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posted Feb 23, 2015, 6:22 AM by STAC News   [ updated Feb 23, 2015, 6:56 AM ]

St. Thomas Aquinas College will host John Filippelli, president of production and programming for the YES Network, and John Flaherty, NY Yankees color commentator and former major league catcher, for a panel discussion and question-and-answer session, announces Dr. John Durney, provost and vice president for academic affairs at the College.  The event is scheduled for Tuesday, March 3, 2015 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the College’s Sullivan Theatre.

Filippelli and Flaherty will share experiences from their careers in the world of sports and media.  The event is designed to provide students, especially those studying communication arts and sports management, an insider’s perspective on sports broadcasting, programming and production from two prominent professionals in the field.  The event is also open to the public.


posted Feb 11, 2015, 8:35 AM by STAC News   [ updated Feb 11, 2015, 11:52 AM ]

St. Thomas Aquinas College students and members of the College community are enjoying the newly opened Kraus Fitness Center, announced Dr. Fitzpatrick, president of the College. The project was generously funded by the support of Drs. Patricia and George Kraus.

The project expanded the existing center’s space by 142%. The 4,165 square-foot facility now offers more than 45 pieces of equipment, including cardio machines such as recumbent bikes, spin bikes, treadmills, and elliptical machines. Additional strength training equipment includes an 8 Stack ten-station jungle gym, leg press, leg curl, leg extension machines, arm curl, arm extension, chest press, shoulder press, lateral pulldown machines, and power racks.  The cardio machines are outfitted with individual televisions and audio plug-ins, with the most up-to-date cardio training technology.



posted Feb 5, 2015, 6:41 AM by STAC News

St. Thomas Aquinas College will co-sponsor an educational workshop on Wednesday, February 11, 2015, 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., in the Lougheed Library on the College’s campus, announces Dr. Michael Shaw, professor of Education at the College. The event titled “Echoes and Reflections- Leaders in Holocaust Education” provides an overview on incorporating Holocaust education into the curriculum. The event is free and welcomes educators and the public. Certificates of attendance will be provided.

This professional learning training is sponsored by East Ramapo Teachers’ Center, Nyack Teacher Center, Rockland Teachers’ Center and St. Thomas Aquinas College. Teachers attending the event receive professional development training, a Teacher's Resource Guide, access to an extensive array of visual history testimonies, and unlimited use of supplementary multimedia resources and supportive tools from the expansive Echoes and Reflections website. Registration closes February 7, 2015.

Click here to register online.

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posted Jan 28, 2015, 9:55 AM by STAC News   [ updated Jan 28, 2015, 9:59 AM ]

Monica Wendel, assistant professor of composition and creative writing at St. Thomas Aquinas College, has been nominated for inclusion in The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses Series for her published works of poetry.

The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses Series, published every year since 1976, is a highly honored American literary project. Since that time, hundreds of presses and thousands of writers of short stories, poetry and essays have been represented in the annual collection. Each year most of the writers and many of the presses are new to the series. Every volume contains an index of past selections, plus lists of outstanding presses with addresses. Nominations are made from independent magazine and small book press editors throughout the world as well as the Pushcart Press’ staff of Contributing Editors. Nominations may be any combination of poetry, short stories, essays, memoirs, or stand-alone excerpts from novels.

Wendel received nominations from Thrush Press for her poem, "[Flock of Birds]" which appears in her chapbook Pioneer (Thrush Press); IDK for her poem “Chicago”; and Paper Nautilus for her poem “Farragut”, published this month. 

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Independent Colleges and Universities Generate $74.3 Billion in Economic Activity for New York State

posted Jan 26, 2015, 7:21 AM by STAC News

Albany, NY -- With total payroll exceeding $26 billion for 394,400 direct, indirect and induced jobs, New York’s independent colleges and universities (private, not-for-profit) are a major source of jobs in all regions of New York State, according to a new economic analysis by the Center for Governmental Research (CGR) released today by the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU). 
In total, independent colleges and universities in New York State contributed $74.3 billion to the state’s economy in 2013, an increase of $11.1 billion over 2011 figures. As private employers, independent colleges and universities directly employ 190,500 New Yorkers, with taxes paid by private college and university employees totaling $1.9 billion. CGR also estimates that the Independent Sector ge
nerates another 203,900 indirect or induced jobs; tech spinoffs add an additional 12,200 jobs.

