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College Advancement News 2001-2003

Endowed Chairs

Grants and Gifts

Department News

College Advancement Staff News

Legacies: A Vision of Hope Campaign News

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Current and Archived Press Releases for Hope College

Endowed Chairs

Steven Bouma-Prediger Named to Jacobson Endowed Chair

March 24, 2002

Dr. Steven Bouma-Prediger of the Hope College religion faculty has been named the first holder of the John H. and Jeanne M. Jacobson Endowed Professorship. The chair was established by the college's Board of Trustees as a retirement recognition in honor of Dr. John H. Jacobson, who was 10th president of Hope College, and his wife, Dr. Jeanne M. Jacobson, who was an adjunct member of the Hope education faculty and a senior research fellow with the college's A.C. Van Raalte Institute.

The professorship is designated for a tenured faculty member with a commitment to the Christian faith who is an outstanding teacher-scholar or artist and who proposes to conduct a significant program of research or creative activity. The chair is open to faculty from any department, with appointment for a four-year term. Bouma-Prediger will hold the chair beginning with the 2003-04 school year.

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Christopher Barney Named to New
Weier Endowed Chair in Biology

June 20, 2001

Dr. Christopher Barney of the Hope College biology faculty has been named to the college's new"T. Elliot Weier Chair in Biology." Barney is a professor of biology and chair of the department, and has been a member of the Hope faculty since 1980. He was appointed to the chair for a 10-year term by the college's Board of Trustees in May, and was honored during an investiture ceremony held at the college on Monday, June 18.

The chair, designated for a Hope biologist with a distinguished record as a teacher and scholar, has been established through the estate of T. Elliot and Katherine S. Weier. T. Elliot Weier graduated from Hope in 1926, and Katherine S. Weier in 1921. T. Elliot died on Oct. 14, 1991, and Katherine on March 19, 1977. In accord with the terms of the bequest, the holder of the chair is to be publicly referred to as "The Weier Professor of Plant Science."

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Grants and Gifts

Chemist William Polik Chosen as Mentor Through Dreyfus Foundation Program

December 2, 2003

Dr. William Polik of the Hope College chemistry faculty has received an award from the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation Scholar/Fellow Program for Undergraduate Institutions.

The award, one of only four made nationwide this fall, will enable a post-doctoral Fellow to spend two years mentored by Polik at Hope, learning how to combine a research program with undergraduate teaching. Hope, Polik believes, is uniquely qualified to serve as a host site.

"There are many institutions that focus primarily on teaching or on research," he said. "To emphasize both is something that is quite special and that Hope does well."

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Andrew Huisman of Zeeland Receives Prestigious Goldwater Scholarship

March 31, 2003

Andrew Huisman, a Hope College junior from Zeeland, has received a prestigious Goldwater Scholarship for the 2003-04 academic year. It is the sixth time in seven years that at least one Hope student has received one of the scholarships.

The scholarships were awarded by the Board of Trustees of the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation to 300 undergraduate sophomores and juniors. The Goldwater Scholars were selected on the basis of merit from a field of 1,093 mathematics, science and engineering students who were nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities nationwide.

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Hope Receives Major NSF
Grant for Particle Accelerator

June 26, 2003

A major grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) will provide Hope College with a major resource for joint student-faculty research across multiple departments, and puts the college in rare company that includes national research laboratories.

The college has received $660,000 from the NSF for a Pelletron particle accelerator and attached microprobe facility for materials analysis. The instrument will support research projects ranging from the analysis of dinosaur bones, to the development of a way to find the glucose level in blood, to testing for lake pollution.

To put the magnitude of the grant into perspective, the NSF Physics Directorate has awarded on average about $3 million per year for each of the past five years as part of its Major Research Instrumentation program. The majority of the awards go to major research universities. The Hope College grant this year represents more than a fifth of the average amount awarded in a typical year.

The award is the largest grant for scientific equipment in Hope's history.

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Chemist William Polik to Receive
Research Mentoring Award

September 23, 2003

Dr. William Polik of the Hope College faculty is one of only eight chemists from throughout the nation being honored during the "Excellence in Undergraduate Chemical Research Symposium" being held by the Department of Chemistry at Indiana University in Bloomington on Saturday, Sept. 27.

Now in its third year, the annual event recognizes faculty from four-year colleges who have made significant contributions to research and to the mentorship of chemistry undergraduates. In conjunction with the recognition, the honorees will each receive a plaque and commendation in addition to making an invited talk during the symposium. Polik will present "Spectroscopy and Quantum Mechanics of Highly Excited Molecules."

