Stories of Giving – and Receiving
Giving to St. Norbert is done for many reasons, takes many forms and helps in many ways. Here, the stories of why some donors have given ... and how our students’ lives have been changed.
A Donor Reflection by Wayne C. Sigl '70 and his wife Leesa R. Erickson

Wayne C. Sigl '70 and his wife, Leesa R. Erickson, have endowed two scholarships at St. Norbert College: the Sigl Annual Scholarship and the Wayne C. Sigl Family Endowed Scholarship.

In this interview, they speak about their support for St. Norbert College and their students. 

The Blessing that is a Scholarship

“My scholarship is an opportunity. An opportunity to represent my family, my city, and all of the fantastic people who have paved the way for me. This scholarship is another opportunity for me to do something bigger than myself. Honestly, I thank God every day for each blessing & gift He has given me, especially this scholarship.

St. Norbert has opened my mind to things that I would have not been exposed to on other campuses. I learned a new sense of community, love and leadership. Because of St. Norbert, my heart has been changed in many ways and for that, I am genuinely grateful.

-Jasmine Yasmine Tremaine Babineaux '19

World-class Education Made Possible

"My scholarship is incredibly important to me. It has made St. Norbert College a possibility for me. If it wasn’t for the generous and thoughtful donations of so many people, I would have never had the opportunity to attend this great college and receive this world-class education. Following my graduation from St. Norbert College, I plan to teach high school or middle school social studies at a school in this area."

-Aaron Van Eperen '17

Love Seats Honor a Beautiful Marriage

Donald “Dutch” DuChateau ’50 and Cecilia DuChateau met at Bay Beach. Their memory lives on just eight miles south, on the St. Norbert campus, where two benches sit facing each other, as the couple themselves so often sat in life.

Dutch deeply loved his wife of 66 years. In 2012, when Cecilia died, Dutch ensured her memory would live on in a place very dear to his heart. When Dutch himself died, in 2014, his family wanted the memory of their father to share that special place.

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Record Mulva Family Gift Makes Possible New Fitness & Sports Center

James J. and Miriam B. Mulva have donated $13 million to St. Norbert College toward a major expansion and renovation of its Schuldes Sports Center. The gift marks the largest individual contribution to St. Norbert in the 118-year history of the college.

In recognition of the Mulvas’ generosity, the new facility will be named the Mulva Family Fitness & Sports Center. Schuldes, which opened in 1979, has witnessed many significant moments in the college’s history, but it has been showing its age and recreational limitations for some years now.

“We are delighted to be able to help toward building the new Family Fitness and Sports Center,” said Miriam Mulva, speaking for the couple. “It is difficult to have a swim team without a pool, and a state-of-the-art fitness center is paramount to students when they are unable to work-out due to the Wisconsin weather. Stressing the wellness aspect of preventative medicine was also something which we thought was very important. It seemed to us that the Fitness & Sports Center was the last piece of the building puzzle that St. Norbert needed to give the students the total educational experience.”

The Impact of a Scholarship

“Without my scholarship, I would not have been able to attend St. Norbert. I am receiving such a wonderful education here, especially because majoring in biology allows me to experience the new science building. I toured the school right before my senior year of high school, and I still could not tell you who liked it more, my mother or me. We were both so thrilled when I was accepted AND received the Presidential Scholarship. St. Norbert College is a great school in a great part of Wisconsin. This education is amazing, and I could not be more thankful for it.” - Olivia Graham 18

Former Cook Bequeaths $375,000

As a cook in the college cafeteria for decades, Regina Willems helped nourish generations of students. Upon her death at the age of 102, the college community benefited from a further contribution to its overall health, in the form of a generous bequest. Willems left the college an unrestricted gift of $375,000.

A New School – and a New High-Water Mark for Faculty Support

Pat Schneider, wife of Don Schneider ’57, donated $7 million to establish the Donald J. Schneider School of Business & Economics, as well as a new Master of Business Administration program. It is the largest donation ever received by the college to endow academics, and a remarkable show of support for the faculty who do so much to define our institution.

Gehl-Mulva Science Center Gained Early Impetus Thanks to One Donor’s Vision

For Mark Stinski ’63, the college experience extended well beyond the two years he spent at St. Norbert from 1959-61, but the retired University of Iowa professor never forgot the positive direction his life took as a result of his time here.

The Menasha, Wis., native’s first major gift to the college provided the necessary funds to pay for architectural planning on a renovation of John Minahan Science Hall. It was the gift that laid the foundation for creating the Gehl-Mulva Science Center and providing a home for the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Green Bay campus.

Dr. Stinski and his wife, Mary Ellen, made an additional major gift toward the 150,000-square-foot Gehl-Mulva Science Center. The project, true to the plans they funded, features a complete transformation of Minahan Science Hall, along with a 57,800-square-foot addition. Among the displays will be one honoring the scientific contributions of Norbertines, including Stinski’s mentor, Fr. Keefe.