Recreation and Events
Saint Meinrad highly recommends and encourages students to balance their lives with leisure and exercise.
Saint Meinrad's wellness director and student volunteers oversee intramural sports programs. A gymnasium provides areas for basketball and volleyball.
The ground floor of Newman Hall houses a wellness and fitness center, with weightlifting and exercise equipment, locker rooms, and classrooms for wellness activities.
Outdoor facilities include tennis and racquetball courts, lakes for fishing, and paths and rural roads for walking, running and biking. National and state parks for hiking, swimming and camping are nearby.
Jack's in the Commons, a student-operated coffee shop located in the Alumni Commons on campus is a great place for students, faculty and guests to study, relax or socialize. Jack's offerings include coffees, teas, smoothies, shakes and more, as well as a small assortment of baked snacks including cookies and scones. Jack's is open during the fall and spring semesters and at occasional times during the summer.
The UnStable, a student-operated pub on campus, provides a place for students and guests to relax and enjoy camaraderie during fall and spring semesters. Students who present a student identification card receive discounted prices at the UnStable.
Concerts, performances and lectures are scheduled throughout the year at Saint Meinrad.
Thomas Lecture: The Thomas Lecture is an annual address given in memory of George and Mary Thomas and Fr. Kieran Conley, OSB, a monk of Saint Meinrad Archabbey. The lecture explores issues in philosophy and theology.
Dolle Lecture on Church Art and Architecture: Given in memory of Peter Dolle, an architect dedicated to the Church, and his wife, Viola, this lecture helps students grasp the expression of Christianity in Church art and architecture.
The John S. and Virginia Marten Lecture in Homiletics: Instituted as part of the John S. and Virginia Marten Endowment, this annual presentation brings notable homileticians to campus. A six-hour homiletics workshop is held the day following the presentation.
Black History Lecture: In February of each year, Saint Meinrad celebrates Black History Month by inviting a speaker to campus to talk on some aspect of the Black experience.