Business Administration at Aquinas College

Leadership Development Program

Leadership Development Program Hosts Résumé Workshop With The Highland Group

Aquinas College students were invited to pair up and work with Aquinas College faculty, The Highland Group members, and Leadership members to discuss the importance of a good résumé. Students could receive guidance on creating a résumé and advice and tips to keep their current one looking fresh and neat. These students know the importance of a résumé when applying for jobs. "There are plenty of applicants. How am I going to stand out?" This workshop, along with some other courses offered to students for credit, allow Aquinas students to be able to stand out with their résumés.




Leadership Development Program

group photo As part of the Aquinas College Leadership Development Program, students had the opportunity to visit Grand Rapids Foam Technologies. As part of the experience, Aquinas students met with their President and CEO, Ben Amman.

The LDP runs every other week in the fall semester. Students at Aquinas get to meet with executives and other business leaders in the Grand Rapids Community at their places of business. We tour their office complex or manufacturing facilities and students get to ask questions of the executives about business insights, expectations, and how these leaders used failure as a platform for future success. Goals for the students include internships to full-time employment. Past members of our Leadership Development Program have earned Internships and full-time positions with IBM, the NBA, Jandernoa Entrepreneurial Mentoring, Brewery Vivant, Notions Marketing, and Grand Rapids Foam Technologies.

Beginning in the Spring Semester, the Leadership Development Program Officers will introduce a 2018 speaking series on topics such as “Personal Branding” and Entrepreneurship.

Students Attend Intern Speed Dating Event

people sitting at tables Aquinas College Business students attended an "Intern Speed Dating" event hosted by the West Michigan World Trade Association. Modeled after speed dating, interns were seated on one side of the table, while representatives from companies were seated on the other side. Students had 5-8 minutes with each company representative to get to know one another,  discuss their qualifications, and career goals with the hope of getting an internship. 

Megan Donovan 

two people sitting at a table Dual Major: Business Administration and Communication
Internship: Mill Steel

"It was all brand new," said Megan Donovan, '16, of her internship in the manufacturing environment of Mill Steel, a plant that distributes and processes flat-rolled steel products. This dual major in business administration and communication sought an internship that played to her strengths in accounting and business ethics and took a chance on the well-reputed company. After a semester of a successful internship, Donovan now finds herself among the staff at Mill Steel.

"Megan was quite attentive and a good student," said Harwood Hoover, Jr. Ph.D., professor emeritus of business administration. In this introductory course on business ethics, Dr. Hoover utilizes Catholic Social Teaching, specifically John Paul II's Veritatis Splendor to explore the moral teachings of the church. He then applies these teachings to best business practices and invites his students to decide for themselves their own moral compass and form their own ethics code for a fictional company. >Read More