Student Ambassadors  
 

Meet the AQ Student Ambassadors

Hannah Acosta

Name: Hannah Acosta

Academic Standing: Sophomore

Major(s): Business Administration/ Communication Dual

Minor: Spanish

Hometown: Zeeland, Mich.

E-mail address: hea001@aquinas.edu

AQ clubs /organizations/sports: Student Senate, Abandon, Residence Hall Association and Resident Assistant.

Something fun/interesting/unique about you: I am probably the biggest New Orleans Saints fan to ever live in the state of Michigan

Most unique experience at AQ? My most unique experience at Aquinas has been the first time I ever stepped onto campus. From the beginning of my tour to the very end of it, I knew that this was going to be the place I called home for the next four years.

Why did you want to be an AQ Ambassador? After I took my first tour of campus, I knew this was going to be a place that I’d grow to love. I want nothing more than for others to get to experience Aquinas the way that I have regardless of them deciding to come here or not.

What is your favorite thing about AQ? My favorite thing about Aquinas is the fact that, no matter where I am off to, I always run into someone I know. But to complement that, I’m always seeing new faces and building new relationships. We do become a family on this campus and I try my absolute best to build up and support those around me.

Favorite Quote: “May we be consumed with the creator of all things, rather than with things created” Romans 1:25

   
Will Adamson

Name: Will Adamson

Academic Standing: Sophomore

Major: Biology (Pre-Med)

Minor: Spanish

Hometown: Cadillac, Mich.

E-mail address: wra001@aquinas.edu                     

AQ clubs /organizations/sports:  Polish Club, CAVA Club, Insignis Honors Program, and AQ Hockey

Something fun/interesting/unique about you: I am a lover of foods. You can find me at many of the restaurants in Eastown or downtown Grand Rapids. I’ll eat anything from sushi to African fermented bread and whole-fish-soup (which, in African culture, you must eat with your hands, I must add).

Most unique experience at AQ? There’s too many to pick from. However, being able to meet and talk to the Sisters of Marywood was truly an amazing event. Listening to their Aquinas experiences and how the school developed will be something I will never forget.

Why did you want to be an AQ Ambassador? I simply wanted to support Aquinas College and have the opportunity to share all my amazing experiences here with others. I wanted to give back to the school that has put so much effort into my success.

What is your favorite thing about AQ? The teachers of course! I have never felt so connected to my teachers than I have here at Aquinas. They are humorous, engaging, and willing to help me out no matter how absurd my questions may be.

Favorite Quote: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” –Mark Twain

   
Nick Anderson Name: Nick Anderson
Academic Standing: Senior
Major(s): Business & Communication with a Marketing Concentration
Hometown: Vicksburg, Mich.
E-mail address: nsa001@aquinas.edu
AQ clubs /organizations/sports: Resident Assistant, Intramural Sports, Service Learning, and Woodward Area Council.
Something fun/interesting/unique about you: I bleed Honolulu Blue & Silver! (Detroit Lions fan).
Most unique experience at AQ? Service Learning at Acadia National Park in Maine. From the road trip to actually being in the park.
Why did you want to be an AQ Ambassador? To show prospective students why I love Aquinas!
What is your favorite thing about AQ? Being part of such a close-knit community on campus and always seeing a friendly face.
Favorite Quote: “Winning isn’t everything, but making the effort to win is.” –Vince Lombardi
   
Sean Briggs

Name: Sean Briggs
Academic Standing: Junior
Major(s): French and Political Science
Hometown: Lowell, Mich.
E-mail address: smb002@aquinas.edu
AQ clubs /organizations/sports: AQ Democrats, Student Senate, French Club, Student Ambassador, POLIS
Something fun/interesting/unique about you: I can quote all three Lord of the Rings movies. Extended editions.
Most unique experience at AQ?  Watching a squirrel eat out of a can of peaches.
Why did you want to be an AQ Ambassador? So I can show people why Aquinas is a great place.
What is your favorite thing about AQ? A small campus means that you really get to know people and make a lot of friends.
Favorite Quote: “It's not enough that we do our best; sometimes we have to do what is required.” –Sir Winston Churchill

   
Katie Brinklow

Name: Katie Brinklow

Academic Standing: Sophomore

Major: Biology

Hometown: Midland, Mich.

E-mail address: ksb002@aquinas.edu

AQ clubs /organizations/sports:  AQ Stars, AED, Orientation

Something fun/interesting/unique about you: I love cinnamon. A lot.

Most unique experience at AQ? Meeting with my biology professor at the Moose to get help with an assignment.

Why did you want to be an AQ Ambassador? To introduce more students to the college that I love and to show them all the great things they might not know about Aquinas.

What is your favorite thing about AQ? The sense of family and community on campus and our access to the awesome opportunities available in Grand Rapids.

Favorite Quote: “Sometimes we can’t choose the music life gives us, but we sure can choose how we dance!”

