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Undergraduate Admissions E-Newsletter - Summer 2014

Welcome to the Aquinas College E-Newsletter - your source for the latest news and events happening at AQ! Read on to find out what amazing things AQ faculty, staff, students and alumni are up to as well as what exciting projects are going on at Aquinas.
 
Visit Aquinas for AQDay on August 29, 2014
Aquinas Student Admitted to Bill Clinton School of Public Service
Aquinas College Offers Only Deaf and Hard of Hearing Endorsement in Michigan
West Catholic High School and Aquinas College Announce Dual Enrollment Agreement
Aquinas Student Awarded Amway Scholarship to Study in China
Aquinas College Professor Selected to Participate in American History Seminar
Aquinas College Hires Dr. Gilda Gely as Executive Vice President & Provost
Aquinas College Hosts Delegation from Hong Kong
Winter/Spring Sports Wrap Up
 
Visit Aquinas for AQDay on August 29, 2014

AQDays are designed to introduce prospective students and their parents to Aquinas College. We encourage all high school and transfer students to attend.

 

Our lush 107-acre campus is a former estate, complete with an English Style Manor and Carriage House. Our 90 species of trees, ponds, creeks and terraced gardens will show you why we've been called Michigan's "most beautiful small college."

 

During each academic year, Aquinas hosts general-interest AQDays as well as specialized AQDays that cater to some of our most popular areas of study.

 

>More Information and Online Registration

AQDays

 

 
Aquinas Student Admitted to Bill Clinton School of Public Service
Coby MacMaster

Aquinas College graduates know that the hard work and challenges they may face in school will pay off. Sometimes that pay-off comes in the form of one-of-a-kind opportunities. Coby MacMaster, who graduated in May 2014, knows the value of buckling down and doing the task at hand. A community leadership major and business administration minor, MacMaster will be heading off in the fall to a unique master’s program in Arkansas. 

 

He will be attending the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, Arkansas, to earn his master’s in public service. The Clinton School is an incredibly selective two-year program. The program accepts no more than one hundred students at a time and when MacMaster applied, they were taking fewer than fifty new students. After he visited the school in February, MacMaster applied for the program - a month late. He was placed on the waiting list and didn’t really expect to be accepted, but MacMaster clearly had what the Clinton School was looking for. >Read More

 

 
Aquinas College Offers Only Deaf and Hard of Hearing Endorsement in Michigan

Aquinas College has partnered with the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) to offer the only Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) endorsement in the state. The endorsement is offered through the DHH Consortium, an innovative, multi-state college and university partnership. The DHH Consortium for Teacher Preparation was created by the MDE, Office of Special Education (OSE) in response to an absence of DHH endorsement programs in Michigan. Aquinas currently offers certifications in two areas of special education, Learning Disabilities and Physical or Other Health Impairment (POHI). >Read More

 

 
West Catholic High School and Aquinas College Announce Dual Enrollment Agreement

West Catholic High School and Aquinas College have entered into a dual enrollment agreement that will make college courses available during the 2014 to 2015 school year to West Catholic students. Eligible juniors and seniors will be able to take Principles of Accounting in the fall and Principles of Management in the spring. These traditional college courses have the same rigor and expectations as those taught on the Aquinas campus. >Read More

 

 
Aquinas Student Awarded Amway Scholarship to Study in China

Aquinas College student and native of New Bern, N.C., Joanna Sendor, has been selected as a recipient of the Amway China 100,000 Strong Scholarship. This $5,000 scholarship will finance Sendor’s participation in Michigan State University’s summer marketing program in China. During this three week program, students will travel to five Chinese cities where they will visit businesses, and historical and cultural locations. The program is designed to help students gain an understanding of the Chinese consumer and business to business marketing. >Read More

 

 
Aquinas College Professor Selected to Participate in American History Seminar

Dr. Jason Duncan

Dr. Jason Duncan, professor of history at Aquinas College, is one of a select group of college faculty members from across the nation chosen by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History to participate in a special American history seminar about Chicago. >Read More

 

 
Aquinas College Hires Dr. Gilda Gely as Executive Vice President & Provost

Aquinas College President Dr. Juan Olivarez announced that Dr. Gilda Gely will become the school’s next executive vice president and provost. Gely has a combined 25 years of teaching and top level administrative experience at both public and private academic institutions. She will join Aquinas in late May. >Read More

 

 
Aquinas College Hosts Delegation from Hong Kong

Aquinas College hosted a delegation of 17 faculty, administrator and student representatives from Lingnan University in Hong Kong. The delegation will learn, from Aquinas faculty and staff, the importance of successfully integrating service-learning and community engagement into college curriculum.

