Campus Events

Misty's Dance Unlimited - Year Long Dance Party

Tuesday, Mar. 6, 2018

Saturday, May 19 at 10 am, 2 pm, and 7 pm
Sunday, May 20 at 12:30 pm and 4:30 pm

 Main Floor $18 • Lower Balcony $16 • Upper Balcony $14


Buy Tickets

Open sales (limit 10 tickets per show) begin Wednesday, March 14 at 11 am.

All purchase limits removed Wednesday, March 21 at 11 am.

Holocaust Survivor Estelle Laughlin

Monday, Feb. 19, 2018

Thursday, March 22 at 7 p.m.
Fine Arts Center Main Theatre
Free presentation

Estelle Laughlin was born in Warsaw, Poland, on July 9, 1929 to Michla and Samek Wakszlak. Estelle also had an older sister, Freda, who was born in January 1928. Michla tended to the home and children while Samek ran a jewelry shop. Estelle and Freda attended the local public school.

Germany invaded Poland on Sept. 1, 1939. The siege on Warsaw began a week after German forces invaded Poland. On Sept. 29, shortly after Poland’s surrender, German forces entered Warsaw. Estelle and Freda were no longer able to attend the local public school. In October 1940 German forces decreed the establishment of a ghetto. The Wakszlak family and more than 400,000 Jews from the city and surrounding areas were forced to live in a 1.3 square mile area and to wear a white armband with a blue Star of David. The food allotments rationed to the ghetto by the German authorities were not sufficient to sustain life; however, Samek was able to get extra food for his family from the black market. From July to September 1942, 300,000 ghetto residents were deported to Treblinka II, an extermination camp. During this time Estelle and her family hid in a secret room to escape the deportations.

In April 1943, German forces made one last push to liquidate the remaining 55,000-60,000 Jews from the Warsaw ghetto to work or death camps. Samek, who helped to organize the resistance movement, built a bunker in which he and his family could hide during the Warsaw ghetto uprising. As SS and police units began roundups they were met with artillery fire from resistance fighters. In retaliation, the SS began razing the ghetto, block by block. The bunker where Estelle and her family were hiding, which was in the basement of a house, was exposed by a bomb. Everyone was dragged out onto the street. The Wakszlak family was marched to the umschlagplatz (concentration point), forced to board freight train cars, and transported to Lublin/Majdanek.

Upon arrival at Majdanek the women and men were separated. Estelle, Michla, and Freda were chosen for forced labor but Samek was sent to the gas chamber. The women moved turf from one place outside the camp to another. At one point Freda was badly beaten by a German guard and could not work. She hid in the barracks, but was discovered. Her name was put on what she thought was a gas chamber list. Estelle and Michla switched places with two women who were on the same list, thus believing that the remaining Wakszlak family members could die together. Michla, Estelle, and Freda were, instead, sent to the Skarzysko concentration camp to work in a munitions factory. Later, they were sent to the Czestochowa concentration camp to work in a different munitions factory.

Soviet forces liberated Czestochowa in January 1945. To escape pogroms in Poland the three women moved to Bavaria in August 1945 and lived there until 1947, when they moved to the U.S. to join Michla’s two sisters and brother in New York City. Estelle is a volunteer at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

   DB Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership



Accepted Student Day

Friday, Jan. 12, 2018

Accepted Students for fall 2018, register to attend at For more information contact Caryn Witt at or 608-796-3022.

Admissions Junior Visit Day

Friday, Jan. 12, 2018

Junior high school students: for a campus visit, register at www.viterbo.edy/visit-viterbo.

VU Preview Day

Friday, Jan. 12, 2018

Students for a campus visit, register at

Admissions VU Preview Day

Friday, Jul. 21, 2017

Students for a campus visit, register at For more information contact Caryn Witt at or 608-796-3022.

Admission VU Preview Day

Friday, Jul. 21, 2017

Admission VU Preview Day

Friday, Jul. 21, 2017

Admission VU Preview Day

Friday, Jul. 21, 2017

Viterbo University presents Platinum Edition: Celebration 2018

Wednesday, Jul. 19, 2017

Saturday, April 7 at 7:30 p.m.
Fine Arts Center Main Theatre
Main Floor $20 • Lower Balcony $17 • Upper Balcony $14


Platinum Edition’s annual variety show has something for everyone, from Broadway to pop to rock and more! Join Viterbo’s own show choir and their special guests as they celebrate 2018 with this musical extravaganza.

Photo by Theresa M. Smerud, Visual Consultant and Arts Photographer

Alexander Technique Residential Workshop

Wednesday, Apr. 5, 2017


$650 per person
$550 for full-time college and high school students, Viterbo employees and alumni, those taking the course for grad credit, and AT teacher trainees

There is a returnee discount of $100 for anyone who attended the Viterbo workshop since 2007.

A deposit of $300 will guarantee a place at the workshop. Registration deadline is June 26, 2017; full balance is due July 14, 2017.