   
Alana Casullo

Name: Alana Casullo
Academic Standing: Junior
Major(s): Biology
Hometown: Malden, Mass.
E-mail address: acc003@aquinas.edu
AQ clubs /organizations/sports:  Across State Lines, Bravo!, Living Learning Center (LLC) Member
Something fun/interesting/unique about you: I can name all the Presidents in order, my most prized possession is my Julie Andrews autograph, and the guardian of my bed is a stuffed giraffe named Giraffey.
Most unique experience at AQ? I snuck out of the St. Joe’s haunted hall by pushing aside a table that was propped up to make sure students wouldn’t use that exit. Needless to say, I scare very easily.
Why did you want to be an AQ Ambassador? I want to be that deciding factor when people come for a tour, convincing them to come to Aquinas.
What is your favorite thing about AQ? Not being able to walk from my dorm to my class without seeing at least 5 people I know.
Favorite Quote: “You only say never because no one ever has.” –The Princess Bride

   
Grant Cook

Name: Grant Cook

Academic Standing: Sophomore

Major(s): Sport Management and Business Administration

Minor(s): Coaching, Communication, and Marketing

Hometown: Grand Rapids

E-mail address: gmc002@aquinas.edu

AQ clubs /organizations/sports: Cross Country, Track, Sport Management Club, and Campus Safety

Something fun/interesting/unique about you: I’m left handed but I prefer to do everything with my right hand.

Most unique experience at AQ? Listening to Dave Weinandy go off his side notes during his lectures in CN 101. Probably the funniest guy I have ever met.

Why did you want to be an AQ Ambassador? I wanted to step outside of my comfort zone and I also wanted to be a leader for AQ! 

What is your favorite thing about AQ? I can’t pick out my favorite thing about AQ I just love everything about Aquinas.

Favorite Quote: “To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.” -Steve Prefontaine

   
Alana Curtin

Name: Alana Curtin
Academic Standing: Senior
Major(s): POHI (Physical and/or Other Health Impairments)
Hometown: Lansing, Mich.
E-mail address: arc004@aquinas.edu
AQ clubs /organizations/sports:  Intramural Basketball and Student worker at O.L.L.I.
Something fun/interesting/unique about you: Halloween is my favorite holiday! I love public television. Sporks are one of the best inventions ever!
Most unique experience at AQ? My most unique experience at AQ is being able to be a part of the POHI program. It is so unique to AQ, and only one of four schools in the nation that offers this major.
Why did you want to be an AQ Ambassador? I wanted to represent AQ and show off all we have to offer! The campus is beautiful and deserves to be shown off!
What is your favorite thing about AQ? The small class size. I also love being able to contact/talk with the professors whenever I need help or have questions.
Favorite Quote: “Are you serious Clark?” - Cousin Eddie (Griswold Christmas Vacation)

   
Johanna Dugan

Name:  Johanna Dugan

Academic Standing: Senior

Major(s): Community Leadership and Theology

Hometown: Grand Rapids, Mich.

E-mail address: jld003@aquinas.edu

AQ clubs /organizations/sports:  Student Senate, Residence Life, and Saint Squad

Something fun/interesting/unique about you:  I own a banjo that I cannot play. I still will never sell it, even though it is worth hundreds of dollars. It’s one of my most valued possessions.

Most unique experience at AQ? Being an RA gives me a different on campus experience than most other students. I have the joy of being compensated to do something I love -- that thing being meeting people and connecting them to one another. I have met so many fantastic people living on campus and I wouldn’t trade them for anything.

Why did you want to be an AQ Ambassador?  I adore my school and wanted to take every opportunity that I could to represent Aquinas in a positive light. It is my home and at the moment, my most loved place. Being an ambassador is a means of exposing other people to the same genuine feeling I get from AQ; A way to introduce someone to their future home and favorite place.

What is your favorite thing about AQ? Aquinas is my home. My bedroom is in Regina, Wege is my kitchen, the Moose is my living room, Holmdene lawn is my backyard and the students, staff and faculty are my family.  We live up to the Dominican charism of community, and it makes me proud to be a saint.

Favorite Quote: “And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.” - Friedrich Nietzsche

   
Samantha Fogus

Name: Samantha Fogus

Academic Standing: Senior

Major(s): Spanish and Education

Minor(s): Math

Hometown: Midland, Michigan

E-mail address: saf002@aquinas.edu

AQ clubs /organizations/sports:  Women’s Lacrosse, Intramural Sports, Woodward Area Council, Residential Housing Association, ASCD

Something fun/interesting/unique about you: I got called Sambo once freshman year and it stuck. It was my first real nickname, everyone calls me Sambo now.

Most unique experience at AQ? Hands down being an Orientation Leader! It was some of the most fun I have ever had!

Why did you want to be an AQ Ambassador? I want others to fall in love with AQ like I did. I want to help others find the place where they are meant to be, their second home.

What is your favorite thing about AQ? It has to be the sense of community! When you are on campus there is always a face smiling back at you. We are a family.

Favorite Quote: “Wherever you go no matter the weather, always bring your own sunshine” –Anthony J. D’Angelo

 

Name: Alyssa Frese
Academic Standing: Junior
Major(s): Community Leadership & Communication
Minor: Journalism
Hometown: Norway, Iowa
E-mail address: amf007@aquinas.edu
AQ clubs /organizations/sports: Resident Assistant, The Saints Sports Editor, Communication Club (President), Across State Lines, Intramural Soccer & Volleyball, and Service Learning. 
Something fun/interesting/unique about you: I never wore the same pair of shoes to high school twice. I have an obsession.
Most unique experience at AQ? Traveling to New Orleans on a Service Learning Trip. The people and community were so welcoming and the kids we worked with were amazing. I want to go back!
Why did you want to be an AQ Ambassador? I love, love, love Aquinas and I want prospective students to know how great AQ is!
What is your favorite thing about AQ? The squirrels! Or Iced Jolly Saints at the Moose! Yum!
Favorite Quote: “Life isn’t about waiting for the storms to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.” – Anonymous

