From: Mike Counter, St. Norbert College, www.snc.edu, 920-403-3089, [email protected]
Wednesday, Sept. 18
DE PERE, WIS.: A dedication and benefit concert will be held Wednesday, Sept. 18, for the new Cassandra Voss Center located at 311 Grant Street on the St. Norbert College campus, in the former St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church. A gifted and promising student, Cassandra Voss was on track to become the first St. Norbert graduate to major in women’s and gender studies before her death in a car accident in 2007.
8:30-9 a.m. Prayer and reflection
Open house with tours and refreshments throughout the day
3 p.m. Formal dedication ceremony (Media interview opportunities available)
7 p.m. Concert benefiting the Cassandra Voss Center, featuring three live musical acts. Headlining is an a capella group, Street Corner Symphony, who finished runner-up on NBC’s all-vocal competition, “The Sing Off.” Also performing will be national recording artist Alyssa Bonagura and Fiona Cully, England’s–born country singer.
Tickets are $25 and available at https://tickets.snc.edu/s600 or by calling the St. Norbert College box office at 920-403-3950.
Cassandra Voss’ father, Kurt, says the center is all about enhancing the college’s education opportunities. “This center isn’t a memorial to my daughter – it’s more about developing another core competency for the college. St. Norbert inspired so much in my daughter and I want to pay it forward by creating this space where other young adults can discover and explore their passions.”
The center will house the Joan P. Schaupp Women’s Center, with which Cassandra was heavily involved during her time at St. Norbert. It will also house the Men’s Initiative and the women’s and gender studies program.
St. Norbert professor Karlyn Crowley will serve for the next two years as the center’s interim director. Crowley taught Cassandra in several classes and served as her academic adviser. She says she’s “honored, humbled and thrilled” to lead the center.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to have. Cassandra was such a special person and to be working in a facility that pays tribute to her is very special,” says Crowley. She will oversee the launch of the center and run it until a full-time director is hired.
The $2.7 million that is funding the project ranks among the largest-ever gift totals for gender programming at a college or university. The renovation of the church structure, built in 1883, preserves the building’s historic nature while offering modern conveniences.
For more information, contact Karlyn Crowley at [email protected] or 920-403-3148.