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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...

Our Rich History: Msgr. William F. Cleves worked to make Thomas More better known throughout region

Msgr. William F. Cleves, Thomas More’s scholar president, part II. See part 1 of Fr. Cleves’ presidency By David E. Schroeder Special to NKyTribune Part 36 of our series, “Retrospect and Vista II”: Thomas More College/University, 1971-2021 Father William (Bill) Cleves was named the eleventh President of Thomas More College on September 25, 1992, after serving four months as interim. The official...

Our Rich History: Msgr. William F. Cleves, Thomas More’s scholar president; learned many languages

By David E. Schroeder Special to NKyTribune Part 35 of our series, “Retrospect and Vista II”: Thomas More College/University, 1971-2021 Father William (Bill) Cleves was named the eleventh President of Thomas More College on September 25, 1992, after serving four months as interim. Father — later Monsignor — Cleves led the college through several Southern Association reaccreditations and oversaw...

Our Rich History: Bob Berger and the Social Work program at Thomas More College

By Raymond G. Hebert, PhD Thomas More University Part 34 of our series, “Retrospect and Vista II”: Thomas More College/University, 1971-2021 Robert “Bob” Berger was a professor and practitioner in the world of Social Work/Sociology at Thomas More College for many years and was loved by all for his eclectic interests/tastes and his wonderful sense of humor. For at least two decades he held court...

Our Rich History: Growth of TAP and master’s in business administration degree at Thomas More

By Tom Ward Thomas More University Part 33 of Our Series: “Retrospect and Vista II: Thomas More College/University. 1971-2021” Thomas More College and the Institute for Professional Development (IPD) had intended all along that the Thomas More Accelerated Program (TAP) would eventually include a master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA). See part one of TAP at NKyTribune here. It was hoped...

Our Rich History: Outloud Festival comes to TMC, becomes Caden Blincoe Outloud Festival 1992-1999

By Raymond G. Hebert Thomas More University Part 32 of our series, “Retrospect and Vista II”: Thomas More College/University, 1971-2021 It was in the early 1990’s that a community-conscious retired journalist named Caden Blincoe was working as a volunteer and Board of Trustees member for the Northern Kentucky Literacy Council. His idea for an “Outloud Festival,” at which well-known authors...

Our Rich History: Dr. George A. Blair, philosopher, author; a Renaissance Man, he tended to think big

By Tom Ward Thomas More University Part 31 of Our Series: “Retrospect and Vista II: Thomas More College/University. 1971-2021”  Dr. George Blair was not a man who shied away from stating his opinions, and he had the philosophical training to support what he said with well-reasoned arguments. In addition to being a longtime faculty member of the Thomas More College Philosophy Department and a...

Our Rich History: The Thomas More Accelerated Program — TAP — becomes a reality

By Tom Ward Thomas More University Part 30 of Our Series: “Retrospect and Vista II: Thomas More College/University. 1971-2021” In 1993, Thomas More College introduced what has been called ever since “TAP,” an acronym for the “Thomas More Accelerated Program.” The program was devised for adult learners to attain a college degree at an accelerated pace. Dr. Dale Myers (TMU Archives According...