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Aerial drone views of the new Schoenecker Center STEAM building on south campus

STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math

The Schoenecker Center

Opening its doors in February 2024, the state-of-the-art STEAM complex is a hub for innovative education,  unprecedented interaction and transformational progress on tackling the big problems from diverse perspectives.

The University of St. Thomas prepares principled leaders to advance the common good, and we are on the leading edge of meeting the rapidly evolving needs of the community and employers.

Many of the jobs our graduates will seek over the next 20 years don’t exist today. But our students’ ability to face the challenges of tomorrow is dependent on how we prepare them today.

The learning that takes place in the Schoenecker Center infuses creativity, innovation and flexible thinking by eliminating silos between traditionally separate academic departments. 

Schoenecker center rendering

Introducing the Schoenecker Center

The center reshapes the liberal arts foundation essential to St. Thomas student success, and their future careers.

Spontaneous interaction and collaboration between people are critical to the emergence of creative, practical ideas that work in the real world. We’ve found that for people to work differently, they need a different environment...one that inspires creativity, collaboration and experimentation – what is referred to as collaborative creativity.

Ashish Khandpur, PhD, Executive Vice President, Transportation & Electronics Business Group at 3M and former member of the St. Thomas Board of Trustees

Making the Difference

Generous and visionary donors make it possible for skilled and inspired students to positively impact their communities and solve complex real-world problems.
Guy and Barbara Schoenecker

Guy and Barbara Schoenecker, Schoeneckers Foundation

Lead Donors

“Guy believed passionately in the value of a St. Thomas education because of his experiences here as a student. He wanted to see others get the same opportunity that he had as a young man.”

- Julie Sullivan, President 2013-2022

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Donors, construction personnel, and St. Thomas staff pose for a group photo during a beam signing ceremony celebrating the completion of the structural stage of the building of the Schoenecker Center STEAM complex

Making the Difference

Lead Donors

Henry and Angelena Blattner Robotics Lab
Henry and Angelena Blattner & Foundation '94

Dr. Bernice Folz Science & Engineering Collaboration Hub
Bernice Folz

Gearen Stage - Performance Hall
James P. Gearen

Pierson M. and Florence B. Grieve Terrace
Pierson M. and Florence B. Grieve  

Iversen High Bay
Al Iversen 

Sarah Rose Hall
Instrumental Rehearsal
Kent '79 and Brenda Lynch

John P. Monahan Gallery
John Monahan '73 

Ruth and Henry Nachtsheim Chemistry Suite
Stephen '67 and Jami Nachtsheim

Michael J. Hoffman and The Toro Company Digital Systems Lab
The Toro Company

Conceptual Project Design
John "Ozzie" Nelson '87 & Nelson Worldwide 

February, 5 2024

First Day of Class

Students kicked off the spring semester with a brand new building to explore. Learn about the first day of class inside the Schoenecker Center in this Newsroom story.

Students entering Schoenecker Center on opening day
Students studying at the Steam Cafe on a sunny day
A donor wall walking through the life of Guy Schoenecker
Students looking at the beautiful shape sculpture in the atrium
Professor leading students through the singing of a song in the performance hall
Light shining into the Steam Cafe study area

Get in Touch

For more information on how to get involved with the Schoenecker Center, please contact one of our gift officers.