Thomas More College Biology Field Station Summer Seminar Series

Thomas More College Biology Field Station kicks off its Summer Seminar Series this Wednesday, June 05, as Dr. Robert Hawley, principal scientist at Sustainable Streams, LLC presents a seminar entitled, “The Ecological Integrity of Northern Kentucky Streams.”  The seminar begins at 7 p.m.

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Directions to the Biology Field Station can be found at: thomasmore.edu/fieldstation/directions.cfm.

Thomas More College Announces New President

David A. Armstrong, J. D. to Begin July 1, 2013

CRESTVIEW HILLS, KY, May 20, 2013 – Thomas More College in Crestview Hills, Ky., announced today that David A. Armstrong will become the College’s 14th president.  The

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Thomas More College Board of Trustees elected him. The Bishop of the Diocese of Covington and Chancellor of Thomas More College The Most Reverend Roger J. Foys approved the selection. Armstrong replaces Sister Margaret Stallmeyer, C.D.P., who will retire as president effective June 30, 2013.  He will take the helm July 1, 2013.

Armstrong is currently the 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.

Bishop Foys commented on the selection, “I am very pleased that David Armstrong has accepted our offer to take up the presidency of Thomas More College.  I was very impressed with him during my interview and I have every confidence that he will build on the solid foundation of those who have gone before him, especially that of our most recent president, Sister Margaret Stallmeyer.  As bishop of Covington and chancellor of our diocesan Thomas More College, I look forward to working very closely with Mr. Armstrong.”

Presidential Search Committee Chair and incoming Chair of the Thomas More College Board of Trustees John F. Hodge III further elaborated, “Dave possesses the experience and skill set to serve successfully as president of Thomas More College. He will bring enthusiasm, passion and energy to the position. I look forward to him building upon what Sister Margaret has achieved.”

Armstrong has already met with students, faculty and staff prior to his selection. He was one of four finalists who visited the campus in April. He said that it is a privilege to be selected and he looks forward to the opportunity to serve as president of Thomas More College.  “My wife and I could not be more excited to come to this beautiful area and serve such a wonderful Catholic college that has instilled students with a value-based, liberal arts education since 1921,” Armstrong said. “In this day and age, when the landscape of higher education is changing every day, it is imperative that colleges like Thomas More not only survive, but thrive. Thomas More College has delivered a uniquely personal education that prepares students with the integrity and the academic skills to make a direct impact on local, national and global challenges. Sister Margaret has done spectacular work there, and I look forward to carrying on her tradition of excellence while enhancing Thomas More College’s position in the minds of prospective students and supporters,” he added.

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 said his wife, Leslie, and their two children, David and Johanna, are excited about moving to the Northern Kentucky area. “Leslie and I were treated like good friends on our visits to Thomas More. We felt right at home because of the hospitality of the Board of Trustees, Board Chair John Hodge, Sister Margaret and the rest of the college community. It is very important to us that we are among people who are friendly and welcoming as we raise our children. Thomas More College and the Northern Kentucky community have a warmth and comfortableness we felt immediately on our first visit. We look forward to becoming part of the fabric of such a vibrant and friendly community,” he explained.

The Presidential Search Committee included members from the Thomas More College Board of Trustees, the Diocese of Covington, faculty, staff and students. Armstrong will meet with the Thomas More College community on campus Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. for an official welcome.

TMC to Launch Summer Art Portfolio Program Series for High School Students and Recent Graduates

CRESTVIEW HILLS, KY, May 17, 2013—Thomas More College in Crestview Hills, Ky., is offering an Art Portfolio Preparation Workshop Series to high school juniors, seniors and graduates who are preparing for a college level art program .  The series is designed to strengthen students’ portfolios, while introducing them to career choices in the visual arts. These classes will push students far beyond the high school art experience by expanding their use of materials in an advanced and challenging studio experience with a community of other artists.

Workshops consist of three, one-week sessions held at Thomas More College. Each session meets five days a week from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Students may enroll in all three sessions or choose an individual week from the following:

Drawing from Life | June 3 – 7

Students will have the opportunity to draw from complex still-life arrangements and on-site landscape – weather permitting. Drawing materials such as Conte Crayon, Charcoal and Sumi ink will also be introduced. $185/week session

Painting from Life (acrylic) | June 10 – 14

Students will have the opportunity to paint from complex still-life arrangements and on-site landscape – weather permitting. Student will also be introduced to a variety of alternative painting surfaces, basics of surface preparation, stretched canvas construction, acrylic gels, mediums and varnishes. Final day of workshop will feature a live model.  $255/week session

Figure Drawing (model) | June 24 – 28

Students will have the opportunity to investigate the figure in space using a live model. Focus is primarily on developing fundamental design elements and principals, and drawing methods and process, which include rapid sketching, gestural line, subtractive drawing and use of value when describing the figure. Students will be immersed in the use of charcoal, conte crayon, gouache and a variety of mixed media. $285/week session

Thomas More College Art Department faculty member Elizabeth Neal, instructor of drawing, painting and illustration will teach the workshops. Ms. Neal has an MFA in painting from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio and a BFA in illustration from the Art Academy of Cincinnati.

For more information, call 513-846-8549 or email Elizabeth.Neal@thomasmore.edu.

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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.

Thomas More College Commencement Ceremony To Be Held May 11

tmccommence12_ccc_6576Outgoing President Sr. Margaret Stallmeyer to Deliver Commencement Address

Thomas More College in Crestview Hills, Ky., will hold its 85th Commencement Exercises Sat., May 11, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. in honor of approximately 341 graduates. The ceremony will be held on the front lawn near the bell tower. (In case of inclement weather, it will be held in Connor Convocation Center.) The preceding Baccalaureate Mass will take place at 10:30 a.m. in the newly completed Mary, Seat of Wisdom Chapel.

Thomas More College President Sr. Margaret Stallmeyer, C.D.P., will offer the commencement address.  Stallmeyer has served the College since June 1, 2004. She will retire as the 13th president June 30, 2013. She is a native of the Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati area and received a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and Secondary Education from Thomas More College, a Master of Education from Xavier University and a degree in canon law from The Catholic University of America in 1987. Thomas More College will award her with a Doctor of Humane Letters honoris causa.

Kyle Lyons will be awarded the Presidential Service Award, which is conferred upon a graduating senior who has made service to school and the community a priority in his or her life and who places commitment to others at the height of academic and personal pursuits. Assistant Professor of Business Administration Richard Shuey will receive the Outstanding Full-TimeTeacher Award, and Christopher Bryson will receive the Outstanding Part-Time Teacher Award.  Thomas More College will also award Ernest B. Hillenmeyer Jr., of Maysville, Ky., with a Doctor of Humane Letters honoris causa.

Chancellor of Thomas More College and Bishop of the Diocese of Covington The Most Reverend Roger J. Foys, D.D. will oversee the commencement ceremony. Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College Dr. Bradley A. Bielski will highlight faculty and student honors. Chair-Elect of Thomas More College Board of Trustees John F. Hodge III will offer congratulatory remarks.

For more information about Thomas More College, please visit www.thomasmore.edu or call (859) 341-5800.