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  • Relay for Life Begins Friday, Nov. 9

    Posted by Dan Cash

    HOLLAND – The student-organized Hope College chapter of Colleges Against Cancer will sponsor its 10th annual Relay for Life event from 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 9, until 7 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Dow Center.

    The Relay for Life is part of a national fund-raising initiative for the American Cancer Society.  The non-competitive event invites members of the Hope College community to form teams and then walk the Dow Center’s track overnight to raise funds for research, education, advocacy and service in the fight against cancer.

    The relay will begin with an opening ceremony at 7 p.m. Cancer survivors and caregivers will be invited to participate in laps at 7:30 p.m.

    Awareness events focused on different types of cancer have been scheduled across the 12-hour relay.  In addition to the opening, the event will include a 10 p.m. luminaria ceremony honoring those who have lost their lives to cancer, an 11:30 p.m. ceremony emphasizing fighting back against cancer, and a 6:30 a.m. closing ceremony.

    Hundreds of students participate in the college’s Relay for Life annually, with more than 460 signed up this year.  The 26 teams that have registered include a variety of student organizations, as well as groups representing academic programs, a residence hall and others who have banded together specifically on behalf of the event.

    The total raised by the Hope relay from 2003, when it began, through last year is $348,545.70.

    The Dow Center is located at 168 E. 13th St., on 13th Street at Columbia Avenue.

  • Hope College Jazz Combos to Perform on Nov. 12

    Posted by Dan Cash

    HOLLAND – Hope College Jazz Chamber Ensembles will perform on Monday, Nov. 12, at 7:30 p.m. in Wichers Auditorium of Nykerk Hall of Music.

    The featured groups will be the Prestige Ensemble, the Vanguard Ensemble, the Verve Ensemble and the Blue Note Ensemble.

    The public is invited.  Admission is free.

    In addition, there will also be a post-concert event at 9 p.m. at Butch’s in downtown Holland featuring the Bossa Nova Ensemble and Contemporary Ensemble.  Audience members must be at least 21 to attend the event at Butch’s.

    The Prestige Ensemble will perform “Sonnymoon for Two,” by Sonny Rollins; “Little Sunflower,” by Freddie Hubbard; and “Autumn Leaves,” by Joseph Kosma.  The group is coached by senior Michael Reynolds of Tampa, Fla., and the advisor is Brian Coyle, who is a professor of music and director of the jazz studies area at Hope.  The students involved in this ensemble are: guest student Isaac Anderson of Holland, piano; Michael Reynolds, drums; sophomore Macall Smith of Macatawa, guitar; and freshman Daniel Stevens of Kalamazoo.

    The Vanguard Ensemble will perform “On Green Dolphin Street,” by Bronislav Kaper; “Recordame,” by Joe Henderson; and “In Walked Bud,” by Thelonious Monk.  The group is coached by Mike VanLente, instructor of jazz percussion, and the student participants are: freshman Ryan Backman of Oro Valley, Ariz., bass; junior Guillermo Flores of Holland, alto saxophone; sophomore Ashley Ritsema of Grand Rapids, alto saxophone; freshman Matt Tallman of York, Pa., piano; and freshman Tingxuan Zhang of Suzhou, China, drums.

    The Verve Ensemble will perform “A Night in Tunisia,” by John Gillespie; “Topsy,” by Battle/ Durham; “We’ll Be Together Again,” by Fischer/Laine; and “Passion Dance,” by McCoy Tyner.  The group is coached by Tom Lockwood, instructor of saxophone, and the student participants are: junior Blake Daugherty of Muskegon, drums; freshman Carsten Forester of Holland, bass; senior Justin Makowski of Detroit, piano; and junior Christian Nikkel of Holland, guitar.

    The Blue Note Ensemble will perform “I’ll Remember April,” by de Paul and Raye; “Well You Needn’t,” by Thelonious Monk; and “Spain,” by Chick Corea.  The group is coached by Steve Talaga, instructor of jazz piano and competition, and the students involved are: junior Forrest Dodson of Kalamazoo, bass; freshman Palmer D’Orazio of Clarkston, alto saxophone; sophomore Jarred Mackey of Jackson, drums; and freshman Colin Rensch of Kalamazoo, piano.

