Living Norbertine

What does the formation of the Norbertine order in 12th-century France have to do with your life, here and now? It’s a question worth asking …

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SNC Study Will Help Raise Visibility of Oneida Nation

A faculty-student research project is foundational to Oneida Nation plans to raise awareness of the tribe’s economic footprint.

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On the Road to Disaster

With decision-making in time of crisis as her scholarly focus, Lucy Arendt (Business Administration) is seldom far from the action.

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What is Norbertine?

We strive to uphold a few simple values: communio, action & contemplation, and faithful and local

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Forbes Magazine Features CEO of Happiness

Matt Gonnering ’98 leads with eudaimonia – a word and a concept that has attracted attention far beyond the global marketing technology he leads.

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Alum Gets Teaching Down to a Fine Art

Patricia (Sieren) Frederick ’71 shares her passion for the fine arts with her students and has won multiple awards for her commitment to education.

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Catholic, Norbertine, Liberal Arts

Our three core traditions guide our common life at St. Norbert.

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Textbook Example

Intercultural insights from St. Norbert students are benefiting communication students around the world.

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Happy Trails to Megan Leedom

For nearly four decades, Megan Leedom ’98 had no idea she was a long-distance hiker at heart. It wasn’t until the early 2010s, when living in Seattle, that Leedom began hitting the trails in earnest. And her inner hiker emerged.

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docere verbo et exemplo

It is Latin for to teach by word & example, and it’s our motto at St. Norbert College.
  

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St. Norbert Abbey Elects Its Seventh Abbot

The newest abbot of St. Norbert Abbey stands in a line of holy priests that includes six alumni of St. Norbert College – a succession that began with the founder of the college himself.

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The Norbert of Xanten Window

“There is this sense of its coming home; it had to be brought back. So I’m fond of our window, because it carries a history.” – the Rev. Andrew Ciferni ’64 (Center for Norbertine Studies)

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Norbertine in De Pere

The first Norbertine community in the United States, now St. Norbert Abbey, was founded here. And our campus church, Old St. Joe’s, was the first college parish in the United States.

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Advocate Speaks to the Heart

Her internship, her studies and her own life experiences all came together for Adriana Bink ’20 as she helped bring a best-selling author to campus last semester.

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Let Me Leave You With These Thoughts …

Marcie Paul (Modern Foreign Languages) is getting ready to “graduate” – to retire – and the advice she’s been receiving is nothing if not contradictory.

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Center for Norbertine Studies

Explore the origins of our founding order, along with poems, letters, books and other early Norbertine documents.

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Alum to Serve as Next Abbot of Daylesford

The fifth abbot to lead the Norbertine community at Daylesford Abbey is already well-known to generations of St. Norbert TRIPS students.

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Worldwide Community

Norbertine abbeys, priories and convents are currently established and active in 23 countries:
Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Peru, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the United States.

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J-Term Course Takes Art Students to the Eternal City

A new course taught by ceramicist Debbie Kupinsky (Art) gave students the chance to encounter the art of Rome – in Rome.

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‘My voice is more powerful than my face’ – Mariah Idrissi

The Muslim model, visiting campus last month, is taking on the fashion industry as she campaigns for greater representation of hijab-wearing women.

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Leading Edge

Acceptance to a highly competitive program at Bryn Mawr College brought with it the chance to introduce St. Norbert College women to an institute that helps women faculty members and administrators prepare for leadership roles.

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Heeding the Call

A charge to amplify the stories of others started the eighth president on his journey home to St. Norbert.

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Student Is Most Successful Fundraiser in the Nation

Dance Marathon’s Joey Rubin ’18 leads the nation in individual fundraising for children’s hospitals. Now, his student org steps up for a new Miracle Day challenge.

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Hark the Glad Sound!

Pass by St. Norbert Abbey at the right time and you will hear the sweet peal of bells descending from the tower, filling the air with a prayerful reminder of the abbey’s presence.

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Sleepover in GMS Draws Middle-School Girls to Science

An overnight experience in the science center is designed to spark interest in STEM topics. 

