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Knights & Days

St. Norbert College
February 16-18, 2018

Knights and Days is your chance to spend a weekend with your upperclass student, experiencing much of what makes St. Norbert such an important part of their lives. You’ll find rewarding events for mind, body and spirit, from the Friday evening kickoff reception through Sunday’s farewell brunch at Ruth's Marketplace. In between, you’ll enjoy delicious meals and warm receptions, fascinating academic sessions with top professors, a chef-prepared dinner followed by entertainment in the Michels ballroom, Mass in historic Old St. Joe’s and more. 

Cost: $50 per person

Register today!

Event schedule

Friday, February 16, 2018
7 p.m.
Norbertine Beer Reception
Bemis International Center - Hendrickson Dining Room


Saturday, February 17, 2018

9 a.m.
Welcome & Continental Breakfast
Bemis International Center - Hendrickson Dining Room

10 a.m.
Academic Session I

  • Understanding Body Image and Eating Disorders: The Impact of Family Communication
    Anna Herrman, assistant professor of communication and media studies

    30 million individuals will struggle with an eating disorder at some point in their lives. We will discuss how family communication impacts a child’s body image development, as well as eating disorder behavior.

  • Celebrating the ART of a Liberal Arts Education:  How the Visual Arts ENRICH Every Discipline and Activity at St. Norbert College
    Fr. Jim Neilson, O. Praem. '88, assistant professor of art and SNC parish administrator

    A survey of images and ideas that reinforce the beauty of a liberal arts education.  Fr. Neilson will share a collection of artwork (gleaned from his art history classes) that his students have told him have made a decided difference in how they think about art in general and their many and diverse majors in particular!  Please join Fr. Neilson in this overview of memorable images and wonderfully curious ideas!

  • There is no “I” in Team … but There is Spaghetti!
    Corday Goddard, associate dean of student development
    In this presentation we will discuss leadership in terms of teams, especially teams with no designated leader.  We will explore the stages of team development, explore the differences between teams and groups of people working together, and then play with our food.

11 a.m.
Academic Session II

  • Communicating Across Cultures
    Jim Neuliep, professor of communication and media studies
    Did you know that making direct eye contact with someone can be thought of as starting a fight? Do you know that using your left hand to pass someone something can be extremely insulting? How do you feel when someone stands so close to you that you can smell his/her breath?  These are just a few examples of what you might face when communicating with people from different cultures.  Although the challenges of an increasingly diverse world are great, the benefits are even greater. Communicating and establishing relationships with people from different cultures can lead to a whole host of benefits, including healthier communities; increased international, national, and local commerce; reduced conflict; and personal growth through increased tolerance.  Yet when we interact with someone from different culture we are faced with a lot of uncertainty. We may not know anything about the person’s culture, values, habits, behavior, dress, and so on. We may not know what to say or do in such circumstances. This uncertainty about the other person may make us feel nervous and anxious. This presentation will focus on some of the fundamental assumptions of intercultural communication and how we can go about becoming competent communicators in an increasingly diverse world

  • The Human Brain 101
    Raquel Cowell, assistant professor of psychology
    In this presentation, I will introduce parents to several important brain structures and how they work together under stress.

  • With a Song in Your Heart
    Thomas M. Bolin, professor of theology and religious studies
    Contrary to popular belief, religion is much more than having faith/agreeing to intellectual propositions. It encompasses the beauty as an ideal and grasps our emotions speaking to us in our existence as beings with physical bodies. Nowhere is this more clear than in the role music has played in religious practice across time and cultures. This session will introduce you to the emotional impact of ancient religious music through the direct experience of it.


Norbertine History Talk with Dr. Rosemary Sands
Cofrin-Bemis Tunnel

12:30 p.m.
Lunch in Ruth's Marketplace

1:30 p.m.
Career & Professional Development Workshop

2:30 p.m.
Free time 

5:30 p.m.
Event Mass at Old St. Joseph Church

6:15 p.m.
Reception at Michels Commons

7 p.m.
Dinner in Michels Commons Ballroom

8 p.m.
After dinner entertainment provided by Felix and Fingers Dueling Pianos

Sunday, February 18, 2018
10:30 a.m.
Sunday brunch at Michels Commons

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