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Annie Dandavati Named Director of Philadelphia Center

Dr. Annie Dandavati of the Political Science department at Hope College has been appointed the new Executive Director of The Philadelphia Center. more


Alfredo M. Gonzales Retiring

Alfredo M. Gonzales, Associate Provost and Dean for International and Multicultural Education at Hope College is retiring on June 30, 2016. His presence will be greatly missed, but we celebrate the work that he has done and the legacy he leaves. We know that even in retirement, he will continue in his tireless ways of working for the benefit of the community, touching the lives of people he encounters. Read more.


Stories of Hope

Megumi Hirayama, our visiting exchange professor from Meiji Gakuin University who just recently returned to Japan after being at Hope College for 6 months, was interviewed about the work she's done in the Middle East. Read the article here.

Megumi Hirayama, Visiting Exchange Professor from Meiji Gakuin University Opens Up Spring CIS with film and lecture

Professor Megumi Hirayama, visiting exchange professor from Meiji Gakuin University, Japan, presented a documentary film "Loving Our Home, Syria, Forever," on Tuesday, January 12, 2016, at4:00 PM in the Fried-Hemenway Auditorium, Martha Miller Center. This film by renowned Japanese film maker Saori Fujii opened up the Critical Issues Symposium for spring 2016, which focuses on "Engaging the Middle East: Understanding Contemporary Changes."  [For more information on CIS please go to]  The 57 minute film is based on interviews with Syrians who have fled their home for other countries; examines the hardships faced by Syrian refugees while also reminding us of the beauty, culture, and history of Syria.

On Thursday, January 14, at 4:30 PM, also at the Fried-Hemenway Auditorium, Professor Hirayama presented a lecture titled “Syrian Voices of the Unheard”, sharing personal stories she gathered from interviews with various Syrians who have been displaced by the war.

Dr. Hirayama has been employed by the United Nations, the World Health Organization, Foundation for Advanced Studies on International Development, Pacific Consultants International, University of Tsukuba, the Research Institute of Tuberculosis, and several NGOs. Her work and research have taken her across the globe to Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Central America, and Europe, including Antigua Barbuda, Cambodia, Costa Rica, Dominica, East Timor, Ethiopia, Ghana, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Laos, Morocco, Nicaragua, Pakistan, the Philippines, Rwanda, South Sudan, Syria, Tanzania, Tunisia, Vietnam, Yemen, and Zaire. Dr. Hirayama is also a former Visiting Research Fellow with the School of Public Health (International Health Policy) at Harvard University.

Dr. Hirayama will be at Hope College until February 2016. While here, she has been teaching a fall semester course on Social Development in Japan.



IMAGES: A Reflection of Cultures

On Saturday, November 14th, 2015, the Hope community was treated to a colorful display of talents and cultural snapshots. More than 60 students performed - a united conglomeration of international and US students. The annual event took place at the Knickerbocker Theatre and drew a standing room only crowd.

Photo Gallery


Hope College and Meiji Gakuin University Celebrate 50 Years of Partnership

2015 marks 50 years of friendship and international collaboration between Hope College and Meiji Gakuin University (Japan). In May, President John C. Knapp, Mrs. Kelly Knapp, Dean Alfredo M. Gonzales, and International Education Director Amy Otis-De Grau visited Meiji Gakuin University where they participated in several celebration events.

In turn, Meiji Gakuin University President Hiroyoshi Udono, Vice President Yasuo Matsubara, Vice President Atsushi Yoshii, and Director (President's Office) Makoto Kanda visited Hope College from November 3rd - 5th to be part of celebrations here in Holland. Mr Keiji Yanagisawa, Superintendent of Education of Komoro City, Nagano, Japan, home of one of Hope College's first Japanese graduates was also part of the delegation.

Anniversary events on campus included an address by President Udono and President Knapp during Chapel service, lectures by Hope College Professor Andy Nakajima and guest lecturer Margaret Matsumoto, signing of the official agreement between both institutions, and a tree dedication. Celebrations culminated with a commemorative dinner on November 4th at the Haworth Inn and Conference Center, which was also attended by Deputy Consul General of Japan (Chicago), Ms. Keiko Yanai, who is a Meiji Gakuin University alumna, and Deputy Consul General of Chicago (Detroit) Mr. Ryuji Noda.