    The Bossa Nova Ensemble’s performance at Butch’s has been scheduled in anticipation of the 50th anniversary of the landmark Stan Getz/Joao Gilberto album that brought the Bossa Nova style of music to the United States.  The college’s Bossa Nova Ensemble includes: junior Matt Costello of Holland, bass; junior Michael Graverson of Hamilton, guitar; senior Wesley Rieth of Three Oaks, drums; and junior Meghan Stagl of Deerfield, Ill., piano/vocals.  The Contemporary Ensemble includes: junior Jared DeMeester of Grand Rapids, bass; senior Luke Panning of Holland, violin; senior Michael Reynolds of Tampa, Fla., piano; and senior Wayne Titus of Canton, drums.

    The Jazz Chamber Ensembles afford students the opportunity to perform in the classic small-group combo setting.  The ensembles vary in size and instrumentation, and place a creative focus on improvisation and group communication.  All of the ensembles perform works from the classic jazz repertoire.   The more advanced jazz chamber ensembles also perform repertoire from the contemporary jazz world.  These ensembles also place an emphasis on original student and faculty compositions.  All ensembles are coached by members of the Hope College jazz faculty.  The Jazz Chamber Ensembles are open to anyone interested, regardless of experience with jazz.

    Nykerk Hall of Music is located in the central Hope campus at the former 127 E. 12th Street between College and Columbia avenues.  Butch’s is located at 44 E. Eighth St.

  • Education Department Receives Accreditation from TEAC

    Posted by Dan Cash

    HOLLAND – The department of education at Hope College has received accreditation for seven years, the maximum possible, through the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC).

    The program also received highest-possible “Above Standard” designation in the three overall “Quality Principle” categories by which TEAC evaluates programs:  Evidence of Candidate Learning, Evidence of Faculty Learning and Inquiry, and Evidence of Institutional Commitment and Capacity for Program Quality.

    “Having an accredited teacher-preparation program is required by the federal government; however, we consider it a minimum standard and do not limit our work by the requirements of accreditation but rather we strive to aim higher,” said Dr. Laura Pardo, professor of education and chairperson of the department.  “Hope’s teacher-preparation program has been accredited for over 80 years and this latest recognition is simply part of our on-going work to provide our teacher candidates with the best teacher-preparation program possible.”

    The accreditation is the second recognition highlight for the department within the past few months.  This summer, the college’s educator-preparation program was one of only two in the state to earn a 70, the highest score possible, on the newly released 2010-11 Michigan Department of Education Teacher Preparation Institution Performance Scores.  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.

    Founded in 1997, TEAC accredits programs across the United States, including throughout Michigan.  Of the 33 educator-preparation programs in Michigan, 25 either have received or are seeking TEAC accreditation.

    The college’s educator-preparation program was previously accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).  NCATE and TEAC are in the process of consolidating and are now transitioning, into the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

    The accreditation follows a three-year process that included not only review and a site visit by TEAC, but a comprehensive departmental self-study.  While noting that the accreditation is meaningful, the department especially values the process as a structured opportunity to reflect on its program.

    “This being a self-study that was held up to national scrutiny is going to serve our needs incredibly well,” said Nancy Cook, professor of education and director of student teaching.

    “The accreditation process is about continuous improvement,” said Madeline Kukla, who is director of national accreditation and special programs for the department.  “We know that our program is good but we also know that any program can always get better.  A program needs to be flexible and adapt to the changing needs of the education world in order to prepare teacher candidates to meet those changes.”

    The college’s department of education prepares teacher candidates to teach in elementary and secondary schools. Each year, the department annually recommends approximately 150 graduates to the State of Michigan for 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. Teacher candidates participate in field placements beginning with their first course in the program, Educational Psychology.  This model continues through the teacher candidates culminating semester of student teaching. The student-teaching placements are available not only locally but also through off-campus programs including in Chicago, Illinois; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota.  An on-going relationship with Interaction International has also provided student-teaching opportunities in nations including India, Kenya and Thailand.

    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 candidates. Teacher candidates 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.

  • Eldar Djangirov Trio to Perform on Nov. 7

    Posted by Dan Cash

    HOLLAND – The Hope College Great Performance Series will present the Eldar Djangirov Trio on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 7:30 p.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel.       

    Djangirov, known just as Eldar to his fans, has created a buzz in the jazz world with his combination of jazz sense and technical skills.

