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  • Critical Issues Symposium

    Posted by Dan Cash

    The college’s annual Critical Issues Symposium provides an intensive look at a single topic. This year’s symposium, being held on Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 25-26, is examining “Reconciliation: Hope in a Divided World” and will include two keynote addresses, two blocks of concurrent panel presentations or focus sessions, and several department-sponsored events.

    The public is invited. Admission is free.

    The symposium events open on Tuesday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel with the keynote address “Reconciliation: Why It Matters and How to Do It Well” by Miroslav Volf, who is the founder and director of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture and the Henry B. Wright Professor of Theology at Yale University Divinity School in New Haven, Conn.

    The symposium will continue on Wednesday, Sept. 26, beginning at 9 a.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel with the keynote address “Reconciliation: How Teachings from a 2,000-Year-Old Book Can Bring Healing to a 500-Year-Old Wound” by Mark Charles, who is a speaker, writer and consultant from Fort Defiance, Ariz., located on the Navajo Reservation.

    Both keynote events will also include music by visiting artist Gillian Grannum, who is a bassist, pianist, songwriter and singer, performing with members of the Hope jazz faculty.

    The morning sessions on Wednesday, Sept. 26, will begin at 10:30 a.m. The afternoon focus sessions on Wednesday, Sept. 26, will begin at 1 p.m.  The department-sponsored sessions will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 2:15 p.m.

    Additional details concerning the blocks of concurrent focus sessions and departmental sessions, including locations, will be available in the printed program distributed during the symposium, and may also be found through the college’s web site at hope.edu/cis. Additional information may be obtained by calling Alfredo Gonzales, associate provost and dean for international and multicultural education at Hope, at (616) 395-7080.

  • EPA Grant Supports Effort to Reduce Toxic Flame-Retardant Chemicals

    Posted by Dan Cash

    HOLLAND – A grant to Hope College faculty member Dr. Graham Peaslee from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will support a collaborative effort to reduce the release of toxic flame-retardant chemicals into the Great Lakes basin by reducing their use in consumer products.

    The $100,000 grant was one of three awards through the EPA’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) program that the agency announced on Wednesday, Sept. 19, in conjunction with National Pollution Prevention Week.

    Peaslee is the principal investigator for the grant, which is supporting a one-year project that will focus on organizing workshops to help make manufacturers aware of the hazards of the chemicals and alternatives to their use.  He is collaborating on the effort with Dr. Arlene Blum, who is executive director of the Green Science Policy Institute of Berkeley, Calif., and Anna Soehl, project manager for the Ann Arbor-based Great Lakes Commission.

    Peaslee noted that chlorinated and brominated organic compounds are commonly used in fire retardants that show up in products ranging from furniture, to children’s mattresses to automobiles.  The problem is, he said, that research shows that long-term exposure to the chemicals is harmful to human health.

    “They’re not so toxic to touch, but they bio-accumulate,” he said.  “You’re putting these brominated compounds into the body fat of everyone who comes into contact with them, which many animal and human studies have linked with adverse health effects - that’s bad, bad, bad.”

    The project team is planning a series of four workshops starting in December. Peaslee said that they will be working with regional manufacturers and retailers whose products include the fire retardant chemicals to outline the hazards, share information about limitations in the effectiveness of the chemicals, and suggest that other approaches might better appeal to consumers, particularly as public awareness of the health risks grows.  The “Chicago Tribune” recently published an investigative series in May about the use of the chemicals, and California, Peaslee said, is currently examining reforming its stringent standards for fire-retardants in light of new information about the chemicals.

    Peaslee has for several years been studying the Lake Macatawa watershed with a particular focus on identifying sources of run-off pollution that ultimately finds its way into Lake Michigan.  The EPA grant, he said, reflects a concern that the same sort of run-off is happening in watersheds throughout the region, with the chemicals leaching from objects treated with flame retardants that have found their way to landfills.

    “It’s going to get into the Great Lakes,” he said.  “It’ll get into the food chain in the Great Lakes, and that’s what they want to help prevent.”

    Even if the manufacturers stop using the chemicals, Peaslee said, the issue will remain of what to do with the products that already exist and eventually wear out and are discarded.  “We don’t even know the correct way to deal with this material at the end of product life—and that’s really frightening,” he said.

