The President’s Page - September 3, 2015
“…focused on the unrelenting pursuit of excellence.”
Up-to-the-minute information for members – and prospective members – of Cathedral’s Heritage Society*
Enrollment is Up! • Campus Upgrades • Reunion Weekend • Heritage Dinner
Master Plan 2018
Enrollment is Up!
Enrollment is larger than last year, our fund raising success was better than for each of the last two years, and we’re delivering an education to our students which is constantly improving – striving to be unmatched.
Such is the news from the center of campus at your school.
Welcome to September and to Cathedral’s 131st year. We have been in session for more than three weeks when you count the start of activities. We won’t count our enrollment officially until day #10 – September 11th – but as of now we are up by several students.
Our program includes an expansion of engineering, including robotics; American Sign Language, music appreciation, and constant improvements to our Laptops for Learners, which is now in its fourth year with much success.
Since mid-August we have been welcoming thirteen excellent new members of the faculty and staff – from a native speaking teacher of Chinese to a kitchen helper.
At present, the finance office is preparing for the annual audit of our books. We anticipate another good year as each of the last several has been.
If you are visiting campus you’ll notice greener grass, attractive signage, more colorful flowers, and six new flag poles featuring representative flags of the thirteen countries from which our international students come. If you were to climb onto the roof of the 1938 building you would observe extensive repairs which should have been made ten years ago, but which now have been keeping out the rain – and should for many years to come.
Reunion Weekend was a big success as hundreds of alumni returned to campus to visit among each other and with our faculty and staff. It’s always the second weekend of August, so make plans to join us one of these years.
At the October 23rd Heritage Dinner Red and Lynn Grewing, as a couple, will be honored with the Golden Crusader Award, Cathedral’s highest recognition. This event is open to the public; you can find information about it elsewhere on our web site.
Master Plan 2018
On October 2nd Bishop Donald and the Members of the Cathedral Corporation will meet to determine whether we’ll move forward with our goals #8 and #9, which is to say our proposed capital improvements and the generation of capital needed for those improvements.
Bishop Donald has taken steps to put the entire E-12 (Early Childhood) Catholic School System within the St. Cloud metro area under one system of governance and administration. The newly-incorporated name is Catholic Community Schools. Local campuses, such as Cathedral, will likely retain their existing names. This new system is scheduled to carefully transition into full operation by twenty-two months from now – July 1, 2017.
We think this is a brilliant move as it helps to provide a more strategic and synergistic framework within which the schools can become stronger, bigger, and better. Please say a prayer for all of us as we work to strengthen the Church.
Please know you are always in our prayers. As Labor Day approaches and if you are blessed to have some time with those you love, cherish that time and do not defer nor neglect the people who are most important to you.
Michael A. Mullin
*Established in 2009, the Heritage Society is a distinguished group of alumni, parents and friends, who, year after year, set the pace for the Cathedral Fund by making a gift of $1,000 or more. The Heritage Society members' philanthropy accounts for more than 65% of all the Cathedral Fund support making education affordable and accessible for today's students.