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FALL 2014

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Dear Friends, I have now entered my second year as President of Thomas More College, and what an exciting year it is! The start of the 2014-2015 school year marked one of the largest classes of incoming students in the College’s history, as well as the greatest number of students living in the residence halls. A variety of new programs contributed to the increased enrollment. Students are taking advantage of the new academic major in Athletic Training, the Marine Biology track, and are looking at internships and co-ops for their experiential learning requirement. They have the books needed for class covered under their tuition and fees, thanks to an innovative textbook initiative. The women’s lacrosse team will begin play in March, and the Marching Saints have been playing our new fight song at the football games. Did you hear that the College received the largest gift in its history? This anonymous $4 million gift, which must be matched, was given for the purpose of creating the Thomas More College Success Center. Read about what the Success Center will involve on page 10. TMC has an exciting future as well as a rich history. As you will read on page 2-3, graduates of Villa Madonna College are sprinkled among our community, and we’re glad to share their stories with you in the new Classic VMC column. This new column comes at the perfect time: as we share the Covington history of Thomas More College, the city of Covington is preparing to celebrate its bicentennial in 2015. The College is also in the midst of creating the Strategic Plan and I am eager to be a part of this process along with a dedicated and talented team consisting of faculty, staff, trustees, alumni, civic leaders, and students. We have an energetic and determined community, and I am proud that our Thomas More College alumni are significant contributors to the success of our region and our College. The sincere enthusiasm for making TMC an even better institution is truly inspiring. Along the lines of the TMC Strategic Plan, I am pleased to be serving on a “working team” for myNKY, a group leading the charge for the next strategic plan for Northern Kentucky. In addition, I am fortunate to have been selected for the 38th class of Leadership Cincinnati, a rewarding experience of building relationships with other business leaders in the region. I appreciate serving on the board of directors for the NKY Education Council, The NKY Chamber of Commerce, and Tri-ED. These community engagements not only assist me in becoming a wellrounded leader, but open doors for TMC to be more fully engaged in the community. Go Saints!

President David A. Armstrong, J.D.


7 VMC cheer squad from 1963 with Rita (Hurm) Bahlmann in the front center

Chancellor - The Most Reverend Roger J. Foys, D.D. Chairperson - Mr. John F. Hodge III Chair-Elect - Ms. Melissa A. Lueke Past-Chair - Dr. Jeanne-Marie Tapke ’91 Mr. David A. Armstrong, J.D. Mr. Brent J. Messmer ’94 Mr. Jerome R. Bahlmann ’63 Ms. D. Lynn Meyers ’77 Ms. Mary H. Brown Mr. Marc J. Neltner ’85 Dr. Joseph A. Caruso Sr. Mary Ethel Parrott, S.N.D. ’69 Ms. Sharon S. Elliston ’86 Dr. Manish Sharma Dr. Maria C. Garriga Mr. Michael Stephens ’15 Ms. Sarah T. Giolando Mr. Thomas J. Stiens ’65 Mr. Dale Henson Mr. Gregory T. Stofko ’94 Dr. Daniel J. Hiltz ’71 Mr. George J. Thelen ’58 Mr. Thomas G. Hoffman Mr. Christopher J. Wilson ’88 Mr. Gary E. Holland ’93 Ms. Marna M. Zalla Mr. Jeffrey C. Mando ’80 Dr. Anthony R. Zembrodt ’65 Dr. Judith A. Marlowe ’69

A Grand Journey


Research & Result


Breaking Addiction

Moreover is published in print two times per year and available online at, for alumni and friends of Thomas More College, by the Office of Institutional Advancement. Moreover is created to connect alumni and friends of Thomas More College to the events, programs and activities taking place within the College community. The opinions expressed in Moreover are not necessarily those of Thomas More College. Moreover makes every attempt to reflect the views of the entire campus community in a balanced and objective manner. Any comments or responses to articles, as well as story ideas, are welcome. SEND COMMENTS, STORY IDEAS OR LETTERS TO: Moreover Thomas More College 333 Thomas More Parkway Crestview Hills, KY 41017-3495 Phone: 859-344-3309 Email:

History chair Jim McNutt takes an archaeological approach to research

Chris Mueller ’00 takes on a leadership role to break the power of addiction

2 Classic VMC 4 Campus/Student News 10 Giving Back 15 Faculty Notes

Mr. Thomas Price Vice President for Finance and Operations, CFO Ms. Cathy L. Silvers Vice President for Institutional Advancement

16 Faculty Profile 23 Alumni News 25 Class Notes 28 Saints Sidelines

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Editor: Kim Harp Designer: Judy Crist Writers: Kim Harp, Stacy Smith Rogers

1963 VMC graduates Jerry and Rita share their inspiring shared pilgrimage



Mr. David A. Artmstrong, J.D. President Dr. John Wolper Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs Ms. Kristin Lehmer Executive Director for Enrollment Management

The Class of 2014 leaves TMC to continue their quest through life as a new class arrives to begin their odyssey



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Jerry and Rita Bahlmann met while registering for classes their freshman year at VMC. Over 50 years later they still walk hand-in-hand. (Page 13)



In the Spring 2014 issue of Moreover, a survey asked readers to provide feedback about the magazine and its value. Thank you to all respondents! We received some excellent feedback and wonderful comments that confirm the value of this publication. We learned that the majority of those receiving the magazine find that it helps them stay connected to Thomas More College. The majority of our survey respondents were age 50 and older, which prompted the challenge to introduce a more interactive, online Moreover to engage alumni and friends who dwell mainly in the digital world. Printed editions of Moreover will continue to arrive in homes twice a year, in October and April. They will include certain elements that are “First in Print” like the latest column (to the right) featuring interviews with Villa Madonna College alumni. This column is a direct result of a survey suggestion and will cover the history and rich intellectual heritage that are the roots of Thomas More College. The VMC history feature includes video segments that compliment the column and can be viewed on THOMASMORE.EDU/ MOREOVER. It is our hope that the online Moreover gives our readers additional opportunities to read and share TMC stories.

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ST Thomas Ginney ’52, BA History


M. Joyce Martin ’54, BA English, Secondary Education

homas More College is an institution rich with history. From the years 1921–1968, the College, known then as Villa Madonna College, built the foundation for what is now TMC. In this inaugural column, Moreover talked with Tom and Joyce Ginney, who graduated from VMC in 1952 and 1954 respectively and later became sweethearts. Living close by in Edgewood, Ky., they remain connected to Thomas More College by volunteering in Institutional Advancement and attending campus events. Their daughter Monica is the Director of Alumni Relations and is also an alumna. Four of their children attended Thomas More College. Ties to VMC/TMC run deep on both sides of their family. Tom and Joyce shared happy memories about their time on the


College’s Covington campus. Tom graduated with a bachelor’s degree in history, and Joyce graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English and secondary education. They shared memories of their favorite professors: Sr. Agnes Margaret, Sr. Camille (who was “difficult but good”), Fr. Deye (an “excellent history teacher”), and Sr. Mary Albert. They commented, “We had some of the best teachers ever.” Villa Madonna College had the highest percentage of faculty with terminal degrees of any college/ university in the region at the time; all of the sisters had Ph.D.s. When Tom and Joyce were students, tuition was $75 per semester. They noted that students were expected to perform and maintain a high grade point average. If a student’s grades started to slip, “(The professors) watched out for us,” said Joyce.

Students congregate at the VMC bookstore, formerly Bob’s Bar. The back of the Cathedral can be seen in the upper left.

Pius Hall Cabrini Hall

Campus rendering by Lawrence A. Brauch ’50

Tom and Joyce gave a breezy glimpse into 1950’s campus life. Covington was very safe, and campus buildings were close together. Most students came to school by bus, but some had cars. “It wasn’t a far walk from place to place,” Joyce explained. They reminisced about the buildings where they studied: Bernard Hall, Aquinas Hall, Cabrini Hall, and Thomas More Hall (on top of the old firehouse), to name a few. One of the buildings featured an inviting back porch, resulting in the creation of the “Back Porch Sitting Society.” At any point in time, eight to ten students would gather daily to discuss politics and solve the world’s problems. There were no residence halls; students were expected to locate their own accommodations if they did not live in the area. Friends who visited campus from Xavier or UC were jealous that the VMC

students had four bars within a twoblock radius, including “Bob’s Bar” (before it became the bookstore) and “Reckers.” Tom and other students helped create a cafeteria on the second floor of a campus building in the early ’50s and so gained a reprieve from grabbing meals in the neighborhood bars. Social life played a big role in the college experience, with the majority of students belonging to the sorority or fraternity. Each class took turns hosting monthly dances, including the Thanksgiving Ball and Spring Prom. Intercollegiate athletics for the College were temporarily halted at the start of the Korean War with the institution of the armed forces draft. Yet despite the numerous social opportunities, students in the ’50s took their studies seriously, just as students do today.

View segments of the Ginney’s interview at THOMASMORE.EDU/MOREOVER

Another VMC alumnus responded to our prompt “What’s your favorite greasy spoon?” “Does anyone remember where Saint Francis Hall was on the Villa Madonna College campus? It was located on the northwest corner of Eleventh and Garrard Streets. That’s right, it was a bar known as the Interlude (formerly Reckers). The bartender and owner’s name was Frank thus Saint Francis Hall. Frequently heard on campus were the words, ‘I’ll see you at four at Saint Francis.’ That was one classroom about which the administration knew nothing!” Don McGrath ’63 English-Secondary Education

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Creative Writing Vision A Journey into the Imagination Inspires Success In and Out of the Classroom submitted by laura barfield ’14

Pauletta Hansel, Laura Barfield and Dr. Sherry Cook Stanforth


“Imagine stepping away from rows and podiums to engage dynamically with established authors and fellow writers from many corners of the community. It is this kind of person-to-person reflection that shapes people into creative writers and promotes life-long commitments around literature.” Professor Sherry Cook Stanforth

graduated from Thomas More College with a degree in communications. However, I have a secret: I’m actually a creative writing major at heart. During my spring 2014 semester I had the chance to combine both of these interests. No, I didn’t live a double life working as a public relations specialist by day and a tormented author by night. Instead, I had the unique opportunity to be the student intern for TMC’s Creative Writing Vision program (CWV). At the program’s core is Dr. Sherry Cook Stanforth. She is a visible presence on TMC’s campus and has been known to tote a penny whistle and travel with a folk band in tow. After taking many of Dr. Stanforth’s classes, I was excited to work alongside her outside of the classroom. It is inspiring to witness a professor who is engaged beyond her courses, truly living in her field. Do as I say AND as I do. Ask her about the lasting value of writing in a community setting, and you can instantly feel Dr. Stanforth’s passion for her craft. As an intern, I quickly developed an understanding of the program’s intent. Pauletta Hansel, TMC’s current writer-inresidence (a role brought to fruition by the CWV), describes


