Michels Hall Service Program
The Michels Hall Service Program is a
living-learning service opportunity available to sophomores and juniors at St.
Norbert College. 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 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.
St. Norbert College Michels Hall
residents will engage in the following skill development areas:
Live: Develop open, honest, and meaningful
relationships based on mutual esteem, both within the hall and off-campus
Treat each other with respect and
In the spirit of communio, make
meaningful connections with at least ten Michels residents.
Celebrate fellow Michels residents’
Learn: 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 ALIVE.
Serve: Assist community partner agency 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: REH 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
2014-2015 academic year are ineligible to participate in the Michels Hall
- Drug related
behavior (to include but not limited to physical altercations, behavior
which disrupts the learning environment, vandalism, harassment, etc.)
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 2013-2014 this amount was $40,065; an
updated number for the 2014-2015 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.
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
- Help remove obstacles and solve
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Each suite group is required to
participate in an ALIVE reflection session each semester with the ALIVE
Upperclass Housing Team.
- Students must provide their own
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 responses 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, February 26 and Monday, March 3 from 6pm
to 9pm. If
selected for an interview, suite groups will interview for the program. During the interview, the group will meet
with multiple community partners and SNC 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.
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 REH and Sturzl Center
will be notified via email by Thursday, March 6 about the status of their
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.
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.
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.
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.
it is not required, experience working with children and/or being a teacher
education major helps students adapt to interacting with youth.
Questions? Please contact Jamie Opdyke at (920)403-6440 or email@example.com
Completed applications are due to the Residential
Education and Housing Office by 4:00 P.M. on Monday, February 17, 2014
Michels Hall Group Application 2014-2015
Michels Hall Individual Application 2014-2015