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St. Norbert College honors Founder's Award recipients

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From St. Norbert College, October 18, 2010
by Stephen Schumacher,, (920) 403-3089

St. Norbert College's Office of Mission and Heritage honored Linda Beane Katner, Debbie Gord, Jordan Neeck, Jessie Smith, and Joyce Tullbane as the 2010 Founder's Award recipients at the annual Founder's Day Prayer Breakfast on Wednesday, Oct. 13, as part of the Heritage Days celebration.

The awards are given to current employees and students at St. Norbert College who advance the Norbertine principles of community, spiritual commitment, service, collegiality, and learning through their lives.

Beane Katner has been an associate professor of French at St. Norbert College since 1992. In her nomination, a colleague wrote specifically about her work on the Faculty Development workshop in collaboration with the Faculty Development Advisory Committee, the President's Office, Student Affairs, and Mission and Heritage. Her nomination letter notes, "She put the time and effort into collaboration to benefit the learning of all. In this way she supported both collegiality and the learning community."

Tullbane is the study abroad coordinator in the Center for International Education, and joined St. Norbert College in 2001. Tullbane is also the advisor for Colleges Against Cancer and First Year Experience (F.Y.E.) on campus. One Norbertine noted in his nomination letter,
"She has helped shape the St. Norbert College study abroad program to be the envy of most other colleges and universities. When anyone needs a helping hand they can rely on Joyce to step forward, regardless of the time commitment."

Gord is a student credentials analyst in the Office of Admission and has been with St. Norbert College since 1993. Gord processes all the incoming students' applications and gets to know the future students and their parents as she helps them fill out forms properly, provides updates on the status of their applications, and answers questions in between. One student wrote in their nomination letter, "Debbie Gord's spirit not only fills the office on the lower level of the Admissions building, but it shines bright and illuminates the St. Norbert College campus as a whole."

Neeck, a senior, is one of the student-recipients of the Founder's Award. Neeck is an accounting major from Phillips, Wis. He is active on campus as he is the treasurer of the Tau Kappa Epsilon International Fraternity chapter at St. Norbert College, a leader to Philadelphia for the T.R.I.P.S. program, active with the Knights of Columbus, and works with campus ministry through the St. Norbert College parish, to name a few. Neeck is looking to take his CPA exam after graduating.

Jessie Smith, a senior, is the second student-recipient. Smith is an Elementary Education major and Spanish minor from Green Bay, Wis. She has served as a resident assistant since her sophomore year and works behind the scene organizing many service projects and events both on and off campus. In addition, Smith was a former Boys and Girls Club employee and shares her gift of music through performing at various campus events, including organizing a praise and worship group on campus.

For more information about the 2010 Founder's Award recipients, contact Julie Friedman at (920) 403-3049 or

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