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Dance Marathon 2014: Why Do You Dance?

Written by Liz Groth

Last year, Dance Marathon made a huge splash on the St. Norbert College campus by raising $21,372 to donate to the local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. The passion and dedication of both the dancers and the participants at the event was astonishing, but their hard work didn’t stop after last year’s event was over. Almost immediately, the members of St. Norbert’s Dance Marathon started putting together  this year’s event. The hours of planning, preparing, and fundraising paid off as the event proved to be a huge success with hundreds of students participating. In the span of one year, Dance Marathon increased the donations they received by 62%, earning $34,652 for Children’s Miracle Network. I had the opportunity to speak with two dedicated Dance Marathon members, Lydia Dorn and Mary Sobczak, about how Dance Marathon has impacted them and why they choose to dance for 13.1 hours each year.

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Make A Difference Day 2014

Make-A-Difference-Daylogo-version-3Written by Liz Groth

Every year, the Residence Hall Association provides students on campus with the opportunity to serve as part of Make A Difference Day, the largest national day of community service. The event, which has been sponsored by USA WEEKEND and Points of Light for over two decades, aims to connect people with opportunities to serve while increasing an overall sense of community. It might sound like a simple concept, but every year millions of volunteers come together to make a difference in the communities in which they live.

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Be A Role Model

Children are great immitators.

Written by Liz Groth

“The youth need more role models that they can look up to,” Matt Gannon, a sophomore at St. Norbert College, declared early on in my interview with him. Serving with the Greater Green Bay YMCA through Michels Hall Service Program gave Matt the opportunity to step up to the plate and become a role model for a group of 5th grade students in the Eisenhower Elementary after-school program. By working with the students one on one to tutor them in math and reading, Matt is able to share his passion for learning and inspire these students to work hard to make their dreams come true.
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Environmental Justice Issues

 

drop me in the water

Written by Liz Groth

These days we hear a lot about global warming, recycling, and clean energy sources, but just how important is it to go green? Seniors Malorie Imhoff and Amanda Janse-Vreeling both have quite a bit to say about the matter. Recently, the two St. Norbert College women participated in a TRIPS environmental issues program which took place in Watersmeet, Michigan. While on this trip, Malorie and Amanda had the opportunity to serve alongside conservationists to prevent the spread of a non-native invasive plant species called glossy buckthorn. Although the trip only lasted for a weekend, both women returned back to campus with fond memories and a much greater appreciation for the environment.

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Get Passionate About Service

FIND WHAT YOU LOVE

Written by Liz Groth

We’ve all heard some variation of the age old quote “do what you love, love what you do,” usually spoken in the context of searching for a job or choosing a career path, but shouldn’t this apply even more so to service work? Of course, people serve for a variety of reasons, to make a difference, to gain experience, or even to meet new people. However, when service work is tied to something you’re passionate about, it opens a whole new set of possibilities. This is what happened when Mackenzie Muha, a resident in Michels Hall and a student at St. Norbert College, combined her love for floor hockey with her service in a YMCA after school program for youth at Doty Elementary School.

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Why Should I Intern At A Non-Profit Organization?

Written by Liz Groth

With SNC’s Career and Internship Fair approaching (September 30th), students all across campus are busy putting the final touches on their resumes. This bi-annual fair hosted by Career Services features a variety of companies and organizations looking to hire St. Norbert students, past and present, either as interns or as full-time employees. Among these companies and organizations are several non-profit organizations, including Cerebral Palsy Inc., the Greater Green Bay YMCA, the National Railroad Museum, and the YWCA. While many students might not think to look into interning at a non-profit organization, there are some significant benefits to this type of work. I had the chance to speak with Kelsey Rice, a student at St. Norbert who has interned at both Make-A-Wish and the Volunteer Center of Brown County, about her experience working with non-profits.

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Social Justice Fair 2014

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Article and pictures by Liz Groth.

September 12th marked the date of SNC’s very first Social Justice Fair, coordinated by the Norman Miller Center for Peace, Justice, & Public Understanding. Various organizations and programs on campus gathered in Michel’s Ballroom to talk about their individual causes and reach out to other students looking to make a difference both globally and in their own community. I had the opportunity to speak with Kaitlyn Miller, who played a major role in organizing the event.

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