Norby’s Buddies: Building Literacy and Resiliency


Mentors and teachers are vital to a child’s growth and learning within school. However, statistics state that 1 in 3 children will grow up without a mentor. In other words, within a classroom of thirty children, ten of them may never receive the support and resources they need to grow to their fullest potential.

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Giving of Yourself: Sometimes it Requires a Pair of Pants


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Over Winter Break, many college students caught up on sleep, took J-term classes, or worked at various jobs. Others, however, used their time in a unique way.

Joe Zielinski ‘17 was one of 91 St. Norbert students who participated in the TRIPS alternative break service program. TRIPS stands for Turning Responsibility into Powerful Service. It is a program that challenges college students to address the shared needs of various communities around the United States through direct service.

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Members of SNC Women’s Hockey Make Service Their Foundation

 St. Norbert College Women’s Hockey players Brianna Kelly, Kenna Farrey, Mckenzie Mazzolini, Reaghan Chadwick, and Lexi Pyykkonen. (left to right)


What does it mean to have a solid foundation? In terms of engineering, a structure can’t stand without one. With a good foundation, however, a house can stand forever, providing a safe haven to those who live in it.

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“Challenging,” “Intriguing,” “Will Push You Outside of Your Comfort Zone” : Why C.E.N.G. Courses Break Down the Walls of the Classroom


What’s your ideal classroom? Is it a group of students sitting cross-legged in a circle? In a square? Hexagon? Does the best learning happen outdoors? Do passionate professors provoke more interest in students? Can we learn better from engaging with other people?

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“Best Buddies” Extends Radical Hospitality Beyond Campus Borders

Shannon Salter (left), president of Best Buddies, with her Buddy, Bethany.
Written By Becca Karpenko

If you attend the Involvement Fair this Tuesday, September 13th, you may see a new student org with a colorful, eye-catching logo: two people with their arms looped around one another with the words “Best Buddies” above them in purple lettering.

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Silver Lining with M.S.

Written by Jaime Notzen

Kappa Beta Gamma, a sorority at St. Norbert College, held their 14th annual Multiple Sclerosis Benefit on March 12, 2016.

They were able to raise a grand total $3,583.45 for their philanthropy. 

The event, which features a dinner, silent auction, and raffle, annually donates all proceeds to the M.S. Society of Wisconsin. All donations aid in the research for a cure or enhanced treatments for those who suffer from Multiple Sclerosis.

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4 Perks of Academic Service-Learning

written by Jaime Notzen

St. Norbert College offered two community engagement opportunities for J-Term 2016.

Dr. Laurie MacDiarmid’s Creative Nonfiction Workshop course introduces students to creative nonfiction (personal essay, memoir and literary journalism). Her J-Term class, deemed “The Fab Five”, didn’t write your usual run-of-the-mill essays; instead, they wrote about their own experiences, and became comfortable enough to share them with one another. After learning how to share their own stories, the Fab Five went out into the community to teach sixth graders how to do the same.

Dr. Erik Brekke’s course, Physics in the Arts, illustrated the physics of light, colors, and sound waves. After applying this knowledge to photography, visual art, and music, Dr. Brekke’s class went to several elementary school classrooms to teach them in an engaging approach to the sciences.

While J-Term has passed, there are opportunities to sign up for community engagement courses in upcoming semesters. Here are 4 perks of Academic Service-Learning as experienced by our two J-Term classes.

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International Poverty­ Trip: St. Lucia

by Carissa Trepanier

Through the Good News Project Inc. and the St. Norbert College TRIPS Program, I have been in St. Lucia for almost two weeks now on a service trip.  As I write this blog just two nights before departure on a weak signal of wifi, I can’t help but want to share every experience with you.  I promise you this blog won’t be a description of my every move but instead will be about what I’ve strived for on this trip and what I am determined to implement into my life back in Wisconsin.


The people of St. Lucia get it.  Time is valuable and they demonstrate a simple but hardworking lifestyle.

We saw extreme poverty and yet the people living in these horrible conditions seemed to have the greatest PATIENCE, JOY, and FAITH. A fellow student at St. Norbert, Alex Velicer, summed it up nicely saying, “Poverty is struggling to survive NOT struggling to live.”

We live in a world full of busy and distracted people, wouldn’t you agree?

Sometimes busyness feels like a blessing! There are long days at work that we can’t wait to have fly by, we love social media and staying connected with friends, and we feel purpose when we exercise our talents.

On the other hand, and arguably way too often, busyness isn’t so fulfilling.  Busyness can leave us lying in bed over thinking things we could have done differently or hoping and praying tomorrow will go as planned, when really so much is out of our control.

Time is valuable.  Time is not guaranteed. Yet we spend most of our time neglecting to reflect; suggesting instead of resting.

God’s word is a great place to find truth about time and balance.

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;  a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.”- Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

Think about it from a different perspective…

24 hours in a day

1,440 minutes in a day

86,400 seconds in a day

10,080 minutes in a week

Where’s your sense of simplicity in it all?  You know the part where you get a breather and count your blessings?  Funny how we yearn for simplicity but quicker than we realize add another task to our to-do list.

I’ve put together two tips that have and will continue to propel me forward in my difficult but rewarding journey of gradual simplicity.


Take time for yourself. Read for 20 minutes or do a craft/hobby for a half hour. Literally it can be as simple as being in a place you normally don’t spend your time in and just sit. Easier said than done right? Wrong.  Well, technically true but really it just takes a strong person to put themselves and their joy first.  I truly believe in you. It really isn’t selfish when you think about it.  Yes, it may mean giving up time with or for other people for whatever length you need, but I’m quite positive that time you do spend with family or friends will be so much more REWARDING, POSITIVE, and MEANINGFUL.


Do these words make you feel overwhelmed? They do for me. I don’t “have time” to volunteer hours of my time every week and I’m sure you don’t either.  So I don’t. Instead, my advice would be to live your everyday life doing simple tasks with GREAT love.  Now that’s giving.  Give an extra smile to the person you don’t know, care more than half-asking the known all too well greeting “how ya doin?” and not listening to the response, or write a note to someone or compliment them on their positive traits/characteristics.

It’s true.  “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget the WAY YOU MADE THEM FEEL.” –Maya Angelou

Girls Night Out: 9 years later! A YMCA Spotlight

Written by Jaime Notzen

roblesRuby Robles, a junior at St. Norbert College, had a chance to relive her elementary school years through the Michels Hall Program.

After learning how to make healthy lifestyle choices at Girls Night Out 9 years ago, Ruby became a GNO mentor as a sophomore in college.

Her story exemplifies how service comes full circle; it’s a chain reaction!

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