Message from the President: Welcoming the Class of 2014

Aug. 24, 2010

To our alumni friends,

Around here, the surest sign of summer’s close is the arrival of the next class of Green Knights. Freshman move-in day at St. Norbert College has all the trappings of a military operation, and hundreds of people already are working hard to ensure that ours goes smoothly on Thursday, August 26.

That planning is especially critical this year as we welcome our largest incoming class ever. As I write, we are expecting a total of 662 first-year and transfer students (domestic and international). Just as important, the academic profile of our incoming students continues to soar, both in terms of grade point average and ACT scores. Another indicator: During the past year we gave out 119 Trustee scholarships, which go to the highest academic achievers. This year’s recipients will number 171.  

A few other fascinating freshman facts: This particular class includes eight sets of twins, as well as three siblings from a set of quadruplets! The overall combined GPA of these “multiple” freshmen is 3.67, and more than half of them plan to play sports for St. Norbert. And the SNC “legacy” also continues with this class: 199 of the new freshmen have a family member who graduated from or currently attends St. Norbert College.

All these students will be welcomed at our annual fall convocation, which will be Sunday, August 29. The event includes the Mass of the Holy Spirit, the formal convocation ceremony itself, a picnic, live entertainment and fireworks.

Speaking of celebrations, I want to remind you to plan on being here for our second annual SNC Day. This will occur on Saturday, September 18, which is also Family Weekend and Alumni Reunion Weekend.  

We have lots of fun (not to mention family-friendly, and free!) events scheduled, including two stages of music and entertainment, children’s activities, an art and craft show, food, mini-lectures by SNC professors, and several programs at the new Donald J. Schneider Stadium. Featured there will be a Punt, Pass and Kick competition, the Fox Valley Classic Car Show and a chance to meet and shoot a puck with the SNC men’s and women’s hockey team. Transportation will be provided from the main campus by trolley. As before, we’re sharing the day with the City of De Pere’s Fall Fest, and many events are planned on the east side of the river. 

We hope you'll mark this on your calendar and join us for this fun-filled day. For a complete list of SNC Day activities go to SNCday.com. And, there are events planned specifically for Alumni that weekend.

Speaking of Schneider Stadium, I’m happy to report that the project will be finished and ready for our first home football game on September 4, against the University of St. Thomas. A few of us toured the site today, and I can tell you it’s a dazzler! It will be a fitting home for our football, soccer and track teams. If you’d like to see the progress on this project as well as details of the upcoming dedication celebration, visit the Schneider Stadium website.

Enjoy the rest of your summer, and we’ll see you soon on campus!

Tom