    In the meantime, Peaslee is seeking to find faster and less expensive ways to detect the toxic chemicals’ presence. Over the past year, he and the Hope students on his research team have successfully used the college’s particle accelerator to detect the chemicals in hundreds of samples, providing a rapid alternative to the traditional approach involving gas chromatography and mass spectroscopy.

    “The traditional technique to measure these chemicals is very expensive,” he said.  “I think that we can cut the cost of these analyses by a factor of ten.”

    Over the last three years, the EPA’s GLRI initiative has provided more than $11 million for pollution prevention projects to improve Great Lakes water quality by reducing or eliminating waste at the source, promoting the use of non-toxic or less-toxic substances, implementing conservation techniques and re-using materials.  The other recipients announced by the EPA on September 19 were the Product Stewardship Institute for a project in the Chicago, Ill., area, and the Minnesota-based Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy.

  • Hope Schedules 50K Bike Ride and 5K Run for Oct. 13

    Posted by Dan Cash

    HOLLAND – Hope College will feature a 50K recreational bike ride and a chip-timed, competitive 5K run, both open to all ages, on Saturday, Oct. 13, in the morning.

    Each event will begin and end at Holland Municipal Stadium, with the run finishing across the 50-yard line.  The two activities have been scheduled in conjunction with the college’s Homecoming Weekend, and registration is open to the general community.

    The 50K (31-mile) bike ride will begin at 8 a.m., and will be a recreational ride with participants split into two groups, one anticipated to travel 16-18 miles per hour, and the other 20-plus miles per hour.  The groups will be led by VeloCity Cycles.  Requirements include a helmet.

    The run will begin at 9 a.m., and will include a light breakfast, refreshments and a performance t-shirt.  The results will be posted online.

    The ride and run continue a Homecoming tradition of more than three decades.  Earlier versions of the two events debuted as part of what was then the “Run-Bike-Swim” on Saturday, Oct. 21, 1978, in conjunction with that year’s Homecoming Weekend dedication celebration of the Dow Health and Physical Education Center.  For some years, the event also included a timed walk and a health fair.  Consistently, reflecting the Dow’s design as a facility for participation, the emphasis has been on activity and fitness as part of a whole.

    Scott Travis, who is director of alumni and parent relations at Hope, noted that the annual event is an ideal fit for the weekend.

    “Homecoming is really designed to reflect the Hope experience in the sense that we have events for mind, body and spirit throughout the weekend,” said Travis, who is coordinating the running event with Eva Dean Folkert, co-director of athletics and assistant professor of kinesiology.  “Across the weekend alumni can attend classes and lectures, participate in campus worship services, and watch or even participate in athletic competition.”

    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, which includes the t-shirt and light breakfast and refreshments, is $20 for the general public and alumni, and $10 for Hope students, faculty and staff.  The fee for registration 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.

    Holland Municipal Stadium is located at Fairbanks Avenue at 13th Street.

    Additional information about Hope College’s Homecoming Weekend, which runs Friday-Sunday, Oct. 12-14, is available online at hope.edu/homecoming.  The weekend 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.

  • VWS to Feature Oni Buchanan and Jon Woodward on Tuesday, Oct. 2

    Posted by Dan Cash

    HOLLAND – The Jack Ridl Visiting Writers Series of Hope College will feature Oni Buchanan and Jon Woodward performing a multi-media sonic work titled “Uncanny Valley” on Tuesday, Oct. 2, at 7 p.m. at the Knickerbocker Theatre in downtown Holland.

    The public is welcome. Admission is free.

    In this program, featuring a newly-commissioned concert-length piece by composer John Gibson, the piano performance of Oni Buchanan joins and reflects the spoken text of the poem “Uncanny Valley” as performed by its author, poet Jon Woodward.  “Uncanny Valley” is a long serial poem in 16 sections, meant to be read out loud, with numerous optional repeats throughout the text. These repetitions act as accumulations of sound, maddening as well as hypnotic. Gibson’s piece provides a sonic environment in which the text floats freely, with its pacing determined by the two performers.

    In 1970, roboticist Masahiro Mori coined the term “uncanny valley” to describe the emotional and empathic chasm between humans and imperfect human simulacra, a gap created by their imperfection. The piano work and poem cooperate in a search for what is most uncanny, and most human, in both language and music.

