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The Rev. Mike Brennan ’99 (College Parish) writes, “May I ask, have any SNC alumni had the opportunity to serve the pope...
09/17/2020
July 2020 | St. Norbert College

The Rev. Mike Brennan ’99 (College Parish) writes, “May I ask, have any SNC alumni had the opportunity to serve the pope?”

Latest in a long tradition of Norbertine scientists is the Rev. Matthew Dougherty ’09, ordained a priest in 2015 and now...
08/31/2020
A Norbertine at Yale | St. Norbert College

Latest in a long tradition of Norbertine scientists is the Rev. Matthew Dougherty ’09, ordained a priest in 2015 and now studying biology in the doctoral program at Yale University.

The Rev. Mike Brennan ’99 (College Parish) writes, “May I ask, have any SNC alumni had the opportunity to serve the pope...
08/19/2020
July 2020 | St. Norbert College

The Rev. Mike Brennan ’99 (College Parish) writes, “May I ask, have any SNC alumni had the opportunity to serve the pope?”

St. Norbert College is committed to facilitating a safe return to campus for students, faculty and staff. The college’s ...
08/19/2020
Return-to-Campus Plan in Place | St. Norbert College

St. Norbert College is committed to facilitating a safe return to campus for students, faculty and staff. The college’s return-to-campus plan is the result of careful collaboration both across campus and with local/regional public authorities.

We polled eight SNC professors for their favorite sounds, and their answers range from amusing to insightful to instruct...
08/17/2020
Listening In | St. Norbert College

We polled eight SNC professors for their favorite sounds, and their answers range from amusing to insightful to instructive. Enjoy listening in to this first in our two-part series!

Latest in a long tradition of Norbertine scientists is the Rev. Matthew Dougherty ’09, ordained a priest in 2015 and now...
08/12/2020
A Norbertine at Yale | St. Norbert College

Latest in a long tradition of Norbertine scientists is the Rev. Matthew Dougherty ’09, ordained a priest in 2015 and now studying biology in the doctoral program at Yale University.

SNC Counters COVID With Tuition-Free Ninth Semester: Our "Norbert's Ninth" promise opens a new door of opportunity for c...
08/03/2020

SNC Counters COVID With Tuition-Free Ninth Semester: Our "Norbert's Ninth" promise opens a new door of opportunity for current and newly admitted students as they navigate their undergraduate experience through the coronavirus pandemic. https://www.snc.edu/advisement/norbertsninth.html

St. Norbert College is committed to facilitating a safe return to campus for students, faculty and staff. The college’s ...
07/31/2020
Return-to-Campus Plan in Place | St. Norbert College

St. Norbert College is committed to facilitating a safe return to campus for students, faculty and staff. The college’s return-to-campus plan, published earlier this month, is the result of careful collaboration both across campus and with local/regional public authorities.

We polled eight SNC professors for their favorite sounds, and their answers range from amusing to insightful to instruct...
07/29/2020
Listening In | St. Norbert College

We polled eight SNC professors for their favorite sounds, and their answers range from amusing to insightful to instructive. Enjoy listening in to this first in our two-part series!

Brig. Gen. Jill A. (Beaudoin) Lannan ’85 is to be the 2020 Commencement speaker. Commencement 2020 will be celebrated vi...
07/24/2020

Brig. Gen. Jill A. (Beaudoin) Lannan ’85 is to be the 2020 Commencement speaker. Commencement 2020 will be celebrated virtually on Aug. 29. Lannan is the 13th SNC graduate to attain the rank of general, and the first SNC woman to earn her star. Lannan was commissioned into the United States Army, where she served until 1992. Since 1993, she has been serving in the Washington Air National Guard and today is the Air National Guard assistant to the commander, 24th Air Force, based in Texas.

Rachel (Gonnering) Sonnentag ’06 writes, “Serving as our alumni board vice president, I found it so fulfilling to welcom...
07/17/2020
June 2020 | St. Norbert College

Rachel (Gonnering) Sonnentag ’06 writes, “Serving as our alumni board vice president, I found it so fulfilling to welcome the class of 2020, virtually, into our alumni ranks this year. It felt so different, though. Is this class making history in the way it is straying from Commencement tradition?”
https://www.snc.edu/alumni/abbot/202006.html

Working remotely through the coronavirus pandemic has given publications associate Erika Ditzman ’21 some new challenges...
07/10/2020
Rising Senior, Rising Professional | A Word From the Editor

Working remotely through the coronavirus pandemic has given publications associate Erika Ditzman ’21 some new challenges and opportunities, along with the chance to pilot the remote working experience we’ll be offering our student team this fall. More than that: She was able to represent SNC at her very first full-blown professional conference.

Working remotely through the coronavirus pandemic has given publications associate Erika Ditzman ’21 some new challenges and opportunities, along with th...

