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Undergraduate Admissions E-Newsletter - Summer 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.

Admissions Launches VIP Web Site

A View of AQ - Video Style

AQ Senior Among Select Few to be Admitted to Prestigious Medical School

AQ Senior Signs with Cleveland Cavaliers

AQ Model United Nations Teams Shine

Seamus Heaney, Winner of Nobel Prize, Will Visit Aquinas on May 10, 2006

Aquinas' Innovation for Sustainability

Science Update: AQ's Science Initiative Reaches Over $450,000

Athletics Update: Saints Spring Ahead of the Competition
Facilities Update: Grace Hauenstein Library - Opening August 2006
Mark Your Calendars - 2006 Visit Programs for Prospective Students
Admissions Launches VIP Web Site
AQ VIP Students who visit the Aquinas College undergraduate admissions site on the web may now create a VIP page that is

customized to them and their interests.  Just by completing a brief interest form, students in a matter of seconds receive a highly visual communication site that covers the latest in information particular to them as it relates to Aquinas and the surrounding Grand Rapids community. Visit the Undergraduate Admissions homepage to become a VIP yourself!

A View of AQ - Video Style
Videos of AQ

With the click of a mouse, students can hear firsthand all about AQ with video segments featuring Enthusiastic Professors, Ambitious Students, Happy Families and Cool Places. These vignettes have so much energy; they nearly jump off the computer screen. Don’t take it from us, check it out for yourself.


Along with our mentioned vignettes, AQ now features student-produced videos of ourInternational Programs in Spain, Germany, Ireland, France and Costa Rica.  View these by visiting the individual program pages under AQ's International Programs.


AQ Senior Among Select Few to be Admitted to Prestigious Medical School

Where to go to medical school? Michigan State University? Wayne State University? University of Virginia? Boston University? Aquinas College senior Jeanne Gilewski, who has her choice of medical schools to attend this fall, has settled on the University of Virginia.

Although she has chosen not to attend Boston, Gilewski (pictured at right) is one of only 150 students admitted to Boston for the fall. Boston anticipates over 11,000 applications for these coveted spots. Gilewski was recently informed that she was among the top 50 to be admitted to the program, or the very select top half percent of applicants.


Gilewski, following a pre-med curriculum at Aquinas, chose to triple major in Math, Biology and Chemistry.  She was also an instrumental part of several clubs during her stay on campus including being President of the Math Club and Vice-President of the Pre-Health Club. Gilewski graduated from Northview High School in Grand Rapids and is considering career options in neo-natal medicine or clinical genetics.

Jeanne Gilewski


AQ Senior Signs with Cleveland Cavaliers
Paul Bee Joins the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers Organization
Paul Bee

Add Paul Bee’s name to the current list of graduates from Aquinas who have made it to the “Big Leagues” from the Business/Sports Management Program. An Aquinas Senior, Paul (pictured at left) has chosen to join the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers organization, home of NBA super star LeBron James, beginning June 1, 2006. Paul joins recent Aquinas graduates such as Jason Carver (’02), Minnesota Timberwolves and Kyle Weaver (’05), Phoenix Coyotes who have secured positions with professional sports organizations.


After interviews with the Timberwolves, Portland Trailblazers, New Jersey Nets, Milwaukee Bucks and Memphis Grizzlies. Bee chose the Cavaliers partly because of family ties in the Cleveland area and because “I felt Cleveland offers the best opportunity for advancement.”  Bee’s first position with the Cavaliers will be as an Account Executive in the Ticket Sales Department. In securing the position with the Cavaliers, Bee mentioned that his internships with both the West Michigan Whitecaps, the Detroit Tigers minor league baseball affiliate, and the Aquinas College Admissions Office were instrumental in helping him stand above the competition.


AQ Model United Nations Teams Shine

By Roger Durham, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science and Advisor for the AQ Model U.N. Program (Edited for Space)

For the eighth year in a row, Aquinas College students participated in a Model United Nations simulation. More than 1,300 students from 100 different colleges and universities worldwide gathered for the American Model United Conference held at the Chicago Sheraton November 19-22, 2005. This year, 53 AQ students role-played delegates from Belarus, Chile, Finland and United Republic of Tanzania. Students engaged in significant diplomatic processes, attempting to solve important international issues.


Once again, our students were recognized for their outstanding performance. Jessica Skwir and Kelly Dittmar were awarded Outstanding Delegates: ECOSOC Commission on the Status of Women. Skwir and Dittmar represented the United Republic of Tanzania dealing with the issues of:

Model UN 2005
  • The role of men and boys in achieving gender equality
  • Eradicating poverty, through the empowerment of women throughout their life cycle in a globalizing world
The American Model United Nations distributes only 12 awards. By receiving this award, Aquinas students have again been recognized as most outstanding. Over the last four years, AQ students have won 16 awards for Outstanding Delegate or Outstanding Delegation, placing AQ among the top programs in the country.

