News Briefs

April 19, 2016

Students Brave Blizzard to Witness for Life

March for Life 2016

on the steps of the National Shrine before the Vigil for Life

A full busload of students, staff and administrators braved blizzard conditions to travel to Washington, D.C. for the annual March for Life in late January. The bus left Nashville the day before record snowfall shut down campus, the same storm that forced many groups across the country to cancel their trips. The day before the march, students from across the country joined in a prayerful and peaceful protest outside of the construction site of a Planned Parenthood facility just a few feet from a high school. Later in the day, the group attended the Prayer Vigil for Life at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. On the morning of the march, Aquinas students volunteered at the Rally for Life.

World Meeting of Families

World Meeting of FamiliesA group of Aquinas College admissions staff and administrators, including president Sister Mary Sarah, O.P., traveled to Philadelphia in late September for the Pontifical Council for the Family’s triennial World Meeting of Families, also attended by Pope Francis.

St. Thomas Aquinas Forum Draws Hundreds

The annual St. Thomas Aquinas Forum, hosted by the Office of Catechetics, welcomed over 200 guests for the two day event on the topic of “Virtue in Our Current Culture: Living the Nobility of Strength and Goodness.” Presenting at the conference were renowned retreat master Fr. Jacques Philippe, Dominican friar Fr. Cassian Derbes, O.P., educator and headmaster Deacon Brad Watkins, author and psychologist Dr. Kevin Vost, and Aquinas College’s Dr. Aaron Urbanczyk and Sister Mary Madeline Todd, O.P.

Listen to audio of the talks on the St. Thomas Aquinas Forum page.

Nurse Pinning in December

The School of Nursing pinned its graduates in the Associate of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing on Thursday, December 10 at the Cathedral of the Incarnation. The St. Catherine of Siena Award for most outstanding A.S.N. student went to McKenzie Dickson. The St. Rose of Lima Award for most outstanding student in the M.S.N. program went to Cheryl Dearing.

Cheryl Dearing

Dr. Elizabeth Cooper and Cheryl Dearing

McKenzie Dickson

Peggy Daniel and McKenzie Dickson

Nurses Inducted into National Honor Society

The Aquinas College School of Nursing inducted several into Alpha Delta Nu in the fall and in the spring. Alpha Delta Nu is the National Honor Society for Associate Degree Nursing. It was founded in 2012 to promote scholarship and academic excellence in the profession of nursing and to encourage the pursuit of advance degrees in nursing as well as continuing education as a life-long professional responsibility. Membership is awarded to students who maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA and earn a grade of B or better in all nursing courses through the third semester of study during the second year of the core nursing curriculum. The Upsilon Chapter of Alpha Delta Nu was established in 2012 for the Associate Degree Nursing Program in the School of Nursing at Aquinas College.

Alpha Delta Nu 2015 inductees

Alpha Delta Nu inductees at the fall 2015 ceremony

Alpha Delta Nu inductees at the spring 2016 ceremony

Alpha Delta Nu inductees at the spring 2016 ceremony

Kudos to the Aquinas Magazine Bishop Conley

Bishop Conley's letterIn late October, Aquinas College’s president, Sister Mary Sarah, O.P. received a letter from the Most Rev. James D. Conley, Bishop of the Diocese of Lincoln and friend of the campus. The note praised the Aquinas College magazine for highlighting “the good apostolic work being done by you and your community at Aquinas College.” He continued, “I am very grateful to be able to support your efforts in providing faithful Catholic education.”