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ClaireClaire Tally
Hello class of 2017! My name is Claire Tally and I am one of the Orientation Directors! I absolutely love Hope College, there is no other place quite like it! My partner, Kian, and I will be working here at Hope all summer to prepare for you all to arrive! I am a junior here at Hope studying nursing and Spanish. I am from Overland Park, Kansas but I have absolutely fallen in love with Michigan! In my spare time I love riding my bike, running, hanging out at the beach...or pretty much anything else that has to do with nature! On campus I am involved in Nykerk, Campus Ministries, the Dance Department, Intramurals, and working for the Admissions Office! I look forward to meeting you all soon!

Kian Hashemi-Radkian
Hi everyone! My name is Kian Hashemi-Rad, and I will be one of your Orientation Directors this year. This means that I will be working at Hope throughout the summer preparing your first weekend here with my partner, Claire. Welcoming you into this community is a big deal, and we couldn't be more excited. I am currently a senior, majoring in French and English with a minor in Studio Art; despite a heavy academic load, I haven't had to sacrifice my involvement on campus. Some of what I have been involved in is Orientation, Nykerk, our Social Activities Committee (SAC), Campus Ministries, Dance Marathon, Intramurals, and Gospel Choir. I have also worked as a Tour Guide for Admissions and as a teacher’s assistant.

Assistant Directors

erickErick W. Skaff
Hi! My name is Erick W. Skaff and I am junior at Hope College! Interestingly, I am the youngest of five children all of whom have attended Hope. I am super stoked about being an A.D for Orientation! I stand 178 cm tall and weigh about 78 kg depending on how recently I have eaten. I am originally from Flint Michigan and majoring in chemistry. In the future I plan on going to medical school to be a family practice physician. I am a member of the Hope Men's Swimming and Diving Team, Organic Chemistry Tutor, AED member (pre-health club), Hope United for Justice member, Immersion trip leader and Triathlon Club member. This summer I will be staying at Hope to do undergraduate research with Dr. Johnson's lab group. I enjoy any sort of competition, fine dining, and dancing like no one is watching. My favorite part of Hope College is the weekly Chapel Services and the Sunday Night Gatherings. I also love all the people I have met and built friendships with. I have already had a life-changing experience at Hope College and I can't wait to help all the incoming students have that experience too!

hannahHannah Cutshall
My name is Hannah Cutshall, and I am a sophomore from Warsaw, Indiana. I am a Spanish Education major here at Hope, taking advantage of every awesome opportunity that school has to offer. I am involved in the Even Year Pull Team, Nykerk Song, Orientation, the Education Department, Campus Ministries, and Gospel Choir. I am obsessed with foxes and in love with incredible family. Hope College has been such a blessing from God to me, and I cannot wait to for the incoming class of 2017 to join our community.

ellenEllen Milroy
Welcome Class of 2017! I am Ellen Milroy, one of the Assistant Directors for Orientation 2013. I am so excited that you have chosen Hope College to be your home for the next four years. In the fall, I will begin my senior year of college. As a Hope student, I have had the privilege of getting involved in a wide variety of organizations and groups. Aside from the time I spend studying Nursing and Spanish (my major and minor), my days are jam packed with meetings and activities. I have been a part of Nykerk as a 1-3 Song Girl, competed in intramural volleyball, worked on campus as a tour guide and student panelist, helped as a teacher's assistant, volunteered through CASA as a tutor, and developed my leadership skills through groups such as Orientation and Student-Alumni Leadership Council. This summer I am studying abroad in Vienna during May and then traveling around Europe with my cousin for five weeks. It will be an adventure! I hope you enjoy your summer and get excited for not only an amazing Orientation weekend but also for an incredible four years at Hope! Go Dutch!

Robin Neuertrobin
Hello! My name is Robin Neuert and I am a senior at Hope! Home for me is Glenview, Illinois, which is about 20 minutes north of Chicago. I am an English and Secondary Education major and Psychology Education minor. I am currently a member of the Kappa Beta Phi sorority on campus, as well as the Recruitment Chair for the Panhellenic council. I am also a member of the leadership organization Omicron Delta Kappa. I am so excited to meet you all and see new faces on campus! Hope is such an amazing place and I feel blessed to be a part of that journey for the class of 2017!

Sam Eldersveldsam
Hey new Hope students! My name is Sam Eldersveld. I will be heading into my sophomore year for the 2013-14 school year. My major is mechanical engineering. I am involved in Nykerk, intramurals, bible study, and I attend chapel regularly. My favorite color is blue and I enjoy skittles very much. I'm very pumped to meet you all this fall! Y'all are going to have a blast. Myself and the rest of the orientation staff is here for you if you have any questions or problems. Have a great summer and ROLL DUTCH!

