Hope College

2015 Pre-College Conference for Faculty/Staff
August 27-31, 2015



Welcome Back! to our faculty returning from sabbatical/leave of absence:  

Tom Bultman, Biology: Tom spent 3 months in New Zealand where he pursued a project involving perennial ryegrass, its endophytic fungus, grazing by sheep on the grass, and insect herbivores of the grass. The work focused on the direct and indirect interactions between these species in agricultural paddocks in New Zealand. He was located at AgResearch in Lincoln, about 15km southeast of Christchurch. He collaborated with several staff scientists at AgResearch, as well as Kelly Krueger, a recent biology graduate of Hope College. The project was funded through the National Science Foundation. When he wasn’t working, he spent time exploring the beautiful landscapes of New Zealand via bicycle and automobile. Following his return to the US, he spent a week April in San Jose, Costa Rica, serving as an external consultant for the review of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest’s spring semester program in Environment, Health and the Humanities. During May and June he spent time analyzing data from the New Zealand project and working with summer research students in his lab.

Leah Chase, Biology/Chemistry: Leah spent the majority of time during her fall semester sabbatical organizing years of past data she and her research students had generated, writing two research manuscripts for publication, and outlining two additional research manuscripts.  Her research is focused on understanding mechanisms that control the function of a membrane transporter, System xc-, specifically studying how dysregulation of this transporter contributes to the pathological processes associated with neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative diseases.    In addition, she submitted an NIH research proposal outlining her plans for additional studies of this transporter. Leah also spent significant amounts of time reading the background literature related to a new animal behavior project she has developed as a part of the Neuroscience Minor Program curriculum.  This work culminated in a NSF grant proposal that was submitted in January and the development of a new pilot experiment that she implemented in the Introduction to Neuroscience Lab in the spring semester.  In addition, Leah was able to take time during her sabbatical leave to work with the administration to begin to implement changes to the Neuroscience Minor Program following the program review in the spring of 2014 and to participate in a faculty search within the Psychology department to hire two new faculty members who will significantly contribute to the Neuroscience program Leah presented her work at three conferences, including the Winter Conference on Brain Research which was hosted at Big Sky Resort in Bozeman, Montana.  Even more thrilling, Leah realized she did indeed remember how to downhill ski (after a 22 year hiatus) and came back home to her family all in one piece!   She was also appreciative of the extra time afforded by her sabbatical leave to attend her three children’s school and athletic events and spend quality time with her 93 year old grandmother who moved to Resthaven in the summer of 2014.

David Cho, English: David spent this past spring shuttling between the Midwest and West Coast to research, network, and attend conferences in the fields of American, American Ethnic, and Asian Pacific American literature and studies. Attending the MLA conference in Vancouver was pivotal in terms of finishing an on-going project with the University of Washington Press (to be published this fall), as was attending the Asian American Studies Conference in Evanston, IL, where David was able to attend panels and network with leading Asian American scholars, teachers, and artists.  Research trips to Los Angeles were pivotal as he was able to network and do archival research at the Doheny Library (USC) and Asian American Studies Center (UCLA).  At Doheny, David was able to track down the files of pioneer Korean American writer, Gloria Hahn (Ronyoung Kim), including her original novel, the second written one, along with a composite mix of drama, fiction, non-fiction, and poetry, all rich material for publication. Similarly, David was able to network and research at the Asian American Studies Center (UCLA), looking for the legendary second novel written by acclaimed Japanese American author, John Okada, which was purportedly “burned” after the Japanese American “internment.”  The finding and publication of Harper Lee’s second novel this summer gave him much inspiration to keep looking.

