NOVEMBER: Fri/Sat, Nov. 4&5 Wed., Nov. 9 Sat., Nov. 12 Fri/Sat, Nov. 18&19
@ Taylor University @ Huntington University @ Goshen University AQ Classic
TBA 7:00 p.m. TBA TBA
(Aquinas, St. Francis, Cardinal Stritch, Calumet College)
Tues., Nov. 22 Sat., Nov. 26 Mon., Nov. 28 Wed., Nov. 30
@ GVSU Hope College @ Olivet College @ Lourdes College**
7:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 7:30 p.m.
DECEMBER: Sat., Dec. 3 Mon., Dec. 5 Wed. Dec, 7 Sat., Dec. 10 Sat., Dec. 17
Northwestern Ohio** Rochester College @ Cornerstone University** Indiana Tech University** Trinity International University
1:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 1:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m.
JANUARY: Wed., Jan, 4 Sat., Jan. 7 Wed., Jan. 11 Sat., Jan. 14 Wed., Jan. 18 Sat., Jan. 21 Wed., Jan. 25 Sat., Jan. 28
University of Michigan (Dearborn)** @ Siena Heights University** Concordia University** @ Davenport University** @ Madonna University** Lourdes College** @ Northwestern Ohio** Cornerstone University**
7:30 p.m. 1:00 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 3:00 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 1:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m.
FEBRUARY: Wed., Feb. 1 Sat., Feb. 4 Wed., Feb. 8 Sat., Feb. 11 Wed., Feb. 15 Sat., Feb. 18
@ Indiana Tech University ** @ University of Michigan (Dearborn)** Siena Heights University ** @ Concordia University** Davenport University** Madonna University**
7:30 p.m. 1:00 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 1:00 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 1:00 p.m.
**Denotes WHAC Conference Game
AFFILIATION: NAIA Division II CONFERENCE: Wolverine-Hoosier (WHAC)
AQUINAS COLLEGE GENERAL INFORMATION LOCATION: Grand Rapids, Michigan FOUNDED: 1886 NICKNAME: Saints COLORS: Maroon/Grey PRESIDENT: Dr. Juan Olivarez ENROLLMENT: 2,518 students STUDENT-FACULTY RATIO: 15:1
SPORTS INFORMATION AND ATHLETICS SPORTS INFO DIRECTOR: Mike Wojciakowski SID PHONE: 616-632-2482 WEB-SITES: www.aquinas.edu, www.whac.net VARSITY SPORTS: 21 Sport Opportunities ATHLETIC DIRECTOR: Terry Bocian ATHLETIC PHONE: 616-632-2474 FACULTY REPRESENTATIVE: Duane Ambrose :
SAINTS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL HEAD COACH: ASSISTANT COACH:
Linda Nash (16th year) Ray Fron (13th year)
2011– 12 Basketball Schedule
Table of Contents/Quick Facts
Grand Rapids, MI
Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC)
Aquinas College 125th Anniversary
Head Coach Linda Nash
Assistant Coach Ray Fron
Strength and Conditioning Coach Steve Morgan
Meet the Team
Aquinas College, an inclusive educational community rooted in the Catholic Dominican tradition, provides a liberal arts education with a global perspective, emphasizes career preparation focused on leadership and service to others, and fosters a commitment to lifelong learning dedicated to the pursuit of truth and the common good. Aquinas College is rooted in the Dominican traditions of prayer, study, community and service, combined with a deep respect for truth, honesty and integrity. In this spirit, we strive to create an environment in which integrity is prized and practiced. We expect all community members to uphold these values through honesty, fairness, and respect for others.
Located on the eastern edge of Grand Rapids, Aquinas’ location allows students to reap the benefits of living in Michigan’s second largest city. With over one million people in the greater metropolitan area, Grand Rapids plays host to numerous festivals, concerts and cultural events each year. Aquinas’ campus creates a peaceful environment that is just moments away from the heart of downtown Grand Rapids. Residing on 104 wooded acres, the Aquinas College campus blends early twentiethcentury architecture with modern-day structures. The campus is home to over 107 species of trees and shrubs, winding woodland paths and inviting creeks and ponds. Only 30 miles from beautiful Lake Michigan for a relaxing afternoon.
