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  • Great Performance Series to Open with DePue Brothers Band Sept. 14

    Posted by Dan Cash

    HOLLAND – The Hope College Great Performance Series will open its season with the DePue Brothers Band on Friday, Sept. 14, at 7:30 p.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel.

    The DePue Brothers Band is bluegrass band composed of classically trained musicians. The performers merge their technical skills with a highly creative joy to create a new sound, merging genres such as classical, bluegrass, Americana and folk. Featuring two brothers of legendary DePue family, along with colleagues from the Philadelphia Orchestra, the ensemble is blurring the lines of musical genres.

    After a performance at the Kimmel Center, the center’s vice president of programming commented, “Incredible energy and virtuosity… This band delivers.”

    The band began performing and recording in 2004. The group’s CD, “Weapons of Grass Construction,” mixes genres and gives a direct nod to the band’s bluegrass tradition and classical training, while adding a deeper infusion of rock and blues. From original tunes to “Orange Blossom Special,” the DePue Brothers Band is known for high-energy shows.

    Individual tickets are $18 for regular admission, $13 for senior citizens, and $6 for children 18 and under.  Individual and season tickets are available at the ticket office in the main lobby of the DeVos Fieldhouse, which is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and can be called at (616) 395-7890.

    The DeVos Fieldhouse is located at 222 Fairbanks Ave., between Ninth and 11th streets.  Dimnent Memorial Chapel is located at 277 College Ave., on College Avenue at 12th Street.

    Additional information may be obtained online at hope.edu/gps.

  • Cross Country Season Begins With Vanderbilt Invitational

    Posted by Dan Cash

    HOLLAND -- The small college cross country season begins Saturday
    (Sept. 1) with the traditional Vanderbilt Invitational hosted by Hope
    College. The meet will be run at the Ridge Point Community Church on
    Holland's southeast side beginning at 10:30 a.m.

    Started in 1966, the meet is named in honor of William Vanderbilt, Sr.
    who coached the Hope cross country program from 1971-87. A 1961 Hope
    graduate, Vanderbilt guided Hope cross country teams to 17 Michigan
    Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) championships, 14 by the
    men and three by the women. He coached current Hope cross country
    coach Mark Northuis who was an All-MIAA distance runner.

    While at Hope, Vanderbilt chaired the department of physical
    education, recreation and athletics. He also served as president of
    the NCAA Division III Cross Country Coaches Association and in 1987
    brought the Division III national championships to Holland. As a
    student-athlete, he lettered in basketball, baseball and track. He was
    captain of the basketball team as a senior and won the MIAA
    championship in the high jump in 1959. He received the masters degree
    from the University of Michigan and the Ph.D. from the University of
    Utah. Vanderbilt left the Hope faculty in 1988.

    The first invitational was held in men's cross country in 1966. The
    women's cross country component was added in 1980.

    Joining Hope will be teams from Albion, Cornerstone, Grace Bible and
    Muskegon Community, in addition to some invited unattached runners.

    Albion is the two-time defending men's champion while Hope will be
    seeking its third consecutive women's title.

  • Hope College Chorus Looking for Community Members

    Posted by Dan Cash

    HOLLAND – The Hope College Chorus is seeking singers from the community to join with Hope students, faculty, staff and other community members.

    The chorus will meet every Tuesday beginning September 4 at 7:30 p.m. in Wichers Auditorium of Nykerk Hall of Music.  The group will be preparing across the fall semester to perform in the college’s Christmas Vespers services, which will be held in Dimnent Memorial Chapel on Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 1-2.

    No audition is required.  Those interested in participating should contact director Brad Richmond by e-mail at richmond@hope.edu or by calling (616) 395-7651.

    Nykerk Hall of Music is located in the central Hope campus at the former 127 E. 12th St. between College and Columbia avenues.

  • Hope Mortar Board Chapter Earns National Awards

    Posted by Dan Cash

    HOLLAND – The Hope College chapter has continued its tradition of recognized excellence, again receiving multiple awards during the national organization’s annual summer conference.

    The honors follow having received multiple awards during each of the past several years, including being named the top chapter during the national conference in 2010. There’s a five-year wait before the chapter will be eligible to be considered for the top award again.

    The awards program recognized activities during the 2011-12 school year.  Hope received a “Golden Torch Award” and 17 “Project Excellence” awards.  The conference was held on Friday-Sunday, July 20-22, in Chicago, Ill.

    The “Golden Torch Award” honors chapters that have excelled in the areas of scholarship, leadership and service.  The Hope chapter was one of the top five “Golden Torch Award” recipients for the fifth year in a row.

