posted April 21, 1999

Six Faculty to Retire

 A total of six members of the Hope College faculty are retiring at the conclusion of the 1998-99 academic year.

          Retiring are Sylvia Boyd, associate professor of
  business administration; Dr. Jeanne M. Jacobson, who is the
  A.C. Van Raalte Senior Research Fellow and adjunct professor
  of education; Nancy A. Nicodemus, professor of English; Dr.
  Robert A. Ritsema, professor of music; Marcia L. Smit,
  assistant professor of nursing; and Dr. John M. Wilson,
  professor of art history.
          "The numerous retirements taking place this year
  will have a profound effect on Hope College," said Dr. Jacob
  E. Nyenhuis, provost and professor of classics at Hope.
  "Each and all of this year's retirees have been vital
  members of our community, serving as important influences on
  our students and contributing to and shaping their
  departments and the college itself as well."
          Nicodemus will retire as professor emerita, and
  Ritsema and Wilson will each retire as professor emeritus.
  Jacobson is retiring as adjunct professor emerita.  Boyd and
  Smit are taking early retirement.
          Boyd was a part-time instructor at Hope during the
  1983-84 school year, and became a full-time member of the
  faculty as an assistant professor in 1985.  She played a
  leadership role in co-directing the institutional ethics
  program that the department of economics and business
  administration established in 1992 with support from the
  Lilly Endowment Inc. of Indianapolis, Ind.
          She is a certified public accountant and certified
  management accountant.  Her area of study is international
  accounting, which she spent a sabbatical leave
  investigating.  She co-authored a paper on international
  accounting standards in Russia, working with Hope student
  Irina Rychkova.
          She was an accounting instructor in the MBA
  Program and Undergraduate Accounting Program at Grand Valley
  State University during 1983-84, and a part-time instructor
  at Kishwaukee College in Malta, Ill., in 1982.
          Boyd holds a master's of business administration
  from Grand Valley State University, and a bachelor's of
  science in accountancy from Northern Illinois University.
  She has also studied at Kishwaukee College and Purdue
  University.
          Jacobson has been at Hope since 1987, when her
  husband Dr. John H. Jacobson assumed the college's
  presidency.  She assumed her teaching responsibilities and
  her work with the A.C. Van Raalte Institute--the latter of
  which will continue--in 1996.
          She has co-authored the biography "Albertus C. Van
  Raalte:  Dutch Leader and American Patriot" and "A Dream
  Fulfilled:  The Van Raalte Sculpture in Centennial Park."
  Her publications also include the text "Content Area
  Reading:  Integration with the Language Arts."
          Jacobson was previously a member of the faculty at
  Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo for eight-and-a-
  half years, for two of which she served as interim chair of
  the Department of Education and Professional Development.
          Prior to coming to Michigan, she was general
  studies principal of the Hebrew Academy of the Capital
  District in Albany, N.Y., and taught graduate courses at
  SUNY-Albany and the College of St. Rose.  She earlier held
  positions with school systems in New York and Florida.
          She holds a B.A. in English literature from
  Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, Pa., an M.S. in reading
  education from State University College at Brockport, N.Y.,
  and a Ph.D. in educational psychology and statistics from
  State University of New York at Albany.
          Nicodemus joined the Hope faculty in 1966.  Her
  primary teaching fields are writing and Twentieth Century
  American literature.
          Before coming to Hope, Nicodemus taught three
  years at Western Michigan University.  Her other teaching
  experiences include the fourth grade in a six-room country
  school, honors courses at Holland High School, members of
  the Holland community in Adult Great Books Courses and
  college faculty through GLCA summer workshops.  In January
  of 1997, she was named a recipient of the college's
  "Provost's Award for Excellence in Teaching."
          She has been writing and publishing poetry for the
  past dozen years.  Her publications include poems in "The
  Black Fly Review," "Onionhead Literary Quarterly," "The
  Christian Science Monitor" and four anthologies.  In 1995,
  she received a fellowship for a month-long residency at the
  Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, a working retreat for
  writers, visual artists and composers.
          Nicodemus earned her bachelor's degree at Western
  Michigan University and her master's degree at the
  University of Wyoming, and completed all coursework toward
  the doctorate at the University of Minnesota.
          Ritsema, a 1957 Hope graduate, joined the
  college's faculty in 1967 and is the long-time conductor of
  the college's orchestra and Symphonette.  As a Hope student,
  he was a charter member of the Symphonette, established in
  the fall of 1953.
          In addition to his teaching and conducting at the
  college, Ritsema has conducted the Kalamazoo Junior Symphony
  Orchestra for 20 years.  The KJSO is celebrating its 60th
  anniversary this year, and is the second-oldest youth
  orchestra in the country.
          He has been active with music organizations at the
  local, state and national levels, and is past-president of
  the National School Orchestra Association and of the
  Michigan unit of the American String Teachers Association,
  the latter of which named him the state's 1994 "String
  Teacher of the Year."
          Hope's Alumni Association presented him with a
  Meritorious Service Award on Monday, March 15, during the
  11th annual Musical Showcase--an event he helped establish.
          Before teaching at Hope, he was a cello professor
  at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.  He also taught in
  the Portage, Mich., public schools for five years, directing
  the orchestras and coaching ninth grade basketball.
          He holds a master's and doctorate in music from
  the University of Michigan.
          Smit joined the Hope faculty in 1993.  She came to
  the college after an extensive career as a nursing
  professional in the Holland area.
          She was employed with Hospice of Holland from 1991
  until 1993.  From 1985 to 1991, she was with the Ottawa
  County Health Department.  She was with Internal Medicine
  Associates in Holland from 1975 to 1985.
          Her professional experience has also included
  coordinating Holland High School's cooperative training
  program for high school seniors in health occupations;
  serving as a staff nurse in the medical-surgical, emergency
  and obstetrics departments at Holland Community Hospital;
  and serving as a nurse in the offices of Dr. Donald DeWitt
  and Dr. Carl S. Cook.
          She earned her master's of science in nursing at
  Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Mich., and
  her bachelor's of science in nursing at Grand Valley State
  University in Allendale, Mich.  She also holds a diploma
  from the Evanston (Ill.) Hospital School of Nursing.
          Wilson joined the Hope faculty in 1971.  He played
  a central role in the development of the college's gallery
  program, including overseeing the completion of the gallery
  in the De Pree Art Center, which was completed in the summer
  of 1982.  He has also helped guide the college's art history
  program to its current status as a full major.  He
  participated in the creation, in 1979, of two
  interdisciplinary courses, "The Golden Age of Greece"
  (IDS133/134) and "Two Souls of Germany" (IDS123/124), and
  continued to teach in both courses until 1997.
          He has curated, installed or administered numerous
  exhibitions at the college.  His publications include
  catalogs for exhibitions at Hope that he has curated,
  including "Dutch Art and Modern Life:  1882-1982," prepared
  for the show that marked the gallery's debut.
          Prior to coming to Hope, he held teaching
  positions with the Toledo Museum of Art and University of
  Toledo, and the University of Minnesota.
          Wilson has also served as a visiting lecturer at
  Grand Valley State University, and has delivered guest
  lectures at institutions including Aquinas College, the
  Muskegon Museum of Art and the Grand Rapids Art Museum.
          He holds his B.A. from St. Olaf College in
  Northfield, Minn.; his M.A. from the University of
  Minnesota; and his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa.