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  • When Women Played Hard Ball” on Feb. 5 Marks National Day

    Posted by Dan Cash

    HOLLAND – In conjunction with the National Girls and Women in Sports Day sponsored by the Women’s Sports Foundation, Hope College will feature “When Women Played Hard Ball,” hosting two guest speakers from the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL), on Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 11 a.m. in the Maas Center auditorium.

    The public is invited.  Admission is free.

    Doris Cook and Rosemary Stevenson overcame gender ideologies and psycho-social gender norms to play organized professional sport in the AAGPBL during the 1940s and 1950s, a time when women were not considered athletic let alone professional athletes.   They will share their experiences of playing professional baseball in pre-Title IX days as well as offer insights into current and future trends of women in sports.

    Cook joined the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League in 1949 at the age of 17. She remained in the league until 1953, having played pitcher and outfielder for the Springfield Sallies, the Kalamazoo Lassies, and the South Bend Blue Sox.   Also at the age of 17, Stevenson started her career with the Grand Rapids Chicks, playing outfield in 1954.  Her career in the AAGPBL was cut short when the league folded in that same year.

    Immortalized in the film “A League of Their Own,” which was fictional but based on true-life stories, the AAGPBL was founded by Philip K. Wrigley in 1943. During the league’s history, more 600 women played professional baseball in about a half a dozen Midwest cities.   These women’s years in the league was full of memorable experiences, marked by playing the game in uniformed skirts, attending charm school during spring training, and using equipment and rules that had been previously reserved for men.  In particular, it was friendships that became most meaningful. Cook and Stevenson have often relived those friendships and games to audiences in Michigan.  Now they bring their stories to Hope.

    This event, as well as a sports clinic for middle-school girls also held in conjunction with the National Girls and Women in Sports Day, is sponsored by the Hope College Athletic Department and the NCAA Strategic Initiative Grant program.

    The Maas Center is located at 264 Columbia Ave., on Columbia Avenue at 11th Street.

  • Edye Evans Hyde to Receive Dr. MaLinda P. Sapp Legacy Award

    Posted by Dan Cash

    HOLLAND – Edye Evans Hyde of the Hope College music faculty has been chosen by the Grand Rapids Symphony to receive a 2013 Celebration of Soul Dr. MaLinda P. Sapp Legacy Award.

    She will be one of three recipients honored during the symphony’s eighth annual Celebration of Soul dinner, being held on Saturday, Feb. 16, at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids.

    The awards are based on exceptional contributions involving auspicious success (leadership, innovation, initiatives and creativity) in furthering a diverse, impartial and inclusive environment with a focus on the arts and education communities.

    Edye Evans Hyde is an instructor of jazz at Hope, where she also directs the Gospel Choir. She has been teaching and performing jazz, blues and pop music for more 30 years in West Michigan, Los Angeles and Asia.  In September 2011, she was named Musician of the Year by the West Michigan Jazz Society.

    A 1975 graduate of Creston High School in Grand Rapids, she holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from Aquinas College, has taught K-12 vocal music, and also served as the assistant director of admissions at Grand Rapids Community College.

    She has shared the stage with world-renowned blues singer Linda Hopkins, pop singer Michael Bolton, Maria Muldaur, actress Connie Stevens, the late Ray Charles and Cuban trumpet player Arturo Sandoval. She has also appeared with The Grand Rapids Symphony and The West Shore Symphony performing songs from her acclaimed CDs “Girl Talk” and “Lady with A Song.”  Her newest album is “Magic in His Eyes.”

    Her stage performances have included principal roles in “Dream Girls,” “Ain’t Misbehavin,” “Smokey Joe’s Café,” “Little Shop of Horrors,” “Blues For an Alabama Sky,” “Intimate Apparel,” “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill,” “Ragtime” and “Having Our Say.” Her credits also the role of Ms. Lucy in the locally produced television show “Come On Over!” and many other movie and video productions.  She is also the narrator for the Grand Rapids Symphony Lollipops.

    Her husband, Mike Hyde, is an instructor of jazz guitar at Hope.  They have two grown children, Leah (Nikki) and Evan.

    The Grand Rapids Symphony will also be honoring the Rev. Nathaniel Moody and Baxter Community Center with awards during the dinner, which will be followed by the 12th annual “Symphony with Soul” Concert.  Additional information about the evening is available online at grsymphony.org/events/celebration-soul-2013

  • Hope to Host Student Sport and Exercise Psychology Symposium

    Posted by Dan Cash

    HOLLAND – Student researchers and faculty from throughout the region will be attending the 23rd annual Midwest Sport and Exercise Psychology Symposium (MSEPS), being hosted by Hope College on Friday-Saturday, Feb. 15-16.

