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AQuinas Fund - Phone Center Campaign

 
Aquinas Alumni Enjoy Staying in Touch!

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Our Phone Center students enthusiastically assist alumni with contact information updates, employment changes, relationship up-dates (births, deaths, etc.), as well as other news and information. This information is confidential and used solely by the College. It is never sold. In turn, student callers eagerly share Aquinas news, upcoming campus events, and facilitate any questions you or other alumni might have.

 

The students who staff the Phone Center are bright, dynamic leaders and scholarship recipients. Each student has a commitment to the quality education they are receiving at Aquinas. They also are grateful for the financial assistance they receive. As students, they are already giving back to the College through their dedicated service at the Phone Center.

 
In addition to the vital alumni relations services the Phone Center provides, the primary mission is to engage alumni and parents in the AQuinas Fund.
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Phone Center Hours of Operation
Sunday through Thursday, 6 to 9 p.m.
 
Who Is Calling You Tonight?
 

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Name: Ana Cristina Cujar

 

Hometown: Troy, MI

 

Major: Community Leadership


Activities / Hobbies: In my free time I love camping with my family and friends, riding my bike and helping out with many of the urban farming organizations around Grand Rapids. 

Why you like being a Student Advancement Representative: Being a student advancement representative has allowed me to be a voice for the many students who receive scholarships at Aquinas, as well as the opportunity to hear so many great AQ stories from alumni who love Aquinas as much as I do!

 

The best thing about Aquinas College: The opportunity students have to get to know their peers and professors at Aquinas is one of the greatest things about being a student here. I also love the trees.

 

What you would love to do after college: I would love to work on a small farm and learn what it takes to live off the land!

A message to Alumni, parents, and friends who support your scholarships through the Aquinas Fund: Thank you so much for your support! The students at Aquinas greatly appreciate your gifts and without your contributions, Aquinas College would not be the great institution it is today!

 

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Name: Danielle Ames

 

Hometown: Caro, MI

 

Major: Biology

 

Activities / Hobbies:  Photography, Outdoor activities, nurturing animals, art, biology, video games

Why you like being a Student Advancement Representative:  I enjoy being a Student Advancement Representative because of the opportunity it gives me to connect with the alumni who have had the pleasure to attend this wonderful college and earn a degree which, hopefully, has helped them succeed today.

 

The best thing about Aquinas College:  The campus is beautiful no matter what time of year you decide to visit. I also feel that the teachers and faculty are very open in general and are very helpful towards students, and anyone on campus for that matter.

 

What you would love to do after college: I would love to work with animals if at all possible, but I would also like to work in a laboratory environment mixed with field work.

 

A message to Alumni, parents, and friends who support your scholarships through the Aquinas Fund: I thank you for your support throughout the years, especially for the years I am attending Aquinas. I will look forward to speaking with many of you throughout the school year.

 

 

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Name: Lauren Andrini    

    

Hometown: Grand Haven, MI      

 

Major: Double Major in Business Administration and Political Science, Minor in Spanish


Activities / Hobbies: Reading, Netflix, volunteering, traveling, being outdoors, and spending time with my friends and family.

 

Why you like being a Student Advancement Representative:  I love that I get to help fellow and future students at Aquinas.

 

The best thing about Aquinas College:  I am so thankful for the small class sizes and supportive professors. I also love the beautiful, natural campus while still being near the city.

 

What you would love to do after college: Attend law school.

 

A message to Alumni, parents, and friends who support your scholarships through the Aquinas Fund: The donations to the fund directly allow students, including myself, to attend Aquinas. Access to this quality education and opportunities available through AQ are possible because of donations from donors like you. Thank you so much!

 

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Name: Karen Havens

 

Hometown: Sturgis, MI    

            

Major: Biology


Activities / Hobbies: Hiking, canoeing, reading, cooking, sleeping, and roller coasters.

