Message from the President: The latest from campus – and an invitation

Aug. 30, 2011

Dear alumni friends,

Over the past week we welcomed hundreds of new arrivals to St. Norbert College for the 2011-12 academic year. We expect 665 new students (freshmen and transfers), with a total fall headcount of 2,176. We rang in the year with the entire community on Sunday at the annual Mass of the Holy Spirit, followed by the freshman convocation, a campus-wide picnic with music, and fireworks.

We’re excited about the many activities we have planned for the new year – and it all kicks off on Saturday, September 17, with our third annual SNC Day. I hope you will be able to join us for this great day of celebration!

Last year we saw over 10,000 visitors on campus, and we’re hoping to surpass that this year. There are lots of activities planned – wagon rides, boat rides on the Fox River, two music stages featuring local and regional bands, loads of children’s activities, great food, and guaranteed fun for all.

SNC’s football team will play Knox College that afternoon; admission is free and transportation to and from campus will be provided by a Lamers trolley. We’re also featuring a special exhibit in the Bush Art Center. Award-winning Super Bowl photos by Evan Siegle will be displayed, along with rings from all four of the Green Bay Packers’ Super Bowl victories. And tours of the new Ariens Family Welcome Center will be available throughout the day. (On the other end of the Claude Allouez Bridge, by the way, De Pere’s annual Fall Fest will again be happening in conjunction with SNC Day.)

So bring the family and join us for this campus open house and party. A full list of the day’s activities is available at the SNC Day website: www.snc.edu/sncday. It takes hundreds of volunteers to pull off an event this size, so if you have some free time that day and would like to help out, you can register at the website by clicking on the volunteer form.

Campus has been hopping all summer. In addition to the beautiful Ariens Family Welcome Center, the new locker room at Schneider Stadium has also been completed and it’s already being put to good use by our soccer and football teams. The Michels Commons project is going up quickly, and you’ll be amazed by the changes taking place in that building. The second-floor phase of the project is complete  and the student meal plan will be served there during the first semester. We are excited about the positive impact this facility will have on our students. The “marketplace” concept will provide more and better meal options, Dale’s Sports Lounge will be a fun hangout, and the expanded second-floor lounge with a deck overlooking campus will be a popular spot for larger weddings, conferences and other gatherings. 

Better still, come join us for SNC Day on September 17 and see for yourself!

Tom