Two decades, more than 2,000 games, countless shots. For the professors emeriti who meet weekly to play pool at St. Norb...
07/08/2020

Two decades, more than 2,000 games, countless shots. For the professors emeriti who meet weekly to play pool at St. Norbert Abbey, the numbers keep ticking. And recently, the group celebrated another: 97. The Rev. Brendan McKeough ’47 (Economics, Emeritus) turned 97 years old in November, and his pool-playing mates, Jim Regan ’54 and Bob Vanden Burgt (Philosophy, Emeriti) and Bob Boyer (English, Emeritus) joined him to celebrate – after a few matches of pool, of course. McKeough (below) and Regan began their pool four-some in 2002 with Frank Wood and Robert Kramer (Business, Emeriti) at Regan’s home. After the deaths of Wood and Kramer, Boyer and Vanden Burgt joined the group, which moved its Wednesday-afternoon meeting place to the abbey in 2016. McKeough keeps score, but the teams change weekly, the rules are relaxed, and the conversation is sharp-witted. McKeough: “For me, it’s the highlight of my social week. At 97, you don’t have a big social life, you know.” Vanden Burgt: “It’s the only time during the week when I’m not the oldest guy in the room.” Boyer: “It’s the one day in the week when the worst possible thing can be missing a layup … and I miss a lot of them. … But I walk out and I had forgotten all the other issues.” Regan: “It helps, of course, that all our memories are fading. So after an hour and a half, we don’t remember who won.”

Congratulations to Tom Kunkel! His biography of our founding saint has been named a 2020 Book of the Year in this year's...
07/07/2020

Congratulations to Tom Kunkel! His biography of our founding saint has been named a 2020 Book of the Year in this year's Catholic Book Awards.

The book, published by the St. Norbert College Press in association with the Center for Norbertine Studies, was named 2020 Best Book by a Small Publisher and also placed high in both Biography and Front-Cover Artwork categories.

https://www.snc.edu/cns/norbertofxanten/manonfire/

A bill providing scholarships to Wisconsin dentistry grad students who promise to work in underserved rural areas has be...
07/04/2020

A bill providing scholarships to Wisconsin dentistry grad students who promise to work in underserved rural areas has been nicknamed “Bailey’s Bill” to reflect the work of a St. Norbert senior. Last August, Bailey Miller ’20 – who plans to attend Marquette School of Dentistry – testified in favor of the bill before the Assembly Committee on Health. Bailey’s Bill passed the Assembly and is headed to the Senate. Rep. Tony Kurtz (R-Wonewoc), one of the bill’s authors, gave it the catchy moniker because Miller is a constituent of his.

Sierra Peters ’19 is a grad student in social psychology at Florida State University. Her research involves the forming ...
07/02/2020

Sierra Peters ’19 is a grad student in social psychology at Florida State University. Her research involves the forming and dissolution of romantic relationships. The not-so-rosy news: Marital satisfaction declines over the course of one’s marriage, possibly because of over-optimism and naiveté as newlyweds. The good news: You can still have a very happy and fulfilling union by communicating thoughtfully, enjoying novel experiences together and supporting each other’s goals. But whether you’re married or single, Peters says developing close relationships is critical to your health and well-being. “And it’s not about quantity, but more about quality,” she says. So try to foster a few close friendships rather than making a lot of superficial acquaintances. Because as time goes on, you will need people in your life who can support you in overcoming life’s various difficulties – people who really know how to make you feel better. Peters adds that one of our core needs is belonging. So surrounding yourself with people who accept you just the way you are automatically increases your self-esteem.

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I must first confess that I don't always read the magazine in a timely mannner and so my comment is of an article from your summer issue of 3 years ago, 2014. However, the article is about those who played a sport about 65 years ago and so I hope that I am not too late to write on it. Their sport was baseball and so of course I'm writing about the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League article. I agree that it was a league that opened professional ball to women and paved the way for other women to play professional sports. However, it was not the first league in which women played professional sports. The Roller Derby began in the 1930's and had many women on it. I do believe that all of the women who were the first skaters in that league are gone. However, there are a number of women who skated in the 1940's who are still alive and some are well. In fact, one of them just turned 97. The League disbanded in 1973 due to the rapid decline in the economy that caused many fans to forgoe attending the games as well as the inability of the players to fuel their cars that they used to travel from city to city to play their games. In 2004, a former fan motivated the reactivation of the Hall of Fame in order to honor players while they were still relatively healthy enough to receive the awards. The idea of it began when Joan Weston, often called the Queen of Roller Derby, passed due to the human form of mad cow disease. People then realized that if the players were not inducted into the Hall then, many would be passed before their induction into the Hall. The Roller Derby skated in Green Bay a number of times and I attended one game there in March of 1972, a couple of months before I graduated. My Aunt, Cathie Read, was a skater and so she invited myself and a number of fellow students to the game for free. I met with her after the game for a few drinks at the Holiday Inn bar. She intoduced me to a few of the players including Tony Roman and his wife. Fuzzy Thirston, retired player for the Packers, introduced himself to my aunt and we all had an enjoyable talk. My aunt invited me to visit California, where her team skated. Several years later I finally did visit and have been living here ever since. I invite you to go onto the facebook site 'National Roller Derby Hall of Fame'. I belive that you must get permission from the administrator, Phil Berrier, to access the site. However, I believe that he lets most people on it. I simply mentioned that I am the nephew of Cathie Read, one of the Hall of Famers. Once on the site, you will be able to view the films of past games and read the blogs of many of the former skaters to get an insight into what they are doing now. The women players certainly opened the door for many other women skaters as well as players of other sports. Although the original league is gone, the Roller Derby is still alive and well. There are a number of newer leagues that have changed the sport in order to attract new fans. You can search the web to find many of them. If anyone of you would like to write an articled about how these women encouraged others to play sports, I am sure that you can find a great deal of information on the web. I am sure that many of the past players would be willing to contribute and my aunt no doubt would be one of them. You can contact me if you would like me to introduce you to me aunt or Mark Roman, the son of skater Tony Roman.