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Dr. Cady Short-Thompson. Photo by Dottie Stover.

Dr. Cady Short-Thompson, who was dean of Blue Ash College of the University of Cincinnati system since 2010, has become provost at Hope.

Selected through a nationwide search, she began in her new role at Hope on August 1. She has also been appointed a professor of communication at the college.

Short-Thompson’s leadership responsibilities as dean at Blue Ash College were comparable to that of both president and chief academic officer at an independent college. She also held appointments as a professor of communication and affiliate professor of political science.


The orientation staff is ready for move in! Photo by Tom Renner.

The college’s 156th academic year will begin formally with the traditional Opening Convocation on Sunday, Aug. 27, at 2 p.m. in the Richard and Helen DeVos Fieldhouse.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

The featured speaker will be Dr. Cady Short-Thompson, provost and professor of communication at Hope (see story at left).
Residence halls for new students will open on Friday, Aug. 25, at 10 a.m., with New Student Orientation beginning later that day and continuing through Monday, Aug. 28. Residence halls for returning students will open on Sunday, Aug. 27, at noon. Fall semester classes will begin on Tuesday, Aug. 29, at 8 a.m.


See photos from 2017 Commencement and many other events in the Hope community. Photo by Steven Herppich.

Please visit the college online to enjoy extensive photo galleries organized by topic and chronicling a variety of events in the life of Hope. Shown above is an image from the graduation activities on Sunday, May 7. In addition to multiple images from Baccalaureate and Commencement, content available online includes the text of the Baccalaureate sermon and of the Commencement address, and video of the ceremonies.


Hope has appointed five current members of the faculty to long-standing endowed professorships at the college. Dr. Steven Bouma-Prediger ’79 has been appointed to a six-year term as the Leonard and Marjorie Maas Professor of Theology; Dr. Ernest Cole has been appointed to a 10-year term as the John Dirk Werkman Associate Professor of English; Dr. Greg Murray has been appointed to a 10-year term as the T. Elliot Weier Professor of Plant Science; Dr. David Ryden has been appointed to a 10-year term as the Peter C. and Emajean Cook Professor of Political Science; and Dr. Joanne Stewart has been appointed to a 10-year term as the Elmer E. Hartgerink Professor of Chemistry.


Eric Bailey

It’s the second-leading commodity traded in the world after oil, with a worldwide consumption of 2.2 billion cups per day. And, the United States is its leading consumer at 400 million cups daily. Yet, few people are aware of the scientific, political, historical and cultural implications swirling inside their cup of morning joe.

This is not the case for Hope students who take Dr. Tom Bultman’s new class, The Science and Culture of Coffee.

Beyond its relatable premise, Dr. Tom Bultman ’78’s popular new course offers a holistic approach that shows how multiple disciplines together provide a rich basis for understanding and exploring questions. Please go online to learn more about a laboratory and classroom experience that one student described as “the definition of a liberal arts education.”

Stories of Hope is one of three dozen blogs on the college’s vibrant blog network, which shares accounts written by students, faculty and staff highlighting scholarship, off-campus study, individual academic and co-curricular programs, alumni activities and achievements — and more.


Photo by Neil Travers

The anthem commissioned for the college’s sesquicentennial celebration has been published by the college’s Van Raalte Press and is now available through the Hope-Geneva Bookstore.

“I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes (Psalm 121)” was composed for Hope by highly respected choral conductor Robert Shafer through a commission on behalf of the occasion of Hope’s 150th by Thelma (Tommye) Leenhouts ’66 of Washington, D.C. In the words of the composer, “a setting of Psalm 121 for full soprano, alto, tenor and bass choir and organ, this powerful, rhythmic and moving piece is immediately accessible to all audiences. It is particularly suited for fine high school, college, community and church choirs.” The work had its West Michigan premiere at Hope in April 2016.

Copies of “I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes (Psalm 121)” are available for $2.50 and may be purchased online.


Linda LeFever Dykstra

The spring issue of News from Hope College announced that seven professors were retiring, but after the issue went to press we learned that Linda LeFever Dykstra, an associate professor of music who joined the faculty in 1997, also planned to retire at the end of the school year.

A biographical sketch and feature story about her are available online, along with stories about the others: Dr. Christopher Barney, the T. Elliot Weier Professor of Biology; Dr. Thomas Ludwig, the John Dirk Werkman Professor of Psychology; Dr. Anthony Perovich, professor of philosophy; Dr. James Piers ’69, professor of sociology; Dr. Peter Schakel, the Peter C. and Emajean Cook Professor of English; Dr. Michael Seymour, professor of chemistry; and Vicki TenHaken ’73, professor of management and Ruch Director of the Baker Scholars program.


Dr. Lindsey Root Luna ’03 receives the 53rd “Hope Outstanding Professor Educator” (H.O.P.E.) Award. Photo by Steven Herppich.

Dr. Lindsey Root Luna ’03 of the psychology faculty was presented the 53rd “Hope Outstanding Professor Educator” (H.O.P.E.) Award by the graduating Class of 2017.

She garnered additional recognition later in the month, when she received the Regional Faculty Advisor Award for the Midwestern Region of Psi Chi – The International Honor Society in Psychology. She has been faculty advisor of Hope’s chapter of the society since 2014. An associate professor of psychology, she was named the recipient during the college’s Commencement ceremony, held at the Ray and Sue Smith Stadium on Sunday, May 7.


Want to enjoy News from Hope College when the print edition isn’t at hand, or to share an article with a friend most easily reached online? The publication can be found 24/7 at

Like the print edition, the website was extensively redesigned starting with the Winter 2016 issue. Also compatible with mobile devices, it features a sleek new look, bold use of photography and seamless user experience, as well as additional content that complements the material in the printed piece (and of course includes the “classnotes”). There’s also an archive featuring every issue since 2000.


They began in 1997 with one camp and 25-30 elementary-age participants. This June and July, the Summer Science Camps and Academies — named now in honor of program founder Tod Gugino ’85, who died in 2013 — spent their 20th-anniversary year hosting some 1,000 children in more than 50 week-long STEM, art and music camps. Led by Hope students, the camps featured themes ranging from “Tykes Lego” to “Movie Making” to “Experimental Design,” all to help excite the children about science and learning, reflecting the college’s historic role as a resource not only for its students but the community.


The Hope College Board of Trustees appointed two new members in addition to electing a new vice-chair during its May 2017 meeting.

Newly elected to serve four-year terms on the board are Dr. Stephen Boerigter of Los Alamos, New Mexico, and the Rev. Dr. Nathan Hart ’01 of Greenwich, Connecticut.

Timothy VandeBunte ’83 of Holland, Michigan, has been elected vice-chair, succeeding Mark Van Genderen ’90 of Cedarburg, Wisconsin. Karl Droppers ’82 of Holland is continuing to serve as chairperson, and Nancy Dirkse ’81 DeWitt of Cincinnati, Ohio, is continuing to serve as secretary.

Trustees re-elected to second four-year terms on the board are: the Rev. David M. Bast ’73 of Grand Rapids, Michigan; Dr. Gerald J. Pillay of Liverpool, England; Suzanne L. Shier of Chicago, Illinois; and Mark Van Genderen ’90.

Trustees concluding service on the board are: the Rev. Dr. William R. Boersma ’75 of Holland and James L. Jurries ’63 of Holland.