Why you like being a Student Advancement Representative: I enjoy speaking with the alumni and hearing their stories from when they were students.

 

The best thing about Aquinas College: It’s a tie between the wonderful Spring mornings and the frozen yogurt at Wege.

 

What you would love to do after college: Work outside, without mowing lawns for a living.

 

A message to Alumni, parents, and friends who support your scholarships through the Aquinas Fund: Your gift really does make a difference in the opportunities available to today’s up and coming students. Without your support, the wonderful Aquinas experience would not be possible for students such as myself.

 

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Name: Mackenzie Glaros

 

Hometown: Royal Oak, MI

 

Major: Sociology

 

Activities / Hobbies: I love to play volleyball, watch old movies and spend time with my family and friends.

Why you like being a Student Advancement Representative: I like being a Student Advancement Representative because it allows me to give back to the college. It is also a way to give back the service that had a major part of getting me my scholarship, giving me a way to help other students receive scholarships.

 

The best thing about Aquinas College: The thing I love most about Aquinas is the atmosphere and culture. Aquinas is my home away from home and it truly feels like a home here.

 

What you would love to do after college: I would love to counsel youth through therapy in a safe environment. I want to make a difference in children’s lives and help them to realize all of their potential.

 

A message to Alumni, parents, and friends who support your scholarships through the Aquinas Fund: I would like to thank each and every one of you for your support. Without the generous gifts from each of you I would not have been able to attend Aquinas. I know the same is true for every student who receives scholarships. Thank you!

 

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Name: Jessica Kenney

 

Hometown: Brighton, MI

 

Major: Business Administration with a Marketing Concentration

 

Activities / Hobbies:  Playing sports, hanging out with friends and family, music and watching movies

 

Why you like being a Student Advancement Representative:  I like being a Student Advancement Representative because I like helping get other students scholarships because I was fortunate enough to get one. 

 

The best thing about Aquinas College:  The people and the campus.

 

What you would love to do after college: Work in business or marketing.

 

A message to Alumni, parents, and friends who support your scholarships through the Aquinas Fund:  Thank you so much to everyone who has helped support scholarships through the Aquinas Fund. I would not have been able to attend Aquinas without the support and I am very grateful.

 

Name: Marissa Kunkel

 

Hometown: Clinton, MI

 

Major: English, History Minor: Writing


Activities / Hobbies:  Traveling, reading, student philanthropy, volunteering, kayaking, spending time with my two Bernese Mountain Dogs.

Why you like being a Student Advancement Representative:  I really appreciate all of the efforts Aquinas puts in to raise scholarships for students. By being a Student Advancement Representative, I feel that this is my opportunity to give back to the college that has already offered me so many opportunities.

 

The best thing about Aquinas College:  The community: I can have wonderful conversations with almost everyone I see on campus!

 

What you would love to do after college: I anticipate moving to the East Coast to attend grad school for non-profit management and fundraising.

 

A message to Alumni, parents, and friends who support your scholarships through the Aquinas Fund: Thank you so very much! It is through your generosity that past, present, and future students are able to attend AQ! Aquinas really does make all the difference in the world!

 

Name: Alan Lally

 

Hometown: Lowell, MI        

 

Major: Political Science and Communications

 

Activities / Hobbies: Student Senate, running, reading, kayaking, camping, church activities, drinking coffee, eating hummus, canoeing, hiking, being a political junkie, singing, being outside

Why you like being a Student Advancement Representative:  I like talking to alumni and hearing about what they’ve done with their lives after AQ. It also serves as a source of inspiration to be as I work on my undergraduate studies.

 

The best thing about Aquinas College: I love the people here, the sense of community, the class sizes, and how the excellent professors know who you are. That says a lot about a college!

 

What you would love to do after college: I want to pursue a graduate degree in either law, public administration, or government. I’d love to work in government, in public office, in lobbying for causes I am passionate for.