For cancellations received on or by July 14, deposits/tuition will be refunded minus a $50 handling fee.  After July 14, deposits are not refundable.  No refunds will be issued for cancellations less than a week before the workshop.

Housing is available on the beautiful Viterbo University campus. Two-bedroom air-conditioned apartments with small, unfurnished kitchenettes are available. All prices include bed linens and taxes.

$325 double occupancy (one person per bedroom)
$215 quad occupancy (four people per apartment, two per bedroom)

Towels are provided, but you may bring your own extras. Bring your own soap. You also might like to bring a lamp for the dorm room because there will not be much overhead light.  Kitchenettes have stoves if you'd like to bring a tea kettle and mug for tea in your room.  No dishes, glasses, or cooking utensils are provided in the kitchenettes.  While the dorms are air conditioned, some people in the past have wanted an extra fan.  You are provided one pillow.  If you want extras, please bring your own.

Meals will be on your own.  Dinner is included in the price of the boat ride.  The Mayo-Franciscan Hospital cafeteria – Market Place Restaurant – is two blocks from campus.  It features a full service restaurant with made-to-order breakfast, lunch, and dinner items. Hot entrees are offered daily, and soup, salad bar, and desserts are available to complement your meal. There is also a grab-n-go sandwich station.

We have a really good food co-op downtown if you have special dietary needs.


La Crosse is located on Interstate 90 about 130 miles NW of Madison and 150 miles SW of Minneapolis/St. Paul.  American Eagle (from Chicago) and Delta (from Minneapolis) fly into the La Crosse Municipal Airport.

For more inforamtion and to register, visit:

All registrations will be done online.

For more information about Alexander Technique Residential Workshop, contact Diane Foust at

For assistance with the registration process, please contact Beth Franklin, Arts Education Coordinator, at 608-796-3735 or

Jim Witter's Piano Men: A Musical Journey through the Seventies

Tuesday, Mar. 28, 2017

Saturday, April 14
7:30 p.m.
Fine Arts Center Main Theatre
Main Floor $39 • Lower Balcony $35 • Upper Balcony $29


Relive the performance that started it all as Jim Witter returns with his original Piano Men show – the first Jim Witter show presented at Viterbo University nine years ago. More than just excellent music from Billy Joel and Elton John, Piano Men is a journey down memory lane. From The Brady Bunch to Big Wheels, Jim Witter’s memorable stories and multi-media presentation bring the past to life.

For more information, please visit Jim Witter's website.


     SPONSORED BY                                 MEDIA SPONSOR


Dallas Children's Theater presents How I Became a Pirate

Tuesday, Mar. 28, 2017

Sunday, March 25
3 p.m.
Fine Arts Center Main Theatre
Adult $15/$13/$11 • Child $13/$11/$9


Book, Music, and Lyrics by Janet Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman
Based on the book by Melinda Long, Illustrations by David Shannon

AARRRGH! Sail off on a swashbuckling musical excursion as young Jeremy Jacobs joins Captain Braid Beard's band of comical pirates and searches for the perfect spot to bury their treasure. Jeremy finds fun and adventure on the high seas, but he soon learns that home and family are treasures you can't find on any map. Based on the popular book, it's a joyful family musical that is sure to leave young mateys singing and dancing in the aisles.

For more information about Dallas Children's Theater, visit their website

             SPONSORED BY


Reduced Shakespeare Company presents William Shakespeare's Long Lost First Play (Abridged)

Tuesday, Mar. 28, 2017

Thursday, April 12
7:30 p.m.
Fine Arts Center Main Theatre
Main Floor $35 • Lower Balcony $31 • Upper Balcony $25


Hang on to your codpieces! While performing in England last summer, the Reduced Shakespeare Company uncovered a manuscript that turned out to be the literary Holy Grail: William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play! In this “tale told by idiots,” the Reduced Shakespeare Company weaves all of The Bard's famous characters, greatest lines, and magnificent speeches into a brand new Shakespearean smorgasbord. It is a comic misadventure that will feel strangely familiar yet excitingly new.

Note: In the spirit of Shakespeare himself, RSC shows contain some occasional bawdy language and mild innuendo. All children (and parents) are different, so we've chosen to rate our shows PG-13: Pretty Good If You're Thirteen.

For more information, please visit Reduced Shakespeare Company's website.


             SPONSORED BY                            MEDIA SPONSOR


Bryan Anthony - Celebrating Sinatra: His Life in Music

Tuesday, Mar. 28, 2017

Friday, April 20
7:30 p.m.
Fine Arts Center Main Theatre
Main Floor $35 • Lower Balcony $31 • Upper Balcony $25


Bryan Anthony keeps the legacy of the Great Gentlemen of Song, especially Sinatra, alive and well in his immensely satisfying and sweetly nostalgic performances. A veteran vocalist of ensembles like the Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, and Nelson Riddle Orchestras, Anthony provides a look back at the rich musical life of the great Frank Sinatra from his early career days with Harry James and Tommy Dorsey, the Capital Record years, and 'Swingin' Sinatra.