Photo gallery from the anniversary events.

To mark the special anniversary, each university's website has also highlighted and documented the history of the partnership between both insitutions.

Hope College - 50th Anniversary Commemoration

Meiji Gakuin University - 50th Anniversary Commemoration



Dr. Nirmala Pillay, Visiting Exchange Professor, Lecture on Islam, Democracy and the Rule of Law

Dr. Nirmala Pillay, Hope College Visiting Exchange Professor, spoke on Islam, Democracy and the Rule of Law: With Special Reference to Egypt, on Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015. Dr. Pillay is Senior Lecturer in Public Law and Human Rights, School of Business and Law, Liverpool John Moores University (UK).

About 60 people attended the lecture, which was held in the Fried-Hemenway Auditorium, in the Martha Miller Center, Hope College. The lecture was followed by a reception in the first floor Rotunda in the Martha Miller Center. The event was sponsored by the Department of Political Science and the Office of the Dean for International and Multicultural Education.

Dean Gonzales introducing Dr Pillay Professor Annie Dandavati introducing Dr Pillay Dr Pillay giving lecture
Audience listening to Dr Pillay Audience listening to Dr Pillay
Dr Pillay with former Hope College President James Bultmand and Mrs Martie Bultman Dr Pillay Lecture

Pictured above, Top Row, from left to right: Dean Alfredo M. Gonzales introducing Dr. Pillay; Professor Annie Dandavati introducing Dr. Pillay; Dr. Nirmala Pillay giving her lecture; Bottom row left to right: at the reception: Mrs. Martie Bultman and former Hope College President, Dr James Bultman with Dr. Pillay; Dean Gonzales and Mrs. Kelly Knapp with Hope College students


Deputy Consul General of Japan (Chicago) Ms. Keiko Yanai visits Hope

On Monday, April 13th, 2015, the Deputy Consul General of Japan (Chicago office) Ms. Keiko Yanai visited Hope College. While on campus, she met with President John Knapp, several staff and faculty members, and gave a lecture regarding the role of the Japanese Consulate and US-Japan relations. Ms. Yanai is also an alumna of Meiji Gakuin University in Japan, one of our international partner institutions. Hope College and Meiji Gakuin University will be celebrating 50 years of partnership this year.

Hope College Group with Deputy Consul General of Japan Keiko Yanai

Pictured above (from left to right): Patrice Rankine, Dean for Arts and Humanities, Jennifer Fellinger, VP for Public Affairs and Marketing, Jennifer Fellinger, Scott VanderStoep, Dean for Social Sciences, Keiko Yanai, Deputy Consul General of Japan (Chicago), President John Knapp, Tony Donk, Professor (Education), Andy Nakajima, Professor (DMCL-Japanese)



Amy Otis-De Grau receives the 2015 Motoichiro Oghimi Global Courage Award

Amy Otis-De Grau Global Courage AwardOn Monday, January 5th, 2015, during the Faculty Recognition Luncheon at Haworth Inn and Conference Center, Amy Otis-De Grau, Director of International Education at Hope College, was presented with the Motoichiro Oghimi Global Courage Award. This award recognizes those that exhibit the intercultural courage exemplified by Motoichiro Oghimi, one of Hope's first international students. It is given to a faculty or academic staff member who exemplifies the following qualities:

    • Deep engagement with that part of the Hope College mission that calls us to prepare students for leadership and service in a global society.
    • Bold risk-taking in creating new ways and opportunities to help students engage people, places and cultures different from their own.
    • Engagement in global initiatives that go above and beyond his/her normal responsibilities.

Previous award recipients include: Alfredo M. Gonzales (2013), Charles Green (2013), and Annie Dandavati (2014).  


Fall Scholarship Luncheon

On November 11, 2014, Ms. Makiko Tanaka, President of Tanaka Memorial Foundation was at Hope College to attend the Fall Scholarship Luncheon where she met with recipients of scholarships who have been endowed by the foundation.

