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ACADEMIC YEAR 2010 - 2011

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Faculty, Staff and Student Highlights from 2009-2010

July 20, 2011

NSF Grant Funds Study of Molecular Dynamics and Research Tools

As he and his student researchers study the innermost workings of DNA and RNA, Dr. Brent Krueger of the Hope College chemistry faculty is as interested in improving the methods they're using as in the subject itself.

It's a dual-focused approach that he's pursued since joining the college's faculty in 2001. His work recently received a major boost through a three-year, $385,000 grant from the "Research in Undergraduate Institutions" (RUI) program of the National Science Foundation (NSF) that will help support his on-going project into 2014.

Krueger's team is studying the functioning of biomolecules called Hairpin Ribozymes in processes involving DNA and RNA. They are most interested in better understanding how changes to the Hairpin Ribozyme's structure during such processes relate to the way that it functions.


July 20, 2011

Letters Share the Life and
Mind of Holland’s Founder

With the bicentennial of the birth of the Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte only a few months away, a new book provides insights into the life and mind of Holland's founder from a new source: the man himself.

Published earlier this month, "Envisioning Hope College: Letters written by Albertus C. Van Raalte to Philip Phelps Jr., 1857 to 1875" features correspondence as the two men worked together on behalf of education in the Holland Colony, efforts that led to the founding of both Hope and Western Theological Seminary in the 1860s. While the volume isn't a biography per se, its editor, Dr. Elton Bruins (pictured), feels that the collection of 94 letters provides perspective on Van Raalte unavailable in previous works about the respected religious leader.

"This is the first book dealing with Van Raalte in which he himself is doing most of the speaking," Bruins said. "You hear Van Raalte speaking for himself and opening his heart, and that for me makes the book."


July 20, 2011

Hope College Part of Biology Knowledgebase Collaboration

The US Department of Energy has formed a collaboration of researchers that it has tasked with developing a systems biology database that will enable comparative genomics research for scientists studying plants, microbes, and the environment.

DOE's Office of Science said yesterday that the team, which includes Hope College's Matthew DeJongh, Associate Professor of Computer Science and Aaron Best, Associate Professor of Biology, and is spread across eight institutions around the country, will work together to develop the Systems Biology Knowledgebase, which is designed to enhance collaborative computational research.

Initiated with $3 million in funding from the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the Knowledgebase project will provide new capabilities for researchers to evaluate data-driven theories of microbial and plant systems and to generate new data, protocols, algorithms, and testable models.


July 20, 2011

Grant from ExxonMobil Supports
Schools’ Participation in REACH

For the third consecutive year, ExxonMobil has provided support for high school teachers and students to learn about the natural and applied sciences as participants in the summer research program at HopeCollege.

A $7,000 grant to the college is supporting the participation of students in Project REACH (Research Experiences Across Cultures at Hope) this summer. The award was presented at Hope on Wednesday, July 20, by Matt Van Zanten and Abigail Albers, representing J&H Oil, a local ExxonMobil branded fuels marketing distributor.

The REACH program is a six-week immersion for high school students and teachers engaging in challenging and relevant research projects with Hope's science, engineering and mathematics faculty. The goal is to provide meaningful learning experiences to the students as they consider their interest in pursuing careers in one of the STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) fields in college, and to involve teachers in research activity that they can in turn apply to their own classroom teaching. The emphasis has been on recruiting students who come from backgrounds underrepresented in STEM careers.


July 17, 2011

Hope Senior Receives National
Accounting Scholarship

Hope accounting senior Erin McIntyre of Munster, Ind. has been selected to receive a $10,000 scholarship for the 2011-12 academic year from the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), a national organization established by Congress to oversee the audits of public companies in order to protect investors and the public interest by promoting informative, accurate and independent audit reports.

The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 provided that funds generated from the collection of monetary penalties imposed by the PCAOB must be used to fund a merit scholarship program for students in accredited accounting degree programs to provide a source of funding to encourage outstanding undergraduate and graduate students to pursue a career in auditing.

There were 52 scholarships granted nationwide for the 2011-12 academic year. Hope College established a Professional CPA Program specifically for students pursuing careers in public accounting and auditing.


June 27, 2011

John Donkersloot Receives Two
National Academic Awards

Recent Hope College graduate John Donkersloot of Zeeland (Zeeland East HS) has been awarded the highest honors that can be presented to a scholar-athlete.

The three-time All-American high jumper has been awarded an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship and for the second consecutive year named a Capital One first team Academic All-American.

The Phi Beta Kappa biochemistry/molecular biology major maintained a 3.90 grade point average. He also carried a philosophy minor and is an accomplished pianist. He was named the outstanding senior student-athlete in the Hope Class of 2011. He finished third in the high jump at the NCAA Division III championships as a sophomore and junior and was fourth this past spring.

"John is a very personable individual with exceptional talent and
leadership qualities, and a commitment to contribute in a positive way to his campus and community," said Dr. Lynne Hendrix, Hope NCAA faculty athletic representative.


June 9, 2011

Hope Participating in Study of
Pollution in Lake Macatawa

Researchers at Hope College are running in high gear in pinpointing the sources of pollution entering Lake Macatawa, hoping within a year to 18 months to have answers that will enable the community to start finding solutions.

Their efforts are focusing on the large quantities of sediment pouring into the lake and the high levels of E. coli bacteria. The research is being conducted with funding from a major grant to the Outdoor Discovery Center Macatawa Greenway, announced earlier this week, that is engaging multiple organizations, including Hope, in resolving problems that have plagued the lake for years.

Led by faculty members Dr. Graham Peaslee and Dr. Michael Pikaart, the work at Hope is involving more than a dozen current students, two recent graduates, a high school teacher and two high school students, a post-doctoral researcher and a cohort of approximately eight community volunteers collecting samples. The research is spread across seven laboratories in two buildings, taking the process from organizing and storing samples gathered at the lake and its tributaries, to running a variety of tests, to collecting and analyzing the resulting data.


June 8, 2011

Todd Steen Co-Edits Essay Collection
from “Christian Scholar’s Review”

Dr. Todd Steen of the Hope College economics faculty is among the co-editors of a book celebrating the 40th anniversary of the quarterly journal "Christian Scholar's Review."

"Taking Every Thought Captive: Forty Years of the Christian Scholar's Review" features 25 essays, selected by the members of the editing team, from across the journal's history from its inception in 1970 through 2010. The book is being published this month by Abilene Christian University Press of Abilene, Texas.

The essays are divided into two sections: the first focused on general discussion of Christian higher education and the academic vocation, and the second reflecting on specific academic disciplines. Among the authors are scholars who through the years have spoken at Hope, such as Stanley Hauerwas, Richard Mouw and Nicholas Wolterstorff. The featured essayists include Dr. Steven Bouma-Prediger of the Hope faculty, who with Brian Walsh co-authored "Education for Homelessness or Homemaking?"


June 6, 2011

Hope/Holland Collaboration
Celebrates Neighborhood

A reception celebrated a Hope/Holland community collaboration that has helped highlight a distinctive neighborhood.

Ten Hope students enrolled in the college's leadership program worked across the spring semester with 15 high-school age students at Holland's Van Raalte Tech to create colorful banners to support the stores and atmosphere of Washington Square, located along Washington Avenue between 18th and 19th streets.

The illustrations on the banners, hanging on both sides of the block, represent the district as well as individual stores. The Hope students organized and coordinated the project, and worked with the Van Raalte Tech students to write a grant request to the Holland/Zeeland Community Foundation, which provided $500 in support.


June 4, 2011

Ten Hope Teams Receive MIAA GPA Award

Ten Hope College athletic teams have received the 2010-11 GPA Team Award from the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA).

The MIAA Team GPA Award is presented to conference teams that achieve a 3.300 or better grade point average for an entire academic year. This program is administered by the Faculty-Athletic Representatives (FARs) of the MIAA member colleges. The FARs at Hope College are Lynne Hendrix, professor of accountancy, and Dr. Mark Pearson, assistant professor of mathmetics.

Hope teams receiving the award and the coach of that team were: men's tennis, 3.673 (Steve Gorno); volleyball, 3.627 (Becky Schmidt); women's swimming & diving, 3.623 (John Patnott); women's tennis, 3.604 (Nate Price); women's cross country, 3.541 (Mark Northuis); women's track & field, 3.484 (Kevin Cole); women's soccer, 3.453 (Leigh Sears); women's basketball, 3.360 (Brian Morehouse); women's golf, 3.347 (Greg Stafford); and softball, 3.315 (Mary Vande Hoef).

The women's cross country team, coached by Dr. Mark Northuis, has the distinction of receiving the honor all 13 years since the award program was instituted in 1998-99.


June 4, 2011

Two Athletes Receive
CoSIDA Academic Honors

Two Hope athletes have received All-District academic honors from the College Sports Information Directors Association (CoSIDA).

Distance swimmer Sarah Sohn of Arlington Heights, Ill. (Prospect HS) and All-American high jumper John Donkersloot of Zeeland (Zeeland East HS) become eligible for Academic All-America consideration. Sohn will be a senior in 2011-12 while Donkersloot is a 2011 graduate.

Sohn is being honored in the at-large category while Donkersloot is being recognized for the second consecutive year in track & field.

Earlier this spring senior Suzie Stevenson of Granger, Ind. (Granger HS) was named to the All-District academic team in softball.


