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St. Thomas Day


Audio: St. Thomas Day Lecture
St. Thomas Day Lecture


Slideshow: The 2013 Cookie Cook-Off
The Cookie Cook-Off


Dr. Pia de Solenni (’93)
Audio: Dr. Pia de Solenni ('93) on Register Radio


Spring Soccer




Tutor Talk — Dr. Elizabeth Reyes
February 6


Ash Wednesday
February 13


Board of Governors Meeting
February 14


Student Performance: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”
February 16


Presidents’ Day
February 18


Presidents Day Lecture
Dr. Jeffrey Tulis
University of Texas at Austin
February 22


Don Rags
February 26-28


Solemnity of the Dedication of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel
March 7


Lecture: Dr. William H. Donahue
St. John's College
March 15


Order of Malta Lenten Retreat
March 16


Palm Sunday
March 24


Easter Recess
March 28 - April 3


Good Friday
March 29


Student Triduum Retreat
March 28- 30


Holy Saturday
March 30


March 31


An Afternoon of Song at the Libbey Bowl in Ojai, Calif.
April 7


Anniversary of the Death of College President Thomas E. Dillon
April 15


Groundbreaking Ceremony for St. Gladys Hall
April 17


Lecture: Dr. Scott Crider
University of Dallas
April 19


Board of Governors Meeting
May 10


May 11


Summer Tutor Program
May 20 - June 21


Memorial Day
May 27


7th Annual Thomas Aquinas College Golf Classic
June 3


Fifth Annual Conference on the Social Doctrine of the Church
June 7- 9


Summer Seminar Weekend #1
July 12 - 14


Summer Seminar Weekend #2
July 19 - 21


Summer Great Books Program for High School Students
July 21 - August 3


Napa Institute Conference Seminar: “On Human Work”
August 1


August 26




Dr. Lazlo Ambrus
January 28, 2011
Legacy Society Member

Dr. Milka Ambrus
September 12, 2012
Legacy Society Member


Students Walk for Life, Inspired by Late Classmate

About two-thirds of the students of Thomas Aquinas College traveled to San Francisco on the weekend of January 25-27 for the Walk for Life West Coast. Joined by members of the faculty, the campus chaplains, and numerous alumni, the students sang hymns, prayed the Rosary, and testified to the Culture of Life.

As is their custom, the student marchers wore Thomas Aquinas College sweatshirts, which this year bore a special inscription: “In Memory of Andrew ‘Kent’ Moore, Class of 2014.” Kent, who was struck and killed by an automobile while walking for life over the summer, was with them in spirit and in prayer.

Some 3,000 miles away, Kent was also inspiring walkers at the March for Life in Washington, D.C. At the request of the Archdiocese of Washington, the College prepared a video tribute in his honor, which 28,000 young people watched at a pre-March youth rally.

Full story and slideshow
Video Tribute to Andrew “Kent” Moore (’14)



Walk for Life West Coast
Slideshow: Walk for Life West Coast

Video: Remembering Andrew “Kent” Moore (’14), Champion of Life
Video: A Tribute to “Kent” Moore (’14)




Cardinal DiNardo to Serve as Speaker

His Eminence Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, the Archbishop of Galveston-Houston, has accepted President Michael F. McLean’s invitation to serve as Thomas Aquinas College’s 2013 Commencement Speaker. The youngest American cardinal, and the first Cardinal Archbishop to serve the Southern United States, he will travel to campus this spring to participate in the College’s May 11 graduation exercises. He will also serve as the principal celebrant and homilist at that morning’s Baccalaureate Mass.

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Daniel Cardinal DiNardo
Daniel Cardinal DiNardo




Renderings of St. Gladys Hall,
Planned Upgrades for St. Augustine Hall

In anticipation of the April 17 groundbreaking ceremony for St. Gladys Hall, the College has commissioned an artist’s renderings of the new classroom building. The renderings are the work of Domiane Forte (’00), principal of Forte & Associates, in Santa Paula, Calif.

At the same time that it begins construction of St. Gladys Hall this summer, the College will refurbish its first classroom building, St. Augustine Hall, thanks to a $600,000 grant from the E. L. Wiegand Foundation of Reno, Nevada. The grant will provide new carpeting and a modernized heating and cooling system that is quieter and more efficient. The upgrades also include a pedestal for the statue of the building’s patron, St. Augustine, and the lowering of the building’s very high ceilings, which have proved detrimental to classroom acoustics and energy costs.

Renderings of St. Gladys Hall
More about St. Augustine Hall



St. Gladys Hall
St. Gladys Hall

St. Augustine Hall
St. Augustine Hall




A Round-Up of Recent Stories

Writing for The Tidings, Thomas Aquinas College Governor Maria O. Grant reviews the ongoing “Bodies and Shadows: Caravaggio and His Legacy” exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Caravaggio is “one of the most influential artists of the 16th  and 17th  centuries,” writes Mrs. Grant, an Overseer at the Huntington Library, Gardens, and Art Collections and a tour guide at the Norton Simon Museum. “The show is full of powerful works,” she notes, “but it is also intellectually fascinating in seeing how one artist had such an influence on so many others.”
Meanwhile, in a Wall Street Journal
article (subscription required) about the role of accrediting agencies in higher education, former U.S. Senator and University of Colorado President Hank Brown cites a famous episode in the College’s history dating back to 1992: “The accrediting body known as the Western Association of Schools and Colleges … threatened the accreditation of California’s Thomas Aquinas College unless it changed its exemplary Great Books curriculum of classic readings, a central component of that Catholic institution’s course work, to make it more ‘open.’ At least the accreditors had the wisdom to back down.”

Finally, two alumni of the College — Dr. Thomas Cavanaugh (’85), chair of the Department of Philosophy at the University of San Francisco, and Dr. Brian Kelly (’88), dean of Thomas Aquinas College — make an appearance in
Remembering Ralph McInerny, a lovely story in Crisis magazine by Dr. Christopher Kaczor of Loyola Marymount University. Dr. McInerny, the late philosopher and writer, mentored scores of accomplished young scholars, including Drs. Cavanaugh, Kelly, and Kaczor, as well as numerous alumni and tutors of the College.



Maria O. Grant
Governor Maria O. Grant

Sen. Hank Brown
Sen. Hank Brown

Dr. Christopher Kaczor
Dr. Christopher Kaczor




High School Summer Great Books Program

Each summer for two weeks, high school students from around the country join members of the teaching faculty on the campus of Thomas Aquinas College for spirited conversation, engaging firsthand some of the best works of the past 2,500 years. They read and discuss works selected from the masters of the Western intellectual tradition, including Plato, Euclid, Sophocles, Shakespeare, St. Thomas Aquinas, Pascal, and Boethius. It is a time for forging new friendships, for enjoying the give and take of rational argument, and for pursuing the truth, which civilizes, ennobles, and liberates.

A new video features highlights from the two-week program — a time of broadening the mind, forging friendships, and fortifying the soul.

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High School Summer Program Video








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