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Fall 2012 | What Dreams May Come

Fall 2012 Magazine

Seizing the bright years ahead

At St. Norbert College, we’re in the business of realizing dreams – the dreams that brought the college into existence; the dreams that have refined its mission since; the dreams that we welcome along with each new crop of students. And each fall, as the academic year unfolds, we are reminded afresh of the many paths of possibility and promise that lie open before us.

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As the year turns, all seasons are beautiful at St. Norbert. But autumn in particular is both lovely and impressive for those of us who live, work and study in an arboretum. What’s not to love about a passage of time that sets half our trees aflame?

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In this issue:

The dream collective
We are the beneficiaries of a legacy of virtuous dreamers, reflects Drew Van Fossen (Communications). Now it is we, a collective of dreamers, who dream on for the benefit of those still to come. >>MORE

Momentum shifts to full ahead
Our $90 million comprehensive campaign is focused on securing St. Norbert’s future among the nation’s top Catholic liberal arts colleges. >>MORE

Big dreams
Each year, at Convocation, our incoming students stand at the threshold, about to step into the remarkable four-year experience that is an undergraduate education. This time around, we asked the newly formed Class of 2016 what was on their minds. They shared with us their hopes and dreams for the next four years. >>MORE

Opportunity unlimited
Twelve years ago, Elvia Martinez ’14 moved with her family from Acámbaro to Waukesha, in search of a brighter future. College for the Martinez daughters was not an expectation at that time – but Elvia explored financial aid and scholarship opportunities that are making her personal dreams a reality. >>MORE

Harnessing the future
In the 21st-century environment, master planning at St. Norbert places a premium on adaptability. It’s a flexible approach to visioning that takes place where the college’s strategic plan meets the realities of the marketplace in higher education today. >>MORE

A rich and scholarly life
The liberal arts, understood within a Catholic and Norbertine context, nourish a full academic experience for Marcie Paul (Modern Foreign Language & Literatures) and her students. >>MORE

Composer pays it forward 
Blake Henson (Music) says: “I became a composer first because at some point, someone pulled me aside and said: ‘I think you have a gift for this. Let me work with you and make it better.’ It’s sort of been a pay-it-forward thing, if nothing else. Teaching has always been a calling of mine. No matter what I do in music, I always need to be a teacher.” >>MORE

High-school research paper finally takes flight
A research project that Erik Miller ’13, a licensed pilot, started in high school has hit the big time with his recent publication in the Journal of Aircraft. It’s an accomplishment that might not have been without the encouragement of Rick Poss (Mathematics, Emeritus). >>MORE

Skating rings around the rest of us
Peter Biver ’98 and Megan Bania ’15 are at different stages in their figure-skating careers, yet in many ways their stories of passion and dedication are running parallel courses – courses that last year took each of them to the national level of competition. >>MORE

In him is the spirit of leadership
On May 4, Abbot Gary Neville, O.Praem., ’73, became the first abbot in the history of St. Norbert Abbey to be elected to a second term. We spoke with the man who will serve the abbey community as 
its leader for the coming nine years. >>MORE

More than a road trip
Preparing for a trip is one thing. Preparing for an overseas trip is something else. Now try preparing an entire football or basketball team for an overseas trip. This summer saw the Green Knights competing in both Greece and Ireland. >>MORE

St. Norbert College President’s Report 2011-12

President's ReportThe deal of a lifetime
President Tom Kunkel sums up the past financial year – a year in which, thanks to the remarkable support of our friends, our ability to shape outstanding and life-altering opportunity continues to build>>MORE

2011-12 Fundraising results and trends
An at-a-glance overview of the total gifts and grants received by St. Norbert College during the past financial year shows the sources of donations and compares total giving to years past. >>MORE

Honor Roll of Donors
The future of St. Norbert College and of those who dream of a St. Norbert education lies in the hands of the college’s stewards – those who. out of their generosity, make financial gifts to the institution, and those who ensure that those gifts are used wisely. On behalf of students present and future, we express our deep gratitude to all who make a difference here, for today and for tomorrow. >>MORE

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of St. Norbert College Magazine.

VideoRushing to glory
Retired Green Bay Packers running back Ahman Green talks about his career with the Packers and his life after professional football.

GallerySNC Day 2012
Our gallery of images captures the warm welcome and varied activities offered at our popular annual open house.

VideoA $90-million initiative launched
Six minutes that make the case for Campaign St. Norbert: Full Ahead.

GalleryConvocation 2012
The arrival and welcome of the Class of 2016, celebrated in pictures.

VideoLiving out of order in a broken world
Marcie Paul (Modern Foreign Languages) offers a talk in the popular Last Lecture series.

Audio iconMy Flight for Heaven
A recording of the world premiere of this popular piece by Blake Henson (Music).

VideoTaking flight
Erik Miller ’13 talks about taking his aeronautical insight from concept to professional publication.

VideoFootball in Ireland
The sights and sounds of a regular-season game at a remarkable venue.

Text extraAlumni Award winners 2012
Each year the college is privileged to honor a few among its many outstanding alumni. Meet this year’s winners, recognized at a celebratory dinner in October. 

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