   
Michael Gagnon

Name: Michael Gagnon
Academic Standing: Senior
Major(s): Math & International Business
Minor(s): Spanish
Hometown: Grand Haven, Mich.
E-mail address: mikenongag@gmail.com
AQ clubs /organizations/sports: Men’s Soccer Team, Math Club, SIFE, Math Tutor, and Student Ambassador.   
Something fun/interesting/unique about you: I have two different colored eyes.
Most unique experience at AQ?: Conference finals my sophomore year.
Why did you want to be an AQ Ambassador?: In order to show people why I love being at AQ.
What is your favorite thing about AQ?: The soccer field.
Favorite Quote: “Whatever you do, be the best at it.”

 
Katherine Glossop

Name: Katherine Glossop
Academic Standing: Senior
Major(s): Communication & Theatre
Hometown: Lansing, Mich.
E-mail address: kcg001@aquinas.edu
AQ clubs /organizations/sports: Vice President of Bravo, Orientation Leader, Intramural Basketball, AQ Improv troupe.
Something fun/interesting/unique about you: I have been madly in love with Peter Pan since I was 5. I’ll never grow up.
Most unique experience at AQ? Jumping into Wege pond in the middle of March!
Why did you want to be an AQ Ambassador? I love Aquinas and there is nothing I would rather do than show people why AQ is such a gem!
What is your favorite thing about AQ? The feeling of being home.
Favorite Quote: In this life, you can have your cake and eat it too, chicken.

   
Melissa Goulet

Name: Melissa Goulet

Academic Standing: Senior

Major(s): Community Leadership and Mathematics

Minor: Communication

Hometown: Redford, Mich.

E-mail address: mgg003@aquinas.edu

AQ clubs /organizations/sports: Work at Kids’ Food Basket, Jersey Junction, Moose Café Student Manager, volunteer at Family Futures, note taker for Disability Services

Something fun/interesting/unique about you: I was once gluten free for six months.

Most unique experience at AQ? I once went to a math professor’s house for a BBQ with him and other math students!

Why did you want to be an AQ Ambassador? Being an Ambassador was something I have always wanted to do, but I felt like I couldn’t devote a lot of time to it in the past. But now I do have the time and I’m excited to be a part of this large family!

What is your favorite thing about AQ? I love that you can walk to class and see familiar places. It’s a place I know I belong and I call my second home.

   
Sydne Harris

Name: Sydne Harris
Academic Standing: Senior
Major(s): Community Leadership and Spanish
Minor(s): Writing
Hometown: Higgins Lake, Mich.
E-mail address: sth002@aquinas.edu
AQ clubs /organizations/sports: Spanish Club and AmeriCorps/ AQ Fellows Alum. 
Something fun/interesting/unique about you: I love to be outside as much as possible! I love to hike, camp, kayak, paddle board and ski. Nature is my place of peace and reminds me that we have much to thank God for.
Most unique experience at AQ? My most unique experience at AQ was my semester in Spain. It was an experience I was truly blessed to be able to have. It opened my mind to new cultures and allowed me to discover a lot about myself.
Why did you want to be an AQ Ambassador? I want to be an AQ Ambassador so I can introduce prospective students to the community that I am so proud to be a part of.
What is your favorite thing about AQ? My favorite part of Aquinas is the amount of programs and activities we have on campus. There is always something fun happening around campus that allows you to spend time amongst our close-knit community.
Favorite Quote: “There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” - C.S. Lewis

   
Aaron Hendrick

Name: Aaron Hendrick

Academic Standing: Senior

Major(s): Math and Education

Minor: Physical Education

Hometown: Grand Rapids, Mich.

E-mail address: ajh007@aquinas.edu

AQ clubs /organizations/sports: Men’s Tennis, Intramural Sports, SAAB (Student Athletic Advisory Board), Student Ambassador

Something fun/interesting/unique about you: My ultimate dream is to drive to the beach in a no-door jeep!

Most unique experience at AQ? When my tennis team made it to the Elite Eight at Nationals.

Why did you want to be an AQ Ambassador? I wanted to share my experiences of Aquinas College with others and help perspective students choose the right college for them!

What is your favorite thing about AQ? I love the campus and tight-knit community of students and faculty.

Favorite Quote: “Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” - John Wooden

   
Katie Hinkle

Name: Katie Hinkle
Academic Standing: Senior
Major(s): Computer Information Systems and Math
Minor(s): Chemistry
Hometown: Pinckney, Mich.
E-mail address: keh003@aquinas.edu
AQ clubs /organizations/sports: Tech Club and Catholic Life Club. 
Something fun/interesting/unique about you: I love to run and cook. I ran a half marathon this past summer.
Most unique experience at AQ? Accidently getting locked in the Saint Joe’s basement during a run.
Why did you want to be an AQ Ambassador? To spread the joy of being an AQ Saint.
What is your favorite thing about AQ? Everything! But I especially love the community aspect, dynamics with professors, and atmosphere.
Favorite Quote: “Hakunamatata!” - The Lion King

 
Jon Hornak

Name: Jon Hornak
Academic Standing: Senior
Major(s): Biology
Minor(s): Communication
Hometown: Muskegon, Mich.
E-mail address: jmh003@aquinas.edu
AQ clubs /organizations/sports: Men’s Basketball –Team Captain, Student Director for Intramural Sports, President of SAAB (Student Athlete Advisory Board). 