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Aquinas College Hosts Delegation from Hong Kong
 

 
Winter/Spring Sports Wrap Up

Men’s Track & Field
The Saints finished in third place at the WHAC Indoor Championships and fell to the fourth spot during the Outdoor Championships.  At the Indoor Championships, the Saints were led by the first place finishes in the 600 meters by Caleb Teachout and the men’s 4x800 Meter Relay (Teachout, Grant Gunneson, Tom Willet and Luke Hawley).  In Geneva, Ohio at the NAIA Indoor Championships the Saints placed 10th as a team to mark the second consecutive top ten placing at the Championships.  Alvaro Romero, who hails from Lima, Peru, earned All American honors in both the triple jump and the long jump.  The Saints also received All-American performances from Caleb Teachout (600 Meters, 4x400 Meter Relay and 4x800 Meter Relay), Grant Gunneson (4x800 Meter Relay), Tom Willet (4x800 Meter Relay), Luke Hawley (4x800 Meter Relay), Ray Bordeaux (4x400 Meter Relay), Tyler Johnson (4x400 Meter Relay), Dionte Williams (4x800 Meter Relay) and Adam Lohner (Pole Vault).  The men’s 4x100 Meter Relay (Bordeaux, Ryan Makinen, Ryan Parminter and Sam Freeman) and Dan Foley (Marathon) also were crowned All-Americans at the Outdoor Championships contested in Gulf Shores, Alabama.  School records broken during the 2014 season included: (Indoor) 800 Meters – Caleb Teachout (1:51.89), Pole Vault – Adam Lohner (16-6.75), 4x800 Meter Relay – Tom Willet, Grant Gunneson, Luke Hawley, Caleb Teachout (7:36.20).

 

Women's Track Women’s Track & Field
The women’s team placed fifth at the Indoor WHAC Championships and improved to fourth at the Outdoor Championships contested in Adrian at Siena Heights University.  At the Indoor NAIA Championships, Alica Dorko earned her third career All American honor as she placed sixth in the pole vault. When the competition switched to outdoors Lindsey Karpowicz (Discus) and Dorko (Pole Vault) recorded First Team All-WHAC performances.  Karpowicz followed up her conference championship with an All-American effort at the NAIA Outdoor Championships in discus.  The Saints have now had someone earn All American status in the discus seven of the last eight years. 

 

Men’s Basketball
Overall, the Saints posted a 15-16 record that included key victories over Spring Arbor, Cornerstone and Madonna.  After a slow start to the season the Saints settled down and won eight of their final twelve regular season games to finish 12-10 in WHAC play. The late season surged elevated the Saints to 5th place finish in the league standings.  The Saints were led by Austin Semple and Kolin Kazen, who both were rewarded with spots on the All-WHAC Honorable Mention Team.  Semple, who also was named to the Champions of Character Team, concluded his senior season by scoring 12.3 points per game and hauling in 5.5 rebounds per contest.  Kazen, a senior from Saugatuck, averaged 12.2 points and 7.3 rebounds for the Saints.  

 

Women’s Basketball
The women’s basketball program saw a nine game improvement over the previous season to finish with an overall mark of 21-9.  The Saints, who finished in 5th place in WHAC play, battled to a 14-8 mark against conference opponents.  Aquinas was led by Taelor Sanders, who was named All-WHAC First Team, All WHAC Defensive Team and NAIA Third Team All American for her efforts.  Sanders averaged 14.3 points, 5.1 rebounds and four assists per game for the Saints.  Allison Heberlein pitched in with 14.9 points and 7.6 boards per contest to earn All-WHAC Honorable Mention accolades.  Heberlein was also named to the conferences Champions of Character Squad, while Linda Nash was named the WHAC’s Coach of Character.

 

Baseball
Aquinas finished the season with a 23-22 overall record and a fifth seed in the WHAC Baseball Tournament.  The Saints completed the WHAC portion of their schedule with a mark of 12-14 and recorded a victory over Concordia in the WHAC Tournament.  Kyle Orlowski was named to the All-WHAC Honorable Mention squad as he hit .321. Orlowski also drove in 18 runs and led the team with seven stolen bases. Taylor Pawlanta, a senior who prepped at Forest Hills Eastern, was the Saints representative on the WHAC’s Champion of Character squad.

 

Softball
The Saints finished in sixth place in the WHAC standings (9-9) and concluded their season with a 21-22 overall record.  Aquinas was led by the All-WHAC performances of Kala Foerster and Sadie Stowell.  Foerster, a transfer from Kalamazoo Valley Community College, led the Saints in batting average (.411) and was a perfect 18-for-18 on stolen base attempts.  Stowell, a senior from Jenison, batted .362 for the season and collected 26 RBI’s for the Saints.  Sadie also led the Saints with 21 walks on the season.  The Saints were represented by Ellie Adams, Rebecca Shineldecker and Emily Corning on the league’s Honorable Mention squad.  Torie Lowe was named to the WHAC’s Champions of Character squad.