1607 Robinson Rd. Grand Rapids, MI 49506
1001 E. Beltline Rd. Grand Rapids, MI 49505
Founded: 1886 President: Dr. Juan Olivarez Nickname: Saints Colors: Maroon & White Enrollment: 2500 School Web Site: http://www.aquinas.edu Athletic Web Site: http://www.aquinas.edu/athletics/
Founded: 1941 President: Dr. Joseph Stowell Nickname: Golden Eagles Colors: Navy & Gold Enrollment: 1850 School Web Site: http://www.cornerstone.edu Athletic Web Site: http://www.cugoldeneagles.com
4090 Geddes Rd. Ann Arbor, MI 48105
6191 Kraft Ave. SE Grand Rapids, MI 49512
Founded: 1963 President: Charles Winterstein Nickname: Cardinals Colors: Red, White & Black Enrollment: 600 School Web Site: http://www.cuaa.edu Athletic Web Site: http://www.concordiacardinals.com/index.php
Founded: 1866 President: Richard Pappas Nickname: Panthers Colors: Red, Black & White Enrollment: 2600 School Web Site: http://www.davenport.edu Athletic Web Site: http://www.dupanthers.com
1600 E. Washington Blvd.. Fort Wayne, IN 46803
6832 Convent Blvd. Sylvania, OH 43560
Founded: 1930 President: Dr. Arthur Snyder Nickname: Warriors Colors: Orange & Black Enrollment: 1471 School Web Site: http://www.indianatech.edu Athletic Web Site: http://www.indianatech.edu/athletics
Founded: 1958 President: Dr. Robert C. Helmer Nickname: Gray Wolves Colors: Orange & Gray Enrollment: 2616 School Web Site: http://www.lourdes.edu Athletic Web Site: http://www.lourdes.edu/StudentLife/ Athletics.aspx
Siena Heights University
36600 Schoolcraft Rd. Livonia, MI 48150
1247 E. Siena Heights Drive Adrian, MI 49221
Founded: 1937 President: Sister Rose Marie Kujawa Nickname: Crusaders Colors: Royal Blue, Gold & White Enrollment: 4000 School Web Site: http://www.madonna.edu Athletic Web Site: http://www.madonnacrusaders.com
Founded: 1919 President: Sister Peg Albert, OP, PHD Nickname: Saints Colors: Navy Blue & Gold Enrollment: 1200 School Web Site: http://www.sienaheights.edu/ Athletic Web Site: http://www.shusaints.com
University of Michiganâ€”Dearborn
University of Northwestern Ohio
4901 Evergreen Dearborn, MI 48128
1441 N. Cable Road Lima, OH 45805
Founded: 1959 President: Daniel Little Nickname: Wolves Colors: Maize & Blue Enrollment: 8500 School Web Site: http://www.umd.umich.edu/ Athletic Web Site: http://gowolves.net
Founded: 1920 President: Dr. Jeffrey Jarvis Nickname: Racers Colors: Red, Black Enrollment: 4000 School Web Site: http://www.unoh.edu/ Athletic Web Site: http://www.unohracers.com/
Aquinas College had its origins in the Novitiate Normal School begun by the Dominican Sisters of Grand Rapids in 1886 in Traverse City. The Novitiate Normal School was transferred to Grand Rapids in 1911, and in 1922 it evolved into Sacred Heart (later Marywood) College. In 1931, the College was renamed Catholic Junior College. In 1940 the two-year program at CJC was expanded into a four-year bachelor's degree program and the name of the College was changed to Aquinas College. Aquinas College was originally located in downtown Grand Rapids. In 1945, the college bought the former Lowe Estate on East Fulton Street where it has remained until this day. In August 2011, Aquinas College will kick off a year's worth of festivities celebrating its 125 years of Catholic Dominican post-secondary education in Michigan. The celebration of the College's quasquicentennial (125th anniversary) will be highlighted by four signature events that will shine a spotlight on the values that have guided the College throughout its history: prayer, study, service, and community.
