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Logistics and Travel Information

Dates, times, and location

All workshop activities, lodging, and meals will be held on the campus of the University of St. Thomas, located on the Mississippi River gorge between the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul.

The workshop will begin with a dinner and reception on Monday afternoon, June 16, at 5:00 PM in the James B. Woulfe Alumni hall at the Anderson Student Center on the University of St. Thomas campus. The workshop will end in the afternoon on Friday, June 20. Participants must attend all sessions including the final synthesis. All workshop sessions will be held at the University of St. Thomas Anderson Student Center.

Finding your way around campus:

  • We encourage you to print out a campus map (Acrobat (PDF) 877kB Jun4 14)
  • Other useful campus information:
General Visitor Information

Transportation and parking

Airports: The Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP) airport is the closest major airport. Typical cab fares to campus are around $20.00-$25.00. Participants who drive will be issued a parking pass for the duration of the workshop.

Driving directions:

Parking:

By Taxi:

  • Tell your driver you want to go to the University of St. Thomas campus, 2115 Summit Ave., St. Paul. You can tell them that it is near the corner of Summit Ave. and Cretin Ave. They can drop you off at Koch Commons. To find Koch Commons, enter the campus area from the intersection of Selby Ave. and Finn and drive south. See the UST Map with important locations provided here (Acrobat (PDF) 877kB Jun4 14).

Lodging

Single occupancy room reservations will be made for everyone attending this workshop at the Flynn Residence Hall, arriving Monday, June 16 and departing Friday, June 20. Each sleeping room consists of a twin bed, linens, and normal residence hall furniture and is located within an apartment environment. Flynn Hall is air-conditioned apartment style living with a kitchenette (no utensils), four single occupancy sleeping rooms, two semi-private bathrooms, and living room furniture.

Checking in: You can check in between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. at Koch Commons (Acrobat (PDF) 877kB Jun4 14). When you arrive at Koch Commons it will likely be at street level, on the lower floor. The check-in desk is one floor up. You will receive both your room key and a card for food service at our cafeteria. If you are arriving outside of those hours we will leave your room key at Public Safety, immediately across the street from Koch Commons and in Morrison Hall. This office is open 24 hours.

Meals

Monday evening's meal will be at the James B. Woulfe Alumni Hall. Many meals will be taken at "The View," a full service and modern cafeteria in the Anderson Student Center. There will be vegetarian options at all meals. We are also planning on a picnic dinner on Thursday evening.

Weather

Weather during June will be mild, with a fairly good chance of precipitation:

  • Low temperature in June (oF): 59
  • Average June temperature (oF): 68.5
  • High temperature in June (oF): 78
  • Average rainfall in June (inches): 4.86

Stuff near campus that might be of interest

The reality is that UST is not exactly close to a lot of cool stuff. But here are some ideas:

  • Mississippi River walk. A paved walking and biking trail borders the Mississippi and is easily accessible at the end of Summit Ave. You're in a National Park when you're on south campus and this trail is its main expression here.
  • Blue Door Pub, corner of Selby and Fairview. This nice little pub is about a 7 block walk from campus. Excellent beer selection. Enough said.
  • Izzy's Ice Cream, about a half block east on Marshall Ave. at Cleveland Ave. Probably the best and most unique homemade ice cream in the Twin Cities, and it's only about 3 blocks from campus. You can check out Choo-Choo Bob's train store on the way!
  • Trotter's Cafe, on Cleveland, right before Marshall. You'll see this nice little cafe if you walk to Izzy's, which you should.
  • Grand Ave. If you walk east on Grand Ave. you will pass a Whole Foods, a nice liquor store, and, eventually, you'll make it to Macalester College, where there is a lot more to choose from in terms of food. Garrison Keillor's bookstore is at Grand Ave. and Snelling Ave., about a mile from campus.
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