In 2013, direct institutional spending exceeded $56 billion and academic medical center spending totaled more than $13.2 billion. Additionally, New York’s independent, not-for-profit colleges and universities generated student and visitor spending of $4.5 billion.

The analysis breaks down the statewide impacts into ten regions that align directly with the Regional Economic Development Councils of New York State. The following total overall impacts of the ten regions include: $4.2 billion in the Capital District, $3 billion in Central New York, $5.6 billion in the Finger Lakes, $3.4 billion on Long Island, $4.5 billion in the Mid-Hudson Valley, $639.7 million in the Mohawk Valley, $45.9 billion in New York City, $679.9 million in the North Country, $5 billion in the Southern Tier, and $1.4 billion in Western New York. Breakdowns of all the regional impacts including job figures can be found by visiting:

New York’s Independent Sector continues to be a major contributor to the New York State economy. This is particularly impressive in the current hyper-competitive higher education economy. These schools have maintained enrollment in the face of declining numbers of high school grads and boosted total research spending by 17% despite reductions in federal research investment,” said CGR’s chief research officer, Kent Gardner, who led the study. 

 “New York State continues to depend on its higher education institutions to educate our next generation of leaders, as well as contribute to our future economic growth,” said CICU president Laura L. Anglin. “Playing the role of anchor tenants with communities around the state, the Independent Sector educates hundreds of thousands of students while also providing jobs and significant fiscal impact for the communities where they are located. Throughout the state, our campuses are significant contributors to both the economy and community. They are customers for local and state vendors, especially when it comes to construction.”

Nearly 1.3 million students enroll annually at colleges and universities in New York State with a significant percentage (39%) attending a private, not-for-profit institution. The Independent Sector’s total enrollment is 491,852 for fall 2013. In 2012-13, private, not-for-profit campuses granted 137,651 undergraduate and graduate degrees. 
The Independent Sector of higher education produced 51 percent of the bachelor’s degrees earned in New York State in 2012-13; 71 percent of the master’s degrees; and 80 percent of the doctorate and professional degrees, according to data from the National Center for Education Statistics, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). 

About the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU): CICU is a statewide association representing the public policy interests of the chief executives of more than 100 independent colleges and universities in New York State. Founded in 1956 by a small group of private, not-for-profit college and university presidents, the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU) now represents 100+ independent campuses across New York State. CICU is an educational corporation formed under the New York State Regents. Its mission is to develop consensus among a diverse membership and to advance higher education public policy.

STAC Designated 2015 STEM Jobs Approved College

posted Jan 5, 2015, 6:37 AM by STAC News   [ updated Jan 5, 2015, 6:38 AM ]

St. Thomas Aquinas College announced today that it has been designated a 2015 STEM JobsSM Approved College by Victory Media, the leader in successfully connecting individuals in transition with education and career opportunities, and creator of STEM JobsSM media, education and career resources for students interested in science, technology, engineering and math. The 2015 STEM JobsSM Approved Colleges inaugural list is the first of its kind to rate universities, colleges, community colleges, and trade schools on their responsiveness and relevance to high demand, high growth STEM occupations.

“Preparing students for successful career outcomes is a primary goal of St. Thomas Aquinas College,” commented Vin Crapanzano, senior vice president for enrollment management. “The growing opportunities in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics represent the growing demands of our society. We’re proud to be included in this prestigious list of institutions.” 

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posted Nov 19, 2014, 6:54 AM by STAC News   [ updated Nov 19, 2014, 7:02 AM ]

For Immediate Release
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Beau Monde Guitars, a local music shop, is partnering with St. Thomas Aquinas public relations students to host its inaugural “Jam Shop Open House” on November 22nd from 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. This free event-complete with music demonstrations, family fun activities, and food-will raise money for Autism Speaks, a cause that shop owners Lou Bottone and Harry Jacovou are personally connected to.

