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College Magazine |
Waste not
Dining Services
signs up for the
Clean Plate Club
Spring 2016
Reflecting the mission of the college,
St. Norbert College Magazine links the institution’s past and present by
chronicling its academic, cultural, spiritual and co-curricular life.
In Print
Vol. 48, No.1, Spring 2016
A sampling of related content available at snc.edu/magazine.
Cover Story
In springtime: On a campus that doubles
as an arboretum, spring means a fresh green
cover of leaves overhead, blossom everywhere
(page 4), and all the exuberance the out-ofdoors season has to offer.
Page 7
Student-led research offered through the
new Center for Business & Economic
Analysis is already having a regional
impact. “We don’t need to hold hands with
these students because they’re that good,”
says center co-director Jamie O’Brien
(Business Administration).
In SyNC: CBEA research by Nicole
Kozlovsky ’16 for the Green Bay Botanical
Gardens (page 7) was the subject of an article
in the first issue of a new publication connecting
regional business interests with the college.
Page 16
Beyond the Imagination
Page 10
“I offer two types of office hours: the
traditional kind, where I leave my door
open … And a very different kind, where
students or I can be anywhere and use any
device. (Yes, I do hold office hours on my
phone).” – Ty Meidl (Teacher Education)
Page 13
This copper and cast-iron beauty from
1901 is just one among the college’s
extraordinary collection of vintage
cash registers.
President’s Message
News of St. Norbert
Alumni of St. Norbert
Page 19
Waste Not, Want Not
Once dinner is done, the counters wiped
down and clean dishes put away, it’s time
to take out the trash. For the college’s
kitchen staff, that means a short trip to the
compactor and a remarkably light load.
Along with the rest of the Dining Services
team, they’re intent on making sure the
college, after each meal, sends barely one
garbage bagful of food waste to the landfill.
On our cover: Minimizing food waste is
of significant moral, environmental and
economic concern to an institution like
St. Norbert College that serves up 2,000plus meals every day.
A ground-breaking class first offered at
St. Norbert in the early 1970s had to face
down a certain scholarly skepticism. In fact,
the class – still taught today – helped legitimize
the academic study of two fascinating genres.
Page 24
Minority Vote
More than half a century
ago, John F. Kennedy
became the first – and so
far the only – Catholic
president in American
history. This landmark
election didn’t just
welcome in the first
Catholic president, says
Larry McAndrews
(History, Emeritus). It
introduced a whole new
era of influence.
In print: A think-piece in America Magazine
by Maggie McConnaha ’18 (page 8), grew
out of a St. Norbert course that looked at the
intersection of faith, art, beauty and community.
In retrospect: A new book by Jim Van
Straten ’55 is drawn from 352 letters he wrote
to his wife while deployed in Vietnam, 1966-67
(page 11). “A Different Face of War: Memories
of a Medical Service Corps Officer in Vietnam”
includes an encounter with Maj. Joe Lutz ’55
in Saigon.
In time: It was a better-than-half-court shot
so desperate and inspired that it made ESPN
SportsCenter’s Top 10 (page 12).
In the heat of debate: A Washington,
D.C., internship (page 25) put Katelyn
Van Buskirk ’17 in the middle of the action as
CNN prepared to cover December’s Republican
debate in Las Vegas.
In literary circles: Liam Callanan, author
of “The Cloud Atlas,” says a new novel by Scott
Winkler ’93 (page 31) “feels lived and lived
in, which is the highest compliment I can give
a novel.”
Insider story: Ed Policy, vice president and
general counsel for the Green Bay Packers, talks
professional football and more (page 35) with
Kevin Quinn (Schneider School).
Keep an eye open throughout this edition
for more links to content on the web. Follow
us on your favorite social media channel,
too. Just search for St. Norbert College.
Blossom forth
No one relishes the promise of
spring more than those who have
endured a Wisconsin winter.
And no better a place to soak in
all the loveliness of our campus
than the Shakespeare Garden at
the heart of it all.
More images of spring at
In My Words / President Thomas Kunkel
The view in the crystal ball
St. Norbert College Magazine | Spring 2016
dependent, but there’s a shrinking pool of traditionalage students – and a growing list of options available
to them, from fine technical and community colleges
to entirely online degree paths. Tuitions, appropriately,
are under intense scrutiny and pressure as student
debt mounts. The idea of “free” college continues to
gain traction. Beyond that, once we do get students,
the expectations keep piling up as to what we
should be doing with them: preparing them for
(and placing them into) lucrative careers; making
sure they can read, write, grasp philosophy (and
history and economics and …); helping them with
their medications; teaching them a second language;
teaching them tolerance; teaching them no means
no. Facing such escalating pressures, private colleges
already operating at the margin are buckling. With
each year, more and more will simply disappear.
Takeaway? In such an environment of uncertainty, it’s
imperative that a college have a strong sense of itself
and its mission. It must know what it does well, and
then work constantly to do that better yet.
St. Norbert is still building, and upon a strong
foundation: We are fortunate in so many ways. Our
college’s unique Norbertine mission hasn’t changed
in 118 years. We are in the strongest financial and
academic positions in our history. We have a stellar, and
growing, reputation. We live on a beautiful and modern
campus. We graduate our students. And, at least by
competitive standards, we remain quite affordable.
There are no guarantees: None of the
aforementioned advantages inoculate us from the
shaking all around us. Thus we continue to scour
our costs even as we raise more financial aid, all in
trying to keep the SNC experience within reach of
any student who qualifies for it. That, in turn, will
secure our enrollment base – always job one – but
“enrollment” must go beyond a raw number to
reflect a diverse body that represents a variety of life
experiences. And we must be flexible and smart,
teaching in ways rooted in the best of our traditions
while embracing the best of modern innovation.
That – to all of us who share in the commitment
to advance St. Norbert College – that is how I see our
The Center for
Business & Economic
Analysis has three
main focuses:
student-led research
projects, community
presentations and
white papers on
various topics.
The initiative came
into being as codirectors Jamie
O’Brien (Business
Administration) and
Marc Schaffer
were discussing
project work (in
O’Brien’s classes)
and community
presentations (in
Schaffer’s). Their
vision for a center,
to be housed within
the Schneider
School of Business &
Economics, grew with
the support of college
administration and
“The whole point of
a university is to solve
problems,” O’Brien
says. “We did start
with a strategic plan
but we’re already
in year five of that,
and we’re only three
semesters in to
this! If you put good
students on to things,
then things happen.
We don’t need to
hold hands with these
students because
they’re that good.”
Student research impacts region
tudents are leading studies that
are making a significant impact
in northeast Wisconsin, through
work undertaken by the new Center for
Business & Economics Analysis (CBEA) at
St. Norbert.
The new center gives students an
opportunity to use what they’ve learned
in the classroom to help develop solutions
for community problems and issues, at the
same time strengthening the ties between the
college and the regional business community.
“It’s been wonderful to be a part of.
I’m using what I’ve learned to work on a
real-world issue and also gaining new skills
along the way,” says Brad Lichtfuss ’16
(left). “At the end of the day, I feel like I’m
giving back.” Lichtfuss studied areas facing a
shortage of teachers, such as inner city and
rural schools, looking at possible ways they
could attract and retain educators. Like all
the projects at the CBEA, his results were
shared with community leaders.
Students are selected by professors to
participate. They can earn an independent
study credit for their efforts but, to Erika
Rettler ’16 (center), the real attraction was
gaining real-world experience before leaving
“The CBEA gives you life skills that you
don’t get in the classroom. It’s student-led,
and you see your work coming to life,” she
says. “What you are doing is having an
impact on the community – it’s not just
for a grade. You get to meet a lot of new
people and really expand your horizons.”
That’s something Nicole Kozlovsky ’16
(right) has experienced. Last spring, she
worked with a professor on an economic
impact study for the Green Bay Botanical
Gardens. After seeing the presentation,
a representative from the local cerebral
palsy center asked if the college could do
something similar for them. This time,
the project was under the auspices of the
CBEA, and it was Kozlovsky herself – not a
professor – who took the lead.
“The biggest takeaway was that I learned
a lot about myself. I learned I needed
stronger presenting skills,” says Kozlovsky,
who is originally from Green Bay. “I also
learned more about leading others and
working together as a team.”
While Kozlovsky, Rettler and Lichtfuss
are all pursing majors within the Schneider
School, O’Brien said the CBEA is open
to students of all majors interested in
adressing real-life issues.
“We’re all about getting skill sets
together to solve problems,” he says.
Erika Rettler ’16
grew up in the
New North – the
18-county economic
development region in
northeast Wisconsin –
so when she had the
opportunity to use her
research skills to help
develop an innovation
index through the
CBEA, she jumped
at the chance.
Rettler researched
various economic
factors that make a
region appealing to
entrepreneurs. She
then measured those
factors in the New
North and compared
them to other parts
of Wisconsin, the
state as a whole and
then the country.
The information
gathered will help
the New North to
develop marketing
materials to lure
entrepreneurs and
start-up businesses to
the area.
Rettler says, “I grew
up in Seymour so this
is my home, and it’s
been wonderful to find
a way to give back.”
N E W S O F S T. N O R B E R T
St. Norbert College
is proud to share that
President Tom Kunkel
was the unanimous
choice in judging for
the 2015 Council for
Advancement and Support
of Education District V
Chief Executive Leadership
Award. The annual award,
announced in December
to the association’s
membership, recognizes
a chief executive who
articulates a compelling
vision for the institution
and inspires others to
that vision; establishes
a positive image for the
institution while leading
it to higher levels of
success; increases the
institution’s stature in the
community; encourages
innovation and risk-taking
among employees; and
actively supports all
aspects of institutional
he other day my colleague Phil Oswald gathered
his team in College Advancement for a day
devoted to planning, and he asked me to
come by to share whatever I was seeing in my crystal
ball for St. Norbert College and higher education in
general. If I welcomed the invitation, I was rather less
enthusiastic about being assigned what Phil described
as the “highly coveted post-lunch slot.” How might I
fend off the dreaded 1:30 p.m. stupor that descends on
any group of conferees like an ether cloud? Then I had
a brainstorm.
What if I developed a taser app for my cell phone?
How useful would that be! Doze off on me, will you –
ZZZAP!!! So satisfying – and effective!
I liked the idea so much, in fact, that in my mind’s
eye I was already pitching my iTaser on “Shark Tank”
(a pro-taser bunch if ever I saw one!). Yet suddenly
here’s Phil, snapping me out of my reverie – good thing
for you, Phil Oswald, that this taser app isn’t to beta
stage yet! – and insisting I get on with things. All right,
all right … Here we go.
We are in the Great Shaking: While I was still in
my journalistic short pants, I learned that context is
crucial to understanding anything of consequence,
so I start with my widest lens. Through that I see an
America experiencing its most seismic shifts since
the sixties. What a scary coming-together of forces:
our socioeconomic cleaving into the haves and havenots, and the related anxieties of the shrinking middle
class; the escalating frustrations and tensions of many
non-whites, and the simultaneous fear of many whites
over a society they see rapidly becoming minoritymajority; a lurching, globally interconnected economy
whose only predictable element is volatility; the
relentless march of disruptive technologies and social
media; terrorism, the ugly, pandering politics of fear
and class warfare. For many Americans this all adds
up to disorientation and dread – the feeling, as Yeats
observed of a similarly convulsive time, that “things fall
apart; the centre cannot hold.”
Higher education is not immune: Study a college
president these days and you may well detect some
disorientation there too, as our own industry pitches
and rolls. Most of our institutions are enrollment-
CBEA research
by Nicole
Kozlovsky ’16 for the
Green Bay Botanical
Gardens was the
subject of an article
in the first issue of
SyNC, a new
connecting northeast
Wisconsin business
with St. Norbert
Noted / Sharing Knowledge
Four young Mormon missionaries
who visited the Religion in America
class taught by Karen Park (Theology
& RS) were continuing a tradition begun
by Park when she first started the class.
“It’s so fun, because the missionaries
are the exact age of our students,” she
says. “You can see them relating to one
another and easily laughing. But there’s
also the sense [among the St. Norbert
students] that these young people are
taking on a lot of responsibility.”
The encounter impresses on Park’s
class the depth of commitment among
these peers, she says. It’s not hard to
find missionaries willing to join the
group: “They were thrilled to come.
They were so friendly.” The visitors were
intrigued by student life, too, and one
asked questions about pre-professional
majors: He was thinking about studying
dentistry after his missionary years.
Barry business
Barry Alvarez,
director of athletics
and former football
coach at the University
of Wisconsin-Madison,
will be the keynote
speaker at the fourth
Sport & Society conference hosted at
St. Norbert. This year’s event examines
the business of college sports. Other
speakers will include WNBA All-Star
Anna DeForge; Darren Rovell, sports
business analyst for ESPN; and Aaron
Taylor, college football analyst for
CBS Sports.
St. Norbert College Magazine | Spring 2016
White Glove Event
St. Norbert’s special collections
and archives include a remarkable
assortment of Norbertine rarities and
other historical material. A selection
of these treasures went on display
Feb. 12 when they were accessible to
the sight and touch of visitors ready
to don the archivists’ white gloves
on loan for the afternoon. College
archivist Sally Cubitt (Mulva Library)
says, “I look at one of our books and
wonder why it was published, what lies
behind the writing, who has read our
copy and how it got here … I find it all
Of nine students
who submitted
proposals to the
National Collegiate
Honors Council
(NCHC) Annual
Conference in
November, seven
were selected to
offer papers. Colin
Dassow ’16 won
the student poster
competition award
in the category of
Natural Sciences &
Mathematics, for his
work on cannibalism
in largemouth bass.
