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Author of "Girls Like Us: Fighting for a World Where Girls are Not for Sale" to Discuss Human Trafficking at Viterbo Oct. 15

January 4, 2019

Oct. 1, 2018

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


LA CROSSE, Wis. – Rachel Lloyd, founder of Girls Educational and Mentoring Services (GEMS) and author of the critically acclaimed book Girls Like Us: Fighting for a World Where Girls Are Not for Sale will speak at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15 in the Viterbo University Fine Arts Center Main Theatre.

GEMS is the largest service provider of its kind in the nation, providing intensive services and support to more than 400 girls and young women, preventive outreach and education to 1,000 youth, and training more than 1,400 professionals each year. Lloyd founded the organization at her kitchen table with $30 and a borrowed computer in 1998 when she was just 23 years old. She was driven by the lack of services for commercially sexually exploited and domestically trafficked girls and young women and the stigma and punishment they faced from service providers, law enforcement, the courts, their families and society.

Lloyd’s tremendous impact on the issue of commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking has helped shift the perception of trafficked girls from criminals to victims and now to survivors and leaders. She has impacted thousands of individual lives through her love and commitment, but she is also passionate about changing public perception and policy. Her advocacy ensured the passage of New York State’s Safe Harbour for Sexually Exploited Children Act, which in 2008 became the first law in the nation to protect and not punish trafficked and exploited youth. Since then, 28 other states have passed similar laws. She has also advocated for survivors at the White House, the United Nations, and before Congress.

Lloyd also co-produced the groundbreaking Showtime documentary Very Young Girls, which has been seen by over 4 million people and created a national dialogue on the issue.

This presentation is part of the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership’s fall 2018 lecture series and is free and open to the public. No tickets are necessary, but seating is limited. For a full schedule of D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership events, visit



Celebrate with the Music of the Holiday Season at "A Viterbo Christmas: Out of Darkness, Light!" at Viterbo University Dec. 1–2

January 4, 2019

Nov. 14, 2018

Contact Brett Robison at 608-796-3771 or


LA CROSSE, Wis. – Celebrate the Christmas season with the Viterbo University choirs as they present A Viterbo Christmas: Out of Darkness, Light! at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2 in the Fine Arts Center Main Theatre.

Performing music of the season will be the Viterbo Concert Choir, Women’s Chorale, and 9th Street Singers, all under the direction of Viterbo music faculty member Brett Robison. Also performing are a professional orchestra and special guests, the Aquinas High School Concert Choir. 

A Viterbo Christmas: Out of Darkness, Light! will weave music and narration as it tells the story of the birth of Christ.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to kick off the Christmas season by enjoying a variety of music,” Robison said. “The audience will have the opportunity to sing familiar carols accompanied by orchestra. I’m excited for our audiences to hear everything, from beautiful, touching anthems like Still, Still, Still arranged by Mack Wilberg to rocking gospel anthems like And Suddenly by Michael Engelhardt. There is something for everyone in this program.”

This performance is part of Viterbo University’s Bright Star Season. It is sponsored by Mayo Clinic Health System. WXOW-News 19 is the media sponsor.

Tickets are $20 for main floor, $17 for lower balcony, and $14 for upper balcony seating. For tickets, contact the Viterbo box office at 608-796-3100 or visit



Man Wrongly Convicted of First Degree Murder Who Spent 41 Years in Angola Prison to Speak at Viterbo University Sept. 20

January 4, 2019

Sept. 13, 2018

Contact Keith Knutson at 608-796-3496 or


LA CROSSE, Wis. – Gary Tyler, who was wrongly convicted of first-degree murder at the age of 17 and spent 41 years in Louisiana State Penitentiary, better known as Angola, will speak at   7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20 in San Damiano Chapel at Viterbo University.

The event is free and open to the public. It is being held at Viterbo in recognition of Constitution Day.