Yr. Hometown/High School (College)
11 Taelor Sanders
Jr. Dewitt, Mich./Dewitt
13 Liza Flewelling
Jr. Grand Blanc, Mich./Flint Powers
Fr. Haslett, Mich./Lansing Catholic Central
21 Marisa Marx
So. Warren, Mich./Warren Woods Tower
22 Clare Conway
Jr. Grosse Pointe, Mich./Grosse Pointe South
23 Hayley O'Meara
Jr. Millersburg, Mich./Alpena CC
So. Hopkins, Mich./Hopkins
32 Anne Marie Shumaker
Sr. Grand Haven, Mich./Grand Haven
33 Chelsea Matley
Fr. Kalkaska, Mich./Kalkaska
34 Shelby Carter
Jr. Byron Center, Mich./Calvin College
42 Lindsey Karpowicz
Jr. Grandville, Mich./Grandville
So. Allendale, Mich./Allendale
14 Allison Heberlein
24 Jenna Brower
52 Carly Bardwell
After last year’s disappointing season, the 2011-12 Saints have adopted the motto, “Find a Way!” With eight first year players in the program a year ago, 16th year Head Coach Linda Nash new there would be some growing pains. “I am focusing on the present. Last year we took it on the chin. We were young, but I didn’t feel we competed the way we needed to in order to win games or championships.” A familiar face will join Nash on the sideline this season. Assistant coach Ray Fron returns after a three year hiatus from Aquinas College after coaching with Nash for twelve seasons. “Coach Fron brings knowledge, experience and a passion for the system that we run. He was the head coach at NAIA Div. 1 Spring Hill College for three seasons before making the difficult decision to return to the Grand Rapids area wear his family and closest friends reside. He will be a great asset once again to the program”, Nash says with a smile. The Saint’s have made adjustments and the “X” factor that they are banking on has to do with their stringent strength and conditioning program led by
Junior Taelor Sanders Steve Morgan of Maximum Athletic Performance. “I love it...the first day of conditioning Coach Morgan pulled up in his pick-up truck with tractor tires. We spent a lot of time pushing, pulling and flipping them. The team is in very good shape and we are preparing for a marathon season”, says Nash. The Saints return a nucleus of players that logged substantial minutes last season. The Saints will rely on Junior Taelor Sanders, who spent countless hours training this summer. Nash comments, “Taelor is a tremendous athlete. She worked her tail off this summer and it shows. We need Taelor to keep leading with her intensity.” The lone senior on the squad, Anne Marie Shumaker is poised and ready to end her career on a high note. She possesses a deadly shot and has become much more adept at slashing to the basket.
Senior Anne Marie Shumaker 8
sophomore class is very athletic. All three can shoot the three and they have returned with a year of experience ready to compete at a higher level. They all will be contributors for us.” The Saints added two freshmen that will make an immediate impact on the season. Allison Heberlein, a Lansing Catholic Central grad is steady, a great defender and can shoot the ball from anywhere on the court. Chelsea Matley is lightening quick. Nash says, “Chelsea may very well be the quickest player I have ever coached. She is a defensive terror and she gets so many deflections. She is learning the offensive system and is adjusting very well.” The Saints will compete in the competitive Wolverine Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) and have a strong non-conference season that includes NCAA Division II and III powerhouses Grand Valley State University and Hope College. Coach Linda Nash concludes, “We are focusing on getting better. Our goal is to be the aggressors and we want to come after our opponents. I think we have the depth to stretch the court and cover 94 feet. Time will tell, but we are focused on “Finding a way” to get it done!
Junior Lindsey Karpowicz The trio of juniors in the post, Shelby Carter, Lindsey Karpowicz and Liza Flewelling will give the Saints a strong post presence. All three players contributed last season and with a year of seasoning under their belts they have the ability to dominate inside. The junior class is rounded out by Clare Conway and Alpena Community College transfer Hayley O’Meara. Nash says, “Clare is deceptive. She’s a gamer. She has hit some big shots for us in the past and she has a great understanding of the system. Hayley is a jitter bug out there. She was a big scorer at Alpena and averaged 17 ppg the last two seasons. She can hit the outside shot has the ability to create contact and get to the free throw line. Her experience will pay off for us.” The sophomore class includes Carly Bardwell, Jenna Brower and Marisa Marx. Nash comments, “The
Junior Shelby Carter
double major in Psychology and Physical Education at Central Michigan University. She was the starting point guard for four years and at the time of her graduation, ranked in the top five in career assists. Nash knew at a young age that she wanted to be a collegiate basketball coach, so the next step was to complete a Master’s Degree in Health and Physical Education, while working with the women’s basketball team at Tennessee Tech University as a graduate assistant coach. Nash comments, “Tennessee Tech had a premier program in the nation when I was a graduate assistant. Cookeville natives came out to our games in groves. I learned from the best in coaching in Marynell Meadors and her assistant coach Bill Worrell (who took over the program and had great success as well). Meadors recently guided the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream to a second place finish in the WNBA championships to the Indianapolis Fever.”