“In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we want to hold an event that will give back to all children within our community, especially those with special needs,” Bottone says. “We take pride in the fact that our Jam Shop program has been well received within the community and we are able to give children with special a musical outlet!” Jacovou, who has become increasingly connected with the autistic community since losing a family member earlier this year, adds.



posted Nov 12, 2014, 12:59 PM by STAC News   [ updated Nov 12, 2014, 1:08 PM ]

St. Thomas Aquinas College School of Education students and faculty participated in the New York State Federation of Chapters of the Council for Exceptional Children’s Annual conference in Syracuse on November 1, 2014. The Council for Exceptional Children is a national organization which works to improve the educational success of children and youth with disabilities and/or gifts and talents. The state conference attracts educators and students from across the state.

At this year’s convention Joseph Gilson (Master of Science in Education, Special Education) and Vincent Marinelli (Master of Science in Teaching, Childhood and Special Education) presented.

"Our students did an amazing job sharing their knowledge and experiences with other educators from across the state, and I'm proud to have them representing St. Thomas Aquinas College,” commented Dr. Regine Rossi, visiting instructor of education.


STAC To Co-Sponsor Rockland County Storytelling Festival

posted Nov 6, 2014, 9:05 AM by STAC News   [ updated Nov 6, 2014, 9:07 AM ]

St. Thomas Aquinas College will co-sponsor the 19th Annual Rockland County Storytelling Festival on Sunday, November 16, 2014, 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the Haverstraw King’s Daughters Public Library in Garnerville (NY), announced Dr. Michael Shaw, Professor of Education at the College. This event is free and welcomes families, educators and the public.  Light refreshments will be provided.

This multicultural event is designed to celebrate storytelling in the community.  The event will feature Storytellers Elise Krakower, Julie Pasqual, Pamela Schembri, and Chuck Stead, as well as high school student tellers.  There will also be Story Crafts for children.

This event is co-sponsored by St. Thomas Aquinas College, Rockland Teachers’ Center, Haverstraw King’s Daughters Public Library, Howard T. Phillips Jr. and The Town of Haverstraw Board, Union Restaurant and Bar Latino, Rockland Reading Council, Alexander Gromack, Supervisor—Town of Clarkstown, Green Meadow Waldorf School, Kastin and Newman Orthodontics, Jay M. Konigsberg, Esq., Peggy and Andrew Koval, ShopRite of Garnerville, and the Orchards of Concklin.

“The Rockland County Storytelling Festival is a joyful multicultural celebration of the power of story to light up the lives of children and all people.  It is a free event with extraordinary tellers who enrich and enhance literacy,” said Shaw.  “It is also hands on for young children who create Story Crafts.  Rockland County Executive Edwin J. Day has proclaimed November 16, 2014 as ‘Storytelling Day in the County of Rockland’.  Everybody has a story to tell.  Come and enjoy the day,” Shaw added.

For more information and to register, contact Dr. Shaw at or 845-398-4079 or Deborah Studnitzer at the Rockland Teachers’ Center at  Like the Festival on Facebook at RCNYStorytellingFestival.

AMAG Presents Rachel Kohn: Ground Gradation

posted Oct 12, 2014, 4:04 PM by STAC News   [ updated Oct 12, 2014, 4:16 PM ]

Exhibit runs through  through November 2

Rachel Kohn creates physical, meditative landscapes that offer a space for the viewer to explore cycles of growth and decay. Her work focuses on nature, but is also inspired by human fragility and cycles of life and death. Her paintings investigate a shifting of energy, finding light from darkness, control from chaos, and balance from the unbalanced. These cavernous landscapes explore patterns within the natural world and are influenced by deterioration, fragility, devastation, and renewal.

Each piece hovers on the boundary between painting and sculpture. Kohn builds up a surface using wax,plaster and foam and then carves the materials back to reveal what has been covered. The work becomes both abstraction and landscape and references layers of earth or flesh as the surface is gouged away. Kohn has a B.A. from Skidmore College in Art and Mathematics, and an M.F.A. from Hunter College in painting. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles, and London.Currently she is an adjunct instructor at the College of New Rochelle, and an instructor at Brooklyn Art Space.

Rachel Kohn: Ground Gradation runs through November 2.

St. Thomas Aquinas College | Costello Hall Room 110 845-398-4195 | amag@stac .edu |

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