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its mission as being a place “where writers across genres and experience levels, from within the TMC community and outside it, can come together for the sheer love of writing and literature.” And then Sherry made it happen. “Making it happen” involved extensive grant writing, support from outside donors* as well as faculty members, and bringing Pauletta to the team as the very first writer-in-residence. Most of my time as the CWV student intern involved working one-on-one with Pauletta. While she admittedly specializes in poetry (author of collections The Lives We Live in Houses and What I Did There), her expertise in the craft was apparent in the undergraduate courses she led—from a multi-genre survey course to the more specialized “Writing Spiritual Memoir.” She was also active on campus, leading noon-time writing workshops and an eight-week course for outside community writers. From a personal standpoint, Pauletta has met with me to help revise and give feedback on pieces I’ve struggled with. She encouraged me to submit a non-fiction essay I wrote to a national competition, and I was thrilled by the opportunity to read it at the Sigma Tau Delta convention in Savannah, Ga. after it was


“Being invited to read at the Visiting Author Series reading at Joseph-Beth Booksellers, and participating in Pauletta Hansel’s Class, ENG255CW (The Poet’s Craft), along with local writers and TMC students, both nurtured and invigorated my writing. Attending the writing retreat at TMC’s Field Station and other events of TMC’s Creative Writing Vision program continue to make me feel connected to a thriving writing community centered at Thomas More College—the place my creative writing first germinated as an undergraduate.” Karen George ’74

“I’m a proud 1988 graduate of Thomas More College and have worked as a teacher/literacy consultant in Northern Kentucky for the past 26 years. While my work for my entire career has focused on teaching students to read well and write clearly, I have had (or to be more honest, sought out) few opportunities to indulge my interest in creative writing. The Draft to Craft course taught by Writer-in-Residence Pauletta Hansel has afforded me the perfect opportunity to awaken my dormant poetry muse and muster the courage to write and share with other writers in the community.” Gary McCormick ’88 accepted. Her level of experience in this craft is evident in the way she is able to bring out the voices of writers who may be starting out or are hesitant and still developing their confidence. One of the most unique parts of the program is the series of guest author readings at a local bookstore. Regional, local, and community writers travel from near and far to share their pieces with a friendly crowd. Before a reading, you can usually find the authors mingling with professors and students at a nearby restaurant—approachable and eager to give encouragement to up-and-coming writers. A particularly strong memory that I will always carry with me is when an author teared up at one of our guest author readings while sharing a poem she wrote about Alzheimer’s disease. The emotion in her work was so strong and tangible that the entire room could feel it. Writers come from all walks of life, and I truly believe that there lies one within each of us. I am proud to say that I have contributed to the Creative Writing Vision program, and I have only the highest of hopes for the community that it is building within and beyond Thomas More College.

Peace and Justice Celebration Week Nov. 3-7 multiple programs on MWF noon-12:50 p.m. Eva G. Farris Art Gallery, Library Building Co-sponsored by Departments of Art and English Monday, Nov. 3: Join family band Tellico and other musicians for a jam session featuring protest and other songs promoting change. Wednesday, Nov. 5: Join Dr Saad Ghosn, editor of For a Better World: Poems and Drawings on Peace and Justice, and area authors/artists for an interactive presentation. Friday, Nov. 7: Open Mic for Peace and Justice. Bring original writing or favorite quotations, music, and personal reflections for a thought-provoking open mic event. From Draft to Craft Poetry Workshop Wednesday, Nov. 5, 7 p.m. Joseph Beth Bookstore, Crestview Hills Town Center Join TMC Writer-in-Residence Pauletta Hansel and an inspiring group of regional poets for an evening of poetry and conversation about the craft. Utopia Eat and Create with Writer-in-Residence Pauletta Hansel Monday, Nov. 17, Noon-12:50 p.m. Chancellor’s Room, Administration Building What if you could change the world? How would you perfect those pesky imperfections in your friends, your job, society, yourself? The Creative Writing Vision program’s teaching assistant and award-winning fiction writer Tony Otten says you can, and he will offer some guidance for creating your dream world on the page. St. Thomas More wrote his Utopia—why not us?! Brownbag lunch is optional. *The Creative Writing Vision program is made possible by the generous support of the John A. Schroth Family Charitable Trust, PNC Bank.

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Campus/Student News Research Forum Each spring, TMC students present research on a variety of topics in the hope of earning the Dean’s Award of Excellence. In 2014, Rebecca Pohlman, Kelsey Sparks, Ross Emerson and the graduate team of Heather Ford, Misty Gardner, Alyssa Letcher and Deiah Vambe took home the top prizes. This year’s forum takes place March 27, 2015; look for additional details to come in early 2015.

Saint Thomas More Birthday Month

February marks the 537th anniversary of our patron Saint’s birth. Join the TMC community for a month-long series of special events. Check for additional details in early 2015 at

Undergraduate students presenting research at the 2014 Research Forum

Phi Alpha Sigma For the second year in a row, Thomas More College’s Lamba Sigma chapter has been awarded the Best Chapter Award from Phi Alpha Theta (a history honor society) for Division I, which is comprised of applicants from colleges with less than 3,000 students. Led by Dr. John Cimprich, the Lambda Sigma chapter of Phi Alpha Theta at TMC is open to academically qualified students and currently has 10 members.

THE BANK OF KENTUCKY OBSERVATORY Lectures and Night Sky Viewing Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21,2015, 7 p.m. Saturday, March 28, 2015, 8 p.m. Saturday, April 25, 2015, 8 p.m. For lecture subject and information visit


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The TMC community began the 2014 birthday celebration with a concert by the Brotherhood Singers

Lamba Sigma chapter members

Award-winning authors Courtney Neltner, Tony Otten, Courtney Smalley, and Laura Barfield at the 2014 Words Celebration Dr. Wes Ryle lecturing on ties between objects in the night sky and romance in spring 2014

Words 2014 The 2014 edition of the student-managed Words publication showcased outstanding student talent. Courtney Smalley, Laura Barfield, Tony Otten, Courtney Neltner, Karen Cress, Ben Kleier and Jacob Condon received top awards. For a copy of the 2014 issue please email We can’t wait to see what is in store in 2015!

For more great stories about campus and student happenings visit: THOMASMORE.EDU/MOREOVER

The Journey Goes On submitted by kim harp, director of communications and pr photos by bruce crippen


homas More College’s 86th Commencement celebration on May 17, 2014, began as a blustery day with cool temperatures and damp conditions. That did not deter 342 graduates, their families, and friends from celebrating the result of their hard work and accomplishments. The Baccalaureate Mass, held in Mary, Seat of Wisdom Chapel on the Thomas More College campus, opened the day with The Most Reverend Roger J. Foys, D.D., S.T.D. as the celebrant and Reverend Ronald M. Ketteler, S.T.L., and Reverend Gerald E. Twaddell, D.Phil., as concelebrants. The Commencement Exercises began with the graduates processing from the Administration Building, passing under the Mary, Seat of Wisdom bell tower, to Connor Convocation Center. Bishop Foys performed the opening benediction followed by President Armstrong’s presenting the Presidential Service Award to graduate Courtney Smalley. Special recognition was also awarded to Christina C. Petroze, Ed.D., who received the Outstanding Full-Time Teacher Award, and Carrie Jaeger, who received the Outstanding Part-Time Teacher Award.

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Outstanding Full-time Teacher Christina C. Petroze, Ed.D.

Outstanding Part-time Teacher Carrie Jaeger

Presidential Service Award Courtney Smalley ’14

For additional Commencement photos visit THOMASMORE.EDU/ MOREOVER.

Honorary Doctorate Degree Matth. Toebben (left) St. Thomas More Medallion Oakley Farris

Honorary Doctorate Degree Commencement Speaker Rick Hulefeld

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Special guest Oakley Farris was awarded the St. Thomas More Medallion. Farris, along with his wife, Eva, contribute significantly to the landscape of education in Northern Kentucky and continue to support Thomas More College. Special guest Matth. Toebben, founder of Toebben Builders and Developers, was awarded the honorary degree Doctor of Business and Industry, Honoris Causa, for his continued support of the College and involvement in Catholic education. Rick Hulefeld, Executive Director of Children, Inc., located in Covington, Ky., received the Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa, and delivered the commencement address. Hulefeld and his wife, Mary, founded the Cathedral Child Development Center in 1979. Ultimately the Center grew to become Children, Inc. Hulefeld has dedicated his life to the development of children. He related this experience to the graduates in his address. Hulefeld began: “What I really want to talk to you about is your original wisdom. What you knew when you were four years old. You knew about three key things: happiness, time, and self worth.” At the end of the address he challenged the graduates with these final questions: “Can you find moments in your day when you can allow yourself to be happy with no ‘ifs’? Can you live in the present moment without feeling the need to fill the moment with other ‘to do’s’? Can you see yourself and others the way God sees you?”


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Great Journeys Begin Here excerpt from the 2014 convocation address by noah welte ’05, director of retention The 2014-2015 school year marks one of the largest classes of incoming students that the College has ever seen, as well as the greatest number of students living in the residence halls. Classes began with 340 freshmen and 403 students living on campus. New programs have contributed to increased enrollment. Students were drawn to the College by the athletic training major, marine biology track, experiential learning requirement, marching band, women’s lacrosse, and the new textbook initiative which eliminates out-of-pocket costs for textbooks. Noah Welte, newly appointed Director of Retention and alumnus, greeted the new class with these words:


Top and Left: Happy groups of graduates spill out of Connor Convocation Center to be congratulated by family, friends, and faculty. We welcome the newest set of TMC alumni.