    “The New York Times” has described the pianist as “a blend of musical intelligence, organizational savvy, enthusiasm and prowess that was all the more impressive for seeming so casual...”  He was praised as “a genius beyond most young people I've heard” by Dave Brubeck. “Downbeat Magazine” has stated that “his command of his instrument is beyond staggering.”

    When Eldar was signed to Sony Classical at the age of 17, the young pianist from Kansas City was already well known for his prodigious pyrotechnics and precocious knowledge of the bebop tradition. Along the way, he has worked with masters including Dr. Billy Taylor, Marian McPartland, Dave Brubeck, Wynton Marsalis and Michael Brecker. Through these opportunities and other musical experiences, Eldar continues to explore new frontiers through composing and performing, enabling him to ultimately realize his own musical vision.

    Eldar has appeared at numerous major jazz festivals including Tokyo Jazz Festival, Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, Java Jazz Festival, Vienna Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival and San Francisco Jazz Festival, and has toured extensively throughout North America, Europe and Asia. He has performed at venues ranging from the Hollywood Bowl to Carnegie Hall, and has played at the most notable jazz venues across the world. Eldar has been seen on national TV including the 2000 and 2008 Grammy Awards, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, CBS Saturday Early Show and Jimmy Kimmel Live. In addition, he has also played with world-renowned symphony orchestras such as NHK Symphony Orchestra, Russian National Orchestra and San Diego Symphony Orchestra.

    He has four critically acclaimed trio albums, including the most recent, “Virtue,” featuring his trio Armando Gola (bass) and Ludwig Afonso (drums), as well as guest appearances by Joshua Redman and Nicholas Payton. “With the release of Virtue, Eldar may have sealed his role in future jazz history,” noted Bill Meredith in “Jazziz.”

    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. Tickets are also available online attickets.hope.edu/ticketing/

    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.

  • Lectures to Focus on Search for Cures for Neurodegenerative Diseases

    Posted by Dan Cash

    HOLLAND – Dr. Gregory A. Petsko, a biochemist whose research focuses on protein structure and function, and the development of methods to treat age-related neurodegenerative diseases such as ALS, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, will present two addresses at Hope College on Thursday-Friday, Oct.  25-26, while on campus through the annual James and Jeanette Neckers Lectureship in Chemistry.

    He will deliver the address “The Coming Epidemic of Neurologic Diseases and What Is—and Should Be—Done About It” on Thursday, Oct. 25, at 7:30 p.m.  He will present the Neckers Lecture, “Structure and Processing of a-Synuclein: A New Approach to the Treatment of Parkinson’s Disease,” on Friday, Oct. 26, at 4 p.m. Both addresses will be in Winants Auditorium of Graves Hall.

    The public is invited to both events.  Admission is free.

    Petsko is a professor of neurology and neuroscience at Weill Cornell Medical College, the Gyula and Katica Tauber Professor of Biochemistry and Chemistry Emeritus with Brandeis University, and a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.  His research, carried out jointly with his long-time scientific partner Professor Dagmar Ringe, currently focuses on finding cures for neurodegenerative diseases, and exploring the connections between such diseases and cancer.

    Petsko was a professor of chemistry at MIT from 1978 to 1990, when he moved to Brandeis University, where from 1994 to 2008 he directed the Rosenstiel Basic Medical Sciences Research Center and from 1996 to 2012 was the Gyula and Katica Tauber Professor of Biochemistry and Chemistry.  He joined the faculty of Weill Cornell Medical College in February.

    His awards include the Sidhu Award of the American Crystallographic Association, the Pfizer Award in Enzyme Chemistry of the American Chemical Society and the Max Planck Prize, which he shared with Professor Roger Goody of Heidelberg for their work on the origins of some human cancers.  He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1995, the same year he also received a Guggenheim Fellowship.  In 2001 he received the Lynen Medal and was elected to the Institute of Medicine.  In 2002, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and in 2010 he was elected to the American Philosophical Society and was also named a foreign member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

    He is a past-president of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and president-elect of the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

    The James and Jeanette Neckers Lectureship and Student Assistance Fund through which Petsko is speaking was established in 1984 by Dr. James W. and Jeanette Hoffman Neckers, members of the college’s Class of 1923, to support annual lectureships in chemistry. Through additional gifts from Dr. Neckers, the fund was expanded to include student summer research stipends and student scholarships.

