TMC To Host Nov. 9 Talk On Antebellum Slavery In Kentucky

Dr. Andrea Watkins will give a free public talk, “A Mild Institution?: Slavery in Antebellum Kentucky,” at noon, Friday, November 9 in the Science Lecture Hall at Thomas More College, 333 Thomas More Parkway, Crestview Hills, Ky. Dr. Watkins is an assistant professor of history at Northern Kentucky University and co-author of Kentucky Rising: Democracy, Slavery, and Culture from the Early Republic to the Civil War (2011). The presentation is sponsored by Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society and History Club. For further information, contact John Cimprich at 859-344-3394.

Stallmeyer built friendships and college legacy

Thomas More president announces retirement

Thomas More College added 10 baccalaureate programs, grew enrollment by 20 percent, and completed major construction projects during the eight years Sister Margaret Stallmeyer has been the institution’s president.

On Oct. 18, Stallmeyer announced her retirement, effective June 30, 2013, to the college’s board of trustees, faculty and staff. (Read More)

Oct. 25 Shantytown Event to Bring Awareness to Poverty and Homelessness

Thomas More College will host a shantytown event that encourages awareness and understanding about poverty in the area. “One Night Without a Home,” will include educational events and service projects throughout the night, including a special guest speaker, Josh Spring, executive director of the Cincinnati Homeless Coalition. In addition, journal reflection activities, a candle light vigil and a movie about homelessness will take place until 2 a.m., after which participants will spend the night in their cardboard shanties on the Student Center front lawn.

Approximately 50 students and staff at Thomas More College participated in the event coordinated with the College’s Residence Life Department and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion in collaboration with the Greater Cincinnati Homeless Coalition.

Thomas More College Preview Day Set For Nov. 10

High School and Transfer Students Invited to Learn About Admissions, Financial Aid and Student Life at Thomas More College

High school students preparing for or in the midst of their college searches can learn more about the admissions process at Thomas More College’s Preview Day Saturday, November 10, 2012 at TMC’s Administration Building. The event kicks off with check-in at 9 a.m., followed by a departmental browsing fair with academic and student services representatives. Presentations by admissions, financial aid and student life staff will follow. A campus tour including stops at residence halls, classrooms and the gym will also be offered.

A free meal and admission to the Saints football game is included (kick-off is at 1 p.m.).

Preview Day is open to students and families at any stage of the college search process, including students interested in learning about the transfer process.  Information sessions will address various topics, including when to take the ACT/SAT, the importance of the individual campus visit, securing institutional and external financial aid and the value of getting involved on college campuses. Thomas More College faculty members from each department, as well as representatives from athletics, campus ministry, student life, financial aid and admissions will be available to speak one-on-one with guests. Information about potential internships and co-cops offered through the College will also be offered.

Thomas More College is located at 333 Thomas More Parkway in Crestview Hills, Ky. Students interested in attending are encouraged to RSVP through the website at www.thomasmore.edu/admissions or by calling (859) 344-3332.

Thomas More College President Sr. Margaret Stallmeyer to Retire June 30, 2013

Thomas More College President Sr. Margaret Stallmeyer met with the College’s board of trustees, faculty and staff Thursday morning, October 18, 2012 to inform them she will retire as president effective June 30, 2013. Stallmeyer has served as president of the Catholic diocesan college since June 1, 2004.  During the last eight years, the College has grown in the scope and scale of its academic offerings, including the addition of 10 new baccalaureate programs.  In addition, enrollment has increased by 20 percent since Stallmeyer became president.

Thomas More College Board Chair Jeanne-Marie Tapke , Ph.D., commented on Stallmeyer’s accomplishments as president. “From the beginning, her strong administrative skills moved the college to a level of financial stability in a short period.  She moved on to formulate her vision of how the College could serve the needs of our students as well as our growing community.  She has the unique ability to not only build relationships with influential community leaders and donors, but also with students who appreciate the welcoming environment she has created at Thomas More and who have been challenged to understand the complexity of a globalized world through her leadership. As board chair, I’ve embraced her mission to keep the quality, Catholic, liberal arts education at Thomas More available to all motivated students who seek it. We are all better and smarter for having worked with her.”

