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Message from the President: Fall greetings

Nov. 18, 2009

To our alumni friends:

Well, Deb and are I are certainly enjoying our second Wisconsin autumn. Interesting how this year October decided to masquerade as November, but November has thus far been pleasantly October-like! I guess in our part of the world, with its anything-goes weather, you just learn to enjoy the great days whenever they come.

I see some of you have used the milder weather to get a head start stringing those outdoor lights. In times that continue to be challenging in so many ways, it seems like we’re all readier than ever for the friends, family and fellowship of the holiday season.

At St. Norbert, we’re making our holiday preparations, too. Indeed, things here are as busy as ever. Like you, we’ve been parrying the flu bug. Students are moving into the final anxious weeks of the fall semester. Our football and volleyball teams just concluded highly successful seasons, the hockey team got off to a great start, and our men’s and women’s basketball teams are just tipping off. 

And if you’ve been south of campus recently, you know that bulldozers and front-end loaders are shoving dirt around, readying the ground for spring construction of the new Donald J. Schneider Stadium and Athletics Complex.

We’ve also been busy with our fall phonathon, which just concluded, and I want to thank you for what was another extraordinarily successful effort.

By the end of the phoning, 1,867 of you had made pledges to St. Norbert College totaling $188,404. Let me put that in perspective for you—our previous phonathon resulted in 1,395 gifts totaling $111,558. 

Results like that are welcome under any circumstances, but they’re especially remarkable in light of an economy that remains stubbornly sluggish.

And though we’ve just finished, more than half of you already have fulfilled your pledges. Thanks for that!

To remind you, the phonathon is part of our annual St. Norbert Fund (SNF). Money raised for the SNF goes to all the things we do to operate the campus, from scholarship help to program support to keeping the lights on. As such, it’s an indispensible part of our budget each year.

The great majority of our phonathon donors are alumni. I know that many of you enjoy talking with the student callers, getting to know how they’re doing here and what they’re studying, and no doubt comparing their experience at St. Norbert to yours, no matter how long ago that might have been. I can tell you that the students enjoy those conversations, too.

This is the time of year for counting our blessings. For St. Norbert College, one of our greatest blessings is the support of our loyal alums. So thanks again for your phonathon pledges. If you’ve already fulfilled yours, much appreciated; if not, please don’t forget. 

I hope Deb and I will see you soon at one of the myriad campus events occurring between now and Christmas. Meantime, perhaps (like me) you’re doing a little dieting so you can enjoy the upcoming Thanksgiving feast in good conscience!

Thomas Kunkel


P.S. If you haven’t already received your St. Norbert College Magazine, it will be arriving in your mailbox shortly. This issue focuses on libraries and highlights the ways the Mulva Library already has become a beacon of learning on campus. Also in this issue, you’ll find the 2008-09 President’s Report. Just a reminder, you can access the online version of the magazine at