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2010 ArtPrize Winner Center of Attention at Aquinas College Homecoming

September 23, 2011 - Grand Rapids, Mich. – 2010 ArtPrize winner Chris LaPorte, a 1996 graduate of Aquinas College, was the center of attention last night at the College’s Hall of Fame Gala and Homecoming Weekend Kickoff festivities. LaPorte, who was recently hired on full time as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Art, was presented with the distinguished President’s Award.

College officials also announced during the event that "Cavalry, American Officers, 1921," LaPorte’s 2010 ArtPrize-winning entry, will be moved to Aquinas College following this year’s ArtPrize event. Final arrangements are still being made with the ArtPrize organization for the long-term loan, but plans are for "Cavalry" to hang in the Grace Hauenstein Library.

The Hall of Fame event, which honored nine other alumni and friends of the College, was held on Thursday, September 22 at the Sturrus Sports & Fitness Center.

“I am absolutely humbled about being honored with the President’s Award,” said LaPorte. “To be hired on full time, to receive this honor and then to announce that Cavalry will reside on campus is truly a homecoming experience that I will never forget!”

“Chris is very deserving of all the accolades,” said Aquinas College President Juan Olivarez. “His accomplishments as professor and artist, along with his humble spirit, make him a wonderful representative of what Aquinas College is about.”

Other alumni recognized at the event included:

Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees
Vonda Nagelkirk VanTil, ’90, Volleyball
Tamra L. Harig, ’87, Volleyball
James B. Payne, ’75, Tennis
Raymond J. McCahill, ’74 +, Basketball Lifetime Achievement Award

Alumni Association Honorees
Monique Salinas-Stauffer ’78, Ph.D., Outstanding Alumna Award
Patrick A. Miles Sr. MM ’95, Distinguished Service Award

Aquinas College Hall of Fame Inductees
Sister Bertrand LaLonde, O.P., Ph.D. +
Anthony Brink ‘43
Michael R. Williams, Ph.D.