June 2, 2011

David James Authors Collection of Poetry

The first full-length poetry collection by David James, as D.R. James, of the Hope College faculty reflects a life journey from loss to joy, with an emphasis on finding wonder in the moment whatever the stage.

"Since Everything Is All I've Got" has been published by March Street Press of Greensboro, N.C., and features work across the past decade. James, who is an adjunct associate professor of English and senior associate with the college's Academic Support Center, has grouped the collection's 60 poems into three parts that show, he notes, "an upward trend from a fairly bleak outlook on life due to existential realities to a new appreciation for life and the now - which is why the title 'Since Everything Is All I've Got.'"

Poet Fred Marchant, author of the collections "The Looking House" and "Full Moon Boat," has described the collection as "D.R. James's book of wonders."



May 18, 2011

NSF Grant Supports Research into Properties of New Metal Alloys

Hope College junior Angelina Matthews of Amityville, N.Y., has won a scholarship from the Kalamazoo-Muskegon chapter of the National Black Nurses Association (NBNA).

Applicants for the $1,000 awards competed on the basis of essays on why they chose to pursue a career in nursing. Matthews and recipients from other colleges and universities were recognized during the chapter's award banquet on Saturday, May 14, at the Amway Grand Plaza in Grand Rapids.

Matthews is a nursing major at Hope. Her activities at the college have included the Phelps Scholars Program, a residence-hall-based program for students interested in exploring topics related to diversity together. After graduation, she intends to work in nursing for a year and then pursue a master's degree in nursing.


May 18, 2011

Angelina Matthews Wins
Nursing Scholarship

Hope College junior Angelina Matthews of Amityville, N.Y., has won a scholarship from the Kalamazoo-Muskegon chapter of the National Black Nurses Association (NBNA).

Applicants for the $1,000 awards competed on the basis of essays on why they chose to pursue a career in nursing. Matthews and recipients from other colleges and universities were recognized during the chapter's award banquet on Saturday, May 14, at the Amway Grand Plaza in Grand Rapids.

Matthews is a nursing major at Hope. Her activities at the college have included the Phelps Scholars Program, a residence-hall-based program for students interested in exploring topics related to diversity together. After graduation, she intends to work in nursing for a year and then pursue a master's degree in nursing.


May 11, 2011

Michael Parrish of Midland Wins
Awards at Philosophy Conference

Hope College senior Michael Parrish of Midland won two awards during the 16th annual Undergraduate Philosophy Conference held at the State University of New York at Oneonta on Friday and Saturday, April 29-30.

Parrish presented the paper "Neuroscience and the Mind: A Scientific and Philosophical Defense of Materialism" during the conference. He received both the "Matthew Grappone Prize in Philosophy of Science" for presenting a paper that was exceptional in the philosophy of science and the "Spirit of the Conference Award" for noteworthy contributions to the academic, intellectual and positive social atmosphere of the conference.

A biology major, Parrish originally developed his paper for the college's Philosophy of Science class taught by Dr. Joseph LaPorte, associate professor of philosophy, who encouraged him to submit it to the conference. Parrish subsequently refined the paper, with LaPorte providing additional mentoring, continuing even after the class concluded.


May 8, 2011

Heather Sellers Presented H.O.P.E. Award

Dr. Heather Sellers of the Hope College English faculty has been presented the 47th “Hope Outstanding Professor Educator” (H.O.P.E.) Award by the graduating Class of 2011.

She was named the recipient during the college’s Commencement ceremony, held at Holland Municipal Stadium on Sunday, May 8.

The award, first given in 1965, is presented by the graduating class to the professor who they feel epitomizes the best qualities of the Hope College educator.

Sellers has been a member of the Hope faculty since 1995. A professor of English, she teaches poetry, fiction and creative non fiction.


May 3, 2011

Sociology Project Wins
Social Science Division Award

A collaborative faculty-student research project led by Dr. Pamela Koch of the HopeCollege sociology faculty has won the college's second annual "Social Sciences Young Investigators Award."

Koch, who is an assistant professor of sociology, and junior Matt Herm of Port Huron and senior Lindsey Rhodes of Palatine, Ill., received the recognition for their project "Parental Experiences and Religiosity in Young Adults: Does Parental Style Matter?" Herm is a psychology and sociology dual major minoring in religion, and Rhodes is a sociology major, and both have been working on the project with Koch since the summer of 2010.

The "Social Sciences Young Investigators Award" is designed to recognize and encourage junior faculty to partner with students in research collaborations that further the scholarship goals of the faculty member while developing the skills of critical inquiry and analysis in his or her students. It includes funding for the faculty and student team to present their work at a professional conference.

The competition is open to junior social science faculty who worked with students on a significant research project, with at least one of the students returning for the next academic year. The selection is made from among the eligible social science projects highlighted during the college's annual Celebration of Undergraduate Research and Creative Performance, which was held on Friday, April 15, this year.


May 2, 2011

Jon Huisken and John Yelding to
Receive Vanderbush-Weller Awards

Hope College registrar Jon Huisken and education faculty member John Yelding have been named recipients of the college's 12th annual "Vanderbush-Weller Development Fund" awards for strong, positive impact on students.

The award recognizes and supports the efforts of Hope faculty and staff who make extraordinary contributions to the lives of students. Huisken and Yelding will be honored during a dinner on Thursday, May 5.

"John Yelding and Jon Huisken epitomize the essence of going above and beyond the call for students," said Dr. Richard Frost, vice president and dean of students at Hope, whose office coordinates the award, which is presented based on nominations from the campus community.

"For Dr. Yelding, this has taken place in the education department, ethnic studies and the Phelps Scholars Program," he said. "For countless students, Dr. Yelding has been and is a mentor, supporter and guide as they travel through the academic maze and life's hurdles."


April 28, 2011

Current Student and Recent
Graduate Receive Fulbright Awards

Graduating Hope College senior Jeffrey Vredenburg (pictured right) and 2009 graduate Edward Helderop, who have been friends since seventh grade and were classmates at Forest Hills Northern High School in Grand Rapids, have each received highly competitive English teaching assistantships for the coming year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

Vredenburg will spend September through mid-July 2012 in Ecuador, teaching English as well as working with local conservation and sustainability organizations on community-education projects. Helderop will be in Andorra from September until May or June 2012, teaching English and conducting research regarding the teaching of Catalan in Andorran schools.

Several Hope students or recent graduates have received the awards through the years, including four each in 2008 and 2009, and two last year.


April 28, 2011

Students Receive Awards
for Academic Achievement

Awards for academic achievement during the current school year were presented to Hope College students during the college's annual Honors Convocation on Thursday, April 28.

The awards presented for achievement in specific areas of study are as follows:

Art -- The Stanley Harrington Art Award, junior Delaney Erickson of Farmington Hills, Justin Korver of Sioux Center, Ia.; the Art Department Purchase Award, senior Elizabeth Melchers of Algonquin, Ill.; the John Montgomery Wilson Award in Art History, senior Nicole Buccella of Belmont; the Herman Miller Art Award, junior Samantha Madson of Avon, Ind.; Jon F. Kay Awards, junior Christopher Cox of Grand Rapids, senior Elizabeth Melchers of Algonquin, Ill., senior Chelsea Tarnas of West Bloomfield, junior Jacob Townley of Grand Rapids.

Biology --The Biology Book Award, freshman Mallory Smith of Grand Haven, freshman Meredith Whitehead of Buffalo Grove, Ill.; the De Kruif Writing Prize, junior Hilary Bultman of Hamilton, senior Nickolas Davros of Muskegon, junior Jennifer LaRoche of Hudsonville; the Wolterink Prize in Biology, junior Jessica Kozack of Carol Stream, Ill.; the Biology Service Award, senior Alexis Nickols of Laingsburg; the Patterson Memorial Prize in Biology, senior Emily Leathley of Livonia, senior Pieter Norden of Dublin, Ohio.


April 28, 2011

Students Receive Special Prizes and Awards

Hope College students received a variety of special awards during the college's annual Honors Convocation held on Thursday, April 28.

Special prizes and awards presented are as follows:

° Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship - senior Anne Georges of Ramsey, Minn.; junior Colin Rathbun of Ada.

° Cancer Federation Award - senior Robert Sjoholm of Burnsville, Minn.

° CrossRoads Project - senior Amanda Bieri of Holland, senior Rebecca Kragt of Goshen, Ind., senior Maria Krebs of Orange City, Ia., senior Molly Mead of Orange City, Ia., junior Katie Opatik-Duff of Middleville, senior Andrew Peterson of Orange City, Ia., senior Caleb Schut of Brandon, Wisc., senior Kendra Short of Wapakoneta, Ohio, junior April Sugimoto of Caledonia, senior Emily Van Til of Holland, junior Matthew Vermaire of Fruitport, junior Jordan Walters of Austin, Tex., senior Alexandra Wolfe of St. Paul, Minn.


April 28, 2011

Students Inducted into Mortar Board

Thirty-five Hope College juniors have been inducted into Mortar Board, a national honor society that recognizes students for scholarship, leadership and service.

The students were recognized during the college's annual Honors Convocation on Thursday, April 28.

