Thomas More College To Host Northern Kentucky Regional College Fair Sept. 24

Thomas More College and Northern Kentucky University Partner in Effort to Inform Prospective Students of Regional College Options

The Northern Kentucky Regional College fair is set for Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013 at Thomas More College from 6-8 p.m. in the Connor Convocation Center located at 333 Thomas More Parkway in Crestview Hills, Ky. Thomas More College and Northern Kentucky University are partnering together to host this annual event, which will welcome more than 100 colleges and universities.  The goal is to assist high school students in Northern Kentucky, the Greater Cincinnati Metropolitan area and Southeastern Indiana with the college search process.  Attendance in the previous years has exceeded 1,000 students and their families.

Thomas More College Director of Undergraduate Admissions Billy Sarge described the event as one-stop shopping for students and their parents and elaborated on what they can expect, “The Northern Kentucky Regional College Fair is designed to help high school students be better prepared with the transition from secondary to post-secondary education. We will host approximately 100 colleges and universities which are sending college admissions representatives here to speak one-on-one with high school students and their families about academics, financial aid and scholarships, athletics, student life opportunities and so much more. Thomas More College looks forward to again partnering with Northern Kentucky University to educate students that college is an option for everyone and to work with students to help them find the best fit,” he said.

For more information about the Northern Kentucky Regional College Fair and to view a list of participating colleges, visit or contact Billy Sarge at or 859-344-3332.

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.

For more information or to schedule a visit, contact the Office of Admissions at 859-344-3332 or visit

The Bank of Kentucky Observatory Announces Fall Open House Dates

The Bank of Kentucky Observatory, located on the campus of Thomas More College, has set its open house dates for the fall.  All open house dates include an hour long lecture on an astronomical topic, followed by a night sky viewing at the observatory (weather permitting).  All lectures will take place in Steigerwald Hall, located in the Saints Center (formerly the Student Center).  These events are free and open to the public with no reservation required.  Hope to see you this fall!

Saturday, September 14th – 8PM
Saturday, October 19th – 8PM
Saturday, November 9th – 7PM
Saturday, Decemeber 7th – 7PM

More details will be posted as they are made available.

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Thomas More College Creativity In The Classroom Workshop For Middle To High School Teachers

Hague HanselCRESTVIEW HILLS KY, August 12, 2013 – Thomas More College in Crestview Hills, Ky., invites middle and high school teachers to attend a workshop on Creativity in the Classroom: Writing Poetry with Middle to High School Age Writers on Wednesday, September 25, 5:30-8:30. In a collegial, encouraging workshop setting, learn from Richard Hague, a veteran, award-winning teacher and Pauletta Hansel, Thomas More College’s Writer-in-Residence,  how to make poetry writing come alive for middle and high school students. We will explore some general basics of creativity, study successful, classroom-tested prompts, and create our own. We will also discuss how to establish constructive and non-threatening peer response, learn the fundamental mechanics of building student portfolios over a period of time, and survey local, regional and national writing contests your students might enter. Bring your questions and ideas of your own!

Facilitator Richard Hague’s students have won hundreds of poetry awards ranging from recognition in the Nationals Arts Talent Search, to the Lucille Loy Kuck Ohioana and Ohio Dept. of Education’s Poetry Awards. Hague is the renowned author of fourteen collections of poetry. He is the recipient of four Individual Artists Fellowships in Poetry and Creative Nonfiction from the Ohio Arts Council, and was a Scholar at Bread Loaf. He will be assisted by Pauletta Hansel, Thomas More College’s Writer-in-Residence, a poet, teacher and author of four poetry collections. Pauletta received her MFA from Queens University of Charlotte.

The fee is $25 (materials and dessert provided; bring brownbag dinner if desired). Registration and information is available from the Thomas More College FurtherMore Program at 859-344-3304 or

Thomas More College’s Creativity in the Classroom: Writing Poetry with Middle to High School Age Writers is supported by a grant from the John A. Schroth Family Charitable Trust, PNC Bank, Trustee.

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.

Learn More about TMC Adult Programs at their August Info. Sessions

TAPExpand your professional credentials with the highly regarded TAP program. Our accelerated programs are designed specifically to meet the needs of busy adults, from the College you know and trust..

Attend a TAP information session at 6 p.m. on Thursday, August 22nd in the Blue Ash Center in Ohio or Tuesday, August 20th  in Crestview Hills, Ky. RSVP for directions to or 859-341-4554.

For more information about TAP program offerings visit