New Building Construction Affects South Campus Traffic Beginning March 31
Construction began March 31 on a facilities and engineering building, with motorists able to enter or leave the south campus at Cretin and Grand avenues only if they park in the Anderson Parking Facility. Other vehicles will access the south campus from Summit Avenue. For additional construction details please refer to the Facilities and Engineering Building sidebar at left.
Undergraduate Admissions Moves to New Home, Affects Staff Parking Lot Near Murray-Herrick
For more than 25 years, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions has welcomed prospective Tommies to its space at 32 Finn. That’s all about to change.
As part of the university’s long-range space plan, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions will move to its new home in Murray-Herrick Campus Center. Located on the second floor, the newly remodeled space will provide a location in the heart of campus where prospective students and their families will be introduced to St. Thomas. The space is a welcome change as the Murray-Herrick Campus Center is fully handicapped-accessible and provides an appropriate abundance of purple and gray Tommie spirit. Additionally, this move will unite the Enrollment Services Division (Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aid) in one space – a move that has been in the making since the late 1998.
Beginning Friday, Sept. 6, look for Undergraduate Admissions in the Murray-Herrick Campus Center.
Parking Changes in Lot G
To accommodate the admissions location change, the parking spaces in parking lots G, outside Murray-Herrick and the O’Shaughnessy Educational Center, and L (outside 32 Finn) have been reallocated.
Parking Lot L will now be a faculty/staff (red) parking lot. A portion of the parking spaces in Lot G, along the north side of the parking lot, will now be reserved for admissions visitor parking. Admissions parking in Lot G will be enforced from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Some of the spaces will be permanent admissions spaces. Others will be marked with signs that will change to read “Admissions Visitors Parking Only” on days with high visitor volume.
The Public Safety Department acknowledges that this is a substantial change to these parking lots and to parking patterns, and that these changes may be an inconvenience to many parkers. However, the goal and mission of Undergraduate Admissions is critical to the success of the University of St. Thomas. The department appreciates understanding and flexibility.
Artificial Turf Improves the South Athletic Field
St. Thomas' new Field Turf surface on the entire South Field will get its first use this week with the start of fall soccer practices.
The $2 million summer project replaced natural grass and installed a state-of-the-art turf field to provide an improved and more durable surface for the university’s soccer and softball teams, as well as students who use the field for recreational purposes.
The layout of the South Field did not change. The soccer field continues to occupy the western two thirds of the site and run north-south, and the softball field will be in the northeastern third. New bleachers for soccer fans have been installed on the west side at midfield, just east of Binz Refectory. No lights were installed for the field.
The project involved scraping off 14 inches of grass and soil and replacing them with aggregate materials topped by artificial turf.
"This is another testament to the university’s commitment to provide a first-class student-athlete experience,” said UST men’s soccer coach Jon Lowery. “It will prove to be invaluable in the development and recruitment of our current and future student athletes."
Tommie women’s head coach Sheila McGill added, “The women's soccer team is extremely excited to have this new surface. It will improve our field condition and consistency throughout the season, and provide an exciting game-day environment."
UST softball coach John Tschida sees savings in time and money, and calls it a safer surface for sliding and infield practice. He also said it will spruce up the South Campus, providing “a more vibrant feel and giving it a splash of color and school spirit."
The Tommies are schedule to play the first four women's and men's soccer games on the surface on Labor Day weekend, starting with a Aug. 30 doubleheader.
For information about each construction project, please refer to the sidebar at left.