The Library of
Congress Teaching
With Primary Sources
Program has awarded
a $19,990 grant to
Mark Bockenhauer
and Parisa Watson
(Geography), for their
proposal, titled “The
Library of Congress
for Badgers; Maps
and Images as
Primary Documents
for Wisconsin
The grant will
enable Bockenhauer
and Watson to
conduct a summer
2016 institute for
Wisconsin teachers
using Library of
Congress digital
materials as well
as resources from
the University
of WisconsinMilwaukee’s worldclass collection of
maps and other
primary documents.
Kelsie George ’16,
Maria Sauer ’17,
Mikaela Wolf ’19 and
Krystal Binversie
’19 represented
St. Norbert College,
Oxfam and Knights
Against Trafficking at
the national IMPACT
conference on the
civic engagement of
college students.
George, who was
part of the planning
committee for the
February conference
at the University of
Massachusetts, has
since been invited to
present at the 2016
Notre Dame Student
Peace Conference
“Members of the
Jim Neuliep
(Communication) is
serving as a reviewer
for Oxford University
Press. He continues
to serve on the boards
of Communication
Reports, the Journal
of Intercultural
Research, the
International Journal
of Intercultural
Relations, the Journal
of International
& Intercultural
Communication, and
the Encyclopedia
of International
& Intercultural
The Wall Street
Journal sought expert
opinion from Kevin
Quinn (Schneider
School) when it
weighed in on the
St. Louis Rams’
“bittersweet” decision
to exit the city for a
new home in Los
“Although city
officials and team
owners will often
tout the economic
benefits that accrue
to a city, the tallies
are typically fanciful,
said Kevin Quinn,
dean of the business
school at St. Norbert
College in De Pere,
Wis., who focuses
on the economics of
sports. ‘Those studies
tend to be completely
overblown,’ he said.
‘The claims that are
made by the leagues
are really tenuous at
Winter weather is
no deterrent to the
feet of St. Norbert
College. In fact, the
January start to the
spring semester is
good enough reason
for Green Knights to
flash their preferred
taste in seasonal
footwear. Zipped or
laced, buckled or
bowed: Our students
let their boots do the
talking as they do
the walking.
An essay by Maggie
McConnaha ’18
appeared in the
Dec. 7 edition of
America Magazine,
the national Jesuit
publication. “People
of the Street” reflects
on the way that
the life of a vibrant
thoroughfare can
foster relationships
and strengthen a
healthy community.
Two months later,
America picked up
a piece by Bridget
Burke Ravizza
(Theology & RS)
about her work
with Julie Massey
(Campus Ministry) on
the everyday witness
of Catholic married
N E W S O F S T. N O R B E R T
N E W S O F S T. N O R B E R T
Missionary school
Gallery / Stylish to Boot
think-piece grew out
of a humanities
course she took
freshman year that
looked at the
intersection of faith,
art, beauty and
Personally Speaking / Tynisha Meidl
Revisiting History / An Era of Protest
Yes, I hold office hours on my phone
St. Norbert College Magazine | Spring 2016
life choices – and that does happen from time to
time. But mostly, instead, they ask how can they
do better on the next test or assignment.
After my virtual hours, I find I’ve not felt
deflated by the pragmatism of students and
their desire to earn the proverbial “A.” Instead, I
feel satisfied that I’ve been supporting them in
the midst of their work. Technology has made
it easier for students to reach out to us. We
value student-faculty relationships and pride
ourselves on being available to students. When
students have questions about their courses or
need to request a letter of recommendation, they
need not wait until office hours; they just send
an email. In my syllabus, I outlined a 72-hour
response time to student email – hoping, in fact,
to encourage more students to connect with
me face-to-face during my office hours. It didn’t
work: It just meant that students with questions
about an assignment were often left in 72-hour
I felt there had to be a better way to engage
students and support them, particularly when
higher-stakes assignments were due. I knew I
needed to do something differently.
Now, I offer two types of office hours: the
traditional kind, where I leave my door open in
anticipation of a thoughtful conversation about
graduate school or the vast opportunities the
future holds. And a very different kind, where
students or I can be anywhere and use any device.
(Yes, I do hold office hours on my phone). I
have found that students appreciate a chance
to meet with their professor while they are
actively working on an assignment. The virtual
option means flexibility for me as well as for my
students. They can reach me whether I am off or
on campus. I have had useful conversations when
I was in California at a conference or when my
student was at her home in the Upper Peninsula
of Michigan. Neither of us is tied down to one
place for the encounter and yet I can meet their
needs just as well – perhaps even better. Like
many of our students, I must admit that I do my
own best work between 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Tynisha Meidl is associate professor of education and co-chair
of the education department. Her primary research interest
includes culturally relevant literacy instruction in culturally and
linguistically diverse classrooms.
N E W S O F S T. N O R B E R T
N E W S O F S T. N O R B E R T
t’s 10:30 p.m. and the house is quiet for the
night. But back on campus one of my students
is just getting started. She’s in the library (and
in the corner of my computer screen), and has
questions on how to reframe the objective for her
lesson plan, due the following evening.
We chat back and forth for about five minutes.
Then, I ask her to share her screen. I add a few
notes directly into her lesson plan; I ask if she has
any other questions. My chat notification chimes
again. “Dr. Meidl, are you still having office hours?”
This time it’s four of my education students,
who are working together around one of the large
computer screens in the Mulva innovation studio. I
watch people pass by behind them with bewildered
looks as the women continue to ask questions,
seeking clarification on their individual lesson
plans. I note the time – it’s midnight
already. I remind the group that I need
to get some rest, and that I will see
them in class the following day.
My “virtual office hour” habit
first began when, prior to leaving
for a conference, I had let students
know that I would be online from
9-11 p.m. I told them to message me if
they had any questions. I sat in my hotel
room at the prescribed time, assuming
students would ignore my invitation. Until,
bing! (9:35 p.m.):
Student A: Dr. M, are you still on?
Dr. Meidl: Yup, how can I help?
Bing! (9:46 p.m.)
Student B: Dr. M, here is the link to my
draft … . Can we still chat with you?
Dr. M: Yup, I am still here. What is your
The bings continued briskly until 11 p.m. By
that time, I’d realized that I typed faster than I
thought, and that I could multitask, chatting with
multiple students at one time. I was not tied to my
office for “office” hours; and my students were in
the comfort of their personal spaces, using their
phones or other devices.
Office hours are a timeless tradition. Each week,
professors offer several hours in the day during
which we are readily available to students. We
hope for questions from them that will invite us
into their profound process of discerning their
When students in
the Contemporary
Strategies course
taught by Brandon
Bauer (Art) were
drawn to recreations
of historic photos, it
prompted a search in
the college archives
for an image that they
themselves could
recreate. The students
discovered an image
[inset] of campus
peace demonstrations
during the Vietnam
War and determined
that it was probably
taken in November
1969 (based on how
the student protesters
were dressed; on the
TV showing President
Nixon speaking; and
on signs bearing the
“Bring the War Home”
slogan – first used the
previous month.)
Why recreate the
photo instead of just
studying it? It’s the
difference between
learning by looking
and “learning from
what was happening
by actually putting
the work in to learn
from it,” says Dayna
Seymour ’16. And
Becky Ratajczyk ’17
adds that, through
recreating the photo,
they had the chance
to teach a piece of
school history to
A new book by
Jim Van
Straten ’55 is drawn
from 352 letters he
wrote to his wife while
deployed in Vietnam.
Enjoy excerpts from
“A Different Face of
War,” including an
encounter with
Maj. Joe Lutz ’55
in Saigon.
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Noted / Green Knight Athletics
Treasure / Cash Register Collection
Winning women
N E W S O F S T. N O R B E R T
Terrence Garner ’17 goes up for a shot against Monmouth. The junior guard has never experienced a conference loss as a Green Knight.
Remarkable twin seasons for hoops
The last time the St. Norbert men’s basketball team
lost a Midwest Conference (MWC) game, Terrence
Garner ’17 had just poured in 25 points for Oak
Creek High School in a victory over Racine Horlick;
Ben Bobinski ’17 was adding to his all-time scoring
record at Green Bay’s Notre Dame Academy; and D.J.
DeValk ’18 was the sixth man for the state-bound
Little Chute Mustangs. The tri-captains and no other
current Green Knights were on the roster when
St. Norbert fell 104-99 in overtime, Feb. 9, 2013, at
Grinnell College.
Since then, the St. Norbert men have won 62
consecutive MWC games, and counting, surpassing
the NCAA Division III mark of 61 victories achieved
by Wheaton College in the College Conference of
Illinois in the late 1950s.
“We have not talked about (the streak) with
the team and really, my entire focus has been on
this team and this season,” says head coach Gary
Grzesk, who has led St. Norbert to four consecutive
conference championships. “I know they are aware of
it, but it’s not something we’ve talked about.
“I think some of the culture has been passed
down from the older guys and the guys who have
graduated,” he adds. “Certainly there is a little residual
effect that gets passed down year-to-year. Guys who
were role players last year have really stepped up into
more prominent roles this year.”
The numbers support the complete team effort
this season. At press time, the Green Knights did
St. Norbert College Magazine | Spring 2016
not have an individual player in the top 10 in MWC
scoring or rebounding. As a unit, St. Norbert tops the
conference in scoring defense, overall rebounding,
defensive rebounding and assist-to-turnover ratio.
“We are a very unselfish team and that contributes to
our success,” says Garner. “We don’t need a guy to go
out and score 30. We have all the pieces. Everybody
contributes whether they are playing or not. Guys in
practice are helping us get better.”
Leading the conference in defense is no surprise.
“That is our foundation and our kids know that,
especially this year,” says Grzesk. “We didn’t know
all their roles offensively, so we knew early on that
we would have to depend on our defense and our
rebounding and kind of figure out the offense from
there.” Garner says, “It starts in practice. Coach
preaches defense in practice. We practice hard.
Coach pushes us. It’s very important that we bring it
every day.”
The adage that a loss is good for a team is of no
interest to the players.
“We would rather learn from a win,” says Garner.
“We watch film after every game. We break it down
as if we lost.”
“Sometimes, after a loss, it’s easy to bounce back
and you know what you are going to get out of those
guys,” explains Grzesk. “After a win, sometimes the
mistakes get brushed under the rug. What we have
been trying to do is really teach and learn from every
circumstance whether we win or lose.”
The men are not
the only team on a
conference winning
streak. The St. Norbert
women’s basketball
team has not lost in
MWC play since Jan.
24 of 2015 – and that,
itself, was the team’s
first conference-game
loss since January
2014. This season, the
squad has outscored
conference foes by
nearly 20 points per
game en route to
its third consecutive
MWC title. The team
finished undefeated in
Midwest Conference
play for the first time
since 1989.
St. Norbert was the
only school in Division
III to have all four of its
winter sports teams –
men’s and women’s
basketball, men’s and
women’s hockey –
regionally ranked by
the National Collegiate
Athletic Association.
Buzzer beater
It was a
better-thanhalf-court shot
so desperate and
inspired that it made
ESPN SportsCenter’s
Top 10 plays of the
night. As the first
half of the Dec. 2
men’s basketball
game against
Ripon expired,
Ben Bobinski ’17
launched a 65-foot
three-pointer that
put the Green Knights
up 29-27 at the half,
for an ultimate
59-57 win.
Kerrie Biebel ’89
Office Coordinator of
Auxiliary Services
Most of the college’s collection of vintage cash registers date from 100 years ago
or more – from a time when businesses were not afraid to combine beauty and
function. Today’s world seems much more utilitarian.
The more ornate registers, like this one, may have come from department stores;
the plain wooden ones from general stores. … Every one of them could tell a
story. Every time the clerk rang up a sale – ding! – it happened with a kind
of flourish.
These machines probably sat on their counters throughout the
entire life of those businesses. They come from an era when things
were made to last. I like it that our college, too, appreciates where
it’s come from. I think we appreciate the things we have, in a
way that other places may not. It’s not our way to tear things
down; instead, we look for ways to renovate and improve
upon them.
Kerrie Biebel can often be found taking payments
herself, in the Campus Card Services office –
just down the corridor from the case where
the college’s collection of vintage cash
registers is displayed. This oxidized
copper-finish cast-iron beauty dates from
1901. The complete collection was given
to the college by George and Ramona
Van Asten – parents of Mike Van Asten
’75 – who takes up his new role as
chair of the college’s board of trustees
later this year.
Norbertine Now / Answering the Call
Farewells / Obituaries
In Ministry
Matthew Dougherty
points to an early
experience at St.
Norbert College as a
spiritual renewal and
the start of his path
to the priesthood.
He neglected his
faith in high school.
“I rediscovered it
during my freshman
year of college after
meeting a couple
guys who lived down
the hall from me,” he
explains. “Through
their friendship and
example, I grew in
my faith while in a
community context.
I was able to talk
about my faith openly
and honestly with
guys I respected.
We created an
environment where
we were able to
challenge each
other to live up to
what Christ was
calling us to. This
is what attracted
me to religious life
and especially to an
order that valued
community living.”
Ultimately, the call
comes from God,
he adds. “God is
the source of any
vocation. It’s up to
us to learn to hear
his voice and respond
Frater Jordan S. Neeck, O.Praem., ’11 (center) with Vanden Branden (left) and Sircy.
