Distinctive Hope: Hope’s Winning Ways

As the season began in November, the Hope women’s basketball team held a one-of-a-kind national record: the longest active winning streak of any collegiate or university basketball program, men’s or women’s, at the Division I, II or III level. The tally began at 45, a run originating with the 2019-20 season, and as of this… Continue Reading →

Together Again

The Pull Necessity – Virtue For those familiar with the long-running freshman-sophomore Pull tug-of-war, the smaller headline probably sounds like it could be a Puller-Moraler nickname pairing. (Perhaps it has been.) But making a virtue of necessity is also an apt way to understand this year’s contest, held on Saturday, Oct. 2. As in 2019,… Continue Reading →

Window to Hope’s History: Home-Game Road Trip

The opening of the Jim Heeringa Athletic Center at Ray and Sue Smith Stadium in August has placed first-rate locker rooms and related space for the baseball, football and softball teams literally within sight of their respective playing fields. How times have changed. There have of course been transitional steps in between, but when this… Continue Reading →

Distinctive Hope: Giving Hearts Find a Way

Dance Marathon is, at its core, a reflection of community and commitment to others. Annually since 2000, hundreds of Hope students working together have raised funds and awareness on behalf of Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital of Grand Rapids—even during the global COVID-19 pandemic. The March 2020 marathon ran before the region-wide shutdowns began, but no… Continue Reading →

Growing Together in the Garden of Hope

“Who am I?” is a fundamental and ageless question, but is particularly relevant for college students. It’s even more particularly relevant at Hope, where helping students identify and prepare for their calling is baked into the mission (nudging the inquiry to “Who do I want to be?” leavened by “How should I be?”). The concept… Continue Reading →

Research Close to Home

Sometimes a research topic comes from something a researcher is passionate about. Sometimes it stems from a pressing societal issue. Other times, it’s a small detail in ongoing research that stands out and leads to new questions. The latter is what led Dr. Lauren Hinkle ’04 Janes of the history faculty and students Grace Pettinger,… Continue Reading →

A National Honor for Lasting Impact

As noted later in this issue, 2021 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient Lara Plewka ’98 MacGregor of Louisville, Kentucky, died on Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022. Age 45, she passed away from metastatic breast cancer. A full obituary is available online (with a link to a video interview last year in conjunction with her DAA). In this… Continue Reading →

Distinctive Hope: A Dozen Strong

Hope’s 12 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association regular-season championships in team sports during the 2021-22 school year reflect the college’s consistent excellence in athletics: strong performances in event after event, from sport to sport, and across fall, winter and spring. Hope’s league-record MIAA Commissioner’s Cups — the 38th this year, 22 more than any other member… Continue Reading →

A Sacred Space

If you step into the newly renovated Saint Anne Oratory at the Carol C. Schaap Chapel in the basement of Graves Hall, where the former Schoon Meditation Chapel was located, you’ll find it to be a place of peace and quiet, of uncommon beauty — a place of palpable sacredness. As the Most Reverend David… Continue Reading →

A New Jewel in the Crown

A major addition planned for the DeWitt Center will provide essential instructional and rehearsal space for the college’s internationally recognized and nationally accredited Department of Dance, along with other improvements that will benefit everyone who is either on stage or in the audience in the adjacent main theatre. Facing Columbia Avenue near the main entrance,… Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

Distinctive Hope: Dynamic Honor

Receiving the 2023 Inspiration Award in February as a leader in dance education from Chicago Tap Theatre — one of the nation’s top tap companies — would have been recognition enough for the Department of Dance. It was next-level to have students invited to perform during the Chicago company’s 20th-anniversary celebration; and not only to… Continue Reading →

Window to Hope’s History: Ren Faire

The dedication of the Van Wylen Library on April 21, 1988, wasn’t just an event, but an occasion, as reflected by the pair of equestrians on College Avenue. The costuming was in keeping with the day’s Renaissance theme, a nod to the building — eagerly awaited successor to long-outgrown Van Zoeren Library — as a… Continue Reading →

Distinctive Hope: Gold Stars

Hope has earned a STARS Gold rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. While achieving the standard in the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System is the headline, the college’s journey from aspiration, to Bronze (2012), to Silver (2017), to Gold reflects something more significant. It is the result of… Continue Reading →

Graves Pond

You may recognize this photograph from the cover of the issue. To illustrate this issue’s story about artificial intelligence, we decided to put Adobe Photoshop beta’s Generative Fill to a test with simple narrative commands to add a pond in front of Graves Hall — and make the lighting more dramatic, too. The seamless result,… Continue Reading →