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Jeff Cummings, the women’s soccer coach at Thomas More College, was having a tough time connecting with Emilee Buchanan.

Buchanan, a 2011 Columbus East graduate and one of Cummings’ starting defenders who helped the Cincinnati-area team to a 19-2-2 record, simply has been unavailable.

Cummings knows the Columbus East graduate has bigger priorities than soccer.

“She is the kind of student-athlete that any Division III school dreams of getting,” Cummings said of Buchanan, a junior. “We know she has interests other than soccer.”

Buchanan just returned from a spring break that had nothing to do with beaches and margaritas. She spent her “vacation” in El Paso, Texas, working at the Annunciation House, a shelter that benefits refugees and the homeless.

“That kind of work is the mission of the school,” Cummings said. “It is what we are all about.

“Emilee always is balancing things, and that’s OK. Most of the students here do the kind of work she was doing (in El Paso). How much she does is what’s rare.”

The summer of 2012, Buchanan spent two weeks volunteering at a medical clinic in Guatemala, and the past two spring breaks she has worked at the Annunciation House. This summer she will join her boyfriend, Columbus North and Wabash College grad Dylan Andrew, who works with the Peace Corps, in the Dominican Republic teaching preventative health for two months. Closer to home, she is working at Thomas More to take leftover food from the cafeteria and donate it to an organization that would make it available to the homeless.

And, by the way, she has to carve out time for a two-week trip this summer to Costa Rica with the Thomas More soccer team.

She accomplishes everything while handling the rigors of being a college athlete and taking an 18-unit course load in her nursing major. Despite that schedule, she was a Presidents Athletic Conference Academic Honor Roll student this past season. It should also be noted that she works as many hours as possible in the concession stands at pro sporting events in Cincinnati to pay for her altruistic trips.

“I think I changed when I took my first sociology class in college,” said Buchanan, who graduated from East in 2011. “People don’t do things because they don’t have the time. I started asking myself, ‘Do I have the time?’ There are injustices in the world.

Is it a priority really to help people who are poor and marginal?’”

Her answer was yes. She got busy.

Working on the United States-Mexico border, where El Paso and Ciudad Juarez are separated by a line, has made a huge impact on her life.

“It’s a border awareness experience,” she said. “Oh my gosh, they teach you a lot about immigration policy and the laws. You learn about why people come over (from Mexico). We would go into Juarez. There is violence there, drug cartels and economic injustice.”

In her trip to El Paso earlier this month, she worked on the renovation of two rooms of the century-old, red brick Annunciation House that is 10 blocks from the border. “We painted and re-did the floors and windows,” she said.

That wasn’t all.

Those who live at the Annunciation House are responsible for preparing meals as are the volunteers.

“Meals are a big deal because there are so many people,” Buchanan said. “We did a Thanksgiving in March. There were about 55 people living there.”

The steady work load makes the time pass, but it’s hard to ignore the suffering that refugees endure.

“A lot of people are hurting,” Buchanan said. “My heart, my passion, goes into these people. I know the feeling is that these people are a drain on our economy, but we learn. We know that people turn their heads to immigrants. Each year I’ve gotten close to a different set of people there. There is a huge communication barrier. They do not speak English, and my Spanish isn’t the best.

“But after two days they will tell you they love you.”

Refugees from Mexico, Central America and other places around the world wait at the Annunciation House for their asylum cases to be heard. Buchanan checks back. “I ask volunteers what happened to people. Some have been granted asylum, more haven’t had their case heard yet because it takes a long time, and most are sent back.”

It’s a lot for a 21-year-old to take upon her shoulders.

Her mother, Brenda Buchanan, has watched as her daughter’s college experience has changed her.

“Boy, did it ever,” Brenda Buchanan said. “With each new year, I still continue to see the changes in her. She seems more dedicated to her studies now and is very disciplined when it comes to homework. She’s always been a good student, but always had to work hard at getting good grades. It didn’t come natural. She seems to care much more about what kind of grades she makes now.

“She gets more involved in activities, too. She is more eager to learn and is like a sponge, absorbing as much knowledge as she can. She worked on her Spanish all last summer on her own. She was never like that in high school.”

Brenda Buchanan isn’t surprised to see her daughter packing so many things into each day.

“She hated being bored,” Brenda Buchanan said. “She had to have something to do at all times. Keeping her entertained was a bit of a challenge. And she always loved reading. Instead of sleeping with stuffed animals as a toddler, she slept with books.”