Thomas More College Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs Bradley A. Bielski elaborated on Stallmeyer’s vision for the College. “Academic program offerings at the baccalaureate level have increased by 42 percent, and the number of master’s degree programs has tripled under Sister Margaret’s guidance. Several of our newer programs, such as sports and entertainment marketing, healthcare management and forensic science, reflect Sister Margaret’s vision of being responsive to the changing higher education environment. Others, such as humanities, Spanish and art history, stress her firm belief in the value of the liberal arts. As a career educator who has constantly reminded the campus community of its roots as a teacher’s college, she championed two master’s programs for educators, the Master of Arts in Teaching program and a newly approved Master of Education degree.” Academically, Stallmeyer has also brought to fruition the College Gemini program, which has given several thousand students in both diocesan and public schools the opportunity to build college credit prior to admission.

“My years as president have been blessed in many ways, so this was not an easy decision” Stallmeyer explained. “It is one I have made after serious reflection and prayer during these last several months. Over the past years, I have been committed to creating stability, strengthening our Catholic identity and putting the College in front of the regional community.  Thomas More College is now positioned to meet the challenges facing private higher education in this 21st Century,” Stallmeyer explained.

Stallmeyer’s retirement comes on the heels of completion of the College’s current five-year strategic plan. Her over-riding goal in all has been to keep Thomas More affordable for students in the region through a variety of initiatives, including the guarantee of fixed tuition increases, the parochial promise and availability of access grants. Throughout her tenure, Thomas More College has completed construction of The Bank of Kentucky Field, Griffin Plaza, a new education center and lodge at the Biology Field Station and the soon-to-be completed Mary, Seat of Wisdom Chapel. In addition, renovations of various labs and the library and expansion of the Center for Adult and Professional Education have been accomplished. While the College’s value in facilities and offerings grew during her leadership, the long-term debt was reduced. In addition, the endowment has grown 33 percent despite the economic challenges of the recession.  In 2010, the College also accomplished a successful SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) 10-year re-accreditation. Bielski added, “The College and the community have greatly benefitted from Sister Margaret’s commitment to academic excellence while being responsive to the needs of the community.”

The Board of Trustees is expected to hire a search firm by the beginning of November to conduct an immediate search for Stallmeyer’s replacement.

Prospective Students Invited To Oct. 26 TMC Biology Field Station Open House

Prospective students and their families are invited to attend an Open House at Thomas More College’s Biology Field Station located along the Ohio River in California, Ky. Friday, October 26 at 6 p.m.  The Open House is ideal for prospective students who are interested in pursuing a major in the natural sciences. Attendees will learn more about STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) related majors and will enjoy a riverside bonfire, refreshments and live music with Thomas More College faculty, staff and students.

The Biology Field Station is host to numerous Ohio River-based research initiatives and is located at 8309 Mary Ingles Highway in California, Ky.  Contact the Office of Enrollment at (859)344-3332 or email admissions@thomasmore.edu or click here to RSVP for the event.

Thomas More College to Host Rare, Fine Art Edition of The Saint John’s Bible

Unveiling of first volume and art gallery exhibition to be held November 12

Thomas More College in Crestview Hills, Ky., invites the public to experience The Saint John’s Bible through an exhibition of two Heritage Edition volumes to be on display at the College for one year.  The first volume, Pentateuch, will be unveiled November 12, noon – 2 p.m., in conjunction with the opening of a print exhibition of 10 illuminated Heritage Edition pages from The Saint John’s Bible in the Eva G. Farris Art Gallery. The Pentatuech will be on display in the library for one year.  The exhibit in the gallery will be on display Nov. 12-27. A second volume, the Wisdom Books, will be unveiled in the College’s new Mary, Seat of Wisdom Chapel, December 9, 2012.

