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  • Hope College Announces Visit Day October 19

    Posted by Dan Cash

    HOLLAND – The Hope College admissions office will sponsor a visit day for prospective college students on Friday, October 19.

    While the college does not require personal visits to campus by prospective students, it does strongly recommend them.  Students and parents are encouraged to visit the Admissions Office, where campus tours, class visits and faculty conferences can be arranged.

    Visit days are an excellent choice for visiting Hope’s campus.  A Visit Day provides more of a structured campus visit than an individual visit, but still provides the flexibility to create a day that best suits your needs.  Activities include campus tours, class visits, chapel service, student panel discussions, financial aid presentations, lunch in dining hall and academic information sessions with Hope faculty.

    Visitors should meet at 8:30 a.m. in the Maas Conference Center, located on the corner of 11th Street and Columbia Avenue.  Pre-registration is preferred and can be arranged by calling (616) 395-7850 or via the Internet at www.hope.edu/admissions/visit.

    Participation is free.  A complimentary lunch is provided for students and parents wishing to eat lunch in the dining hall.

    Dates for future visitation days during the 2012-13 school year are Oct. 26, Nov. 2, Nov. 9, Nov. 16, Jan. 21, Jan. 25, Feb. 1, Feb. 15, Feb. 18, and March 1.  Junior days are scheduled for Fridays, April 5, April 12, and April 19, 2013.

    Additional information may be obtained at the Admissions Office's web site,www.hope.edu/admissions.

  • Hope Nursing Graduates Achieve Perfect Pass Rate for Second Year

    Posted by Dan Cash

    HOLLAND – Hope College Nursing continues to be among the select group of programs nationwide whose graduates have achieved a 100-percent pass rate on the profession’s national licensing exam.

    Every Hope nursing graduate who took the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) during 2011-12 (December and May) passed on the first attempt.  It is the second year in a row that 100 percent of the program’s graduates have done so.

    The most recent reported state and national averages were 90 percent and 88 percent respectively.  According to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing’s program report, only six percent of all nursing-education programs nationwide achieved a 100-percent pass rate between April 2011 and March 2012.

    “We are extremely proud of our nursing graduates,” said Dr. Susan Dunn, associate professor of nursing and chair of the department.  “Such an exemplary pass rate on the nursing licensure exam can be directly attributed to the high caliber of our Hope students, the excellence of the Hope faculty and the terrific experiences offered to our students in clinical agencies throughout West Michigan.”

    According to the NCSBN’s report, only 125 of the nation’s 1,871 nursing-education programs achieved a 100-percent rate between April 2011 and March 2012.

    Hope is one of 51 programs offering a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree among the top 125 in the report.  The total of 125 also includes 65 programs that offer an Associate degree and nine programs that offer a Diploma in nursing.

    The department of nursing at Hope began in 2002, although nursing education at the college goes back another two decades.  From 1982 through 2003, Hope and Calvin College operated a nursing program jointly before creating their own, independent programs.

    The program is approved by the Michigan Board of Nursing and is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

    Students begin studies in the program as sophomores based on completion of prerequisite classes as freshmen.  The major includes coursework on campus as well as multiple field placements, the latter spread across six specialty practicum courses, a research practicum, a family health course and an internship.  Area clinical sites have included Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, Holland Hospital, the Ottawa County Health Department, Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services, Spectrum Health and Zeeland Hospital.

  • Groundbreaking for Haworth Engineering Center

    Posted by Dan Cash

    Hope will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the Haworth Engineering Center on Friday, Oct. 12, at 12:30 p.m. at the 10th Street side of VanderWerf Hall (located between Central and College avenues).

    Participants will include Richard Haworth, who is chairman emeritus of Haworth Inc.; Kurt Dykstra, mayor of Holland; James Bultman, president of Hope College; Dr. R. Richard Ray Jr., provost and professor of kinesiology; Dr. John Krupczak Jr., professor of engineering and chairperson of the department; and Lauren Aprill, a junior engineering major from Cedar.  Members of the faculty will also be available after the ceremony to lead tours of the building.

    The 9,000-square-foot addition to the northwest corner of VanderWerf Hall is being named in honor of a lead gift from Haworth Inc and the Haworth family.  Site preparation began on Monday, Sept. 17, with work beginning in earnest the following week.

    Supported by many donors through the college’s “A Greater Hope” comprehensive campaign, the project is being completed for a total cost of $3.75 million, including an endowment for ongoing maintenance.  It is scheduled to be ready in time for the start of classes in the fall of 2013.