    The Hope Alcor chapter received 17 “Project Excellence Awards,” after receiving 12 awards last year and eight awards during each of the two years before that.  Hope’s awards recognized the chapter’s website, including a promotional video and the best video featuring a chapter president; commemoration of national Mortar Board Week and Mortar Board visibility; fall and spring retreats; participation in the organization’s national book drive and an alumni book drive that raised more than $15,500 for Jefferson Elementary; Last Lecture Series; disability advocacy; participation in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, raising more than $16,000; Friendship Prom; “President for a Day” swap and other fund-raisers; “Wearing of the Blue” breakfast for students on the Dean’s List; Thanksgiving dinner for international students; Children’s After School Achievement (CASA) program pumpkin carving and Christmas stocking stuffing; full college scholarships for eight students in Tanzania; tuition for a nursing student in El Salvador; Dance Marathon participation, raising more than $7,000; providing malaria nets through Compassion International and Compassion Child; and Kiva Microloans for projects in various countries.

    The Hope chapter had 35 members during the 2011-12 school year, and the president was Marc Tori, a 2012 graduate from Pinckney.  The chapter pursued more than 28 service and fund-raising projects during the 2011-12 school year.

    The Alcor chapter was co-advised during 2011-12 by Martie Bultman, who is the wife of Hope College President James E. Bultman, and Dr. Dianne Portfleet, who is an associate professor of English.  Portfleet, who received a national “Excellence in Advising” award during the 2007 event, made two presentations during this year’s conference.

    Mortar Board is a national honor society that recognizes college seniors for outstanding achievement in scholarship, leadership and service, and provides opportunities for continued leadership development, promotes service to college and universities, and encourages lifelong contributions to the global community.  Since its founding in 1918, the organization has grown from the four founding chapters to 229 collegiate chapters with nearly 250,000 initiated members across the nation.

    The Alcor chapter has existed at Hope since the 1936-37 academic year, although it did not become part of the national Mortar Board organization until 1961.

    Portfleet is co-advising the chapter during the 2012-13 school year with Robert Pocock, adjunct associate professor of communication.  Portfleet and Pocock both attended the conference on behalf of Hope along with senior Elizabeth Bilquist of St. Charles, Ill., who is the chapter’s treasurer this year; and senior Katherine Genzink of Holland, who is the chapter’s president this year.

  • Hope College Brown Bag Concert Series Resumes Friday, Sept. 7

    Posted by Dan Cash

    HOLLAND – Hope College faculty members Andrew Le and Adam Clark, both pianists, will perform at the monthly “Brown Bag Concert” series at the Holland Area Arts Council on Friday, Sept. 7, at noon.

    The public is invited.  Admission is free.

    Founded and directed by Andrew Le, the concert series takes place on the first Friday of each month. Each hour-long program consists of a variety of musical offerings from Hope students and teachers.

    “The Brown Bag Concerts are designed to provide a variety of music in a casual atmosphere with the performers, dressed in jeans, sharing a bit about each piece to provide background information to the audience,” said Le, an assistant professor of music. “Listeners are encouraged to bring their kids or their co-workers on the lunch hour, pack a brown bag lunch and enjoy some exceptional music.”

    Upcoming concerts are scheduled for Friday, Oct. 5; Friday, Nov. 2; and Friday, Dec. 7.

    The Holland Area Arts Council is located west of Columbia Avenue at 150 E. Eighth St.

  • Hope Education Program Receives Top Ranking from State

    Posted by Dan Cash

    HOLLAND– The teacher-education program atHopeCollegehas earned a 70, the highest score possible, on the Michigan Department of Education Teacher Preparation Institution Performance Scores Report released this summer.

    Hope and theUniversityofMichiganatAnn Arborhad the best performance scores, each with 70, among all teacher-preparation institutions inMichiganfor the 2010-11 academic year according to the report, which was reviewed by the State Board of Education earlier this month.

    Hope has consistently ranked as one of the state’s top programs, receiving an “Exemplary” rating, in the annual listing since the report’s inception in 2005.  The college was one of four institutions ranked second in the previous, 2009-10, report, announced in 2011.  Hope was one of two institutions tied for first place in 2007.

    “Our program is strong,” said Dr. Laura Pardo, professor of education and chairperson of the department.  “We match what we teach to the students to the standards required by the state, and we regularly review our program to assure that we prepare our graduates to be successful as teaching professionals.”

    The college’s department of education prepares students to teach in elementary and secondary schools. Each year, the department annually recommends approximately 150 graduates to the State ofMichiganfor teacher certification.  The department currently has 12 full-time faculty.

