The traditional opening convocation will be but a part of a new opening day celebration to be held at the College on Sunday, Aug. 27.
Academic year to open in grand style
A celebration with the entire St. Norbert College community will officially welcome the class of 2010 during a new series of events planned for Sunday, Aug. 27.
All are welcome to attend the Mass of the Holy Spirit at 4:30 p.m. in Old St. Joseph Church. The opening convocation will be held at 6 p.m. on the lawn in front of Main Hall, when faculty and new students merge in procession from the Baer Mall.
Beginning at 6:30 p.m., there will be a picnic and concert outside the Campus Center. Music will be provided by popular local band Big Mouth. Fireworks at dusk will usher in the new academic year with a big bang, weather permitting.
“We’re implementing new ideas designed to enhance, evoke and celebrate the spirit of St. Norbert College,” said president
William Hynes. “We want all of our campus-wide occasions to create a sense of continuity and a sense of mission-driven engagement for all members of the community.”
Normally held later in September, the Mass of the Holy Spirit will now be incorporated into the opening of the academic year celebration.
Jay Fostner, O.Praem., ’84, vice president for mission and heritage, will preside.
“We welcome people of all faiths and traditions and encourage them to attend. It’s a wonderful opportunity to invoke the spirit and experience the Norbertine tradition of community prayer,” he said.
At the convocation, Hynes will welcome new and returning students, faculty and staff, and briefly outline the College’s hopes for the year.
Student Government Association president
Ross Greiving ’07 and Residence Hall Association president
Jennifer Marusich ’08 will also speak, along with representatives from faculty and administration.
“Everyone involved in planning this day is excited by the new format and working hard to ensure it runs smoothly,” says Fostner.
In the event of rain, the convocation will be moved to the Walter Theatre and the picnic and concert will take place in the Sensenbrenner Memorial Union.