    James Neckers was chairman of the Department of Chemistry at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale for 37 of his 40 years at the university. Under his leadership, the department grew from a three-year offering in chemistry to granting the doctorate; the faculty grew from three to 23. Jeanette Neckers died on June 10, 1992, and James Neckers died on May 8, 2004.

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

  • Hope College Brown Bag Concert Series Continues on Friday, Nov. 2

    Posted by Dan Cash

    HOLLAND – Hope College musicians will perform through the monthly “Brown Bag Concert” series at the Holland Area Arts Council on Friday, Nov. 2, 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.”

    The final concert of the season is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 7.

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

  • Wind Ensemble to Present Halloween-Themed Concert on Oct. 31

    Posted by Dan Cash

    HOLLAND – The Hope College Wind Ensemble will present its fourth annual Halloween Concert on Wednesday, Oct. 31, at 5 p.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel.

    The public is invited. Admission is free.

    The concert will celebrate John Williams’ 80th birthday (Feb. 8, 1932) by featuring some of his best-known film scores such as “Star Wars,” “Superman” and “Indiana Jones.”  The concert will also include chilling works such as “Incantation and Dance,” by John Barnes Chance; “To Set the Darkness Echoing,” by Dana Wilson; and “Lost in the Funhouse,” by Jeffrey Hass.

    “The concert will feature a variety of music for all ages. People are encouraged to come in costume,” said Gabe Southard, who is director of the Wind Ensemble and an assistant professor of music. There will be an instrumental petting zoo for younger students interested in trying instruments after the performance.

    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.

  • Hope to Feature Arts Midwest World Fest Event on Nov. 1

    Posted by Dan Cash

    HOLLAND – The department of music and office of international education at Hope College will present Arts Midwest World Fest, featuring Qawal Najmuddin Saifuddin and Brothers, on Thursday, Nov. 1, at 11 a.m. in the rotunda of the Martha Miller Center for Global Communication.

    The public is invited.  Admission is free.

    Arts Midwest World Fest is a Minneapolis, Minn.-based program that connects small and mid-sized Midwestern communities to world cultures through week-long residencies with global performers.  The program seeks to provide a multifaceted experience to community residents, particularly young people; integrate the artists and their music into a broader social, cultural, political, and historical framework; encourage young people to explore issues and understand concerns of diverse cultures; and to create a lasting musical and cultural impact on participants.

    Qawal Najmuddin Saifuddin and Brothers are one of Pakistan’s most esteemed qawwali ensembles. The sons of Ustad Qawal Bahauddin Khansahab, the legendary maestro of the Khusrou tradition of qawwali singing, Qawal Najmuddin Saifuddin and Brothers are direct descendants of the first qawwali choirs dating back to the 13th century. Now they are the torch-bearers of more than 700 years of this mystical Sufi devotional singing tradition, Qawal Najmuddin Saifuddin and Brothers will travel from their home in Karachi to share this musical experience with communities in the Midwest.

    The Martha Miller Center for Global Communication is located at 257 Columbia Ave., at the corner of Columbia Avenue and 10th Street.

  • National Award for Volleyball Player

    Posted by Dan Cash

    Sophomore Jenna Grasmeyer Honored With National Award

    Hope sophomore outside hitter Jenna Grasmeyer has been named the
    Sports Imports/American Volleyball Coaches Association Division III
    National Player of the Week. She earlier was named the MIAA's Position
    Player of the Week.

    Hope had a tremendous week going a perfect 5-0 with wins over two AVCA
    nationally ranked teams. Grasmeyer started the week off on a
    tremendous note by tallying 21 kills (tied school record for kills in
    a three-set match), hitting at a .704 clip over Kalamazoo, but after
    that match she went on to record four consecutive double-doubles.
    After sweeping Wisconsin Lutheran and No. 17 UW-Whitewater, she tied a
    school record for kills in a five-set match with 28 over No. 9
    Elmhurst, adding another 13 digs. Hope then took care of Dominican,
    giving Grasmeyer 4.6 kills and 2.9 digs per set while hitting .314 for
    the entire week.

    This is the second time a Hope athlete has earned National Player of
    the Week recognition, with the other award presented to Jacie Fiedler
    in October, 2010.

