Students are the reason why St. Thomas exists, why the university conducts capital campaigns such as Opening Doors, and why alumni and other friends of the institution give of their financial resources, their time and their spiritual support.
Endowed scholarships are permanent accounts that provide scholarship aid in perpetuity. More than 300 endowed scholarships were established during the Opening Doors campaign.
The Anderson Athletic and Recreation Complex features Schoenecker Arena for basketball and volleyball, a state-of-the-art aquatic center, a field house, a fitness center and weight room, locker rooms and offices. Other results of the Opening Doors campaign were the addition the Fowler Veranda and a video scoreboard in O’Shaughnessy Stadium.
The Anderson Student Center is the heart of campus social activity and the home to student clubs and organizations, dining, entertainment and several administrative functions. The John P. Monahan Plaza and the Murray J. Harpole Legacy Fountain outside the student center provide a welcoming atmosphere to all visitors to the student center and adjacent O’Shaughnessy Stadium.
The popularity of Catholic Studies’ academic programs (it is the fourth-largest major at St. Thomas) and its two institutes created a need for additional office, meeting and instructional space, which the expansion of Sitzmann Hall met effectively.
School of Law
The School of Law has been recognized nationally for its “best quality life” for students and “best professors,” and for eight years has maintained its position as a national leader in the rate of alumni giving. The Opening Doors campaign successfully raised funds for the school’s facilities, scholarships and endowed professorships.
Combining physical and virtual library resources into one collaborative “space” has been a priority for libraries on both the St. Paul and Minneapolis campuses. Raising endowment funds to support these enhancements was a priority of the Opening Doors campaign.
With funds raised during Opening Doors, the newest student residence hall was named Flynn Hall in honor of Archbishop Emeritus Harry J. Flynn, chair of the university’s Board of Trustees.