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Major NSF Grant Supports
Biology Research

August 26, 2003

A major grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) will involve multiple departments at Hope College in exploring the roles that fungi play in the ecosystem.

Dr. Thomas Bultman of the biology faculty has received an $885,773, four-year grant, one of only six awarded nationally through the NSF's "Collaborative Research at Undergraduate Institutions" (CRUI) program. It is the largest research award ever to Hope from the NSF. The project will involve five faculty from three disciplines and two institutions as well as several Hope students as co-researchers.

"The over-arching goal is to better understand the ecological interactions that these fungi have with other species, and that includes the plants that they live in and the animals that feed on the plants," said Bultman, who is principal investigator for the project and is also a professor of biology and chairperson of the department.

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Grant Supports German-U.S. Student Internship Experiences

July 20, 2003

A new grant will help Hope College develop internship experiences in Germany for students in engineering. The three-year grant has been given through the German American Initiative for Students in Science and Technology (GIST) program of the German Academic Exchange Service. Hope is the only liberal arts college among this year's 10 grant recipients.

Through the award, which totals approximately $20,000, Hope will create an on-going program that will feature a semester of study in Freiburg, Germany, followed by a summer-long internship with a German corporation. The program will also provide an opportunity for students from Germany to study and intern in West Michigan.

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Henry Luce Foundation Provides Funds For Women Science Students

June 4, 2003

A grant from the Henry Luce Foundation Inc. of New York City will provide full scholarships and summer research experiences for four women majoring in the physical sciences at Hope College. The scholarships, which will go into place beginning with the summer of 2004 and have been established through the foundation's Clare Boothe Luce Program, are for women students who are rising juniors majoring in computer science, physics or engineering at Hope. The goal is to encourage women interested in science disciplines in which they are traditionally underrepresented nationwide.

" It is exciting to be able to provide exceptional encouragement to young women entering careers in computer science, physics and engineering. While these disciplines are traditionally overlooked by women as they consider career opportunities in science, the rewards and benefits of entering such careers are outstanding," said Dr. James Gentile, who is dean for the natural sciences at Hope and the Kenneth G. Herrick Professor of Biology. "The young Hope women selected for these scholarships will ultimately become role models for other young women to also consider career paths in these disciplines."

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U.S. Department of Education
Renews Upward Bound Support

May 27, 2003

The long-running Hope College Upward Bound Program has received a five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The grant continues and even improves upon a strong tradition of support for the program, according to Elizabeth Colburn, director of Hope College Upward Bound.

"We're starting our 35th year, and fortunately we've been funded all the way through," she said. "This is the first time we've been able to get a five-year grant, so that's exciting for us." The new grant totals in excess of $1,780,000 for the five years, and includes a two percent increase in support. Only a small percentage of programs received support for five years instead of four.

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Hope Leads Liberal Arts Colleges
With Five NSF-REU Grants

May 1, 2003

Hope College again holds five grants for summer student research from the National Science Foundation's "Research Experiences for Undergraduates" (NSF- REU) program, more than any other liberal arts college in the country.

Among all institutions nationwide, including major research universities, only 24 others hold five or more of the awards. Hope is the only liberal arts college in Michigan to hold any of the grants, and only two universities in the state hold as many or more. Hope holds the grants in biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, and physics and engineering. It is the 12th consecutive year that at least four Hope departments have had NSF-REU support.

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Fifth Third Bank Supports
Fieldhouse Project With $100,000 Gift

May 1, 2003

As part of its annual celebration, Fifth Third Bank announced that it has committed $100,000 to Hope College for the construction of DeVos Fieldhouse. "Fifth Third has a tradition of announcing major community commitments on or around May 3, or 5/3, in the local markets we serve," explained Larry Koops, Senior Vice President for Fifth Third Bank (Western Michigan). "We believe that if you build a stronger community, you build a stronger bank. Supporting economic development as well as increasing access to homeownership and cultural activities are priorities at Fifth Third Bank."

Hope College President James E. Bultman commented, "We are grateful for this significant gift from Fifth Third Bank, a bank in which Hope has had a longstanding relationship that is treasured. This generous gift is especially meaningful because of the community initiative that is helping bring the new DeVos Fieldhouse closer to reality."

