Student life leader reflects on Norbertine legacy
The college community must sustain its Norbertine legacy if it is to help its members develop to their fullest potential, says
Dick Rankin ’65.
He developed this theme in a
reflection he offered at the last service of Common Prayer on campus this academic year.
Rankin, who is retiring from his role as vice president for student life after 29 years of service to the College, spoke about his expectation that each student has the potential to change at St. Norbert College, and he believes each member of the community plays a role in that transformation.
“The community of growth today was purposely developed by yesterday’s Norbertines,” he said. “Those Norbertines worked hard to establish an educational environment within which each person would enhance himself/herself with their support.
“Their presence told the students they were important, they were valued. They developed the atmosphere within which we work, play, learn and share.
“Today’s challenge is that the Norbertines I enjoyed the presence of years ago are gone, in terms of their numbers. But I feel they left us with the tradition of a learning community that emphasizes personal growth.
“You and I today, others tomorrow, are the caretakers of their community tradition.”
Look for a farewell tribute to Dick Rankin in the summer issue of the St. Norbert College Magazine.