12/15/2020 - 3:02pm - In late October, William (Bill) Marfink passed away at the age of 56. Bill was a fixture in the Aquinas College Music Department – staff accompanist, collaborator, mentor and friend to all. He will be sorely missed by those who knew him. Bill began accompanying Aquinas students in the early 1990s...Read more
12/15/2020 - 3:00pm - Ordination of Trares 2017(2).jpg After recently moving to Rome, Italy, and beginning studies in spiritual theology at the Angelicum (the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas) in October, Father James-Peter Trares ’10 took some time to reflect back on his studies at his alma mater and to...Read more
12/15/2020 - 2:54pm - Hurd with duet partner, Wilkie '08.jpg Ms. Hurd has been active both as a soloist as well as an accompanist, giving solo performances for music conferences and faculty recitals and collaborating with many vocalists and instrumentalists for concerts in West Michigan and the Chicagoland area. As an...Read more
12/09/2020 - 12:22pm - Sister Aquinas 2019-0052rt (1).JPG A new scholarship fund at Aquinas College has surpassed $1 million raised. The scholarship, which was created by alumni and friends, is the largest of its kind at Aquinas and is named in honor of Sister Mary Aquinas Weber, O.P., who has dedicated more than 75...Read more
11/20/2020 - 10:09am - Aquinas College has concluded nearly 14 weeks of in-person instruction as it approaches the end of a fall semester that was unlike any other. The College offered approximately 85 percent of classes in person and recorded no exposures directly related to classroom instruction. “Our goal as an...Read more
11/16/2020 - 1:47pm - headshot2 - KAELA RAE FRAILING.JPG By Kaela Frailing, Fall ‘20 For our November 2020 Alumni Profile, we are so grateful to be able to catch up with Lena Peak! Lena graduated from Aquinas in 2018 with a Psychology major and Women’s Studies minor and is now attending Washington University in St...Read more
11/09/2020 - 3:00pm - The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s 2020 Sustainable Campus Index lists Aquinas College as one of the top performers in the area of waste, a category that assesses waste minimization and reduction construction, waste diversion and hazardous waste management...Read more
11/06/2020 - 2:48pm - The Princeton Review listed Aquinas College as one of the nation’s most environmentally responsible colleges in its Guide to Green Colleges: 2021 Edition . This is the 10th time the Aquinas has made the list. The guide notes the broad range of sustainability activities at Aquinas, from its seven...Read more
10/29/2020 - 2:49pm - Bridget Gibley graduated from Aquinas in Spring 2020 with a major in English Literature and minors in Spanish, Irish Studies, and Women’s Studies. Although Gibley’s graduation was not what she expected, given the Covid-19 pandemic, she has been surprised with what life has given her since...Read more
10/22/2020 - 5:18pm - Aquinas College President Kevin G. Quinn issued the following statement on the passing of Peter Secchia, a donor and friend of the College. “We at Aquinas College join those in West Michigan and beyond in mourning the loss of Peter Secchia. We are deeply thankful for Peter's many contributions to...Read more
10/15/2020 - 11:18am - The Committee to Honor César E. Chávez has planned a 20th Anniversary Gala with virtual opportunities spread over three days this month. Events saluting the legacy of the civil rights activist and labor leader will include his son and grandson, and presidents from Aquinas College, Davenport...Read more
10/09/2020 - 12:17am - Aquinas College verifies that an individual named Adam Fox, one of 13 men charged on October 8 with conspiracy to commit kidnapping of the governor, is not an Aquinas College alumnus nor affiliated with the institution. Recent media reports have mistakenly identified the charged individual as an...Read more
10/08/2020 - 5:32pm - Aquinas College President Kevin G. Quinn issued the following statement on the passing of Robert “Bob” Woodrick, former Trustee and long-time friend of the College. “We’ve lost a great leader in our community with the passing of Bob Woodrick. On behalf of our entire Saints community, I extend our...Read more
10/07/2020 - 3:51pm - ThomasPolett_headshot.jpg Dr. Polett is in his second full year as director of bands at Aquinas College. In addition to his teaching duties, he directs the Aquinas Summer Jazz Camp and performs in west Michigan with a number of groups, including the Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra. Previous to that, he...Read more
10/07/2020 - 3:44pm - kelli.PNG This summer, Kelli Smith ’07, participated in an email interview with Chair, Barbara Witham McCargar. This is what she shared after just finishing her 9th year at Wayland Union Schools teaching grades six-12 band. Her bands have consistently received superior ratings at Michigan School...Read more
10/05/2020 - 5:33pm - Dr Luis Tomatis.jpg Aquinas College President Kevin G. Quinn issued the following statement on the passing of Dr. Luis A. Tomatis, Trustee Emeritus, long-time Saints supporter and friend of the College. “I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. Luis A. Tomatis. On behalf of everyone at...Read more
09/11/2020 - 3:44pm - For the second consecutive year, U.S. News and World Report recognizes Aquinas College for helping students who face economic challenges complete their degrees and get jobs after graduation. “Part of Aquinas College’s Catholic and Dominican mission is to prepare our students to lead lives of...Read more
08/18/2020 - 2:48pm - From an early age, Stephen was drawn to church music and began his playing at St. James Church in Mason, MI on the piano and then the organ. In 2017 and with great encouragement from one of his mentors, Ben Koval ‘14 who was serving at a parish in Ohio at the time, Stephen transferred to Aquinas...Read more
08/18/2020 - 2:43pm - Flutist Carmen Maret (mah-RAY) and guitarist Andrew Bergeron (BER-jer-on) formed the Folias (FOAL-lee-us) Duo in 2003. Their name “Folias” comes from “La Folia”, a timeless European melody which has been recycled through many cultures over the span of centuries, with each culture adding their own...Read more
06/26/2020 - 4:27pm - Changes include leadership salary reductions, payroll reductions and a moratorium on staff travel and professional development GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Aquinas College will be taking actions that will address a budget shortfall in fiscal year 2021 that is the result of existing financial pressures and...Read more