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Message from the President: As we approach the holidays ...

Dec. 16, 2010

To our alumni friends:

It was early last Friday evening. The weekend's nasty winter storm was still just an ominous forecast at that point, but for now it was calm out, with a light layer of snow covering the ground. As I peered out my front door down our long driveway, I saw emerging from the dusk a horse-drawn carriage, glowing with lights and ferrying a group of heavily bundled people to our porch step.

It was almost as if we were modeling this year's Currier and Ives card.

The festive occasion was the annual Christmas open house we host for St. Norbert College's faculty and staff. In just our third holiday season, this already has become one of our favorite SNC traditions.

At any campus, of course, the joy of the holidays is enhanced by the fact that the fall semester is coming to a close. A heightened sense of anxiety – this IS finals week, after all – is eventually overtaken by the collective feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction. And this has been another season in which we at St. Norbert have much to be thankful for.

For one thing, nearly 70 of our seniors were on schedule to graduate this December or January, which may well be the most midyear graduates in our history. And our overall enrollment, already at record levels, looks strong again for 2011-12. The building program we've enjoyed for some time now will continue into at least 2012, highlighted by the renovation and expansion of our cafeteria and union complex (the Michels Commons project) and the building of the new Ariens Family Welcome Center as part of the expansion of our admissions operations.

Less apparent, but perhaps even more important, is all the great work our students, faculty and staff are doing – in the classroom, yes, but also through the thousands of hours of service they are providing, from Ashwaubenon to Zambia.

You'll hear much more about all that in the new year. For now, as we ready ourselves for Christmas, all of us at St. Norbert College wish you and yours a wonderful holiday season, surrounded by family and friends.