Preparing for a Total Lunar Eclipse

Preparing for a Total Lunar Eclipse
Presented by:  Dr. Wes Ryle

A total eclipse of the moon will begin during the night of Monday, April 14th and proceed into the early morning hours. This lecture will discuss the cause of eclipses, along with everything you need to know for observing this eclipse from your own backyard. It’s been more than two years since a total lunar eclipse was visible from our location.  Keep your fingers crossed for clear skies on the night of the eclipse!

Join us afterward for an up-close look at the stars, Jupiter, and more with telescopes at The Bank of Kentucky Observatory (weather permitting).

This talk is intended for a general audience.  All ages are welcome.  The event is free and open to the public.  Thomas More College faculty and students will assist visitors in using the telescopes at the observatory.

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Please note the later starting time due to the beginning of daylight saving time!

Saturday, April 12th

8:00 PM – Introduction and Talk – Steigerwald Hall in the TMC Saints Center (formerly the student center)
9:00 PM – Telescope Viewing – The Bank of Kentucky Observatory (weather permitting)

Both located on the campus of Thomas More College:
333 Thomas More Parkway
Crestview Hills, KY 41017

For more information or directions, go to:

FREE and open to the public.  No reservations required.  All ages welcome.

Special Observatory Event:
Lunar Eclipse Camp-Out
Monday, April 14th – 10PM-4AM
Watch the Lunar Eclipse from the Grounds around the Observatory!
Drinks, snacks, and entertainment – weather permitting.

Words Contest winners announced

WORDS is the literary arts magazine of Thomas More College. This publication features original drawings, photographs, poetry and prose submitted by the Thomas More College students.

There will be a Words Celebration on Monday, April 7th at 7 p.m. This is a gathering of TMC winning writers and artists, along with food and music. Regional author Jim Minick will help us launch the event.  He writes poetry, fiction and memoir and can name every tree in the forest!

Thomas More College would like to congratulate the following TMC students on their excellence in writing and art.


Sandra L. Cuni Award
“Heaven in Paris”  memoir
Laura Barfield

Appalachia Award in Fiction
“Creek Eternal”
Tony Otten

Appalachia Award in Poetry
“Big City Dreams, 1924″
Courtney Neltner

UCA Award (2 winners)
“MacLean” poetry
Courtney Smalley

RUCA Award (2 winners)
“Wheelchari” fiction
Tony Otten

Kate Bilbo Aspiring Writer Award
“Heaven in Paris” memoir
Laura Barfield


Karen Cress
“Life of the Mind”
The Art Department Choice Award

Ben Kleier
“Interpretation of Mario Donaldson¹s Shark Tooth”
Kate Bilbo Aspiring Artist Award

Cover Art Selection
“Little Baby Peanut”
Jacob Condon

Thomas More College Biology Field Station Annual Conference Scheduled for Nov. 13 & 14

CALIFORNIA, KY, October 22, 2013 – The Thomas More College Biology Field Station welcomes the Ohio River Mollusk Group, along with the Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Society.  They will be holding their annual scientific conference and business meetings at the Thomas More Biology Field Station. Talks will range from the basic life history of freshwater mollusks to conservation plans and restoration efforts. Top maleaologists from around the country will be in attendance to share their latest research findings.

Ohio River Mollusk Group Meeting Announcement

Directions to the Biology Field Station can be found at:

Learn More About TMC Adult Programs

Attend a TAP information session at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 9 in the Blue Ash Center in Ohio or Thursday, July 11 in Crestview Hills, Ky. RSVP for directions to or 859-341-4554.

For more information about TAP program offerings visit

Thomas More College Welcomes New President


CRESTVIEW HILLS KY, July 1, 2013 ­– David A. Armstrong, J.D., began his tenure today as president of Thomas More College. Armstrong is the College’s 14th president. He replaces Sr. Margaret Stallmeyer, C.D.P., who retired after nine years as president.

“It’s wonderful to be here at Thomas More College,” Armstrong said. “Everyone is just as welcoming today as when we met during my interviews. I know I have big shoes to fill following Sr. Margaret and her successes. With her and everyone’s help at Thomas More, we will succeed in reaching our goals.”

darmstrong0713Armstrong will spend the next few weeks getting to know faculty and staff.

“I plan to meet with all full-time faculty and staff before the academic year starts on Aug. 21,” he said. “Their feedback will be invaluable to me as I further develop my vision for the College.”

Armstrong most recently was vice president and general counsel of Notre Dame College in South Euclid, Ohio, where he was instrumental in increasing enrollment and retention securing the largest gift ($2.1 million) in college history and developing new academic programs and initiatives, along with leading a re-branding campaign in 2010.

Armstrong holds a Juris Doctor from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Accounting from Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pa. He and his wife, Leslie, have two children, David and Johanna.

Taking the ACT at Thomas More on Saturday?

