Events to Celebrate Early International and Minority Graduates

February 02, 2013 | 9:30 AM |
Haworth Inn and Conference Center

The debut of portraits honoring four of Hope College’s first international and minority graduates will be celebrated with two events on Saturday, Feb. 2.

                        The first of the activities will be the seminar “Celebrating Hope College’s Early Graduates,” being presented at 9:30 a.m. at the Haworth Inn and Conference Center as part of the college’s annual Winter Happening.  The second, a reception at 2 p.m. at the second-floor rotunda of the Martha Miller Center for Global Communication, will feature the portraits in their permanent campus home.


                        The public is invited to both the seminar and the reception.  Admission is free, although advance registration is recommended for the seminar.



                        The 9:30 a.m. seminar will share more about each of the four graduates.  Gonzales will co-lead the session with Fumihito Andy Nakajima, who is an associate professor of Japanese; and John Yelding, who is an associate professor of education.


                        In addition to the events on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., activities scheduled in conjunction with the debut of the portraits include a dinner for members of the families of the four graduates and others familiar with them and their work.



                        The college’s Winter Happening event will feature a total of six seminars on a variety of topics in two blocks in the morning:  three at 9:30 a.m. and three at 11 a.m.  In addition to “Celebrating Hope College’s Early Graduates,” the 9:30 a.m. seminars include “Making Youth Sports Safer for the Mind, Body, and Spirit,” and “Preparation, Hard Work, and Luck: A Guide to the Development of a New Chemical Reaction.  The 11 a.m. seminars are “A Good Fight: Loyalty and Conflict in the RCA,” “Electrical Stimulation and a Treatment Option for Phantom Limb Pain,” and “Making Democracy: Lessons from 19th Century London.”  Advance registration is not required, but is recommended, and helpful for planning based on anticipated attendance.  Reservations may be made and additional information obtained by calling the college’s office of public and community relations at (616) 395-7860 or online at