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June 2008


Dear Abbot Pennings,

As a recent graduate, I understand that I am now an official member of the St. Norbert College Alumni Association. I'm curious to know how long the alumni association has been in existence. 

Billy Falk ’08


I do appreciate your question, Billy. I am so pleased to know that you have now joined the fine alumni of St. Norbert College!

The alumni association has roots that can be traced all the way back to the early 1900s. In fact, it was officially organized during the rededication of Boyle Hall in August of 1917.

A group of alumni organized a reunion around the event and a business meeting followed the festivities. The first alumni association officers were elected and the group planned to have an annual meeting and banquet during Commencement week. The St. Norbert Alumni Association has undoubtedly grown much since 1917 – not only in number, but in scope as well.

I hope that you will stay connected with the college in your years to come. The office of alumni and parent relations plans many events during the year that provide opportunities for you and other alumni to stay in touch with one another and with St. Norbert College!

Responses to “Ask the Abbot” questions are penned by St. Norbert College staff in the name of Abbot Bernard Pennings, O.Praem., who founded St. Norbert College in 1898.

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