MAY 2013





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Video: Thomas Aquinas College at the Libbey Bowl!
Video: College Concert at the Libbey Bowl!


Slideshow: Photos from the Libbey Bowl
Slideshow: Photos from the Libbey Bowl


Lecture Audio: “The Rhetoric of Marriage in Macbeth”
Lecture Audio: “The Rhetoric of Marriage in Macbeth”


Slideshow: Senior Thesis Draft-Burning
Slideshow: Senior Thesis Draft-Burning


Slideshow: Senior-Tutor Softball Game
Slideshow: Senior-Tutor Softball Game


Homily from the Memorial Mass for Thomas E. Dillon
Audio: Homily, Memorial Mass for Dr. Dillon


Slideshow: Chez Martin
Chez Martin


Slideshow: College Choir Spring Concert
Slideshow: College Choir Spring Concert


Radio Maria
Audio: Thomas Aquinas College on Radio Maria


Slideshow: Spring Dance
The 2013
Spring Dance


Slideshow: Sophomore-Senior Brunch
Slideshow: Sophomore-Senior Brunch


Slideshow: Junior-Senior Dinner
Slideshow: Junior-Senior Dinner


Slideshow: Chrysostomos Spring Concert
Slideshow: Chrysostomos Spring Concert




Board of Governors Meeting
May 10


May 11


Summer Tutor Program
May 20 - June 21


Alumni Association Dinner
June 1


7th Annual Thomas Aquinas College Golf Classic
Sherwood Country Club
June 3


West Coast Meeting of the Society for Aristotelian-Thomistic Studies
June 13 - 14


Fifth Annual Conference on the Social Doctrine of the Church
June 14 - 16


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 Seminar: “On Human Work”
August 1


Residence Halls Open for Freshmen
August 22


Freshman Orientation
August 23 - 24


Residence Halls Open for Returning Students
August 24


August 26




Elizabeth Gould
December 17, 2012

David J. Hickey
April 11, 2013
Father of Jamie Baugh (’92)



College Prepares for the Construction of its Next Building — St. Gladys Hall

On April 17, representatives of Thomas Aquinas College and the Fritz B. Burns Foundation broke ground on the College’s next building, St. Gladys Hall.

Set to open its doors in the fall of 2014, St. Gladys Hall will be the thirteenth building constructed since the College acquired its campus in the 1970s. Designed to facilitate the small, seminar discussions that are at the heart of the College’s unique academic program, St. Gladys Hall is made possible through a $3.2 million grant from the Fritz B. Burns Foundation of Los Angeles.

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Video from the groundbreaking
Homily from the Votive Mass of St. Gladys



St. Gladys Hall Groundbreaking




College to Graduate Largest Class to Date

On Saturday, May 11, Daniel Cardinal DiNardo will serve as Commencement Speaker at Thomas Aquinas College’s annual graduation exercises. The archbishop of Galveston-Houston will also receive the school’s highest award, the Saint Thomas Aquinas Medallion, in recognition of his lifelong fidelity and service to the Catholic Church.

Cardinal DiNardo will address the largest graduating class in the College’s history — 91 men and women who hail from across the United States and abroad. Having successfully completed a rigorous, four-year curriculum that includes mathematics, natural science, Latin, literature, philosophy, and theology, each graduate will receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in liberal arts. These new alumni will go on to a wide variety of pursuits including law, medicine, business, military service, education, and the priesthood and religious life.

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Commencement Information for Guests






College Joins Formal Protest of HHS Mandate

“No other federal rule has so narrowly and discriminatorily defined what it means to exercise religious conscience, and no regulation has ever so directly violated plain statutory and constitutional religious freedoms.”

So declares a memorandum to the Obama Administration, signed by Thomas Aquinas College and 21 other Catholic institutions of higher education, formally protesting the HHS mandate that would compel Catholic organizations to participate in the provision of contraceptive, abortifacient, and sterilization coverage to employees and their dependents.

The joint comments, organized by the Cardinal Newman Society and prepared by the Alliance Defending Freedom, asks the Administration to exempt “all stakeholders with a religious or moral objection from being forced to provide, offer, pay for or in any way participate in a health insurance plan that covers or specifically triggers coverage of ‘contraceptives’ … sterilization, and related education and counseling.”

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Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel




News and Happenings

• The Thomas Aquinas College Board of Governors has elected to its ranks Mr. Walter J. Conn of San Marino, Calif.  Mr. Conn is chairman of Charles Dunn Co. in Los Angeles, one of the largest regional property management companies in Southern California. He has a longstanding friendship with the College dating back more than 20 years, when his late brother, Rev. Thomas Conn, S.J., served as a campus chaplain.

• When alumnus
Joseph Hattrup (01) joined the Thomas Aquinas College teaching faculty in 2006, he had already completed his doctoral studies (philosophy, University of St. Thomas), but not his dissertation. He therefore spent most of his vacation and free time over the last several years completing this requirement. His diligence has at last paid off. In April, he traveled to the Center for Thomistic Studies at the University of Thomas in Houston, where he successfully defended his dissertation, “Form and Predicability in Aristotle’s Categories and the Middle Books of the Metaphysics.” The College extends its congratulations to Dr. Hattrup!

• On April 2, Thomas Aquinas College President Dr. Michael F. McLean spoke at a memorial service for Mr. James L. Barret, an Emeritus Member of the Board of Governors who died in March. “Jim had faith,” said Dr. McLean, “faith in God; in God’s Son, Jesus Christ; in the Catholic Church, whatever its failings; in his family; in his friends; in his employees; in young people, including the many young people he helped at our College and elsewhere through many years — faith that they would lead lives of loving service to their Church, their country, and their communities.” Dr. McLean’s
full remarks are available on the College’s website.



Walter J. Conn
Walter J. Conn

Dr. Joseph Hattrup
Dr. Joseph Hattrup

James L. Barrett
James L. Barrett (†)




College to Host Free Seminar and Breakfast at Napa Institute Conference

Please join members of the Thomas Aquinas College faculty for a buffet breakfast and seminar about the meaning and implications of Laborem Exercens, Bl. John Paul II’s 1981 encyclical on human work. The seminar will take place on August 1, just prior to the official start of the Napa Institute’s 2013 conference, “Catholics in the Next America,” in Napa, Calif. The seminar and breakfast are complimentary and open to all attendees of the Napa Institute Conference, but space is limited. Register

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Dr. McLean








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