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Is This As Good As It Gets?

As a human race, are we making any moral progress? Ben Chan (Philosophy) ponders whether people are better or worse than they were 50 years ago.

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SNC Behind Bars

Ministry to the incarcerated is not an explicit part of St. Norbert College’s mission. And yet since its inception, the college has had innumerable interactions with local prisons and their inmates.

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Bruess Brigade Gets Moving

President Brian Bruess ’90 led the charge as the campus community helped the new class move in.

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Experience of War Leads to Work of Peace-Building

St. Norbert’s first-ever student from the Gaza Strip talks about a formative internship.

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Cabin Fare

At the cabin, says food writer Terese Allen ’77, at “that near-mythical getaway up North that’s a beloved part of our upper Midwestern consciousness,” mealtimes can honor their surroundings with casual, easy-to-assemble dishes that feature local ingredients.

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Instagram Tribute Celebrates St. Norbert Friendships

Becca Brown ’17 took to social media to count down her final 30 days of college.

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Summer Bliss, Gratitude, Active Hope

“This kind of love; this kind of palpable hope; this kind of vibrant living: it’s precisely the feeling that is so very alive and present on the St. Norbert campus.” – President Brian J. Bruess ’90

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The Art of Sharing

Art collections are built with knowledge, love, care, purpose. And they are built, most particularly, with the help of friends. Few have been more generous to the St. Norbert collection than the Kohler Foundation, which has added the college to a list of beneficiaries that includes the Museum of Modern Art and the Smithsonian Institution.

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Engage With Heart and Soul

“At this very moment, Father James Neilson is starting Mass at St. Norbert,” the Rev. Rowland De Peaux, O.Praem., ’48 tells one alumni gathering. “Let us join them in spirit.” Many alumni and parent events intentionally include such moments. 

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A Long Journey to St. Norbert

Namayan Laizer ’20 grew up in a Masai village in Tanzania where her family cared for cows. Her upbringing is quite different from her classmates in other ways: her father has eight wives and she is one of 65 children.

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Half the Human Race

The Year of Masculinities at St. Norbert has placed the college at the center of critical conversation in the field of masculinities studies. 

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Homeless and on Retreat

Spiritual retreats for homeless people offered at St. Norbert Abbey are offering hope and even fostering transformative changes in circumstances for people in challenging situations.

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People of the Street

A think-piece by Maggie McConnaha ’18 gained a national audience when it was published in the national Catholic magazine America. McConnaha’s article grew out of a humanities course she took in her first year at St. Norbert that looked at the intersection of faith, art, beauty and community.

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Good, Clean Fun

Some people get kicked out of bars. Jim Feeney ’68 and his team got kicked out of laundromats. Still, their zest for innovation and willingness to improvise led to the development of an industry-changing product.

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Authoring Lives Lost and Found

Awed by the enormous sacrifices that military veterans make on our behalf and troubled by the problems many have reintegrating into our communities, author Erin Celello ’99 decides to help out.

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Scholarly Journey, Small Detour

Michelle Morrison ’11 took an unexpected detour on what was looking like a very grown-up scholarly path. She is delighting in the journey!

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Statues on the Move

After 118 years, St. Norbert of Xanten at last commands a view over his eponymous college. 

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Divine Intersection

A series of four triptychs that greets both budding and seasoned scientists at the entrance to the new Gehl-Mulva Science Center provides a scriptural resolution to the ongoing dialogue between science and religion, faith and reason. It is a conversation that lies at the heart of the Catholic intellectual tradition.

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Norbert of Xanten

Born in Germany in 1080, Norbert was the founder of the Order of Premonstratensians, more commonly known as the Norbertines. Priest, bishop and later, saint, Norbert was known as a peacemaker, servant and reconciler.

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Being Norbertine

We share a 900-year-long heritage infused with zeal, commitment, devout service and a loving spirit. When mission and heritage take such a living form on our campus, it's not hard to say that we’re Norbertine and we’re proud of it!

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