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Our Rich History: TMU’s Institute for Religious Liberty in pursuit of promoting civil dialogue

By Dr. Raymond Hebert Thomas More University Part 52 of our series “Retrospect and Vista II”: Thomas More College/University, 1971-2021 It is not surprising in today’s contentious world that confrontation often eclipses dialogue and civility. The level of polarization is corrosive, and the lack of mutual respect is equally as corrosive. Douglas Laycock from the University of Virginia’s School...

Our Rich History: TMU’s Field Station starting next 50 years of river research, education, outreach

By Dr. Chris Lorentz Thomas More University Part 51 of our series “Retrospect and Vista II”: Thomas More College/University, 1971-2021 In 2017, Thomas More University (TMU) celebrated the 50th year anniversary of our Biology Field Station—a state-of-the-art STEM facility located on the banks of the Ohio River. Since acquiring the property, a former Army Corps Lock and Dam facility, in 1967,...

Our Rich History: President David Armstrong grows college — builds enrollment, sports, housing, more

By Dr. Raymond Hebert Thomas More University Part 50 of our series “Retrospect and Vista II”: Thomas More College/University, 1971-2021 David Armstrong, Thomas More College’s non-traditional (holding a JD rather than a PhD) fourteenth president had many ideas and dreams. Whether this former college offensive lineman and later football coach was dressing in uniform to join in blocking drills at...

Our Rich History: David A. Armstrong served as Thomas More’s 14th president, exceeded his goals

By David E. Schroeder Special to NKyTribune Part 49 of our series, “Retrospect and Vista II”: Thomas More College/University, 1971-2021 The presidency of Sister Margaret Stallmeyer C.D.P. proved to be beneficial for Thomas More. Sister brought financial stability and order to the institution that was essential to the future viability of the college. Stallmeyer made the board aware of her departure...

Our Rich History: Thomas More’s Education Dept.’s successes — travel abroad, birth of masters program

By Tom Ward Thomas More University    Part 48 of Our Series: “Retrospect and Vista II: Thomas More College/University, 1971-2021”   The second part of this article on Thomas More’s Education Department will focus primarily on two developments: study abroad programs, and the process by which TMC eventually introduced a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program and, subsequently, a Master...

Our Rich History: Thomas More College education department carries a tradition into the 21st century

By Tom Ward    Thomas More University Part 47 of Our Series: “Retrospect and Vista II: Thomas More College/University, 1971-2021” Villa Madonna College was founded in 1921 by the Sisters of St. Benedict for the primary purpose of educating their postulants to be teachers. Thus, it was conceived as being, in the parlance of the day, a “normal school” that would train teachers. With this...

Our Rich History: The successes of the TMU psychology department and its founders

By Dr. Raymond Hebert Thomas More University Part 46 of our series, “Retrospect and Vista II” Thomas More College/University 1971-2021 In September 1951, Rev. John F. Murphy, STD, succeeded Rev. Joseph Z. Aud as dean and executive administrator of Villa Madonna College. Two years later, in September 1953, Bishop William T. Mulloy demonstrated his commitment to the college by announcing an important...

Our Rich History: The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, Sociology, and Criminal Justice at Thomas More

By Raymond G. Hebert, PhD Thomas More University    Part 45 of our series, “Retrospect and Vista II”: Thomas More College/University, 1971-2021  It was early in the 1930s, actually under the auspices of the History Department (1933), that a two-credit hour course was offered entitled “Introduction to Sociology,” with the Rev. Anthony Deye as the instructor.The course was so popular that...

Our Rich History: President Margaret Stallmeyer, CDP, brought Thomas More College to another level

By Raymond G. Hebert, PhD  Thomas More University Part 44 of our series, “Retrospect and Vista II”: Thomas More College/University, 1971-2021  On her inauguration day, Sr. Margaret Stallmeyer, CDP. spoke about the importance of three features that distinguished the sisters who began Villa Madonna College in the 1920s and were still applicable early in the 21st Century: the liberal arts orientation,...

Our Rich History: Sister Margaret Stallmeyer, from interim president to replacement for Dr. Joseph Lee

By Raymond G. Hebert, PhD. Thomas More University  Part 43 of our series, “Retrospect and Vista II”: Thomas More College/University, 1971-2021  When Dr. Joseph Lee departed Thomas More College after the 2003–2004 academic year following only two years as president, the board of trustees looked within its ranks and named one of its own, Sister Margaret Stallmeyer, CDP, as the interim president....

Our Rich History: The presidency of Dr. E. Joseph Lee at Thomas More College, 2001-2004

By David E. Schroeder Special to NKyTribune Part 42 of Our Series: “Retrospect and Vista II: Thomas More College/University, 1971-2021”  On June 14, 2000, Father William Cleves announced his resignation as president of Thomas More College effective at the completion of the following academic year, 2000–2001. As a result, the process of searching for the twelfth president of the college began....

Our Rich History: Thomas More University and continued growth of its business program

By Tom Ward Thomas More University  Part 41 of Our Series: “Retrospect and Vista II: Thomas More College/University, 1971-2021” Thomas More College’s 1972-1973 General Information Bulletin for the Department of Business Administration provides a good summary of its goals at that time: Its programs were intended to develop in students the knowledge and also “skill in scientific analysis of...

Our Rich History: The growth of a strong business program at Thomas More, a liberal arts college

By Tom Ward Thomas More University Part 40 of Our Series: “Retrospect and Vista II: Thomas More College/University, 1971-2021”  Decades ago, some advocates of the traditional liberal arts regarded courses in business as somewhat of an anomaly that did not belong in the curriculum. Frank Luken, Commerce Division Faculty and Vice President of VMC. (TMU Archives.) Educating students for business...

Our Rich History: St. Thomas More, patron saint of lawyers; 40-year history of Annual Lawyers Lunch

By Raymond G. Hebert, PhD Thomas More University Part 39 of our series, “Retrospect and Vista II”: Thomas More College/University, 1971-2021 In 2021, retired Supreme Court of Kentucky justice, Donald Wintersheimer, died. He was one of the founders of the Thomas More University Lawyers’ Lunch. Thomas More president, Joseph Chillo, wrote of Wintersheimer that “the university and law communities...

Our Rich History: Sr. M. Albert Murphy, Sr. M. Philip Trauth, founders of TMC history department

By Tom Ward Thomas More University Part 38 of Our Series: “Retrospect and Vista II: Thomas More College/University, 1971-2021” Two Sisters of Notre Dame of Covington, Mary Albert Murphy and Mary Philip Trauth, embodied the Department of History at Villa Madonna College (VMC) and Thomas More College (TMC) for decades. Sr. Albert was the older of the two and even taught Sr. Philip at VMC so that...