Thomas More College Announces Official Alma Mater Song
"Light of Saints" to debut publicly at commencement
Thomas More College is held dear in the hearts of many, especially its alumni. And, while many have no trouble singing its praises to others as they reminisce about times on campus, long-standing friendships formed, professors they still keep in touch with or the rich tradition of quality, faith-based education they received, it's only now that they can literally sing about their alma mater. On November 27, 2012 the Thomas More College Alumni Association Board of Directors, led by President Wayne Wycoff '97, officially approved "Light of Saints," which honors the history of the College and celebrates the pride that embodies the Thomas More College experience, as its official alma mater song.
TMC Alumni Relations Director Monica Ginney explained the process behind the adoption of the alma mater song, "A 'TMC Alma Mater Advisory Committee' was comprised during the summer of 2011. A slate of monthly meetings began in earnest in September once faculty and students were back on campus. The committee felt the song should reflect all aspects of the College: the previously named Villa Madonna College era, TMC days after the renaming and relocation, as well today. We wanted all constituents to be able to identify with the song's lyrics. Key words became the main topic of conversation for several months, in addition to a timeline leading to the unveiling."
Monica described the talent behind the music. "English Professor Sherry Cook Stanforth generously gave of her time to forge the actual lyrics and the song's title. Senior student Brianna Erne was inspired to write the music. She literally came upon divine intervention when she was sitting in the old TMC chapel relaxing and playing the piano when she said that a tune just popped into her head and she started playing it and didn't stop. Once Brianna played the tune for a few committee members, tears were rolling down each of their faces. Music instructor and alumna Rebecca Schaffer Wells created harmony and sheet music for it."
The alma mater song "Light of Saints" was unanimously approved by the Alumni Association Board of Directors on November 27, 2012 - a little over a year after the committee set out to accomplish its goal of creating a song that would resonate with alumni of all ages. Currently, the lyrics to "Light of Saints" can be found on the Alumni Association's website, thomasmore.edu/alumni. An instructional video is also available there to teach everyone the new song. On May 11, 2013, "Light of Saints" will be publicly debuted at commencement.
Approved November 27, 2012 by the TMC Alumni Association Board of Directors:
Annette Brink '77, Patrick Eagan '01, Lou Esselman '81, Christopher Fischer '95, Diana (Thomas) Henke '83, Amity (Yeager) Kukla '01, Anita (Scheper) Stautberg '64, Jim Stautberg '65, Brad Voegele '01, John Wenderfer '71, Alice (Rabe) Wintersheimer '56, President Wayne Wycoff '97, and Vice President Ted Zalla '90.