posted April 3, 2000

Distinguished Alumni Awards

The Hope College Alumni Association will present five graduates with Distinguished Alumni Awards during the college's Alumni Day on Saturday, May 6.

          Being honored this year are Kathy Beauregard of
  Portage; the Rev. Glenn and Phyllis Bruggers of Holland,
  Mich.; the Rev. Dr. Gregg Mast of East Nassau, N.Y.; and Dr.
  James M. Riekse of Grand Rapids.
          The annual Distinguished Alumni Awards are
  presented by the Alumni Association Board of Directors in
  recognition of the awardees' contributions to society and
  service to Hope.  The award, presented during the college's
  Alumni Banquet, is the highest honor that alumni can receive
  from the college's Alumni Association.
          Beauregard, a 1979 graduate from Portage, has been
  director of athletics at Western Michigan University in
  Kalamazoo since 1997.  She is one of only seven women
  nationwide to serve as director of athletics at National
  Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) I-A Institution.
          She has been with Western Michigan University for
  more than 20 years.  She was previously senior associate
  director of athletics at the university for nine years, and
  was also head women's gymnastics coach for nine years.
          Beauregard has chaired many NCAA and Mid American
  Conference (MAC) committees.  She has been an NCAA National
  Peer Review team member for three years, and serves on the
  NCAA Olympic Sports Liaison Committee.
          She was named one of the 26 most influential women
  in West Michigan in 1999 by "Business Direct Weekly," and
  also received the "Glass Ceiling Award" from the Kalamazoo
  Network in 1999.  She is a two-time MAC coach of the year,
  and has also been named to the Kalamazoo Loy Norrix High
  School Athletic Hall of Fame.
          Beauregard is a past member of the board of the
  college's Alumni H-Club.  Her community activities include
  volunteering with the American Cancer Society, the American
  Heart Association, the Western Michigan University Care
  About Kids Program and Hospice.  She is a member of the
  Kalamazoo Rotary.
          She holds a master's in athletic administration
  from Western Michigan University.
          Beauregard and her husband, Rick, have a son,
          Glenn and Phyllis Bruggers graduated from Hope in
  1948 and 1947 respectively.  They are retired after careers
  in mission service with the Reformed Church in America and
  education, including more than 20 years in Japan.
          Glenn Bruggers enrolled at Hope in 1941 and
  graduated in 1948, his time at the college interrupted by
  service with the U.S. Army Air Corps in the China-Burma-
  India theatre during World War II.  He subsequently enrolled
  in Western Theological Seminary, originally intending to
  become a missionary to China.
          After graduating from Hope in 1947, Phyllis
  Bruggers taught in elementary schools in Dolton, Ill., and
  Holland.  After Glenn graduated from the seminary, they both
  studied Japanese at Yale University in preparation for
  service in Japan, since the political situation in China had
  made service there impossible.
          The couple moved to Japan in 1952.  Glenn worked
  as an evangelist with churches and students in Kagoshima
  Prefecture, and with inmates on "Death Row" in Fukuoka
  Prefecture.  He also managed the "New Life" Evangelistic
  Center in Fukuoka and managed the Japanese language radio
  broadcast of "Words of Hope."  Phyllis taught at Fukuoka
  Women's University and Baiko Girls School, and was principal
  and a teacher at Fukuoka International School.
          In 1974, the couple returned to the United States
  when Glenn was appointed secretary for Asian and African
  ministries in the Division of World Mission of the RCA,
  responsible for mission programs, outreach and relationships
  with national churches.  Phyllis
  served as a substitute teacher in the Jenison, Mich., Public
  Schools, and as secretary at Hope
  Reformed Church in Grand Rapids.
          They travelled extensively as a result of Glenn's
  denominational appointment.  They were also active at Fair
  Haven Reformed Church in Jenison, with Phyllis additionally
  working with Reformed Church Women and as a volunteer child
  advocate for the Grand Rapids YWCA shelter for abused women.
          After Glenn retired in 1989, he and Phyllis served
  as interim administrators of the RCA's Speakers Bureau for
  six months.  Also since retirement, they have been active at
  Third Reformed Church in Holland.  Glenn served as calling
  pastor from 1990 to 1993, and Phyllis has been a Sunday
  school teacher, spiritual life secretary for Reformed Church
  Women and an elder.  She has also worked with families
  through the church's "Project Zero Committee."
          In addition, Glenn served as minister to seniors
  at Central Reformed Church in Grand Rapids from 1990 to
  1998.  Phyllis was active in Good Samaritan Ministries from
  1991 to 1999.
          They have four children:  David Bruggers, a 1973
  Hope graduate; Stephen Bruggers, a 1976 graduate; Joan
  Bruggers; and Carolyn Bruggers, a 1981 graduate.
          Mast, a 1974 Hope graduate, is serving a one-year
  term as president of the RCA's General Synod, elected in
  June of 1999.  He is senior pastor of First Church in
  Albany, N.Y.
          He is also a member of the college's Board of
  Trustees, serving on the board since 1994.
          Mast has been a member of a variety of
  denominational boards and committees.  He has been on the
  RCA's Board of Pensions since 1993, serving as president
  from 1995 to 1999.
          He has been a member of the Board of Directors of
  the Whitney M. Young Jr. Health Center in Albany since 1988,
  and was president of the board from 1996 to 1998.  In 1998,
  he received the Carlyle Adams Ecumenical Award from the
  Capital Area Council of Churches for the founding vision for
  the Ecumenical Witnesses at Baptism Program.
          Mast has been at First Church since 1988.  He was
  previously minister of social witness and worship with the
  RCA, serving from 1985 to 1988, and was pastor of Second
  Reformed Church in Irvington, N.J., from 1978 to 1985.  He
  was assistant pastor with the Andrew Murray Congregation of
  the Dutch Reformed Church in Johannesburg, South Africa,
  from 1976 to 1977.
          He holds his master of divinity degree from New
  Brunswick Theological Seminary, and a master of philosophy
  and a doctorate of philosophy from Drew University.
          He and his wife Vicki, who is also a 1974 Hope
  graduate, have three children:  Andrew, and twins Katherine
  and David.
          Riekse, who graduated from Hope in 1941, has been
  a physician in West Michigan for more than 50 years.
          After completing his medical degree at the
  University of Michigan in 1944, he interned at Butterworth
  Hospital.  He subsequently served as a captain in the U.S.
  Army Medical Corps, but returned to Butterworth as a
  resident in obstetrics and gynecology in 1947--and remained
  at the hospital until 1988.
          He chaired Butterworth's Department of Obstetrics
  and Gynecology from 1961 to 1965, was chief of staff from
  1985 to 1987 and was assistant vice president for medical
  staff development from 1988 to 1992.  He received the
  hospital's Alumni Award for Outstanding Contributions to OB-
  GYN in 1987.
          Riekse was in private practice from 1950 to 1988,
  and was president of West Michigan OB-GYN PC from 1970 to
  1988.  He was also an assistant clinical professor with
  Michigan State University's College of Human Medicine from
  1980 to 1988.
          He was medical director of Planned Parenthood of
  Kent County from 1965 to 1972, and has been medical director
  of the Michigan Professional Insurance Exchange since 1988.
  He is a member of numerous professional associations, and
  his extensive community involvements have ranged from United
  Way to Clancy Street Ministries to the Grand Rapids Human
  Relations Committee.
          Riekse and his wife, Helena, have five children:
  James Riekse Jr.; Nancy Norden, who is a 1971 Hope graduate;
  Meredith Riekse; Judy Marcus; and Laurel Hoesch, who is a
  1976 graduate.