Something fun/interesting/unique about you: I took dance classes and competed as a kid and I am a twin.
Most unique experience at AQ? I had the opportunity to participate in and start off the AQ Flash Mob in Wege Cafeteria!
Why did you want to be an AQ Ambassador? To show people why I love AQ and hopefully inspire them to want to come here. Also to represent the college in any way I can.
What is your favorite thing about AQ? The genuine closeness on campus, I feel like I can have a unique connection and some sort of friendship with everyone at AQ.

 
Catherine Jandernoa

Name: Catherine Jandernoa
Academic Standing: Senior
Major(s): Music
Minor(s): Psychology
Hometown: Portland, Mich.
E-mail address: ccj001@aquinas.edu
AQ clubs /organizations/sports: Abandon: Praise and Worship, AQpella, Student Senate. 

Something fun/interesting/unique about you: I have a goal to spend an entire summer without ever wearing shoes.
Most unique experience at AQ? Getting everyone in my class (including the Professor) to go to the mailroom to pick up a package.
Why did you want to be an AQ Ambassador? So I could make a weird video and turn it in as an application!
What is your favorite thing about AQ? Jumping in Wege pond and the leaves. I LOVE fall at AQ!
Favorite Quote: “In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world.” - John 16:33

   
Brigid Kiley

Name: Brigid Kiley

Academic Standing:  Sophomore

Major: Pre-Med

Hometown: Muskegon, Mich.

E-mail address: bmk001@aquinas.edu

AQ clubs /organizations/sports:  Intramural sports

Something fun/interesting/unique about you: I love Pride and Prejudice so much I can quote most of the movie (2005) from heart.

Most unique experience at AQ? Meeting my friend Lindsay at freshman orientation and both of us feeling like we knew each other before even though it was the first time we had ever met.

Why did you want to be an AQ Ambassador? I wanted to be able to share what I love about Aquinas with others while also getting to know new people and learning from them.

What is your favorite thing about AQ? Two things! The people and the area. I love that the faculty and student body are all very friendly and willing to get to know you. I also love the location of Aquinas with all the trees, Reed’s Lake, and East Grand Rapids/Eastown just a few minutes away.

Favorite Quote: “In life we cannot always do great things, but we can do small things with great love.” – Mother Theresa

   
Marylou Kiley

Name: Marylou Kiley

Academic Standing: Sophomore

Major: Nursing

Hometown: Muskegon, Mich.

E-mail address: mk006@aquinas.edu

AQ clubs /organizations/sports: Intramural Sports

Something fun/interesting/unique about you: I love to do yoga!

Most unique experience at AQ? Getting to eat dinner with Sister Katrina and the rest of the Dominican sisters at Marywood- they are all so sweet and loving! She even gave us a tour!

Why did you want to be an AQ Ambassador? I wanted the opportunity to reassure and encourage transfer students and incoming freshmen that they can be successful at college, and that AQ really can become a new home for them!

What is your favorite thing about AQ? The professors! - They are all so friendly and they truly care about you and your life!

Favorite Quote: “IT’S SO FLUFFY!” - Despicable Me

   
Ian MacNeil

Name: Ian MacNeil
Academic Standing: Senior
Major(s): Mathematics and Political Science
Hometown: Kentwood, Mich.
E-mail address: idm001@aquinas.edu
AQ clubs /organizations/sports: POLIS (Political Studies Club) President, Math Club, Resident Assistant, Intramural Soccer & Volleyball, and “In Case of Emergency” Improv. 
Something fun/interesting/unique about you: I want to be a professional beach volleyball player.
Most unique experience at AQ? Performing with Second City Improv at Wake Up People 2012.
Why did you want to be an AQ Ambassador? I wanted to be an ambassador because I have taken full advantage of the opportunities Aquinas offers, and I want to encourage others to do the same.
What is your favorite thing about AQ? My favorite thing about AQ is our willingness to improve and strive for excellence in academics, student affairs, and creating well-rounded individuals.
Favorite Quote: “Laughter is a vacation from the everyday.” - Anonymous

 
Kelsey Moellmann

Name: Kelsey Moellmann
Academic Standing: Senior
Major(s): Biology
Minor(s): Psychology
Hometown: Brighton, Mich.
E-mail address: klm005@aquinas.edu
AQ clubs /organizations/sports: Resident Assistant in Hruby Hall. 
Something fun/interesting/unique about you: I worked at a roller skating rink for about 3 and half years so one of my favorite things to do is roller skate! 
Most unique experience at AQ? Participating in Freshman Orientation as a role model was one of the best experiences I have had at AQ. The opportunity to meet people and make an impact was priceless.
Why did you want to be an AQ Ambassador? I really wanted an opportunity to possibly help prospective students in their journey in choosing a college. I wanted those students to see the campus that clicked with me, hopefully getting some to feel the same.
What is your favorite thing about AQ? My favorite thing about AQ is the campus. Everything about it, like the scenery, social aspects, and history really drew me into coming here.
Favorite Quote: “Don’t worry, be happy!”

   
Anne Morrow

Name: Anne Morrow

Academic Standing: Sophomore

Major: Community Leadership

Hometown: Grand Rapids, Mich.