Tanaka Scholarship Recipients with Makiko TanakaPictured above from left to right: Liping Wang, Shinnosuke Kondo, Ms. Makiko Tanaka, Kanoko Yamazaki, Yiran Shi, Sicong Wu.



Dr. (Fr.) Roy Pereira, S.J., St. Xavier's College, Mumbai, India visits Hope College

Father Roy Pereira was on campus from September 22nd - Septmber 26th. He came at the invitation of Dean Alfredo Gonzales to be a part of CIS 2014. Father Roy was one of the presenters during the CIS Digital Short Stories session as well as a Focus Session speaker.

Father Roy, a Jesuit, teaches Chemistry and Neuroscience at St. Xavier's College in Mumbai, India. He is also a faculty member and a research guide at Pontifical Athenaeum (JDV), Pune. His PhD involved the interdisciplinary areas of Chemistry and Neuroscience from Boston College, USA. Thanks to a scholarship grant, he studied “Mind-Body Medicine” for one semester at Harvard University, Cambridge. His research brings together his three Masters degrees in Chemistry, Theology and Philosophy. His interests lie in the area of the effect of meditation and yoga on the brain and on health outcomes including OCD, the placebo effect and neuro feedback. His larger research question deals with Consciousness from both a Neuroscience and a Quantum perspective. 

In addition to speaking at CIS 2014, Father Roy also spent some time meeting with Hope administrative staff, faculty members, the Union of Catholic Students, and students from the Phelps Scholars Program.

Father Roy at Digital Short Stories Father Roy at Focus Session



Visitors from Lingnan University, Hong Kong

On Monday, June 9th, a delegation of 15 faculty and staff from Lingnan University, a public liberal-arts university in Hong Kong, was on campus for a day-long visit. Hope College was the last stop for the group, which was in the US as a part of a 10-day, 10-universities study trip. The visit was focused on the topic of service-learning. Several Hope faculty and staff were a part of the day's activities, participating in discussions and presentations.

Lingnan University became the newest member of The Global Liberal Arts Alliance in May 2012.

Pictured above: Dean Alfredo Gonzales and Amy Otis-De Grau with the 15-member Lingnan University delegation.

Pictured above: Hope College faculty and staff with Lingnan University delegates.



Hope College Alumni and Friends Regional Event in Tokyo, Japan, May 31st, 2014

More than one hundred years after the first two Japanese students arrived at Hope College, the Alumni Office and Office of the Dean for International and Multicultural Education joined to host in Tokyo the first major event for alumni, parents, exchange students and friends of Hope College.

More than 125 guests enjoyed an evening of informal conversation and Hope College updates.   Dean Alfredo M. Gonzales introduced the vision of President John C. Knapp regarding global education, and shared various examples of student research.   Professor Andy Nakajima shared a brief overview of the historical legacy between Japan and Hope College.   Amy Otis-DeGrau celebrated the presence of alumni and exchange students from the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s—including recent graduates from 2000 through 2014.   Jim VanHeest presented 15 Hope College Alumni Association certificates to eager former exchange students whose deep love for Hope College is contagious and exciting.  Among them was Masao Suzuki, who had lost contact with Hope since 1970.

The informal nature of the event—where guests connected with former classmates—gave ample opportunity for remembering faculty, talking about a class long ago, cafeteria food and the harshness of Michigan winters.  Central to all conversations, however, was the deep and meaningful relationships these alumni, parents and friends share with each other and with Hope College.

The big group photo- history made

Pictured above: Ms. Ikuko Okada, Class of 1976

Pictured above: Dean Alfredo Gonzales, Ms. Masako Yamamoto, Class of 2006, and Jim VanHeest

Pictured above: Mr. Hideo Yamazaki, Class of 1996, and Ms. Saya Iwai, Class of 2000

Pictured above: Ms. Tomomi Nakajima, Class of 2007

Pictured above: Ms. Kanako Kirishiki, Class of 2008, and Ms. Tomomi Nakajima, Class of 2007

Pictured above: Meiji Gakuin University President Hiroyoshi Udono, Professor James Kuyama, and Dean Alfredo Gonzales

Pictured above: Professor Andy Nakajima's presentation on the legacy of Hope College's earliest Japanese alumni who arrived in the 1870's.

