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32 reasons why it’s good to be here
By Lisa Strandberg and Susan Allen
With Kellie Herson ’11 and Paige Caulum ’11

Before you chose St. Norbert as your college home, you studied the viewbook and scrutinized the reasons to enroll here.You compared and contrasted, weighed and wondered, doubted and deliberated. Ultimately, logic led you to decide that this was indeed the place.

Then you arrived on campus and your heart took over.

There is so much to love at St. Norbert. You know it, because you’ve discovered it firsthand: You’ve delighted in the river; fallen for the people; stood in awe of the sacred; and been surprised by small joys.

On paper, the campus is a lovely place. But you only uncover its true character when you walk its paths and live in the embrace of its community. You’ve done that. You know. Now read on to relive your student days. You’ll remember why it’s good to be here.

Convocation 2010
   
Traditions ...
... they have to start somewhere. Michael Rosewall (Music), with a wink and a smile, told one incoming class that it was customary for every new St. Norbert student to touch the college bell to ensure their academic success. It wasn’t – but it is now.
It’s up to us
“I love the fact that we’re the only Norbertine college in the world,” says Paul Wadell (Religious Studies). “There are many Jesuit institutions, for instance, but only one Norbertine college, so if we don’t get it right, there’s no-one else who can pick up the slack! We have a unique and compelling story that is definitely worth telling well. Norbert was a man of bold and courageous spirit – indeed, he was not afraid to be a trouble-maker if he thought something wrong needed to be addressed. Maybe this calls St. Norbert College to nurture ‘timely troublemakers’ like Norbert. Being faithful to the story of Norbert and the Norbertines summons us to the same boldness of spirit that empowers us to be agents of love, justice, and truth in our world.”
The Green and Gold
St. Norbert loves its special relationship with The Pack and, round about Super Bowl time last winter, even our beloved founder got into the spirit of the thing. 
Abbot Pennings
 Office hours
“Office hours are phenomenal!” says Katy Coutley ’12. “I really like them because they give me a chance to continue class discussions at a deeper level. The value has always been there, but I’ve recognized it more and more over the semesters. I think my favorite part is that I’ve gotten to know my professors on a personal level. I use those hours to address important issues in my major that relate to what we’re studying, but just can’t seem to fit into classes. By making my way up to the upper levels of the academic halls, I find myself growing not only intellectually, but spiritually and as a member of the college community.”
Campus golf
When the golfers emerge, it’s a sure sign of spring. All you need is a club, a tennis ball and a buddy. Pick a target – might be a tree, might be a bench – and see who gets there in the fewest strokes.
 Meidl family Meeting professors outside class
Seeing faculty members in contexts other than the classroom or their offices is surreal – and opportune. Sometimes students need a reminder that professors aren’t just around to teach and grade: that they parent their children, wander around Target, enjoy Olive Garden breadsticks, and walk their dogs. These encounters keep awe in check – and it’s plain endearing to see your philosophy professor attending to his toddler. 
It’s the Burke experience
Behind those stately pillars are the smallest, most awkwardly shaped rooms on campus. Maybe it’s the close quarters that bring people together, but once you’ve lived in Burke, it seems you can never forget the friends and fun found there. When we surveyed our students recently, the Burke Mass on Wednesday nights made their list of what they treasured most about campus life. And, the Burke experience comes with some 275 feet of riverfront, too – not bad, for your first year in college.
Burke experience
Learning on the job
Compared to other colleges, St. Norbert’s student employment offerings are pretty swank, our students tell us. Teaching assistantships, internships and peer tutor jobs provide excellent résumé fodder and phenomenal professional development. Our internships mean more than sitting at a desk or working at a campus restaurant. Here, student employment isn’t about spinning your wheels just to make an okay paycheck. It’s a legitimate way to explore the potential to turn your interests into a career.
Branches with roots
Thanks to the foresight (and green thumbs) of earlier Norbertines, we have a beautiful campus canopy to shade us on warm spring and summer days. Over time, the fraters helped plant an arboretum now recognized as such by the American Public Gardens Association. It is said that, if a species grows in Wisconsin, there is an example growing on this campus.
Pancakes Faculty, Flapjacks and Finals
It takes a very special event to turn the first day of finals week into the favorite day of the year, but what could be better for easing the pain of term papers and study guides than unlimited late-night pancakes, sausage, and tater tots – all dished up by illustrious members of the college community like the president or a favorite professor – while the Norbertones play in the background? Every semester as Joanna Holzhaeuser ’12 waits in line, she says, “I hope I get my pancakes from somebody fabulous.” And her wish always comes true, because everything about FFF is, indeed, fabulous. 