    The ceremony is taking place in conjunction with the college’s Homecoming Weekend, which runs Friday-Sunday, Oct. 12-14.  Additional information about the weekend, which includes a variety of lectures, arts events and athletic competitions open to the community, as well as reunion activities for graduates from 1984 through 2012, is available online at hope.edu/homecoming.

    For more information about the Haworth Engineering Center, contact Dr. John Krupczak Jr., professor of engineering and chairperson of the department, at (616) 395-7152.

  • Exhibition Featuring Work by Alumni Opens Friday, Oct. 12

    Posted by Dan Cash

    HOLLAND – An exhibition of artwork by Hope College alumni will open in the gallery of the De Pree Art Center on Friday, Oct. 12, in conjunction with the college’s Homecoming Weekend.

    An opening reception for the exhibition will take place in the gallery on Friday, Oct. 12, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. In addition, alumni who are using their Hope studio art degrees will participate in a panel discussion earlier in the afternoon, on Friday, Oct. 12, at 4 p.m. in Cook Auditorium in the De Pree Art Center. 

    The public is invited to the exhibition, panel discussion and reception. Admission is free.

    The Alumni Art Show will feature alumni from the college’s studio art program. Their class years range from 1963 through 2009, and they are from as far away as Cambridge, Mass., and Middleton, Idaho, and as nearby as Holland.

    All media, including painting, sculpture, installation and works on paper, are included. All of the work in the show was produced in the last two years.

    The artists with work in the exhibition (with each artist’s class year in parentheses) are:  Erin Beaver (’00) of Seymour, Wis.; Heidi Bender (’04) of Chillicothe, Ohio; Joan Bonnette (’63) of South Haven; Jeffrey Brown (’97) of Chicago, Ill.; Nikolas Burkhart (’09) of Chicago, Ill.; Michelle Calkins (’90) of Holland; David Chapple (’91) of Grand Blanc; Todd Erickson (’81) of Farmington Hills; Mary Piers George (’68) of Holland; Clarissa Gregory (’05) of Baltimore, Md.; Jennifer Hansen Gard (’08) of West Olive; Brent Jackson (’03) of Holland; Jon Kay (’08) of Fishers, Ind.; John Killmaster (’67) of Middleton, Idaho; Dylana Pinter (’08) of Holland; Emilie Puttrich (’09) of Cambridge, Mass.; Laurene Warren-Grunwald (’89) of Nunica; and Audrey Wasielewski (’09) of Fort Collins, Colo.  Bender, Jackson and Wasielewski will be participating in the panel discussion.

    The exhibition will continue through Sunday, Nov. 18.

    The De Pree Art Center is located on Columbia Avenue at 12th Street. The gallery is open Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The gallery is handicapped accessible.  Additional information about the exhibition or gallery may be obtained by calling the De Pree Art Center at (616) 395-7500.

                            The college’s Homecoming Weekend runs Friday-Sunday, Oct. 12-14.  Additional information about the weekend, which includes a variety of lectures, arts events and athletic competitions open to the community, as well as reunion activities for graduates from 1984 through 2012, is available online at hope.edu/homecoming.

  • Hope Homecoming Celebration Runs Oct. 12-14

    Posted by Dan Cash

    HOLLAND – Multiple events open to the entire community have been scheduled during the annual Homecoming Weekend at Hope College, running Friday-Sunday, Oct. 12-14.

    Highlights include performances and presentations in the arts and an academic lecture, athletic competition, a 5K run and 50K bike ride, and a barbeque on campus.  The weekend will also feature reunion activities geared toward alumni from 1984 through 2012 and for affinity groups.  The weekend is expected to bring hundreds of alumni back to campus.

    Hope will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the Haworth Engineering Center on Friday, Oct. 12, at 12:30 p.m. at the 10th Street side of VanderWerf Hall.  Participants will include Richard Haworth, who is chairman emeritus of Haworth Inc.; Kurt Dykstra, mayor of Holland; James Bultman, president of Hope College; Dr. John Krupczak Jr., professor of engineering and chairperson of the department; and Lauren Aprill, a junior engineering major from Cedar.  Members of the faculty will also be available after the ceremony to lead tours of the building.  Admission is free.

    The annual Gentile Lectureship will feature the address “Optimizing Health Care Outcomes: Interdisciplinary Team Research” on Friday, Oct. 12, at 3 p.m. in the Maas Center auditorium.  Admission is free.