s I look out at you, the class of 2018, I see a group of diamonds in their rough state. A diamond in its rough state is still just some carbon. So let’s talk for a second about how that carbon becomes a diamond. The recipe is as follows: Dig deep into the earth (approximately 100 miles down) and bury some carbon – like the stuff in your No. 2 pencils. Expose to heat at a significantly high temperature (about 2200 degrees Fahrenheit). Apply an incredible amount of pressure (725,000 pounds per square inch). Cool it down near the earth’s surface. So, let me break each of these steps down, and talk about what they mean for you. DIG DEEP When I started college, I was quiet and shy. I was the kid from small town, Maysville, Ky. I knew that I loved baseball, and I wanted to change the world. Just like me, you are arriving at college eager to tackle the next part of your life. You are tossed into the unknown. Perhaps, like me, away from home for the first real time in your life. There are new freedoms that you may have also never experienced. Each of you has only begun to scratch the surface of who you are. College is a genuine opportunity for you to peel back the layers and really discover some things about yourself. A chance to figure out who you are and what you want to become. I challenge you to spend time in that process. Use your college experience to find out what you like and don’t like. Use it to find out more about yourself and also how you can serve others. EXPOSURE The other day I was driving and heard an interview on the radio with NFL running back Rashad Jennings. He was asked about what things he enjoyed outside of football. In his answer, he mentioned how he discovered an enjoyment for learning while he was in college. Every semester he went on a quest to learn something new. His first semester, he learned how to write with his left hand. The next semester, he picked up a deck of cards learning every magic trick known to man. He also learned to play the guitar in another semester. President Armstrong often talks about a book

by Chris Lowney called Heroic Leadership. He cites a phrase that highlights my second challenge to you. “Today’s leaders need to be comfortable being uncomfortable.” When you talk about learning to write with your opposite hand, that would be pretty uncomfortable at first. Challenge yourself to become something more than you already are. It starts with exposing yourself to new ideas, new viewpoints, new philosophies, new cultural experiences, new courses, new friendships. Think outside the box, get creative. Do something you have never tried before. You just might like it. APPLY PRESSURE Pressure makes diamonds. In your time at Thomas More College, you will feel pressure. There will be pressure to perform well in the classroom. Your professors will hold your work to high standards and, as you progress, the rigors of your course work will present additional demands on your time. There will be pressure for some of you to perform well on the field. Your teammates and coaches will be looking to you to work hard, compete and, as you progress, lead others to previously unattainable heights. There will be days where the weight of the world feels like it is all on your shoulders. Trust me, I had those days and sometimes still do. But my third challenge to you is this: embrace the pressure. Welcome it. Walk right towards it. Realize that it is helping you grow and mature into a diamond. COOL DOWN Through all of this process, a diamond is not a diamond as we know it until it has calmed down and cooled off. So, will you have to dig deep and discover some things about yourself? Yes. Will you have to expose yourself to uncomfortable things? Most likely. And will there be pressure placed on you? Most definitely. My final challenge is this: Through it all, stay cool and remain calm. ...

To read Noah’s complete Convocation Address, visit THOMASMORE.EDU/ MOREOVER.

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Giving Back

Photo by Bruce Crippen


academic counseling (for t the example: study skills, test Commencement taking), and counseling for Ceremony on at-risk students. May 17, 2014, President • The INSTITUTE David A. Armstrong, FOR LEARNING J.D., announced that the DIFFERENCES is a College had received the federal level II academic largest gift in its 93-year support program for students history: an anonymous $4 with documented learning million donation for the differences. This program creation of the Benedictine will include professional Endowment for the tutoring, individual Thomas More College submitted by kim harp, director of communications & pr mentoring/coaching, specific Success Center. To study skills support, quiet test-taking areas, receive these funds, the gift must be matched well as the return on investment for families and adaptive equipment. in the next four years. The funds are restricted choosing a private Catholic college education. • The INSTITUTE FOR CAREER for exclusive use in the creation of the “The support, retention, and placement of DEVELOPMENT AND GRADUATE Success Center. our students upon graduation is at the center SCHOOL PLANNING incorporates Several months after the announcement, of what we do, and the TSC will be at the three components that guide students the first matching gift was received. The forefront of our efforts to ensure student from their freshman year to graduation Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr., US Bank success,” said President Armstrong. on career compatibility, professional skills, Foundation has invested $500,000 toward the Dr. John Ernst, who has been with the and career and graduate school placement. Success Center. Upon the full match, the gift College since 2005, has been named director of Resume and interview skills, experiential will make an $8 million impact on the College the Success Center. The center will be made learning, and career and graduate whose current endowment is $15 million. up of three institutes. These institutes include: placement will be offered. Continuing This initiative is significant for a variety • The INSTITUTE FOR ACADEMIC career placement support will be available of reasons. Thomas More College needs SUPPORT is made up of three distinct for alumni in perpetuity. more academic, tutoring, and career services areas with intensive individual contact for For more information, please visit support. These areas directly affect retention, every student in need of academic support graduation, and career placement rates, as in order to graduate. This includes tutoring, THOMASMORE.EDU/SUCCESSCENTER


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Why We Give to TMC… We believe that supporting education is important for a variety of reasons. We’ve been successful due to the solid foundation we’ve been given from our Thomas More College education, and we want to give the same opportunity to others. We enjoy the sense of connection we feel to Thomas More College through giving, and we are consistently reminded that our gift is making a difference in the lives of students. Each year as students graduate, we like to think that we helped them along their journey. “We have both been active in the life of the College since graduation, including a variety of alumni and development activities such as being members of the Monsignor Murphy Legacy Society. Ted has served on the Board of Trustees and as its Chair and has received the Bishop Hughes Award. We believe in the College’s mission and its ability to transform lives. “Thomas More College also holds a special place in our hearts because we met there and will soon celebrate our Golden Wedding Anniversary! “The opportunities for today’s students have increased due to all of the College’s new initiatives, which makes it all the more important for supporters to commit to the College’s future.

– Marlene (Geiman) Robinson ’65 and Ted Robinson ’63

Create Your Legacy at TMC


lease consider including Thomas More College in your charitable planning. We thank all members of the Monsignor Murphy Legacy Society and encourage all alumni and friends of the College to consider a planned gift. Naming Thomas More College as a beneficiary in your will or other estate planning document allows the College to sustain its mission and continue to provide a quality education to future generations of students. To explore the opportunity of a planned gift or to notify the College of your intent, please contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at 859-344-3344. Additional information about planned giving can be found at THOMASMORE.EDU/ PLANNEDGIVING. All prospective donors are encouraged to consult with their legal and tax advisors.

Update: Fall Annual Appeal submitted by tony roderick, director of development


he College just completed its faculty and staff campaign and is now beginning to reach out to our alumni and friends with the fall annual appeal. An incredible Thomas More spirit permeates our College community day in and day out. We have numerous new programs and initiatives this year and will continually strive to improve the student experience. As alumni and friends of the College, I’m sure you are as pleased as we are about these achievements and accomplishments. To continue this great momentum and growth, we need your support. Your generosity will ensure that we have the resources necessary to continue to provide an affordable, quality education in a faith-based environment as we prepare our students to become the leaders of tomorrow. To manifest our appreciation of alumni and community support for the 2013-2014 academic year, a giving honor roll listed by society is included in this issue of Moreover (follows page 16). There are several ways to give to The Fund for Thomas More College, including check, bank account debit, or credit card. Please don’t miss the opportunity to maximize your donation by taking advantage of a Matching Gift Program that may be offered by your employer. To learn more visit THOMASMORE.EDU/GIVING. If you have questions, please call the Office of Institutional Advancement at 859-344-3344.

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Nineteenth Annual

Bishop William A. Hughes Awards Dinner

Photos by Bruce Crippen

Above: Former recipient Mary Bunning socializes with guests on the patio. Bottom Left: Guests enjoy the spectacular view as summer meets fall. Bottom Right: Past and present award winners attending this year’s dinner. Special thanks to committee members: Mary H. Brown - Chair, Jim Dressman ’74, Gabrielle Hils ’81, Susan M. Neltner, Cathy L. Silvers, Dr. Patricia J. Sommerkamp ’71


Thomas More College honored Helen Carroll and Bill and Joan Robinson at the 19th Annual Bishop Hughes Awards Dinner held at the Drees Pavilion on Thursday, Sept. 11. The award is named in honor of Bishop William A. Hughes, former Chancellor of the College and Bishop of the Diocese of Covington. The award recognizes and honors support of Catholic higher education.

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Above: President David Armstrong, Helen Carroll, Bishop Roger J. Foys, and Bill and Joan Robinson. Above left: The awards await their presentation to the recipients. Below: President Armstrong with Jim Bunning and NKU President Emeritus James Votruba.

Alumni Profile

Grand Journey

1963 Villa Madonna College graduates share their journey

by stacy smith rogers | photos from thomas more college archives


MC has fostered many relationships–and romances–through the years. For Rita (Hurm) and Jerry Bahlmann, theirs began before classes even started, while in line registering for the fall semester their freshman year at Villa Madonna College. Rita recalled that day: “We met in line at registration, then we walked to our homes from 12th Street in Covington to Fort Thomas, talking all the way. And we’ve been talking ever since.” Rita and Jerry were married at St. Thomas Church in Fort Thomas, Ky., on Sept. 5, 1964. They currently live in Columbus, Ohio, where they raised their two children, Ellen and Mark. (Ellen and her husband, Jim Noonan, have four children and Mark and his wife, Jill, have one daughter.) Their life journey together has taken them a long way from 12th Street in Covington, but they haven’t strayed from the values and life lessons they learned as students at VMC. Both Rita and Jerry look back on those days with endearment, describing their time in college as “characterforming.” Their classes were challenging, their teachers inspiring, and the work ethic instilled in them by their parents prepared them for managing their time and their goals. “We never doubted that we had to Jerome Bahlmann ’63, BA Philosophy (Pre-law) do the work. This was instilled in us by our parents; that is just what you had to do, so you did it,” Rita explained. While they both enjoyed socializing with new friends and developing their courtship, they valued the opportunity to learn. “We spent a lot of time in the library,” said Rita, who was on academic scholarship the last three years at VMC. Both of them worked in addition to going to classes, studying, and participating in activities. The Bahlmanns came away Rita Claire Hurm ’63, from their college experience not only with hard-earned degrees and each other, but with BA English long-lasting friendships with classmates with whom they’ve enjoyed connecting throughout the years. In addition, they perfected their card game. “We still play bridge, a skill we honed at the Student Union on breaks between classes,” Rita said.

Rita was born and raised in Newport, Ky., moving to Fort 1963 Triskele photo of Jerry and Rita entitled “Enchantment.” Thomas when she was 16. Her family was committed to providing their children with a Catholic education. “My parents wouldn’t think of sending me anywhere other than Villa Madonna,” she said. Jerry was born in Buffalo, N.Y., but his family moved to northern Kentucky when he was very young. During his junior year at VMC, money was tight, so Jerry withdrew from classes and took a job teaching eighth grade students at St. Dominic School in Delhi, Ohio. He took classes at VMC at night and during the summer and was able to rejoin his classmates during his senior year, graduating on time with his college sweetheart. Rita also dipped her feet into the teaching profession as a senior when she taught German at Covington Catholic High School. She laughingly recalled that time, painting the image of a young female college student trying to teach a class of high school senior boys how to speak another language. “That was an experience-and-a-half,” Rita said. Although it ended any thoughts of a career in teaching, “There’s serendipity in life, for Rita said the German language stuck with her, and she credits sure, but it presents itself to you her instructors for encouraging in a variety of ways. You’re her with the opportunity. the one who has to make the “Fifty-one years later I’m still decisions.” – Rita Bahlmann singing in a German choir,” Rita proclaimed. She was also active in chorus at VMC. “My 44 years singing with The Columbus Damenchor has given me the opportunity to participate in two concert tours in Germany, Austria, and Slovakia, as well as many cities in the United States,” she added. In addition to singing and studying, Rita was a cheerleader for the basketball team all four years at VMC and a member of Alpha Lambda Mu sorority. Graduating with a Bachelor of Art in English, she put her writing skills to good use at Procter and Gamble as a technical writer in the Consumer Services Department. After her children left for college, she served as office manager for a retina surgeon and retired from that position in 2001.

