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A Newsletter for the Viterbo University Community

April 11, 2005

Women's Choir Festival April 14, Friday Forum April 15

The annual Women's Choir Festival featuring outstanding female singers from four local high schools, Edgewood College, Jean Saladino and Viterbo will be Thursday, April 14 in the Fine Arts Center Main Theatre. The event is free and open to the public. Each choir will sing two to three songs and work with clinician Martha Schmidt, a published composer and the choir director at Burnsville High School. Viterbo voice instructors will also be giving lessons to selected students throughout the day. "This event celebrates music and women's voices through music written specifically for the female voice," said Jean Saladino, who organized the event. "This is the first time we have commissioned a piece and are delighted that composer/conductor Martha Schmidt is our clinician." The event will begin with an open rehearsal from 1­2 p.m. followed by the concert from approximately 2:30­4:30 p.m. The concert will conclude with all the choirs singing a work written by Martha Schmidt. Friday Forum, a special event held in conjunction with the Women's Choir Festival, will take place Friday, April 15 from 12:10­1 p.m. Students and faculty members will be performing music by women composers.

Mathy Center Makes Big News

Don and Roxie Weber presented a $50,000 check for the Amie L. Mathy Center April 4. Pictured are, in front from left, Don Weber, Viterbo student Amanda Hall, Boys and Girls Club member Othelow Smith, and Roxie Weber. In back from left are, John Desmond, Rob McMahon, Bill Medland, and Scott Mathy.

$7.5 Million Goal Reached for Mathy Center

Pleased Viterbo officials and community members held a press conference in the Reinhart Center board room April 4 to announce fundraising for the Amie L. Mathy Center has exceeded its $7.5 million goal. Don and Roxie Weber and family presented representatives from the club and university with a check for $50,000 at the conference, putting the fundraising total over the $7.5 million mark. Don is CEO of Logistics Health which has its headquarters located in La Crosse. In addition to exceeding the goal, the new Mathy Center will also gain the full benefit of the $100,000 dollar-for-dollar endowment matching challenge grant issued by the La Crosse Community Foundation. This challenge was the largest endowment grant issued in the foundation's history.

Come Back to the Five and Dime... at Viterbo April 21­23, 28­30

Join Viterbo theatre students and director Susan Rush for Come Back to the Five and Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean at 7:30 p.m. April 21­23 and April 28­30 in the Fine Arts Center La Croix Black Box Theatre. Tickets are $9. "The play is for anyone who loves a good story with good characters," Rush said. "It's a character driven comedy as well as a dramatic piece." In the play, the Disciples of James Dean reunite on the tenth anniversary of his

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campus calendar

Monday, April 11 · Noon. Seventh Day Discussion "Challenges to Academic Freedom: Implications of the Ward Churchill Case" by Rick Kyte, MC 419C · Senior Art Show, FAC Third Floor Art Gallery Tuesday, April 12 · 1 p.m. Baseball at University of Dubuque (DH), Dubuque, Iowa · 3 p.m. Softball vs. The Franciscan University (DH), Outdoor Athletic Complex · 7 p.m. "Justice for All: The Ethics of Criminal Defense" by Nicholas Chiarkas, RC 127 · 7:30 p.m. Bright Star Season "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers," FAC Main Theatre · Senior Art Show, FAC Third Floor Art Gallery Wednesday, April 13 · 2:10 p.m. Intro to the GMAT Process, MC 312 · 3 p.m. Softball at Martin Luther College (DH), New Ulm, Minn. · 3 p.m. Baseball vs. Augsburg College, Outdoor Athletic Complex · 9 p.m. Faith Sharing/Bible Study, San Damiano Chapel · 10 p.m. Taize Prayer, San Damiano Chapel · Senior Art Show, FAC Third Floor Art Gallery Thursday, April 14 · 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Women's Choir Festival, FAC Lobby · Senior Art Show, FAC Third Floor Art Gallery Friday, April 15 · 12:10 p.m. Music Forum: Women in Music, FAC Recital Hall · Senior Art Show, FAC Third Floor Art Gallery Saturday, April 16 · Select Saturday Visit Day · 1 p.m. Baseball vs. Mount Mercy University (DH), Outdoor Athletic Complex · 1 p.m. Softball at Northwestern College (DH), St. Paul Sunday, April 17 · 11 a.m. Mass, San Damiano Chapel · Noon. Baseball at Mount Mercy University (DH), Outdoor Athletic Complex · 1 p.m. Softball at Waldorf College (DH), Outdoor Athletic Complex · 7 p.m. Alcohol Awareness Week "I'll Take Chlamydia for $300," Student Union · 6 p.m. Mass, San Damiano Chapel

