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The AMAG Presents Carole Curtis: Metropolis in Abstraction

posted Nov 20, 2015, 5:19 PM by STAC News

Geometric shapes abutting and overlapping, strong color against large planes of gray and black, Carole Curtis’ paintings pay homage to both the architecture of New York City and to her background as a graphic artist. Each large acrylic
on canvas presents a collage of urban structure, hints of sky barely visible in the negative space between buildings. Reminiscent of the work of the early modern painters such as Charles Sheeler and Charles Demuth, Curtis presents the city as a puzzle of cleanly rendered forms.

Though shown from the perspective of the man-on-the-street, the compositions are devoid of human presence, focusing instead on the, “industrialized, commercial, mercantile metropolis,” that is New York. Seen as a group, this work both illuminates the beauty of the architecture and removes the presence of the teeming masses below, moving along the sidewalks from place to place, mostly ignoring the canopy of buildings above them.

Born and raised in New York City, Carole has worked as a graphic designer throughout her career. She now paints in her studio at the ArtsWestchester landmark building in White Plains, NY. Her work as been exhibited in New York and Connecticut and she received a Residency Fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center in 2013.

Carole Curtis: Metropolis in Abstraction runs from November 16th through December 20th.  For more info go to

STAC Names Alyssa Cantor New Admissions Counselor

posted Nov 18, 2015, 10:18 AM by STAC News   [ updated Nov 18, 2015, 10:19 AM ]

St. Thomas Aquinas College recently appointed Alyssa Cantor to the position of Admissions Counselor, announced Samantha Bazile, director of Admissions.  

Cantor (Nanuet, NY) graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from St. Thomas Aquinas College.  In her new role, Cantor will be responsible for recruiting undergraduate students, reviewing applications from her territory and working with accepted students and their families on the admissions and financial aid processes.  She will also assist in the coordination of various campus events hosted by the Admissions Team.

“Alyssa has assumed a strong supporting role for prospective STAC students in her new position as Admissions Counselor,” Bazile said.  “She will represent the College throughout various parts of Long Island, Queens and Staten Island and assist in driving initiatives to recruit and enroll students.  We’re happy to have Alyssa as a key member of our Admissions Team,” Bazile added.


STAC Announces New Director of Admissions, Samantha Bazile Appointed

posted Nov 12, 2015, 4:43 PM by STAC News   [ updated Nov 12, 2015, 4:44 PM ]

Samantha Bazile was recently appointed as the new director of admissions at St. Thomas Aquinas College announced Vincent Crapanzano, senior vice president at the College.

Bazile, of West Nyack, NY, graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas College in 2007 with a B.S. in Social Science.  She worked in the Admissions Office while a student at STAC and was the founder and president of the Spartan Ambassadors, the student tour guide group on campus.  After graduation, she was appointed as Admissions Counselor and was named Assistant Director of Admissions in 2011. As admissions director, Bazile is responsible for overseeing the recruitment and enrollment of freshmen, transfer, international, and graduate students at the College.  

Managing a staff of ten, she oversees the daily operations of the office, the coordination of all events, and the application and scholarship review process.  She works closely with the financial aid office, the academic school deans, special program directors, and other members of the community to ensure that enrollment goals are being met across various areas and that the College continues to thrive in this competitive market.

STAC's Academic Schools Hosted Sustainability Event Focused on Water

posted Nov 4, 2015, 6:30 AM by STAC News

St. Thomas Aquinas College’s School of Arts & Sciences, School of Business and School of Education recently hosted a sustainability event focused on water, announced Dr. Robert Murray, provost and vice president of academic affairs at the College. 

In keeping with President Obama's national initiatives, and the United Nations' worldwide focus, the College continues to make strides in the areas of sustainability and climate change through advocacy and action.  Presenters for each of the Schools raised awareness about sustainability issues focused on water among the College’s students and community to show how these issues are relevant across various areas of study.


Photo Caption: School of Business Presenters, Don Distante & Peter Coy 

STAC Introduces a New Major: Educational Studies

posted Oct 13, 2015, 10:18 AM by STAC News

St. Thomas Aquinas College is proud to introduce a new Bachelor of Science degree in Educational Studies, announced Dr. Meenakshi Gajria, dean of the School of Education. 

The Bachelor of Science in Educational Studies, an interdisciplinary program, is designed to provide students with a fundamental knowledge of educational theory and effective practices related to teaching and learning in a number of fields. Further, Educational Studies supports students who may be interested in pursuing a graduate degree in psychology, social work or education at a later date.

“The Educational Studies program helps develop 21st century skills of technology, communication, problem solving, and teamwork; skills essential for success in any field.  Graduates of the program will enjoy career flexibility working with children and adults in education related fields,” said Dr. Gajria.


STAC To Host Annual Tribute Dinner

posted Oct 7, 2015, 9:24 AM by STAC News   [ updated Oct 7, 2015, 9:29 AM ]

Mr. & Mrs. Peter and Leslie Skae, Dr. & Mrs. James and Gloria Costello, Dr. Eileen Clifford, O.P. 
To Receive Honors

St. Thomas Aquinas College will host its Annual Tribute Dinner at the Hilton Pearl River on Friday, October 16, 2015 announces Dr. Margaret M. Fitzpatrick S.C., president of the College.  The College will bestow the Aquinas Medal upon Mr. and Mrs. Peter and Leslie Skae, and the Founders Award upon Dr. and Mrs. James and Gloria Costello and Dr. Eileen Clifford, O. P., Class of 1960.