The new members are: Emilee Anderson, Fenton; Lindsey Bandy, Elgin, Ill.; Jamie Benjamin, Naperville, Ill.; Michael Blauw, Grand Rapids; Ashli Brennan, Northville; Jacqueline Canonaco, Arlington Hts., Ill.; Rebecca Lee Christensen, Hastings; Kelsey Cratty, Rockford, Ill.; Michael Dirksen, Grand Rapids; Alexandra Egedy, Hudsonville; Katelyn Geisler, Dublin, Ohio; Matthew Hartwell, Brighton; XiSen Hou, Holland; Rachel Jantz, Sparta; Sarah Johnson, Traverse City; Bryan Kunkler, Ada; Cory Lakatos, Howell; Jennifer LaRoche, Hudsonville; Ziye Liu, Chongqing, China; Katherine Maguire, East Lansing; Kyle McLellan, Fort Wayne, Ind.; Kirsten Peterson, Sunnyvale, Ca.; Colin Rathbun, Ada; Blair Riddle, Louisville, Ky.; Mia Savagian, Bloomfield Hills; Adam Simon, Richland; Lindsey Sisson, Holland; Ingrid Slette, Holland; Imari Smith, Lansing; Heather Stiff, Galena, Ohio; Bethany Stripp, Richland; Reed Swift, Midland; Marco Tori, Pinckney; Molly Vass, Valparaiso, Ind. and Stacy Victory, Hudsonville.

April 28, 2011

Seniors Receive Sigma Xi Awards

A total of ninety-five Hope College seniors or recent graduates were honored with Senior Sigma Xi Awards during the college's annual Honors Convocation, held on Thursday, April 28, in Dimnent Memorial Chapel.

Sigma Xi is the Scientific Research Society. The Sigma Xi club at Hope is one of 500 clubs and chapters in North America dedicated to the encouragement, support and recognition of scientists.

The students receiving awards were:

Stephen Agauas, Bloomfield Hills; Annalise Almdale, Ft. Wayne, Ind.; Lisa Alvine, Elgin, Ill.; Julia Becker, Glenview, Ill.; Christina Bowles, Laingsburg; Jonathan Brooks, Hudsonville; John Donkersloot, Zeeland; Danielle Fegan, Sault Saint Marie; Cecilia Kovach, Gobles; Emily Leathley, Livonia; Steven Lewis, Ada; Peter Luzzi, Winnetka, Ill.; Zachary Mobley, Brighton; Alexis Nickols, Laingsburg; Pieter Norden, Dublin, Ohio; Jonathan Oldham, St. Joseph; Kelsey Reimink, Hudsonville; Anne Short, Holland; Danielle Silletti, Canton; Daniel Smith, Tekonsha; and Jeffrey Stusick, Stevensville.

see complete listing of award recipients

April 18, 2011

Senior Sarah Ashcroft Wins
Opera Grand Rapids Competition

Hope College senior Sarah Ashcroft of Holland has won the 2011 Opera Grand Rapids Collegiate Competition, held on Sunday, April 17, at the Betty Van Andel Opera Center in Grand Rapids.

Ashcroft was one of seven finalists - three of whom were from Hope - from Grand Rapids-area colleges and universities competing in the event after having been chosen from among 10 select contestants during an initial round in February.

Ashcroft, who is a 2007 graduate of West Ottawa High School and the daughter of Karin Ashcroft of Holland, is majoring in vocal music performance and vocal music education. The first-place recognition is one of multiple major singing honors that she has won this year - and across her undergraduate career.



April 11, 2011

Seniors Named to Phi Beta Kappa

Fifty-nine of Hope College's graduating seniors and recent graduates are being initiated into the Zeta of Michigan chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest scholastic honorary society.

For more than 200 years, election to Phi Beta Kappa has been a recognition of intellectual capacity well-employed, especially in acquiring an education in the liberal arts and sciences. The objectives encouraged by Phi Beta Kappa include intellectual honesty and tolerance, range of intellectual interests and understanding -- not merely knowledge.

Hope faculty who are members of Phi Beta Kappa elected the students in recognition of their high grade point average in liberal arts courses, their broad cultural interests, and their independent and creative scholarly activities outside the classroom.



April 7, 2011

Students and Recent Graduates
Receive NSF Fellowship Honors

A total of five Hope College graduating seniors or recent graduates have received prestigious Graduate Research Fellowships from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The recipients are senior Valerie Winton of Lake Bluff, Ill.; 2010 graduate Shirley Bradley; 2009 graduate Ryan Davis; 2009 graduate Jacob Dickinson; and 2010 graduate Christopher Ploch.

It is the third year in a row that five or more graduating seniors or recent alumni have received fellowships or honorable mention in the program, with three or more receiving fellowships during each of the three years. The NSF awarded approximately 2,000 of the fellowships nationwide this year.

The awards are for students in the early stage of pursuing a research-based master's or doctoral degree in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines. The fellowships are for up to three years, and pay a $30,000 annual stipend and a $10,500 cost-of-education allowance.


March 31, 2011

Two Hope Students Receive
Goldwater Scholarships

Two Hope College juniors have received highly competitive scholarships from the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation.

Anne Georges of Ramsey, Minn., and Colin Rathbun of Ada have each received Goldwater Scholarships for the 2011-12 academic year, out of only 275 awarded nationwide.

The scholarships were awarded by the Board of Trustees of the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation to undergraduate sophomores and juniors. The Goldwater Scholars were selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,095 mathematics, science and engineering students who were nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities nationwide.

The scholarships are for one or two years, depending on the recipient's year in school, and cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 per year.


March 31, 2011

Hope Named Outstanding Employer

For the sixth consecutive year, Hope College has been named one of the "101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For" in West Michigan.

The competition is a program of the Michigan Business and Professional Association (MBPA). Hope and the region's other 2011 winners will be recognized during the "West Michigan's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For" annual human resources symposium and awards luncheon on Thursday, May 5, at the Pinnacle Center in Hudsonville.

Each company's entry was evaluated by an independent research firm. The nominated companies were assessed in categories including communication, community initiatives, compensation and benefits, diversity and multiculturalism, employee education and development, employee engagement and commitment, recognition and retention, recruitment and selection, small business and work-life balance.

The winners represent industries as diverse as the automotive, insurance, hospitality, communications and non-profit sectors. They were chosen for their exceptional human resources practices, according to Jennifer Kluge, who is the MBPA chief operating officer and executive vice president, and a veteran human resources manager.


March 30, 2011

Hope Team Finishes in Top Third in Challenging Mathematics Contest

A team of Hope College students has finished in the top third nationally in the 2010 William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition, a contest so challenging that the median score this year was two points out of a possible 120.

Four Hope students competed in the event: junior Nathan Graber of Washington, D.C., junior XiSen Hou of Qingdao, China, freshman Joshua Kammeraad of Bethel Park, Pa., and junior Bobby Nash of Niles. They finished 121st out of teams of undergraduates representing 442 colleges and universities from the United States and Canada. Individually, each of the four students scored between 10 and 20 points on the exam, all ranking within the top 1,670 out of the 4,296 individual participants from 546 institutions.

"Putnam is an extremely difficult and prestigious competition," said Dr. Aaron Cinzori, associate professor of mathematics and chairperson of the department. "For our students to finish 121st among the best mathematical students in two countries, and to score 10 to 20 individually when the median was two, is a remarkable achievement and we're proud of their performance."


March 29, 2011

Michigan Space Grant Consortium
Supports Several Hope Projects

Several Hope College projects have received grants from the Michigan Space Grant Consortium.

A total of eight projects from Hope received funding from the consortium through its 2011-12 grant period. The awards to Hope projects, which total $35,000, are in five categories: four are fellowships for students conducting collaborative research with members of the faculty, two are "seed grants" for faculty research; one is through a teacher-training program; and one received support through initiatives for pre-college education and for attracting members of underrepresented groups to mathematics and science careers.

The consortium awarded grants in seven categories to a total of 75 projects statewide, chosen from among 125 applications.


March 29, 2011

Students to Receive MCC Service Awards

Michigan Campus Compact (MCC) will honor nine Hope College students for their dedication and commitment to community service during the organization's 15th annual Outstanding Student Service Awards Celebration on Saturday, April 9, at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center in East Lansing.

Each year, MCC recognizes students from member colleges and universities across the state for their outstanding commitment to service-learning and civic engagement. Three types of awards are given: the Outstanding Community Impact Award, the Commitment to Service Award, and the Heart and Soul Award. MCC will be honoring more than 350 students who attend the organization's member colleges and universities.



March 28, 2011

Jeff Brown Receives National
Engineers Without Borders Faculty Award

Dr. Jeff Brown, assistant professor of engineering at Hope College, has been named the 2011 recipient of the "Peter J. Bosscher Faculty Advisor Award for Outstanding Leadership" by Engineers Without Borders-USA (EWB-USA).

The award was presented on Saturday, March 26, during an awards gala and reception held in conjunction with the Eighth Annual EWB-USA International Conference, which took place in Louisville, Ky.

The award recognizes faculty advisors within EWB-USA who provide outstanding leadership and mentorship to their student chapter. It is named for the late Peter J. Bosscher, who was an EWB-USA faculty advisor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in addition to being actively involved with the national organization.



March 22, 2011

Hope Selected to Participate in
Dance Festival Gala Concert

Hope College was among only 11 colleges and universities to have work chosen for the Gala Performance that closed the East Central Conference of the American College Dance Festival Association (ACDFA) on Saturday, March 19, at the University of Akron in Ohio.