Brian Coyle, Music: Brian spent his sabbatical splitting time between France, Italy, and England.  During the winter and spring, he composed a set of original compositions corresponding with professor Steve Nelson’s original photography.  Using Steve’s photography of Buffalo, NY as his starting point, Brian composed (and continues to compose) works spanning the gamut from classical and jazz, to electronic samples and scratching.   Living abroad greatly assisted with his creative process (at least that is what he's telling everyone). Also, while in London Brian was invited to and presented a session entitled Composing Through Improvisation at the UK’s largest Music Education Conference – The Music Education Expo at the Barbican Center.  Finally, in collaboration with the International Education Office Brian visited eleven partner institutions in France, Italy, and England.  At each of these institutions, he discussed international arts opportunities for the students at Hope College.

Linda Dykstra, Music: Linda spent her sabbatical looking down throats at the office of ENT specialist Dr. Richard Strabbing, observing vocal disorders that resulted from laryngeal, tongue and thyroid cancers, vocal fold paralysis, and other considerably more benign disorders. She spent time preaching the gospel of SonoVu - the interactive technology she developed that allows singers to simultaneously see themselves and the acoustic feedback of their voices. One of the institutions to whom she introduced the technology is preparing a grant proposal to fund installation in four of their voice studios. The sabbatical allowed her to spend time organizing more years’ issues of professional journals than she cares to admit, and compiling a personal comprehensive desk reference of vocal health problems and their treatment/rehabilitation. She went to New York to consult with her Vocology mentor, Dr. Keidar, and while there, went to the finals of the National Council Metropolitan Opera Competition, saw Lydia Blickley '13 perform in the off-Broadway production Pinwheels, and reveled in a visit from her daughter and some serious mother/daughter retail therapy. She sponsored one of her high school students in the National Association of Teachers of Singing Great Lakes Regional Competition, and travelled to Des Moines to see Brent Smith ’12 (one of 40 young apprentices chosen from 1200 applicants) perform in Puccini’s Girl of the Golden West. She also had two finalists in the Verdi Competition, one of whom won the $1000 First Prize. Photo

Renata Fernandez, Spanish: Renata spent the spring semester in libraries, museums and churches of Mexico, collecting archival and visual data from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries. Much of her work focused on revisiting the political alliance of christianized indigenous elites with the Spanish Colonial regime. Her findings prove that these collectivities actually camouflaged a culture of resistance, one that sought to defy from the very beginning the foundations of the Colonial status quo. An important discovery centers on the places where this resistance initially started: the walls and ceilings of the first catholic temples, built around 1550. Renata's research led her to question the traditional meaning of these buildings as homogenous spaces for conversion, and re-semanticized them as texts of resistance. A careful "reading" of the frescoes and sculptural ornamentations of approximately 10 ex-convents, made Renata realize that first-generation catholic indigenous artists appropriated these sacralized spaces and imprinted symbolic aspects of their recently annihilated religion and culture. Entangled with Renaissance decorative motifs, there are audaciously camouflaged chants to former Aztec deities as well as representations that praise pre-conquest cultural and religious practices. The narrations depicted on these walls stand as the first counter-narrative to the Christian discourse introduced by the friars. The stories painted there stand as texts that invited the indigenous collectivities to resist, to not forget their cultural and symbolic origins.

Linda Graham, Dance: Linda revisited the subject of her last sabbatical: the story of the National Academy of Dance (1972-1974) / National Academy of Arts (1974-1978 / 1982-1987) and the long-term impact of this short-term institution. She revised her original article to include newly available information, critical analysis, edited, and arranged for Academy artifacts to be housed at the Sousa Archives - U of IL. This physical archive will link to a digital archive, which will also include personal stories submitted by the Academyites. To garner interest, input & ownership for both the physical and the digital archives, she spearheaded the first reunion of the 1970s/1980s Academy. The 630 faculty, staff, alums and students of the Academy scattered around the globe, so finding them after 40+ years – with most being female – was difficult. She located c300; 70 came, from Israel and Canada, and 23 different states, to attend the mid-July reunion in Champaign, IL. The event launched the establishment of the NAD/NAA Archives. To organize the reunion she journeyed to Champaign, IL 5 times. Other travel included NYC, NY and Paris, France, where she combined work with play and some excellent dining. Photos

