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Eight to Receive Viterbo University Distinguished Alumni Awards

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Viterbo University will honor eight graduates at its annual Distinguished Alumni Awards ceremony and reception, which will be held from 4–6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11 in Reinhart Center room 134.

Mary (Fitzpatrick) Marshall, who earned a Master of Arts in Servant Leadership degree in 2014, will be honored with the Spirit of Francis Award. Marshall was the longtime emergency services director for Catholic Charities, working on both a local and national level to aid those in need after disasters as well as responding to the needs of the homeless.

Sandra Hoeser, who earned a Bachelor of Science in Education degree from Viterbo in 1969, will be honored with the Service to the University Award. Since moving back to the La Crosse area six years ago, Hoeser has been an almost constant volunteer presence at Viterbo events, in addition to being involved in many other volunteer activities in the community.

Viterbo Center for Community Engagement to Host UGetConnected Exploration Sessions Sept. 18


Looking to serve in the community? Want to streamline community engagement into your course or department?

On Wednesday, Sept. 18, the Viterbo Center for Community Engagement will host two exploration sessions for UGetConnected software. The identical sessions will be held in Murphy Center 304 computer lab from noon–1 p.m. and from 4:30–5:30 p.m. Participants will explore basics for navigating the software for the first 30–40 minutes followed by user specific questions, allowing people the opportunity to explore the software while immediate help is available.

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Walking and Talking

Students converse as they walk through campus on a beautiful morning Sept. 4.

Viterbo to Host Screening of "Artifishal" Sept. 17


The Viterbo University D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership will host a screening of the film Artifishal at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17 in Reinhart Center room 134.

Artifishal is Patagonia’s latest film project about people, rivers, and the fight for the future of wild fish and the environment that supports them. It explores wild salmon’s slide toward extinction, threats posed by fish hatcheries and fish farms, and the continued loss of faith in nature. Patagonia is an environmental activist company with the mission of “We’re in business to save our home planet.”

Professional Development Opportunties for Employees

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Viterbo employees are invited to check out the professional development SharePoint site located on the Human Resources web page. 

There will be two professional development opportunities each month, held the second Tuesday of the month from 9–10 a.m. and the fourth Thursday of the month from 1–2 p.m. Locations will be determined based on the topic of discussion. 

There are also other opportunities for professional development through self-guided webinars through TIAA as well as extra courses through Viterbo’s SafeColleges online platform. The calendar will be updated as more topics and sessions are added.

September’s Sessions:

Author of Award Winning Book "Educated" Tara Westover to Speak at Viterbo Thursday

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Tara Westover, author of the bestselling and award-winning memoir Educated, will open the Viterbo University D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership’s fall lecture series at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12 in the Fine Arts Center Main Theatre.

Westover was 17 years old the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists opposed to public education in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches. In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter, she salvaged in her father’s junkyard. Her father forbade hospitals, so Westover never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. The family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education.