Give & Go: SNC Move-Out!

By Kalli Seglund ‘17

St. Norbert College is hosting the first annual “Give and Go: SNC Move-Out” with the cooperation of the Sturzl Center for Community Service and Learning, Residence Hall Association (RHA), Residential Education & Housing (REH), Housekeeping and a local community partner—St. Vincent de Paul. The idea once known as Continue reading

Celebrating Service 2014

Celebrating Service Cover PhotoOne week from today, the St. Norbert College community will be gathering together to celebrate service. On Tuesday, May 6, 2014 the Sturzl Center for Community Service and Learning will be hosting our annual Celebrating Service event. Through spoken stories and visual displays, this event will showcase how students are impacting our community through service. Join us in celebration beginning at 3:00pm in Todd Wehr Hall! Continue reading

Kids 2 Campus 2014

On Wednesday, April 9th, 92 elementary students from surrounding schools journeyed to St. Norbert College  for Kids 2 Campus. Youth who attend a YMCA or Boys and Girls Club After-School program at high poverty schools in the Green Bay School District participated in the visit. Continue reading

The Worth of Each Human Being – A TRIPS Reflection

This past week, five St. Norbert women spent their spring break serving through the TRIPS alternative break program with the L’Arche community in Clinton, Iowa. L’Arche is a Christian community of people with developmental disabilities and those who share life with them. Their mission is to create a welcoming environment, to appreciate the unique gifts of each person and to respond to each individual’s needs. The L’Arche trip, known as “The Arch”, was led by St. Norbert senior, Kendra Wauters. Below is a reflection of their time in Iowa. Continue reading

Post-Graduate Service: The Journey of Theresa Beaumier ’11

By Kalli Seglund ’17

Theresa Beaumier, an alumna of St. Norbert College, shares her experiences at SNC that influenced her decision to pursue post-grad service.

Theresa worked at the Center for Community Service and Learning (now known as the Sturzl Center) as a research fellow, studied abroad in Chile, was a member of the ALIVE team and served through TRIPS (alternative breaks) all while studying Religious Studies at SNC.  As a result, Continue reading

Make a Difference Day 2013

By Amy Diestler ’14

Every year, Residence Hall Association participates in Make a Difference Day, the largest national day of community service. For more than 20 years, USA WEEKEND Magazine and Points of Light have joined together to sponsor Make a Difference Day. It is a celebration of neighbors helping neighbors. Millions of volunteers from around the world unite in a common mission to improve the lives of others.

On Saturday, October 26, 2013, 60 individuals from St. Norbert College participated in Make a Difference Day by going to homes of the elderly around the De Pere area and helping winterize their homes. Activities included raking leaves, cleaning gutters, and washing windows. The purpose of the event goes beyond assisting elderly in preparation for winter. The ultimate purpose is to foster a relationship between St. Norbert College students and the surrounding community. Twelve student groups participated, some of which included the National Residence Hall Association, Optimist Club, First Year Experience, Knights for Life, and Circle K. The groups were able to serve 20 homes. In addition to the home maintenance portion of the day, a few student groups assisted with the Halloween Ball at the Aging and Disability Resource Center. These groups included SERV Fellows, Psychology Club, and the Ballroom Dancing Club. The Ballroom Dancing Club actually had the opportunity to provide dance lessons during the event. Below is a brief reflection from Allison Parra ’16, a 2013 Make a Difference Day participant.

“I believe we provided much more to those we assisted than a clean yard. We were able to take the time to hear about their day, share a snack, and reciprocate a smile. The time together definitely had a positive impact on us and hopefully made their day just a little bit better. The snow will fall and hide the work we accomplished, but the time we spent together is a memory that can encourage us all to spend more of our time helping others.”  〜Allison Parra

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Photo Credit: Marisa Strothenke and Rachel Maala

A Winning Partnership with the Boys and Girls Club


By Laura Riley

Recently we had the opportunity to speak with residents of the Boys and Girls Club Theme House. Theme Houses allow students to purposefully define their on-campus living experience and contribute to the greater campus community through service. This service is in accordance with their goals, interests, and pursuits and their efforts relate to the mission of each individual group.

