ABOUT DR. ROBERT B. CALLAHAN

Dr. Robert B. Callahan was named the 11th president of Silver Lake College of the Holy Family, effective Jan. 30, 2018.

Dr. Callahan comes to Silver Lake College from Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he served for six years beginning in 2012, most recently as vice president for administrative, enrollment and student services.

Eric Volcheff, chairman of the Silver Lake College Board of Trustees, is pleased to welcome Dr. Callahan.

“On behalf of the board of trustees, we are excited to have an individual with the credentials and experience that Dr. Callahan possesses, leading the Silver Lake College of the Holy Family community,” Volcheff said. “The pool of talent that our executive search committee had to choose from was quite deep, but Rob rose to the top as the best individual to complete the strategic plan laid out by his predecessor and begin the next chapter for our college.”

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During his tenure at Mount Mercy University, Dr. Callahan led initiatives that grew freshmen and overall enrollment to record levels. He also was responsible for increasing residential, minority, international, veteran, choir/band and student-athlete enrollment to record levels.

Dr. Callahan supervised construction projects including a $16-million-dollar multi-stadium athletic complex, a chemistry labs renovation and a gymnasium renovation.

He has more than 24 years of professional experience in a broad array of areas within higher education, with more than half of those years as a senior-level administrator at four institutions of higher education.

“I am both humbled and honored to have been chosen to serve as president of Silver Lake College of the Holy Family. The Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity have built a wonderful Catholic institution with an academic program that focuses on the liberal arts combined with professional preparation that has transformed the lives of many students throughout its 82-year history,” Dr. Callahan said. “I am excited by the future potential for Silver Lake College of the Holy Family as America’s first Catholic Work College. The College is committed to providing students with hands-on, real-world work experience as an integral component of a high-quality and affordable college education.”

Dr. Callahan earned his Doctor of Philosophy in business administration with a specialization in management from Northcentral University in Prescott, Arizona. He earned his Master of Science in business administration and his Bachelor of Science in marketing management from Thomas College in Waterville, Maine.

He and his wife, Carolyn, along with their children, Jonathan and Katelyn, are “proud to become the newest members of the College's family,” he said and now live in the lakeshore area.

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INAUGURATION DETAILS

The Inauguration of Robert B. Callahan, Ph.D. 
As the Eleventh President of Silver Lake College of the Holy Family

Friday, October 5, 2018

11:30 a.m.
Delegate Registration Opens
Franciscan Center for Music Education and Performance
Rehearsal Hall

12:30 p.m.
Liturgy
College Chapel
Main Hall

1:30 p.m.
Robing - Faculty, Staff and Visiting Delegates
Franciscan Center for Music and Performance
Rehearsal Hall

1:30 p.m. 
Robing - VIP's (Trustees and Members of the Platform Party)
Franciscan Center for Music Education and Performance
Room 115

2:30 p.m.
Installation Ceremony
Bob and Pat Endries Performance Hall
Franciscan Center for Music Education and Performance

Reception immediately following the ceremony
Ariens Atrium

Please RSVP by Friday, September 21, 2018

"Start by doing what is necessary, then what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible"
- St. Francis of Assisi

REGISTRATION

Registration and Information for Off-Campus Guests

Guests who receive an Inauguration invitation and would like to register online can do so using the form below. Please respond by Friday, September 21.

Registration for members of the Silver Lake College of the Holy Family community is encouraged so that we can properly plan and make accommodations for all guests.

Inauguration Events

Sept. 3 – Oct. 12, Peter Koury Art Exhibit 
Face It, DuCharme Erdmann Gallery

Sept. 3 – Oct. 17, Bob Fleming Art Exhibit
With the Grain, Laker’s Edge Gallery, Franciscan Center for Music Education and Performance

Oct. 1 – Nov. 2, Danica Oudeans Art Exhibit 
Time Beings, Donald P. Taylor Gallery

Tuesday, October 2

Rollerskating with the President
9 p.m. at the Rollaire Skate Center 
Open to Students

Wednesday, October 3

The “Maine” Event
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the Main Dining Hall 
Open to Faculty, Staff and Students
Enjoy a change in menu as our Sodexo team prepares a Mariners luncheon as we celebrate Dr. Callahan’s home state of Maine.

Women’s Volleyball vs. UW-Manitowoc
6:00 p.m. at the UW-Manitowoc Fieldhouse

Transitus – Anticipation of Feast of St. Francis
7:00 p.m. at the Holy Family Convent Motherhouse

Thursday, October 4

Campus Blue and White Day
Open to Faculty, Staff, and Students
Wear your Silver Lake College of the Holy Family attire or blue and white to show your spirit as we celebrate Dr. Callahan’s upcoming inauguration.

Cookout and Bonfire
5:30 – 6:30 p.m. at the Reflection Garden
Open to Students, Faculty and Staff
Normal dining service will be available but in the form of a traditional Wisconsin cookout with an added flare.

