New McNeely Hall to be dedicated Wednesday

New McNeely Hall to be dedicated Wednesday

Dedication ceremonies for McNeely Hall, the University of St. Thomas’ new $25 million classroom and office building for business education, will begin at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, in the building’s first-floor Great Room.

All are welcome to the ceremony, which will include remarks by Dr. Christopher Puto, dean of the College of Business; Father Dennis Dease, St. Thomas’ president; Harry McNeely Jr., a member of St. Thomas’ Board of Trustees since 1969; Father Edward Malloy; a member of the Board of Trustees and president emeritus of the University of Notre Dame; and Archbishop Harry Flynn, chairman of the Board of Trustees and archbishop of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

The building is named in honor of McNeely’s parents, Harry McNeely Sr., a 1908 graduate of St. Thomas, and his wife, Adelaide.

A bust of the couple is located just outside one of the Summit Avenue entrances to the new building. Harry Sr., who died in 1968, founded the St. Paul Terminal Warehouse Co. It originally provided storage and distribution services for railroads; over the years it diversified and expanded operations throughout the Midwest and beyond.

Tours and a reception will follow the ceremony. The reception will be held outdoors on the plaza in front of the building. Guided tours, which will start in the first-floor foyer, will be led by members of the Nu Tau Chapter of Delta Sigma Pi, the professional business fraternity at St. Thomas.

Students first began using the new McNeely Hall on Sept. 6. Its 19 classrooms are said to be among the most technologically advanced in the country.

Located on the southwest corner of Summit and Cleveland avenues, McNeely Hall is now the primary home for the College of Business’ undergraduate programs. Schulze Hall in Minneapolis is the home to the entrepreneurship programs, and Terrence Murphy Hall, also in Minneapolis, is the primary home for graduate business programs.

McNeely Hall also will be used for some graduate business courses and will be especially convenient for graduate students who live and work in the east metro area.

For more details about St. Thomas’ newest academic facility, click here.