posted August 18, 2004

Opening Convocation Will Be Sunday, Aug. 29

Two Hope professors will help open the college's 143rd academic year as the keynote speakers during the opening convocation on Sunday, Aug. 29, at 2 p.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel.

Dr. Stephen I. Hemenway and Dr. Jennifer R. Young of the English faculty will offer reflections related to the 1954 "Brown v. the Board of Education" decision and its impact on U.S. society. They will be setting the stage for the college's Critical Issues Symposium, which will run Tuesday-Wednesday, Sept. 28-29, and examine "Race and Opportunity: Echoes of Brown v. the Board of Education."

The public is invited. Admission is free.

Dr. Hemenway, a professor of English, has been a member of the Hope faculty since 1972. He has received a variety of honors in recognition of his service and teaching. In 1999, he was one of 64 educators from around the world to receive an award for "Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Technology" during the "Tenth International Conference on College Teaching and Learning." In 1992, he was named Michigan's "Professor of the Year" by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. In 1990, he received a "Sears-Roebuck Foundation Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award."

He received a "Distinguished Service Award" from Hope in 2001, and the college's first "Vanderbush-Weller Development Fund" award in 2000. In 1977, he received the "Hope Outstanding Professor Educator" award.

Hemenway has led the college's Vienna Summer School since 1976. In recognition of his work with the program, he received the Knight's Cross First Class, Order of Merit of the Republic of Austria in 1991.

His activities also include founding, and serving as faculty advisor for, the college's Environmental Issues Group. He delivered the Commencement address in 1981.

Hemenway holds his bachelor's degree from College of the Holy Cross, a master's from Boston College and a doctorate from the University of Illinois.

Young, an assistant professor of English, has been a member of the Hope faculty since 2002. She was a Preparing Future Faculty pre-doctoral teaching fellow during the 2002-03 school year, a program in which Hope participates with Howard University of Washington, D.C. She became an assistant professor in 2003, and in addition to teaching serves as faculty co-advisor of the college's Black Student Union.

She is a specialist in African American literature and early American literature. She completed her doctorate this year, and her dissertation focused on the marketing from 1767 to 1865 of the poetry of Phillis Wheatley, who was kidnapped from Africa as a child and wrote as a slave in Boston, Mass.

Prior to coming to Hope, Young was a multicultural summer teaching fellow at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. She had also taught at Howard, as well as at Touro College and the Center for Worker Education in New York City, and has made a variety of presentations during professional conferences.

In addition to her Ph.D., Young holds a bachelor's degree from Douglass College of Rutgers University and a master's from City College of CUNY of New York City.

Residence halls for Hope's new students will open on Friday, Aug. 27, at 10 a.m. Orientation events will begin that evening and will continue through Monday, Aug. 30.

Returning students are not to arrive on campus before noon on Sunday, Aug. 29. Classes will begin on Tuesday, Aug. 31, at 8 a.m.