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bahlmann continued from page 13 Jerry earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy from VMC and a The Bahlmanns’ journey is certainly inspiring. They’ve enjoyed law degree from Northern Kentucky University’s Chase College of exciting opportunities to make an impact on others in Columbus, Law. He was hired by the Ohio State Bar Association and eventually within the TMC community, and beyond. As college students just led the Ohio Ethics Commission as director. He landed at Battelle starting to carve a path for themselves, they meandered through the Memorial Institute in Columbus, Ohio, where incredible advances challenges of affording a quality education. Achieving their academic in technology were being developed, including bar code scanning goals and developing a drive to succeed were fueled by the courage capabilities and the photo copying process. The organization inspired in them by others, in addition to the self-motivation to work employed 22,000 people at the time and was buzzing with energy hard. They later impressed upon their own children the same values surrounding new discoveries in technology and science. “It was they were raised with and developed as young adults at VMC. “We’ve an exciting time to be at Battelle,” he said, recalling the company’s asked each other many times if either of us ever thought we would be negotiations with licensing the photocopy technology to a little, where we are today. But we’ve learned that if you work hard, things under-the-radar company that later changed its name to Xerox. He come along your way,” Rita said. “There’s serendipity in life, for sure, explained that its new name, that began and ended with the same but it presents itself to you in a variety of ways. You’re the one who consonant, was simply poking fun at Kodak, the company that has to make the decisions,” she elaborated. originally turned down the photocopy licensing. While the Bahlmanns graduated with the ambition to find “their At Battelle, Jerry gained significant place” in the world, they still maintained a “You’ve got to have confidence in your experience in the legal issues faced by sense of taking pride in what they did and own ability. You also need to study the technology- and science-based industries, in working hard for it. They also held true corporate governance issues, and legal to what they referred to as a “responsibility people who have plowed the ground issues facing nonprofit entities. He served to give back.” Since graduating, Rita said before you.” - Jerry Bahlmann as senior vice president, general counsel, they’ve never missed a year of giving to the secretary, and co-director of Battelle’s college’s annual fund. “Even if it was only $25 European Operations, during which time he lived in Geneva, back then, we gave it. We’ve always felt a connection to the College, Switzerland. “That was a great experience for me,” Jerry said. During and we feel we have a responsibility for giving back to its annual his time at Battelle, he also completed an advanced management fund,” she explained. The Bahlmanns have taken that responsibility program at Harvard Business School, which allowed him not only a little further in recent years. They successfully spearheaded their to advance his career but also to spend time with their son who was class’ effort to raise $63,000 in 2013, calling upon classmates to jointly attending Babson College near Boston at the time. contribute that much in honor of the year they graduated. After retiring from Battelle, he accepted a position serving as THEIR ADVICE TO TMC STUDENTS an attorney with Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur law firm in the When asked what they might advise TMC students to focus Corporate Department. There he now enjoys a more flexible schedule on to succeed, Rita was encouraging: “It’s more of an individual and is able to devote time to additional interests, including motorcycle undertaking than anything. You have to have the courage to keep trips and serving on the Board of Trustees for Thomas More College. going. You get that courage from others, whether its teachers at the “I spent 16 years on the Board of Trustees at Capital University in elementary level or in college.” She emphasized that young adults Columbus, so I thought that experience might be helpful in my should pick out the people they know along the way who offer role at Thomas More.” Jerry bought his first motorcycle (a Harley support and encouragement and “keep those tiny pieces together” to Davidson) at the age of 65 and has taken several long trips, including serve as inspiration. a 4,300-mile journey from Columbus to Colorado and New Mexico, “I would say that 99 percent of young people don’t have a clear all the while staying true to his promise to drive only on back roads, cut path. The future is just never that clear,” Jerry said. “You’ve got to eat in non-franchise restaurants, and stay in bed-and-breakfast have confidence in your own ability. You also need to study the people establishments along the way. who have plowed the ground before you.”

Photo by Bruce Crippen Jerry and Rita Bahlmann (center) with classmates at the 50th Anniversary Reunion for the Class of 1963, held in spring 2013. Pictured around them are Bonnie ’63 (left) and Gerry ’61 Thelen, Joe Detzel ’63, and Madelaine and Lawrence Ries ’63.


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Faculty Notes KUDOS TO TMC FACULTY ON THEIR ACCOLADES, PRESENTATIONS & PUBLISHED WORKS Anne Busse, associate professor, business administration, was named chair of the board of directors of Brighton Center, Inc. A comprehensive social service agency located in Newport, Ky., it served over 76,000 people through 39 programs in its last fiscal year.

Dr. Kim Haverkos, assistant professor, education, contributed a chapter to Connecting Children to Nature: Ideas and Activities for Parents and Educators by Michael L. Bently, Michael P. Mueller, and Bruce Martin. Her chapter looks for ways to connect students to the natural environment and science through re-enacting, specifically the historical period from 1750-1800.

Dr. John Cimprich, professor, history, presented “The Significance of Fort Pillow” at the Civil War Sesquicentennial Commemoration on April 12 at the Fort Pillow State Park in Tennessee.

Rev. Ronald M. Ketteler, STL, professor and chairperson, theology, conducted an education session on bioethics with the resident physicians of St. Elizabeth Medical Center on March 10, 2014. The presentation and discussion was entitled “To Treat or Not to Treat – What’s the Ethical Question?”

Dr. Florence Dwyer, associate professor, foreign languages, presented “EricEmmanuel Schmitt: Dramaturge, ré-enchanteur du théâtre contemporain français” at The Cincinnati Conference on Romance Languages and Literatures, in March 2014.

Dr. Maria C. Garriga, professor and chairperson, foreign languages, will be on sabbatical for the 2014-2015 academic year. She will spend the year participating in the Council of Independent Colleges’ Senior Leadership Academy. The CICSLA is a yearlong program designed to enhance the skills of mid-level college administrators for future roles in academic administrative positions.

Pauletta Hansel, writer in residence, English, published several new poems - many written alongside TMC students in writing classes or workshops. They appear in current issues of Appalachian Journal, Appalachian Heritage, ÆQAI Journal, Now & Then: The Appalachian Magazine, Motif 3, The Notebook: A Progressive Journal for Women and Girls with Rural and Small Town Roots, Postcard Poems and Prose: An Intersect of Authors and Artists, Her Limestone Bones: Selections from Lexington Poetry Month 2013, For A Better World: Poems and Drawings on Peace and Justice, and Kudzu Literary Journal.

*FOR A PROFESSOR FERNER SIGHTING, SEE PAGE 26. Is there a current or former TMC professor you’d like to learn more about? Let us know! Email your request to or drop a note in the business reply envelope included in this issue of Moreover.

Dr. Jodie N. Mader, assistant professor, history, presented at two different conferences in spring 2014. In March she presented the paper “Is This All? The Rebellion and Madness of a 1960s Housewife” at Boston University. In April she presented “Shaken or Stirred? Gender and Cocktail’s Influence in Film, Culture, and Media” in Louisville.

Kirk Mayhew, adjunct faculty, art, participated in ArtPrize, a 19-day celebration of public art in Grand Rapids, Mich., which took place Sept. 24-Oct. 12, 2014 and spanned three square miles. His piece, entitled “Resonance,” was a large site-specific installation using locally sourced driftwood, rope, and other materials. It was on display at VandenBerg (Calder) Plaza. In addition to his role as adjunct faculty, Kirk is the facilities manager and head of the sculpture department at the Funke Fired Arts Studio and Gallery in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is also a founding member of Thin Air Studio.

Maria R. Mitchell, associate professor, accountancy, co-authored the 17th edition of Principles of Cost Accounting with Edward J. VanDerbeck, Professor Emeritus of Xavier University. The text, published by South-Western Cengage Learning, is expected to be available in 2015.

Travis Nipper, adjunct faculty, marketing and communications, was elected to the board of

directors of the Cincinnati Chapter of the American Marketing Association. He will serve as VP Marketing Communication for the fiscal year 2014-2015.

Eddie Oestreicher, assistant professor, business administration, presented a brief on “Change Management, How to Accelerate Change and the Influence of Teams,” to the Young Professionals Club at the Louisville Gas & Electric Company in Louisville, Ky. The presentation was aired at two other sites.

Dr. Malcom Robinson, professor and chairperson, economics, took part in a panel discussion on the minimum wage in August 2014 on KET’s Kentucky Tonight. Those interested in viewing the program will find it at Dr. Robinson also gave a dinner talk, “Education and the Economy,” at the Guate-Gala, a fund-raising evening for the Ten- Fe Foundation, which was held in August 2014. Ten-Fe is a non-profit orgainization created by Dr. Julie Luebbers, assistant professor, foreign languages, to help at-risk children in Guatemala receive an education.

Dr. Wes Ryle, associate professor, physics, appeared on 91.7 FM-WVXU and on the Fox 19 morning news show in April, speaking on the topic of the lunar eclipse which took place overnight April 14 to 15, 2014.

Dr. John T. Spence, associate professor, political science, won an award for election night political analysis on TBNK (Telecommunications Board of Northern Kentucky - cable television) early in 2014 and performed primary night coverage again in May. In November he will be analyzing the general election results with emphasis on Kenton County. Dr. Spence currently sits on the City of Cincinnati Charter Review Task Force, entrusted with reviewing and proposing changes in the city’s charter. This invitation was based upon his research and publication record on the subject.

Dr. Sherry Cook Stanforth, professor, English, published her poem “Drone String” in the winter 2014 (25.2) edition of Now & Then: Music in Appalachia. This is the title poem to her book-length collection Drone String, currently under review by Wind Publications.

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Faculty Profile Rebecca W. Bilbo, Ph.D. Professor and Department Chairperson, Creative and Performing Arts Q. What do you want students to take away from your class? A. A fascination and curiosity for looking at art in their world. Q. How long have you worked at TMC A. Is this a trick question? It depends when you start the count. I first taught a modern art class at Thomas More College when I was still a grad student at UC in the early 1980s. I taught as an adjunct during the 1980s; and in 1993, I took over as department chair after the death of Darrell Brothers. But I didn’t sign my first full-time contract until the fall of 1996. Q. Where did you obtain your degree/degrees? A. I grew up in upstate New York, and it never even occurred to me to go outside New York state for anything. I went to a huge public high school so a small private liberal arts college was very appealing to me. The new fine arts center at Nazareth College was a powerful magnet as I was also interested in studying music and I had already developed a love of the theater. It was only 78 miles from my home. The art education program at Nazareth College had an excellent reputation and that ultimately was my choice of majors. After relocating to Cincinnati, I entered the master’s program in art history at the University of Cincinnati, fully intending to move back to New York state. It was well after I started teaching art history at Thomas More College that I decided to go back for my Ph.D. in art history at Indiana University. Q. Are there any special awards or accolades that you want to mention? A. Since I always wanted to be a teacher, the Thomas More College Part-Time Teacher of the Year Award in 1996 is my most cherished honor.


