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Spring 2012 | Academic freedom

Spring 2012 magazineOn the edge of discovery

Academic freedom protects the ongoing conversation between faith and reason that constitutes the Catholic intellectual tradition. In this issue, we explore the implications of this necessary privilege for a college that is deeply rooted in three core traditions: Catholic, Norbertine, liberal arts.

On the cover: The interplay between his scholarly and extracurricular passions is not lost on Michael Olson (Physics), who will compete in the American Cup Final-Short Track/National Age Group Short Track Championships this spring. Read more about Olson (pictured on our cover).

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In this issue:

Norbertines worldwide prepare to meet at St. Norbert College this summer
A meeting of the General Chapter has only once before been held outside Europe. The abbot general of the worldwide Order of Premonstratensians speaks to the significance of this six-yearly assembly. >>MORE

Let’s eat!
Today’s special is served with radical hospitality in a delightfully transformed Commons experience. >>MORE

The conversation continues
Howard Ebert ’74 (Religious Studies) argues that an institution like St. Norbert College enjoys a particular freedom to entertain, explore and engage with a multiplicity of perspectives. >>MORE

First of a kind
As the first graduate of St. Norbert’s new Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program, Shane Kohl ’12 says his coursework hasn’t just made him a better employee – it’s made him a better person, too. >>MORE

Liberating a lost language
As anthropologist Sabine Hyland investigates a Peruvian artifact that could revolutionize study of the Incas, she finds support from a freeform team of scholars connected by their common interest in unlocking the culture’s common secrets. >>MORE

An exercise in hospitality
Radical hospitality is hospitality that is meant to be tested and, as at any gathering, sometimes your Commencement guests can surprise you – and, perhaps, themselves also. >>MORE

A body in motion
…remains in motion. The laws of physics speed a professor on ice – and, back in the classroom, his enthusiasm continues to boost his students’ experience. >>MORE

Toward a more civil discourse
David Wegge (Political Science) speaks out for a more edifying and constructive approach in public life to debating our ideological differences. >>MORE

Geology professor identifies new prehistoric species
Seven years after a prospector discovered a few bones protruding from the Tropic Shale of Utah, Rebecca (Schmeisser) McKean ’04 has been able to confirm identification of a new species of prehistoric marine reptile. >>MORE

Toy story
A business relationship with roots in the chance pairing of two first-year roommates continues to bear fruit for two families. >>MORE

New Mexico community attains priory status
More than 400 years after Roman Catholicism was brought to New Mexico, the newest canonry in the Norbertine order draws on ancient traditions in its life of community, contemplation and compassionate service with the people of God in the southwestern United States. >>MORE

Starting fresh
A young Green Knight basketball team meets the season with all new starters. >>MORE

Home at last
As the track and field season opens  the storied St. Norbert team readies to host its first outdoor meet in more than 30 years. >>MORE

In each issue:

President Tom KunkelPresident’s Message: Emancipating mind, heart, soul
In this issue, Tom Kunkel writes about the first purpose of any institute of higher education: to serve as a place for the generation of new knowledge, and the interpretation and conveyance of existing knowledge. >>MORE

  Web Extras Look here for web-exclusive content that expands on topics presented in the current issue
of St. Norbert College Magazine.

VideoThe Catholic context for higher education
College president, abbot and bishop bring perspectives from their three institutions.

VideoLet’s eat! First course
Students react to their first opportunity to enjoy the Michels Commons dining experience.

GalleryLet’s eat! Second course
Our photo gallery showcases all that the new Commons has to offer.

Text extraOn academic freedom
Patrick McCormick, of Gonzaga University, speaks to the relationship between theologians and the Church, in a lecture at
St. Norbert College.

VideoFirst of a kind
Shane Kohl, first to graduate with a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies, talks about the program.

AudioOn Jesuits and Incans
Sabine Hyland (Sociology) reflects on a mix of cultures that dates back to the 16th century.

VideoA new species
Rebecca (Schmeisser) McKean ’04 (Geology) talks about the moment of discovery.

Text extraLiberal arts at work
A liberal arts education enriches opportunities in the corporate world.

GallerySanta Maria de la Vid
Celebrating the beauty of the abbey’s second daughter house.

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