Distinctive Hope: A Reflection of Community

“Of the Sun,” representing traditions of Zimbabwe, Congo, Cameroon, Togo and Nigeria, brightens a mid-November evening as international students bring a bit of their homelands to Hope through “Images: A Reflection of Cultures.” Featuring dance, skits, poetry, fashion, music and more from around the world, the student-organized event is a popular fall highlight, a gift… Continue Reading →

From the President: Matthew A. Scogin ʼ02

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. – John 3:16 Dear Friends and Family of Hope College, This fall, we welcomed the largest number of new students in Hope’s history: 955 attending college for the first time, and… Continue Reading →

Quote Unquote: Convocation

Speaking during the Opening Convocation on Sunday, Aug. 28, at DeVos Fieldhouse, Dr. Deborah Vriend Van Duinen shared a three-point plan to help the incoming Class of 2026 make the most of the experience ahead. The title of Van Duinen’s address, “Invitation to Hope: Knowing, Doing, Being,” was also her outline, providing what she described… Continue Reading →

Campus Scene

ENROLLMENT REPORT Hope has enrolled a record number of students entering college for the first time, contributing to a third consecutive year with an increase in the college’s overall headcount. A total of 955 first-time college students joined Hope this fall, topping the previous record of 904 set in the fall of 2012 (2021’s total… Continue Reading →

Hope Receives National Award for Excellence in Diversity

Hope has received the 2022 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. As a recipient of the annual HEED Award — a national honor recognizing U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion — Hope was… Continue Reading →

New Vita Scholars Program Develops Pastors Faster

Hope and Western Theological Seminary have established a “3-2” pastor-preparation program that will provide specialized training for ministering to underserved communities. The new Vita Scholars Program (Vita is Latin for “Life”) will enable students to graduate from Hope with a Bachelor of Arts degree and from the seminary with a Master of Divinity degree after… Continue Reading →

“Algorithm + You = Art”

Viewers play a major role in a Hope professor’s award-winning entry in the international ArtPrize competition held this fall. They collaborate for an experience that is different every time. Created by Dr. Charles Cusack, professor of computer science and mathematics, “Algorithm + You = Art” invites those visiting it to enter a phrase and pick… Continue Reading →

Fall Season Features Memorable Journeys

A record-tying cross country run and a fourth NCAA volleyball regional title highlighted a successful start to the 2022-23 school year for Hope College Athletics. Coach Becky Schmidt, Volleyball Seth Almquist, Men’s Golf Purple Games Lauren Lee, Volleyball Connor Vachon, Men’s Cross Country Ana Tucker, Women’s Cross Country Senior Ana Tucker equaled the highest finish… Continue Reading →

A Honey of a Project

It takes eight to 12 bees a lifetime to produce enough honey to fill a single teaspoon. The three hives installed on the Hope campus this past spring generated 10 gallons that ultimately found their way to the shelves of the college’s bookstore to provide a sweet taste of campus and West Michigan. That’s a… Continue Reading →

The Art and Science of Composition

As a youngster growing up in California, Dr. Benjamin Krause realized that no matter how excited he got playing other people’s music on the piano, at some point he would have to compose himself. “In the beginning, it was all about just playing the piano,” recalled Krause (rhymes with drowsy), assistant professor of music and… Continue Reading →

Imaginary Numbers, Real Belonging

In many ways, mathematics is art — at least for Dr. Stephanie Edwards. She’s always had an affinity for the field, but it really blossomed when she was in graduate school. Doing complex analysis (math beyond calculus) brought home to her that math is beautiful — and it works. Complex analysis is, as the name… Continue Reading →

The Road to Epic

As Dr. Steve Boerigter, who became chair of the college’s Board of Trustees in July, anticipated retirement from Los Alamos National Laboratory, he wanted to begin with something once-in-a-lifetime epic. It didn’t take long for him and spouse Kathy Reeder ’83 Boerigter, who’d retired from teaching a couple years earlier, to decide — as experienced… Continue Reading →

“Hope Sustains”: Affinity for the Environment

The “Hope Sustains” affinity group established this summer provides a new way for alumni to connect with others committed to stewardship of creation and to make a difference at and via the college. In addition to offering a community of alumni with similar interests, “Hope Sustains” presents abounding opportunities for alma mater impact. They run… Continue Reading →

10 Under 10

Every year, the Holland Bowl Mill creates beautiful wooden bowls that are used as the physical awards for the college’s “10 Under 10” award recipients. Below the recipient’s name and graduation year, the bowl states that each is “an agent of Hope living faithfully into their vocation.” While this year’s recipients’ vocations range from social… Continue Reading →

Window to Hope’s History: Hall-of-Famer

Jim Kaat ’60 was a freshman pitcher for the Flying Dutchmen in the spring of 1957 when he was discovered by a scout during a Hope game. His time at the college ended that spring, but his dream career was just beginning. He signed that summer with the Washington Senators, and went on to 23… Continue Reading →