A steering committee of trustees and administrators, along with the architects of Hollis Miller, sifted through campus-improvement ideas collected in surveys, interviews, and discussions with faculty, students, and staff. Using six distinct criteria, the group finalized the list and began to draw the plans.
In total, the project will cost $30 million. Thanks to the generosity of many alumni and community donors, four projects in Phase 1 are fully funded. We'll continue to look for supporters in our Saint Mary family, while also looking for community donors.
"Saint Mary is like one big family. I like that it's small, and when people ask how you're doing, they really want to know. There are so many opportunities on campus to get involved¡ªand there's always something going on. I'm a long way from home, but I can't think of better place to call my home-away-from-home."
Dallas, Texas | Class of 2018
This project will take approximately eight years to complete (2014-2022).
Fresh food, fellowship, and options¡ªthree priorities of the Saint Joseph Dining Hall renovation. ¡°We wanted the entire Saint Mary community¡ªundergrads, commuters, and grad students¡ªto feel welcome at the table,¡± said Lisa Patoka, assistant dean to Student Life. ¡°Our new contemporary food court is the perfect place to strengthen our close-knit community, and it absolutely enhances the USM student experience.¡±
Kitchen: Out with the old and in with the new¡ªthe kitchen received a much-needed makeover. Shiny new ovens, sparkly new energy-efficient refrigerators, and a streamlined dish return that separates trash from recyclables.
Choices: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner¡ªstudents now have plenty of options to choose from at the food court. Prepared-to-order entrees, pizza, deli sandwiches, comfort foods, and a soup and salad bar.
Extended Hours: On top of extending its hours, the food court offers a grab ¡¯n go area¡ªgreat for mid-day snacks or meals during off hours. And though students can use cash to pay for their eats, the new OneCard is the ideal way to pay.
Of USM¡¯s 18 varsity men¡¯s and women¡¯s athletic teams, seven compete in the new facility¡ªfootball, men¡¯s and women¡¯s soccer, men¡¯s and women¡¯s lacrosse, men¡¯s and women¡¯s track & field. The Saint Mary softball and baseball teams both use the turf to practice ground balls and condition.
De Paul Library is now equipped with a second television-collaboration station. This setup allows students to practice group and/or PowerPoint presentations before the big day with the same technology that¡¯s used in the classroom. The library is also working to digitize our impressive Bernard H. Hall Abraham Lincoln Collection, Sir John and Mary Craig Scripture Collection, and the new Bobby D. Lawrence Civil War Collection. USM was selected as one of 42 colleges by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) to be a member of the Consortium on Digital Resources for Teaching and Research. Through the use of SharedShelf, a cloud-based uniform digital platform for cataloging, member colleges will be able to store, preserve, and share hidden or lesser-known collections. Digital images, documents, audio and video files, and other types of materials will be more easily searchable¡ªimproving teaching and learning, enriching faculty and student research, and streamlining administrative capabilities. ¡°This is exciting for us,¡± said Danielle Dion, director of USM¡¯s De Paul Library. ¡°The grant allows us to create a digital repository and will enable us to establish connections and build partnerships with other institutions that have similar collections.¡±
"As an alum, I couldn't be more proud. And as a coach, I couldn't be more thrilled. Every day, faculty, coaches, and staff work to improve our university and our students' experiences at Saint Mary¡ªand building the Campus for Tomorrow is just one more way we can help create a life-changing experience for our students."
USM Head Football Coach | Class of 2004