The Saint John’s Bible is the first handwritten, illuminated Bible commissioned by a Benedictine Abbey since the advent of the printing press. It was commissioned in 1998 by the Benedictine monks of Saint John’s Abbey and University “to ignite the spiritual imagination of believers throughout the world and to illuminate the word of God for a new millennium.” Through the Heritage Edition, individuals and artistic, religious and cultural institutions can experience and share the only full size, limited edition, signed and numbered,fine art reproductions of this extraordinary manuscript.

The Saint John’s Bible is a work of art and a work of theology. A team of artists coordinated by Donald Jackson in Wales and a team of scholars in Central Minnesota have brought together the ancient techniques of calligraphy and illumination with an ecumenical Christian approach to the Bible rooted in Benedictine spirituality.

Pentateuch is the first five books of the Old Testament (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy) and includes 164 pages of beautiful illumination and text. The seven prominent illuminations in this volume are Creation, Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve, Jacob’s Ladder, Abraham and Sarah, the Ten Commandments and the Death of Moses.

Wisdom Books was completed in July of 2006 and includes 136 pages and 24 illuminations. Prominent illuminations include the Job Frontispiece, Wisdom Woman, Garden of Desire, Seven Pillars of Wisdom and Creation, Covenant, Shekinah, Kingdom.

For more information about the Nov. 12 opening reception and year-long exhibits, visit www.thomasmore.edu/tsjb.

About the Heritage Edition

“The Heritage Edition provides an accessible link to the original artwork for those who wish to bring its beauty, spiritual and historic significance into their lives and the lives of others,” said Eric Hollas, OSB, senior associate for Arts & Cultural Affairs, Saint John’s University. “It is a work of art in its own right and ignites imagination as it imparts the word of God.”

Saint John’s conducted a worldwide search for the finest papermakers, printing experts and binders to create a printed work worthy of the original manuscript. The best archival-quality 100 percent cotton paper, fade-resistant permanent inks and metallic foils containing genuine gold, have been used to closely approximate the look and feel of the original. The edition is printed with a special printing technique using ultraviolet light. Limited to 299 seven-volume sets, each is signed and numbered by Donald Jackson. To ensure faithful representation of the original manuscript, Donald Jackson, the artistic director of The Saint John’s Bible, is intensely involved in the reproduction, along with the finest printing experts and binders.

Thomas More College’s Creative Writing Vision Program Continues Wed. Oct 10

Lunch-time writing instruction and evening poetry reading offer free, fun events for community

CRESTVIEW HILLS KY, Oct. 8, 2012 – Thomas More College in Crestview Hills, Ky., recently launched its new Creative Writing Vision Program, supported by a grant from the John A. Schroth Family Charitable Trust, PNC Bank, Trustee. Part of the program includes an Appalachian Writers Series produced in collaboration with Joseph Beth Booksellers/Crestview Hills, the Urban Appalachian Council and the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County Upcoming programs are open to the public and include:

Wed. October 10, 7 pm – Crestview Hills, KY- Joseph Beth Booksellers—Poetry reading and book signing by award-winning author Richard Hague. Born and raised in Steubenville, Ohio, Hague delves reflectively into the social, cultural and economic tensions of Appalachian life.  His most recent works include Public Hearings (poems) and Learning How: Stories, Yarns and Tales. Contact (859) 912-7860 or visit www.josephbeth.com.

Mon. Nov. 12 , 7 pm – Crestview Hills, KY- Joseph Beth Booksellers—Poetry reading and book signing by Affrilachian poet Frank X Walker. The author of five poetry collections, Walker’s most recent works (Isaac Murphy: I Dedicate This Ride and When Winter Come: the Ascension of York) feature historically inspired narrative poetry.  Founder of the Affrilachian Poets and a 2005 recipient of the Lannan Literary Fellowship in Poetry, Walker is a professor of English at the University of Kentucky and the publisher and editor of PLUCK!, the Journal of Affrilachian Art & Culture.

