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

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6 reasons applying for TRIPS will enrich your life

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!

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MLK Day 2015

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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.

alexander.clemetsonI 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.”

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Post-Graduate Service: The Norbertine Volunteer Community

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With this year’s commencement just around the corner, it’s no surprise to hear everyone talking about their plans for after graduation. Don’t have your post-grad life figured out just yet? You’re not alone. Before you work yourself into a frenzy and go full-on panic mode, let’s talk about an option you might not have considered yet: post-graduate service. Earlier this year, I had the chance to visit the Norbertine Volunteer Community (NVC) and interview Rachel Muhs, a resident at the NVC, about her experience.

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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

Help Delta Phi Epsilon Color the Campus!

By Laura Riley

In a few weeks the campus will be filled with color and not just because of the changing leaves! The St. Norbert College chapter of Delta Phi Epsilon is organizing the Color the Campus 5K Run/Walk. The event will take place on Saturday, October 19th on campus. The registration deadline is THIS Friday, September 27th! The 5K is open to St. Norbert alumni, staff, faculty and students.

We had a chance to talk with the Philanthropy and Community Service Coordinator of Delta Phi Epsilon, Courtney Hiers ’16. “One of the main reasons I wanted to join a sorority was because of the community service aspect. Now I want to get my sorority sisters and other students on campus genuinely excited about service and I want it to be fun! The Color the Campus 5K is the perfect opportunity to do that.”

That philosophy is the foundation of the Color the Campus 5K. Because what’s more fun than tie-dyeing humans while simultaneously raising money to help fight Cystic Fibrosis?

912473_10152799734365354_826889076_nThe Gamma Omicron Chapter of Delta Phi Epsilon organized a Color the Campus run at Georgia Southern University last year. Their success with the event inspired the St. Norbert chapter to bring the event to De Pere. Hiers contacted the chapter in Georgia and got the run down of the event in terms of logistics and fundraising results. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is the philanthropy for both chapters.

If you are interested in participating in the 5K, registration will be taking place in Michels Commons daily (11:00-2:50 and 4:30-6:30) until Friday, September 27th. The registration fee for the event is $20, which includes a T-shirt. Accepted payment methods include cash, check, and custom cash. Half of the registration fee will be donated directly to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. If you have questions regarding the event or would like to volunteer, please contact: Courtney Hiers.

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Staying Actively Involved with Nonprofits: Taylor DeBroux ’14

289326_10152213637829119_1552142353_o“Over the past three years, I have come to learn that the intrinsic rewards you get from working for nonprofits equals, if not surpasses, the help you give others. Knowing that you are dedicating your time to helping someone else, regardless of who it is, or how you are helping, is undeniably fulfilling.”

〜 Taylor DeBroux, St. Norbert College ’14

As a senior at St. Norbert College, Taylor DeBroux has been actively involved in service for the past three years. She has progressively become more connected with service and nonprofits each year through a variety of roles. And this year is no different.

Taylor initially got involved with service as a first-year student through the Emerging Leaders Program. As a sophomore, she committed to an academic year of service with the YMCA by living in Michels Service-Learning Hall. That decision has impacted where Taylor is today.

“During the Michels Hall orientation meeting at the beginning of the school year, residents had the opportunity to hear from all of the community partners. It was at this meeting that I learned the Boys and Girls Club of Green Bay was hiring a new employee. Since I was looking for a job, it was the perfect opportunity to apply. I am extremely grateful for this decision because being at the Club has broadened my cultural and professional knowledge so much that I still find the value in working there today, two years later.”

For her senior year, in addition to working at the Boys and Girls Club (BGC), Taylor is interning at Big Brother Big Sisters (BBBS) through her Human Services Internship class. She originally gained interest in BBBS because of how complementary it is to her work at the Boys and Girls Club. Taylor said, “BBBS allows me to gain a better understanding of the administration side of a company, whereas my position at the Boys and Girls Club deals directly with its members. I am very interested in working with the youth of Green Bay and I get to do this every day through different means and with companies that have similar goals.

By being connected to numerous nonprofits in Green Bay and by taking social work classes, Taylor has realized the importance of networking. “The supervisors who I report to at both BGC and BBBS have connections to staff at the YMCA. I have come to realize that making positive relationships with the staff I work with in every company is very beneficial from both personal and professional standpoints. ” stated Taylor.

Taylor has continually been making a difference in the Greater Green Bay community since she first stepped foot on this campus three years ago. Her dedication to the youth of Green Bay has surpassed the usual commitment to service.

“If I were to give advice to my freshman self, I would emphasize the importance of utilizing available resources and jumping into new opportunities as often as possible. I think the best way to get started in service and continue that service is to stay connected. The college offers excellent services to assist you in this. My class choices have guided my service decisions, and in turn, my service work has guided my class decisions. I see my academia and my community work as being equally important in shaping what I do today and what I will do in the future.

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By Laura Riley