Tyler, an African-American, was 16 years old in 1974 when he was charged with the murder of a fellow student, who was white. He was quickly tried and convicted under dubious circumstances in a racially charged environment and was sentenced to death in the electric chair. He was the youngest inmate in history to be incarcerated on death row. Louisiana’s death penalty was ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1976, and Tyler’s sentence was changed to life in prison.

Despite the work of lawyers, activists, and celebrities to free him, Tyler would spend the next 40 years in one of the nation’s bloodiest and violent prisons, where he would witness horrible brutality. Fortunately, he was protected by a group of older inmates who saved him from harm. Tyler was a model prisoner, earning his GED, mentoring other inmates, and volunteering in the prison’s hospice care facility. In 1981, a federal appeals court stipulated that Tyler was “denied a fundamentally fair trial,” but refused to order a new trial.

Tyler finally gained his freedom in 2016 when the Louisiana St. Charles Parish District Attorney’s Office agreed to overturn his murder conviction. He plead guilty to manslaughter, and had already served more than twice the maximum sentence for that crime. Throughout it all, Tyler maintained his innocence.

Today, Tyler lives in Venice, Calif. where he works at Safe Place for Youth helping to get homeless youth off the streets. He also shares his story through speaking engagements. He is not bitter and concentrates every day on enjoying his freedom.

“I left prison rich in spirit and ready to embrace life,” he said. “I am happy to have the opportunity to live a life that was denied me for four decades.”



Viterbo Bright Star Season to Continue with The Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass Nov. 7

January 4, 2019

Oct. 24, 2018

Contact Jen Roberdeau at 608-796-3738 or


LA CROSSE, Wis. – Internationally acclaimed brass ensemble The Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7 in the Viterbo University Fine Arts Center Main Theatre.

The Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass traces its origins to the streets of New Orleans and today features some of the country’s top brass musicians. The group is dedicated to bringing the joyous experience of great music to a wide range of audiences.

The program to be performed at Viterbo is entitled Brothers on the Battlefield. 

“The concert constantly hits on that theme—the conflict that happens between people, and the one binding element that keeps us all together, which is love,” said Rodney Marsalis, of Brothers on the Battlefield. “So, the battlefield is really life, and then Brothers on the Battlefield is about those conflicts that happen in life, and it’s very timely for what’s going on in our society.”

The Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass has performed at some of the world’s most prominent venues and with groups such as the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Baltimore Symphony, the São Paolo State Symphony Orchestra, the Imani Winds, Canadian Brass, Empire Brass, Dallas Brass, and Boston Brass. In recent years the group has been invited to perform in major music halls around the world, including China’s National Center for the Performing Arts.

This performance is sponsored in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts. WXOW-News 19 and Wisconsin Public Radio are the media sponsors.

Tickets are $36 for main floor, $32 for lower balcony, and $26 for upper balcony seating. For tickets, contact the Viterbo box office at 608-796-3100 or visit



VU Today August 30

January 4, 2019

Thursday, Aug. 30


6 a.m.–5 p.m. Mathy Center is Open


9–11 a.m. Campus Ministry Thursday Morning M.U.G. (Mingle, Unwind, Gather) – Murphy Center 340. Everyone welcome.


12:15 p.m. Mass – San Damiano Chapel


1–3:30 p.m. Welcome Back Bash – Mathy Center. Everyone welcome. Sponsored by student life.


Don’t miss out on these Welcome Weeks activities: Tonight at 8 p.m., Glow in the Dark Zumba in Marian Courtyard and Ultimate Frisbee in Assisi Courtyard. Friday is an ice cream social at 6:30 p.m. followed by Midwest Dueling Piano’s at 8 p.m. in Marian Courtyard.


Students may pick up their free student planner at the Student Development Center front office between the hours of 8 a.m.–5 p.m. 


Reminder from the bookstore: student account charging ends Friday at 4 p.m. The deadline for returning books that were purchased or rented for this semester must be completed by Tuesday, Sept. 4.


Safety Tips for College Students will be presented Thursday, Sept. 6 at 4 p.m. in Reinhart Center 127 followed by a Self-Defense Class from 5–6:30 p.m. in the Mathy Multi-Purpose Room.


