Alumni-centered events offer a chance to reconnect with college days
On April 13, two alumni favorites – The Wedding Party and Alumni College – make their return on the same date, offering former students the chance to return to campus for a day of love and learning.
The Wedding Party
More than 3,000 alumni have fallen in love and joined together in marriage with fellow St. Norbert graduates, and this year’s Wedding Party will give these couples a chance to celebrate at a vow-renewal service.
At the first Wedding Party in 2010, alumni who had been married for decades joined together with newlyweds to share their love stories with the campus community. “Coming home to the chapel, and the community which saw the beginnings of our relationship over two decades ago, was like receiving a big, warm hug from someone you love and have missed,” says Carol (Sessler) Bruess ’90 who attended with her husband Brian Bruess ’90. “We greatly enjoyed the historic, symbolic value of the entire Wedding Party; we adored having the chance to be in fellowship with other SNC couples; we fully embraced the unique and powerful chance to be part of the vow renewal ceremony and Mass. Another best part: dancing like we were 19 again!”
Todd Danen ’77 (Alumni & Parent Relations) agrees: “The vow-renewal ceremony was very special. It was apparent that the service had a profound emotional impact on all the couples, and the wedding reception that followed was lively and fun.”
This year's ceremony is scheduled to take place at 5 p.m. in Old St. Joe's with a reception and dinner to follow at Michels Commons Ballroom.
For those looking to get back to the excitement of a classroom environment without all the homework and exams, Alumni College provides the ideal excuse.
“St. Norbert alumni are lifelong learners, and they want to take advantage of the opportunity to come back,” says Chris Betcher (Alumni & Parent Relations). “For some it is a favorite professor, for others it is the topic of the academic sessions.”
This year’s eighth annual Alumni College offers a lineup filled with a variety of topics offered to the “returning students” of St. Norbert as well as the general public.
The lectures and presentations include:
- “Physics and Photography” with Erik Brekke (Physics)
- “The Craft and Art of Musical Composition” with Blake Henson (Music)
- “Pharm on the Farm: Antibiotics in Agriculture” with David Hunnicutt (Biology)
- “Sufficient Grace: The Call to Hear and Speak God's Word Today” with Julie Massey ’87 (Campus Ministry and Faith, Learning & Vocation)
- “Climate and Global Warming” with Rebecca McKean ’04 (Geology)
- “Inspired Imagination: Contemporary Art and the Community of the Saints” with the Rev. James Neilson, O.Praem., ’88 (Art)
A reception and entertainment are scheduled for those who are able to make it to campus Friday evening. Events on Saturday, April 13 include a continental breakfast, luncheon with keynote speaker Kevin Quinn (Economics), academic sessions, a reception and a campus tour.
For further details and to register for either or both events, visit The Wedding Party and Alumni College online.