posted January 2, 2007

Winter Happening Events Will Be Saturday, Jan. 27

The college's beloved Skinner organ, the future of the Reformed Church in America and Christian Reformed Church in America, and the challenges of face blindness will be among the topics featured during the annual Hope College Winter Happening on Saturday, Jan. 27.

Winter Happening will feature multiple seminars in two blocks in the morning, a luncheon with musical entertainment, and home women's and men'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: "Windows to Other Worlds: C.S. Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia as Fairy Tale and Myth," "Ties that Bind (Pun Intended): Whither the RCA and CRC?" and "The Challenge of Aircraft Hardening."

The 11 a.m. seminars are: "An Illustrated History of the Restoration of Skinner Opus 732 - Dimnent Memorial Chapel's Magnificent Pipe Organ," "Improving Drinking Water Quality and Community Health in Developing Communities - An Interdisciplinary Approach through Nursing and Engineering" and "Medical Mysteries: Face Blindness."

"Windows to Other Worlds: C.S. Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia as Fairy Tale and Myth" will examine the deeper meanings found within C.S. Lewis's popular fantasy series. The seminar will be presented by Dr. Peter Schakel, who is the Peter C. and Emajean Cook Professor of English.

"Ties that Bind (Pun Intended): Whither the RCA and CRC?" will consider the future of the Reformed Church in America and Christian Reformed Church, which were formerly a single denomination until splitting in the 19th century, in light of historic and recent demographic trends. The seminar will be presented by Dr. Donald Luidens, professor of sociology, and Dr. Roger Nemeth, professor of sociology.

"The Challenge of Aircraft Hardening" will consider research efforts at Hope to help aircraft better withstand internal explosions. The seminar will be presented by Dr. Roger Veldman, associate professor of engineering.

"An Illustrated History of the Restoration of Skinner Opus 732 - Dimnent Memorial Chapel's Magnificent Pipe Organ" will review the recent two-year restoration of the college's historic Skinner organ. The seminar will be presented by Dr. Huw Lewis, who is a professor of music and college organist; and by Nick Thompson-Allen and Joe Dzeda, owners of the Thompson-Allen Company of New Haven, Conn., which carried out the restoration.

"Improving Drinking Water Quality and Community Health in Developing Communities - An Interdisciplinary Approach through Nursing and Engineering" will consider volunteer efforts at Hope to assist the village of Nkuff in Cameroon. The seminar will be presented by Dr. Jeff Brown, assistant professor of engineering, and Amanda Barton, assistant professor of nursing.

"Medical Mysteries: Face Blindness" will examine the medical condition prosopagnosia, which involves being unable to recognize faces - even of close friends and relatives. The seminar will be presented by Dr. Heather Sellers, a professor of English who has the condition; Dr. Charles Behensky, assistant professor of psychology; and Dr. Lorna Hernandez Jarvis, professor of psychology.

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 women's basketball team will host Kalamazoo College at 3 p.m. and the men's basketball team will host Kalamazoo at 7:30 p.m. at the DeVos Fieldhouse. Tickets for the double-header are $6, and a limited number of general admission tickets will be available for persons attending other Winter Happening events.

Also during the day, the gallery of the De Pree Art Center will be featuring an ongoing exhibition of work by art faculty members Jennifer Gardiner, who is a visiting lecturer, and Steve Nelson, who is an associate professor of art and chairperson of the department. The exhibition runs Thursday, Jan. 11, through Friday, Feb. 9. The gallery is open Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

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 Ninth and 10th streets.

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