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Undergraduate Admissions E-Newsletter - December 2013

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.
 
Construction and Groundbreaking on Alksnis Athletics and Recreation Building
Coach Woj Named WHAC's Coach of Character
Aquinas College Begins Construction on New Residence Hall
Jason Duncan, Ph.D. Publishes JFK Book on the Anniversary of the President’s Death
Aquinas College, Ferris State University, Grand Rapids Community College and Grand Valley State University Commit to Challenge Scholars
Aquinas College hosts Winona LaDuke, Native American & Environmental Activist
Aquinas College Honored as Military Friendly School
Fall Sports Wrap-Up
 
Construction and Groundbreaking on Alksnis Athletics and Recreation Building

On September 25, 2013, the official groundbreaking of the Aquinas College Alksnis Athletics & Recreation Building – formerly referred to as “Phase II” – took place at 10:30 a.m. Named for the family of Greg Alksnis ’71 and the lead donor to the project, the Alksnis Athletics & Recreation Building will house a 200-meter NCAA-certified track and a turf infield that will also feature portable courts for use by intramural and junior varsity teams. In addition, the space will accommodate indoor practice for baseball, softball, soccer and lacrosse.

 

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Construction and Groundbreaking on Alksnis Athletics and Recreation Building

 

 
Coach Woj Named WHAC's Coach of Character
Coach Woj Named WHAC's Coach of Character

Aquinas head cross country coach, assistant track coach and sports information director Mike Wojciakowski is the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) 2013 Coach of Character recipient. The honor recognizes a coach who demonstrates methods of teaching character through sport while instilling a tradition of athletic and community excellence. The award centers itself on the five core values of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Champions of Character initiative: integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship, and servant leadership. >Read More

 

 

 
Aquinas College Begins Construction on New Residence Hall
In September, hundreds gathered to celebrate the construction of the Alksnis Athletics & Recreation Building. On Wednesday, November 20, Aquinas College held the second groundbreaking of Fall 2013, this time to kick off construction of a new residence facility for students. Due to an increased demand by upperclass students to live on campus, the Aquinas College Board of Trustees approved the expansion of campus housing. >Read More

Aquinas College Begins Construction on New Residence Hall

 

 
Jason Duncan, Ph.D. Publishes JFK Book on the Anniversary of the President’s Death

Jason Duncan, Ph.D. Publishes JFK Book

Dr. Jason K. Duncan, Chair of the Aquinas College history department, has published a book on John F. Kennedy: John F. Kennedy: The Spirit of Cold War Liberalism. As the 50th anniversary of JFK’s death is observed, the public interest in his death seems as strong as ever. In his book, Duncan explains Kennedy’s significance as a political figure of the 20th century in U.S. and world history and contextualizes Kennedy’s political career through his personal life, addressing the legacy the president left behind. >Read More

 

 
Aquinas College, Ferris State University, Grand Rapids Community College and Grand Valley State University Commit to Challenge Scholars
Aquinas College, Ferris State University, Grand Rapids Community College and Grand Valley State University have each created special scholarship packages to support Grand Rapids Community Foundation’s Challenge Scholars program. The Challenge Scholars program, which begins with sixth grade students at Harrison Park School and Westwood Middle School, is designed to help students succeed in school, maintain good grades and behavior and to eventually be accepted to college. Students that complete program requirements and graduate from Union High School will receive a last dollars scholarship from the Community Foundation. >Read More

Challenge Scholars

 

 
Aquinas College hosts Winona LaDuke, Native American & Environmental Activist

Winona LaDuke

Aquinas College is well known for its leadership and innovation in the area of sustainability, forging new paths in striving towards a more environmentally conscious society. In conjunction with the College’s Native American Heritage Celebration and in collaboration with organizations within the Grand Rapids community, the Aquinas Center for Diversity & Inclusion presents “Food Sovereignty: Environmental Justice in Native America.” On November 12, speaker Winona LaDuke addressed the issue of environmental justice as seen through the Native American perspective. >Read More

