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Undergraduate Admissions E-Newsletter - Winter 2012

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.
 
Aquinas Students Help Lead the Way in Conductive Education
Aquinas College, Axios, and Herman Miller are recipients of 2012 Huntington Pillar Award from Women’s Resource Center
Aquinas College: The First 125 Years
MSU Extension and Aquinas College Partner to Build Community Leadership
ArtPrize 2010 Winner "Cavalry" on Display at AQ
Historic Brookby Estate Donated to Aquinas College
Dominican Spirituality
AQDay: Friday April 14th
A View of AQ
Click, Save, Share, Repeat: 125,000 Acts of Aquinas Commits to Service Worldwide
Fall Athletics Wrap-Up
 
Aquinas Students Help Lead the Way in Conductive Education
Aquinas Students Help Lead the Way in Conductive Education

National Conductive Education Day (Feb. 23) is a particularly special day for the Grand Rapids and Aquinas communities. Since the 1997 collaboration between Aquinas College and the Peto Institute in Budapest, Hungary, established the Conductive Learning Center (CLC) in Grand Rapids, the city has become a center for Conductive Education in North America. >Read More

 
Aquinas College, Axios, and Herman Miller are recipients of 2012 Huntington Pillar Award from Women’s Resource Center
Three highly-recognized West Michigan organizations were named as recipients of the 2012 Huntington Pillar Award from Women’s Resource Center for their dedication to empowering women in the workplace. Aquinas College, Axios Incorporated and Herman Miller were honored by Women’s Resource Center (WRC) at a luncheon awards event on Wednesday, March 14 at the JW Marriott Hotel. >Read More
 
Aquinas College: The First 125 Years
Aquinas College celebrates its 125th anniversary with the publication of a book detailing its growth for the last century and a quarter. Aquinas College: The First 125 Years is written by professor Gary Eberle. Against a backdrop of wars, the Depression, and the changing face of Grand Rapids, Eberle recounts the history of one of West Michigan's stand-out educational institutions. >Read More Aquinas College: The First 125 Years
 
MSU Extension and Aquinas College Partner to Build Community Leadership

For the past year, Michigan State University (MSU) Extension and Aquinas College’s Community Leadership Program have partnered to develop internship opportunities for students interested in community-based work.


Michael Williams is the director of Community Leadership Programs for Aquinas College. He says MSU Extension is a key partner because of its extensive programming and relationships with community-based organizations. Several Community Leadership students are interested in work on projects related to farmland preservation and strengthening urban neighborhoods. >Read More

 
ArtPrize 2010 Winner "Cavalry" on Display at AQ

ArtPrize 2010 winning entry, Cavalry, was transported to Aquinas College and installed by the staff of the Grand Rapids Art Museum on Tuesday, December 13 at 11 a.m. Artist, Chris LaPorte, oversaw the installation process for display in the Grace Hauenstein Library. >Read More

ArtPrize 2010 Winner "Cavalry" on Display at AQ
 
Historic Brookby Estate Donated to Aquinas College
The Brookby Estate

The Aquinas College Board of Trustees officially accepted, on behalf of the College, a generous gift from Sam and Janene Cummings. The Cummings have given a large portion of the nearby Brookby Estate to Aquinas College to be used to enhance the academics, fundraising and visibility of the College.

 

Brookby, which is located on Plymouth Avenue at the Southeast corner of Plymouth and Robinson Road, has close ties to Aquinas. The home, designed by New York architects Walker and Gillette with grounds by famed landscape architects Olmsted Brothers of Brookline, Massachusetts, was built between 1926 and 1927 by early Grand Rapids philanthropist, John W. Blodgett, Sr.

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Dominican Spirituality

What does it mean that Aquinas is a Dominican College? Dominican lives are rooted in the four Dominican charisms: Prayer, Study, Community, and Service - all for the sake of Veritas (the truth of God’s mercy and love).

 

  • Prayer: The Dominican tradition is two-fold: contemplative and communal. At Aquinas we are committed to gathering for rich liturgical prayer nourished by God’s Word and the Spirit. Prayer leads us into the deeper Truth needed to live out God's call for us in the world.
  • Study: We commit ourselves to a love of learning, both formal and informal. This necessitates an openness to learn from the most unlikely sources as well as tried and true scholarship.
  • Community: We have a long tradition of working together for the common good, both within the college and beyond for racial and social justice and outreach to persons and places in need.
  • Service: Aquinas encourages students to engage in service projects in the city and service learning programs in places near and far. It also offers preparation for careers that will enable graduates to spread the truths that they have learned - “to make a difference in the world.”

