Michels Hall Service Program
The Michels Hall Service Program is a living-learning service opportunity available to sophomores and juniors. Students apply in groups of eight with the intention of living together in Michels Hall and completing an academic year of service with a community organization in the Greater Green Bay area.
Students interested in community service and social justice can find a home in the Michels Hall Service Program. Staff and residents participate in intellectually-engaging programs and reflections designed around the service work of each suite. Residents of the Michels community develop a greater understanding of how actions in the community – both in their residence hall and at the community partner site – connect them to each other and the common good. Furthermore, residents develop a greater understanding of social justice issues, citizenship and creating effective change.
Advice for Those Considering the Program
- Take the application seriously. Due to a high demand for suites, each application is carefully reviewed before decisions are made about interviews. Proofread each other’s individual applicant information sheets.
- Remember that one person’s conduct record can disqualify the entire group. Have a candid conversation with your potential suitemates about his/her history on campus.
- Choose individuals with a variety of schedules and interests. Groups with residents in the same extra-curricular activities do not always succeed in the hall. Residents with similar schedules create conflicts for choosing service sites and times.
- While it is not required, experience working with children helps students adapt to interacting with youth.
St. Norbert College Michels Hall residents will engage in the following skill development areas:
Develop open, honest and meaningful relationships based on mutual esteem, both within the hall and off-campus community.
- Treat each other with respect and resolve conflicts.
- In the spirit of communio, make meaningful connections with at least ten Michels residents.
- Celebrate fellow Michels residents’ accomplishments.
Learn about yourself and others.
- Attend four educational sessions throughout the year (at least two sessions in fall semester).
- Identify the needs of individuals living in the local community.
- Understand and respect the experiences of members of the Brown County community including individuals from multicultural backgrounds, people in poverty, and people with special needs.
- Identify and develop your gifts as you prepare for the rest of your life in service of the common good.
- Actively participate in two reflection sessions per year hosted by the ALIVE program.
Assist a community partner in reaching its mission, and increase the capacity of the organization to serve more individuals and meet their goals.
- Respond to community needs by completing at least 30 hours of direct service during the academic year.
- Articulate at least one positive, measurable impact you have had on the community.
To participate in the Michels Hall Service Program, all residents must meet the following qualifications:
- Conduct History: Residential Education and Housing will review a full conduct history of all applicants. Students on disciplinary probation at the time of the application are ineligible. In addition, students who were found responsible for violating more than one of the following behavioral policies as defined in The Citizen at any time before or during the current academic year are ineligible to participate in the Michels Hall Service Program:
- Alcohol violations
- Drug related violations
- Disruptive/disorderly behavior (to include but not limited to physical altercations, behavior which disrupts the learning environment, vandalism, harassment, etc.)
- Non-compliance with a college official
- Volunteer requirements: Each resident must comply with the volunteer requirements set forth by the community partner and the program.
- Sophomore status: All residents must have reached sophomore status by the time they move into Michels Hall.
- Income status: Michels Hall was financed through the Housing Revenue Bond, which places requirements on income in order to reside in the building. Residents cannot have an aggregate annual income (excluding scholarships, gifts and grants received for educational expenses from unrelated sources) in excess of five times the annual rental for the unit (including room and board) For the 2013-14 this amount was $40,065; an updated number for the 2014-15 academic year will be available in Spring 2014. Residents must sign a form stating their eligibility after being accepted into the hall.
- Registered SNC Student: All individuals listed on the application must be enrolled students at St. Norbert College registered for 12 or more credits at the time of application.
If any member of the group does not meet the above requirements, the whole group will be ineligible to participate in the Michels Hall Service Program.
Each group must designate a suite leader. The suite leader agrees to complete the following tasks:
- Serve as a liaison between suite members and the community partner and staff of the Sturzl Center for Community Service and Learning and Residential Education and Housing (REH)
- Encourage suitemates to complete service
- Help remove obstacles and solve problems
- Attend weekly Community Council meetings to develop leadership skills and share information
- Attend training sessions, as needed
- Each accepted suite group will be matched with a community partner. Groups that are accepted into the program are expected to complete the necessary paperwork as stated above. Residents will meet with their community partner at the Fall All Hall Meeting to be held the first week of classes in the fall semester. Groups are expected to meet with their community partner throughout the school year as needed.
- Each member of the group will be required to complete a total of 30 hours of direct service at their service site per academic year. Direct service is defined as face-to-face service that actually affects the group’s service site. Service hours cannot be accumulated in one visit; they must be done throughout the year. Service hours completed at other service sites or through other SNC programs/clubs/employment will not be counted toward the required Michels Hall Service Program commitment.
- In addition to the 30 direct service hours, students may be expected to complete a pre-service site orientation or training(s) and an orientation meeting on campus (Fall All Hall Meeting). Students are also required to complete 4 educational sessions per semester. Residents will be notified of approved sessions throughout the year.
- Each suite group is required to participate in an ALIVE Program reflection session each semester with the ALIVE Upperclass Team.
- Students must provide their own transportation to and from their group’s service site. It is important that groups discuss transportation arrangements and are able to ensure every group member will have a way of getting to and from the service site.
- One group application. This application includes completed continued housing form, suite/rooming preferences, suite leader and signatures.
- Eight individual applicant information sheets. Each group member must complete the individual applicant information sheet. The respon
- ses on these information sheets will be used to determine which groups should be interviewed for the program. They will also be shared with the community partners for their review.
- Availability to attend one or both of the Michels Hall Service Program Interview Nights, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, and Monday, March 3, 2014, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. If selected for an interview, suite groups will interview for the program. During the interview, the group will meet with multiple community partners and St. Norbert students and staff. Groups will be scheduled for an interview night and the entire group will be expected to attend the interviews. It is the group’s responsibility to schedule and attend the interview in order to be eligible for the program. At least six group members must be present for the interview, if there is a schedule conflict that prevents all eight group members from attending.
Applications will be reviewed by the VMC/Michels hall director, associate hall director and Sturzl Center for Community Service and Learning staff. Based on this review, the staff may limit the number of groups who are invited to interview. Interviews will take place with the community partners, as well as Residential Education and Housing, and Sturzl Center staff members.
Groups will be notified via email by Thursday, March 6, 2014, about the status of their application. Students accepted into the program are expected to complete background checks, liability waivers, memorandums of agreement and program evaluations required by their service site and/or St. Norbert College.
Please note that a group may not receive a specific suite/room assignment in Michels until each group member has completed all necessary paperwork and background checks necessary to serve with a community partner.
If your group is unable to complete these steps by May 9, 2014, your group members may be reassigned to other housing options.