Greetings from President Artman

On behalf of my Viterbo colleagues, I welcome new and returning students.  Thank you for investing your time and resources at Viterbo.  You have many choices for higher education and we are grateful and proud you have chosen this Catholic Franciscan university.
Many new and exciting changes have taken place that are designed to enhance the living and learning environment at our university.  Perhaps the most visible change is the opening of Clare Apartments at the corner of Market and Eight Streets.  This beautiful building houses 118 students in 4 bedroom, 2 bedroom and studio apartment configurations.  There are 33 enclosed parking spaces.  All the rooms are occupied and all the parking spaces have been reserved.  The building is named for St. Clare of Assisi and was funded by university reserves.
Across the street from Clare Apartments, contractors were busy completing renovations to the third and fourth floors of Bonaventure Hall.  Floors five and six were renovated during the summer of 2011 and improvements to the first and second floors will be completed in 2013.
When the magnificent new building for the School of Nursing opened last fall, the Dahl School of Business moved from Murphy Center into Brophy Center.  Modest renovations began in the summer of 2011 to repurpose Brophy from a facility dedicated to nursing and dietetics to one more conducive to business education.  This summer, Phase II was completed.  The stunning improvements include a new front entrance and vestibule, a new student lounge and patio, technology upgrades, refurbishment of the auditorium, replacement of existing windows, new wall coverings, flooring, and other aesthetic improvements.  I’m confident that students enrolled in programs in the Dahl School of Business will truly enjoy their new surroundings.  This million dollar project was funded primarily by gifts from benefactors.
Thanks to the Student Government Association (SGA), you’ll find a pleasingly quiet place to hang out or study in the ground level of the Reinhart Center.  Space in the Reinhart Commons area has been remodeled into a study lounge – it might become one of your favorite places for study and contemplation.  This project was conceived and funded by SGA.
After wear and tear of 40 years, we replaced the seats in the Main Theatre of the Fine Arts Center.  The seat color is similar but I assure you that no seat will collapse on you, as one did on me during a performance last year!  As with the above projects, no tuition funds were used for this renovation.  A $1 ticket surcharge provides funds for such facility improvements.
Next time you are in downtown La Crosse, check out the progress on the new La Crosse Performing Arts Center, located on the river just north of the Courtyard by Marriott.  The beautiful new mid-size, 450 seat performing arts center is a collaboration between Viterbo and the La Crosse Community Theatre.  This project will provide more performance space for our growing programs in theatre and music theatre.  The center will be complete in December.  Viterbo’s first production will be A Chorus Line, scheduled for April.  Tickets for this show are on sale at the Fine Arts Center box office and online.  I anticipate sell-out performances so buy your tickets soon.
I hope this brief compilation of major physical plant projects offers evidence of the university’s commitment to enhance your educational opportunities at Viterbo.  These facility projects, together with the new building for the School of Nursing, represent investments of more than $25 million.  While making these investments, we have maintained a tuition rate that is lower than almost all private colleges in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois.
We can all be proud of our beautiful campus and new facilities.  Most importantly, though, the benefits of an education at Viterbo will always be the lasting relationships you forge with people – classmates, professors, advisors, coaches, work supervisors, and staff.  We cherish the opportunity to be with you on your educational journey.  Have a terrific year!
Peace and All Good,
Rick Artman

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