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The Mulvas

Miriam (Brozyna) ’69 and
Jim Mulva

May 2008

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Groundbreaking ceremony marks start of new library construction

The heavens blessed the official start of construction work on the new Mulva Library, a state-of-the-art purpose-built facility due to open next fall.

Teeming rain drove indoors the official groundbreaking ceremony for the college’s new library, but as the Rev. Jay Fostner, O.Praem., ’84 observed as he blessed the project, you can’t have a baptism without water.

The new facility will be the second most important building on campus after Old St. Joseph Church, said dean of the college Michael Marsden at the April 25 event. For the first time in its almost 110-year history, St. Norbert College will have a building designed from its inception to serve exclusively as a library.

Miriam (Brozyna) ’69 and Jim Mulva were present for the official breaking of ground along with other lead donors and professionals from the design and building teams. They joined Abbot Gary Neville, O.Praem., ’73, President William Hynes and chairman of the board of trustees Patrick Kelly ’77, in turning a symbolic spadeful of sod to mark the occasion.

Kelly paid tribute to Hynes’ lead in seeing the project to fruition: “Today, we celebrate the vision that Bill Hynes had for this library. All visions are rooted in deeply held belief. He will tell you that many other people worked hard for this day to become reality, and he is correct, but make no mistake about it, this library is his vision.”

For more information on the Miriam B. and James J. Mulva Library, or to follow the construction activities online, visit the Mulva Library web site.

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