St. Thomas Aquinas College hosted a dedication ceremony for the Kraus Fitness Center on Monday, August 17, 2015, announced Dr. Margaret Fitzpatrick, president of the College. The ceremony honored Drs. Patricia and George Kraus, who generously funded the project.
“We are extremely grateful to the Krauses for their continued generosity to the St. Thomas Aquinas College community,” said Dr. Fitzpatrick. “The Kraus Fitness Center is a state-of-the-art facility that is serving the entire STAC community.” She added, “Here at the College, we recognize the importance of strengthening the mind AND the body. We’re excited about the additional opportunities for team building and socialization through healthy activity.”
Dr. George & Patricia Kraus, with Dr. Fitzpatrick.
Dr. Robert Murray was appointed as provost and vice president for academic affairs at St. Thomas Aquinas College, announced Dr. Margaret Fitzpatrick, S.C., president of the College. Dr. Murray transitioned into this role on July 1, 2015.
Dr. Murray (Blauvelt, NY) served as the dean of the School of Arts and Sciences from 2012-2015 and chair of the Division of Humanities from 2007-2012, in addition he holds the rank of professor of English. He also served as Director of the Writing Program at the College. Dr. Murray joined the faculty in 1998 after teaching at the Virginia Military Institute (VA), Princeton University (NJ), and Rutgers University (NJ). He received his Ph.D. in English from Rutgers University.
He has done research in the areas of 19th Century American Literature, especially Nathaniel Hawthorne, as well as in literary realism and naturalism and African-American literature. He has published work on composition theory, specifically on race and asymmetrical power relationships in a writing class.
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 email@example.com.
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.