Alumni College - In a class by itself!

Yearning for Learning? Come to Campus!

Join us on campus for Alumni College – a chance for St. Norbert grads and parents of SNC students to get into the classroom and hear lectures from some of our stellar faculty on a wide range of topics. You’ll come away from this thought-provoking weekend invigorated and brimming with new insights and perspectives!

Alumni College – in a class by itself!

April 17-18, 2015
Open to the St. Norbert community and the general public.

Attendees of this favorite event will enjoy a special time on campus, featuring fascinating lectures by some of St. Norbert's finest professors! 

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Friday, April 17

Friday, April 17
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Welcome Luncheon
with Todd Danen ’77, director of alumni and parent relations
Hendrickson Dining Room, Bemis International Center
1:15-2:15 p.m. 

Academic Session One

1A: "Geologic Time"
Tim Flood, professor of geology
This presentation will focus on geologic time and how the geologic past relates to current human events. The development of the concept and scale of “deep time” will be viewed through the tools of relative and absolute geologic dating techniques. The talk will conclude with a discussion of “human-scale” geologic time and speculations on future geologic events.

1B: "Poetry and the American Imagination"
Deirdre Egan-Ryan, associate professor of english
Percy Bysshe Shelley once said that “poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.” And if Plato had his way, philosophers would be kings! The key to both of these sentiments is that the individual imagination, far from existing in solitude, indeed has great bearing on the social realm and the creation of community.  Together we’ll examine modern American poets in their attempts to imagine and bring about a new world.

Various locations
2:30-3:30 p.m. Academic Session Two

2A: "The Humor and Sorrow of Myth"
Edward Risden, professor of english
While we may associate traditional stories of divine beings more with sorrow and suffering, myths may combine elements of comedy and tragedy, or humor and failure, to express aspects of typical if often difficult human experience.  Myths often direct our attention (emotional as well as intellectual) to the processes of coming of age or of generational succession, how we move, either haltingly or abruptly, from one part of life to another.This talk will include examples from Greek, Middle Eastern, Norse, and American Indian myth to show how storytellers wove complex emotional tapestries of story to help us, in the words of Joseph Campbell, to throw ourselves back into life again.
2B: "Where Your Bible Comes From"
Thomas Bolin, professor of theology and religious studies
Everyone has seen a Bible, but have you ever thought about where the words in your Bible come from and how they got to you? While not locally sourced, you'll learn in this session that the biblical text has had a fascinating journey across time, space, and numerous languages to rest in your hands.
Various locations
3:45-4:45 p.m. Campus Tour or Free Time
St. Norbert College campus
5 p.m. Prayer Service
Cassandra Voss Center
5:45-6:15 p.m. Senior Art Exhibit Reception
Bush Art Center
6:30 p.m. Dinner and Culinary Demonstration with SNC’s very own Chef Dan
Bemis International Center


Saturday, April 18

Saturday, April 18, 2015
8:15 - 8:45 a.m. Continental Breakfast Todd Wehr Hall
9 -10 a.m.   Academic Session Three

3A: "Fundamental Assumptions of Intercultural Communications"
Jim Neuliep, professor of communication and media studies
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 a different culture we are faced with a lot of uncertainty. 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.

3B: “Dante’s Divine Comedy"
Stephen Westergan, instructor of humanities
The Divine Comedy, by Dante Alighieri, is one of the greatest works of literature ever written. It unfolds the author’s vision of Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven, all of which he insists that he visited. We’ll look at a few of his descriptions and consider what they have to say not just about life after death but also about our lives right

Various locations
10:15 a.m. - 12 p.m. Academic Session Four

4A: Gehl-Mulva Science Center presentation and tour  

Larry Scheich, associate dean of natural sciences and professor of chemistry
This presentation will showcase about the construction of as well as features of the brand new Gehl-Mulva Science building. Construction for the 150,000 square foot state of the art building was given approval on February 15, 2013 and began construction shortly after. This building replaced the nearly 50 year old John R. Minahan Science building. The presentation will conclude with a full tour of the facility.  
Gehl-Mulva Science Center
12-1 p.m. 

Closing Lunch with President Kunkel
Catch up on the latest news from St. Norbert College

Hendrickson Dining Room, Bemis International Center

Registration Details

  • Entire weekend, including Friday dinner and culinary presentation: $105 
  • Entire weekend, excluding Friday dinner and culinary presentation: $65 
  • Friday dinner and culinary presentation only: $40 
  • Friday academic sessions and luncheon only: $45  
  • Saturday academic sessions, breakfast and luncheon only: $45
  • Any single academic session only: $20
  • Friday or Saturday lunch only: $10