Jonathan Hagood, History: Jonathan attended the Cross-Cultural Health Care Conference at which he and Clara Schriemer '16, a biology major on a pre-public health track and Mellon Scholar, presented their research project, entitled "Migrant Seasonal Farmworker Health Care in Southwest Michigan." During the remainder of his sabbatical, Jonathan completed a book-length manuscript, entitled A Profession Without Borders: International Nursing in the Early Twentieth Century. The manuscript concludes more than three years of research and analyzes the connections between advances in nursing professionalization that took place from 1899 to 1939, the transnational movement of nurses and nursing knowledge, and the transnational discursive spaces created by nursing journals and early histories of nursing. The manuscript is currently under consideration by the Johns Hopkins University Press. Jonathan also worked with Karen Nordell Pearson, Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship, and Andy McCoy, Director of the Center for Ministry Studies, to develop and implement a workshop in May that included participants from the Continuum Scholars Program and speakers in the 2015 Faith & Scholarship Discussion Series. The workshop was sponsored in part by a Professional Development Award from the Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE), of which Hope College is a charter member. As president of the North Central Council of Latin Americanists (NCCLA), Jonathan devoted some of his sabbatical to work with his Executive Board to plan the NCCLA’s 2015 Annual Meeting. Finally, Jonathan devoted his spare time to learning QuickBooks and moonlighting as the bookkeeper for his wife’s residential design firm: AeH Designs, LLC. 

Jennifer Hampton, Physics: Jenny spent the academic year in Ithaca, NY as a Visiting Scientist in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Cornell University. She worked in the same research group in which she completed her Ph.D., now a key part of the Energy Materials Center at Cornell (EMC2). She joined a team within the research group working on electroactive thin films for energy storage applications. This topic has led to a new project in her lab at Hope starting this past summer. In the fall, Jenny had the opportunity to attend a week long workshop in Houston, TX on a new experimental technique that she plans to incorporate into to her research group soon. In the spring, she presented at two research conferences. First, she participated in the New York State Center for Future Energy Systems Annual Conference with her Cornell colleagues and presented a poster on her sabbatical research. Later, she and two of her Hope students traveled to Denver, CO to present at the National Meeting of the American Chemical Society. Back at Cornell, Jenny sat in on a spring semester course on the Physics of Renewable Energy, taught by another member of EMC2. While in Ithaca, she reconnected with a few friends from her grad school days and sang in the same community chorus she had been a part of 17 years earlier. More stories and pictures from Jenny’s year can be found on her sabbatical blog, http://ithacanadventures.tumblr.com/

Lorna Jarvis, Psychology: Lorna spent her sabbatical coding and analyzing data from a project on the cognition of dance instruction. She analyzed three different ways in which dancers learn a sequence of movements investigating their effects on memory and on the quality of the execution of the movements. Each dancer learned and executed three different sequences of movements learned in three different ways.  All dancers were videotaped. Each sequence was analyzed frame by frame. Lorna designed a follow up study to be conducted during the 2015-16 AY. She also had the opportunity to collaborate on dance pedagogy and conversations about cognition of dance with a Ballet Master teacher who specializes in Russian ballet technique. She also completed a manuscript on the effects of incorporating research experiences in the classroom. Unfortunately, in early July Lorna was diagnosed with stage II breast cancer. She will be treated through five months of chemotherapy, followed by surgery and radiation. Lorna will be on medical leave through the fall semester - please keep her in your prayers.

