Written by Jaime Notzen
Throughout the third annual St. Norbert College Dance Marathon, we danced, and we cried, and we laughed, and had a really, really, really good time.
On Saturday, October 24th, over 200 dancers stood for 13.1 hours straight For The Kids. No sitting, no kneeling, no caffeine; only dancing, reflecting, and celebrating. Participants raised thousands of dollars for the Children’s Miracle Network.
Dance Marathon prepared year-round to make those meaningful 13.1 hours a reality. But before they jump back into planning mode for next year, we want to make sure the organization and the community can reflect on the impact of this incredible event. Here are 5 Dance Marathon moments that captured our hearts. Continue reading
Is there an injustice in the world that ignites your desire to make a difference?
Is there something you really want to see changed in our society?
Social justice is defined as promoting a just society by challenging injustice and valuing diversity. St. Norbert College students do this everyday through various organizations on campus.
On Tuesday, October 6th (tomorrow!), the Norman Miller Center for Peace, Justice, & Public Understanding is holding their second annual Social Justice Fair. You’ll be able to take look at what areas of social justice exist outside of one-time service; It’s an opportunity to find how to turn your talents, passion, and experience into action. Continue reading
As a St. Norbert College student, you have the opportunity to apply for TRIPS: an alternative break program that seeks to serve the needs of communities across the country and the globe. The experiences of past participants demonstrate how TRIPS can be life-changing for you!
Looking for something different to do this Friday night? Stop by Michels Ballroom at 7:00pm and check out Rhythm & Wishes for a night packed full of music and fun! The event will be hosted by one of St. Norbert College’s newest student organizations, Wishmakers on Campus, and will include a cash bar, music from SNC students and alumni, a program featuring local Wish Kids, and exciting raffle prizes. Admission is $10 and all proceeds will go to help grant Katie’s wish to go to the Atlantis Paradise Island Resort in the Bahamas. Katie is a five year old girl from Green Bay who suffers from rhabdomyosarcoma, a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in muscle tissue.
Delta Phi Epsilon sister Brenna Rathsack posing next to the Trash Your Insecurities stand.
This year’s Get Up and Move event.
Each year, the Beta Chi chapter of Delta Phi Epsilon at St. Norbert College sets aside an entire week to dedicate to their philanthropy, the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD). During this week, the sisters of Delta Phi Epsilon promote eating disorder awareness, prevention, and recovery by hosting daily events that advocate ANAD’s mission statement for “the development of healthy attitudes, bodies, and behaviors.” This year, these events included Get Up and Move (a night of zumba, yoga, and exercise), a screening of Eat, Pray, Love, a Trash Your Insecurities booth, an educational event, and a candlelight vigil. I had the chance to interview Dani Mason, a senior majoring in natural sciences with a concentration in biology, about her experience preparing for the events and her passion to raise awareness about ANAD.
Senior Marisa Strothenke isn’t afraid to admit that preparing for her trip to St. Lucia, West Indies was a little bit scary. Although Marisa has been a part of the TRIPS program at St. Norbert College since her sophomore year, participating in both the Poverty and Homelessness trip to Washington D.C. and the Affordable Housing trip to Little Rock, Arkansas, she wasn’t exactly sure what to expect this time around. She explains, “Trying to lead a group of students to a foreign country that you have never been to is really intimidating.”
Luckily for Marisa, she was able to find comfort in the partner organization she was traveling with. She claims that Good News Project, who helped her prepare for the trip before her departure, treated her and her TRIPS group like family. “They were truly there for us,” she emphasizes. Marisa also credits her TRIPS group for being positive through all of the concerns they faced. She says, “They walked with me every step of the way and had my back through everything.”
With February’s on-campus blood drive right around the corner, plenty of students are signing up to save lives. Whether you are already planning on donating or are still on the fence about the whole idea, there are plenty of reasons to get involved. I had the chance to speak with Katie Flesch, a junior at St. Norbert college and the student Blood Drive Coordinator through Health and Wellness about just how important donating blood is.
During this year’s 6th annual MLK Day of service at St. Norbert College students and staff celebrated the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr. by taking time out of their day to promote civil rights, equality, and freedom. Some participants chose to teach elementary school children in the De Pere area about Dr. King’s message of respecting others, while others spent the day serving various area agencies who are meeting important needs in our community. Students, staff and faculty also had the opportunity to participate in an advocacy program where they were able to write letters, send emails, and make phone calls to their elected officials at all levels. There was also an opportunity to attend an educational presentation on fair housing.
I had the chance to speak with Alex Clemetson, a senior at St. Norbert College, about his role in helping staff members Mike Peckham and Dee Geurts-Bengtson coordinate the school event as well as his overall experience. Not only did Alex prepare the SNC Track & Field team for the day and act as their site leader, he also kicked off MLK Day with a speech which reflected on the views of the day and the community service work participants were about to engage in. When I spoke with Alex, he explained that his goal was “to enlighten younger generations on the topics of diversity and treating one another with respect no matter who the other person is or the background they come from.”
Still figuring out where to live on campus next semester? Choose to live in Michels Hall and you’ll have the opportunity to fully engage in the community through meaningful service. Watch the video below to see what current Michels Hall residents have to say about their experience.
The Michels Hall Service Program is a living-learning service opportunity available to students with at least sophomore status. Students apply in groups of eight with the intention of living together in Michels Hall and completing an academic year of service with a community organization in the Greater Green Bay area.
Applications are due Friday, February 13th.
For more information about living in Michels Hall click here.
For information about how you can get involved with other community service opportunities in the Green Bay area visit the Sturzl Center for Community Service and Learning.