SNC Day is our campus-wide Saturday open house. Every year, it draws thousands of people from the surrounding community for music, food and fun. We're thrilled to have the opportunity to showcase all that St. Norbert College has to offer!

Educational Activities

Session One: 11:15 a.m.-Noon
What’s This Communio They’re Talking About
The Rev. Andrew Ciferni, O.Praem., ’64, Director of the Center for Norbertine Studies – Mulva Library 218
The world communio appears in our mission statement and you can hear it used to refer to everything from a good party to faculty-student collaboration. Fr. Andrew explains where the word comes from, what it really means and why it is a central part of the college’s vocabulary and life.
Parent Trappings: Lost in Transition?
Corday Goddard, Assistant Dean of Student Development – Mulva Library 315
Especially for St. Norbert parents. A chance for SNC parents to follow up on conversations from summer orientation. When have you been a helpful parent? Any times you felt you were being a hovering parent? Let’s meet and share our stories one more time.
Mid-Century Design
Brian Pirman, Associate Professor of Art – Bush Art Center 130
Discover the genesis of modern design occurring from 1920-1960. Learn about design movements from De Stijl to the Bauhaus to the “International Style,” and how design impacts our everyday lives.
Session Two: 12:15-1 p.m.
Under the Sea in Utah?: Finding Plesiosaur Fossils in the Desert
Rebecca McKean ’04, Assistant Professor of Geology – Cofrin Hall 15
About 90 million years ago, a giant ocean full of terrifying predators covered parts of southern Utah. Plesiosaurs were on of the dominant predators, swimming quickly through the water to gulp up fish. How were they found in Utah and how do we free them from the rock they are encased in? Explore Utah’s plesiosaurs in this kid-friendly presentation!
Time, Travel & Their Paradoxes
Dr. Joel Mann, Associate Professor of Philosophy – Mulva Library 314
Since the Greeks first began their inquiries into time and motion, philosophers and scientists have been puzzled by inconsistencies in our understanding and application of temporal concepts. Examine paradoxes ancient and modern, and consider the implications of time travel.
Storymapping With GIS: What’s Your Story?
Krissy Lukens ’92, Director of Academic Technology – Mulva Library 304
A “spatial” story is interactive, combining text, multimedia and maps! See how a free, web-based GIS, can be used to tell a story. Story maps inform, educate, entertain and inspire people about a wide variety of topics. Participants will view several examples and create their own story map.
Session Three: 1:15-2 p.m.
Fun With Physics
Erik Brekke, Assistant Professor of Physics – Cofrin Hall 15
See the concepts of physics come alive in this demonstration show for the whole family. We’ll see how airplanes fly, visualize sound waves with fire, determine what makes skaters spin fast and use electrical energy to make lightning.
Communicating Across Cultures
Jim Neuliep, Professor of Communication and Media Studies – Mulva Library 218
Did you know that in some cultures, making direct eye contact can start a fight? That using your left hand to pass something can be extremely insulting? This presentation will focus on fundamentals of intercultural communication and how we can become competent communicators in an increasingly diverse world.
Behind the Photographs
Evan Siegle, Visiting Presenter, Press-Gazette Media Photojournalist – Bush Art Center 130
Name 2013 Photograph of the Year by the Wis. News Photographers Association, Evan has covered everything from local news and sports to the Winter Olympics, Super Bowl and presidential elections. He’ll share stories of some of his favorites images, from Green Bay Packers games to his award-winning high school play of the year portraits. 
Session Four: 2:15-3 p.m.
Just Do It - SNC Study Abroad
Rosemary Sands, Director of Study Abroad, and Alaina Morales, Study Abroad Adviser – Mulva Library 218
Especially for current and prospective St. Norbert parents and students. Study Abroad offers more than 75 programs in 29 countries. Come hear how it helps our students enrich their academic experience and develop intercultural competencies. Study Abroad returnees will reflect on their adventures.
Just War Theory & Fighting Terrorism
David Duquette, Associate Dean of Humanities & Fine Arts, and Professor of Philosophy – Mulva Library 315
Explore three aspects of just war theory: the distinction between having just cause to go to war and waging war justly; the prerogatives of the military and individual soldiers in fighting justly; and the principle of non-combatant immunity. Dr. Duquette will examine how these shape our approach to contemporary crises. 
Memory, Estrogen and the Seahorse in Our Brain: What We’ve Learned From Our Fine Feathered Friends
David Bailey, Associate Professor of Biology – Cofrin Hall 15
Estrogen is produced in the hippocampus, a seahorse-shaped collection of cells in the brain central to memory formation. Some songbirds produce especially large amounts, and working with them is helping us understand estrogen’s role in learning and memory.
Session Five: 3:15-4 p.m.
28,000,000 Fake Diamonds & One Real One: Discerning Essential Questions in Contemporary Art
The Rev. James Neilson, O.Praem., ’88, Assistant Professor of Art – Bush Art Center 130
A survey of art and images that inspire the viewer to discern deeper meaning and value about both art and the social conditions that exist which compel the artist to create his or her work.
Image Repair Rhetoric in the Digital Age
Mark Glantz, Assistant Professor of Communication and Media Studies – Mulva Library 218
Maintaining favorable public reputation is a goal of almost all human communication. Social media can both help and hinder image repair. This presentation uses case studies from politics, sports, corporations and Hollywood to understand how new media influence the process.
Throughout the Day: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Find the Abbot
April Beiswenger, Assistant Professor of Theatre Studies – Abbot Pennings Hall of Fine Arts Lobby – 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Join SNC Theatre Studies for a campus-wide scavenger hunt! We’ve misplaced our abbot and we need you to help us find him. The search starts in the lobby of Abbot Pennings Hall of Fine Arts, where you will receive your first clue. Decipher the clues, find the abbot ten times and you’ll win a prize. Open to children ages 8-14. 
Technology Therapy Booth
Information Technology Services – Tent on Todd Wehr lawn – 10 a.m..-5 p.m.
Ready to throw your computer out the window? Internet running too slow to stream your Netflix? Keyboard not working? Get troubleshooting advice from our ITS department. Or, if you’re really ready to throw it out the window, drop your tech stuff off with us for recycling! (No monitors or TVs, please.)
Poster Screen Printing
Katherine Ries, Assistant Professor of Art – Bush Art Center Critique Room 100 – 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Create your own screenprint poster! We’ll have a beautiful “Let Us Love One Another” image to work with, designed by art major Zane Statz ’14. Learn about the art of screenprinting, and take your poster home with you. No experience necessary!