Celebrating Service Stories
Each Spring, the Sturzl Center for Community Service and Learning hosts Celebrating Service. At this event, students, faculty and community partners share how their own lives and the lives of others have been impacted through service.
The storytelling is inspired by The Moth, an acclaimed not-for-profit organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. Audiences are drawn to the stories, like moths to a flame. These talks were inspired by this idea of five minute, uninterrupted stories without notes and are both motivating and inspiring!
These celebrating service stories highlight several current and past students, faculty and community partners:
What Changed in What We Couldn’t Fix
Ryan Dreier serves as the volunteer coordinator at The Salvation Army. He is originally from Northeast Wisconsin and is a self-proclaimed “Banther” having graduated from UW-Madison and having recently earned a Masters of Library Science from UW-Milwaukee. He has been employed at The Salvation Army since 2010 where he connects our students to a variety of service opportunities.
Samantha Lensmire ‘15 is a senior majoring in elementary education and minoring in Spanish and English as a second language. She is originally from Mishicot, Wis. Samantha and her four roommates have volunteered at Freedom House for two years helping with child care – their first year through the Michels Hall Service Program and this year, in a Residential Education and Housing theme house.
New Orleans Teacher Education Service Trip
Tynisha Meidl (assistant professor of teacher education) sees teaching as more than filling empty vessels, but facilitating of knowledge construction. It is imperative that pre-service teachers are able to see the multiplicities each student brings to the classroom. For the last four years, Ty has taken a group of students to New Orleans through the TRIPS Program to learn more about the school system post-Hurricane Katrina.
The Story of Tamara & Dino
Lindsey Osgood ‘14 is a graduate of St. Norbert with a bachelors degree in international business and Spanish. In the fall, she will attend UW-Madison to continue her study of Spanish.
O, Heavenly Father, We Do Pray
Kendra Wauters ‘14 is a graduate of St. Norbert with a bachelors degree in religious studies with a youth ministry emphasis and a peace and justice minor. Her post-graduation goal is to work for a non-profit organization that serves those experiencing homelessness or living in substandard conditions.
Do You See Her With Your Eyes?
Jessica Wightman ‘15 is a senior from Green Bay. She is a sociology major with religious studies; peace and justice; and women’s and gender studies minors. On campus, she loves her work with the TRIPS Program and Oxfam America.
In the Corner
Korissa Diehl is a community partner with the YWCA where she serves as an after school coordinator. She also works a part time job as a youth director at Heartland Church in Howard. Along with these jobs, she goes to school part time, has two children and a husband.
Jeremy Doughty's ’05 path of life has taken him from the classic town of Hortonville, Wis., to a rural Ukrainian village. From a small college in Wisconsin to an intimate graduate institute in Vermont. From serving Ukrainian youth to spending one evening each week with his Little Brother, Ryan.
Kids Say the Darndest Things
Akeem Edmonds ’15 is a tour guide, student ambassador and student blogger for the Office of Admission. He is a member of the SNC track and field team. He was also the 2013-14 President of Student Government Association.
Ryan Engesser ’15 is a senior studying international business, German and French. Ryan is involved in the business organization, ENACTUS and Dance Marathon.
Olivia Poepping ’13 is an SNC graduate originally from Burlington, Wis. She has a bachelors degree in sociology. She was involved with the TRIPS Program and Oxfam, along with her research and work with the Old St. Joe’s Parish. She also enjoys volunteering, reading and being active.