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Q. Where was your last vacation – and why did you choose that destination? A. Actually, I am on vacation as I write this! I have had so many travel opportunities over the years through Thomas More College and with my family. I have taken students to Spain with Professor Garriga; every two years I work with Professor Dwyer to take students to Paris to study art, the French language and French culture; and I organize a trip for art students to New York almost every year. But this summer I am traveling around the American West. Yesterday I climbed the amazing rock formations at Arches National Park in Utah and viewed the Colorado River from the red walls of a 100foot canyon. My family has a second home here, so the mountains are a very nice place to be when the temperature in Cincinnati hits 90. Q. Who has been (or is) your role model? And why? A. Sarah Burns from Indiana University and other outstanding teachers that I have had in my life. Q. What are your hobbies – or what do you do when you’re not teaching at TMC? A. Some of the things I like best to do during my spare time are remarkably similar to what I do when I am working: look at art and go to the symphony and theater. I also read a lot and can think of nothing better on a snowy day than sinking into a great book; that is, if I am not downhill skiing on fresh powder (see answer #6 – vacation). I also spend a significant amount of time practicing yoga. Q. What has teaching at TMC taught you? A. Oh, so much. I love working around others who know so much about all different subjects, especially those I know little about.

Photo by Carolyn Wagner

Q. What song or artist do you listen to when you need to get motivated? A. Music isn’t necessarily a great motivator for me, as it often is for athletes. Maybe I like to sit too much. Maybe I seek inspiration more often than I do motivation. If you asked what CD (and, yes, I am the kind of person who still listens to CDs) was in my CD player, I would probably say one by Over the Rhine. Q. What book is on your nightstand? Or, do you have a favorite book? A. Today? I usually have several going at the same time, and I also have a long queue. I just finished Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie; and since I am presently in Colorado, I am reading Wallace Stenger’s Beyond the Hundredth Meridian: John Wesley Powell and the Second Opening of the West. Q. As a child, what did you want to be when you “grew up?” A. Always – a teacher.

UPDATE: CREATIVE & PERFORMING ARTS submitted by rebecca w. bilbo


he visual and performing arts are a vital element in today’s understanding of a liberal arts education. For this reason Thomas More College pushed to unite its current programs into one central department in January 2014. Two new endeavors are the Marching Saints, which expands opportunities for students to participate in music as a co-curricular activity; and our new Villa Players troupe, which will excite theater-goers and open doors to promising thespian students, faculty, and staff across campus. On the horizon, cross-disciplinary courses in art and design are expected to collaborate and foster creative thinking among the majors and disciplines, as well as lay a groundwork for future art and design projects for the community. Plans are underway to reignite activity in UPCOMING the Madonna’s Meadow SHOWS Sculpting Spaces project, which will once again invite Annual Juried High School Exhibition everyone to “dig in.” As it has done for the last Nov. 17-Dec. 5 nine years, our Eva G. Farris The Burning Ones Art Gallery will continue to by Anthony Becker feature exhibits of student Jan. 15-Feb. 5, 2015 work and the annual senior thesis exhibitions. Over its The Paper Mountain relatively short life-span, our by Christian Schmit art gallery has become an Feb. 12-26, 2015 important regional gallery bringing thought-provoking For gallery times works by some of the best and information visit known Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky artists to artgallery campus. In fact, our gallery was earmarked as one of the select venues for the city-wide biennial FotoFocus celebration of photography in October. With the expansion of co-curricular opportunities and innovative new cross-disciplinary studies in music, theater, and art, we are poised to serve as a model of innovative academic endeavors.



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History chair Jim McNutt, Ph.D., published in the Harvard Theological Review, sheds light on the darkness behind the pre-Holocaust teachings of a famous Christian minister


nyone who knows TMC History Chair and Professor James E. (Jim) McNutt, Ph.D., recognizes his passion for taking an archaeological approach to history, shoveling below the surface in search of the meaning behind historical accounts and the people who were responsible for them. In recent years, his tenacious digging on the subject of German churches and societal attitudes toward Jews on the eve of the Holocaust has resulted in the attention of theologians, internationally recognized scholars, organizations, and publishing houses. Dr. McNutt’s research has specifically turned a critical eye toward Swissborn Adolf Schlatter, a highly revered Protestant minister whose lectures at Tübingen were said to have shaped at least two generations of German pastors, including a number of academic elites who profoundly influenced 20th century Christian theology. Schlatter’s influence at the German university led him to be viewed as the preeminent spiritual authority for students and clergy alike. As the first English-speaking scholar critical of Schlatter, McNutt’s exploration of the influences and messages behind Schlatter’s teachings is explained in his article, “A Very Damning Truth: Walter Grundmann, Adolf Schlatter, and Susannah Heschel’s The Aryan Jesus,” published by the Harvard Theological Review in July of 2012. McNutt described how his findings attracted the attention of such a highly respected journal. “In 2003, I published an article titled, ‘Adolf Schlatter and the Jews’ in the German Studies Review. This article was the first critical evaluation of this very prominent theologian in the English language. A lot had been written about him in English, but all of it deemed him infallible. Two key scholars picked up that work. One of them was Susannah Heschel, a leading scholar at Dartmouth, who referenced me in her major book The Aryan Jesus. My research was the basis for her section on Schlatter in that publication, which became very well-received and popular,” he explained. Following the success of Heschel’s book, the American Academy of

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research continued from page 19 Religion contacted McNutt and asked him to present his research at the Academy’s 2010 Conference. That presentation resulted in attention from the Harvard Theological Review, who requested that he rewrite his paper for publication. After it was published in 2012, McNutt has periodically been contacted by people eager to learn more about his research. Most recently, he was asked to contribute to a collection of essays written by Holocaust scholars published by Northwestern University Press in Chicago: Lessons and Legacies XI – Perspectives on the Holocaust in a Changing World, edited and with an introduction by Hilary Earl and Karl A. Schleunes, due out this November. In McNutt’s essay, “The Bitter Legacy and Unlearned Lesson of Adolf Schlatter,” he examines Schlatter’s final major work, Do We Know Jesus? which became an instant success at the time of its release in 1937. In his essay, McNutt described Schlatter’s book: “Despite its devotional nature, when set within the context of the ideological tensions gripping Germany at the time, discerning readers today discover a much darker legacy of untimely and bitter verbal assaults on Judaism and the Jews.” McNutt credits TMC Philosophy Professor Rev. Gerald E. Twaddell, Ph.D., for his critical insights, and librarian Joyce McKinley for helping obtain the source material related to his research. He reads German well, but said that it’s hard work: “I have to get it right because many people who are reading this are German scholars, and my translations have to be on the mark.” McNutt said this niche aspect of Holocaust history is important because many of the works of theologians like Schlatter are still used as examples today. “Schlatter was an untouchable icon within conservative Christianity. I have been reading him for 30 years, starting when I was in graduate school. Then I began really looking at what he was saying. I think it is vitally important to study the words of Christian ministers during that time. He became a hero, but he represented a very negative view of the Jews prior to the Holocaust,” he explained. McNutt’s research included a trip to Germany in 2013, during his sabbatical, where he spent two weeks at the Schlatter archives, collecting materials that will further his research and touch upon examinations that no one else studying the famed theologian has written about. He’ll continue looking into the impact of the teachings of Schlatter and other Christian ministers of that time in an effort to shed light on such a dark, critical time in the world’s history.

HOW DOES PROFESSOR MCNUTT SHARE HIS RESEARCH WITH TMC STUDENTS? While Dr. McNutt’s work is being shared around the world, his critical eye and enthusiasm for digging beyond the recorded happenings of the past is also shared with students at Thomas More College. His research does more than expose the underlying messages of a famous theologian. It hits home the idea of intolerance and the potential effects of words that are spoken to a captive audience. McNutt touches upon this in his First Year Seminar (FYS) “Churches in the Third Reich” to TMC freshmen. “I discuss with them the true meaning of tolerance. It doesn’t mean that we accept beliefs of another person, but true tolerance respects others and does no harm and watches what one says about the other so it doesn’t feed an atmosphere of hate,” he said. McNutt emphasizes the fragility of engaged listeners who could be swayed by a popular voice whose words can “fuel the fire of hatred toward others,” even if those words are not intended to do so. “The reason I teach this to freshmen is that I want them to realize the words we use are powerful. We need to be very careful about how we present and talk about others,” he said, noting that he’s been thrilled with the responses from his students. Classroom discussions in his FYS, World Civilization and Holocaust classes no doubt go well beyond the preaching of “think before you speak.” As history has proven, that lesson could be among the most important of all. Below: Professor McNutt’s extensive research while on sabbatical in Germany resulted in taking many photos of manuscripts from the period, which he then intensely studied for insight into Schlatter’s message.

Adolf Schlatter (Aug. 16, 1852 – May 19, 1938) pictured in 1925 in his study.


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Study Abroad: Nicaragua A JOURNEY TO NICARAGUA, 2014

 Eager eyes, hearts and minds
 open to a new adventure, a chance to learn through experience,
 seeing, feeling, documenting, pondering, questioning...
 Listening to experts in their fields
 feeling the passion for their subjects 
 extracting knowledge
 going beyond the classroom
 into the world
 a memory, a thought, an understanding
 rich in diversity, history and cultural awareness
 a unique opportunity for business knowledge
 and global perspectives. By Lynnette Guzzino

submitted by by melisa aljamal and april husak | photos provided


n May 23, 2014, several students pursuing bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Thomas More College traveled to Nicaragua to participate in a week-long study abroad trip. Our adventure began upon our landing in Managua, Nicaragua. As luck would have it, we immediately hit a snafu: one family traveling with our group lost a piece of luggage, but our trip sponsor and professor, Lynnette Guzzino, came to the rescue. Shortly after arriving at the airport, we were introduced to our main tour guide, Lorenzo Arevalo, who had a very interesting connection to the country and its history: his grandfather was the president of Nicaragua in 1967. Lorenzo gathered the group and led us to Granada, about 45 minutes away and toward the east coast. We were introduced to the urban Nicaraguan culture with a tour of Granada Cemetery, Iglesia de la Merced Church, the Fuerte La Polvora Fort, Granada Cathedral, and Lake Nicaragua. Jose was our guide for the afternoon. From Iglesia de la Read more about this study Merced Church we had a great abroad trip from the students’ vantage point to take in the perspective; visit their blog at amazing view of the city. We climbed the spiral staircase to the bell tower, and the bells were rung as we stood at the top! The next day, our group had a chance to settle in and relax at Lorenzo’s family home at Laguna De Apoyo, or Apoyo Lagoon. This deep lake, just west of Granada, is the result of a huge volcano that imploded over 20,000 years ago. The resulting crater filled with rain and subterranean water, 654 feet deep. Spending time there was a nice way for the travelers to learn more about each other and catch up on what was expected for the week ahead. Over the next five days, we learned about doing business in Nicaragua. Our group toured three companies which are some of the biggest exporters in the nation for coffee, tobacco, cigars, and distilled

