Theme HousesTheme houses provide groups of students who have common educational endeavors or common co-curricular interests the opportunity to reside together in a living and learning residential environment.
Theme houses establish a direct link between residential, academic and co-curricular life for students within the St. Norbert College community while simultaneously enhancing students’ academic, cultural, organizational and personal interests within their living environment.
Additionally, theme houses allow students to purposefully define their on-campus living experience and to contribute to the greater campus community in accordance with their goals, interests and pursuits by planning educational programs that relate to the mission of each individual group. Some theme houses in the past have included a house dedicated to taking care of the St. Norbert Garden or a house of football players who volunteered at the same location.
The theme houses are an excellent opportunity to make the most of your residential experience at St. Norbert College. Because space is limited for these communities, however, each theme house must meet the following expectations:
- All members of the theme house should all be in good academic standing, defined by The Citizen as a cumulative grade point average above 2.0.
- All members of the theme house should be in good judicial standing with a maximum of (1) alcohol violation and no illegal substance violations.
- Members must not be on residential or conduct probation at the time of application, nor should they have any outstanding conduct sanctions.
- Each theme house will establish an ongoing relationship with a St. Norbert College faculty or staff member who will act as an adviser for the group, and should be included in planning service activities or projects. The adviser should have a connection to the group’s theme in some way (i.e. A group focused on community service should have an adviser who is a staff member of the Sturzl Center. A group focused on an academic major should have an adviser who is a faculty member in that major). The advisor should meet and interact with the group at least once per month throughout the academic year.
- Each theme house will work with the upper class housing coordinator to update them about the group’s activities. The Theme House group leader will meet with the upper class housing coordinator individually once a month. There will also be a group meeting with the coordinator once a month.
- Each theme house will complete a monthly progress report about the group’s activities. This report will be submitted electronically to the upper class housing coordinator.
- Each theme house will be responsible for following all St. Norbert College policies as stated in The Citizen.
- Acceptance into the theme houses program will then remove group members from any future housing selection processes for the academic year.
- Active participation in the theme houses program is a requirement of continuing membership. If group performance should drop below an acceptable level of involvement (attending meetings and programs, executing and planning of events, connecting with others in the campus community) as determined by the Residential Education and Housing Department, the group may be removed from the facility they were originally assigned.
- The group must maintain their eligibility status for the entire academic year. Students who lose their eligibility requirements and/or fail to meet the outlined expectations and requirements may be asked to relocate to another campus location.
Any questions about theme house program or applications should be directed to Eileen Honish, upperclass housing coordinator, at 920-403-3442 or firstname.lastname@example.org.