and music theatre department will present Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award®-winning musical CATS Friday, Oct. 12–Sunday, Oct. 14 in the Fine Arts Center Main Theatre.

Based on Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot, CATS is the blockbuster Broadway musical that tells the story of a tribe of cats called the Jellicles and the night they make what is known as the “the Jellicle choice” to decide which cat will ascend to the Heaviside Layer and come back to a new life.

“CATS is an all-dancing spectacle of a show in which everything comes together to create a visual masterpiece that audiences are just going to love,” said Shane Rhoades, Viterbo faculty member and director of the production. “Our students are extremely talented and they are making me ridiculously proud.”

A huge hit when it premiered on Broadway in 1982, CATS would run until 2000. It won seven Tony Awards®, including Best Musical.

“The entire show is sung in multiple part harmonies and everyone gets a solo,” Rhoades said. “It’s Andrew Lloyd Webber, so the melodies are infectious and memorable. Memory is the best known song of the production, and the student who sings it, Jenna Perock, is phenomenal.”

Rhoades is joined by fellow Viterbo faculty members Nancy Allen, music director, Jeff Stolz, costume designer, and guest lighting director Patrick Strain.

“This is one of the bigger shows we’ve done,” Rhoades said. “It features original choreography, a full orchestra, and costumes and set built by tech and design students. Hair, makeup, wigs—it’s been all hands on deck.”

Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12–13 and 2 p.m. Oct. 14. An Artists in Conversation discussion will be held immediately following the Oct. 13 performance.

CATS is part of Viterbo University’s Bright Star season and is sponsored by Cowgill Dental. WXYM Mix 96.1 FM and Fox 25/48 are the media sponsors. The hotel sponsor is Candlewood Suites. This Viterbo production is presented by arrangement with The Musical Company, LP.

Tickets are $24 for main floor, $21 for lower balcony, and $18 for upper balcony seating. For more information or to order tickets, contact the Viterbo box office at 608-796-3100 or visit



Viterbo Employees Eligible for Reduced Rate Symphony Tickets

June 18, 2019

All Viterbo employees are eligible for a 35 percent discount on tickets to La Crosse Symphony Orchestra performances. To receive the discount, call the symphony office at 608-783-2121 ext. 1 and mention the Viterbo University sponsor discount. 

The final season concert is Saturday, June 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the Viterbo Fine Arts Center Main Theatre.

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Celebrate Earth Week at Viterbo

June 18, 2019

The Viterbo community is invited to celebrate Earth Week with events April 23–26.

Tuesday, April 23

  • 11 a.m. Tree Planting – Assisi Courtyard near Dancing Francis
  • 11:15 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Spirit of Saint Francis Sustainability Award Anouncements and Pledge to go Green Winners – Assisi Courtyard near Dancing Francis. The rain location is Brophy Center Commons.

Thursday, April 25

  • 7–9 p.m. Movie Screening of The True Cost – Reinhart Center 127

Friday, April 26

  • 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Farmer’s Market – Assisi Courtyard near Brophy Center. The rain location Brophy Center Commons.

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Viterbo Leadership at Noon Series to Feature GE Healthcare Digital VP for Product and Customer Excellence Nov. 13

June 18, 2019

Nov. 7, 2018

Contact Rick Kyte at 608-796-3704 or or Nicole Van Ert at 608-796-3616 or


LA CROSSE, Wis. – Cynthia Hougum, GE Healthcare Digital vice president for Product and Customer Excellence, will speak as part of the Viterbo University Leadership at Noon series Tuesday, Nov. 13 in Reinhart Center room 107.

Hougum has been with the General Electric Corporation for 25 years, working on business transformation and turnarounds across three industries and seven divisions, including acquisition integrations, product management, research and development, and business digitization. She believes teamwork is crucial to any successful business, and she considers it a privilege to have successfully led large teams in eight countries during three expatriate assignments that honed her global approach to leadership and business.

Hougum graduated magna cum laude with a degree in chemistry from Viterbo University and earned a Ph.D. in chemistry from Duke University. She is a member of Duke University’s Graduate School Board of Visitors. Hougum received the GE Health Care President’s Award for the development of the global life sciences India market and engineering organization. She was one of the founding members of the GE Healthcare’s Women in Technology initiative and currently leads the GE Girls STEM camp at the Milwaukee School of Engineering.