E-mail address: aem007@aquinas.edu

AQ clubs /organizations/sports: SAAB, CAVA, Women’s Lacrosse Team, Intramural Sports, and Retreats

Something fun/interesting/unique about you: When I was in 8th grade I was in the Broadway production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

Most unique experience at AQ? I went backpacking on South Manitou Island with a group of people I had never met before and it was such a remarkable experience.

Why did you want to be an AQ Ambassador? I LOVE my school and I want everyone to know how truly incredible Aquinas really is!

What is your favorite thing about AQ? My favorite thing about AQ is definitely the feeling of closeness you receive everywhere on campus!

Favorite Quote: “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others”

   
Bettina Mulligan

Name: Bettina Mulligan

Academic Standing: Senior

Major(s): German, Business Administration and Communication

Hometown: Davisburg, Mich.

E-mail address: bmm003@aquinas.edu

AQ clubs /organizations/sports:  President of German Club, Eucharistic Minister

Something fun/interesting/unique about you: My favorite stress reliever is to clean. I absolutely love cleaning my bathroom, room and kitchen whenever I am stressed and feel so much better when I am done!

Most unique experience at AQ? I was able to attend the Golden Saints Alumni Brunch Sophomore year and it was so great meeting people that went to Aquinas way back in the day and to hear about their experiences while they attended school here.

Why did you want to be an AQ Ambassador? I wanted to be an Ambassador because I really love Aquinas and I wanted to share all of the wonderful qualities that I love about AQ with other students.

What is your favorite thing about AQ? I really like the size of AQ. I was looking for a smaller college when I was doing my college search and I am so happy I picked Aquinas. I love the relationship you can have with your teacher and the great community between all of the students!

Favorite Quote: It’s actually in German. “Man trifft sich zweimal im Leben." It means you meet everyone in life twice. When I was studying abroad in Germany and I was about to leave at the end of the semester one of my friends said this to me when we said goodbye. I just think it is wonderful.

 
Taylor Nefcy

Name: Taylor Nefcy
Academic Standing: Senior
Major(s): Business Administration
Minor(s): Communication
Hometown: Ogden, Utah
E-mail address: tjn003@aquinas.edu
AQ clubs /organizations/sports: BRAVO!, Orientation Leader   
Something fun/interesting/unique about you: I love to sing! And impersonate Kristen Wiig! And Will Ferrel and I have the same birthday.
Most unique experience at AQ? The pond reflection activity at Orientation. It always is a special AQ moment!
Why did you want to be an AQ Ambassador? I love AQ and I love showing people how great it is! It's my home away from home.
What is your favorite thing about AQ? The trees, Wege, and the theatre program!
Favorite Quote: "May the road rise to meet you, may the wind be at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, and the rains fall softly on your fields. And until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand." - An Irish Blessing

 
Molly Pelak

Name:  Molly Pelak
Academic Standing: Senior
Major(s): Elementary Education and Mathematics
Hometown: Mattawan, Mich.
E-mail address: mrp002@aquinas.edu
AQ clubs /organizations/sports:
AQ Education Club
South Manitou Retreat Leader
Habitat for Humanity
 Christian Appalachia Retreat in Kentucky
Something fun/interesting/unique about you: I have 10 younger siblings.
Most unique experience at AQ?
Being an orientation leader was such a great experience. I loved my orientation group. It was so great to meet all of the incoming freshmen and become closer to my fellow Aquinas students and staff.
Why did you want to be an AQ Ambassador?
I love working with people and sharing all of the wonderful things about Aquinas with others.
What is your favorite thing about AQ?
I love the small community feeling. I also love how when I walk to class, I will know a majority of the people that I walk by.
Favorite Quote: La Vita E Bella (Life is Beautiful)

 
Brendan Penny

Name: Brendan Penny
Academic Standing: Junior
Major(s): Business/ Sport Management
Minor(s): Communication
Hometown: Kentwood, Mich.
E-mail address: bjp003@aquinas.edu
AQ clubs /organizations/sports: Baseball
Something fun/interesting/unique about you: I have a brother on campus and we play baseball for Aquinas.
Most unique experience at AQ? Playing intramural basketball with people on the second floors of St. Joe’s every Sunday in the winter.
Why did you want to be an AQ Ambassador? I wanted to be an ambassador to show people the AQ campus from my perspective (student). Also to meet people that I have never met before to create new experiences and adventures.
What is your favorite thing about AQ? My favorite thing about AQ is the campus and the atmosphere. I love the trees and the people around the campus.
Favorite Quote: “Don’t give up, don’t ever give up.” - Jim Valvano

 
Sydnee Rogers

Name: Sydnee Rogers
Academic Standing: Senior
Major(s): Political Science
Minor(s): Spanish
Hometown: White Lake, Mich.
E-mail address: smr002@aquinas.edu
AQ clubs /organizations/sports:  CAVA, AQ Service Scholars, and volunteering at Feeding America.
Something fun/interesting/unique about you: I have the same birthday as my dad. We were both born on June 27th.
Most unique experience at AQ? I lived in Regina Hall for two years and this past year I went to Regina prom. It was more fun than high school prom!
Why did you want to be an AQ Ambassador? I love Aquinas and I want to share my experiences with others.
What is your favorite thing about AQ? My favorite things about AQ are the small classes, the people and the city of Grand Rapids.
Favorite Quote: “Whatever you are, be a good one.”

