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St. Norbert College Magazine
Spring 2012

April 2012

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Web extras offer further perspectives

Lisa Strandberg, contribuiting editor, reviews web exclusives tied to the latest issue of St. Norbert College Magazine.

Academic freedom is essential to discovery and progress and it is particularly meaningful at an institution like St. Norbert, where faith and scholarship mingle. We mine the implications in our spring issue, and in online extras that broaden and deepen our understanding of scholarly discovery.

Catholicism and the academy
In January, President Tom Kunkel, Green Bay bishop the Most Rev. David Ricken and Abbot Gary Neville, O.Praem., ’73 discussed the Catholic context for higher education as members of a panel moderated by the Rev. Jay Fostner, O.Praem., ’84 (Mission and Student Affairs). Our video cameras captured their conversation, which illumines the connections among the college, abbey and diocese.

Patrick McCormick, religious studies professor at Gonzaga University, addressed similar connections when he spoke on campus. His excerpted remarks distinguish the role of the scholarly theologian from that of the bishop, making a case for academic freedom that is rooted in his own experience at a Jesuit institution.

The freedom to explore
Academic freedom has empowered Sabine Hyland (Sociology) to explore ancient South American cultures as the college’s sole anthropologist. We offer a Research on Religion podcast on her work, which recently has drawn interest from the likes of Harvard, Heidelberg and the National Geographic Channel.

The possibility of discovery likewise drives Rebecca (Schmeisser) McKean ’04 (Geology). She recently named a new species of plesiosaur – a prehistoric aquatic reptile akin to the Loch Ness monster – and in this video, the excitement of the discovery is evident.

Growing college, growing order
St. Norbert’s string of campus improvements lengthened with this semester’s grand opening of Michels Commons. Students react to their new dining facility on video, while a photo gallery offers those near and far a taste of the space.

Lastly, we celebrate with the Norbertine community at Santa Maria de la Vid, a former priory of St. Norbert Abbey that was recently declared an independent canonry. The beauty of its desert setting and communal life is evident in a colorful photo gallery.

Your opinions welcome!
We are always interested to hear your opinions on any of the news we send from St. Norbert College. But this season also sees the next chance to participate in our regular formal survey of our magazine readers. The survey is conducted for us by Qualtrics and we will be e-mailing their questions to a random sample of our readership over the next few weeks. If you receive the survey, we would truly appreciate your feedback.

April 3, 2012

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