As a soccer player at East, Emilee Buchanan dominated in the midfield, eventually being named to the All-State First Team her senior season.

“Emilee was a fabulous player,” said East coach Ilya Schwartzman, who coached her all four seasons of high school. “She was very unselfish and team-oriented. And she was just a wonderful person. It was part of her character.”

Although Emilee Buchanan said she learned to be more concerned with what was happening in the rest of the world when she reached college, Schwartzman could tell she was a person who could make a difference.

“All individuals go through changes in life and develop as people,” Schwartzman said. “But you get a sense about what kind of human beings they are. She was a very unselfish, caring person who didn’t just focus on herself. She was open and supportive of her teammates. She took players under her wing. I think the world of Emilee.”

Although Buchanan didn’t play Division I soccer in college, Schwartzman noted that it’s a tremendous success story.

“We emphasize that our players’ future life is not about soccer,” Schwartzman said. “Soccer can be a part of their life, but we advise them that soccer just helps them grow. When they choose a college, it’s got to be a college they really like for academics and how they feel in that environment. For Emilee, Thomas More was a great fit for her. The soccer program was just an absolute bonus, a place she could play and contribute as a freshman.”

MainSource Market President Charlie Farber worked with Brenda Buchanan when he moved to Columbus is 2002 and met her family.

“I’ve had the pleasure of watching Emilee grow up,” Farber said. “She has an amazing attitude, and her outlook on life is very positive.

“She is someone who is committed, and she brings out the best in people. I have written letters of recommendation for her various programs where she has volunteered.”

Her parents, Brenda and Larry Buchanan, will continue to worry about her as she volunteers in poor communities and third-world countries.

“It does get easier with each one she takes,” Brenda Buchanan said. “I remember the summer between her junior and senior year in high school, she flew to Boston all by herself to attend a youth leadership forum on medicine. She was only 17, and it terrified me. It doesn’t bother me as much now, but I always will worry about her no matter where she is. She never has let the fear of the unknown keep her from doing anything. That’s what I really admire about her.”

Emilee said she will continue to push forward.

“It is physically tiring,” she said of her schedule. “You are extremely exhausted, but you come back (from an altruistic trip) with a renewed sense of gratitude. You are spiritually uplifted.”


Lady Saints to play in NCAA Division III Sectional Semifinals in Walla Walla, Washington!

Congratulations to our women’s basketball team who will play in the NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Sectional in Walla Walla, Washington. The sectional will be played at the Sherwood Center on the campus of Whitman College on Friday and Saturday (March 14 and 15).  No. 1-ranked Thomas More College will play No. 17-ranked University of Texas-Tyler at 5 p.m. Pacific/8 p.m. Eastern in the first game on Friday and No. 7-ranked Whitman plays No. 20-ranked Christopher Newport University at 7 p.m. Pacific/10 p.m. Eastern.  The two winners from Friday will play at 7 p.m. Pacific/10 p.m. Eastern on Saturday for the right to advance to the Final Four.

Thomas More College will hold a viewing party (free to attend) on Friday March 14 at 7:00 pm in Steigerwald Hall (inside the Saints Center). The game begins at 8:00 pm EST.

For those who would like to watch the game from the web, here are the instructions. Go to Click on Women’s, then click on Basketball. Click on the Schedule/Results page. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on Video for the NCAA Tournament Sectional Semifinals game. Here is the link to that page: Here is the link to the video stream:

Inauguration of Thomas More College’s 14th President to be held October 18th

David A. Armstrong will be inaugurated as the 14th president of Thomas More College Friday, Oct. 18.

All inauguration events will take place on Thomas More College’s campus, 333 Thomas More Parkway in Crestview Hills, Ky. At 10:00 a.m., there will be a special Inauguration Mass at the new Mary, Seat of Wisdom Chapel. At 2 p.m., the installation ceremony will take place in the Connor Convocation Center. The public is invited to attend the Mass and installation ceremony, but an RSVP is requested. Visit for further details and RSVP information.

Armstrong assumed the role of president July 1. He succeeded Sister Margaret Stallmeyer, who stepped down after nine years of service. Before coming to Thomas More College, Armstrong served as Vice President and General Counsel at Notre Dame College in South Euclid, Ohio where he had successes in academics, enrollment, higher education law and athletics.