Pictured above: daughters of a Hope Alumnus, sisters Izumi and Ayumi

Pictured above from left to right: Amy Otis-De Grau, Alfredo Gonzales, Andy Nakajima, and the many volunteers who made this event possible.


Visitors from Public University of Gjilan, Kosovo

Pictured from left to right: Dr. Arben Dërmaku, Chairman of the Board & Acting Rector, Public University of Gjilan, Kosovo; Dean Alfredo Gonzales, Provost Rich Ray, Dr. Sumita Furlong, GLCA; Dr. Ilmi Ramadani, member of the Board of Trustees Public University of Gjilan, Kosovo; Dr. Sabri Tahiri, Vice Rector (chief academic officer), Public University of Gjilan, Kosovo, Dean Patrice Rankine and Dean James Gentile.

Three academics from Kosovo – founders of the Public University of Gjilan, Kosovo -- came to the US to visit several GLCA colleges. 
Dr. Arben Dërmaku, Chairman of the Board & Acting Rector, Dr. Ilmi Ramadani, member of the Board of Trustees, and Dr.Sabri Tahiri, Vice Rector (chief academic officer) were at Hope College on Tuesday, May 6th, 2014.  As part of their visit, they met with several academic department chairs and deans to discuss curricula development, understand faculty development, and learn if it is possible to create bridges of understanding and cooperation with other universities. Dr. Sumita Furlong, of the Great Lakes College Association (GLCA), accompanied the group.

The University Kadri Zeka was founded by government action in 2013 and is located in Gjilan in the southeastern part of Kosovo. The establishment of the University was an important event for the citizens of the region which has about 190,000 inhabitants. It has a projected enrollment of 5600 undergraduate students and, while most educated Kosovars speak reasonable English, the language of instruction is Albanian. Their educational goals are to meet the needs of the citizens of this developing nation, contribute to the economic development of the region, and develop international perspectives.



Katherine Sullivan Has Exhibition in India While on Fulbright Award

HOLLAND – “Outlier,” an exhibition of paintings by 2013-14 Fulbright-Nehru scholar Katherine Sullivan, who is an associate professor of art at Hope, opened at the M.F. Husain Gallery of Jamia Millia Islamia, the “National University” in New Delhi, India, on Wednesday, April 16.

The exhibition was inaugurated by the university’s Vice-Chancellor S. M. Sajid.  Cultural Counselor from the U.S. Embassy David Mees was in attendance as an honored guest.

The exhibition is open to the public through Monday, April 28. In conjunction with the exhibition, Sullivan will be offering a lecture on her paintings and studio process at The American Center in Delhi on Monday, May 12.

Sullivan is spending the 2013-14 school year in India through an award from the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program. She holds a teaching appointment at Jamia Millia Islamia for the duration of the grant, and has led a variety of workshops for Jamia’s bachelor’s and MFA students.  She is both conducting research on traditions of art in India, and painting during her time in India.

Through her research, Sullivan has been studying the appearance of sacred figures in Hindu art, particularly nāgī deities, and the use of color in Indian paintings and, more broadly, the appearance and application of color across Indian culture.

Regarding the work in “Outlier,” Sullivan’s artist’s statement states:

“Through eliminating identifiable subject matter, such as portrait, landscape, or still life, the oil paintings in ‘Outlier’ focus on the prevalent abstract aspects of different painting styles. Combining the layered, translucent, tonal backgrounds that characterize 18th and 19th century British oil painting with the flat, opaque red border of Pahari and Rajput miniature painting, Sullivan’s paintings explore how particular painting styles are inherently imbued with political connotations. As the relationship between background and border changes, different hierarchical relationships are suggested, not only between East and West, but also between color and value, line and form, and inside and outside space.

