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A Walk Around Tomson Hall

February 16, 2011

For those of you who haven’t visited St. Olaf since December: NEWS FLASH! We have a new building! Now named Tomson Hall, the former science center was completely re-designed and renovated, and opened in mid-December.  In addition to many administrative offices and academic departments, those of us in Admissions are especially excited to welcome visitors with light-filled lobbies and great views of campus. Instead of snaking around the peripheral road to find our rather elusive former location, when you enter campus from Hwy 19 you will see a prominent sign at the top of the hill.

Since the semester began, and classes are now held in Tomson Hall, it has been fun for me to see the leisure spaces come alive with students. It’s something Oles do particularly well — make the campus their own, by finding study spaces and areas to congregate or catch a quiet moment alone. The student occupants of Tomson Hall are no different. Admissions is on the second floor, and overlooks a pretty great study space below. I walked around the building today and snapped some photos of the space on a particularly sunny, almost balmy early-spring day in Minnesota. I can’t believe that a space formerly so dark  and cramped has been re-energized in this way! Also, check out the Minneapolis Star-Tribune article featuring Tomson Hall and a great aerial photo.

Nikita Shah '14 enjoys the Admissions atrium lobby, with the glass wall and view below.

The first floor atrium hangout space, before a between-class rush.

Study tables scattered throughout the building depict various scenes from campus.

It's easier to focus with all that natural light!


Students enjoy some rays in the east side study "cube."

A student puts together a puzzle on one of the common tables. Don't those orange couches add a nice touch?

We hope to see you visit soon!





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