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Brigid Avery '01

Director of Alumni Engagement

Phone: (616) 632-2494
Brigid attended Aquinas College and graduated with a degree in Psychology in 2001.  After graduation, she worked for the College as an Admissions Representative and loved sharing her “AQ Story” with prospective students.  The Michigan winter weather and a particular Marine (Jeremy Chesla, ’99, now Brigid’s husband) made the prospect of graduate school in sunny San Diego all the more attractive.  She received a Master’s in Leadership with a concentration in Higher Education Administration from the University of San Diego, continuing her streak of Catholic education (kindergarten through a Master’s Degree!) She is blessed to be back home at Aquinas and is delighted to serve as your Director of Alumni Engagement.. Brigid resides across the street from AQ with husband, dog, and two little boys, Emmett and Leo.
Sister Alice Wittenbach, O.P. ’59
Good Will Ambassador
Sister Alice Wittenbach is a graduate of Aquinas.  Her academic interests as a student included an English major and a Biology minor. She taught both of these subjects at Muskegon Catholic Central for five years. It was her great enthusiasm for Biology which drew her to the Botany Department at the University of Oklahoma for graduate studies from 1965-1970. In 1969 Sister Alice returned to Aquinas as a faculty member. She taught many courses throughout the years, but the central core always included Botany, Environmental Biology and Nature Study. Interest in literature never left her, and for several years she also taught in the Humanities program and in I & E. Another wonderful opportunity was the Ireland Program. She was privileged to spend eight different semesters, beginning in 1976, with Aquinas and guest students in Tully Cross and the environs of County Galway. In October 2012, Sister Alice retired, again, from her time in the Alumni office as Coordinator of Alumni Reunions. Sister continues to be able to interact with alumni of all ages, challenges them to get together to celebrate class reunions and regional events.