posted January 16, 2006

Winter Happening Events Will Be Saturday, Feb. 4

The origins of medicine, the future of Social Security and costume design will among the topics featured during the annual Hope College Winter Happening on Saturday, Feb. 4.

Winter Happening will feature multiple seminars in two blocks in the morning, a luncheon with musical entertainment, and home men's and women's basketball games. The event is sponsored by the college's office of public and community relations, and is open to the general public.

The morning will feature six seminars, three at 9:30 a.m. and three at 11 a.m.

The 9:30 a.m. seminars are: "Where Do Medicines Come From?," "The Career Mystique: Cracks in the American Dream," and "'Leaves of Grass' and Walt Whitman's America."

The 11 a.m. seminars are: "New Materials for Medicine," "Social Security or Social Insecurity?" and "Exploring the Art of Costume Design."

"Where Do Medicines Come From?" will examine how scientific advancements in the late 20th century revolutionized medicinal chemistry and will consider potential for the future. The seminar will be presented by Dr. Moses Lee, who is dean for the natural sciences and a professor of chemistry.

"The Career Mystique: Cracks in the American Dream" will discuss the way that changes in society have made the traditional model of full-time career impractical for many individuals and families. The seminar will be presented by Dr. Patricia Roehling, who is a

professor of psychology and chairperson of the department.

"'Leaves of Grass' and Walt Whitman's America" will examine Whitman's status as the nation's most influential poet and the context of his times. The seminar will be presented by Dr. William Pannapacker, who is an assistant professor of English and Towsley Research Scholar.

"New Materials for Medicine" will examine the use of polymers in medicine and biology, and will discuss developments in biomaterials research at Hope and beyond. The seminar will be presented by Dr. Elizabeth Sanford, who is an associate professor of chemistry.

"Social Security or Social Insecurity?" will provide information about the issues related to the future of the Social Security program. The seminar will be presented by Herbert Martin, an associate professor of management.

"Exploring the Art of Costume Design" will consider the role of the costume designer in the process of the creation of theatre. The seminar will be presented by Michelle Bombe, who is an associate professor of theatre, director of theatre and resident costume designer.

The luncheon begins at 12:30 p.m. at the Haworth Inn and Conference Center ballroom, and costs $11 per person. Highlights will include a musical presentation. Reservations for the luncheon are required.

The men's basketball team will host Albion College at 3 p.m. and the women's basketball team will host Rochester at 5 p.m. at the DeVos Fieldhouse. Tickets for the double-header are $6 for adult admission and $3 for students of high school age and younger, and a limited number of general admission tickets will be available for persons attending other Winter Happening events.

In addition to being required for the luncheon, advance registration is recommended for the seminars. Additional information may be obtained by calling the college's office of public and community 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, located facing College Avenue between 9th and 10th streets.