 
Nick Rudofski

Name: Nick Rudofski
Academic Standing: Junior
Major(s): Sustainable Business
Hometown: Commerce, Mich.
E-mail address: nlr001@aquinas.edu
AQ clubs /organizations/sports: Saints for Life, Logic LLC, Students Striving for Sustainability, and CAVA.
Something fun/interesting/unique about you: I discovered that I am directly related to Pocahontas.
Most unique experience at AQ? Being an Orientation Leader was an experience I’ll never forget.
Why did you want to be an AQ Ambassador? I had such a wonderful tour guide for my visit, which helped me fall in love with Aquinas and spread it!
What is your favorite thing about AQ? The out-of-this-world community that is developed between the students, staff and faculty that will last a lifetime.
Favorite Quote: “Where you invest your love, you invest your life.”

 
Becca Ryan

Name: Becca Ryan
Academic Standing: Senior
Major(s): Community Leadership
Minor(s): Writing
Hometown: Rockford, Mich.
E-mail address: rer001@aquinas.edu
AQ clubs /organizations/sports:  AQ Intramural Basketball & Soccer, Campus Ministry events and Campus Life events (awesome!)
Something fun/interesting/unique about you: My dad and I are avid cyclists; we rode a 105-mile tour last summer!
Most unique experience at AQ? Being a Resident Assistant in Regina Hall my sophomore year.
Why did you want to be an AQ Ambassador? I want students to love AQ as much as I do- before they even come here!
What is your favorite thing about AQ? The NATURE! (and the incredible professors!)
Favorite Quote: “Spread love wherever you go. Let no one come to you without leaving happier.” - Mother Teresa

 
Bridget Salisz

Name: Bridget Salisz
Academic Standing: Senior
Major(s): Spanish and Education
Hometown: Muskegon, Mich.
E-mail address: bs001@aquinas.edu
AQ clubs /organizations/sports: Spanish Club, Education Club, Abandon, Dominican Republic Service-Learning, and Study abroad in Costa Rica. 
Something fun/interesting/unique about you: I LOVE music, but I also really enjoy painting, snowboarding, the beach with friends and TRAVEL!
Most unique experience at AQ? I spoke at a large event in the Sturrus Sports and Fitness Center for the NPR, “This I Believe” series, when the editor, Dan Gediman came to AQ.

Why did you want to be an AQ Ambassador? To help prospective students figure out if AQ is the right place for them.
What is your favorite thing about AQ? The PEOPLE!
Favorite Quote: “The Holy Spirit will teach me in that moment what I should say.” - Luke 12:12

 
Abby Samotis

Name: Abby Samotis

Academic Standing: Senior

Major(s): Sustainable Business

Hometown: Oscoda, Mich.

E-mail address: ans002@aquinas.edu

AQ clubs /organizations/sports: Intramural Volleyball

Something fun/interesting/unique about you: I love to be outdoors! I love catching frogs and butterflies!

Why did you want to be an AQ Ambassador? I want to share my experiences at AQ with others, and help them connect with AQ. If I can influence students to find the right college for them, which is such a life changing experience, then I will be happy!

What is your favorite thing about AQ? Everybody knows everybody!

Favorite Quote: Let it be!

 
Jamie Sansone

Name: Jamie Sansone
Academic Standing: Junior
Major(s): Sustainable Business
Hometown: New Lenox, Ill.
E-mail address: jamie.sansone@aquinas.edu
AQ clubs /organizations/sports: Students Striving for Sustainability (S3), Cross Country and Track.
Something fun/interesting/unique about you: I started running cross country and track in college and have had the best experience with my coach and teammates!
Most unique experience at AQ? My most unique experience at AQ was really my whole freshman year as a cross country and track runner. I walked on the team and it changed my life. We won the Cross Country Conference last fall and I trust my team and know we can hold this tradition.
Why did you want to be an AQ Ambassador? Freshman year my room was the showroom so I frequently had prospective students walking through. I always got excited when a tour came through, telling high school students about my room and AQ experience seemed to make them excited and I wanted to be able to do that more as an ambassador.
What is your favorite thing about AQ? My favorite things about AQ would be the way that students and faculty interact with each other to include anyone and everyone into all activities. AQ always encourages students to experience and try new things, even if it’s out of your comfort zone. Almost everyone come out with a positive outlook on the experiences. Also, the interaction with the Grand Rapids community as a whole.
Favorite Quote: "Order is a lovely thing; On disarray it lays its wing, Teaching simplicity to sing." - Anna Branch

   
Nathan (Nate) Schall

Name: Nathan (Nate) Schall

Academic Standing: Sophomore

Major(s): Community Leadership and General Music

Hometown: Fort Wayne, Ind.

E-mail address: nws001@aquinas.edu

AQ clubs /organizations/sports: Habitat for Humanity (Co-secretary), Across State Lines, and AQ Light Retreat Team

Something fun/interesting/unique about you: I am red/green colorblind and I am obsessed with the Thanksgiving holiday!  Go mashed potatoes!

Most unique experience at AQ? A friend and I tried to make a garish birthday cake for ourselves in the Ravine apartments but the batter and the frosting looked (and tasted) like mold.

Why did you want to be an AQ Ambassador? I had a life-changing experience on my own tour as a senior in high school.  I strive to give current prospective students the same, welcoming experience I was able to have.

What is your favorite thing about AQ? My down-to-earth peers, the accessibility of my professors, and of course all the trees!  Wait until you see this place in October, good people!