Deirdre Johnston, Communication: Dede lived out of a backpack for much of the year, pursuing her passions in interdisciplinary, international and experiential education.  She traveled to Costa Rica, Uruguay, Argentina and Chile for Spanish language school, and to collect data on a multi-national study of cross-cultural happiness.  With a linguistics colleague at Waseda University in Japan, she completed a study of college students' cross-cultural exposure in Mexico, China, Korea, Japan and Saudi Arabia. She attended the Kroc Institute for Peace Studies at Notre Dame. Another trip took her to Berlin to develop an interdisciplinary (literature, communication and political science) conjoined course with colleagues in Slovakia and Lebanon, and to South Africa to develop a study-tour on 'Narratives of Peace and Conflict in Post-Apartheid South Africa.' Dede conducted 'trainings' for organizations on diversity education and intergroup dialogue (with Lorna Jarvis) and  gender equity in the church (with Don Luidens).  Dede and Lorna also led a two-semester dialogue and diversity education training for 130 Hope faculty and staff.  To develop her inner-artist, Dede made lots of off-centered teacups and bowls on the potter's wheel and danced the tango.

Sylvia Kallemeyn, Spanish: Sylvia spent three months in Ecuador immersed in Spanish and the rich culture it offers, taking classes in poetry and music as well as visiting universities and the diverse regions of Ecuador. She hiked the Mandango Mountain near Vilcabamba and in the Mindo cloud forest. A group of friends from her book club visited for several weeks and she translated as they explored Quito, the Galapagos Islands, and made excursions into the Andes Mountains. She also visited the St. James/Santiago School in Oregon and collaborated with their music and Spanish teachers. Her research led her to investigate the New Song Movement of Latin America and other contemporary songs that address critical social issues. She has taken a number of these songs and written materials to use them in language learning. Her on-going goal is to enliven her teaching with songs and to engage students with the poetry and context from which they arose. Photo

John Krupczak, Engineering: John spent the past two years at the National Science Foundation in Washington D.C. serving as a Program Officer in the Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE) in the Directorate of Education and Human Resources (EHR). John was a co-Lead Program Officer for the NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology and Engineering Program (S-STEM). He also worked on a variety of EHR programs including: Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE), Advanced Technological Education (ATE), Education Core Research (ECR) and the NSF Graduate Fellowship Program (GRFP). John was the NSF/EHR Representative to the National Robotics Initiative and The National Maker Faire as well as the EHR Program Officer for the NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps) and the Innovation Corps for Learning (I-Corps L).  Other activity included serving on site visit teams for the NSF Science Technology Centers (STC) and Engineering Research Centers (ERC) programs.

Billy Mayer, Art/Art History: Billy spent spring semester in Texas, basing his sculpture production at a studio on the campus of Texas State University San Marcos. Finally completing a project that he has worked on episodically for 21 years, titled "HEAR" as well as building six other sculptures in clay. These completed works will be exhibited in the DePree Gallery in early 2016. His time away also found him traveling  to Marfa,Texas, Providence, Rhode Island and Washington, DC. Visits to the Donald Judd foundation in Marfa, the National Council on Education in the Ceramic Arts in Providence and museums and galleries in DC were all part of his itinerary and very refreshing.

Graham Peaslee, Chemistry/GES: Graham traveled extensively during his year-long sabbatical leave, and ended up giving seminars or invited talks at 27 venues in 9 US states (CA, CO, FL, IN, MA, MI, OR, TX, VA) and Australia. During the month of July he crossed the Pacific four times, for example, and never felt like he was on the correct time zone.  He wrote three successful grant proposals (to the Department of Energy, National Science Foundation and the Australian government) and collaborated on Hope’s successful Dow Foundation proposal, and he has two more proposals still pending (to the Department of Defense and to the National Science Foundation). He also wrote three proposals that failed to secure funding. Graham also published five peer-reviewed papers during this year, and has three more due to be submitted before classes begin (or shortly thereafter!) He also has submitted two provisional patents and in May co-founded a spin-off company (UMP Analytical) with a former Hope student and a colleague in Economics. Last, but not least, he has lost 25 pounds, started exercising regularly and was an assistant coach for West Ottawa’s middle school rugby program in the Spring.