    Oni Buchanan’s third poetry book, “Must a Violence,” is forthcoming from the Kuhl House Poets Series in September 2012, selected by Mark Levine. Her previous books include “Spring,” a Poetry Honors winner of the 2009 Massachusetts Book Awards and selected by Mark Doty for the 2007 National Poetry Series, and “What Animal,” selected by Fanny Howe for the University of Georgia Press Contemporary Poetry Series. Buchanan is also a concert pianist, has released three solo piano CDs, and actively performs across the U.S. and abroad.

    Jon Woodward’s books are “Uncanny Valley” (forthcoming from Cleveland State University Poetry Center), “Rain” (Wave Books) and “Mister Goodbye Easter Island” (Alice James Books). He works at the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology.

    Buchanan and Woodward live in Boston, Mass., and are wife and husband.

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

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

  • Critical Issues Symposium to Address Reconciliation on Sept. 25-26

    Posted by Dan Cash

     HOLLAND – “Reconciliation: Hope in a Divided World” is the theme of the 2012 Critical Issues Symposium at Hope College, which will begin with a keynote address Tuesday evening, Sept. 25, and continue throughout the day on Wednesday, Sept. 26, featuring a variety of presentations across campus.

    The public is invited to all of the events.  Admission is free.

    “We live in an increasingly fragile world. A world where hunger, political strife, poverty, broken relationships and fear paralyze heart and spirit. One could ask, ‘Is this the best we can be? In the face of impending calamity do we sit idly and accept the situation as it is?,’” said Alfredo Gonzales, who is associate provost and dean for international and multicultural education, and is co-chair of the event’s planning committee. “We on the Planning Committee for this year’s Critical Issues Symposium sincerely believe that there is a better solution to these fracturing problems. And that answer is in reconciliation.”

    “In this year’s Critical Issues Symposium we want to challenge the Hope community (and each other) to step energetically into this vision of hope as together we grapple with the challenging topic of reconciliation,” he said.

    This year’s symposium will feature two keynote addresses; two blocks of concurrent panel presentations or focus sessions; and several department-sponsored sessions.

    The symposium events open on Tuesday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel with the keynote address “Reconciliation: Why It Matters and How to Do It Well” by Miroslav Volf, who is the founder and director of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture and the Henry B. Wright Professor of Theology at Yale University Divinity School in New Haven, Conn.

    The symposium will continue on Wednesday, Sept. 26, beginning at 9 a.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel with the keynote address “Reconciliation: How Teachings from a 2,000-Year-Old Book Can Bring Healing to a 500-Year-Old Wound” by Mark Charles, who is a speaker, writer and consultant from Fort Defiance, Ariz., located on the Navajo Reservation.

                            Both keynote events will also include music by visiting artist Gillian Grannum, who is a bassist, pianist, songwriter and singer, performing with members of the Hope jazz faculty.

    The morning sessions on Wednesday, Sept. 26, will begin at 10:30 a.m. Activities will include a focus session with Volf in the DeWitt Center main theatre, and a panel discussion in Dimnent Memorial Chapel.  The panel discussion will include Peter Cha, who is an associate professor of pastoral theology with Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; Charles; Grannum; and Daniel Philpott, who is an associate professor of political science and peace studies at the Kroc Center for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame.  The panel will be moderated by Charlotte vanOyen-Witvliet, who is the John H. and Jeanne M. Jacobson Professor of Psychology at Hope.

    The afternoon focus sessions on Wednesday, Sept. 26, will begin at 1 p.m.  The topics will include “Contested Memory, Contested Narratives: The Dynamics of Reconciliation in Post(?)-Conflict Societies” (Sierra Leone, Kenya, Rwanda, Northern Ireland); “Multicultural Education for Reconciliation: Assessing Different Models”; “Resolution and Reunion: Jazz, Faith, and Reconciliation”; and “Is Reconciliation in Politics Possible? On the Meaning of Justice in the Wake of Massive Injustice.”  The speakers will include Virginia Beard, assistant professor of political science at Hope; Cha; Charles; Ernest Cole, who is an assistant professor of English and Towsley Research Scholar at Hope; Grannum; Philpott; and vanOyen-Witvliet.

