Presidents Email - September 15, 2018 - New Saint Andrews College

Presidents Email – September 15, 2018

Welcome to my September update:

Hello from New Saint Andrews College.  We are happy to say that our 2018-2019 academic year is in full swing.  Thank you for praying for the adjustment and productivity of our faculty and students’ work. We are grateful for your interest and support in our endeavors here. 

Soup Night
Our students are settling in well. We take care to ensure that the freshmen feel welcome their first year as they learn to hit their academic stride. Faculty have them over for meals; upperclassmen host gatherings and Bible studies for them; even the local churches have the occasional barbecue or ice cream social for them. Last year, my wife Bekah and I began the tradition of hosting the freshman class at our house each Tuesday evening for what has come to be known as “Soup Night.”  Since freshmen are often hungry, we feed them homemade soup; we fellowship with them; and we invite a professor to join us and read to us in exchange for his dinner. This year we are working our way through P.G. Wodehouse’s The Code of the Woosters. In the picture below, the freshmen are concluding Soup Night with a little music practice.

Build NSA
With increased enrollment, the addition of the Music Conservatory, and a new graduate degree program, we are growing and expanding. We are thankful for this growth, and we remember that to whom much is given, much is required. Considering that we receive no federal funding (including federal student loans) and that we deliberately keep our tuition low, would you consider joining in our growth by giving to one of our Build NSA funds? Everything is helpful, and no gift is too small or too large. We are looking to raise $15 million over the course of five years under the following four fund categories:

1) Campus Fund for renovating the Cadillac Jack’s building that NSA acquired a year ago which will provide much-needed classroom and facility space. Currently Cadillac Jack’s still looks like a nightclub which has closed its doors. Given our recent growth, the need for this space to be transformed into classrooms is pressing.

2) Scholarship Reservoir for funding a large number of scholarships which we award to students annually. Currently this funding comes from our operational budget’s bottom line. Since our students are neither taking Pell Grants nor making use of subsidized loans, these scholarships are critical for bringing the NSA tuition into reach for some families.

3) Endowment which would create a financial anchor for the college. Eventually this fund would create a long-term scholarship resource from the interest generated. Additionally, this fund would provide crucial capital for faculty development.

4) Educational Outreach for continuing to produce new curriculum, national conferences, extensive developments in music, a new master’s degree in writing, and more. Contributing financially to this fund does not only build NSA, but helps build culture reaching beyond our walls.

Alumni Weekend
We continue to look forward to New Saint Andrews Alumni Weekend September 21-23. All alumni are invited to join us for a special Alumni Disputatio on Friday, followed by a wine and cheese reception. More details for the weekend, as well as registration information, can be found at https://connect.nsa.edu/alumni/alumni-weekend-2018/.

Prospective Student Weekends
We welcome high school seniors to come visit classes and activities; one of the best times to do that is during a prospective student weekend, which is particularly geared to address the questions of prospective students who want to find out more about college life at NSA. Those specific weekends are scheduled for September 21-22 as well as October 26-27. For more information and to register, see our admissions page at https://www.nsa.edu/admissions/visit-nsa/.

Benjamin Merkle
President of New Saint Andrews College


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