All Leadership at Noon series events are held from noon–1 p.m. in the Reinhart Center and are free and open to the public. Audience members are welcome to bring their own lunch or purchase a boxed lunch for $5. The Leadership at Noon series is sponsored by the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership and the Dahl School of Business at Viterbo University. For a complete schedule of Ethics Institute events, visit



28th Annual Sister Doctor Dean Jean Golf Scramble May 14

June 18, 2019

All employees are invited to participate in the 28th Annual Sister Doctor Dean Jean Golf Scramble Tuesday, May 14 at Valley High Golf Club in Hokah, Minn. 

The event begins with a shotgun start at 4:30 p.m. All skill levels welcome. Put together a foursome of friends, colleagues, or strangers and register with Jean Moore, FSPA, by email or 608-317-0719. 

Be prepared to give info of your area(s) of participation. Golf and electric cart is $20, golf only is $10. Dinner is $10 tax and tip included. Pay at the course on the day of the event. Dinner is chicken breast, potatoes, beans, pasta salad with garbanzo beans, and rolls. There will be hole prizes for longest drive, closest to the pin, longest putt.

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VU Today March 19

June 18, 2019

Tuesday, March 19


9:30–10:30 a.m. Employee Photo Session – Brophy Center room 125


12:15 p.m. Mass – San Damiano Chapel


1–2 p.m. APA Drop-in Writing Help – Murphy Center 332


3–4 p.m. Scripture and Snack – Murphy Center room 340


3:30–4:30 p.m. Assisi Pilgrimage Information Session for Employees – Murphy Center room 346


6 p.m. Men’s Volleyball vs. Cardinal Stritch University – Varsity Athletics Center


On Thursday, March 21 from 3–5 p.m., Campus Safety, Physical Plant, and Student Life will be conducting fire drills in the on-campus resident halls and apartments. During the fire drills, residents should evacuate to the designated rally points. Designated evacuation rally points are listed here.


Thursday, March 21 is the deadline to apply to be an Orientation Leader. The process is simple, the job is rewarding, and you get to meet a lot of great people. Bonus: those living on campus get to move in early, you get free meals and t-shirts, and you get to participate in fun orientation activities. Visit and click on “Orientation Leader Information” to learn more about the position and apply online by noon on Thursday. Questions? Contact Kirsten Gabriel, director of student life and orientation at


Today is the last day to register for the next Service Saturday event on March 23. Click for more information and to sign up.


The Viterbo community is invited to join Susan Cosby Ronnenberg and Kelly R. Samuels, English, at the “Deadwood & Poetry: The Word’s the Thing” reception at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 21 in the Murphy Center fifth floor Honors Lounge. Cosby Ronnenberg’s book, Deadwood and Shakespeare: The Henriad in the Old West was released last year. Samuels’s book Words Some of Us Rarely Use came out in January. Both will discuss their books for a brief time. Copies will be available for sale, and cookies will be served.


Countdown to Commencement Event for spring candidates for commencement is Thursday, March 28 from 3–5:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Lobby. Candidates for commencement can pick up their cap and gown, order graduation announcements, diploma frame, class ring, find out about alumni benefits, contribute to the Senior Class gift, do a Shout Out, have a complimentary professional digital and/or graduation photo taken, and find out about Viterbo’s graduate programs. Enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and celebrate with your fellow graduates and the Viterbo community. Sponsored by the alumni office, Student Alumni Ambassadors and the commencement committee.


Sign up now for March Madness Interviewing, Wednesday, March 27, 5:30–8 p.m. in FAC Main Theatre Lobby. Make your next interview a slam dunk. Go head-to-head with Viterbo alumni and local human resource professionals to practice your interviewing skills. Registration required by March 26 on Purple Briefcase. Participants have the opportunity to win one of two, $25 VISA gift cards.


Girl Scouts for Badgerland Wisconsin’s Lee Langford will be on campus Thursday, March 21 from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. in the Student Union Lobby sharing info on part-time and temporary positions with the local chapter. Stop by and get some of those famous cookies.