Calling a new generation
he Rev. Matthew Dougherty,
O.Praem., ’09 was ordained
to the priesthood on June 6 of
last year. The ordination of Deacon
Brad Vanden Branden, O.Praem., ’09
followed in August, and there are more
to come. A group of young men – many
among them St. Norbert alumni – have
answered the call to serve, providing an
influx of vocations at St. Norbert Abbey,
and its independent daughter abbeys in
Pennsylvania and New Mexico.
“With age comes wisdom, but with
youth there is vigor and idealism and zeal,”
says Dougherty, who is currently finishing
up his theology studies and assisting with
vocations at St. Norbert College. “I think
new vocations present religious life with
a balance. The wiser guys help keep the
younger guys’ feet on the ground, while
the younger guys allow for a greater vitality
and a freshness of perspective.”
Frater Jordan Neeck, O.Praem., ’11
describes the growth in vocations as “a
testament that religious life is not dead,
that young people are still attracted to
a way of life which has been around for
almost 900 years. It is a testament to the
fact that young people are hungry and
searching for a deeper meaning to life.”
Frater Zaccary Haney, O.Praem.,
’13 is a member of Santa Maria de la
Vid Abbey, along with Frater Stephen
Gaertner, O.Praem., ’98. Haney says, “In
Albuquerque, we are a small community,
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one that is excited about growing in
the future, but also very attentive to the
present. Right now we run a very vibrant
young adult ministry from our vocations
office. It is exciting to have young people
around my age engaged in the life of the
abbey. It is life-giving for me and I hope it
is for them as well.”
What drew these young men to
religious life? “I was impressed by the
humble service and dedication to ministry
that I witnessed in the lives of the
Norbertines involved in both the campus
and a variety of other ministries,” says
Frater Mike Brennan, O.Praem., ’99.
“Growing up, my home parish was staffed
by Norbertines,” explains Vanden Branden.
“I remember being impressed that there
were many different Norbertines who
came and ministered to the parish despite
there being an assigned pastor. The
diversity of priests really demonstrated
that the Norbertines are a community
of men who live and minister together.”
Frater Patrick LaPacz, O.Praem.,
’09 says that living in community drew
him to religious life. Frater Jacob Sircy,
O.Praem., ’09 agrees: “When I was
younger, I felt a call to serve in the church.
As I got older, I felt that call became more
defined in the call to be ordained. It was
either diocese or religious life. I knew that
I would be healthier if I had community/
family around me, so I chose the path of
religious life.”
Norbertines in
formation pursue
programs of study
but also have
the opportunity
to serve. Brad
Vanden Branden
is ministering as
a deacon at St.
Ann Parish in the
Archdiocese of
Chicago. Jacob
Sircy assists with
the Rite of Christian
Initiation of Adults
(RCIA) program at
a parish in Chicago.
Mike Brennan
has been doing
nursing home and
hospital ministry in
Chicago. When back
in Wisconsin, he
serves at St. John the
Evangelist Homeless
Shelter and Notre
Dame Academy
in Green Bay.
Patrick LaPacz is
in Ministry Practicum
at Franciscan St.
Margaret Health in
Hammond, Ind. He
serves in the spiritual
care department for
eight hours a week.
Jordan Neeck spent
his second year of
novitiate at Our Lady
of Lourdes Parish
and School, De
Pere, and at Green
Bay Correctional
Institution. Zac Haney
serves as caretaker
of the Santa Maria
de la Vid Abbey
church, assisting
with preparation for
liturgies. He also
expects to be placed
in a modest part-time
RCIA ministry at one
of the New Mexico
parishes, as well as
in liturgical ministries
at the abbey’s other
Supplied for all good work
Olivia Johnson ’18 (left) takes a blood-pressure reading at a clinic in Nicaragua.
For Colton Wiesner ’16, it was a
St. Norbert College international TRIPS
journey over the 2014-15 winter break
that opened his eyes to the issues facing
the medically underserved. “The lack
of access to basic medical resources
conjured in me a drive to serve both
my local and global community, and I
wanted to recreate that in a new team of
participants,” he says.
When Wiesner returned to Nicaragua
this January, he and his team came with
more than willing hands. Their luggage
included 40 new stethoscopes and 40
blood-pressure cuffs to donate to the
visited clinics. Wiesner, along with coleader and fellow biology major Sara
Gionet ’16, let powerful impressions
from their previous medical-focused
TRIPS experiences drive a July 4
fundraiser at Horicon Meats in Gionet’s
hometown. The team raised more than
$1,400 for the medical supplies. The
10-person student group continued
to raise money and collect donations
throughout the summer and into the
fall. “On the trip, we were able to donate
medical supplies totaling over $5,000 in
value to the Nicaraguan people, which
was among the top three donations
that our affiliate service organization,
Panorama Service Expeditions, has ever
received,” says Wiesner.
Gionet adds, “Here in the United
States, doctors have almost unlimited
access to supplies to treat their patients
with. But at the free clinics, the doctors
and nurses must be creative in order to
care for their patients. They do not have
a lot of supplies at the clinic and they do
not have access to any more.”
Wiesner recalls that, in his first visit to
Nicaragua in January of 2015, he saw only
one child-sized blood-pressure cuff in the
entire region of clinics – just one cuff for
thousands of patients. On this return visit
to the Central American nation, the St.
Norbert team worked with local doctors
in rural clinics to provide much-needed
physician support. Daily duties included
taking vitals, dispensing medications,
vaccinating, fetching supplies – even
holding flashlights at the proper angle for
pop-up dental clinics.
St. Norbert College will continue to
send students to Nicaragua through an
International Medical TRIPs initiative
developed by the Sturzl Center. And with
a recent partnership between the college,
the Nicaragua Compact and Panorama
Service Expeditions, St. Norbert will
continue to make an ongoing impact in
the San Jose de Cusmapa region.
“I’m already excited for my next trip,
whenever that may be,” says Lenka
Craigová ’17, a biology major in the
pre-med track. “I really miss the sense of
community that was around us. I feel that
our work is unfinished, but that each of
us has kindled an inner fire to serve and
connect with those around us, regardless
of language barriers and culture.”
The Rev. Nicholas Nirschl, O.Praem., ’51
The college mourns
the death of the Rev.
Nicholas Nirschl,
O.Praem., ’51, who
died Jan. 17 at the age
of 88. Nirschl served on
the faculties of both St.
Norbert High School and
St. Norbert College, and
later discovered his love
for the Hispanic culture
while on sabbatical in
New Mexico. He spent
17 years in Lima, Peru,
then returned to the
United States to serve
at the Norbertine abbey
of Santa Maria de la
Vid in Albuquerque,
N.M. He assisted
numerous parishes in the
archdiocese of Santa Fe,
and became a spiritual
director and confessor to
abbey visitors.
“Father Nick was a
gifted mathematician, a
dedicated missionary, a
hard-working pastor, but
most of all, he was a man
faithful to the Norbertine
way of life,” says the
Rt. Rev. Joel Garner,
O.Praem., ’62, who
lived with Nirschl while
serving on the faculty of
St. Norbert College and
then for 20 years at Santa
Maria de la Vid Abbey.
Lynn Griebling St. Norbert College says
a fond farewell to Lynn
Griebling, former vocal
music instructor, who
died Jan. 10 at the age
of 70. Griebling will be
remembered as a versatile
musician and a beloved
colleague. During her
time at St. Norbert, she
taught voice, directed the
Concert Choir and was the
founding director of the
opera theatre workshop.
Beyond campus, she was
an inspired performer,
a dedicated teacher,
and a fierce advocate
for economic justice
and prison reform.
Michael Rosewall
(Music) remembers, “Her
influence was broad, her
spirit generous – she will
be greatly missed. No
voice is so sweet as one
lifted in song.”
Suzanne Gross Reed The collaboration between
two artists, poet Suzanne
Gross Reed and her
husband, musician/
pianist Paul Reed,
ended in this world with
Suzanne’s death Nov. 22
at the age of 85. While in
N E W S O F S T. N O R B E R T
N E W S O F S T. N O R B E R T
residence at St. Norbert
College 1963-67, Paul
and Suzanne performed
numerous recitals that
combined their two
passions: the spoken
word and music.
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the imagination
By Melanie Radzicki McManus ’83
Left to right, Robert
Boyer, Ken Zahorski
and John Pennington ’80
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oincidentally, the requests came
simultaneously. In the late 1960s
and early 1970s, a cluster of students
periodically crowded into the office
of Robert Boyer (English, Emeritus) to see
if he’d teach a class on fantasy literature.
During the same period, another handful of
students was lobbying Ken Zahorski (English,
Emeritus) to create a class on science-fiction
literature. The requests caught both men by
surprise. Back then, fantasy and science fiction
were considered lesser genres by the world of
academia. Not fit for serious study. A bit silly,
even. But whenever students are enthusiastic
about a subject, that’s quite exciting for a
professor. So the two were intrigued.
Colleagues but also friends, their offices
right next to one another, the men eventually
discovered that students were asking each
of them to create a new class. A new class
that was related to the other. The more they
noodled over the development, the more
they thought it would be fun (and interesting
and educational) if they team-taught one
class covering both genres. Back in the 1970s,
team-teaching at the college level was a
novel concept. But it was also a time of great
academic experimentation. When the duo
approached the St. Norbert administration
with the idea, they were elated to get the
green light.
During the period from conception to
offering, Boyer and Zahorski were hard at
work. There was virtually no other college or
university teaching such a class, so the men had
to start from scratch. They began researching
and studying a variety of books within the
two genres to assemble a quality selection for
students to read and study – probably about
eight would be good, they thought. J.R.R.
Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” was a given, as was “The
Last Unicorn” by Peter S. Beagle, but what else?
Perhaps “The Time Machine” by H. G. Wells,
or maybe his famous “The War of the Worlds.”
Or possibly Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New
World.” The men also discussed how, exactly,
to conduct their team-teaching. They’d heard
some instructors divided a course, with one
teaching the first half and the other the second.
But they didn’t like that idea. No, they wanted
to be in the classroom together. To interact
with one another, to create a dynamic learning
When St. Norbert’s inaugural Science
Fiction & Fantasy class finally debuted in
the 1972-73 academic year, it was a hit.
Students loved the topics, both of which were
undergoing a groundswell of interest at the
time, in large part due to the popularity of “The
Hobbit.” They also gravitated toward the two
professors’ congenial and comic interactions
with one another. Many students knew Boyer
was a fan of Chaucer, while Zahorski favored
Shakespeare. So whichever instructor held the
floor would always try to work in a disparaging
remark about the other’s favorite author.
“The students would just wait for those lines,”
chuckles Zahorski.
But there were some raised eyebrows among
their peers about teaching such a “low-brow”
topic. “I never experienced any derision or
ridicule directly,” says Boyer. “But second-hand,
yeah. It was out there.”
During the next few years, as the pair
became pioneers in helping bring academic
respectability to the two genres, they began
publishing fantasy literature anthologies, as
there were none around at the time for use
in the classroom. One student who helped
them with three of their anthologies was John
Pennington ’80, now himself a member of
the English faculty. Interestingly, Pennington
himself never took the Boyer/Zahorski class.
But, some 15 years later, he would become the
course’s instructor when Boyer and Zahorski
The two instructors look back with fondness
and pride on the 29 years they team-taught
Science Fiction & Fantasy. And who wouldn’t?
It was one of the longest team-teaching tenures
on record. Each instructor taught some 1,000
students alongside a cherished friend and
When Bob Boyer and Ken
Zahorski began teaching
fantasy and science fiction
in the 1970s, there was no
clear definition for either
genre. So they came up
with their own explanation,
dubbing it “clarification
through juxtaposition.”
“We thought that was
such a clever phrase at
the time,” laughs Zahorski.
Today there’s still an active
debate over how to define
fantasy and science fiction.
And the Boyer/Zahorski
categorizations, summarized
below, remain popular.
Both fantasy and science
fiction are speculative
genres, dealing with future or
“other” worlds. Here’s where
they differ.
Fantasy: Often offers no
explanation for its world; its
world is a given. Or explains
its world via magic or the
supernatural. Examples
include fairy tales and myths
(“high fantasy”) and gothic
and satiric pieces (“low
Science fiction: More
practical and relevant stories
than fantasy; explains using
plausible or seemingly
plausible science or pseudoscience, based in the future.
More likely to examine
larger good-vs.-evil issues.
Typically more pessimistic
than fantasy. Focal points
are often space and time
voyages, future predictions,
remarkable inventions, social
science fiction, inner space
exploration, and ultimate
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The two instructors look back with fondness and pride on the 29 years they team-taught Science
Fiction & Fantasy. And who wouldn’t? It was one of the longest team-teaching tenures on record.
Each instructor taught some 1,000 students alongside a cherished friend and esteemed colleague.
esteemed colleague. (“As Ken is fond to say,
we never had a major disagreement,” says
Boyer. “We just had a lot of fun.”) By doing
such trendsetting work, they both were able to
interact with famous writers – Boyer met J.R.R.
Tolkien, Zahorski spent time with Peter Beagle.
They ended up publishing six anthologies of
fantasy literature, one anthology containing
critical essays on fantasy literature and two
book-length reference works on fantasy
authors. And they were instrumental in helping
the science fiction and fantasy genres gain
more academic credibility.
Their experience was also beneficial to their
professional development. “We learned from
one another,” says Zahorski. “We’d talk on a
nearly daily basis about how we’d tackle certain
things. We met to determine every grade
in every course. We critiqued each other’s
writings. We discussed pedagogical techniques.