Group Fitness Demo Week: Today’s classes include: Tone and Tighten at 6:45 a.m., Yoga at noon, and Glow in the Dark Zumba (Marian Courtyard) at 8 p.m.


Reminder to download Viterbo’s app to join student groups, take part in campus discussions, connect calendars and class schedules, check into events, and easily access campus resources.


SAB Sand Volleyball Tournament from 5–7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7 in Marian Courtyard. Register your team of 4–6 for the SAB Volleyball Tournament. The tournament is part of Vic’s Picnic on Sept 7. Sign up at


Recreation and Leadership is currently hiring staff members to assist with recreational programs, and Mathy Center facility operations. Applications may be found online, or picked up at the Mathy Center.


Viterbo Athletics is hiring work study positions for the 2018–19 school year. Job times vary from working intercollegiate home events on nights and weekends to office work during normal business hours. Duties vary by position. For job descriptions and to apply, visit Contact Matthew Riebe with any questions at 608-796-3820 or


The men’s soccer team will be holding an open tryout this week for any student interested in playing soccer this year. If interested, contact head coach Luke Dunn at for more details.


Did you do a summer internship? Career Services wants to know about it. Complete this five question form for a chance to win a $25 Visa gift card. One winner will be chosen on Sept. 5. Career Services wants to know about the internship and whether you got academic credit or just did it to build your resume.


You can still join one of the awesome Viterbo choirs this fall semester. There are spots left in Women’s Chorale (meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2–2:50 p.m.) and Concert Choir has openings in the tenor and bass sections (meets Monday and Wednesday 12:20–1:15 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon–12:50 p.m.) Both choirs are traveling to Spain and Portugal in May. Contact Brett Robison for more information at

Acuity Insurance HR Specialist Kaise Aschliman to Continue the Leadership at Noon Series at Viterbo University Oct. 16

January 4, 2019

Oct. 2, 2018

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


LA CROSSE, Wis. – Kaise Aschliman, a human resource specialist with Acuity Insurance in Sheboygan, will speak as part of the Viterbo University Leadership at Noon series Tuesday, Oct. 16 in Reinhart Center 107.

Aschliman is a young professional who began her career in human resources in 2017 after graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay with a degree in business administration with a double emphasis in human resources and management. During college, she served as the leader of the university’s Society for Human Resource Management Chapter and a member of the Current Young Professionals organization. She also held several positions related to human resources, including an internship at a local insurance company and at Lambeau Field.

Founded in 1925, today Acuity Insurance is a highly rated company with more than 1,200 employees and $4 billion in policy holder assets.

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



Viterbo University Adds St. Patrick's Day Performance by Renowned Celtic Artists Cherish the Ladies

January 4, 2019

Nov. 14, 2018

Contact Jen Roberdeau at 608-796-3738 or


LA CROSSE, Wis. – The Viterbo University Fine Arts Center has added a performance by the Celtic music group Cherish the Ladies at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 17 in the Fine Arts Center Main Theatre.

Cherish the Ladies, the Grammy Award®-nominated Irish-American supergroup that formed in 1985 to celebrate the rise of extraordinary women in what had been a male-dominated Celtic music scene, has shared timeless Irish traditions and good cheer with audiences worldwide. They have brought their signature blend of virtuosic instrumental talents, beautiful vocals, and stunning step dancing to the White House, the Olympics, and to PBSwith their television special, An Irish Homecoming, which recently received an Emmy Award®. 

Their new album, Heart of the Home, embraces the gift of music passed down from generations. “It was the greatest gift they could give us,” said bandleader Joanie Madden. “We’re carrying on the music of our fathers.”

Cherish the Ladies previously appeared at Viterbo on St. Patrick’s Day in 2003. “It’s very exciting to have the opportunity to present a Celtic artist of this caliber on St. Patrick’s Day,” said Michael Ranscht, director of the Fine Arts Center. “Their previous performance was very well-received, and we look forward to bringing them back and celebrating the holiday in this way.”