    Hope is hosting the Midwest Volleyball Invitational on Friday-Saturday, Oct. 12-13, at the DeVos Fieldhouse.  Hope will play on Friday, Oct. 12, at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., and on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.  Tickets are $5 for adults, and $3 for students 18 and under, and will be sold at the door.

    Multiple alumni will be participants in the panel discussion “History, Law School and the Practice of Law” on Friday, Oct. 12, at 3:30 p.m. in room 121 of Lubbers Hall. Admission is free.

    An exhibition of artwork by Hope alumni opening during the weekend will be preceded by a panel presentation on Friday, Oct. 12, at 4 p.m. in the De Pree Art Center.  The exhibition itself will open with a reception in the gallery of the De Pree Art Center from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.  Following the opening, the gallery will be open Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.  The exhibition will continue through Sunday, Nov. 18.  Admission is free.

    The Great Performance Series will feature Rennie Harris Puremovement dance on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 11-12, at 7:30 p.m. at the Knickerbocker Theatre in downtown Holland.  Tickets are $18 for regular admission, $13 for senior citizens, and $6 for children 18 and under, and 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.

    Hope College Theatre is presenting “Helen” by Ellen McLaughlin on Friday-Saturday, Oct. 5-6, and Wednesday-Saturday, Oct. 10-13, at 8 p.m. in the DeWitt Center studio theatre.  Tickets are $10 for regular admission, $7 for senior citizens and $5 for students, and are available at the ticket office in the main lobby of the DeVos Fieldhouse.

    There will be two reunion parties for alumni on Friday, Oct. 12, at 7 p.m.:  a “Young Alumni Reunion Party” ($15) for the classes of 2002-12, and a “Not-Quite-As-Young Alumni Reunion Party” ($25) for the classes of 1984-2001.  Advance registration is required, and additional information including the admission cost is available by calling the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at (616) 395-7250 or at hope.edu/homecoming.

    The event for the classes of 1984-2001 will also feature the presentation of Young Alumni Awards to 1998 graduate Daniel Capps of Orono, Maine, and 1997 graduates Seth and Stephanie Kaper-Dale of Highland Park, N.J.  Capps is an assistant professor of science education at the University of Maine, and Seth and Stephanie Kaper-Dale are co-pastors of the Reformed Church of Highland Park.

    The activities on Saturday, Oct. 13, will begin with a 50K recreational bike ride starting at 8 a.m. and a 5K run starting at 9 a.m., both at Holland Municipal Stadium. Registration for the bike ride is $20 for the general public and alumni, and $15 for Hope students, faculty and staff.  Registration for the run is $20 for the general public and alumni, and $10 for Hope students, faculty and staff.  The fee for registration for the run will increase by $5 after Friday, Oct. 5.  Participants may register online at hope.edu/homecoming or by calling the college’s Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at (616) 395-7250.

    There will be a men’s alumni lacrosse game on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 10 a.m. at the DeVos Fieldhouse lawn.  Admission is free.

    The Hope-Geneva Bookstore in the DeWitt Center will be open on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The bookstore will also sponsor a tent staffed by members of the college’s Alumni Board and featuring selected Hope merchandise, primarily clothing, at Holland Municipal Stadium on Saturday from 1:30 p.m. through the end of the college’s game with Alma College.

    There will be a “Fall Fling BBQ” for alumni and friends of the college on Saturday, Oct. 13, from noon to 2 p.m. in the Pine Grove in the central campus.  Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under, and will be available at the event.

    The Flying Dutchmen will host Alma College in football at Holland Municipal Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $7 for reserved seats, $5 for adult general admission and $3 for general admission for those under 18.  They are being sold in advance at the ticket office in the front lobby of the DeVos Fieldhouse.  Tickets will also be available at the gate.

    Halftime during the football game will feature the introduction of the Homecoming Court and the crowning of the Homecoming king and queen.  The college’s chapter of Mortar Board will have a table set up, to collect gently used children’s books and donations, through halftime of the football game.

    There will be a men’s alumni soccer game on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 2 p.m. at the Van Andel Soccer Stadium.  Admission is free.

    There will be a women’s alumnae soccer game on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 4 p.m. at the Van Andel Soccer Stadium.  Admission is free.

    Hope alumnus Josh Quinlan, who is a member of the college’s Class of 1999, and his trio will present jazz clinics on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in Wichers Auditorium of Nykerk Hall of Music.  Admission is free.

    Men’s soccer will host Alma College on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m. at the Van Andel Soccer Stadium.  Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for those under 18, and will be available at the gate.