Tri-College Movie Night
9:00 p.m. at Lakeshore Cinema

Friday, October 5 - Inauguration Day

Delegate Registration Opens
11:30 a.m. at the Franciscan Center for Music Education and Performance, Rehearsal Hall

Liturgy
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. at the Chapel, Main Campus
Open to Faculty, Staff, Students, Alumni and Community

Platform Party Robing
1:30 p.m. at the Franciscan Center for Music Education and Performance, Room 115
Open to President, Trustees, Cabinet, Speakers

Faculty/Staff/Student and Delegate Robing
1:30 p.m. at the Franciscan Center for Music Education and Performance, Rehearsal Hall

Installation Ceremony
2:30 – 3:30 p.m. at the Bob and Pat Endries Performance Hall, Franciscan Center for Music Education and Performance  Open to Faculty, Staff, Students, Alumni and Community

Reception
3:45 p.m. at the Ariens Atrium
Open to All Inauguration guests

Saturday, October 6

Women’s Volleyball vs. Grace Christian University
10:00 a.m. at the UW-Manitowoc Fieldhouse

Women’s Volleyball vs. Maranatha Baptist
2:00 p.m. at the UW-Manitowoc Fieldhouse

Attendee Information

Directions

Located next to Silver Lake in Manitowoc, Wisconsin near Interstate 43, Silver Lake College of the Holy Family is easy to find. For GPS directions, please use the address 2406 S. Alverno Road, Manitowoc, WI 54220.

FROM GREEN BAY 

  1. Merge onto I-43 heading south from Green Bay. You will remain on I-43 heading south for approximately 39 miles.
  2. Take exit #149 US-151 (Manitowoc/Fond du Lac).
  3. Turn right onto Hwy 151/Calumet Avenue.
  4. Continue going west on Hwy 151 until you reach South Alverno Road.
  5. Turn left on South Alverno Road and you will see the College parking lot.

FROM MADISON 

  1. Merge onto I-94 heading east from Madison. You will remain on I-94 heading east for approximately 70 miles.
  2. Merge left left onto I-43 North heading toward Green Bay.
  3. Continue for approximately 76 miles.
  4. Take exit #149 US-151 (Manitowoc/Fond du Lac).
  5. Turn left onto Hwy 151/Calumet Avenue and continue west to South Alverno Road.
  6. Turn left on South Alverno Road and you will see the College parking lot.

FROM MILWAUKEE 

  1. Merge onto I-43 heading north toward Green Bay. You will remain on I-43 for approximately 76 miles.
  2. Take exit #149 US-151 (Manitowoc/Fond du Lac).
  3. Turn left onto Hwy 151/Calumet Avenue.
  4. Continue going west on Hwy 151 until you reach South Alverno Road.
  5. Turn left on South Alverno Road and you will see the College and parking lot.

Parking

Campus parking is available on both the east and west sides of campus. The west lot will provide the closed parking to the Investiture venue.  For lot locations, visit the campus map. Complimentary shuttle service between the two parking lots will be available from 11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Cars with handicapped tags or plates will find accommodations in both lots, and in front of the main campus and the Franciscan Center for Music Education and Performance.

Special Requests

Should you need special assistance during your visit, please contact Colleen Cooper, director of alumni relations and special events, at 920-686-6221 or colleen.cooper@sl.edu.

Accommodations

The following hotels are offering special rates for Silver Lake College of the Holy Family guests. When making a reservation, please mention the room block designated for Dr. Callahan's Inauguration.

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Baymont Inn & Suites by Wyndham - Manitowoc Lakefront

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101 Maritime Drive
Manitowoc, WI  54220
920-482-2097

$99.00++/night for queen Thursday, $109.00++/night Friday or Saturday.

Holiday Inn Manitowoc

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4601 Calumet Avenue
Manitowoc, WI  54220
920-682-6000

$97.00++/night for queen

FAQ's

What is the purpose of having an inauguration? 

The tradition of a presidential inauguration in an institution of higher education dates back many centuries. Today, an inauguration accomplishes many important goals. It provides the chance to publicly acknowledge and officially welcome the new president. It also serves to heighten the visibility of the institution within the greater community. The celebration brings the campus together to recognize historic traditions and rally toward the future. Most importantly, it offers the new president an opportunity to publicly express his vision and priorities.

Who may attend the inaugural ceremony? 

All faculty, staff, students, alumni, community members and friends of the College, as well as those who have been invited as official delegates and special guests, are welcome.

Who from the Silver Lake College of the Holy Family campus is invited to march in the procession? 

Faculty, staff, alumni, invited delegates and special guests are invited to march in the procession. Academic regalia will be worn by faculty, staff, alumni and delegates.

Will campus offices be closed during the inauguration? 

Offices may close so that employees may attend the inauguration and celebrate with the Callahan family.

Who is invited to the reception following the ceremony? 

The reception is open to all who participate in the inauguration events throughout the day.

Who should I contact in case I have further questions? 

For more information, please contact Colleen Cooper, director of alumni relations and special events, at at 920-686-6221 or colleen.cooper@sl.edu.

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Send your congratulations to Dr. Callahan

Please use this form to send Dr. Callahan greetings and well wishes on his inauguration as Silver Lake College of the Holy Family’s 11th president.