Blissful solitude
Many peaceful corners on campus invite study or solitude. In the Mulva Library, the Center for Norbertine Studies boasts a commanding view of campus, and the quiet Children’s Literature Center isn’t just for education majors. Sensenbrenner’s Women’s Center makes a tranquil and homey retreat. And JMS and Todd Wehr halls both offer spacious after-hours study rooms (some with coveted white boards!) that often stand empty when the library’s are all occupied. 
Blissful solitude
 Praying with the Norbertines Praying with the Norbertines
Every evening, the Norbertine fathers on campus gather in the oratory. Bonnie Halberstadt ’13 likes to join them for prayer and the chance to reflect upon her day and seek help for her tomorrows. “It gives me needed time to center my thoughts and quiet the busyness all around me.”
Knight-time
Knights on Broadway, KnightKlub, Knight of Sophistication, Knightline, Knight Owl, Junior Knights and Days, Entertainment 2 Knight ... if you can spell it with a K, we’ll do it. There’s even a new school spirit group, Knight Riders. So, we’re proud to be Green Knights – knothing wrong with that!
The Dali in Gries
Yup, that’s our Salvador Dali. “Christ of St. John of the Cross” is one of the carefully chosen works of art that help designate the sacred space in Gries Hall. The bronze is part of a remarkable art collection gifted by Andrew Masterson ’85. 
Dali
Hallway conversations
“After a recent Feminist Theory in Sociology class, my roommate and I spent 15 minutes talking to Dr. [Cheryl] Carpenter-Siegel, articulating why we personally find American wedding culture so problematic,” says Kellie Herson ’11. “Most of the discussion revolved around TLC’s wedding shows. We talked about our personal reservations about the selling of marriage as the most vital day of a woman’s life; and our own feelings that the longer trajectory of our interpersonal relationships is more important to us than a single day of living out feminine ideals. “I love the feeling that I can talk to my professors about anything and never for a second feel that they are talking down to me.”
 Becket Canine companions
The affection Jim Neuliep (Communication) feels for his Great Dane, Becket, is legendary on campus. And evident, too. Becket, 215 lbs, brings his owners to the college for exercise, playtime – and study-time. He is a regular at Neuliep’s study sessions. Becket is named after the movie, Neuliep says. “It is one of our favorites. Thomas à Becket was so loyal and so strong.” (The Neuliep cat is named Eleanor, after Eleanor of Aquitaine.)
The perfect accompaniment
Elaine Moss ’79 is the heart and soul of music at St. Norbert, say her students. As a pianist, she is involved in everything from voice and instrumental study to choral and band ensembles. “They could not do it without her!” says Emily Slavek ’07, who was so inspired by Moss that she worked with her teacher to design a personalized major in piano accompanying. “Not only is she always there to support with her amazing playing, but her warm-hearted personality and sense of humor put everyone at ease and help soothe performance jitters.”
Sofa-ah-aaahs
The Campus Center reflection lounge offers, quite simply, the comfiest seating you’ll ever sink into – sofas and chairs that one nap-happy student calls “clouds of wonder.” They’re not bad for studying, either, if you can pull your eyes away from the best river views on campus. 
Sofa
 Parties Parties at the Campus Center
“I’m actually writing this the morning of my last End of the Year Celebration party at the Campus Center,” says Paige Caulum ’11. “I love how the Campus Center parties allow us 20-somethings to act like kids again – there are inflatable bounce-houses, a caricature artist, a photo booth and more, along with awesome bands and food. The Beginning of the Year Celebration party has always been a great way to kick off the school year and get together with everyone you hadn’t seen all summer for some burgers and fireworks. Plus, you can’t go wrong with Boogie and the Yo-Yoz, the band hired every year for this event.”
Virtually a wash
Because the laundry room is less than exciting, LaundryView lets you dodge the dull wait for an open washer by listing real-time availability online. The monitoring system will even text you when a specified washer or dryer is free. 
Washing machine
For you are standing on holy ground
When even the stadium offers a place for prayer, you know you’re at a college that upholds its Catholic heritage. The labyrinth on the grounds of the new Schneider Stadium invites contemplation even in the midst of game-day frenzy – or on any day, since the outdoor labyrinth is open to visitors at any time. Underwritten by Don and Carol Kress ’67, the labyrinth has a single winding gravel path that leads to its center. On the inward journey, you release your distractions; at the center, you pause to be present to the divine; and on the outward journey, you establish your intent to carry your labyrinth experience into your life.
  Wine Buon vini
At the annual Senior Wine-Tasting, students don’t just learn how to appreciate a fine vintage; they also get to take a sip of life after college. Alumni stationed at each of the event’s tables enlighten students on wine etiquette while connecting with them across the Commencement divide. It’s a great networking opportunity, too.
 
