COVID-19 Announcements

Hope Is More Than a Place As COVID-19 spread in China in January, the college monitored developments daily and began planning for contingencies if the virus’ reach broadened. Whatever that might come to mean, the the top principle has been “Get the students across the finish line.” In other words, Hope will see the semester… Continue Reading →

Distinctive Hope: Giving Hope to Kids

Hope students volunteer countless hours throughout the community and year, a commitment to service expressed most prominently via Dance Marathon, in which more than 1,000 participate. Held annually since 2000, the student-organized event is — as per its motto above — a fund-raiser and awareness-builder supporting Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. With more than a third… Continue Reading →

Window to Hope’s History: A Century Ago

The COVID-19 outbreak is a rapidly emerging situation and the college’s response is continuing to evolve, but as noted on page two the emphasis — as worldwide — is on restraining the coronavirus’ spread by limiting person-to-person contact. In that respect, the preventative measures taken on campus and in the community in response to the… Continue Reading →

Closing Look: Up, Up and Away!

The list of student organizations at Hope doesn’t quite make it from A to Z, but it gets close in running from “Anchor” (the student newspaper) to “Yoga.” It’s a diverse cohort that newly includes, as shown here, the Hope Association of Rocketry and Performance Aviation. As chronicled in HARPA’s online report about its first… Continue Reading →

Distinctive Hope: See you Soon!

The closing weeks of summer always carry a mix of excitement and anticipation as the college prepares for the students’ return. The award-winning Hope campus (please see “Campus Scene”) stands ready as an oasis of tranquil beauty in this image taken in the latter half of July. Actually, the campus stands more than ready. With… Continue Reading →

Front-line Alumni Heroes

Thank you to all front-line workers! We are saluting alumni that have been nominated by faculty, staff, alumni, families and friends below. Help us thank more front-line alumni by emailing The Hope College Bookstore will be selecting a random front-line alum to receive a gift basket. 60s Sid Disbrow ’68 Chiropractic Physician and Applied… Continue Reading →

Window to Hope’s History: April 1968

Any comparison between events is imperfect, particularly those removed from one another by more than 50 years. That said, the mass demonstrations nationwide calling for racial justice following the killing of George Floyd and other Black Americans by police officers in recent months have prompted reflection on similarities to and differences from the civil rights… Continue Reading →

Campus Quiz

Can you spot these locations on campus? Email with your best guess, and we’ll send a Hope sticker pack to one lucky person who gets all four locations correct. Image 1: Top Left in Print MagazineImage 2: Top Right in Print Magazine Image 3: Bottom Left in Print Magazine Image 4: Bottom Right in… Continue Reading →

Quote Unquote: Building Resiliency

Given the times, Dr. Daryl Van Tongeren’s presentation “Building Resiliency Amid Uncertainty” was a gift. Van Tongeren, who is an associate professor of psychology, delivered the talk via Zoom on Thursday, Oct. 15, during “One Big Virtual Weekend,” the college’s combined Homecoming and Family Weekend. The weekend’s format, adopted to help assure participants’ safety during… Continue Reading →

Distinctive Hope: Together in Spirit

Had this photo been taken during any other semester, these pews — along with the rest of Dimnent Memorial Chapel — would have been filled with some 1,000 students, faculty, staff and community members gathered for one of the college’s thrice-weekly morning Chapel services. This past fall, of course, was no normal semester, and providing… Continue Reading →

Treasured Community

These unusual yet also familiar scenes from this past fall show both why and how the campus community made meeting in-person possible: We want to be together, and together we’ll make this work. Fall Photo Gallery Continue Reading →

Campus Quiz

Can you spot these locations on campus? Email with your best guess, and we’ll send a Hope sticker pack to one lucky person who gets all four locations correct. Image 1: Top Left in Print MagazineImage 2: Top Right in Print Magazine Image 3: Bottom Left in Print MagazineImage 4: Bottom Right in Print… Continue Reading →

Distinctive Hope: How can I help?

Becoming a front-line worker in the fight against a global pandemic was never in a job description at the college, neither for the clinicians of the Health Clinic nor for anyone else. And yet, when Hope established its rapid-testing center as a component of the college’s multi-pronged strategy for monitoring for the presence of COVID-19… Continue Reading →

Hope Mourns Death of Jennifer Hampton

1973–2021 Hope is mourning the death of Dr. Jennifer Hampton of the physics faculty, who was killed in an automobile accident in Holland on Sunday, March 14, 2021. Hampton, who was 48, was a professor of physics and department chair at Hope, where she had taught since 2007 and was a dedicated mentor of students… Continue Reading →

Quote Unquote: Kwame Alexander

Quote, unquote is an eclectic sampling of things said at and about Hope College. In conjunction with national Black History Month, Hope hosted a virtual visit with Kwame Alexander, the New York Times bestselling author whose most recent book of 35, Light for the World to See: A Thousand Words on Race and Hope, was… Continue Reading →

Remembering an Icon: Maxine DeBruyn

Retired dance professor Maxine DeBruyn’s energy was limitless and legendary, and her impact reflects it in lasting tribute even as she is mourned. DeBruyn, who pioneered the creation of the college’s nationally accredited dance department beginning in the 1960s and was active in dance education internationally for more than half a century, died on Wednesday,… Continue Reading →

Distinctive Hope: A Bridge at the Heart

Hope and its hometown have traveled together since the college’s beginning. It’s a relationship reflected by close connections and cooperation between the college and Holland communities. It’s embodied even more literally by Hope’s proximity to downtown, and particularly by the college’s Haworth Hotel. Located between 9th and 10th streets, the hostelry was envisioned as a… Continue Reading →

Window to Hope’s History: Timeless and Timely

Although from an earlier era, this image is timeless in the ways that matter: students enjoying one another’s company in the Pine Grove — one of the most iconic and beloved spaces on campus. The year in which it was taken, 1968, also shares a link to the present not visible: It was the last… Continue Reading →

Mission Delayed, Mission Accomplished

The Hope College ice hockey team felt like it had the potential to go the distance last season before COVID-19 spoiled its opportunity in 2020. The Flying Dutchmen didn’t miss out on a second chance. Top-ranked Hope won the 2021 American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) Division 3 national championship in late April after blanking the… Continue Reading →

Quote Unquote: Class of 2020

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Hope wasn’t able to hold a traditional Commencement for the Class of ’20. With a year having passed by the time a large gathering could take place, the college instead held a celebration for the class in the Pine Grove on Saturday, May 22, that blended elements of the ceremony… Continue Reading →