    A Homecoming worship service will be held on Sunday, Oct. 14, at 10 a.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel. The service will feature the college’s Chapel Choir and Alumni Chapel Choir under the direction of Dr. Brad Richmond of the Hope faculty.  The sermon will be delivered by the Rev. Don Jansma, a 1954 Hope graduate who is a retired Reformed Church in America pastor.

    Saturday, Oct. 13, will also include several affinity-group reunions.  The college’s fraternities and sororities will hold events at 10 a.m.  Beginning at 4 p.m., there will be gatherings for alumni of the political science, international studies and Baker Scholars programs, as well as for international alumni.

    A full schedule of Homecoming activities and a link to the online registration are available at hope.edu/homecoming.

  • Hope Homecoming Celebration Runs Oct. 12-14

    Posted by Dan Cash

    HOLLAND – Multiple events open to the entire community have been scheduled during the annual Homecoming Weekend at Hope College, running Friday-Sunday, Oct. 12-14.

    Highlights include performances and presentations in the arts and an academic lecture, athletic competition, a 5K run and 50K bike ride, and a barbeque on campus.  The weekend will also feature reunion activities geared toward alumni from 1984 through 2012 and for affinity groups.  The weekend is expected to bring hundreds of alumni back to campus.

    Hope will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the Haworth Engineering Center on Friday, Oct. 12, at 12:30 p.m. at the 10th Street side of VanderWerf Hall.  Participants will include Richard Haworth, who is chairman emeritus of Haworth Inc.; Kurt Dykstra, mayor of Holland; James Bultman, president of Hope College; Dr. John Krupczak Jr., professor of engineering and chairperson of the department; and Lauren Aprill, a junior engineering major from Cedar.  Members of the faculty will also be available after the ceremony to lead tours of the building.  Admission is free.

    The annual Gentile Lectureship will feature the address “Optimizing Health Care Outcomes: Interdisciplinary Team Research” on Friday, Oct. 12, at 3 p.m. in the Maas Center auditorium.  Admission is free.

    Hope is hosting the Midwest Volleyball Invitational on Friday-Saturday, Oct. 12-13, at the DeVos Fieldhouse.  Hope will play on Friday, Oct. 12, at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., and on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.  Tickets are $5 for adults, and $3 for students 18 and under, and will be sold at the door.

    Multiple alumni will be participants in the panel discussion “History, Law School and the Practice of Law” on Friday, Oct. 12, at 3:30 p.m. in room 121 of Lubbers Hall. Admission is free.

    An exhibition of artwork by Hope alumni opening during the weekend will be preceded by a panel presentation on Friday, Oct. 12, at 4 p.m. in the De Pree Art Center.  The exhibition itself will open with a reception in the gallery of the De Pree Art Center from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.  Following the opening, the gallery will be open Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.  The exhibition will continue through Sunday, Nov. 18.  Admission is free.

    The Great Performance Series will feature Rennie Harris Puremovement dance on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 11-12, at 7:30 p.m. at the Knickerbocker Theatre in downtown Holland.  Tickets are $18 for regular admission, $13 for senior citizens, and $6 for children 18 and under, and 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.

    Hope College Theatre is presenting “Helen” by Ellen McLaughlin on Friday-Saturday, Oct. 5-6, and Wednesday-Saturday, Oct. 10-13, at 8 p.m. in the DeWitt Center studio theatre.  Tickets are $10 for regular admission, $7 for senior citizens and $5 for students, and are available at the ticket office in the main lobby of the DeVos Fieldhouse.

    There will be two reunion parties for alumni on Friday, Oct. 12, at 7 p.m.:  a “Young Alumni Reunion Party” ($15) for the classes of 2002-12, and a “Not-Quite-As-Young Alumni Reunion Party” ($25) for the classes of 1984-2001.  Advance registration is required, and additional information including the admission cost is available by calling the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at (616) 395-7250 or at hope.edu/homecoming.

    The event for the classes of 1984-2001 will also feature the presentation of Young Alumni Awards to 1998 graduate Daniel Capps of Orono, Maine, and 1997 graduates Seth and Stephanie Kaper-Dale of Highland Park, N.J.  Capps is an assistant professor of science education at the University of Maine, and Seth and Stephanie Kaper-Dale are co-pastors of the Reformed Church of Highland Park.

    The activities on Saturday, Oct. 13, will begin with a 50K recreational bike ride starting at 8 a.m. and a 5K run starting at 9 a.m., both at Holland Municipal Stadium. Registration for the bike ride is $20 for the general public and alumni, and $15 for Hope students, faculty and staff.  Registration for the run is $20 for the general public and alumni, and $10 for Hope students, faculty and staff.  The fee for registration for the run will increase by $5 after Friday, Oct. 5.  Participants may register online at hope.edu/homecoming or by calling the college’s Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at (616) 395-7250.

    There will be a men’s alumni lacrosse game on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 10 a.m. at the DeVos Fieldhouse lawn.  Admission is free.

    The Hope-Geneva Bookstore in the DeWitt Center will be open on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The bookstore will also sponsor a tent staffed by members of the college’s Alumni Board and featuring selected Hope merchandise, primarily clothing, at Holland Municipal Stadium on Saturday from 1:30 p.m. through the end of the college’s game with Alma College.

    There will be a “Fall Fling BBQ” for alumni and friends of the college on Saturday, Oct. 13, from noon to 2 p.m. in the Pine Grove in the central campus.  Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under, and will be available at the event.

    The Flying Dutchmen will host Alma College in football at Holland Municipal Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $7 for reserved seats, $5 for adult general admission and $3 for general admission for those under 18.  They are being sold in advance at the ticket office in the front lobby of the DeVos Fieldhouse.  Tickets will also be available at the gate.

    Halftime during the football game will feature the introduction of the Homecoming Court and the crowning of the Homecoming king and queen.  The college’s chapter of Mortar Board will have a table set up, to collect gently used children’s books and donations, through halftime of the football game.

    There will be a men’s alumni soccer game on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 2 p.m. at the Van Andel Soccer Stadium.  Admission is free.

    There will be a women’s alumnae soccer game on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 4 p.m. at the Van Andel Soccer Stadium.  Admission is free.

    Hope alumnus Josh Quinlan, who is a member of the college’s Class of 1999, and his trio will present jazz clinics on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in Wichers Auditorium of Nykerk Hall of Music.  Admission is free.

    Men’s soccer will host Alma College on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m. at the Van Andel Soccer Stadium.  Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for those under 18, and will be available at the gate.

    A Homecoming worship service will be held on Sunday, Oct. 14, at 10 a.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel. The service will feature the college’s Chapel Choir and Alumni Chapel Choir under the direction of Dr. Brad Richmond of the Hope faculty.  The sermon will be delivered by the Rev. Don Jansma, a 1954 Hope graduate who is a retired Reformed Church in America pastor.

    Saturday, Oct. 13, will also include several affinity-group reunions.  The college’s fraternities and sororities will hold events at 10 a.m.  Beginning at 4 p.m., there will be gatherings for alumni of the political science, international studies and Baker Scholars programs, as well as for international alumni.

    A full schedule of Homecoming activities and a link to the online registration are available at hope.edu/homecoming.

  • Dr. Rhoda Janzen picks up where predecessor left off

    Posted by Dan Cash

    HOLLAND – The new memoir by Dr. Rhoda Janzen of the Hope College English faculty picks up where its predecessor left off, and in more ways than one.

    Published this month, “Does This Church Make Me Look Fat?: A Mennonite Finds Faith, Meets Mr. Right, and Solves Her Lady Problems” (Grand Central Publishing) continues the life journey that Janzen began chronicling in her debut memoir, “Mennonite in a Little Black Dress.”  The new volume also shares the same spirit as the 2009 volume, examining highs and lows alike with optimism and good humor.

    Reviewer Kate Braestrup, who is the author of “Here if You Need Me” and “Beginners Grace,” has said, “’Does This Church Make Me Look Fat?’ made me laugh out loud, often enough to make my beloved children inquire as to whether I was losing my mind.  Too much spiritual writing these days claims that religious practice is about healing or developing the self.  But Rhoda Janzen avoids this theme:  here she sets out on a path to become more loving, grateful and helpful to others.  This is particularly impressive given that she’s writing about a period in her life when she’s got a scary, life-threatening illness, and a brand new family.”

    Janzen, whose first marriage ended in divorce after 15 years, focuses on the development of her relationship with a new man in her life, Mitch, from dating through marriage, and the start of their new life together—including her new experience as step-mother to a teen-age son.  Raised as the daughter of a Mennonite minister, she considers in particular her change in perspective as she comes to appreciate the Pentecostal tradition in which Mitch is active and finds her faith renewed and transformed.  Life challenges along the way included her diagnosis and struggle with cancer.

    An extended excerpt is featured in the October issue of “Good Housekeeping” magazine, and early reviews in national media include the September 26 issue of “People Magazine.”

