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St. Norbert College Receives 2020 Carnegie Community Engagement Classification

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From St. Norbert College, January 31, 2020
by Mike Counter,, 920-403-3089

The Carnegie Foundation has announced that St. Norbert College is one of the 119 U.S. colleges and universities to receive the 2020 Carnegie Community Engagement Classification, an elective designation that indicates institutional commitment to community engagement.
This important classification is awarded following a process of self-study by each institution, which is then assessed by a national review committee led by the Swearer Center for Public Engagement at Brown University, the administrative and research home for the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification.
“These newly classified and reclassified institutions are doing exceptional work to forward their public purpose in and through community engagement that enriches teaching and research while also benefiting the broader community,” noted Mathew Johnson, executive director of the Swearer Center.
“St. Norbert College has a long history of purposeful and profound engagement with our communities of De Pere, Greater Green Bay and our world, said St. Norbert College President Brian Bruess.” “This national recognition from the Carnegie Foundation is a reflection of our core mission here at St. Norbert " that of being Catholic, liberal arts and Norbertine " a mission creating an environment where we lift up the value of serving others, and where we work tirelessly to ensure that every person in our midst has the opportunity to flourish.”

St. Norbert College has a center dedicated to service in the Sturzl Center for Community Service & Learning. It supports the college’s mission to serve the common good by fostering campus-wide discussion on service, promoting community engagement and recognizing significant contributions to serving the common good. The Sturzl Center was endowed in 2012 by Ed and Ann Sturzl. The Sturzl’s support allowed the center to deepen and expand its work " an essential component of the reclassification.

Nancy Mathias, director of the Sturzl Center at St. Norbert, says, “We are so pleased to be honored with the Carnegie classification again! It recognizes the excellent work being done by our campus and community partners to address the challenges faced by many people, especially children, in our community.”

Among the 2020 recipients of the classification, 67 are public institutions and 52 are private. A listing of the institutions that currently hold the classification endorsement can be found on
For more information on the Sturzl Center for Community Service & Learning at St. Norbert, go to Mathias can be reached at or 920-403-3363.

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