The adjudicated concert included "Yucuninu," choreographed by Hope faculty member Alicia Diaz. The solo piece was performed by Hope junior Michael Parmelee of Lansing, who is a dance performance-choreographer major.

"Yucuninu" is a ritualized, physical expression of pleading for strength and hope in a time of adversity. West Michigan audiences had an opportunity to experience the work during dANCEpROjECt's Oct. 28-30 fall concerts at the college's Knickerbocker Theatre, which featured a different interpretation each night: a female solo, a female trio and a male trio.


March 14, 2011

Hope Earns State Elementary
Certificate Program Approval

The Hope College teacher-preparation program has earned approval from Michigan's Department of Education as meeting the standards required by the state's new Elementary Certificate Program.

There are currently 33 colleges and universities approved by the Michigan State Board of Education to prepare teachers and recommend them for a certificate to teach. Only those that, like Hope, have obtained approval under the new standards will be allowed to admit students to their elementary teacher-education programs after December of this year. The new standards will be reflected in the new version of the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) that will be used after July 2013.

The approval follows a history of high praise for Hope's teacher-preparation program from the department in the past. For example, Hope's program is one of six across the state tied for second place in the state's "Teacher Preparation Institution Performance Scores for Academic Year 2008-09," the most recent rankings available.


March 14, 2011

Athletic Training Association
Honors Meg Frens

Meg Frens, who is an assistant professor of kinesiology and athletic trainer at Hope College, has received the President's Excellence Award from the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers' Association (GLATA).

She was honored "in recognition of service, leadership, professionalism and exemplary contributions to the GLATA membership." The award was announced on Friday, March 11, in conjunction with the group's annual Winter Symposium, held in Minneapolis, Minn., on Thursday-Saturday, March 10-12.

Frens, who is a certified member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA), is active in the state, regional and national athletic training associations in a variety of ways. She is co-chairperson of the Professional Education Committee for the Michigan Athletic Trainers' Society (MATS), responsible for planning and coordinating the annual educational meeting and most recently working on continuing-education opportunities to assist athletic trainers in maintaining state licensure. As a member of the GLATA Education Committee, she led the development of a "Policy and Procedure Manual for use of Vovici Community Professional Survey Software Management," and administered the surveys and reports for the membership for two years. She is an exam item writer for the NATA Board of Certification, and is a past advisor to the GLATA Student Senate.


March 8, 2011

Students Win First-Place Awards
in Regional Singing Auditions

Sarah Ashcroft and Heather Benson

Hope College senior Sarah Ashcroft of Holland and junior Heather Benson of Muskegon each won first place during the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Great Lakes Regional Competition, held at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, on Saturday, March 5.

Ashcroft won in the College Senior Women's Division, and Benson won in the Advanced (graduate-level) Division. They had each previously earned first-place awards in the same categories during the NATS Michigan State Chapter Auditions on Saturday, Nov. 6.



March 7, 2011

Tennis Center Staff
Members Receive Recognition

Professional associations have presented honors to both Jorge Capestany and Adam Ford of the staff of the DeWittTennisCenter at HopeCollege.

Capestany, who is manager of the center, has been named "Facility Manager of the Year" and presented the "Outstanding Education of the Year" award by the Midwest Division of the United States Professional Tennis Association Inc. (USPTA). Ford, a staff professional with the center, has been named "Member of the Year" for the state of Michigan by the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR).

The USPTA "Facility Manager of the Year" recognition is based on supporting professional development of the facility staff, organizational affiliations and special achievements in the tennis facility industry, while the "Outstanding Education of the Year" award is based on accumulating the most education credit among the division's 1,135 members. Capestany received the two awards during an awards ceremony held on Friday, Feb. 4, in conjunction with the division's 2011 conference in Indianapolis, Ind.

The PTR "Member of the Year" award recognizes dedication and diligence in promoting and supporting tennis and PTR. Ford received the recognition during the 2011 PTR International Tennis Symposium, held in Hilton Head, S.C., on Friday-Thursday, Feb. 18-24. He was also crowned the Cardio Tennis Feeding Shootout Champion during the symposium.


March 1, 2011

Memoir by Heather Sellers to
Receive Adult Literature Award

The memoir "You Don't Look Like Anyone I Know: A True Story of Family, Face Blindness, and Forgiveness" by Dr. Heather Sellers of the Hope College English faculty is one of only two books by emerging authors in the Midwest chosen for recognition by the Friends of American Writers (FAW).

The Chicago, Ill.-based FAW will present Sellers with a 2011 "Adult Literature Award" on Wednesday, April 13, during the group's awards luncheon. The award is a second major honor for Sellers's memoir, which was named a 2011 Michigan Notable Book by the Library of Michigan in December.

The FAW award is for authors who are residents or previous residents of Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota or Wisconsin, or for books set in the same region. The books can be fiction or non-fiction of literary quality, as opposed to a collection of poetry, and the author must not have published more than three such books under his or her own pen name. The other author being honored this year is Christie Hodgen, who wrote "Elegies of the Brokenhearted," a book of linked short stories.



February 21, 2011

John Lunn Elected President of
Association of Christian Economists

Dr. John Lunn, who is the Robert W. Haack Professor of Economics at HopeCollege, has been elected to a two-year term as president of the Association of Christian Economists (ACE).

ACE aims to encourage Christian scholars to explore and communicate the relationship between their faith and the discipline of economics, and to promote interaction and communication among Christian economists. The association currently has approximately 300 members, who are Christian economists in academia, business and government.

Lunn most recently served the ACE as a member of the editorial board of "Faith and Economics," the review published by the association twice a year. Through the years he has also organized sessions and presented papers during the group's annual meeting.



February 21, 2011

Hope Students Named Finalists
in Opera Competition

Three Hope College students were named finalists in the Opera Grand Rapids Collegiate Competition held on Friday, Feb. 18, at the Betty Van Andel Opera Center in Grand Rapids.

Senior Sarah Ashcroft of Holland, junior Caitlin McDougall of Flint and junior Brent Smith of Owosso are among seven finalists chosen from a total of 10 select contestants from Hope, Aquinas College, Calvin College, Grand Rapids Community College and Grand Valley State University. They and the other finalists will compete in the final round scheduled for Sunday, April 17, at 7 p.m. at the Betty Van Andel Opera Center.

The Opera Grand Rapids Collegiate Vocal Competition provides an opportunity for outstanding student vocalists being trained full-time at Greater Grand Rapids-area colleges and universities to compete in a professional competition and to be recognized for excellence by a professional opera company. The participating students are asked to perform two arias in differing styles, languages and composers from opera and/or operetta.




February 21, 2011

Hope Science Division
Honors Three Professors

Dr. Nathan Tintle, Dr. Paul DeYoung, Dr. Graham Peaslee

The Division for the Natural and Applied Sciences (NAS) at Hope College has honored three faculty with awards designed to recognize excellence in teaching or research.

Dr. Nathan Tintle, assistant professor of mathematics and Towsley Research Scholar, has received the "Dean's Science Division Mentoring/ Advising/ Teaching Award." The research team of Dr. Paul DeYoung, who is the Kenneth G. Herrick Professor of Physics and chairperson of the department, and Dr. Graham Peaslee, who is a professor of chemistry and chairperson of the department and a professor of geology/environmental science, has received the "James N. Boelkins Natural and Applied Sciences Division Research Award." Both awards were announced during a luncheon at the college on Thursday, Feb. 24.


February 15, 2011

Grant Supports Research to
Improve Parkinson’s Treatment

A grant from the Campbell Foundation of Grand Rapids is supporting Hope College neuroscientist Dr. Gregory Fraley in his ongoing research focused on improving the effectiveness of deep brain stimulation as a treatment for Parkinson's Disease.

Fraley, an associate professor of biology, is working with researchers at the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in New York City to study the effectiveness of a compound that may offset one of the drawbacks of the treatment: the potential to damage brain cells and in so doing limit its very effectiveness. The two-year award from the Campbell Foundation will provide a total of $50,000 in support from July 2011 through June 2013.

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) may be used for Parkinson's patients who no longer respond to drug therapy. The treatment involves implanting wired electrodes into the brain to deliver electrical stimulation to the areas in which the disease's tremors and other symptoms are believed to originate.


February 7, 2011

Book Explores Politics
of Evangelical Christians

A new book edited by Dr. David Ryden of the Hope College political science faculty looks beyond the voting record and stereotypes in seeking to understand the policy views of evangelical Christians, a group whose rise he considers the most significant occurrence at the intersection of politics and religion in the past three decades.

The volume, “Is the Good Book Good Enough? Evangelical Perspectives on Public Policy,” collects analyses by 13 scholars regarding evangelical approaches to topics ranging from environmentalism, immigration and criminal justice, to the war in Afghanistan, same-sex marriage and racial reconciliation. It was published in January by Lexington Books of Lanham, Md.

“ The emergence of evangelicals in politics is the biggest development in terms of religious influences on politics in the last 30 years, if not more,” said Ryden, who is a professor of political science. “You’re looking at a group that represents anywhere from a quarter to a third of the voting population.”


January 31, 2011

Athletic Training Awareness
Project Wins Statewide Award

Hope College has received national recognition for exemplary service-learning as one of only 115 colleges and universities across the country named to the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching's "2010 Community Engagement Classification" on Wednesday, Jan. 5.

