Campus Scene

BEGINNING OF SCHOOL The college is on the eve of its 162nd academic year, with the members of the incoming Class of 2027 arriving on Friday, Aug. 25, for the start of New Student Orientation that evening. The rest of the students will begin to return on Sunday, Aug. 27. The Opening Convocation marking the… Continue Reading →

Revisionist History podcast Praises Hope Forward

Hope earns praise on best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell’s newest Revisionist History podcast for taking a revolutionary approach to removing tuition as a barrier for access to college while building generosity and community along the way. Titled “A Good Circle” and released to the general public on Thursday, June 29, for listening with no charge, the… Continue Reading →

Hope Theatre Prof and Students Earn Trio of National Awards

Danai Mandebvu, who was selected to participate in April’s national Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival event following regional competition in February and March, was one of three outstanding members of the Hope theatre family who ultimately received recognition in conjunction with the festival. Please follow the links below for stories celebrating the others’ awards,… Continue Reading →

Graves Pond

You may recognize this photograph from the cover of the issue. To illustrate this issue’s story about artificial intelligence, we decided to put Adobe Photoshop beta’s Generative Fill to a test with simple narrative commands to add a pond in front of Graves Hall — and make the lighting more dramatic, too. The seamless result,… Continue Reading →

Distinctive Hope: Mural Festival

Hope College’s Transportation Garage sits a few blocks away from the core campus. If you didn’t know it was there, you might miss it! But thanks to the Tulip City Walls Festival, held during the most sweltering days of this past July, the garage has been adorned with a colorful mural, along with many other… Continue Reading →

From the President: Matthew A. Scogin ʼ02

Dear Friends and Family of Hope College, During the season of Christmas, hope comes alive. And I don’t just mean Hope College — although that happens, too. The massive tree between our home and Voorhees lights up, we sing carols in Dimnent, and celebrate long-standing campus traditions like Vespers. Those joyous occasions are celebrating the… Continue Reading →

Quote Unquote: Convocation 2023

Even a welcome, sought-after change can lead to anxious moments. As Hope formally launched its 162nd academic year with its Opening Convocation, featured speaker Rebekah L. Starkenburg provided tools to help the members of the incoming Class of 2027 navigate those moments and make the most of their time as college students. Starkenburg, who is… Continue Reading →

Campus Scene

COMMENT PARTNERSHIP SUPPORTS DEVELOPING MORAL IMAGINATION Comment magazine has selected Hope as the first institution to pilot a new community subscription program called Comment for Groups, providing additional resources for students, faculty and staff as they consider how the historic Christian faith can help meet the world’s deepest needs. Comment is a quarterly magazine of… Continue Reading →

Van Raalte Institute Books

History Remembered With the 30th anniversary of the college’s Van Raalte Institute on the horizon, some of the books most recently written or edited under its auspices provide a sense of its ongoing role not only chronicling but also enhancing the past and our understanding of it. Named for Hope’s cofounder and established in 1994,… Continue Reading →

O Christmas Tree

The annual lighting of the Christmas tree outside the President’s Home on Nov. 29 provided an opportunity for the campus community to gather in anticipation of the Advent season and celebrate the promise of salvation embodied in the birth of Jesus. In a fortuitous conjunction, a timely snowfall a few days before the event blanketed… Continue Reading →

Distinctive Hope: Blue-Chip Experience

Members of the men’s and women’s basketball teams represented Hope at the epicenter of the business world on Wednesday, Dec. 27, with a once-in-a-lifetime chance to ring the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange. They were joined for the iconic opportunity by head coaches Greg Mitchell ’89 and Brian Morehouse ’91, and President… Continue Reading →

From the President: Matthew A. Scogin ʼ02

Dear Friends and Family of Hope College, Why does Hope College exist? It may sound like an obvious question, but it is one worth revisiting from time to time. From the college’s inception, our founders believed this institution was called by God to be a beacon of HOPE for the world. Starting a tiny new… Continue Reading →

Quote Unquote: Civil Rights Lecture 2024

This year’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Civil Rights Lecture not only commemorated the revered leader but also highlighted an institutional milestone, launching the year-long 40th anniversary celebration of the college’s Center for Diversity and Inclusion. CDI traces its origins to 1984, when Alfredo Gonzales ’75, director of the college’s TRIO Upward Bound program for… Continue Reading →

Campus Scene

ORIGINAL PRODUCTION RECEIVES SPECIAL RECOGNITION The Department of Theatre was invited to perform the original production The Boy Who Hates Everything during the Region III Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF), hosted by the University of Michigan-Flint on Tuesday-Sunday, Jan. 9-14. The Boy Who Hates Everything during the Region III Kennedy Center American College… Continue Reading →

A Phelps Scholar Forevermore

Good morning, everyone! My name is Kylea Canada, and I am a senior here at Hope and a proud Phelps Scholar alumni. I began my freshman year at Hope College at a time that was inconvenient, to say the least. I started in August 2020. As if the first year of college isn’t daunting enough,… Continue Reading →

Anchors of Hope

The words penned by the Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte when establishing the Pioneer School from which Hope grew are among the college’s most foundational: education as an “anchor of hope” for the future. Through all the decades since, that promise has been shepherded by generations of faculty mentors who have not only been at… Continue Reading →

ICYMI (In Case You Missed It)

Kirk Cousins @KirkCousins8“Two students stopped me after my PT session @ Hope…told me they’d getextra credit if I showed up to the class so I had to stop by. Professor Gentile, thanks for having me, but now I’m holding you to that extra credit!” “Attending Hope was one of the best opportunities my daughter has… Continue Reading →

2023 Hope College Faculty Books

Writing Imperial History: Tacitus from Agricola to Annales Dr. Bram ten Berge, Associate Professor of Classics The late first- and early second-century Roman senator and historian Tacitus produced a collection of works widely recognized as offering the most authoritative account of Rome’s early imperial history. Tracing many of the enduring themes and concerns that Tacitus… Continue Reading →

Journeys through Hope: History and Memoir

Barbara Walvoord ’63 It was 1962. My Hope College Old Testament professor, the Rev. Dr. Simon DeVries, had asked me to come into his office. Yikes! Had I done something wrong? I loved the class, had gotten A’s on tests and papers, and had eagerly searched out extra reading. Daughter and granddaughter of Reformed Church… Continue Reading →