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January 2010
A New Page in History

A greeting from the director of alumni and parent relations

Dear Friends,

While preparing to ring in the new year of 2010, it occurred to me to wonder what was going on at St. Norbert 100 years ago. We have a number of yearbooks at the alumni house on campus but my search through our bookshelves came up empty for 1910. However, I got sidetracked when I discovered what I believe to be our earliest “Des Peres” yearbook, published in 1917. I couldn’t put it down. 

I’d like to share a note written by one of our first alums that was published in this annual. But before I do that, let me tell you about just a few of the things I’ve enjoyed most about this year – and that have me looking forward to 2010.

The alumni office is always open to your suggestions and, this past year, we responded with events geared towards young alumni, and alumni receptions in non-traditional communities. We reprised our family-friendly Homecoming Parade party. And we re-imagined our popular alumni college, now called A Day at St. Norbert.)

We're getting excited for 2010, particularly for our Wedding Party on June 5, where alumni couples will have the chance to renew their wedding vows. And we’ll soon be launching a new St. Norbert College social network. It’s called KnightKlub – named in honor of a former social hangout on campus. Watch this space for more news soon.

Now, let’s take a look at that note in the 1917 yearbook. By the way, there were 24 grads from the class of 1917. Half of the group was from De Pere or Green Bay. The other half consisted of 11 guys from Wisconsin towns – Kimberly, Kaukauna, Greenleaf, Wrightstown, Oconto Falls, Oconto, Laona, Tomahawk and Omro. The 24th member of the class was from Chicago – his name was Joseph Millay. And with Joe, our Illinois legacy was born.

The note I’ve alluded to was written by the Rev. Anthony Vissers, O.Praem., ’05. (We’re talking 1905!) In Vissers’ note describing the early days of St. Norbert College, he wrote, “The first boy to present himself for instruction was Francis Van Dyke, who came October 10, 1898. Two weeks later I joined him. One morning at recess time, we were disturbed by the clamor of acolytes standing beneath our window. They all wished to enter the classroom – we (Van Dyke and Vissers) reached through the window, grabbed one boy by the coat collar, and pulled him into the room, head first. It was Charles Savageau (who became the third student). The next week a fourth student, W.C. Marchant, came.”

If you’re interested in reading a snapshot of our first three years, take a look at the complete article by Vissers. It's a gem. You’ll learn that, the following fall, 12 students reported for classes, and by the fall of 1900 there were 22 students. It was time to build Main Hall. 

If you’d like to dip into our collection of yearbooks for yourself, there is always a warm welcome awaiting you at the alumni house. Stop by next time you’re on campus, curl up by the fireplace and page through part of our history.

Until then, here’s wishing you a prosperous 2010 filled with good health and many blessings. A Happy New Year!

Todd Danen ’77
Director of Alumni and Parent Relations

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