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Faculty, Staff & Student Achievements


ACADEMIC YEAR 2009 - 2010

August 2010
September 2010






Pictured from left to right: Andrea Eddy, 2009-10 Hope Mortar Board Webmaster; Dan Turner, National Mortar Board President; Hope advisor Dianne Portfleet; Kelsey Bos, 2010-11 Hope Mortar Board president; and Phoebe Burtless-Creps, 2010-11 Hope Mortar Board treasurer.



July 29, 2010



Mortar Board Named Tops in Nation

The Hope College Alcor Chapter of Mortar Board has been named the nation's top chapter. The award was presented at the organization's national conference in Chicago.

Hope was selected from six finalists to receive the Ruth Weimer Mount Chapter Excellence Award. Mortar Board is the premier national honor society recognizing college seniors for superior achievement in scholarship, leadership and service. Membership is synonymous with dedication and success. Only a select few students on each campus are invited to join this esteemed society – an honor naming them among the most amazing college scholar-leaders in the U.S.

The Alcor chapter has existed at Hope since the 1936-37 academic year. It became part of the national Mortar Board organization in 1961.


July 29, 2010



Susan Dunn Featured in
MSU Nursing Anniversary Calendar

Dr. Susan Dunn of the Hope College nursing faculty is among the alumni of the nursing college at Michigan State University highlighted in a calendar produced to commemorate the program's 60th anniversary.

Dunn, who is an associate professor of nursing and chairperson of the department at Hope, completed her doctorate at Michigan State University in 2005.

The College of Nursing at MichiganStateUniversity was established in 1950. Titled "A Heritage of Distinction," the program's year-long celebration honors the alumni and historical accomplishments of the college and their impact on healthcare in local communities.

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July 28, 2010



Chemist Jeff Johnson Receives
National ACS Research Grant

Dr. Jeff Johnson, an assistant professor of chemistry and Towsley Research Scholar at Hope College, has received an Undergraduate New Investigator Grant from the American Chemical Society's Petroleum Research Fund (ACS-PRF).

He has been awarded $50,000 for the next two years for his project "Toward Greater Understanding and Expanded Utility of the Palladium-Catalyzed Activation of Carbon-Carbon Single Bonds." The ACS makes approximately 45 of the awards nationwide each year.

The Undergraduate New Investigator grants provide funds for scientists and engineers who are in the beginning years of their independent careers in academia, and are intended as seed money for generating preliminary results that can be used in applying for further funding from other agencies. Recipients must be in departments without doctoral programs and must involve undergraduate students in the work being supported.

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September, 2010

 

September 29, 2009

Hope to Present Award to Elton Bruins

Hope College will present a Meritorious Service Award to Dr. Elton Bruins at a time and place eminently appropriate: during the rededication for Graves Hall - a ceremony that celebrates a project in which he played an important role.

The award recognizes a person's contributions to Hope and its alumni through notable personal service and long-time involvement with the college. Hope will present the award on Friday, Oct. 9, during the rededication ceremony, which will begin at noon and is taking place in conjunction with the college's Homecoming Weekend.

Dedicated in 1894, Graves Hall re-opened at the beginning of the school year in August after a year-long, $5.7 million, adaptive restoration that has emphasized a return to the building's original character while updating the 19th-century landmark for use in the 21st.

Bruins is former director of the college's A.C. Van Raalte Institute and the Evert J. and Hattie E. Blekkink Professor Emeritus of Religion at Hope and was involved in the restoration planning as a scholar of the building's history. Long interested in local and campus history, he has written about the history of Graves Hall and was a member of the committee that guided the planning for the restoration.

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September 29, 2009

Major Grant Funds Arts and
Humanities Research Program

A major grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is funding a new program at Hope College designed to deepen students' scholarship in the arts and humanities through collaborative, interdisciplinary research projects and the use of digital technologies.