Above: Professors Lynnette Guzzino and JT Spence at Thomas More Universitas in Managua with President Silvio De Franco (left) and directors of the university. liquors. We received behind-the-scenes exposure to each of these industries, something that most other groups (or even locals) do not have a chance to experience. “I have a deeper knowledge, Our group first visited MacerCafe a greater appreciation for (, Nicaragua- its people, where we learned about the culture, history and economic coffee industry. To further development. Like colorful our knowledge, we were ribbons intertwined, layer upon taken to a farm where we enjoyed an off-road truck layer, the eyes of my heart and tour through the rainforest mind have been enlightened.” (with armed guards at our side). As the truck climbed Lynnette Guzzino, associate professor, business administration up the side of a mountain, we learned everything from the production process to the final stage of “cupping,” where the classification, taste, and quality of the coffee are tested. Next, we went to the second largest cigar producer in Nicaragua, Padron Cigars ( Here we observed the cigar hand-rolling process. Many may not know that cigars are hand-rolled. It was fascinating to see the amount of time and effort put into the creation of each cigar. A guide told us that one leaf of tobacco touches 100 hands before completing the process. Flor de Caña (, the largest distilled liquor company in Nicaragua, was the third business we visited. Flor de Caña’s corporate headquarters are located north of Managua in Chichigalpla. Coincidentally, our group met with Mauricio Solorzano,

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business continued from page 7 brand ambassador, who happened to be on location that day. We proceeded on a tour of the Flor de Caña factory where rum is produced. Interesting fact: The barrels used in the rum’s aging process are sent from Kentucky Bourbon distilleries. Other companies our group learned about were AMCHAM (American Chamber of Commerce), Holiday Inn, Invercasa, and Burger King. Presentations by these companies covered topics such as starting your own business, franchising, investment, and marketing in the Nicaraguan market. As a group we immersed ourselves in the culture by speaking with local politician Jose Alberto Alverado and Minister of Culture Fernando Lopez Gutierrez. In addition to professional enrichment, we experienced Granada’s nightlife and many different restaurants. Our group went ziplining at Mombacho Volcano Natural Reserve Canopy Tour, after which we travelled to the top of Masaya Volcano and peeked over the edge! Our last day in Nicaragua was spent on the beautiful Pacific coast in San Juan Del Sur, where we enjoyed boating, fishing, swimming and surfing. One unique aspect of the trip, in particular, was visiting Thomas More Universitas located in the capital city of Managua. Comparing this institution to our College, we found that both have similar values, mascots, and goals for their students. We met with President Silvio De Franco and his wife, Director Irene Rojas, as well as numerous professors and students. Every student at Thomas More College would benefit from the opportunity to study abroad. The experience brings a sense of fulfillment and satisfaction to your life. Our trip gave us a better understanding of businesses and opportunities in Nicaragua.This trip was an enriching experience that will stay with us forever because it broadened our global awareness and opened our eyes to a new culture. Posing with new friends at the Thomas More Universitas in Managua.


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On the first day touring Granada, the group walked to the top of the Iglesia de la Merced Church bell tower.

PARTICIPANTS HAD THIS TO SAY: Melisa Aljamal, TAP student, BBA: “It inspired me to not take for granted what we are blessed with and I was inspired by Nicaragua, a country rich in history, beauty, natural wonders, and culture with people that continue to strive above adversity and overcome their past political challenges.” Troy Galley ’11: “It was a fantastic experience. The people from the organizations we met with were very hospitable and accommodating. I enjoyed the TMC group that we traveled with. It was a pleasure spending time with faculty, students, and alumni.” Dawna Haupt, TAP student, MBA: “I really enjoyed learning and experiencing Nicaragua. I went on the trip with some trepidation and was pleasantly enlightened. Although many residents of the beautiful country are impoverished, I received a sense of hope for a promising future and that progress will heal their wounds.” John T. Spence, associate professor, political science: “It was an educational experience providing a unique life perspective that should add to anyone’s abilities to be discerning about the culture and societies which we, as Americans, interact with in both obvious and subtle ways. Truly an opportunity to appreciate the ‘globalizing’ concept of one world and our future within it.” Matthew Woodson, TAP student, MBA: “Our time in Nicaragua was truly both illuminating and motivational. This trip allowed students and travelers to develop an understanding of the dynamic cultural and economic climate present in Nicaragua. I look forward to drawing from the broadened perspective that I’ve gained from participating in this opportunity to study internationally.”

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Breaking the Power of




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Chris Mueller ’00 graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Communication and an Associate Degree in Business Administration. Today he transforms the world through his efforts at the Brighton Recovery Center for Women in Florence, Ky.


ast weekend, Chris Mueller rode his Harley-Davidson 150 miles through the winding back roads of Kentucky. He enjoyed the opportunity to clear his mind in preparation for the upcoming week’s challenges. Working as a Program Coordinator at Brighton Recovery Center for Women in Florence requires much energy and focus. His Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSSW) with a specialization in Substance Abuse Counseling from the University of Louisville not only gave him the skills to work with individuals in recovery at Brighton, but also helps him navigate his own recovery. Drawing from his own personal experiences, he can empathize with the women he works with, who have been swept up and strangled by the vice grip of addiction, particularly heroin addiction. Last year, Brighton Recovery Center served 240 women, the majority of them having experimented with heroin. The heroin epidemic in Northern Kentucky has reached dire levels in the last two years. The data supporting the usage of the term epidemic is overwhelming. Total heroin cases in Kentucky jumped from 451 in 2010 (2.3 percent of all drug cases) to 3,570 in 2013 (17.9 percent of all drug cases), according to Kentucky State Patrol Records. The number of heroin trafficking and possession arrests in Boone, Kenton, and Campbell County jumped from 409 cases in 2009 to 2,204 in 2013, according to the Kentucky Administrative Office of the Courts. This number represents 37 percent of the heroin-related arrests in the state, despite Northern Kentucky’s hosting only 8.4 percent of the state’s population. Forty-eight precent of the current inmates in the Campbell County jail are either heroin users or have heroin-related charges. “Heroin addiction is fueled by the horrible effects of the

withdrawal, as opposed to the feeling of the high,” explained Chris. As with any epidemic, heroin cannot be stamped out in Northern Kentucky without the leadership of individuals like Chris. His admirable role in such a quickly exploding branch of the Brighton Center does not go unnoticed by members of Thomas More College and the Northern Kentucky community. On a daily basis, he oversees all programming at the 100-bed facility on Weaver Road and makes sure all programs are running smoothly. He manages the day-to-day operation, as well as ensuring compliance with government contracts and Veterans Affairs contracts. Chris credits much of his ability to manage tasks and priorities in his fast-paced career to his time as a student at Thomas More College. He also acknowledges that the well-rounded education he received from his alma mater gave him great preparation for his career and fostered a desire for lifelong learning. “Thomas More College was a springboard for me academically. I went from being an academic concern to someone who loved school and wanted to continue my education beyond undergrad.” In addition to receiving his MSSW at the University of Louisville, he earned a CSW (Certified Social Worker) and is currently working toward a LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker). His college choice was due in part to the high regard for TMC in Northern Kentucky but also to his family legacy. His mother is an alumna, and his father and grandfather both received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Thomas More College in 2000. On the recent anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, he reminisced with a former classmate about where they were when they heard the news. This conversation caused him to reflect on the friendships he built

“Heroin addiction is fueled by the horrible effects of the withdrawal, as opposed to the feeling of the high.”

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FOCUS ON RESULTS The power of addiction continues to touch lives in Northern Kentucky. The Brighton Recovery Center for Women is a resource to help change the behavior, skills, and attitudes related to an addictive lifestyle. As a part of the Brighton Center network, the Recovery Center in Florence is able to address other problems that emerge and to connect their residents to an array of services emphasising a long-term, holistic approach to recovery. The recovery approach is comprised of four distinct modules of progression: • SAFE OFF THE STREETS is a non-medical environment to withdraw from mood/mind altering substances where a plan of recovery is developed. • MOTIVATIONAL TRACK offers low-pressure environments with programs engineered to provide the opportunity for success in a structured environment so that participants can experience the hope of change. • PHASE 1 (RECOVERY) empowers the participants with effective solutions to the problems of addiction. Goals include recovery, social wellness, and economic dependence. • PHASE 2 (TRANSITION) provides a means of reintroduction into society. Participants obtain employment or participate in educational and job training programs, pay rent, attend self-help meetings, and prepare a plan of action for living sober as productive members of society. If you know someone who is ready to seek help to break their addiction, contact the Brighton Center today.

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PROFESSOR DAVID BLYTHE, A LASTING INFLUENCE Former Thomas More College English Professor, the late David Blythe, made a strong impression on Chris. “When I was a student of his, I asked him what would be a good book to start with and he gave me The Call of the Wild (by Jack London). It is to this day my favorite book, complete with an inscription: ‘For Chris – a book starting – yet one that will stay – October 6, 1999 David Blythe.’ It is one of my most prized possessions. “During my senior year when I had to deliver my presentation before the faculty panel, the question I was asked was, ‘Who is your favorite character from literary history?’ I gave my speech about Buck the dog. He (Blythe) was the professor I remember who connected the most with the part of my brain that learns.”


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as a student at TMC. Chris said he hasn’t kept up friendships with any former classmates from elementary school through advanced education except those he formed at Thomas More College. He attributes that to the small size of the College along with the community of support that TMC provides. “I made really good, lifelong friendships at TMC, and I never expected that to happen.” “I was a young 18 when I arrived at Thomas More College. I was not mature by any stretch of the imagination, I was grateful to have that true sense of community as a student.” Rev. Ronald Ketteler, TMC Theology Department Chair, recalled Chris as “enthusiastic and engaged” during his time at Thomas More College. “During his senior course on Church social doctrine, he was captivated. I judge that he experienced a transformative moment that semester and discovered an integration of faith with this life’s vocation.” Communications professor Patricia Raverty echoed these sentiments about Chris, adding, “He’s energetic and passionate. He was someone who always wanted to give back. His vocation working at Brighton Center does not surprise me.” Chris credits Professor Raverty with showing him his gift for public speaking and how to apply it in the real world. To this day, he appreciates

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the investment that his professors made in him. “I had blue hair and piercings; I stood out – and they were okay with that.” Managing the day-to-day operations of a recovery center is bound to produce high levels of stress, which stirs Chris’ desire for a creative outlet. Chris has been interested in music since he was a teenager. He first became a drummer at age 16 and started recording/ performing/touring at age 17 with several regional and national bands. He studied classical percussion at Northern Kentucky University. These days, Chris is the drummer for the band Alone at 3AM and at Faith Church in Park Hills, where he is a member. He is the founder, president, and CEO of SofaBurn Records, a Northern Kentucky independent label dedicated to supporting DIY bands and launching artists. Professor Raverty commented, “I would say that music is Chris’ avocation, the thing he loves to do most of all.” Outside of his job at Brighton Center, Chris works with men from twelve step support groups. Drawing from personal experiences, he is an advocate for those in recovery and helps them move forward after escaping the jaws of addiction. He selflessly devotes his life to others through his professional and volunteer endeavors. Northern Kentucky is a better place thanks to TMC alumni like Chris.