  • Jazz Guitarist Mark Elf to Perform on October 29

    Posted by Dan Cash

    HOLLAND – Jazz guitarist Mark Elf will perform at Hope College on Monday, Oct. 29, at 7:30 p.m. in Wichers Auditorium of Nykerk Hall of Music.

    The public is invited.  Admission is free.

    Mark Elf has been on the jazz scene for more than 40 years. He was born in Queens, N.Y., in 1949 and started playing the guitar at the age of 11. He has played or recorded with jazz giants including Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Jimmy Heath & the Heath Bros., Wynton Marsalis and Jon Hendricks.  His first professional jazz performance occurred around 1971 as a sideman at the Club Barron in Harlem, New York with Gloria Coleman and Etta Jones.

    After forming his own record company, Jen Bay Records, in 1995, he stunned the record industry with hit recordings on jazz radio stations. From 1996 to 2004, all 10 of his recordings had finished in the top 10 on National Jazz Radio, with nine of them going to #1 consecutively from 1997 to 2004.

    From 1970 to the present, Elf has taught guitar and theory at independent studios, and colleges and universities in the United States and abroad. His clinics are recognized as some of the finest in the world, as attested to by Clark Terry who hired Elf to teach at several of his jazz camps in the 1980s and 1990s.

    Presently Elf is touring with his trio performing at festivals, colleges and also clubs.

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

  • Engineering Graduate to Discuss “Exploring the Ocean with Acoustics

    Posted by Dan Cash


    HOLLAND – Dr. Lora Van Uffelen, a 2002 Hope College graduate who is now a researcher at the University of Hawaii, will present the address “Exploring the Ocean with Acoustics: Science and Sea Stories” on Friday, Oct. 19, at 3 p.m. in room 104 of VanderWerf Hall

    The public is invited.  Admission is free.

    Van Uffelen’s address will focus on a large-scale oceanographic experiment funded by the Office of Naval Research in the Philippine Sea from 2009 to 2011.  One of the objectives of the experiment was to study the oceanography of the Philippine Sea using the method of ocean acoustic tomography, a technique that involves measuring the amount of time it takes for sound signals to travel through the water.  She will describe the observational technique in the context of the Philippine Sea experiment, with a focus on the scientific instrumentation that it employs, including deep-water acoustic moorings and autonomous underwater vehicles.

    Van Uffelen is an assistant researcher in the Department of Ocean and Resources Engineering at the University of Hawaii.  She graduated from Hope with a Bachelor of Science degree with an engineering major, and also holds a doctorate in oceanography from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego.

    The presentation is through the seminar series coordinated by the college’s department of engineering.  VanderWerf Hall is located at 27 Graves Place, between 10thStreet and Graves Place (11th Street) and Central and College avenues.

  • Hope College Pianist Adam Clark to Perform on October 19

    Posted by Dan Cash

    HOLLAND – Pianist Adam Clark will perform at Hope College on Friday, Oct. 19, at 7:30 p.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel.

    The public is invited. Admission is free.

    Clark will perform the “Waltz in A Minor, Op. 34, No. 2,” by Frédéric Chopin; “Waltz in A-Flat Major, Op. 34, No. 1,” by Frédéric Chopin; “Sonata in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 25, No. 5,” by Muzio Clementi; “Troismouvementsperpétuels,” by Francis Poulenc; and “Concert Paraphrase on Mozart’s ‘Turkish March,’” by Arcadi Volodos.  Clark will conclude the concert with “Pictures at an Exhibition,” by Modest Mussorgsky.

    Clark has performed to great acclaim as a soloist, chamber musician and concerto soloist throughout the United States, as well as in Belgium, Italy and South Korea. His performances have been broadcast on WMUK in Michigan as well as MBC National Television in Korea. Of his playing, “New York Concert Review Magazine” wrote, “Clark brought out much beauty in Chopin’s soulfully embroidered melodies. He played with thoughtful expressiveness” and “achieved an excellent blend [with the orchestra].”

    Clark is an assistant professor of music at Hope, where he teaches courses in applied piano, piano ensemble, keyboard skills, piano pedagogy and accompanying. He is also director of the Hope College Young Artists Piano Competition, coordinator of the Hope College Keyboard Concerts Series and collegiate chapter chair for the Michigan Music Teachers Association.

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