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July 26,
2011

Morning Mass

On Monday the Summer Program students, tutors, and prefects gathered for the opening Mass at 8 a.m., which was offered by chaplains Rev. Cornelius Buckley, S.J, and Rev. Sebastian Walshe, O.Praem (’94).

After breakfast in St. Joseph Commons, the students made their way to their first class, where each section met with its two professors (called “tutors”). The sections consist of 17-18 students, who address each other by their surnames along with the title “Mr.” or “Miss,” complementing the formality of the Socratic discussion method. For the next two weeks the students will learn to work as a team in trying to understand some of the most compelling texts in Western civilization.

The 90-minute class was a lively discussion and careful analysis of Sophocles’ tragedy Oedipus Rex. Questions included: Should we pity Oedipus’ tragic situation? Or is he wholly culpable for his actions? In the afternoon the students returned to their classrooms to tackle another work from Ancient Greece: Plato’s philosophical dialogue Crito. In this discussion the students examined the issue of how to proceed if there is an unjust application of the city’s laws.

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Below is a slideshow featuring photos from yesterday’s barbeque and this morning’s breakfast:

  • 2011 High School Summer Program - Day 1
    2011 High School Summer Program — Day 1
  • 2011 High School Summer Program - Day 1
    2011 High School Summer Program — Day 1
  • 2011 High School Summer Program - Day 1
    2011 High School Summer Program — Day 1
  • 2011 High School Summer Program - Day 1
    2011 High School Summer Program — Day 1
  • 2011 High School Summer Program - Day 1
    2011 High School Summer Program — Day 1
  • 2011 High School Summer Program - Day 1
    2011 High School Summer Program — Day 1
  • 2011 High School Summer Program - Day 1
    2011 High School Summer Program — Day 1
  • 2011 High School Summer Program - Day 1
    2011 High School Summer Program — Day 1
  • 2011 High School Summer Program - Day 1
    2011 High School Summer Program — Day 1

And here is a schedule of what the students will be doing today:

8:00 a.m. Opening Mass
10:00 a.m. Oedipus Rex
11:30 a.m. Student ID photos
12:00 p.m.  Lunch
1:00 p.m. Crito
2:30 p.m. Recreation — meet on Athletic Field
5:15 p.m. Dinner
6:00 p.m.  Study – Meet in St. Bernardine Library
8:00 p.m.   Rosary
8:20 p.m. Coffee Shop Open
10:30 p.m. Curfew

 


Summer Program 2011

Today 121 rising high school seniors arrived at Thomas Aquinas College for two weeks of lively discussion about the works of some of the most influential authors of Western civilization.

While most Californians drove to campus, some 60 students from other states, Argentina, Italy, Germany, and Canada, were greeted at Los Angeles International Airport by the Summer Program prefect team, which consists of current students and alumni.

Upon arriving at the College, the students settled into their residence halls — St. Monica Hall for the ladies, and Sts. Peter & Paul Hall for the gentlemen — and met their roommates for the next two weeks.

Following a campus tour and BBQ dinner, where they met with the tutors who will be leading their classes, the students visited over ice cream. Later in the evening, after a traveler’s Mass in the Chapel, orientation began in the College library, continuing on in the residence halls.

Summer Program 2011

It’s a thoughtful, excellent, and lively group of students, and we look forward to working with them!

To keep up to date with this year’s High School Summer Program over these next two weeks, follow this, the program’s blog, for around-the-clock updates and photo galleries.


The Summer Program faculty and staff look forward to welcoming 100+ Summer Program attendees this July 24! Spaces are still available, just be sure to apply by the July 15 deadline!


Quite a number of fine men and women, including:

  • 100+ students from around the country and abroad. 
  • Dr. Michael Letteney, Summer Program Director, and a graduate of Thomas Aquinas College. After earning his PhD at the University of Notre Dame, Dr. Letteney taught at Xavier University before returning to accept a position as a tutor at Thomas Aquinas College in 1998. Dr. Letteney will direct the other faculty members teaching on the program. 
  • The members of the Admissions Office: Jon Daly, Admissions Director; Scott Benigar, Admissions Counselor; Louis Conklin, Admissions Counselor 
  • 18 summer program staff members — called “prefects” — including 15 current students and 3 graduates of the College, all of whom will be taking time off from graduate studies or their summer vacations for the  two lively weeks of conversation, fellowship and camaraderie the program is set to inspire!

June 27,
2011

Rev. Sebastian Walshe, O.Praem. (’94)Fr. Sebastian Walshe, O.Praem., a 1994 graduate of Thomas Aquinas College will return this year to join the College’s Head Chaplain, Fr. Cornelius Buckley, S.J. in working on the Summer Program. Both will offer daily Mass and lead the spiritual life at the College. Fr. Sebastian, better than 6’1” and with excellent skills on the basketball court, also made a fine addition to last year’s prefect basketball team … which ended up just winning a hard-fought contest with the students. He hopes for a matchup this year again!