Frequently Asked Questions

How do I join a club?

Get involved and meet new people! Choose from approximately 140 student clubs and organizations on campus. To find information about upcoming club/org meetings and contacts check out the Club Directory.

If you need more information email Campus Life, call us at 651-962-6130 or stop in our office at the Anderson Student Center Suite 325.

How do I start a club?

The University of St. Thomas is home to over 140 student clubs and organizations.  If you have looked through the directory and can't find a club that meets your needs, you may be interested in starting your own club.

Here are 10 Steps for Starting a New Student Club/Organization on Campus:

  1. Meet with Campus Life Assistant Director.
  2. Secure a minimum of ten (10) organization members.
  3. Secure a full-time St. Thomas faculty or staff person to serve as organization advisor. The Department of Campus Life can assist clubs in securing an advisor if necessary. 
  4. Draft a constitution, using the Guidelines for Constitutional Drafting found in the Club & Organization Handbook. The constitution must include a mission statement describing the club‘s purpose and how it will contribute to the mission of St. Thomas.  If the mission or purpose is similar to an existing club or University sponsored organization (e.g. Yearbook, Tommie Media), the club will not be considered for recognition. The University of St Thomas does not recognize newly formed social Greek organizations. 
  5. Hold a meeting to elect officers and ratify your constitution. NOTE: Only registered organizations can reserve meeting rooms. The use of a room for this initial meeting may be approved by contacting The Department of Campus Life.
  6. Upon recommendation for approval of the Student Organizations Committee, your organization‘s application will be forwarded to the Undergraduate Student Government for approval at the next scheduled meeting. A representative of the club should be present to answer questions.
  7. The club president and advisor will receive email notification upon the completion of this process.
  8. Once approved, the club must register with Department of Campus Life.
  9. The registration process is complete once the Department of Campus Life receives confirmation from the faculty/staff member advisor.  
  10. *Clubs interested in being classified as a Club Sport, please read the Club Sport Appendix A in the Club & Organization Handbook.

Questions? Contact Ed Kim in the Department of Campus Life at 651-962-6195 or edkim@stthomas.edu

How can our club hang an atrium banner in the ASC?

Three Steps:

  • First reserve space in the Department of Campus Life office, ASC 325.
  • Then create the banner in the Program Resource Room (PR Room) located in the Frank and Judy Sunberg Student Leadership Center, ASC 308.  PR Room Hours 
    • Banners cannot exceed the dimensions of 3‘ horizontally by 6‘ vertically and must be displayed vertically.
  • Finally, a day before or day of your reservation, bring the banner to the Campus Life office, ASC 325, and the staff will hang the banner.   

Atrium Banner Policy:

University of St. Thomas recognized student clubs and organizations, departments and offices may submit advertising for display on digital display boards and atrium banners in the Anderson Student Center. Banners and digital posters may be displayed for a maximum of two weeks prior to specific event or two weeks for general announcements based on availability. All events must be approved before banners or posters are displayed.

  • All banners must be reserved through the Office of Campus Life (ASC 325.)
  • One banner per event/organization is allowed per week, based on availability.
  • Atrium banners may be displayed two weeks prior to specific event or two weeks for general announcements based on availability.
  • Banners cannot exceed the dimensions of 3‘ horizontally by 6‘ vertically and must be displayed vertically.
  • Banners may be constructed with materials in the Program Resource Room (ASC 316). Please allow for an extra two inches on the top and bottom for banner hangers.
  • It is the responsibility of the club or organization to make the banner and submit to Campus Life for display. Clubs and Organizations must pick up their banner from Campus Life at the end of the display period.

How can I post a flyer to the digital display boards in the ASC?

University of St. Thomas recognized student clubs and organizations, departments and offices may submit advertising for display on digital display boards and atrium banners in the Anderson Student Center. Banners and digital posters may be displayed for a maximum of two weeks prior to specific event or two weeks for general announcements based on availability. All events must be approved before banners or posters are displayed.

Directions and link to submit your electronic flyer can be found here.

What campus activities are planned for this weekend?

STAR has something planned on campus every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. Come to Scooters every Thursday at 9 p.m. to enjoy Thursday Night Live (TNL) entertainment. Friday night is time for the Friday Unwind a STAR programming series that is different every week. Saturday night, STAR sponsors "Tommies After Dark" from 10pm-12 midnight. Check the STAR website for a list of events.

What is STAR?

STAR (St. Thomas Activities and Recreation) is a student programming board for the University responsible for hosting fun and engaging events.  We are allocated 40% of the student activity fee and use that money to plan programs in the areas of music, movies, entertainment, excursions, University spirit, community building, recreation, 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 12 student intern positions.  Please see the STAR website for more information:  http://www.stthomas.edu/star/.

What is USG?

USG is the Undergraduate Student Government at St. Thomas. As the governing body of the St. Thomas undergraduate student population, USG is dedicated to advocating student concerns by working faculty, staff, the administration, community leaders, and fellow students to promote positive change while staying true to the Catholic identity of the institution.

The USG is comprised of 39 representatives who act as the voice of the students at the University of St. Thomas. USG is allocated 40% of the student activity fee to provide funding for recognized student clubs and organizations, class councils and other initiatives to enhance the undergraduate student experience.

What is a Fanamaniac?

FANAMANIAC is a program sponsored by STAR and USG designed to build school spirit and support TOMMIE athletic teams. FANAMANIAC events typically involve free food and free Tommie gear for those who come to cheer on the Tommies. If you love St. Thomas, and cheering on St. Thomas athletic teams then you are a FANAMANIAC!

What is Tommie Tuesday?

Every Tuesday is full of purple and grey at St. Thomas. All members of the St. Thomas community are encouraged to wear purple and grey every Tuesday to show their Tommie Spirit. If Tommie spots you wearing purple you may just win a prize. So make sure you wear your purple and grey and make every Tuesday, a Tommie Tuesday.

Who can use the Frank and Judy Sunberg Leadership Center?

The leadership center is open to all students at the University of St. Thomas. Often you will find members of various student clubs and organizations in the center conducting business or working on the computers. Stop by and visit with other student leaders or use the computers any time.

Where can I get discounted movie tickets?

Tommie Central located on the first floor of the Anderson Student Center is a great place to pick up discount movie tickets, as well as Valley Fair, Wild, Twins, Timberwolves and theatre shows. On top of discount tickets, Tommie Central also rents out equipment which allows you to experience Minnesota’s great outdoors.

Where is the Department of Campus Life located?

We are located on the third floor of the Anderson Student Center in suite 325. Please stop by and visit us to learn about:

    • clubs and organizations
    • leadership opportunities
    • student government
    • Aquinas Yearbook
    • events on campus including movies, lectures, St. Thomas spirit events and Homecoming
    • all of the great ways to get involved!

What is DAB?

The Diversity Activities Board (DAB) is a student programming board for the University responsible for bringing educational programs focused on diversity and inclusion.  We are allocated 20% of the student activity fee and use that money to plan programs such as lectures, music, workshops, community building, cultural celebrations, and various other social justice events.  We hope you will take advantage of our programs to learn more about yourself and others.  As we build mutual understanding, our community grows closer and we are better prepared to work together both in and outside the classroom.  DAB is comprised of 6 student intern positions.  Please see the DAB website for more information:  http://www.stthomas.edu/dab/.