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St. Norbert College Students and Staff Honored at President's Dinner

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From St. Norbert College, September 8, 2015
by Mariah Doughman,, 920-403-3089

St. Norbert College honored Nancy Mathias, director of the Sturzl Center for Community Service and Learning, and students Hailey Nett '16 and Magdaline Schutz '16, at its President's Dinner on Wednesday, Aug. 26.

Mathias, nominated by faculty and staff, received the college's annual Exceptional Service Award, and Nett and Schutz were given the college's $2,000 Employee Endowed Scholarship in recognition of their academic achievements and community service.

Mathias' work in the Leadership, Student Engagement & First Year Experience (LSE) and Turning Responsibility into Powerful Service (TRIPS) programs and her commitment to social justice have led the Sturzl Center to national recognition. She also chairs the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service planning committee and has developed the Youth-to-Youth Program, a tutoring/mentoring program that pairs St. Norbert College students with underrepresented elementary students in the Green Bay Public schools. Along with a St. Norbert College colleague, Reid Riggle, Mathias also co-authored a chapter for The SAGE Sourcebook of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement that focused on the Village Project, a program that places first-year teacher-education students in local high-poverty schools.

In addition to her involvement at St. Norbert College, Mathias in the wider community is engaged in: Habitat for Humanity; Big Brothers, Big Sisters; Circles of Support; Justice Organization Sharing Hope & United for Action (JOSHUA); and the Volunteer Center of Brown County, as a board member. Mathias also encourages youth in high-poverty schools to continue on to college through the Local College Access Network (LCAN) in Green Bay and, through the YMCA and Boys & Girls Club, coordinates visits for youth to come to campus and imagine themselves as future college students. She recently joined the Green Bay Workplace Volunteer Council to learn more about broadening an employee volunteer program on campus.

Nett is a native of Appleton, Wis. A psychology and Spanish double major, she serves as an admission tour guide on campus and as a tutor at Howe Elementary. In addition, she is involved with the TRIPS program and Dance Marathon. Nett also works at Festival Foods and volunteers at Wellspring-Green Bay.

Nett has previously been named to the Dean's List; she sees a possible career in counseling, higher education or nonprofit work.

Schutz is a native of Port Edwards, Wis., and is majoring in music and media studies. On campus, Schutz is a student worker in the cafeteria, bookstore and mail center. She is also engaged in Knights for Life and the Michels Hall Service Program. Outside of the St. Norbert College community, she is a member of the National Association for Music Education, is a part of the CPC Center and is a waitress at a local restaurant. She was also engaged in the Community Outreach Program in Italy.

Schutz has also previously been named to the Dean's List.

For more information on the St. Norbert College Exceptional Service Award or Employee Endowed Scholarship, contact Mike Counter at 920-403-3089 or

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