The college's dean of students, who coordinated Hope's application for the recognition, said that he especially appreciates the selection because it affirms the way that community engagement and service is expressed as a core value at Hope. Even though educating students "for lives of leadership and service in a global society" is part of the college's mission statement, he noted that it happens through the efforts of hundreds of individuals--students, faculty and members of the staff - who choose to come together in multiple ways to make a difference, whether tutoring area children, raising funds for the American Cancer Society or helping provide a village in Africa with clean water.

"Hope College being the recipient of the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification is an authentic reflection of the college's commitment to service to others," said Dr. Richard Frost, vice president of student development and dean of students at Hope.


January 24, 2011

Student’s Article to Be Published
in “Journal of Christian Nursing”

An article by Hope College senior nursing major Audrey Griffith of Naperville, Ill., has been accepted for publication in a forthcoming issue of the "Journal of Christian Nursing."

Griffith's article focuses on her personal experience with childhood cancer and her calling into nursing and missionary work. It is scheduled for publication in the April-June issue of the quarterly publication.

The "Journal of Christian Nursing" (JCN) is a peer-reviewed professional journal that focuses on helping nurses integrate issues of faith with nursing practice and sustain excellence in nursing care. It is a publication of the Nurses Christian Fellowship, and has been published since 1984.


January 24, 2011

Books Feature Easy-to-Do Fitness
Activities for Kids and Families

Health experts are consistent in asserting that children should exercise, but Dr. Steven Smith of the Hope College kinesiology faculty knows that keeping it fun and finding the time can be a challenge. He has written a book that he hopes will help educators and families do both.

The publication is actually a set of three books, each intended for a different audience: two focused on families or home-school use, depending on their interest and needs, and one for classroom use. Each volume presents a week-by-week, year-long outline of activities that can be done quickly and with a minimum of set-up. Spiral-bound for easy use, they are titled "Family Fitness Flips," "Faithful Fitness Flips" and "Classroom Quick Breaks," and were published this past fall by Credo House Publishers of Grand Rapids.

Smith, whose doctorate is in motor development, has been conducting research regarding performance and fitness levels in children for several years, with an interest in encouraging healthy behaviors. The books grew out of his discovery that exercise plans for children don't do so well unless their families are part of the picture.


January 11, 2011

New Biochemistry Textbook
Written by Emeritus Professor

Prentice-Hall Publishing, a subsidiary of Pearson Education, has announced the publication of a new textbook authored by Dr. Rodney Boyer, who is the Drs. Edward and Elizabeth Hofma Professor Emeritus of Chemistry at Hope College.

The new book, "Biochemistry Laboratory: Modern Theory and Techniques," second edition, is designed for use in undergraduate biochemistry and molecular biology teaching and research laboratories. The book focuses on detailed descriptions of modern techniques in experimental biochemistry and discusses the theory behind important techniques. The extensive range of techniques includes computer internet biochemical databases, chromatography, electrophoresis, spectroscopy, measurements of ligand-binding interactions, and recombinant DNA procedures such as molecular cloning and polymerase chain reaction. It is expected that students will use the book as a supplement and guide to their laboratory procedures.

The book will have a companion website with information for instructors on how to design and teach a biochemistry/molecular biology lab course. The highlight of the website is a listing of more than 250 experimental projects in all areas of biochemistry and molecular biology and appropriate for use at the undergraduate level. The list of experiments on the website will be updated on a periodic basis.


January 10, 2011

Annual Recognition
Luncheon Honors Faculty

Hope College honored faculty members for service, academic achievement and professional involvement during the college's annual recognition luncheon on Monday, Jan. 10.

The luncheon traditionally marks the beginning of the college's second semester. Participating were James Bultman, president; Richard Ray, provost; Moses Lee, dean for the natural and applied sciences; Caroline Simon, interim dean for the social sciences; and William Reynolds, dean for the arts and humanities.

Recognized for 40 years of service were Bill Mungall (chemistry) and Bill Reynolds (dean for the arts and humanities). Honored for 35 years of service was Susan Cherup (education). Recognized for 25 years of service were Jim Allis (philosophy), Dean Kreps (kinesiology), Greg Murray (biology) and Kathy Winnett-Murray (biology). Honored for 20 years of service were Michelle Bombe (theatre), David O'Brien (Van Wylen Library) and Daina Robins (theatre). Adjunct or part-time faculty recognized for 20 years of service were Bob Ebels (kinesiology) and Lee Schopp (kinesiology).


Ernest Cole
Tom Smith
Jeff Tyler
Annie Dandavati
Chuck Green
Susan Cherup
Mary Inman
David Klooster

January 10, 2011

Hope Presents Awards to Faculty

Hope College presented awards honoring teaching, service and scholarship to multiple faculty members during the college's annual recognition luncheon on Monday, Jan. 10.

  • Named a "Towsley Research Scholar" was Ernest Cole, assistant professor of English.

  • The "Janet L. Andersen Excellence in Teaching Awards" were presented to Tom Smith, who is the Dr. Leon A. Bosch '29 Professor of Management and chairperson of the department, and Jeff Tyler, who is a professor of religion.

  • The "Ruth and John Reed Faculty Achievement Awards" were presented to Annie Dandavati, who is a professor of political science and director of women's studies, and Chuck Green, who is a professor of psychology and director of the Philip Phelps Scholars Program.

  • The "Academic Computing Advisory Team (ACAT) Innovation Award" was presented to Susan Cherup, who is the Arnold and Esther Sonneveldt Professor of Education.

  • The "Provost's Awards for Service to the Academic Program" were presented to Mary Inman, who is a professor of psychology, and David Klooster, who is a professor of English and chairperson of the department.



    January 5, 2011

    Hope Honored Nationally
    for Community Engagement

    Hope College has received national recognition for exemplary service-learning as one of only 115 colleges and universities across the country named to the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching's "2010 Community Engagement Classification" on Wednesday, Jan. 5.

    The college's dean of students, who coordinated Hope's application for the recognition, said that he especially appreciates the selection because it affirms the way that community engagement and service is expressed as a core value at Hope. Even though educating students "for lives of leadership and service in a global society" is part of the college's mission statement, he noted that it happens through the efforts of hundreds of individuals--students, faculty and members of the staff - who choose to come together in multiple ways to make a difference, whether tutoring area children, raising funds for the American Cancer Society or helping provide a village in Africa with clean water.

    "Hope College being the recipient of the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification is an authentic reflection of the college's commitment to service to others," said Dr. Richard Frost, vice president of student development and dean of students at Hope.


    December 13, 2010

    Memoir by Heather Sellers
    Named Michigan Notable Book

    The memoir "You Don't Look Like Anyone I Know: A True Story of Family, Face Blindness, and Forgiveness" by Dr. Heather Sellers of the Hope College English faculty has been named a 2011 Michigan Notable Book by the Library of Michigan.

    This year's selections were announced on Monday, Dec. 13.

    As the announcement release explains, each year, the Michigan Notable Books program, which began in 1991, features 20 books published in the previous calendar year that are about, or set in, Michigan or the Great Lakes region, or are written by a native or resident of Michigan. Selections include nonfiction and fiction books that appeal to a variety of audiences and cover a range of topics and issues close to the hearts of Michigan residents.

    Published in October by Riverhead Books, Sellers's memoir has been highlighted in publications ranging from the "New York Times," to "Psychology Today," "Elle" and "People." Since the book's release, she has been featured on NPR's "All Things Considered," ABC's "Good Morning America" and "Rachel Ray," among others.


    December 13, 2010

    Tod Gugino Receives Science
    Division Staff Excellence Award

    Tod Gugino, director of chemistry laboratories at Hope, has been presented the Dean's Science Division Staff Excellence Award for 2010-11 for his effectiveness and the high quality of his student and faculty interaction.

    Gugino received the award on Friday, Dec. 10, during the division's Christmas celebration.

    Gugino, who is a 1985 Hope graduate, has been a member of the Hope staff since 1986. His responsibilities include the provisioning of the chemistry and biochemistry labs and several GEMS labs, as well as hiring and managing 60-70 students working as teaching assistants, prep assistants, stockroom attendants and graders. He developed the college's popular summer science camps, which were attended by more than 900 area children last year, and school-year "Lil' Science Club." He also serves as the college's chemical safety and hygiene officer.


    December 3, 2010

    “Social e-textbook” Concept
    Wins Competitive Fellowship

    The unique "social e-textbook" pioneered by Hope College faculty member Dr. Christian Spielvogel as a way of more fully realizing the Internet's teaching potential is one of only 20 innovative concepts nationwide - out of 1,000 hopefuls - to receive major support through the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

    Spielvogel's approach blends textbook content, social media and role-playing to move students from the sidelines to the center of the action in living out the material they're studying to deepen their understanding of it. It's a model that he has been using at Hope since 2009 in his "Communication and Conflict" course, during which students take on the identity of real-life Civil War-era residents of the Shenandoah Valley and interact with each other in responding to the events of the time from their counterpart's perspective.

    "Our goal is to transform the textbook from a passive, solitary, read-only product to a collaborative, interactive and immersive experience," said Spielvogel, who is an associate professor of communication. "The idea is that reading is still critically important, but students by playing the simulation will have a better chance to apply, extend and critique traditional textbook content."



    December 1, 2010

    Mortar Board Chapter Leads in
    National Book Drive for Third Year

    The Hope College Alcor chapter of Mortar Board has placed first in the national organization's "Virtual Book Drive" for the third consecutive year, raising funds to provide books to children nationally as well as locally.