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Community Foundation
Grant Supports DeVos Fieldhouse

April 29, 2003

The Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area has awarded Hope College a grant in support of the DeVos Fieldhouse project. The foundation has presented Hope with $14,000. The grant recipients for 2003 were announced during the organization's Annual Meeting and Luncheon on Monday, April 28, at the Holland Country Club.

The fieldhouse is being designed as a multipurpose spectator facility with both campus and community use in mind. Planned uses include intercollegiate athletic events, sports events for local high schools and other community events. Owned and operated by Hope, the facility will become home court for the college's volleyball and men's and women's basketball programs, and will house the athletic training program.

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Kresge Foundation Challenge Grant Supports Science Center Project

March 7, 2003

A major challenge grant from The Kresge Foundation of Troy has been approved for the science center project at Hope College, in a way designed to add incentive for future supporters. Hope will receive the $850,000 grant when the college raises an additional $3.1 million for the new building by March of next year.

Hope is both building a new science center and renovating the existing Peale Science Center. The combined facility will house the departments of biology, chemistry, biochemistry, the geological and environmental sciences, nursing and psychology.

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Major Grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. Supports Exploration of Vocation

November 27, 2002

A major grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. will enhance Hope College's role in helping students to consider the role of vocation or calling in their lives. Hope has received $2 million from the Endowment for its "Program for the Theological Exploration of Vocation." The multi-faceted effort, which will begin in the fall of 2003, will encourage students to reflect on how their faith commitments are related to their career choices and what it means to be "called" to lives of service.

"This program will be a tremendously rich experience for our students," said Dr. James E. Bultman, president of Hope College.

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Grant Supports Research
in Blood Cell Development

October 8, 2002

Dr. Michael J. Pikaart of the Hope College chemistry faculty has received a federal grant for research that could ultimately have implications for the treatment of blood diseases.

Pikaart has received a $102,317 Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) through the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The three-year award will support his on- going research into the way that blood cell development is affected by the interaction between DNA and a protein known as Gata-1.

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Hope Engineering Professor Seeks
to Help Aircraft Survive Explosions

April 22, 2002

Dr. Michael J. Pikaart of the Hope College chemistry faculty has received a federal grant for research that could ultimately have implications for the treatment of blood diseases. Pikaart has received a $102,317 Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) through the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The three-year award will support his on- going research into the way that blood cell development is affected by the interaction between DNA and a protein known as Gata-1.

"Gata-1 is required for bone marrow stem cells to mature into functional blood cells in circulation," said Pikaart, an assistant professor of chemistry at Hope. "In red blood cell development, for example, Gata-1 works to turn on expression of the globin genes to produce hemoglobin protein, the molecule which carries oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body."

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Multi-Media German Language
Project Receives $495,870 Grant

September 26, 2001

A cooperative effort to produce a "next-generation" multi-media course for beginning students in German has received major support from the Fund for Improvement of Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE) of the U.S. Department of Education.

The project, "Auf Geht's!," is a collaborative effort to develop computer-based, multi-media teaching materials for first-year German courses at the college level. The FIPSE grant provides "Auf Geht's!" with a total of $495,870 across the next three years.

"Our goal is to produce a 'next generation' course that is based equally on print and multi-media/Internet," said Dr. Lee Forester, who is an associate professor of German and is project director and head of instructional design for "Auf Geht's!" "There is no textbook, though there are workbooks and a reference book."

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Gift Provides Hope With New Observatory

September 6, 2001

A gift prompted by one former faculty member in memory of another has provided a new learning opportunity for students at Hope College. The college has built an observatory with support from a $20,000 grant from Dr. James W. Seeser through the Saint Louis Community Foundation. The observatory, featuring a 12-inch telescope in a six-foot-diameter, computer-controlled dome, as well as related equipment, was installed on the roof of VanderWerf Hall in mid August.

Seeser taught at Hope from 1970 to 1976, serving on the physics faculty and computer science faculty. He recommended the project in honor of Dr. Harry Frissel in recognition of Frissel's mentorship while they were faculty colleagues at Hope. Harry Frissel, who was on the college's physics faculty from 1948 until retiring in 1985, died on March 18, 2000, at age 79.

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Grant from McGregor Fund Supports Student-Faculty Research

June 12, 2001

A major grant from the McGregor Fund of Detroit is providing additional opportunities for Hope College students to conduct original research. The $100,000 award is supporting collaborative research between students and faculty in the arts, humanities and social sciences. With its emphasis on active learning and one-on-one interaction, the three-year program underwritten by the grant adds an important dimension to the college's work with students, according to Dr. Jacob E. Nyenhuis, who is provost and professor of classics at Hope.

