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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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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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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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 in the science center last weekend was 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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Catholic, Norbertine, Liberal Arts

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

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The Kunkel Years

Under the remarkable leadership of President Kunkel, it has been all smiles at St. Norbert College. The institution, reaching for excellence as one of the top 10 Catholic liberal arts colleges in the nation, has more than flourished. It has been an extraordinary nine years.

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Studying Abroad Brings Coaching Bonus

Taking his love of football with him to Spain, Stu Kwaterski ’18 got some bonus coaching experience, which also improved his Spanish language skills.

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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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Unto the Next Generation

The Rev. Matt Dougherty, O.Praem., ’09 is ministering alongside some of his own former mentors in a year of teaching on campus before he moves on to doctoral studies. 

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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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The Way I See It

Experts from around the country gathered at St. Norbert College for a significant conversation on “The Way I See It: Catholic Higher Education Through the Eyes of Our Students.”

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We Play as a Team

Physical challenges to individual players can also present a challenge to the whole team – a challenge that the women’s basketball team is meeting head on as it supports two team-mates.

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East German Norbertines Do Business in Magdeburg

A very Norbertine perspective is showing that an ethical approach to business can help businesses not only succeed but flourish. 

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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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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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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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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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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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Fashion This

Fast fashion depends on cheap prices made possible by sweatshops, child labor and over-consumption. Three St. Norbert faculty members are countering the situation with a series of events that shines a light on harmful practices – at the same time proposing practical, small-scale solutions for those who want a stylish closet that doesn’t depend on exploitation. 

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Land Scouts

A grassroots movement that arrived in Wisconsin with a new faculty member bears her stamp: that of a young artist concerned with the ways even city dwellers are called to care for and appreciate the land.

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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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Waste Not, Why Not

Once dinner is done, the counters wiped down and clean dishes put away, it’s time to take out the trash. For the college’s kitchen staff, that means a short trip to the compactor and a remarkably light load.

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National Shrine of St. Joseph Returns to Campus

“Even the tenderness of the embrace, the adoptive father with the child, speaks of hope.” - the Rev. Jim Neilson O.Praem., ’88


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Women’s Paths to Political Leadership Draw Research Interest

118 countries around the world use gender quotas in politics – a fact that surprises many Americans, says Young-Im Lee (Political Science).

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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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The (Not So) Great Divide

Wendy Scattergood (Political Science) challenges concerns about a sharply divided electorate: “Really, what we are seeing is nothing that’s not too far out of the ordinary. The Civil War – now that was the height of political polarization.”

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Pet Project Caps off College

Linsey Zwiefelhofer ’16 had never described herself as a “dog person” until meeting her family’s new pet this spring. That didn’t stop the computer science major from jumping into a senior capstone project designed to help reunite lost dogs with their worried owners.

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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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The Quest for Community Takes a Young Grad Student on a Journey to Sister Joan

Inspired by the writings of “a maverick Benedictine nun,” Breanna Mekuly ’12 determined to seek out Sister Joan Chittister, O.S.B. Read her account of that new path.

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Puppy Presence Brings Love to Campus

Not every college can boast they have a campus dog, but it’s a distinction St. Norbert College is delighted to own.

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