    The chapter raised $10,899.61 in the July 24-November 12 drive, which the national Mortar Board organization held in conjunction with First Book, a national literacy nonprofit.

    The Mortar Board Virtual Book Drive is a fundraising challenge in which chapters compete to raise funds in order to bring new books to local programs serving children from low-income families. The funds are available for use through the First Book Marketplace, where programs can choose from hundreds of high-quality titles at deeply discounted prices.

    A tenth of the total will support First Book's work providing books to children all over the country. The remaining 90 percent will be used in Holland, along with an additional $600 that the chapter won for being the drive's top fund-raiser and for raising more than $500, for a total of $10,409.65.



  • November, 2010

    November 16, 2010

    College Advancement Video Series Honored

    A video series produced at Hope College has won multiple honors in the "Pride of CASE V Awards Program" sponsored by the Great Lakes District V of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

    The "Hope College: An Education for Life" series that the college developed for use during the WGVU telecasts of the two January 2010 Hope-Calvin men's basketball games is receiving a silver award and two bronze awards. The awards will be presented on Tuesday, Dec. 14, during the closing luncheon of the 2010 CASE V District Conference in Chicago, Ill.

    The series is receiving the Silver Award for "Best Video, Student Recruitment"; the Bronze Award for "Best Video Feature"; and the Bronze Award for "Best Video, Fundraising, Alumni Relations or Commercial Spots."


    November 16, 2010

    Student Researchers Honored
    during National Conference

    A total of eight Hope College students who participated in research on campus this past summer had their work selected for presentation during the recent Annual Meeting and National Student Conference of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), more than twice as many as from all other colleges and universities in Michigan combined, with two of the students receiving awards.

    Sophomore Howard Dobbs of Warrenville, Ill., won second place in the "General Papers" category, and senior Lucas Johnson of Cadillac won third place in the "Environmental 1" category. This was the third consecutive year that at least one student who participated in Hope's summer research program received an award in the national competition.

    The National Student Conference ran Friday-Monday, Nov. 5-8, and the Annual Meeting ran Sunday-Friday, Nov. 7-12, in Salt Lake City, Utah. The undergraduate poster session took place on Monday, Nov. 8, and featured work grouped within a variety of categories within the field of chemical engineering.


    November 9, 2010

    Senior Luke Eastburg of
    Grand Rapids Honored for Service

    Hope College senior Luke Eastburg of Grand Rapids, has been honored for his dedication to raising support for disabled children in South Africa by the West Michigan Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

    He received the chapter's "President's Award," presented for extraordinary commitment to service to community, on Tuesday, Nov. 9, during the group's celebration of National Philanthropy Day. The event was held at Calvin College in Grand Rapids.

    Eastburg, a pre-medical student at Hope who is a 2007 graduate of Forest Hills Central High School, has played a leadership role in establishing the Itsoseng Project on behalf of the Itsoseng Center for Disabled Children located in rural South Africa in the small town of Phuthaditjhaba, about three hours' drive from Johannesburg.


    November 8, 2010

    Students Win Honors in
    State Singing Auditions

    Four Hope College students earned honors in the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Michigan State Chapter Auditions, held at Grand Valley State University on Saturday, Nov. 6.

    Hope students earned two first-place awards, one second-place award and one third-place award. More than 240 students from colleges and universities from throughout the state participated.

  • Sarah Ashcroft, a senior from Holland, earned first place in the College Senior Women category.
  • Heather Benson, a junior from Muskegon, earned first place in the Advanced category.
  • Katie McDougall, a junior from Flint, earned second place in the College Junior Women category.
  • Skye Edwards, a sophomore from Morrison, Colo., earned third place in the Musical Theatre category.


    November 3, 2010

    Hope College Part of New
    Leadership Alliance for Student
    Learning and Accountability

    The recent adaptive restoration of Graves Hall has earned honorable mention in the Grand Valley American Institute of Architects (GVAIA) 2010 Honor Awards program.

    The award was presented during a ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 25, held in conjunction with a reception at the 38 Commerce building in Grand Rapids that recognized projects by area architects in several categories. Graves Hall was recognized for Historic Preservation/Adaptive Reuse.

    Dedicated in 1894, Graves Hall re-opened in August 2009 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.



    November 1, 2010

    President Bultman Will Chair
    NCAA DIII Presidents Council

    Hope College president Jim Bultman has been elected chair of the Division III Presidents Council of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) for the 2011-12 term.

    Dr. Bultman will begin his term at the conclusion of the 2011 NCAA Convention in San Antonio in January.

    Bultman is currently the vice chair of the 15-member Presidents Council, the primary policy making group for 444 colleges and universities representing over 200,000 student athletes. He is also the chair of the strategic planning and finance committee for Division III.

    He currently serves with 15 other college presidents on the executive committee for Divisions I, II and III. This is the primary decision making group for 1,000 colleges and universities representing more than 400,000 student-athletes.



    November 1, 2010

    Text Focuses on Kierkegaard
    and Catholicism

    Dr. Jack Mulder Jr., assistant professor of philosophy at Hope College, is author of the book "Kierkegaard and the Catholic Tradition," published earlier this fall by Indiana University Press of Bloomington.

    Although Kierkegaard was a Lutheran, Mulder notes that he was dissatisfied with the Lutheran establishment of his day, with some scholars suggesting that he sought to push his faith toward Catholicism. Mulder's book provides an extended look into convergences and differences between Kierkegaard's thought and Catholicism, including on issues such as natural theology, natural moral law, Christian love, apostolic authority, the doctrine of hell, contrition for sins, the doctrine of purgatory and the communion of saints.

    Dr. C. Stephen Evans of Baylor University, who is himself a Kierkegaard scholar, has said of the book, "There have been many comments made about Kierkegaard and Catholicism by various writers, but this is the first serious look at the places where there may be coherence and where there is tension."




    November 1, 2010

    Hope Students Win First in
    State Athletic Training Quiz Bowl

    A three-member team of students from Hope College won first place in the 2010 Michigan Athletic Trainers Society (MATS) Quiz Bowl during the 2010 MATS Student Seminar, held at GrandValleyStateUniversity on Sunday, Oct. 31.

    The Hope student team consisted of seniors Emily Corstange of Kalamazoo; Molly Schab of Galesburg; and Brian Wiese of Wilmington, N.C.

    More than 20 teams, each with three members, participated in the quiz bowl, which uses a "Jeopardy"-like format to challenge the academic knowledge of students who are studying athletic training at one of the state's 13 accredited athletic training programs.

    As the state winners, Corstange, Schab and Wiese will now compete in a regional competition during the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers Association (GLATA) Annual Symposium, which will be held in Minneapolis, Minn., on Wednesday-Friday, March 10-12. They will be competing with five other teams representing Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Wisconsin and Minnesota.



    October 29, 2010

    College's Sustainability Efforts
    Receive Improved Grade

    Hope College has moved up in the annual “College Sustainability Report Card” compiled by the Sustainable Endowments Institute.

    Hope has earned a B- in the report for 2011, a dramatic climb given that the college received a D- grade two years ago and a C+ for 2010.

    The report card evaluates institutions in nine main categories: administration, climate change and energy, food and recycling, green building, student involvement, transportation, endowment transparency, investment priorities and shareholder engagement. The college’s aggregate score included As in food and recycling and in investment priorities.




    October 28, 2010

    Entrepreneurship Competition
    Features Ideas for Families

    The winners of the 2010 Hope Entrepreneurship Initiative Idea Pitch competition were families.

    ° Lindsay Allward, a senior management major from Milford, presented "Rent-A-Parent" for parents who can't be in two places at once.

    ° Lisa King, a senior management and Japanese studies double major from Oxford, created a way to make shopping more efficient by labeling clothes according to body type.

    ° Ericka Morales, a sophomore studio art major from Holland, designed a product concept to help parents bring fun and creativity into their children's lives while the children are drifting into sleep.




    October 28, 2010

    Hope Considered a "Best Value"
    by Kiplinger's Personal Finance

    Hope College is included in the annual rankings of the best values among private institutions, according to the annual rankings by Kiplinger's Personal Finance.

    The listing recognizes colleges and universities that deliver a high-quality education at an affordable cost. Hope is ranked 77th out of 100 in the rankings. There are only two other private Michigan institutions included in the rankings, Hillsdale College and Kalamazoo College.

    The publication said it began with a pool of more than 600 private institutions. The rankings are based on academic quality and affordability.




    October 26, 2010

    ASIANetwork Site Highlights
    Hope Research on Jazz in Japan

    A preliminary report on the Hope faculty-student collaborative research project focused on jazz in Japan is highlighted on the website of ASIANetwork, which supported the project through a $26,000 ASIANetwork Freeman Student-Faculty Fellowship earlier this year.

    The research project is led by Dr. Robert Hodson, associate professor of music. This summer, he and four students (Larry Figueroa, Zach Pedigo, Nate Roberts and David Webster) traveled to Japan to study the Tokyo jazz scene by attending performances and interviewing performers, club owners, students and listeners, and performed as well. Their follow-up plans include developing a website about jazz in Japan that will include audio and video recordings. Dr. Hodson and the students also intend to make presentations on campus and during external events including the ASIANetwork annual conference.


    October 20, 2010

    Professor Chuck Green
    Honored by Students

    Dr. Chuck Green, who is a professor of psychology and director of the Philip Phelps Scholars Program at Hope College, was chosen to receive the 15th annual "Faculty Appreciation Award" presented by the student body.

