Aquinas College - Nashville, Tennessee » Community http://www.aquinascollege.edu A Catholic liberal arts college in Nashville, Tennessee. Established in the Dominican tradition under the direction of the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation (the “Nashville Dominicans”), Aquinas College is one of the best Catholic colleges choices recommended by the Newman Guide for fidelity and excellence. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 21:04:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.6.1 A Statement from Aquinas College http://www.aquinascollege.edu/college-statement-charlotte-catholic-sister-jane-dominic/ http://www.aquinascollege.edu/college-statement-charlotte-catholic-sister-jane-dominic/#comments Fri, 04 Apr 2014 13:00:58 +0000 pdowney http://www.aquinascollege.edu/?p=6055

From Sister Mary Sarah, O.P., President of Aquinas College: The events around the recent talk by Sister Jane Dominic Laurel, O.P. in Charlotte, NC have produced a great deal of speculation from many sides. Among the commentators, there are few...

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From Sister Mary Sarah, O.P., President of Aquinas College:

The events around the recent talk by Sister Jane Dominic Laurel, O.P. in Charlotte, NC have produced a great deal of speculation from many sides. Among the commentators, there are few who were actually present to hear the talk, which was not recorded.

It is the firm belief of Aquinas College that all men and women are created in God’s image and likeness and are made with a capacity to love and be loved. The College supports the Catholic Church’s teachings which are open to the diverse needs and desires of all, which must be considered in light of eternal truths.

We support and affirm that every man and woman, regardless of his or her state in life, deserves respect, and that the health of any culture is gauged according to the capacity of its members to uphold their own beliefs while respecting the beliefs of others. The College’s patron, St. Thomas Aquinas, was known for his ability to thoughtfully consider all things and retain what is true, regardless of the source of that truth.

We believe it is our privilege to bring the best aspects of our faith tradition to bear on the moral and cultural questions of the present age. In her presentation, Sister Jane Dominic spoke clearly on matters of faith and morals. Her deviation into realms of sociology and anthropology was beyond the scope of her expertise. Sister is a trained theologian from a Pontifical University and has the credentials to contribute to scholarly bodies of work. This she has done in the past with distinction. The unfortunate events at Charlotte Catholic High School are not representative of the quality of Sister’s academic contributions or the positive influence that she has had on her students. The students at Charlotte Catholic were unprepared, as were their parents, for the topic that Sister was asked to deliver. The consequence was a complete misrepresentation of the school’s intention to bring a message that would enlighten and bring freedom and peace.

There are no words that are able to reverse the harm that has been caused by these comments. The community of Aquinas College is saddened by this extreme outcome and wishes to reiterate that this is not something the College condones or desires to create. There is division where there should be unity. The events and discussions that have transpired over the last two weeks reflect that there is something in this that surpasses an ordinary high school assembly.

Sister Jane Dominic has cancelled her speaking engagements and, at her request, is preparing to begin a sabbatical from teaching at Aquinas College. It is our sincere hope that the community of Charlotte Catholic High School will soon begin a process of healing and renewal, and that all who have been affected by this event will be drawn into profound reconciliation as we approach this great season that commemorates the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

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Convivium Highlights Video http://www.aquinascollege.edu/convivium-highlight-video/ http://www.aquinascollege.edu/convivium-highlight-video/#comments Thu, 13 Mar 2014 19:59:55 +0000 pdowney http://www.aquinascollege.edu/?p=5921

Aquinas College hosted its inaugural Convivium at the Loveless Barn in late February. The evening was a milestone for the College as it brought together many faithful benefactors and joyful students for an evening of fellowship, delicious Southern food, and...

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Aquinas College hosted its inaugural Convivium at the Loveless Barn in late February. The evening was a milestone for the College as it brought together many faithful benefactors and joyful students for an evening of fellowship, delicious Southern food, and dancing to the music of the Cajun Catholic band L’Angelus.

The most meaningful interactions of the night were students sharing with the benefactors their amazing experiences at the College. As one guest said, “This is wonderful! There are so many students here and it’s great to see their excitement. Please keep me updated on all the great things Aquinas is doing.”

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Aquinas College Continues Growth Plans http://www.aquinascollege.edu/aquinas-college-continues-growth-plans/ http://www.aquinascollege.edu/aquinas-college-continues-growth-plans/#comments Fri, 28 Feb 2014 13:41:56 +0000 pdowney http://www.aquinascollege.edu/?p=5755

Aquinas College continues to outline plans for growth with the announcement that it will expand its current campus at 4210 Harding Pike. Facility space is only one area in a multi-phase roadmap for the future, part of a comprehensive strategic...

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Aquinas College continues to outline plans for growth with the announcement that it will expand its current campus at 4210 Harding Pike. Facility space is only one area in a multi-phase roadmap for the future, part of a comprehensive strategic plan that is currently being completed.

