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St. Norbert College Founder's Day Award Recipients

From St. Norbert College, October 21, 2015
by Mariah Doughman, mariah.doughman@snc.edu, 920-403-3089

St. Norbert College has selected the Rev. Jim Neilson, O.Praem; Dee Geurts-Bengtson; De'Ette Radant; and students Kelsie George and Corie Stingl as recipients of this year's Founder's Day Awards. The awards are given to employees and students of St. Norbert College who show dedication to the Norbertine traditions of collegiality, respect, community, prayer and self-emptying service. The awards were presented at the St. Norbert College Founder's Day prayer breakfast on Oct. 14 as part of Heritage Week.

Neilson is a part-time assistant professor of art and is also the administrator of St. Norbert College Parish. He has served the college since 1993 and is a 1988 alum. A student wrote: "He fosters the love and appreciation in this community with his positivity …."

Geurts-Bengtson is the assistant director of community relations and has served the college since 2006. She connects the college to the local communities in many crucial ways and is said to have "…. a sincere desire to be an extension of God's love to others…."

Radant works as the administrative secretary of mission and ministry and has served the college since 1999. She is also generous in her campus involvement; examples include her Friendship Family connections with international students, service on the MLK committee and serving as an advocate for students in the disciplinary process.

George '16 from Suamico, Wis., is a double-major in Spanish and international studies with a Latin American emphasis and is also double minoring in business administration and peace & justice. Kelsie has worked at the Sturzl Center for Community Service & Learning during her time at St. Norbert College, and this year also has an internship at the Norman Miller Center. Her nominator noted that she uses "her liberal arts education to gain knowledge and seek truth."

Stingl '16 from Greenfield, Wis., is a communication major with minors in leadership studies and music. She works in the music
department and also works as an office assistant for leadership development, service and engagement. Stingl is a student representative for the college's Sexual Misconduct Board, a founding member of Omicron Delta Kappa and the president of the campus chapter of Cru.

For more information on the Founder's Day Awards, contact De'Ette Radant at deette.radant@snc.edu or 920-403-3155.