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Fall 2008 | The Next Chapter

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Tom Kunkel
A living community
President Thomas Kunkel

Greetings, friends and alumni of St. Norbert College. As the college’s new president I’m delighted to have this regular opportunity to share news and developments about a place that is dear to you all.

My wife, Deb, and I both grew up in Evansville, Indiana – next door to one another, actually, a rather embarrassing story that can wait for another day – and until I was invited to interview for the presidency last February neither of us had spent any real time in Wisconsin. Beyond the brisk weather, then, we weren’t sure what to expect. But after maybe 10 minutes of driving around Green Bay and De Pere, Deb said, “This seems just like home.”

So it did, and after only a few months it already is home.

Your hospitality has more than lived up to its proud reputation. Everyone has been wonderfully welcoming to us, which we appreciate more than I can possibly convey.

In my short time here I’ve enjoyed getting to know people all around the area, most especially our devoted alumni. Even before I arrived, you’d been telling me in your letters and e-mails what a great place St. Norbert is, and it didn’t take me long to see how right you were.

If you’ve been to campus recently for Family Weekend or Homecoming festivities, or perhaps even for my inauguration, you surely noticed that there is an extraordinary amount of activity going on here. Much of it is happening along Third Street. By Thanksgiving the framework of the high-tech Miriam B. and James J. Mulva Library, now under construction, will be entirely enclosed, right on schedule to open in time for fall semester of 2009. And, just to the south, a new, state-of-the-art residence hall is also rising from the ground. Its apartment-style units will start filling next summer.

Before long, we will begin renovating Todd Wehr, the current library. We’re raising money to build a new stadium and athletic complex. And we’ve begun preliminary work on what will be the next major academic­ priority – a modern and much expanded science building to replace the aging and cramped John R. Minahan Science Hall.

All these upgrades are part of St. Norbert’s commitment to its students – and to you, our alumni and friends – to keep this college in the forefront of liberal arts education in the Midwest.

As you’ll note, the theme here this year is The Pursuit of Excellence. Naturally, our expectations of excellence extend to this magazine, which we hope will be able to do an ever better job of keeping you connected to the campus.

Toward that end, I’m delighted to tell you that with this issue, we’re also making St. Norbert College Magazine available online. The digital version will provide additional content that allows for a richer exploration of some of the topics included in each issue. This bonus material will include photo galleries, video, audio clips and more in-depth text.

Fall 2008 magazine

Web extras Web exclusives
Look here for web-only content that expands on topics presented in the current
St. Norbert College Magazine (PDF).

Photo Gallery Panama research experience
Explore images from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.

Photo Gallery A most excellent celebration
View images from the inauguration of the new president.

Video The Pursuit of Excellence
Watch the inaugural address delivered by Thomas Kunkel.

Photo Gallery Out to Africa
A photographic essay brings a Zambian connection to life.

Text Extra Bodyguard to the Packers
Enjoy recollections of the Ice Bowl, from the new book by Mike Dauplaise ’84.

Video “Communio”
This new video celebrates the college’s long heritage.



Story ideas? Your ideas for future magazine stories are most welcome. Write to the editor with any suggestions or comments.

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