The first phase of this growth plan entails the building of a multi-purpose facility to include a residential hall, student life center, and dining facility. Phase I plans to allow students to occupy the new space beginning with the fall 2015 semester.

In addition to facility expansion, the college is also in the midst of academic program reviews, enhancements of its student life opportunities, and offering spiritual life to meet the needs of its changing student population.

After considering the requirements of the new strategic plan and a long period of due diligence, Aquinas will not be pursuing the Welch College campus it had been considering since early 2013. Aquinas College and its Board of Directors explored a variety of options for expansion, including the Welch Campus. The College is concluding a long-range planning process that has determined that expanding facilities, academic programs, and student life on the current campus makes the best sense in order for the College to continue its mission in the future. This has been an extremely thorough and invigorating process that explored many options. In the end, it was clear the best course is to expand the home campus.

The college realizes that many people, including current and prospective students, supporters of the Dominican Campus and neighbors of the campus are interested in future plans.  Now that direction has been determined, Aquinas College is moving forward on first-phase construction planning and is developing a master plan for the current Aquinas Campus. The college will be excited to share that plan and its complimentary strategic growth plan with the community when they are finalized.

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School of Nursing Positions Program for Future http://www.aquinascollege.edu/school-of-nursing-positions-program-for-future-asn-bsn/ http://www.aquinascollege.edu/school-of-nursing-positions-program-for-future-asn-bsn/#comments Mon, 10 Feb 2014 17:33:13 +0000 pdowney http://www.aquinascollege.edu/?p=5648

As part of its strategic plan for growth, Aquinas College has announced a multi-year transition plan for the School of Nursing. Under this plan, the College will begin to phase out its Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) degree program...

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As part of its strategic plan for growth, Aquinas College has announced a multi-year transition plan for the School of Nursing. Under this plan, the College will begin to phase out its Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) degree program to plan for a four year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program. The School of Nursing will admit two more ASN classes, one in August 2014 and a second and final class in January 2015. This decision of the administration and faculty of the College reflects the Mission and Strategic Vision of Aquinas College and responds to the changes taking place in local and national healthcare. Pending the approval of the Tennessee Board of Nursing, this innovative community-population based BSN nursing program will be inaugurated in August, 2015.

Aquinas College began its Associate Degree in Nursing Program in 1983. Over the last 30 years the ASN program has graduated more than 1700 students and has made a substantial contribution to quality health care in the city of Nashville and beyond. Aquinas’ residential life program and proposed BSN degree will increase the College’s capacity to draw nursing students nationally and extend Aquinas’ tradition of educating and forming excellent nurses. Brother Ignatius Perkins, O.P., Dean of the School of Nursing, reported that the College has been preparing for this transformation for several years. “Coupled with the Mission of Aquinas College, the Vision and Philosophy of the School of Nursing and the health care needs of the global community, we are responding to the call of the Church as elucidated by Pope Francis, to bring the healing ministry of Aquinas Nursing to all those in need of health and nursing care regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, color, lifestyle or ability to pay.”

Aquinas College President, Sister Mary Sarah Galbraith, O.P., is confident that the transition will better prepare graduates for the demands of nursing in a variety of settings, including hospitals, community health centers, nurse-managed clinics, schools, patient’s home and other community based settings. She states, “The excellent, comprehensive training for which Aquinas’ School of Nursing is known will continue to impact the lives of many people. We are delighted about this new initiative and Aquinas College’s capacity to be of even greater service to those in need of care.”

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Dominic and the Living Word http://www.aquinascollege.edu/dominic-and-the-living-word/ http://www.aquinascollege.edu/dominic-and-the-living-word/#comments Sat, 08 Feb 2014 12:47:07 +0000 pdowney http://www.aquinascollege.edu/?p=4203

In a desire to share our Dominican Charism of preaching, you will have the opportunity to receive an  email each Tuesday which will give a Dominican Reflection on the Gospel of the Day. These will simply be called Dominic and...

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In a desire to share our Dominican Charism of preaching, you will have the opportunity to receive an  email each Tuesday which will give a Dominican Reflection on the Gospel of the Day. These will simply be called Dominic and the Living Word. Tuesdays were selected because in the Dominican Order, this has always been the day in honor of St. Dominic in thanksgiving for blessings received. This is our way of sharing our blessings with you.

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Aquinas College’s Trip to the March for Life http://www.aquinascollege.edu/aquinas-colleges-trip-to-the-march-for-life-3/ http://www.aquinascollege.edu/aquinas-colleges-trip-to-the-march-for-life-3/#comments Tue, 28 Jan 2014 22:29:42 +0000 pdowney http://www.aquinascollege.edu/?p=5566

Aquinas College students, faculty, and staff left in the wee hours of Monday, January 20 for their annual trip to Washington, D.C. for the March for Life. The Aquinas contingent represents the largest group in its over 50 years of...