The main entrance to Thomas More College Campus from Thomas More Parkway will be closed due to construction.  To access campus parking, from Turkeyfoot Road turn onto Villa Madonna Drive.

The sidewalk leading from campus parking to the Student Center is expected to be open by Friday, June 8, but in the event it is not, there will be signage directing you to an alternate path.

Click here to view a campus map.

Testing will begin at 8:00 a.m.

June & July Youth Camps at Thomas More College Still Accepting Applications

Thomas More Colleges announces its summer camp offerings, through which area youth are invited to enhance their skills and learn new ones in a fun, interactive environment.  As a community-focused institution, Thomas More College welcomes children each summer to see the College through their own eyes, whether that’s via a STEM educational camp at the Biology Field Station, an athletic camp on the courts and fields  in the theater at drama camp or at TMC’s newest addition, Sports and Recreation Camp, which focuses on both indoor and outdoor activities designed to promote a healthy lifestyle.

For more information about specific times and fees, visit The following is a listing of camps currently scheduled at Thomas More College this summer.


Baseball - 
June 4-7 (9:00-3:00), July 9-12 (9:00-3:00); Ages 6-14 for both sessions
The cost is $110/player; however, if 5 or more players from the same team register, the cost is $80/player.
For more information, contact Jeff Hetzer at or 859-344-3532.

Girls’ Basketball - June 25-28 (9:00-3:00), July 16-19 (9:00-3:00); Ages 7-18 for both sessions
If registered before May 25, the cost is $90/player; if registered after May 25, the cost is $100/player.
For more information, contact Jeff Hans at or 859-344-3336.

Boys’ Basketball –
Juniors: June 18-21 (9:00-12:00), July 23-26; Ages 4-8 for both sessions
Seniors: June 18-21 (9:00-3:00), July 23-26; Ages 9-18 for both sessions
The cost for junior campers is $60/player; the cost for senior campers is $110/player.
For more information, contact Jeff Rogers at or 859-344-3630.

Football - June 25-27 (9:00-3:00); Ages 6-13
If registered before June 1, the cost is $110/player; if registered after June 1, the cost is $135/player. If there are conflicts, players can pay a $45/day fee and only participate on the day(s) able.
For more information, contact Jim Hilvert at or 859-344-3516.

Soccer - July 16-19 (9:00-12:00); Ages 5-13
If registered before June 10, the cost is $70/player; if registered after June 10, the cost is $80/player.
For more information, contact Jeff Cummings at or 859-344-4053.

Softball - June 4-7 (9:00-3:00)
The cost is $90/player.
For more information, contact Lindsay Bramhall at or 859-344-3628.

Volleyball – June 11-14 (9:00-3:00), July 9-12 (9:00-3:00); Ages 6-14 for both sessions
The cost is $90/player. Campers can opt for half-day camps at a rate of $45/player.
For More information, contact John Spinney at or 859-344-3634.

Sports and Recreation Camp – June 11-14
This camp will focus on recreational sports, both indoors and outdoors. Sports and activities include badminton, walks through campus, sand volleyball, Frisbee golf, other games to play with friends or on your own, lessons on eating and healthier diet and more. This is designed to keep our youth active and working toward a healthy lifestyle. A basic overview of sports, such as soccer, basketball and volleyball will also be taught in a recreational manner. The camp will include daily awards and prizes. The cost is $60/player. For more information, contact Terry Connor at or 859-344-3308.


TheatreWorks Drama Camp - 
June 11-15 (9:00-2:00 Monday through Thursday and 1:00-7:00 Friday)
TheatreWorks is a summer acting/musical theatre camp designed to allow kids ages 6-14 to explore the fun of theatre through pantomime, puppet/mask creation, improvisation, movement, script work, games and song and dance. The cost is $140/student. For more information, contact Jim Nelson at or 859-344-3421.

High School Summer S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) Institute - July 15-20 (overnight)
Work with faculty and students from Thomas More’s Biology, Chemistry and Physics departments, participate in hands-on field research projects, learn water-quality testing and chemical sampling techniques and MORE!
For more information, contact Chris Lorentz at or 859-344-3373. Please note: Space is limited to only 40 qualified students who apply by May 4, 2012. For more information, visit

Secret Adventure Camp - July 16-20
Secret Adventure Camp is a newly-created experience that offers students entering 4th-9th grades an exploration in the liberal arts. The week-long academic camp provides a creative curriculum taught by the College’s professors. Campers will explore a variety of disciplines, including English, Math, Science, Philosophy and Music. For more information, visit

Shakespeare Boot Camp – June 4-9
A week-long performance intensive for high school students. Students work with Thomas More faculty, guest teachers, and theatre professionals to explore Shakespearean text and acting methods through workshops in character development, voice, movement, and stage combat. Students develop an original performance drawn from favorite scenes and monologues. Students entering their junior or senior years of high school may earn college credit. Enrollment is limited; early application is encouraged.