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.
AQ Alumnus & Faculty Member Chris LaPorte Wins ArtPrize 2010
By: Jacqui DeFouw '11
Congratulations to Chris LaPorte '96 for taking home the top prize of $250,000 in the World's largest open art competition. Chris' piece, "Cavalry - American Officers 1921" is a life-size pencil drawing inspired by a photo Chris found at an antique store in Grand Rapids.
Chris LaPorte '96, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Art, began teaching at Aquinas in 2004 at the request of then department chair Kurt Kaiser and is currently teaching Drawing for Non-Majors at AQ. >>More
Aquinas College SIFE Students Open Campus Trails to Community
The Aquinas College SIFE team launched a Golden Shoe Campaign to promote a healthy lifestyle through the use of the new Campus Trails. The kickoff event was held on October 30 at 9 a.m. at the Campus Trails’ entrance by the Performance Art Center. Activities for this event included a walking tour along with a raffle for a new pair of shoes. The new Campus Trails gives the surrounding community the chance to enjoy exercise in nature without leaving Grand Rapids. >>More
Jonah House Service Learning Trip: Serving in a New Way
By: Jacqui DeFouw ‘11
Junior Annie Parks worked closely with Sr. Kathi Sleziak on planning the second annual service learning trip to Jonah House in Washington D.C. that took place over Fall Break.
Parks attended the trip last year and was asked by Sr. Kathi to be a student leader for the trip this year. “It was the perfect fit at the perfect time,” Parks said, “I’m all about social justice.” Parks said the planning process has been relatively easy as well “because Sr. Kathi and I have become really good friends.”
The Jonah House trip is different from most service learning trips because the trip focuses more on social justice than directly serving the community. “For me the trip was almost like a non-violent resistance retreat,” said Parks. She added that the trip is about learning “what you can do with a community of people who want to make a change in the world.” >>More
Visit Campus for AQDays
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 house and carriage house. Our 90 species of trees, ponds, creeks and terrace gardens will show you why we've been called Michigan's "most beautiful small college." If you're ready for some truly challenging intellectual terrain, consider Aquinas. Aquinas hosts several AQDays including both general AQDays and specialized AQDays that cater to some of our most popular areas of interest.
View of AQ: Aquinas College Launches New Video Series
What makes AQ great? We have nearly 2,300 students that attend Aquinas on its beautiful 107 acre campus in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In the video's you'll hear from our president, Dr. Ed Balog, as well as some of our students, parents and faculty on why they think AQ "makes all the difference in the world." >>More
(Note: To watch the full-sized video on YouTube, double-click on the embedded video.)
Phase I of the Sturrus Sports & Fitness Center is Complete
The renovation of the Aquinas College Fieldhouse is complete. The newly named Sturrus Sports & Fitness Center now offers:
A new campus Fitness Center
New concessions area
The Terry "Coach Bo" Bocian Competition Court
Increased storage areas
A grand entry that houses the AQ Hall of Fame
Renovated and expanded Athletic Training facility with offices, exam rooms and treatment areas
A "Saints Room" for hospitality and meetings
Three new academic classrooms
New exercise lab space
New locker rooms for men, women, visiting teams and officials
Renovated student, staff and faculty locker rooms
Offices for eight coaches and four faculty plus four work stations
World-Renowned Flutist Rhonda Larson at Aquinas College
On Friday, October 22, the Aquinas College Music Department hosted a recital with the world-renowned flutist, Rhonda Larson. Larson, who first debuted in the music industry after winning the Nation Flute Association’s Young Artist Competition in 1985, has since won a Grammy Award for her work with the Paul Winter Consort and has toured in Russia, Japan, Central America, and South Africa, where she performed alongside visionaries such as Nelson Mandela and the Dali Lama. She also has two solo recordings, a discography of over 19 commercial recordings, and has recorded numerous flute pieces for CBS’s “Survivor” and “The Restaurant.” >>More
AQ Alumnus Dean Cooper Joins NBA's Portland Blazers
The Portland Blazers have hired Dean Cooper '92 as player development director, a new position in GM Rich Cho's reorganized front office staff. Cooper will oversee the development and improvement of Blazers players through a new system that Cho, his staff and his player's coaches create.
Cooper has worked in the front office with the Houston Rockets and as an assistant coach with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Aquinas Welcomes Second Largest Freshman Class
Nearly 500 new freshmen arrived on campus for fall semester
Aquinas College welcomed the second largest freshmen class to campus when the fall semester began on Monday, August 23. The 493 incoming freshmen surpassed last year's class of 452 students by over nine percent, while the addition of more than 70 transfer students brings the total new student enrollment to over 560 students. Collectively, the incoming class represents fifteen states, as far away as California and Georgia.