posted January 3, 2003

Winter Happening Features Seminars Jan. 25

Intuition, memory, Chicago's "Dutch scavengers" and a Christian perspective on the market economy will be among the topics featured during the annual Hope College Winter Happening on Saturday, Jan. 25.

Winter Happening will feature six seminars, a luncheon with musical entertainment, home men's basketball and men's and women's swimming competition, three music performances including the multi-choir "Gospel Fest" concert and an art exhibition. The event is sponsored by the college's Alumni Association, and is open to the general public.

Admission is free to the seminars, recitals and exhibition.

The seminars "Intuition: Its Powers and Perils," "Christianity and the Culture of the Market" and "Chicago's Dutch Scavengers" will be presented concurrently at 9:30 a.m. "Just How Bad Are Our Memories?," "Hymns My Mother Taught Me (A History of American Gospel Song)" and "A Miss Amiss?: Dorm, Dress and Dating for Hope College Women in the 1940s" will be presented at 11 a.m.

"Intuition: Its Powers and Perils" will consider not only how intuition can be both remarkably useful and spectacularly misleading, but also why. The seminar will be presented by Dr. David Myers, who is the John Dirk Werkman Professor of Psychology at Hope and author a recently- published book on the topic of intuition.

"Christianity and the Culture of the Market" will examine topics including the role and purpose of corporate leadership, the relationship between values and the market, and who corporate organizations are ultimately trying to serve. The seminar will be presented by Dr. Victor Claar, assistant professor of economics; Dr. Thomas Smith, associate professor of management; and Vicki TenHaken, visiting associate professor of management.

"'Garbios': Chicago's Dutch Scavengers" will consider the history of Dutch scavenging and cartage firms, from the horse-and-cart operations of the 1800s to the development of conglomerates of today such as Waste Management (WMI) and Browning Ferris (BFI). The seminar will be presented by Dr. Robert Swierenga, who is author of the book "Dutch Chicago: A History of the Hollanders in the Windy City" and the A.C. Van Raalte Research Professor and Adjunct Professor of History at Hope.

"Just How Bad Are Our Memories?" will both review why memory fails at times and consider how--despite such failures--memory is better than is commonly believed. The seminar will be presented by Dr. John Shaughnessy, a professor of psychology whose research has focused on practical aspects of memory.

"Hymns My Mother Taught Me (A History of American Gospel Song)" will trace the history of American gospel song from Fanny Crosby to Bill Gaither, and will include historical narrative, group singing, and vocal and piano solos. The seminar will be presented by Dr. George Kraft, professor of kinesiology and chair of the department, and Roberta Kraft, adjunct associate professor of music.

"A Miss Amiss?: Dorm, Dress and Dating for Hope College Women in the 1940s" will examine Hope from the eyes of a female residential student, and will consider how life for women students on campus changed from the first half of the decade to the post-War period. The seminar will be presented by Jennifer Hill, a 2002 Hope graduate, and Dr. Lynn Japinga, associate professor of religion, who researched the topic together.

The luncheon, which will feature entertainment by student musicians, will begin at 12:30 p.m. at the Haworth Inn and Conference Center ballroom, and costs $10 per person. Reservations for the luncheon are required.

Several choirs will present a "Gospel Fest" concert at 1 p.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel. Participating choirs include the Eastern Michigan Gospel Choir, the Hope College Gospel Choir, Silent Praise and the Voices of Grand Valley State University. Admission is free.

The men's and women's swimming teams will host Calvin and Kalamazoo colleges in an MIAA dual meet at 1 p.m. in the Dow Center's Kresge Natatorium. Admission is free.

The men's basketball team will host Olivet College at 3 p.m. in the Holland Civic Center. Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for students, and a limited number of general admission tickets will be available for persons attending other Winter Happening events.

The afternoon and evening will also feature two Senior Recitals in Wichers Auditorium of Nykerk Hall of Music. Tenor Daniel DuPuis of Flushing and soprano Abby Whitenight of Ludington will present a combined recital at 4 p.m., and clarinetist Jeremy Davis of Egan, Ill., will perform at 6 p.m. Admission to both events is free.

In addition to the day's other activities, the gallery of the De Pree Art Center will be featuring the on- going exhibition "Michael Ayrton: Myth and the Creative Process." The exhibition features 41 works, and is sponsored in celebration of the book "Myth and the Creative Process: Michael Ayrton and the Myth of Daedalus" by Dr. Jacob E. Nyenhuis, who is provost emeritus and professor emeritus of classics, and director of the A.C. Van Raalte Institute. Curated by Dr. John Wilson, professor emeritus of art history, the exhibition will run Monday, Jan. 13, through Friday, Feb. 7. The gallery is open Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

In addition to being required for the luncheon, advanced registration is recommended for the seminars. Additional information may be obtained by calling the college's Office of Public and Alumni Relations at (616) 395-7860.

Registration during the morning of the event will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Haworth Inn and Conference Center.