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There's always something new going on at St. Norbert. See what changes your students will discover this year.

What’s New on Campus

There are lots of exciting changes on campus this fall. Here are some of the most noteworthy.

Health professions partnership
Starting this academic school year, SNC students will be given priority admission for the occupational therapy, physical therapy and physician assistant programs at Concordia University Wisconsin School of Health Professions. Interested students, who may be pursuing any major, will be able to apply for one of these programs in April of their junior year. Three St. Norbert students will be admitted into each of the three programs annually, as long as they meet program requirements.

New residential hall amenities
Starting this fall, all first-year residential halls will be equipped with adjustable loft beds, meaning no loft rentals are necessary. The lofts will be assembled prior to move-in day. In addition, laundry fees are now included in housing costs, so students living in the college’s residential facilities will not need to use coins or Custom Cash.

Men’s volleyball
Men’s volleyball makes its debut this academic school year. The team will be an affiliate of the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference. The season begins in January 2020, with the first home conference match slated for March 3, when the Green Knights square off against Lakeland University. The first home game is Feb. 7 against Loras College. Volleyball is the 12th men’s varsity sport at SNC; B.J. Bryant is head coach. The sport is increasingly popular among NCAA Division III schools.

James R. Hodgson Summer Research Fellowship
The first four student recipients of the James R. Hodgson Summer Research Fellowship spent this past summer working on campus. Kelly Haen ’20 continued studies on an algae bloom project; Helen Fischer ’22 studied fish parasites in Green Bay’s Baird Creek; and Collin Stein ’21 and Sarah Rolfs ’20 worked on antibacterial agents.

The $5,000 fellowships, awarded by the St. Norbert College Kresge Endowment, cover salaries, research supplies and pertinent conference travel. The money may also be used for housing. Student-faculty collaborators working within the division of natural sciences are eligible for the fellowship, which honors James Hodgson, a retired SNC biology professor. Preference is given to those whose studies fall under the fields of limnology/aquatic science, ecology, biology, environmental science and the natural sciences.

Applications for 2020 summer research will be due in the spring. Students who will continue their studies on campus in the fall of 2020 are eligible to apply.

Safe & Sound initiative
A new website called Safe & Sound gathers the latest info about safety, health and well-being in one easy-to-access spot. Students will be able to find articles on various safety and wellness topics here, as well as action reports regarding SNC’s safety awareness, training and prevention programs. The site also contains information on emergency response and victim-support programs and services.

The initiative is a collaboration between multiple departments, including Campus Safety, Counseling & Psychological Services, Diversity Affairs, Health Services and the Title IX Working Group.

New annual theme
The theme for the 2019-20 academic year is Ever Ancient, Ever New, excerpted from a quote by St. Augustine (below). St. Norbert and his earliest followers used the Rule of Augustine as a guide for their communal life. With the Norbertines poised to celebrate their 900th anniversary, this theme is particularly fitting for SNC, which is the only Norbertine institution of higher learning in the world.

“Late have I loved you, O Beauty ever ancient, ever new, late have I loved you! You were within me, but I was outside, and it was there that I searched for you. In my unloveliness I plunged into the lovely things which you created. You were with me, but I was not with you. Created things kept me from you; yet if they had not been in you they would have not been at all. You called, you shouted, and you broke through my deafness. You flashed, you shone, and you dispelled my blindness. You breathed your fragrance on me; I drew in breath and now I pant for you. I have tasted you, now I hunger and thirst for more. You touched me, and I burned for your peace.” – St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430)

Digital Transformation Series
SNC students interested in attending one or more of the seminars offered through a regional Digital Transformation Series are being offered a 50 percent discount. The six-part series, which began in July, is aimed at business leaders and innovators, and tackles topics such as artificial intelligence, robots, virtual reality and bitcoin. The seminars are a partnership between the Schneider School of Business & Economics and Advancing AI Wisconsin. There are four remaining seminars in the series; each seminar is priced at $75. The 50 percent discount is also available to St. Norbert alumni, faculty and staff.

Aug. 20, 2019