The Boys and Girls Club Theme House is made up of 6 upperclassmen. Last month, the group of men joined the Boys and Girls Club of Green Bay for a day supported by The Donald Driver Foundation. The afternoon featured family games, an inflatable obstacle course, arts and crafts, a healthy meal and the Punt, Pass & Kick Challenge. 

The six men dedicated their afternoon to leading the Punt, Pass & Kick Challenge. A fitting assignment seeing as three of the individuals are members of the St. Norbert football team: Danny Egan, Mark Villers and Ryan Kaltenmark. Here is their take on being able to serve with the local nonprofit.

“Volunteering with the Boys and Girls Club is rewarding because it gives us an opportunity to give back to the community. When we were at the Punt, Pass and Kick Competition the kids were asking the football guys if they were on the team at St. Norbert. I thought it was really cool because it is clear that we are giving them someone to look up to.” -McKenzie Thiel ‘14

“Honestly, the most enjoyable aspect of volunteering is the feeling we get when we know we’ve helped someone, or maybe even had a positive impact on the kids. I think we are showing the kids that people who play college football can really be anyone. That may sound like I’m disrespecting the football players who volunteer with us, but what I mean is that these guys aren’t above anyone else. They show the kids that college football players are still human. I can tell we are having an impact because of how excited the kids are when we work with them. The looks on their faces during the Punt, Pass and Kick Competition said it all.” -Ryan Dauman ‘15

“The most enjoyable part of volunteering for the Boys and Girls Club for the Punt, Pass and Kick Competition was being able to actually provide the kids with an opportunity to take part in a fun and competitive activity. The kids really enjoyed learning the basic fundamentals of football and seeing them have fun provided me with a sense of gratification that I was helping out the community. Also, as a St. Norbert football player I felt like a role model to the kids who wanted to learn more about the game. I believe the biggest impact we’re having on the community is that we’re simply giving the kids an opportunity to come together and meet new friends, while also providing them with a positive environment.” -Danny Egan ‘15

“The most rewarding aspect of volunteering with the Boys and Girls Club is simply giving back to the community. Throughout my childhood I always had an adult helping me along the way, especially through athletics. Volunteering at the Boys and Girls Club is a great opportunity now that I am in a position to give back. I believe that our volunteering has a very positive influence on the kids. One reason is because we are role models to them. This is especially beneficial because some may not have many positive role models in their home life. Secondly, when the kids grow up, hopefully they will remember the time and lessons we gave them and will want to give back to their community when they are older as well.” -Mark Villers ‘15

“The most enjoyable aspect of volunteering at the Boys and Girls Club is just knowing that we are helping out in the community. We really get to see the kids having a good time and how they look up to us. The biggest impact I think we have on the kids is being role models to them. I especially feel that way as a football player in the area and as someone they can look up to and see where hard work gets you.” -Ryan Kaltenmark ‘15

The theme house partnership with the Boys and Girls Club will continue throughout the academic year. The group will continue to assist with sport-related events like flag football and basketball tournaments. Not only is the group having an impact on the youth, the youth are having a positive effect on the upperclassmen as well.

Let’s do something good TOGETHER.

The beginning of an academic year presents many exciting opportunities making it a perfect time to get involved in a new organization or two, or three…or seven! No matter what year you are, from a first-year student to a senior, it is never too early or too late to become actively involved on campus.

If you are interested in anything under the sun related to service, the Sturzl Center can help get you started! Start off by checking out this site, Compelling Connections. This is the place to:

  1. Learn about the Sturzl Center.
  2. Check out what awesomely interesting service-related events are happening.
  3. Learn about the enthusiastic student-run organizations that you can join (or collaborate with!).
  4. Hear about all the amazing programs you can become a part of.
  5. And read some inspiring service stories individuals in our community are helping write every day!

Come visit our table at the Involvement Fair on Tuesday, September 10th. The event will be located on the Campus Center Lawn and will be going on from 3:00-4:30. We want to help you get involved in the wonderful service opportunities both on campus and off! And if you’re already involved, we want to hear about what great things your organizations are doing!


By Laura Riley