April 2009

Question:

Dear Abbot Pennings,

I keep hearing that the old library will be renovated – but into what? I am curious to know, having spent many an evening inside its walls. 

Beth Clabots ’83

Answer:

Beth,

Thank you for asking a most interesting question about a topic that will have a big impact on campus life.

Our forward-thinking master planning committee has already identified the Todd Wehr building as a future student service center. The phrase was new to me, but I understand it will be in the nature of a “one-stop shop” for students; a place where they can take care of all their administrative needs and more. What a wonderful convenience!

The library will move out of Todd Wehr into its marvelous new home across Third St. this summer. No time will be lost with the renovation of Todd Wehr. In fact, work is expected to be completed in spring of 2010.

The committee has been kind enough to furnish me with current plans for the new student service center, which will house the following occupants:

•    Registrar
•    Bursar
•    Financial Aid
•    Residential Education and Housing
•    Bookstore
•    Discoveries International
•    Payroll
•    Finance
•    Program of Faith, Learning and Vocation
•    Center for Community Service and Learning
•    Campus Ministry
•    College Parish
•    Office of Norbertine Life, Norbertine Volunteer Community
•    Academic Support Services
•    Career Services
•    Advising

In addition, I see there is provision for classroom space, a heritage conference room, a multicultural lounge, a reflection room, a health and wellness desk and more amenities. How wonderful that we can put a venerable building to such good use, all the while enjoying the benefits of our new facilities!

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.