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Message from the President: SNC Day

Sept. 10, 2009 

To our alums:

I want to remind you that the college will be hosting its first annual SNC Day event on Saturday, Sept. 19. The purpose of the event is to encourage people from the surrounding communities to explore our campus and all we have to offer. We are hoping for good weather and a great crowd, and I hope that you and your family can join us for the food, entertainment and many fun activities we have planned.  

The full list of events can be found at, but to give you an idea of what's in store, here are the highlights. Food will be served at various locations on campus -- the Union patio will be offering hamburgers, booyah and hot dogs, the Campus Center will have free lemonade and popcorn available, there will coffee and baklava on the International Center patio, and both Ed's and Phil's will be open.

The entertainment schedule in the gazebo includes a 21-piece mariachi band from 10:00-11:00 a.m., our own St. Norbert Jazz Ensemble at 11:00, the local area favorite Big Mouth will play from 12:00-2:00 p.m., and student Matt Schmitz and his band Dance Billy Dance will perform from 2:00-4:00 p.m. (They received national attention last spring when they played as part of Garrison Keillor's Prairie Home Companion broadcast at the Appleton PAC.) And we'll have a strolling barbershop quartet on campus throughout the day.  

We are planning a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, and registration forms can be found on the SNC Day web site. There will be more than 20 mini-lectures covering numerous subjects -- from art appreciation to poetry to the American family -- along with physics and chemistry demonstrations. 

We'll have wellness activities, too. There will be Zumba, yoga and hula hooping, and the International Center patio will have a full day of entertainment and activities -- from African dancers and drummers to Hmong children's dancers and salsa dancing lessons. 

In case your legs get tired, there will be horse-drawn wagon rides through campus; boat rides up and down the Fox; and pedicabs, trams and ferries will be available to get you back and forth across the river.   

Again, this is a just a sneak peek, so please check out the web site for a full list of all of the events. The City of De Pere is hosting FallFest on the east side of the river, so there will be lots of activities happening there as well. We'll have students' families here because the event coincides with Family Weekend and, all in all, it will be a great day. I hope you can join us.  

Tom Kunkel