St. Norbert College

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Not to be confused with the high school of the same name in Perth, Western Australia.
St. Norbert College
Motto Docere Verbo et Exemplo
Motto in English To teach by word and example
Established 1898
Type Private
Religious affiliation Norbertines (Catholic Church)
Endowment US $83.8 million[1]
President Thomas Kunkel
Academic staff 109 full-time, 70 part-time
Undergraduates 2,160
Postgraduates 62
Location De Pere, Wisconsin, USA
Campus Suburban, 38 Buildings on
93 acres (38 ha) bordering the Fox River
Colors Green and Gold
Nickname Green Knights
Website http://www.snc.edu/
SNC logo.gif

St. Norbert College (SNC) is a private Catholic liberal arts college in De Pere, Wisconsin. Founded in October 1898 by Abbot Bernard Pennings, a Norbertine priest and educator, the school was named after Saint Norbert of Xanten. In 1952, the college became coeducational.[2] The school currently enrolls about 2,160 students.

History[edit]

St. Norbert College was established when Abbot Bernard Pennings, a Dutch immigrant priest from the Premonstratensian Berne Abbey of Heeswijk, the Netherlands, founded the college to train young men for the priesthood. Frances I. Van Dyke, a seminarian, was the first and, at the time, the only student. St. Norbert is the first and only institution of higher learning in the world sponsored by the Premonstratensian order. Abbot Pennings later started a commerce program at the college for lay students before retiring in 1955.

St. Norbert's second president, the Rev. Dennis Burke, expanded the college, anticipating the student population would eventually reach 2000. Robert Christin, who became president in 1968, implemented the current course system and the academic divisional structure. In 1973, Neil Webb, a former faculty member and vice president, became president. With his strong fiscal management abilities, Webb established the first substantial permanent endowment for the school.

Serving as the college's president from 1983 to 2000, Thomas Manion brought national recognition to the institution and led the expansion of facilities and the development of additional academic programs. Under his leadership, the enrollment topped 2000, and extensive renovations and construction activities expanded the college's physical facilities.

Thomas Kunkel, former Dean of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, College Park, became the seventh president of the college on July 1, 2008.

Academics[edit]

St. Norbert College offers undergraduate programs in more than 40 areas of study, leading to a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Music, or Bachelor of Business Administration degree. A Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree is also offered through a joint effort with the Bellin College of Nursing. The most popular undergraduate majors are Business Administration (22%), Education (18%), and Communication (12%).[3] In addition to its undergraduate offerings, St. Norbert College offers three masters-level graduate programs in education, theological studies, and liberal studies. The Master of Theological Studies department hosts a branch program in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Program studies take place at the Norbertine Abbey of Santa Maria de la Vid in Albuquerque. Students on that campus can earn the full MTS degree. In the Fall of 2015, the college is planning on offering an MBA program through its new School of Business and Economics [4] and will begin to accept students into its medical education program in partnership with the Medical College of Wisconsin, which is locating its Green Bay extension in the new science building at St. Norbert.[5]

St. Norbert College has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14:1 and an average class size of 21. Regardless of their major, students enrolled at St. Norbert College complete a 12-course (48 credit) General Education Program that emphasizes writing and the liberal arts. The school places an emphasis on its honors program, student-faculty collaborative research (as early as freshman and sophomore years), professional internships and study abroad.[citation needed]

Over the past 15 years, St. Norbert has been ranked as one of the top five comprehensive (bachelor's-level) colleges in the Midwest, by U.S.News & World Report.[6] In 2008, St. Norbert moved into the national liberal arts colleges category and is now ranked 127th of the 264 schools in the nationwide category.[7] The college is also listed among the "Best in the Midwest" by Princeton Review,[8] and is ranked 84th of out 600 by Forbes on their list of America's Best Colleges.[9]

Campus[edit]

The campus consists of 93 acres (38 ha), much of which borders the Fox River. Students typically walk to classes, even in the winter. The many trees and statues on campus provide a scenic view, especially in fall, when the foliage changes colors. Directly behind the Campus Center is a pavilion and docks where St. Norbert hosts its fall Back to School Festival, a kick off to the new school year, with fireworks, a picnic, and live entertainment on the Fox River waterfront. Gries Hall was recently added to SNC campus, as well as a new library.