Head Coach Linda Nash, 16th year Head Coach Linda Nash returns for her 16th year at the helm of the Aquinas College women’s basketball program. After a guiding the Saints to four appearances at the NAIA national tournament in the past seven years, last year was a disappointment. Nash comments, “I knew we would have some hurdles to overcome with eight first year players in the program last season, but we didn’t gel the way I wanted us to. I always preach to my team that obstacles make us stronger and hopefully we learned some valuable lessons last year. I think it was the toughest year of my career at Aquinas and I am on a mission to get us back to national prominence. It will require a complete team effort and we need to go out and be the aggressors and take one game at a time. I’m not making any promises, other than our motto of “finding a way” will be in the back of our minds as we take the court. Nash’s love of basketball dates back to her formative growing years where she was a four year AllConference player for local high school Kenowa Hills. She capped her career with All-State honors her junior and senior years and was selected as Kenowa’s athlete of the year and also the athlete of the year in the conference. Nash’s #40 was retired at Kenowa Hills for ten years. After high school, Nash completed her undergraduate education with a
After finishing her Master’s Degree, Nash moved to Houston, TX and was an assistant coach for three years and worked with head coach Linda Tucker at Rice University. “I’m so fortunate to have worked with so many great coaches. When I returned to Grand Rapids, I also had the opportunity to work with legendary coach Patti Tibaldi for a year at Aquinas College.” Nash admits that she can be classified as an unorthodox coach. When I recruit my studentathletes, I am looking for individuals that want to be empowered to grow. I am not a spoon feeder, and although I am always available to help, I want my players to grow into independent thinking adults who realize the difference they can make in the world. “When Aquinas College adopted the tag line, “Makes all the difference in the world”, it fit perfectly with my philosophy. Nash is a familiar face in the Aquinas College service learning department and has accompanied more than ten groups to third world countries. Most recently, Nash visited Haiti last spring, her third trip to the impoverished nation. She comments, “My travels with AQ students has made me realize the potential we have for positive change in the world. The gifts I have received from the people I have met are gifts that I will cherish for a life-time.”
Fron returns to Aquinas College with impressive coaching and teaching experience. He has been coaching basketball for over twenty years, coaching middle school, high school, and the last 16 years at the collegiate level. His passion for the game and his players is evident when you watch Fron on the sidelines. He brings great energy and a positive vibe, yet he balances those characteristics with a no nonsense approach to getting things done the right way.
Assistant Coach Ray Fron, 13th year A familiar face will grace the sidelines this season as long-time assistant coach Ray Fron returns to Aquinas College. Fron and Head Coach Linda Nash spent 12 years guiding the Saints together, before Fron moved south to take a head coaching position at Spring Hill College. After three seasons in Alabama, Fron decided that he missed being in Michigan where his family is and the rest is history.
An undergraduate of Grand Valley State University, Fron completed his Master’s in Education from Aquinas College. He is currently a special education teacher in the Wayland Public School District. Fron comments, “I love to teach and I love working with young people. Coming back to Aquinas College feels like coming home to me. I grew up two blocks from here and I spent quite a lot of time on campus and in the old fieldhouse. The renovated Sturrus Center is amazing and will serve the Aquinas College community well. Coach Nash and I go way back and our friendship is very important to both of us. We are committed to getting this team back to the top of the WHAC and to compete with the best of the teams in the nation.” Coach Fron and his wife Kari are the proud parents of three children, Lauren, Robert (wife Ronda), and Tarah (husband Eric). The Fron’s were blessed with the addition of their first granddaughter Ainsley, whose parents are Robert and Ronda.
Head Coach Linda Nash comments, “It’s not often that I’m lost for words, but the return of Coach Fron is hard for me to put down in words. We worked together for so long that sometimes we even completed one another’s sentences. Coach Fron’s efforts will be invaluable to our program. He is an excellent teacher of the game and we both believe in empowering our players to make decisions and play the game with fluency and toughness. When we implemented the triangle system six year’s ago, we learned it together and took four teams to the NAIA National Championships. It’s nice to be on the same page philosophically and our goal is to work harder than anyone and to have more fun than anyone. It’s a long season and if you lose sight of enjoying what you are doing, it will show as the season continues. Fron’s experience as a head coach has made him even a stronger leader and he has brought some new concepts to our program. We love to sit around and diagram X’s and O’s.”
