Sr. Sally Ann Brickner to receive St. Norbert College's Ambassador of Peace Award

Wednesday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m.

From St. Norbert College, September 20, 2010
by Mike Counter, mike.counter@snc.edu, (920) 403-3089

Sr. Sally Ann Brickner, former director of the Peace and Justice Center at St. Norbert College, will be presented the fourth annual St. Norbert Ambassador of Peace Award on Thursday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m. in the Hendrickson Dining Room at the college's Bemis International Center on Third Street. Brickner will also be honored by the Wisconsin Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies with the 2010 Dick Ringler Distinguished Educator Award. The event is free and open to the public.

A native of Milwaukee and a graduate of St. Norbert College, Sr. Sally Ann completed her master's and doctoral degrees in education at Michigan State University. She later received another master's degree from Columbia University's Teachers College. She returned to St. Norbert College as part of the education faculty in 1970, and she directed that discipline from 1982 to 1984. She chaired the social science division from 1984 to 1989, then served as St. Norbert's first associate academic dean, holding the position from 1989 to 1995. In 2001, Sr. Sally Ann became director of the Peace and Justice Center, serving there until 2009.

Sr. Sally Ann Brickner contributed significantly to the formation and success of the Peace and Justice minor at St. Norbert College.

After the 2009-10 school year, Sr. Sally Ann retired from St. Norbert College, having served on the faculty for 40 years. This summer, she also celebrated her 50th year as a member of the religious congregation of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross. She has served her community as a council member and as president (1997-2001). She currently serves as vice president.

In the spring of 2007, St. Norbert College announced the inauguration of the St. Norbert Ambassador of Peace Award that annually recognizes an individual who exemplifies St. Norbert's commitment to reconciliation and peacemaking. St. Norbert College is named after Norbert of Xanten, who lived from 1080 until 1134 and was the founder of the religious order known as the Premonstratensians, or Norbertines. Norbert was known as a peacemaker between the German Emperor and the Pope, and St. Norbert College carries on the tradition of promoting peace today.

For more information on the St. Norbert Ambassador of Peace Award, contact Robert Pyne, director of Peace and Justice Center, at (920) 403-3978 or robert.pyne@snc.edu.