What a perfect way to become better teachers
and scholars. We were blessed.”
After both men retired, there was a one-year
gap (2005-06) when the course was not offered.
Then Pennington stepped in: a development
Boyer says was exceptional. “[Having the class
move] into the new generation is maybe the
most significant dimension of the experience,”
he says.
While Pennington’s roots in the program
stretch back nearly as far as Boyer’s and
Zahorski’s, he’s since made the program his
own, introducing some new authors popular
in the 21st century and taking a fresh look
at the two genres, which have undergone
explosive growth over the past 43 years. (Do
J.K. Rowling, “The Hunger Games” and “Game
of Thrones” ring a bell?) Of course, growth isn’t
always good, Pennington reminds. “The canon
has been exploded. There’s a lot of bad science
fiction and fantasy out there now, because it’s
such a big industry.”
Still, it’s hard not to get excited at the
overall advancement in the two genres. In
2014, the National Book Foundation honored
science fiction and fantasy writer Ursula Le
Guin by bestowing upon her its Medal for
Distinguished Contribution to American
Letters, which recognizes individuals who
have made an exceptional impact on America’s
literary heritage. It was the first time sciencefiction and fantasy literature has been thus
acknowledged. And it may be thanks, at least
in part, to the innovative work begun in 1972
by St. Norbert’s own Bob Boyer and Ken
Bob Boyer, John
Pennington and Ken
Zahorski think alike when
it comes to rating books.
All three say their favorite
science-fiction and fantasy
titles vary by the day.
However, if pressed to
name names, all three
declare “The Hobbit” tops
for fantasy. Here are their
sci-fi picks.
George MacDonald
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with the George MacDonald Society,
he was asked in 2006 to edit North
Wind, a peer-reviewed journal (he
accepted), and also if St. Norbert
would agree to archive the journals
(SNC did). Today the influential
publication has a new design and
cover – the latter courtesy of Brian
Pirman (Art) – and all of the issues are
digitized at www.snc.edu/northwind.
The journal will be among the first
content uploaded to St. Norbert’s new
digital commons, planned for launch
later this year.
Even though the 50-strong crew in Ruth’s Marketplace has
served up its typical daily quota of 2,200-plus breakfasts, lunches
and dinners, Dining Services now sends less than a full garbage
bag to the landfill after each meal served. New processes in
planning, food prep, serving and clean-up are helping the team
boost quality, cut costs, and show due respect to the planet and
its food supply.
Food management issues are, appropriately, matters of moral
and environmental concern. Predictions are that 1 in 7 people
in the U.S. will visit a food bank at some time in their lives; it’s
a tragic statistic that puts a human face on a problem for which
all of us must bear some responsibility. And needless food
waste is also of significant economic concern to institutions like
St. Norbert College, where annual food bills run close to $1.5
million. Dining Services staff have a zero-waste goal in their
sights: Read on for more on how they are getting close.
Boyer: “Brave New
World,” “Fahrenheit 451,”
“The Time Machine”
Pennington: “A Canticle
for Leibowitz”
Zahorski: “Brave New
World,” “Fahrenheit 451,”
“I, Robot”
North Wind
Just as Boyer and Zahorski influenced
Pennington’s studies and career
through their fantasy anthologies,
Pennington is now able to offer
students a similar opportunity through
his editorship of North Wind: A Journal
of George MacDonald Studies.
MacDonald was a Victorian-era author
and poet (and Christian minister) and
a mentor of Lewis Carroll. Considered
a pioneer in fantasy literature, he is the
subject of several of Pennington’s own
scholarly publications.
Through Pennington’s connections
Once dinner is done, the counters wiped down and clean dishes
put away, it’s time to take out the trash. For the college’s kitchen
staff, that means a short trip to the compactor and a remarkably
light load.
Gretchen Panzer ’12 worked with
Pennington on the journal for three of
her undergraduate years. She went on
to graduate school and now is hoping
to snag a job in academic publishing,
thanks to her North Wind experience.
Panzer says one of the most intriguing
aspects about the study of science
fiction and fantasy is seeing what
societies the authors decide to create,
the issues they decide to grapple with
and how that can help us understand
our own world and what could be.
After serving
meals in a typical day, the
resulting waste bound for the
landfill fits easily into just a
few trash bags.
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A lean, green
food service
The moral imperative
In the United States, some 40 percent of the available food supply goes
uneaten, according to a recent study from the Natural Resources Defense
Council (NRDC). This food wasted is the equivalent of depriving every
person in the country of more than 20 lbs of palatable food every month.
Most of that food waste is destined to end up in landfills.
The estimated retail value of this food loss is $165 billion each year.
But nutrition is also lost in the mix, says the NRDC report. Food saved
by reducing losses by just 15 percent could feed more than 25 million
Americans every year, at a time when 1 in 6 Americans lacks a secure
supply of food to their tables. “Given all the resources demanded for food
production,” the report reads, “it is critical to make sure that the least
amount possible is needlessly squandered on its journey to our plates.”
Planning and ordering
Last resort disposal
What you don’t order, you don’t need
to dispose of; the most effective way
to minimize waste is by addressing
over-consumption first. Dining
Services takes care of business
The waste-not want-not mentality that
prevails in Dining Services rewards
good-housekeeping practices like:
Forecasting based on usage
Reviewing recipes for
components already on hand.
Careful menu-planning.
Ordering ahead for optimum
Systematic storage of unused
meal components, like sauces
and garnishes.
Close trimming of produce.
Saving trimmings for flavorful
broths and stocks.
Mindful sorting and disposing of
inedible scraps.
Menu-planning that meets strict
guidelines but also allows chefs
creative flexibility.
Use of on-hand ingredients first.
in its place
Reduction of pre-consumer
food waste in academic year
Recover energy/nutrients
As food is sliced,
diced and readied
for serving, waste
scraps are weighed
and sorted into
color-coded bins. The
contents are variously
headed to a local
farm (for animal feed),
the compost bin or a
biodigester (where it is
turned into biofuel).
Every week is a fresh challenge as
staff maintain their commitment to
quality. At the same time, good data
tracks just how much they’re saving
At day’s end, someone has to take
out the garbage. In the St. Norbert
kitchens, that means:
Use of on-hand ingredients first.
“Just-in-time” assembly of dishes
from prepared components.
Continuing communication
from the dining room staff to
the kitchens about the day’s
consumption patterns.
Menu forecasting that allows for
savvy purchasing.
Feeding people
Prepared food that
doesn’t get used is
donated to a local
food pantry and is
used to feed the
small army
of volunteers
who work there.
Because the food
is prepared and
perishable, it cannot
be distributed as
pantry inventory.
Disposal of less than one
garbage bagful per meal.
Sending little more than plastic
wrap, gloves and hairnets to the
Considerable savings in the
budget for garbage bags.
Plenty of animal feed and
compostable material ready for
Deserved pride on the part of all
those involved.
When food is
delivered, and as
packaged products
are put into use,
items like cardboard
cartons, cans and
plastic containers
are sorted and
recycled. It all helps
limit the amount of
material that goes to
the landfill.
Turn organic waste into biogas
or compost
Feed animals
Donate scraps for feed
Cooking and consuming
Fresh Foods
The food recovery hierarchy
Meal preparation
Feed hungry people
Donate surplus food to
food banks, shelters and
soup kitchens
Feed local farm animals
Compost for the community garden
Biofuel for UW Oshkosh
Farmer Ray’s animals – cows, pigs, chickens –
are the beneficiaries of carefully sorted leavings
from the St. Norbert kitchens. On behalf of his
stock, the local farmer values the nutritional
quality and variety of the deliveries he collects
for them twice weekly.
St. Norbert’s own student-run garden on Fourth
Street is fertilized with vegetable waste from the
kitchens. The garden returns the favor when it
shares its harvest with Ruth’s Marketplace.
The first anaerobic dry-fermentation
biodigester in the western hemisphere was built
at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. Food
waste from St. Norbert contributes to the plant,
which produces enough electricity to supply 10
percent of the university’s needs.
Food waste at St. Norbert was reduced by 44
percent in the first year of the waste-reduction
initiative, saving $1,000 or more in compactor
and landfill fees. The college’s trash compactor,
which once needed emptying every four weeks,
has not been emptied since October.
volume of food
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Clean plate club
hen Mary Jo Morris (Dining
Services) got a bee in her
bonnet about implementing
a new system that could potentially
eliminate food lost to the landfill, that bee
kept buzzing and buzzing. Right up until
the point when she left her boss’s office
with a “yes” in her hand.
Ruth Johnson (Auxiliary Services)
oversees food service at the college,
and she had just okayed her director’s
proposal. “How are you going to pay for
it,” she’d asked Morris. And Morris had
said, “from the food dollars we will save by
eliminating waste.”
And now, leaving Johnson’s office, she
swallowed hard and almost backtracked.
“Will we really be able to do it?” she
The cost wasn’t the only hurdle
between Morris and her ultimate goal:
zero food-waste. In the food industry,
that is generally taken to mean less than
10 percent waste sent to the landfill. She
still had to present the concept to her
kitchen, dining and dish-room staffs. And
for that step, Morris chose not to start
with the budget issue, or the waste issue,
or the extra steps entailed in the system
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she was proposing. She started, instead,
with a screening for the staff of “Trashed,”
the award-winning environmental
documentary presented by Jeremy Irons.
It wasn’t hard to get engagement from
the team, says Morris: “They take out
the garbage.” Managers had already been
hearing concerns from their own staff
– many of them leisure-time gardeners,
composters, shoppers and family cooks,
after all – about the amount of food
The new system meant embracing
change in big and small ways, from
trimming vegetables closer for vegetable
broth to building the sorting and weighing
of food-waste into habitual patterns. A
key component was the introduction of
the LeanPath system for monitoring food
losses in commercial operations
and providing analytics.
The cost wasn’t the only
hurdle between Morris and
her ultimate goal: zero
food waste.
“Anything you measure, you can
affect,” says Morris. “But you have to start
When management launches an
initiative, skepticism usually follows. But
according to purchaser Cheryl Smits, “the
comfort zone was probably set when M.J.
said, I don’t care how much we waste at
this point in time. We just need to know.”
The LeanPath system could give them the
detailed, timely information they would
need to begin their campaign.
When it comes to implementing
change, says Morris, you’ve got to take
time. “LeanPath was wonderful at giving
us the answer which was, go slowly. Don’t
be punitive. You have to reward people for
using the system you introduced.
“We put together presentations; a
PowerPoint that spoke about waste. We
played the ‘Trashed’ video. We showed
them why we should do this; how
important this is to the environment.
Everybody can buy into that. We brought
in a trainer for the whole day.
“I didn’t want the managers to drop
too much until they had taken the pulse
of the staff. I certainly didn’t want anyone
saying, ‘I don’t know why we’re doing
this. But M.J. wants it … .’ It comes down
to knowing your audience, selling your
initiative up front and taking baby steps
along the way.”
Chef Dan Froelich was one of the
management team that visited other
schools using the system. “We went to
Michigan Tech and were really impressed.
But at one other institution, we met an
employee who said, ‘Yeah, we have the
system. It just sits on the counter.’ They
didn’t do the upfront work we did with
LeanPath to prepare everybody.”
Now, at St. Norbert, it’s intuitive at
every level. As Morris says, “It’s just the
way we work.”
Froelich says, one of the first fears
people had was, “Am I going to have time
to do this?” The system requires weighing
each container of discarded foodstuff
and entering it on a computerized scale,
with the average transaction taking 5-10
seconds. “We really kept talking about
that, and that eased their mind a little bit.
But when they were able to be trained by
one of LeanPath’s people and saw how easy
it was … well, now it’s second nature.”
For Froelich, the biggest benefit of the
system is the immediacy of it. Before,
staff would report food losses in writing
and he might not look at the report for
weeks. “Now I see the visual. Let’s say
we threw out four pans of grilled-cheese
sandwiches. Why have I got four pans of
grilled cheese left? I go back and find out
what happened.”
The analytics were a key factor. Morris
says, “We look, we rationalize what
happened, we go back to the team: ‘This is
what the data’s showing us; what ideas do
you have?’ ”
To minimize loss, the crews first pay
attention to purchasing and preparation.
Through batch-cooking and just-in-time
preparation, they have the flexibility to
respond to shifting demand.
Froelich says the dining-room staff
has become very good at comparing the
projection for lunch with the foot-traffic
and sending word back when it’s time
to make some more of an unexpectedly
popular dish. In the kitchen, the pieces
and parts of a chicken casserole have been
prepared separately for assembly just
before serving. Any unused chicken can be
frozen for use in another dish; sauce can
also be frozen; and the fresh vegetables
can be used the next day. “Next time that
recipe comes around on the menu,” says
Smits, “we can start with what’s on hand.”
Before food waste was so clearly on
the radar of every member of the staff,
says Morris, when there were 20 lbs. of
casserole left and no menu to slide it into,
it went in the garbage. It just wasn’t on the
“We’re not going to let our quality
suffer,” says Froelich. “And the rule of
thumb is that we don’t run out,” adds
Smits: “The student who arrives for lunch
at 1:55 p.m. is paying for the same service
as the student who came in at 11 a.m.”
Under the new system, different chef
supervisors are responsible for wellorganized coolers in which staff can find
that freshly made vegetable broth and
other delicious beginnings of upcoming
menus. Smits has masterminded this
effort – the sophisticated commercial
equivalent of standing in front of the open
refrigerator at home, wondering what to
make for supper. As Morris says, “Now we
use it; then we threw it.”