Jon Peterson, GES: During the fall semester, Jon served as the Resident Director of the GLCA/ACM Oak Ridge Science Semester Program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He was simultaneously a Visiting Scientist in the Environmental Sciences Division-Environmental Chemistry and Technology Group, engaging in research on oxide nanoparticle-drug interactions. The spring semester was spent preparing and submitting manuscripts for publication in the Journal of Environmental Engineering and the journal Science of the Total Environment (STOTEN). One paper entitled, “Surface Interactions and Degradation of a Fluoroquinolone Antibiotic in the Dark in Aqueous TiO 2 Suspensions,” has already been released in STOTEN. In June ’14 and ’15, Jon also taught a land resources field course at Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies in Mancelona, Michigan. Additional field work included reconnaissance excursions to the Colorado Plateau, Sonoran Desert, and Grand Canyon—all of which are study destinations in Hope’s field geology curriculum.

Vicki TenHaken, Management: Vicki spent the fall semester presenting papers at international business conferences on topics of corporate longevity and short-term study abroad programs: the International Institute of Social and Economic Sciences annual conference in Iceland, Pepperdine's International Center for Global Leadership conference in Belize, the Innovation Institute's Global Leadership Conference in Croatia, and the Strategic Management Society's conference in Australia. Two of the papers were subsequently accepted for publication as well as one other paper written for the inaugural issue of Servant Leadership Theory & Practice. During the spring semester, Vicki wrote a book on corporate longevity practices (which has received rejections from two publishers to date). During the year she also made regular entries to her blog How 100-Year-Old Companies Survive as well as Twitter feeds spotlighting companies over 100, and consulted with companies preparing to celebrate 100-year (or more) anniversaries. She continues to update her data base of U.S. companies in continuous, independent operation for over 100 years, so if you know of any please contact her.

Elizabeth Trembley, English: Beth drafted a pedagogical book entitled How to Use Writing to Teach Anything. This was inspired by conversations she had with colleagues across campus about integrating writing into the curriculum.  She is currently looking for a beta reader from outside the English department, so if you are interested, send her an email!  She delivered the opening keynote for the Hybrid Liberal Arts Network conference on pedagogical design for hybrid and online learning environments.  She won two grants:  one from Teagle to develop a hybrid module for a course in the coming year and one from the GLCA Digital Liberal Arts initiative, which sent her to the Humanities Intensive Learning and Teaching event for a week of training in digital storytelling.  She will be working with a multi-campus team to create learning modules for use across the GLCA.  Beth also studied online pedagogy as a student, completing ten online courses in Moral Philosophy and art.  In support of her work as a mystery writer, Beth volunteered as a role-player for the Holland Department of Public Safety Hostage Negotiation Team.  Further professional development as a creative artist and teacher of multi-modal composition included practicing both drawing and photography.  During this year, Beth completed over 800 drawings, many of which can be seen at her blogwww.ScribblingWithSpirit.com.  She served as the invited fiction judge for the Write Michigan short story contest. A two-week snorkeling, sketching and underwater photography trip to the US Virgin Islands proved the highlight of the year.

Deborah VanDuinen, Education: Deb spent much of her Towsley sabbatical recovering from last year’s successful Big Read program on Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. She also applied for, received, and started organizing this year’s upcoming Big Read (renamed by Deb as "The Bigger Read") on Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried. Deb made conference presentations for the the American Educational Research Association, the Journal of Language and Literacy Education and Michigan Reading Association. She published two peer-reviewed articles and submitted three other research manuscripts for publication. Deb applied for and received a $7,500 Christian Scholars Foundation Emerging Scholar grant and started work on the project that this grant will fund – a content analysis of spirituality in young adult literature. During Deb’s sabbatical leave, she also managed to read over 50 young adult novels, receive her yellow belt in Taekwondo, and travel to the Grand Canyon with her family.


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