Aquinas College, an inclusive educational community rooted in the Catholic and 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 students receive a four year liberal arts education with over 100 majors and minors, which prepares them for employment, lifelong learning, and critical thinking. Students make real the vision of the college: Aquinas College is an exceptional Catholic liberal arts college that prepares individuals for careers of leadership and service in developing a sustainable and just global community.
Your college experience isn’t just about what you learn in a classroom. At Aquinas College, we believe it’s just as important to learn on-campus, in the community and around the world. From one of our many registered student organizations, to Campus Life events, to the Center for Diversity & Inclusion, there’s something for everyone at AQ.
Aquinas College is proud to offer a hands-on approach to learning that extends far outside the classroom. From the Library, to the Writing Center, to Counseling, Health & Wellness, our staff are here to help.
Research shows that interacting with librarians and library services contributes to student success.
Starting in the Fall 2017 semester, AQ Librarians are offering a service called the Personal Librarian Program. Geared toward first-year students, our goals are simple: 1) to ensure that students new to college are aware of library resources, services, and programs; 2) to offer research and assignment support to first-year students; and 3) to decrease student anxiety when it comes to library use.
Throughout first-year students' first year at AQ, they can expect Personal Librarians to offer help with
Navigating the AQ Library
Finding articles, books, videos and other information sources
Developing research topics
Christina has been a librarian for 15+ years, and has been at AQ for 10 of those years. At times, she can get overly excited about searching for information, and has been known to throw some high-fives around when she finds fabulous sources. When she's not at AQ, she's probably pulling weeds out of her garden, baking something, or enjoying a craft beer with friends.
Austin has recently joined the Aquinas team as the Web Services and Discovery Librarian. Prior to his position at Aquinas, he worked as an Adjunct Intranet Architecture Librarian for Grand Valley State University, and an Adult Librarian at Kent District Library. Austin is frequently seen consuming copious amounts of coffee and wearing a cardigan or vest. He is a proud cat dad. In his spare time, he enjoys to binge tv, read, and spend time with friends and family.
Mies has recently join the Grace Hauenstein staff. He started his library career at General Motors working in the Media Archives. From there he traveled north and spent the next 14 years at Michigan Technological University. Mies has also worked for several years in a law library. When he’s not at work Mies enjoys family and friends and brewing some sort of craft beer.
Shellie admittedly displays typical librarian behavior, such as reading a ton of books, owning several cats, and wearing cardigans. However, when she is not helping students navigate library resources or explaining why critical thinking is, well, critical, she is likely to be out biking, backpacking, zip lining, or exploring the world.