For more information, please visit Bryan Anthony's website.



      There will be an Arts in Context discussion with Bryan Anthony at 6:30 pm in the Fine Arts Center Dance Studio.




Humanities Symposium 2017: Talking About Death

Thursday, Sep. 15, 2016

Servant Leadership Conference: La Crosse Style 2016

Thursday, Jun. 9, 2016

2nd Annual WI State Servant Leadership Conference: La Crosse Style 2016. Tuesday, June 21-Wednesday, June 22.
Registration deadline: Noon on Sunday, June 19
Conference fee of $75 includes lunch and materials.
Register at
For questions about the conference or registration contact Maureen Cooney at

Commencement Quick Stop Station

Wednesday, May. 25, 2016

For more details and to volunteer go to:

Viterbo University Chicken Q

Thursday, Mar. 24, 2016

The Viterbo University Chicken Q will be held on Tuesday, May 3 from 3-6 p.m. The event will help fund Viterbo University student service trips.

TICKETS go on sale Monday, March 28, 2016. Stop by the Viterbo Admission Office in Reinhart Center to buy your tickets Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cost is $9 in advance and $10 on the day of the event. Pre-sale tickets will be sold until Friday, April 22. There are a limited number of tickets available, so be sure to reserve your meal today!

On May 3, you can dine-in or drive by and pick up your meal by the Viterbo University Fine Arts Center drive through near the Reinhart Center. Enter on Viterbo Drive (9th Street).

Thank you for supporting Viterbo University student service trips!

The event is sponsored by the Viterbo Administrative Assembly Service Committee.


Student Art Show

Monday, May. 18, 2015

Show runs from March 16 - April 1, 2015.  Gallery is open M-F 9-5 while school is in session. 

Student Art Show Opening

Monday, May. 18, 2015

Show runs from March 16–April 1, 2015.  Gallery is open M-F 9-5 while school is in session. 

Student Art Show: Johnnyray Hansen, Emily Price, Nikki Richard

Friday, May. 15, 2015

Show runs November 4 - December 11, 2015.  Gallery is open M-F 9-5 while school is in session. 

Art Show: Patrick Schmidt, Visiting Artist

Friday, May. 15, 2015

Show runs September 16 - October 30, 2015.  Gallery is open M-F 9:00 am-5:00 pm while school is in session.

Katelyn Bouska Piano & Harpsichord Recital

Tuesday, Apr. 14, 2015

Music alum Katelyn Bouska (2008) will open this program with two sonatas for harpsichord by Georg Anton Benda, and follow with piano solo works by Leoš Janácek, Frédéric Chopin, and Petr Eben. ​​As a doctoral student at Temple University in Philadelphia, Katelyn Bouska is an active solo and collaborative performer on both historical and modern keyboard instruments. In addition to her performances in the United States, she has had opportunities to perform in Canada, France, Italy, Austria, and the Philippines. She holds a bachelor of music performance degree from Viterbo University and master degrees in piano and harpsichord performance, as well as the Professional Studies Certificate from Temple University.


Student Voice Recital: Avery Boettcher

Tuesday, Mar. 31, 2015

Free admission and open to the public. 

Transfer of Memory Photo Exhibition

Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014

Transfer of Memory

Featuring Photographs of Minnesota Holocaust Survivors
by David Sherman and Text by Lili Chester

Opening Reception Thursday, March 5 at 7 p.m.
Viterbo University Fine Arts Center, Recital Hall

The Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas is proud to partner with the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership at Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wisconsin to present Transfer of Memory, a photo exhibition illustrating Holocaust survivors living in Minnesota, in their homes, in full color. Each individual is a story of survival during exceedingly difficult circumstances yet as a collection, these images focus on life and hope. From Europe to Minnesota, it was here they fashioned their dreams, their futures, and their families —their lives are a constant reminder of the value of freedom and the enduring human spirit. Photographer David Sherman and writer Lili Chester, in partnership with the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC), created this photography exhibit.

The Opening Reception will include remarks by Steve Hunegs, Executive Director of the JCRC, David Sherman, photographer, and a vocal performance by Karla Hughes featuring songs from the opera, The Diary of Anne Frank.

The exhibit features 41 portraits of Survivors living—or who lived—in the Twin Cities. The color images depict the survivors as living full and fulfilled lives—full of life and vitality—not defined by victimhood. Each survivor was photographed in their home and everyone was interviewed and videotaped prior to making their portrait. Lili Chester’s text, distilled from the survivor interviews, accompanies each portrait and provides background and a short history in the survivor's own words. “It is my hope and prayer that these images add an important visual proof to accompany the oral testimony,” added Sherman.

This exhibit is curated by Laura Zelle and Susie Greenberg and is a collaboration between David Sherman, Lili Chester, and the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas. For more information, visit