It needs a chef’s eye to see what can
and cannot be used, Smits says. Theirs
is a dynamic menu that has to follow
standardized recipes and procedures. But
it’s one that still leaves the chefs a lot of
The new system wasn’t adopted without
a few surprises. Staff found they were
ordering fewer garbage bags, for instance,
but needing more pans for prepped food;
even a new cooler went onto the shopping
Froelich says, “I’m really proud of how
much waste we have eliminated. We’ve
been going from 2,700 lbs. a week to 1,200
lbs. to 1,100 lbs. ... A lot of that has come
through menu forecasting. We have a fourweek cycle that runs four times through
the semester. Once you see what the
students are eating, and how much they’re
eating, you can start reducing quantities
accordingly. LeanPath helps with that,
also. But there are just so many new ways
people are thinking now, compared with
Smile, please.
You’re on
At the heart of the LeanPath 360 food
waste prevention system is a camera and
a scale. All food waste is weighed and
photographed before it is disposed of,
capturing data for the week’s analytics
and a visual that chefs can use in training
for the coming week and beyond on the
way to the stated goal: zero waste, or as
close to it as possible.
Bolster the system with impactful
practices that include careful ordering;
“just-in-time” menu and food-prep
practices that make use of all usable
foodstuffs for the most flavorful, healthful
and freshest possible service; thoughtful
allocation of leftovers; and a quick and
easy sort-as-you-go system of refuse
disposal. At the end of the day, it all
leads to nothing less – and nothing
more! – than a couple of garbage bags
containing not much beyond plastic
wrap, hairnets and a few rubber gloves.
“We don’t want to weigh anything that is
going to be repurposed,” says Mary Jo
Morris. “Because that’s not waste.”
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By Paul Nicolaus ’05
Crossroads: Where Catholics
and Politics Intersect
ore than half a century ago, John Fitzgerald
Kennedy became the first – and so far the
only – Catholic president in American
history. This landmark election didn’t just welcome in
the first Catholic president, says Larry McAndrews
(History, Emeritus). It introduced a whole new era of
From JFK’s historic 1961 speech that challenged
NASA and the nation to put a man on the moon
to Vice President Joe Biden’s more recent call for a
“moon shot” to cure cancer, Catholic leaders have
played a vital role in inspiring our country to break
through boundaries and achieve the seemingly
“American Catholics opened the door to the White
House in 1960,” McAndrews writes in his latest book,
“What They Wished For: American Catholics and
American Presidents, 1960-2004”(2014). He adds,
“In the face of constitutional challenges, political
objections, religious resentments, internal squabbles
and a whole lot of history, they have kept it wide open
ever since.”
Today nearly one-third of Congress members, twothirds of Supreme Court justices and almost one-half
of the candidates in the early running to become our
nation’s next president identify as Catholic. Not bad
for a religious denomination that was once on the
fringes of our nation’s political scene.
Two JFKs and an untold story
Despite differences in race, class, gender and party,
McAndrews argues, Catholics have experienced a
growing acceptance in national politics and have
influenced modern presidents in a profound way. In
fact, Catholic voters have gained so much relevance
and influence, he contends, that a majority of them
actually voted against one of their own in the 2004
election that pitted John Kerry against George
W. Bush.
“Both Kennedy and Kerry were Catholic
Democratic senators from Massachusetts,”
McAndrews notes. “Kerry was the first Catholic
major-party presidential nominee since Kennedy.
Yet Kennedy’s success in overcoming considerable
anti-Catholicism in 1960 helped assure that Kerry’s
religion would not be a factor in 2004.”
While virtually every American voter knew that
Kennedy was Catholic and many voted for or against
him solely because of his faith, McAndrews adds,
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most Catholics did not know that Kerry was one of
them. The overwhelming majority of Catholics voted
for Kennedy regardless of their politics, whereas
most Catholics voted against Kerry regardless of their
“In a little over four decades, most American
Catholics had gone from celebrating to repudiating
one of their own,” he writes, “authoring a story that
historians have yet to tell.” As an American Catholic
who has taught United States history, McAndrews has
long been fascinated by the relationships between his
church and his government, and with the two JFKs
serving as the genesis of his book project he set out
to answer what happened between 1960 and 2004 to
cause such a dramatic shift.
Revelatory research
“What They Wished For” proceeds chronologically
through nine chapters, one for each president, with
each broken down into three major issues – issues
that, themselves, lie at the heart of Catholic social
teaching. They are war and peace; social justice;
and life and death. The research that informs his
examination is unmistakable – more than 100 pages
of footnotes point to various sources that include
government files, White House memos, archives
of presidential libraries and various archdioceses to
name a handful.
And that in-depth research process proved both
surprising and enlightening. Based on his previous
research, McAndrews had concluded that American
Catholics, and especially their bishops, had not
been all that successful in terms of influencing their
government. For example, the bishops’ long quest for
various forms of federal aid to Catholic elementary
and secondary schools has largely been in vain.
“Archbishop Francis Hurley of Anchorage, Alaska,
once jokingly told me that the motto of his fellow
bishops was ‘Let us not test our political muscle,
because it isn’t there,’” McAndrews recalls. “So when
I wrote the proposal for this book I titled it ‘What
They Wished For,’ as in ‘be careful what you wish
for,’ half-expecting that it would be another story of
By the time McAndrews finished writing, however,
he had discovered that, while the bishops and their
followers had their share of setbacks on issues such as
abortion and the Iraq wars, they also experienced a
fair amount of successes ranging from civil rights
“Both Kennedy
and Kerry were
Catholic Democratic
senators from
Kerry was the first
Catholic majorparty presidential
nominee since
Kennedy. Yet
Kennedy’s success
in overcoming
considerable antiCatholicism in 1960
helped assure that
Kerry’s religion
would not be a
factor in 2004.”
A Washington,
D.C., internship put Katelyn
Van Buskirk
’17 in the middle
of the action as
CNN prepared to
cover December’s
Republican debate
in Las Vegas.
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to faith-based government programs. And take a look at the
Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner as an example of
an important tradition in American politics, says Scott Wilson
’91, a Green Bay area attorney who studied political science and
government at St. Norbert College.
Organized and held in honor of former New York Governor
Al Smith, the very first Catholic presidential candidate, this
charity dinner run by the Archdiocese of New York brings U.S.
presidential candidates together every four years for a night filled
with self-deprecating humor. It’s a refreshing break from politics
as usual, and it occurs at a crucial moment, often serving as the
final time the candidates share a stage before the election itself.
Catholic complexity
A prominent voice
While McAndrews says he encourages readers to draw their
own conclusions from his book, one lesson it does seem to offer
is that, although the separation of church and state is sacred
in the United States, so, too, is freedom of religion. “Every
president has to strike a balance between these two pillars of the
First Amendment,” he notes, “and since about one of every four
Americans is Catholic, a president cannot afford to overlook the
interests of their church.”
And although no one can predict with certainty who will be
elected in 2016, it is clear, McAndrews adds, that he or she will
have to listen to the Catholic voice.
Election Years on Campus
The St. Norbert College political science faculty
is immersed in research that ranges from the
public’s preference and perception of the
selection of judges to the political process in
developing nations.
Political Parties & Elections (POLI 332) is a
course that examines the role of political parties
and elections at the state and national levels in
the U.S. It focuses on elections as a mechanism
that links the citizens and the institutions of
government in a democracy.
The Great Decisions series addresses world
topics of our time with an eye on international
economic, political and social subjects that are
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both current and provocative. This program of
the Foreign Policy Association runs every spring
semester. St. Norbert is one of only two schools
in Wisconsin to offer the full series.
Over the years many presidential and
other candidates have asked to book St.
Norbert College facilities for stops on their
campaign trails, and have been generously
accommodated. Such opportunities have
provided our students with extraordinary frontrow seats to the hustings.
Students have the opportunity to get involved
and promote political awareness on campus
through involvement in organizations such as
the College Republicans or College Democrats.
The St. Norbert College Strategic Research
Institute has formed a partnership with
Wisconsin Public Radio to conduct The
Wisconsin Survey, a biannual statewide survey
on political issues.
The Norman Miller Center for Peace, Justice &
Public Understanding is available to assist with
voter registration at regular, published hours.
Students can also register at the polling site.
Students can vote just a couple of blocks away
from campus at the De Pere Community Center,
and Miller Center interns typically offer a shuttle
service to facilitate voting.
O F S T. N O R B E R T C O L L E G E
Connections feed alumni-led gatherings
here’s a special kinship that exists among
St. Norbert alumni, even if they’re from
different generations, professions or regions.
Those eager to connect with each other are finding it
simpler than ever with alumni office support to make
memories at events they create themselves.
Nate Bond ’07 has organized two major alumni
reunion events on campus. Last winter, more than
100 guests attended a 20-year anniversary celebration
for the Delta Upsilon fraternity, with campus tours,
a dinner dance, and special honors for longtime
fraternity advisor Stephen Westergan (Humanities).
“You get to see friends you might not necessarily see
all the time, especially if they live out of state,” says
Bond. “The camaraderie you get from having that
alum base is something really special.”
Bond used a similar formula to plan a Knight
Theatre reunion, working with advisor Michael
Rosewall (Academic Affairs) and other alumni.
After a dinner in Michels Ballroom, they met
with the cast backstage then watched the Knight
Theatre production of “Young Frankenstein.” “Seeing
these kids’ eyes when we all walked in before the
performance was a really neat experience,” says Bond.
Another such event brings together fraternity
brothers from Sigma Nu Chi/Sigma Tau Gamma on
June 25, when they’ll celebrate the 90th birthday of
the fraternity’s former advisor, the Rev. Rowland
DePeaux, O.Praem. ’48. They expect a big turnout
after the revered priest’s 85th birthday party drew
about 150 fraternity members and other alumni to
“He has guided us through our years at SNC,
married dozens of us and baptized dozens of
our children,” says Bill Van Ess ’85 (Business
Administration), who is working with the alumni
office to plan the June celebration. “He has been a
blessing to everyone that has had the opportunity to
know him.” This time around, DePeaux is involved in
planning the event, which will include a pianist. “It
would not be a true Father DePeaux party if he didn’t
break out in a song or three!” says Van Ess.
For another upcoming gathering, high-school
English teacher Kathleen Harsy ’03 worked
with former classmates Becky Radoszewski ’02,
Lauren Pisano ’03 and Bridget Jordan ’03 to start
a Women’s Education League event series in the
Chicago area. The women are now planning a St.
Norbert College edition of the event – a luncheon
on campus the last weekend of April. “Our first steps
as educators began in De Pere,” says Harsy. “We
want to contribute to our alma mater’s campus life
and reconnect with the location where our love and
professionalism regarding education started.”
St. Norbert alumni who studied abroad in Peru in
the 1970s reunited last June; John Koprowski ’61
coordinates regular on-campus breakfast gatherings
with SNC professors and priests as guest speakers.
The list of reunions and other alumni-driven events
continues to grow.
After the official
events of last year’s
successful Delta
Upsilon anniversary
party were finished,
some of the guests
weren’t quite ready
to say goodbye,
says Nate Bond,
who majored in
psychology and
philosophy. Many of
the frat brothers had
gathered for pizza
the previous night,
then commenced a
busy day of campus
tours and the formal
dinner dance. Still,
late in the evening
they had energy left
to relive a tradition
from their college
“We had a great
time … and we
eventually made it
out to Baba Louie’s,”
says Bond. The
dance floor of the
De Pere nightclub,
affectionately known
as “Baba’s,” has
been a hot spot
for students for
decades. “The
night’s not complete
until you’ve been to
Baba’s!” says Bond.
A L U M N I O F S T. N O R B E R T
In the midst of a presidential election year, McAndrews’ book
is, perhaps, particularly intriguing to consider. While he is wary
of peering into or attempting to predict the future, pointing to the
words of his colleague Wayne Patterson (History), who says that
“historians predict the past,” he does note that if, recent history
serves as a guide, Catholics will likely serve as “swing” voters who
could play a crucial role in deciding the election. After all, every
candidate since 1972 who has gone on to win the “Catholic vote”
has won the popular vote as well.
That Catholic electorate is intricate, however, as voters have
been closely divided between the two major parties in recent
presidential elections. Dig a little deeper and there are some
interesting developments taking place within that Catholic voting
bloc at large, according to Ivy Cargile (Political Science), whose
research hones in on the political behavior of racial and ethnic
communities, and the Latino electorate in particular.
A growing population of Latino voters – a significant
proportion of whom identify as Catholic – is impacting this
electorate. “We have seen a consistent increase in the number of
Latino eligible voters since 2004,” says Cargile, and according to
the U.S. Census Bureau, a total of 800,000 Latinos turn 18 each
year. That’s an average of one every 30 seconds, or more than
66,000 individuals per month. In the 2016 presidential race, it is
estimated that the Latino electorate is going to make up more
than 10 percent of the electorate at large.
“I think the 2016 presidential and any presidential [election]
from here on out is going to be influenced by the Latino
electorate,” she adds. “The key here is if the campaigns are able to
get them mobilized.” Traditionally a Democratic cohort, one of
the fascinating characteristics of this group is that it is made up of
sophisticated voters who cannot easily be pigeonholed.
Although a significant proportion of Hispanics do identify as
Catholic, for example, it’s a misconception that Latinos take their
religion into the voting booth, Cargile adds. Their faith matters,
but so do the big issues that could impact their own lives and the
lives of their children – the economy, health care, education and
immigration, for example.
