Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and its Twin Cities Campus has come a long way since Professor Emeritus Marilyn Frost, Ph.D., first arrived in 1985.
Sharing her perspective from the inaugural days of the campus on Park Avenue in Minneapolis, Frost spoke to faculty and staff about the evolution of Saint Mary’s Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs on June 30. Her talk was part of an event that celebrated 30 years of the Twin Cities Campus.
Frost, who served as graduate dean from 1985 to 1996 before returning to the psychology department on the Winona Campus and eventually retiring, recalled how the arrival of Brother Louis DeThomasis as university president in June 1984 began the initiative to offer graduate courses throughout the Twin Cities metro area and beyond. That vision included making education at Saint Mary’s affordable, accessible and transformational — aspects that are still maintained today and come from the institution’s Lasallian heritage.
Frost said in the early days of the campus employees wore many hats. Before stretching several blocks down Park Avenue, the Twin Cities Campus began as a single rented building. Frost also described the introduction of bachelor completion programs and expansion to new sites.
“We acknowledged and embraced the power of adults coming back to transform their lives,” Frost said of what has propelled the Twin Cities Campus. “It was powerful to work with them. Whenever I return, I am amazed. I have to tell you, I am thrilled and moved beyond measure to see a thriving adult campus here.”
In addition to Frost’s talk, to commemorate the 30 years, a sugar maple tree was planted in the front lawn of Brother Louis Hall. Employees of more than 20 years of service to the university helped plant the tree.