2005-2007 Academic Catalog
The St. Paul Campus
The St. Paul campus comprises the traditional baccalaureate women’s college and several graduate programs offered to both women and men. The women’s college encourages you to define yourself independently of the narrow expectations of women that society widely holds. In an atmosphere sensitive to women’s needs and concerns, the College provides quality programs in which you acquire knowledge, gain an understanding of your cultural heritage, develop the ability to make critical judgments and form a commitment to intellectual inquiry.
In addition to its broad-based liberal arts majors, St. Catherine’s offers top-quality pre-professional course work, healthcare programs and professional majors. Certificate and graduate programs, offered to both women and men, build on the strengths of baccalaureate programs and focus on professional certification and the development of personal and leadership qualities.
The Aimee and Patrick Butler Center for Sports and Fitness is a 56,000 square foot facility containing training equipment and workout spaces designed with the needs of female athletics in mind. The center includes an eight-lane, 25-yard indoor swimming pool, a sauna and spa; a suspended indoor jogging track; a state-of-the-art weight room and cardiovascular workout area; and a 13,000 square-foot gymnasium with courts for volleyball, basketball and tennis. The center is open to students, staff, faculty, alumnae/i and guests of the College.
COEUR DE CATHERINE
At the heart of the College of Catherine St. Paul campus, poised above the Dew Drop pond, connected to Our Lady of Victory Chapel and embracing the former St. Joseph Hall and the library, Coeur de Catherine commands attention. Coeur de Catherine, whose name means “Heart of Catherine,” was designed to link the spiritual, intellectual and social life of the College. Dining services, The Pulse, the Information Center, the St. Paul campus library and bookstore, a coffee shop, study areas, and Rauenhorst Hall are just a few of the services and amenities you’ll find in Coeur de Catherine.
The Pulse is the day and night club at the College of St. Catherine and is located on the first floor of Coeur de Catherine inside the Dining Room. Besides sponsoring concerts and movies, The Pulse serves as a venue for programs and offers a great space to get together with friends, work on class projects using the data ports in the booths, watch TV, and just have fun! Dining Services also offers a selection of food from The Pulse from 7-10:30 p.m. The Game Room, located next to The Pulse is the place to be. Join your friends for a game of pool or air hockey, play games on Playstation 2, or grab a board game and have some fun.
Derham Hall used to be a dormitory for the Sisters of St. Joseph. It now houses many of the administrative offices of the College, such as academic affairs, admissions, academic advising, financial aid, global studies, registrar, student accounts, and weekend college and graduate student resources.
Fontbonne Hall, completed in 1932, is named for Mother St. John Fontbonne, the woman who re-established the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet after the French Revolution and who first sent sisters to America. Fontbonne Hall houses classrooms, the family consumer and nutritional sciences department and the newly renovated offices for the business administration department. It also houses a gymnasium and racquetball court.
Mendel Hall is home to many of the business and science programs. In the spring, you will find the campus botanists in the garden level greenhouse. Biology students, professors and the Sisters of St. Joseph all assist in growing and developing the campus garden seedlings right here in Mendel Hall.
The O’Shaughnessy is the only performing arts venue in the Twin Cities focused on women performers. Each year, more than 100,000 people attend O’Shaughnessy events, including dance, music performances and speaking engagements. Popular draws have been the James Sewell Ballet, Fiona Apple and Maya Angelou. The Frey Theater is adjacent to the main stage, and provides an intimate black box space for student shows.
OUR LADY OF VICTORY CHAPEL
Our Lady of Victory Chapel is a must-see location on campus. It is a beautiful embodiment of the College’s Catholic nature and its close relationship to the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Paul Province. It was built in the 1920s under the watchful eye of Mother Antonia McHugh, our first president. Stepping inside this beautiful building, you can see why so many students, staff and faculty come here for solitude and meditation. It has a presence and a grandeur that belies its simple title.
VISUAL ARTS BUILDING AND CATHERINE G. MURPHY GALLERY
The Visual Arts Building contains studios for working with ceramic, wood, metal and stone sculpture, several multipurpose studios and special areas for photography, print making and jewelry fabrication. The building also contains classrooms, offices and a large lecture hall. The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery occupies the main floor of the building. It is one of only a handful of galleries in Minnesota that focuses on women artists and features their work in a majority of its exhibits.
Whitby Hall houses the English, Spanish, French, nursing, history and theology departments, as well as faculty offices. The top two floors of the building are a residence hall.
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