Mark Your Calendars for Graduation

The commencement committee is busy preparing for the spring commencement ceremony. Mark your calendar with these important dates: Pinning--Friday, May 13, at 7 p.m. in the FAC Main Theatre RN/BSN Pinning-- Saturday, May 14 at 10 a.m. in the FAC Recital Hall Baccalaureate Mass-- Saturday, May 14 at 11 a.m. Commencement Ceremony: Saturday, May 14 at 2 p.m. at the La Crosse Center · 12:30 p.m. Committee members arrive · 1:15 p.m. Graduates line-up (south hallway) · 1:45 p.m. Faculty line-up (north hallway) · 2 p.m. Commencement Ceremony

It's Time for Golf

Mark your calendars for the 14th annual and final Dr. Sister Dean Jean Golf outing scheduled for May 17 at 4 p.m. at the Valley High Golf Course in Houston, Minn. Sign up forms will be delivered to the campus mailboxes next week. Many thanks go out to Sr. Jean for the many years she has organized this event, which has been the source of great fun and fellowship for the Viterbo community.

Alcohol Awareness Week Activities

Sunday, April 17 · I'll Take Chlamydia for $300 Presentation/Game Show, 7 p.m. in the Student Union Monday, April 18 · BYOB and Dollar-Off Night 8­10 p.m. in Mugshots · Luminary Ceremony 8 p.m. in Courtyard behind the Union Tuesday, April 19 · Wings and Sings 3­5 p.m. by the Clock Tower · Volleyball Tournament 8­11 p.m. in the SAC gym · Bacardi Mixer Madness 9:20 p.m. in the Union Wednesday, April 20 · Free Rootbeer Floats and Bocce Ball Tournament, 4­6 p.m. in Courtyard behind Marian · Open Mic Night at Mugshots 8 p.m. in Mugshots · Dollar-Off Night at Mugshots Thursday, April 21 · International Movie Night and Mocktails, 7:30 p.m. in the Union · Texan Hold 'em, 7:30 p.m. in Mugshots Friday, April 22 · Buy a Brat and Get a Beer--Rootbeer that is 11 a.m.­1:30 p.m. behind Murphy Center · Movie Night 8 p.m. in the Union Saturday, April 23 · Poker Walk & Mocktails 2 p.m. in front of Union Plus, check out the alcohol awareness displays, activities, and materials brought to you by Connect Club, Bio-Chem Club, Education Club, Social Work Club, and SGA. Prizes offered at many events. Alcohol Awareness Week is coordinated by the campus peer educators in Connect Club.


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Genocide Survivor to Share Story at Viterbo April 17

Okello then embarked on a 40African genocide survivor Obang day, 1,000-mile journey of courage Okello will share his incredible story and faith, walking barefoot to the as he presents Obang's Odyssey: distant refugee camps of Kenya, Walking Through the Valley of the where even more chalShadow of Death at lenges waited him. 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Okello survived to go April 17 in the Fine on to graduate from Arts Center Main Bethel College in St. Theatre. Paul where he studied Living in a border theology and business village between administration. He now Ethiopia and Sudan, works for a financial Okello was just 11institution as an years-old when he accountant while sharbecame a witness to the ing his story in his horrors of war. One day in school, a bomb Obang Okello will also be on campus spare time. exploded, engulfing the April 18 to receive a Pope John XXIII The presentation is sponsored by the D.B. building in flames and Award for distinguished service. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in killing all but 17 of his 2,400 classLeadership and is part of the spring mates. After his narrow escape, he 2005 Ethics Lecture Series. hid in the brush for three days while Admission is free and open to the the military destroyed his village and public. killed most of the inhabitants.

death and examine their lives in the present and in flashback, revealing the truth behind their complicated lives. It is set in the west Texas town where the picture Giant was filmed in the years 1955 and 1975, when the characters are 18 and 38 years old. "It is a realistic look at secrets, lies, and the things the characters hide and the way it affects their lives," Rush said. The cast consists of students Jamie Olah, Meredith Gifford, Jill Giudice, Lucy Kellett, Missy Buser, Jacob Hustvet, Kayla Sundean, Abby DeSanto, and Valentina Sales. Rehearsal is going very well so far, Rush said, although the regionalism involved can present some unique challenges. "I tell students right away that they need to learn to say `get' instead of `git,'" she laughed. "Now I have to get them to say `git' again."

Visit Heritage Rooms April 14


Responsible 7th grader looking for part-time summer babysitting. Experienced and certified in Gundersen Lutheran babysitting program. Contact Marcia at ext. 3060 or [email protected] To Give Away: Multi-year collection of beautiful Arizona Highways magazines. Call ext. 3470. Summer Sublease: Date flexible, generally looking for May 15 to July 31, cute, small, blue house all to yourself, very close to Viterbo, fully furnished, perfect for one person, doable for two, $275/month + phone and utilities (an extra $65 approx.), damage deposit required. No pets or parties. Call Andy at 784-9379.