    The teacher-education program at Hope provides prospective teachers with a blend of classroom instruction and field experience. Students participate in field placements beginning with their first course in the program, Educational Psychology, a model that continues through a culminating semester spent student teaching. The student-teaching placements are available not only locally but also through off-campus programs including in Chicago, Ill.; Philadelphia, Pa.; the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota; and Liverpool in the United Kingdom.  An on-going relationship with Interaction International has also provided student-teaching opportunities in nations includingIndia,KenyaandThailand.

    Student-led chapters of two national professional organizations, the Student Council for Exceptional Children (SCEC) and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), offer professional development and service opportunities for teacher-education students. Students in the program also have the chance to gain additional experience through activities by volunteering with local organizations that work with children, such as the Children’s After School Achievement (CASA) and Upward Bound programs based at Hope.

    Graduates of Hope’s education program teach in public and private K-12 schools around the country, and abroad. Hope education alumni also serve as Peace Corps volunteers, counselors in elementary and secondary schools, curriculum coordinators and supervisors, school administrators and college professors.

    The Michigan Department of Education developed criteria for ranking each of the state’s teacher-preparation institutions.  This was done to meet the new requirements attached to the federal Title II Higher Education Act (HEA) requiring states to monitor the performance of their teacher-education programs.  Rankings are based on the following criteria: the percentage of students who enter and complete the program, survey results of exiting student teachers, survey of classroom teachers who supervise student teachers, responsiveness to state need in preparing candidates in high-need subjects (mathematics, sciences, world languages and special education), as well as preparing teachers from ethnic minorities-diversity need, teacher candidates’ scores on the Michigan Test of Teacher Competency (MTTC), and periodic program review by the Michigan Department of Education.

    The more than 30 programs ranked in the state’s report include programs at private and public colleges and universities. The other programs’ scores range from 20 to 68.

  • Former Dutch Prime Minister to Speak and Receive Honorary Degree

    Posted by Dan Cash

    HOLLAND – Dr. Jan Peter Balkenende, former prime minister of the Netherlands, will deliver an address at Hope College and receive an honorary degree from Hope on Friday, Sept. 7.

    Balkenende will present “Europe: Risk or Opportunity? Economic developments, financial challenges and European values”” on Friday, Sept. 7, at 4 p.m. in Winants Auditorium of Graves Hall.

    The public is invited to the lecture.  Admission is free.

    He will receive a Doctor of Laws (LL.D.) from Hope during a banquet later in the day.  Attendance at the banquet is by invitation only.

    He is being honored in recognition of his distinguished service to the Kingdom of the Netherlands and for his emphasis on Christian principles as a component of good government.

    Balkenende was prime minister and minister of general affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands from July 2002 until October 2010.  He is now a professor of governance, institutions and internationalization at the Erasmus School of Economics and the Erasmus School of Law of the Erasmus University Rotterdam.  He is also a partner at Ernst & Young (BeNe Head Office, Rotterdam), responsible for international affairs, corporate responsibility and advisory activities on public-private issues.

    Balkenende was born in Kapelle on May 7, 1956.  After completing his secondary education, he went on to the Free University of Amsterdam where he studied history, graduating with an M.A. in 1980, and Dutch law, graduating with an LL.M. in 1982. He obtained his doctorate in law in 1992 with a thesis on government regulation and civil-society organizations.

    From 1982 to 1984 he was a legal affairs policy officer at the Netherlands Universities Council, the umbrella organization for Dutch universities. He then served on the staff of the policy institute of the Christian Democratic Alliance (CDA) until 1998.  As a senior staff member, he was responsible for social, economic and financial affairs, including development cooperation, technological innovation and European integration.

    Balkenende was a member of Amstelveen municipal council from 1982 to 1998, and leader of its CDA group from 1994. From 1993 to 2002 he was a part-time professor of Christian social thought on society and economics at the Free University of Amsterdam.

    From 1998 to 2002 he was a member of the House of Representatives of the States General for the CDA.  He led the CDA parliamentary party from 2001 to 2010.

    His tenure as prime minister saw reforms in fields including social security, pre-pension facilities, public health and deregulation.  He also played an active international role, in Europe, including as president of the European Council in the second half of 2004; in the G20; and in the United Nations, with a special emphasis on issues like sustainable development, Millennium Development Goals and the World Trade Organization.  He paid many official visits to other countries, often accompanied by trade mission representing Dutch companies.