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TMC To Offer New Major In Athletic Training, new Co-Curricular Marching Band And new Athletic Program In Women’s Lacrosse

Thomas More College (TMC) in Crestview Hills, Ky., announces new programs and activities, including a new academic major in athletic training, the formation of a marching band and the addition of women’s lacrosse. Thomas More College President Dave Armstrong said that each of these new offerings is expected to appeal to a wide variety of current and prospective students, giving them opportunities to expand their skills and continue developing talents. “As Thomas More College continues to expand its reach and relevance in the region, we are seeking to find programs that are mission-centric and appeal to the quality students who thrive here.  Our faculty have been working on a launch of athletic training as a major for the last several years because it is founded in the strength of our science programs and there is a growing market for this profession. Initiating a marching band has great appeal because of its relation to the liberal arts, and the students in this region have an intense passion for excellence in this genre. Women’s lacrosse is an emerging sport in the NCAA, and bringing it to Thomas More will enhance the strong tradition of women’s athletic programs here.”

Athletic training will be offered as a new major during the current academic year, bringing the total number of majors offered to 34.  Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Thomas More College Brad Bielski noted that athletic training fits well with the academic offerings already available and the college is currently recruiting for the program. “Our goal is to begin offering the classes in the major and work concurrently to achieve program accreditation so that our graduates will have the best job opportunities available. Initially, we are planning for 20 students, but will expand in accordance with demand. The program is academically rigorous, requiring a strong science component as well as the courses in our challenging, liberal arts core curriculum. Our graduates will not only be prepared to be excellent trainers, but they will also be prepared to be critical thinkers and leaders in their field,” he said.

The new marching band opportunity is being developed as a co-curricular activity which allows students to pursue their interest in this musical discipline simply for the love of it or as a complement to pursuing an associates degree in music.  Thomas More College Vice President for Student Affairs Matthew Webster elaborated, “This region is a hotbed for high school bands and the area is very competitive. Now, students have a chance to continue their passion for marching band here at Thomas More College.”  According to Webster, the formation of the band and a search for the conductor is currently underway.

Women’s lacrosse will begin as a varsity sport during the 2014-15 academic year. According to the most recent research by the Sports Marketing Surveys USA, it is the fastest-growing team sport in the United States. The addition of women’s lacrosse will bring the total number of athletic teams at Thomas More to 19 (10 women and nine men). The team will play in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC), which will officially sponsor a championship in women’s lacrosse during the 2014-15 academic year. Currently, Saint Vincent College, Thiel College, Washington & Jefferson College and Waynesburg University sponsor women’s lacrosse as a varsity sport in the PAC.  According to Thomas More College Athletic Director Terry Connor, a national search for a head coach will begin immediately.  “We believe that lacrosse will provide us another level to showcase our student-athletes at Thomas More,” he added.

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TMC Creative Writing Vision Program Visiting Authors Series Offers Free Literary Events

Sept. 9 Event at Joseph Beth Kicks Off Schedule

CRESTVIEW HILLS KY, August 12, 2013 – Thomas More College in Crestview Hills, Ky., continues its collaboration with Joseph Beth Booksellers/Crestview Hills to offer literary programs by award-winning authors that are free and open to the public. On Monday, September 9, 2013, two programs will be presented with renowned essayist and poet Rebecca McClanahan, the author of a multi-generational memoir. McClanahan will visit Thomas More College’s campus for a noon-time discussion about the writing life and the challenges and rewards of family history writing.  At 7 p.m. at Joseph Beth Booksellers/Crestview Hills, McClanahan will read from and sign her newest book, The Tribal Knot: A Memoir of Family, Community, and a Century of Change, a multi-generational memoir based on hundreds of letters and documents spanning more than a century of life in and beyond her family’s central Indiana origin.  McClanahan is the author of nine previous books of poetry and prose, and the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, the Wood Prize from Poetry, among other honors. McClanahan travels throughout the country to conduct readings, workshops and writing residencies.

Upcoming events scheduled for the Thomas More College Creative Writing Vision Program also include:

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 7 p.m. at Joseph Beth Booksellers/ Crestview Hills

Stoykova author photoThe Porcupine of MindKaterina Stoykova-Klemer will read from and sign her newest book, The Porcupine of Mind, and discuss her life and work as a poet, translator and editor in both English and her native Bulgarian.  Stoykova-Klemer is a poet, translator, editor, teacher, radio host and publisher from Bourgas, Bulgaria who has lived in the United States since 1995 and in Lexington, Ky., since 2004.   The author of three books of poetry, she hosts Accents—a radio show for literature, art and culture on WRFL, 88.1 FM, Lexington, and leads various poetry groups and workshops in the region. In January 2010, Katerina launched Accents Publishing—an independent press for brilliant voices.

