Distinctive Hope: How can I help?

Becoming a front-line worker in the fight against a global pandemic was never in a job description at the college, neither for the clinicians of the Health Clinic nor for anyone else. And yet, when Hope established its rapid-testing center as a component of the college’s multi-pronged strategy for monitoring for the presence of COVID-19… Continue Reading →

From the President: Matthew A. Scogin ʼ02

Dear Friends and Family of Hope College, Spring is a time full of hope. After a Michigan winter, spring is always welcome on Hope’s campus, and this year more than ever. From budding trees in the Pine Grove to students emerging from their dorms to study in hammocks, the hope of barrenness being brought back… Continue Reading →

Campus Scene

GRADUATION ’21 Baccalaureate and Commencement for the Class of ’21 are scheduled for Sunday, May 16, with several adjustments from the events’ traditional formats due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The day will include a Baccalaureate service in the morning with two Commencement ceremonies in the afternoon to facilitate physical distancing. Baccalaureate will be for… Continue Reading →

Being Intentional

Kamara Sudberry ’15 joined the Hope staff in January in a role that is likewise new for the college itself, as engagement officer for diversity, equity and inclusion with Alumni Engagement. Counting from when she was a first-semester freshman, the Flint, Michigan, native has been a member of the Hope family for nearly 10 years.… Continue Reading →

A Guide for the Journey

The basic pitch for the Boerigter Center for Calling and Career sounds deceptively simple: “We’re here to help students figure out everything from finding a major to finding a job and everything in between,” said Shonn Colbrunn ’94, executive director. As with most things, though, the reality is more complicated than it sounds. The Boerigter… Continue Reading →

Making Music with a Mission

As the world grappled with the intensifying COVID-19 health crisis last spring, there were those in the U.S. who began referring to the plague disparagingly as “the China virus” and the “kung flu.” Concurrently, according to Time magazine, the STOP AAPI HATE center founded by the Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council has received more… Continue Reading →

Bringing Back the Birds

Each year, we in more northern climes appreciate when various bird species return to our regions on the fresh wisps of spring. In fact, we eagerly anticipate their arrival with high seasonal acuity. After our muted long-winter life, “Hey, I saw my first robin today!” is as much a rite of spring as spotting college… Continue Reading →

Playing Toward the COVID Endgame

Just two months into 2021, a year that rang in with oxymoronic anxious optimism, heavy reality struck the Hope College athletics program with the force of a 500-pound barbell dropped from 1,000 feet. One of the longest-standing, tradition-laden staples in Hope athletics’ diet was removed from a limited menu of competitive offerings on its plate.… Continue Reading →

Outstanding Ensemble

Nineteen longtime members of the faculty are retiring this year. How to celebrate 19 tenures totaling 600+ years? It starts here, with these winsome portraits. But then, please, visit the college online for photographs and biographical sketches. And most of all, if you get a chance, say to them, as we do here: THANK YOU!… Continue Reading →

Global Learning in the Era of COVID-19

If you want to put yourself in the shoes of a COVID-era international student, try on these scenarios from spring 2020 — the early months of the worldwide pandemic. You need a visa to fly from the Philippines to Michigan to start your freshman year at Hope College. You line up an appointment at the… Continue Reading →

Hope Mourns Death of Jennifer Hampton

1973–2021 Hope is mourning the death of Dr. Jennifer Hampton of the physics faculty, who was killed in an automobile accident in Holland on Sunday, March 14, 2021. Hampton, who was 48, was a professor of physics and department chair at Hope, where she had taught since 2007 and was a dedicated mentor of students… Continue Reading →

Quote Unquote: Kwame Alexander

Quote, unquote is an eclectic sampling of things said at and about Hope College. In conjunction with national Black History Month, Hope hosted a virtual visit with Kwame Alexander, the New York Times bestselling author whose most recent book of 35, Light for the World to See: A Thousand Words on Race and Hope, was… Continue Reading →

Remembering an Icon: Maxine DeBruyn

Retired dance professor Maxine DeBruyn’s energy was limitless and legendary, and her impact reflects it in lasting tribute even as she is mourned. DeBruyn, who pioneered the creation of the college’s nationally accredited dance department beginning in the 1960s and was active in dance education internationally for more than half a century, died on Wednesday,… Continue Reading →