168th Commencement Honors Br. Louis DeThomasis, F.S.C.










Pictured above: Trustee Anthony Scala (left) hoods
Br. Louis DeThomasis as Br. Augustine Nicoletti, F.S.C.,
assistant professor of education, celebrates the moment.

Brother Louis DeThomasis, F.S.C., was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters and delivered the keynote address at the College’s 168th Commencement Exercises held on May 23. Br. Louis is the president of Christian Brothers Investment Services-European Union (CBIS-EU). He also serves as chancellor of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and senior fellow of the Hendrickson Institute for Ethical Leadership. In his address, Br. Louis said, “Graduates of the Manhattan College Class of 2010 share your magnificent education that this institution shared with you. You are the instruments to make dreams come true. You are the force to help people live with dignity. You are the dynamic that can create a caring and just society. You are the hope that will bring faith and finance together. You are graced with the education that you received here to create goodness and justice. Have faith in yourself to know that you are graced by the quality and mission of this College to make a difference.”



Dr. Nel Noddings Honored at Spring Commencement










Dr. Brennan O’Donnell, president, (right) and Dr. Nel Noddings

At the ceremony, Noddings encouraged the graduates in these challenging economic times. “Especially at this time, we might take a pledge to live a life of economic moderation.” She said, “If we must have excesses, let them be in love, learning, and giving. If you make that pledge, you need not be embarrassed by your salary as a pre-school teacher, repair man, delivery driver, or nurse’s aide, or even by temporary unemployment. Are you doing something for the common good? Something to which you are devoted? Something that makes you happy? If so, when you return in a few years for a class reunion, you can say honestly to your fellow alums, I’m doing great!” Noddings was awarded an honorary Doctor of Pedagogy at the College’s Spring Commencement on May 26. Bachelor’s degrees were awarded to those in the adult degree completion program, along with master’s degrees awarded to those in the schools of education and engineering.


In Memoriam

John D. Nagle, Ph.D., associate professor emeritus of English, died on May 10, 2010. He was 75 years old. A 1956 alumnus of the College, Nagle earned his master’s and doctoral degrees from Fordham University. He served at the College from 1958 to 1994, beginning as an instructor and retiring with the rank of associate professor of English and World Literature. In a short story about the College in the Village Voice in 1984, a student was quoted as saying, “John Nagle is ‘the only professor in the city with students clamoring to study Milton at 8 a.m.’”

While pursing his doctorate, Nagle was awarded a grant from the prestigious Danforth Teacher Grant Program in 1967-1968. He was one of 38 faculty members selected from a national field of nearly 400. Nagle was awarded the Bonus et Fidelis medal in 1983. The citation stated, “His brilliant lectures, the extraordinary breadth of his knowledge of English and World Literature, his sense of humor and his sincere interest in all his students have earned him the admiration of his faculty colleagues.”

A resident of Riverdale, he is survived by his brother Msgr. Joseph P. Nagle; his sisters Virginia Danaher and Patricia McCormick; and many nieces and nephews; and grand nieces and nephews.



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