Visitors from all over the world
An alum from Japan, a biographer from Berne Abbey in Holland, an exchange professor from the Philippines, nuns from Vietnam ... and that’s not to mention students from each of the 32 countries represented by the flags flying above the Bemis International Center. We accommodate a global village made up of long- and short-stay guests who enrich the campus experience. They include speakers; faculty and staff members; visitors to the Center for Norbertine Studies; undergraduate and ESL students.
Bill Van Ess ’85
SNC Day boat-driver by avocation and financial advisor by profession, the chair of the alumni board regularly breaks from business Wednesday mornings to attend Common Prayer. He says: “During our years here, we all have many opportunities to give back, to help others, to volunteer our time for the benefit of others. Those who can, do. Those who can do more, volunteer!”
Bill Van Ess
Church bells
The St. Norbert community asks not for whom the bells toll when peals resonate from Old St. Joe’s. Instead, we simply relish the melody that marks the passing hour.
Eva Eva Forslund (Facilities)
Her presence really brightens the day, as well as the buildings she cleans. Forslund’s residents think she is simply wonderful. According to Jessica Wang ’13, “It’s not so much what, as it is how she does what she does. Eva is always so open for conversation and friendly to talk to.” Without Forslund, and her similarly dedicated housekeeper colleagues, this wouldn’t be such a nice place to call home.
Shooting stars at the marina
Says Caitlin Goll ’12, ”When the docks are on the river, look up the schedule for meteor showers. My friends and I go out and lie on our backs at three or four in the morning and watch the shooting stars. We bring hot chocolate when it’s cold.”
The oldest of friends
We love our Golden Knights. Membership in their venerable society depends on only one qualification: a St. Norbert graduation date of at least 50 years’ vintage. The Golden Knights are invited back every year for a May Mass at Old St. Joe’s, followed by a luncheon on campus, and for the October ceremony at which the new “class” is installed. Half a century and more after their graduation, we cherish the connection with these old friends.
Michael Poradek ’11
Self-styled “president of the village” (he was actually the building manager of the Townhouse Village), he broadcast State of the Village addresses; mounted a Christmas pageant; proposed Swiss Guards for the student-housing complex; and declared – via Facebook update – his undying love for Kate Middleton (now Duchess of Cambridge). Presiding over campus from his student-worker station at the Todd Wehr inquiry desk, Poradek still had plenty of time to come up with daft ideas – ideas that worked. The political science major was the founder of the Inter-Residential Olympics; reviver of the Alpha Delta Gamma fraternity; assistant master of ceremonies to the Bishop of Green Bay. He (who else?) organized the funeral for the campus’s beloved white squirrel (lost to us too soon after a run-in with a vehicle on Third Street). Every year, seems we’re lucky enough to have a one-off campus leader, and this year it was Poradek. This summer sees him launched upon a waiting world; we can only wait and see.
Michael Poradek
Pam Ripp Alumni weddings
A full parking lot and formal attire around Old St. Joe’s usually means one thing: a wedding. Out of the 42 couples tying the knot on campus this summer, 28 will be alumni weddings. At left, Pam (Ripp) Schmitz ’09 on her special day this spring.
March of science
Amid the lab equipment in JMS 325, a shelf of specimen jars filled and carefully labeled many decades ago bears witness to the inquiring mind of our best-known botanist: the Rev. Anselm Keefe, O.Praem.
 Jars
Hockey national champs! The trophy case
Being the national champions: It never gets old. Congratulations to our Green Knight hockey team, Div. III National Champions 2011. The Green Knights emerged triumphant from the “Thriller at Ridder,” defeating Adrian College 4-3 at the University of Minnesota’s Ridder Arena. The team finished the season with a 25-4-1 record, its eighth season with at least 25 wins. And congratulations twice over to our senior skaters. As freshmen, they were among the players who helped bring home the team’s 2008 championship title, an extraordinary achievement.  
White space  White space
   

Summer 2011

Web extraLook here for web-exclusive content that expands on topics presented in the current
St. Norbert College Magazine.

VideoThe St. Norbert College Strategic Research Institute
David Wegge (Political Science) speaks about the evolution of the former Survey Center.

GalleryCommencement 2011
A gallery of images celebrates a fine day to remember.

VideoCommencement speaker, author David Maraniss
The Pulitzer Prize-winner addresses the Class of 2011.

VideoOn friendship
Friends Paul Wadell and Howard Ebert ’74 (Religious Studies) discuss their own connection in the light of Wadell’s work on friendship in the Christian life.

Audio ExtraA question of happiness
Leanne Kent (Philosophy) speaks on classical and contemporary conceptions.

VideoWell-remembered
Jim Benton (Sociology), Jim Hodgson (Biology) and Donald Taylor (Art) say what St. Norbert College has meant to them.

Text ExtraConsolation Prize
Read a sample of poems from this new collection by Laurie MacDiarmid (English).

VideoThe art of collaboration
Brian Pirman (Art) and Leivur Djurhuus ’12 talk about their recent installation in the Godschalx Gallery.

Audio ExtraLet the music sound
The Rev. Bartholomew Agar, O.Praem., ’55 (Music, Emeritus) performs at the abbey church.


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