Campus Scene


Kelly Jacobsma

“So significant are each of these books that they have themselves been the subject of a number of books and articles.”

Of course, the Van Wylen Library increases its collection every year with hundreds of new books across the spectrum of the liberal arts to enlighten scholarship and learning. Some really old books have their place and value in the library, too.

Printed between 1669 and 1739, four rare Dutch books about exploration and travel have been gifted by Keith Miller, grandson of Herman Miller. They represent a period when European readers had a voracious appetite for books about other people, places and religions, Dean of Libraries Kelly Jacobsma writes on the library’s blog. Their vintage and subject matter are boons to contemporary scholars, providing insights into the era and how people of the day understood their world.


van Andel Huys der Hope

The new Campus Ministries house formally joined the ranks of Hope buildings with a dedication ceremony on Thursday, Aug. 29.

Standing in the central campus, the 11,000-square-foot, two-story structure has been named the van Andel Huys der Hope in honor of a leadership gift from the David and Carol Van Andel Family Foundation.

Nykerk Cup Contest

Nykerk Cup

Sophomore (Class of ’22) Play performs during this year’s freshman-sophomore Nykerk Cup contest. The sophomores won the traditional competition in song, play and oration, held on Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Richard and Helen DeVos Fieldhouse.

Please visit Hope online for more images from Nykerk as well as several other galleries chronicling a variety of events in the life of the college.


President Scogin with award

Hope Collegeʼs fifth consecutive MIAA womenʼs cross country championship and the first MIAA football championship in 12 years stood out among the highlights for the 2019 fall season. Led by head coach Mark Northuis ʼ82, women’s cross country repeated as league champions and qualified for nationals the 10th consecutive season. Led by head coach Peter Stuursma ʼ93, football went 7-0 in MIAA play and qualified for the NCAA playoffs for the fifth time in team history. Quarterback Mason Opple and linebacker Mason Dekker were named MIAA Offensive and Defensive MVPs, respectively. Head coach Becky Schmidt ʼ98’s volleyball advanced to the NCAA regional final, while head coach Dave Brandt’s men’s soccer hosted an NCAA Tournament first-round game.


State History Award

Hope College was either the story or a part of the story behind three of the 16 State History Awards presented this fall by the Historical Society of Michigan.

The recipients included the anniversary history book Hope College at 150, published by the college’s Van Raalte Press, with Dr. Jacob E. Nyenhuis, who directs Hope’s A.C. Van Raalte Institute, as primary author and editor; the article “Keep ’Em Fighting: Chris-Craft’s Contribution to WWII,” by Hope archivist Geoffrey Reynolds, published in Michigan History Magazine; and independent filmmaker and former faculty member Dr. David Schock, for his documentary A.J. Muste: Radical for Peace/Finding True North, about a renowned peace activist who was a 1905 Hope graduate.


Dining Services Award

Hope College Dining Services’ excellence in offering international cuisine has won the national grand prize in Residential Dining Concepts in the 2019 Loyal E. Horton Dining Awards program of the National Association of College and University Food Services.

The honor is for the GLOBE station in the Phelps Hall Dining Hall, which features cuisine from multiple cultures around the world. The competitors were programs at institutions of all sizes, from small colleges to Division I universities.


Dr. Kirk Brumels ’88 of the kinesiology faculty received this year’s Keystone Meritorious Achievement Award presented by the Alumni Society of Western Michigan University’s College of Education and Human Development. The award recognizes alumni for professional achievement and making significant contributions to their chosen professions. Brumels holds his masterʼs and doctorate from the university.

Dr. Fred Johnson III of the history faculty has received the DAR Medal of Honor from the Holland chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. The most prestigious honor awarded by the DAR, the medal is given to a person who has shown extraordinary qualities of leadership, trustworthiness, service and patriotism.

The Journal of Statistics Education has presented its Best Paper award to Hope mathematics professors Todd Swanson and Jill Vredevelt ’87 VanderStoep and six colleagues from other institutions for a 2018 paper they co-authored that examines — and affirms — the effectiveness of a simulation-based curriculum for introductory statistics. The approach was piloted at Hope.

Dr. Brian Yurk ’03 of the mathematics faculty co-authored a scholarly paper that has received the Robert May Prize from the Journal of Biological Dynamics as the best published in 2017 or 2018. The article presents equations to help researchers better understand the population patterns of animals.

Hope In Pictures

Time to Serve

This was a milestone year for Hopes’s annual “Time to Serve” program, which for the 20th time since it began in the year 2000 engaged students in service throughout the Holland-Zeeland area. Always held on a Saturday early in the school year, “Time to Serve” is mainly a launching point, to help new students learn about service opportunities while assisting and getting to know their community and becoming better acquainted with one another.

Please visit Hope online for photo galleries featuring a variety of events in the life of the college.