Distinctive Hope: A Bridge at the Heart

Hope and its hometown have traveled together since the college’s beginning. It’s a relationship reflected by close connections and cooperation between the college and Holland communities. It’s embodied even more literally by Hope’s proximity to downtown, and particularly by the college’s Haworth Hotel. Located between 9th and 10th streets, the hostelry was envisioned as a… Continue Reading →

From the President: Matthew A. Scogin ʼ02

Dear Friends and Family of Hope College, Four years ago, about the time that I felt God calling me to apply to become president of the college, I was having dinner with a trusted friend in New York City. The ever-increasing cost of college education was on my mind. My friend, himself a proud graduate… Continue Reading →

Campus Scene

TOP-10 FINISH Hope College Formula Racing earned a top-10 finish in the Formula SAE competition held at Michigan International Speedway earlier this month. The college’s team earned 9th place overall out of the 45 teams participating in the competition, held on Wednesday-Saturday, July 7-10. Among the events that make up the score, Hope placed first… Continue Reading →

It’s a lofty ambition, but then again the college is named “Hope,” not “Settle.”

The college’s new Hope Forward initiative seeks to fully fund tuition for every student up front. While that’s the most tangible goal, it’s only one of several. “The whole world is asking why college has gotten so expensive,” said President Matthew A. Scogin ’02. “What if Hope could take the lead in solving that puzzle?”… Continue Reading →

Window to Hope’s History: Timeless and Timely

Although from an earlier era, this image is timeless in the ways that matter: students enjoying one another’s company in the Pine Grove — one of the most iconic and beloved spaces on campus. The year in which it was taken, 1968, also shares a link to the present not visible: It was the last… Continue Reading →

A Year for the Books

Ana Tucker ’23 Nick Hoffman ’22 Emma Schaefer ’21 Ty Dalton ’24 Hope College student-athletes and teams from spring, winter and fall seasons packed a bevy of accomplishments and excitement into a compressed four-month schedule in 2021. Amid 213 athletic competitions in a span of 129 days, Hope College claimed Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association championships… Continue Reading →

Mission Delayed, Mission Accomplished

The Hope College ice hockey team felt like it had the potential to go the distance last season before COVID-19 spoiled its opportunity in 2020. The Flying Dutchmen didn’t miss out on a second chance. Top-ranked Hope won the 2021 American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) Division 3 national championship in late April after blanking the… Continue Reading →

There’s No Place Like Home

“Home is the one place in all this world where hearts are sure of each other. It is the place of confidence. It is the place where we tear off that mask of guarded and suspicious coldness which the world forces us to wear in self-defense, and where we pour out the unreserved communications of… Continue Reading →

“I was in prison, and you came to visit me.”

My friend and colleague Jared Ortiz said to me one day back in 2017, “I’m teaching a religion class to guys in prison for the Calvin Prison Initiative. You know, Hope and Western Theological Seminary could partner to provide a similar program at another prison. You should get it organized.” “Um, I don’t think so,”… Continue Reading →

More Than a Buzzword

Sus•tain•abil•i•ty (suh-stey-nuh-BIL-i-tee) noun 1. The ability to be sustained, supported, upheld, or confirmed. 2. One of the most overused, yet frequently misunderstood buzzwords of the 21st century. Just what exactly is “sustainability,” anyway? At Hope College, it appears the meaning is well defined: it is a coordinated, multifaceted, campus-wide effort to engage and impact the… Continue Reading →

On Display: Selections from an Interesting Life

Untitled 1982Alexander Liberman (American, born Ukraine 1912-1999)Painted steelLoan from the M.L. Brummel Collection A new exhibition opening at Hope’s Kruizenga Art Museum this fall reflects the lasting power of the college experience — and the unexpected ways that even one part of it can enrich a life for the 60-plus years (and counting) that follow.… Continue Reading →

Coffee Shop a First but also Familiar

With the addition of the Biggby Café, overnight and conference guests aren’t the only ones invited to spend time at the college’s newly renovated Haworth Hotel. Cafés operated by major regional and national chains are a staple of hotels, but it’s a new feature for the Haworth Hotel, which previously had a lightly staffed nook… Continue Reading →

Quote Unquote: Class of 2020

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Hope wasn’t able to hold a traditional Commencement for the Class of ’20. With a year having passed by the time a large gathering could take place, the college instead held a celebration for the class in the Pine Grove on Saturday, May 22, that blended elements of the ceremony… Continue Reading →