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Undergraduate Admissions E-Newsletter - Fall 2006

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.
Science Initiative Gains Momentum
What's New at the New Library
AQ Theatre: 2006-2007 Season
Contemporary Writers Series Celebrates Landmark Year
Cook Carriage House Gets New Look
Unique Internship in First Gentleman's Office Provides Career Perspective
Admissions Achieves Another Record-Breaking Year
2006-2007 AQ Days
Science Initiative Gains Momentum

By Laura Bennett-Kimble ’95

Chemistry at AQ

If science isn’t the first thing you think of when someone mentions Aquinas College, you’re not alone. But this small liberal arts college has an admirable tradition in the sciences, and out of about 750 living science major graduates, more than 200 are M.D.s or D.O.s and about 100 have Ph.D.s.

 “Aquinas is like spring training for grad school,” said Charles R. Frydrych ’63, associate professor of physics. Every science major who graduates with a decent GPA and wants to go on to grad school has been accepted into graduate programs, he added.


Jeanne Gilewski, who graduated in May with a triple major in biology, chemistry and math, exemplifies that statement. She said one of the reasons she chose Aquinas was because “they have great stats for getting into medical school.” Gilewski was accepted by four university medical schools and begins at the University of Virginia School of Medicine in August.


Just this spring, the Science Initiative project received good news from the Haviland Products Company about its decision to support the analytical chemistry laboratory. The company presented the department with $40,000 for the lab, which will provide an opportunity for cooperation between Haviland and the chemistry department.


In the summer of 2005, faculty purchased $100,000 worth of needed laboratory and student research equipment: The biology department replaced analogue equipment with computer integrated equipment. The chemistry department received a 60MHz nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometer. And the geography department acquired geographic information systems (GIS), which are computer mapping programs.

What’s New At The New Library
By Laura Bennett-Kimble ’95
Inside the new library
Exterior view of the Grace Hauenstein Library
Inside the new Grace M.
Hauenstein Library
The outside of the Grace M.
Hauenstein Library

When the three-story Grace M. Hauenstein Library opened this fall, the new location wasn’t the only change, although it’s arguably the most obvious. More spacious and well-lit than the Woodhouse Library, the new location also features a new classification system, wireless access, more computers and a new media services system.


Technology and work spaces also should make the library more user-friendly. In addition to providing more computers throughout the library, the space also offers wireless and wired access for students who want to use their laptops. “We have lots of outlets,” Jeffries promised, along with several rooms for students to work together on library research projects. The media services area will be more accessible to patrons as well. “There is a separate media department with its own circulation desk,” Paolini said. A new policy will allow students to borrow feature films. And with more total space in the library, the media department has room to display CDs, DVDs and other media for easy browsing.


Additionally, the college will continue to grow its full-text online journal holdings. The new information literacy classroom has 26 computers. And a public archives is planned. With the increased square footage of the library, “people will generally have more access to materials, with more space and more computers,” Jeffries said.


AQ Theatre 2006-07 Season

AQ Performing Arts Center

Charlotte’s Web, Adapted by Joseph Robinette
October 6, 7 & 8 at 7p m.; October 7 & 8 at 3 p.m.

All In The Timing, By David Ives
November 30 at 8 p.m.; December 1, 2 & 3 at 8 p.m.; December 2 & 3 at 2 p.m.

The Glass Menagerie (60th Anniversary), By Tennessee Williams
Feb. 15, 16 & 17 at 8 p.m., Feb. 22, 23 & 24 at 8 p.m., Feb. 25 at 2 p.m.

The Pirates of Penzance, By Gilbert and Sullivan
A production partnered with Cornerstone University
March 23 & 24 at 8 p.m., March 29, 30 & 31 at 8 p.m., March 25 & April 1 at 2 p.m.

The High Rise:  A Comedy in Mask, By Aquinas College Students
Performances: April 12, 13 & 14 at 8 p.m., April 14 & 15 at 2 p.m.

For tickets, call the box office at (616) 456-6656 >>More Information
Contemporary Writers Series Celebrates Landmark Year

By Linda Nemec Foster ’72, CWS Founder

The 2006-07 academic year marks the 10th anniversary of Aquinas College’s Contemporary Writers Series (CWS). This prestigious series has showcased some
of the finest poets and writers from around the country and the world as they have visited campus to give featured readings and informal talks.


Since the events are always free and open to the public, the CWS has become a fixture of the West Michigan literary scene, benefiting not only Aquinas’ students and faculty but the greater Grand Rapids community as well. During the 10th anniversary year, some of our very favorite authors will return for a “Greatest Hits of the CWS” celebration: Kurtis Lamkin, Li-Young Lee, Linda Pastan and Marilyn Nelson (who was our very first reader in the fall of 1997). Visit the website for a schedule of events.