    The department-sponsored sessions will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 2:15 p.m.  The presentations include:  a performance of “Ishta,” followed by a question-and-answer period, with 2012 Hope graduate Jillian Rice and junior Jessica St. Clair of Sparta, N.J. (dance); “Reconciliation Up Close and Personal,” featuring students and staff who participated in the college’s reconciliation-training retreat in Montana in June 2011 (education and American ethnic studies); “Side Effects May Include: Reconciling HIV Exposure and Its After-Effects,” by 2010 Hope graduate Marlee Bogema (nursing); “Preaching Mutual Forgiveness and the Forgetting of All Wrongs: Reconciliation and Justice in the French Revolution,” by Dr. Ronen Steinberg of the Michigan State University history faculty (history); “A.J. Muste: Hope’s Famous Peacemaker,” by 2010 Hope graduate Jeffrey Meyers (religion); and “Muslim-Christian Dialogue as Means to Reconciliation,” by Douglas Leonard, director of the Al Amana Centre of the Sultanate of Oman (sociology/social work/international studies).

    The college’s Critical Issues Symposium, first held in 1980, was established to stimulate serious thinking about current issues, and to provide a forum in which the Holland community, students and faculty may all engage in discussion with experts. The college cancels classes for a day to provide an opportunity for the event.

    Past topics have included “Genocide,” “The Middle East,” “World Hunger,” “The Family,” “Energy,” “Civil Rights,” “The Quest for Justice: Christian Voices,” “Lifeboat Earth: Decisions for Tomorrow,” “The Columbus Legacy, 1492-1992,” “Race and Social Change in America,” “What Future Is in our Genes: Freedom from Disease, Good Investment, Manufactured Humans?,” “Sport and American Life,” “Feminism and Faith: Implications for Life,” “Gold Rush and Ghost Towns: Living with the Internet,” “Earth Matters: Daily Decisions, Environmental Echoes,” “Putting Science in Its Place: Discovery and Responsibility,” “Race and Opportunity: Echoes of Brown v. Board of Education,” “Immigration: Shaping and Reshaping America,” “Global Health:  From Catastrophe to Cure,” “At Water’s Edge:  Complacency, Thirst, Action,” “Good Food for the Common Good” and “Exploring Islam.”

    Dimnent Memorial Chapel, the venue for the two keynote addresses, is located at 277 College Ave., at College Avenue and 12th Street.

    Additional information about the symposium, including locations and other details concerning the blocks of concurrent focus sessions and departmental sessions, will be available in the printed program distributed during the symposium, and may also be found through the college’s web site at hope.edu/cis.

  • Pull Tug-of-War Will Be Saturday, Sept. 29

    Posted by Dan Cash

    HOLLAND – 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 public is invited. Admission is free.

    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.  The freshman Class of 2015 team won last year’s Pull, which was held on Saturday, Oct. 1.

    In 1977, the Pull set a record for length and uniqueness. The freshmen and sophomores tugged for three hours and 51 minutes before judges called a tie due to darkness. In contrast, the shortest Pull lasted two minutes and 40 seconds in 1956.

    New rules were implemented in 1978, following the 1977 marathon, limiting the event’s duration. The rules now allow the judges to determine the winning class by measuring the amount of rope pulled from the other team if one team has not claimed all of the rope within three hours.

    Through the years, the sophomores and even-year classes have held the edge in the win-loss column. Since 1909, the sophomores have taken 64 contests to the freshman class’s 31; the even-year/odd-year split for the same period is 54 to 41.

    There have been four draws and four cancellations since 1909.


  • Faculty Member Gabe Southard to Present Flute Recital on Sept. 23

    Posted by Dan Cash

    HOLLAND – Hope College faculty member Gabe Southard will present a flute recital on Sunday, Sept. 23, at 2 p.m. in Wichers Auditorium of Nykerk Hall of Music.

    The public is invited. Admission is free.

    Southard will be performing four different pieces:  “Sonata in e minor,” by Johann Sebastian Bach; “East Wind,” by Shulamit Ran; “Sonatine,” by Walter Gieseking; and “Thirteenth Grand Solo,” by Jean-Louis Tulou.  He will be accompanied by pianists Adam Clark and Andrew Le, and bassoonist Jessica Wells.

    Robert “Gabe” Southard is an assistant professor of music at Hope, where he conducts the Wind Ensemble and Concert Band, teaches flute, and is head of wind and percussion. He completed his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Conducting at Michigan State University.

    Southard served as conductor of the Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble from 1999 to 2002. In addition to his collegiate teaching, he has served as clinician at several high schools and taught at the New England Music Camp in 2002. As a flute player, he maintains an active performing schedule by playing principal flute in the Holland Symphony Orchestra, giving recitals, and playing in chamber ensembles. He has also performed with the Madison Symphony Orchestra and the Lucca, Italy, Opera Orchestra, as well as with a number of community orchestras.