 

A message to Alumni, parents, and friends who support your scholarships through the Aquinas Fund: This school has made such a difference for me. Thank you for your donations, because they are the only way I can attend this school.

 

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Name: Brandon Lawson

 

Hometown: Rockford, IL

 

Major: Communications/French

 

Activities / Hobbies: In my free time, I really like to play my guitar or read. I am also a very active person so I love to run, camp, or go hiking, as well as volunteer whenever the chance arrives.

Why you like being a part of the Student Advancement Representative team: I love Aquinas, and want to do as much as I can to give back to the Aquinas Community. Being a part of this team not only gives me that opportunity, but also allows prospective students to have the opportunity to be a part of it as well.

 

The best thing about Aquinas College: The campus is wonderful, the people are friendly, and just overall couldn’t wish for a better college experience.

 

What you would love to do after college: I would love to go into interpretation or translation. After graduating I plan to pursue a doctorate in Linguistics. My goal is to have a career where I could travel and experience as many different cultures as I can.

 

A message to Alumni, parents, and friends who support your scholarships through the Aquinas Fund: Just thank you. Without your contributions and kind hearts, many students wouldn’t be able to go here; I included. I can’t express the amount of thanks I have to each and every one of you.

 

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Name: Alina Marin

 

Hometown: Granger. Indiana

 

Major: Dual in Business and Communication

 

Activities / Hobbies: Playing/watching tennis, Netflix, going to music festivals, Chipotle and Starbucks enthusiast, laughing

Why you like being a Student Advancement Representative: I like helping current and prospective students at Aquinas at Aquinas. It also gives me the opportunity to connect with the alumni and hear about their stories that made Aquinas such an enjoyable experience.

 

The best thing about Aquinas College: How pretty the campus gets, especially in the fall and how close I have become with my fellow classmates and professors.

 

What you would love to do after college: I would love to work in a fashion/entertainment PR firm in either NYC, LA, or Chicago.

 

A message to Alumni, parents, and friends who support your scholarships through the Aquinas Fund: I thank you for your generous support throughout the years, which has helped students like me, attend this wonderful institution. With your generous gifts you make a difference.

 

Name: Allyson Kate Mills

 

Hometown: Portage, MI

 

Major: Community Leadership  Minor: English


Activities / Hobbies:  Singing, Laughing, Smiling, Living

Why you like being a Student Advancement Representative:  I like talking to all of the alumni and hearing their amazing and interesting stories!

 

The best thing about Aquinas College:  The community that is developed here.

 

What you would love to do after college: I would love to work for a community outreach department in a federal agency.

 

A message to Alumni, parents, and friends who support your scholarships through the Aquinas Fund: Thank you so much for all of your love and support. We wouldn’t be able to do what we do without you!

 

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Name: Jacqueline Phillips

 

Hometown: Inkster, Mi

 

Major: Biology (Pre-Med)

 

Activities / Hobbies:  Dancing, singing, drawing

 

 

Why you like being a Student Advancement Representative:  I like getting to know what an impact someone can make on the future of a student without even knowing them, simply by giving from the kindness of their hearts.

 

The best thing about Aquinas College: How pretty campus looks during every season and how close you can become with almost everyone on campus.

 

What you would love to do after college: I would love to go to medical school and be a Neonatologist.

 

A message to Alumni, parents, and friends who support your scholarships through the Aquinas Fund: From the sincerest depths of my heart, I would like to thank you for your contribution  to the Aquinas Fund, because I would not be here without the gifts you have shared. I love Aquinas and everyone I have gotten a chance to encounter and I am immensely happy that you support the Aquinas Fund.

 

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Name: Kellie Rams

 

Hometown: St. Clair, MI   

 

Major: English Major
Writing Minor


Activities / Hobbies: Drinking coffee, reading, teaching my dog tricks, watching movies, traveling and playing badminton with my friends.

