The Torch Newsletter Logo - For Alumni and Friends of St. Thomas Aquinas College


President Fitzpatrick posing at her desk

Dear Friends and Alumni of the College,

The Torch is a symbol of St. Thomas Aquinas College. It reflects our motto, “to enlighten the mind through truth.” Each day our dedicated faculty work with our students to awaken within them the thirst for knowledge so they may use this knowledge to build a holistic and sustainable world. Thank you for the example you are and bringing light and kindness into our global community.

As you know, this will be a year of transition as I celebrate 25 years of service at STAC and as we welcome a new president in July 2020. It is an honor to work with you as we continue to build the future of our college today.

Enjoy this newsletter!


STAC's Alumni Association Board officially swearing in as members; signing papers in Borelli Hall conference room.


On behalf of the St. Thomas Aquinas College Alumni Association Board, we are delighted you are part of the STAC family. We want to have a meaningful and beneficial relationship with you and find ways for you and your family to connect with us. Please visit the STAC ALUMNI PAGE to share, connect, give, or register for events.

We are excited to share St. Thomas Aquinas College news. The College has added Exercise Science and Hospitality Management to over 100 majors, minors, and programs already offered.  

With Smart Learning at the forefront of academics we provide state-of-the-art classrooms, a robotics lab, 3-D printers, an exercise science lab, and study centers to facilitate learning.

The Spartan Athletics Department added three new sports: Sprint Football, Women’s Bowling, and Women’s Triathlon.

The College is continually investing in the students of today and preparing for the needs of future students. We do this by elevating our academic programs, enhancing the campus, and building a rich community. To read more about all of the Program of Study and Student Opportunities, check out our BEST YOU EVER brochure.


Barbara Wallenstein ’90                        James Russell ’99; ‘16
President of the Board of Directors    Vice President of the Board Directors

To see the fill list of our Alumni Association Board Members, visit our web page.

Alumni Connect

As a St. Thomas Aquinas College Alumnus you can appreciate how we challenge students today, so in the future they reach their full potential.
Watch the video of our alumni sharing their experiences at STAC and how it shaped them today.  

New and exciting volunteer opportunity for you:

We created an Alumni Ambassador Program for our alumni to help the Office of Enrollment Management with recruitment of students locally and throughout the country.

To learn more visit us at Alumni Ambassador Program or complete the form.

ALUMNI Spotlight

Kelly Russell, Class of 2013, Social Media Manager, NBC Universal posing on set behind cameraKelly Russell ’13, Social Media Manager, NBC Universal

"My sophomore year, I transferred to STAC from a larger, public state school. After I toured the College, I knew STAC would be the place for me."

"I have been fortunate in my career to work for two of top television stations, ABC and now at NBC. Because of STAC’s state-of-the-art television studio, high-tech equipment and the professor’s knowledge, I have been able to navigate my career successfully. I also learned about the importance of compassion and caring for the people around me. Thank you, St. Thomas Aquinas College for a great education and many life lessons!"

Share your news with us!

What's Happening on Campus

St. Thomas Aquinas College Hosted Its 62nd Commencement Day

2019 grad cap at graduation ceremony; decorated with fake flowers and a "2019" designOn Friday, May 10, 2019, close to 2,000 family and friends accompanied over 330 students who were awarded, Masters, Bachelors, and Associate Degrees.

According to Dr. Margaret Fitzpatrick, S.C., Ed.D., President of the College, “Commencement day is the best day of the academic year, we are able to celebrate with our graduates, their academic accomplishments, their holistic development, and their preparedness for their journey in life.”

Read more about Commencement Day.

Justine Gizzi, Class of 2019, posing outside with her diplomaJustine Gizzi, Class of 2019
I am grateful for my time as an undergrad at STAC!"

"I graduated Summa Cum Laude from St. Thomas Aquinas College this May. I earned my Bachelor of Science in Management degree with minors in Marketing and the Performing Arts. I was a member of the Honors Program, Founder and President of STACAPELLA, Vice President of the Laetare Players, an Orientation Leader, Spartan Ambassador, and a member of Alpha Phi Omega."

"Thank you to everyone at STAC who made my undergraduate experience truly memorable and educational!"


The STAC Pledge allows the College to give our students the tools to change their lives.

Members of the STAC community on a career-based trip to Madison Square Garden

The STAC Pledge program is a scholarship and career-readiness opportunity for all incoming first-year, full-time students. We help our students gain access to a top-rated education, so they can make a difference in their lives and the world.

Learn more about the STAC Pledge.

We continue to provide top-rated education. Our faculty comes together once a year to share current research interest in a casual and welcoming setting for an exchange of ideas. To read more about the research presented, see our Faculty Research Overview.


STAC Trank and Field 2018-2019 team at the East Coast National Championship holding their awards for the season.Spartan Athletics

STAC Track & Field 2018-2019

"This was another great year for the St. Thomas Aquinas College Track & Field team. The National Championship opportunities, awards, and honors that our athletes received this season are well earned, their hard-work and dedication to the program has certainly paid off in practices and competitions," said Head Coach, Lorne Marcus.

Visit STAC Athletics for student highlights.

Upcoming Events

Annual Tribute Dinner
Friday, October 4, 2019, at 6:30 pm
The Rockleigh, Rockleigh, NJ
Complete event details
Alumni, Parents and Friends Football Game
Saturday, October 5, 2019, at 4:00 pm
Torne Valley Sports Complex, Hillburn, NY
Adults $10 and Children under 10, $5
STAC Travel Club: Athens and the Greek Islands
Friday, October 11 to Monday, October 21, 2019
Tour leaves from New York
For more information on the trip
Defensive Driving Course
Saturday, October 19, 2019, at 8:30 am to 3:30 pm
St. Thomas Aquinas College
McNelis Commons
Private Dining Room
125 Route 340, Sparkill, NY 
Course $35 (includes breakfast)
Annual Alumni Hall of Fame and Reunion Celebration
Friday, January 24, 2020, at 6:30 pm
Park Ridge Marriott, Park Ridge, NJ
For more information on attending or supporting the event contact [email protected]


Visit our Event Page for more details!

Alumni and Friends are Lifelong Members of our Community

STAC Alumni meeting up at a formal dinner. A big group posing for the camera. The Office of Alumni Affairs works to bridge the gap between over 13,000 Alumni and STAC.
We do this through networking events, programs, email communication, social media platforms, College leadership roles, speaking, and volunteer opportunities, and we provide channels to give. To learn more visit us at STAC Alumni, or to donate to the STAC Annual Fund.
The Office of Development seeks to promote the Mission and Vision of the College, and partners with donors to maximize the impact of their gifts. For more information, please contact Linda LoRe at [email protected] or visit our website.
The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations identifies and engages prospective external partners and matches their philanthropic interests with the College initiatives. If it interests your corporation or foundation in learning more about potential funding opportunities or how to make connections on campus, please contact Rhonda VanAntwerp at [email protected] or visit our website.