    Janzen’s first memoir, “Mennonite in a Little Black Dress” developed as she reflected on her experience visiting her family and re-encountering the faith community of her childhood while on a sabbatical leave in 2007.  The book was a #1 “New York Times” bestseller, earning national acclaim in publications as diverse as “The New York Times Book Review” and “People Magazine.”

    As she heard from readers around the country, Janzen was touched by how strongly many responded to the book’s upbeat, affectionate voice.

    “I was just amazed at how many people were taking my [first] book as a ‘how-to’ manual as opposed to a memoir,” said Janzen, an associate professor of English.  “People were asking me how to achieve gratitude, how to achieve humor, how to achieve a humorous outlook in life.”

    Janzen resolved to maintain the same tone in “Does This Church Make Me Look Fat?,” not that that was a struggle.  The voice that she has used in both volumes reflects her overall outlook that humor can serve a purpose beyond the realm of quips and knock-knock jokes, offering a way to cope when life is difficult.  “The rich application begins when we begin to extend and use it for the big, challenging issues,” she said.

    The optimism also reflects her gratitude that she is in a good place.  Her cancer is in remission, she is happy in her marriage and family, and she appreciates the opportunity to learn and grow in her new faith community.

    “I am happy and so blessed that I’ve been given another chance at this,” she said.

    Janzen has been a member of the Hope faculty since 2000.  Her teaching emphases include creative-writing courses focused on poetry and memoir, American literature from 1865 to 1925 and modern English grammar.

    Her poetry collection “Babel’s Stair” was published in 2006.  She has also had poems in many anthologies and journals, including “Poetry,” “Gettysburg Review” and “Yale Review.”

    Janzen graduated from Fresno Pacific University in 1984, and completed a master’s in creative writing at the University of Florida at Gainesville in 1989, a master’s at UCLA in 1997 and a doctorate at UCLA in 2002. In addition to awards for excellence from her graduate program, she has received honors including a Wilson National Foundation Fellowship for the Charlotte Newcomb Award in 2000; first prize in the 1999 William Butler Yeats National Poetry Competition; the University of California Poet Laureate Award in 1994 and 1997.

    “Does This Church Make Me Look Fat?” is available in hardcover for $24.99, and is on sale at the college’s Hope-Geneva Bookstore, on the ground level of the DeWitt Center, 141 E. 12th St., as well as at other area book sellers.  Copies may be ordered at the bookstore, which can be called at 800-946-4673 or (616) 395-7833, and at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

    Janzen will be signing copies of her new book on Thursday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m. at Schuler Books, 3165 Alpine Ave. NW in Walker.  She will be reading from the book on Friday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m. at Holland’s Barnes and Noble store, located at 3050 Beeline Road, Suite 50, in Felch Street Plaza.

  • Jazz Arts Collective and Jazz Combos to Perform on Thursday, Oct. 4

    Posted by Dan Cash

    HOLLAND – The Jazz Arts Collective and jazz combos at Hope College will perform at Hope on Thursday, Oct. 4, at 7:30 p.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel.

    The public is invited.  Admission is free.

    The Jazz Arts Collective, directed by faculty member Brian Coyle, is the college’s premier large jazz ensemble.  The collective places a creative focus on ensemble communication and improvisation. Comprised of a rhythm section and flexible instrumentation, this select group performs compositions and arrangements from across the full spectrum of music.  The collective’s repertoire ranges from the great historical jazz composers such as Duke Ellington and Charles Mingus, to works by modern jazz masters like Vince Mendoza, Jim McNeely and John Hollenbeck. The Jazz Arts Collective frequently performs commissions, works by emerging young composers, and originals by Hope faculty and students. The ensemble also collectively reinterprets and re-imagines the music from the 20th century classical repertoire.

    Brian Coyle is director of jazz studies and a professor of music. He is a performer, composer, arranger, adjudicator and clinician who frequently appears at festivals, conferences, universities, colleges, high schools and clubs both nationally and internationally.  As a composer, he has had compositions commissioned and performed by professional ensembles, universities and high schools throughout the United States. Administratively, he has served on the Executive Board of the International Association for Jazz Education, is a past-president of the Michigan Association for Jazz Education, served as a faculty member at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, and is a past chairperson of the college’s department of music.

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

  • Pull Tug-of-War

    Posted by Dan Cash
    The Hope College Pull tug-of-war, a 115-year tradition, will be held on Saturday, Sept. 29, at 3 p.m. on the banks of the Black River (near U.S. 31 and M-21).

