‘Meet me at the arches’ now has a double meaning

From the Alumni Association

As you walk through the skyway on the Minneapolis campus, you now will see the signature piece of architecture of the University of St. Thomas – the arches. In late September, the Alumni Association installed a mural of the famed arches outside of Food for Thought, the central meeting place on the Minneapolis campus.

The “original” arches were constructed as part of the building of Albertus Magnus Hall (now known as the John R. Roach Center for the Liberal Arts) in 1947 to connect it to Aquinas Hall. The center of the arches contains the sculpture of St. Thomas Aquinas and a plaque inscribed with the Prayer of St. Thomas Aquinas.

Throughout the generations, thousands of Tommies have walked under the arches while on campus. Today, freshmen begin their college education with a procession under the arches, and at commencement, graduates walk under a reproduction of the arches as a symbol of their transition from being a student to being an alumnus or alumna. Every August, the reproduction of the arches is the cornerstone of the St. Thomas display at the Minnesota State Fair. 

Now students, staff, faculty and alumni can say, “Meet me by the arches … in Minneapolis.”

For more information about the Alumni Association, visit its Web site.