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Day Fire Threat Lessens; Thomas Aquinas College Students Return to Campus

Santa Paula, CA-For the past week, the Day Fire has been burning in the mountains just north of Thomas Aquinas College located on Hwy 150 in Ventura County. On Saturday evening, September 23, 2006, at the recommendation of the Ventura County Sheriff, the college activated its evacuation plan, transferring its 350 students to the Red Cross shelter located at Sacred Heart Church in Ventura. All but 35 students who wished to remain at the shelter then dispersed to the homes of local students, faculty, alumni and staff members.

The Ventura County Sheriff's Department has now dropped the evacuation order for the Hwy 150 corridor. The California Highway Patrol, therefore, is allowing Thomas Aquinas College students and staff to return to the campus. The normal class schedule will resume on Tuesday, September 26, 2006.

Students will remain prepared to evacuate again if the college is notified that the fire poses any immediate threat. Weather forecasts for the area are favorable, and good progress is being made in containing the fire.


Thomas Aquinas College opened its doors in 1971. It is a four-year Catholic liberal arts college exclusively devoted to the study of the Great Books, using only the Discussion Method of dialogue in all of its classes. There are no text books, no lectures and no electives. Instead, the College offers an entirely integrated curriculum using only the original texts of the greatest thinkers who have helped shape Western civilization. These authors include St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Augustine, Aristotle, Plato, Shakespeare, Euclid, Dante, Galileo, Descartes, our American Founding Fathers, Adam Smith, Copernicus, Kepler, and Newton to name a few.

Thomas Aquinas College graduates consistently excel in the many world-class institutions where they pursue graduate degrees in disciplines such as law, medicine, journalism, business, theology and education. They have distinguished themselves in these fields serving as headmasters, business owners, lawyers, priests, journalists, doctors, military service men and women, educators and college presidents.