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Slideshow: Senior-Freshman Beach Day
Senior-Freshman Beach Day


Slideshow: Senior-Freshman Dance
Senior-Freshman Dance


Slideshow: Men’s 2012 Campout & Retreat
Slideshow: Men’s 2012 Campout & Retreat


Slideshow: Senior Women’s Campout
Senior Women’s Campout


Slideshow: Junior-Freshman Welcome Dance
Junior-Freshman Welcome Dance


Slideshow: Opening Dance
Opening Dance 2012


When Applications Go Awry
Blog Photo: When Applications go Awry




Admissions Visits: Northern California
October 3


Admissions Visit: Annandale, Va.
October 3


Alumni Day
October 6


Columbus Day
October 8


Tutor Talk: Dr. Laurence L. Shields
“Object of Faith: Some Surprises, Some Questions”
October 8


Admissions Visits: Southern California
October 11 - November 8


All-College Seminar
October 12


Admissions Visits: Arizona
October 12-16


Memorial Mass for Andrew Kentigern Moore (’14)
October 15


Don Rags
October 16-18


Faculty Reception for New Tutors and Chaplain
October 20


October 21


Feast of All Saints
November 1


Second Anniversary of the Death of College Founder Marcus R. Berquist
November 2


Board of Governors Retreat
November 2-4


Admissions Visit: Carmel, Calif.
November 6


Lecture: Dr. Jeremy Holmes ('99)
Academic Dean
Wyoming Catholic College
November 16


Thanksgiving Dinner
November 18


Thanksgiving Recess
November 22-25


Advent Concert
November 30




Patrick Doud Reilley
August 31, 2012
Son of Larry Reilley,
Member of the Board of Regents


Dr. McLean on the State of Catholic Higher Education 45 Years After Land O’Lakes

In the September issue of Legatus Magazine, Thomas Aquinas College President Michael F. McLean surveys the state of Catholic higher education 45 years after the publication of the Land O’Lakes Statement, which severed most Catholic colleges and universities from the intellectual tradition and authority of the Church. The article begins:

“The 1960s was a time of great tumult in the United States — one that had devastating effects on the country’s institutions and mores....

“Catholic colleges were not immune to these influences. Venerable institutions that for many scores of years had faithfully passed on the intellectual patrimony of the Church began to adopt the diluted curricula, methods, and aims of their secular counterparts. Not only was campus life at many of these institutions giving way to the permissiveness of the time, but a long-standing commitment to Catholic liberal education was quickly disappearing.”

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Dr. Michael F. McLean




Alumni Educators’ High Schools Named Best in Nation

The Cardinal Newman Society has issued its 2012-2013 Catholic High School Honor Roll, recognizing “excellence in Catholic identity, academics and civic education at Catholic high schools across the United States.” To make the list, the Society explains, schools must have “an institutional commitment to providing a truly integrated and faithful Catholic education across all disciplines and in all areas of student activities.”

Notably, three of the just 50 schools honored on this year’s list are headed by Thomas Aquinas College alumni.

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See the Honor Roll


Cardinal Newman Society High School Honor Roll




Fr. Spitzer on Physics and Atheism,
Dr. Letteney on History & Liberal Education

The 2012-13 St. Vincent de Paul Lecture and Concert Series is under way! Rev. Robert Spitzer, S.J., President of the Magis Center of Reason and Faith, recently came to campus to speak on the subject, “On the Existence of God and Contemporary Physics: A Response to the So-Called New Atheism.”

Just weeks before, to inaugurate the new year, a member of the College’s teaching faculty, Dr. Michael J. Letteney (’88), delivered the opening lecture, “History and Catholic Liberal Education.”

Audio of Fr. Spitzers Lecture
Text of Dr. Letteneys Lecture



Rev. Robert Spitzer, S.J.
Rev. Robert
Spitzer, S.J

Dr. Michael J. Letteney
Dr. Michael J. Letteney




Three New Alumnae Sisters!

On the Feast of the Assumption (August 15), Erika Brown (’11) entered the candidacy program of the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart in Alhambra, Calif. Then, less than two weeks later, on August 28, Elisabeth Sedler (’09) entered the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, in Ann Arbor, Mich.; soon thereafter she moved into the Order’s new house, St. Felix Oratory in Huntington, Ind. Lastly, on September 15, the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, Sr. Gina Marie Eid (’08) received her habit and new religious name — Sr. Sophia — as a member of the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of the Apostles, in Gower, Mo.

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New Sisters

Sr. Sophia Eid, OSB (’08), at her investiture with fellow alumna
Sr. Mary Josepha (Kathleen’07) Holcomb, OSB




Introducing the Thomas Aquinas College Parents’ Association

Thomas Aquinas College is grateful to the parents and grandparents of its students for engendering in these young people the habits of mind and soul that dispose them to its unique program of Catholic liberal education. In recognition of this partnership, the College is establishing a formal association of parents and grandparents.

The Parents’ Association consists of all those whose children or grandchildren are students or alumni of Thomas Aquinas College. Its purpose is to support, promote, and pray for the mission of the College by helping in its efforts to provide a program of Catholic liberal education for its students. The experience of parents, and the trust they show to the College by sending us their most precious gifts, their children, make them great ambassadors for Thomas Aquinas College.

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The Thomas Aquinas College Parents' Association









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