Lt. Bergen with his sonAfter graduating from Thomas Aquinas College in 2005, Soon thereafter, Lt. JG Joshua M. Bergen, USN (’05) enrolled in the Navy’s Officer Candidate School, from which he graduated in 2007. Shortly thereafter, he married a Thomas Aquinas College classmate, Bernadette (Coughlin ’05). The couple now resides in Norfolk, Va., homeport of the U.S.S. Iwo Jima, the LHD amphibious assault ship on which Lt. JG Bergen serves as a surface warfare officer.

Lt. JG Bergen’s responsibilities on the Iwo Jima include maintaining communications systems and supervising sailors who stand watch on the ship’s bridge. “Although the Navy is a very technical service,” he reports, “I found the Thomas Aquinas College curriculum to be more than adequate preparation to work alongside my colleagues with conventional engineering degrees.”

Isabella Hsu (’18) on integrated curriculum

“It is amazing to read all the different works from a wide range of disciplines, and see the same truth popping up again and again — whether it’s in Euclid, or theology, or natural science. It all comes together to form a full picture.”

– Isabella Hsu (’18)

Redondo Beach, California