@St. Norbert June 2007 - Reunion/Homecoming 2007 - Class of 1957 St. Norbert College
@St. Norbert
What a Good Year?

Save the date:
Reunion/Homecoming is
October 19-21, 2007




A VERY GOOD YEAR: 1957

Out in the world:

  • Dwight D. Eisenhower was president.
  • Sputnik was launched.
  • “Leave it to Beaver,” “Maverick” and “Perry Mason” premiere.
  • The Frisbee disc and the Ford Edsel were introduced.
  • Theodor Geisel, under the pen name Dr. Suess, wrote an easy reading book for children, featuring a feline—“The Cat and the Hat.”

On campus:

  • The Very Rev. Dennis M. Burke, O.Praem., S.T.D., J.C.D., ’26 serves as the first full-time president of St. Norbert College.
  • Abbot Pennings Hall of Fine Arts and Frank J. Sensenbrenner Hall are completed and dedicated.
  • Main Hall is remodeled.
  • Sir Nubs (a cartoon knight) is introduced as the long hidden spirit of the College.

Fond memories ...

  • Hockey on the Fox River.
  • Summer camp at Fort Riley, Kan.
  • Dances at Hotel Northland.
  • St. Norbert College football is named Wisconsin’s No. 1 Small College Team. The team is led by head coach Mel Nicks and assistant coaches Charles Tollefson, Bill Gregorich and Larry Van Alstine ’56.
  • The cheerleaders’ skirts covered the ladies’ shins while the men’s shorts were just that—short. Today we have a “reversal of fortune”?
  • Nancy Eklund ’58 is the first Campus Sweetheart.

... and continuing connections:

Jim Woulf, John Bayer and Bob Van Dyck have stayed in touch. After graduation, John and Jim entered the army as ROTC officers three months apart. John paved the way for Jim and his new wife, Jackie, as he entered Transportation Training in Virginia and Flight School in Texas. He was best man at their wedding and godfather to their first-born son.

Friendships like these were found across campus. Woulf sums up his memories of St. Norbert: “It was just a healthy learning environment, such an incredible experience. The class of 1957 was special, very close, high moral values and plenty of energy.”

All three continue to stay in touch through e-mail, phone calls and annual visits to De Pere and/or Arizona. John and Bob live in Arizona eight months a year, and Jim visits during winter months.

Reunion/Homecoming plans:

Now these friends and many others are looking forward to returning to St. Norbert College to renew old friendships at this year’s Reunion/Homecoming.

Although they have lost touch with many of their classmates, Woulf, Bayer and Van Dyck are anxious to see as many people as possible. “You knew everyone well, the campus was very small and very close,” says Woulf. They and a few others will be contacting fellow classmates to encourage them to join them in the reunion festivities.

Now it’s up to you! If you would like to be a part of planning your class’s 50th anniversary reunion, or just want to know more about what’s in the works, contact the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations.

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