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May 2011

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College breaks ground on Michels Commons


A ceremony to mark groundbreaking for the transformation of the Sensenbrenner Memorial Union into the state-of-the-art Michels Commons is set for 2:30 p.m. this Friday, May 6, on the Sensenbrenner Union patio.

Members of the Michels family, who gave a $7 million gift to fund the project, will be on hand for the ceremony. President Thomas Kunkel, St. Norbert board chairman Bill Auriemma, and the Rev. Jay Fostner, O.Praem., ’84 (Mission and Heritage) will be present along with faculty, staff, students, St. Norbert trustees and friends of the college.

The Michels family has long been a part of the St. Norbert community. Ruth and the late Dale Michels sent three of their four children to the college.

Michels Commons will include a ballroom, reception spaces and outdoor patios. In addition, Ruth’s Marketplace will re-invent the college dining hall as a stylish, health-conscious food court with a dramatic two-story atrium overlooking De Pere’s Third Street, and Dale’s Sports Lounge will be a casual dining and gathering space with multiple big-screen TVs and other amenities.

An ice-cream social will follow the ceremony.

May 3, 2011



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