Why you like being a Student Advancement Representative: Without generous scholarships I would not be able to be a current Aquinas student. As a Student Advancement Representative I love being able to personally make the connections needed for other students to make an Aquinas Education possible.

 

The best thing about Aquinas College: I love that the professors here will go out of their way to ensure the success of every student.

 

What you would love to do after college: I would love to stay in the Grand Rapids area and write for local newspapers and magazines. 

 

A message to Alumni, parents, and friends who support your scholarships through the Aquinas Fund: The past four years at Aquinas have been the best years of my life. Aquinas is a small and caring community that has linked me to an exciting city and amazing people. Any contribution to the Aquinas Fund can and will help individuals grow. Thank you for your support.

 

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Name: Molly L. Robertson

 

Hometown: Sturgis, MI     

 

Major: Dual major in English and Environmental Studies


Activities / Hobbies: Reading, writing, hiking, kayaking, cycling

Why you like being a Student Advancement Representative: The majority of my tuition comes from scholarships and the Aquinas Fund.  So by working for the Fund I am able to help other students receive financial support, and realize their dreams of coming to Aquinas College.

 

The best thing about Aquinas College: The daffodils in the spring and the squirrels.  

 

What you would love to do after college: I would love to work as an environmental journalist or work as an environmental educator at a nature center. 

 

A message to Alumni, parents, and friends who support your scholarships through the Aquinas Fund:  Thank you so much! Trust me, as a student who is able to come to school because of scholarships,  I can truly say that every gift makes a difference!

 

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Name: Chad Roden

 

Hometown: Stevensville

 

Major: Theology

 

Activities / Hobbies: Movies, Hiking, Photography, Volunteering, and Singing.


Why you like being a Student Advancement Representative: I enjoy being a Student Advancement Representative because I enjoy being able to give back to the college that has helped me grow in both my education and as a person.


The best thing about Aquinas College: The people at Aquinas are always friendly and willing to lend a helping hand.

 

What you would love to do after college: I would love to go on and work with youth by inspiring them to grow as individuals.

 

A message to Alumni, parents, and friends who support your scholarships through the Aquinas Fund: Thanks so much for all your support! Your gift is an absolute blessing to both me and all those who attend AQ.

 
 
Work at the Phone Center

Along with fund-raising for crucial scholarships, the Phone Center Program provides students with the opportunity to gain invaluable business/communication job experience. A bonus for students is the opportunity to network with alumni around the country. It also gives the students an excellent opportunity to learn about Aquinas College in all of its rich historical background.

The Phone Center is a great place to work and has many perks. For further information, to obtain an application,* or make a gift through the phone center program, please contact Bridget Harrigan, Director of the Phone Center & Internet Strategies at (616) 632-2806 or e-mail bridget.harrigan@aquinas.edu

*Note: Only current AQ students are eligible for application.

 
Phone Center Incentive Program
Students who work in the Phone Center who do exceptional work enjoy winning gift certificates from local businesses. Not only do they benefit by receiving these rewards, but businesses in the area receive new customers at their doorstep! The Students Advancement Representatives will greatly benefit from the immense generosity of the following businesses:
 
Bistro Bella Vita Grand Rapids Ballet Company
Brann's Sizzling Steaks & Sports Grille Jimmy John's
Celebration Cinema Minty Keen
Clique Lanes Noto's Old World Italian Dining
Cherie Inn Pietro's Italian Restaurant
Connie's Cakes Redux Books
Douglas J. Aveda Rose's Express
Erb Thai The Yoga Studio
...and more to come!
 
Your gift makes all the difference in the world. Invest in the AQuinas Fund today!
 
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To learn more, contact the Senior Director of the AQuinas Fund: Kate Davis at (616) 632-2817 or daviskat@aquinas.edu or the Director of the Phone Center and Electronic Solicitation, Bridget Harrigan at (616) 632-2806 or harribri@aquinas.edu. To make a gift to the AQuinas Fund online, click here.