Cook Carriage House Gets New Look

In 1996, the Student Senate had a plan to create a place for students to socialize, gather and study - a student union of sorts. The result was the renovation of the College’s historic carriage house. Over the last ten years this space has become a core element of the campus, having hosted hundreds of special events and many important conversations over coffee among friends and leaders. Now, ten years later, the Cook Carriage House is an even more comfortable and welcoming place.

Moose Cafe
Cook Carriage House
The newly remodeled Moose Café
The Cook Carriage House

In 2004, there came a plan to update the space. On the main level is an “expanded”
Moose Café, a full service coffee and snack bar that now features custom cabinets, an ice machine, new sinks, and a wraparound slate bar with contemporary seating and overhead lighting. Fall 2006 brings new baked good products and a full selection smoothie bar. While students enjoy a coffee or a chai, they can gather around high-top tables or relax on comfortable lounge chairs and couches from Steelcase. When the weather is nice, students study or socialize outside on the Ryan Deck, which includes new awnings, patio umbrellas and planters. Upstairs you will find a game room furnished with billiards, table tennis, foosball, air hockey, a stand-up arcade game, a big screen TV and living room style seating... a perfect place to socialize, study or watch a favorite show. There’s no doubt that the building is functional as well as social. Guests can check out a laptop with wireless Internet access or do banking with the Lake Michigan Credit Union.


Unique Internship in First Gentleman’s Office Provides Career Perspective

Kelly Ditmar & Gov. Jennifer Granholm
Kelly Ditmar & Gov. Jennifer Granholm

In the fall of 2005 Kelly Ditmar decided that a political internship would provide her with hands-on experience to help her make a decision about her future. She applied and was accepted as an Executive Office intern at the Office of Governor Jennifer Granholm. In January she began working in Lansing as the sole intern in Office of First Gentleman Daniel Mulhern. As a full-time volunteer to the state, the first gentleman speaks throughout Michigan on leadership, mentoring, and business and economic issues.


As an intern, Kelly learned much about the inner workings of a government office and the importance of all team members getting the job done. Kelly said, “I became much more astute in Michigan politics and policy and felt much more engaged in what was happening statewide. As a result of my internship, I began to seriously consider pursuing a career in politics after my graduate education.”


She was also able to secure a summer position in the Governor’s Washington D.C. office, where she spent the summer “on the Hill,” witnessing D.C. politics. This fall she will begin academic work at Rutgers University, pursuing a Ph.D. in political science with a concentration in women in politics. She added, “I will surely rely on my experience in the Office of Governor Granholm as I pursue a doctorate degree, and I have already told the Governor to expect a call from me as I begin work on my dissertation and look for strong and successful female politicians.


Admissions Achieves Another Record-Breaking Year

There is good buzz about Aquinas in high schools and community colleges around the Midwest. Applications for admission continue to soar above the record-breaking 2,100 mark. Preliminary projections indicate that this could be the biggest undergraduate enrollment year the College has ever had. Visits to campus have increased significantly as a result of the creation of niche on-campus programming designed with specific student groups in mind. Club AQ, a program for accepted applicants, has met with great success in its inaugural year. Students are paired with an Aquinas ambassador and participate in everything from dinner at the BOB in downtown Grand Rapids, to attending classes and spending the night in a residence hall.


There seem to be many reasons for the increase in interest. For example, prospective students can view the new VIP pages on our Web site www.aquinas.edu/undergraduate, where they can customize their on-line experience. Academics, scholarships, cultural events, athletics or any combinations pertaining to their interests are all at their fingertips.


It is evident, and the numbers speak for themselves: Aquinas is on the top of the list for an increasing number of high school students. Geographic distribution spans from the shores of Ireland to the coast of California and the cityscapes of New York. Aquinas College has not stood still. Visit us and see why an Aquinas education makes all the difference in the world.


2006-2007 AQ Days Schedule

AQ Days
Friday, August 25, 2006 - General AQ Day
Friday, November 3, 2006 - General AQ Day
Friday, November 10, 2006 - Science, Nursing and Math AQ Day
Friday, November 17, 2006 - General AQ Day
Friday, December 1, 2006 - Leadership AQ Day
Sunday & Monday, December 3 & 4, 2006 - Club AQ
Sunday & Monday, January 21 & 22, 2007 - Club AQ
Saturday, January 27, 2007 - Athletic AQ Day
Friday & Saturday, February 16 & 17, 2007 - Club AQ
Saturday, February 17, 2007 - Spectrum Scholarship Competition
Friday, March 23, 2007 - Fine Arts Day
Friday, April 20, 2007 - General AQ Day
Attendance at AQ Days reflects the
growing numbers.

To register for your visit to Aquinas, visit our Web site at: http://www.aquinas.edu/undergraduate/campus_day.html

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