Susan Mooy Cherup
Appointed to Sonneveldt
Susan Mooy Cherup of the Hope College faculty holds the
college's Arnold and Esther Sonneveldt Endowed Professorship in
The chair, first held in 1998, is designated for a member of the
education faculty who is an outstanding teacher and demonstrates
a commitment to the Christian faith and to preparing young people
for the field of education. The chair was established in the Sonneveldts'
honor by their family. It was originally and previously held by
Dr. Leslie Wessman, who has retired from the college's education
Arnold and Esther Sonneveldt were leaders in the bakery business
in West Michigan and dedicated church leaders in the Reformed Church
in America, the college's parent denomination. They have four children,
all of whom attended Hope: Nancy, Cindy, Susan and Robert.
The Sonneveldt family founded Crescent Bakery in Grand Rapids
in 1906. Crescent soon became Buttercup Bakeries, which in the
1980s became Arnie's bakeries and restaurants.
Cherup has been a member of the Hope faculty since 1976. Her areas
of expertise are special education and technology integration.
The courses she teaches at Hope include "Exceptional Child," "Classroom
and Behavior Management in Special Education," and "Computers
and Technology in Special Education." She was also instrumental
in implementing the college's May Term Native American Studies
program on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota and has
led groups there for the past 15 years. She previously took May
Term groups to the Rio Grande Valley in Texas for seven years.
Following a 1993 sabbatical during which she traveled some 15,000
miles to investigate how schools around the country used technology
in the classroom, Cherup played a leadership role in blending technology
into the Hope department's instruction. In 2002, the department
received one of only six "Distinguished Achievement Awards" nationwide
from the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)
for "exhibiting exemplary models" for integrating the
society's "National Educational Technology Standards" for
Teachers. Her publications include the chapter "Technology
Integration" included in the 2004 book "Finding our way:
Teacher education reform in the liberal arts setting," which
was written by the department of education at Hope.
She was voted the co-recipient of the college's "Hope Outstanding
Professor Educator" (H.O.P.E.) Award in 1988 by that year's
graduating class. In 1989, she delivered the college's Commencement
address. In 1999 she was named a recipient of the college's "Provost's
Award for Excellence in Teaching."
Cherup is a 1964 Hope graduate. She holds a master's degree from
Western Michigan University.
Endowed chairs are established by donors who wish to assist the
college on a permanent basis through the support of a faculty member.
The gift is placed in the college's endowment fund with investment
income used to support the work of the honored professor. In addition
to recognizing faculty members for excellence, endowed chairs provide
funding for summer research projects as well as some salary support.
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