Exercise Association (IDEA) selected Morgan in 1998 as one of the top twenty fitness professionals in the country. Morgan has worked with various high schools teams throughout Michigan and trains the men’s and women’s basketball teams at Grand Valley State University, the men's basketball national championship team at Mott Community College. He was a strength consultant for two seasons with the Philadelphia 76ers and worked with the Olympic sports and women's volleyball teams at Michigan State University.
Strength & Conditioning Coach Steve Morgan Strength and Conditioning Coach Steve Morgan is coordinating the training of the Aquinas College women’s basketball team once again. Morgan brings a wealth of knowledge when it comes to sport specific training. Morgan has been working in the health and fitness industry for more than 16 years and joined StrengthEdge Systems LLC in September 2006 as Vice President of Content Development. The Lansing, Mich. native, Morgan played baseball and graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Exercise Science. He is the founder and operator of Maximum Athletic Performance in Grand Ledge, Mich., which is the eighth training facility he has helped design. Morgan has also helped build training facilities in Germany, Cyprus, Tanzania, the United Arab Emirates, Sweden, and Pennsylvania. As an educator for Life Fitness International, Morgan has conducted workshops in over 35 countries on topics such as strength conditioning, exercise physiology, and health club management. Morgan was invited by the Chinese government to perform a seminar on health club management in Beijing in 2000. The International Dance and
Nash comments, “There is no one like Steve Morgan. He is the real deal and his creativity in training really challenges our players. I’ll never forget the look on our players faces when he pulled up in his truck for our first strength workout. I think they were expecting to go upstairs in our new weight room, but Morgan had other ideas up his sleeve. He lowered the gate on his truck and there they were...3 large tractor/truck tires, a pair of gardening gloves and 3 huge chains to wrap around the tires. There was an immediate attention to detail as Morgan guided the group through some intense training sessions utilizing the tires. I have no doubt that as the season continues, we will physically be on the strongest teams in the nation. Our training program is second to none and I have so much confidence in Morgan’s ability. He fits is really well in our program.”
Junior - Guard/Forward 5’9”
Name: Taelor Sanders High School: DeWitt High School Parents Names: Al Sanders and Lori (Eric) Hartley Siblings: Grant and Austin Sanders; Trevor and Tracee Hartley Why you chose Aquinas College: I chose Aquinas College because of how pretty the campus is and how welcoming everyone was on my visit. I got the chance to talk to some professors, coaches and students on my visit and they all seemed to love it here. I also love how much Aquinas College is into community service and giving back. Hobbies: Lacrosse, Working Out, Hanging out with friends and family Favorite Movie: Shawshank Redemption and Twilight Series Favorite Book: Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent Favorite Class: Sport Management Classes Major: Business Administration and Sports Management Pets: My wonderful daughter, Chloe, a beautiful, almost two year old St. Bernard. Favorite Quote: The Serenity Prayer “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.” Most inspiring moment in my life: The most inspiring thing that has happened in my life was when my Grandpa (Ed) Pettit had his heart attack and was sick for 3 months before his death. Over time, our family found out the inevitable and as much as it hurt us, he was always the one to stay positive and tell us everything was going to be okay. He fought everyday and showed every single person in our family not to give up and just to have faith in God, He will lead the way for us. 13
Junior - Forward/Center 5’11”
Name: Liza Jane Flewelling High School: Flint Powers Catholic Parents Names: Tim and Sally Flewelling Sibilings: Keith 25 (Central Michigan University) and Megan 23 (Eastern Michigan University) Why did I choose Aquinas? I picked Aquinas because of the small class sizes and the beautiful campus. I have gone to a catholic school my whole life and I knew I wanted to continue my faith in college. Also being able to play my 2 favorite sports in college was a great bonus. Pets: Arctic (Golden Retriever), Cloudy and Maizie (Tabby Cats) Hobbies: Watching movies, playing with my pets, camping, fishing, spending time with my family, and playing volleyball and lacrosse. Favorite Movie: No way I can pick just one. Favorite Book: The Hunger Games series Favortie Class: Math Major: Learning Disabilities/Elementary Education Favorite Quote: “Great moments... are born from great opportunity. And that's what you have here, tonight, boys. That's what you've earned here tonight. One game. If we played 'em ten times, they might win nine. But not this game. Not tonight. Tonight, we skate with them. Tonight, we stay with them. And we shut them down because we can! Tonight, WE are the greatest