     

    The Pull, first held in 1898, is an annual fall highlight at Hope.  In the competition, freshman and sophomore teams, entrenched in shallow pits on opposite sides of the river, attempt to gain the most rope through their strength and stamina.

    Each team has 18 students on the rope as “pullers,” and another 18 acting as guides and morale boosters, or “moralers.”  The freshmen are coached by the junior class while the sophomores are instructed by the seniors.  The coaching arrangement also leads to a rivalry between the even-year and odd-year classes.

    This year’s Pull will pit members of the Classes of 2015 (sophomores) and 2016 (freshmen) against one another. As freshmen, the Class of 2015 won last year’s Pull, held on Saturday, Oct. 1.

    The freshmen (even-year) will be on the north side of the river (nearest Lakewood Boulevard) and the sophomores (odd-year) will be on the south side of the river (nearest M-21/Chicago Drive).

     A two-page summary of Pull-related information is below.  For more information, contact Dr. Richard Frost, who is vice president for student development and dean of students at Hope, at (616) 395-7940.

     Assorted Pull Facts

     

     

     

    • It is generally believed that the Pull tug-of-war was first held in 1898.  The event is mentioned in the November, 1898, issue of the college’s student newspaper,The Anchor, although no record of the outcome appears.  The college held a major celebration marking the event’s 100th year in 1997.

     

    • The informal nature of the event in its early years means that details from the Pull’s early history (pre-1909) are sketchy.  It is known that there were at least four years that the Pull was not held:  1918, 1943 and 1944 (war years), and 1957 (when, according to the student paper at the time, a flu epidemic on campus prompted its cancellation).

     

    • Only three buildings on campus are older than the Pull:

                            Van Vleck Hall (1857)

                            Graves Hall (dedicated 1894)

                            President’s Home (completed 1896)

     

    • During the Pull, each team has 18 students on the rope as “pullers,” and another 18 acting as guides and morale boosters, or “moralers.”  The freshmen are coached by the junior class, while the sophomores are instructed by the seniors.  The coaching arrangement also leads to a rivalry between the even-year and odd-year classes.

     

    • Long held on a Friday afternoon, the event was moved to Saturday in 1993 (Sept. 25) to allow more to attend and to avoid conflicts with the college’s academic schedule.

    The longest Pull, held in 1977, was 3 hours and 51 minutes in duration, and was called a draw.  (The event is now limited to three hours maximum, a change implemented in 1978.  At the end of the three hours, the judges may declare a winner by measuring gain.)

     

    • The shortest Pull, held in 1956, was 2 minutes and 40 seconds.

     

    • The current rope has been in use since the fall of 2006.  It is 600 feet long and weighs approximately 1,000 pounds.  It comes from the Philippines and is made of Manila hemp.  The tenure of the three previous ropes was 2000 through 2005, 1997 through 1999, and 1990 through 1996.

     

    • 1995 was the first year that a woman was chosen to be a puller (Keri Law ’99 of Niles, Mich., who was also a puller during the 1996 contest as a sophomore).  It is believed that 1994 was the first year that a woman tried out as a puller (Nina Bieliauskas ’97 of Ann Arbor, Mich., who in the end was a moraler).

     

    • There have been four draws since 1909:  1916, 1926, 1952 and 1977.  The 1926 competitors later held a basketball game as a tie-breaker (which the sophomores won). The 1977 event was called a tie after running 3 hours and 51 minutes.

     

    • It's possible for the rope to break, such as happened in 1974.  In that year, a new one was obtained and the match was held on the following Monday.


     

    • The margin of victory is sometimes slim.  In 1995, for example, the sophomore Class of ’98 won by only 2 feet, 10 inches.

     

    • Since 1909, the sophomores have won 64 times to the freshman class’s 31. The last sophomore win was in 2010.  The last freshman victory was in 2011.

     

    • Since 1909, the even-year class has won 54 times to the odd-year class’s 41. The last even-year victory was in 2009.  The last odd-year victory was in 2011.

     

    • The last time that the Pull concluded before the three-hour maximum duration was on Oct. 3, 2009, when the event was ended and declared a sophomore Class of 2012 victory, with a gain of 82 feet, after one hour and eight minutes, after the freshman Class of 2013 had lost four Pullers.  The 2008 Pull was declared a sophomore Class of 2011 victory with a gain of 71 feet after one hour and seven minutes.

     

    • The Class of ’11 was the last class to win in both its freshman and sophomore years (in 2007 and 2008).  A total of 19 classes have won as both freshmen and sophomores (the Classes of 1924, 1927, 1934, 1936, 1938, 1943, 1949, 1958, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1975, 1978, 1982, 1989, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2011).