The works on paper reflect on the boundaries between spiritual form and formlessness. Referencing the palette and ritual objects of puja, the paintings focus on how particular objects-threads, statues, cloths, powders-are transformed by religious ritual experience.

Through the juxtapositions, the works engage questions of appropriation, otherness, hierarchy and the role of contemporary painting.”


Associate Provost, Dean Gonzales in India - April 2014

In early April, Associate Provost, Dean Alfredo Gonzales visited St. Xavier's College in Mumbai, and Union Christian College in Aluva, Kerala, India, where he met with administration, faculty, staff and students. The visit allowed for an invaluable exchange of ideas, perspectives, knowledge, and experiences.

Pictured above: students from St. Xavier's College, Mumbai, India.

Pictured above: Dean Gonzales, Dr. Benny Cherian (to Dean Gonzales' left) , Principal of Union Christian College, Kerala, India, and some of UCC's faculty.

Pictured above: Dean Gonzales and Dr. Benny Cherian greeting the children's rally at UCC's Vacation Bible School



Hope College Spring Break 2014 - Baker Scholars in Shanghai

Professor Vicki TenHaken, Professor Martha LaBarge, and the Baker Scholars are spending Spring Break 2014 in Shanghai, China. On Tuesday, March 18th, 2014, several alumni, parents, and friends of Hope College gathered at the Haworth Organic Workspace Showroom, Shanghai to join the Baker Scholars group for a dinner sponsored by Hope. Jim VanHeest of College Advancement hosted the event. Here are some photos from their time together.

Pictured above: John Knapp Presidential Greetings delivered by Jim VanHeest in English, and eloquently translated in Mandarin by Hope Senior and Baker Scholar Zilong Zheng.


Pictured above: Baker Scholars tell their Shanghai Story in English by President Laura English and Vice President Dylan Delapa, and in Mandarin by Baker Scholar Seniors Xiao Rui Sun and Zilong Zhen.


Pictured above: Chinese high school student Haonan Li receiving expert testimony from Hope Senior and Baker Scholar Vice President Dylan Delapa.


Pictured above: Crossing the Cultural Bridge: Baker Scholars, Hope Alumni, parents of current Chinese students at Hope, one very impressed Hope student prospect, Hope faculty and other Hope friends.



Hope in Shanghai - June 2013

Dean Alfredo M. Gonzales and Jim VanHeest from College Advancement hosted the first ever dinner in Shanghai for alumni, new students, parents and friends of Hope College. From several cities in China, parents and students made the long trek to Shanghai for this historical event. 



Japan Delegation at Hope - Feb 2013

Hope was pleased to be host a delegation of visitors from Meiji Gakuin University and Komoro City of Japan, February 6-9, 2013. One of Hope’s first two graduates from Japan, Kumaji Kimura of the Class of 1879, was a co-founder of Meiji Gakuin University, with which Hope has had an exchange relationship since 1965, and was born in Komoro City.

The visit included meetings with faculty and staff. Pictured from left to right are: Alfredo Gonzales, Associate Provost and Dean for International and Multicultural Education; Dr. Takayo Inoue, Vice-President of Meiji Gakuin University; Kelly Jacobsma, the Genevra Thome Begg Director of Libraries with the rank of Associate Professor; Dr. Hiroyoshi Udono, President of Meiji Gakuin University; Jennifer Wolfe, Assistant Professor of Music; Dr. Scott VanderStoep, Dean for the Social Sciences and Professor of Psychology; Keiji Yanagisawa, Superintendent of the Board of Education, Komoro City; Dr R. Richard Ray, Provost and Professor of Kinesiology; Dr. Makoto Kanda, Professor of Economics, Meiji Gakuin University; Takumi Sato, Chief at the Child, Youth Support & Education Division, Komoro City; Amy Otis-De Grau, Director of International Education; and Dr. Laura Pardo, Professor of Education and Chairperson of the Education Department.


Union Christian College Visits Hope

Dr. Simon Thomas and Dr. Thanuvelil Philip from Union Christian College in Aluva, India, were on campus to meet with faculty and others who are interested in additional research and collaboration with Union Christian College.