    The purpose of the event is to highlight student work in the field in an open forum that will provide unique opportunities for critical feedback and discussion.  The symposium showcases the work of upcoming scholars in a one-room setting that allows for open dialogue to occur between students and faculty in a professional, yet friendly, manner.  Organized by students, the annual event rotates among several colleges and universities.

    In addition to the student research, the symposium will include keynote presentations by Dr. Eddie O’Connor, who is a clinical sport psychologist at the Performance Excellence Center of Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital in Grand Rapids; Dr. Scott VanderStoep, who is dean for the social sciences and a professor of psychology at Hope; and Dr. Kirk Brumels, who is an associate professor of kinesiology and program director of athletic training education at Hope.

    More information about the symposium is available at sites.google.com/a/hope.edu/2013mseps/

    The Hope students directing this year’s symposium are juniors Meredith Aja of Traverse City and Sutton Williams of West Olive.

  • Wind Ensemble to Perform on Feb. 15

    Posted by Dan Cash

    HOLLAND – The Hope College Wind Ensemble will perform on Friday, Feb. 15, at 7:30 p.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel.

    The public is invited.  Admission is free.

    The concert is titled “People, Places, and Things.”  The cornerstone of the evening, “Angels in the Architecture,” by Frank Ticheli, will feature soprano Rebecca Flinker, a sophomore from Leeds, Mass. Other pieces include “Hammersmith,” by Gustav Holst; “Movement for Rosa,” by Mark Camphouse; and “Sleep,” by Eric Whitacre.

    Director Gabe Southard, who joined the Hope faculty in 2007, completed his Doctorate of Musical Arts in conducting at Michigan State University. Prior to his residence at MSU, he served as wind symphony conductor and flute studio teacher at the University of Michigan-Flint, where he also taught orchestration, music appreciation and advanced conducting.

    Dimnent Memorial Chapel is located at 277 College Ave., on College Avenue at 12th Street

  • VIDA Guitar Quartet to Perform on Friday, Feb. 15

    Posted by Dan Cash

    HOLLAND – The VIDA Guitar Quartet will perform at Hope College on Friday, Feb. 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the Knickerbocker Theatre in downtown Holland.

    The VIDA Guitar Quartet “brings together four guitarists of exceptional artistry and “unerring musical instinct” (“Gramophone”). VIDA’s ability to “conjure up an orchestral palette of colour and effects” (“Classic FM”) combined with the quartet’s “exquisite tonal and dynamic control” has firmly established the group as a passionate and masterful ensemble that sparkles with “vitality and spontaneity” (“Acoustic”). “Gramophone” has described listening to the group as akin to “listening to an entire orchestra and not merely to four guitars. There’s only one word for it: magic.”

    The VIDA Guitar Quartet brings together four guitarists who share a passion for chamber music. They are sought-after festival artists throughout the UK and Europe, and in 2011 made their US debut in Los Angeles (LMU Guitar Festival) and New York (Baruch Performing Arts Centre).

    The quartet includes Mark Eden and Christopher Stell, best known as the Eden Stell Guitar Duo, considered one of most innovative guitar ensembles in the world. Mark Ashford is a is multi-prize winning guitarist, as is Helen Sanderson, who also is the founder and director of the World Youth Guitar Festival, Europe’s largest residential festival for young classical guitarists.

    Tickets for the performance are $10 for regular admission, $7 for senior citizens and Hope College faculty and staff, $5 for children 18 and under, and free for Hope students, and are available at the ticket office in the main lobby of the DeVos Fieldhouse.   The ticket office is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and can be called at (616) 395-7890. Tickets are also available online at tickets.hope.edu/ticketing/

    The Knickerbocker Theatre is located at 86 E. Eighth St.

  • Poet Shane Book and Novelist Mat Johnson to Read on Thursday, Feb. 7

    Posted by Dan Cash

    HOLLAND – The Jack Ridl Visiting Writers Series of Hope College will feature poet Shane Book and novelist Mat Johnson on Thursday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m. in the Knickerbocker Theatre in downtown Holland.

    The public is invited. Admission is free.

    Shane Book’s first collection, “Ceiling of Sticks” (University of Nebraska Press), won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize and the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award, and was a Poetry Society of America “New American Poet” Selection. Book is a graduate of New York University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and was a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. His work has appeared in 17 anthologies; in more than 45 magazines in the United States, United Kingdom and Canada; and on film. He has received scholarships to the MacDowell Colony, Brazil’s Sacatar Foundation, the Breadloaf Writers’ Conference and Naropa University’s Summer Writing.

