A Look Back at the 2014-15 Year

BY LEXI RODENCAL

It can be argued that the 2014 and 2015 academic school year was one of the most groundbreaking years St. Norbert College has ever had. From sports to new academic buildings, SNC has truly changed this small campus for the better.

One thing that changed was the introduction of St. Norbert’s very own campus dog, Abbey. Abbey was adopted over the summer of 2014 and has been training to be a therapy dog for the counseling center in Main Hall. Abbey is also on campus to be everyone’s “dog away from home,” with office hours in Todd Wehr where students can visit and play with her. Abbey also can be seen around campus taking walks and chasing the geese back into the river!

Another thing that helped improve campus was the opening of the Gehl-Mulva Science building. The new building has state-of-the-art facilities and technology to help improve the education we receive here on campus. The building includes a greenhouse, 36 laboratories, a science gallery dedicated to work from Norbertines and countless other features. The Gehl-Mulva Science Center will also house the Green Bay campus of the Medical College of Wisconsin, which will only add even more respect to St. Norbert’s already famous reputation.

Ruth’s Marketplace experienced a menu upgrade and has implemented several different techniques in which to reduce waste. As of the Spring 2015 semester, the cafeteria has ended the use of plastic straws, reduced the amount of times they cook wasted foods such as casseroles and enacted countless other eco-friendly changes. This new strategy has helped Ruth’s become much more eco-friendly and conserve more in making food and in dealing with the subsequent waste.

Regarding sports, all of our St. Norbert athletes have done incredibly well this season. St. Norbert was even honored to host the men’s basketball NCAA Division III tournament, where we unfortunately lost to Elmhurst College in triple overtime in the first round of the tournament. Furthermore, the baseball and softball teams saw the dedication of the $2 million renovation of the Mel Nicks Sports Complex, which opened for games this spring. The renovation included two diamonds, improved dugouts, a better drainage system for the wet spring weather and new concession stands and restrooms.

All in all, this was another wonderful year at SNC, and I’m sad to say goodbye.. What I have written does not include the countless memories that were made this year through academic, extracurricular and outside activities. Thanks for the 2014-15 academic year, Green Knights, and let’s make the next one the best one yet!

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