Kristen Garrettkristen
Hi guys! My name is Kristen Garrett. I come from a dinky little town called Byron Center, which is right outside of Grand Rapids. This year I will be a sophomore at Hope. I am double majoring in Psychology and Social Work. I have participated in Orientation, Nykerk, intramural sports, and the Student Activities Committee here on campus. Other than that, I really just enjoy spending time with people I love, eating good food, worshipping the Lord, and laughing a lot! Hope is the best place for all of these activities and I hope you come to love it as much as I do!

maddyMaddy McLean
What’s up Hope College Class of 2017? My name is Maddy McLean, and I am a junior from Plymouth, Michigan.  I am currently studying Business Management and Spanish at Hope. This summer I am going to be studying in Spain for May and June term. Afterward the family is making the trip across the pond in July for some family bonding time in France, Switzerland, and Italy. When I return, I am working as a lifeguard at my community pool. When I’m not working, I will most likely be napping, long boarding, working out, tanning, or hanging out with friends and family. I will also be making many trips to Torch Lake to the cottage. During the school year I am involved with YoungLife, IM sports, and of course, Orientation! I’m looking forward to being a part of Orientation for the second time on staff and I know it will be a blast for everyone. Get fired up for an awesome Orientation weekend and a great start off to a new year, as well as a fresh start! I can’t wait to meet all of you and start off the school year right! Let the move in count down begin! 

tommyTommy Batts
Greetings class of 2017! My name is Tommy Batts, and I hail from Grand Rapids, Michigan. I will be starting my second year at Hope College this fall! I am currently shooting for a double major in Communications and Management. I have been involved with Nykerk Song, bible studies, volunteer services, Intramural sports, and campus ministries which includes Mens Night Out and an Immersion Trip to Miami! This summer I will be spending time with my family and friends, making the best of every moment. I will also be volunteering at Younglife's Windy Gap Camp during the month of June and part of August! I can't wait to meet all you beautiful people in the fall, its going to be a blast!!   

patrickPatrick Bloemendaal
Hey class of 2017!  My name is Patrick Bloemendaal and I am from Holland, MI.  I am entering my senior year at Hope, I am an Exercise Science major and a Youth Ministry minor. At Hope I have been involved in the Pull team and Nykerk song moral, as well as intramural sports, Dance Marathon, Relay for Life, and campus ministries.  This summer I will be working at SpringHill Camps in northern Michigan as the High School Special Needs Coordinator!  At camp I will be on the leadership team and I will be overseeing the high school special needs program.  I am super pumped about this but I am also so excited to meet all of you!  I hope that you are all as excited as I am for this coming school year, see you in August!

karaKara Dunn
Hello shiny new Flying Dutch! My name is Kara Dunn, and I'm from Grand Rapids, Michigan and have lived there all my life. Deciding to come to Hope was the best decision I've made, it's the most wonderful place in the world. This is going to be my third year at Hope, and I'm so excited to share it with you all! I'm a Psychology major/Sociology minor, with hopes of someday being a family and marriage counselor. This summer I will be heading to Europe for a month, and then working, working, and working some more! I stay busy with class and working (obviously), being Young Life leader, and hanging out with my friends! I think I speak for the whole orientation staff when I say: WE ARE SO EXCITED FOR YOU TO GET HERE! See you in August!!

vanessaVanessa Brockhouse
Hey guys! My name is Vanessa Brockhouse and I am going to be a sophomore here at Hope! I'm from Fort Wayne, Indiana and my major is going to be exercise science with an emphasis on Occupational Therapy, so I will be continuing on with grad school after my time at Hope. I play softball here! It's so amazing, and I met a lot of great people through it. I have red hair and freckles so I'm your typical ginger! I love meeting new people and I'm really excited to get going with orientation to meet you all!!

Jessica Hulteenjessica
Hello there class of 2017!  My name is Jessica Hulteen and I am from a town called Walled Lake, Michigan, which is located in the metro Detroit area.  I just finished my junior year and will be a senior this coming fall!  I am a nursing major and absolutely love the program that Hope offers.  Like many students on campus, I am very involved in activities on campus such as Wyldlife for Holland area middle schools, Dance Marathon, and also NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION!  I also have a small job on campus that brings in a little extra cash for those late night donut runs and other shenanigans us Hope College kids do.  This summer I will be working part time as well as taking a summer class online through Hope.  I am looking forward to seeing you all soon!

justinJustin Glick
Hello my name is Justin Glick. I am a senior here at Hope from Fort Wayne Indiana majoring in Accounting. This will be my third year work Orientation and I am so excited to meet all of this years in coming freshmen. I am also a part of the hockey team in at Hope. I am so excited for all of you to beginning your wonderful journey at Hope and am looking forward to seeing all of you here.

Jamieson Haakjamieson
Hey! My name is Jamieson Haak and I am a senior at Hope. I am a Biology and Chemistry major from Okemos, MI. After my four years at Hope, I plan on taking a gap year and applying to medical school. I have played hockey at Hope for the past 3 years and intend on playing again this coming year. We as a team have successfully advanced to the national tournament all three years that I have been here. We have placed second and third in two of the national tournaments. When I'm not in season, I love to play intramural soccer and longboard! I hope you bring your longboard to school because many Hope students use it as a mode of transportation to and from class. I’m super excited for Orientation to start!

rachaelRachael Kabagabu
Hello! I'm Rachael Kabagabu and I am so excited to be an Assistant Director for Orientation this year! I'm a junior from Okemos, MI, studying French Secondary Education. On campus, I'm involved with Nykerk, student blogging, the Black Student Union, Ballet Club, Orchestra, and the Kappa Beta Phi Sorority. I can't wait to meet you during Orientation!