hockey team in the world. You were born to be hockey players. Every one of you. And you were meant to be here tonight. This is your time. Their time is done. It's over. I'm sick and tired of hearing about what a great hockey team the Soviets have. Screw 'em. This is your time. Now go out there and take it.” Herb Brooks (Miracle) Most inspiring moment in your life: I can’t recall any one moment in my life that has inspired me but I do know who inspires me: My mother who has the biggest heart and someone I hope I grow up to be just like. My father who has taught me everything there is to know about sports and who helped me practice every sport I have ever played day -in and day-out. My brother who always finds a way to be successful in everything he does. My sister who has the most dedication and hope that some day I have as much as her. 14
Freshman - Guard/Forward 5’10”
Name: Allison Claire Heberlein High School: Lansing Catholic High School Parents Names: Paul and Mary Lou Heberlein Siblings: Colleen 20 (Notre Dame), Rachel 14, Cara 10 , MaryCate 9 Why you chose Aquinas College: I chose Aquinas because of the size, especially coming from a small high school, the atmosphere, and how Aquinas really puts an emphasis on the individual. You feel like you can make a difference. On my visit, everyone was very welcoming, especially the girls on the basketball team, so I knew it was a good choice. Hobbies: Hanging out with friends, listening to music Favorite Movie: She’s the Man, Friday Night Lights, Remember the Titans Favorite Book: 1984 Favorite Class: Math Major: Math/Elementary Education Pets: None Favorite Quote: “Being perfect is about being able to look your friends in the eye and know that you didn't let them down because you told them the truth. And that truth is that you did everything that you could; there wasn’t one more thing that you could’ve done. Can you live in that moment as best as you can with clear eyes, and love in your heart? With joy in your heart? If you can do that, then you’re perfect.” Friday Night Lights Most inspiring moment: I'd say my most inspiring moment is every time I see my little sister's best friend, Kelleigh. Kelleigh has been fighting a very rare disease since she was born and has gotten a number of treatments and surgeries and even moved out of the state to be closer to her hospitals for treatment. You can see the effects of the disease physically yet she still lives a normal life and lives as if nothing is wrong. Every time I'm around her I see her hanging out with my little sister and smiling all the time. Our families are very close so the distance has been hard, especially on my little sister. Kelleigh’s strength, along with her family's strength, inspires me the most. It inspires me to work harder and to value the most important things in life.
Sophomore - Guard 5’4”
Name: Marisa Ann Marx High School: Warren Woods Tower Parent’s Names: Don and Tammi Marx Siblings: Brother: Michael 23 Why you chose Aquinas College: I loved the atmosphere and the welcoming arms! The campus is beautiful, and small which I really liked. Everybody has the ability to make a difference here at Aquinas which really inspired me! Hobbies: Love to sing! and hang out with my friends and family Favorite Movie: Pretty Woman Favorite Class: Consumer Behavior Major: Psychology Pets: Shihtzu named Comet! Favorite Quote: I think we like to complicate things when it is really quite simple. Find what it is that makes you happy and who it is that makes you happy-- and you’re set, promise. Most inspiring moment in your life: Every year we run a Christmas Fundraiser in Macomb County for the less fortunate. Families have children’s names and a list of things the children are interested in. Those families go out and buy gifts for kids that may not get presents on Christmas. Also, we have boxes of canned food that people drop off. At the end of the night Semi’s take all of the presents, and boxed food to homes that could really need an extra hand! And to me this is very inspiring, I love to help people anyway that I can.
Junior - Guard/Forward 5’9”
Name: Clare Maureen Conway High School: Grosse Pointe South Parent’s Names: Mary & Bob Siblings: Joseph (Aquinas ‘11) Why you chose Aquinas College: Aquinas was far enough from home that it would allow me to grow as an independent person. Also, it was a small school in a relatively big city that was rooted in my faith, Catholocism. Hobbies: Reading, scrapbooking, lacrosse. Favorite Movie: Casablanca Favorite Book: Catcher in the Rye Favorite Class: Accounting Major: Business Administration/Sports Management Pets: Louie Conway- 2 yr old Rescue dog Favorite Quote: President Roosevelt once said he would rather be in the arena fighting the good fight than be one of those cold and timid souls who know victory nor defeat Most inspiring moment in your life: This past summer I was walking on the river walk in Detroit with my father and I took in all of the revitalization going on in the city, and it dawned upon me that this is my city and I can make a difference here. Ever since then, everything I've wanted to do has revolved around working, living and playing in Detroit. I know that even I can make a difference.
