Whether you are a student or a visitor you will find Benedictine
hospitality alive and well here at Saint Martin’s. We continue to be guided by our central Benedictine tenets of faith,
reason, service and community. Hospitality falls under all four of these tenets and we welcome each of you with
If you have not recently visited campus, you will be in for a treat. You will find a thriving, growing campus with many new buildings and other campus improvements. There are many new services and programs, too. These changes are dedicated solely to you and are specifically focused on providing you the very best education experience.
Currently, we have two major campus projects underway and scheduled for completion this fall. Our new Cebula Hall, a 26,000 sq. ft. lab and office building, is dedicated to our engineering program. We will open this three-story building in late October. We are striving to achieve a Platinum Leed rating on the building. The Leed aspects of the building will be a teaching tool for engineering students and the greater community. Many of the unusual features of the building will be exposed and explained. As part of this project a new academic quadrangle has been created in the heart of campus; anchored by Cebula Hall, Old Main, Harned Hall, O’Grady Library and Kreielsheimer Hall. The quadrangle provides a dramatic view of the forest beyond. We also are completing a new courtyard behind Old Main on the top of the hill. Our visitors will be welcomed by a pedestrian plaza with a clear demarcation of the entrance to Old Main. This completes a two-year project of improving Abbey Way with a new road surface, parking lots, new sidewalks, trails, lighting and landscaping. The new courtyard is at the end of Abbey Way. We hope you will enjoy the new entrance to Old Main and the Monastery.
There are a number of smaller projects underway, as well, including the revitalization of building and community spaces. We also this year will introduce a number of new academic programs: a bachelor of nursing for RNs, a bachelor of social work, and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering.
We, the faculty, staff, and administration at Saint Martin’s, pledge to provide you nothing short of the very best education. For over 1,500 years Benedictines have been actively engaged in education. Saint Martin’s University is in its 117th year of operations, founded in 1895. We are the only Catholic, Benedictine university west of the Rockies and proud of it.
When you visit campus, make certain you stop by my office and say hello.
Roy F. Heynderickx, Ph.D.