Favorite Quote: “Let us meet each other with a smile, for a smile is the beginning of love.” – Mother Teresa

   
Alisa Skluzacek

Name: Alisa Skluzacek
Academic Standing: Senior
Major(s): Elementary Education & Learning Disabilities
Minor(s): Math
Hometown: St. Charles, Ill.
E-mail address: ams011@aquinas.edu
AQ clubs /organizations/sports: Women’s Lacrosse, Resident Assistant, CAVA, and Education Club.
Something fun/interesting/unique about you: I had braces for 6 years and broke both my feet.
Most unique experience at AQ? Playing mud tug in Wege pond.
Why did you want to be an AQ Ambassador? To show perspective students how much Aquinas has changed my life.
What is your favorite thing about AQ? EVERYTHING! Probably the smallness.
Favorite Quote: “Don’t worry, be happy.”

 
Nolan Smith

Name: Nolan Smith
Academic Standing: Senior
Major(s): Learning Disabilities & Social Studies
Minor(s): History
Hometown: Hopkins, Mich.
E-mail address: nolan.smith@aquinas.edu
AQ clubs /organizations/sports: Hockey, ASCD, and AQ Klub Polski.
Something fun/interesting/unique about you: I love Detroit Lions football.
Most unique experience at AQ? I am one of the founding fathers for AQ Klub Polski
Why did you want to be an AQ Ambassador? I enjoy seeing results of my work. It’s awesome to see prospective students that I’ve toured with decide to come to Aquinas.
What is your favorite thing about AQ? All the great books in the Reading Clinic.

Favorite Quote: “Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds.” - FDR

 
Abby Stocking

Name: Abby Stocking
Academic Standing: Senior
Major(s): Special Education
Hometown: DeTour Village, Mich.
E-mail address: ass002@aquinas.edu
AQ clubs /organizations/sports: CYBIAC and Abandon.
Most unique experience at AQ? Having friends over for a huge family dinner the first week of school.
Why did you want to be an AQ Ambassador? To give others the chance to see how amazing Aquinas is and share how it changed my life.
What is your favorite thing about AQ? How friendly everyone on Campus is and how at home I feel.
Favorite Quote: “People spend their whole lives trying to be someone else’s version of perfect. What they don’t realize is sometimes, you have to be your own.”

 
Abby Taylor

Name: Abby Taylor

Academic Standing: Senior

Majors: Communication

Hometown: Grand Rapids, Mich.

E-mail address: amt004@aquinas.edu

AQ clubs /organizations/sports: Penny Ben, Intramural Sports, Music Department/ Choir, Saint Stock

Something fun/interesting/unique about you: I have met the returning beach volleyball Olympians, Misty May and Kerri Walsh.

Most unique experience at AQ? Having the opportunity to be an orientation leader my second year and helping my group get a sense of how amazing Aquinas is.

Why did you want to be an AQ Ambassador? I want to show prospective students how much I love going to school at Aquinas and the many fun and cute opportunities there are to get involved in!

What is your favorite thing about AQ? AQ’s campus is so cozy. It definitely feels like home and you get to know people on a more individual basis because of the community environment. I also enjoy that our mascot is a St. Bernard named Nelson. It has always been my dream to have a dog mascot.

Favorite Quote: "Take time to stop and smell the flowers because it's the little things in life that are the most important."

 
Bailey Terebinski

Name: Bailey Terebinski

Academic Standing: Senior

Major(s): Business Administration and Communication Dual

Hometown: Lapeer, Mich.

E-mail address: bdt001@aquinas.edu

AQ clubs /organizations/sports: I am a Resident Assistant and on the Women’s Lacrosse team.

Something fun/interesting/unique about you: I am a national champion powerlifter.

Most unique experience at AQ? When our lacrosse team made it to nationals!

Why did you want to be an AQ Ambassador? I have had such a great experience here and I want to share it with prospective students.

What is your favorite thing about AQ? Being able to walk to class and see at least 5 people you know.

Favorite Quote: "You never get a second chance to make a first impression."

 
Kara Turkstra

Name: Kara Turkstra
Academic Standing: Junior
Major(s): Accounting
Hometown: Zeeland, Mich.
E-mail address: kh001@aquinas.edu
AQ clubs /organizations/sports: I am a member of the Bowling team, a Resident Assistant of the Gatehouse, and a member of Habitat for Humanity and Saints for Life Club. 
Something fun/interesting/unique about you: I played soccer for 12 years and bowled for 4 years.
Most unique experience at AQ? Orientation. The week of Orientation was so much fun because I got my first dose of college. On day 1 I knew I chose the right school.
Why did you want to be an AQ Ambassador? I want to show students how Aquinas can benefit their education.
What is your favorite thing about AQ? My favorite thing about AQ is the community that is here.
Favorite Quote: “Do what you can, where you are, with what you have.” - Teddy Roosevelt

 
Hannah Vanderhulst

Name: Hannah Vanderhulst
Academic Standing: Senior
Major(s): Communication
Minor(s): Business Administration
Hometown: Zeeland, Mich.
E-mail address: hev001@aquinas.edu
AQ clubs /organizations/sports: Intramural Volleyball 
Something fun/interesting/unique about you: I work at the Moose here at AQ and dolphins are my favorite animal.
Most unique experience at AQ? Enjoying math class outside at the Art and Music Center Freshman year.
Why did you want to be an AQ Ambassador? I wanted to share all the parts I love about AQ with other people. Also to show people around campus!
What is your favorite thing about AQ? It’s small enough to regularly see people and make friendships, but has so many opportunities that a large school would.
Favorite Quote: “Your life is an occasion. Rise to it.” - from Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium

