Distinctive Hope: Images: A Reflection of Cultures

The Hope campus is a global community, its members gathered from not only across the country but around the world, learning both with and from one another, in the classroom and throughout life together. It’s a treasured and meaningful mix that’s celebrated each November through “IMAGES: A Reflection of Cultures,” when students from many of… Continue Reading →

Quote, Unquote: Convocation

Dr. Curtis Gruenler delivers the Convocation Address As a scholar whose specialties include the history of the English language, Hope College’s Opening Convocation speaker Dr. Curtis Gruenler found his theme in the name of the occasion itself as he addressed the members of Hope’s incoming Class of 2020 in Dimnent Memorial Chapel on Sunday, Aug.… Continue Reading →

Campus Scene

from blogs.hope.edu Hope College Men’s Basketball vs. Calvin College. “We are children of God first and foremost. That always needs to be front and center.” –Chad Carlson ’03, Assistant Professor of Kinesiology and Junior Varsity Men’s Basketball Coach Hope and Calvin colleges know a thing or two about competition—they have earned national attention through the… Continue Reading →

Soaring in Scotland

The college’s H2 Dance Company had an amazing summer, traveling to Edinburgh, Scotland, for August’s Festival Fringe, a prestigious and massive international event featuring more than 50,000 shows from around the world. The pre-professional company first presented a sample of faculty member Matthew Farmer ’04’s original work Dieser Ort on the historic Royal Mile and… Continue Reading →

Window to Hope’s History: Christmas Vespers

A quiet moment as Hope readies its celebration of Christmas Vespers in Dimnent Memorial Chapel in this undated image from the college’s collection in the Joint Archives of Holland. A beloved part of Advent in West Michigan for more than 75 years, Christmas Vespers provides an opportunity to step away from the intensity of the… Continue Reading →

Closing Look: Rites of Autumn

Brilliant colors splashing across the trees; pulling the coat just a little tighter against the first hint of the chillier weather to come; cider and doughnuts; family, friends and fellow fans gathered together in the stands to cheer gridiron favorites. Wide receiver Jake Kozlowski of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, carries the ball during the college’s Homecoming… Continue Reading →

Distinctive Hope: Rope of Hope

Faith and community find expression in many ways at Hope, not least of all together as students journey alongside one another and faculty and staff as they grow into a fuller understanding of what they believe and how it will guide their lives. At the school year’s final Gathering worship service each April, the connection… Continue Reading →

Quote, Unquote: Julian Hinson ’10, MLK Lecture

Julian Hinson ’10 Drawing on his own experiences, Julian Hinson ’10 outlined three levels of engagement for his audience to follow in living into the message of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Hinson delivered the address “Dismantling Injustice: Creating a New Legacy for a Better Future” as the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Civil Rights… Continue Reading →

Campus Scene

BACCALAUREATE AND COMMENCEMENT WILL BE SUNDAY, MAY 7 The college’s 152nd Commencement, celebrating the graduating Class of 2017, will be held on Sunday, May 7, at 3 p.m. at Ray and Sue Smith Stadium. Baccalaureate will be held earlier in the day, at 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel. Approximately 750 graduating… Continue Reading →

Concert Series Offers More than Entertainment

The student-organized Hope College Concert Series books leading-edge performers (with credits ranging from Coachella to NPR to performing with Elton John) who electrify their audiences—and what happens on stage is only the beginning. Its heart lies in post-show “talk-backs,” master classes, meals with the artists and their crews, and meaningful exploration with them and together… Continue Reading →

The Heart of Hope

It is a truth universally acknowledged that Hope’s faculty make a tremendous difference. Talk to any alum, no matter the era, and he or she will share stories of a mentor — and usually many — whose enthusiasm, guidance and personal interest, running in tandem of course with their scholarly expertise, were transformative. The eight faculty… Continue Reading →

Window to Hope’s History: Kletz

Among Dutch settlers and their descendants in Holland, the term kletz paired with koffee meant an informal chance to chat, and so the snack bar that opened in Van Raalte Hall in October 1944 became the “Koffee Kletz.” Even as its menu and formal name have evolved, the Kletz has been a meaningful part of… Continue Reading →

Two to Receive Distinguished Alumni Awards

The Hope College Alumni Association will honor two alumni during the annual Alumni Banquet on Saturday, April 29. The association will present Distinguished Alumni Awards to Michael Magan ’88 who resides in London, United Kingdom, and is currently the chief operating officer of Momo Group, a global mobile banking and payments startup headquartered in London;… Continue Reading →

Association Honors Two Young Alumni

The Hope College Alumni Association honored Sarah Sanderson ’03 Doyle of Tokyo, Japan, and Dr. Josiah Dykstra ’02 of Severn, Maryland, with Young Alumni Awards on Thursday, March 2, as emerging leaders who have already been making an impact through their lives and careers. Sanderson Doyle is a Rotary International World Peace Fellow studying and… Continue Reading →

Closing Look: Brain Day

A young visitor to campus makes ready to use the power of his mind, transmitted via electrodes, to move another person’s arm. The experience was among several presented by Hope students, faculty and others on Saturday, March 11, for kindergarteners through 12th graders for National Brain Awareness Week. Did the event help inspire the next… Continue Reading →

Distinctive Hope: Precision Work

The device itself is interesting. A new addition to the college’s chemical engineering laboratory experiments, the packed column separator allows students to conduct experiments measuring flow of liquids and gases. It’s the source, though, that’s the real story. It was developed and built by a team of students in Hope’s Senior Design engineering course, the… Continue Reading →

Quote, Unquote: Commencement 2017

Photo by Steven Herppich Enduring wisdom comes from many sources, and as the members of the graduating Class of 2017 prepared to cross the stage at Ray and Sue Smith Stadium during the college’s 152nd Commencement on Sunday, May 7, they were encouraged to remember a children’s Sunday school song. And also to sing it.… Continue Reading →

Campus Scene

CADY SHORT-THOMPSON APPOINTED PROVOST Dr. Cady Short-Thompson. Photo by Dottie Stover. Dr. Cady Short-Thompson, who was dean of Blue Ash College of the University of Cincinnati system since 2010, has become provost at Hope. Selected through a nationwide search, she began in her new role at Hope on August 1. She has also been appointed… Continue Reading →

Made for Students: Student Center Ready to Debut

The Jim and Martie Bultman Student Center, now open, is a home away from home, a place to gather or take a break, at the center of campus. Designed as the students’ family room on campus, the lounge features comfortable seating, a fireplace and floor-to-ceiling windows that offer views of the Pine Grove and Van… Continue Reading →

National Caliber: Two National Champions

Hope College welcomed two more national champions to the fold this spring as track & field runner Erin Herrmann and golfer Josh Gibson both claimed NCAA Division III titles in their respective events. Photo by Allen Tedder Herrmann, a senior from Wheaton, Illinois, won the 3,000-meter steeplechase on May 27 in Geneva, Ohio, with a… Continue Reading →