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STAC 2019 Annual Tribute Dinner A Tremendous Success

Oct 17, 2019

STAC 2019 Annual Tribute Dinner A Tremendous Success

St. Thomas Aquinas College held its 2019 Tribute Dinner on Friday, October 4th, 2019 at The Rockleigh in Rockleigh, New Jersey, honoring Dr. Margaret Mary Fitzpatrick, S.C., Ed.D., President of St. Thomas Aquinas College, and Sr. Carol Lehmkuhl, O.P., Class of 1970. Over 350 guests dressed in their finest attended the event. The evening opened with the national anthem sung exquisitely by STAC senior, Tyiana Nunez, a Criminal Justice major with a minor in Forensic Psych. Tyiana also shared her amazing STAC journey made possible through the scholarship she received from generous donations and support for events such as the Annual Tribute Dinner.

For the last 25 years, Dr. Fitzpatrick, serving as President of the Colllege has been the one presenting awards and honors to countless influential and deserving individuals at the Annual Tribute Dinner. This year, on her 25th Anniversary at the College, it’s only fitting that Dr. Fitzpatrick was the one receiving the Aquinas Medal Award.

The College bestowed the Aquinas Medal Award upon Dr. Fitzpatrick and the Founders Award upon Sr. Carol Lehmkuhl, O.P., Class of 1970. Proceeds will establish the Fitzpatrick Chair in Teaching and Learning and will fund the Dominican Sisters of Sparkill Scholarship Fund.

More about Dr. Margaret Mary Fitzpatrick S.C., Ed.D., President of the College
It seems natural that Margaret would feel called to college ministry. After all, her father was a college professor and her mother was the secretary to the President of St. John’s University. Having earned a B.S. degree in mathematics from the University of Massachusetts and an M.A. degree in Religious Studies from Fordham University, Margaret became a campus minister at Queensborough Community College. After six years, she was hired at St. John’s University where she served for fourteen years, ultimately holding the position of Senior Vice President. While working full-time, Margaret earned Ed.M. and Ed.D. degrees from Columbia University. MORE>

More about Sr. Carol Lehmkuhl
With a note slipped surreptitiously on her desk by two Ursuline Academy high school friends, Mary Carol Lehmkuhl was challenged about her possible “call to religious life.” These two girls were entering the convent in the fall of that year and were eager to search out other recruits. In the end, Carol decided to “try it out.” So in September 1964, the year of the World’s Fair in New York, Bob Lehmkuhl drove his oldest daughter up to Sparkill, New York and hesitantly dropped her off in front of the Motherhouse of the Dominican Sisters. With a greater degree of hesitation, Carol stepped out of the car, kissed her Dad, and with mixed feelings, waved goodbye. Her world was never again the same. MORE>

Dr. Margaret Fitzpatrick sitting at her desk; Sr. Carol Lehmkuhl; Annual Tribute Dinner 2019 logo underneath photos

St. Thomas Aquinas College held its 2019 Tribute Dinner on Friday, October 4th, 2019 at The Rockleigh in Rockleigh, New Jersey, honoring Dr. Margaret Mary Fitzpatrick, S.C., Ed.D., President of St. Thomas Aquinas College, and Sr. Carol Lehmkuhl, O.P., Class of 1970. Over 350 guests dressed in their finest attended the event. The evening opened with the national anthem sung exquisitely by STAC senior, Tyiana Nunez, a Criminal Justice major with a minor in Forensic Psych. Tyiana also shared her amazing STAC journey made possible through the scholarship she received from generous donations and support for events such as the Annual Tribute Dinner.

For the last 25 years, Dr. Fitzpatrick, serving as President of the Colllege has been the one presenting awards and honors to countless influential and deserving individuals at the Annual Tribute Dinner. This year, on her 25th Anniversary at the College, it’s only fitting that Dr. Fitzpatrick was the one receiving the Aquinas Medal Award.

The College bestowed the Aquinas Medal Award upon Dr. Fitzpatrick and the Founders Award upon Sr. Carol Lehmkuhl, O.P., Class of 1970. Proceeds will establish the Fitzpatrick Chair in Teaching and Learning and will fund the Dominican Sisters of Sparkill Scholarship Fund.

More about Dr. Margaret Mary Fitzpatrick S.C., Ed.D., President of the College
It seems natural that Margaret would feel called to college ministry. After all, her father was a college professor and her mother was the secretary to the President of St. John’s University. Having earned a B.S. degree in mathematics from the University of Massachusetts and an M.A. degree in Religious Studies from Fordham University, Margaret became a campus minister at Queensborough Community College. After six years, she was hired at St. John’s University where she served for fourteen years, ultimately holding the position of Senior Vice President. While working full-time, Margaret earned Ed.M. and Ed.D. degrees from Columbia University. MORE>

More about Sr. Carol Lehmkuhl
With a note slipped surreptitiously on her desk by two Ursuline Academy high school friends, Mary Carol Lehmkuhl was challenged about her possible “call to religious life.” These two girls were entering the convent in the fall of that year and were eager to search out other recruits. In the end, Carol decided to “try it out.” So in September 1964, the year of the World’s Fair in New York, Bob Lehmkuhl drove his oldest daughter up to Sparkill, New York and hesitantly dropped her off in front of the Motherhouse of the Dominican Sisters. With a greater degree of hesitation, Carol stepped out of the car, kissed her Dad, and with mixed feelings, waved goodbye. Her world was never again the same. MORE>


For more information please contact Annie Lombardi at [email protected]
 

View the 2019 Annual Tribute Dinner Journal

St. Thomas Aquinas College is an independent liberal arts college located on 60 acres in Rockland County, NY which provides education at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The College’s 2,800 full and part time students can choose from more than 100 different majors, minors, specializations, and dual degree programs across three Schools: Arts & Sciences, Business, and Education. The College is recognized by U.S. News & World Report in the Top-Tier for Regional Universities, by Colleges of Distinction in both its New York and Catholic editions, by Affordable Colleges Online as a top College in New York for Return on Investment, and is included as a Military Friendly School®. St. Thomas Aquinas College is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools; its School of Education is accredited by National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE); and its School of Business is accredited by the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE). For more information, visit www.stac.edu.