Seamus Heaney, Winner Of The Nobel Prize Visited Aquinas May 10, 2006

Seamus Heaney

For nine years, the Aquinas College Contemporary Writers Series has brought over 30 prestigious poets and writers to campus to read their work and interact with students, faculty and the West Michigan community.  On Wednesday, May 10, 2006 Seamus Heaney acclaimed Irish poet and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, came to Aquinas during a limited American reading tour.  Heaney will be appearing at only ten venues nationwide, so his reading at Aquinas was a rare opportunity to see and hear a literary master. This singular event was made possible through a generous grant from Deborah Meijer and the Rimbaud Fund, a donor-advised fund that she established with the Grand Rapids Community Foundation.


Aquinas' Innovation for Sustainability
Sustainability has captured West Michigan’s imagination and Aquinas leads the way with its signature program in sustainable business. Nearly 50 students are now majoring in this interdisciplinary program. The program is aimed at providing the perspective and skills which offer businesses a 21st century competitive advantage while promoting prosperity for future generations. The expertise of sustainable business majors will enhance sustainability efforts on campus as our own students help embed a formal process of continual examination and improvement for the college. Engaging campus-wide involvement, this initiative will promote prosperity through time by improving long-term financial stability, the health of Earth’s natural systems, and the quality of life for everyone at Aquinas and the community at large.
First steps in the initiative have involved embedding the goal of sustainability into the governance process of Aquinas. Through the leadership of the faculty and staff assemblies as well as the student senate and the board of trustees, efforts to establish formal and coordinated committees are underway. Each committee will consider innovations proposed by Aquinas students, staff and faculty as well alumni and others. Innovations will be proposed and developed with the assistance of sustainable business student teams. A comprehensive campus inventory will provide a baseline from which to track our progress toward sustainability. The effort is being funded, in part, through a generous gift of the Steelcase Foundation for the Sustainable Business Program.

For more details about the Aquinas Sustainability Initiative, contact Dr. Matt Tueth, Sustainable Business Department Chairman and Steelcase Foundation Professor of Sustainable Business, at (616) 632-2191 or e-mail him at tuethmat@aquinas.edu.

Aquinas is also home to the Center for Sustainability, a non-profit organization that provides a web based clearinghouse for those interested in sustainable business practices. Visit the center at http://www.centerforsustainability.org/

AQ's Science Initiative Reaches Over $450,000

Science majors at AQ will continue to find tremendous opportunities in Grand Rapids where a life-science building boom is adding $500 million in research facilities, hospital expansions and medical centers. Locals are calling Michigan Street the “Medical Mile” or “Healthcare Hill” to reflect the changing landscape of the downtown corridor. All of this is part on an ongoing $10 billion facelift that is transforming the downtown landscape.

Coinciding with the Grand Rapids boom, two years ago Aquinas launched a science initiative to raise over $1,000,000 for the purchase of laboratory equipment, student course work and research projects. To date, with a recent contribution from the Haviland Corporation, more than $450,000 has been raised toward the goal.  In addition, Aquinas has established a science equipment endowment goal of $800,000 for long term support of the programs. 

As new equipment arrives on campus, Aquinas pre-med students also are reaping the benefits of having experts in the medical field readily available to make presentations on campus. Recently, Aquinas students were introduced to neuropathology along with information about the Van Andel Research Institute. Vern Armbrustmacher, M.D. ’60, former Director of the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, presented his work on Huntington’s Chorea and James Resau, Ph.D., Deputy Director of the Van Andel Research Institute shared plans for expanding the Institute’s research.


Athletics Update: Saints Spring Ahead of the Competition
AQ Saints

After an appearance in last year's NAIA World Series, the men’s baseball team is again posting another winning season, the women’s softball team has clinched the WHAC, and the men’s and women’s tennis teams both made it to the regional finals in their respective sports. Check the AQ Athletics website for up-to-date information regarding the success of all of our athletic teams. Aquinas recently claimed another WHAC all-sports trophy as well, the eighth in the past nine years.


Facilities Update: Grace Hauenstein Library - Opening August 2006

Construction on the new $6.7 million Grace Hauenstein Library is in full swing and right on schedule. >> More information


Mark Your Calendars - 2006 Visit Programs for Prospective Students

Summer 2006 - Schedule your personal visit
Friday, August 25, 2006 - AQDay
Friday, November 3, 2006 - AQDay
Friday, November 10, 2006 - Science, Math and Nursing AQDay
Friday, November 17, 2006 - AQDay
Sunday & Monday, December 3 & 4, 2006 - Club AQ (Overnight Program for Accepted Applicants Only)
Friday, December 1, 2006 - AQDay


To register for your visit to Aquinas, visit our website at: http://www.aquinas.edu/undergraduate/personal.html
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