Reminder to complete the Employee Interest Survey by Wednesday, March 20. There is a chance to win $25 area business gift cards just for participating.


Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) students will present their project defenses Wednesday, March 20 in the School of Nursing Building room 104. The Viterbo community is invited to attend. For a complete schedule go to


The Viterbo community is invited to attend the Wisconsin Conversation on Servant Leadership the morning of Wednesday, March 20 in the Reinhart Center Board Room. The event is free, but registration is required. Click for more information.


The Viterbo Hospitality Committee will host a Spring Soup Social for employees from 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Tuesday March 26 in the Reinhart Center Board Room. There is a suggested donation of $3 for the lunch, which includes a bowl of soup, rolls, and deserts. Soup options are chicken tortellini and vegetable soup (vegetarian and gluten free). Click to RSVP so organizers can get an accurate count for food.


Employees: Join the free Minutes in Motion activity challenge through Gundersen Health System. Join the Viterbo team by selecting “VITERBO V-HAWKS” at registration. Contact with questions.

Sarah Prill

Sarah Prill—Fueling for the Long Run

May 8, 2019

Sarah Prill has always been interested in foods and cooking, but it was cross-country running in high school that got her focused on nutrition.

“I was surprised by how much of what I ate affected my runs and how my body felt over the course of the season,” said Prill, a junior nutrition and dietetics major from Barron. “When I started learning more about the chemistry and physiology behind it, I knew I had figured out what I wanted to do.”

Prill plans to pursue a sports nutrition career working with college or professional athletes.

Why Viterbo? Said Prill, “Few schools have coordinated dietetics programs like Viterbo that incorporate supervised practice into the curriculum. A bachelor’s degree and certification can be achieved in four years instead of five. Because of this, Viterbo was near the top of my college search list. As soon as I got on campus for a visit, I knew that I had found the right fit. The small campus made me feel right at home.”

In addition to organic chemistry and nutrition and health promotion courses, one of Prill’s favorite classes was Philosophy 101. “It was a big change from science courses and pushed me to think and learn in a new way,” she said. “I liked it so much that I’ve been tutoring the class ever since.”
     Biochemistry has been her toughest class, however she credits the small class size, faculty access, Academic Resource Center tutors, and meeting regularly with a fellow student who had completed the class for her success.

Prill is active with Viterbo’s Student Dietetic Association. Favorite events included making free smoothies in the Mathy Center during Healthy Living Week, collaborating with Student Support Services to offer a free cooking class during orientation week, and putting on a sports nutrition presentation for the Student Athlete Advisory Committee.

“I love the close-knit community at Viterbo,” Prill said. “It’s easy to build relationships with classmates and faculty. Attending Viterbo also means you get to live in La Crosse. With three colleges in town, there are many students, which is a lot of fun.”

After graduation Prill plans to obtain a master’s degree and is considering earning a Ph.D.

Alison Coovert

Viterbo “Checked All the Boxes” for Student Alison Coovert

April 29, 2019

Viterbo University freshman Alison Coovert chose to attend Viterbo, “Because I was looking for a university with a Catholic identity, that offered my major, and has a strong sense of community. Viterbo checked all the boxes on my list.”

“I have really loved it here so far, Coovert said. “Everything has exceeded any expectations. “The Viterbo faculty is extremely helpful. Everyone at Viterbo wants you to do your best and succeed.”

A native of Sycamore, Ill., Coovert is majoring in elementary education with a minor in special education. “I have always gravitated toward children and individuals with special needs, so I decided to make it my career,” she said. “My education courses are the most interesting to me. I love to learn more about children and how to be an effective and intentional teacher.”

In addition to her studies, Coovert is active with the Viterbo Education Club. Members gain a greater sense of responsibility, professionalism, and leadership by participating in professional and social opportunities in the La Crosse and Viterbo communities. Coovert is also serving as a site coordinator for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater La Crosse at nearby Hamilton Elementary school.

Of the Viterbo and La Crosse communities, Coovert said, “I like how supportive the academic community is here. The La Crosse community is very diverse and fun.”

Upon graduation, Coovert intends to become an elementary special education teacher. She advises other students, “Be open to new experiences. Say ‘yes’ more than you say ‘no.’”