Junior - Guard 5’5”
Name: Hayley Ellen O’Meara High School: Onaway High School Parent’s Names: Brian and Debbie O’Meara Siblings: Brother Trevor 21 Why you chose Aquinas College: I chose Aquinas College because I loved the beautiful campus and the friendly personable atmosphere of the students and staff that made me feel welcomed during my first campus visit. Since the student teacher ratio is very low, much like the junior college I was transferring from, I also knew my transition to Aquinas would go smooth. I felt like this college would be a great fit for me as a student, person, and athlete. Hobbies: Hanging out with family and friends, listening to music, working, swimming, and working out Favorite Movie: The Pursuit of Happyness Favorite Book: My Sister’s keeper By Jodi Picoult Favorite Class: Chemistry Major: Nursing Favorite Quote: “Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind” Most inspiring moment: My most inspiring moment was this summer with my Grandma O’Meara. We found out that my Grandma O’Meara had a mass tumor on her lungs. The doctors gave her 2 months to live because the cancer was growing so rapidly. My grandma had the strongest faith I have ever seen in any person and she fought off a lot of sicknesses prior to getting this cancer. The hospital had released her to go home, since that was my grandma’s one and only wish was to be at her own house and around all of her family. My grandma and grandpa had 29 grand and great grandchildren and loved every single one of them equally. The thing that inspired me the most was that I was the only one out of anybody in the family that could get her to smile, eat, drink, and carry on a conversation with. I knew at this time I had a special way to help heal sick people and this reinforced my career decision as becoming a nurse. And hopefully one day I will have this encouragement and effect on my own patients. 18
Sophomore - Guard/Forward 5’11”
Name: Jenna Nicole Julia- Rose Brower High School: Hopkins High School Parents: Kelly and Jennifer Brower Siblings: Kyle 22, Amanda(sister-in- law)22, Callie 16 Why did you chose Aquinas College: I decided to attend Aquinas because I really like the campus and wanted to be on the basketball team there. I really like that Aquinas is small and that you can get to know everyone, its like a small community. Also Aquinas is the perfect distance from my home town, far enough to stay but close enough to go home often. Favorite Movie: Love & Basketball & Water for Elephants Favorite Book: Message in a Bottle by Nicholas Sparks & The Hunger Game Series by C.S. Lewis Favorite Class: Psychology Major: Currently Undecided Favorite Quote: “Every man at some point in his life is going to lose a battle. He is going to fight and he is going to lose. But what makes him a man is at the midst of the battle he does not lose him self.” Friday Night Lights Most Inspiring Moment: During my Junior year of high school my Grandpa was given a ten percent chance of living after surgery. He fought extremely hard and now two years later he’s going to dialysis daily and continues to fight for his life. But he is the most inspiring man in my life. He has been strong and loving through the whole process. He inspires me to live day by day at my full potential.
Anne-Marie Shumaker Senior - Guard 5’8”
Name:Anne-Marie Shumaker High School: Grand Haven High School Parent’s Names: Larry and Michelle Shumaker Siblings: Twin sister Aimee 21 (Aquinas College), brother Aaron 15, and sister Andrea 12 Why you chose Aquinas College: I chose Aquinas because it was close to home and it is a school that focuses on the individual student and you’re not just another number. The professors are more than willing to help you if you need it and the campus is beautiful as well. I also really like the location of the school and there is always so much going on here. Hobbies: Hanging out with my family and friends, coaching, and watching movies or glee. Favorite Movies: Crash and Love and Basketball Favorite Book: My Sister’s Keeper Favorite Class: College Algebra and Trigonometry Major: Sports Management/Business Administration Pets: None Favorite Quote: “Every goal that had ever been reached began with one step--and the belief that it could be attained. When the road becomes hard to travel an it feels as if you’ll never reach the end...look deep inside your heart and you will find strength you never knew you had. Believe in yourself and remember that dreams really can come true.” Jason Blume. Most inspiring moment in your life: The day that my sister, Aimee, and I coached our basketball team to a big win over Spring Lake. It was the third time we played them in one summer and the last two times we had lost by twenty plus points. We were even missing our top ball handler who is also a great shooter. However that did not phase the ones who where there, they were determined and played their hearts out. To see them transform throughout the entire year and grow not only as players but as people too. I could not have been more proud of them. It was very satisfying to know that all the hard work that Aimee and I put into our team paid off.