    Across his career he has also been a member and vice-chair of the board of the broadcasting organization NCRV; a member of the Amsterdam Regional Forum; chair of the Association of Christian Lawyers; a member of the group on socially responsible business practice in the Royal Association MKB-Nederland, which represents employers in small and medium-size businesses; and a member of the board of the Parliamentary History Group.

    Balkenende has written many books and articles, including “Government Regulation and Civil Society Organizations” (1992), “On Responsibility and Economics: What Next?” (1993), “Responsibility and Law” (1995), “Trust and the Economy” (1997), “Different and Better” (2002), “Private Enterprise and Society” (2003), “Shaping Europe’s Future” (2004) and “Prime Minister, The Floor Is Yours” (2010). He is the author of many policy documents on economic growth, social security, fiscal policy, poverty, development cooperation and innovation.

    He has received four other honorary doctorates:  in theology, from Karoly Gaspar Reformed University in Budapest, Hungary; in systems design and management, from Keio University in Tokyo, Japan; in sociology, from Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea; and in humane letters, from Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y.  His other honors include eight Grand Crosses, including Knight Grand Cross in the Dutch Order of Orange-Nassau, and several international prizes.

    Balkenende is married to Dr Bianca Hoogendijk, a specialist in labour law. They have one daughter, Amelie.

    Graves Hall is located at 263 College Ave., between 10th and 12th streets.

  • Convocation Address Highlights Learning in a Life that Already Matters

    Posted by Dan Cash

    From the Hope College press desk:

    HOLLAND – Hope College formally launched its 151st academic year on Sunday, Aug. 26, welcoming the incoming Class of 2016. In the Opening Convocation address, Charlotte vanOyen-Witvliet, who is the John H. and Jeanne M. Jacobson Professor of Psychology, presented “Learning in a Life that Matters.”

    “What I invite you to think about is your vocation of learning at Hope,” vanOyen-Witvliet said, “Not learning to live a life that will matter someday (as if real life begins after graduation), but learning in a life that already matters now.”  Hope’s mission, she said, is established “to support the ongoing discovery of how to live out your vocation as an individual, in community.  Learning is the calling of students.  Learning is the vocation of our college community.”

    Approximately 2,000, primarily new students and their families, attended the event, which was held in the college’s Richard and Helen DeVos Fieldhouse.

    The college has registered more than 900 freshmen this fall, topping last year’s record of 848.  The new students moved in on Friday, and returning students began moving in on Sunday.  Fall semester classes start on Tuesday.

    The students, vanOyen-Witvliet noted, are joining a community whose dedication to fostering their discernment extends campus-wide.

    “Hope is made up of people who get up every day to create the best possible community of learning,” she said.  “Together, administrators, librarians, cooks, secretaries, trustees, coaches, directors, chaplains, custodians, professors, officers, counselors and many more play their parts in making Hope a learning community that is concerned with your flourishing here and now…  and ultimately when all things are made new.”

    What that means for the students across their years at Hope and how they might themselves focus their experience, she noted, is reflected in an overview from the college titled “Graduates anchored in Hope”:  “Hope graduates are educated to think about life’s most important issues with clarity, wisdom and a deep understanding of foundational commitments of the historic Christian faith.  They are prepared to communicate effectively, bridging boundaries that divide human communities.  They are agents of hope who live faithfully into their vocations.  Hope graduates make a difference in the world.”

    A key step in the process, vanOyen-Witvliet said, is for the students to think in terms of calling:  to discern where needs, faithfulness, talents, and interests intersect.

    “Frederick Buechner (in ‘Wishful Thinking: A Theological ABC’) says that ‘The kind of work God usually calls you to is the kind of work (a) that you need most to do and (b) that the world most needs to have done…The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet,’” vanOyen-Witvliet said.

    She described six “signposts” that provide clues in discerning calling, a listing shared in the book “The Will of God as a Way of Life” by 1972 Hope graduate Dr. Gerald Sittser, who is a professor of theology at Whitworth University:  What motivates you?  What are your talents or gifts?  What life experiences form you?  Opportunity, with its open doors and closed doors.  Conversations with a discerning community.  And joyful service—Buechner’s “deep gladness.”

    Hope, she noted, would provide numerous opportunities for students to explore how the pieces might fit for them, and even, perhaps, to be surprised by the result.

    “Beware, attending classes, conferences, and the Critical Issues Symposium could inspire a new love for history, political science, philosophy, poetry, statistics, piano performance, chemistry, another language, theology or psychology,” vanOyen-Witvliet said. “You could realize that you have gifts in areas you hadn’t explored before.  You might learn about communities you didn’t know existed.  And, you might see the world’s needs.  You just might discover a calling you hadn’t planned on.  It happens.”