It is a complex time in our community and world. In response, a working group of staff and faculty from across areas and departments was formed and with a singular charge: to intentionally build community during a time of social distancing and uncertainty. This site was born out of that group, and from an expressed desire by many of you for one space, one accessible spot for sharing, engaging, learning, inviting and uplifting – for revealing how departments, areas or individuals are expressing communio as we mindfully navigate facing this challenging time. No matter the challenges, we will always and forever be one community, united in our mission to love one another.
We are #foreverSNC.
We invite you to engage – to share what you, your students or colleagues are up to as you live communio, even at a distance.
Change starts within our own community. Listen to community members speak about the recent events and how the community of Green Bay can heal and enact change.
We call on our SNC community to pause, ask questions, listen and learn from the experiences that are different from our own. Be a part of the change.
Below is a list of just a few helpful resources for those looking to learn and to help.
We encourage you to add to this list by commenting on this post with links to other helpful resources.
Dear SNC family,
Carol and I have watched with horror and disbelief as Minneapolis and St. Paul — the very cities and neighborhoods in which we raised our babies — burned. More importantly, and significantly more horrifying, we watched the video of yet another Black man, Mr. George Floyd, dying: a fellow, beautiful, God-created human killed at the knee of another human.
Our rage, anger, and despair was rightly intensified as it came on the heels of the video of yet another murder of a Black man, Ahmaud Arbery, out for a jog in suburban Georgia neighborhood. And on the heels … and the heels … and so many heels of too many killings of too many of our fellow humans who God gifted with Black and Brown skin.
We are a nation in pain. We are a community in pain. We are a family in pain. …
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Maddie LeBrun ’20 designed a “We Can” poster series for a class assignment – and then it turned into an inspirational movement in her hometown of Oregon, Wis.
“I knew that I wanted to make a SNC T-shirt pillow as soon as I saw the one that Carol Bruess had donated to SNC Dance Marathon’s silent auction during Miracle Day last year. But it wasn’t until I found out that I would not be student teaching in person, because of social distancing – at the time, still in my apartment on campus – that I actually started the process of the craft. I began by reaching out to the craftiest people I know: Carol, as well as my mom, Laureen Kroll Loftus ‘85. Carol shared with me her secret to pillow success, an inexpensive iron-on product called “heat-n-bond.” I then FaceTimed my mom to go through my entire t-shirt drawer to find shirts from my four years at SNC that I wanted to be a part of this pillow.
“Before my mom could send my shirts to me, campus was closed for the rest of the semester, and I needed to start remotely teaching my students from home in Illinois. When I got home, the last thing I wanted to do was start a project that would remind me of all the times I had at SNC making memories in these shirts and how I wasn’t able to be on campus to make any more. But suddenly one night I had a sudden urge to get crafty and start the project, and I will be forever grateful that I did. From cutting the shirts to arranging them on the pillowcase then to finally sewing them all together and putting the pillow in, I was able to look at every single shirt and relive the memories that I had with them. Although I haven’t been able to go back to St. Norbert as an alumni yet, I was able to make this pillow of shirts that is full of the best memories from the best place. I will have it for the rest of my life to remind me just how lucky I am to forever be a Green Knight.” – Larissa Loftus ’20, Early Childhood-Elementary Education Major
Learn how to make your own pillow with old SNC shirts (or any old shirts) you have laying around. Video tutorial courtesy of Carol Bruess ’90.
This was a student led video organized and created by Kyra Kronberg ’20 as her final project for her internship with the office of communications.
Unfortunately, this year the faculty weren’t able to serve students flapjacks as part of their “Faculty, Flapjacks and Finals” event – but that doesn’t mean they forgot!
Nick Patton ’03 (Office of Communications) has brought his book ‘Norby the College Mascot’ to life for you and your kids! Follow along as he reads the story with his own children and shares insight into the book’s inspiration.
For this day we are grateful. We acknowledge this current time as an opportunity to join together eager to share the joys of our community despite the challenges we are facing. Let patience, perseverance and compassion drive our actions to connect with one another in new ways. Let this space be a home to spread love, light and communio within our St. Norbert community.
Written by Alexa Schulze ’18 (Financial Aid)
The Intro to Live Performance class created a “documentary” for their final project. It features students trying to help their communities while they were at home for the rest of the semester.
(SPOILER) There’s a baby goat 🐐
“I’d like to give a “High Five” to Rachel Hjort at the SNC Mail Center for being available during the last 8 weeks for Admissions’ mailing needs, and always doing it with a smile.” – Kristy Andrews ’04 (Admission)
Send someone on campus a vitral “high five” by submitting your own Tag a Hero! Use our submit form to tell as a sentence or two about your nominee.
The financial aid office started doing a fun show-and-tell activity in their morning huddles! There’s a new prompt each day to bring an item that fits the description. For example, one the prompt was to bring an item that reminded them of seafood but couldn’t be from the kitchen to their meeting. There was a mix of surprisingly sentimental and comical items shared. It’s fun to see how we all think differently and there’s always a story to go with each item!
Alexa Schulze ’18 (Financial Aid) has found card making as a hobby. Check out what’s been made for one of our Class of 2020 grads!
What is your favorite place on campus? Draw/recreate it and share it with this website!
For the past couple of years, the St. Norbert College Facebook and Instagram accounts have been featuring a member of the campus community every week. These posts follow a similar format to the popular Humans of New York account where people share their stories.
Since COVID-19 interviews have had to be conducted online and most stories include very timely reflections on each person’s current situation. Catch up on some of our past humans via the St. Norbert College social media channels below.