    Mat Johnson is the author of the novel “Prym, Drop, and Hunting in the Harlem,” the nonfiction novella “The Great Negro Plot,” and the comic books “Incognergo” and “Dark Rain.” He is a recipient of the United States Artist James Baldwin Fellowship, The Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and the John Dos Passos Prize for Literature, and a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Johnson is a faculty member at the University of Houston Creative Writing Program.

    Additional information is available online at hope.edu/vws.

    The Knickerbocker Theatre is located at 86 E. Eighth St.

  • Event to Help Holland-Area Students Apply for Financial Aid

    Posted by Dan Cash

    HOLLAND – College-bound Holland-area students and their families completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA can receive help with the form during “MI College Goal” on Sunday, Feb. 10, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Davenport University, 643 Waverly Rd.

    Hosted by Davenport in cooperation with Hope College, the session is one of three dozen “MI College Goal” events taking place across the state.  The session is free.

    The program is intended for any student who will be attending a college or university in the fall of 2013 and is seeking need-based financial aid.  The FAFSA is required of any student seeking need-based financial aid including grants, loans and many scholarships.

    Students and families are encouraged to visit the host site nearest them regardless of the college or university that they plan to attend, and can stop in throughout the duration of the event.  They will have the opportunity to complete the form with assistance from financial aid experts who will be available to guide them through each step of completing and filing the FAFSA. Students under 23 years of age are encouraged to attend with a parent or guardian. Parents and students should bring their completed 2012 Federal tax return (1040) if possible, or their W-2 and 1099 forms.

    Last year, 1,863 Michigan students received assistance through “MI College Goal,” formerly known as “College Goal Sunday.” Students who participate this year will have the opportunity to compete for a $1,000 scholarship, an iPad mini and other awards.

    “MI College Goal” is a collaborative effort of the Michigan Guaranty Agency and the Michigan Student Financial Aid Association.  The program is administered nationally by USA Funds, a nonprofit corporation headquartered in Indianapolis, Ind., that works to enhance postsecondary education preparedness, access and success by providing and supporting financial and other valued services.  Additional support for MI College Goal was provided by C.S. Mott Foundation and DTE Energy Foundation.

    A complete list of locations and additional information, including regarding sites hosting FAFSA completion workshops on other dates, is available at MICollegeGoal.org

  • Hope College Young Artists Piano Competition

    Posted by Dan Cash

    HOLLAND – The department of music at Hope College will present performances by 13 finalists during the fourth annual Hope College Young Artists Piano Competition on Saturday, Jan. 26, in Dimnent Memorial Chapel.

    The competition will run from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The winners will be announced at 6:30 p.m., with a small reception following.

    Admission is free and the public is encouraged to attend. Audience members may stay for all or only a portion of the competition.

    The Young Artists Piano Competition is open to talented high school pianists ages 13 through 18 living in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin.  The finalists have been selected from a preliminary recording round to compete for cash awards and scholarships.  The competitors are required to perform two or more memorized pieces of their choice totaling 15 to 20 minutes of music.

    “We are very excited to again welcome so many talented young musicians to Hope College” said Adam Clark, who is organizing the event and is assistant professor of piano at Hope. “Each year I am astounded by level of playing and dedication from each of the finalists. We continually hear some of the most musically and technically demanding works in the piano repertoire played with great skill and understanding. These contestants represent the future of this art and it is a privilege to support their growth through this event.”

    Additional information on the competition may be found athopeyoungartists.com.

    Dimnent Memorial Chapel is located at 277 College Ave., on College Avenue at 12th Street.

  • Sports Medicine Lecture to Focus on Preventing Sudden Death in Athletes

    Posted by Dan Cash

    HOLLAND – The Distinguished Lecture Series in Sports Medicine at Hope College will feature the address “Preventing Sudden Death in Athletes” on Monday, Jan. 28, at 7 p.m. in Winants Auditorium of Graves Hall.

    The public is invited.  Admission is free.

    Casa is chief operating officer of the Korey Stringer Institute as well as director of athletic training education and a professor in the department of kinesiology at the University of Connecticut.  The mission of the Korey Stringer Institute is to provide education, advocacy and resources to try to prevent sudden death in sport, especially as it relates to exertional heat stroke.

    In his biographical sketch, Casa notes that his passion for the study of exertional heat stroke began in 1985, when as a teen he suffered an exertional heat stroke while running a 10K race.  He explains, “I was fortunate to receive amazing care on-site from the athletic trainer; the EMT’s in the ambulance; and at the hospital from the emergency room physicians and nurses.  I only survived because of the exceptional care that I received.  I was just 16 years old at the time, but I have been driven by this experience since that day.”

