St. Thomas Aquinas
St. Thomas Aquinas College is a private four-year liberal arts college in Rockland County, New York that occupies a forty-eight acre campus. Located at 125 Route 340 in Sparkill, New York, the college is named after the medieval philosopher and theologian Thomas Aquinas. It was founded by the Dominican Sisters of Sparkill, New York.
In 1968, Jean M. Carpenter '68 and other dedicated Alumni came together in a common bond to strengthen what would become a life-long relationship between the College and its graduates. That was the beginningï¿½ In 1970, the St. Thomas Aquinas College Alumni Association was formally established to foster a unified spirit among the graduates of the College while furthering the mission, goals, and welfare of the institution. Jean Carpenter was elected as the Alumni Association's President, and a Board of Directors was selected to manage the affairs of the Association. By 1986, Alumni totaled 3,500; the College added a Director of Development and Alumni Affairs position to the staff of its Office of Institutional Advancement. This underscored the importance of securing financial resources to support the future development of the institution, as well as the College's commitment to the professional management of its fund raising and alumni relations. Today, the St. Thomas Aquinas College Alumni Association members more than 12,000 Alumni residing in 50 states and 14 foreign countries and is overseen by the Vice President of Institutional Advancement and the Director of Annual Giving & Alumni Affairs in conjunction with the advice and counsel of the Association's Board of Directors. The Board meets regularly to discuss the design and direction of alumni programs, services, and activities, and provides the voluntary leadership essential to the successful implementation of these programs and activities.
Thomas Aquinas College has a single mission: the liberal education of students according to their natural powers of reason illuminated by the light of the Catholic Faith. This mission is the end by which all means are judged ï¿½ from customs of community life to curricular decisions and faculty appointments, to building design and forms of governance. +++ To accomplish its mission, the College has a single, substantially unvarying program with no majors, minors, or electives. It consists in an integrated and orderly study of the liberal arts and sciences, beginning with the fundamental arts of the trivium and quadrivium, proceeding through the natural and political sciences, and culminating in theology. The College achieves its mission chiefly through reflective consideration of seminal questions raised in classical texts. These texts ï¿½ often referred to as the ï¿½Great Booksï¿½ ï¿½ are selected by the faculty under the guidance of the Catholic
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