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Alumni Gatherings in 2014 Alumni Night with the Reds TMC faculty, staff, students, and alumni were in full force at Great American Ball Park on May 2. Despite the chilly weather, they came to witness President David Armstrong throw out the first pitch during Alumni Night with the Reds. Per Gapper, it was a strike!

Bensman Golf Classic A record number of participants celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Thomas More College Bensman Golf Classic on Monday, September 15. The champions, pictured below with students Jennifer Bravo, Mandy Wietmarschen, and President Armstrong are the Thelen Associates/PDT Architects foursome: Jay Thelen, Matt Eilers, Kim Patton, and Chris Hamm. Congratulations and thanks to all who participated.

ADG Picnic ADG Alumni and their families celebrated the annual picnic at President’s Park in Edgewood, Ky., on August 30.

Wine Tasting On Friday, April 25, 2014 alumni and friends enjoyed a variety of red and white wines from Italy. The wines were served with hors d’oeuvres designed to complement the flavors. Notes and characteristics of the individual wines were also provided.


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1940s Edgar “Nick” Cleves, Jr. ’47 was recently honored by the Campbell County Lions Club and featured on the front page of the Campbell County Recorder for his charitable work on behalf of the Campbell County Lions Club. Cleves repaired 56,000 pairs of eyeglasses over the years for those less fortunate in other countries.

1950s Judge Anthony Wilhoit ’55, Executive Director of the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission, recently received the COGEL Award, presented by the Council on Governmental Ethics Law. The COGEL Award is the highest international award given to a person working in the area of ethics, campaign finance, and election in law.

1960s Deacon Jerry Franzen ’64 has retired from fulltime employment at both Thomas More College and Newport Central Catholic High School. He remains an adjunct professor of chemistry at TMC. Sr. Margaret Stallmeyer, CDP ’68 was named interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Gateway Community and Technical College in June 2014.

Sr. Nance M. Hehman, SND ’69 is one of four Diocese of Covington teachers who received the Teacher of the Year award, sponsored by the Association of Elementary School Administrators (AESA).

1970s Martin Butler ’73 received Northern Kentucky University’s prestigious “Lincoln Award” for public service in June 2014. He has served NKU in many capacities, as well as Northern Kentucky Fine Arts Fund, Northern Kentucky Habitat for Humanity, Parish Kitchen, Senior Citizens of Northern Kentucky, and Southbank Fund. Mark Stepaniak ’77 has been designated a 2014 Leader in the area of Labor and Employment Law in the State of Ohio per rankings by Chambers USA.

1980s Dr. Laura (Dickman) Koehl ’80, Principal at Notre Dame Academy, also became the school’s President, effective July 1, 2014, after a Board of Directors committee confirmed the principal/ president model used in the past year.

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Steve Feldmann ’86 was named Government Affairs Director for the Home Builders Association of Greater Cincinnati. Fr. Martin Burnham ’89 has entered the graduate studies program at Loyola University, Md., as he pursues his doctorate degree in clinical psychology. Doug Mader ’89 is the new Principal for the 2014-15 year of Sycamore High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. Lonny Welte ’89 was most recently executive director for Right to Life in Greater Cincinnati and is now undergoing chemotherapy for leukemia. He would appreciate prayers from his fellow alumni. Please notify the TMC Office of Alumni Relations if you wish to contact Lonny.

1990s Dave Schroeder ’90 received the Outstanding Public Library Service Award in April 2014. This award is given to a library administrator whose career exemplifies a combination of excellence and local service with promotion of libraries on a regional or broader basis. Dave is the Executive Director for the Kenton County Public Library. Charles “Chip” VonLehman ’93 was promoted to Director of SS&G (accounting, CPA, tax) earlier this year. Chip works in the Erlanger, Ky., and Cincinnati, Ohio, offices.

Victoria (Hoening) Sapp ’95 celebrated a college day at Newport Middle School last semester along with fellow TMC alumni Alexa Hlebiczki ’12 and Matt Atkins’05. Kyle Niederman ’95 has been named the new Principal of Newport Intermediate School after serving as the school’s assistant principal last year. Class Notes continued next page

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Class Notes Michael Walton ’96 says he loves Thomas More College! Nancy Barone ’99 was honored as one of YWCA’s “Career Women of Achievement” earlier this year. She is Vice President and COO for University of Cincinnati Medical Center and Drake Center at UC Health.

2000s Kristy Garvey ’01 earned her MBA from Bellarmine University in December 2012 and is a Sales Operation Specialist for General Electric in Louisville, Ky. Stephanie Drake ’02 has been named Chief Talent Officer and Associate Executive Director of Human Resources for the American Osteopathic Association in Chicago, Ill.

Brother Paul Byrd ’04 earned his Master of Arts in Writing and Publishing from DePaul University, graduating with distinction. He teaches theology and English at Fenwick High School in Oak Park, Ill. This fall, he will present a paper during the Jane Austen Society of North America’s Annual Conference in Montreal, Canada. Craig Schneider ’04 joined the law firm of Smith, Rolfes, & Skavdahl Co., LPA, after practicing six years at a small civil litigation firm in Covington, Ky. He will be working in the Fort Mitchell location where his focus is property and casualty defenses, bad faith litigation, insurance coverages, and claim investigation. Angela Johnson ’05 is the owner of Premier Insurance Solutions, an independent insurance agency licensed in the tri-state area. Dan Hartman ’06 is Head Football Coach at Hinsdale Central High School in Illinois.

Joseph Morgan ’02 joined WealthBridge Connect as Technical Administrator where he manages back office operations and provides technical oversight for their interactive eLearning platform. Jim Goshdigian ’07 married Kristin Schmidt on June 14, 2014. Their nuptials took place in Bellarmine Chapel on Xavier University’s campus. The wedding party included Craig Schneider ’04, Vaughn Helmer (former TMC student), Caleb Finch ’07 and Jim’s sister Deanna Goshdigian ’10. Jim and Kristin spent time honeymooning in San Francisco and Napa Valley. Jessica Nitschke ’02 married Robert Miller at St. Cecilia Church in Independence, Ky. on July 12, 2014. Several TMC Saints attended, including Christy (Cleves) Daly ’01, Angela (Young) Kuethe ’02, Katie (Hellman) Eckell ’02, Suzanne (Kleier) Kress ’02, Denise (Beam) Qualls ’04, Joe Qualls ’02, Jessica (Blust) Yaeger ’02, and Jason Yaeger ’03. Jessica is the Library Media Specialist at Beechgrove Elementary in the Kenton County School District. Shelly Brewer ’03 is Director for Global Safety and Pharmacovigilance for CTI Clinical Trial and Consulting Services in Blue Ash, Ohio.


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Johnna Reeder ’07 became President and CEO of REDI Cincinnati, the regional economic development initiative for the 15-county Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, and Southeastern Indiana region. Fr. Harry Allen Settle, Jr. ’08 was ordained in the Diocese of Covington on June 21, 2014.

Lynse Blood ’09 married Bill Jump of Hamilton, Ohio, on June 26, 2014. Lynse completed her Master of Arts in Counseling from the Cincinnati Christian University and is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) at the Camelot Community Care. In her spare time she works alongside her husband, who serves as the Minister of Youth and Music at a church in Hamilton, Ohio.

2010s Brandon Kohrs ’10 earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine in May 2014.

Where are they now? Retired TMC Biology faculty member, Dr. John Ferner welcomed alumni Jeff Goessling ’05 (left), and Jo Hartig ’09 and Amy Stulz ’11 (right) on different occasions over the past year for various environmental and biological trips near Tucson, Ariz., where Dr. Ferner now resides.

works with refugee students.

Catherine O’Shea ’10 and Mark Hageman ’10 were married on January 3, 2014. The couple resides in Houston, Texas. Mark works for Texas Instruments in the Automotive Safety business, and Catherine recently took a new position as High School Program Manager for PAIR Houston, a nonprofit agency that

Tiffany (McWilliams) Kersting ’11 and Marty Kersting ’10 welcomed their first child, Grady, on June 21, 2014. Angela Kircher-Siefert ’11 and her husband, Brian Siefert, welcomed their first child, Declan William, in December 2013. John McKenzie ’12, CEO of Prolocity, recently relocated the company’s headquarters from near the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport to Covington in order to accommodate its growth and the anticipated future expansion of the industry. Prolocity provides cloud-based customer relationship management, accounting and productivity services through, Intacct, and Google Apps for Business. Beth Hageman ’13 is enjoying work on her Master’s thesis at University of Dayton while also working on her Teaching Assistantship in their English Department. She assists with a freshman writing class, serves as a writing coach in UD’s Creative Writing Center, and may teach a 200-level English course during the spring semester. Tyler Deaton ’14 recently opened his own ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) coaching practice called Focus Forward in Lexington, Ky. He also works as Lexington Catholic High School’s ADHD coach.

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In Memoriam “Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen.” Congratulations to several of our TMC alumni who were recipients of the following awards at the 2014 Alpha Delta Gamma National Convention: O’Brian Davis ’14 won National President’s Award and Active of the Year; Aaron Judd ’09 won Outstanding Chapter Ombudsman of the Year; Chris Sapp ’95 won the Presidential Citation; and TMC current student April Husak won National Sweetheart.

Elizabeth Helen Fessler ’40, March 1, 2014 Sr. Immaculata M. Campbell, OSB ’46, May 23, 2014 John Lalley ’48, May 12, 2014 Sr. Loretto M. Wilkins, SND ’50, March 4, 2014 Dr. George A. Renaker ’55, March 19, 2014 Mary (Vater) Mecklenborg ’56, May 6, 2014 Robert J. Rolfsen, Sr. ’57, December 31, 2013 Peggy J. (Hagedorn) Wissman ’58, March 24, 2014

Heather Ford ’14 was immediately hired as Program Director for St. Elizabeth Healthcare’s School of Medical Laboratory Science after completing her MBA degree in January 2014. She undertakes the application and interview process, as well as assuring that quality standards for accreditation are met within the delivery of student instruction. Karlie Smith Sudlow ’14 and Heather Burns ’14 received the Kentucky Association of Teacher Educators (KATE) professional development awards presented at the KATE annual conference in September. Karlie received the award for the Baccalaureate level, and Heather received the Post-Baccalaureate level award.

