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Our Rich History: Women’s basketball at Thomas More — a thrilling ride to national prominence

By Dr. Raymond Hebert Thomas More University   Part 64 of our series “Retrospect and Vista II”: Thomas More College/University, 1971-2021 In 1982 well-known Kentucky Post sportswriter Terry Boehmker said of the newly-created Thomas More College women’s basketball team that “it had been the best kept secret in Northern Kentucky sports.” That could well have been because, as he adds in the...

Our Rich History: Thomas More’s chemistry department’s role in growth of Natural Sciences

By Dr. Raymond Hebert Thomas More University Part 63 of our series, “Retrospect and Vista II”: Thomas More College/University, 1971-2021 In her Retrospect and Vista: The First Fifty Years of Thomas More College (formerly Villa Madonna College), Sr. Irmina Saelinger, O.S.B. devoted an entire chapter to the Chemistry department entitled: “Chemistry Department: New Undergraduate Approach.” Her...

Our Rich History: Growth of TM philosophy dept. from critical thinking to first-ever endowed chair

By Tom Ward  Thomas More University    Part 62 of Our Series: “Retrospect and Vista II: Thomas More College/University, 1971-2021.” This is the second part about the Philsophy Department. See part 1 here. As the Philosophy department moved into the 1990s, most disagreements from the past regarding curricula were largely settled, though new demands were placed on the faculty because...

Our Rich History: The growth of Philosophy Department at Thomas More, pursuit of direction

By Tom Ward  Thomas More University     Part 61 of Our Series: “Retrospect and Vista II: Thomas More College/University, 1971-2021” and it is part one of two parts on the Philosophy Department Philosophy has always held a privileged place in Catholic higher education. It is of principal importance in the seminary education of Catholic priests as a necessary foundation for the further study...

Our Rich History: The Schaffer Family and the Music Program at Villa Madonna College/Thomas More

By Dr. Raymond Hebert Thomas More University Part 60 of our series “Retrospect and Vista II: Thomas More College/University, 1971-2021” The early years of Villa Madonna College featured individual music classes offered by Sr. Marcella, George Higdon, and others. However, it was Robert “Bob” Schaffer (1921–2014) who was the heart and soul of the music program at Villa Madonna College/Thomas...

Our Rich History: The Littlest Church, Monte Casino Chapel, and how it was moved to Thomas More

Part 59 of Our Series: “Retrospect and Vista II: Thomas More College/University, 1971-2021”      Originally written in 2017 by Judy Crist, executive director of communications, updated in 2022. This article first appeared in a 50th anniversary year (2018) article commemorating the move to the suburbs in 1968. Villa Madonna College (1921-1968) became Thomas More College, and the Monte Casino...

Our Rich History: Competent student writing, literature understanding falls to TM English Dept.

By Tom Ward Thomas More University        Part 58 of Our Series: “Retrospect and Vista II: Thomas More College/University, 1971-2021” This is the second part of two related to the English Department. For Part 1 of the English Department click here. Writing was a crucial skill for students in all academic departments. The primary responsibility for producing competent student writers, however,...

Our Rich History: Nursing program comes to Thomas More, becomes part of Diocesan Healthcare World

By Dr. Raymond Hebert Thomas More University Part 57 of our series, “Retrospect and Vista II” Thomas More College/University 1971-2021  The Nursing Program at Thomas More University is one of the strongest majors at the institution and in the Greater Cincinnati area, with stellar pass rates in the nursing certification exams and high percentages of job acceptance rates immediately upon graduation....

Our Rich History: The growth of the Thomas More English Department, blessed with good teachers

By Tom Ward  Thomas More University   Part 56 of Our Series: “Retrospect and Vista II: Thomas More College/University, 1971-2021”   English was, of course, standard in any college curriculum at the time that Villa Madonna College began in 1921. It was normally comprised of two related, yet distinct components—grammar/composition and literature. Although the way in which grammar was taught...

Our Rich History: From math to computers — pre 21st Century Villa Madonna/Thomas More College

By Dr. Raymond Hebert  Thomas More University Part 55 of our series, “Retrospect and Vista II” Thomas More College/University 1971-2021  It was Sister Mary Elizabeth Frisch, O.S.B., Ph.D. (from the Catholic University of America, according to Thomas Henry Hanna (Dissertation – “The History and Status of Villa Madonna College; 1962 – University of Cincinnati) who provided the primary details...

Our Rich History: Under Dr. Kathleen Jagger, Thomas More College becomes a university

By Dr. Raymond Hebert Thomas More University   Part 53 of our series “Retrospect and Vista II”: Thomas More College/University, 1971-2021  In May 2018, Thomas More President David Armstrong announced his resignation, having accepted the position of president of St. Thomas University in Miami, Florida. Dr. Kathleen Jagger, who had served as the vice president for academic affairs (VPAA) at Thomas...

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: 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...