Normandale Celebrates its 50th Anniversary during 2018-19 Academic Year

By Steven Geller - Director of Media and Public Relations

Normandale Community College will celebrate its 50th Anniversary with a variety of events during the 2018-19 academic year.   

The first day of classes for Normandale took place on Monday, September 23, 1968. The prior day there was a dedication ceremony, featuring founding Normandale President Dale Lorenz and Chancellor of the Minnesota Junior College System, Philip Helland.  

Information regarding the 50th Anniversary is available at   To commemorate the 50th Anniversary, Normandale will be hosting of events throughout the academic year. The primary events during the 2018 fall semester are the Jubilee Open House on Saturday, September 22 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and the Student Jubilee on Monday, September 24 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.   

The Jubilee Open House will feature a Magical History Tour and a pop-up museum timeline (featuring Normandale history and a small selection of banners from the Minnesota Historical Society's 1968 exhibit), delicious foods from the decades, a program featuring the evolution of Normandale in five stories, musical performances, a photo booth to capture the moment and other activities.  

The Student Jubilee will be a campus celebration that will feature musical entertainment, student performances, comments from President Joyce Ester and Minnesota State Chancellor Devinder Malhotra, Student Life speakers from the past and present, games and prizes and 50th Anniversary themed contests, Student Club display table and other activities.                  

Other 50th Anniversary events include:    

September 15, 2018: Normandale at Heritage Days                                                                                  
                                   Storytelling Festival, 12 to 5 p.m. (paid sessions from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.)

September 22, 2018:  Fall Into Wellness Event
                                    Retiree Luncheon, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Partnership Center)
                                    Sports Luncheon, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Partnership Center)
                                    Japanese Garden Festival, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

September 24, 2018    Student Jubilee, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Campus Green)                                               
                                     Trivia Contest, 4 to 5:45 p.m. (Kopp Center Garden Room)

September 28, 2018    Writing Festival, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Kopp Center Garden Room and other campus locations)

October 25, 2018         Film Festival (Night of the Living Dead), 3 to 5:30 p.m. (Kopp Center)

October 31, 2018         Film Festival (Rosemary's Baby), 3 to 5:30 p.m. (Kopp Center)

November 15, 2018     Normandale Psychology Dept. - Bystander Effect, 3:30 p.m. (Lorenz Auditorium)

March 19 & 21, 2019   Film Festival

April 11, 2019              Faculty and Friends Talent Show, 3:30 p.m. (Lorenz Auditorium)

April 25, 2019              Normandale Foundation Ovations Celebration

May 1-4, 2019              Spring Theatre Production