Tickets will go on sale Thursday, Nov. 15 at 11 a.m. Tickets are $39 for main floor, $35 for lower balcony, and $29 for upper balcony seating. For more information or to order tickets, contact the Viterbo box office at 608-796-3100 or visit



Premiere Ukulele Musician Jake Shimabukuro to Open the Viterbo University 2018-19 NexStar Season Sept. 25

January 4, 2019

Sept. 17, 2018

Contact Jen Roberdeau at 608-796-3738 or


LA CROSSE, Wis. – Jake Shimabukuro, one of the world’s greatest ukulele musicians, will open the 2018–19 NexStar season at Viterbo University at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept 25 in the Fine Arts Center Main Theatre.

Often referred to as the Miles Davis, Jimi Hendrix, Bruce Lee, and Michael Jordan of his craft, Shimabukuro has taken the ukulele to places no one has gone before, performing awe-inspiring music that ranges from jazz, blues, and rock to bluegrass, classical, and folk. He shares a deep emotional connection with the listener that is open, magical, and transcendent. He delivers performances around the world with an out-of-the-box blend of stunning virtuosity, deep musicality, and a natural entertainer’s flair.

Shimabukuro began playing the ukulele at the age of four while growing up in Honolulu. Today his records have topped the Billboard World Music Charts on numerous occasions and he is in high demand as a concert performer. He’s played with world-renowned orchestras and at prestigious venues such as the Hollywood Bowl, Lincoln Center and the Sydney Opera House. He even performed for that rarest of audiences: Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Shimabukuro makes frequent appearances on The Today Show, Good Morning America, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, A Prairie Home Companion, and NPR’s Morning Edition.

This performance is sponsored in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts. Mid-West Family Broadcasting La Crosse is the media sponsor.

Tickets are $35 for main floor, $31 for lower balcony, and $25 for upper balcony seating. For tickets, contact the Viterbo box office at 608-796-3100 or visit



Viterbo Out-of-Our-Minds Chamber Music Series Continues with "I've Got Rhythm" Nov. 4

January 4, 2019

Oct 24, 2018

Contact Mary Ellen Haupert at 608-796-3770 or


LA CROSSE, Wis. – The free Out-of-Our-Minds Chamber Music Series at Viterbo University will continue with I’ve Got Rhythm at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4 in the Fine Arts Center Nola Starling Recital Hall.

I’ve Got Rhythm will feature horn player Heidi Wick, tenor Matt Curtis, soprano Ann Schoenecker, and pianist Mary Ellen Haupert. The concert will include George Gershwin’s Variations on I’ve Got Rhythm for Two Pianos, Markus Rindt’s Impressions on Jazz for Horn and Piano, and William Neil’s Out of Danger Cabaret Songs for Soprano and Piano, and selected songs by George Gershwin.

“Every work in this program will set feet tapping and leave audience members humming,” said Haupert. “There are fresh new works and old classics, performed by extraordinary musicians.”

The featured composer for the Out of Our Minds Chamber Music Series is William Neil, who has helped Haupert develop the new chamber music series, as well as provide the audience with a composer’s perspective. He will introduce his Out of Danger set, which will be performed by Schoenecker and Haupert.

Local celebrity Matt Curtis will open the second half of the program with several crowd-pleasing songs by George Gershwin. Curtis is a Viterbo University alumnus who has achieved international acclaim as a soloist, choral singer, and businessman.

“Matt has an extraordinarily beautiful voice that is perfectly suited to Gershwin’s music,” Haupert said. “I’m thrilled he will be a part of this concert.”

The program will conclude with pianists Haupert and Aubrie Jacobson performing Gershwin’s I’ve Got Rhythm Variations, which was arranged for two pianos—four hands by the composer. Jacobson is a senior piano major who looks forward to a career as a collaborative pianist.  

The concert is free, but a freewill offering will be taken for the musicians. The entertaining and educational concerts of the Out-of-Our-Minds Chamber Music Series are designed to increase the accessibility, opportunity, and exposure to high quality classical music.