Welcome back students


By Richard Artman

Viterbo University President



     On behalf of the university community, 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, designed to enhance the living and learning environment at Viterbo. The three-year renovation project of Bonaventure Hall was completed just weeks ago.  Now, all residence facilities to which freshmen are assigned have been refurbished in the past four years – representing an investment of more than $2 million.

     A number of changes to campus dining will benefit the entire campus.  Einstein Bros. Bagels at Franny’s is sure to be a hit.  I did a little taste testing and I trust this will be a busy gathering place for coffee and conversation, as well as grab and go items.  A new POD concept (Provisions On Demand) has been added to the Crossroads Grill.  This area in the Student Union will be a great place to pick up essentials and fresh fruit and snacks.  

     You’ll notice the façade and exterior front entrance to Murphy Center have received a facelift and there is a new lounge for graduate students in Murphy Center 300.  A new lounge for military veterans has been created in Reinhart Center Commons.  An additional parking lot for resident students was constructed where several houses once stood on Eighth Street, across from the Mathy Center.

     Last spring, Viterbo held its first theatre production at the new Weber Center for Performing Arts in downtown La Crosse, just north of the Courtyard by Marriott. This beautiful new mid-size, 450 seat performing arts center is a collaboration between Viterbo and the La Crosse Community Theatre.  I hope you’ll attend some of the great productions there by Viterbo and the La Crosse Community Theatre.

     Thanks to the financial support of the Student Government Association (SGA), there are improvements underway in the courtyard behind Rose Terrace, Marian and Bonaventure.  The bicycle rack was moved for better security, and a new sand volleyball court and fire pit should be available soon.

     Our technology staff was busy this summer upgrading the wireless network and servers to provide more access points, faster speed, and greater bandwidth.  They installed 220 new workstations in computer labs and faculty offices.  We hope these upgrades will better meet your technology needs.

     While making these various investments in the physical plant and in technology, we have maintained a tuition rate that is lower than most private colleges in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois.  We can all be proud that Viterbo received a very favorable rating in a recent study published in Forbes magazine in regard to the financial health of the nation’s private colleges and universities. Viterbo was ranked the fifth most financially fit among the private universities in Wisconsin.

     Along with about 450 new full-time freshmen and transfer students, more than 20 new full-time faculty, administration, and staff join us this fall.  I welcome all of you to our community of learners.  

     Let’s all enjoy and take good care of our beautiful campus and improved facilities.  I hope you will make many new friends and lasting relationships with classmates, professors, advisors, coaches, work supervisors, and staff.  We cherish the opportunity to be with you on your educational journey.  Have a terrific year! 

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