Abby Wilhelmabby
Hey future Hope students!  My name is Abby Wilhelm and I'm a junior at Hope. I'm a double major in Political Science and International Studies with a minor in communication. I am a passionate Nykerk play girl, an active leader in Hope for the Nations, and a member of the Student Alumni Leadership Council. If you like the local coffee shops or you stay in the library until it closes every night, we will be seeing each other a lot this year! So excited to meet you all!

Candace Mullins
Welcome Class of 2017!
I’m Candace Mullins, and I will be an AD! I transferred to Hope College and it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I am a senior from Hudsonville Michigan, with a major in psychology and a minor in sociology. I plan on going to graduate school for marriage and family therapy! I am the youngest of 4 and will be the first to graduate from a liberal arts college. I am involved in Gospel Choir and Orientation. I also enjoy working in the Registrar's Office, (Best Office Team!) so stop by the office, and I will be happy to help you. This summer, I will work as a summer assistant for Events and Conferences, and live in Cook Hall. I look forward to meeting you, and exposing you to all Hope has to offer. Go Flying Dutch!

Alexis Searsalexis
Hi all! I'm Alexis Sears and I am blessed to be the Director of Transfer Orientation! Having transferred schools myself, I know the process isn't easy, so I am here to support you through it, as best as I can! Just a little bit about me... I am a senior, studying Psychology and taking Spanish classes. I work at Hope's Admissions Office as a telephone receptionist and in my free time, I run a bit and practice yoga. See you in August!!

audreyAudrey Prins
Hello and welcome to the wonderful Class of 2017! My name is Audrey Prins and I will be a Junior this coming year, majoring in Management with a minor in History. I am a Holland native and grew up just a few minutes down the road from Hope’s beautiful campus! When you get here you will first find me at Orientation, but keep an eye out for me afterwards around campus as part of the Student Activities Committee & Nykerk Board! Before the fun begins next fall and after I return from a May Term in Vienna (!), I will spend the remainder of my summer working downtown Grand Rapids as an intern in event coordinating. You should know that I love sunrises, cupcakes, polka-dots, books, and have an obsession with the color aqua. Absolutely cannot wait to meet all of you very soon! 

Jon Haydenjon
What's up new students?! I can't wait for y'all to get here and experience Hope and all of the amazing things that it has to offer for the first time! Let's see, a little bit about myself. My name is Jon Hayden, and I'm currently a second semester junior (I took a semester off, so I'll be finishing up my junior year and starting my senior year in the spring!) I'm from Park Ridge, Illinois, which is a suburb right outside of Chicago. I am a psychology major looking to pursue counseling after graduation and still trying to decide what my minor is going to be. I like to stay pretty involved on campus. I was a Nykerk songboy, I do lots of intramurals, gospel choir, and attend all of the HopeWay men's events. Aside from that, I love to just be around people and hang out with my friends. This summer, I'll be working as a barista at a Starbucks back home. Again, I can't wait for all of you to get here and meet as many of you as I can! Hope College is a blast and we're all gonna have a rowdy good time, so get pumped up! 

lauraLaura English
My name is Laura English and I am now a senior at Hope! I've spent the last five months in Edinburgh Scotland studying abroad and I am originally from Greencastle Indiana. I am pursuing an Economic and Management degree, run track and field at hope and I am a YoungLife leader at a school nearby. This summer I will be living in Holland and working as a nanny. Be comforted in knowing that Hope is a great place. Welcome to the Hope family and I can't wait to meet all of you!

Clayton Siegleclayton
Why Hello! My name is Clayton Siegle! I love Hope College and I am excited be one of your ADs for orientation. I will be a junior this fall and I’m a Biology major with a Pre-Veterinary Medicine emphasis and a Management minor. I have participated in one of Hope’s great traditions called Nykerk,  I am part of a small group with other Hope students, and I play numerous intramural sports throughout the year. Fun fact about me: I have earned my Eagle Scout rank so if you want to go camping or need to tie a knot, I’m your man. I’m glad you chose Hope College as your choice of higher education and can’t wait for you all to arrive on campus!

palmerPalmer D'Orazio
West Lake Orion, born and raised; in the band room is where I spent most of my days,
Chillin' out, maxin', relaxin' all cool, playin' some frisbee outside of the school...
Okay, Class of 2017, I'll spare you the rest of the Fresh Prince thing. Anyhow, my name is Palmer D'Orazio. I'm a sophomore here at Hope, and my major is in Engineering. I'm also pursuing a Music minor--I play saxophone. I hail from the Metro Detroit Region, and my favorite color is probably green. I am currently growing out a glorious mane. I look forward to meeting y'all!