Breadth of Excellence: Honors for Faculty and Staff

Hope faculty and staff continue to earn recognition for their scholarship, teaching, service and impact.
Just since the spring issue…

Dr. Llena Durante ’00 Chavis

Dr. Llena Durante ’00 Chavis, assistant professor of social work, received the Grand Valley State University School of Social Work’s MSW Distinguished Alumni Award for 2017-18. She completed her MSW at GVSU in 2002.

Nicole Flinn ’97

Nicole Flinn ’97, associate professor of dance, won the 2018 Touchstone Award for Dance Teacher of the Year from the Michigan Dance Council.

Dr. Stacy Jackson

Dr. Stacy Jackson, who is the Kenneth J. Weller ’48 Professor of Management and chairs the Department of Economics and Business, received the 54th “Hope Outstanding Professor Educator” Award from the Class of 2018 during Commencement on May 6.

Nancy Scholten ’82 Kamstra

Nancy Scholten ’82 Kamstra, associate professor of kinesiology and Liz Kubias, residential life coordinator for Cook Hall, received the college’s 19th annual “Vanderbush-Weller Awards” for strong, positive impact on students.

Dr. Jacob Nyenhuis

Dr. Jacob Nyenhuis, who is provost emeritus and professor emeritus of classics and directs the A.C. Van Raalte Institute, has been honored with a book celebrating his career, character and impact: Jack: A Compassionate Compendium; A Tribute to Dr. Jacob E. Nyenhuis — Scholar, Servant, Leader.

Dr. Kendra Parker

Dr. Kendra Parker, assistant professor of English, received the David Bottoms Distinguished Alumna Award from the University of West Georgia’s Department of English and Philosophy. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the university, with a major in English, in 2008.

Abby Madison ’86 Reeg

Abby Madison ’86 Reeg, who advises the college’s club sailing team, received the 2017-18 Outstanding Service – Volunteer Award from the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association. She is a regional development director at Hope.

Dr. Brian Rider

Dr. Brian Rider, who is an assistant professor of kinesiology and director of Health Dynamics, won the college’s annual “Social Sciences Young Investigators Award” for a study of a commercially available, wrist-worn, heart-rate monitor’s accuracy.

Dr. Joanne Stewart

Dr. Joanne Stewart, who is the Elmer E. Hartgerink Professor of Chemistry, has received one of two 2018 Janet Andersen Lecture Awards from the Midstates Consortium for Math and Science.