August 22, 2018
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -
The Mount community recently voted to nickname the eaglets Thomas and Dominic, or Tom and Dom for short. Here, one of the eaglets is practicing its flying skills around campus.
It was a close race, but “Thomas and Dominic” were selected by the Mount Saint Mary College community as the nicknames for the pair of eaglets born on campus in the spring.
The eaglets, who are now almost fully-grown, have been popular with both the college community and campus visitors, and many jumped at the chance to submit nicknames. After narrowing down the selections, the nicknames were voted on through various social media platforms over the course of approximately a week. Nearly 300 people submitted their votes to the poll.
The winning nicknames, affectionately shortened to Tom and Dom, have a special meaning for the Mount community: Saint Dominic de Guzman was the founder of the Dominican Order, the religious community that established Mount Saint Mary College, and Saint Thomas Aquinas was a scholarly Dominican monk after whom the college’s main academic building is named.
Tom and Dom reigned victorious by a narrow lead over other options, such as Wilbur and Orville, Bonnie and Clyde, and Hudson and River. Other honorable mentions included Sojourner, Archibald, Birdy McBirdface, and Knight Flight.
Around the end of January, members of the college community first noticed a pair of eagles enlarging a nest in one of the campus’s trees, which previously was home to a Red-Tailed Hawk that abandoned the area. The eaglets were born in late April and have since begun to fly around campus, to the delight of many visitors.
While the eaglets may eventually leave the Mount campus as they continue to explore and grow into full-fledged eagles, the Mount community will always fondly remember Tom and Dom and welcome them back eagerly should they ever wish to visit their birthplace.
For regular updates on the eagles and eaglets, visit msmc.edu/eaglewatch