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Reflection Dinner Honors Three Vital Community Members By Jannine Guyeskey ‘08 This year’s Reflection event, on Monday, September 19, proudly honors Sister M. Aquinas Weber, O.P. ’58, Ralph W. Hauenstein, and Peter M. Wege. These individuals are recognized as influential leaders of commitment, vision, service, loyalty, and integrity. Each leader distinctly reflects these Aquinas values through their work and everyday lives. On account of their shared and dedicated vision, each honoree has contributed to the College’s Catholic mission, emphasis on philanthropy, and belief in a liberal arts education. They continue to be an example and inspiration for our community. Aquinas College’s three surviving past presidents, R. Paul Nelson, M.Ed., Harry Knopke, Ph.D., and Ed Balog, Ph.D., will join current President, Juan Olivarez, Ph.D., to serve as honorary co-chairs for this event. Sr. Aquinas graduated from Aquinas and remains a guiding force for the direction of the College. She was instrumental in raising funds for the College and influential in the advancement department.

Friends, Alumni Sponsor Aquinas College’s 125th Anniversary Aquinas College is grateful for generous friends who have underwritten the College’s anniversary celebration! Mr. Gregory A. and Mrs. Sally Alksnis Diocese of Grand Rapids Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids Mr. Lawrence E. and Mrs. Nancy Erhardt Sr. Mr. Michael J. and Mrs. Susan Jandernoa Mr. Michael and Mrs. Kathleen (Kiki) Lown Lt. Gen John and Mrs. Maureen Nowak Rockford Construction Saint Mary’s Health Care Mr. Peter and Mrs. Carolyn Sturrus Mr. Jim and Mrs. Mary Veldheer Wege Foundation The Woodhouse Family

Historic Donation by Young Alumni By Cecilia A. Cunningham

Peter M. Wege, with strong belief in the environment, education, arts and culture, health care, and human services, continues to support many non-profit organizations who strive to meet the needs of our community. He is the author of Economicolgy and Economicology II, which summarize his belief in striking a balance between economy and ecology.


Ralph Hauenstein is an Aquinas College and Grand Rapids philanthropic community leader, and is responsible for the LEED certified Grace Hauenstein Library, along with many other institutions in the Grand Rapids Area.

“We love Aquinas and look forward to making a meaningful difference during the College’s 125th anniversary,” said Elissa Sangalli Hillary ’05, of their family’s decision to contribute to the Family Scholarship Endowment Program this year. Family endowed scholarships have long been a tradition at the College. “We really had never considered that we might be able to fund a family scholarship,” remarked Brian Hillary ’97, whose family marks the youngest group of alumni to establish an endowed scholarship. “With five years to complete it and engaging our extended family, it made it seem manageable.” The family plans to fund a scholarship for a student who demonstrates leadership, commits to service, actively participates in their Catholic faith, and maintains a G.P.A. of 3.0 or better. Endowed scholarships provide a unique opportunity to ensure a scholarship reflects the spirit and intent of the donor. For more information, please contact Cecilia Cunningham, director of major gifts, at 616-632-2816 or e-mail

Aquinas Magazine :: Fall 2011  
Aquinas Magazine :: Fall 2011  

The Magazine of Aquinas College