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Aquinas College students, faculty, and staff left in the wee hours of Monday, January 20 for their annual trip to Washington, D.C. for the March for Life. The Aquinas contingent represents the largest group in its over 50 years of history.

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Aquinas to Form National Association of Catholic Nurses Local Council http://www.aquinascollege.edu/aquinas-to-form-national-association-of-catholic-nurses-local-council/ http://www.aquinascollege.edu/aquinas-to-form-national-association-of-catholic-nurses-local-council/#comments Tue, 14 Jan 2014 16:00:48 +0000 pdowney http://www.aquinascollege.edu/?p=3613

Organizational Meeting: Tuesday, February 11 Organizational Meeting: Saturday, February 22 The Aquinas College School of Nursing is in the early stages of forming a local council of the National Association of Catholic Nurses, to be comprised of all interested nurses and nursing...

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The Aquinas College School of Nursing is in the early stages of forming a local council of the National Association of Catholic Nurses, to be comprised of all interested nurses and nursing students in the Nashville metropolitan area. Established in 1940 at the request of the Catholic Bishops of the United States, the Association is a conduit for nurses, nursing students, and other related healthcare professionals who support Catholic values and principles, with a focus on networking, education, responding to current healthcare issues, allocation and access to resources, and service opportunities. Aquinas College will once again host the national meeting on March 21-23. Check the Association’s web site for details on registration at www.nacn-usa.org.

“The formation of a local council of Catholic Nurses and others of good will is critically needed in our world today if we are to be faithful to our vocation and work together to transform lives through caring and healing in nursing,” stated Brother Ignatius Perkins, O.P., Ph.D., R.N., Dean of the Aquinas College School of Nursing.

All interested nurses and nursing students are invited to attend one of two special organizational meetings on either Tuesday, February 11 at 7:00 p.m. or on Saturday, February 22 at 10:00 a.m. in Room 102 of the Aquinas College Main Building. For more information call the School of Nursing at (615) 297-2008. No reservations required.


Hear Brother Ignatius interviewed on the Son Rise Morning Show about the role of the Aquinas College School of Nursing in protecting human dignity:

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Follow Aquinas at the March for Life http://www.aquinascollege.edu/follow-aquinas-march-for-life-2014/ http://www.aquinascollege.edu/follow-aquinas-march-for-life-2014/#comments Mon, 13 Jan 2014 19:28:17 +0000 pdowney http://www.aquinascollege.edu/?p=5495

Freshman theology major Wil Bernhard will be interviewed on the Son Rise Morning Show via phone from the March for Life at 6:20 a.m. CDT (7:20 a.m. Eastern) on Wednesday, January 22. LISTEN ONLINE at sacredheartradio.com. The largest group from...

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Freshman theology major Wil Bernhard will be interviewed on the Son Rise Morning Show via phone from the March for Life at 6:20 a.m. CDT (7:20 a.m. Eastern) on Wednesday, January 22. LISTEN ONLINE at sacredheartradio.com.

The largest group from Aquinas College ever to attend the March for Life in Washington, D.C. left in the early morning hours of Monday, January 20. Please keep them in your prayers as they joyfully witness to life!

Follow their progress on the Aquinas Student Life Twitter and Instagram accounts. Follow the hashtag #acm4l. If you are looking for the Aquinas contingent in the crowd, look for the blue, yellow, and white striped scarves.


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Bracciano http://www.aquinascollege.edu/bracciano/ http://www.aquinascollege.edu/bracciano/#comments Fri, 10 Jan 2014 18:07:32 +0000 pdowney http://www.aquinascollege.edu/?p=5679

We, the students of Aquinas College, are planning to help the College launch its future study abroad program in Bracciano, Italy at a property called the Villaggio Betania. We have requested to travel as a pilot group to Bracciano in May...

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We, the students of Aquinas College, are planning to help the College launch its future study abroad program in Bracciano, Italy at a property called the Villaggio Betania. We have requested to travel as a pilot group to Bracciano in May 2014 to help with basic renovations and research the opportunities and challenges of the study abroad program.

As a pioneering group of students, we are asking for donations to fund this first exploratory trip. Please consider making a gift using our online donation page specifically set up for this purpose.

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The Villaggio Betania is located an hour’s train ride from central Rome near the medieval town of Bracciano.

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Tennessee Register Highlights Aquinas Outreach Programs http://www.aquinascollege.edu/tennessee-register-highlights-aquinas-outreach-programs/ http://www.aquinascollege.edu/tennessee-register-highlights-aquinas-outreach-programs/#comments Wed, 08 Jan 2014 21:28:46 +0000 pdowney http://www.aquinascollege.edu/?p=5357

The Tennessee Register, the Diocese of Nashville’s biweekly newspaper, highlighted Aquinas College’s Room in the Inn outreach programs in their most recent issue. Aquinas outreach program promotes self-esteem, creativity by Ned Andrew Solomon, Tennessee Register January 3, 2014 Rachel Leach,...

