Distinctive Hope: Images: A Reflection of Cultures

The Hope campus is a global community, its members gathered from not only across the country but around the world, learning both with and from one another, in the classroom and throughout life together. It’s a treasured and meaningful mix that’s celebrated each November through “IMAGES: A Reflection of Cultures,” when students from many of… Continue Reading →

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 →

Window to Hope’s History: Christmas Vespers

A quiet moment as Hope readies its celebration of Christmas Vespers in Dimnent Memorial Chapel in this undated image from the college’s collection in the Joint Archives of Holland. A beloved part of Advent in West Michigan for more than 75 years, Christmas Vespers provides an opportunity to step away from the intensity of the… Continue Reading →

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 →

Distinctive Hope: Rope of Hope

Faith and community find expression in many ways at Hope, not least of all together as students journey alongside one another and faculty and staff as they grow into a fuller understanding of what they believe and how it will guide their lives. At the school year’s final Gathering worship service each April, the connection… Continue Reading →

Concert Series Offers More than Entertainment

The student-organized Hope College Concert Series books leading-edge performers (with credits ranging from Coachella to NPR to performing with Elton John) who electrify their audiences—and what happens on stage is only the beginning. Its heart lies in post-show “talk-backs,” master classes, meals with the artists and their crews, and meaningful exploration with them and together… Continue Reading →

Window to Hope’s History: Kletz

Among Dutch settlers and their descendants in Holland, the term kletz paired with koffee meant an informal chance to chat, and so the snack bar that opened in Van Raalte Hall in October 1944 became the “Koffee Kletz.” Even as its menu and formal name have evolved, the Kletz has been a meaningful part of… Continue Reading →

Closing Look: Brain Day

A young visitor to campus makes ready to use the power of his mind, transmitted via electrodes, to move another person’s arm. The experience was among several presented by Hope students, faculty and others on Saturday, March 11, for kindergarteners through 12th graders for National Brain Awareness Week. Did the event help inspire the next… Continue Reading →

Distinctive Hope: Precision Work

The device itself is interesting. A new addition to the college’s chemical engineering laboratory experiments, the packed column separator allows students to conduct experiments measuring flow of liquids and gases. It’s the source, though, that’s the real story. It was developed and built by a team of students in Hope’s Senior Design engineering course, the… Continue Reading →

Made for Students: Student Center Ready to Debut

The Jim and Martie Bultman Student Center, now open, is a home away from home, a place to gather or take a break, at the center of campus. Designed as the students’ family room on campus, the lounge features comfortable seating, a fireplace and floor-to-ceiling windows that offer views of the Pine Grove and Van… Continue Reading →

Closing Look: The Way of Tea

Hope shared a unique opportunity to observe the Japanese Tea Ceremony on June 8 during a return visit by Ikuko Okada of Kawasaki, Japan, who attended the college in 1975-76 and during May Terms in 2006 and this spring. She has been trained and licensed in the centuries-long tradition by the Urasenke International Association of… Continue Reading →

Distinctive Hope: Surprise Visit

The musical ensemble Mucca Pazza pays a surprise visit to Phelps Hall Dining Hall while at Hope in November through the Great Performance Series. Beyond contributing to campus and community cultural and intellectual life through public events, each year’s many guest artists and speakers further enrich students’ experience by providing additional opportunities to interact with… Continue Reading →

Where Artwork Grows

The Leona M. and Jacob E. Nyenhuis Sculpture Garden complements the Kruizenga Art Museum, itself designed as a piece of interactive sculpture, by extending the celebration of art beyond the building’s walls to the grounds that gently surround it. Dedicated on Saturday, Oct. 14, during Homecoming Weekend, the space features five works in the Abstract… Continue Reading →

Window to Hope’s History: Hello?

The 10th anniversary year of the iPhone provides an opportunity to reflect on how much making or receiving a call on campus has changed for students through the years. A couple generations ago, students in residence halls shared a pay phone by floor. By the time the parents of today’s students were students themselves, each… Continue Reading →

Closing Look: Timeless Classics

The Pull tug-of-war and the Nykerk Cup competition travel as living history, journeying across generations to the present from the last decade of the 19th century and the fourth decade of the 20th. Although on the most basic level they express class rivalry — freshmen versus sophomores, even-years versus odd-years — the differences only matter… Continue Reading →

Distinctive Hope: Growing Faith

Students on Hope’s spring-break immersion trip to New Orleans work the land at a local schoolyard program that seeks to improve area wellbeing by integrating hands-on organic gardening and seasonal cooking into the curriculum. The trips — 15 this year, around the country and abroad — likewise nurture their 200 Hope participants. Coordinated by Campus… Continue Reading →

Women’s Basketball: 824 and Counting

The Flying Dutch have become just the seventh NCAA Division III women’s basketball team to reach 800 all-time wins (824 through the end of the season). Although outside competition in women’s basketball at Hope began during 1904-05, the NCAA tally starts with the team’s varsity debut during 1972-73. The achievement includes 1,132 games, two national… Continue Reading →

Window to Hope’s History: Through these Doors

The Class of 1970 pours from Dimnent Memorial Chapel following Baccalaureate. Through the years some particulars have changed — Baccalaureate and Commencement were on consecutive days instead of the same day until 1974, and larger classes prompted Hope to begin holding two Baccalaureates in 1993 — but the essence has not. In 2018 as in… Continue Reading →

Closing Look: A Gallery of Artists

The nationally acclaimed Department of Dance provides students with numerous opportunities across the year to take the stage. For the program’s major March concert, Dance 44 (as in, the 44th year), seven guest and faculty choreographers were challenged with this specific charge: Research a visual artist, select a work or series of works, and from… Continue Reading →