Frequently Asked Questions

I heard that I can purchase meals at the View and Binz using my St. Thomas ID card - how does that work?

Similar to students, UST faculty and staff may also use their St. Thomas ID card as a meal plan card if a Faculty/Staff Meal Plan Block is purchased for a $75 fee. These meals may be redeemed at either The View or the Binz Refectory on the St. Paul campus.
 
To purchase a meal block, log into Murphy Online, select the Employee Services tab, and then select the Purchase Faculty/Staff Meal Plan Online option. Using a credit card online is now the only way to purchase a Faculty/Staff Meal Plan.

What does the Staff Council do?

Members of the NESC (non-exempt staff council) serve all hourly employees at the University of St. Thomas.  Some of our activities include:

  • hosting an annual staff forum event with university administration
  • hosting an office supply swap
  • hosting an annual Christmas party for children and grandchildren of St. Thomas staff and faculty
  • hosting the staff appreciation breakfast in the spring
  • supporting various outreach programs that provide donations to local charities
  • sponsoring a scholarship for current hourly employees or children of hourly staff members that participate in a VISION trip

We want to do all we can to be sure that all hourly staff members are aware of the benefits available by virtue of working at St. Thomas and we work to promote clear and open communication between staff and administration.

What are some of the perks of being a staff member at St. Thomas?

There are many advantages of working at St. Thomas listed in the Benefits Handbook on the HR website, including information about health benefits, educational benefits, financial planning and security benefits, time off and leaves, and other miscellaneous benefits (Employee Assistance Program, Travel assistance, legal assistance, and info about the MERSC discount program).

In addition to the above benefits, there a number of other perks available, including the following:

Credit Union
Any employee of the University of St. Thomas, of St. Thomas Academy, or of the St. Thomas Employee Federal Credit Union, is eligible to join the credit union. Immediate family members of these employees are also eligible to join the credit union. Membership does not cease with the termination of employment--"Once a member, always a member," so long as the required minimum balance is maintained in the basic share account. A variety of services are available, including saving accounts (including a Christmas Club savings account), loans at competitive rates for new or used vehicles, and a free notary public service.

To become a member, applicants will need to fill out a membership card, provide the credit union with a copy of a picture ID, and deposit a minimum of $5 in a basic share account.

Membership materials are available at the Credit Union office located at Loras Hall room 209, or can be requested by calling (651) 962-6660 or emailing creditunion@stthomas.edu. In addition, St. Thomas employees can have money easily transferred to their credit union saving(s) account or loan account by the St. Thomas payroll office by filling out an Automatic Payroll Deduction form, available through the credit union office.

Discounted Tickets
Tommie Central, located on the first floor of the Anderson Student Center, provides discount tickets to a variety of movie theaters, local attractions, and seasonal events to St. Thomas students, staff, and faculty. To purchase tickets, a valid St. Thomas ID must be presented at the time of purchase. Some tickets require the first and last name of the purchaser as well as the purchaser's St. Thomas email address.

In addition to a walk-up service, an online TouchNet Marketplace service allows St. Thomas students, staff, and faculty to shop in a virtual mall for a selection of Tommie Central's discount ticket offerings. Tickets purchased online can be shipped through intercampus mail or picked up at Tommie Central. This is a great opportunity that allows Tommie Central to serve more of the campus community, especially those primarily located on the Minneapolis campus.

Equipment Rental
Tommie Central has a variety of camping and sports equipment available to rent. Check out the website for a list of available items and rental costs.

Bike Rental
Tommie Central offers a bike rental program for St. Thomas students, staff and faculty. Several hybrid-style bikes are available at no cost for a daily rental. The bikes are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Advanced reservation of the bikes is not allowed. Individuals renting a bike from Tommie Central must agree to and abide by the terms laid out by the Tommie Central Bike Rental Program Waiver. Bike rentals include use of the bike, a helmet, and a keyed lock.

Library Services
All St. Thomas students, staff, and faculty have access to the St. Thomas libraries. While most of the materials available are academic related, a variety of leisure books and DVD's located in the O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library are also available and can  be checked out using a St. Thomas ID card. Amazon Kindle e-reader devices are also available for checkout.

In addition, staff and faculty members on the St. Paul campus can now opt to have books requested from CLICnet (the libraries catalog) or Interlibrary Loan delivered to their on-campus mailbox.

Printing Services
In addition to offering services to St. Thomas academic and administrative departments, the St. Paul campus Service Center also handles jobs for individual staff, faculty, and students as well. Invitations, stationery, posters, and other items can all be printed with a fairly fast turnaround time. Contact the Service Center for more information about available services and pricing.

Mail and Shipping Services
There is a full service U.S. post office located on the lower level of Murray-Herrick Center that sells stamps, mails packages, and handles money orders. All services can be paid for by just cash or check--credit cards are not accepted. FedEx shipping services are also available.

What is the Hourly Employee Purchased Leave Time (HELPT)

For additional information on the Hourly Employee Purchased Leave Time (HELPT), please visit the Human Resources site here.

Can I use the athletic facilities on campus?

Yes! All staff members are welcome to use the athletic facilities on the St. Paul campus, participate in fitness classes, join intramural sports teams, and walk with the Tommie Walkers group.

Anderson Athletic and Recreation Complex (AARC)

For on-the-job fitness convenience, look no further than St. Paul’s North Campus, site of the Anderson Athletic and Recreation Complex.  This 180,000 square foot facility contains a fitness center, weight and aerobics rooms, aquatic center, walking track and more.  Work out on your own or enroll in one of the different fitness classes that are offered such as yoga, spinning, aerobics or boot camp.

Current regular full-time and regular part-time employees (including faculty adjuncts) of the University of St. Thomas receive complimentary AARC access with a valid UST identification card.  This complimentary membership is valid for the individual only.  Should a member wish to bring a non-member to the AARC, guest passes or community/alumni memberships may be purchased.  All AARC users must be 18 years of age or older and must present a valid UST ID card for access into the fitness areas of the facility.  Please note that there is a charge for fitness classes. 

McCarthy Gymnasium

The McCarthy Gym, located on the South Campus of the University of St. Thomas’s St. Paul Campus, is a multi-purpose gym facility intended to support the recreational, intramural and athletic activities of the UST community.  The facility is free and open to all St. Thomas students, staff and faculty.  A valid UST ID card must be presented for each visit. 

Fitness Classes

The AARC offers a variety of fitness classes which are available for students, faculty and staff at a discounted rate. The class offerings and schedules are always changing, so click on the link below to see what's being offered now! 

http://www.stthomas.edu/aarc/classes/

Intramurals

UST Intramural sports are not just for students! All faculty and staff are eligible to form a team of their own or to join a team that already has been formed.  Intramural sports vary by season and include softball, basketball, volleyball, bean bag toss, soccer, tennis, dodgeball, kickball, badminton, floor hockey and many others.  Registration is simple: Follow the link to find out how to get started!

http://www.stthomas.edu/aarc/intramurals/

Tommie Walkers

Tommie Walkers meet from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. every Wednesday in the AARC. Check in at the desk and walk the entire time, or for as long as you can. There is also a group that meets in Minneapolis (meet in the hall outside of Food for Thought, near its checkout). This is another great opportunity to earn Vitality points and to meet Wellness Committee members. Come by yourself or bring a co-worker—or two or three! 

  • St. Paul Tommie Walkers meets at the AARC at noon on Wednesdays and swipes in to get their Wellness points.
  • Mpls Tommie Walkers meets by Food for Thought then decides where they are going for their walk that day.
  • Email Bev Johnson at bhjohnson@stthomas.edu if you would like to get your name added to the weekly email list.