10-Day Italian Food and Wine Tour of Tuscany and
Umbria Slated for October 2015
St. Thomas Aquinas College will host a trip to Italy from October 15 through 24, 2015. The trip is being organized by Dr. Maria Roglieri, professor of modern languages, and the College’s director of alumni affairs and annual giving, Joanne Favata. It will include a 10-day food and wine tour of Tuscany and Umbria and is open to alumni and friends of the College.
The tour will include stops in Tuscan towns including Florence, Lucca, Montalcino, Siena, and San Gimignano and Umbrian towns of Perugia, Assisi, Orvieto, Cortona, and Spello. Activities will include Italian wine tasting, vineyard tours, a cooking lesson, and the opportunity to explore the hill towns of Tuscany.
St. Thomas Aquinas College was named to the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), announced Dr. Margaret Fitzpatrick, S.C., president of the College. It is an honor recognizing the nation’s leading higher education institutions and their students, faculty and staff for their commitment to bettering their communities through service.
Selection to the Honor Roll is recognition from the highest levels of the federal government of a school’s commitment to service and civic engagement on campus and in the nation. These are institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities.
Program Develops Math Skills for Those Entering Grades 1-6
St. Thomas Aquinas College’s School of Education will offer summer math camps from July 6th-9th and July 13th-16th, 2015, 9:00 a.m. through 12:00 p.m. daily, for students entering grades 1 through grades 6 in September 2015, announces Dr. Suzanne Reynolds, assistant dean in the School of Education. The math camp is made possible through the support of Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc.
By examining the Fibonacci Numbers, students will study how mathematics connects with art, architecture and science. Students will receive individual instruction and also will be actively involved in hands-on group activities.
“The math camp is designed to extend the opportunities that children have to work with mathematics and to learn how mathematics connects to the real-world,” says Dr. Reynolds. “We will have hands-on activities exploring some of the key ideas of the Common Core, such as number patterns, ratio and proportion. Students will be looking at how these patterns emerge in nature, art and music.”
The camp is designed for children of all learning levels. The registration fee is $175. Complete the online application at http://www.stac.edu/mathcamp/index.html. Enrollment is limited. For more information contact Dr. Reynolds at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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.