Peter Skae is the founder of Skae Mission Critical, a “go-to” company for power supply design and support, with a national reputation for reliability and creativity. He and Leslie give generously of their time and talents to many organizations in their community and church.  They have been involved with St. Thomas Aquinas College for many years, serving on several Boards.

Sr. Eileen and James and Gloria Costello will be honored with the Founders Award for their tireless dedication to the ideals and values of our founders, the Dominican Sisters of Sparkill.  They will be recognized as exemplars of the College’s motto, “Enlighten The Mind Through Truth.”



posted Sep 30, 2015, 8:58 AM by STAC News   [ updated Sep 30, 2015, 9:01 AM ]

Students to Benefit from State-of-The Art Facility

St. Thomas Aquinas College opened the Bloomberg Professional Laboratory, announced Dr. Fitzpatrick, president of the College. The project was generously supported by Sterling Bank and the Alden Trust.

“At St. Thomas Aquinas College, we are dedicated to preparing our students to compete in a global marketplace after graduation.
  The Bloomberg Professional Laboratory is one example of the innovative resources available to our students and faculty and we are extremely grateful to our benefactors, Sterling Bank and Alden Trust, for making this possible,” said Dr. Fitzpatrick.  “Our students will benefit from the Laboratory’s variety of educational tools and its use will enhance the academic experience for any path they choose,” she added.

The Bloomberg Professional Laboratory provides students with the same platform for news, data, analytics, and research used by the world’s leading banks, corporations, government agencies and public policy    makers, law firms, libraries, energy companies, and media outlets.
  The Laboratory offers students real-world training and experience, whether they are studying business or a program in the arts & sciences.

Caption: Dr. Rossen Trendafilov teaches students in the new Bloomberg Professional Lab.

FULL STORY>>>       

STAC Recognized as Top-Tier University

posted Sep 16, 2015, 8:45 AM by STAC News

St. Thomas Aquinas College was named a Top-Tier Regional University (North) this month by U.S. News & World Report in their 2016 Best Colleges annual report, announced College president Dr. Margaret M. Fitzpatrick, S.C.


"The entire St. Thomas Aquinas College community is proud to be recognized by U.S. News & World Report for the fifth time in six years,” said Fitzpatrick. “We have been ranked highly by multiple external reporting agencies over the years. We have always considered our students and faculty to be Top Tier and this is a tribute to the entire College Community.”


The rankings include over 1,400 schools nationwide and are based on survey information collected and by peer ratings conducted by U.S. News & World Report.  


STAC's AMAG Presents: Unit 2 Voices, Artwork from Death Row

posted Sep 13, 2015, 2:29 PM by STAC News   [ updated Sep 13, 2015, 2:30 PM ]

Unit 2 Voices: Artwork from Death Row runs from September 7, 2015 through October 4, 2015.

Receptions are scheduled for Wednesday, Sept 16, from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. and Wednesday, September 30, 2015 from 4:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.  Artist talks will be given at both events. For more info go to

This exhibition is a result of three years work with a group of men living on Death Row at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution. Located in Nashville, Tennessee, Riverbend is billed as one of the state’s most high-tech facilities with a designated capacity of 714 offenders of which 480 are classified as high risk. In addition the majority of the state’s male death row inmates, currently published at 67, are there.

The works in this show are a result of three years of sustained collaboration among four faculty mentors, Barbara Yontz, Kristi Hargrove, Robin Paris and Tom Williams, and the men in Unit 2A with volunteer student participants. Through weekly class meetings at the prison and distance mailings between Nashville and New York, artworks and relationships developed as the voices of those inside the prison merged with those outside. The intention for this project is at least twofold—political and personal.

Prisoners involved in this project include Abu Ali Abdur’Rahman, Gdongalay Berry, Ron Cauthern, Tyrone Chalmers, Gary
Cone, Lemaricus Davidson, David Duncan, John Freeland, Kennath Artez Henderson, Billy Irick, Akil Jahi, Nikolus Johnson,
Donald Middlebrooks, Harold Wayne Nichols, Richard Odom and Derrick Quintero.

Curated by Barbara Yontz.

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STAC To Host Constitution Day Program

posted Sep 10, 2015, 10:40 AM by STAC News   [ updated Sep 10, 2015, 10:43 AM ]

St. Thomas Aquinas College will host a Constitution Day Program on Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. in the Lougheed Library, announces Dr. Robert Murray, provost and vice president for academic affairs.  The celebration marks the 11th annual program at St. Thomas and is open to the entire College community and the public.  The College’s program is scheduled annually on or close to the anniversary of the U.S. Constitution’s ratification on September 17th, 1787.

The program will include a lecture by Dr. Robert Pallitto, associate professor of political science at Seton Hall University (NJ).  Dr. Pallitto will speak on the subject of his latest book In the Shadow of the Great Charter (U Kansas Press), the often problematic intersections between the US Constitution and the Magna Carta.  ​Dr. Pallitto recently gave a version of this talk at the National Archives on the occasion of the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta.  The program will conclude with a question and discussion session.


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