Story by Adrianna Triche, Saint Reporter
Photo courtesy of Abigale Racine
Aquinas kicks of its homecoming week starting September 2 through 27. Unlike many schools that center football around their homecoming functions,Aquinas’s homecoming will be a salute to our women’s soccer team. Also, a joint venture of bringing back alumni and current students as a part of the Aquinas family.
In celebration of one of our beloved alumna, Christina Bivens will also be honored during homecoming week. Ms. Bivens passed away November 2014 at the age of 42. Ms. Bivens was not only an Aquinas alumna but a major influence in the Grand Rapids art community. She showed the world what it meant to be a part of the Aquinas family. Ms. Bivens will receive the outstanding Alumna award at the Aquinas College Award Gala. Her spirit will always be an inspiration to all alumni and students alike.
In addition, there are events for all, ranging from elections for our homecoming court and dance, to an all-inclusive class reunion. Homecoming court candidates were announced at AQ’s signature Rock the Block event on September 18–seniors Elizabeth Sensing, Kailie West, Erica Utter, Ramil Collier, Nathan Schall, and Nick Evans were chosen as this year’s homecoming court candidates. There will be something for everyone. Some new additions to this year’s functions are the blessing of the ground where our new chapel is to be constructed, and our major minor mixer, where all the different educational departments are invited to mingle. The department that has the most students and faculty in attendance will receive a covenant Aquinas prize.
Below is a list of the proceedings being held throughout the week, and while enjoying these events, don’t forget to take a moment to thank all the hard working people that have had a hand in making this year’s homecoming the best. AQPB, the Alumni Association, Student Senate, Campus life, and many more.
|Aquinas College Award Gala||Sturrus Sports & Fitness Center||September 24 5:30 p.m.|
|Hypnotist Tom Beluca||Wege Ballroom||September 24 at 9 p.m.|
|Alumni Basketball Games||Sturrus Sports & Fitness Center||September 25 at 7 p.m. for women and 8:30 p.m. for the men|
|All Reunion Class Party||Donelly Center||September 25 at 6 till 10 p.p.|
|AQ Run Through||St. Joe’s Flood Lot||September 26 at 9 a.m.|
|Senate Open House||Library Piazza||September 26 at 11 a.m.|
|Homecoming Coronation||Athletic Field||September 26 at Noon|
|Women’s Soccer Game||Athletic Field||September 26 at 1 p.m.|
|Affinity Row||Cook Carriage House||September 26 at Noon to 4 p.m.|
|Food Booth Row||Holmdene Lawn||September 26 at Noon to 9 p.m.|
|AQ Midway||AMC Lawn||September 26 at Noon to 5 p.m.|
|Inflatable Village||AMC Lawn||September 26 at Noon to 9 p.m.|
|Major Minor Mixer||Jarecki Piazza||September 26 at 2 to 4 p.m.|
|New Chapel Ground Blessing||Near the intersection of Wege and Elderberry Way||September 26 at 4p.m.|
|Homecoming Mass||Bukowski Chapel||September 26 After the Ground Blessing|
|Homecoming Dance||Third Floor Wege||September 26 at 9 p.m.|
|AQ+ Art Prize||Cathedral Square, Diocese of Grand Rapids||September 27 at noon until 2|
|World Meeting of Families Papal Live Mass Viewing||Wege Third Floor||September 27 at 3:30|