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

  • Hope to Begin Work on Engineering Addition to VanderWerf Hall

    Posted by Dan Cash

    HOLLAND – The addition of the Haworth Engineering Center at Hope College will provide new purpose-built space for one of the college’s most in-demand majors.

    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 is scheduled to begin Monday, Sept. 17, with work beginning in earnest a week later.  A ceremony celebrating the start of the project will take place on Friday, Oct. 12, at 12:30 p.m. in conjunction with the college’s Homecoming Weekend.

    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.

    Architectural design for the Haworth Engineering Center is by FTC&H of Grand Rapids.  Construction manager is G.O. Construction, a joint venture of GDK Construction Co. of Holland and Owen-Ames-Kimball Co. of Grand Rapids.

    “Engineering has experienced tremendous growth since the college began offering the major in 1997,” said Dr. John Krupczak, who is a professor of engineering and chairperson of the department.  “It’s consistently one of the top choices indicated by prospective students as they consider Hope, and each semester our courses enroll at least 170 students.”

    “The new wing is going to meet a critical demand for additional space, but more importantly it’s going to provide outstanding space,” he said.  “Our program emphasizes hands-on learning through coursework and research, and the Haworth Engineering Center will support that exceptionally well.”

    The Haworth Engineering Center will span three levels, and will integrate existing space as well as the new construction.

    The ground floor will provide additional space for research and equipment, helping the department expand the opportunities that it provides for students through collaborative faculty-student research and make the most of existing resources.  For example, the program has an industrial-quality wind tunnel—built several years ago by students—that is currently in another building.

    The first floor will house space especially for all types of engineering-student design projects as well as projects sponsored by industry on which students in the department work collaboratively.  Currently, students have been spread out across the building and even in other buildings.

    The top floor will allow the department to double the size of its heavily used computer-aided design lab, from 20 to 40 seats, and will include new introductory-laboratory space as well as faculty offices.

    The college’s engineering program grew out of the department of physics, which began offering courses in engineering in 1979, although engineering instruction at Hope goes back at least three decades more, with the department of mathematics offering “Mechanical Drawing”/”Engineering Drawing” for several years beginning in the 1940s.  Engineering became a stand-alone department in 2006, and now has seven full-time and three part-time faculty.  Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, the college’s Bachelor of Science in Engineering can include emphasis in biochemical, biomedical, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, environmental or mechanical engineering.

    VanderWerf Hall opened as “Physics Mathematics Hall” in 1964 and was extensively renovated in 1989 and 2011.  Renamed for Hope’s eighth president, Dr. Calvin A. VanderWerf, in 1981, the building houses the departments of computer science, engineering, mathematics and physics.  It is located on 10th Street between Central and College avenues.

  • Dedication for VandePoel-Heeringa Stadium Courts Will Be Sept. 22

    Posted by Dan Cash

    HOLLAND – The dedication of the new VandePoel-Heeringa Stadium Courts at Hope College on Saturday, Sept. 22, will include a variety of activities to celebrate completion of the Etheridge Tennis Complex and the tennis facility’s role as a resource for campus and community alike.

    Events include an open house beginning at 3:30 p.m., a dedication ceremony at 4:30 p.m., and an exhibition featuring former touring tennis professional Todd Martin.

    The public is invited to all three of the events.  Admission is free.

    The 12-court, outdoor Vande Poel-Heeringa Stadium Courts are part of the Etheridge Tennis Complex at the college’s Ekdal J. Buys Athletic Fields, and are located east of Holland Municipal Stadium.  The $2.2 million facility, which also includes elevated seating for spectators, is designed for competition, instruction and casual play alike.

    In addition to providing a first-rate home for intercollegiate competition, the stadium courts serve as a resource for the entire community.  Just hours after opening in June they hosted the local qualifier camp for high-school-level district United States Tennis Association (USTA) competition, and across the summer were home to the college’s nine-week Tennis Academy, which instructs young players spanning kindergarten through 12th grade. Not least of all, they are open to those simply looking for a place to play a game themselves.

    The Vande Poel-Heeringa Stadium Courts were made possible through many generous gifts, including from the families of Earle Vande Poel ’35 and George Heeringa ’36, for whom the facility is named.  Doubles partners on the Hope College tennis team, both men went on to careers in business, Earle at American Seating Co. in Grand Rapids, where he headed the company’s church furniture division, and George at Hart and Cooley in Holland, from which he retired as president.

