A month or two ago Marian University announced it planned a two-year college that would serve a different group of students than those who enroll at Marian. The typical student will be a day student who will be working part of the day and a student part of the day. Marian contacted many employers in the Indianapolis area about the plan and some of them will presumably support student/employees in their quest to improve their education at the new school. The plan reminds me of the model for a group of Catholic high schools, the Cristo Rey schools, which also have the mission to serve a population that is not well served by existing institutions.
What does this have to do with SJC? The new school will be named Saint Joseph's College of Marian University-Indianapolis. SJC has pledged to provide $1.5 million in scholarships to the students over the next ten years. If this school proves successful, Marian will do a feasibility study to see if the model can be replicated elsewhere, including in Rensselaer. So while there may be an immediate benefit to what is left of the Saint Joseph's College organization, there is no immediate benefit to Rensselaer.
Dr Elsener served on the SJC Board of Trustees before becoming president of Marian University. His son graduated from SJC.
As I left the event, I took a picture of the hallway in the Core Building. It looks the same except all the bulletin boards are empty.
Last weekend the SJC Alumni Association held its homecoming event in Brookside Park. The heavy rain kept me at home for most of the afternoon and when it let up and I went to the park, the event was winding down. I was told that it earlier had a good attendance and the people had enjoyed watching the film of the Aluminum Bowl game from the 1950s in which SJC and Montana State played to a 0-0 tie. One of the members of the team was there and watching his reactions to the film increased the enjoyment people got from the film.
The pond by the grotto had more weeds but the water lilies were still there.
The signage on the buildings is unchanged. The Welcome Center sign seemed a fun one to photograph.