    Casa earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from Allegheny College in 1990, his master’s in athletic training from the University of Florida in 1993 and his doctorate in exercise physiology from the University of Connecticut in 1997.

    Across his career, he has published more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and presented more than 300 times on subjects related to exertional heat stroke, heat-related illnesses, preventing sudden death in sport and hydration.  He has successfully treated more than 100 cases of exertional heat stroke.

    He received the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Service Award in 2009.  In 2008, NATA presented him with its Medal for Distinguished Athletic Training Research and named him a Fellow.  He received NATA’s Sayers “Bud” Miller Distinguished Educator Award in 2007, and has been a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine since 2001.

    Casa has been a lead or co-author on numerous sports medicine (ACSM, NATA) position statements related to heat illness and hydration.  He has worked with numerous media outlets across the country in discussing his research, including NBC’s “Today Show,” ESPN, CNN, “Sports Illustrated,” “USA Today,” “The Wall Street Journal” and “The New York Times.”

    The Distinguished Lecture Series in Sports Medicine is designed for health care professionals with an interest in physically active patients, and is intended for students, educators and clinicians alike. It is co-sponsored by Shoreline Orthopaedics, Holland Hospital Rehabilitation Services, The Bone and Joint Center, and the college.

    The series will continue with the address “Truths/Myths of Concussion Management” on Monday, Feb. 25, by Dr. Jeffrey Kutcher of University of Michigan Neurology.

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

  • Peter Kyle Dance to Perform Jan. 25 and 26

    Posted by Dan Cash

    HOLLAND – New York-based Peter Kyle Dance will be making its Michigan debut at Hope College on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 25 and 26, at 8 p.m. at the Knickerbocker Theatre in downtown Holland.

    The company will present choreographer Peter Kyle’s 60-minute work, “KnowOne,” featuring live music by Michael Bellar and the AS-IS Ensemble; marble sculpture and video animation by Venske & Spänle; and six dancers, including Holland native Josh Christopher. The program will also include Kyle performing choreographer Murray Louis’s 1984 solo “Frail Demons” with a haunting electronic score by multi-media pioneer Alwin Nikolais.

    The concerts will culminate Peter Kyle Dance’s weeklong residency at Hope.  The residency will include a series of master classes and interdisciplinary workshops for students across the college’s departments of art, dance, music and theatre, as well as master classes for local high school students.

    Forging new collaborative territory with creative partners in theater, dance, music, visual art, film, sound design, digital and video art, choreographer/artistic director Peter Kyle is consistently growing his company into a vibrant new voice in the dance and performance community. Drawing on years of experience as a performer with some of the world’s premier modern dance companies, including Nikolais & Murray Louis Dance, Mark Morris Dance Group and Erick Hawkins Dance Company, Kyle has received grants and awards from Concours International de Danse de Paris, Walter Chapin Simpson Center for the Humanities, the Washington State Arts Commission and the American Music Center.

    Tickets for the concerts cost $10 for regular admission; $7 for senior citizens and Hope College faculty and staff; and $5 for Hope students and children. Tickets are on sale 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. Tickets will also be sold at the door.

    The DeVos Fieldhouse is located at 222 Fairbanks Ave., between Ninth and 11th streets. The Knickerbocker Theatre is located at 86 E. Eighth St.

  • Biologist and Photographer Tim Laman to Feature “Birds of Paradise

    Posted by Dan Cash

    HOLLAND – Large-scale projections featuring New Guinea’s colorful “Birds of Paradise” will illustrate a lecture at Hope College on Wednesday, Jan. 30, about a landmark multi-year effort, recently featured in “National Geographic,” to document all 39 of the species for the first time.

                            Dr. Tim Laman, a field biologist and wildlife photojournalist who is a regular contributor to “National Geographic” as well as a 1983 Hope graduate, will present the talk on Wednesday, Jan. 30, at 7:30 p.m. in the DeWitt Center main theatre.

                            The public is invited.  Admission is free.

                            Laman and ornithologist Dr. Edwin Scholes, who is with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, conducted 18 expeditions between 2004 and 2011 to photograph and film the 39 species of these songbirds.  Their journeys took them throughout the rain forest of New Guinea as well as to nearby islands and eastern Australia, where Laman often climbed trees towering more than 100 feet above the rain forest floor to chronicle not only the birds but also their courtship behavior.

                            “With 18 expeditions to New Guinea in eight years, this is clearly the most intensive photographic and behavioral study of the Birds of Paradise ever made,” said Dr. Eldon Greij, an ornithologist who is retired from the Hope biology faculty and was among Laman’s faculty mentors, who also included Drs. Christopher Barney and Harvey Blankespoor.

