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Our Rich History: TMU legend, St. Mary Laurence Budde, helped make biology depart. a shining star

By Raymond Hebert  Thomas More University Part 17 of our Series, “Retrospect and Vista II”: Thomas More College/University, 1971-2021  Sr. Mary Laurence Budde, SND, was one of the “legends” of Villa Madonna/Thomas More College. Most of her career (over 30 years) was spent as a faculty member in the Department of Biology. Along with Dr. Fred Humphreys, William Volker, and Dr. William Bryant,...

Our Rich History: The Thomas More Foundation established to deal with college’s extra acreage

By Tom Ward Special to NKyTribune Part 16 of our series: “Retrospect and Vista II: Thomas More College/University, 1971-2021” By the end of Dr. DeGraff’s tenure as TMC President, the development of college property had gone through its initial stages, yet much still needed to be done. During the presidency of Dr. Robert Giroux, the law firm of Deters, Benzinger and LaVelle leased space for...

Our Rich History: Land development at Thomas More College helped a small college survive and thrive

By Tom Ward Thomas More University Part 15 of our series: “Retrospect and Vista II: Thomas More College/University, 1971-2021” In the past half-century, many small colleges and schools nationwide have succumbed to financial problems. Fortunately, Thomas More escaped that grim scenario. Blessed by a central location near the crossroads of I-75/71 and I-275—and in the heart of a vibrant metropolitan...

Our Rich History: Robert Giroux of Vermont comes to Thomas More College as 8th president

By Dr. Raymond Hebert Thomas More University Part 14 of our series, “Retrospect and Vista II”: Thomas More College/University, 1971-2021. The date was September 1, 1977 when a letter from Bishop Richard Ackerman of Covington announced that Thomas More College’s first lay president, Dr. Richard DeGraff, would be leaving Thomas More at the end of the 1977–1978 academic year. President Robert...

Our Rich History: Cooperative education at Thomas More College; early years of work experience

By Dr. Raymond Hebert Thomas More University Part 13 of our series “Retrospect and Vista II: Thomas More College/University, 1971-2021” Many people in Greater Cincinnati are aware of the University of Cincinnati’s (UC) long-standing program called “Cooperative Education.” UC had the first program in the country in the early 20th century (1906) and it is still a crucial part of the curriculum...

Our Rich History Revisited: 9/11 etched in our hearts and our memorials; a day we’ll never forget

In honor of the 20th anniversary of the tragedy of September 11, we are offering this Our Rich History column from September, 2106, in honor of all the fallen. We will never forget. Close-up of the words, “It started as a beautiful day …,” Northern Kentucky 9/11 Memorial, Crescent Springs Community Park. (Photo by Paul Tenkotte) By Paul A. Tenkotte Special to NKyTribune “It started as a beautiful...

Our Rich History: St. Thomas More’s 500th birthday celebration at Thomas More College, 1977-1978

By Dr. Raymond Hebert Special to NKyTribune Part 11 of Our Series: “Retrospect and Vista II: Thomas More College/University. 1971-2021” Early in 1977, the Thomas More community was looking ahead, despite having experienced some disagreements about curriculum and the role of faculty in institutional governance. A joyous occasion for celebration awaited. The patron of the college, St. Thomas More,...

Our Rich History: Why did Thomas More College’s progressive curriculum not work in the ’70s?

Part 9 of our series, “Retrospect and Vista II”: Thomas More College/University, 1971-2021. By Dr. Raymond Hebert Special to NKyTribune In 1972-1973 Thomas More College initiated the Venture Program, following a set of recommendations from its comprehensive Education Policies Task Force established in 1971. (See this NKyTribune Our Rich History column.) From the beginning, there was faculty opposition....

Our Rich History: Committee One, long-range planning, the ill-fated Venture Program, 1970-1973

By Dr. Raymond Hebert Thomas More University Part 8 of our series: “Retrospect and Vista II: Thomas More College/University, 1971-2021” In the 1970s, Thomas More College joined the bandwagon of colleges and universities that, guided by their accreditation bodies, developed long-range plans. Reaccreditation is a process that higher educational institutions undergo in a cycle of ten years. It is...

Our Rich History: Elias Roser, Newport’s German Methodist pastor and author

By Don Heinrich Tolzmann Special to NKyTribune Part 75 of our series, “Resilience and Renaissance: Newport, Kentucky, 1795-2020.” The Salem Methodist Episcopal Church at Eighth and York Streets in Newport was the home of a German Methodist congregation in Newport that was formed in 1848. Noted for its Gothic Revival architecture, it was designed by the well-known architect Samuel Hannaford. The...

Our Rich History: The Humanities Enrichment Program and workshop series in the 1970s

By Tom Ward Special to NKyTribune Part 7 of our series: “Retrospect and Vista II: Thomas More College/University, 1971-2021” In the 1970s, colleges and universities throughout the United States benefitted from federal grants for programming, from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). One of the primary achievements of the Integrative Humanities...

Our Rich History: Pres. Richard A. DeGraff and the early 1970s at Thomas More College; ups and downs

By Ray Hebert Special to NKyTribune Part 5 of our series, “Retrospect and Vista II”: Thomas More College/University, 1971-2021 When Dr. Richard DeGraff began his term as the first lay president at Thomas More College, on July 1, 1971, the college was financially troubled. Most of DeGraff’s twenty years in higher education were spent in university development and fundraising, so he seemed to be...

Our Rich History: Renaissance ’71 — Celebrating 50 years of VMC/TMC; a Golden Jubilee was in order

By Dr. Raymond Hebert Special to the NKyTribune Part 4 of our series, “Retrospect and Vista II”: Thomas More College/University, 1971-2021 Msgr. John Murphy, president of Thomas More College, decided that the first fifty years of Villa Madonna College (VMC)/Thomas More College (TMC) should be celebrated in style. In the summer of 1970, he appointed a Golden Jubilee Committee, with representatives...

Our Rich History: Thomas More in early 1970’s, from Msgr. John Murphy to Dr. Richard DeGraff

By Dr. Raymond Hebert Special to NKyTribune Part 3 of our series, “Retrospect and Vista II”: Thomas More College/University, 1971-2021 Msgr. John Murphy was the dean/president of Villa Madonna/Thomas More College from 1951 to 1971. His title went from being “dean” to being “president,” at the same time as the bishop of the Diocese of Covington went from being “president” to “chancellor”...

Our Rich History: Thomas More — a college is born; driven by need for teachers with advanced degrees

By David E. Schroeder Special to NKyTribune Part 2 of our series, “Retrospect and Vista II”: Thomas More College/University, 1971-2021. Prior to the First World War, most women religious in the United States, including Northern Kentucky, received their teacher training through an apprentice system. Experienced teaching sisters taught classes to the postulants and younger sisters on how to teach....