From the President: Matthew A. Scogin ʼ02

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. – John 3:16 Dear Friends and Family of Hope College, This fall, we welcomed the largest number of new students in Hope’s history: 955 attending college for the first time, and… 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 →

From the President: Matthew A. Scogin ʼ02

Dear Friends and Family of Hope College, Are we at Hope College “revolutionists”? That’s how Malcolm Gladwell referred to us. He repeatedly called the Hope Forward vision “revolutionary” and said that we are leading a revolution to change higher education. Maybe! I hadn’t really thought of us as revolutionaries. If it is the case that… 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 →

From the President: Matthew A. Scogin ʼ02

Dear Friends and Family of Hope College, Earlier this summer, a new Gallup poll reported that confidence in higher education has sunk to a historic low. Only about a third of Americans express confidence in the nation’s colleges and universities. Public confidence decreased by more than 20 percentage points in the past eight years alone… 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 →

Distinctive Hope: Mural Festival

Hope College’s Transportation Garage sits a few blocks away from the core campus. If you didn’t know it was there, you might miss it! But thanks to the Tulip City Walls Festival, held during the most sweltering days of this past July, the garage has been adorned with a colorful mural, along with many other… Continue Reading →

From the President: Matthew A. Scogin ʼ02

Dear Friends and Family of Hope College, During the season of Christmas, hope comes alive. And I don’t just mean Hope College — although that happens, too. The massive tree between our home and Voorhees lights up, we sing carols in Dimnent, and celebrate long-standing campus traditions like Vespers. Those joyous occasions are celebrating the… Continue Reading →