    Green received the award on Saturday, Oct. 23, during halftime of the college's Homecoming football game at Holland Municipal Stadium.

    Recipients of the award are chosen through a vote open to the entire student body and conducted at the same time as elections for the Homecoming court and king and queen. The students are not provided with a list of candidates for the award, but rather are asked to write in the name of the person that they feel should be honored. The award was first presented in 1996.




    October 20, 2010

    Graves Hall Adaptive Restoration Honored

    For the second time in as many months, the recent adaptive restoration of Graves Hall is receiving recognition for excellence.

    The project is being named the area's top historical-renovation project in the 2010 Construction Awards Program of the Western Michigan Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors Inc., and will be honored during a banquet on Tuesday, Oct. 26, at the Pinnacle Center in Hudsonville. The program will present awards in several categories, such as historical renovation/remodeling, new construction, renovation and/or additions and green building.

    On Saturday, Sept. 25, the Grand Valley American Institute of Architects (GVAIA) recognized the project in the Historic Preservation/Adaptive Reuse category of its 2010 Honor Awards program.

    Dedicated in 1894, Graves Hall re-opened in August 2009 after a year-long, $5.7 million, adaptive restoration that emphasized a return to the building's original character while updating the 19th-century landmark for use in the 21st.




    October 18, 2010

    Psychologist David Myers
    Receives Two National Honors

    Dr. David Myers of the Hope College psychology faculty is being honored by two national professional associations in recognition of his service to the field of psychology and behavioral understanding.

    He has been honored for his career contributions by the FABBS (Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences) Foundation. He is being celebrated on the FABBS Foundation website during October through the foundation's "In Honor Of" program, which recognizes eminent, senior scientists who have made important and lasting contributions to the sciences of mind, brain and behavior. An extended biographical sketch on the site outlines Myers's accomplishments and contributions to the field.

    The FABBS Foundation Board selects the honorees based on nominations by their professional peers. Nearly 50 scientists have been recognized through the program. Myers is the only honoree from a liberal arts college.




    Dr. Peter Gonthier works with student researchers
    Caitlin Taylor and Caleb Billman


    October 11, 2010

    NSF Grant Continues
    Support of Research into Pulsars

    Featuring distances so vast and detailed calculations so precise and complex that they each in their way seem to approach the infinite, the astronomical research conducted by Dr. Peter Gonthier of the Hope College physics faculty provides a stellar learning opportunity for the students who work with him.

    Gonthier, working in collaboration with Hope students, has been studying the rotating stars known as pulsars for nearly 20 years. His research is currently supported by three federal grants - two from NASA, the second of which he received this summer; and a third, awarded this fall, through the "Research in Undergraduate Institutions" program of the National Science Foundation (NSF-RUI).

    He is engaged by the opportunity to address fundamental questions about how the universe works, but - like his colleagues throughout the division of the natural and applied sciences at Hope--he is particularly driven by providing a chance for students to learn how science works by involving them in the process. Students are regularly co-researchers with him, working on campus during the school year and summer as well as at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., for a number of weeks each summer; making presentations at professional conferences; and even earning co-author status on publications.



    October 11, 2010

    Alumni H-Club Honors
    Glenn Van Wieren and Karla Wolters

    The alumni H-Club at Hope College presented its "Hope for Humanity Award" to Dr. Glenn Van Wieren and Karla Wolters on Saturday, Oct. 23, during the college's Homecoming Weekend.

    Van Wieren and Wolters, who are both Hope College graduates, were long-time members of the faculty and coaches at Hope before retiring at the end of the 2009-10 school year.

    The "Hope for Humanity Award," first presented in 1990, recognizes Hope athletic alumni for consistent service to others and demonstrating the values of Christian commitment and service. The H-Club consists of Hope alumni who were athletic letter winners and other honorary letter winners as approved by the H-Club's Board of Directors.




    October 11, 2010

    Hope College Alumni Association
    Honors Luke Pinkerton

    The Hope College Alumni Association presented a Young Alumni Award to 1997 graduate Luke Pinkerton, president and chief technology officer of Ann Arbor-based Polytorx, on Saturday, Oct. 23, during the college's Homecoming Weekend.

    Pinkerton received the recognition during a celebration brunch for all Hope alumni being held at the Haworth Inn and Conference Center. Registration for the brunch, which begins at 9:30 a.m., is required.

    The Young Alumni Award was established to honor the talents and contributions that young alumni have made to their professions, their communities and to the college, and was first presented in 2007. Criteria include having been a member of the Alumni Association for 15 or fewer years; notable prominence through professional endeavor, research, volunteerism, and/or involvement with the local or global community or the college; and demonstrating significant initiative by starting innovative service projects, research, businesses or other original enterprises.




    October 5, 2010

    Memoir Reflects on Face Blindness,
    Family and Forgiveness

    In her newly published memoir "You Don't Look Like Anyone I Know: A True Story of Family, Face Blindness, and Forgiveness," Dr. Heather Sellers of the Hope College English faculty explores how an apparent handicap turned out to be a remarkable gift that allowed her to "see" people as they truly were and gave her unexpected insights into the nature of family, forgiveness and love.

    Sellers has a highly unusual neurological condition known as face blindness, or prosopagnosia. The disorder, which is believed to affect about two percent of the population, prevents the brain from interpreting the information that it receives from the eyes, with the effect specific to the section or process that deals with face recognition. The eyes function correctly, but the brain can't make sense of what is being seen.

    "I have failed to recognize my step kids, my best friends, even my then-husband," said Sellers, who has taught at Hope since 1995. "I can't even recognize myself in a photo or video unless I remember what I was wearing that day, although my huge hair helps."


    October 5, 2010

    New Software Speeds Genome Analysis

    New software developed with the involvement of faculty and student researchers at Hope College is helping to speed dramatically the time-intensive, painstaking task of transforming the immense amount of genomic data being collected worldwide into working models of how organisms function at a fundamental level.

    The work was recently highlighted in an article published in the August issue of the prestigious monthly scientific journal "Nature Biotechnology." In 2009, the journal ranked first in biotechnology and applied microbiology for its "impact factor" - a measure of the frequency with which the publication's articles are cited elsewhere - as determined by Thomson Reuters Journal Citation Reports.

    According to Hope faculty members Dr. Aaron Best (pictured left) and Dr. Matthew DeJongh (pictured right), co-leaders of the Hope research team, the web-based "Model SEED" resource, which is available at http://www.theseed.org/models, can reduce to 48 hours most of the calculations that used to take a year to render manually - and the research team is working on speeding up the rest. Even as the Model SEED is already being used by scientists internationally, they noted that the team is also looking at a further step: how to use the models in examining a variety of questions, from the way that some bacteria cause diseases to how other bacteria produce energy and clean up pollution.




    September 28, 2010

    Graves Hall Adaptive Restoration
    Honored by Architects Group

    The recent adaptive restoration of Graves Hall has earned honorable mention in the Grand Valley American Institute of Architects (GVAIA) 2010 Honor Awards program.

    The award was presented during a ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 25, held in conjunction with a reception at the 38 Commerce building in Grand Rapids that recognized projects by area architects in several categories. Graves Hall was recognized for Historic Preservation/Adaptive Reuse.

    Dedicated in 1894, Graves Hall re-opened in August 2009 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.


    September 27, 2010

    Gallery to Feature Work
    by Katherine Sullivan

    The gallery of the De Pree Art Center at Hope College will host "The Docile Body" by Katherine Sullivan, from Friday, Oct. 8, through Friday, Nov. 19.

    The exhibit will begin with a talk by Sullivan on Friday, Oct. 8, at 4:30 p.m., followed by an opening reception from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

    The public is invited. Admission is free.

    Exhibiting work from her sabbatical during the 2009-10 school year, Katherine Sullivan reflects in a series of paintings on the dialectics of power.

    "With images drawn from both Abu Ghraib and the dramatic works of Bertolt Brecht, the series consider the cyclical nature of torture and violence, the sexuality implicit in much torture depiction, and the dynamics which prevail between those who hold power and those who are subject to it," explained Sullivan.

    Sullivan is an associate professor of art at Hope, where she has taught since 2003.



    September 27, 2010

    Major NSF Grant Funds
    Expansion of “Supercomputer”

    A major instrumentation grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for a supercomputer housed at Hope College is going to help make a successful collaborative effort even better.

    The award, $299,942 through the NSF's "Major Research Instrumentation" program, is funding the purchase of a "cluster" of 50 computers with 600 compute cores for use by faculty and student research teams at the eight colleges and universities, including Hope, that comprise the "Midwest Undergraduate Computational Chemistry Consortium."

    The new equipment will expand the existing cluster of 60 computers with 120 compute cores installed at Hope during 2005-06 when the consortium consisted of four institutions. The project reflects the increased demand as the consortium has become larger and the cutting-edge research being conducted requires even greater capacity, according to Dr. Brent Krueger (pictured), who is an associate professor of chemistry and the grant's principal investigator.

    "Because this consortium has been successful at promoting undergraduate research, we've grown," Krueger said.


    September 15, 2010

    Work by Bruce McCombs
    in Multiple Exhibitions

    Bruce McCombs, professor of art at Hope College, has recently had work featured in multiple exhibitions around the country, including in West Michigan.