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Noted / Alumni Lives
1996 Doreen
(Mitchell) and Clint
Drescher, Manitowoc,
Wis., a son, Austin
Joseph, Sept. 25, 2015.
Austin joins brother
Mitchell, 8.
1998 Christine
(Daniels) and John
MacCarthy, Wausau,
Wis., a son, Raymond
Gabriel, Feb. 3, 2015.
He joins sisters Morgan,
22, Fiona, 9, Elizabeth,
8, and Enya, 6.
Terra Dirschl ’14 and Lydia (Van
Schyndel) Davison ’14 became friends when
they served at Freedom House together during
an Into the Streets event their first week at St.
Norbert. Little did they know that the experience
would foreshadow their future careers.
Today, Dirschl and Davison, along with
Kendra (Wauters) Ohlinger ’14, work
at Freedom House in Green Bay. Davison
explains, “Kendra completed an internship for
Freedom House during her senior year and
was hired to staff shortly after graduation. I
continued my relationship as a volunteer at
Freedom House after Into the Streets and
was made aware of the volunteer coordinator
position [this past March] because of my
volunteer involvement. A month or so later, the
case manager position opened and I thought
that Terra would be a great fit, so I sent her
the job description and she went through the
interview process from there!”
During their sophomore and junior years,
Dirschl and Davison were roommates, and
knew Ohlinger also; they’ve all become even
better friends since working together. “Our
offices are all down the same hallway at
Freedom House so we work very closely – it’s
been a blessing!”
Do you share a work environment with
other SNC folks? Please do let us know!
Send us a note at snc.edu/alumni/
2002 Tamara
(Tranowski) and Jeff
Cook, Brookfield, Wis.,
a son, Malcolm Thomas,
April 29, 2015. Malcolm
joins brother Carter, 7.
2002 Amanda (Holtz)
and Charles Bork ’99,
Boston, a son, Theodore
Patrick, July 5, 2015.
2002 Kara (Owens)
and Charlie Leiterman
’98, De Pere, a daughter,
Mary, Aug. 18, 2015.
2005 Ashley
(DeGuelle) and Adam
Groskreutz ’06, Green
Bay, a daughter, Morgan
Elizabeth, Dec. 26, 2014.
2005 Brianne
and Joshua Holmstadt,
St. Michael, Minn.,
a daughter, Scarlett
Josephine, Jan. 27,
2015. Scarlett joins sister
Olivia, 3.
2005 Jill YashinskyWortman and Roy
Wortman, Spokane,
Wash., a daughter, Elin,
July 17, 2015. Elin joins
brother Jack, 3.
2006 Andrea (Lee)
and Phillip Schultz
’06, Green Bay, a son,
Cedric, May 27, 2015.
2007 Lindsay
(Draeger) and Ted
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2007 Aaryn (Miller)
and Corey Faust, Kiel,
Wis., twin daughters,
Kennadi Jo and Eleanor
Anne, July 1, 2015. They
join brother Grant, 4.
2007 Lauren (Page)
and Nicholas Hitt, New
Berlin, Wis., a son,
Finnegan, Aug. 23,
2015. Finnegan joins
brother Emerson, 2.
2008 Annie (Maher)
and Matt Gajewski
’07, Green Bay, a son,
Eli Matthew, April 8,
2015. Eli joins brother
Patrick, 3.
2008 Bethany
(Gutsch) and Jeremy
Hoffmann ’08, a son,
Oliver Timothy, Sept. 3,
2015. Oliver joins brother
Graham, 3.
2009 Evan and Keely
Marlow, Greenfield,
Wis., a son, Emmett,
April 26, 2015.
2011 Abbey
(Vorpagel) and Eric
Rosenquist, Janesville,
Wis., twin daughters,
Emilia Marie and Eloise
Kathleen, Sept. 4, 2015.
They join brother Levi.
2011 Elizabeth
(Bauer) and Alex Allie
’11, Manitowoc, Wis., a
daughter, Abigail Rose,
Sept. 21, 2015.
1985 Bruce Thomson
and Brandon LaurrellThomson, May 15, 2015.
They live in Orlando, Fla.
2001 Katie
(Mathesius) and Steve
Follett, Dec. 12, 2015.
They live in Elkhorn, Wis.
2003 Rebecca (Otte)
and Clinton Ford, Aug.
15, 2015. They live in
Madison, Wis.
2003 Lisa (LeGrave)
and Nick Schuh, Sept.
26, 2015. They live in
Green Bay.
2005 Eric and Nellie
DeJardine, June 21,
2014. They live in Green
2006 Justine
(Vanchena) and Shawn
Murphy, Aug. 17, 2014.
They live in Neenah, Wis.
2007 Jamie
(Baumhardt) and Ryan
Gueller, Sept. 4, 2015.
They live in Fond du
Lac, Wis.
2007 Jeff Herald and
Amanda Miller, Nov.
7, 2015. They live in
Pewaukee, Wis.
2008 Daniel Mahoney
and Danielle Patterson,
June 20, 2015. They live
in Chicago.
2008 Jennifer (Felber)
and Ed Weaver, Sept.
26, 2015. They live in
Norridge, Ill.
2010 Kristin (Brandt)
and Nathaniel Redig
’10, Sept. 19, 2015.
They live in West Bend,
2011 Molly (Moran)
and Andrew Harder,
Oct. 3, 2015. They live in
Appleton, Wis.
2011 Anna (Noreus)
and Erik Hoefner, Oct.
24, 2015. They live in
Green Bay.
2012 Alex (DuBois)
and Jake VandeHei,
Aug. 8, 2015. They live in
2014 Kendra
(Wauters) and Philip
Ohlinger ’14, Aug. 15,
2015. They live in Green
1948 Dominic
Santacroce, of
Wautoma, Wis., died
Aug. 12, 2015, at the
age of 88. Santacroce
served in the 82nd
Airborne Division during
World War II, after
which he worked in the
accounting department
for C Spark Plug/
Delco Electronics. He
is survived by his wife,
Alice, and five children.
1950 Patrick
Kennedy, of Green
Bay, died May 31,
2015, at the age of 91.
Kennedy served in the
U.S. Navy for three years
during World War II. He
became the director of
public health for the city
of Madison in 1980, and
later retired to Green
Bay. He is survived by
his wife, Geri, and three
1950 Frank
Nauschultz, of
Sheboygan, Wis., died
June 18, 2015, at the
age of 88. Nauschultz
served in the U.S.
armed forces and
later worked at the C.
Reiss Coal Company
in Sheboygan, Wis.,
retiring after 38 years –
the last 12 as president
of the company. He is
survived by his wife,
Arlynn, and five children.
1950 Roger Hermsen,
of Appleton, Wis., died
on Sept. 11, 2015, at the
age of 86. Hermsen was
the president and CEO
of Bayland Telephone
Company, started in
1909 by his father,
and was instrumental
in the formation of
regional wireless
provider Cellcom. He
is survived by his wife,
Mary Carmen, and three
1950 Gene Beno, of
Green Bay, died on
Sept. 25, 2015, at the
age of 87. Beno worked
as a letter carrier for
the U.S. Postal Service
before his promotion
to postmaster, enjoying
30 years of retirement
after his career-long
commitment. He is
survived by his wife,
Mary, and four children.
1951 Robert Seroogy,
of Milwaukee, died
Lifetime of
The extraordinary
engagement of Paul
Sinkler ’59 in the
life of his alma mater
drew to a close only
with his death Dec.
12, 2015, at the age of
78. Sinkler, of Green
Bay, taught in the
ROTC program and
hosted the Third Thursday Coffee, a monthly
gathering at the alumni house of his fellow
ROTC grads. He was instrumental in the
launching of both the professional continuing
education program and the CEO Breakfast
Series, and tutored ESL students for more
than 15 years. At times, Sinkler was known to
volunteer as many as 30 or 40 hours per week
on campus. Sinkler served in the U.S. Army
for 26 years, retiring as lieutenant colonel. He
is survived by his wife, Mary Ann, son Steven
Sinkler ’83, daughter Paula (Sadler) and
brother Gregory ’63.
Aug. 22, 2015, at the
age of 85. Seroogy
spent the majority
of his professional
career with the State of
Wisconsin Department
of Transportation after
studies at Marquette
University’s school
of engineering. He
is survived by his
wife, Lucille, and four
1951 James Powers,
of Neenah, Wis., died
Aug. 27, 2015, at the
age of 86. Powers
served in the U.S.
Army, stationed in
Korea (1952-53) for
part of his active duty.
He then worked in
employee relations at
Paper Company, retiring
in 1991. He is survived
by his wife, Mary, and
two sons.
1952 George
Greenwood, of
Kaukauna, Wis., died
July 29, 2015, at the
age of 85. Greenwood
served in the U.S.
Army, first stationed
in Korea, then later in
the Army Reserve and
National Guard. He
owned and operated
Greenwood Funeral
Home in Kaukauna,
Wis., and later worked
for Greenwood-Fargo
Funeral Homes until
his retirement. He
is survived by eight
1952 Richard
Cleereman, of Moraga,
Calif., died Aug. 17,
2015, at the age of
85. Cleereman had a
successful 30-plus-year
career in investment
banking in the San
Francisco area after his
service in the Korean
War. He is survived by
his wife, Sue, and two
1952 Richard
Romanski, of San
Ramon, Calif., died Nov.
9, 2015, at the age of 88.
The longtime equipment
manager to the Oakland
Raiders national football
team, Romanski spent
his whole professional
life working with the
game he loved. Joining
the Raiders in 1963,
he went five decades
with the franchise as
their first and head
equipment manager. He
finished out his career
with the Raiders working
part-time alongside his
son Bob. Romanski,
who was featured in
“The Sporting Life” in
the Fall 2010 issue of
this magazine, was
inducted into the St.
Norbert College Athletics
Hall of Fame in 1988
for football. He held a
special place in his heart
for the construction of
St. Norbert’s Schneider
Stadium, completed in
2010. He is survived by
four children.
1955 James Ritchay,
of Green Bay, died Aug.
19, 2015, at the age
of 82. He enjoyed a
successful career with
Fort Howard Steel, from
which he retired as vice
president and treasurer
after 35 years with the
company. Ritchay was
inducted into the St.
Norbert College Athletics
Hall of Fame for his
achievements both on
and off the basketball
court. He is survived
by his wife, Minnie, and
three sons.
1957 George O’Brien,
of Fountain Hills, Ariz.,
died on Sept. 27, 2015,
at the age of 81. O’Brien
received his Ph.D.
from the University of
Minnesota, spending
most of his subsequent
career as a professor of
German at the University
of Minnesota in Duluth.
His mystery novel
“Murder in Red Rock
Country” was published
during retirement and is
rooted in O’Brien’s love
for professional wrestling
and the mystery genre.
He is survived by his
wife, Alicia, and two
1959 Robert Barron,
of De Pere, died Aug.
30, 2015, at the age
of 81. A noted athlete,
Barron was drafted by
the Chicago Bears, but
turned down the offer so
he could teach history,
along with coaching
football and track and
field at West De Pere
High School. He is
survived by his wife,
Doris, and five children.
1960 Carole
Beerntsen, of Green
Bay, died June 1,
2015, at the age of 76.
Beerntsen made her
career as an elementary
school teacher. She
is survived by her
husband, Robert, and
four children.
1960 Francis “Joe”
Allard Jr., of Stillwater,
Minn., died July 2,
2015, at the age of 75.
Allard was an Army
reservist from 1956 to
1964, with 10 months
of active duty at Fort
Lewis, Wash. He went
on to make his career
as a chemical engineer
with 3M, retiring after 33
years. Joe is survived
by his wife, Carolyn, and
1960 Joseph Pranke,
of De Pere, died
Sept. 20, 2015, at the
age of 80. Pranke
dedicated his career to
teaching, beginning at
Lincoln High School in
Manitowoc, Wis., and
later at Lombardi Middle
School in Green Bay. He
is survived by his son,
Joe Jr.
1962 Delbert
Cornette, of Green Bay,
died June 21, 2015, at
the age of 77. Cornette
volunteered at the
Veterans Affairs clinic,
providing transportation,
and was an avid reader.
In later life, he went on
to complete a master’s
degree in metaphysical
theology and a
doctorate in ministry.
He is survived by his
wife, Jane, and seven
1963 David De Lain,
of Vancouver, Wash.,
died July 28, 2015, at
the age of 75. De Lain
was an accomplished
pianist who studied
at Cambridge and
Harvard Universities,
later completing his
masters in business at
Pepperdine University.
He worked as a
dispatcher for Schneider
Transportation and
later for Consolidated
Liz Sauter ’10
Is all at sea
Elizabeth Sauter ’10, is vocal captain
aboard the luxury liner, Queen Elizabeth.
She manages a small cast of singers on the
ship, which is embarked on a world voyage.
Leaving harbor After my master’s at
NYU, I performed in two national tours
and even at Carnegie Hall. The chance
arose to sing on board the Celebrity
Constellation, and then to join the cast of
a new show on the Queen Elizabeth. Lots
of hard work, time and effort goes
into auditioning, but when you get the call
saying you have the job, it’s very exciting!
Life at sea You’re living on a big floating
hotel. Your house pulls up to a new
country every day. Our crew comes from
more than 40 countries. I like to think of
this as my giant study-abroad experience.
Shipmates The whole cast lives on the
same corridor on the ship. We have a lot
of fun. It kind of reminds me of living in
Sensenbrenner, my freshman year!
