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 →

From Seed to Harvest

They couldn’t always engage in conversation, but through the universal languages of sport and selfless service they had no trouble communicating. Hope student-athletes have a unique opportunity to share their talents as well as their faith and passion for helping others through SEED (Sport Evangelism to Equip Disciples). The new international mission- and service-focused program… 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 →

A Fond Farewell to Faculty Retirees

While every path to teaching at Hope is unique, among the college’s dedicated faculty there are also at least two traits that are omnipresent: a love of a discipline, and a passion for inspiring and mentoring new generations. This year’s three retiring professors are no exception. One flew above the skies of Europe and honed… 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 →

Distinctive Hope: Teamwork

Build a car from the ground up, adhere to a manual filled with exacting technical specifications, put the vehicle through a series of grueling road tests and present a business plan for putting the car into production (hypothetically). The international Formula SAE Lincoln 2018 competition in Nebraska hosted 80 entries from throughout the United States,… Continue Reading →

The Nation’s Best

Being named the best in the nation? That’s a great day on its own. Receiving multiple honors that affirm a distinctive quality of the college’s Department of Theatre and celebrate the efforts of students and alumni together? It doesn’t get any better. Every theatre production is a team effort, but The Line Between was doubly… Continue Reading →

Genius Born of Necessity: Unique Team-Up Earns Dance Acclaim

Creative thinking and collaboration were the answers to an unfortunate overlap in scheduling between this year’s Dance 44 concert and the American College Dance Association’s East-Central regional conference. The conflicting circumstance caused senior dancers Emily Mejicano-Gormley and Nia Stringfellow to combine their previously performed solo works, “Memory” by Mejicano-Gormley and “The Will” by Stringfellow, into… Continue Reading →

Window to Hope’s History: But Not Forgotten

Home is not only a place to live but of belonging. For the past 38 years, Delta Phi Cottage at 118 E. 12th St. provided space for both, not only for the sorority actives in residence but the entire sisterhood. Its tenure has now ended, the building razed this summer to make way for the… Continue Reading →

Closing Look: In Memory

The late Billy Mayer of the art and art history faculty was a passionate advocate for the creation of the Kruizenga Art Museum, so what could be more appropriate than for the museum to host a retrospective of his work? The mixed-media piece shown here, “Wall of Sound,” will travel to another venue and reach… Continue Reading →

Distinctive Hope: Rivalry Renewed x 200

The story never grows old because it never has the same script twice. Over a span of 198 games since 1920, Hope College and Calvin College have played men’s basketball games to one-of-a-kind conclusions in front of rivalrous crowds resulting in tight records and stats. Hope leads the series, 103-95, by only 89 points. That’s… Continue Reading →

From the President: Rev. Dennis N. Voskuil, Ph.D.

Dear Friends, With the winter chill upon us, the warmth of August seems in the distant past. It was only a few months ago, though, that I joined my colleagues to celebrate the launch of the 2018–19 academic year. On Aug. 23, at our annual Pre-College Conference — where staff and faculty gather to usher… Continue Reading →

Hope’s Aspirational Faith

For the first time in more than 150 years, Hope College has adopted a formal statement of its Christian character. Why now? And what does the college expect to do with it, anyway? To be fair, for the first 100 years, Hope had no need for such a statement. As a denominational school of the… Continue Reading →