Nearly 150 alumni of Thomas Aquinas College gathered on the College campus Saturday for the annual Alumni Association Dinner. The evening began with drinks and a festive meal on the academic quadrangle, followed by a talk from Dr. Thomas Kaiser (’75) . The Association chose Dr. Kaiser as this year’s honoree because he is the first tutor  to have taught every class in the College’s classical curriculum.
“Teaching is not something I would have ever thought about doing before I came here as a student,” Dr. Kaiser reflected. “But when you find out what you can learn, what the life of learning is like, and what it is like to live in a community for people who are really searching for the truth, who are virtuous, it is hard to imagine anything better than what we do. It really changed my life. I have never regretted the decision I made to teach here. It has been one of the joys of my life, and the 31 years I have been here have gone by very quickly.”
To show its gratitude, the Alumni Association presented Dr. Kaiser with a bottle of wine, a gift card to an outdoor-supply store, and a “Tommy” — the Association’s new, Oscar-inspired award, represented by a statuette of Rodin’s “The Thinker.” Said Director of Alumni Relations Mark Kretschmer (’99), “As alumni, we consider ourselves blessed to have once been students of Dr. Kaiser. It was wonderful to hear him reflect on the curriculum, our community, and their effect on him both as a student and later as a tutor. His talk — in keeping with the whole evening of good friends and conversation — was a reminder of so much of what we love about our alma mater.”
Posted: June 4, 2013