"Hope College works hard at preparing students to be productive members of the intellectual community who are able to pursue a variety of career opportunities," Nyenhuis said. "Collaborative research involves the student first-hand in the process of scholarly exploration and discovery which characterize the academic life."

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Hope Again Holds Five NSF-REU Grants for Summer Research

June 5, 2001

For the fourth year in a row, Hope holds five grants for summer student research from the National Science Foundation's "Research Experiences for Undergraduates" (NSF-REU) program.

Although complete national data for 2001 is not yet available, last year Hope held more of the grants than any other liberal arts college in the country and more than< all but about a dozen other institutions of any sort nationwide, including major research universities.

Hope holds the awards in biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, and physics and engineering. It is the 10th consecutive year that at least four Hope departments have had NSF-REU support.

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Julie (Costello) Kipp of English Faculty Receives NEH Summer Stipend

April 18, 2001

Dr. Julie (Costello) Kipp, assistant professor of English at Hope College, has received a highly competitive Summer Stipend from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The award was one of only 130 such fellowships awarded by the NEH to college teachers, university professors and independent scholars for research on topics in the humanities.

Kipp's scholarship focuses on Irish and Scottish women writers of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, and she will use the summer stipend to continue work on a book tentatively titled "Remembrance, Rebellion, and the Bardic Nation: Irish and Scottish Romantic-period Women's Writings."

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Julie Costello of English Faculty
Named Towsley Research Scholar

January 8, 2001

Dr. Julie Costello, assistant professor of English at Hope College, has been named a "Towsley Research Scholar" at Hope.The award was announced during the college's annual Faculty Recognition Luncheon, held on Monday, Jan. 8.

The Towsley Research Scholars Program is funded through an endowment made possible through a grant from the Harry A. and Margaret D. Towsley Foundation of Midland. The foundation's awards to the college have also included grants for the construction of the Van Wylen Library and the new science center, faculty development in the pre-medical sciences and support for an endowed chair in communication.

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Department News


Hope Honored for Fund-Raising Program

July 1, 2002

Hope College has received national recognition for its fund-raising program. Hope has received a 2002 "Circle of Excellence in Educational Fund-Raising Award" for overall improvement from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). The award will be presented on Monday, July 8, during CASE's International Assembly in Chicago, Ill.

The program honored 47 colleges and universities, and 21 K-12 schools, with awards for either overall improvement or overall performance in fund-raising. Approximately 1,000 institutions were eligible for consideration, based on having submitted data to the Council for Aid to Education's "Voluntary Support of Education" (VSE) Survey for three consecutive years.

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Staff News

New Directors Named of
Alumni and Parent Relations Programs

September 29, 2003

Two alumni with experience in higher education administration have been hired to direct the reorganized programs in alumni and parent relations at Hope College. Mary Remenschneider has been appointed director of alumni relations, and Stephanie Greenwood has been appointed director of parent relations. Both started at Hope during the first week of classes in August.

"The basis of success for any comprehensive higher education program is the successful engagement of alumni, parents and friends. Mary and Stephanie come to Hope with enthusiasm and energy - to foster even stronger involvement in the life of the college by building on our excellent established educational and social programs," said Scott Wolterink, who is associate vice president for college advancement and oversees the two programs.

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Kate Frillmann Joins Staff as
Regional Advancement Director

March 19, 2002

Kate Frillmann has joined the Hope College staff as a regional advancement director.

She is responsible for the college's fund-raising efforts in the eastern and southeastern United States, including Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, Washington, D.C., Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi, as well as portions of West Michigan. She began her work at Hope earlier this month.

Frillmann has been a development professional for the past 10 years. Immediately prior to coming to Hope, she was associate director of corporate relations at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., where she had been employed since January of 2000. She had previously been with the American Heart Association in the Chicago, Ill., area for eight years, where she last held the position of regional director.

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New Appointments Made to
Hope Advancement Staff

October 30, 2001

There have been three new appointments to the Advancement staff at Hope College. Harvey Koedyker has been hired as a regional advancement director. Melanie Meengs has been hired as director of corporate and foundation relations. Pamela Spencer has been hired as assistant director of corporate and foundation relations.

All three positions are new. "We've really enhanced the staff with some very capable people who have great futures ahead of them," said William K. Anderson, who is senior vice president for finance and development at Hope.

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