 
Amanda Vanderplow

Name: Amanda Vanderplow
Academic Standing: Senior
Major(s): French & Psychology
Minor(s): Biology
Hometown: Cicero, Ill.
E-mail address: amv002@aquinas.edu
AQ clubs /organizations/sports: French Club, CAVA and Kids Food Basket.
Something fun/interesting/unique about you: I am obsessed with cats.
Most unique experience at AQ? Being an orientation leader. It was an awesome experience getting to know new people and getting to meet all of the incoming freshman.
Why did you want to be an AQ Ambassador? I wanted to share the experiences I have had here at AQ and why I fell in love with this school. I also love meeting new people.
What is your favorite thing about AQ?  Attending Dr. Frayman’s classes.
Favorite Quote: “Through all the windows I only see infinity.” - Mark Z. Danielewski

   
Erin Varner

Name: Erin Varner

Academic Standing: Junior

Major: Nursing

Hometown: Plymouth, Mich.

E-mail address: env001@aquinas.edu

AQ clubs /organizations/sports: Student Nurse Association

Something fun/interesting/unique about you: I’ll eat Italian dressing on almost anything.

Most unique experience at AQ? Living in Gate House with 10 other girls!

Why did you want to be an AQ Ambassador? So I can show prospective students why AQ is my home away from home.

What is your favorite thing about AQ? The friends I have met here are the coolest.

Favorite Quote: “I can do all things through Him who gives me strength.” - Philippians 4:13

   
Elizabeth Vaughan

Name: Elizabeth Vaughan
Academic Standing: Junior
Major: Math
Minor: Sociology
Hometown: Jenison, Mich.     
E-mail address: eav004@aquinas.edu
AQ clubs /organizations/sports: Women's Soccer Team, CAVA, Orientation Leader
Something fun/interesting/unique about you: I am taller than both of my parents.
Most unique experience at AQ? Living in the dorms.
Why did you want to be an AQ Ambassador? I wanted the opportunity to influence prospective students.
What is your favorite thing about AQ? The size of the college and the closeness of the community.

   
Josh Weiland

Name: Josh Weiland

Academic Standing: Junior

Major(s): Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing

Hometown: Pinckney, Mich.

E-mail address: jrw003@aquinas.edu

AQ clubs /organizations/sports:  President of AQ Programming Board, Campus Life Student Assistant

Something fun/interesting/unique about you: One time at band camp, I accidentally pulled the fire alarm.

Most unique experience at AQ? I never expected Aquinas to be such a tight community, but when I started seeing my professors in the gym, I realized that this is a place where people get to know each other.

Why did you want to be an AQ Ambassador? I love Aquinas like I never thought I would, and I love showing people all the amazing things AQ has to offer!

What is your favorite thing about AQ? At Aquinas College I have access to Grand Rapids, while getting the quiet atmosphere of our small college.

Favorite Quote: “The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” - Steve Jobs

   
Nick Whise

Name: Nick Whise

Academic Standing: Sophomore

Major: Accounting

Minor: Communication

Hometown: Saint Joseph, Mich.

E-mail address: njw001@aquinas.edu
AQ clubs /organizations/sports:  Cross Country, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, and Business & Accounting League

Something fun/interesting/unique about you: I like breakfast for lunch. And dinner.

Most unique experience at AQ? Meeting individuals who have influenced me to uncover my true potential.

Why did you want to be an AQ Ambassador? To have the opportunity to share with prospective students my passion for Aquinas!

What is your favorite thing about AQ? My favorite thing about AQ is that it is so easy to get involved and meet new people and that it is so close to downtown Grand Rapids!
Favorite Quote: “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” - Philippians 4:13

   
Casey Wila

Name: Casey Wila

Academic Standing: Sophomore

Major(s): Business Administration/Communication Dual Major

Hometown: Grand Rapids, Mich.

E-mail address: crw002@aquinas.edu

AQ clubs /organizations/sports: Baseball, Intramural Volleyball and Basketball

Something fun/interesting/unique about you: I’ve torn both my ACLs playing basketball.

Most unique experience at AQ? Freshman Orientation

Why did you want to be an AQ Ambassador? To display Aquinas College to the best of my abilities to prospective students; to portray Aquinas College in the best light that I possibly can.

What is your favorite thing about AQ? The camaraderie and community feel among the students and faculty.

Favorite Quote: “Do what you love, love what you do.”

   
Raechel Wrona

Name: Raechel Wrona

Academic Standing: Senior

Major(s): Business Administration and Community Leadership

Minor: Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Hometown: Rockford, Mich.

E-mail address: rkw001@aquinas.edu

AQ clubs /organizations/sports: Campus Ministry Small Group Leader, Intramural Sports

Something fun/interesting/unique about you: I’ve been to Africa… twice, but never to the U.P.!

Most unique experience at AQ? Watching squirrels eat jelly filled doughnuts in the trees.

Why did you want to be an AQ Ambassador? I wanted to share my love for the place I call home.

What is your favorite thing about AQ? Being on a gorgeous campus with incredible people every day!

Favorite Quote: “If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough.” - Ellen Johnson Sirleaf