Hope College will host its 77th annual Nykerk Cup competition on Saturday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. at the Holland Civic Center, located at 150 W. Eighth St.
The event, one of a variety of activities scheduled during the college's Family Weekend, will feature more than 200 members of the freshman and sophomore classes competing in song, plays and oration. The participating classes this year are the freshman Class of '15 and the sophomore Class of '14.
Tickets are required for the event, and are sold out.
The competition, first held on March 16, 1936, is named in honor of the originator of the program, John Nykerk, a professor, college dean and founder of the Hope College department of music. The event is continuously staged before a large audience.
The oration theme is "Eyes Open." The sophomore orator is Claire Tally of Overland Park, Kan., whose coaches are Cara Green of Golden, Colo., and Zoann Wissner of Sebewaing. The freshman orator is Alyssa Drew of Kalamazoo, whose coaches are Jordan Walters of Austin, Texas, and Karli Rowe of Rockford.
The sophomore play is "Peter Pan." The coaches are Allie Theune of Sheboygan, Wis., and Katie Garrett of ByronCenter. The morale coaches are Doyle Lewis of Madison Heights; Michael Naughton of Prospect Heights, Ill.; and Patrick Lutz of Canton.
The freshman play is "One for the Books." The coaches are Natalia Granzotto of Grand Rapids and Hannah Mielke of Canton. The morale coaches are Justin Makowski of Detroit; Sean Cratty of Rockford, Ill.; and Thomas Endean of Holland.
The freshman song is "Eye of the Tiger." The coaches are Alicia Curtis of West Bloomfield, and Mara McMurray of Petoskey. The morale coaches are Jamin Wieringa of Zeeland, Wesley Rieth of Three Oaks and Tyler Rumsey of Zeeland.
The sophomore song is "Thriller Night," arranged by AmberLyn Scheeringa of Schererville, Ind. The coaches are AmberLyn Scheeringa and Andrea Converse or Lowell. The morale coaches are Brent Smith of Owosso, Marc Tori of Pinckney and Matt Hartwell of Brighton.
During the event's intermission, the song sections will perform "Say A Little Prayer for You," arranged by Jay Althouse.
The members of the Nykerk executive board this year are: Molly Vass of Valparaiso, Ind., general chair; Michelle VandenBerg of Hudsonville, chair-elect; Casey Baxter of Saline, secretary; Caitlin Seay of Grandville, senior publicity; Madalyn Muncy of Warren, junior publicity; Heather Gill of Rockford, senior production; Erica Iceberg of Ortonville, junior production; Kelsey Davis of Wheaton, Ill., senior spotlight; Melody Hughes of Carol Stream, Ill., junior spotlight; Bethany Stripp of Richland, senior treasurer; and Amy Gagliardi of Midland, junior treasurer.
The weekend will feature a variety of other performances and presentations in addition to the Nykerk Cup competition.
The De Pree Art Center is featuring an exhibition of paintings by faculty member Bruce McCombs, "Hope College Architecture: An Exhibition of Watercolors," through Friday, Nov. 18. 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.
Hope College musicians will perform through the monthly "Brown Bag Concert" series at the Holland Area Arts Council on Friday, Nov. 4, at noon. Admission is free.
The college's biology, physics and engineering, and chemistry seminar series will each feature events on Friday, Nov. 4. The biology series will feature the address "Strategies for slowing the progression of Parkinson's disease" by Dr. Timothy Collier of the Michigan State University neuroscience program at 3 p.m. in room 1019 of the A. Paul Schaap Science Center. The physics and engineering series will feature the address "Using Mechanical Engineering Principles to Determine Risk Factors for Knee Cartilage Injuries" by Rebecca Lathrop, a 2007 Hope graduate who is pursuing a doctorate in mechanical engineering at the Ohio State University, at 3 p.m. in room 102 of VanderWerf Hall. The chemistry series will feature the address "New Tools for Building Molecules" by Dr. John Wolfe of the University of Michigan at 4 p.m. in room 1000 of the A. Paul Schaap Science Center. Admission is free to all three presentations.
A concert featuring outstanding first-year recipients of Distinguished Artist Award scholarships from the college will take place on Friday, Nov. 4, at 7:30 p.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel. Admission is free.
The Flying Dutchmen will host Adrian College in football at Holland Municipal Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 5, at 1 p.m. Tickets are $7 for reserved seats, $5 for adult general admission, $3 for general admission for those under 18, and free for children five and under. They are being sold in advance at the ticket office in the front lobby of the DeVos Fieldhouse. Tickets will also be available at the gate.
The college's ice hockey club team will host Grand Valley State University on Saturday, Nov. 5, at 8:45 p.m. at The Edge Ice Arena. Tickets are $3 for students and $5 for regular admission, payable at the door.
The three-day Family Weekend, running Friday-Sunday, Nov. 4-6, will also feature activities geared toward parents of current students specifically, including a variety of open classes and discussion sessions focused on various aspects of college life. Additional information about the weekend is available online at:
The De Pree Art Center is located at 160 E. 12th St., on Columbia Avenue at 12th Street. Dimnent Memorial Chapel is located at 277 College Ave., on College Avenue at 12th Street. The DeVos Fieldhouse is located at 222 Fairbanks Ave., between Ninth and 11th streets. The Edge Ice Arena is located at 4444 Holland Ave., near Ransom Street north of Holland. The Holland Area Arts Council is located west of Columbia Avenue at 150 E. Eighth St. The Holland Civic Center is located at 150 W. Eighth St., on Eighth St. west of Pine Avenue. Holland Municipal Stadium is located on Fairbanks Avenue at 13th Street. The A. Paul Schaap Science Center is located at 35 E. 12th St., at 12th Street and College Avenue. VanderWerf Hall is located at 27 Graves Place, between 10th Street and Graves Place (11th Street) and Central and College avenues.