    The naming of the Etheridge Tennis Complex, which also includes the college’s indoor, six-court DeWitt Tennis Center, recognizes the generous contribution of the Barb ’73 and Ted ’72 Etheridge family and their passion for tennis which inspired and facilitated the design.  Their support in turn expresses gratitude for the influence on players and contributions to Hope tennis made by Jorge Capestany and the late Karen Page.

    Capestany, who is manager of the DeWitt Tennis Center and founded the Hope Tennis Academy in 2004, is a nationally respected tennis professional, and is one of only 10 people world-wide that is a Master Professional with both the United States Professional Tennis Association and the Professional Tennis Registry.  Page had an extensive background as a teacher and coach of tennis, including as coach of the boys’ and girls’ varsity teams at Holland West Ottawa High School, was director of the DeWitt Tennis Center and had coached the Hope women’s tennis team for 12 seasons before her untimely death due to cancer on July 3, 2009.

  • College Night to Feature Nearly 70 Colleges and Universities

    Posted by Dan Cash

    HOLLAND – Families and students engaged in the college search will have the opportunity to connect with nearly 70 colleges and universities during the Holland Area College Night, which will be hosted by Hope College on Thursday, Sept. 27.

    The event will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Richard and Helen DeVos Fieldhouse.  In addition to featuring representatives and information from the participating colleges and universities, the event will include two 30-minute information sessions regarding the financial aid process starting at 6:45 p.m. and 7:25 p.m.

    The DeVos Fieldhouse is located at 222 Fairbanks Ave., between Ninth and 11th streets.  More information about the event, including a listing of the colleges and universities attending, is available online at www.hollandareacollegenight.com.

  • Kasturi Paigude to Perform on Saturday, Sept. 22

    Posted by Dan Cash

    HOLLAND – Kasturi Paigude will perform at Hope College on Saturday, Sept. 22, at 7:30 p.m. in Wichers Auditorium of Nykerk Hall of Music.

    The public is invited.  Admission is free.

    Paigude is an Indian classical music vocalist who was nominated in 2011 in India for “Best Female Singer” for her singing on the album, “Mi Premika.” The recording featured songs written and composed by Abhijit Kumbhar.

    Paigude completed her Master of Arts in music at the Centre for Performing Arts at the University of Pune under the guidance of Arati Ankalikar-Tikekar.  She was the recipient of merit scholarships for her higher studies, from organizations like Lila Poonawalla Foundation, Bhogate Trust, and Maharashtra Executor Society’s Bank of Maharashtra Scholarship.

    She completed her Bachelor of Arts in English literature at Fergusson College of the University of Pune, where she had the opportunity to learn from Veena Sahasrabuddhe.

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

  • Hope Sets Enrollment Record

    Posted by Dan Cash

    HOLLAND – The largest incoming class in Hope College history has helped lift Hope to record enrollment for a second year in a row.

    Hope has enrolled 3,343 students this year, a total buoyed by the 904 first-time students who enrolled this fall.

    The previous highs, both set last year, were 3,249 and 848 respectively.  It is the seventh year in a row that overall enrollment at Hope has been above 3,200.

    The enrollment by class, with last year’s class in parentheses, is: freshmen, 889 (847); sophomores, 818 (756); juniors, 728 (698); seniors, 816 (867); and special students, 92 (81).  The student body consists of 1,338 men and 2,005 women from 45 states and territories and 35 foreign countries.

    The largest representation is from Michigan with 2,272 students.  Other states represented with 10 or more students include:  Illinois, 467; Indiana, 95; Ohio, 71; Wisconsin, 53; California and Minnesota, 42 each; Florida, 21; Colorado, 20; Pennsylvania, 19; Iowa, 15; New Jersey, 14; New York, Texas and Virginia, 13 each; and Kansas, 11.

    Foreign countries represented in the student body include: Afghanistan, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burundi, Canada, China, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Ghana, Honduras, India, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Liberia, Mexico, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, Peru, the Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, the United Kingdom, Venezuela and Vietnam.

    Students transferring to Hope from other colleges and universities total 47, compared with 64 in 2011. There are 85 students in off-campus programs, compared to 77 last year.

    Hope College was chartered in 1866 and is affiliated with the Reformed Church in America (RCA). The college offers courses in 89 majors leading to a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.