University of St. Thomas Campus Partnerships


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Completed Projects


University of St. Thomas Pollinator Path


Intermediate Spanish I‌ (SPAN 211)Susana Perez Castillejo
Fall 2017

The Sustainable Communities Partnership is partnering with the Department of Biology's Pollinator Path to add multi-disciplinary and community educational value to the pollinator path. Students in Theology 101 and Spanish 211 (paired courses) will develop content for the Pollinator Path; this project work will also provide a framework for discussion and practice of the courses’ learning objectives.  Spanish 211 students will provide basic translation of key directions and actions related to exploring and understanding the Pollinator Path.  Translated content will be included on the Pollinator Path website.

The Christian Theological Tradition (THEO 101), Angela Senander
Fall 2017

The Sustainable Communities Partnership is partnering with the Department of Biology's Pollinator Path to add multi-disciplinary and community educational value to the pollinator pathStudents in Theology 101 and Spanish 211 (paired courses) will develop content for the Pollinator Path; this project work will also provide a framework for discussion and practice of the courses’ learning objectives.  Theology 101 students will identify quotes from Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si’, that interpret the Pollinator Path as an expression of care for creation from Catholic social teaching.  Encyclical quotes will be included on the Pollinator Path website.

 


University of St. Thomas Facilities


Facilities & Transportation Engineering (ENGR 466), Rita Lederle
Fall 2018

Facilities at the University of St. Thomas would like to develop a Bike Master Plan that outlines a strategy (including physical resources/infrastructure and programs) to create a campus environment conducive to biking.  One component of this effort is examining bicycle and pedestrian safety on campus and around the perimeter of campus.  Engineering students will analyze bicycle and pedestrian routes on and around the perimeter of campus taking into account use, safety, and social context.  Based on this analysis, students will make recommendations for bicycle and pedestrian pathways, placement of bike racks, traffic flow education, and signage.

Applied Business Research (MBA Client Consulting Program)Avinash Malshe
Spring 2018

A team of MBA students will act as consultants for St. Thomas Facilities to examine the question – what makes a campus conducive to biking and what does this look like for the St. Paul campus? Students will conduct interviews, surveys, and focus groups to examine the barriers and benefits of biking to campus for members of the St. Thomas community and develop recommendations to remove barriers and leverage benefits to encourage biking throughout the year. Students will share their findings with Facilities and provide recommendations for a Bicycle Master Plan through a presentation and research report.  

Engineering Graphics and Design (ENGR 171), AnnMarie Thomas, in collaboration with the St. Thomas Child Development Center
Spring 2018

One component of the Bike Master Plan is the design and placement of bike racks, including during winter months. Students will design bike racks for campus, based on criteria provided by Facilities and background research on bike racks and available technology. Preschoolers at the University of St. Thomas Child Development Center will collaborate on the project to design kid-sized bike racks. 

Marketing Research (MKTG 340)David Harman
Spring 2018

Students will collaborate with Facilities to design and conduct focus group or survey research with target groups within the St. Thomas community to support the development of a Bicycle Master Plan. Student-designed survey and focus group research will examine possibilities for infrastructure and programming to encourage members of the St. Thomas community to bike to campus year-round.


University of St. Thomas Campus Sustainability


Critical Thinking: Lit/Writing (ENGL 121), Alison Underthun-Meilahn
Spring 2018

Students will apply critical thinking skills through research, interviews and writing to highlight sustainability initiatives past and present at the University of St. Thomas. Students will create posters of these initiatives, which will be on display in the library rotunda in celebration of Earth Day to promote more community awareness of sustainability efforts at St. Thomas.