New academic year, new beginnings
This fall, first-year students won’t be the only new additions at St. Norbert. There’s a whole new view of campus from De Pere’s new bridge, opening this fall, and changes big and small to mark the start of the 2007-08 academic year.
New bridge construction continues
Returning to campus will be a different experience this year, due to construction work on the bridge over the Fox River. Re-direction of traffic flows, a maze of orange construction cones and barrels, and downtown De Pere’s first-ever two-lane roundabout mean adjustments to driving patterns for returning students.
Bridge dedication festivities are planned for Saturday, Oct. 6.
A Latin motto
After more than 100 years with no official motto, St. Norbert has finally acquired its own Latin tag: “Docere Verbo et Exemplo.” The Office of Mission and Heritage sought a phrase that would reflect the institution’s scholarly tradition and was pleased to recommend this motto, which means “To Teach by Word and Example.”
Nursing students arrive
The first nursing students arrive on campus this fall, benefiting from a new partnership with Bellin College of Nursing. Bellin students will have the opportunity to earn their
Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree while living at St. Norbert and taking classes at both institutions. The partnership will provide more choices and opportunities for students interested in health services, especially those who value a liberal arts foundation and a residential environment.
Communio: A Liberal Arts Seminar is the name of a new program designed to give freshmen a head start on their college career. Students registered for fall 2007 have been offered the chance to participate in a pilot group.
This semester-long enrichment program will take place in Bergstrom and will encompass all three of the College’s traditions: liberal arts, Catholic and Norbertine. Those enrolled in Communio will not only live together, they will also attend programs together. In fact, some of their coursework will take place in their res hall itself, for a true living-learning experience.
You can get there from here
The Student Government Association has made a substantial donation for upgrading the paths crossing the quad between the Campus Center and the Union, Main Hall and Sensenbrenner. The new redbrick paving makes an attractive addition to the landscaping and ensures more direct four-season access to the major buildings around this well-trafficked hub.
It’s easier for visitors to find their way from here to there, too, upon the completion of a project to install directional maps of campus and signage on College buildings.
Groves of academe
The facilities staff continue to cherish the legacy of the
Rev. Anselm Keefe, O.Praem., and others who had the vision to plant the trees that shade the campus today. Among new trees planted this year are a Turkish filbert in front of Burke and a Sienna Glen maple outside Bergstrom. A white fir tree bought by the Peace and Justice Center was planted in honor of
Dick Rankin ’65 (Student Life).
Summer Ministry Award recipients return
Faith, Learning and Vocation’s new
Summer Ministry Award recipients meet for a follow-up retreat next month. They will be reflecting on their recent experiences in parishes, youth ministry, camp counseling and more.
This is the first year for a program that helps identify and develop the next generation of candidates for professional ministry, lay and ordained. It supports students’ participation in significant ministry experiences.
More new academic programs
Theatre studies debuts as an independent major this semester. It was formerly a part of the communication, media and theatre discipline.
Human services courses have been re-structured into a new minor in sociology.
And a Master of Liberal Studies degree program will extend the College’s mission to provide a solid liberal arts education.