The Mission Effectiveness Committee is aware that everyone may have not have had the opportunity to visit the Heritage Rooms of our FSPA sponsors at St. Rose Convent, or people may wish to visit them again. Therefore, the sisters are extending an invitation to visit for Thursday, April 14 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. These rooms hold examples of the early efforts of the FSPA in educa-

tion, texts written by the Sisters, art work accomplished in the early years, photographs of the La Crosse area in the mid to late 1800s and much, much more. Please come to the Winnebago Street entrance to the Maria Angelorum Chapel. Sisters will direct you from there. If you have questions or would like to arrange a chapel tour, please contact Sister Rochelle at 782-3334 or Sister Celesta 791-5293.

Encourage Students to Become O'Leaders

Recruitment efforts are underway for student volunteers to serve as Orientation Leaders (O' Leaders) for the 2005 fall orientation. Applications will be accepted until 55 candidates apply or until April 18, whichever comes first. All applications must be submitted by April 18. Faculty members, work-study supervisors, and club advisors are asked to encourage students to consider volunteering. Interested students may call Anne Ellefson 796-3807 for an O' Leader application or pick one up at one of the campus displays.


campus ministry

By: Fr. Tom O'Neill

Many have asked about the process of selecting the next Pope. The Conclave, or election, begins 15-20 days after death, with the cardinals assembling in the Sistine Chapel. The order "extra omnes" (all out) is given and everyone not authorized to be in the room must leave. Secrecy and avoiding outside influence is vital. The cardinals take two oaths of secrecy, one when they arrive in Rome and one when the conclave begins. The Sistine Chapel is swept for electronic listening devices; the cardinals are barred from outside communications, including reading the news. The few people allowed near them must take an oath of secrecy: aides/masters of ceremonies; housekeeping and cooking staff; two doctors; and priests for hearing confessions. Election is by scrutiny, or secret ballot. A two-thirds majority (78 of the cardinals) of the electors is required

to elect a pope. Cardinals write the name of his selection on a ballot that is then folded in half. In seniority order, each elector then carries his completed ballot in the air so all can see it, places it on a paten (plate) placed on the altar and drops the ballot into a repository. Two votes are held each morning and each afternoon until a pope is elected. Depending on when the conclave begins and how long it takes for all of the cardinals to take their oaths, a single vote may be held the first day. If the vote is inconclusive, the ballots are burned and black smoke rises. (Traditionally, the black smoke was caused by using wet straw, now chemicals are used.) If a vote is successful, white smoke rises. If there is an impasse after three days, the cardinals take a short break for prayer, informal discussion among themselves and a brief spiritual exhortation by the Senior Cardinal Deacon, currently Cardinal Jorge Medina Estevez, then go through up to three more series of seven votes, break, etc. At that point, the cardinals may vote (by simple majority) to

elect a pope by an absolute majority (50 percent plus one) instead of by two-thirds. They may also vote at that point to limit the candidates to the top two choices. Dean of the College of Cardinals, currently Cardinal Ratzinger, asks the newly chosen pontiff, "Do you accept your canonical election as Supreme Pontiff?" If the answer is yes, he immediately becomes the bishop of Rome and pope. At this time, he also chooses the papal name by which he will be known. He goes to the balcony over the main door of St. Peter's Basilica. The Senior Cardinal--Deacon, currently Cardinal Jorge Medina Estevez, announces in Latin that a new pope has been elected and gives his baptismal name, surname and chosen papal name. The new pope gives his urbi et orbi (to the city and world) blessing. He is installed during a Mass within a few days. Rest in Peace: the great grandmother of Charlotte Large.

from the Library

By: Kim Olson-Kopp

Donating to the Library Cleaning your office or study? Wondering what to do with those boxes of books? Many people donate them to the library, and we would like to thank these generous people who have donated materials to the library in recent months: Dr. Medland, Bridgette Magno, Franklin Hanson, Lewis Lama, Maribel Bird, Office of Global Education, Peter Fleming, School of Adult Learning, Sr. Loretta Penchi, Sr. Marie Kyle, Sr. Marie 4 Leon, Sr. Rita Rathburn, St.

Rose Convent, Murphy Library at UW-La Crosse, Villa St. Joseph, Molly Schultz, William Neil, John Hempstead, Gundersen Lutheran Dept. of Dental. In 2003­04, there were over 500 gift items donated to the library, including books, videos, DVDs, cassettes, journals, and magazines. The library has always been thankful for the generosity of the people who have supported our collections over the years. One area in need of donations at the moment is our recreational reading collection. If you have read your stack of new releases, why not give

them a permanent home here at the library? If you have questions about donating to the library, or if you would like assistance with donations, please call ext. 3270 or email [email protected]

connections is published every Monday of each academic year. Copy deadline is noon, Thursday. Email copy to: [email protected] or send interoffice to the Communications & Marketing Department, RC 007. Visit us on the web at: campnews/camppub/connections/.


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