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Undergraduate Admissions E-Newsletter - Summer 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 College Kicks Off Phase II of the Sports & Fitness Center
AQ Alumnus Patrick Miles Jr. Sworn in as U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Michigan
Visit Campus for AQDay on Friday, August 31
Mother and Son Share in Education and Service
Staff Profile: Brian Parsons
What Does it Mean That Aquinas is a Dominican College?
 
Aquinas College Kicks Off Phase II of the Sports & Fitness Center
Lead gift of $1.5 million from the Alksnis Family

Aquinas College will begin Phase II of the Sports & Fitness Center with the ground breaking ceremony scheduled for this fall.


The Sports & Fitness Center, which has been a long-time dream of the college for its students, now will become a reality upon the completion of the 70,000 square feet facility. Currently, many of the Aquinas College athletic teams have been practicing and playing off campus.  It is anticipated that the project could be completed within a year.

 

Phase II will provide space for:

  • 200 meter, NCAA-certified track with all of the amenities for track and field event
  • wooden floor courts for basketball, volleyball, cheerleading and dance
  • practice areas for baseball, softball, soccer, lacrosse, golf and intramurals
  • extensive curtaining system will allow for multiple uses simultaneously

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Sports & Fitness Center Phase II

 
AQ Alumnus Patrick Miles Jr. Sworn in as U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Michigan
Patrick Miles Jr. AQ alumnus and former Aquinas Board of Trustee chair Patrick Miles Jr. was sworn in on July 9, 2012 as U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Michigan. A 1988 graduate of Aquinas College, Patrick was the first African American law partner for Varnum Law Firm in Grand Rapids. He is now the first African American U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Michigan. Patrick is the first presidential appointed U.S. attorney for Michigan's western district since 2001. >More Information
 
Visit Campus for AQDay on Friday, August 31

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!

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AQDay

 
Mother and Son Share in Education and Service

Cathy and James Pearce

Cathy and James Pearce share more than simple genetics. They share in faith, in service to the Grand Rapids community, and in their respective Aquinas experiences. “For me, [Aquinas] is more of a personality, a community, an experience. It’s more than an education,” Cathy said. >Read More
 
Staff Profile: Brian Parsons

AQ staff member and adjunct professor Brian Parsons cites Aquinas’ Catholic heritage and hardworking student body as reasons he loves AQ. "It’s refreshing to see students that are excited about being there,” he said. “They have meaning for being there, so they actively seek you out. I like that approach." >Read More

 
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

 
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