Mary Sue (Blum) Benzinger ’59, February 27, 2014 Minerva (Watson) Craft ’64, April 4, 2014 Philip Wunker ’68, May 13, 2014 Harry J. Luebbers ’69, July 4, 2014 Dennis C. Meyer ’70, March 16, 2014 Mary Beth (Schwing) Gregg ’71, April 29, 2014 Helen Kiffmeyer ’71, April 1, 2014 Charles T. Pfetzer ’72, June 3, 2014 W. Michael Shine ’72, March 25, 2014 Dr. Matthew H. Hils ’78, June 10, 2014 Harry Steinriede, Jr. ’81, March 15, 2014 Martin J. Gebel ’83, June 20, 2014 Jacob Spenlau Powers ’12, May 28, 2014

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WOMEN’S SOCCER Tabbed as the PAC pre-season favorite, the Lady Saints climbed as high as number seven in the nation in the 2014 polls, with returning junior forward Olivia Huber (2) setting career goal and points records. Huber also received National Player of the Week honors. Freshman forward Julia Flagge-Echols (6) tied the Thomas More College single-game goal record and broke the single-game points record.

WOMEN’S GOLF The Lady Saints golf team succeeded in cutting 276 strokes off last year’s PAC Fall Championship score. Excellent work ladies!

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Standout Saints SYDNEY MOSS Sophomore guard/forward Sydney Moss (St. Albans, W.Va./ Boone County [Ky.]) completed the sweep of NCAA Division III Player of the Year honors as she Moss was named the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Player of the Year at the WBCA Awards in April 2014. Moss holds all three Division III National Player of the Year awards; she was named the Player of the Year and the Women’s DIII News Player of the Year in March. She was also named a first team All-American by all three organizations and was the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Player of the Year. Moss led the nation in scoring as she tied the NCAA Division III single-season scoring record with 891 points. She also broke the NCAA Division III single-game scoring record with 63 points against Waynesburg University in the semifinals of the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Championship Tournament in spring 2014.


FOOTBALL The 2014 season marked 25 years of football at TMC and adding to that celebration, Coach Jim Hilvert became the all-time winningest coach in TMC history. Senior running back Domonique Hayden (30) succeeded in setting singlegame and career rushing records.



Junior Lucas Nare (Guilford, Ind./Oldenburg Academy) became the first-ever Thomas More College track & field studentNare athlete to qualify for the NCAA Championships in the program’s three-year history when he qualified to compete in the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes at the NCAA Division III Championship in May. In 2014, Nare was the Presidents’ Athletic Conference champion in the 100-meter, 200-meter and in the 4x100 relay. He was the PAC Champion in the 200-meter during the 2013 season and All-PAC in the 100-meter and the 4x100 relay. Nare, who carries a 3.6 grade point average in biology, is a two-time team captain and three-time team Most Valuable Player.

ANA WALTER Sophomore shortstop Ana Walter (Lebanon, Ohio/Lebanon) was named to the NCAA Division III All-America Team Walter by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) in spring 2014. Walter is the first-ever Thomas More softball student-athlete to be named to the NFCA All-America Team. She led the PAC in hits, runs scored, runs batted-in and total bases to go along with a PAC-best .493 average with runners in scoring position.

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MEN’S SOCCER The Saints posted five shutouts and entered October with a five-match winning streak. Congratulations to Eli Nienaber (18), Alex Dean (10), Jack Little (3), and Matt Kees (GK) who earned PAC Player of the Week honors.

VOLLEYBALL The Volleyball Saints rolled over the competition as they posted 10-match and 5-match winning streaks. Their tough play kept them at the top of the PAC rankings as the season progressed.




The Lady Saints received a No. 3 rankint in the 2014 Women’s DIII News Preseason Top-25 with junior guard forward Sydney Moss (40) named the DIII News Preseason National Player of the Year.


SAINTS BOOSTERS Villa Madonna College and Thomas More College have a rich tradition of athletic success. The Rebels, Blue Rebels, and Saints have combined to win over 70 championships in KIAC, AMC, and PAC play. Our past success is on display in the Athletic Hall of Fame in the Connor Convocation Center. Since joining the Presidents Athletic Conference in 2005, Saints teams consistently win PAC championships and participate in NCAA Championships. Equally impressive is that our student athletes consistently garner individual accolades on PAC Academic Honor Rolls and nationally recognized All-Academic Teams. By joining the Saints Boosters, alumni, parents, and friends will support our studentathletes in their pursuit of academic and athletic success. The annual financial support received from alumni and friends will provide the means to enhance team resources, upgrade facilities, and improve the quality of the student athlete experience. The Saints Boosters will be overseen by an advisory board of alumni and friends, including the Athletic Director. All policies and procedures will follow Thomas More College and NCAA guidelines. Thomas More College is committed to excellence in the classroom, on the field, and in the community. Please continue to check THOMASMORE.EDU/ATHLETICS for updates and the link to donate. For more information, contact Karel Jelinek at JELINEK@THOMASMORE.EDU or 859-344-3541.

New Partnerships FOOTBALL ON THE RADIO Can’t make it on campus to watch the Saints’ football games? No problem. Now you can listen on Fox Sports 1360 or ESPN 1530 throughout the Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati area. The Saints’ football games will broadcast primarily on FOX Sports REMAINING 2014 FOOTBALL GAMES 1360. They will be aired on ESPN 1530 Nov. 1 at Waynesburg* 1:30 p.m. when scheduling permits, resulting in Nov. 8 Case Western Reserve* 1 p.m. some games being tape delayed. The Nov. 15 NCAA Playoffs TBA games will also be streamed live on the * Conference stations’ websites ( or Veteran local radio broadcasters Denny Wright and Mike Tussey will be the announcers for all Saints’ games. In addition, Thomas More College is sponsoring the 1360AM/1530AM’s high school Game of the Week each Friday. The Office of Enrollment has staff present at each Game of the Week to introduce the students in attendance to Thomas More College. Tune in on the radio or at THOMASMORE.EDU/ATHLETICS as we wrap up the season.

ATHLETIC TRAINING PARTNERSHIP Thomas More College has announced a partnership with St. Elizabeth Healthcare that will provide the College’s athletes with superior sports medicine. Over the next five years, St. Elizabeth Healthcare will provide services and financial support to Thomas More College, which will benefit the newly established Athletic Training Academic Program as well as the College’s intercollegiate athletic training staff. St. Elizabeth Heathcare will provide athletic trainers, physicians, health services, and injury rehabilitation for TMC’s 19 intercollegiate athletic teams, approximately 480 student athletes. As a result of this partnership, students can expect to see St. Elizabeth Healthcare doctors, physical therapists, and orthopedic surgeons on campus. They will serve as adjunct faculty and guest lecturers for the Athletic Training Academic Program. St. Elizabeth Healthcare will also provide internships for Athletic Training undergraduate/graduate students. Thomas More College and St. Elizabeth Healthcare are both affiliated with the Diocese of Covington. The two campuses are located less than a mile from each other.

TMC ALUM MAKES MLB ONE-HANDED CATCH A quick-reacting father (with son in tow) made a great one-handed catch as a foul ball off the bat of Joey Votto ricocheted into the stands along the third-base line during the Reds/Cubs game on April 30, 2014. Blake Burcham ’05 was attending the game with his family when the line-drive ball came their way. Burcham made the catch look easy and afterward, made light of the one-handed grab while holding his son: “It was my glove hand.” Well done, Blake, and congrats on making the highlight reel! Left: Blake’s catch caught the camera man’s attention. Photo courtesy Above: Blake and family at TMC Night at the Reds.

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Where in the World is Flat Tommy?


ntroduced at Homecoming 2012, TMC mascot Tommy Mo’s traveling counterpart “Flat Tommy” is making his way to destinations throughout the world, always accompanied by alumni or friends of Thomas More College. Where has Tommy been lately? Take a look!

Easter Island wit Judith Bland ’6 h 8

Budapest with Angie Brown ’99

Jim Dahmann ’73 Flat Tommy to and his wife Rosemary too k Cambodia, Eas ter Island, the Serengheti an d Macchu Pic chu.

Paris with 0 Eileen Byrne ’1

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Minute Spiritual Break… with Bob Shearn, Director of Campus Ministry e live in a very busy and noisy world of myriad distractions, all the time and everywhere. So what’s a spiritual pilgrim to do in such a world? How do we keep grounded, focused on what is truly important, and connected to the vital sources of life (God, family, community) that refresh the soul, cultivate the spirit, and yes, even transform our lives? Enter silence. This is not a stage prompt but rather a directive and discipline that lives at the heart of the Christian tradition and many other spiritual traditions as well. We see it clearly in the example of Jesus, who frequently sought his Father in silence and solitude. Robert Wicks, in his book Everyday Simplicity says, “Silence never comes instantly. We are trained to be distracted (‘Hey, I just saw….’), our days are filled with thinking, telephoning, texting, emailing, entertaining, accomplishing: doing, doing, and more doing. When we stop (if we stop), the roar takes time to quiet down. Sometimes the noise settles into one theme (a confrontation or problem we have to deal with later in the day) that we need to hand over to God. Other times, the noise lessens and we are allowed to just sit warmed by the light of God. These are moments of divine intimacy. It is at these moments that we cease listening for the words of God and allow the silence to somehow teach, comfort, and console us. The silence itself becomes the voice of God in some strange way.” Mr. Wicks also offers some practical suggestions: • Find a quiet place in the morning and/or evening where you can retreat for a little bit of silence and solitude. • Light a candle before a little icon to help you be more intentional about God’s presence in your life. • If it helps you to focus, read a little scripture or a few pages of spiritual reading. Don’t read for analysis but simply allow it to “sit” with you as a companion or close friend, content and silent. • Be patient, especially when nothing seems to be happening. If distracted, repeating a certain word (love, Lord, gentleness, etc.) can settle the soul. • If your quiet time seems like just another thing to do, another duty, reframe it. “Silence and solitude are time and a place to relax and rest in God’s arms. It is a time to love and to be loved. Even if one doesn’t feel this love, the idea of love should be held in mind until it falls into the heart.”

“Hardship often prepares an ordinary person for an extraordinary destiny.” – C.S. Lewis

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August was a busy month for the TAP MBA program with the first online cohort getting underway early in the month and the largest cohort in program history starting later. “We’ve had an exciting summer with the MBA. Applications are up due to many factors: curriculum updates, reduction of the schedule to an 18-month

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Moreover Fall 2014  

Thomas More College Alumni Magazine - Find out what's happening on campus, connect with friends and faculty, and keep up to date with academ...

Moreover Fall 2014  

Thomas More College Alumni Magazine - Find out what's happening on campus, connect with friends and faculty, and keep up to date with academ...