     

    • In 2011, the freshman Class of ’15 defeated the sophomore Class of ’14 on Saturday, Oct. 1, by 38 feet, seven inches in a contest that ran the entire three hours.

  • Hope College Theatre to Present “Helen” Beginning Oct. 5

    Posted by Dan Cash

    HOLLAND – Hope College Theatre will present Helen by Ellen McLaughlin on Friday-Saturday, Oct. 5-6, and Wednesday-Saturday, Oct. 10-13, at 8 p.m. in the DeWitt Center studio theatre.

    “Helen” tells the story of Helen of Troy, the famed character from the ancient Greek play by Euripedes. In McLaughlin’s play, Helen never actually makes it to Troy, but lands in an Egyptian hotel room, waiting for her husband Menelaus to retrieve her.  Alone in her suite, she receives visits from Io and Athena and tries to make sense of the myths surrounding her life.

    “Helen is essentially a comedy. It plays with the mythology surrounding the title character and touches upon several themes associated with her narrative,” said Daina Robins, who is the play’s director as well as a professor of theatre and chairperson of the department.  “The power of the phenomenon of human beauty, the difference between identity and image, and personal story versus immortal and impossible myth, are issues explored throughout the play.”

    Scene and properties design is by Richard L. Smith, professor of theatre and resident scenic designer; costume design is by junior Alexa Duimstra of Appleton, Wis.; and lighting and sound design is by Perry Landes, associate professor of theatre. The stage manager for the production is junior Dylan Connor of Tallahassee, Fla., and the assistant stage manager is freshman Kristen Brown of Chicago, Ill.

    The cast includes senior Sophia Daly of Plymouth, junior Lauren Ezzo of Haslett, sophomore Allison Simmons of Port Huron, sophomore Alex Sloan of Dexter and senior Kaija von Websky of Holland.

    Tickets for “Helen” are $10 for regular admission, $7 for senior citizens and Hope faculty and staff, and $5 for 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 may be called at (616) 395-7890.

    The DeVos Fieldhouse is located at 222 Fairbanks Ave., between Ninth and 11th streets. The DeWitt Center is located at 141 E. 12th St., on Columbia Avenue at 12th Street.

                            “Helen” is one of several activities that will be taking place during the college’s Homecoming Weekend, which runs Friday-Sunday, Oct. 12-14.  Additional information about the weekend, which includes a variety of lectures, arts events and athletic competitions open to the community, as well as reunion activities for graduates from 1984 through 2012, is available online at hope.edu/homecoming.

  • Great Performance Series to Present Rennie Harris Puremovement

    Posted by Dan Cash

    HOLLAND – The Hope College Great Performance Series will present Rennie Harris Puremovement on Thursday-Friday, Oct. 11-12, at 7:30 p.m. at the Knickerbocker Theatre in downtown Holland.

    Rennie Harris Puremovement (RHPM) has emerged as an international hip-hop dance ambassador. In a society where hip-hop is often portrayed as a violent, undisciplined counterculture, RHPM deconstructs popular perception of this medium, expanding and challenging the boundaries and definitions of hip-hop in general.

    “The New York Times” has said that Rennie Harris “knows how to move bodies in space, how to layer his phrases and, above all, how to make dancers look good.”

    The goal of the company is to provide audiences with a sincere view of the essence and spirit of hip-hop, rather than the commercially exploited stereotypes most often presented by the media.

    Harris, a North Philadelphia native, founded RHPM based on the belief that hip-hop is the most important original expression of a new generation, with the unique ability to express universal themes that extend beyond racial, religious, and economic boundaries.

    Hope College faculty member Crystal Frazier is a long-time member of RHPM. Frazier has been seen in “DANCE Magazine” and has appeared in the movie “Beloved,” the VH1 VOGUE Fashion Awards with Macy Grey and the television series “Monk.” She is both a choreographer and dancer.

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

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

                            The concerts by Rennie Harris Puremovement are among several activities that will be taking place during the college’s Homecoming Weekend, which runs Friday-Sunday, Oct. 12-14.  Additional information about the weekend, which includes a variety of lectures, arts events and athletic competitions open to the community, as well as reunion activities for graduates from 1984 through 2012, is available online at hope.edu/homecoming.

  • Hope College Brown Bag Concert Series Continues on Friday, Oct. 5

    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, Oct. 5, 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, Nov. 2, and Friday, Dec. 7.

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