Decked out It’s fun to get dressed up
in a gorgeous gown for your job. I wear
a gold sequin dress for my favorite song,
“My Heart Will Go On” from “Titanic.” It
might seem strange to be singing that on a
cruise ship but it works well in our show!
It was my father’s favorite song to hear me
sing, too, so it’s really nice that every night
I can sing it for him.
Souvenirs of the voyage I like to collect
musical instruments from around the
word. If there comes a day when I decide
not to perform, I know that I want to go
back into music education. I thought that,
with this unique collection, it would be
a really nice way to continue sharing my
experiences with a future generation.
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A L U M N I O F S T. N O R B E R T
Roommates, officemates
2000 Erin (Nitka) and
Andrew Kenth, Franklin,
Wis., a son, Kaden Lee,
Sept. 21, 2015. Kaden
joins sister Camille, 2.
Krueger, Sussex, Wis.,
a daughter, Dakota
Christine, March 27,
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Freightways in both
Sunnyvale, Calif., and
Portland, Ore., retiring
from the latter as vice
president of data service
telecommunications. He
is survived by his sister,
Kathleen, and brother,
1973 Jody Ann Priest,
of Combined Locks,
Wis., died Sept. 12,
2015, at the age of
62. Priest was an avid
camper and enjoyed
traveling throughout the
Midwest, experiencing
nature. She is survived
by two children, Christine
and Bill.
1984 Edmund Kalupa,
of Appleton, Wis., died
Oct. 1, 2015, at the age
of 53. Kalupa made a
successful career as a
business development
manager for Print-Pro
Inc. He is survived by
his wife, Lori, and two
1997 Christine
(Buerger) Sitter, of
Fond du Lac, Wis., died
June 8, 2015, at the
age of 40. Sitter was
a librarian at St. Mary
Springs High School,
as well as the coach for
the freshman volleyball
and forensics teams.
Christine is survived by
her husband, Dan ’97,
and two daughters.
2002 Elizabeth Dorn,
of Shawano, Wis.,
died Oct. 5, 2015, at
the age of 58. An avid
environmentalist, Dorn
was the director of Fallen
Timbers Environmental
Center for more than 25
years before pursuing
additional environmental
causes, including
Class Notes
1950 Leonard
Swidler was a featured
panelist at the Nostra
Aetate & the Future of
Interreligious Dialogue
conference at the
University of WisconsinMadison. Swidler
is the professor of
Catholic thought and
interreligious dialogue at
Temple University, and
founder and president of
the Dialogue Institute.
1955 Jim and Pat Van
Straten celebrated
their 60th wedding
anniversary on June 11,
2015. The couple, who
live in Windcrest, Texas,
have six children, eight
grandchildren and one
great-grandchild, born
Jan. 30, 2015. (See page
11 for news of Jim’s newly
published book on his
service in Vietnam.)
1973 Susan Lefel owns
Delavan (Wis.) Nursery
Center Preschool, which
celebrates 50 years
in business. Lefel’s
sister Trish, who also
works there, says the
methodology and ideas
taught at St. Norbert
in the early 70s are
still considered to be
best practices in the
field of early childhood
1973 William Brash
III has been appointed
to Wisconsin’s District 1
Court of Appeals.
1975 Bob Zuleger has
joined NOVO Health
as vice president for
business development.
1978 David Hawking
has been named
regional sales manager
for the product storage,
organization and
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transportation company
Akro-Mill, overseeing its
Midwest sales territory.
1979 Kevin Shaw
has been appointed
president at Notre Dame
Academy in Green Bay.
1979 Mark Mohr,
president and CEO of
First Bank Financial
Centre in Oconomowoc,
Wis., has been honored
as the Independent
Community Bankers of
America’s 2015 National
Community Banker of
the Year. The award
recognizes exceptional
work in the organization
and throughout the
community. Under
Mohr’s leadership,
his bank’s employees
volunteer more than
10,000 hours across 400
1980 Steve Soukup
has been elected
president of the Village of
Bellevue, Wis.
1981 Terri Trantow
received the 2015
ATHENA Award from
the Greater Green Bay
Chamber of Commerce.
The award recognizes
those who distinguish
themselves in their
profession as well as
genuinely assisting with
the advancement of
women in the area.
1982 Mike Archer has
been appointed CEO
of Kansas-based HRI,
the owner of several
restaurant chains.
1984 Michael Maley
has been selected
assistant vice president
of RLI Insurance
Company, based in
Peoria, Ill.
1984 Rich Winch
has been named
vice president at
Opinion Dynamics, an
independently owned
energy efficiency,
research and analytics
company headquartered
in Massachusetts.
1985 Jane Neufield
has been named vice
president for student
development at Loyola
University. Neufield
most recently served
as Loyola’s dean of
students, a position held
for 12 years.
1987 Andrew Manion
has been appointed the
16th president of Marian
University. Subscribers
to @St. Norbert read
more about the Manion
presidential legacy in our
December 2015 issue,
available at snc.edu/news/
1988 John Sweeney
explores what innovation
means to the individual
in his co-authored
book “The Innovative
Mindset: 5 Behaviors
for Accelerating
Sweeney is the co-owner
and executive producer
of Brave New Workshop,
America’s oldest
satirical comedy theatre,
where he teaches how
improv-based behaviors
and skills can lead to a
culture of innovation.
1988 Kaye Ceille
has joined the board
of directors of Susan
G. Komen, the world’s
largest organization
dedicated to funding
breast cancer research,
education, treatment
and other services.
Ceille, a cancer survivor
herself, brings to the
organization nearly
two decades of senior
leadership experience
in the travel and
transportation industry.
1989 Sean
Federbusch, a fifthgrade teacher at Adams
Elementary School in
Santa Barbara, Calif.,
has been profiled by
the Santa Barbara
Independent for his
partnership with Dos
Pueblos High School
and its innovative
engineering academy.
Federbusch is
working with the Dos
Pueblos Engineering
Academy (DPEA) for
a year to bring back
engineering curriculum
and techniques to the
Adams Design Center,
a 2,000-square-foot
classroom that provides
hands-on STEM
education to primary
grades. The DPEA uses
project-based learning
that requires students
to use their problemsolving, decision-making
and investigative skills.
In Fall 2016,
Federbusch will return
to his fifth-graders and
introduce the DPEA
curriculum to them,
and all of Adam’s
kindergarten through
sixth-grade students, as
part of their design, art
and music rotation.
1990 The Rev. Kevin
Butler is now parochial
administrator of St. John
the Baptist Catholic
Church in Somonauk, Ill.
A major feat of the feet
Two years after setting the women’s record
for the quickest thru-hike of Wisconsin’s 1,200mile Ice Age National Scenic Trail, Melanie
Radzicki McManus ’83 set out to do it again
– in reverse order. Bettering her time by more
than two days and now holding the top two
completion times, she finished in 34 days, 4
hours and 44 minutes.
The trail follows the edge of the last
continental glacier in the state, which left
behind unique landscape features – moraines,
eskers, kettles, drumlins – when it retreated
12,000 years ago. In addition to the geological
landforms, McManus says, “There’s prairie,
there’s the forest, there’s all the rivers, the
lakes … that was very cool.” An early portion
of her quest fell during unseasonably warm
temperatures, so wading provided some relief
from the heat – and for her aching feet.
McManus’s 2015 trek took her from the
eastern terminus in Potawatomi State Park on
Aug. 29, to the western terminus at Interstate
State Park located in St. Croix Falls on Oct.
2. On her 2013 journey, she had traveled
the reverse route, from west to east. She
maintained a daily blog that can be read at
McManus, a travel writer, is a regular contributor
to this magazine and other college publications. Her
article about the groundbreaking introduction of the
study of science-fiction at St. Norbert can be read on
page 16 of this issue.
Interested in writing
the great American
novel or simply
some coherent diary
entries? Scott Winkler
says these tips will
help you reach your
“Read a lot,
because in reading
you begin to develop
that inner sense,
that voice, you like
in writing. When you
find those writers
that really, really work
for you better than
anyone else, look at
how they write and
try to imitate them.
Not plagiarize. But in
any career … if you
become a plumber,
you first serve as an
apprentice. If you
work at McDonald’s,
you learn the job from
someone. So learn
from those writers.
See how they arrange
words. Construct
sentences. What you’ll
find is that you come
to a place where you’ll
do that, too, but in
your own way.”
Liam Callanan,
author of “The
Cloud Atlas,” says
“The Meadow,” a
new novel by Scott
Winkler (page 31)
“feels lived and
lived in, which is the
highest compliment I
can give a novel.” Our
excerpt deals with an
Eastertide experience.
Scott Winkler has
published a wide
variety of pieces
across numerous
genres, including
poetry, fiction, pop
culture and academia.
A few credits:
• “The Wide Turn
Toward Home”
(Pocol Press, 2008),
a collection of seven
short stories and the
title novella.
Words to the wise
y day, he teaches English at
Luxemburg-Casco High School.
Nights, weekends and any other
time he can manage, he’s tapping away
on his laptop. Scott Winkler ’93 is
addicted to words. Flowing sentences.
Well-crafted stories. Whether he’s
discussing them with his students,
coaxing them out of their heads and
onto paper, or stringing them together
himself, he finds it all magical.
Winkler began his writing career
at St. Norbert, where his first printed
piece was a poem, “Dancer,” published in
The Rectangle, a literary journal of the
international English honor society Sigma
Tau Delta. He continued writing poetry as
a young teacher. But eventually he segued
to fiction. “I had some stories I wanted to
tell, some things I wanted to get out, but
poetry felt a little too limiting,” he says.
Many of the stories Winkler wanted to
tell involved baseball. A lifelong Brewers
fan, he became enamored with the
writings of W.P. Kinsella, who penned the
novel “Shoeless Joe,” later made into the
film “Field of Dreams.” After attending
a weeklong class during the University
of Iowa’s Summer Writing Festival,
Winkler decided he needed to go back to
school to hone his writing. He received
a master’s in English at the University of
Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and just earned
his Ph.D. in the same subject, also from
UW-Milwaukee. During the decade-plus
he was in graduate school, he continued to
teach. He also continued to write.
Has he settled on a favorite genre? “I
still find myself torn in so many ways!” he
says. “I’m working on this novel right now,
but I also find myself drawn to academic
writing. There’s a great academic book
waiting to happen on serious baseball
literature, and I’m chomping at the bit
to do that.” And teaching? That’s still a
passion, too. Winkler loves talking writing
and literature with his enthusiastic, young
pupils, who think it’s pretty cool their
teacher is a published author.
“It’s neat to be able to share some of the
lessons I’ve learned with them,” he says.
“And it gives me some credibility.” Even
better, through his love of teaching and
writing, he models the importance of
dreaming big. “[My writing career] inspires
them to take chances, to dream, to not be
afraid to go after the golden ring.”
To wit: One of Winkler’s former
students contacted him to say she’d been
in college, pursuing a safe career as an
occupational therapist, when she suddenly
realized she had absolutely no passion
for the field. Even though she had no idea
what she’d find inspirational, she couldn’t
continue to pursue a career she didn’t
really care about. “She said, ‘But I’ll figure
out what my dream is. I’ll find what’s
right for me,’ ” recalls Winkler, who was
stoked on her behalf. “I may never bring
out a great writer or poet [through my
teaching], but I can definitely help young
people pursue their dreams.”
• “Burning Gorman
Thomas,” a short
story published
in Elysian Fields
Quarterly, a literary
baseball journal.
• “Poems of My
Father,” a collection of
poems published in
Verse Wisconsin.
• “Dreams Like
Baseball Cards:
Baseball, Bricoleur,
and the Gap in
Sherman Alexie’s
‘The Lone Ranger
and Tonto Fistfight in
Heaven,’” a scholarly
article published in
Aethlon, a publication
of the Sports
Literature Association.
(Oxford University
used this article in
a course on postcolonial literature.)
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1971 Maureen Walker,
of Waukesha, Wis., died
June 2, 2015, at the age
of 65. Walker worked as
a teacher, homemaker
and, later in her career,
in the healthcare field.
She loved to travel and
explore many domestic
and international
destinations with family.
She is survived by three
teaching as an adjunct
instructor at Fox Valley
Technical College,
and field directing and
managing as a project
liaison for the University
of Wisconsin-Extension
system. She is survived
by her daughter, Athena.
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1993 Tom Clark
appeared on the Sept.
28 episode of Conan
O’Brien’s show, gueststarring with a standup
comedy set.
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1994 Ed Williams
has joined the staff at
Leeds Real Estate in Iron
Mountain, Mich., as a
sales agent.
1995 Ellen King has
been inducted into the
Chicago chapter of Les
Dames d’Escoffier, a
prestigious education
and mentorship society
for women in the culinary
professions. King was
profiled in the New York
Times’ Sunday Travel
section as part of its
“Where to Eat and Drink
in Evanston” article.
Her bakery, Hewn, in
Evanston, Ill., produces
artisanal naturally
leavened breads and
1995 Nell Benton
has published “Ramen
Fusion Cookbook” (DK
Publishing). Benton
made headlines in 2011
when she bought her
restaurant, The National
Cafe in Milwaukee, for
a mere $100, turning
it into a premiere café
and catering business.
Benton’s expanding
culinary career was
featured in our Spring
2013 issue.
1998 Stephanie Van
Beckum McCullagh
has completed her first
year as the enrollment
management consultant
for the Catholic schools
in the Archdiocese of
Kansas City in Kansas.