The foundation has awarded Hope $200,000 to create the "Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Scholars Program in the Arts and Humanities." The program, which will begin in the fall of 2010, will involve select students in a series of new courses beginning their sophomore year and enable them across the rest of their time at Hope to develop research projects in areas of scholarly interest with faculty mentors, with a particular emphasis on teaching them how to use new and emerging digital technologies in pursuing and sharing their work.

"The Mellon program will build upon the college's long tradition of student-faculty collaborative scholarship by offering a unique opportunity to students who are passionate about the arts and humanities and want to deepen their learning," said Dr. James Boelkins, provost at Hope. "Through coursework and collaborative research, they will become better learners and better writers, and will be better prepared for graduate school or the workplace."

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September 14, 2009

Hope Enrollment Tops 3,200
for Fourth Consecutive Year

Enrollment above 3,200 for the fourth consecutive year is helping to keep the Hope College campus a busy place.

Hope has enrolled 3,230 students this fall, the second-highest total in the college's history.

The enrollment follows a successful admissions year that saw the college pass its goal of 800 new students. The total has campus housing at capacity and sees the academic program its busiest ever with the college's full-time-equivalent enrollment at a record high.

The high enrollment headcount follows a record enrollment last year of 3,238 students, a total that included the largest graduating class in the college's history.

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September 14, 2009

R. Richard Ray Jr. to Receive Alumni Award

Dr. R. Richard Ray Jr., dean for the social sciences at Hope College, has been chosen to receive the Career Achievement Award being presented by the Kinesiology Alumni Society of the University of Michigan.

Ray, who graduated from the university in 1979 with a major in physical education, will receive the recognition on Friday, Sept. 25, in conjunction with homecoming weekend at the university.

The award is presented to a kinesiology alumnus or alumna "who has shown outstanding professional and personal achievement throughout their career in their chosen field and/or public service in any field." During the presentation event, held in conjunction with an all-class reunion, the society will also be honoring two other individuals with Early Career Achievement and Lifetime Achievement awards. Board Chair Scott Jeffer noted, "It was an easy selection for us and an honor to recognize Rich for both his commitment to the fields of Athletic Training and Kinesiology. We are particularly impressed by his commitment to his students as well. Dr. Ray is an outstanding School of Kinesiology alumnus and we are thrilled to present him with the 2009 Career Achievement Award."

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September 1, 2009

Hope Receives NSF Grant
for New Spectrometer

A major grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) will help enable Hope College to continue to provide its students access to highly sophisticated and modern equipment while expanding its educational reach through cyberspace.

The NSF has awarded Hope $416,767 to purchase a new nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometer, which is a powerful tool for studying the structures and dynamics of chemical compounds. The new instrument, which the college plans to install during the spring semester, succeeds a predecessor that was itself sophisticated when it replaced another of its kind a dozen years ago - such is the difference that advances in technology make, according to the grant proposal's lead author.

"There have been significant changes in technology since we purchased our current NMR 12 years ago," said Dr. Jeffrey Johnson, who is an assistant professor of chemistry and is co-directing the grant project with Dr. Moses Lee, dean for the natural sciences and professor of chemistry. "The primary benefit of this instrument to our program is that it has greater sensitivity, which will enable it to test smaller samples and to work more quickly. It will also have an auto-sampler, allowing us to set up 30 or more experiments to run automatically overnight."

Multiple research groups at Hope use the college's NMR spectrometer. It plays a role in projects ranging from monitoring of phosphates in the bed of LakeMacatawa, to analyzing molecular structures that aid the design and synthesis of polymers for electronic and biomedical applications, photochromes and novel medicinal agents. It will also enable the determination of the structure and conformation of biomolecules, such as proteins and nucleic acids. The current instrument's benefits across the past 12 years have included providing data for 56 peer-reviewed publications that have included 197 undergraduate co-authors.

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More than 400 Hope students participated in service projects in 36 different
locations throughout the Holland area through the college's "Time to Serve" program.