Pictured above from left to right are Pravin Patil, Postdoctoral Fellow in Chemistry, working in the Lee Group, Hope College, Alfredo Gonzales, Associate Provost and Dean for International and Multicultural Education, Hope College, Kelly Jacobsma, Director of Libraries, Hope College, Simon Thomas, President of UCCAANA - UCC Alumni Association of North America, James Bultman, President, Hope College, Thanuvelil Thomas Philip, Principal, Union Christian College, India, Annie Dandavati, Professor of Political Science, Chair, Hope College, and Rich Ray, Provost, Hope College.


Two Professors Chosen for Lilly Summer Seminar in Northern Ireland

Ernest ColeVirginia Beard

HOLLAND – Dr. Virginia Beard and Dr. Ernest Cole of the Hope College faculty were among the 15 scholars nationwide chosen to participate in the 2012 Lilly Fellows Program Summer Seminar for College and University Teachers, “Teaching Peace and Reconciliation: Theory and Practice in Northern Ireland.”

The July 7-28 event was based at the Corrymeela Centre for Peace and Reconciliation in Ballycastle, Northern Ireland, and was sponsored by Aquinas College of Grand Rapids through the Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts, which is housed at Christ College of Valparaiso University in Indiana. The seminar addressed the history of the Anglo-Irish conflict in Ireland and the move to a post-conflict society, with emphasis on the theory and practice of peace and reconciliation in a Christian context.

Both Beard and Cole focus on issues related to reconciliation in their scholarly work.

Beard, an assistant professor of political science, specializes in comparative politics, with an emphasis on Sub-Saharan Africa, as well as public policy.  Her research focuses on stable democracy, with a concentration on the roles of peace-building and reconciliation.  Her courses address issues of international development, gender, conflict, peace and reconciliation, politics of the developing world and African politics.

She applied insights from the summer seminar in refining a course that she developed during 2007-08, “Gender, Conflict and Peace,” which she taught during the 2012-13 school year. Course topics included active conflict versus passive violence, domestic violence, interpersonal and intrapersonal violence, and structural and institutional conflict, with Northern Ireland an important component of the course.

She also hoped to shape her on-going scholarship through the seminar program as well as interaction with the other participants.  Her recent work, with a journal article forthcoming, has focused on conflict and resolution in Kenya.  Ultimately, she would like to develop a book-length project that will explore the topic across the experience of multiple nations.

Cole, who is an assistant professor of English and Towsley Research Scholar at Hope, where he teaches Post-Colonial Literature, with an emphasis on Sub-Saharan Anglophone Africa, the Caribbean and India.  In his research he has been interested in the topics of peace, forgiveness and reconciliation in conjunction with a focus on post-civil war Sierra Leone, where he has been documenting the experiences of survivors of punitive amputation used as a military strategy during a 1991-2002 civil war that saw neighbor pitted against neighbor.

His research, which has included interviewing survivors who continue to be isolated in refugee camps nearly a decade after the war’s end, is exploring the way that the amputees’ self images are shaped by their injuries, and he argues that it is crucial for them to be provided the opportunity to become functional and re-integrated into society rather than left in a state of dependency, not only for their sakes individually but for the future of the country itself.

Cole is currently writing a book based on his research, and has also created a series of video-based interdisciplinary learning modules based on the project, working in the college’s New Media studio with students in the digital humanities and in the Mellon Scholars program at Hope.

A national network of 96 church-related colleges and universities, the Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities seeks to strengthen the quality and shape the character of church-related institutions of higher learning in the 21st century.  In addition to the Graduate Fellows Program, the program's three primary initiatives include activities and publications for the network of participating institutions; a two-year Postdoctoral Teaching Fellows Program at Valparaiso University; and a program for graduate students interested in exploring the connections between Christianity and higher education and becoming teacher-scholars at a church-related school.

The other colleges and universities with faculty members chosen to participate in the summer seminar are Aquinas College, Azusa Pacific University, Baylor University, Loyola University, the University of Dayton, the University of Scranton, Valparaiso University, Whitworth University and Wittenberg University.





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