Sun. Dec. 2 , 4 pm – Crestview Hills, KY- Joseph Beth Booksellers—Prolific author George Ella Lyon reads and signs from her newest books for children and young adults.. Lyon’s recent books include Holding on to Zoe, a novel for young adults, and a poetry collection, She Let Herself Go.  Contact (859) 912-7860 or visit www.josephbeth.com.

Mon. Dec. 3, 7 pm Cincinnati –Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County Main Library – Poet, novelist, memoirist and children’s author George Ella Lyon presents “Talking Poetry: A conversation and writing experience. Contact David Siders in the Popular Library Department at 513-369-6919 or visit www.cincinnatilibrary.org/programs.

Second Wednesday “Eat and Create Brownbag” with Writer-In-Residence Pauletta Hansel
Hosted at Thomas More College, the “Eat and Create” series invites the community to join TMC Writer-in-Residence Pauletta Hansel, staff, faculty and students 12:00-12:50 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month this fall semester in the Chancellor’s Room (located in the Administration Building) for some creative fun. Bring pen and paper and an open mind. For more information, contact 859-341-5800 or visit www.thomasmore.edu.  Upcoming dates include:

Wednesday, October 10: So You Think You Can’t Write: Writing prompts to jumpstart anybody’s writing.

Wednesday, November 14: So You Think You CAN Write: We think you can too! Share your work in a non-competitive, open mic poetry and flash fiction/nonfiction reading.

Wednesday, December 12: Poetry Break: Find inspiration from poetry in the midst of exam week. No pressure. Show up for as much or little as you can.

 

Completion of chapel draws near

CRESTVIEW HILLS — A new landmark has taken shape at the heart of Thomas More College’s campus.

The Catholic liberal arts college is expected to open the doors to its Mary, Seat of Wisdom Chapel this December. After decades of anticipation, seeing the new chapel in the final stages of construction is exciting for the school community, said President Sr. Margaret Stallmeyer.

Read more at http://bit.ly/Oi09ez.

MAT Graduate Honored At Kentucky Educators Meeting

Pictured, Left to Right:  Dr. Manish Sharma, Mrs. Tiffany Reding, and Dr. Joyce F. HambergTiffany Reding, Master of Arts in Teaching graduate, Spring, 2012, was recognized at the annual meeting of The Kentucky Association of Teacher Educators, which was held in Georgetown, KY on September 28, 2012.  The Post-baccalaureate Professional Development Award is presented each year to an individual who has shown excellent leadership in academics as well as in service learning.  Tiffany competed with post-baccalaureate nominees from colleges throughout Kentucky and was recognized for her action research, entitled, Will Changing my Ratio of Left-Brain-Right-Brain Teaching Strategies Increase Student Participation in my Classroom?  In addition, service learning projects for the 8th Grade Insights Retreat where students collected socks for the Parish Kitchen, the Welcome House, and Be Concerned in Covington; 6th Grade Welcome House Project where students baked cookies and delivered them to residents at Welcome House in Covington; and the 8th Grade Collection for Tornado Victims, where students collected supplies as “Pals for Piner”, for persons who were affected by the March, 2012, tornado in Southern Kenton County, all influenced the decision to make this prestigious award recognition to Tiffany.

Tiffany received a $150 check; a nice plaque; and the prestige of being entered into the next level of competition at the regional conference which will be held later in October.

Tiffany teaches Mathematics at St. Henry High School and resides in Hebron, Ky, with her husband, John, and their three children.

The Master of Arts in Teaching Program is proud to note that this is the second year in succession that a MAT Post-Baccalaureate individual has won this prestigious award.  In 2011, the award was presented to Rachel Aissen, a 2011 MAT graduate, who taught Physics at Covington Holmes HS.