Frequently Asked Questions

What is STAR?

STAR is the main event-planning body for the University of St. Thomas. STAR organizes and facilitates activities on and off campus using 60% of the student activities fee. STAR focuses its programming efforts in the areas of concerts, entertainment, lectures, movies, and various special events.

Through events, STAR provides social and educational opportunities as well as a forum for exploring controversial issues. Through programs such as dances, concerts, and comedians, STAR gives students an opportunity to interact with one another outside the classroom.

Through cooperative programming, STAR hopes to work with other organizations and departments to coordinate and promote a variety of events at Saint Thomas.

What can STAR do for you?

STAR encourages other clubs and organizations of the St. Thomas community to come to STAR as a programming resource. STAR has allotted 5% of each semester's budget for cooperative programming with other clubs and organizations. STAR will fund up to 75% of an event and not more than $3000. Funds shall be distributed according to the order of request; it is beneficial to begin programming early in the semester.
Please note that the lectures committee has a separate application for cooperative programming because it is allocated separate funds.

STAR board members can help deal with agents and performers, find resources on campus, negotiate contracts, advertise effectively, and other aspects of programming. However, STAR is only a resource and the interns will not plan a cooperative program event.

Please direct any questions or concepts to the STAR President at (651) 962-6136, or stop by room 317 Anderson Student Center.

What is the history of STAR?

Before STAR became an official organization, all of the programming efforts directed towards students of the University was done by a committee of ACC, originally referred to as "The Weekend Programming Committee." This was the arrangement throughout much the University's history, only recently did STAR and ACC separate to form two different student organizations.

As the student body began to grow throughout the late 1980's, so did the responsibilities and commitments of ACC. As the demand for campus programs began increasing, so did the time and effort needed plan and implement these programs. Due to this increasing burden on the resources of ACC it was decided that a new organization should be formed to deal exclusively with event programming for the student body.

Officially in 1992 the "Weekend Programming Committee" of ACC split to form a new organization, STAR. It was the mandate of STAR to provide educational and social opportunities to build a strong campus community through coordinating innovative student events.