 

Men’s Golf
The men’s golf team finished the Fall Season in seventh place in the WHAC standings.  The Saints dropped one spot during the Spring Tournament where they finished in eighth place.  Senior Patrick O’Brien was named All-WHAC First Team as he averaged a 76.0 during the conference jamborees.  Cody Britton earned a spot on the All-WHAC Honorable mention squad as he carded a 76.8 average during the fall season.  Austin King was Aquinas’ representative on the Champions of Character team.

 

Women’s Golf
The women’s golf team recorded a fourth place finish in the WHAC during the fall jamborees. Coach Pupel’s crew improved one spot to finish in third place in the WHAC’s conference tournament contested in the spring. Valerie Myskens earned a spot on the All-WHAC Honorable Mention squad as she posted a season average of 85.65. Alicia Flood established a new school record as she shot a 75 to place fourth at the USF Cougar Fall Invitational contested in Fort Wayne, Indiana on October 4.

 

Men’s Tennis
The Saints held serve once again as the team continued to show its dominance as a national tennis power.  The Saints earned the WHAC title and advanced to the “Sweet Sixteen” at the NAIA National Championships in Mobile, Alabama.  Aquinas finished the season with a 25-5 mark and will look to keep the tradition alive next season.  The Saints were led by the All-American trio of Aaron Hendrick, Nik Artaev and Kristoff Saari.  The threesome was also named to the All-WHAC First Team, while Gunnar Peery was named to the All-WHAC Honorable Mention squad.  Head Coach Jerry Hendrick was named the WHAC Coach of the Year for the 14th time.

 

Women’s Tennis
The women’s tennis team posted a record of 13-11 under the guidance of Steve Green. The Saints placed 3rd in the WHAC standings with a 2-2 mark in league play.  Aquinas concluded their season with a regional semifinal loss to Davenport.  The Saints attack was led by the All-WHAC play of Lauren Ramey and Rilie DuShane.  Daniela Fonseca Zuniga and Ariana Kabodian were also recognized by the league for their play with a spot on the All-WHAC Honorable Mention team.  Ramey was also the first women’s tennis player in school history to be named a NAIA All American.  Ramey finished the season with a 26-3 record in singles and an 18-7 mark in doubles.  Ramey concluded her career as the most decorated female tennis player ever at Aquinas.

 

Men’s Lacrosse
The men’s lacrosse team concluded their finest season to date as the Saints, under the tutelage of first year Head Coach Doug Seites, posted double-digit wins for the first time in school history.  The Saints finished the season with a 10-5 mark and a 3rd place finish in the CCLA DII West and included signature victories over Central Michigan and Davidson.  The Saints were represented on the All-WHAC Honorable Mention squad by Grant Holloway, Tim Hansen and Christian VanDrie.  The trio was joined by Mark Evans and Matt Mulcahy on the All-CCLA (Central Collegiate Lacrosse Association) Third Team. 
Men's Lacrosse

Women’s Lacrosse
The Saints, who finished the season with a 12-5 record and a share of the regular season WHAC title, were led by the WHAC Newcomer of the Year, Hannah Crosby.  Crosby, who was also named to the First Team All-WHAC squad and the NWLL All-American First Team, tallied 67 goals and dished out 22 assists for the Saints in 2014.  Joining Hannah on the First Team All-WHAC squad was Alexa Burns.  Burns, who also was honored as a NWLL Second Team All American, accounted for 60 goals and 25 assists.  Earning All-WHAC Honorable Mention status were Kendall Carr, Anne Morrow and Courtney Rosol.  Morrow also was honored as a member of the NWLL Honorable Mention All American team.

 

Men’s Hockey
The buzz generated by the men’s hockey team at Aquinas College continued during the programs second season.  A loyal student following kept Griff’s Ice House rocking all winter as the Saints entertained some of the best programs in the state.  Aquinas, who finished fourth in the MCHA West, would finish the season with an 18-8-0-5 mark.  The Saints received signature victories over Notre Dame and the Spartans of Michigan State.  The Saints attack was paced by Doug Zelenka and Sam Matthews who were selected to participate in the post-season ACHA All-Star Challenge, which was contested in West Chester, Pennsylvania.  Coach Mark VanVliet was selected as the Michigan Collegiate Hockey Conference (MCHC) 1st Team West Coach, while Sam Matthews was named MCHC 2nd Team West Defense.

 

Men’s Bowling
The second season of men’s bowling is now history as the Charlie Tapp led squad competed in six competitions over the winter months.  An eleven-man squad was led by Tim Pleune who had a 192.19 average.  The Saints finished seventh in the league standings and were represented on the WHAC’s Champion of Character squad by Zander Atwood.  Coach Tapp was honored with the WHAC’s Coach of Character award.

 

Women’s Bowling
Alicia Babicz paced the second year program with a 176.21 average in WHAC Jamborees, while Sara Hodge was named to the WHAC’s Champion of Character squad.  Coach Marliss Tapp was named the Conference Coach of Character as her Saints finished in sixth place in the WHAC standings.

 
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