McCullagh advances
the recruitment and
marketing efforts of 36
Catholic elementary
schools and seven
Catholic high schools in
northeast Kansas.
1999 Kevin McCullagh
has been promoted to
the rank of lieutenant
colonel in the U.S.
Army. McCullagh
currently serves as the
Army ROTC professor
of military science at
Missouri Western State
1999 Hai Nguyen has
been appointed chair of
the physics department
at the University of
Mary Washington.
Nguyen’s work in the
field of atomic molecular
and optical physics is
currently being applied to
investigate nano-particle
properties for potential
photodynamic cancer
2000 Brennan
Haworth has been
appointed assistant vice
president of Appletonbased Fiduciary Partners
2001 Chris Pasternak
has been promoted to
managing director with
Accenture LLP.
2002 Rhonda Leet
returned to her teachereducation roots when
she wrote “Being
Schooled: What This
Teacher Learned in
the American School
System.” Leet, who has
a master’s degree in
education from Lesley
University, taught for
12 years in one of
the largest school
districts in Wisconsin
and her passion for
educational reform still
lives. She completed the
manuscript of “Being
Schooled” in the Mulva
Library on campus. The
book was published last
2003 Julie Kuklinski
has been profiled
in the Milwaukee
Journal Sentinel for her
leadership involvement
in the nonprofit program
Women in Construction,
a Mississippi-based
organization that trains
low-income women
for trade careers in
construction and helps
place them in livingwage jobs. After a threemonth, post-Hurricane
Katrina volunteer stint to
the Gulf Coast inspired
her own service career
path, Kuklinski now
serves as the program’s
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director. Kuklinski and her
work were featured in our
Summer 2011 issue.
2003 Lennie Rampone
has been named
assistant coach for the
Kelowna Chiefs hockey
team in British Columbia,
2005 Grant Markgraf
has joined CNL Financial
Group as its new vice
president of financial
accounts for CNL
Securities Corporation.
The position has
Markgraf responsible for
business development
in the real estate and
alternative investment
branches with CNL’s
Midwest operations.
2005 Casey
Rentmeester, assistant
professor of philosophy
and religion at Finlandia
University, has
published “Heidegger
and the Environment”
(Rowman & Littlefield,
2015). Rentmeester’s
research interests are
in environmental ethics,
continental and Chinese
2006 Melinda Morella
has joined Imaginasium,
the Green Bay-based
advertising agency, as a
business development
2007 Lindsey Lubinski
has been promoted to
regional sales manager
for TAPCO (Traffic &
Parking Control Co. Inc.)
in Brown Deer, Wis.
2007 Krista Perine has
accepted a position as
a middle-school specialeducation teacher at
CICS Bucktown, a
kindergarten through
eighth-grade charter
school in Chicago.
2008 Andy Marx has
been promoted to sales
manager at Milwaukee
Plate Glass Co. He also
serves on the company’s
2008 Steve Strohmaier
has received the Good
Conduct Award after
reaching his three-year
anniversary in the U.S.
Coast Guard. He was
also presented with the
Commandant’s Coin for
his volunteer work with
the Michigan Special
2008 Lindsey Pionek
has accepted a position
as an art director at
HDMZ, a Chicago
agency that specializes
in science and healthcare brands.
2009 Mike Johnson,
who works for the
Wisconsin Maritime
Museum in Manitowoc,
Wis., was profiled in the
Herald Times Reporter
for his work as group
sales/facility rentals
2009 Renee (Delsart)
Grimm has accepted a
position with the Federal
Reserve Bank of Kansas
2009 Ryan Petersen
has joined the Madison
Capitols hockey team as
an assistant coach.
2009 Nicholas
Albert, a chiropractor
in Muskego, Wis., has
been welcomed into the
International Association
of HealthCare Professionals.
2011 Katherine Hickey
has accepted a position
at Cambridge (Minn.)
Chiropractic Clinic,
where certifications in
Graston Technique and
RockTape will aid in
her specialization with
athletes and children.
2011 Sarah Gray, a
second-year chemistry
and physics teacher
at Muskego (Wis.)
High School, has been
chosen as one of 34
national recipients for
the Knowles Science
Teaching Fellowships.
KSTF works to improve
STEM education for
high school students
across the U.S., with its
fellowships providing
stipends, resources
and professional
development for its
2011 Stephanie
Czajka has been hired
as an inbound marketing
project manager for
Weidert Group Inc.,
an Appleton-based
marketing agency.
2011 Mike Burmesch
has joined Promontory
Point Capital in
Milwaukee as an
2011 John Taylor
has joined Notre Dame
Academy in Green Bay
as the boys basketball
2012 Ryan Pepin
has joined Voya
Financial Advisors, an
independent brokerdealer, as a financial
professional. He will
be working out of the
Danielson Insurance
Agency in Kingsford,
2013 Cody Keefer has
been promoted to sales
and brand manager at
Rusted Rooster Media
and Hatch Marketing
Group, sister companies
that offer branding,
marketing, and inclusive
media strategies and
2013 Cody Jones
has been promoted to
sales representative
and technical service
manager for Hortau
in the Midwest and
Northeast, where he
leads sales and service
for farmers across six
2014 Casey Belongia
has been named
scouting assistant by
the Jacksonville (Fla.)
2014 Kristen Tichacek
has been hired by the
Boulder Junction (Wis.)
Chamber of Commerce
as executive director.
n Bridget Krage
O’Connor ’93
has received the
Entrepreneurial Award
from the Greater
Green Bay Chamber
of Commerce for her
strategy and marketing
company O’Connor
Connective and its
impact on the local
business community.
Among the staff at
O’Connor Connective is
Rachel (Gonnering)
Sonnentag ’06, senior
associate, who has
worked at the expanding
De Pere-based
company since being
hired as its first staff
member. (Sonnentag
and O’Connor first
worked together when
Sonnentag began her
career as student intern
under O’Connor’s
supervision in the office
of communications at
St. Norbert College.)
n Jordan Bischel ’03
has been appointed
as manager of the
Wisconsin Woodchucks,
a collegiate summer
baseball team in the
Northwoods League.
Derek McCarty ’12
has been promoted to
general manager of the
Green Bay Bullfrogs,
another Northwoods
League team.
n Connor Romenesko
’15 and Tara
Cunningham ’15 have
both accepted full-time
service positions with
Jesuit Volunteer Corps
(JVC). Romenesko will
be stationed in Atlanta,
working at the Southern
Center for Human
Rights. Cunningham
will be working with
homeless youth in
Yakima County (Wash.)
through JVCNW.
Ready to make a
Last year’s first-ever All Hands
on Deck Day raised a record
amount for the St. Norbert Fund
– more than $300,000 in a single
day! This year, we’re hoping to
make an even bigger splash,
by surpassing last year’s record.
With your help, we will; please
give generously on April 27.
Speaking of splashes ...
When you give on All Hands on Deck Day
this year, you’ll have a unique opportunity
to give a certain well-known figure in the
college a refreshing dip. Follow all the
action on April 27 at giving.snc.edu.
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connect with fellow
alumni on Facebook.
Make a splash!
Circle your calendar for
All Hands On Deck Day!
The St. Norbert Fund is the primary source of the financial aid
on which some 98 percent of our students depend. When you
give to the St. Norbert Fund, you give the gift of opportunity.
Connection / Continuing the Conversation
Super-senior recital
Meal plan
We don’t send much garbage to the landfill from
our household of two, but all the same, we barely
do as well as does the college’s dining services
team on their avowed quest for zero waste – and
this is out of kitchens that serve more than 2,000
meals per day. It’s hard to believe. But when I
was back in those kitchens just the other day for
a last-minute photo-op for our cover story, lunch
and dinner had already been cooked, served
and cleared away – and there was nothing in the
garbage can but a piece of greasy cling-film.
Reporting this feature so inspired me that I took
some tips home: maintaining a neat fridge; a
strategic purchasing plan (I made one!), flexible
menu planning. I trimmed a bunch of parsley like
no parsley has been trimmed before at my hands
– and we’re still enjoying homemade parsley
butter on our salmon.
We’d love to know what you think of this feature,
or indeed of anything else in this issue. And, if
you’re one of the representative sample who
receives our every-other-year reader survey later
this spring, please do consider participating in
that, too. We thank you!
If Jaime Notzen ’16 experienced any pre-performance
nerves before her senior recital, she could take comfort in
the knowledge that she was sharing the stage with a much
more experienced performer. Notzen, a third-generation
clarinetist, invited her mother and grandmother to perform
with her. Mom Karen was feeling out of practice but
grandma Nancy Morbeck, who still plays in a community
band, was not so shy.
2 Milwaukee Art Museum Tour with the
Rev. Jim Neilson, O.Praem., ’88
3 Milwaukee Mass and Brunch
8-9 Alumni College
19 Fresh Ink Composition Concert
27 All Hands on Deck Day
9 Lake Geneva Golf Outing
12-21 Knights on Broadway Spring Showcase
15 Commencement
23-25 Sport & Society Conference
“I think it’s so special that my grandma agreed to perform
with me,” says Notzen. “She says music has kept her mind
sharp, and she’s one of the most fun, spontaneous people
I know! Hopefully the genes are strong, because I won’t be
putting down my clarinet anytime soon. I am just so excited to
be on stage with her. My mom and grandma convinced me to
pursue music, which is such an enriching part of my life. I owe
it all to them!”
10 13th Annual Green Knight Golf Classic,
Egg Harbor
25 90th birthday party for the Rev. Rowland
De Peaux, O.Praem., ’48
21-30 Summer Music Theatre presents “Cats”
The duo planned to perform a movement of Mendelssohn’s
Concert Piece for Two Clarinets. Sam Mead ’14, a friend
– and Wind Ensemble principal clarinetist before Notzen
succeeded him – made a guest appearance for the
remaining movements.
College President: Thomas Kunkel
Vice President for Enrollment Management
& Communications: Edward J. Lamm
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One of history’s most
intriguing women takes
center stage in Theatre
Studies’ production of
“Emilie, La Marquise du
Châtelet, Defends Her
Life Tonight.” This fast,
funny rediscovery of
18th-century scientific
genius Emilie du Châtelet
explores both her loves
and her legacy.
4 Firecracker Run
20-24 Summer Music Theatre presents
“Into the Woods”
Editor: Susan Allen. Contributors: Mike Counter
MLS ’14, John Devroy, Mariah Doughman ’18,
Brooke Kazik, Jeff Kurowski, Anja Marshall ’17,
MaryBeth Matzek, Melanie (Radzicki) McManus
’83, Amy Mrotek ’16, Paul Nicolaus ’05, Nina
(Nolan) Rouse ’07, Trisha Shepherd ’96, Tony
Staley, Jerry Turba ’74, Jill Wiesman, Corey Wilson.
Best in class
Morbeck flew up from Chicago for several rehearsals, and
the duo were due to take the stage March 11 for the recital,
shared with Katie Gajdostik ’16.
2 Alumni & Parent Night at Knights on the Fox
28 Convocation
the desert
When Mohammed Al
Muhanna went home to
Saudi Arabia for winter
break, he took some
green and gold along
with him. Al Muhanna,
a student in our ESL
program, received the
Packers sweatshirt as
a gift from Lois Velicer
(Humanities) and her
husband. The Packers’
Saudi fan posed for
this snap while on a
camping trip in the Ha’il
region, in the north of
the country. Even the
camel got in on the act,
sporting a 1970s-era
fan sticker donated by
Velicer’s father.
More at
Milo sits in good company in the Boston Globe’s
“Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2015”; just below Drake but
several places above Erykah Badu. It’s a milieu where
aliases rule and Milo (sometimes styled as milo) may
be better known to his St. Norbert classmates as Rory
Ferreira ’14.
“Picture a Chicago-born, Maine-raised millennial,”
says the Globe in its top-10 list published in
December, “who cut his teeth in Milwaukee’s suddenly
bubbling rap scene, and who twists and folds words
like Rubik’s cubes and origami cranes. That’s milo.
When he unpacks lines like ‘It’s him who wrote the
Tao of the pessimist, as thespians maneuver through
the now and its messiness,’ you get a sense what
you’re in for.” In his album “So the Flies Don’t Come,”
Milo, the Globe’s Julian Benbow writes, translates
meandering thoughts of complacency and solitude
into a language all his own, “and does it largely on
sumptuous production by Kenny Segal that makes
him sound isolated, yet still inviting.”
Milo has released several albums since his first
solo mixtape in 2011. His song “Kenosha, WI” was
published by Johns Hopkins University Press in a 2012
issue of the journal Postmodern Culture.
History on ice
Coach Tim Coghlin tallied his 500th career win Feb. 6 as the Green Knights beat
Northland College 3-0 in a Northern Collegiate Hockey Association game. Coghlin
earned his 500th win in his 680th career game, improving his career record to 500130-50. It marked the third-fastest game total to 500 wins in NCAA hockey history,
only behind UMass-Dartmouth’s John Rolli (658 games) and Bemidji State’s Bob
Peters (677 games).
Recommended viewing
Ed Policy, vice president and general counsel for the Green
Bay Packers, talks professional football and more on the
December edition of “Conversations From St. Norbert
College.” Policy, who started with the Packers in 2012,
has an extensive background that includes work in law
and labor relations in professional sports, as well as facility
construction and development. In the half-hour interview with
Kevin Quinn (Schneider School), he discusses the Packers’
development efforts in the area surrounding Lambeau Field.
Find out more at youtube.com/stnorbertcollege.
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