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The CrossRoads Project develops programs in four main areas. First, it is designed to help students and faculty explore the liberal arts as a shared vocation that enables them to discern what gives them their deepest joys as human beings and as Christians. Second, it helps students explore how their future work in a specialized field of study can meet the world's most pressing needs. It strengthens the college's partnership with Hope's parent denomination, the Reformed Church in America, and with the wider Christian community in identifying and nurturing leaders for the church. And finally, it encourages faculty and staff to discover deeper and wider understandings of their vocation as teacher-scholars.

The program's first emphasis, "Liberal Arts as Vocation: Discovering One's Deep Joy," is designed to reach every student. It includes discussion of vocation in recruitment materials and during New Student Orientation. The First- Year Seminar, Senior Seminar and Residence Life programs are provided with support that allows for additional emphasis on discussion of vocation. Hope also schedules retreats for students to allow them to consider the topic.

Through "Specialized Study as Vocation: Responding to the World's Needs," the college encourages students to reflect on vocation in their own area of specialization. Hope intends to develop pre-professional and internship programs that emphasize vocation. The academic advising program also places greater emphasis on vocation.

In "Theological as Vocation: Responding to the Church's Needs," Hope helps students consider careers in the church. Activities include visits to seminaries and internships with churches, programs including lay ministry and parish nursing, and scholarships for students interested in multicultural ministry, including minority students from RCA congregations.

The fourth emphasis, "Academic Life as Vocation: Faculty-Staff Support Initiatives," funds faculty training, faculty-student collaborative research on vocation and grants for additional faculty projects focused on vocation.

In addition, the following two documents may be of some use. They contain information about programs that were implemented in the 2003-2004 and 2004-2005 Academic Years. They may give a clearer picture of what the office does on campus.