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Dominican Spirituality

 
AQDay: Friday April 14th

AQDay: Friday April 14th

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

 

We welcome all prospective students interested in Aquinas College to join us for AQDays. Come and discover what Aquinas is all about! Get the scoop on everything from scholarships to study abroad. Meet with faculty in your career interest, tour our beautiful 107-acre campus, eat lunch with potential classmates and learn about various aspects of college life!   Since our program is on a Friday, if you are visiting from afar, consider making a weekend of your trip to Grand Rapids. Visit our Grand Rapids website and take in all Grand Rapids has to offer!

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A View of AQ

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 videos you'll hear from our sixth 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."

 

>Watch the Videos

AQ Videos
 
Click, Save, Share, Repeat: 125,000 Acts of Aquinas Commits to Service Worldwide
125,000 Acts of Aquinas Commits to Service Worldwide

This November, Aquinas College kicked off 125,000 Act of Aquinas, a new program which will bring together students, faculty, and alumni around the world in devotion to service and community. On All Saints’ Day, November 1st, 2011 the Aquinas College campus buzzed with activity as students and community members committed to short and long term service projects, while passing along the spirit of service, and publicizing worldwide need for selfless Acts.

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Fall Athletics Wrap-Up

Women’s Cross Country
The women's cross country team claimed their third straight WHAC Championship this past fall.  With their victory at the conference meet contested at Riverside Park, the Saints received an automatic bid to the NAIA National Championships in Fort Vancouver, Washington.  The Saints were led by All-WHAC performers Catie Rietsema, Alina Dhaseleer, and Carly Plank.  Seniors Emily Sandula and Megan Byrne were both awarded second team honors for their performance at the WHAC Championships.  The team finished in 22nd place at the national championships and will look to build on their success for future seasons.

 

Men’s Cross Country

The men’s cross country team “took back the WHAC” this past fall after an uncharacteristic absence from the top spot the last two seasons.  The Saints earned their eighth conference title in the past ten years to receive the WHAC’s automatic bid to Nationals.  The Saints placed 12th at the NAIA National Championships which were contested in Fort Vancouver, Washington.  The Saints were led by All American and WHAC “Runner of the Year”, Devin Lea.  Lea teamed up with Dustin Heiler, Nick Thelen and Mike Gravelyn on the All-WHAC first team, while Kolin Stickney and Jim Janisse were honored on the second team.
Men’s Cross Country
 

Women’s Volleyball
The Saints volleyball team continues to excel under fifth year head coach, Dave Rawles. Coach Rawles’ crew completed the 2011 season with a record of 26-12 and finished in fifth place in the Wolverine Hoosier Athletic Conference. The Saints were led by the career kills leader in Aquinas history, Chelsea Phillips.  Phillips was named to the 1st team All-WHAC squad and was a member of the NAIA’s All-American Honorable Mention team.  Career digs leader, Sarah LeClair and the WHAC’s Freshman of the Year, Allison Griffiths were both honored as Honorable Mention All-WHAC performers for the 2011 season.

 

Women’s Soccer
The women’s soccer team was the buzz around campus this fall as the Saints were crowned regular season champions in the WHAC.  The Saints, guided by Coach Fales, posted a 16-4 regular season record and were a perfect 6-0 in league play.  Aquinas was defeated by Siena Heights in the WHAC Tournament Championship game to deny the Saints a bid to the national tournament.  Senior forward Jaime Tomaszewski, who was named a NAIA All-American and the WHAC Offensive Player of the Year, led the Saints in scoring with 16 goals and five assists.  Senior goalie, Kelsey Duley was also named an All-American and the WHAC Defensive Player of the Year in the conference for her play in net for the Saints.  Freshman Melissa Hogan was also awarded for her outstanding campaign as she earned All-WHAC 1st team honors.

Women’s Soccer
 

Men’s Soccer

The men’s soccer team posted a record of 15-4-2 for the 2011 season.  Aquinas finished conference play in second place with a 3-1-2 record.  The Saints season ended in a double overtime thriller at the hands of Madonna (1-0) in the WHAC Tournament Championship game.  Coach Veal’s crew was led by the All-WHAC 1st team efforts of Tyler Fischer, Michael Gagon, and Jesse Guevara-Lehker.  Fisher led the offensive attack for the Saints with 14 goals and six assists, while Guevara-Lehker anchored the defense with eight shutouts and a .80 goals against average.  On October 5th, the Saints defeated Marygrove to elevate Coach Joe Veal to the winningest coach in Aquinas College Men’s Soccer history.  Coach Veal concluded his 7th season at the helm with a career record of 96-38-7 and has amassed 199 total career college victories.

 
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