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University of St. Thomas

University of St. Thomas

St. Thomas began offering graduate business classes in 1987 at a remodeled department store in downtown Minneapolis.

St. Thomas began offering graduate business classes in 1987 at a remodeled department store in downtown Minneapolis. In fall 1992, the university opened a permanent, $25 million, 150,000-square-foot campus at 1000 LaSalle Ave.

The building, named Terrence Murphy Hall in May 2000, hosts the Opus College of Business. Next door to Terrence Murphy is Schulze Hall and the Schulze School of Entrepreneurship. North of Terrence Murphy Hall is Opus Hall, opened in summer 1999 and home to St. Thomas' College of Education, Leadership and Counseling.

Connected to Opus Hall is a K-12 magnet school opened in 1999 by a consortium of nine Minneapolis area school districts. The city of Minneapolis owns a 640-car parking ramp under the two buildings. The University of St. Thomas School of Law began operations in Terrence Murphy Hall in fall 2001, then moved to the School of Law building located on the block south of Terrence Murphy Hall in 2003.

Artist Mark Balma created one of the largest frescoes in the United States on the arched ceiling of Terrence Murphy Hall's atrium. The seven-panel, 1,904-square-foot fresco was completed in the summer of 1994 and portrays the seven virtues discussed in the writings of St. Thomas Aquinas, the university's patron. The fresco was featured on "CBS Sunday Morning" and was the subject of a nationally broadcast ‌PBS documentary in 1999.

What is STAR?

STAR is the student programming board for the University. We are allocated 60% of the student activity fee and use that money to plan programs in the areas of lectures, music, entertainment, expeditions, community building, cultural celebration, and various special events.

Our goal is to provide an opportunity for students to interact and develop relationships outside of the classroom walls, but still within the St. Thomas community. STAR is comprised of 16 student intern positions and a general STAR Committee that all students are welcome to join.

Our Mission

St. Thomas Activities and Recreation (STAR) builds a strong campus community by enhancing current traditions and creating new programs. As a student organization, our objective is to encourage a balanced collegiate experience by coordinating student events that create social and educational opportunities.

The university is committed to the development of the student through a liberal arts education. Off-Campus Student Services fosters this commitment by providing hospitality, information, programs, resources and services to all students with an emphasis on commuters, non-traditional students, and students who live in the immediate neighborhood.

Our services develop community, success in academic and personal development and opportunities for cultural awareness and leadership development. We believe hospitality, support and information are important in order for undergraduate and graduate students to have a full campus experience.

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