The SJF 2015: Your Gateway to Making a Difference

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

Rhythm & Wishes: Wishmakers on Campus

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.

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Dear Dad…: Immigration

A Powerful Reflection
Moved by this poignant letter shared by an SNC student who participated in an alternative breaks trip to Chicago through our TRIPS program.

SNC TRIPS

Dear Dad,

I write to you to let you know that my immigration trip is doing well on its mission. I had to cook enchiladas verdes today, and even though they were a little bit watery to me, I think the group liked them, so it is OK. I feel like a real cook. The transportation was very good to. Holly and Caitlin were the navigators today, and they do a good job navigating; which you know I cannot handle if I am not by myself. We met amazing people today: Brother Michel who has given his life for helping the undocumented immigrants, Sister Betty who has an amazing positivity and beautiful way of seeing the world, and Michel who had the confidence to share his impacting story about his journey to the United States and was open to any questions we had. All of these things made my day…

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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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SNC Potato Drop 2014

Video by Liz Groth — Story by Kalli Seglund

As part of SNC’s Into the Streets service event, over 40 first year students served their community through the Potato Drop. The Society of St. Andrew partnered with a Wisconsin grower to coordinate the donation of the potatoes and Schneider provided the freight to transport the potatoes to our area. SNC students served by unloading the truck and readying the potatoes for distribution to local food pantries. A team of upperclass students, including Kalli Seglund, helped to coordinate the distribution. The following is her story.

 

The days leading up to the 2014 Potato Drop were filled with logistics and planning creative ways to inspire and motivate the volunteers, especially since we knew that the hot August weather would be unwelcoming. With 42,000 pounds of potatoes to be distributed to nine different pantries, teamwork and cooperation were necessary throughout the entire event to reach our goal. With the dedication of our nine community partners and students, we were successful. It was rewarding to see how all of these aspects came together in the end. The Potato Drop was an experience which allowed me to realize the impact that just a few hours of community service can have.

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Into The Streets 2014

Once again, St. Norbert students started out the semester with Into The Streets — a day dedicated to service in the Green Bay area. This year, over 500 students divided up into 46 groups to serve 39 different service sites. These students spent their afternoon pulling weeds, washing cars, helping food pantries, and more! Combined, the volunteers provided over 1,000 hours of volunteer service.