Campus Scene

from “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 years as storied rivals in sport. But, … Continue reading “Campus Scene”

Race at the Center

Trayvon Martin. Michael Brown. Ferguson. Baltimore. Alton Sterling. Chicago. Black Lives Matter. Freddie Gray. Charlotte. Dallas. Philando Castile. Baton Rouge. Terence Crutcher. Tamir Rice. The steady, mournful drumbeat of racial unrest, senseless death and reactionary violence reverberates across our nation. Through social media, the Internet and other vehicles, details of each tragedy send shock waves … Continue reading “Race at the Center”

A Place for Everyone

This is not the staid and stuffy scene you might expect in an art museum: Happy voices echo as children, parents and college students huddle around tables coloring, cutting and folding Dia de los Muertos crafts. A preschooler pages through a gallery catalog. A young family draws on the entryway sidewalk with chalk. But then, … Continue reading “A Place for Everyone”

Leading the Way: Lessons from the Corporate Century Club

It’s not a blueprint, but a new book by Vicki TenHaken ’73 of the Hope management faculty offers insights for business leaders who’d like to see their organizations thrive in the long-term, examining five traits shared by U.S. companies in the “Century Club”—firms that have lasted at least 100 years. Lessons from Century Club Companies: … Continue reading “Leading the Way: Lessons from the Corporate Century Club”

Merging Majors

Senior Elizabeth Ensink discovers new opportunities through Hope’s interdisciplinary approach to liberal arts. This summer, senior Elizabeth Ensink of Hudsonville, Michigan, participated in one of the United States’ most competitive undergraduate creative writing fellowships, “Nature in Words.” The 10-week fellowship, based at Hastings, Michigan’s Pierce Cedar Creek Institute for environmental education, provided a unique opportunity … Continue reading “Merging Majors”

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 “Soaring in Scotland”

Going Coast to Coast

As voluminous waves rose and flowed more than three miles off the Holland shore, Brian Kieft ’01 looked out over the black-green topography of Lake Michigan and scoured the waterscape. His small boat, as well as his eyeballs, bobbed up and down with each swell, rolling like marbles on a parabolic joyride. The undulating motion … Continue reading “Going Coast to Coast”

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 “Closing Look: Rites of Autumn”