    McCombs actively displays his prints and paintings throughout the U.S. and around the world. His artwork has been procured by many permanent collections both nationally and internationally, including the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., and the National Museum of Fine Arts in Hanoi, Vietnam. A member of the Hope faculty since 1969, he holds his B.F.A. from the Cleveland Institute of Art and his M.F.A. from Tulane University in New Orleans, La.


    Provost Richard Ray congratulates Stephanie Milanowski of the art and art history faculty on her appointment to the college's Howard R. and Margaret E. Sluyter Endowed Professorship in the field of design.


    September 13, 2010

    Stephanie Milanowski Appointed
    to Sluyter Professorship

    Stephanie Milanowski of the Hope College art and art history faculty has been appointed to the college's Howard R. and Margaret E. Sluyter Endowed Professorship in the field of design.

    Milanowski joined the Hope faculty in the fall of 2009 as an assistant professor of art. Her appointment to the endowed professorship began with the start of the new school year, and will be celebrated with a formal investiture ceremony on Friday, Sept. 24.

    Milanowski has spent more than two decades working with a variety of clients in guiding design ideas from concept to market, experience that she brings to her classroom instruction. In addition to teaching at Hope, she currently works professionally as an art director, designer and consultant through Grand Rapids-based Stephanie Milanowski Design, which she established in 1999. Her emphases include digital media products as well as products and design for paper and giftware industries, corporate collateral, identity packages, annual reports, brochures, books, catalogs, and commissioned drawings for corporate and private collections and exhibition displays.

    She teaches introductory and advanced design classes at the college. She has involved her students in preparing projects for local businesses and organizations to provide authentic experiences in bringing client-oriented assignments from initial planning through implementation. During 2009-10, such opportunities ranged from a competition to design a new beverage and promotional campaign for Lemonjello's in downtown Holland to preparing the 122-page booklet for the college's annual Celebration of Undergraduate Research and Creative Performance.


    September 13, 2010

    Hope Enrollment Tops 3,200
    for Fifth Consecutive Year

    The Hope College campus continues to operate at capacity with enrollment above 3,200 for the fifth consecutive year.

    Hope has enrolled 3,202 students this fall, the fifth time since the fall of 2006 that enrollment has topped 3,200. Last year's enrollment headcount was 3,230.

    The student body consists of 1,267 men and 1,935 women from 44 states and territories and 29 foreign countries. The total includes 766 first-time students.

    With the enrollment headcount remaining high, the college's full-time-equivalent enrollment is tied for the second-highest level ever. The "full-time-equivalent" figures are a synthesis of full-time and part-time enrollment, and help the college measure the demand on its resources. Hope's total this year 3,177.1, tied with the fall 2008 figure; last year's total was a record-high 3,201.8.

    The enrollment by class, with last year's class in parentheses, is: freshmen, 781 (812); sophomores, 742 (820); juniors, 739 (753); seniors, 877 (768); and special students, 63 (77).



    September 7, 2010

    Grant from NASA Supports Study of Pulsars

    A highly competitive grant from NASA is supporting a Hope College physicist's research into the presence and nature of the rotating stars known as pulsars.

    Dr. Peter Gonthier, a professor of physics, is leading a three-scholar team from two continents in an effort to investigate the potential relationship between positrons - which are a form of electrically charged particle--and gamma ray pulsars. They are using the information to refine computer models, which Gonthier has been developing for NASA for several years, to better understand and locate the stars, which cannot be seen by the naked eye or even detected from earth.

    The project is supported by a one-year, $45,161 NASA Fermi Guest Investigator grant that took effect in July.

    The research follows what Gonthier described as the major break-through in data-gathering concerning the stars since the 2008 launch of the highly sensitive Fermi Gamma Ray Space Telescope. Where the Fermi telescope's predecessor had discovered seven to eight gamma pulsars during its entire nine-year life, Fermi found about 60 in its first year.



    September 7, 2010

    Research Finds Potential Cancer Link

    A research team's discovery of a protein's role in controlling whether or not cells multiply could lead to a new understanding of how to combat cancer.

    Dr. Aaron Putzke, assistant professor of biology at Hope College, and Dr. Joel H. Rothman, professor of biology and chair of the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Development Biology at the University of California-Santa Barbara, have gained new insights into the way that a protein called Fer affects how cells behave. The findings are reported in an article being published in the "Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences."

    According to Putzke, the Fer protein was previously known to help keep cells together in the way necessary for normal functioning. He and Rothman, however, have discovered that Fer also helps prevent cells from reproducing excessively. With rampant cell growth a characteristic of cancer, the researchers hope that they have uncovered a clue as to how the disease might one day be controlled.



    September 7, 2010

    Scott VanderStoep Chosen for National
    Leadership Development Program

    Dr. Scott VanderStoep, professor of psychology and chairperson of the department at Hope College, is one of only 42 faculty or administrators in higher education nationwide selected by the Council of Independent Colleges and the American Academic Leadership Institute to participate in a year-long Senior Leadership Academy.

    The purpose of the academy is to prepare faculty and administrators for senior leadership positions in any division - including academic affairs, student affairs, finance, enrollment management, and advancement - in independent higher education. As a participant, VanderStoep will attend two seminars, one in the fall in Williamsburg, Va., on Friday-Sunday, Nov. 5 - 7, and one in the spring in Washington, D.C. He will participate in a mentoring program, experiential learning projects, and a series of readings and case studies.

    "Competition for the available places in the program was extremely keen," said Richard Ekman, president of the Council of Independent Colleges. "It is worth noting that the review committee found the nomination materials to be most impressive. They (and I) believe that Dr. VanderStoep has the potential for highly effective leadership in a position of senior responsibility on campus."


    September 7, 2010

    Historian Janis Gibbs Receives
    International Research Fellowship

    Dr. Janis Gibbs, associate professor of history at Hope College, has received a three-month research fellowship from the Herzog August Bibliothek of Wolfenbüttel, Germany.

    She will use the support to conduct research on Archbishop Hermann von Wied as part of her larger study of the social and political history of Cologne in the 16th century. The Herzog August Bibliothek is a major research library with significant collections in the history of early modern Germany.

    Cologne's wealth of religious institutions and strong identification with the traditional Catholic church helped the city weather the storms of the Reformation era, including an attempt by von Wied, Archbishop of Cologne, to institute Protestant reforms in the city in 1540s.


    Nearly 400 Hope students participated in service projects at over
    30 different locations throughout the Holland area through the college's
    " Time to Serve" program on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010.

    September 7, 2010

    Hundreds of Students to
    Spend Day Volunteering

    Nearly 400 Hope College students will participate in service projects throughout the area through the college's "Time to Serve" program on Saturday, Sept. 11.

    Most of the students will be members of the newly arrived freshman Class of 2014. 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 six to 12 at more than three dozen sites from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Projects are scheduled throughout the greater Holland area, and will range from sorting at Bibles for Mexico and Goodwill Industries, to spreading wood chips at the Critter Barn, to groundskeeping and cleaning at many area churches.


    September 2, 2010

    Article by Recent Graduate
    Highlights Research Experience

    An article by recent Hope graduate Shirley Bradley highlights the significance of her experience participating in undergraduate research at the college.

    Her article "My Passion for Research" is featured in the September 2010 edition of "Enzymatic," the newsletter of the Undergraduate Affiliates Network of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Bradley, who notes that she was drawn to the college because of its strong reputation in the sciences and undergraduate research, calls undergraduate research "one of the most rewarding experiences of my life."

    She reflects on her four years working in the laboratory of Dr. Maria Burnatowska-Hledin, who is the Frederich Garrett and Helen Floor Dekker Professor of Biology and Chemistry at Hope. She highlights her growth across her time with the research group, and concludes by describing the feeling of accomplishment that accompanies answering research questions; the benefits in attending regional and national scientific meetings; and the important guidance provided by her research mentor. She also discusses opportunities that she enjoyed beyond her academic and research experiences, and her commitment to giving back by sharing her experiences, such as through science demonstrations for students at her former middle and high school.


    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.

    August 30, 2010

    David Cho of English Faculty
    Authors Poetry Chapbook

    Dr. David Cho of the Hope College English faculty is the author of Song of Our Songs, a chapbook of poetry published by Finishing Line Press of Georgetown, Ky.

    The collection is based primarily on Cho's own life experiences as a Chicago-born and raised child of Korean parents, who immigrated to America in 1971. The chapbook provides a series of poetic "snapshots" of Cho's own life, and the lives of fellow family members. And as the title indicates, the poems serve as an homage to the Midwestern and wider Korean American experience.

    An assistant professor of English, Cho has been a member of the Hope faculty since 2008. He has previously had poems published or accepted for publication in journals including "Amerasia," "Many Mountains Moving," "Prairie Schooner," "Theology Today," and the Asian American Special Edition of "Flyway Literary Review."


    August 20, 2010

    Poetry Anthology Again Tops Best Seller List

    poetry anthology edited by Hope College English faculty members Peter Schakel and Jack Ridl has again made the top of its category in the best seller lists reported by the Poetry Foundation.

    The volume, "250 Poems: A Portable Anthology" was number one in the "Anthology" category for the week of August 1, the current data set presented on the foundation's website at http://www.poetryfoundation.org/journal/books.html.

    It's a position that the anthology has held before, most recently during the summer of 2009. The August 1 report noted that the anthology has been back on the top-10 list for the past three weeks.


    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.



    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.


    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.


    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.