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The Tennessee Register, the Diocese of Nashville’s biweekly newspaper, highlighted Aquinas College’s Room in the Inn outreach programs in their most recent issue.

Aquinas outreach program promotes self-esteem, creativity

by Ned Andrew Solomon, Tennessee Register

January 3, 2014

Rachel Leach
Rachel Leach, Director of Community & Alumni Relations

Every Tuesday and Thursday for the past two years, Rachel Leach has visited the Room in the Inn’s Campus for Human Development in downtown Nashville. Leach, Aquinas College’s director of community and alumni relations, teaches a class exclusively for women, InHERent Worth, and an art therapy class to men and women called Hope Anchors. Both serve to teach its “students” – men and women who make Nashville’s streets their home – that they have value as human beings.

“Aquinas is a Catholic Christian school, and we take pride in the excellence of an education permeated with faith,” said Leach. “To strengthen our mission, we looked to broaden our Christ like efforts outside the college, and begin service-based outreach in our community.”

This initiative might not have happened at all, if not for a personal crisis in Leach’s life. A few months pregnant with her second child, Leach’s marriage was dissolving. Devastated, Leach turned to the Aquinas chaplain, Father John O’Neill, for guidance. He told her to take time to praise God.

“So I looked at my life,” Leach recalled. “I had a wonderful job at Aquinas. I had a master’s degree. I have a wonderful family, and, most importantly, I have an incredible faith. And those were things I had to praise God for. Without those things, I couldn’t have gotten through that time.”

A believer that “God works in funny ways sometimes,” Leach began to see this watershed moment as an opportunity. She found herself wondering about people who didn’t have the blessings that she was so grateful for. “Called by God,” Leach approached Room in the Inn to see how she and Aquinas might help. Although the Campus benefits from the support of numerous volunteers, it is rare to have a person, or an institution like Aquinas, offer to present its services on a consistent basis, especially in its education department.

Leach began with the InHERent Worth class, a Christian-based life choice counseling program for vulnerable women who are looking to cultivate a new lifestyle, while recovering from homelessness, abuse or chemical dependence.

“The main purpose is to teach them the way God loves them, that they are the image of God, and how important they are,” explained Leach.

The program has proven its own “worth” two years in with a steady roster of new and returning students and Leach likes to point to a particular success story. When one woman started coming to the class she refused to make eye contact or speak with Leach or her peers, choosing instead to sit in the corner, isolated. “Now she’s social, talks to the other women, tells them the story of how she’s changed and how she knows her worth,” Leach said. “It was really a beautiful transformation.”

The second class, Hope Anchors, allows participants to explore art while developing their self-esteem.

“The purpose is to teach them the art of escape,” said Leach. “Many of them used to escape through drugs and alcohol. This teaches them to escape through creativity.”

Leach is frequently accompanied by an art teacher, Susan van Riper, who has taught at O’More College of Design and Watkins College of Art, Design and Film. The teachers augment the hands-on activities with a talk, frequently about a famous artist who had a tormented past, or overcame a personal tragedy.

A recent class, with special guest Sister Elizabeth Anne, O.P., on the faculty of the masters in Education program at Aquinas, featured the story of Van Gogh’s Starry Night.

“He actually painted that when he was in a mental institution,” said Leach. “It leads to an understanding that people can create beautiful things and make an impact and have struggles.”

The two Aquinas classes don’t utilize a formal sign-up sheet, so Leach never knows exactly who’ll be showing up each day. But, because of the friendship and trust she’s built with this community, a typical lesson might have more than 50 attendees. That can get costly when considering the art supplies and materials used in Hope Anchors, but Leach, or perhaps God, has figured that out too.

Leach’s friends and co-workers at Aquinas support this mission by making donations of paint brushes, paints and canvases. Christine Ashbury, an Aquinas College employee, regularly contributes books, clothing and bath and body products, and also hauls in bags of donations that she’s persuaded her friends to give.

“I’ll frequently walk in to my office at Aquinas to find a bag of goodies that are anonymously donated and left on my desk,” said Leach. “This class has really been the gift that keeps giving, and has inspired so many people to give and to think of others before themselves.”

There’s no question that this program has been a gift to Leach too, who feels like, through her relationship with the Campus and her students, she has experienced her own “beautiful transformation.”

“I never knew the capacity to love that I had, or the compassion that I could have,” Leach said. “I feel like my capacity as a human being, and my quality of life has changed. My faith and the way I take communion has changed. It’s fulfilled my life spiritually in a way that I never knew was possible.”

If anyone would like volunteer their time or talents or donate art supplies or other items, please contact Leach at leachr@aquinascollege.edu.

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