Important social buildings include the Ray Van Den Heuvel Family Campus Center (Campus Center), which includes a fitness center, gymnasium, and diner (Phil’s Diner) and a reading lounge with a picturesque view overlooking the Fox River. There is also an events hall for movies and public speakers. Special events put on by student groups are also held there, such as comedian appearances and awareness speeches. The Baer mall, in front of Main Hall, is another scenic location.

Student life[edit]

Burke Hall

More than 74% of students live on campus in residence halls, apartments and townhouses. St. Norbert requires all traditional undergraduate students not registered as commuters to live on-campus to strengthen the bond of community. A limited number of seniors are released to live off-campus in recent years, though the administration has made it clear that this is an exception, not the rule. Typically only seniors find off-campus housing, which is still within blocks of campus. Freshman housing includes four traditional residence hall options: Madelaine-Lorraine Hall (co-ed), Sensenbrenner Hall (women-only), Bergstrom Hall (co-ed), and Burke Hall (co-ed). Campus housing options for sophomore and juniors include Mary Minahan McCormick Hall, Michels Hall, and Victor McCormick Hall. Upperclassmen enjoy the "Townhouses" (apartment-like housing), College-owned houses, and College-owned apartments.

Student involvement[edit]

Van den Heuvel Campus Center

There are more than 67 registered student clubs and organizations on campus. More than half of students participate in one of these groups,[citation needed] making student involvement an important aspect of campus life. St. Norbert encourages its students to become involved in their community through community service, and also by participating in one of the 16 fraternities, sororities, and independent social groups. The school also has 10 National Honor Society chapters, two student publications, and eight musical and performance ensembles. A major activity for St. Norbert students participate in is the annual "Into The Streets" community service project that provides service to organizations in De Pere and neighboring cities. This event is staffed by first year students and is part of the FYE program.

Student Government Association[edit]

The Student Government Association (SGA) vision is to serve as the relevant, representative voice of the student body before the wider community within and outside of St. Norbert College. The Student Government Association is split into three governing bodies: 1) Executive Board, 2) Student Assembly and 3) Committee Representatives. The entire organization holds in excess of fifty representative positions. The student representatives serve as a link between students and the administration to serve the interests of the student body.

Greek Life[edit]

Greek life at St. Norbert includes four sororities and four fraternities, as well as two Greek governing groups. Greek groups sponsor fund-raising activities, food drives, and benefits to support charities. Greek groups collectively completed a total of 1,385 hours of service during the 2006-2007 school year.[10]

Fraternities[edit]

ΔΥ Delta Upsilon was started May 18, 1992 by 14 individuals. This fraternity has sponsored food drives for Paul’s Pantry, raised money for its nationally-affiliated Boys and Girls Club, participated in Relay for Life, and recorded 130 service hours in 2007 with 18 members.[10] Delta Upsilon puts on an annual “Wheel Chair Bowl” that raises funds for United Cerebral Palsy. Created in 2006, the Wheel Chair Bowl is a game of football played on a basketball court with wheel chairs. This event, put on exclusively by the St. Norbert chapter of Delta Upsilon, has received local media attention.[11]

ΦΔΘ The Phi Delta Theta St. Norbert chapter contains around 30 members.[10] Members participate in many campus-wide causes, with the chapter dedicated to the ALS Association as its international philanthropy. In 2007 they recorded a total of 48 hours of service work.

ΤΚΕ Tau Kappa Epsilon is the oldest Fraternity on campus and was founded in 1987. TKE is also the largest Fraternity on campus, with 30 active members.[12] In 2007 they recorded 244 service hours with 14 members. Members participate in fund-raising events for charities such as Alzheimer's Association and Relay for Life.[10] Every biennium, TKE holds an alumni weekend in which the founding fathers of the St. Norbert chapter return to celebrate their long history on campus.[citation needed]

ΚΣ Kappa Sigma is a Fraternity that has recently been founded.

Sororities[edit]

ΑΞΔ Alpha Xi Delta National Sorority holds an annual Bear Hugs Drive, where members collect donated toys for needy children at Christmas.