Wednesday, November 13 at 7 p.m. at Joseph Beth Booksellers/ Crestview Hills

Mike Henson by margaret randall 41Pauletta Hansel closeRegional authors Michael Henson and Rhonda Pettit join Thomas More College’s Writer-in-Residence Pauletta Hansel to read from and sign their newest books. Henson’s latest work is Tommy Perdue, a novella from MotesBooks, set in Cincinnati’s Lower Price Hill. He is the author of two previous books of fiction, Ransack, a novel; A Small Room with Trouble on My Mind, a book of stories; and three collections of poetry, The Body Geographic, The Tao Of Longing and Crow Call. Pettit’s newest What I Did Therebook is Fetal Waters (Finishing Line Press 2013), poetry that ranges from lyrical observations to explorations of race, gender, and war.  Her poetic drama, The Global Lovers, was a Critic’s Pick at the 2010 Cincinnati Fringe Festival.  Thomas More College’s Writer-in-Residence Pauletta Hansel is the author of four poetry collections, most recently The Lives We Live in Houses (Wind Publications 2011) and What I Did There (Dos Madres Press, 2011).

The Lives We Live in HousesThomas More College’s Fall 2013 Creative Writing Vision Program Visiting Author Series is supported by a grant from the John A. Schroth Family Charitable Trust, PNC Bank, Trustee. For more information about Thomas More College, visit


TMC Eva G. Farris Gallery Opens Season with Works by Sarah Francis Hollis

1CRESTVIEW HILLS, KY, August 12, 2013 – Thomas More College’s Eva G. Farris Gallery begins its fall art season with a show by Sarah Francis Hollis entitled Retrospective in Multiples. As an artist Hollis views herself as both a creator and curator.  She is inspired by objects to build collections, and her collections inspire her to create collections of artwork.

“Many of the objects I use end up becoming re-contextualized or rendered useless…and much of the work I create seems to be doomed construction from the beginning …similar to that of a hoarder, whose collections cannot truly be appreciated because of the environment in which they are contained and the shame that shrouds their acquisitions.”

2Hollis goes on to say that when she is creating the work about a particular collection, she feels as though she is getting to know the objects better. “Through drawing, research, and perhaps even a little magical thinking, I hope to have a better understanding of my collections and the functions for which they are originally intended.”

Retrospective in Multiples will be showing at the Eva G. Farris Art Gallery, August 29 – September 27, 2013. Meet the artist and enjoy refreshments at the Opening Reception Thursday, August 29 from 4-7 p.m.  An Artist Talk is scheduled in the gallery on Thursday, September 5 from 3-4 p.m. and is open to the public.                        

3* Sarah Francis Hollis is an accomplished and professional maker of stuff and things, as well as an artist who professes art to younger artists. Hollis has a BFA in Painting-Art History and an MFA in Drawing-Painting. She loves to add commas, colons, and semi-colons where they don’t belong and is hard-pressed to capitalize anything. She has a thing for unicorns, hamsters and most bison, and everything she touches turns into flame.

Thomas More College Presents Its Inaugural Heroes Cup Cornhole Tournament

Tourney to benefit TMC scholarship fund for vets

CRESTVIEW HILLS KY, July 19, Cornhole12013 – Thomas More College is holding its inaugural Heroes Cup cornhole tournament Saturday, Aug. 24, to benefit its Veteran Heroes Scholarship Fund. Tournament play takes place on the TMC campus near The Bank of Kentucky Field from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

The tournament is sanctioned by the American Cornhole Organization. Amateur and professional cornhole players are welcome to participate. The cost is $30 per team, individuals may email to be placed on a team.  Cash prizes will be awarded. The winning team advances to an ACO national-qualifying tournament.

Free family activities include rocket building for children with the Civil Air Patrol and games. Other activities include split the pot and raffles. Families are welcome to bring lawn chairs to watch the action. Food, beverage and beer vendors will be on site.

Campus tours will be offered for vets and others interested in learning about TMC. Visit for details about the tournament and to register.

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Thomas More College is located at 333 Thomas More Parkway in Crestview Hills, Ky., 41017. Visit for more information about TMC.

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Thomas More Sweeps PAC Softball Awards and Five Saints Named All-PAC

zik4hewoio7bpb2g(GREENVILLE, Pa.) - Thomas More College swept the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Softball Player and Coach of the Year Awards and had five Saints named All-PAC by the conference’s head coaches.