 

 
Aquinas College Honored as Military Friendly School

For the third year in a row, Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has named Aquinas College to the coveted Military Friendly Schools® list. The 2014 Military Friendly Schools® list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus. >Read More

Military Friendly School

 

 
Fall Sports Wrap-Up

Women’s Soccer
The women’s soccer team posted a record of 12-6-1 for the 2013 season. Aquinas finished conference play in third place with a 6-2-1 record. The Saints’ season ended in the WHAC semifinals as Aquinas fell to Northwestern Ohio 1-0. Coach Mark Fales’ team was led by the All-WHAC First Team and NAIA All American Honorable Mention Team efforts of Elizabeth Vaughan. Elizabeth, a midfielder from Jenison, concluded her season with nine goals and four assists. Cami Baker, Maggie Keiffer and Molly O'Connor earned Honorable Mention accolades as they all played key roles in the Saints successful season.  Jackie Gipe was recognized as the women’s soccer Champion of Character representative.

 

Men's Soccer

Men’s Soccer
The men’s soccer team, amongst a major redesign, posted a record of 15-4-1 for the 2013 season. Aquinas finished conference play in third place with a 6-3-1 record. The Saints’ season ended in the WHAC semifinals as Aquinas fell to Northwestern Ohio 3-1. The team was led by the All-WHAC First Team efforts of Michael Gagnon and Aldony Mendez. Mendez, a forward from Northview High School, ended his season with nineteen goals and nine assists to earn the WHAC's "Newcomer of the Year" award. Rico Padilla and Mitch Torres earned Honorable Mention honors as the duo anchored the Saints attack. Jonathan Spencer was recognized as the men’s soccer Champion of Character representative.

 

Women’s Cross Country
The women’s cross country team placed third out of ten teams at the WHAC Championship this past fall. A few unfortunate and unforeseen events limited the Saints from advancing to the National Meet as a team. Lack of will or effort did not define this team, but simply being a little unlucky. The Saints were led by All-WHAC First Team performers Catie Rietsema and Carley Woolcott, as well as Second Team member, Emily Hazelbach. Hazelbach also was named the team's Champion of Character representative. Despite the setback at the conference meet contested at Riverside Park, the Saints received fantastic individual efforts from both Rietema (53rd) and Woolcott (78th) at the NAIA National Championships in Lawrence, Kansas.

 

Men’s Cross Country
The men’s cross country team capped another strong campaign by taking home the WHAC Championship at Riverside Park. The Saints earned their tenth conference title in the past 12 years to receive the WHAC’s automatic bid to Nationals. The Saints placed fifth at the NAIA National Championships, which were contested at historic Rim Rock Farm, in Lawrence, Kansas. The fifth-place performance marked the fifth time in the last ten years that the Saints have finished in the top-five in the nation. The Saints attack was keyed by their traditional "pack running", which has become their trademark. Zach Stepanovich teamed up with Grant Gunneson, Stephen Glinski, Jacob Towne and Jeff Cherry on the All-WHAC First Team, while Brendan Molony and Dan Foley were honored on the All-WHAC Second Team. Mike Wojciakowski was awarded the WHAC Coach of the Year Award.

 
Women’s Volleyball
Betsy Vander Meer and Katie Vander Meer saw marked improvement in their second year as co-head coaches. The mother/daughter duo led the Saints to a record of 25-10, earning fifth place in the  Wolverine Hoosier Athletic Conference. The Saints were led by Molly Maynard, who was named to the First Team All-WHAC squad and to the NAIA's All-American Honorable Mention Team. Molly’s teammate MacKenzie Kolstad, was named to the WHAC’s Honorable Mention Team for her successful play during her junior season. Aquinas had representation on the All-Freshman Team, as Michaela Ryan, a middle hitter from Davison, was rewarded for her fine play during her freshman campaign. Amy vonKronenberger was named the team's Champion of Character.

Women's Volleyball

 
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