ΔΦΕ Delta Phi Epsilon International Sorority, founded in 1917, is a sorority dedicated to diversity, known as one of the first sororities not to discriminate based on ethnicity, race, or creed.

ΚΒΓ Kappa Beta Gamma helps with multiple causes, including the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Relay for Life, and Red Cross blood drives. For the last six years KBG has hosted a benefit to raise money for the National MS Society.

ΘΦA Theta Phi Alpha This group is the oldest sorority on campus founded in 1954. It is active in philanthropies, including serving at the House of Hope in Green Bay.

Independent social groups[edit]

Independent Social Organizations at St. Norbert are non-Greek groups that provide a social outlet for members, while also performing service to the campus and local community. These groups also participate in Homecoming events with the Greek groups. Women’s social organizations include BUD, CC Hams, The Electric Company, No Nonsense, and Untouchables. Men’s social organizations include Admar, BIG, BMMP and PW Club.

Athletics[edit]

Schuldes Sports Center, the college's basketball arena

The St. Norbert College "Green Knights" participate in NCAA Division III athletics and have been members of the Midwest Conference since 1982. St. Norbert offers 19 varsity sports including: football, volleyball, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's golf, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's hockey, softball, baseball, men's and women's track and field, cheerleading, and dance.

St. Norbert's men's hockey team competes in the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association. St. Norbert won the Division III national championship in 2008, 2011, 2012 and 2014 and were runners up in 2004, 2006 and 2010. The St. Norbert hockey team were the NCHA regular season champions from 1997–1999, 2002–2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013 and have won the post season tournament in 1998, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012. They have been one of the most successful Division III hockey teams in the new millennium.[citation needed]

The Green Knight football team has delivered eight conference championships in the last nine years while competing in the NCAA Division III Midwest Conference, under the helm of head coach Jim Purtill. Since his arrival the Green Knights have enjoyed a 100-17 Midwest Conference record, while competing in the national playoffs seven of those years.

In addition to varsity sports, St. Norbert also offers a number of intramural sports.

The St.Norbert men's lacrosse team, created in 2004, competes in the Great Lakes Lacrosse League. St. Norbert delivered their first division championship in 2010.

The Green Bay Packers have conducted training camp on the St. Norbert campus since 1958, making this the league's longest training camp relationship between a team and school. In exchange, the Packers donate their used equipment and provide St. Norbert yearly grants.[13] St. Norbert hosted Fordham University, the alma mater of legendary Packers coach Vince Lombardi, in 1982. The game is, to date, the last college football game played at Lambeau Field.

Notable alumni[edit]

Cofrin Hall

References[edit]

  1. ^ "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2013 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2012 to FY 2013" (PDF). National Association of College and University Business Officers. January 23, 2014. Retrieved February 5, 2014. 
  2. ^ SNC Admission. "Fast Facts". Admissions Department Online Publication. St. Norbert College. Retrieved 3 July 2013. 
  3. ^ St. Norbert College 2006 Common Data Set Retrieved August 6, 2007.
  4. ^ http://www.snc.edu/mba/.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ http://www.snc.edu/magazine/2013spring/futureofdiscovery.html.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ US News and World Report 2008 and 2009 College Rankings
  7. ^ 2011 US News Rankings
  8. ^ Best in the Midwest Princeton Review Online
  9. ^ "America's Best Colleges". Forbes. June 2011. 
  10. ^ a b c d http://www.snc.edu/gogreek/images/GBPGmay707.pdf
  11. ^ "Press Release - St. Norbert College". Snc.edu. Retrieved 2011-10-02. 
  12. ^ "About Us - St. Norbert College". Snc.edu. 2006-06-22. Retrieved 2011-10-02. 
  13. ^ "Night Practices Continue For '07 Training Camp". Green Bay Packers. 2007-06-18. Archived from the original on 2007-07-07. Retrieved 2007-06-18. 
  14. ^ "Celebrating the Milestones in the Career of Tadashi Yamamoto on the Occasion of the Conferment of the Order of the Rising Sun Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon". Japan Center for International Exchange. October 2011. Retrieved 2012-05-13. 
  15. ^ Durgy, Edwin. Forbes http://www.forbes.com/sites/edwindurgy/2012/03/12/the-loss-of-logistics-legend-don-schneider/ |url= missing title (help). 

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