September 1, 2009

Hundreds of Students to
Spend Day Volunteering

More than 400 Hope College students will participate in service projects throughout the area through the college's "Time to Serve" program on Saturday, Sept. 5.

Most of the students will be members of the newly arrived freshman Class of 2013. The students signed up shortly after their arrival at Hope, during "New Student Orientation," for the mass volunteer effort.

The students will be working in groups of five to 20 at approximately three dozen sites from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Projects are scheduled throughout Holland as well as in Zeeland, and will range from sorting and cleaning at Goodwill Industries, to cleaning and other projects at the Critter Barn, to groundskeeping and cleaning at many area churches.

The "Time to Serve" program is designed to help new students learn about service while helping and getting to know their community and becoming better acquainted with one another. The project began in the fall of 2000 with 10 projects and about 100 participants, and had grown to 24 projects and 300 students a year later. In October 2001, "Time to Serve" 2000 received a 2001 Distinguished Service Award from Keep Michigan Beautiful Inc. during the group's annual conference.

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August, 2009

August 26, 2009

NSF Funds Development of
Software for Genetic Research

Hope College has received a $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for a project that is linking three Hope departments and three institutions in developing computer models for genetic research.

The support will enable faculty and students in the departments of biology, computer science and mathematics to expand an ongoing research effort at Hope to develop software to model microbial metabolism based on information encoded in microbial genomes. The resulting package will ultimately become part of the RAST (Rapid Annotation using Subsystems Technology) genome analysis service available to researchers internationally through Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois.

The goal of the Hope project is to provide integrated, automated tools that can assist researchers internationally to analyze the genomes, model the way the metabolism works and provide tools for analyzing regulatory data.

"The pace of genetic sequencing is increasingly exponentially, and there's more data than can be analyzed manually," said Dr. Matt DeJongh, who is an associate professor of computer science and leading the project with Dr. Aaron Best of the biology faculty and Dr. Nathan Tintle of the mathematics faculty. "By putting all three pieces together, we're hoping to be able to make predictions about metabolism and regulation in bacteria, and to do so more efficiently than would be possible using disparate tools in different locations with different interfaces."

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August 25, 2009

Book Shows Service in
African Mission Work

A new book produced by the A.C. Van Raalte Institute at HopeCollege provides insights into the foreign-mission experience through the writings and correspondence of long-time medical missionary Tena A. Huizenga.

The book, "Aunt Tena, Called to Serve: Journals and Letters of Tena A. Huizenga, Missionary Nurse to Nigeria," focuses on Huizenga's service in remote Lupwe, Nigeria, through the Christian Reformed Church from 1937 to 1954. The volume has been published by the William B. Eerdmans Company of Grand Rapids, Mich., and Cambridge, United Kingdom, as part of the Historical Series of the Reformed Church in America.

"This intensely human volume guides us through 17 memorable years of Nigerian mission history," said Eugene Rubingh, former executive secretary of Christian Reformed World Missions. "Drawn from Tena Huizenga's own letters, the events are sketched through the lens of joy and tears, of small victories and unimaginable obstacles. Both candor and love transform mundane facts into a warm and lively account of a life poured out for God."

The book's managing editor is Dr. Jacob E. Nyenhuis, who is director of the A.C. Van Raalte Institute and provost emeritus and professor emeritus of classics at Hope. Serving as co-editors were Dr. Robert P. Swierenga, who is the A.C. Van Raalte Research Professor at the Van Raalte Institute and professor of history emeritus at Kent State University, and Lauren M. Berka, a 2008 Hope graduate who was a student research assistant at the institute and is now a graduate fellow in history at Arizona State University.

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August 21, 2009

College Guides Include
Hope Among Top Schools

Hope College has been included in several college-guide listings in recent months.

