St. Norbert College receives $7 million dollar gift from Michels family for student union enhancement

From St. Norbert College, October 20, 2010
by Mike Counter, mike.counter@snc.edu, (920) 403-3089

St. Norbert College has received a $7 million dollar gift from the Michels family to transform the school's Sensenbrenner Memorial Union into a state-of-the-art commons and dining facility.

The gift was announced by St. Norbert College president Thomas Kunkel at the college's October 2010 board meeting. The board of trustees unanimously approved immediate design and construction of Michels Commons. In attendance was Pat Michels '81, president of Michels Corporation and trustee of the college.

The Michels family has long been a part of the St. Norbert College community. Ruth and the late Dale Michels sent three of their four children to St. Norbert College including Pat '81, Tim '84 who is the Vice President of Michels Corporation and Kevin '89, Vice President of Equipment Division and Michels Corporation. Their granddaughter Michelle Michels, daughter of Pat and Marysue, will graduate with the Class of 2012.

Michels Commons will include a ballroom, reception spaces and outdoor patios. In addition, Ruth's Marketplace -- named in honor of Ruth Michels