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Our Rich History: Historical perspective and focus — the fine arts at Villa Madonna College

By Paul A. Tenkotte Special to NKyTribune Part 80 of our series, “Retrospect and Vista II”: Thomas More College/University, 1971–2021 Founded in 1921, Villa Madonna College (VMC) evolved from a Benedictine teachers’ college to a diocesan women’s college staffed by three Catholic women’s religious orders, and then to a coeducational institution after World War II. In the interim, the Great...

Our Rich History: Fraternities and sororities at Villa Madonna/Thomas More University

By Dr. Raymond G. Hebert Thomas More University Part 79 of our series, “Retrospect and Vista II”: Thomas More College/University, 1971–2021 Sororities and fraternities have long been a part of the history of student involvement at Villa Madonna College (VMC), now Thomas More University. Young ladies launched the first sorority at Villa Madonna, when it was still a college for women. 1947 Alpha...

Our Rich History: Just as languages, cultures evolve, so has teaching of foreign languages at Thomas More

By Dr. Raymond G. Hebert Thomas More University Part 78 of our series, “Retrospect and Vista II”: Thomas More College/University, 1971–2021 In her Retrospect and Vista about the first fifty years of Villa Madonna College/Thomas More College (1921–1971) Sr. Irmina Saelinger noted that, in 1929, for an academic program at a “senior college” to be given accreditation there had to be a “minimum...

Our Rich History: A New Year releases classic music, movies, and literature to the public domain

By John Schlipp Special to NKyTribune Happy New Year — this salutation is heard at the start of every new year as it brings renewed hope and resolutions for another year. It celebrates the passing of time and allows us to look back and reflect upon happy times with friends and family. It’s also a time to review what we’ve learned and how to make positive changes. The Our Rich History column today...

Our Rich History: Cathedral window recounts the story of the visit of the mysterious magi

By Stephen Enzweiler Special to the NKyTribune The stories of Christmas are ever present to us this time of year. No matter our ages or backgrounds, most of us can remember those wee days growing up with stories told to us about the mysteries of Christmas and the coming of the Christ child. As young children, who among us didn’t gaze upon a Nativity scene with an empty manger and feel a sense of...

Our Rich History: The Catholic identity of a Diocesan College — a historical perspective

By Tom Ward Special to NKyTribune Part 76 of our series, “Retrospect and Vista II”: Thomas More College/University, 1971-2021 At one time, it might have seemed unnecessary to attempt to define Catholicity for a Catholic institution of higher education. It was Catholic by its very nature – in what it taught, in the values it projected, in its intellectual and social atmosphere, and in its stance...

Our Rich History: Challenging best to be better, James Graham Brown Honors program at TMU

By Rachel Whitehill and Dr. Cate Sherron Special to NKyTribune Part 75 of our Series, “Retrospect and Vista II”: Thomas More College/University, 1971-2021 Back in the 1980s, Thomas More College received a generous gift from the Louisville-based James Graham Brown Foundation. In 1987, this gift enabled the college to form what is now known as the James Graham Brown Honors (JGBH) Program, which is...

Our Rich History: David Armstrong established the meaningful Thomas More Success Center

By Tom Ward Thomas More University Part 74 of our series, “Retrospect and Vista II”: Thomas More College/University, 1971-2021 Dr. David A. Armstrong was a man with many ideas for the future when he began his term as the fourteenth president of Thomas More College in the fall of 2013. Among those, a very meaningful and instrumental achievement was the Thomas More Success Center.  * * * * See...

Our Rich History: Jeanne Pike and the growth of media services at Thomas More

By Paul A. Tenkotte, PhD Special to NKyTribune Part 73 of our series, “Retrospect and Vista II”: Thomas More College/University, 1971-2021 Cozy, warm, hospitable, caring, compassionate — these are among the many adjectives I use to describe Thomas More University. As a graduate (1982) and a former 22-year fulltime faculty member (1987-2009) of Thomas More University, I experienced the reality...

Our Rich History: Pres. Chillo guides TMU through global pandemic to growing success in 100th year

By Dr. Raymond G. Hebert Thomas More University Part 72 of our series, “Retrospect and Vista II”: Thomas More College/University, 1971-2021  President Joseph Chillo of Thomas More University tells the story of being in Florida visiting alumni on a fundraising trip when a call from St. Elizabeth Healthcare told him of a troublesome virus called COVID-19 that was flooding emergency rooms at each...

Our Rich History: President Joseph Chillo, LPD, 15th president of Thomas More University

By Dr. Raymond G. Hebert Thomas More University   Part 71 of our series, “Retrospect and Vista II”: Thomas More College/University, 1971-2021  Dr. Joseph L. Chillo arrived on campus during the summer of 2019 to become the 15th President of Thomas More University. The fall 2019 issue of Moreover (the University’s alumni/community magazine) said that “a new era begins as President Chillo arrives...

Our Rich History: The emergence of a theology curriculum at Villa Madonna/Thomas More College

By Dr. Raymond G. Hebert Thomas More University Part 70 of our series, “Retrospect and Vista II”: Thomas More College/University, 1971-2021 In his thesis entitled, “The History and Status of Villa Madonna College 1921-1961,” Thomas Hanna pointed out the significance of Theology’s place in the college’s thinking after 1961. In his words, “The Theology Department was the Department of Religious...

Our Rich History: Registrar and library had played key roles in success of Thomas More University

By Dave Schroeder Special to NKyTribune Part 69 of our series, “Retrospect and Vista II”: Thomas More College/University, 1971-2021 Two of the earliest support offices at Villa Madonna College were the registrar and the library. At first glance, these two offices seem to have little to do with one another. However, the bond that linked them for decades was the Sisters of St. Benedict (the Benedictines). When...

Our Rich History: End of Cold War and beginning of a new international studies program at Thomas More

By Paul A. Tenkotte, PhD Thomas More University Part 68 of our series, “Retrospect and Vista II”: Thomas More College/University, 1971-2021 After World War II, the Cold War—between the United States and its allies, and the Soviet Union and its satellite states — largely defined the international community. Then, in 1989, communism quickly began to crumble in Eastern and Central Europe. Beginning...

Our Rich History: The Mary, Seat of Wisdom Chapel, 10th Anniversary look back; special invitation to visit

by Stacy Smith Rogers Thomas More University Part 67 of our series, “Retrospect and Vista II”: Thomas More College/University, 1971-2021 Dear Readers of the Northern Kentucky Tribune, As Thomas More University prepares to celebrate the Tenth Anniversary of the Dedication of its Mary Seat of Wisdom Chapel, I invite the entire community to become acquainted with this splendid piece of art and architecture....