  • Hope is among the approximately 330 of "the country's best and most interesting colleges and universities" featured in the new 2010 edition of the "Fiske Guide to Colleges."

  • The annual rankings compiled by "U.S. News & World Report" have once again included Hope College among the 100 best liberal arts colleges in the nation. The college is 92nd out of the 249 institutions that are considered national liberal arts colleges. In addition, Hope also continues to be included among the institutions that the publication recognizes for providing outstanding undergraduate research/creative projects opportunities.


  • The September/October 2009 issue of "Mother Jones" includes Hope as one of "10 cool schools that will blow your mind, not your budget," describing the college as a best value for artists with a spiritual side.


  • The Princeton Review selected Hope as one of 158 institutions it profiles in its "Best in the Midwest" section of its Web site feature "2010 Best Colleges: Region by Region".



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    August 19, 2009

    Hope a "Cool School"
    According to Mother Jones

    Mother Jones magazine (September/October 2009 issue) has included Hope College in a listing of "cool schools that will blow your mind, not your budget".

    Hope is one of 10 schools listed as a Best Value for different reasons. Hope is recognized as a Best Value for artists with a spiritual side.

    The editor said the list was created to recognize schools that "may not bother to juke their stats to make (the) U.S. News (and World Report) short list, but they still have plenty to offer -- for alot less dough."

    About Hope: This creative Christian college is known for its dance, theater, art, music and visiting writers programs. Indie rocker Sufjan Stevens is an alum."

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    August 18, 2009

    Poems Capture World
    of High School Basketball


    Basketball has been described by some as "poetry in motion." The world of high school basketball is shared through poetry itself in the latest collection by nationally-recognized poet Jack Ridl, professor emeritus of English at Hope College.

    Ridl's collection "Losing Season," being released in September by CavanKerry Press, follows a fictional, small-town high school team and its community in an experience lived out annually for decades across the country. Capturing the perspective of a mix of participants - coach, players, family, fans - and chronicling highs and lows along the way, the individual poems together create a composite view of a year of hope and defeat both on and off the basketball court.

    Poet Conrad Hilberry has called the volume "unmatched, I believe, anywhere in American poetry."

    "I've never seen a poetry book as clearly focused as this one, as though a smart documentary filmmaker had hung around the gym all season filming until we can see and feel every hole and knot in the sad fabric of that failed year," he said. "These poems are so compelling, so varied, so familiar to anyone who has felt the impact of high school sports that they may well introduce a new genre."


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    Pictured from left to right: Andrea Eddy, 2009-10 Hope Mortar Board Webmaster; Dan Turner, National Mortar Board President; Hope advisor Dianne Portfleet; Kelsey Bos, 2010-11 Hope Mortar Board president; and Phoebe Burtless-Creps, 2010-11 Hope Mortar Board treasurer.



    August 30, 2010



    Hope Mortar Board Chapter
    Named Best in Nation

    The Hope College chapter of Mortar Board received multiple honors during the society's recent national conference, including recognition as the top chapter in the country.

    The chapter received the national Mortar Board organization's highest honor for a collegiate chapter, the Ruth Weimer Mount Chapter Excellence Award, during the 2010 Mortar Board National Conference, held on Friday-Sunday, July 23-25, in Chicago, Ill. The chapter also received its fourth consecutive Golden Torch Award, eight Project Excellence Awards, and an additional commendation for having been the top chapter in the national "Reading is Leading" Virtual Book Drive in both 2008 and 2009.

    The Ruth Weimer Mount Chapter Excellence Award is presented to the chapter that exemplifies the national college honor society's ideals of scholarship, leadership and service in the most outstanding manner. The recipient is chosen on the basis of a variety of criteria, including chapter operations, campus visibility, member participation, advising, communications and chapter projects.

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    Hope is making a difference in its hometown of Holland as researchers at the
    college contribute to understanding of the Lake Macatawa watershed. From left to right
    are seniors Alex Behm and Morgan Willming, and area high school teachers
    Jennifer Soukhome and Carl Van Faasen ’91, who visited the
    Outdoor Discovery Center to collect mud samples from a pond for testing.

