St. Thomas Aquinas College hosted its 58th Commencement Ceremonies on Friday, May 8, 2015 on the College’s front lawn. Almost 400 students were awarded Masters, Bachelor’s and Associate Degrees during the ceremony.
Edward Ludwig, the former Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of Becton, Dickinson and Company, gave the Commencement Address to the graduates.
Dr. Michael Shaw, professor of education at St. Thomas Aquinas College and president of the Rockland Reading Council Rockland Reading Council, organized the First Annual Children's Book Collection to donate books to Grandview Elementary (East Ramapo, NY), a high-needs district that needs support to raise literacy achievement. St. Thomas Aquinas College faculty, employees and students collected more than 30 cartons of books for the initiative.
On Friday, May 15, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. Dr. Shaw and student members of the Rockland Reading Council will formally present the books to the principal of Grandview Elementary, Mrs. Patricia Smith, for distribution to classrooms and the school library. The students will then conduct a Read-In by reading aloud to classes and focusing on comprehension by addressing Common Core Standards.
Dr. Shaw said, "I am so pleased with the very successful book collection. STAC has a strong partnership with Grandview, including accepting students into a summer literacy program and five STAC graduates teach there. As we all know, East Ramapo is a beleaguered District that has many needs. Our initiative demonstrates that we can make a positive impact."
For more information about the Read-In, contact Dr. Shaw at 845-398-4079 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Thomas Aquinas College will host its 58th Commencement Ceremonies on Friday, May 8, 2015 on the College’s front lawn. Almost 400 students will be awarded Masters, Bachelor’s and Associate Degrees during the ceremony.
Marissa Whelan, President Emeritus of the Student Government Association, and Kristina DiRe, President of the Class of 2015, will also address the graduates.
Various student awards will include Class Service Awards; the Terence Cardinal Cooke Award will be given to a student who has demonstrated outstanding and meritorious service; the Francis Cardinal Spellman Award will be given to a student(s) for the highest academic excellence in the undergraduate program; the Sr. Regina Rosaire Dolan Award will be given to the student with the highest academic excellence in the Teacher Education graduate program; Faculty Emerita status will be conferred upon Sr. Joan Beairsto, O.P., a retiring faculty member who was the very first graduate of St. Thomas Aquinas College in 1958; Faculty Emeritus status will be conferred upon Dr. Carl Rattner, a retiring Professor of Art, who began at the College in 1967.
Program Develops Science and Math Skills for Those Entering 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th Grades
St. Thomas Aquinas College will be offering a premier science/math enrichment program July 20-24, 2015, 9:00 a.m. through
3:30 p.m. daily, for students who will be entering the 6th, 7th, 8th, or 9th grade in September 2015, announces Dr. Suzanne Reynolds, assistant dean in the School of Education. This year’s program will focus on forensic science investigations. Students will have the opportunity to analyze soil, hair and fiber samples, blood splatter patterns, fingerprints, and more.
This program is designed to give potential young scientists the opportunity to develop their interest in the practices of scientific inquiry by: working in newly renovated, state-of-the-art college science labs; using appropriate tools and techniques to gather, analyze and interpret data; thinking critically and logically; communicating scientific procedures and explanations; and using mathematics in scientific exploration. Small groups are supervised by college faculty from the School of Arts & Sciences and the School of Education. Qualified pre-service teachers and volunteers from the forensic science club will also assist with supervision and instruction.
St. Thomas Aquinas College will host Zumba for Autism, an event to raise money for Autism Speaks, on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. in the Romano Student Alumni Center, announces Dr. Elizabeth Finnegan, assistant professor of education at the College. The event is co-sponsored by St. Thomas Aquinas College, Dominican College (Blauvelt, NY), the New York Chapter of Council for Exceptional Children, and Autism Speaks. The registration fee for the event is $25 and it is open to the public.
Autism Speaks is the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.
“This event will be an ideal opportunity for people to come and learn about the needs of families with children with autism spectrum disorder. We will raise money, get fit and have fun,” says Dr. Finnegan.
St. Thomas Aquinas College hosted its annual Honors Convocation on Monday, April 13, 2015, inducting several students into various honors societies as well as recognizing those named to the Dean’s List.
Each honor society is committed to academic excellence in their respective areas. Societies inducting students at the Convocation included: Alpha Chi for general studies; Alpha Phi Sigma for criminal justice; Chi Alpha Sigma for student-athletes; Delta Mu Delta for business administration; Kappa Delta Pi for teacher education; Kappa Mu Epsilon for mathematics; Pi Gamma Mu for social science; Psi Chi for psychology; Sigma Tau Delta for English; and, Sigma Zeta for students majoring in natural sciences.
St. Thomas Aquinas College’s Criminal Justice Advisory Board will host “Beyond Brinks: Modern Terrorism and the Criminal Justice System,” announces Dr. Ellen Chayet, professor of criminal justice at the College. The event is scheduled for Thursday, April 23, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the College’s Lougheed Library. The event is free and open to the public.
The discussion will focus on how anti-terrorism policies and practices have changed since the Brinks robbery in Rockland County (1981). Panelists will include: Assistant Special Agent in Charge Kenneth Maxwell, Federal Bureau of Investigation (retired); The Honorable John Molinelli, Bergen County Prosecutor; The Honorable Thomas Zugibe, Rockland County District Attorney; Detective Arthur Keenan, Nyack Police Department (retired); and Superintendent Michael Capra, Sing Sing Correctional Facility, NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision. A networking reception with the Criminal Justice Advisory board will follow the panel discussion.
The Storied Stitch runs from March 31 through April 19.
Receptions for the artists are scheduled for Wednesday, April 8, from 4:30 – 6:30 pm and Sunday, April 19,
from 2:00-4:00. Artist talks will be given at both events. For more info go to stac.edu/amag.
St. Thomas Aquinas College’s Writers @ Work series will sponsor a talk by Nikole Hannah-Jones, acclaimed journalist and investigative reporter, for Women’s History Month, announces Dr. Gerald McCarthy, professor of English at the College. The event is scheduled for Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. in the Lougheed Library. Jones will give a talk followed by a Q & A session. This event is free and open to the public.
ST. THOMAS AQUINAS COLLEGE HOSTS GLOBAL CONFERENCE CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY & CREATING SHARED VALUES FOCUS OF DISCUSSIONS
St. Thomas Aquinas College recently hosted a Global Conference on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Creating Shared Values (CSV) on campus, announced Dr. Margaret Fitzpatrick, S.C., president of the College. The Conference was sponsored by the College’s National Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility. Educational, corporate and governmental professionals from South Korea, China, Malaysia, and the United States participated in the Conference, bringing together Eastern and Western cultures to discuss important global issues related to CSR and CSV.
"We were privileged to host the Global Conference on our campus,” said Fitzpatrick. “The Conference topics were closely aligned with the efforts of St. Thomas Aquinas College’s National Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility. As educators, it is our responsibility to raise awareness, discuss issues and make strides for improvement in the areas of corporate social responsibility and creating shared values. I was honored to take part in this event with influential leaders that fostered lively discussion on topics that impact our global society.”
Photo: Chairman Wu Presenting at the Conference