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Putting the MORE into NKY’s Thomas More College — which is now Thomas More University

The announcement awaited for months is finally a reality — Thomas More College is a college no more. It’s more. Thomas More University. The Board of Trustees announced today that the College will officially become Thomas More University effective Oct. 1. Kentucky’s Council on Postsecondary Education formally granted university status to the College in July. While full implementation...

Power in Numbers symposium shines spotlight on opportunity identified in Transfer of Wealth study

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor The Power in Numbers symposium at the St. Elizabeth Healthcare Training and Education Center in Erlanger Tuesday focused on philanthropy and how a collaborative community effort can capitalize on an emerging opportunity. Joseph Clabes, president of the Kentucky Philanthropy Initiative, explains the opportunity identified in the organization’s Transfer...

Thomas More College 26th annual Caden Blincoe Outloud Festival Feb. 25 to feature regional writers

The Thomas More College Creative Writing Vision Program invites people of all ages to the 26th Annual Caden Blincoe Outloud Festival on Sunday, Feb. 25 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Science Lecture Hall, located on the main campus in Crestview Hills. The event is free and open to the public and features talented regional writers sharing their literature in a festive, interactive setting. (Click for...

Teachers have unique fishing experience, courtesy of a trip to Thomas More’s Biology Field Station

By Bobby Ellis Special to KyForward If you’ve ever wanted to give your students the chance to catch wild fish out of the Ohio River using currents of electricity, the Thomas More Biology Field Station in California, Ky., has just the thing for you. As part of a workshop organized by Tabitha Owens, who was the Kentucky Department of Education’s environmental education specialist at the time of...

Thomas More College graduate taking part in sports medicine research into concussions, knee injuries

By Terry Boehmker KyForward sports reporter The knee injuries that disrupted Katie Kitchen’s college basketball career triggered her interest in sports medicine research so the Cold Spring resident has taken part in some fascinating studies over the last two years. As a research assistant in the Division of Sports Medicine at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Kitchen is currently involved...

Surprise! Thomas More College president secretly joins in football team’s first full-pad practice

Imagine facing off on the football practice field — unknowingly — against the president of the university. That’s just what happened Sunday morning at the first full pad practice of the Thomas More College football team. TMC President David A. Armstrong secretly suited up and took the field. A former football player and coach, Armstrong aimed to motivate the football team. It worked. But...

Robinson loses fight with cancer, but his legacy is well-remembered and ‘spirit lives on’

By Judy Clabes KyForward editor William T. “Bill” Robinson died at St. Elizabeth Hospice, after a brave battle with lung cancer and his customary “Upward and Onward” refrain to the end. His loving family was by his side, including wife Joan. His well-wishers are legion. His dedication and service to the region earned him more distinctions and regard than can possibly be mentioned in full. ...

NKU Chase College of Law, Thomas More sign agreement to form joint Accelerated Law Program

Thomas More College President David A. Armstrong and Northern Kentucky University President Geoffrey S. Mearns have signed an agreement that will allow students to combine their final year of college with their first year of law school. NKU’s Chase College of Law will offer the 3+3 Accelerated Law Program , which was created in 2015, to students at Thomas More College, as well as to NKU undergraduate...

After a car crash changed his life, Brad Fritz spends his time trying to help save others

Since surviving a severe automobile crash at age 15, Brad Fritz spends his life trying to help save others (NKU Photo)   By Ryan Clark KyForward contributor   When Brad Fritz rolls into a room, he speaks volumes – and he does it without saying a word.   It’s because of the accident, which makes it difficult for him to speak at all. He uses a typing machine that talks for...

Thomas More students not ‘swimming with fishes,’ but studying with them at aquarium

(Photo from TMC)   Thomas More College, as part of its new Marine Biology coursework, is sending professors to the Newport Aquarium.   TM professors will teach courses at the aquarium, students will conduct onsite research and a new lecture series on conservation of marine systems will be offered to the general public.   Cooperating in this new partnership are the aquarium, its WAVE...

Second year in a row, Thomas More College English major is awarded for his fiction

Tony Otten, an English major at Thomas More College, has been awarded an Honorable Mention in fiction for his short story Callous at this year’s national Delta Epsilon Sigma national writing competition.   In his category, there was one first-place winner, one second-place winner, and one honorable mention. Students from colleges and universities across the nation submitted entries to the...

Thomas More College alumni take home both graduate and undergraduate KATE awards

Kentucky Association of Teacher Educators held its annual conference at the METS Center at Thomas More College and two TMC alumni received awards.   This marks the first year that TMC graduates have won both the graduate and undergraduate awards. The recipients are chosen from state-wide entries from both private and public institutions. Award recipients are chosen on the basis of scholarship,...

New Thomas More College president – its 14th – fills ‘big shoes’ first day on the job

Staff report   David A. Armstrong began his tenure yesterday as president of Thomas More College. Armstrong is the college’s 14th president.   David A. Armstrong He replaces Sister Margaret Stallmeyer, who retired after nine years as president.   Thomas More College, founded in 1921 by the Benedictine Sisters, is the Catholic college of the Diocese of Covington, located in Crestview...

Thomas More looking for real love letters to add personal touch to the play ‘Love Letters’

By Megan Smiddie KyForward intern   The theater department at Thomas More College in Crestview Hills is setting the stage for its next production, Love Letters, and they’re reaching beyond the theater’s doors to create a unique experience.   They are asking the public to open their memory boxes and share copies of their own cherished love letters to serve as a backdrop for the play –...