  • August 12, 2009

    Watershed Research Leads
    to High School Lab Manual

    Collaborative research by a team of educators studying the local watershed has led to the publication of a lab manual that will enable high school students to conduct explorations of their own.

    The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Press of Arlington, Va., has published "Watershed Investigations: 12 Labs for High School Students." The book is co-authored by Dr. Graham Peaslee of the Hope College faculty; area teachers Jennifer Soukhome and Carl Van Faasen; and William Statema, a recent Hope graduate now teaching in the Chicago area.

    The lab manual's exercises have been inspired by the authors' experiences working together to understand the Macatawa Watershed, but are designed to be used in any high school experiment-based environmental science curriculum. The projects are designed to be open ended, with students tasked with developing hypotheses and designing experiments to test the problems presented. The approach is intended to teach both about issues related to watersheds and the methodology of scientific inquiry.

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    August 3, 2010


    Chemist William Polik Named ACS Fellow

    Dr. William F. Polik, who is the Edward and Elizabeth Hofma Professor of Chemistry at Hope College, has been named a 2010 ACS Fellow by the American Chemical Society.

    The ACS Fellows program recognizes members of the professional organization for demonstrated excellence in the chemical sciences and outstanding service to the ACS. Fellows come from the entire breadth of ACS's membership, which exceeds 161,000 worldwide, and the chemical enterprise - including high school teaching, entrepreneurship, government service, and all sectors of industry and academia.

    This is the second year in the ACS Fellows program. Although most of this year's 192 fellows are educators, only three, including Polik, are from primarily four-year liberal arts colleges. Polik was one of eight scientists from Michigan honored, including from Hope, Central Michigan University, the Michigan Molecular Institute, the University of Michigan and Wayne State University

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    August 17, 2010

    Hope's Reputation Praised in College Guides

    Hope College continues to fare well in multiple college guides as the newest editions of a variety of the publications debut in tandem with the advent of the school year nationwide.

    Recent or soon-forthcoming guides that list Hope among the select number of institutions they single out for praise include the 2011 "Best Colleges" published by "U.S. News & World Report," the 2011 "Fiske Guide to Colleges" and the "America's Best Colleges 2010" published by "Forbes Magazine."

    The annual rankings compiled by "U.S. News & World Report" have once again included Hope College among the 100 best liberal arts colleges in the nation.

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    August 3, 2010


    Reed Swift Honored as Volunteer Mentor

    Hope College senior Reed Swift of Midland has received the July "Senator's Award for Men in Mentoring" from State Senator Wayne Kuipers (R-Holland).

    Swift is a mentor with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Lakeshore. He received the award during a ceremony on Friday, July 23.

    The award consists of a framed certificate signed by Kuipers and Governor Jennifer Granholm, and a $50 gift certificate to the City Vu Bistro inside City Flats Hotel in Holland.

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    August 3, 2010


    Chemist William Polik Named ACS Fellow

    Dr. William F. Polik, who is the Edward and Elizabeth Hofma Professor of Chemistry at Hope College, has been named a 2010 ACS Fellow by the American Chemical Society.

    The ACS Fellows program recognizes members of the professional organization for demonstrated excellence in the chemical sciences and outstanding service to the ACS. Fellows come from the entire breadth of ACS's membership, which exceeds 161,000 worldwide, and the chemical enterprise - including high school teaching, entrepreneurship, government service, and all sectors of industry and academia.

    This is the second year in the ACS Fellows program. Although most of this year's 192 fellows are educators, only three, including Polik, are from primarily four-year liberal arts colleges. Polik was one of eight scientists from Michigan honored, including from Hope, Central Michigan University, the Michigan Molecular Institute, the University of Michigan and Wayne State University

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