                            Greij noted that the 39 species are among the most brightly plumed of all birds and have developed spectacular displays and dances that are unrivaled among other birds.  Their extremely modified feather plumes include wire-like strands, tail feather streamers more than three times the length of their body, antenna-like plumes protruding from their heads that are twice the length of their body, and elongated wires ending in round “paddles.”

    In his 1869 book “The Malay Archipelago,” British naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace wrote that the birds “must be ranked as one of the most beautiful and wonderful of living things.”

    “What makes Tim’s spectacular photographs of these birds so special is the extreme difficulty of working in the rain forest,” Greij said.  “Courtship behavior varies with species, but occurs in the canopy as well as on the ground, which is usually dark and wet.  Batteries and lights are required for working in the understory, while canopy birds require a way to get a person and equipment 130 feet off the ground and into a makeshift blind.”

    “Tim’s photographic genius, in part, is to bring multiple cameras, both stills and video, to focus on a subject from different angles, allowing the analysis of virtually all feathers, color patterns and dance moves at the same time,” he said.  “Importantly, when some females were seen to observe male behavior from directly overhead, Tim cleverly rigged a camouflaged camera in the position of the female to record precisely what she saw.”

    Getting to and from the canopy requires a line and harness for climbing up and rappelling down.  Laman gets his rappelling line over a branch in the canopy by using a bow-and-arrow attached to a fine line.  The rappelling rope is tied to the line and pulled over the branch, and then attached to his harness.

    Laman’s and Scholes’s eight-year project was highlighted in a one-hour special that premiered on the National Geographic Channel on Thanksgiving Day; was featured in the December issue of “National Geographic” magazine; and is the subject of the extensively illustrated book “Birds of Paradise: Revealing the World’s Most Extraordinary Birds,” which Laman and Scholes co-authored and has been published by National Geographic and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.  In addition, an exhibition on the birds opened at the National Geographic museum on November 1 and is continuing through May 12.

    Laman, who majored in biology at Hope, first went to the rain forests of Borneo in 1987, and the Asia-Pacific region has been a major focus for both his scientific research and photography ever since. His pioneering research in the rain forest canopy in Borneo led to a Ph.D. from Harvard and his first “National Geographic” article in 1997.  In addition to 21 feature stories on a variety of topics in “National Geographic” through the years, he has also published more than a dozen scientific articles related to rain forest ecology and birdlife, and is a research associate in the Ornithology Department at Harvard University.

    His work has garnered numerous awards, including the highest honor of the North American Natural Photography Association in 2009:  the group’s annual “Outstanding Nature Photographer” Award. Ten of his images have won recognition in the world’s top wildlife photography competition, the “Wildlife Photographer of the Year” awards, and he has won several prizes in the Nature’s Best International Photography awards, including first place in the underwater categor

    The DeWitt Center is located at 141 E. 12th Street, facing Columbia Avenue at 12th Street.

  • Hope College Concerto and Aria Concert on Friday, Jan. 25

    Posted by Dan Cash

    HOLLAND – Hope College will present its annual Concerto and Aria Concert featuring student soloists performing with the college’s orchestra on Friday, Jan. 25, at 7:30 p.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel.

    The public is invited.  Admission is free.

    The five soloists were selected through a competition held last October. The students are: senior Matthew Brown of Flint, French horn; senior Jenna Buck of Elburn, Ill., soprano; junior Jordan Ippolito of Pray, Mont., soprano; junior Kelsey O’Brien of Glen Ellyn, Ill., oboe; and senior Alec Norkey of Jackson, violin.

    The concert will open with the “Egmont Overture, Op.84,” by Ludwig van Beethoven.  Next, Ippolito will join the orchestra, singing "Lascia: Chio pianga," from the opera “Rinaldo,” by George Frideric Handel. Continuing the program, Brown will perform the “Concerto No. 1, Op. 11 in E flat major,” by Richard Strauss. O’Brien will next be featured, performing the “Concerto for Oboe and Strings,” by Domenico Cimarosa. Following, Norkey will perform the “Concerto in A minor,” by Antonín Dvorak. Buck will join the orchestra singing “Les Oiseaux dans la charmille,” (The Doll Song) from the “Tales of Hoffman,” by Jacques Offenbach. The orchestra will close the concert performing “In the Steppes of Central Asia,” by Alexander Borodin, and “Baba Jaga, Op. 56,” by Anatoly Liadow.

    Dimnent Memorial Chapel is located at 277 College Ave., on College Avenue at 12th Street.