Freshman - Guard 5’7”
Name: Chelsea Matley High School: Kalkaska High School Parents Names: Scott & Melissa Matley Siblings: Sister, Kendra Why did you chose Aquinas College: It was the perfect size college for me, I knew I would be able to get a good education here. I also got the opportunity to play basketball for Aquinas Hobbies: Boating, four wheeling, and playing paintball Favorite Movie: Twilight series Favorite Book: Twilight Favorite Class: Math Major: Undecided Pets: Pomeranian Favorite Quote: I don't judge others. I say if you feel good with what you're doing, let your freak flag fly. -Sarah Jessica Parker Most inspiring moment: When I was in Mexico there was this little boy suffering from starvation. It was one of the saddest moments I have ever experienced. I helped the little boy by giving him a meal. It wasn't that much but I could tell by the look on his face he was so thankful for that one dinner. I didn't realize until then how lucky and grateful I am.
Junior - Forward/Center 5’11”
Name: Shelby Carter High School: Bryon Center High School Parents names: Craig & Kim Siblings: My older sister Brooke and her husband Paul and my little sister Alexa Why you Chose Aquinas College: I chose AQ because it felt like a great fit. My college decision was probably the hardest decision I have ever had to make. My biggest fear was that I would end up transferring. That fear did come true but I ended up here, which was the best decision for me. I loved the small college feel. The team was great and I hit it off with them right away. I also enjoy going to class and actually knowing my professors and classmates. Hobbies: painting, swimming, fishing, working and anything that is crazy and out there, you only live once. Favorite movie: The Goonies Favorite book: Jane Eyre Favorite Class: Biology Major: Biology / Pre-PA Pets: Cali and Bear, both mutts Favorite Quote: “Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.” –Marilyn Monroe Most inspiring moment in your life: There is constantly things that happen within my life that inspire me to do things different, be a better person, and live life to the fullest. I honestly can say that there is not just one big moment that has inspired me. People, events, and experiences motivate and inspire me on a daily basis.
Sophomore - Forward/Center 6’1”
Name: Lindsey Marie Karpowicz High School: Grandville High School Parent’s Names: Dale & Chris Siblings: Karlee (15 yrs), Lauren (18yrs), Stacey (29 yrs) Why you chose Aquinas College: Aquinas college allowed me to participant in both of the sports that I loved; Track and Basketball. I also liked the idea of smaller class sizes and more one on one time with teachers. Hobbies: Working out, hanging out with friends, Coaching basketball Favorite Movie: How to lose a guy in 10 days Favorite Book: Breaking Dawn Favorite Class: The World in Crisis with Dr. Durham Major: Business Administration Minor: Exercise Science/Coaching Pets: None Favorite Quote: Hard work beats talent when talent does not work hard. Most inspiring moment in your life: The most inspiring moment in my life is when I took a mission trip to Boloxi, Mississippi with St Pius X church. We helped re-build houses for Katrina victims. It is an unbelievable feeling to see how grateful a family is for you helping them to restart their life.
Sophomore - Forward/Center 5’11”
Name: Carly Rae Bardwell High School: Allendale High School Parent’s Names: Amy and Ray Bardwell Why you chose Aquinas College: I chose Aquinas, because it was small school that focused on you as an individual. You were not a just a number like some of the other bigger schools. The setting of Aquinas also made my decision easy. Aquinas’s setting is beautiful and only a few minutes from the heart of downtown Grand Rapids. Hobbies: Snowboarding, spending time at my cottage, water sports Favorite Movie: Bridesmaids Favorite Book: Dear John Favorite Class: Biology Major: Biology/ Pre-vet Pets: Rage- 2yr old lab- husky mix and Dexter a 2 yr old rescue Favorite quote: “ Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.”- Will Durant Most inspiring moment in your life: The most inspiring moment in my life I would say was when my family and I made the decision to sponsor children from Africa. We supported them for things like their education, clothes, and food. Recently, I just got a letter back from the child I am sponsoring and reading that letter made me really understand how so often we take things for granted. To see how thankful and inspiring this child was even when given so little was amazing and something I will never forget.
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