Junior third baseman Alex Walter (Lebanon, Ohio/Lebanon) was named the PAC Player of the Year and earned first team All-PAC honors.  She is the sixth Thomas More student-athlete to earn PAC Player of the Year honors during the 2012-13 academic year.  Walter has the Saints in batting this season as she is batting .470 with a .573 slugging percentage.  She is 55-for-117 at the plate with nine doubles, a home run, 23 runs batted-in and 25 runs scored, while being walked 22 times.

Head Coach Lindsay Bramhall was named the PAC Coach of the Year as she has guided the Saints to a 24-17 overall record and a 12-6 record in the PAC.  She is the fifth Thomas More head coach during the 2012-13 academic year to earn the Coach of the Year honor.  Thomas More won the PAC Championship Tournament last week for the fourth time in program history and third under Bramhall.  She is has the Saints in their fifth NCAA Division III Tournament in program history and third since she has taken over as head coach during the 2009 season.

Joining Walter on the All-PAC first team was junior pitcher Ronni Burns (Dayton, Ohio/Carroll) and freshman pitcher/outfielder Mamee Salzer (Erlanger, Ky./St. Henry).  Burns has a 1.87 earned run average and a 14-8 record in 26 appearances.  She has given up 52 runs (40 earned) on 117 hits and has struck out 136 batters in 149.2 innings pitched.  Salzer is second on the team in batting with a .376 average with 13 doubles, three home runs, 28 RBI and 29 runs scored.  In the circle she has a 2.35 ERA with a 10-8 record as she has given up 59 runs (39 earned) on 118 hits and has struck out 73 batters in 116 innings pitched.

Junior first baseman Stefaney Turner (Franklin, Ohio/Carlisle) and freshman Ana Walter (Lebanon, Ohio/Lebanon) were second team selections by the conference’s head coaches.  Turner batted .296 as she was 34-for-115 at the plate with six double, 15 RBI and 13 runs scored.  Walter batted .277 as she was 33-for-119 with five doubles, 17 RBI and 16 runs scored.

The Saints will open up NCAA Division III regional play on Thursday (May 9, 2013) when they play Capital University at 4 p.m. at the Angola, Indiana Regional hosted by Trine University.

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Four Faces Of Conservatism: Possible Directions For The GOP

“Massie doesn’t owe his political heritage to any person on the moderate side, or however you would describe the mainstream Republican Party in this area,” says John T. Spence, a political scientist at Thomas More College in Crestview Hills, Ky. “He just doesn’t.”

All of that is in keeping with the preferences of most people in his district, Spence says.

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Park Sheds Confederate Name, Drawing Ire

John Cimprich, a history professor who published a book on Fort Pillow, said Gen. Forrest’s exact role in the incident is unclear, but black soldiers, many of whom had surrendered, were slaughtered by troops under his command. Mr. Cimprich said Gen. Forrest’s KKK involvement remains “the worst thing on his record.”

“I understand if a local community is not comfortable with a park being named after him,” he said.

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Nun’s stained-glass windows enhance Thomas More’s new chapel

bildeConceptualizing and creating drawings for the elaborate and ornate wall of stained-glass windows in Thomas More College’s new chapel was the easy part for Sister Emmanuel Pieper.

What the 84-year-old Benedictine nun and artist struggled with was picturing how her 12-by-12-inch drawings could possibly be transformed into an entire church wall, 70 feet long and as high as 35 feet. (Read More)

Thomas More football player up for national trophy

If Zach Autenrieb wins on Wednesday the Gagliardi Trophy as college football’s best Divsion III player, he’s not sure what his reaction will be.

It’s sure to be different than when the Thomas More senior defensive back learned he was one of four finalists for the honor, though. Autenrieb was noticeably subdued last Tuesday when Saints coach Jim Hilvert called to inform his star player that he was one of four finalists for the small-school equivalent of the Heisman Trophy. (Read more)

Saints march into fall sports dominance

The Presidents’ Athletic Conference may soon need to be renamed as the Saints’ Athletic Conference.

Thomas More College has dominated the fall sports season. The Saints recently won the PAC championships in men’s soccer, women’s soccer, and volleyball. Each team now advances to the NCAA tournament to represent Thomas More and the PAC on a national stage. (Read More)

St. John’s Bible will be on display

In the Middle Ages, monasteries of Benedictine monks worked prayerfully writing and drawing manuscripts of the Bible called illuminations.

For the first time in 500 years, Benedictine monks have commissioned a new illumination, and beginning this month, a heritage edition of this new illumination – the St. John’s Bible – will be on display at Thomas More College in Crestview Hills, Ky. (Read more)