Alumni College Schedule
Friday, April 12
Welcome wine and cheese reception: 7-9 p.m.
Center for Norbertine Studies, Mulva Library
If you’re getting into town early (or live here!), please join us in the beautiful Center for Norbertine Studies for a get-acquainted reception. Cheese, beer and wine will be served, along with great campus views from the second floor of the Mulva Library!
Also on campus Friday night: There’s always a lot going on at SNC, and you’re welcome to take in any of these other great events:
Comedian Pete Lee – Ray Van den Heuvel Family Campus Center: 6-7 p.m.
Lee, a veteran of Comedy Central and Last Comic Standing, is a favorite on college campuses and in comedy clubs nationwide, well-known for his likable style and self-deprecating wit.
Hypnotist Jim Wand – Ray Van den Heuvel Family Campus Center: 7-8:30 p.m.
With a show that’s been called “unbelievable,” “amazing” and “the best we’ve ever had,” it’s small wonder that Jim Wand is in demand at schools nationwide, and a fixture on network and cable channels.
Vocal and Instrumental Jazz Concert – Walter Theatre, Abbot Pennings Hall of Fine Arts: 7:30-9 p.m.
See some of SNC’s outstanding musicians perform in this open-to the-public concert.
Saturday, April 13
Registration & Continental Breakfast
8–8:45 a.m. (Todd Wehr Hall)
Academic Session 1
1a) Inspired Imagination: Contemporary Art and the Community of the Saints
Fr. James P. Neilson, O.Praem., ’88, Visiting Lecturer
Class description: Throughout the centuries, the Church has commissioned artwork that celebrates the heroic lives of the saints. Intended to inspire the faithful toward a deeper love of Christ, the Church has encouraged her community to more vivid belief through works of art that surprise and inspire the heart and imagination. Images of those saintly men, women, and children who have become role-models in faithfully following Christ will be presented.
1b) Sufficient Grace: The Call to Hear and Speak God's Word Today
Julie Massey ’87, Senior Director of Mission & Ministry and Faith, Learning & Vocation
Class description: We may think God only whispered in the desert or ignited bushes in days of old, but the saints and mystics tell us God never stops speaking in the world. This session will explore the ways in which we can be attentive to the voice of God in the complexities of our lives today.
Academic Session 2
10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
2a) Physics and Photography
Erik Brekke, Assistant Professor of Physics
Class description: The camera uses several basic physics concepts to create a good image on the film. This class will explore the physics of refraction and lenses, explaining how and where images are formed. We will also explore the common features of exposure time, f number, and film speed, and how to use these to take the pictures you want.
2b) Pharm on the Farm: Antibiotics in Agriculture
David Hunnicutt, Associate Professor of Biology
Class description:The FDA estimates that something near 30 million pounds of antibiotics per year are used in domestic animals grown for food production. There is growing concern that the extensive use of these antibiotics, while cost effective in agriculture, is having effects on human health by promoting the emergence of antibiotic resistant bacteria. This presentation in modified from a guest lecture given to the freshman Honors course and looks at how the scientific community approaches such complex issues, why antibiotics are used in agriculture, antibiotics and resistance to them, and evidence that antibiotics in animal feed promote antibiotic resistance.
Luncheon with Keynote Speaker, Kevin G. Quinn Ph.D.
Bemis International Center - Hendrickson Dining room
Why Liberal Arts?
The value of a college education has been questioned more in recent years than it has in many decades. Is it really worth it? Is a liberal arts education still relevant for the world that our young people will inherit from us?
Kevin Quinn earned his B.S. in 1983 in physics and mathematics from Loyola University in Chicago, and an MBA in marketing and economics from the University of Illinois-Chicago in 1989. Quinn worked in private industry from 1983 to 1990, in aerospace and medical imaging, before returning to UIC to complete his Ph.D. in economics. He has taught physics and mathematics at Loyola, and economics at UIC and at the University of Tuzla in Bosnia. He has written two books, “Sports and Their Fans” (McFarland, 2009) and “The Economics of the National Football League” (Springer, 2012).
Quinn was president of the Illinois Economic Association in 2008-09. He currently hosts the “Conversations from St. Norbert College” television program, and does a monthly “Econ 101” call-in program on Ben Merens’s “At Issue” show on Wisconsin Public Radio.
Academic Session 3
3a) Climate and Global Warming
Rebecca McKean '04, Assistant Professor of Geology
Class description: The media presents a distorted perspective on global climate change, often claiming the need to get “both sides of the story”. But from a scientist’s perspective, there is only one side to the story: our planet is warming, and we are the cause. This lecture will cover the science of global climate change. We will examine the various natural processes that influence climate, and then will delve into the impact of humans on climate change. Finally, we will discuss the changes we can expect given continued warming.
3b) The Craft and Art of Musical Composition
Blake Henson, Assistant Professor of Music
Class description: We travel through and live in a world that is shot through with transcendent beauty—a sacramental world, a world that irresistibly vibrates with operations of grace, and we are surrounded by countless opportunities to be touched and transformed by this “grace-full” beauty on a daily basis. This world beckons us, one and all, to go exploring. And, what it is that we encounter, and come to understand, and find during those forays; that is what we share, in musical form, as composers. Composing is that undeniable inner urge that says, “Here. Do you see this? Can you hear this? Take it, then—it is part of me, and I give it to you as gift.” In the finding and the giving there are magical experiences of seeing things afresh and anew, moments of deep revealing, encounters of profound and lasting human transformation. In this session, attendees will ponder the necessity of composing as response; composing as an act of faith, hope and charity; composing out of pragmatic necessity; and composing as behavioral compulsion. By discussing what it means to be a composer, we will learn not only how these musicians hear and construct sounds, but also how they turn a single musical thought into an expansive and communicative work of art.
Reception and Campus Tour
3:45-5:30 p.m. (Todd Wehr Hall)
Hors d'oeuvres, beer and wine will be served.