Distinctive Hope: Rivalry Renewed x 200

The story never grows old because it never has the same script twice. Over a span of 198 games since 1920, Hope College and Calvin College have played men’s basketball games to one-of-a-kind conclusions in front of rivalrous crowds resulting in tight records and stats. Hope leads the series, 103-95, by only 89 points. That’s… Continue Reading →

From the President: Rev. Dennis N. Voskuil, Ph.D.

Dear Friends, With the winter chill upon us, the warmth of August seems in the distant past. It was only a few months ago, though, that I joined my colleagues to celebrate the launch of the 2018–19 academic year. On Aug. 23, at our annual Pre-College Conference — where staff and faculty gather to usher… Continue Reading →

Quote, Unquote: Convocation 2018

As Hope began its 157th academic year with its Opening Convocation on Sunday, Aug. 26, featured speaker Dr. Fred L. Johnson III encouraged the members of the incoming Class of 2022 to be confident that their years at the college would prepare them not only for careers but to better meet the needs of their… Continue Reading →

Campus Scene

TREES HELP EARN LEED GOLD Organizations seeking LEED certification for their construction projects have many ways to earn it, including by using regional materials. In developing the Jim and Martie Bultman Student Center, which recently received LEED Gold certification, Hope integrated a meaningful resource from mere yards away: wood saved from venerable campus elms felled… Continue Reading →

Hope’s Aspirational Faith

For the first time in more than 150 years, Hope College has adopted a formal statement of its Christian character. Why now? And what does the college expect to do with it, anyway? To be fair, for the first 100 years, Hope had no need for such a statement. As a denominational school of the… Continue Reading →

Food for Thought

You recently finished one holiday meal and will soon belly up to another. As you sit down to partake of whatever traditional Christmas menu is yours, put your fork on pause and consider this: How many things does your food affect? Health. Check. Culture. Check. Economies. Check. Arts and science. Check. Dispositions. Check. Your waistline.… Continue Reading →

Always an Anchor of Hope

Nearly a decade ago, Jazmin Martinez was a shy, quiet elementary student in Holland, Michigan, who was nervous about an upcoming choir concert at her school. At the time, Jazmin was receiving tutoring support through the Children’s After School Achievement (CASA) program that meets at Hope. A student mentor from the college offered to help… Continue Reading →

Gift of a Lifetime

In a sense, the long and winding road that led to a unique exhibition of contemporary Ethiopian Orthodox Christian art at the college’s Kruizenga Art Museum this fall began at Hope as well. Dr. Neal Sobania ’68, a former director of international education and history professor at Hope who is retired from Pacific Lutheran University,… Continue Reading →

The Art of Being Human

Megan Constance Altieri ’13 As artist Megan Constance Altieri ’13 began to dismantle Sonder, her recent award-winning work of art, a myriad of reactions overwhelmed her — melancholy, appreciation, introspection, even laughter. But that was precisely the point of the piece. Sonder was meant to evoke the gamut of emotions, for artist and art-lover alike.… Continue Reading →

We Flipped for these 10 Under 10

Taking their liberal arts education to new heights and impacting the world in big ways. With nearly 35,000 Hope alumni around the world, the challenge is not finding someone to honor for excellence and impact, but choosing who to honor. The new “10 Under 10 Awards,” which succeed the Young Alumni Award program of 2007-17,… Continue Reading →

Autumn Reflections

by Dr. William Pannapacker We teach because we are not immortal; knowledge must be passed down. We get older, but the students remain the same age. Every fall renews that understanding. I started at Hope College in 2000; newborns from that year are appearing in my classes now. My three daughters have grown up in… Continue Reading →

On the Way to His True North

If not for a simple, hand-drawn map, Danny Kosiba ’17 would not be where he is today, nor where he was six months ago, nor where he was a year before that. Spare though neatly illustrated, the map would not only guide him to a physical destination in the Cook Islands, but it led to… Continue Reading →

Window to Hope’s History: Off-Track Herringbone

For everything there is a season, and while it’s easy to grouse about winter when the days grow short and the roads slick, the earth’s slumber is a crucial part of the cycle that includes gentle summer days and rich harvests. It’s also not without its own potential, as these students (likely in the 1980s)… Continue Reading →

A Legacy Reflected in Lives Touched

Treasured mentors, beloved friends and colleagues, dedicated to students, the seven current and retired faculty and staff remembered here together reached thousands across a third of the college’s history. Only a portion of each person’s life is shared here.More about all seven is available online. Dr. Jonathan Hagood, who was associate dean for teaching and… Continue Reading →

Closing Look: Photo Op

As Hope celebrated the Advent season in 2017, students enjoyed a visit from St. Nicholas, the fourth-century bishop who was the historical antecedent of Santa Claus. President Dennis Voskuil personified the venerated saint for the occasion, adding a colorful, memorable and appreciated touch to the festive gathering. Merry Christmas! Continue Reading →